The May issue of Paper City features interior designer Lisa Epley’s très chic townhouse. Now, if the house in The Woodlands I featured in the last post wasn’t “me”, then this is the antithesis. Epley’s house sings to me. I absolutely adore the grey walls and high gloss, ebonized floors, no matter how impractical they may be. I love the use of chic, feminine details and the overall palette of black, white, and grey with the occasional punch of color.
You’ll notice that Epley seems to love mirrors. When she moved out of her previous residence in River Oaks and into her new Upper Kirby townhouse, most of her furniture had to go, as it was too large for her new digs. Her collection of antique, gilded French mirrors, however, made the move with her. Along with the wall and floor mirrors, you’ll notice mirrored chests and armoires, as well as some creative uses of mirrored surfaces. For her teenage daughter’s room, Epley bought a couple of nightstands from IKEA and had them custom covered in mirrors. The kitchen back splash is also mirrored. I’m sure it is high-maintenance, but sometimes, life just calls for style over functionality and this house has it in spades.
Antique French gilt mirror, Zebra-skin bench from Shabby Slips, antique French demi-lune tables
An antique Italian sunburst mirror found in a Paris flea-market hangs over the carrara marble fireplace. Cocktail table from James Dawson Design, white denim sofas from The Joseph Company, 19th century gilded armchairs from a Paris flea market.
Louis-Philippe silver-leaf mirror and iron bistro table from a Paris flea market, antique black lacquered Chinese table from Eclectic Home
Mirrored ebony armoire from Shabby Slips, cocktail table from James Dawson Designs. The French-gilt floor lamp is another Paris flea market find.
AboveLeft: Epley’s master bedroom features a 19th century starburst mirror, headboard by Hien Lam, glass cylinder lamps by Alcon Lighting, and antique Chinese lacquered chests from Wind Water Gallery in The Heights.
Above Right: Epley’s daughter’s room provides a burst of color through bedding by Hien Lam. Mercury glass lamps from Z Gallerie, crystal chandelier from High Fashion Home, Sunburst mirror from Eclectic Home
The configuration of the kitchen was designed by Epley and features Calcutta gold marble counter tops and a mirrored back splash. It is painted in Sherwin Williams’ Porpoise shade.
The roof-top garden features chairs from Home Source, wall-to-wall synthetic grass from Creative Flooring Resources, mirrors from Eclectic Home, and pillows from Neiman Marcus.
Lisa Epley on her roof-top garden wearing an organza and tulle skirt by Vanessa Riley of London. Sofas and cocktail table by West Elm, Greek key pillow by Hien Lam, Iron planters by James Dawson Design