Feature Friday: The Last Southern Accents Showhouse

Just recently, I received an email from Trey Laird, telling me he enjoyed my blog and wanted to see about exchanging links with me.  Well, when I clicked over to his blog, Period Homes, I was completely blown away by what I saw.  And I wondered why in the world he was reading MY blog. 🙂

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(Trey and his lovely wife)

Trey’s bio reads like this:

My love of houses and their interiors started as a young child. I was fortunate to grow up part of my life in Baton Rouge and being surrounded by the beautiful architecture there and in New Orleans and St. Francisville where my grandparents lived. Today I am a designer and builder of period revival homes with a goal of making every house a place someone will call home.

When I saw the absolutely stunning pictures on Trey’s blog and found out that he built the last Southern Accents 2009 Riverhills  Showhouse in Texas,  that really got my attention.  The pictures spoke for themselves and I asked Trey if he would let me feature him on my blog and he graciously agreed to share with all of you.  I think you’re going to be blown away too when you see it all.

I’ll let Trey take over and share his story of the house with you:

Southern Accents front elevation

When we were first approached to build the 2009 Southern Accents showhouse, we were more than excited. We were ecstatic. The Southern Accents showhouses have always been my favorites. I have kept every issue of the past showhouses in my library along with almost every other issue of the magazine.SA stairhall color

Southern Accents has always had a knack for incredible design, great photography, beautiful and liveable homes.


It was a publication that just got it right – not overdone, no crazy houses. Just great design. That is what attracted me most to doing this house. In addition, when they told me that Larry Boerder was going to be the architect and Joe Minton was going to be the interior designer it was like icing on the cake.EMR_8636

Larry Boerder, the architect, did an incredible job of designing the house in a Cotswold style that would sit beautifully in the English countryside.  The house is set on 2/3 of an acre and was designed to appear as if it had been added on to over the years with two wings off the main portion of the house.  The  hand-chiseled stone is as close as we could find to a Cotswold stone and is beautiful.EMR_9167

Joseph Minton and his staff did an incredible job of making sure the exterior and interior blend perfectly.  We actually had one lady tour the house who had come from England and commented that the house would fit perfectly in the Cotswold region.SA kitchen

We all worked tirelessly to produce what we believe is the best Southern Accents showhouse ever published.SA morning room

From the setting to the architectural design to the interiors that fit the house perfectly, this house is my favorite we have ever built.EMR_9209


To say that we were a little disappointed (and shocked) that the magazine was shutting down and the showhouse issue was not going to be published the week we completed the house, is an understatement. I was flabbergasted. At first didn’t I didn’t know what to say, except, “Excuse me?”EMR_9095

Regardless, the outcome of the house is what we are most proud of.  I hope you enjoy.

Trey, thank you SO much for letting me share your absolutely outstanding showhouse with all my readers. I know their jaws are on the floor right now too. Houses like this aren’t built every day.  It’s a crying shame that the house didn’t get published (boo-hoo Southern Accents is gone), but hopefully now that the photos are online for all to see, they will still be enjoyed for years to come.

If you’d like to see all the details of the house, click over to Trey’s blog to see Part I and Part II of the showhouse in all its glory.  You can also check out Southern Accents online article about the house too.  There are a TON more pics and lots of great information that I didn’t share on all of those links, so click on over and enjoy the eye candy.

Thanks again, Trey! You obviously have the gift of design and building and this masterpiece is truly a gem.

- Rhoda


  1. Gorgeous. The decor is fantastic. I would love to make dinner in that kitchen.

  2. Can you say AH-MAZ_ing!!
    Wow what a lovely home I enjoyed this so much!!

  3. what an absolutely gorgeous home. I almost cried when Southern Accents went out of print. It was one of my favorites. I still save the older issues. Sad day when it folded. Thank you for showing us this amazing home and Mr. Trey you are amazing, Kathysue

  4. Beautiful spaces. Such a shame they didn’t get published the way the designers were expecting but it’s great that they have outlets like your lovely blog. Love the sunroom and the kitchen dining area. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Beautiful Photos . Thanks so much for sharing them. ..Pam in Ireland

  6. Rhoda, I attended the showhouse in Ft Worth in October and took tons of pictures. They are on my phanfare site if you want to see more. http://www.sallyjdesigns.phanfare.com. I have more pictures of the upstairs and details of other things. Check it out if you would like to see more. It was absolutely the most beautiful and comfortable home I’ve seen. Joseph Minton is a genius.

  7. This home is absolutely spectacular! The dream kitchen, the sun room…all just marvelous.

  8. What a beautiful house! thank you for sharing!!

  9. That house is totally awesome!!! Can you imagine living there? WOW!!! Love it! Thanks for sharing. Love & blessings from NC!

  10. Such a great example of how tastes differ. I adore the kitchen, but would be very depressed living in any other room shown in that house. I feel sad even looking at the photos! Isn’t that weird?!

  11. What a beautiful house! Loved taking “the tour”! 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us!

  12. Stunning. Gorgeous. Elegant. Incredible. I just can’t describe this home. I’m so dissappointed that it won’t be published because it definately deserves recognition. Trey must be so incredibly proud. Thank you for sharing it!

  13. I adore the counter stools. Anywhere I can find these?

  14. Beautiful house, but I can’t relate. My home is small and cozy and lived in. This looks like a 5 star hotel, not a place I could relax in……..

  15. All I can say is perfect southern class!!


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