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A Texas Home Full of Natural Light and Potential

by Lauren Chorpening

When Austin and I put an offer in on a house last fall, I got to work designing what each and every room would look like once we moved in. Now that we are in the house, a lot of the plans I was fixated on aren’t as important anymore. “Whatever is easiest and looks nice” has become the motto of our household as we transform our 1900 fixer-upper. It’s not that the design work I did while waiting for the house isn’t relevant — it’s been a guidepost and helpful to know where to start in each room — but it’s easier now that we live here to have more realistic goals and expectations for ourselves and our home.

Having an open mind and open design timeline is exactly the laissez-faire approach that has taken in her home of two years in The Woodlands, TX. Keely, her husband Mike and their four kids — Ethan 17, Emersyn 15, Edyn 9, and Kingston 3 — have lived in The Woodlands for the last 10 years. When they outgrew their previous home, they quickly found a house in the same area to move into. It was important to the Mann family to stay nearby so their school-aged kids could continue their education without changing districts. Their new home was built in 2000 and has the space they were hoping for with all of the comforts of a familiar community. To make the house really feel like their own, Keely and Mike are working to update and freshen the space, optimizing the potential of each room.

Changing design slowly over time is partially preference and partially necessity for the Manns. “I have endless projects and ideas and we can only make them happen so fast. I like to think of myself as the idea girl, but it is my husband that takes my idea[s] and brings them to life,” Keely shares. “I just start with the spaces and rooms that need the most love (or I have the budget to start). We have been in this house for a little over two years and I say it will take another two years for me to get all my projects done. Most likely when I’m done, I’ll just want to start the process all over again.” Most of the interior is painted white, but Keely has added character to the already stately spaces with wallpaper, pattern, textures and colorful rugs. “I wouldn’t say I ever have any decorating goals,” she says. “I decorate how I feel at the time, and it tends to change as I do. I try to make all my spaces comfy and rela.” Today’s home tour is evidence that her undefined goals are working for her. Keely, Mike and their four kids are making this house feel like home, project by project. Lauren

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Image above: One of the things that immediately drew Keely and her family to this home other than the space was the abundance of large windows with tons of natural light.

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The play room is the most colorful room in the house and a favorite spot for the kids to spend time together.
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"This is the entryway to our home. I try to always have fresh greens or fresh flowers on the console table. I love the peacefulness I get walking into this space," Keely shares.
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The Mann family's new house is full of architectural details at every turn. For a house built in 2000, it has the feel of a much older home. "The dining room is one of my favorite spaces. It has great natural light. Painting the french doors is one of the best things I've done. I love the contrast," Keely notes.
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"This is the dining room. It has gone through a few transformations. The walls were green when we moved in. I painted them a light grey, then a navy, then white... and white they will probably stay," Keely says. "The chairs are my favorite. My husband and I spent hours rummaging through an antique festival in Warrenton, TX to find six of these bentwood chairs. I painted them all black. I love the contrast of the black chairs with the wood table."
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The music room is primarily used by Ethan but Keely wishes the whole family would get more enjoyment out of this space. She plans to add floor-to-ceiling built-ins to store books so it can be a dual purpose library and music room.
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The great room is where the family spends most of their time. Keely used the height of the ceilings to create a focal feature over the fireplace wall. "This is the amazing built-in my husband spent last summer building. It's probably my favorite thing he's ever built. I told him what I wanted and he brought it to life. It wasn't an easy thing to do by yourself -- the ceilings are 20 feet high -- but he did it and I will forever be impressed," Keely beams.
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You do you. Do what you love, do what makes you happy and comfortable. That way it will always feel like home.

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Keely's style feels collected and cohesive at the same time. Her knack for adding interest with texture, pattern and heavy contrast keeps neutral spaces interesting and inviting.
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An eating area at the back of the great room is a space for casual meals, homework after school and game nights as a family.
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"This is Edyn's room. I love the boho vibe this room has and the pops of pink. Also out of all the bedrooms in the house, this one has the best natural light," Keely says.
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"This is my daughter Emersyn's room. It was pretty plain Jane until we put up the bold black-and-white floral wall paper from Anthropologie. I absolutely am obsessed with this wallpaper and wallpaper in generaI. I'm so happy it has made a comeback! I love how it makes such a statement. It gave this room life," Keely shares.
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“I am a big lover of all thing plants. Every room needs a plant or two in it,” Keely suggests. “Emersyn actually named her plants after characters from The Office which I think is hilarious. Also, I love the artwork by Lysha Smith above the desk. I think it pulls the room together.”

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The Mann family (with Mike behind the camera). From left to right: Kingston, Ethan, Yoshi the dog, Emersyn, Edyn and Keely.
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A lovely drawing of the Mann house by Emersyn. “What I love most about my home: All my favorite people under one roof and all the natural light!”

 

SOURCES

Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Pure White

Entryway

Console table –
Mirror –
Rug – Vintage
– Target Hearth and Hand
– Target Hearth and Hand

Great Room

Rug –
– Joss and Main – Joss and Main
– Target
– Target
– Amazon

Emersyn’s Room

Wallpaper – Anthropologie
Bed – Wayfair
Bedding –
Rug – Rugs USA
Art –

Edyn’s Room

Pendant light –
Bed – Antique
Bedding – Amazon
Pillows – Target
Throw – Target
Art – Target
Rug – HomeGoods

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