This Texas home is a symphony of influences, one that designer Marie Flanigan has conducted to perfection like the maestro she is. The design is rooted in French sensibilities, yet the house has a distinctly Southern feel to it. It’s contemporary, but traditional elements pull you in and invite you to sit awhile. Turn a corner, and you’re in a space imbued with modern lines. Walk up the stairs to the bedroom and sink back into a dreamy Southern oasis with rich textures and deep colors.
“It’s really about finding a common thread,” Marie says. “You don’t want to copy the same thing in every space but find a thread that makes you feel like this is the same home, the same voice being spoken and then expressed in different ways.”
Keeping a thread together through an 8,000-square-foot, two-story home is no easy feat. “I try hard to define the vision for the family about how they’re going to use the space and then design around that,” Marie says. For this project, she focused her vision on the color palette, which was inspired by nature with just a dash of subdued jewel tones. She changed the opacity and brilliance of the color in each room but kept the same colors in mind throughout.
Marie pulled a soft green from a custom wallcovering by Gracie Studio to be the focal point for the front two rooms of the house. This color was the basis for drapery in the dining room and the upholstery on the sofa in the sitting room across the entryway. Sapphire velvets and artwork in tea-stained tones amp up the cozy factor in the master bedroom, while natural textures bring in a contemporary note. Her use of rift-cut oak keeps modern design in conversation with more-traditional elements.
“We really wanted to carry out the simplistic elegance throughout the home but still give it some Southern charm,” she says. In the kitchen, for instance, the crisp detailing and lustrous finish of the cabinetry provides the elegance, while the minimalist breakfast table of the informal eating area, flanked by steel-framed windows and doors, defines simplicity.
It’s really about finding a common thread. You don’t want to copy the same thing in every space, but finding a thread makes you feel like this is the same home, the same voice.
Every one of the rooms is layered but not overly so. There is breathing room, but nothing looks empty. The walls are adorned but never crowded. Warmth and soft lines stand together with sleek finishes. “The key is knowing how to edit,” says Marie. “Pare down just enough to say what you’re trying to say without overdoing it.”
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