From the curb, this River Oaks dream home is all business, but inside, it starts to let its hair down. The stately brick exterior is traditional in its Georgian style, making the whimsy of its interiors—from bold wall coverings to vaulted ceilings stenciled with silver and gold leaf accents—all the more rewarding.

No detail was too small for interior designer Sarah Eilers of Lucas-Eilers Design Associates, whose distinct decorative touches are felt in the varied color palettes, rich texture, and vast collection of modern and contemporary art throughout the nearly 8,000-square-foot home.

The five-bed, eight-bath home in River Oaks' St. John quadrant, listed for $5.5 million with Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty, has a lot to offer: wide plank oak hardwood floors, estate-sized fireplaces, sweeping arches, rich millwork, master en-suite dual marble baths and walk-in closets, gallery hall, walk-in wine vault, cook's kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances, outdoor kitchen and loggia, library with French doors to a wraparound veranda and lush back lawn, three-car garage, and double-width circular drive—the latter features from Thompson & Hanson Landscape Architecture.

The home's sophisticated elegance belies its youth—it was built in 2010—and subtly contrasts the more playful interiors previously featured in publications like Elle Decor, Southern Home, and the latest book from Segreto, the finish design firm responsible for hand-painted stenciling in the powder room and on the master bath ceiling.

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