A 1930's Houston Home Gets a Fresh Makeover

Jennifer Barron Redesigns a Choppy Floor Plan to Create Light & Open Spaces

A 21st Century Renovation for a 1930's Houston Home | Interior Design by Jennifer Barron of Jennifer Barron Interiors | Photography by Molly Culver | Modern Sanctuary | Living Room Inspiration | Contemporary Living Room | Feminine Living Room | Lighting Inspiration | Seating
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Molly Culver
03/27/2017

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history and character are often faced with the harsh reality of how to address small rooms, chopped up floor plans and outdated kitchens and baths.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.

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Molly Culver

“A mid-level gray paint, Dovetail by Sherwin Williams, was used on door frames to make them pop against the white walls.”

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Molly Culver
Photo by:
Molly Culver

“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. “

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Molly Culver

“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.”

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Molly Culver
Photo by:
Molly Culver
Kitchen Cabinets: Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams
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Molly Culver

“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.”

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Molly Culver

“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. “

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Molly Culver
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Molly Culver

“Beach photographs taken by photographer Gray Malin, paired with brass finishes create a feminine yet still neutral aesthetic. “

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Molly Culver

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

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Meet the designer Jennifer Barron Interiors
Bio:

A native Texan, Jennifer was born and raised in Dallas. She attended Vanderbilt University to pursue a degree in Human and Organizational Development and a minor in Art History. Following graduation, Jennifer returned to her hometown with Teach for America, after which she decided to pursue her love for design. To begin her career, she attended the Art Institute of Chicago, transferring to the Art Institute of Houston where she received her degree in Interior Design. While a student, she earned real-time experience working part time for a designer, and was eventually brought on full-time as a Project Designer upon graduating.

In September of 2015, Jennifer launched Jennifer Barron Interiors. As a professional Interior Designer, Jennifer believes in the philosophy that her clients should be so in love with their home, they are excited every time they walk in their front door. Her mission is to make her clients’ visions reality and believes that in each space, there should be something meaningful to them. Jennifer uses color and pattern to bring rooms to life, often turning to her favorite medium: wallpaper! Jennifer’s self-described style incorporates a blend of antiques with more contemporary elements of design. She brings her passion for style and design to each project, motivated by making a change in a place that her clients experience every day – their home.

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