Home Style The River House The master bedroom is cool and serene. The furniture is a mix of custom built-in and vintage pieces. “While riding my bike on the trails, I always noticed this strange piece of property. I was drawn to the corner spot under a bunch of live oaks. When a ‘for sale’ sign went up, I called, but it was pretty pricey, plus they didn’t want to break up the lot.” Eventually, Bill Bostelmann, owner of Flowers on the Square and a good friend of Lou’s, bought the land off of White Settlement Road to build the new location of his business/home. “Bill called me to come look at this property he had just bought, as he hoped to sell part of it,” says Lou. “It was the exact spot I had wanted.” While tranquil looking, the hilly site posed a challenge for the home Lou had in mind. He called on Dallas-based architect Richard Smith, who works primarily on commercial projects. Richard was familiar with the Lambert family as well as the property, having looked at it for commercial development at one time. They had another serendipitous connection, too. “I found out that he designed the Odessa house I grew up in, plus he knew my twin brother through Fort Worth designer Tonny Foy.” Lou laid out his priorities to Richard: Capitalize on the river views and be sure to save the trees. 44 September 2017 360westmagazine.com The master bath has windows and a door that looks out onto a private courtyard. There are shower heads on two sides; the concrete fl oor tiles are from Bottega Design Gallery in Fort Worth.