Classic craftsman-style homes in Houston’s vibrant Heights neighborhood are a coveted commodity. Which is why, when one longtime resident outgrew her beloved 1,100-square-foot 1920s bungalow, she called on interior designer Hallie Henley (halliehenleydesign.com) to assist with an addition and remodel. The pair developed an instant rapport. “I used to live next door, so I was really familiar with the space. It wasn’t until I moved that I was hired on in an official capacity,” says Henley.
The reimagined kitchen and breakfast area provides the perfect nook for all to enjoy. PHOTO BY JACK THOMPSON
Plans included adding a master suite to the back of the house and enlarging the kitchen-slash-breakfast area. Lucas Craftsmanship, known for its historic renovations, was tapped for the project. A top priority: respecting the integrity, scale and proportion of the home’s original bones. Henley also recommended flipping the living and dining areas to optimize entertaining space. As for the decor, both designer and client agreed a total makeover was in order. Updates ran the gamut, from paint and wallcoverings to furniture and accessories.
In order to optimize space, the living and dining rooms were flipped. PHOTO BY JACK THOMPSON
Standout designer features abound. Th e entryway and dining room area features Phillip Jeffries grasscloth walls, Highland House chairs and a custom-skirted table. In the adjacent living area, a Williams Sonoma Home velvet sofa blends seamlessly with lavender garden stools from a local antique store. A Round Top flea market rug is layered with one made of custom-cut seagrass. “I love mixing old and new. Vintage and antique pieces add character to a room,” says Henley.
Christopher Spitzmiller lamps add the perfect finishing touches to each bedside. PHOTO BY JACK THOMPSON
It’s a design aesthetic that runs throughout the house. Th e kitchen and breakfast nook sport reupholstered Wisteria bar stools, a Round Top bench and an antique planter. Th e same watercolor pattern is used for the Miles Redd for Schumacher Roman shades and laminated window seat bench. White cabinetry, designed by Morningside Architects, speaks to the home’s craftsman style.
The powder bathroom mixes classic charm and unique detailing by way of colorful wallpaper (Lotus Garden by Schumacher) and accessories. PHOTO BY JACK THOMPSON
In the master suite, Christopher Spitzmiller lamps sit atop Overstock dressers. Th e guest room has a Serena & Lily rattan bed and Kate Spade lamps, while bathrooms tout statement-making floral wallpaper. Toward the back of the house, a stylish transitional space features shimmery Th ibaut lavender grasscloth, a painted demilune antique cabinet and Julie Neill sconces. Original art is by Alexis Walter and Kayce Hughes, with Chinese chinoiserie from Houzz.
Henley likens the home, now a comfortably livable 1,750 square feet, to a little jewel box. “Everywhere you look, there’s a little vestibule or powder bath we made special with wallcoverings, art or vintage accessories.”