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A Sophisticated and Colorful Home in Plano, TX

by Grace Bonney

By day, works in management for the mortgage division of a bank. But by night and on weekends, she pursues her creative passions, ranging from floral arranging to styling events and throwing dinner parties for friends and family. Her Plano, TX home is a testament to her excellent vintage-hunting skills and a beautiful love story to her family, who has shared in creating her home and plays a big role in her life.

Kris shares her home with her dog, Izzie Mae, and together they looked online at hundreds of homes before finding this one, built in 1978. “This was the only one of the four I actually saw in person that I could envision my things in and really believed could feel like my home.” Two and a half years later, Kris has created her dream home — a space that combines bright color with bold patterns and an impressive mix of new and old artwork, furniture and textiles. “I wanted to create an eclectic, comfortable space where I could host plenty of friends and family. Somewhere people weren’t afraid to curl up on the couch and stay awhile or sit back and put their feet up,” Kris explained. I think she’s done just that, and it looks like Izzie Mae can attest to the fact that Kris has found a way to balance great style with comfort. Thanks so much to both of them for welcoming us into their home today. xo, grace

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Dining room
Paint color is Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray
Table and chairs: consignment stores

Living Room
Paint color is Benjamin Moore Covington Blue
Table lamp: base from Anthropologie, shade from Horchow
Pitcher: Anthropologie
Couch: Weirs
Pillows: Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, IKEA, Etsy
Wall Hangings: Vintage mudcloths from the Rose Bowl Flea Market
Blanket: Furbish
Kachina doll: gifted by family from Santa Fe, NM

Table and chairs: consignment stores
Light fixture: Wisteria
Curtains: JC Penny
Rug: eBay
Tray: Target
Copper mugs: vintage
Succulent planter: Atelier Stella

Paint color is Benjamin Moore Philipsburg Blue
Coffee table: Anthropologie
Suzani: gifted by parents from Istanbul
Couch and side table: vintage from grandparents
Curtains: Anthropologie
Indigo blanket: Wisteria
Pillows: Anthropologie, Boho Pillow
Planter: Target

Bedspread, sheets, and pillowcases: Horchow
Lamp: vintage
Vanity: Heirloom from grandparents
Sheepskin: IKEA

When Kris decided to paint her living room blue-green, the responses Kris received were less than favorable. People suggested she choose a more "traditional" color, but she wasn't swayed. "Eventually, I told my friend Bradley that all I wanted for my birthday was for him to help me paint the living room. We got in the car and drove an hour and a half to the only place that was still open selling Benjamin Moore paint. By the time we got home with three gallons of a beautiful pink dusty rose paint, I had decided an aqua color would be a better fit. The blue-green is such a complimentary color to the textiles, rugs, and pillows I have collected since then. Moral of the story: go with your gut and don't let other people's opinions stifle your creative curiosities."
When Kris first moved into her home, she was moving from a small, one-bedroom apartment. Thanks to her expert thrift-store and flea-market skills, Kris says, "It didn't take me too long to fill up this house! One of my favorite things is to treasure hunt with my mom for unique pieces. She told me about the sale where I purchased this console, as well as my beloved coffee table." The artwork was painted by a friend of Kris' grandmother.
Kris' dog, Izzie Mae, holds court from her favorite spot on the couch. Kris says Izzie Mae has adjusted to suburban life quite well. "Her favorite hobbies include howling at passersby that walk on 'her' sidewalk in front of our house and taking long naps on the couch."
This den is Kris' most recent project. After giving the wood paneling a makeover with a few coats of smokey blue paint, she brought in some furniture that had originally belonged to her grandparents. "I love having pieces in my home that have a history and remind me of loved ones every time I walk into the room. The vintage Suzani above the couch was a souvenir Kris' parents brought back from a trip to the Mediterranean. It is sewn onto a larger piece of fabric and then mounted on a piece of wood.
Kris' breakfast nook.
The antique table in the breakfast nook was a gift from Kris' grandparents. "When I was in college and renting a house for the first time, my roommates and I had no kitchen table. I remember going shopping with my Granny and finding this beautiful table with chairs and being so excited to own my first piece of real furniture." The dome light fixture is from Wisteria and Kris found the rug online priced at one dollar; she considers it her "best bargain ever!"
Kris' home has a lot of built-in shelves, which works out perfectly because she says, "I have plenty of things to fill them with. I'm a big fan of all things copper and I love handmade pottery."
Kris' dining room is one of the first rooms to greet guests as they enter her home. She opted for a light blue-grey on the walls and brought in even more color by adding a bold kilim rug for the floor. The juxtaposition of mismatched chairs, a colorful rug and a traditional chandelier give the space an eclectic feel. "I like to pair unexpected items," explains Kris.
Original works of art and estate sale finds are showcased on a gallery wall in the dining room. "A dear family friend painted some of the pieces," Kris notes. She enjoys hosting friends for brunch or dinner at this dining table, which she found at a consignment shop after months of hunting for the perfect one.
Kris' bedroom is full of rich gold tones and antique pieces, with purple bedsheets and kilim pillows thrown in the mix to keep it from being "too fussy." The alabaster lamp was a hand-me-down from Kris' parents.
Kris' bedroom vanity set is one of her favorite pieces of furniture in her home. "It sat in the back bedroom at my Granny and Poppy's house throughout my entire childhood and the drawers used to be stuffed full of crayons and marks-a-lot markers."
The entry hall has a neutral color palette with bits of blue added for color. Baskets and mirrors cover the wall, along with a beautiful floral painting that was painted by Kris' great-grandmother. The braided rug is one of Kris' first creative endeavors. "The summer before I began college, a friend's mother offered to teach me her method of creating these handmade rugs I had admired. I finished this blue one just weeks before moving away and have found a spot for it in all of my homes since. It's a nice reminder that I can do anything I put my mind to."

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