A “New Traditional” Home in the Suburbs

updated Apr 30, 2019

A “New Traditional” Home in the Suburbs

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Name: Alexis Sassard, husband Walt and children Felix, Luella
Location: The Woodlands, (right outside of Houston) Texas
Size: 2,500 square feet
Years lived in: 4 years, owned

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Alexis and her husband Walt moved to his hometown of Houston from NYC almost five years ago to start a family. Walt, a former professional photographer, fulfilled a dream of his to become a fireman. Alexis, an interior designer, was nervous but excited about rooting down in The Woodlands, a large suburb outside of Houston. The allure of a quiet, wooded neighborhood appealed to Alexis and her husband, having come from living a fast-paced life in New York City. Over the last four years, Alexis has worked hard to replace the builder-grade features that came with her home with her personal aesthetic. One of her biggest needs is the space to create her homewares line Alexis Sassard, comprised of gorgeous linens and striking fiber wall hangings, among other endeavors.

Their home is rich in texture, art, and feels very sophisticated without being too filled with stuff. One striking element of their home is their fireplace, a project that Walt redid himself. While the couple have hired professionals to do a lot of the renovating, they aren’t afraid to take on some DIY projects on their own.

Perhaps the thing that stands out the most about the design of this home is the compatibility of Alexis’ and her husband’s tastes — his is rich in Americana, hers is bold in modern and mid-century. It works in perfect harmony to make one gorgeous home and family.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: If mid-century modern and traditional were married, and Americana was the side chick.

Inspiration: Simple lines, lots of texture and depth. The drawings and paintings of Cy Twombly really inspire us.

Favorite Element: Our fireplace. Before my husband laid the tile surround, he wrote all of our names on the wood foundation. I’m not the most sentimental person and even that had me teary-eyed.

Biggest Challenge: Telling my designer mind to chill out. I tell everyone it can be such a curse sometimes.

What Friends Say: “Your house is always so clean!”

Biggest Embarrassment: It’s not always so clean. I have two kids!

Proudest DIY: The raised hearth on the fireplace. My husband poured blood, sweat, and every curse word imaginable into the tile and woodwork of that project.

Biggest Indulgence: Pillows. I can’t get enough of them.

Best Advice: : A teacher in design school told me once to create spaces mindfully, with purpose. I keep that in mind a lot.

Dream Sources: Lindsey Adelman for lighting, Beni Ourain rugs, 1stDibs for impeccable vintage finds, and anything from Dwell Studio.


Sherwin-Williams Historic Charleston Green
Sherwin-Williams Snowbound
Sherwin-Williams Aloof Gray
Benjamin Moore Universal Black

Vintage Persian runner (one-of-a-kind) — eSale Rugs
Sideboard — local antique shop find
Brass lantern — local antique shop find
Globe — local antique shop find
Americana serving tray — local antique shop find
Brass shell bookends — given to me by my mother-in-law

New Berlin RAF Sectional (in custom fabric) — Gallery Furniture
Various pillows and throw blanket —Target
Marble coffee table top — local antique shop find
Coffee table base — Wayfair
Natura Handspun Jute Rug — Rugs USA
Vintage Persian runner (one-of-a-kind) — eSale Rugs
Table lamps — NY Craigslist finds
Marlton End Table Gold — Target
Grapevine and glass end table — given to us by my Father-in-law
Apothecary secretary — my family’s heirloom
Storage Drum Accent Table Gold — Target
Chevron Brass Fireplace Screen — Crate and Barrel
Umbra Twig Wall Planter Set — Urban Outfitters
Hanging Metal Planter — Urban Outfitters
Wood Cage Pendant and Cord Kit — Pottery Barn Kids

Mid-century Expandable Dining Table — West Elm
Danuta Double Rocks Glasses — Cocktail Kingdom
Leopold Coupe Glasses — Cocktail Kingdom
Railroad cabinet — local antique shop find
Bar cart (no longer available) — Target
Satellite Plug-in Wall Sconce (no longer available) — Schoolhouse Electric (similar)
Mobile Chandelier — West Elm
Center Stripe Triple Hoop Wall Hanging — Alexis Renee Sassard
Vintage Persian rug (one-of-a-kind) — eSale Rugs
18 Bottle Single Zone Freestanding Wine Refrigerator — Amazon

Midnight Blue Xander Armchairs — World Market
Moroccan pillows — purchased by my husband while traveling in Morocco
Bonded leather loveseat (no longer available) — IKEA
Vintage mid-century surfboard coffee table
Marble and copper plated end table (no longer available) — Target
Elevated Task Lamp — Target
Modern Globe Floor Lamp Brassy Gold — Target
Geometric pedestal table (no longer available) — Target
All wall art — vintage finds
1960s record cabinet — given to us by our next door neighbor
Vintage Rug — given to my husband by his parents
RANARP Pendant Lamps — IKEA

Soapstone and metal counter table — built by my husband
Roadhouse Black Leather Counter Stools — CB2
Cowhide — Amazon
Vintage mid-century modern radio cabinet
Metal hanging fruit basket (no longer available) — Sur la Table
Acacia wood paddle boards (no longer available) — Sur la Table
Brass pendant (no longer available) — World Market

Farmhouse cutting table — $50 Craigslist score reinforced/ refinished by my husband
Narrow mid-century modern desk — local Craigslist find
White Ribbed Leather Swivel Chairs — Amazon
Porter Mid-century Modern Storage Cabinet — Target
Wood wall shelves (no longer available) — IKEA (similar)
Copper storage baskets — Amazon
Various storage and plant woven baskets — Target
Wishbone Accent Chair and foot stool — Target
Blush knitted pillow (no longer available) — Bed Bath and Beyond
Gold framed mirror — local Craigslist find
Alder Glass Wall Ledge — World Market

Heirloom Jenny Lind bed — passed down from my Sister-in-law (it was her childhood bed)
Various colorful / geometric pillows (no longer available) — Target
Basic Desk — Target
Vintage Saarinen Tulip Chair
A-Frame Dollhouse — The Land of Nod
Rattan mirror (no longer available) — Target
Porter Mid-century Modern TV Stand — Target
Horse print — Alex Muccilli
Monterey Custom Frame (for horse print) — Framebridge
Vintage magnolia painting
Southern plantation house painting — Walt’s family heirloom
MU Fusion Shag Rug (no longer available) — The Land of Nod
Distressed Koa Ceiling Fan — Amazon

Gray Dot Duvet Cover / Shams — Schoolhouse Electric
Various throw pillows — Target
Iconic Point Blanket Multistripe — Hudson’s Bay
Neu Giclee Print by Jean-Michel Basquiat — Art.com
Untitled Giclee Print by Jean-Michel Basquiat — Art.com
Marin Custom Frames (for both J-MB prints) — Framebridge
Isaac Plug-In Sconces Brass — Schoolhouse Electric
Vintage mid-century modern dresser — NY Craigslist find
Easel floor mirror (no longer available) — West Elm
Kasbah Wool Rug — West Elm
DaVinci Jenny Lind 3-in-1 Convertible Crib — Amazon
Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail — Amazon
Pyramid Mirror — Urban Outfitters
Distressed Koa Ceiling Fan — Amazon

Randolf Morris cast-iron tub and Shower Enclosure with Shower Ring and Handheld Shower — Vintage Tub
Ticking Stripe Shower Curtain (no longer available) — West Elm
Custom vanity with shaker door fronts — Stump Custom Cabinets (local)
Merope Suede Quartz countertops — Silestone
Tilting Wall Mirrors — Amazon
Kingston Brass Faucets — Amazon
Kohler Ladena Undercounter Bathroom Sink — Amazon
2-Bulb Brass Sconces — Amazon
Mid-century plate covers — House of Antique Hardware

Thanks, Alexis!

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