‘Home Alone’ sweet home
One homeowner’s dream becomes a custom-built reality — inspired by traditional design, family-friendly conveniences and an early ’90s movie set.
Two polished silver and beaded glass chandeliers light the kitchen, which is decked with Calcutta marble countertops and beveled subway tile to complement the white cabinetry and coffered ceiling. The kitchen and living room are tied together with quartersawn oak floors, planked in varying widths and sizes. The kitchen ceiling inspired the rest of the space’s design.
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For Ashley Bray, opportunity had come knocking at what seemed the perfect time.
After living in Bixby for several years in a home she helped design, Bray felt it was time for a change. She wanted a warm, kid-friendly dwelling where she could raise a family and potentially live for the rest of her life. In 2008, the opportunity arose to purchase land in south Tulsa, and Bray decided the moment was right to build her perfect dream home.
Single at the time, Bray decided to build with herself in mind. She was inspired by the classic looks of the “Home Alone” house.
“It was always my favorite house,” Bray says of the 1920s Georgian-style home featured in the 1990 Chris Columbus film. “I just love that classic look because they just don’t really build it anymore.”
With the famous set in mind, Bray set out to build her house with the help of Duvall Architects. Architect John Duvall worked with Bray to achieve the desired look on the outside while Melissa Bean worked to complete the interior. (Bean has since opened her own design firm, Austin Bean Design Studio, with partner Bailey Austin).
Bray pored over house plans, gathering elements from classic, Georgian and colonial styles. Bean then transferred onto paper the specific design elements from her ideas and inspirations, all consistent with Georgian style. Bray wanted a paradise just for her — a home that included a family-centered living space, a dream kitchen, unique features, plenty of outdoor living space and a master suite that any woman would love to call her own.
As the planning progressed, it was finally time to begin construction with BMI Properties.
The building process took almost two years, partly because of the time involved in prepping the undeveloped, wooded home site.
Around the same time Bray was breaking ground on her dream home, she began dating Daniel, who would become her husband in October 2010. Their son was born when the home was nearing completion.
“During construction I was miserably pregnant,” Bray says. “Mel took the reins, and she did what I needed her to do.”
As the saying goes, life waits for no one. With plans already in place, the couple moved forward to create Bray’s dream.
Attention to detail is evident throughout the 8,400-square-foot home.
“We did a lot of things in here the right way, not the easy way,” Bean says.
One example is the kitchen’s coffered ceiling, which both Bray and Bean say launched much of the design inspiration in the downstairs living space that includes the kitchen, informal dining area, hearth room and living room.
The four spaces also are a reflection of Bray’s goal to make the home an inviting retreat. Each of the spaces has characteristics of its own, from the brick floor and commanding stone fireplace in the hearth room, to the custom armoires in the living room, to the handcrafted cabinetry and beveled marble subway tile in the kitchen. All of these elements contribute to the overall cohesiveness and the updated, traditional aesthetics of the home.