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This Home Filled With Pastel Hues Perfectly Blends Mod and Trad

June 26, 2023

Houston-based designer Marian "Mimi" Meacham of Marian Louise Design proves that pastels are the missing link in your home's style.

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A Growing Family Gains a New Home Without Losing Their Neighborhood

When you love your neighborhood but you're outgrowing your home, sometimes the only option is to tear it down and start fresh. And that's exactly the solution this Houston couple sought, moving into a nearby rental while they constructed a beautiful two-story with more space for their three kids and numerous pets. The young family enlisted designer Marian "Mimi" Meacham of Marian Louise Design to aid in the creation of their dream home, a blend of modern and traditional with pops of pastels.

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This Green Front Door Makes a Strong Visual Statement

While both the interior and exterior have a white foundation, the Houston home is jam-packed with eye-catching pastels, starting with the front door, which is painted in Sherwin Williams Gallery Green. "One of my favorite vignettes in this home is the front porch!" admits Mimi. "We knew we wanted to do a 'statement' front door since the brick was white, and this adorable one truly welcomes all who pass by."

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Various Materials Come Together to Form a Seamless Front Porch Vignette

With a green door, copper lanterns, a brick floor and a wood ceiling, the front porch employs several materials with dissimilar textures and tones to create a vignette that is as seamless as it is striking. "It’s all about going bold where it counts and making sure the surroundings blend seamlessly with those choices," explains Mimi. "The warm white paint, grounding copper and timeless brick work together as neutrals to frame the green door." The house numbers were intentionally written out as a nod to the home's traditional side.

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Neutral Selections Make Room for More Colorful Accents

Mimi continued this "neutral frame" concept in the interior, adorning the entry with materials intentionally selected to let the colorful accents pop. "The chic white paneling, white and brass iron stair railing and lighter-toned wood floors created a beautiful blank slate for our entry selections," she notes.

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