Friendswood home blends traditional and country design with a few surprises
Janet and Benny LeCompte moved into their Friendswood home two years ago. Although it wasn’t custom-built for the LeComptes, it was newly constructed by Sterling Builders and just waiting for the right family.
“They had just finished it,” Janet LeCompte said. “The design of the house, especially the interior arches, was very appealing. I did some repainting, had the ceiling in the foyer stenciled and added tray ceilings in other parts of the house.”
Plantation shutters and custom drapes were among other touches added by LeCompte, who decorated with a French vibe.
“My husband and I are from New Orleans, so I wanted a mix of traditional and country French,” she said.
LeCompte pulled it off. The entire two-story home’s distinctive décor has just enough formality with the right amount of country embellishments.
The foyer’s dome ceiling is eye-catching, as is the formal dining room immediately to the right. Smokey Bear stands guard to the left. Straight ahead is the family room with brick fireplace, wine grotto, built-in entertainment center, matching Ethan Allen sofas, travertine coffee table and end tables. Bergère chairs sit in front of custom-made silk brocade draperies hanging on gold curtain rods with Baroque finials.
The formality switches to a rooster-themed, faux-bricked breakfast nook and adjoining kitchen.
“I love my roosters and have them scattered about,” said LeCompte, who has a collection of ceramic ones displayed inside a pie safe. Area rugs, curtains and two side chairs at opposite ends of the breakfast table carry out the rooster theme.
The downstairs master suite is nothing short of grand. LeCompte already had two, mirror-topped nightstands by Hooker, so she designed everything around them, finding a tufted velveteen headboard with scalloped mirror trim at wayfair.com. The floral Horchow bedspread, matching wallpaper and hand-painted mirrored table lamps make for a harmonious combination. A chandelier lamp in the corner and zebra print chest on an opposite wall are lovely additions. Silk drapes with beaded fringe make an elegant backdrop for this Parisian-inspired boudoir, complete with gold tray ceiling.
Floral arrangements by S Home Décor in Houston are prominent throughout the home. A sweeping staircase takes you upstairs to the game room and some clever surprises. With multiple rooms on this floor, LeCompte uses one as an exercise room and another for her crafts — full to the brim with decorations for every holiday. Two additional guest rooms also are on the second level.
The biggest surprise is the theater room. Enter through the “Ticket Office” — a red door trimmed in gold and black — and take a seat in one of the cushy reclining chairs, as the lights dim and the ceiling twinkles with stars. Listen to the sounds of the popcorn machine as the movie of your choice begins on the large screen. A refrigerator holds cold drinks, movie posters adorn the walls, and there’s even an assortment of candy to choose from and as well as 3-D glasses.
Bailey, the family’s Labradoodle, loves watching movies with everyone.
“He is mesmerized by the screen, and doesn’t make a peep until the movie ends,” LeCompte said.
What more could there be? How about an outdoor kitchen with fireplace, plenty of seating, a Jacuzzi with infinity edge and two fire bowls on each side for chilly nights — all surrounded by trees dripping with moss next to Chigger Creek.
“We spend most of our time out here,” LeCompte said. “We eat breakfast most every morning on this patio. Just us and the sounds of nature.”