Well-Timed Elegance, Taylor-Made

The dome in the dramatic dining room serves both a functional and decorative purpose, as builder Steve Allen found out during an on-site conversation with a contractor. The acoustics are excellent for sharing dinner-table conversation, since the amplification allows voices to carry to the far side of the table easily.

DURING THE FALL PARADE OF HOMES, the few top-tier, luxury homes on the tour customarily merit extra-special attention to help you imagine living there in perfect, comfy bliss.

Along with lavish touches such as exotic wood finishes, roomy and welcoming chef’s kitchens and vacation-like backyard havens, the metro’s finest homebuilders collaborate with preeminent interior decorators to style the for-sale new homes as fully furnished fantasies.

Fortunately for Perry and Natalie Taylor, a move-in ready masterpiece – thanks to the Parade – was exactly what they needed.

Throughout the home, designer Kaye Edwards aimed for a casual Restoration Hardware style while emphasizing comfort and adding a few compatible contemporary pieces. Allen’s devotion to a classic, timeless look is evident in the trim carpentry in this family room, with extensive crown molding and wood detailing on the coffered ceiling in homage to historical craftsmanship.

The Taylors were longtime Utah residents when Perry’s work shifted to central Oklahoma. The senior vice president of the oilfield services company Pilot Logistics Services, Natalie and their four children – Drew, Hannah, Lydia and Sophia – suddenly needed to wrap up school in the fall, enroll in new schools here and find a place to call home.

In fall 2012, the Parade of Homes had just finished up when the Taylors’ real estate agent walked them into a beautifully furnished and decorated Parade home that might fill the bill for a larger family.
“It wasn’t even on our list of houses to look at, but we fell in love with it and put an offer together that day,” Natalie said.

Built by Allenton Custom Homes, the 8,488-square-foot showpiece brimmed with something for every part of their lives. The second-floor game room featured two faux castle turrets flanking an elevated stage for the children’s creative flights of imagination. Breathing room was not even close to an issue in the generous, high-ceilinged, two-island kitchen – ideal for big family meal productions.

The huge kitchen includes two large islands, separating the space into zones for cooking, baking, socializing and prep work. Little touches like under-counter LED lighting and hideaway electrical plugs are nice features.

The great room now serves the family’s needs as active Mormon Church members for scripture studies and group functions. For large-scale entertaining, the backyard faces an unobstructed lake view and features a fully equipped, commercial-grade outdoor kitchen and a curvilinear pool with its own float-friendly “lazy river.”

On top of having their lifestyle needs addressed, Perry and Natalie delighted in the colors, materials and décor sense of Kaye Edwards. The lead designer at Allenton Interiors in Bethany is a veteran Parade of Homes decorator and winner of multiple design awards.

The luxurious master bath can be described in one word: incredible. With features like glittering glass mosaic tiles, split-face stonework, walk-in shower, large jetted tub, dual vanities with hidden televisions behind the mirrors and access to the adjacent master closet, master bedroom and workout room, it’s easy to see why this bathroom was a finalist in a national industry magazine’s search for the ultimate bath. The pool area is a dream, with a resort-like feel that makes stepping into the backyard like going on vacation. A full-sized outdoor kitchen and covered patios provide plenty of lavish utility, and an infinity-edge hot tub, water-ringed fire bowl (“Olympic torch,” Perry jokes) and lazy river with color-changing LED lights are used non-stop in the summertime, with a full house of kids and adults entertained almost daily.

The home all seemed so … Taylor-made.

Natalie says, “I love that it’s a home that you can entertain people. The kids congregate here rather than them going off to wherever. We know where they are, which is wonderful.

“We love to entertain. We have people over a lot. And I think it’s a great place to raise a family.”

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