Blending modern hues with classic furnishings, Houston designer Mary Patton gives new life to her historic abode.
The dining room
While Mary Patton approaches each of her projects with the utmost attention to detail, the stakes were a bit higher than usual with this particular job: a complete renovation of her own personal home. As the brains behind eponymous firm Mary Patton Design, the interiors maven is known around town for her modern-meets-vintage vibe. Fittingly, this signature style informed Patton’s plans for remodeling her 1938 home.
The master bedroom
“We wanted to maintain the integrity of the original architecture while modernizing the interiors,” says Patton of her design goals. “We repainted the entire house, which created a space full of texture and color, and then filled it with vintage finds.” One paint choice that certainly stands out is the ballet-pink eating area. “I’ve always wanted to paint a dining room pink,” explains Patton. “We then added a framed portrait that my husband and I found in San Miguel, and furnished the windows with Schumacher drapes.” The light fixtures are from Anthropologie, but the chairs, bar cart and rug are all vintage—another perfect marriage of old and new.
The living room
When it came to the master bedroom, Patton achieved a bright yet serene space by way of soft blues and whites mixed with pops of yellow. The walls sport Farrow & Ball’s All White, while the nightstands are adorned with Circa Lighting lamps and the Anthropologie canopy bed is outfitted with Leontine linens. Alongside inky navy cabinets, the kitchen boasts Calacatta Gold marble countertops and Restoration Hardware bar stools. Shades of blue continue into the living room, with a rich teal fireplace serving as the focal point. Above the hearth hangs a budget-friendly print Patton’s husband found in Scotland. “Mixing high-end and low-end makes a room feel less stuffy,” the designer notes. This notion is also evident in Patton’s outdoor setup, where her Tiffany wedding china sits atop a West Elm patio table. Whether blending old with new or splurges with steals, this designer knows it’s all about balance.
The back patio
Photography by: photos by Molly Culver