house guest: butterfly effect.
August 30, 2011
PHOTOGRAPHY BY PHILLIP ENNIS
If there’s one thing we’ve learned through the years, it’s that people come to their dream homes in too many different ways to count: sometimes it’s the first home they see when they begin their search; sometimes it’s an empty parcel with a killer view; sometimes there’s a major disaster during a remodel that turns out to be a blessing in disguise. One thing all the ways have in common, though, is that it’s always a surprise—something inexplicable that happens the moment the residence’s future inhabitants cross its threshold for the first time. That’s the way it happened for the homeowners of this Houston home by Miller Dahlstrand Architects, though its first under-construction iteration was far from their ideal: “It was the flow of the house that I liked,” says the man of the house, “rather than the design.” So, they went to work, with both the architect Reagan Miller and designer Marjorie Slovack, and in the end, they got exactly what they wanted.
When did you know that your house was “the” one?
Sources: Cabinetry from Anything But Plain; countertops from McVey Marble & Tile; chandelier from George Cameron Nash; barstools from Design House.
Sources: Chandelier from Watkins Culver Antiques; cocktail table from Iron Accents; sofa from Shabby Slips; console from Brian Stringer Antiques.
Sources: Chandelier from Culp Associates; nightstands from Alyson Jon Interiors; bedding from Longoria Collection; carpet from Stark.
Sources: Floor tiles by Walker Zanger; tub by Kohler; nesting tables from Muse Interiors.