A Houston Bungalow by Sara Hillery

A Houston Bungalow by Sara Hillery

Photos courtesy of Sara Hillery

When a Houston couple purchased a new townhouse, they reached out to Richmond-based designer Sara Hillery for her assistance and expertise in making their new abode feel more like home. The couple was downsizing from their spacious home on a golf course and heading into the city for walkability and access to Houston’s excellent restaurants. Sara designed this beautiful, traditional townhouse using some of the owners’ existing furniture along with fresh new pieces.

A Houston Bungalow by Sara HilleryThe dining table and chairs were the owners’ previous kitchen chairs and table. Sara’s team custom scaled the light fixture from Julie Neill in New Orleans and added Groves Brothers draperies for an Italian feel. The antique French chest was hand selected by Sara.

The goal for the kitchen was to create a warm and clean yet functional space. Sara’s team used crisp Carrara marble with hand painted wood for a casual rustic twist. The red stools add a happy pop of color.

The family room plays up the rustic feel, with linen seating and playful animal prints from Kerry Joyce. The bench on the far wall was acquired during the homeowners’ time abroad. The fireplace and shutters conveniently hide the television for screen-free entertaining.

The light-flooded landing features Julie Neill custom sconces along with family photos for a homey touch. The client’s existing topiary collection also shines here.

The primary bedroom is all about tranquility. Sara used Classic Cloth to make a tonal headboard, and added a Bviz pillow for a touch of elegance. The homeowners invite greenery into every space, including this one.

The primary bath is playful and understated. The all-honed marble bath keeps things soft and warm despite the cool palate. We arched the ceiling in this space to highlight the tub that represents leisure and relaxation.

Greys and purples provide a calming space in a secondary bedroom mixed with a vintage white bed and RoSham Beaux lighting for a natural element.

The couple had a great fondness for a bourbon bar in New Orleans that inspired the color palette and playful feel of the third floor. This space opens fully to the patio where the couple is spending much of their time.

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