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Fine Lines: A Crisp, Glamorous Houston Home Design by Reagan Miller

Sophisticated. Well-mannered. Youthful. Serene. The words Reagan Miller uses to describe the architectural style of Holly and Jeremy Taylor’s River Oaks home also fittingly describe the couple themselves. “They didn’t come with any preconceived ideas about style,” explains the architect. “Both had a sensitivity to fitting
within the historic eclecticism of the neighborhood, but they also wanted to express their own personalities.”

That said, it was perhaps yet another word that had the most influence on the home’s ultimate modern
Regency design. “We wanted it to be crisp,” says Holly. “Not too formal and with clean, classic lines.” Architecturally, the concept translates into a symmetrical exterior typical of the Regency style with light-
colored and hand-troweled stucco walls, a slate tile roof, a straightforward window fenestration and a petite
pair of dormers. Oversize windowpanes and steel doors infuse a more modern feel. “We tried to be respectful
of scale with simple devices and surrounds,” says Miller. “The dormers were more or less obligatory,” he adds with a laugh.

Inside, meticulous attention was paid to the profiling of the millwork, such as baseboards, crown molding and doorframes. “I don’t think there’s a curve anywhere inside the house,” asserts Miller. “Everything was reduced
to a fine line, a 90-degree right angle with a very defined edge.” Achieving that look was up to builder Scott Frasier, who brought in a team of carpenters, painters and other finishing pros early on. “It was important to
plan ahead and consider the end result,” he says. “The workmanship needed to be very precise.”

Architecture - Reagan Miller, Miller Dahlstrand Architects

Home Builder - Scott Frasier, Scott Frasier Homes



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Posted by Peter Evans on 1/9/2014 10:54:29 PM

So bland. So obvious. I guess even money can't buy you taste.

Posted by Ida Sanders. on 1/11/2014 1:44:22 PM

I agree room is bland! For it to be an office are you not supposed to be able to do work! Furniture and color could have been better for the money!

Posted by Tom Byer on 1/15/2014 10:22:43 AM

Simple elegance, looks good Regan! Ignore the other two comments

Posted by Bob on 1/15/2014 11:34:49 AM

I know Regan wasn't the architect bu the rear elevation of this house is awful. Elegance can be bland and this is---I agree.

Posted by nicol e on 1/15/2014 2:01:54 PM

I think it's "simply" gorgeous. Classic lines and refined decor at it's best! Nice work!

Posted by Michele on 1/28/2014 4:57:01 PM

Would have liked to see the Master bedroom and the living or family room. It is quite expensive looking but not very welcoming.

Posted by Antoinette on 1/28/2014 5:21:26 PM

Cold, sterile, boring. Exterior view was emotionally stirring with amazing architectural lines but that's where the excitement ends. Was that a kitchen or a lab?

Posted by Vicki on 1/28/2014 8:02:09 PM

I love the understated elegance of this house.

Posted by Crystal on 1/29/2014 8:24:38 AM

I love the ceiling in this room!

Posted by Barbara on 1/29/2014 12:08:50 PM

Understated elegance. Love the kitchen. House could use a pop of color in some of the rooms. Tastefully decorated.

Posted by Jamie on 3/18/2014 3:00:45 PM

Ignore the nay-sayers; this house is gorgeous inside and out!

Posted by Ashlei on 3/18/2014 3:32:22 PM

When I was a little.girl we had wallpaper in our foyer just like the wallpaper in this beautiful homes dining room. Any chance I can find out who made it or where it can be purchased? Thanks, Ashlei

Posted by Shelley on 3/18/2014 3:51:43 PM

Simply a gorgeous home inside and out. Job well done!

Posted by Sharon on 3/19/2014 9:21:11 PM

This is a very elegant, classy home. I would move in with tons of pillows, throws, plants and family photos.

Posted by Britt on 7/9/2014 7:35:14 AM

I absolutely love this house. It's clean, simple, and elegant.