A Houston Home Tear-Down Results In More Light


transitional neutral entry staircase rug

An entry containing a pair of antique scenic panels and a bench, both from MAI, welcomes guests into this Houston home with interiors by designer Julie Dodson, setting the stage for the calm and relaxing spaces throughout the residence. Wood flooring is from Floor Designs of Houston.

transitional living room neutral

A Perennials textile from David Sutherland covers living room sofas by The Joseph Company; existing leather chairs hold custom Victoria Hagan fabric pillows. A coffee table from Janet Wiebe Antiques joins Dutch painted stools from Ainsworth-Noah in Atlanta. A Stark rug adds subtle pattern underfoot, while draperies don Marais Stipple by Thomas Callaway material from Holland & Sherry.

transitional dining room green glass...

The dining room accommodates both everyday use and special occasions. The vintage Fortuny fabric pillow from MAI, art from Found and vintage Murano glass lamps from Ruby Beets in Sag Harbor, New York, all add a splash of color to the otherwise monochromatic space.

transitional neutral bathroom limestone flooring...

The master bathroom showcases Walker Zanger limestone flooring and Arabescato Vagli marble from Designer Stone Center surrounding a Kohler tub from Morrison Supply Company. Perennials fabric from David Sutherland covers a seat by The Joseph Company. The armoire is from Joyce Horn Antiques, and art is from MAI.

transitional bedroom neutral rug armchairs

The master bedroom bench from Antica Collection and the armchairs in a Hodsoll McKenzie textile from George Cameron Nash top a custom Stark rug. Accents in Iron crafted the bed frame, which The Joseph Company covered in Holland & Sherry material. The duvet features Ralph Lauren Home Aquitaine sheer fabric from Kravet. GP & J Baker material forms the draperies.

transitional study neutral rug artwork

Storage and organization were paramount in the study, which houses a buffet from MAI and a desk from Clutter Antiques at the Original Round Top Antiques Fair. The X bench is from George Cameron Nash; the Dennis & Leen desk chair from Culp Associates wears Christopher Farr Cloth material. A Stark rug and art from Found complete the space.

transitional kitchen bar area lamp...

Right: A lamp from Skelton Culver in the kitchen's bar area offers a textural contrast to the sleek honed-dolomite countertops from Omni Surfaces. Benedettini constructed the cabinetry, which features custom glass and mirrored shelving.

transitional white kitchen blue island

An architectural fragment from Back Row Home overlooks the kitchen, which boasts a Walker Zanger backsplash. Circa Lighting lanterns hang above the island; Formations sconces flank the Rohl Perrin & Rowe faucet from Morrison Supply Company. A custom range hood by The Lonestar Range Hood Company tops a Thermador range from Morrison Supply Company.

transitional dining room green glass...

Chairs from MAI against a wall in the dining room flank a reclaimed-wood buffet from Area. The Joseph Company made the dining table and its seating, which dons Perennials cushion material. The Niermann Weeks Vivaldi chandelier and a mirror from Found offset the wooden elements.

Tfter living in their ’60s-era home for 11 years, it was time for a change. With two daughters approaching their teenage years, this Houston family was not only outgrowing their space, but the dated interiors were done.

“It was all very dark wood that was really ‘in’ when we moved in, but as things have lightened up, that house really felt foreboding,” the wife says. “We were drowning–the closets were all full–there wasn’t enough air to breathe.”

They decided to tear the place down and start over with the help of designer Julie Dodson, who “got” the refined-rustic, transitional look they were after.

“They’re not pretentious at all,” Dodson says. “They’re laid back, easy-going, not high-maintenance. I wanted that house to be easy, with a casual sophistication.”

The designer spent a year scouring vintage and antique shops, along with her decorator resources, to fill the new house with French-country inspired furnishings and decor. She also worked with the home’s architects to customize each space to meet the family’s specific needs, from a sideboard on wheels that can be moved into place for a party to a play room with multiple TVs and plush chaise lounges to settle in for movies and video games.

Above all, the new house is everything the old house was not: Open and bright, where entertaining is a breeze and kids and adults can freely mingle.