This Pied-à-Terre Overlooking the Houston Museum District Feels Like a Habitable Artwork Gallery

“Black paint can cover a large number of sins”, says Melinda James, a spouse at Texas-based M. James Design Team. The offending birthday celebration? A windowless main bedroom with concrete columns, beige carpet, and uncovered HVAC ductwork. A part of the Houston loft that she and her paintings and existence spouse, John Thomas James, purchased to make use of as a pied-à-terre, the room now options a couple of layers of Black via Benjamin Moore, plus oak flooring, a brass and -quartz chandelier and, as on each inch of condominium wall, lots of artwork.

Located at the seventeenth ground of a contemporary residential tower, the unit overlooks the Cullen Sculpture Lawn, the Houston Museum of Advantageous Arts and the Houston Museum of Fresh Artwork, one of the crucial Jameses’ favourite puts when visiting town. Says Melinda, “It is our break out to be within the Museum District.”

To start with, on the other hand, the 1,400-square-foot apartment felt like a void. “One of the crucial largest demanding situations…or perhaps the funnest section…was once giving it architectural main points,” says John, “as a result of, to start with, this was once only a sheetrock field with a pitcher wall.” For a extra creative enjoy in the lounge, they introduced in customized 11-foot-tall bookcases and painted them Black Jack via Benjamin Moore. (Melinda, the company’s unofficial president of paint, ceaselessly is going for a colour of black with a brown undertone. “It makes the black slightly extra earthy and no more intimidating,” says John.)

“Portray creates surroundings, continuity, temper and the excitement that I need other folks to really feel.” —John Thomas James

Two towering vintage columns enhance one of the crucial industrial-style concrete ones which can be same old within the development, and the couple additionally put in molding and trim above the mirrors “to carry extra harmony” to the room, Melinda says. “My giant key’s that we if truth be told went and were given some trim and trim items from The House Depot and put it there!”

The couple’s artwork assortment, which levels from a Pablo Picasso lithograph from the Nineteen Sixties to a portray via Houston artist John Ross Palmer, is layered. His 3-d gallery partitions, the place artwork and charcoal sketches combine with freestanding sculptures and busts, upload dimensionality and a virtually museum-like high quality to the rooms. “We obtain such a lot artwork that it overflows the partitions”, says John, who advises opting for various styles and sizes on your wall artwork—vertical, horizontal, huge, and small—and quite a lot of antique items for a ancient really feel. “Seek and seek and check out to make a set,” says Melinda, “as an alternative of shopping for the whole thing to check the furnishings.”

Front room

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“In case you have 8 items of furnishings floating in a room, whilst you placed on a rug, all of it turns into one,” says dressmaker John Thomas James. “You wish to have to be the place other folks can simply breathe and revel in themselves,” says dressmaker Melinda James.

Chandelier: Thomas O’Brien via Illumination Circa. Settee: Lillian August. Settee: antique in Holland and Jerez wool.

Artwork: outdated French, Moxie Interiors. Pillow: Kravet. Aspect desk: historic. Glass display: arteries.

living room

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“One thing nice and inexpensive is a replicate, however it’s a must to have a look at what it is going to mirror,” says Melinda. Curtains: Holland and Jerez. Settee: Lillian August for Hickory White. Chairs: Lee Industries (left); customized, on Belgian linen (proper). Stool: Starting. Lamps:

Illumination Circa. Lithography: Pablo Picasso.

Kitchen room

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The couple painted the prevailing cupboards, added new {hardware}, lighting, and an ebonized wooden most sensible. Cupboard Paint: wool coat, benjamin moore. pendant gentle: Peter Bristol for Illumination Circa. stools: customized via M. James Design Team. Artwork: Barloga Studios.


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He Knoll table seats six for dinner events and doubles as a workspace. Pendants: Kelly Wearstler for Illumination Circa. Chair: space in disrepair. Columns: outdated, FOUND. Artwork: john ross palmer.

Master suite


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“I believe it is great so as to add some blank traces,” Melinda says of the couple’s Kelly Wearstler chandelier. silk mattress: gown, walnut chair. Paintwork: Black, benjamin moore. Settee: historic,

Moxie Interiors. Artwork: impressions.

Primary rest room


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“I all the time went for a black grass fabric for texture, as a result of I did not wish to exchange the vat,” says Melinda. Wallpaper: ralph lauren space. Stool: Historical African Senufo. Carpet: Carol Piper Rugs.

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“We love to designate a comfortable little TV room,” Melinda says of this inside house. Chair: Suzanne Kasler via walnut chair. Settee: Thomas O’Brien via century furnishings.

front gallery


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No house is simply too small for a copious artwork show. pendant lighting: Thomas O’Brien via

Illumination Circa. Carpet: Carol Piper Rugs. Reflect Y chair: historic. Console desk: gown, walnut chair.



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Lush timber and potted shrubs melt the view of town skyline. Eating room chair: palecek. Boxwood planter: thompson + hanson.

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