Monday, December 12, 2016

A Houston Home with Serious Style

I was flipping through my latest issue of House Beautiful on the subway this weekend and was delighted to see a beautiful Houston home featured on a 6-page spread.  I miss Houston and the tight-knit design community there, and always get excited to see the latest Texas designers featured in the big print publications.   The festive home below, decorated cheerfully for Christmas, belongs to designer Catherine Olasky.  Catherine began her design career in New York, working for Bunny Williams before moving to London to work with Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler.   While working in London, she ran across an old design friend, Max Sinsteden, and the two soon decided to launch their own firm  - O & S.   Together the duo have completed projects in Texas, Dublin, London, Nantucket, Boston, + more.   Although their portfolio is chock full of beautiful interiors, Catherine's Houston home is my favorite:

The Texas sun beats down on the black front doors, which proudly display two Magnolia wreaths (my favorite)! The entryway features Oberto Gili's Mixed Flowers photograph and a Bunny Williams Home console:

The living room features multiple seating options and lots of lovely design details.  The bullion fringe on the ottoman and the chair skirt add a feminine, traditional feel, while the layers of neutral tones create a warmth and lightness that feels comfortable.  The built-in bookcase shelves are painted a soft blue and lined with pretty brass swing-arm sconces. And that Fraser fir!

Olasky's three-year-old daughter trimming the tree may be my favorite interiors photo of 2016:

Can you believe the sofa in the background above is a sleeper from Crate & Barrel? Olasky bought it while working in Manhattan and it found a place in her Houston home, too.
The dining room features curtains in Nympheus linen by Thomas O'Brien and a chandelier by Jonathan Adler:

The sitting room sofa is my absolute favorite piece in the entire house.  It's covered in a Chelsea Textiles stripe fabric. The throw pillows are covered in Wisteria fabric by Chelsea Textiles and a Schumacher floral. The sofa skirt is divine! I love the reoccurring three pleats on each corner and in the middle; it feels unabashedly feminine:

Catherine brings in a bit of fun in her library with a leopard carpet and purple wall color.  The funky pillows are covered in a Clarence House fabric:

The master bedroom features an open 9' tall canopy bed and a glider passed down from Olasky's grandmother:

Lastly, Catherine's daughter's room is adorable (and rather mature) for a three-year-old.  The walls are covered in Waterhouse Wallhanging's WH-283-500:

Her toddler bed sits in a corner of the room and pairs nicely with the blue trim.  I love the tassel trim on her window cornice as well:

To read more about the home and see the full house tour, go here.

Happy Monday!

{all images via House Beautiful}

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