Name: Nancy Mitchell
Location: Galleria Area; Houston, Texas
Size: Townhouse; 990 square feet
Years lived in: 5 years; Owned
Hi, I'm Nancy, and I'm a writer here at Apartment Therapy. Now I live in New York, but not so long ago I lived in a little (for Texas, anyway) house in Houston. So this tour, with photos that I took right before I moved, is a bit of a walk down memory lane for me. I hope you enjoy it.
The very first time I walked into this house I knew it was the right one. It can be hard to find a place in Houston if you're not into dark granite and beige walls and cherry cabinets, but this place had been fixed up by the previous owner, an architect, and it felt just right. Through five years of house parties and dinner parties and lazy Saturdays and grilling on the back patio this house was very good to me. Although I never did get around to painting.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Colorful minimalism (with a little bit of whatever I feel like thrown in).
Inspiration: All the stylish interiors I see every day at Apartment Therapy, of course.
Favorite Element: The outdoor spaces. I love to open the doors on a nice day (we do have those in Houston, I swear!) and feel the breeze. And I don't like to cook unless there are open flames involved.
Biggest Challenge: Following through with projects. I had swatches taped to a wall for years and never painted. Friends still tease me about it.
What Friends Say: "You have a lot of alcohol." Also: "when are you going to paint?"
Biggest Embarrassment: That my house usually isn't even close to being this clean.
Proudest DIY: I hung the picture ledges in the living room by myself (which is why they're a little bit crooked). I also created the Marimekko wall hanging by stapling fabric over some stretcher bars. I saw something like it in old-school Domino magazine, and it inspired me to make my own.
Biggest Indulgence: The couch. I found it at an antique store and had the cushions re-done, which wasn't cheap, but I discovered later that it's a Milo Baughman design, which makes it all seem worth it. Also, I love this couch, and it's helped heal the gaping hole left in my heart after the demise of my old sofa, which was in our family for about 30 years.
(Updated to add: I filled out this survey when I was still living in the house, which you can probably tell by the present tense responses. Since then I've had to sell my couch, because it never would have fit up the doll-sized stairs in my New York apartment. It broke my heart a little, but the good news is that if you really love this couch, you can buy it on 1st Dibs. Or at Reeves Antiques in Houston.)
Best Advice: Don't buy things you like. Buy things you really really like.
Resources of Note:
- rug: Pottery Barn
- carpet tiles (by patio door): FLOR
- tray table: CB2
- lamp: from my grandma's house
- trees wall hanging: Marimekko fabric
- picture ledges: IKEA
- prints: Frank Stella, Diebenkorn, Mark Rothko
- coffee table: vintage (i.e., 'someone in college gave me this for free')
- sofa: Milo Baughman, purchased at Westheimer Antiques in Houston
- pillows: Anthropologie
- desk: tabletop and legs from IKEA
- desk chair: Eames eiffel side chair
- table: IKEA
- chairs: vintage Bertoia wire side chairs
- tea towels: Leif shop
- carpet squares (by door): Interface
- headboard: Pier 1
- nightstand: 'vintage' IKEA (vintage as in like 2001)
- lamp: IKEA
- duvet cover: IKEA
- art: Monet
- coral hooks: Anthropologie
- shelf: IKEA
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