Making a Statement

Refurbishing their Shoal Creek house, from the magnificent foyer to the re-imagined kitchen, has been a labor of love for Mallory Smith and family.

Photography by Edward Badham

When Mallory Smith walked into the house in Shoal Creek that she would eventually buy, the beauty and expansiveness of the foyer was the aspect of the house that made her stop and stand amazed.

“I love the foyer,” Smith, owner of Mallory Smith Interiors, says. “It seems like we are always in there because it is so central to the house. It is  a great entertaining space.”

This is the second house in Shoal Creek for the Smith family, Mallory, husband Dr. Drayton Smith, and children Tucker, Ellie, and Tanner. They had earlier purchased and renovated a previous house in the area, but when their current house became available, Mallory was especially intrigued.

“We fell in love with it because it was so well built,” she says.

The house was built in 1983 by well-known builder Ham Perkins, who constructed the house as his personal home.

While the house was somewhat dated, it had terrific bones, Smith says. The woodwork and moulding are of extremely high quality. “They put so much time, effort and money into the building of the home, it is beautifully timeless and traditional,” she says.

While they painted the woodwork and refurbished the hardwoods, the kitchen got a total redo. “It was very dated. We created a new layout, as well as appliances and cabinets,” says Smith.

The Smith family has lived in the house for a bit over a year. The 8,000 square-foot house has five bedrooms and six baths. Smith says the master bath is an incredible retreat.

The renovation of the house continues. “We’ve done a ton of work, but we hope one day soon it will be completed,” Smith says.•


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