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Soothing Houston Home

Quiet hues set the tone in the home of pro football player Owen Daniels and his family

Written and produced by Julianne Hilmes Bartlett

Owen and Angela Daniels were searching for a home for their growing family. High on their wish list: interior space for family gatherings and a big yard for their dog and two boys to run around in. The former NFL player and his wife found what they were looking for in a newly built home in Houston. And when it came to decorating the interiors of their new 7200-square-foot home, they called upon the expertise of Houston-based designer Julie Dodson. Dodson, who worked with the Danielses on their previous home, already had a good handle on their taste and style preferences. Working a little reupholstery magic—factoring in high-performance fabric for the young family’s busy lifestyle—Dodson was able to incorporate many of the family’s existing pieces into the new home. Take a look at final results below.

The beautiful stone and stucco home was built in 2016.  

Soaring, 14-foot ceilings and a calming, light palette greet guests the minute they step through the home’s front doors. Three-dimensional artwork over the entry table is by local artist Pat Washburn.

“The Danielses have two young boys, so durability is key,” says Dodson. To better ensure the longevity of the living room pieces, sofas and chairs were upholstered in indoor-outdoor fabrics.

Throughout the home, soft colors set a soothing tone. Dodson utilized creams and whites mixed with some grays and black to allow fabric selections to take center stage. 

The open-concept kitchen whispers in Sherwin Williams’ “Agreeable Gray.” Above the island, a pair of antique lanterns are perfectly suited for the tall space. 

Above the breakfast room doorway, an antique fragment from Back Row Home adds a little bit of history to the new home. “I fell in love with it when I first saw it,” says Dodson. “It is one of my favorite pieces.”

Sweet “Layton” dining chairs from Noir add curve appeal around the breakfast room table. Drapery panels made from a Pindler linen add a coziness to the casual spot.  

In the formal dining room, the same linen used for the breakfast room drapery panels gets dressed up with a geometric tape from Schumacher. Dining chairs in gray linen gather around a custom pedestal table. A glamorous Niermann Weeks chandelier adds dramatic flair.  

Abstract art by Mark Perlman commands attention on the study wall. The "Port Royal" desk in white from Century furniture sits between twin gray armchairs and a white office chair. “I can see the study being used as a place to relax, get organized, pay bills, or just pick up a good book, get lost, and unwind,” Dodson says.

For the busy parents of young children, Dodson wanted to create a serene master bedroom. “[It’s] a peaceful, beautiful spot to land after a crazy day,” she says. The subdued tones from the rest of the house carry into this space, where white bedding from Pom Pom at Home dresses a bed upholstered in gray linen. 

In an effort to soften the master bedroom, Dodson included a pretty acai color. The feminine hue shows up in a lumbar pillow on the bed and most notably on a sweet velvet ottoman. A pair of armchairs and an 18th- century Italian side table round out the quiet sitting area. 

Portrait: Julie Soefer
Designer Julie Dodson is the creative director of Houston-based design firm Dodson Interiors

Photography: Nathan Schroder