Incredibly Stylish Space
One great feature of this 1950s Houston home: The large rooms flow from one to another. However, the lack of architectural details is consistent from room to room too. Instead of adding such details, where they'd be a tad out of place, Patti removed dingy carpet and gave everything a coat of creamy white paint, a nice backdrop to her antiques collection. Existing hardwood floors add a rich feel.
The tufted chairs are covered in a soft coral ticking, providing a hint of color. The wing chairs sport cotton canvas. Pillows add a splash of color to the neutral slipcovers. The dramatic scale of the chairs creates symmetry.
In the dining room, Patti selected an oval table to break up the rectangular lines of the house and generously fill the space.
A patterned rug anchors a room. The Oriental one that Patti chose pulls together all the colors found in the living room and connecting dining room.
Elegant coral silk draperies introduce color in the dining room. Patti repeats the natural blinds here to lend a more playful, less serious look. A large antique mirror creates a beautiful focal point in the room. Two iron floor lamps repeat the symmetry and clean lines found in the living room.
This article is from the January 2006 issue of Southern Living.