Houston Interior designer fills her house with soothing colors

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Houston Interior designer fills her house with soothing colors

The first home Charles and Sherrell Neal bought together is a 1990s-era manufactured home in Cypress. It has too many interior corners and a dated exterior, but Sherrell saw its potential.

Sherrell, who launched her own interior design firm, Sherrell Design Studio in 2016, tackled her own home as a major first project, creating a new palette for the exterior, then moving inside and reshaping its landscape as well.

Her vision for the home’s exterior included painting its pinkish-brown brick Benjamin Moore’s “Revere Pewter,” a light “greige” that reads quite white on this house on sunny days, and installing new, black-framed windows and replacing of the brown roof with one that is light grey. New lantern porch lights (Ralph Lauren’s Carrington lantern for Visual Comfort) and dark green paint (Benjamin Moore’s “Bassett Hill”) for the front door add a little color and a lot of style.

The house is only 2,100 square feet, so when they started to tackle interior changes, Sherrell wanted to get rid of as many angled walls as she could to maximize room sizes. Any room that didn’t get wallpaper was also painted Benjamin Moore’s “Chantilly Lace,” a popular shade of white because it has virtually no undertones.

The kitchen was nicely finished with modern European-style Foscari cabinets, so the Neals didn’t need to spend a lot of money to update that space.

In the living room, however, a previous owner installed similar modern cabinets on one wall and an angled fireplace wall—from ceiling to floor—covered in 20-inch squares of brown limestone tile.

Sherrell’s reinvention of the space was to remove the cabinets and allow for more seating, then replace the wall of tile with a sleek and simple mantle that will work with any style of furniture. The Neals tinkered with the windows in this room, removing two smaller windows with a single larger window for a better view of the backyard.

She used a large Stark sisal rug under an antique Oushak rug, then used a light color palette of neutrals and blues in solids, stripes and florals for furniture and pillows. Their white sofa was reupholstered in a light beige stripe, fabric from Suzanne Kasler’s coastal collection for Lee Joffa. A pair of swivel chairs are made in a soft, muted blue Belgian linen with a Greek key strap finish, and a few more antique reproduction chairs are reupholstered in a geometric print, with gold leaf applied to the wooden arms, legs and trim .

Sherrell said she knew the tight stripe on the sofa would read as a simple neutral rather than a pattern, allowing her to play with patterns elsewhere in the room.

“I love fabric and pattern, but there’s a balance in mixing patterns well,” Sherrell said. “I like pairing a floral with a stripe. You have to be mindful of scale; you need a small print with less white space, and if you use a floral with more than one color, you can have a draw color from it as a coordinating color.”

Sherrell loves chinoiserie-style wallpaper, but didn’t want the big investment of Gracie or de Gournay wallpaper, knowing it wouldn’t be a forever home. But she found a beautiful Tempaper mural peel-and-stick wallpaper with soft-toned botanicals that wraps around the dining room.

“It was cost-effective, but, honestly, I loved the pattern and color. It’s black and gray and soft warm white, and it’s a great look,” she said. “I wanted people to feel like they were in a garden.”

She covered her Schumacher dining room chairs in cornflower blue fabric and used a similar color for curtains in the room.

The room’s chandelier is a Visual Comfort piece designed by Julie Neill in New Orleans, who gifted it to the Neals. Charles Neal is a longtime employee at Visual Comfort, a lighting company started years ago by Andy Singer. Charles worked his way up the ladder and is now its executive vice president. In fact, all of the home’s lighting is of course from Visual Comfort.

Sherrell has lots of fine china, crystal and flatware, and sets a formal table when friends and family come over.

“In my family, we see each other all the time, and they’ll say, ‘You don’t have to do this for us,'” Sherrell said. “I want them to eat at their best. I can mix things from different collections because I gravitate towards the same colors and style. I can layer different glassware and I have tons of napkins, some with and some without a monogram. I switch it up for dessert and appetizers and soups — the whole experience.”

Sherrell is all about textiles, and that’s evident in her primary bedroom, where she used a form of bedspread called a “tester.” It brings in curtains and the equivalent of a valance behind the bed and its headboard, creating a romantic scene reminiscent of a four-poster bed, but without the canopy.

She put white and ivory and a soft blush in curtains, bedding and upholstery on a footboard sofa and had a new king size bed made with an 80 inch high headboard that backs up to the “taster” curtains for a bit more drama in traditional style.

A pair of Made Good nightstands, covered in faux ivory, add some texture to the room.

They started over in the primary bathroom, removing the old version that had a large corner tub and a small shower to create the reverse: a freestanding tub that took up much less space and a larger shower. Getting rid of an angled wall in an adjoining guest bedroom added a bit more space to the primary bath, allowing for two larger vanities, each with a tall storage cabinet.

They used luxury Italian Cararra marble for the counters and wall tiles and chose a mosaic version of it for flooring. Removing one of the room’s windows and reducing the size of the other allowed for two wall niches for towels, flowers or other things.

The three-bedroom house has two guest rooms, the smaller room has just a single bed with a small desk and the larger room gets the full design treatment with Brunschwig and Fils’ Talavera wallpaper, a pattern repeated in a large lumbar pillow and ‘ a bed For the bed, Sherrell took the headboard from the bed her husband bought years ago—a short, brown, nondescript headboard—and had a studio reupholster it after making it larger and adding a camel back detail .

Both of the guest rooms had carpeting, so the Neals found wood flooring similar to what was in the main living area and added it to the two bedrooms.

The two rooms also share a guest bath, which was cut off so they could install a wide dark blue vanity with a marble top, wallpaper, a new mirror and, of course, a beautiful chandelier.

“Color has had such an impact. You can use blue and yellow or colors that make you feel alive or awake. If you want moodiness, have a cigar room and paint it something masculine and strong,” she said. “Right now, all my clients love color. I’m painting more rooms with color, and there’s wallpaper everywhere. There’s no limit to color in the architectural story of our home.”

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