In a city as vibrant and growing as rapidly as Houston, creating a peaceful sanctuary where one can recharge is a desire voiced by many of its residents. This young family is no exception and they were lucky enough to find the perfect lot in Braeswood Place, a group of subdivisions that boast several beautiful parks and excellent schools.
Knowing they would need help designing their dream home, the family reached out to designer Marie Flanigan who has a strong reputation for creating beautiful, comfortable homes based on a philosophy of timelessness, authenticity, simplicity and elegance.
“We believe in enhancing people’s lives by creating spaces that are evocative and inspiring”, says Marie. “I also believe the magic is truly found in the balance of overall vision and attention to the finest detail.”
This home is a beautiful example of this vision. Contemporary, elegant and highly livable, it is a warm and inviting space for a young family to retreat and enjoy each other.
“The family desired a home with an open, contemporary style that would feel inviting, livable and family-friendly. We brought this concept to life by turning to a fresh, neutral color palette accented by the use of texture-rich finishes and custom-built design details where the vibrant art and accessories tell the grandest story.
“Being a young, active family, a great deal of focus was placed on indoor/outdoor living, which is evident in the vast, streamlined windows that usher the beauty and warmth of natural light into every inch of space, as well as the installation of sliding steel doors that allow the family and guests to easily flow from the living room to the back yard.”
Marie’s impeccable attention to detail shines in her lighting choices throughout this home. In the entry an airy, sculptural 14.26 Square Pendant Chandelier from Bocci (sourced through Internum) beautifully complements the curved staircase.
Lighting dramatically enhances both the mood and function of a space and it’s vital to any good design. I love uniting the warm glow of natural light with the brilliance of sophisticated chandeliers, sconces, and recessed lighting to ensure that a home dazzles at any hour of the day. Marie Flanigan
Custom dark bronze and plated chrome lighting fixture crafted by Peck & Company
“We spent hours perfecting the living room fireplace, defining the exact proportions needed to ensure that the wall’s asymmetrical style felt natural and appealing, and that same attention to detail breathed life into the custom floating staircase that graces the home’s entry.”
In the dining room, a Bubbles Chandelier from Solaria Lighting is the perfect blend of form and function.
“When it comes to selecting fixtures, don’t be afraid to shake things up! Mix metals and combine complementary styles to create a lighting plan that speaks your language.”
Warm and cool tones harmonize to create a beautiful palette in the kitchen. The breakfast bar doubles as a casual dining space and the perfect place for doing homework.
Large windows flood the breakfast room with light. A marble-topped dining table enhanced by sleek modern chairs bring interest to the monochromatic space. The Atrium Chandelier from West Elm was refinished in a satin silver by a local craftsman.
A mix of rustic and modern, rough and honed textures create a unique powder room.
The master bedroom’s large windows and simple furnishings create a perfect retreat for busy parents.
“The master bath was reconfigured to allow for the installation of double-sided, polished nickel mirrors that suspend from the ceiling serving as a powerful focal point within the spa-inspired master suite.”
Limestone flooring: Moselle Gris from Daltile.
The playroom proves how “rich, saturated earth tones and tailored midcentury modern décor can combine to create an atmosphere that’s both soothing and lively; a fitting complement to its neutral, texture-rich surroundings, and the perfect landing spot where this young family can relax after a long, busy day.”
“Our goal was to create a space that paid respect to the rest of the home’s minimalist nature while serving as a fun-filled, vibrant escape every family dreams of! The room’s focal point is a playful, vintage-inspired mural and we had a blast pulling colors for the rest of the room straight from that palette.”
Warm and textural with a timeless blend of contemporary, traditional, and industrial elements, this home’s true character is defined by its host of playful and distinctive details. Marie Flanigan