It can still take 10 months or more to get custom furniture and a year or more to get a Bosch dishwasher or a Wolf range, but many homeowners have still managed to get their hands on new construction and home renovations. – or complete refurbishment projects.
The top looks include durable materials such as porcelain tiles and high-quality fabrics that still bring beauty to a home. Residents of the Houston area indulge their passions, with wine bars, cocktail lounges, indoor basketball courts, and outdoor pickleball courts. We choose pretty colors over simple neutrals and texture is one of the most important elements in layering rooms.
Of all the houses I wrote about, here is a group of the most beautiful. Enjoy and keep dreaming about your own next home project.
One of the biggest stories in recent years is that people are building hobbies and activities in their homes and backyards. With the help of interior designer Shannon Crain, Jennifer and Derek Angel did just that in their Memorial home, turning the loft space into a bunk/playroom and creating a comfortable media room where the family—or the kids and their many friends (hint: they’re great have snacks) – can collect. Let’s not forget their new putting green, Pickleball court, and two-story treehouse that joined the existing pool and outdoor pavilion.
The historic home of Tom and Eyvette Hetherington near Southampton is as majestic as it was when it was built 100 years ago. They bought it not long after the coronavirus pandemic broke out, and have done a full refresh, updating furnishings, colors, and accessories throughout the house with the help of Laurie Pearson of L. Pearson Design. The house has a basement and Tom has had a beautiful wine room installed there to store his growing wine collection. Wanting to make the new home comfortable for her family, Yvette used a lot of blue throughout – a hue that remains a strong trend in home decor.
When Denise and Russell Bass built a new home at High Meadow Ranch, it was all about having a place that was simpler in style and easier to maintain. The house is still large, 5,000 square feet, and includes a wine bar, cocktail bar, and a spacious butler’s pantry. They made sure they had plenty of space to showcase Denise’s love of antiques and art, filling the home with beautiful stone, tile, and furniture with help from interior designer Ayca Stiffel of By Design Interiors.
When many people think of their dream home, they think of soft fabrics, beautiful art, luxurious rugs and beautiful furniture. Ask Steve and Shelly Maddox about theirs, and he’ll talk about the indoor basketball court he uses every day, the gym, and the outdoor putting green. Shelly, who rescues animals, will talk about her dog shower/grooming station. Interior designer Nikole Starr of Nikole Starr Interiors helped the busy Sugar Land couple, owners of Maddox Custom Pools and Landscaping, fill the home with easy-care materials.
The heart of Karen Lippe’s 1,750-square-foot Garden Oaks home is truly the kitchen. Here she is constantly baking cookies and cakes or preparing a charcuterie tray at the last minute for friends who drop by every time they know she will be baking. She also organizes church events and talks about the friendships forged and the comfort and love nurtured here. With the help of Home Girls Design contractors Haley Ottmann and Brigitte Howell, Lippe fixed up her home and enlarged it a bit as well.
Althea and Henry Lee bought an existing house in Memorial and gradually gave it a European style. The most recent phase was the living room, a kitchen, living room and dining room, with help from Dodson Interiors. They re-arranged the kitchen and added beautiful antique Chateau Domingue tiles, re-upholstered dining room chairs and added curtains and wall coverings. The living room has received new furnishings that can handle both the busy family of four and their Siberian Husky, Suki.
When Crystal Gates and Copatric Dartis sold their Denver home and moved to Houston, they spruced it up, took a step back, and wondered why they hadn’t done it for themselves years ago. Fueled by hours of 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 cabinetry to the small living room, reimagined a dining area, and reinvented the kitchen floor plan to be prettier and more functional.
After living in their 1950s Spring Branch home for a decade, Annalee and Evan McCord undertook a major renovation that added a 35-square-foot primary suite and touched every part of the home. Some may have bought a new house elsewhere, but Evan grew up here and his parents and grandparents also lived here. The kids now have their own space, including a project 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 key word in the rainbow of colors now found in Samantha Thompson’s four-story Hyde Park townhome. Her townhome started life all white, then with the help of Pamela O’Brien of Pamela Hope Designs she added teal with pink accents in the living room, lavender in her home office, more teal in the dining room and more in the Bedrooms. “I have colorful clothes and I think color makes things brighter,” says Thompson, an oil and gas attorney.
Andy and Elizabeth Cloud had renovated their 1960s Memorial Glen home in stages, and all their hard work was washed away when the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs were released, bringing more floodwaters into their neighborhood. So once again, the couple tackled new renovations at their home with the help of longtime interior designer Joani Scaff of Paisley House. They refinished family heirlooms belonging to Elizabeth’s grandfather, added beautiful wallpaper, installed new lighting and redesigned the living room as a more open concept by removing walls.
Claudia Kreisle considered buying a new home, but decided to stay when real estate prices skyrocketed. 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 entertainment is important to her, so the space set aside for a small, built-in desk she never used was transformed into a gorgeous new bar, a hub for cocktails, fine wine, and good friends.
Chad and Elizabeth Johnson had been living in their house for six years, knowing they needed to fix it up, when they came across a package at a charity auction for the services of interior designer Caron Woolsey of Caron Woolsey Interiors. With her help, they have refreshed a large part of their home without major renovations. Smaller changes like painting the kitchen island and adding a butcher block, adding wainscoting and bold wallpaper to the powder bathroom, and giving the den a makeover with paint, lighting, and a designer’s polished touch made made the whole house feel brand new.