The drab living space of a Katy home is updated with color, design

Amy Pitzel used one word to describe the former living room and dining room of Katy’s family home: sad.

They had lackluster finishes and furniture, but until recently she never thought it was the right time to fix it.

When she retired from her job as a government teacher and head cross country/track coach at Katy Tompkins High School last May, Amy decided it was time to focus on his family’s home. It helped that her 13-year-old daughter encouraged her along the way, collecting ideas on Pinterest and Instagram.

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It was Amy’s daughter who found interior designer Veronica Solomon of Casa Vilora Interiors, and when Pitzel looked at her portfolio online, she liked what she saw.

The San Antonio native was interested in classic styling with quirky touches and lots of color. And she wanted a whole new look.

Amy, now 46, moved to Houston years ago when the company she worked for transferred her. Jason Pitzel, now 51, worked for the same company, but in Minnesota. After he too was transferred to Houston, the couple met and they have been married for 20 years. The couple also have a teenage son.

Solomon approached each room—the living room, dining room, foyer, powder room bathroom, and a guest bedroom-turned-home-office for Amy—with layers of ideas.

The carpentry creates an architectural element that runs through the walls of the living room, a space now saturated with color.

Claudia Casbarian/Julie Soefer Photography

For starters, the home’s 12-inch floor tiles were replaced with hardwood floors, instantly elevating the entire home.

The living room was a considerable vertical space, so Solomon gave the Pitzels and their guests something to catch their eyes. She added trim for a paneled effect and a sheen worthy of the attention it now receives.

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“The front living room was this volume with high ceilings, and everything there seemed so eclipsed and missing. It was such a missed opportunity,” Solomon said. “She said she liked the color and wanted to do something different. I knew the new flooring would trigger it, so I had to find a way to scale the room, and the millwork seems more architecturally relevant.

On the floor, Solomon added a rug with a deep blue background and lots of accent colors, with deep blue draperies hung high on contemporary acrylic rods.

A dark blue sofa and two pairs of chairs, one in pink and one in hushed green, complete the seating.

Between plants, lamps, cushions and art objects, the living room is a lesson in how layering accessories can finish a room. Solomon also brought a pair of fake trees and fake flowers in vases.

“I always bring trees – at every opportunity. They’re heavy on texture and add height and life to the room,” she said. enter nature, even when it comes to fake flowers.”

In the dining room, the walls speak.

Solomon chose a teal Thibaut ramie canvas made from banana tree bark for the walls, paired with an oversized floral in shades of blue by Phillip Jeffries for the ceiling, leaving the tray ceiling trim a crisp white.

Teal wall coverings and upholstery play an important role in the formal living and dining room.

Teal wall coverings and upholstery play an important role in the formal living and dining room.

Claudia Casbarian/Julie Soefer Photography

“I could put grass in every room. What I like the most is its natural look – the seams don’t line up and you can see the panels. Some people hate it, but I love it because it adds depth,” Solomon said.

They also added a long sideboard with a mirror, vases, and a barware tray. The acrylic and brass chandelier above the dining table is more subdued, letting the wall coverings and other elements of the room shine.

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In the foyer, a curved wall for the staircase has its own joinery to continue the architectural treatment in the adjoining living room. A small round table with conical legs and a pair of velvet stools make the place a chic stopover.

Colorful wallpaper in an Asian print provides the energy behind the dramatic powder bathroom makeover. The piece has a custom sink on a brass base, fitted with brass plumbing fixtures and a gold framed mirror.

The blue-green-pink palette continues in Amy's home office, where a teal desk looks beautiful against bright chinoiserie wallpaper.

The blue-green-pink palette continues in Amy’s home office, where a teal desk looks beautiful against bright chinoiserie wallpaper.

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“I’ve always loved that pattern. You’ll see it in a jar or something,” Solomon said of the wallpaper in the bathroom and another print in Amy’s new home office. “I like to see how it’s done. It’s such a traditional classic element that will always be relevant, so I bring it in when I can because personally I love it.”

An upstairs guest bedroom has become Amy’s new office, but it satisfies Jason, who works in software sales, to have a guest bedroom for visitors.

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The compromise was to install a wall bed which, when closed, simply looks like a wall panel with pretty art objects and well-decorated shelves around it. Across the room, a built-in office with cabinets and shelves gives Amy a place to get things done.

It all brings functionality to the room, and the beauty comes from cabinets painted Benjamin Moore’s ‘Oasis Blue’ – another shade of teal – over colorful chinoiserie wallpaper against a sunny yellow background, with a pair of contemporary upholstered chairs. of yellow. A rug in the center of the room shows off the colors – pinks, blues and greens – that you find elsewhere in the room.

To top it off, there’s what should be the ‘it’ fixture of the year – a ‘fandolier’. In the center is a ceiling fan, but the inner workings of it are obscured by the surrounding light fixture.

This thumbnail shows the full home office palette: teal, yellow, and pink.

This thumbnail shows the full home office palette: teal, yellow, and pink.

Claudia Casbarian/Julie Soefer Photography

With all of these updates installed, Solomon encouraged the Pitzels to update their family room, as older parts of a home can look even more worn and dated compared to new stuff.

They got rid of the old brown couch and brought in a comfy section, a new coffee table and a rug.

The bright new colors make Amy happy.

“I didn’t think it would ever be my style, but I love it. I love the color and the pattern,” Amy said. “I knew I wanted wallpaper in the bathroom, but I would never have thought of wallpapering the ceiling in the dining room. But it’s breathtaking.

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