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A Texas Family’s Home Grows Alongside Them

by Garrett Fleming

A Texas Family's Home Grows Alongside Them, Design*Droits-Humains

When it comes to stories about interior renovations, the conversation tends to center around homeowners updating their space to fit within a trend. For some families, though, deeply personal factors end up influencing the evolution of their spaces way more than what’s populating their Pinterest boards. Maybe their kids are getting older. Perhaps a parent has started working from home. No matter the reason, these familial ebbs and flows have just as much of an impact on their space’s style as what’s #trending amongst the forward-thinking Instagrammers they follow.

and her husband Ben’s home in Oak Cliff, a neighborhood in Dallas, TX, is one such place. Over time, their 1920s-era Craftsman has seen changes brought forth by the birth of their children, career moves, and their kiddos’ varying interests. “My goal is to always shift our style with our life. Our family is always changing, so what tells our story will continually evolve (too),” Molly says. These adjustments have brought with them new art, the addition of various vintage pieces, and landed the couple’s home in what I call “The Sweet Spot.” It’s a space occupied by houses that have been curated over time with layers as attractive as they are personal.

One room in particular serves as a prime example of how changes in their family have influenced the look of their space: Their daughter Olive Grace’s room. While the blue stripes on the walls seem purposefully painted for her, they’re actually left over from when her brother bunked there. When Molly and Ben brought Olive Grace home from the hospital, they had to shift the rooms around to make space and ended up moving their two sons into one bedroom. Instead of covering up the stripes, the couple painted pink elements alongside the blue graphics and matched new accessories to the two hues to make it feel like the design was intentional all along. It’s these tiny changes here and there that have made the home so personal and memorable, and that’s more important than being trendy any day. Enjoy! —

Photography by Molly Magill

Image above: “I like that my kids are happy when they walk through the door,” Molly begins. “My middle child is a homebody, and when he walks in he always says, ‘It’s good to be home.’ I always feel a sense of relief and release like we’re right where we need to be.” 

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Molly, her husband Ben and their three children have lived in this home in Oak Cliff for six years. “We knew we wanted to live in Oak Cliff, a vibrant and diverse community in Dallas. We see our neighbors every day walking or at the grocery store or local restaurants, so there is this small-town feel in the heart of this big city,” Molly says.

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Molly found the rattan table and bull horns at a local vintage shop. She added the neon pink rope to the latter to give them some personality.

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The sofa’s position turns the open concept front room into two spaces: A formal entryway and living area.

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The fireplace’s black tile helps tie it into the black stripes of the side chairs’ serape upholstery.

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“What I love about our home is its welcoming, happy vibe!” – Molly Magill

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“This custom dining table – which we had made just for the space – acts as the dining table, an art table, a homework desk and a meeting place for everyone that comes through our home. I love how this room is the intersection of all the living spaces in the house and flows right through to the kitchen and back of the house,” Molly says.

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Molly’s favorite thing about the dining room is this custom art she created using letterhead from her hometown of Callahan County. Not only is her father a judge there, but many of her family members have worked for the city as well. Given her deep connection to the area, it’s no surprise her company’s name  nods to the town.

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This cacti wallpaper reminds Molly of her time growing up in West Texas. The cabinet it decorates once held dishes and items for entertaining, but now that Molly has children it’s full of art supplies.

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“Because we are an energetic, casual group of people, and we really live in our house, it has to be comfortable,” Molly says. To achieve this, she and Ben only snag decor that’s “welcoming, light [and] bright.”

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Molly and Ben’s bedroom gets a jolt of color thanks to the vintage dresser Molly’s painted green. The accompanying chair has been reupholstered using a vintage tapestry.

Don’t be afraid to mix your past with your present. Use the things you love, [and] don’t be confined by a certain style.

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The bathroom “is tucked away so it feels like a place of respite.” And yes, that’s a child-size tub.

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Each boy’s side of the room is made personal through artwork they’ve either created or curated. “My favorite part of this side is the Bob Dylan poster which belonged to my husband (a huge Dylan fan). He’s so proud that he’s passing that love down to his sons,” Molly says.

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Doss and Booth’s grandmother gave them the vintage American flags that cover their windows.

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Olive Grace’s room used to be her brother’s, and the blue stripes you see were painted during that time. To make them work for the space’s new look, Molly added in additional colorful accessories to match Olive’s “vibrant, unabashed personality.”

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The kitchen is truly the heart of the home. Since it sees so much activity, Molly has let go of the expectation that it’ll be photo-ready at all times.

Design Lesson: You can have precious things, use them, love them, live with them and even mess them up [and they can] still be beautiful.

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The tile backsplash picks up the hue of the kitchen island.

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Molly’s company is headquartered here in the home’s converted garage.

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When she isn’t painting in here, the space plays host to dinner parties. Molly even welcomed the Ann Richards Society once. At the event, a group of Texans chatted over BBQ about all the things that make their state one of a kind.

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The home’s floor plan.

Exterior
Paint – Sherwin-Williams “Tricorn Black”
Trim – Sherwin-Williams “Alabaster”

Entryway
Rattan table – White Elephant Antiques
Mirror – Target
Lamp – Lulu & Georgia
Basket – Anthropologie
Coat hanger – IKEA
Vases – hand me down
Apple baskets – Magnolia Home for Target

Living Room
Side chairs – vintage, reupholstered by Cliff & Callahan
Sofa – Neighborhood Store
Sofa pillows – Beatnik, Magic Hour Shop, West Elm
Lamp – vintage
Artwork – Cliff & Callahan
Pouf – Beatnik
Rug – NuLoom
Vase – Anthropologie

Dining Room
Table – custom made by Akers Handmade
Rug – Lulu & Georgia
Sideboard – West Elm
Artwork – custom by Cliff & Callahan
Lamps – Target
Light fixture – IKEA
Cactus wallpaper – Samantha Santana
Arrow light – Neighborhood Store
Bench – Company C
Pillows – West Elm, Anthropologie, Target

Molly & Ben’s Room
Ceremonial hat – Favor the Kind
Striped pillows – West Elm
Throw pillows – West Elm, Target, Magic Hour shop
Chair – vintage, redesigned by Cliff & Callahan
Dresser – vintage
Mirror – Pier 1
Lamps – Target
Side tables – IKEA
Rug – Andrews Furniture

Boys’ Room
Bedding, dresser, rug – IKEA
Orange blanket, orange pillows – Erin Flett
Letter pillows, rhino head – Anthropologie
Dallas neighborhoods poster – Neighborhood Store
Bob Dylan poster, flags – vintage

Olive Grace’s Room
Deer head – West Elm
Crib – Baby Bliss
Dresser, mirror – IKEA
Rug – Opalhouse by Target
Horse toy – Anthropologie
Toy chest – Target

Kitchen
Stools – vintage
Cake stand, vases – Anthropologie

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