Those of us who achieve our dream of owning a home with history and character are often faced with the harsh reality of how to address small rooms, chopped up floor plans and outdated kitchens and baths. Bringing these homes into the 21st century while still maintaining the charm that we fell in love with, can be a painful process.
The owners of this 1930’s house, located on a quaint street in the West University neighborhood of Houston, were determined to meet the challenge head-on and enlisted designer Jennifer Barron of Jennifer Barron Interiors to help make their dreams come true. Jennifer describes the situation she was faced with:
“Rooms were all separate and the floor plan was extremely choppy. Contractor Luis Ortega of Cuautli Remodeling, the clients and I, designed a much more open space so that the house flowed well from one space to another. We took down a wall between the kitchen and the den so that the entire area was connected and open.”
Once the updates and increased functionality were addressed, Jennifer turned her attention to enhancing the home’s beauty. “Aesthetically, we wanted the house to be light and vibrant. Drawing from one of the key principals of my design philosophy, the entire house was painted white. We then used accents of light and dark gray throughout the space.
“Overall, the clients’ wish was to create an updated, open space. Through the use of a light backdrop, we were able to add touches of color to bring about the clients’ interests and personality.”
Through her vision and thoughtful design choices, Jennifer was able to create a home that is evocative of its 1930’s heritage while embracing the 21st century lifestyle of her clients.
“A mid-level gray paint, Dovetail by Sherwin Williams, was used on door frames to make them pop against the white walls.”
“Adding textural elements to a room is something we enjoy doing in clients’ homes. One of our latest and most favorite items, is using different kinds of hide rugs to add character to a particular space. Hide rugs have been revitalized to fit a multitude of styles and are not just something you see in hunting lodges, ranches, or western-inspired homes anymore. “
“The subtle touches of bright colors seen through accessories in the house keeps in line with my design philosophy of bringing interest into a space through details.”
Kitchen Cabinets: Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams
“In the powder room and entry, we used whimsical wallpaper (my favorite design tool!) to bring about personality and a sense of charm throughout the house.”
“I believe that through the use of light wall and trim colors, one is given much more freedom to accessorize with as many accent colors as they wish. “
“Beach photographs taken by photographer Gray Malin, paired with brass finishes create a feminine yet still neutral aesthetic. “
I believe that each person’s home should be a reflection of who they are. When an individual steps into their house it should become their home — a space that they never want to leave. Jennifer Barron