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Tour the Pink Ribbon House: A Houston home with French Country flair

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The 2012 Pink Ribbon House, on display today through Sunday and all next weekend in Hunter's Creek Village, immediately impresses with its stone and stucco exterior in French Country style accented with shutters. Inside, the "oohs" and "ahs" continue with the spacious five bedrooms, five-and-a-half bathrooms, two studies and three fireplaces.

A summer kitchen, playroom, three-car garage and game room are must-sees, as is the light-filled dining room that opens up to a courtyard with a soothing water feature. 

More outstanding features are front and back porches with arched beams, a two-story entry with an antique-beam pinwheel ceiling treatment and a mid-level study connecting the home's curved staircase and master bedroom.

Come on a tour.

Lush lawn, mature trees and manicured hedges dotted with season flowers set the stage outdoors for the 2012 Pink Ribbon House. Landscape design by Strong Landscaping.

The 5,000-square-foot beautifully showcases the combined efforts of Hollenbeck Architects, builder Levitt Partnership, a team of Houston’s leading designers and scores of sponsors and volunteers. Proceeds from the tour benefit the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine.

You immediately feel the casual comfort upon entering the home, with a two-story foyer and an antique-beam pinwheel ceiling treatment to great you.

The 2012 Pink Ribbon House is the sixth but the first home ever constructed for this project that's not built on spec, but rather for actual homeowners, Jeff and Amy Miers, and their three children. The entire structure of the original house, plus slab, appliances, light fixtures and more, were donated to Habitat for Humanity, which will either recycle the material or use it in the construction of a new home for a family in need.

The kitchen welcomes with seating around a large L-shaped island, the perfect gathering spot for informal meals to fun family conversations. Look for beamed ceilings in rooms throughout the house for a rustic yet charming ambiance.

The flow in the 2012 Pink Ribbon House is smooth and relaxed, easily leading visitors from one room to the next. Here, off the entry, the living room beckons guests with cushy chairs and couch, as well as natural and custom lighting. Note the hinged doors above the fireplace, attractive as a design element and an excellent way to tuck a TV out of sight for special occasions.

Discover beamed ceilings again in the master bedroom, where the main wall is touched with feather accents on silk wallpaper embroidered with a leaf pattern. The bed, with a pin-tucked upholstered headboard and matching end, faces one of the three fireplaces in the house.

Arched ceilings, plenty of windows and a light-reflecting vintage mirror (near the free-standing bath tub) create an elegant atmosphere for the master bath. Antique columns from France at each end of the tub designate the soaking area.

Pretty in pink, the room designed for the homeowners' daughter has lavish drapes cascading from a bed crown, dainty chandelier and pink knobs and pink mirror tiles salvaged from the old house - plus coordinating pink textiles and pink ceiling treatment.

Also upstairs is the family room where the overhead light fixture brings elements of the former house together, too. The small tree cuttings are from a tree that had to be removed. Now, the dramatic oversized glowing sphere mimics stars through the trees. And, of course, the hot pink chair is a reminder of the tie to the Pink Ribbon cause.

Slip-covered chairs surround the painted wood trestle table in the dining room. Note the custom-painted floor and the textured wall treatments.

Facing the landscaped back yard, a patio with fireplace and all-weather wicker furniture and draperies takes the indoor living to the outdoors.

The designers bringing the house’s architectural elements to life are lead designer Valerie Cook of Valerie Cook Design Inc.; Julia Blailock and Rachel Reppond of Blailock Design; Belinda Bennett, Lauren Amber Prestenbach and Amy Vonderau of Bennett Design Group; Cho Interiors’ Christine Ho; Julie Dodson and Trisha Dodson of Dodson & Daughter; Leslie Sinclair of Segreto Finishes; and Mollie and Molly Interior Design’s Mollie Oshman and the late Molly Sullivan Levitt, wife of Zach Levitt, partner in the cause's construction company.

Established in 2003 by the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center Advisory Council, the Pink Ribbon House project has raised nearly $2.5 million for the Smith Breast Center.

Tour hours for this true labor of love in Hunter's Creek Village are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday the weekends of April 27 and May 4. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door. Click here for map.