Supporting the Bellaire City Library for over 50 years





 Tours to Benefit Local Literacy Programs

Houston, TX (March 27, 2012) — Southern hospitality comes home to Houston when Stone Acorn Builders debuts the city’s first Southern Living Showcase Home, opening Friday, May 4 from noon to 6 p.m.  The home will be open for tours on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am until 6pm the weekends of May 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20.   More than 5,000 attendees are expected to tour the gracious new address. Proceeds from the $10 admission price benefits literacy programs of Friends of the Bellaire Library and Houston Center for Literacy.

Located at 5307 Aspen in Bellaire, the 4,777-square-foot home marries regional charm with design ingenuity in its four bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, chef’s kitchen, library and craft room, study, mudroom, gardening stand, and outdoor living rooms. The home is designed by JKM Designs with interior design by Edwina Alexis Interiors. 

Southern style adorns the home's interior and exterior with details such as intricate trim work, reclaimed brick finishes, window shutters, deep front and rear porches, and even a barn door between the kitchen and mudroom.  Natural light is one of the home's best features, illuminating cozy reading nooks and window benches throughout the home.

The open floor plan is generous and inviting with classic nuances that make this house a Southern beauty from the minute you step inside the door.  Walnut floors and knotty alder doors add warmth to the high wainscoted walls and regal 11-foot ceilings topped by triple crown molding.

The kitchen is a family haven with vintage enamel Viking appliances, farmhouse sink, pot filler and expansive marble & granite counter work spaces. A lower counter invites kids to help stir the pot or bring their homework to the kitchen.  The full working pantry warms the heart with a herringbone-laid reclaimed brick floor, marble and granite counters and custom art glass doors.   The adjoining mudroom adds a touch of authenticity with its barn door kitchen entry and Dutch door exit.  Morning light streams into the kitchen's adjacent built-in breakfast area, and the tongue and groove crossbeam ceiling caps the room's comfortable ambience.

The downstairs flows spaciously from family room, study and formal dining room to library.  The rooms make stunning use of high block wainscot, tall ceilings with triple crown molding and elegant built-in shelving.  The library is a tranquil escape for both serious study and relaxation with its rolling ladder and reading bench. 

French doors off the family room transition living to the outdoors and onto a deep back porch floored in reclaimed brick.  The porch is fashioned with a griller’s summer kitchen and overlooks a lavish cook’s garden with an antique tub, circular herb garden, raised vegetable beds and rain barrel collection station.  Southern-style porches wrap the front and back of the home as well as a second-story balcony, where traditional wooden rockers and ceiling fans beckon you to bask in an evening breeze. 

The home’s privacy and personality continue upstairs with a master suite plus three more spacious bedrooms, a comfortable laundry room with extensive storage, a large linen closet and gift wrapping center.  Built-ins are incorporated into every room with special attention to the children's bedrooms with window reading benches, bookshelves and display cabinets to show off trophies and prized collectibles.

The entrance into the master suite includes an art alcove, a serene mood-setter for the most intimate area of the home.  The suite offers a palatial bathroom in neutral tones with his and her sinks, a Victoria + Albert freestanding tub and a spa shower.   The sweeping walk-in closet surrounds an island counter and convenient bench seating.  Glistening marble is repeated on bath counters, wainscot and spa shower as a cool counterpoint to the vaulted ceilings in the suite, where time and tension disappear.

“Stone Acorn’s attention to detail and understanding of Southern architecture will bring our brand to life in this Showcase Home,” said Kristen Payne, Executive Marketing Director, Southern Living.   "I look forward to seeing the ideas and inspiration when this home opens for tours.” 

In keeping with the ingenuity demanded of a Southern Living Showcase Home, Stone Acorn Builders incorporated as many green and sustainable elements as possible into design and construction.  The exterior is finished in James Hardie® Artisan siding. Reclaimed brick forms the skirt accent, walkways and driveway border, as well as the floors in porches, mudroom and pantry.  The concrete shake roof with copper finials and aluminum clad wood windows are also green features.   Environmentally preferred non-toxic zero-VOC Sherwin-Williams Paint and Stain were applied throughout the interior and exterior. The home is the first new construction in Houston to utilize the Lennox SunSource™ Home Energy System, which uses solar panels to energize the AC unit or provide green energy directly to the home when the AC unit is not in use.

Guests are invited to register for gift baskets and premiums to be given away each weekend.  The home will host the following special guests and demonstrations throughout the showcase:

* Friday, May 4  Noon - Meet Southern Living's Executive Marketing Director Kristen Payne
* Saturday, May 5 1 p.m. - Cooking demo by Executive Chef Randy Evans of HAVEN
* Sunday, May 6 

1 p.m. - Food carving demo by Executive Chef Vladimir Smirnov

3 p.m. - Personal tour by Edwina Vidosh, Edwina Alexis Interiors

*  Saturday, May 12 Noon to 1:30 p.m. - Seminars by the Herb Society of Houston on Living   Garden Art, Making a Topiary, and Small Space Herb Gardening
*  Sunday, May 13  11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Meet 740 KTRH's  "The Garden Guy" Host Randy Lemmon     
*  Saturday, May 19 Noon - Wine & Chocolate Pairing with Tanji Patton of Good Tastes with Tanji
*  Sunday, May 20   1 p.m. - Chef's demo by K&N Kitchen Appliances

The Southern Living Custom Builder Program is a network of some of the finest custom homebuilders in the South.   Its members bring together ideas, inspiration, and excellence in architecture, craftsmanship and home building to tell the Southern story. The program is nationally sponsored by James Hardie® Building Products, Lennox®, Sunbrella®, Belgard® Hardscapes, Sherwin-Williams® and Chevrolet.  Houston Showcase Home sponsors include Edwina Alexis Interiors, K&N Kitchen Appliances, James Hardie® Artisan, Lighting Inc., Exclusive Flooring, Texas American Title, DalTile, BMC Select, Rom Ann Electric, Graziano Roofing, and South Texas Brick and Stone.  Flower arrangements are graciously provided by Central Market.  Media sponsors include Comcast, Houston Community Newspapers, KODA Sunny 99.1 FM and KTRH 740 AM. 

            For more information about the 2012 Southern Living Showcase Home Houston, please visit

            Stone Acorn Builders LP is a family-owned and operated home construction company that has been building quality homes since 1999 in Houston, Bellaire, West University Place, and South Side Place. Sarah Lavine-Kass and Benjamin Lavine, a sister-brother team, are the technical and creative forces behind Stone Acorn Builders.  The award-winning builders are members of the National Association of Home Builders, Texas Association of Builders, Texas Residential Construction Commission, Greater Houston Builders Association and Houston Custom Builders Council, as well as the Southern Living Custom Builder Program.

            Southern Living celebrates the essence of life in the South, covering the best in Southern food, home, garden, and travel.  Reaching more than 16 million consumers each month, Southern Living connects consumers with the region’s rich culture through a variety of print, digital, mobile, tablet and event platforms.  Headquartered in Birmingham, AL, the rapidly expanding Southern Living brand is part of Time Inc., one of the largest content companies in the world and the largest publisher in the United States. Time Inc. is a Time Warner company.