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Publication Date: 2015-06-16


13 Rooms that Showcase Texas Design

From Dallas to Houston, Texas design brings glamour and class.

Photography: Laura Resen

Modern neutrals dominate designer Pamela Pierce's French-style Houston home, like in this light-filled living room that mixes the old, the new, and the unexpected. Find the full house tour here.

Above: Rolled-arm antique English sofa and 18th-c. iron candlestand floor lamp, W. Gardner, Ltd. Frank Gehry Wiggle Chair, Vitra. Tri-leg 19th-c. elm table, Area.

Photography: Peter Vitale

In designer Shannon Bowers's Swedish-inspired Texas home, her living room spreads across centuries. Find the full house tour here.

Above: Swedish 19th-c. cabinet and horse. French 18th-c. chair in linen. Louis XVI chair near Louis XV limestone mantel. French 19th-c. bistro tables. Columns, 18th-c., used as lamps. Gustation sofa. Accent pillows in vintage Fortuny fabric. Swedish table, c. 1750. Custom dhurrie.

Photography: Peter Vitale

Bowers's library table is the center of attention in this sitting room.

Above: Swedish 18th-c. library table with 19th- and 20th-c. Chinese jars. French light fixture. Pair of 19th-c. fauteuils in vintage Fortuny fabric.

Modernism rules in David and Ann Sutherland's Dallas home, where Lucque, an Airedale terrier, takes advantage of one of the many seating areas. Find the full house tour here.

Above: Sofa and dining table, Sutherland. Dining chairs, Cassina. Coffee table, Troscan. Mirror, Hudson. Rug, Diurne for Perennials.

Photography: Stephen Karlisch

Designer Jan Showers renovated this French-style Austin home to be airy and modern, using light-colored marble and coved ceilings to develop the sense of space. Find the full house tour here.

Above: Midcentury chairs, table, consoles and mirror. Sofa, Jan Showers Collection. Art, Sylvia Hommert.

The solarium's features a twenty-foot ceiling and French doors, accented by a palm motif chosen for panache and a bit of tropical chic.

Above: Chair, McGuire, and sofa, Michael Taylor Designs. Chandelier, tables, bergères, torchères and Barovier & Toso lamp, all vintage

Dallas decorator Beverly Field and Los Angeles architect Richardson Robertson III collaborated to create this glamorous home for one of the city's top philanthropic leaders. Find the full house tour here.

Custom sofa, slipper chairs, armchair, and ottoman. Antique Oushak rug from Matt Camron Rugs & Tapestries.

Understand Elegance: A celebrated hostess, the homeowner needed plenty of space to entertain — so Fields created this lively dining hall.

Antique English chairs, chandelier, and George III mirror. English 18th-c. buffet. Ceramic birds from Yang's Double Happiness.

Photography: Peter Vitale

For the residents of this Dallas home, designed by Michelle Nussbaumer, accommodating their children came first. "The children really have free rein of the place," Nussbaumer says. "They eat peanut butter sandwiches in the living room. Nothing is too precious." Find the full house tour here.

Spanish library table. Hans figures. Chairs in custom ikat, lantern, and stone table, all French antiques. Syrian chair. Indonesian door fragment, Allan Knight. Club chair, Ceylon et Cie. Seagrass rug, Merida. Oushak, Esmaili Rugs and Antiques. Snake prints, Williams-Sonoma Home. Lithograph, Dominique Rousserie.

Photography: Peter Vitale

Patio Dreams: The open-air patio provides extensive room to relax and entertain during the warm Texas summer.

Custom sofa and chairs. Pillows, starburst and stools, Ceylon et Cie. Angular table, Allan Night. Dhurries, Art of Old India.

Regency Glamour: Randy Powers designed this London-inspired Houston townhouse with a gold-tinted Regency look. Find the full house tour here.

Chairs and mirror, Rose Tarlow Melrose House. Tea table, Brunschwig & Fils. Custom sconces. Stool, Minton-Spidell. Chandelier, David Iatesta. English mantel.

Photography: Fritz Von Der Schulenberg

Patterned Symmetry: Miles Redd transformed this 1960s neo-Georgian Houston house into a polished, playful abode — including this patterned, asymmetrical sitting room. Find the full house tour here.

Tufted chairs, Todd Alexander Romano. Consoles and coffee table, all John Rosselli Antiques. Lamp bases, Irish library table, Jansen chairs, all antiques. Stool, Ralph Lauren Home. Mirror, Oscar de la Renta Home for Century Furniture. Lanterns, Vaughan.

Photography: Fritz Von Der Schulenburg

Rich Browns: Redd took advantage of the living room's distinctive furnishings by giving them lots of breathing room, anchoring the room with an Irish library table.

Art, Richard Murray. Sconces, Robert Abbey. Rug, Metropolitan Carpet. Embroidered pillows, Holland & Sherry.

-by Jamie Wiebe


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