It can still take 10 months or more to get custom-made furniture and a year or more to get a Bosch dishwasher or a Wolf range, but plenty of homeowners have still managed to finish new home construction and home renovation or redecorating projects.
The top looks have included durable materials such as porcelain tile and performance fabrics that still bring beauty to a home. Houston area residents are indulging their passions, with wine bars, cocktail lounges, indoor basketball courts and outdoor Pickleball courts. We’re choosing beautiful colors over simple neutrals and texture is one of the most important elements in the layering of rooms.
Of all of the homes I wrote about, here’s a group of the most beautiful. Enjoy, and keep dreaming about your own next home project.
One of the biggest stories from the past few years is that of people building hobbies and activities into their homes and backyards. With help from interior designer Shannon Crain
, Jennifer and Derek Angel did that in their Memorial home, turning attic space into a bunk room/play room and creating a comfortable media room where the family – or the kids and their many friends (hint: they have great snacks) – can gather. Let’s not forget their new putting green, Pickleball court and two-story treehouse that joined the existing pool and outdoor pavilion.
Tom and Eyvette Hetherington’s historic home near Southampton is still as majestic as it was when it was built 100 years ago. They bought it not long after the coronavirus pandemic set in, and did a full refresh, updating furniture, colors and accessories throughout the home with help from Laurie Pearson of L. Pearson Design
. The home has a basement, and that’s where Tom had a beautiful wine room installed for storing his growing collection of wine. Yvette wanted to make the new home comfortable for her family, and used plenty of blue – a hue that remains a strong home décor trend – throughout.
When Denise and Russell Bass built a new home in High Meadow Ranch, it was about having a place that’s simpler in style and easier to take care of. The home is still large, 5,000 square feet, and has a wine bar, cocktail bar and a spacious butler’s pantry. They made sure they have plenty of room to display Denise’s love of antiques and art, and filled the home with beautiful stone, tile and furnishings with help from interior designer Ayca Stiffel of By Design Interiors.
When many people think of their dream home, it’s about soft fabrics, gorgeous art, luxurious rugs and great furniture. Ask Steve and Shelly Maddox about theirs, and he’ll talk about the indoor basketball court he uses every day, gym and outdoor putting green. Shelly, who does animal rescue work, will talk about her dog shower/grooming station. Interior designer Nikole Starr of Nikole Starr Interiors
helped the busy Sugar Land couple, who own Maddox Custom Pools and Landscaping, fill the home with easy-to-care-for materials.
The heart of Karen Lippe’s 1,750-square-foot Garden Oaks homereally is the kitchen. It’s where she’s constantly baking cookies and cakes or whipping up a last-minute charcuterie tray for friends who seem to drop by every time they know she’ll be baking. She hosts church events, too, and talks about the friendships forged and the comfort and love that’s been nurtured here. With help from Home Girls Design contractors
Haley Ottmann and Brigitte Howell, Lippe revamped her home and enlarged it just a bit, too.
Althea and Henry Lee bought an existing home in Memorial and, in phases, infused it with European style. The most recent phase was the main living area, a kitchen, living room and dining room, with help from Dodson Interiors
. They rearranged the kitchen and added beautiful antique tile from Chateau Domingue, reupholstered dining chairs and added draperies and wallcoverings. The living room got new furniture that can handle the busy family of four as well as their Siberian Husky, Suki.
When Crystal Gates and Copatric Dartis sold their Denver home and moved to Houston, they fixed it up, stood back and wondered why they hadn’t done it for themselves years earlier. Fueled by hours watching home makeover shows, Gates set out to amp up the style in their Oak Forest home, with help from Stephanie Vaughan of Design Dwell Interiors
. They added contemporary cabinets to the small living room, reimagined a dining area and reinvented the kitchen floor plan to be more beautiful and functional.
After a decade living in their 1950s-era Spring Branch home, Annalee and Evan McCord undertook a massive renovation that added a 360-square-foot primary suite and touched every part of the home. Some might have shopped for a new home elsewhere, but Evan grew up here, and his parents and grandparents lived here, too. The kids have their own space now, including a projects room for art and homework, and Annalee has the most efficient kitchen ever with the help of Haley Ottmann and Brigitte Howell of Home Girls Design
“More” was the operative word in the rainbow of colors now found in Samantha Thompson’s four-story townhome in Hyde Park. Her townhome started its life completely white, then with the help of Pamela O’Brien of Pamela Hope Designs
, added teal with pops of pink in the living room, lavender to her home office, more teal in the dining room and lots more in the bedrooms. “I have colorful clothes, and I think that color makes things happier,” said Thompson, an oil and gas lawyer.
Andy and Elizabeth Cloud had renovated their 1960s-era Memorial Glen home in stages, and all of their hard work washed away when the Addicks and Barker reservoirs were released, sending more floodwater into their neighborhood. So once again, the couple tackled new renovations on their home with help from their longtime interior designer Joani Scaff of Paisley House
. They refinished family heirlooms made by Elizabeth’s grandfather, added beautiful wallpaper, new lighting and reimagined the main living area as a more open concept by removing walls.
Claudia Kreisle contemplated buying a new home, but decided to stay put when real estate prices were sky-high. With help from Mary Patton Design
, she added new furnishings and more color to her 1,485-square-foot townhome on the edge of River Oaks. She doesn’t cook, but entertaining is important to her, so space devoted to a small, built-in desk that she never used was turned into a beautiful new bar, a hub for cocktails, fine wine and good friends.
Chad and Elizabeth Johnson had lived in their home for six years, knowing they needed to spruce it up, when they stumbled onto a package for the services of interior designer Caron Woolsey of Caron Woolsey Interiors
at a charity auction. With her help they refreshed much of their home without doing any major remodeling. Smaller changes such as painting kitchen island and adding a butcher block top, adding wainscoting and bold wallpaper to the powder bathroom and giving the study a makeover with paint, lighting and a designer’s polished touch made the whole house feel spanking new.