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Elegant Yet Edgy Houston Home

A stereo-blasting, rock ’n’ roll-loving Texas banker finds his groove in an edgy yet elegant Houston home

Written by Amy Elbert
  • Ryann Ford

    Dressed impeccably in suit and tie with neatly coiffed white hair, Jim Stein looks every bit the banking executive that he is. But then there’s the Led Zeppelin-, Stevie Ray Vaughan-, Beatles-loving Jim who cranks up the stereo so loud it rattles the walls of his elegant Houston patio home.

    Paintings of The Beatles accent the staircase wall.

    Photography: Nathan Schroder and Ryann Ford
    Produced by Donna Talley

    Interior designer: Julie Dodson, Dodson Interiors, 675 Bering Drive, Suite 105, Houston, TX 77057; 713/780-9200,

    Portraits of Beatles (from street market in Europe): owner’s collection.
    Chandelier (“Scalloped Tole Chandelier” #41-0005-45): David Iatesta,

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    Bright Foyer

    Interior designer Julie Dodson tuned into those diverse personality qualities and quirks while helping Jim plan and furnish his new 5,800-square-foot home. “Jim is just so cool,” says Dodson. “He’s as structured as you expect a banker to be, but he loves classic rock. He has a vinyl collection that’s insane.”

    Sunlight pours through the metal- and-glass entry doors, illuminating the white marble and gray granite floor. “Frost Marble Cylinder” lamps from AREA-Houston are trimmed in copper and have double shades; an inner fabric is ringed by a translucent material. 

    Floor tiles (marble, “Carrara White” #M701; and granite, “Absolute Black” #G771): Daltile,
    Wall and trim paint (“Zurich White” #SW 7626); ceiling paint (“Pure White” #SW 7005): Sherwin-Williams,
    Console table (“Lina Console” #TA-2505): Bliss Studio,
    Lamps (“Frost Marble Cylinder Lamps”): Area,
    Mirror (antique, Louis Philippe-style): Joyce Horn Antiques,
    Ottoman under console (by Milo Baughman, reupholstered in mohair): owner’s collection.
    Pig figure (Wien Export brass pig): Round Top Antiques Fair,
    Piano: Yamaha,
    Piano bench/ottoman: MAI/Memorial Antiques & Interiors,

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    Entry Console

    He’s also an eighth-generation Texan and a proud and loving father of three daughters. The oldest, Jamie Safier, is married; the two younger girls, Jordan, 13, and Jade, 11, live with him part-time. “They’re the cutest kids ever!” he boasts.

    The wood “Lina” console table is from Bliss Studio. The mirror is an antique. 

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    Music Room

    Jim bought the three-level stucco home midway through construction, allowing him and Dodson to alter the floor plans and upgrade materials and finishes. One of the first improvements was transforming a first-level den into a music room, equipped with a high-performance, house-shaking sound system. (“There have been some great parties there. Jim loves to crank up the music,” Dodson laughs.)

    The doorway into the room was widened to better connect it with the rest of the house and was outfitted with barn-style sliding doors—a nod to Jim’s Texas ranch upbringing. French antique wood doors with well-worn paint hang from the track system, creating an impressive entry from the central foyer. “I wanted something more elegant than typical barn doors,” Dodson says.

    Floor tiles (marble, “Carrara White” #M701; and granite, “Absolute Black” #G771): Daltile,
    Wall and trim paint (“Zurich White” #SW 7626); ceiling paint (“Pure White” #SW 7005): Sherwin-Williams,
    Linen drapery (“Natalie”/Natural): Lady Fabrics Inc.,
    Doors to music room: Chateau Domingue,
    Upholstered fauteuil; pillow; floor lamp (“Bone Reading Lamp”); acrylic table by fauteuil: Area,

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    Music Room

    Another upgrade was finishing the walls of the music room with wood paneling painted a soft, enveloping gray. Sharing is part of the joy of music, so the room is furnished for entertaining with a sink-in sofa covered in an indoor-outdoor fabric and two bergères upholstered in leather. A trio of open cubes wrapped in linen and trimmed with nailheads functions as a cocktail table. “I lean toward French styling in my interiors, but this needed to be a place where a man would feel comfortable, where he could sit, relax, and listen to music and have a glass of wine,” Dodson says.

    Classic-rock album covers are framed by paneled walls painted in Sherwin-Williams’ “Pewter Cast.” Cube tables are from Century. 

    Wall and trim paint (“Pewter Cast” #SW 7673); ceiling paint (“Zurich White” #SW 7636): Sherwin-Williams,
    Sisal area rug (“Natura”/Silver, with cotton binding): Stark Carpet,
    Drapery (“TS-Kalahari”/Driftwood #02KH/C): Rodolph,
    Sofa (custom): The Joseph Co.,
    Sofa fabric (“Lakeshore”/White Cloud #206/07, by Great Outdoors): Holly Hunt,
    Skull pillow: Area,
    Pair of patterned pillows on sofa (“Pelligrina”/Lys #0485-01, by Lelievre): Stark,
    Tiered sofa end tables (“3-Tier Nickel-Plated Table with Mirrored Shelves” #FN3TNM): Worlds Away,
    Table lamps (custom); sculpture on coffee table (“Infinity Rings”): Area,
    Coffee table (“Fully Upholstered Bunching Cocktail Table” #499-612U): Century Furniture,
    Pair of chairs: owner’s collection.
    Chair leather (“Caledonian”/Grey #7500/17, by Bridge of Weir): Holly Hunt,
    Art on wall behind chair (Tra Slaughter album covers): owner’s collection.

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    Wine Room

    An additional mid-construction adjustment was converting a 10x14-foot storage space adjacent to the music room into a fully insulated and climate-controlled wine room. In the original floor plans, the room was accessed from a single door in the back of the garage. That entrance was eliminated and a glass wall with a hinged glass door now separates the music and wine rooms. Reclaimed barn wood was used for shelving and wine storage bins, adding a rustic, down-home Texas vibe.

    While Jim approved Dodson’s furnishing choices, he was most involved when it came to art—particularly tributes to his rock icons. Adorning the wall above the glass door are portraits of the Led Zeppelin band members painted by Houston artist Tra’ Slaughter. “The paintings are so perfect in that room,” Dodson says. “You walk in and it’s like, whoa! They look alive.” Hanging on the opposite wall are two more Slaughter paintings—oversize renderings of The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” and Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon” album covers.

    Paintings of 1970s-era Led Zeppelin top the glass wall that opens to the wine room. 

    Stools (iron stools with hide seat): Area,
    Throw on stool (Cashmere Milano in Beige, Grey): owner’s collection.
    Tall amphora jar at entrance to wine room (olive jar): Watkins Culver Antiques,
    Art above doors to wine room: by Tra Slaughter,
    Wine bar: custom.
    Wine cabinets: barn wood.
    Ladder: owner’s collection.  

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    Butler's Pantry

    The staircase wall is also decked out with rock-inspired art—painted portraits of The Beatles that Jim found at a street market in Europe. Dodson artfully blended the funky with the formal in the foyer, hanging a crystal chandelier above the winding staircase.

    A butler’s pantry across the foyer from the music room leads to the combination kitchen and great room that spans one side of the house. Dodson covered furnishings there with durable and stain-resistant, indoor-outdoor fabrics so Jim and his girls can use the room without worrying about spills.  

    Wallpaper (“Feather Fan”/Midnight #89/4019.CS, Frontier Collection by Cole & Son): Lee Jofa,
    Cabinetry (“Madison Raised Panel Inset” in Lace 39 finish, by Brookhaven); hardware (#F19): Wood-Mode,
    Flooring: walnut.
    Art on left wall (by Charles Ford): owner’s collection.  

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    Swiveling bar stools at the kitchen island are wrapped in vinyl that can be wiped clean and are accented with nailheads for a tailored style befitting the homeowner. Graphic encaustic tiles in blue and taupe shades span the range wall, creating a stunning focal point and showcasing Jim’s high-performance cooking appliances.

    Homeowner Jim Stein with his eldest daughter, Jamie Safier. Duquesa Collection tiles from Walker Zanger create a dramatic backdrop for the Vent-A-Hood, Thermador range and ovens, and Wood-Mode cabinets. Island lanterns are from Bliss Studio.

    Cabinetry (“Madison Raised Panel Inset” in Lace 39 finish, by Brookhaven); hardware (#F19): Wood-Mode,
    Countertop (“Chandelier White Marble”): Omni Marble, 214/428-1000.
    Range: Thermador,
    Oven hood: Vent-A-Hood,
    Backsplash behind range (“Jasmine Decorative Field”/Mezzanotte, Duquesa Collection): Walker Zanger,
    Island faucet (“Country Kitchen Deck Mount Column Spout 3-Leg Bridge Kitchen Faucet with Sidespray” #A1458WS): Rohl,
    Bar stools (custom): The Joseph Co.,
    Bar-stool fabric (“Kinetic”/Hailey #1850-03): Joseph Noble,
    Hanging lanterns (“Bruges Lantern” #LA-8516-B): Bliss Studio,
    Linen window shade (“Natalie”/Natural): Lady Fabrics Inc.,
    Window-shade trim (“Octavius Tape”/Bleu Marine #66162): Schumacher,

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    Great Room

    Dodson accented rooms throughout with blue—one of Jim’s favorite colors. The hue is repeated on rugs, Greek key trims on draperies, lamp bases, and art. One of Dodson’s favorite finds? A blue pillow embellished with a smiling skull wearing headphones. “Too perfect,” she says. That, of course, landed in the music room. 

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    Family Room

    The sofa and swivel armchairs are covered in easy-care fabrics from the Great Outdoors collection by Holly Hunt. The painting above the cabinet is by Laurie Levin. 

    Wall paint (“Zurich White” #SW 7626): Sherwin-Williams,
    Area rug (“Balza”/Indigo): Stark Carpet,
    Linen drapery (“Natalie”/Natural): Lady Fabrics Inc.,
    Drapery trim (“Octavius Tape”/Bleu Marine #66162): Schumacher,
    Drapery hardware (Modern Collection): The Finial Co.,
    Sofa (custom); swivel lounge chairs (custom); pair of wooden armchairs (custom): The Joseph Co.,
    Sofa fabric (“Sandcastle”/Fleur de Sel #208/05, by Great Outdoors); lounge-chair fabric (“Across the Horizon”/Wet Sand #207/02, by Great Outdoors): Holly Hunt,
    Armchair fabric (“VO-Veluce”/Nougat #05VE 8358 C): Rodolph,
    Cream-colored pillow on armchair; taupe-colored pillow on armchair; upholstered ottoman with nailhead trim: MAI/Memorial Antiques & Interiors,
    Fabric on lumbar pillows on lounge chairs (“Zebrano”/Beige, Aqua #GWF-2643.13, by Allegra Hicks for Groundworks): Lee Jofa,
    Blue plaid pillows on sofa (“Postage Liberty”): Zak + Fox,
    Champagne-colored pillow on sofa; pottery holding plant on coffee table (brown crème jar); boxes on coffee table (Zebrawood): Area,
    Throw: owner’s collection.
    Table lamps (“Tamaso Small Table Lamp” #TOB3710, by Thomas O’Brien for Visual Comfort): Circa Lighting,
    Coffee table: owner’s collection.
    Tall candlesticks on coffee table (19th-century French Altar Stick/Candelabra): Joyce Horn Antiques,
    Cabinet behind lounge chair (French buffet, late 1800s): Back Row Home,
    Small urns holding topiary: MAI/Memorial Antiques &Interiors,
    Art behind cabinet: by Laurie Levin,   

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    Dining Room

    Slipcovered chairs from RH are embellished with “Miami Braid” trim from Houlès. The “Rivets” wallcovering from Phillip Jeffries adds a tailored feel to the room; artwork is by Laurie Levin. 

    Wallcovering (“Rivets”/Copper on Elephant Manila Hemp #5709): Phillip Jeffries,
    Ceiling paint (“Pure White” #SW 7005); trim paint (“Zurich White” #SW 7626): Sherwin-Williams,
    Art above mantel: by Laurie Levin,
    Chandelier (“Valeria” #LA-2411): Bliss Studio,
    Area rug (“Marco Polo” #11227, handmade reproduction of antique Khotan rug, woven in Afghanistan): Creative Flooring Houston, 713/522-1181.
    Table (“Avery Dining Table” #CT514701): Zentique,
    Armchair (custom): The Joseph Co.,
    Leather seat fabric on armchair (“Essence”/Cream #3952-02, by Brentano): Donghia,
    Fabric on back of armchair (“York Castle”/Blue #GWF-2723.50, by David Hicks from Groundworks): Lee Jofa,
    Armless side chairs (“Belgian Camelback Slipcovered Side Chair”); fabric (“Perennials Classic Linen Weave”/Natural): Restoration Hardware,
    Trim on side chairs (“Miami Braid” #31150-9665): Houlès,
    Containers on table: antique.   

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    Dining Room

    The dining room chandelier is from Bliss Studio. An antique trumeau, sconces, and sideboard lend a sense of history.

    Sideboard (antique, Louis XVI, painted); sconces (“Mirrored Wall Sconce”): Joyce Horn Antiques,
    Lamps; art (by Michelle Y Williams): Area,
    Trumeau (early 19th-century trumeau with lions head): Watkins Culver Antiques,

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    Bedroom Hallway

    Designer Julie Dodson quieted the palette in the second-level master suite to create a serene environment. The upholstered headboard is trimmed with a Greek key braid from Houlès.

    Paint (“Zurich White” #SW 7626): Sherwin-Williams,
    Hanging light; chest of drawers: owner’s collection.
    Area rug (antique): Creative Flooring Houston, 713/522-1181.
    Pair of lamps (“Puzzle Lamp”/Hand-Rubbed Antique Brass with Natural Paper Shade #SC3202, by Eric Cohler): Circa Lighting,
    Mirror (antique, Louis Philippe): Joyce Horn Antiques,
    Lounge chair in bedroom (custom); ottoman (custom): The Joseph Co.,
    Chair fabric (“Plushy”/Grey Matter #990-217): Perennials,
    Ottoman fabric (“Channels”/Ebony, Ivory #GWF-3101.816, by Kelly Wearstler for Groundworks): Lee Jofa,
    Bedside table (“Milan Commode” #MH561F02): Modern History,
    Flooring: walnut. 

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    Master Suite

    The “Cane” rug in Desert Night is from Stark. For a touch of Texas, the Vieux Interiors bench is covered in cowhide. An abstract painting by Tra’ Slaughter and orange antique Fortuny pillows add pops of color. 

    Wall paint (“Zurich White” #SW 7626); ceiling and trim paint (“Pure White” #SW 7005): Sherwin-Williams,
    Drapery (“Wrangler 16” #2715408): Fabricut,
    Drapery hardware (Modern Collection): The Finial Co.,
    Area rug (“Cane”/Desert Night, Sherrill Canet Collection): Stark,
    Art on left wall: by Tra Slaughter,
    Bed (custom): the Joseph Co.,
    Bed fabric (#14738.21): Kravet,
    Greek key trim on headboard (“Athena Braid”): Houlès,
    White duvet and pillow shams (ivory king shams and duvet): Tribute Goods,
    Charcoal blanket; throw on bench: Longoria Collection,
    Pillows, back row (“Channels”/Ebony, Ivory #GWF-3101.816, by Kelly Wearstler for Groundworks): Lee Jofa,
    Orange-patterned pillows; blue pillow and trim: Watkins Culver Antiques,
    Bench (chrome bench with cowhide upholstery): Vieux Interiors, 713/626-9500.
    Bedside table (“Milan Commode” #MH561F02): Modern History,
    Lamp: Area,
    Owl bookend (vintage): owner’s collection.   

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    Great Linens

    An ottoman and bed pillows are covered with “Channels” by Kelly Wearstler for Groundworks.

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    The patio home is part of a small Houston development. 

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