Houston-based designer Mary Patton fell in love with a nearly century-old home after being drawn to the property by its location and yard size, which is hard to find in the area. A complete transformation took place as the designer invited color and modernity into the design. “I focused on evaluating the old elements on the house and also making it more modern,” Mary says of the home, which was built more than 85 years ago and well-maintained by its previous owners. She describes her design style as elegant and eclectic, and although this home is a mark of her individual taste, it is influenced by her husband’s and daughter’s aesthetics, too.
“My husband has a good, strong design aesthetic, and his level of style elevates mine and makes it more masculine and edgy,” Mary explains. The couple desired a balance of masculine and feminine and modern and traditional, resulting in a home that reflects Mary Patton Designs and her family. Designing for herself gave her tremendous empathy for her clients, especially as she laid awake at night thinking about grout color. “This project was similar to working for clients because of my husband’s input, but I learned the importance of consistency through a house.”
The rooms are characteristically covered in color — with hues chosen to bring personality and please her daughter, who requested a pink bedroom and purple bathroom. Mary emphasizes the benefits of involving children in the design process, and she appreciates how significant and memorable a bedroom is for kids. “Kids’ bedrooms are my favorite things to design, and I think it is important to ask them what colors they want or give them choices and let them pick,” she explains. Thus, her daughter’s bedroom is pink, and the bathroom is purple.
But there is no better display of color than the family room, which is coated in a deep blue that is also used in the kitchen. “When designing a house, I try to stick with five colors,” the designer shares. “This is not a hard rule, but it provides a range of color without overdoing it.”
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When asked if this home is a showcase of her interior design style, Mary answers yes — and no. Her style has continued to evolve since this project, and she believes a house is a living thing that continually changes. “Nothing should be permanent, and nothing should be stressful. If you get tired of a room, paint it,” she advises. The renovation was complete four years ago, but she has since made small-but-impactful changes. She transformed the guest room into a gym and plans to wallpaper the kitchen this summer — for starters.
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Photos by Molly Culver Photography.
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