Great Room

The expansive great room features a lofty beamed and planked vaulted ceiling and tall windows, which saturate the space with light. The room is divided into several intimate sitting areas, ideal for entertaining guests. Here, a pair of ottomans double as additional seating.

Living Room

In the living room, a grid of antique botanicals flanked by salvaged columns imparts quiet beauty.

Living Room Details

A custom daybed from Bellacasa brings lends elegance to the living room. A metal side table and shapely white vases add touches of contemporary design to the mostly traditional style of the home.

Kitchen

The trestle table and eclectic seating, including a primitive antique bench, add family function with less visual bulk than the originally planned second island.

Kitchen Details

Warm maple countertops on the island and “Taipei” window covering from Castec keep the kitchen cozy and inviting.

Sunroom

A honed black-granite-and-Carrara-marble checkerboard floor flows from the kitchen to an adjacent sunroomto give the home an established feel. The room is the established favorite of John, Will, and sister Courtney.

Sunroom Details

A vase of daylilies brightens up the sunroom.

Loggia

Just through the open doors of the sunroom where the kids hang out is a stone-walled loggia where the whole family often entertains.

Loggia Details

Satellite sitting and dining areas wrap around the home, sheltered from the elements to maximize utility.

Exterior

The English country-style home is located near downtown Houston.

Dining Room

In the formal dining area, pale oak floors provide a neutral landscape for the room’s more striking details. A demilune bay window in the dining room provides a dramatic stage for the family’s grand piano.

Dining Room Table

Like the rest of the house, this room offers a visual punch without relying on layers of pattern or objects. The contrast of the formal piano and Louis-style chairs with the casual weathered oak floors and painted twig chandelier stirs up interest.

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom exudes the home’s calm, cool, and collected style. It starts with quality, found here in fine linen bedding and fabrics. Add a few choice antiques, such as the writing table and ottoman, and the style is enriched by the past. Comfort and light are also pivotal players. Note how the sofa basks in the glow of simply treated windows.

Master Bedroom Sitting Area

A mirror made of naturally shaped pieces of wood adds an undeniably organic element to the bedroom. Distraction by color is kept to a calm minimum, like the chair’s pale lavender pillow and mossy hue of the footstool.

Master Bath

Katherine loves the way the dark green tiles ground the room.

Family Portrait

Katherine and Brian Thompson with their sons John and Will, along with Bear, the family pooch, in the expansive great room of their home.

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The House That Dad Built

A new tack on tradition that may take you by surprise

Writen by Sandra S. Soria
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Kitchen Details

Warm maple countertops on the island and “Taipei” window covering from Castec keep the kitchen cozy and inviting.

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