Designer Nadia Palacios helps a world-traveling family of four create a home infused with a touch of exotic wanderlust.
Interior designer Erika Barczak puts her meticulous magic to work here, making the kitchen both chic and durable.
Nadia Palacios (nadiapalacioslauterbach.com) develops each project uniquely to each client, believing that all spaces must be livable and everything built must be beautiful. Working with her latest clients was a dream for the award-winning residential designer, who was able to create a textured, whimsical residence for a fun family.
The kitchen offers a cool-hued environment perfect for fun dinners at home.
Every nook and corner of the space is bathed in light.
The family loves to travel, having explored the world extensively before settling down in Houston's popular Heights neighborhood, where they bought two adjacent lots in 2017. The husband was born and raised in Turkey, and the wife is a self-proclaimed "bedazzler" Texas girl, so merging their styles and sense of wanderlust was a treat. The Heights is full of historic Arts and Crafts houses, and their first request was that the house fit in aesthetically within the neighborhood. Palacios and Robert Sanders Custom Homes designed a pier and beam structure with wood siding exterior and long porches.
The family shares a sense of wanderlust and is always looking to explore new sites.
Meanwhile, the interior reflects many of the styles the couple liked, melded seamlessly together for a space with a nice, easy flow. You'll notice Tudor in the custom paneling in the entry, which is accessorized with lighting by Currey & Co. and a mirror and console table by Schumacher. The primary bath gets a dose of art deco thanks to the mosaic floors—Vitruvius by Artistic Tile—Cipollino Apuano green marble, funky brass hand sconces by Jonathan Adler and a shagreen vanity. And finally, the intricate geometry of the ceilings, tiles and wall paneling throughout the house are a nod to the husband's Turkish upbringing.
The closet is a true dream for any shoe and handbag lover.
“We continued to build on the blue palette using complementary tiles to surround the fireplace, turquoise for the playroom, varying blue stripes in bathrooms and pale hues of blue and gray in various rooms upstairs.”–NADIA PALACIOS
The bathroom offers the perfect place to unwind.
It's not hard to see that the couple loves jewel tones, and while the wife has a predilection for teal, it was their son's desire to live in a blue house (his favorite color) that created the rich blue-hued color story. Palacios started in the kitchen, with Benjamin Moore's Hidden Sapphire, a deep blue hue with a hint of green, and framed it with the soft lavender of the mudroom, rendered in Benjamin Moore's Lavender Blue. From there, she added the rich burgundy of the butler's pantry, painted in Benjamin Moore's Velvet Cloak. "From then, we continued to build on the blue palette using complementary tiles to surround the fireplace, turquoise for the playroom, varying blue stripes in bathrooms and pale hues of blue and gray in various rooms upstairs," shares the designer. "To balance all of that blue, we introduced rich green, coral and orange in the powder room, the master bath, the upstairs sitting room and the children's playroom."
The couple's love of color and texture informed every decision, and it resulted in a serene blue paradise.
Photography by: TOP BY FRENCHBLUE PHOTOGRAPHY; ALL OTHERS BY JACK THOMPSON