A Luxe & Livable Houston Home by Munger Interiors

Munger Interiors creates a practical yet sophisticated home for a young Houston family.

Text: Tiffany Adams

Photos: Michael Hunter

It’s no secret that location is everything when it comes to real estate. That’s why Houston couple Allison and Adam Flikerski were eager to stay in their beloved River Oaks neighborhood when they began searching for a new home.

In 2016, they found a home sitting on an acre lot filled with lush greenery and plenty of space for their two young daughters, Georgia and Charlotte, to play. “The house had great bones and a lot of tradition encased in it,” says Allison. “We knew it was going to be our forever home when we moved here.” Built in 1999, the traditional Tudor-style exterior fits seamlessly with older homes in the esteemed community, yet the interior architecture offered more contemporary features, such as high ceilings, which made it attractive to the couple.

A Luxe & Livable Houston Home

Photos courtesy of Michael Hunter

A Luxe & Livable Houston Home

Photos courtesy of Michael Hunter

A Luxe & Livable Houston Home

Photos courtesy of Michael Hunter

A Luxe & Livable Houston Home

Photos courtesy of Michael Hunter

A Luxe & Livable Houston Home

Photos courtesy of Michael Hunter

While there were numerous things the Flikerskis loved about the house, they were eager to make it their own and to make it work for their family. “The previous owners were retired, and their kids were out of the house,” says Adam. “We were in a different chapter of life and wanted the interior to have the positive energy of our family.” This meant converting some of the home’s formal entertaining spaces into kid-friendly rooms and bringing down walls to create a more open concept. “Having an open plan where I could cook and see my girls at the same time was one of the biggest goals I had for the renovation. We wanted the house to be lived-in every day but also feel sophisticated,” says Allison.

The Flikerskis worked with architect Kelly Cusimano to achieve these goals while being respectful of the original structure. For example, Adam calls the decision to enclose a brick loggia, which created a family room adjacent to the kitchen, a game changer for the way they live. For the first year of the renovation, Allison took the reins on design decisions, but she began to realize she needed additional help to achieve the end result they desired.

Enter sister design team Amy Munger and Elizabeth Munger Stiver, who launched Houston’s Munger Interiors (@mungerinteriors) in 2008. “I have always been attracted to Amy and Elizabeth’s style,” says Allison. “I knew they would handle the house perfectly, and there isn’t a thing I don’t love.”

“They were open to using color,” says Munger. “So that was very exciting for us.” The home’s palette was inspired by a Gracie wallpaper that greets guests in the entry. “They loved this paper, and it became the inspiration for the entire house,” says Stiver. For example, even though the high-gloss walls of the dining room stand alone in a rich blue, it’s a tone reflected in the flowers at the base of the wallcovering’s palms. Combined with a modern work by artist Galen Cheney, a mahogany table, and an antique chandelier, Munger describes the dining space as playful yet sophisticated, a theme that continues throughout the home. In the master bedroom, a lighter, more subdued version of the color is echoed on fabrics and furnishings, creating a calming effect as well as continuity throughout the home’s design.

In addition to several antiques the couple purchased over the years, the homeowners had a fabulous art collection to use in the home. “I enjoy collecting art and felt like we were starting to build a good collection, and then Amy came in and knew just how and where to place it to make it look its best,” says Allison. With vivid colors and often contemporary mediums and subjects, these works draw the eye and give a lasting impression in many of the common spaces. “When you finish a project, you walk away and hope the clients love it,” says Munger. “With the Flikerskis, literally every time we see them, they tell us how much they love their home.”