Peek inside a modern family home in Houston

Light, airy and spacious, with just the right amount of old-world tradition thrown into the mix. We're big fans of that stylish home bar too...


A modern home (opens in new tab) in Houston with interiors by Marie Flanigan (opens in new tab). The owners, a family that were relocating from New York City, asked Marie Flanigan to help them create an 8,000 square foot home with a mix of modern French architecture and a contemporary interior style.

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Upon entering the home, you are greeted by its two most formal spaces, a sitting room and dining room, each boasting singular styles tied together through architectural detailing.

In the sitting room, a graphic portrait by Padaric Kolander is flanked by blocked shelving while dramatic rift-cut oak paneling and trim in a contemporary application are brought to life through the use of rich, earthy hues and bold textures and patterns.

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The dining room walls are adorned in a handcrafted Gracie wallpaper, lending a modern flair to an Old-World style.

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Blown glass lighting with antique brass accents illuminates the sophisticated combination of vintage and modern design elements below.

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Directly off the dining room, a regal blue butler’s pantry with built-in wine storage and bar dazzles with exposed metal shelving, antique mirror detailing, and campaign style cabinets that are lined in polished nickel.

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The wall facing the pantry has a window through it, making it easier to hand drinks through to the kitchen, bar-style.

Polished nickel gallery lights set a dramatic tone, stylishly highlighting the spirits and barware below.

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The lightly stained rift cut oak detailing continues in the home’s busiest spaces, including the sun-soaked kitchen, dining space, and living room, where an open concept plan makes entertaining a breeze.

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Sprawling Quartzite slabs serve up a chic workspace in the kitchen complemented by surrounding cabinetry that boasts an industrial style in the form of stainless steel accents.

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In the dining space, a bold blue Tony Magar painting and heavy steel doors stand strong amidst an otherwise gentle, nature-inspired colour palette.

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Steel doors flow through the adjoined living space where a cast stone fireplace wall with etched stone surround and a framed abstract sketch take centre stage.

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Antique furnishings live comfortably among modern pieces, including a custom hand scraped coffee table, lighting and furnishings from Formations, and seating from McGuire and Ralph Lauren.

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Charcoal marble countertops and polished nickel finishes create an elegant scheme in the cloakroom.

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In the master suite, majestic shades of blue continue to serve up contrast against the stained, contemporary wood paneling and trim.

A custom hand painted tea stained painting from Gracie Studio playfully challenges balance in the sitting area.

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Honed vintage marble flooring in a herringbone pattern sets the stage in the bathroom where charcoal marble countertops and polished nickel finishes shine.

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