From traditional to modern, casual elegance dictated style this year
Dec. 26, 2019Updated: Dec. 31, 2019 2:24 p.m.
Jerry Hooker and Jacob Sudhoff fell in love
in 2016 when it was in serious disrepair. They loved the neighborhood and its history and spent two years returning this stately home to its original grandeur. with their Courtlandt Place home Divya Pande
Inside, Sudhoff and Hooker, an architect, went for mostly white and light interiors, but created a moody escape in this front sitting room.
that turned their little-used living room into a showplace for entertaining. Their interior designer was Kim and Andreas Tolias embarked on a whole-home renovation Fabrice Plantard Decoration. Marie Dominique Verdier
Plantard applied paneling to a plain staircase wall and added a dazzling contemporary chandelier.
Marie Dominique Verdier
Jay Hurt’s Shadow Lawn home was on
. The home is an example of the investment many people are making to restore and preserve historic homes in Houston. Preservation Houston’s 2019 Good Brick Tour , The Artisan Group and Dillon Kyle Architects formed the design-build team. In the home’s dining room, hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper depicts Hermann Park as it would have looked in 1929. Lucas Eilers Design Associates Peter Molick Photography
and the first piece of art they bought for it was this beautiful chandelier for their dining room. Doug and Caroline Bailey’s most recent move was into a more contemporary home was their interior designer. Cindy Witmer Designs Kerry Kirk
The couple loves the Beverly Hills Hotel, so they channeled its vibe in this extra bedroom just off of their backyard patio and pool. Slim Aarons photographs, Jonathan Adler’s Chippendale-style chairs and Dorothy Draper Braziliance pillows do the work.
Oversized floral wallpaper provides a “wow factor” in the dining room of
Their team included architect Andy and Susan Smith’s Memorial area home. and interior designer Brandon Breaux Design Talbot Cooley Interiors. Nathan Schroder
A small “jewel box” area was created on the side of the Smiths’ master bedroom, where a chaise provides a great place to rest or read.
Interior designer Janet Gust in the home she shares with her husband, Rick Gregory. loves a mix of antique, vintage and contemporary pieces Peter Mollick Photography
Gust’s master bedroom is done in high contrast black and white.
Peter Mollick Photography
, adding this gorgeous Greek key design wallpaper to the foyer. Harlan and Cynthia Lane updated their Memorial home was their interior designer. Nest Design Group Julie Soefer
Gerald Johnson Jr.’s Dickinson home was devastated by several feet of water in Hurricane Harvey. His designer,
, Jacob Medina of Medina Designs . turned the traditional home into a much more contemporary space Kerry Kirk
Dark blue-gray paint — Sherwin-Williams’ Debonair — made a dramatic change in Johnson’s study.
Courtesy of Medina Designs
Much of the furniture
owner of Scene One Interiors, is by designer Christopher Guy. in the home of Steve Clifton, Yi-Chin Lee, Staff / Staff photographer
A 17-foot custom Swarovski crystal chandelier by Elegant Lighting hangs from the fourth floor in Clifton’s townhome.
Yi-Chin Lee, Staff / Staff photographer
Pam and Bill Nelson’s new home was in the
. 30th annual Bellaire New Home Showcase Analicia Herrmann
The Nelsons wanted plenty of color in their home and their designer,
, suggested this shade of green for the kitchen cabinets. Their builder was Chairma Design Group . Stone Acorn Builders Analicia Herrmann
Brick on a vaulted ceiling is the backdrop for this 24-light gold chandelier in
. Greg and Denise Savage’s new home in Meadow Glen Aaron Raney / Rockbait.com
Macy and Mayes Middleton wanted their three sons to grow up with the same childhood experiences that Mayes had, so
Middleton is the state representative for District 23, which includes Galveston and Wallisville, where their primary home is. after renting a home in Galveston’s Beachtown, they bought their own. was the interior designer. Mark Ashby Design Clay Grier
and her husband, Jon, love color, so their interior designer, Design blogger Carly Lee , installed this Ashley Goforth Design apple green grasscloth wallpaper in the foyer. Kerry Kirk
shifted them to the 15th floor of The River Oaks high-rise condominiums. Their decor is very contemporary, with modern touches like these Mies van der Rohe Brno chairs around a Saarinen tulip table. new phase of life for Matt and Christy Galtney handled interiors. Ginger Barber Interior Design Michael Hunter Photography
The condo has a library niche with a pair of Barcelona chairs.
Michael Hunter Photography
Hurricane Harvey reduced Sandy and Dr. J.J. Diaz’s Rockport home to a pile of rubble.
In addition to a great view of Copano Bay, the living room has a fireplace, a pair of white sofas and blue chairs, all with a coastal feel. The San Antonio couple rebuilt the home for their retirement. was their designer. Rainey Richardson Interiors Braun Photography
Historic preservation is gaining traction in a city known for demolishing old buildings. this building, originally a home for elderly women and later Adkins Architectural Antiques, got
and the stately building on Fannin Street in Midtown is now home to the a massive renovation and restoration . Hochglaube Law Firm Hester + Hardaway, Photographer / Photograph by Paul Hester
An interior photo shows the 100-year-old woodwork inside the law firm.
Hester + Hardaway, Photographer
Murray Snow had always lived in sprawling suburban homes and decided to shift to a townhome inside the loop near Memorial Park. Big windows fill the home with light, and
Their interior designer is Missy Stewart of . this living room gained an impressive, 18-piece art installation Missy Stewart Designs. Jeffrey Djayasaputra / Bayou City 360, Photographer/Owner
Marci and Mark Arnold brightened up
with lighter colors. Their first-floor renovation started with a kitchen remodeling project and ended up extending through the whole floor. Their interior designer is Missy Stewart of their Boulevard Oaks Craftsman-style home Missy Stewart Designs. Bayou City 360, Photographer/Owner
, designer Lynne T. Jones created this colorful sitting area in the Sugar Land home of Jeanne and Jeff Megna. Using the rug as the color inspiration Elizabeth Conley, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer
The couple’s Scottish Terriers are the perfect accessories for the room.
Elizabeth Conley, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer
Former Channel 2 “Buzz Lady” Roseann Rogers and her husband Aashish Shah bought a 1960 ranch home in Del Monte and
was their interior designer. updated it with a more contemporary look. Allie Wood Design Studio Kelli Durham
When Will Holder retired as president of Trendmaker Homes, he headed to San Marcos, where he and wife Lana,
. Will Holder is a proud Texas State University alum and had kept a smaller home there for years. The neutral main living area has a tall ceiling with open trusses. built their retirement dream home Dror Baldinger
The Holders’ Hill Country home is Mediterranean style and sits on a bluff with a beautiful view of a nature preserve in back.
Interior designer Hallie Henley Sims and her husband, William Sims,
Hallie Sims is an interior designer who embraces color, another big trend this year. . filled their Heights home with plenty of color Jack Thompson
is a testament to their love of natural materials, such as concrete, and their devotion to modern design. The second floor that hangs over the driveway is also a marvel of engineering. The home was designed by Bruce Minsky and Connie Kissinger’s very modern home in Boulevard Oaks . Robertson Design Jack Thompson
Shifting from traditional homes to townhomes or townhomes to high rises was a big trend among empty nesters and retirees wanting less home maintenane and a lock-and-leave lifestyle.
and shifted to more modern design for this midcentury building. Lisa Spain and Harry Bassist moved into this condo in The Bristol Marie D. De Jesús, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer
, sometimes in clever ways. The piece at right, by Stallman Studio, covers up the electrical breaker box in the kitchen. Spain and Bassist love contemporary art, and filled their home with it Marie D. De Jesús, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer
Many homeowners have a good eye for design and know what they like, but can’t quite add the polish that finishes a room. Amy Roddy is one of those people, and she hired interior designer
to Meg Lonergan as well as completely redo the home’s bathrooms. This foyer went from drab to fab with charming wallpaper, an antique dresser, art and blue and white porcelain. provide finishing touches in several rooms, Kerry Kirk
Amy and Jason Roddy felt was “half done.” Lonergan added draperies and wallpaper and reupholstered the chairs. The dining room is one of the rooms Kerry Kirk
Formal dining rooms often are a little-used room in a home, but
with interesting wall treatments, chandeliers and accessories. In Lauren and Jason Long’s Memorial home, designer plenty of people this year put extra effort into this room, Paloma Contreras used chinoiserie wallpaper and a crystal chandelier. Kerry Kirk
Parents of young children often think they can’t have anything nice until their kids are grown. Not so at the Norhill home of Gabe and Bridget Vick, who opted for
. performance fabrics in blue and white with pops of red here and there Emily C. Butler was their interior designer. Emily C. Butler
Lunden and Brooke McGill hired Haley Ottmann and Brigitte Howell of Home Girls Design to
, removing internal walls for a more open floor plan. Anyone else would likely have torn down the old house but the McGills saw a future in the home’s good bones. renovate their 1950s Spring Valley home Photography by Haley Ottmann; Photo styling by Renovate
Marc and Julie Cuenod moved to
Een the sofa, which one of their dogs has taken ownership of the sectional sofa in the family room. a new home in Tanglewood and furnished it with a lot of new things that are dog-friendly. Max Burkhalter
Houstonians Jason Fertitta and Courtney Hill Fertitta
built a guest house at their Brenham ranch with casual luxury. Courtney, an interior designer, owns Courtney Hill Interiors. Julie Soefer
Matthew Moore took a leap of faith when his very creative wife Ashley said she could
She did — and she launched a business as an interior designer when friends kept asking how she did it. turn an earth tone-heavy home into the modern farmhouse style they loved. Grace Laird
Randy and Shari Ziebarth hadn’t lived in their Kingwood home long when it was flooded by Hurricane Harvey. They
, but added more wallpaper and a little more color, replacing a brown leather sofa with this one in deep turquoise. Their designer — both times — was Pamela O’Brien of Pamela Hope Designs. returned much of their home to its previous status Julie Soefer
We could call 2019 a year to return to color. Sarah Steward and Duane Bever embraced blues, greens and bright yellow in their home in The Woodlands. This powder bathroom had charming wallpaper with a blue-green pattern. Their interior designer was
Karen Davis of Marker Girl. Marker Girl
2019 was a big year for architecture and home design, as new home went up all over the city and many people shifted from labor-intensive homes to lock-and-leave high-rise living. With each new home and each new move came new furnishings, accessories and, for many people, new art. Here’s a gallery of the most beautiful homes I’ve seen in the past year.
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