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Paloma Contreras Creates a Stylish Home for a Growing Family
When a young couple decided on a house with good bones but a dated look, they called on designer Paloma Contreras to help them transform it into a stylish place for their growing family.
 Georgian in style, the 1930s-era property in Houston’s River Oaks neighborhood had classic character they loved (crown molding, coffered ceilings, paned windows) but an imposing design scheme. 
“They’re a very young and vibrant family,” says Paloma. “They have two small children, so though they wanted to honor the beautiful original architecture of the home, they also wanted a space suited to family living in line with their personal style, which is just more modern.” 

See how Paloma achieved just that with a look through the light, bright, and airy spaces below—and pick up Paloma’s new brand-book,
 Dream Design Live, right here
“If this house illustrates anything, it’s that modern and traditional can play really well together,” Paloma says. 
“You just need a classic foundation that you can layer things on top of.” 
With crown molding, white walls, and paned windows that close flush to hardwood floors, the living room is a fine example of a space with classic bones hosting a contemporary conversation.
Paloma completely reworked the kitchen’s layout during the renovation process. Moving the stove from the island to the wall freed up space for a central worktop and pair of oversize pendants.
Lacquered in a dreamy blue hue, the home’s cozy library features a round leather ottoman in lieu of a coffee table, artfully arranged shelves, and a gray velvet sofa.
“Go through your inspiration and feel what resonates with you most, then pick a lane and stick with it.”
— Paloma Contreras
A canopy of floral fabric frames a trundle bed in a kid’s bedroom. All of the upholstery was sealed for enhanced durability.
In the nursery, all-white furniture picks up on the light and airy feel found throughout the rest of the home.
Wallpaper in a gray-and-white pastoral pattern adorns an accent wall in the dressing room.
Painted gray for a touch of contrast, a glass-front cabinet in the master closet puts shoes and handbags on display.
A porthole mirror crowns the upholstered headboard in the master bedroom, repeating the gilded finish found on the quartz lamps.
A pair of custom-upholstered armchairs and velvet throw pillows lend a pop of color to the otherwise-neutral master bedroom.




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