A Texas Home With Bold Moves in Every Room
Poppy colors (hello, hot pink!) and gutsy patterns make this Texas home stand out from all the rest. HGTV Magazine takes you inside.
Located in Rollingwood, TX, a 10-minute drive from downtown Austin, the house was built in the late 1990s, but its Southern-style columns and wide porches evoke an earlier era. Other than painting the trim Dark Kettle Black by Valspar to contrast with the limestone, Katie and Greg left the exterior as is. A black-and-white-striped sofa and pink pillows from wayfair.com hint at what’s inside.
Here are a few things you should know about Katie Kime’s decorating style. One: Her favorite color is pink. Two: Large prints do not scare this designer. And three: She’s a whiz at mixing fun, whimsical patterns.
So when she and her husband, Greg Henry, bought a house just west of Austin, TX, with uninspiring beige/khaki walls, Katie seized the opportunity to dive into a total transformation. Her mission: Make the two-story home burst with color, personality and one-of-a-Kime touches that would feel in sync with the young family of five (six including 75-pound Duke, their chocolate labradoodle). “The key is to trust yourself,” says Katie, who owns a home decor store in Austin. “If you like it and your eye says it works, then it does.”
Daring decorating in the living room started with a neutral base: creamy white walls (Alabaster by Sherwin-Williams) plus gray Belgian linen sofas and white chairs from Restoration Hardware. The fun marched in with striped ottomans, gleaming metal accents and pink-infused pillows. The spiffed-up barn doors with black wood molding were inspired by paneling in BG Restaurant, homeowner Katie Kime’s favorite spot at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City.
Katie was determined to use the pink rug she bought on a trip to Turkey as the centerpiece in the foyer, but Greg was reaching his pink limit. Her solution: Soften the impact with a sleek white console with silver leaf doors from High Fashion Home, seagrass wallpaper and traditional blue-and-white vases. Dark-stained hardwood floors help balance the rug color, too.
A fuchsia rug from One Kings Lane and shiny blue seats lend a shock of color to the dining room, the spot for special-occasion meals both large and small. “Every once in a while we’ll do a fun family dinner with candlelight — just the five of us,” says Katie. Thanks to an extension on the Restoration Hardware dining table, she’s also able to entertain a crowd. The tall gold lamps are from Z Gallerie, and the mirror-front wood buffet is from High Fashion Home.
For the busiest room in the house, Katie went with a clean, quiet white scheme, adding color with accessories and servingware. She kept the subway tile backsplash, the cabinets and the farmhouse sink from the previous owner, but installed Macaubas quartzite countertops on the Lucite-base island and across the counters. “It looks like marble but doesn’t scratch,” Katie says.
“Wallpapering the ceiling with a print that I designed was a way to incorporate pattern without it feeling in-your-face,” says Katie. “Plus, I wanted to pick up the blue in the vintage kilim runner.” Pretty details — like the upholstered chair (from her store) and an oil painting, her own work — also contribute hits of the hue. The copper side table is from Target.
Katie’s formula for a dramatic room: Paint the walls a super-dark color — like gunmetal gray — then incorporate white for contrast. Along with the white bed canopy, she added preppy Roman shades trimmed with navy grosgrain ribbon. The groovy cone-and-sphere chandelier is from Jonathan Adler. The aqua blue settee is from Restoration Hardware, and the pillow on it is from Williams-Sonoma. Katie found the gold-trimmed acrylic bookshelf on One Kings Lane.
“The challenge with Will’s room was designing it in a way that lets him be a kid but will still look appropriate when he’s 18,” says Katie. She settled on a sisal rug, a bed frame upholstered in stain-treated sandy linen from Restoration Hardware and a black-and-white coverlet from John Robshaw. The jumbo tiger is a much-loved member of Will’s stuffed animal collection.
Like in Will’s bedroom, Katie picked a scheme that’s young and fun, “but that Ava will like beyond her next birthday.” The grown-up-looking burled wood bedside tables hold a pair of sleek lamps from HomeGoods, and the periwinkle medallion rug is from Lulu & Georgia.
Want to fill an entire room with one pattern? “The large scale is key,” Katie says of her Bees Knees design. “If those bees were small, it would look dizzying.” Two-inch honeycomb-shape floor tiles take their cue from the buzzworthy print. The vanity is painted Admiral Blue by Benjamin Moore.
The family’s favorite spot before they even moved in — a screened-in porch with killer views — is now their go-to for movie nights. To make it feel cozy, Katie outfitted the space with a linen sofa from Restoration Hardware, which she had weatherproofed by a company called Fiber-Seal, and a coffee table that’s big enough for casual dinners. Assorted pillows from her store and IKEA fill the swing bed that the previous owner left behind.