The homeowner re-covered her grandmother's sofa in white cotton duck for a fresh, modern look. French doors open to the front and back porches, where the antique brick pavers extend for visual continuity. A column of botanicals draws the eye up--a trick pilfered from Atlanta showhouses by Dan Carithers. Venetian plaster dramatizes the fireplace. The sisal rug is forgiving for a family of four boys and a dog.
Floors (antique Cedar Bayou brick): from former house.
Fireplace (Venetian plaster): Segreto Finishes, 713/461-5210, segretofinishes.com.
Sofa; sofa fabric (white cotton duck); pillow on sofa (fabric discontinued) ; club chairs: owner's collection.
Club-chair fabric ("Back to Basics"/Ash #1054-6, by Great Plains, discontinued); silver pillow on club chair ("Venetian Glass"/Black Pearl #2108-9, by Great Plains): Holly Hunt, 312/661-1900, hollyhunt.com.
Print pillow on club chair ("Elsa"): Brentano Fabrics, 847/657-8481, brentanofabrics.com.
Silver pillow ("Shimmer Linen"/Silver #2644120): Schumacher, 800/523-1200, fschumacher.com.
Blue urns; coffee table: Thompson + Hanson, 713/622-6973, thompsonhanson.com.
Chandelier; decorative spheres: The Fabulous Flea, the fabflea.com.
Botanicals; chairs by fireplace; floor lamp; sisal rug: owner's collection.
Lavender pillows on chairs by fireplace (Windfall"/Amethyst #8718-04): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900, cowtan.com.
Throughout the house:
Wood floors (antique pine): R.W. Taylor & Co., 713/666-7883, rwtaylorinc.com.
Lanterns (custom): Peck & Co., 713/526-2590, peckandcompany.com.
Wall paint ("White Dove"); door and trim paint ("Dolphin"): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.
Ceiling paint: custom mix.
Rocky Mountain Hardware, 888/788-2013, rockymountainhardware.com.