A Beautiful Blend of Southern Sophistication and California Cool

Dark-wood floors and colorful accents balance out the predominantly white living room.

by Zainey Roux | Photography by Julie Soefer & Nathan Schroder

What do you get when you mix Southern sophistication with California cool? Nearly 9,000 square feet of laidback luxury right in the heart of Houston. “When the Palumbos first came to me in 2013, they knew exactly what they wanted their home to feel, look, and live like,” says interior designer Julie Dodson. “Kim is a New Orleans girl through and through, so she wanted to capture the culture, history, and French flair that are unique to the homes she grew up around. Carl is from Sacramento, so he was drawn to more casual interiors with a contemporary edge.” Despite their differing tastes, the couple firmly agreed that the house had to be family- and pet-friendly for their teenage sons, two dogs, and the constant parade of friends who come and go. “I was determined to deliver it all,” says Dodson.

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