A Mid-Century Makeover in Tanglewood

Interior Design

Tucked away on a quiet street in Houston’s beloved Tanglewood neighborhood is a traditional ranch, Green Tree. When our clients found this home they immediately fell in love. They are collectors of mid-century furnishings and the home, originally built in 1957, was the perfect place for their iconic pieces. They reached out to us to thoughtfully restore and modernize the home.

One of the first things we noticed about the home laid in the entry. The flooring was in dire need of repair. There was also a lack of natural light. Ranch-style homes can seems dark because they are often split into communal areas and bedrooms. They are usually connected by hallways offshot from a foyer or entry hall. The massive windows that accompany the style illuminate the common rooms, but not these connecting arteries.


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Our solution was to pour new terrazzo flooring, honoring the era of the home’s initial build. We selected a lighter shade and crisp white walls to brighten the entry. We began to design a welcome vignette, complete with a vintage console and a mirror the clients already owned. The entry sets the tone for the home’s style and we wanted it to have a mid-century look that was both welcoming and warm.

Over the next month, we will be sharing more details of this mid-century makeover. Today, let’s take a look at the before and afters of this lovely home.


The Formal Dining Room

A before and after image of a dining room in a mid-century Houston home

A lacquered ceiling adds a moody glamour to this handsome dining room. The smoked glass chandelier plays on the reflective surface. With two entries of natural light and the entry on the other side, this room receives plenty of sunshine. The bar cart, from Arteriors, has a gilded finish that you will find throughout the home. That connection of metals ties back to the glamorous trends of the mid-century.


The Living Room

A side-by-side image of a living room before and after in Houston

While we kept the arrangement the same, we updated the furnishings. Notice the iconic mid-century elements: a Noguchi-style table, the Barcelona daybed, and the clients’ existing chairs, which we reupholstered in a luxe fabric of deep cerulean. There are cocktail tables of varying sizes located around the room, which is perfect for our clients who love to entertain.


The Powder Bath

A side-by-side image of a mid-century home design in Houston

A brilliant transformation with Ann Sacks tile and a dark-stained cabinet. We kept the hardware minimal, allowing the sconces and dynamic nature of the tile to stand front-and-center. The cabinets here are similar to the ones found in the kitchen, keeping cohesion in other spaces of the home.


The Owners’ Retreat

A side-by-side image of a bedroom before and after in Houston

We designed this large, tufted headboard to bring in texture and softness to the newly added brick veneer on the back wall. A gilded band on the orb pendants gives a surprising metallic finish. For the bedding, we select an assortment of pillows: lumbar supportive, high backed, and ones for sleeping.


The Kitchen

A side-by-side image of a mid-century home's kitchen, re-design by Laura U Design Collective

Well-known for being the oldest kitchen builder in the world, Poggenpohl is behind this sleek and modern kitchen. Ann Sacks tile adds a glittering dimension with expertly cut design and a subtle shimmer in the grout. Notice the lip detail of the counter to the cabinetry – all clean lines and very modern, but with a bit of edge.


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