The Gorgeous Dream House We Want to Live In
Built in 2006, this already-gorgeous home was ready for a colorful facelift and a shift in style.
Why We're Wowed: With interiors awash in neutrals and a very Belgian-French aesthetic, the all-white exterior lends modern appeal to the Georgian-style home.
Chic for All
In the family room, an old Moroccan Beni Ourain rug softens a larger sea-grass rug, while sheepskin throws add fluffy appeal to streamlined sofa backs. Antique French shutters flank the fireplace and open to reveal a television on one side and built-in bookshelves on the other. A focal-point painting by New Orleans artist Amanda Talley works with a vintage Sputnik-style chandelier found at Texas’ famous Round Top Antiques Fair to continue the contemporary tone.
Why We're Wowed: Yup, this is the family room. Who wouldn't want to have a movie night here?
A sinuous chandelier serves as a floating sculpture in the dining room. Upholstered chairs with metal frames -- a famous silhouette from midcentury designer Milo Baughman -- surround a large trestle table that once grounded the room in a rustic French look. Color shifts from pink to electric sapphire, maintaining the home's signature caffeinated color pops.
Why We're Wowed: Blending rustic looks with sleek midcentury styles? Bravo.
A lacquered midcentury sideboard and antique mirror follows the new-meets-old pairing formula. Paisley wallpaper wraps the dining room in pattern.
Why We're Wowed: The large mirror, oversize wallpaper, and substantial accessories give the spacious, mostly neutral dining room a look-at-me attitude wtih dramatic scale.
The formal living room sets the tone with a gray-velvet-upholstered sofa featuring geometric-pattern throw pillows in shades of pink. A pair of Ward Bennett chairs gathered around a mirrored coffee table complete the look.
Why We're Wowed: Contrast reigns in an effortlessly cool way with the hide and sea-grass rug duo, sumptuous fabrics, and glittery surfaces.
White walls and window treatments blend together to let texture, color, and metallic accents shine. Flokati-upholstered benches, gold accents, and a large abstract art piece drench the living room in glamour.
Why We're Wowed: Colors pop against the neutral foundation, without seeming overdone.
Cooking Up Chic
Not to be relegated to simply workroom status, the kitchen carries the home's glamorous aura with aplomb. Gray cabinetry and sleek white countertops convey effortless sophistication, while wide-plank wood floors warm up the space. Regal color comes into play, of course -- an amethyst runner provides a just-right infusion of color. The light fixtures above the island are Belgian antiques that the homeowner had rewired at a local shop.
Why We're Wowed: Gray cabinetry is a welcome change from the typical white.
Breakfast Nook Beauty
Chairs with iconic midcentury-modern silhouettes pull up to a rustic farm table. White walls and trim throughout the house provide a gallerylike backdrop for the textural mix of pieces.
Why We're Wowed: The homeowner's husband made the light fixture. Designer Lindsay Addelman makes similar light fixtures and posted a DIY for one years ago. The homeowner had forgotten about it, but her husband surprised her with one.
Also, that rug!
The homeowner's talent for mixing eras shines in the master bedroom -- a Murano chandelier illuminates the Dorothy Draper chests and a traditional tufted bed. The bed sits atop striking wall-to-wall flame-stitch carpeting, which motivated the room's design, says the homeowner. A salmon pink rolled-arm sofa brings the home's design full circle.
Why We're Wowed: How can something so glam be so relaxing? We'll take our breakfast in bed now.