A Midcentury Houston Home Gets A Modern Makeover


mid-century modern exterior landscape

>Architect Dillon Kyle preserved and restored the front of this historic Houston house in part by matching brick from South Texas Brick & Stone to the existing brick. Every window, replaced through Houston Window Experts, mimics the original design as well. Landscape architect Randy Fajkus devised the long hedges to complement the horizontal lines and linear brick detailing on the front elevation.

mid-century modern hallway wood floors...

A paneled hallway leading to the master suite features molding inspired by the entry door. The Carlton Cook Company fabricated the millwork, which was painted by Heritage Painters, and Fine Flooring by Cameron installed the wood floors. Waterworks sconces flank a painting by French artist Daniel Trussart.

mid-century modern bedroom pale blue...

Serene pale blue tones delineate the master bedroom, where Kehoe covered the headboard in Pollack linen raffia. Perfect Quilt fabricated the bedspread with Highland Court fabric from Duralee and the square throw pillows with Kerry Joyce fabric. The Port 68 lamp and the custom side table designed by Kehoe are both from Ken Kehoe & Company.

mid-century modern bedroom pale blue...

Kehoe designed the chairs and ottoman, all wearing Donghia fabric, for the master bedroom sitting area. Rubelli fabric from Donghia forms the draperies fabricated by G&S Custom Draperies; the carpet is Rosecore.

mid-century modern living room zebra...

In the living room, matching armchairs clad in Osborne & Little fabric from ID Collection face a David Simpson painting from Haines Gallery in San Francisco; Weitzner fabric covers a wingback chair from One Kings Lane. A. Rudin chairs circle an antique table near an armoire from Joyce Horn Antiques and a Jean-Luc Myskowski painting from Galerie du Pharos in Saint Remy-de-Provence, while in the corner is a French antique sectional from Jan Showers.

mid-century modern bedroom floral prints...

An homage to renowned designers Sister Parish and Albert Hadley, the guest bedroom showcases Carleton V Ltd.'s Rhododendron wallpaper from ID Collection, and the pattern repeats on the almost-invisible headboards; Schumacher's Don't Fret fabric covers the throw pillows. James L. Kendrick III prints flank a nightstand holding a lamp from the owners' collection.

mid-century modern family room sectional...

In the family room, Kyle replicated wall shelves from the home's original drawings. The Joseph Company fabricated the custom Quadrille fabric-clad sectional sofa designed by Kehoe, and the McGuire coffee table is from Ellouise Abbott. Overstreet Audio-Video handled the home entertainment.

Designer Ken Kehoe fashioned the family room draperies with three colors of the same Kravet Montauk fabric sewn together. Similar hues repeat on cushions wearing Schumacher fabric on Donghia's Block Island club chairs and ottoman. A Port 68 lamp from Ken Kehoe & Company tops nesting tables from the owners' collection; the custom rug is from Matt Camron Rugs & Tapestries.

mid-century modern dining room neutral

Draperies made with Weitzner fabric calm the dining room, where a Bassett mirror from One Kings Lane placed over Arena Design wallpaper ensures that every dinner guest has outdoor views. An Ironies chandelier from Culp Associates lights the setting, which includes host chairs with Schumacher fabric on the front. Side chairs, also from One Kings Lane, wear Zimmer + Rohde fabric from George Cameron Nash, and the painting is by Adrien Moroni.

mid-century modern dining area green...

The breakfast room features comfortable upholstered seating to encourage hanging out. Kehoe designed the sofa sporting Brunschwig & Fils fabric from Kravet, while the sofa pillows are clad in Dedar's Flourish fabric from George Cameron Nash and chairs are covered with Fabricut's Mayapan fabric. The dining table is by McGuire, and the chandelier is from On Madison in Pasadena, California.

mid-century modern bathroom leaf wall...

The owners asked Kehoe to bring the Beverly Hills Hotel's Martinique banana leaf wallpaper to the pool bathroom. Replicating the look required cutting out the leaf design and floating it on the wall painted in the wallpaper design's background color. The home's original Crane sink is attached to Ann Sacks tile.

mid-century modern entry neutral staircase

John Staub, the home's original architect, designed the entry's basket-weave front door and intricate Art Deco staircase featuring a new custom stair runner by Hokanson. The bench is from Antique Warehouse by Dale Gillman in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the Vaughan chandelier is from George Cameron Nash. Weikel's Woodworks refinished and restored the parquet floors

mid-century modern outdoor pool sitting...

To bring a slice of California to their backyard, the homeowners requested a swimming pool. Designed by Fajkus and installed by The Pool Man, it is ringed with brick to coordinate with the house. Fajkus then added the loose arrangement of dusty miller, purple Angelonia and pink Nymph salvia. The Woodard chaise lounges are from Leisure Collections.

What would John Staub do?

That was the recurring mantra for architect Dillon Kyle and designer Ken Kehoe as they worked to return a brick-clad, Art Moderne Houston home to its original glory.

Kyle’s team started by redoing the roof with cedar shake shingles to match the originals, preserving the sunken garage, and emulating interior trim details. They also replaced a funky service addition with a high-functioning breakfast nook, family room and guest suite and returned a second-floor expansion to its original footprint.

For his part, Kehoe avoided a midcentury modern museum look in favor of a thoughtful blend of period pieces, such as a sectional from Jan Showers and glass-topped wheat-sheaf coffee table in the living room grouped with family antiques and frameless kitchen cabinets.

About the mixture of colors and styles Kehoe says: “The point was not to decorate the house. Instead, everything melds and complements the architecture.”