Artsy Boho in Smithville
This circa 1930 house, in the town of Smithville, Texas, was purchased as a retirement home. Although it featured high ceilings, plenty of windows and original hardwood floors, it was in much need of TLC and badly needed to be brought up to date. The homeowner’s wonderfully eclectic collection of original art served as the inspiration for the design concept that I termed “Contemporary Bohemian with an Ethnic Flair”. Heavy drapes were pulled from every room, floors were sanded and refinished, bathrooms were demolished and rebuilt and the fireplace was given an update with gorgeous handmade tile on the surround. The color palette of teal, aqua, persimmon and sage was applied by alternating rooms saturated with deep hues, such as the foyer and dining room, with rooms painted warm white in order to showcase brilliant layers of upholstery and colorful art.
The entrance to this home, built in the 1930’s, is a grand one. Walls and trim are saturated in a rich, warm brick red which serves as the perfect dramatic backdrop for the original oil portrait and an eclectic collection of ceramics. The gorgeous chandelier, from Arhaus, casts a lovely glow.
Walls in Benjamin Moore’s Spanish White allow the vibrant rug and upholstery to take center stage in the living room. The rug informed the color palette of teal, aqua, sage green and brick red used throughout the house. The fireplace surround was refreshed and given an exciting artsy vibe with the application of Ann Sacks tile.
This dining room does double duty as home to a wonderful collection of original art and a romantic environment for dinner parties. Floors throughout the home are original and were refinished to enhance their warm glow. Chairs are vintage and were repainted by the homeowner in a warm sage green. Chandelier and dining table are from RH.
Rich teal paint saturates walls and woodwork alike creating a rich, enveloping atmosphere. The homeowner's collection of hand-painted plates are displayed on the walls surrounding the windows. Gorgeous woven fabric reminiscent of tapestry upholsters the vintage dining chairs.
The bohemian flair continues into the kitchen with a multitude of patterned pillows adorning the built-in banquet for a welcoming and cozy effect. The contemporary work of original art plays along perfectly and keeps things exciting.
A custom upholstered bed takes center stage in the master bedroom and serves to create a sumptuous retreat. Pillows are custom.
Where there was once a seriously outdated and tiny bathroom is now a large master bath with a walk-in shower. Sparkling glass mosaic tiles in a vertical column create a waterfall effect. Tones of teal, turquoise and aqua comprise the color palette.
What a fun way to welcome guests to Texas! Creamy white walls display the homeowner’s collection of original Native American art. A handmade quilt adorns the bed and the vintage saddle stands ready for an adventure on horseback.
Bathrooms in the house were taken down to the studs and completely renovated. This guest bath is an oasis of calm with beautiful sage tiles in the shower, creamy distressed floor tile and a magnificent granite countertop in hues of blues and green. Mirror is Pottery Barn.