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A Home Combines Purpose with Poise In The Woodlands, TX

by Erin Austen Abbott

When and Walt Sassard moved from Brooklyn, NY — where Alexis was attending school for interior design and Walt was working as a fashion photographer — to The Woodlands, TX, the extra space was overwhelming to the couple. “We went from a 500-square-foot apartment in Brooklyn to an almost 2,500-square-foot two-story house. We had a good laugh when we put our old sofa and coffee table in the living room. It looked like dollhouse furniture,” Alexis jokes. Moving to be closer to family and looking to start a family of their own, Texas has given them more than they could have dreamed of.

While their 1999 traditional home would be considered newer construction and similar to others in the area from the outside, it stands completely on its own once you enter the front door. “We wanted to design a home that flowed effortlessly from room to room, so that meant sticking to a relatively neutral palette and incorporating accents like Persian rugs throughout,” Alexis says. The process has taken all four years since they moved in to complete the transformation. “It’s been time consuming and we still need to make a few more tweaks, but it’s been something we’ve truly enjoyed working on. The first year was essentially spent erasing all the mistakes from the previous owners. Once we had a clean canvas to work with, we were able to visualize how we wanted each room to function.” The couple incorporated some of the great vintage furniture Walt has collected over the years and scoured local antique shops for more pieces that were needed. From there, it was marrying the traditional style of the house to the mid-century modern style that they love. Working from home, Alexis, who is a blogger and also the designer behind her own homeware collection,  was able to turn an upstairs room into a light-filled space that is perfect for working. Having an office just a stair-climb away helped while working on the design of the home as well. She didn’t have to leave the site to go to work — she was on hand to oversee the design and remodel progress daily.

Working within the home is also ideal for Alexis to be close to the couple’s two children — who are abundantly welcome in each space, but maintain organization from room to room when it comes to their toys. “We have two young kids, ages four and one, and it’s been very important to us that we don’t let the toys run the show. Everything has a place and although sometimes they don’t always make it back to their dedicated homes, we’ve worked really hard with the kids to adopt this concept into their daily routines.” I love the neutral palette of each room, with the signature muted pop of color on one wall, a feature used in several of the rooms. I hope you enjoy this house as much as Alexis and her family do. “Every morning, I walk downstairs and am still in awe that we get to call this place home.” —

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Image above: “My husband is very much into ‘moody spaces.’ I like bright, airy spaces with hints of green. He gravitates to rich, saturated color much more than I do, but I think this was a nice compromise for us,” Alexis shares about the master bedroom.

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An exterior peek at the Sassard home in The Woodlands, TX.
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An inviting look at the front porch, full of plant life.
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Alexis, Walt, Luella, and Felix in the woods of their yard.
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You enter the Sassard home into the living room and kitchen bar. With a display of hats and a long runner, it breaks up the space to feel like a hallway.
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"I somehow convinced my husband to paint that accent wall this nude blush color and after much hesitation, he finally agreed after I promised to paint it back to white if he hated it. He actually ended up loving it," Alexis shares.
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By painting the wall around the fireplace and the mantel black, it hides the TV in plain sight when not in use.
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"This is the kitchen's best angle, in my opinion. I love being able to see [the] long stretch of open shelves and the entire color scheme in one frame," Alexis says.
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A closer look at the open shelving in the kitchen. I love the brass switch plates!
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"My husband asked for one room in the house, and so the parlor became his! It screams Walt with all of the Americana details."
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"The parlor is right off the entrance so it doubles as our music room and Walt's 'room,' which he doesn't mind. We spin records and have dance parties with the kids in here and it's just a lot of fun," Alexis shares.
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"As much as I love the concept of our tub/shower area, the quality of the tile work is just not up to par with the rest of our home. It's something we'll need to fix someday down the road... When we win the lottery! Ha," Alexis laughs.
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"I love the drama of our black and white bathroom."
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In the master bedroom, the brass sconce pops beautifully against the deep, rich green wall.
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The wide-plank wall, installed in Felix's room, is a great contrast with the Benjamin Moore "Tranquility" wall color.
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"Felix is a high-energy kid. I wanted him to have a calming color on the walls of his room to play and retreat to at the end of the day," Alexis shares.
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A wider peek at the soft blue walls and iron bed in Felix's room.
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"[Luella's] Jenny Lind style bed was actually my sister-in-law, Rhett's childhood bed. Rhett told her Granddaddy she wanted 'a two-pilla bed' and he refinished this one for her," Alexis shares.
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A sweet reading corner and keepsake shelf in Luella's room.
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I'm a sucker for a good dollhouse. This one, in Luella's room from The Land Of Nod, is a winner for sure!
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"I wanted a light-filled place to sew and make wall hangings for my shop, so I took over the office upstairs. It gets the best light in the afternoon."
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Another corner of Alexis' upstairs home office/studio.
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The floor plan of the Sassard home.
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"What I love most about our home is the space to entertain. When my house is full, my heart is full," Alexis shares.

PAINT COLORS

(kitchen lower cabinets)

(all interior white walls/ house exterior)

Sherwin Williams “Historic Charleston green” (Living room fireplace hearth & surround/ exterior trim)

(Parlor)

(Office)

(Master Bedroom accent wall)

(Master Bathroom)

(Luella’s Room)

(Felix’s Room)

KITCHEN

Custom cedar shelves and lower cabinets – 

Sutton Place cabinet pulls and knobs – 

Mid-century plate covers – 

Mid-Century Long-Arm chandelier – 

Powell pendant – 

White Zeus Extreme quartz countertops – 

Soapstone counter table – made by Walt 

Kohler Whitehaven apron front sink – 

Refin Commercial style faucet – 

Industrial pot racks – made by Walt

Broan range hood – 

LIVING ROOM

New Berlin RAF Sectional (in custom fabric) — 

Various pillows and throw blanket —Target

Marble coffee table top — local antique shop find

Coffee table base — 

Natura Handspun Jute Rug — 

Vintage Persian runner (one-of-a-kind) – eSale Rugs

Table lamps — NY Craigslist finds

Marlton End Table Gold — ​

Grapevine and glass end table – given to us by my Father-in-law

Apothecary secretary – family heirloom

Storage Drum Accent Table Gold – 

Chevron Brass Fireplace Screen – 

Umbra Twig Wall Planter Set – 

Hanging Metal Planter – 

Wood Cage Pendant and Cord Kit – 

PARLOR

Midnight Blue Xander Armchairs  — 

Moroccan pillows – purchased by Walt while traveling in Morocco

Bonded leather loveseat (no longer available) – IKEA

Vintage mid-century surfboard coffee table

Marble and copper plated end table (no longer available) – Target

Elevated Task Lamp – 

Modern Globe Floor Lamp Brassy Gold – 

Geometric pedestal table (no longer available) – Target

All wall art – vintage finds

1960s record cabinet – given to us by our next door neighbor

Vintage Rug – given to my husband by his parents

RANARP Pendant Lamps – 

OFFICE

Mid-century modern desk – local Craigslist find

White Ribbed Leather Swivel Chairs – 

Porter Mid-century Modern Storage Cabinet – 

Wood wall shelves (no longer available) – (similar)

Gold framed mirror – local Craigslist find

Alder Glass Wall Ledge – 

LUELLA’S BEDROOM

Heirloom Jenny Lind bed — ​passed down from my sister-in-law (her childhood bed)

Threshold organic cotton sheets – Target

Blush knitted pillow (no longer available) – Bed Bath and Beyond

Wishbone Accent Chair and foot stool – 

A-Frame Dollhouse – 

Rattan mirror (no longer available) – Target

Porter Mid-century Modern TV Stand – 

Horse print – 

Monterey custom frame (for horse print) – 

Vintage magnolia painting

Southern plantation house painting – Walt’s family heirloom

MU Fusion Shag Rug (no longer available) – The Land of Nod

FELIX’S ROOM

DHP metal iron bed – 

Striped sheets – 

Nate Berkus feather pillowcases – 

Vintage locker cabinet

Tee-pee print – photograph by Walt

Providence custom frame (for tee-pee print) – 

Basic Desk – 

Elevated Task Lamp – 

Vintage stool

Marfa landscape print – photograph by Walt

Rosemont custom frame for tee-pee print – 

MASTER BEDROOM

Gray Dot Duvet Cover / Shams – 

Various throw pillows –

Iconic Point Blanket Multistripe – 

Neu Giclee Print by Jean-Michel Basquiat – 

Untitled Giclee Print by Jean-Michel Basquiat – 

Marin Custom Frames (for both J-MB prints) – 

Isaac Plug-In Sconces Brass – 

Macrame wall hanging – 

Vintage mid-century modern dresser – NY Craigslist find

Easel floor mirror (no longer available) – West Elm

Kasbah Wool Rug – 

MASTER BATHROOM

Randolf Morris cast-iron tub and Shower Enclosure with Shower Ring and Handheld Shower – 

Ticking Stripe Shower Curtain (no longer available) – West Elm

Bamboo bathtub caddy – 

Custom vanity –  (local)

Merope Suede quartz countertops – 

Tilting Wall Mirrors – 

Kingston Brass Faucets – 

Kohler Ladena Undercounter Bathroom Sink – 

2-Bulb Brass Sconces – 

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