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A Texas Home With a Touch of Fun in Every Room

Just try not to grin as you take a look around this refreshingly cheerful home featured in HGTV Magazine.

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Photo: Kim Cornelison. From: HGTV Magazine.

The House

After 13 years of bouncing around the country for job transfers, Carissa and Todd Fox finally settled their family of four into a 4,300-square-foot modern prairie-style home in Cypress, TX, and got to work decorating for real. “In our other houses I was always thinking about resale value, but here I can spread my creative wings because we plan to stay a while,” says Carissa.

She and Todd designed the interior with a no-frills base of engineered acacia wood floors, a mostly white kitchen and neutral walls so Carissa could jazz up the place with quirky pieces. Taking after her free-spirited grandmother, who was an artist, Carissa has decorated and redecorated the house over the past five years as her creative outlet. “I don’t want our home to look like a carnival, though with my girls, it sometimes feels like one,” she says. “I just want something to make us smile wherever we look.” 

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Photo: Kim Cornelison. From: HGTV Magazine.


The nearly 10-foot-long island is the most bustling spot in the house. “Knowing the kids and their friends would be running through the kitchen, I wanted a large island with a pull-up-a-stool vibe,” says Carissa. She had the base painted gray (Galveston Gray by Benjamin Moore) to stand out from all the white, then started on the fun: candy-color accessories and a red fox wood cutout from the Etsy shop Haven America. The multihued stools are from, and the white barn light pendants are from Restoration Hardware. 

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Photo: Kim Cornelison

The Family

Todd and Carissa with Campbell, 15, and Riley, 12.

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Photo: Kim Cornelison. From: HGTV Magazine.

Dining Room

“I’d rather fill a room with a few things that pack a big punch than clutter up a space with lots of little pieces,” says Carissa. For this high-traffic area right off the kitchen, she chose a supersized, peeled-and-chipped blue sideboard by Four Hands that spans the length of the wall and a 5-plus-foot-diameter mirror with a wood-block frame to hang above it. She topped a pair of chunky wood lamp bases from T.J.Maxx with navy-and-white-striped shades from Ballard Designs. Carissa got the pair of cheeky ceramic bust vases from Floral Art in Los Angeles. The 25-inch-diameter pendants and the concrete-top table are from Restoration Hardware. 

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