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2012 - Spring Issue
Casas Bonitas
Feature Home
Article: Heather Parra
Photos: Bill Faulkner
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For Lonny Write and Linda Willer-Write, building a home together was the start of a fantastic journey as a new couple. The two met when they worked together at the Army Sergeants Major Academy. Since then, they have both moved on to different jobs: Lonny now works for Pride Industries, a nonprofit that creates jobs for people with disabilities, and Linda is the communications director for the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission.


Design & Build:
Bella Vista
Custom Homes, Inc.


Western Wholesale

Vista Del Sol

El Paso Audio & Video
by Design, LLC


Bathroom Fixtures:
Faucet Direct

David Hernandez

Counter Tops:
EKB Granite

Exterior & Interior Stone:
EF Building Materials

Heating & Cooling System:
EBM Heating & Cooling

Chavez Landscaping

City Lights

Loya's Custom Shutters


Franklin Building Materials

Window Treatments:
Restoration Hardware
The two started looking for a new home together and were just not finding what they wanted. "The houses were so expensive and we weren't finding what we wanted," says Linda. "So, we decided that if we were going to spend that much money on a home, it should be exactly what we like. That's when we decided to build a home."

The couple had seen a Bella Vista home at the Parade of Homes and liked the construction of it, so they began meeting with Edgar Garcia of Bella Vista Homes to see if he was the right builder for them. After talking to Edgar and his team, Lonny and Linda really felt comfortable that Edgar was open to their ideas for their new home.

"At Bella Vista Custom Homes, every job we complete is a unique expression of the builder and client's vision, and on this home it was definitely the architectural design that Linda and Lonny had in mind," says Edgar Garcia. "Every job we complete reflects our professional quality and commitment to make our client's unique desires come true."

After deciding on the builder, Linda went online and started playing with floor plans. She also created a scrapbook of all kinds of pictures of design features she wanted in the home. At one point she even created a Photoshop document of exactly what the front of the house would look like. "Linda designed the whole home and all I did was stress," says Lonny, jokingly. "I only missed one day of coming out to the construction site to check on the progress of things."

"Throughout the building process of the Writes' home, it was always exciting to see the unique creativity and details that homeowner Linda Willer-Write brought together through her great sense of taste in interior design," says Grisel Ortega of Bella Vista Homes.

In all of her planning, one of the most important features for Linda was the stack stone that sets their house apart from so many others. "I am not a fan of stucco," says Linda. "I really like stack stone, but I didn't want just a little bit on some pillars like a lot of houses have. I wanted to stack stone the whole front area. Edgar thought I was crazy, but he listened and did exactly what we wanted."

The stack stone exterior is accentuated by lush, green grass, palm trees and colorful landscaping. Symmetrical pillars form the entryway to the house, which leads in to a grand foyer with intricate floor to ceiling details, such as a medallion-tile design made out of marble and travertine, a beautiful chandelier and crown molding topping it all off.

In addition to deciding what the exterior of the house would look like, Linda designed and decorated most of the interior also. One of her favorite rooms to decorate is a fun and funky library that mixes traditional and modern through its large bookshelves full of the classics, its zebra print chairs, and its rich chocolate brown, coffered ceiling. This warm and charming room sets the tone for this inviting house that is stylish, yet comfortable.

Beyond the foyer is the great room, which features a striking fireplace surrounded by floor-to-ceiling stack stone and large bookshelves on either side. Dark hardwood floors add to the warmth of the home. Linda's eclectic style is evident in fashionable, flowered chairs that she picked out for the room. Double French doors provide natural light for the room and balance out the darkness of the hardwood floors.

Opposite the living room is the state-of-the-art kitchen, which features stainless steel programmable, computerized Jenn-Air appliances, chosen by Lonny. Another element of the kitchen, designed by Lonny, is the island in the middle of the kitchen containing the stove and custom stove hood. "I wanted the stove in the island because then you don't have to have your back to your guests while you are cooking," says Lonny. Black granite countertops and a sparkling glass tile backsplash add to the sleek look of the kitchen.

There is an informal dining room off of the kitchen which leads into the bar, another room largely designed by Lonny. This comfy getaway room has its own TV and fireplace, as well as its own bathroom. The décor showcases Lonny's collection of artifacts from his time in the military, including swords, plaques and pictures. An interesting design element of the room is a criss-cross theme, from the design in the floor tile, to the coffered ceiling to the crossed swords hanging on the wall.

A small powder room in the hall is made chic through stone travertine wainscoting and a brown cracked-glass mirror above the sink. "I wanted to make my guest powder room a little special so that my friends would enjoy using it," says Linda.

The couple's master bedroom is designed in a style that Linda describes as "Hollywood glam meets French Provincial." The chocolate walls, cream furniture and light green bedding give the room a comfortable feeling, while a chandelier and intricate cameos on the walls add a touch of formality. The master bathroom is sleek and shiny with his and hers glass bowl sinks, a black granite vanity, and a marble shower with a glass door.

Even though most of the designing and decorating throughout the house was done by Linda, it is clear that Lonny has a real appreciation for the results. "We complement each other and really agree on designs and styles," Lonny says. And while there were a few bumps along the road, as with any journey, Lonny and Linda agree that the journey to owning a new home was well worth it. ///
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