Our New House


{The Pretty View from Our Living Room}

We have been in our new house for a couple of weeks now and it is really starting to feel like home. We’re about 90% unpacked and still have a bit of organizing to do along with hanging art, installing new light fixtures, etc, but it takes a little longer with both of us working during the day. I am planning to share our renovations and the evolution of the house with you here on the blog, but before we dive into a specific project, I thought I’d share some photos of the house when we bought it. I took most of these photos when we came over to measure for furniture and various projects while the previous owners were still living here.


{The Entry: I have big plans for this small space! Right now, it feels like a bit of a pass-through rather than a proper room. It has doors on every side along with the staircase, so I plan to define the space with a dramatic wall treatment, a great light fixture, and new tile. The walls in the stairwell will be painted white, the banister will be painted black, and I just had a new stair runner installed.}


{My Office: This room is so much larger than it looks in photos. I plan to use it as my office. The first order of business was painting it Benjamin Moore’s White Dove. We will rip out the carpeting and install new flooring as well as a new light fixture.}


{All of the built-ins will get new hardware.}


{The Office Bathroom: I am considering installing a fun wallpaper in the office bathroom. The other option is to paint it white and add some great artwork. I have a fun shower curtain and will replace the countertop and plumbing fixtures.}


{The Powder Bath: We went from a one-story house in the suburbs to a three-story townhouse in the city. The rooms are all on the large side and we have tall ceilings which give the house a nice feel. The powder bathroom is just off of the living room on the second floor. It’s a small space that I am super excited to transform into something special. I will share more about my plans in a separate post, but I will be using one wallpaper on the walls and another on the ceiling. A new light fixture, faucet, and mirror will help to make the space feel more like “us”.}


{The powder bath is divided by a little pocket door for the water closet. I love this detail. The tile in there now is a brown marble which I plan to change to go with my new design.}


{The Living Room: This is the living room as the previous owners had it while we were there for a visit one day. It is a rather large room with windows on both sides and gets wonderful light throughout the day.}


{Another View of the Living Room– We have already painted this entire floor Benjamin Moore White Dove to give it a crisp, airy feel. I plan to anchor the room with two sofas. We will add a larger console for our TV, plenty of art, new lighting, and a larger seagrass rug which I plan to layer with a striped dhurrie.}


{I have already filled the built-ins with my collection of books! We will also add a Serge Mouille ceiling lamp in the center of the room.}


{The windows at the house are so beautiful. I love the way they are framed. We also have a very pretty view. The previous owners had these cellular blinds installed for privacy and to block the light. I’ve lived with them for the past couple of weeks and while they’re easy to use, I don’t think they are quite right for me, so I am having new grassweave shades made which will go all the way up to where the rod is hung to eliminate the negative space. I am also having my curtains from the bedroom I designed for the Southern Style Now Showhouse hemmed to go in the living room and dining room.}


{The Dining Room: Our Realtor’s assistant was sitting in there during our visit. We’ve already painted the room white and will add a new chandelier. I have added a more appropriately-sized gray sisal rug and have a beautiful new dining table and chairs that I’ll share in a later post. The same window treatments from the living room will go on the two windows in here. I am also having some deGournay panels framed from my room at the showhouse which will go on the far wall where the former owners had their painting.}


{The kitchen has very pretty taupe cabinets similar to what I had at my old house, except these are inset and much nicer. We will replace the backsplash and will be adding new Caesarstone countertops to lighten up the space. I also plan to add new light fixtures and a beautiful Kohler faucet.}


{The appliances were just replaced last year, which is fantastic! The island will get a new slab and a fresh coat of gray paint. The color is currently a bit too green for me. The large pantry/utility room is through the doorway. We plan to paint and add new tile in there to freshen it all up and make it feel more cohesive with the kitchen.}


{The Stairwell: I had wanted to stain the floor before we moved in, but the timing just didn’t work. I can totally live with the stain, which looks even better with the white walls versus the tan walls here. The stair railing will be painted black. I had a wool sisal runner installed to make everything look more polished, but primarily for Tate’s safety. It’s crazy how confident he is on the stairs now! To finish off the space, we’ll add a beautiful bronze lantern and some great artwork.}


{Guest Bedroom: The bedrooms are on the third floor. The former owners had twins who shared the room that will become our guest bedroom. Again, it is larger than it appears in this photo. I have a great, new bed coming from Serena & Lily for this space. While the rest of the house is going to be done in my signature, high-contrast palette of black, white, gray, camel, with some pops of pink, I plan to have some fun with color in this room and will share more in a future post.}


{The Guest Bathroom: The guest bath is in pretty original condition from when the house was built 15 years ago. This space will get a major overhaul– new tile, new plumbing fixtures, hardware, countertops, paint– the works!}


{The previous owners had remodeled the bathroom just a few years ago and did a nice job with it, so the changes here will be minor– new paint, new lights, new plumbing fixtures and cabinet hardware, new fabric for the bench seat.}


{I don’t have a photo of the shower and bath tub area, but we plan to have it all redone. It has a simple white ceramic tile now, but it is about two shades too warm for the Carrara marble countertops and floor– the travails of being a designer! While we’re at it, we’ll change those plumbing fixtures to polished nickel to match the new lighting, faucets, and cabinet hardware that are going with the vanities.}


{The Master Bedroom: This space will get a pretty big facelift as well. It will get new paint, flooring, and window treatments. I’d also like to have a custom wardrobe built along that back wall– something pretty with antique mirrored fronts, perhaps, because we need the extra storage since Fabian and I have to share a closet in this new house.}


{Finally, I will share the transformation of each room with you in future posts and have shared a few glimpses on Instagram. In the meantime, here is what the living room looked like after we painted it white right before moving in. That alone made a huge difference! I look forward to sharing this journey with you.}

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  1. I LOVE it! I tried to read the article on the Houston Chronicle, but you need to be a subscriber – would you post the photos here? Thanks!

  2. What gorgeous bones you have to work with! Great pick, but am so excited to see how you transform the space. I am especially eager to see how you create the wardrobe in your bedroom, as we have to create something similar in our new house. Congrats to you all!

    1. Thank you, Claude! I’m a little hesitant to share a photo of the outside since you never know who might be reading. It makes me nervous. While I share so much of my life on the blog, I feel the need to maintain a little sense of privacy.

  3. Beautiful bones and I also love all the windows. I am excited to see the finish product once you perform your magic. Congratulations and thanks for sharing!

    Forever Chic!


  4. It is with great pleasure that I always find your emails in my inbox. Thank you for inviting us to be part of this journey, your own personal project! (I am sad to not have a project of my own, so I am vicariously living yours…). I can not wait to see more!

  5. I look forward to seeing the exquisite transformation of your new home. Thank you in advance for sharing with all of us.

    I am glad I came across your blog-I especially love your quotes of the week. This is my first time writing to you but wanted you to know your email posting is one of the things I look forward to in my day. Such elegant taste beautifully photographed is a treat for me. One of my “Stop and smell the roses” moments for me.

    Many thanks

  6. Congrats to your new house, it will look great when done! And, thank you for a very beautiful blog, you are a huge inspiration to me. I’ve recently quit my job at H&M marketing division in Stockholm, Sweden in order to start up my own firm within interior design, and I’m loving every minute of it. My family and I bought a new apartment beginning of this summer, that is now being renovated. So it’s with great anticipation I follow your remodeling :-). If you have a minute to spare check out my webpage/blog on gahminterior.com.

    Many thanks!