Clean, Classic, Contemporary

Hi everyone–hope your week was great and thanks for all the wonderful comments on my home!! This week I am showing one of the few residences designed by famous mid-century architect S.I. Morris of Wilson, Morris, Crain and Anderson (best known for their notable commercial structures including the Astrodome).  This 1960 home had wonderful bones, but needed to be restored to its original beauty. Its amazing restoration was orchestrated by homeowner Mary Elizabeth Hahnfeld who is a top realtor for Martha Turner Properties and builder Kurt Hahnfeld of Hahnfeld Partners Construction.   This home earned the 2009 Good Brick Award for thoughtfully preserving and enhancing Houston’s architectural heritage! Growing up in a John Staub home and seeing myriad properties around the city throughout her 13 year career in real estate, Mary Elizabeth created a comfortable, contemporary home that suits her own personality and sense of style while also observing the home’s original intent.


By plastering the walls, the home’s entrance hall instantly conveys a welcoming, warm feeling. Plaster’s low upkeep is perfect for Mary Elizabeth’s messy dogs. As she says, Mary Elizabeth “plaster has a sophisticated feeling about it and is very sleek. The slight non-consistent color and texture is what I think people love about plaster.” I love the mix of accessories atop the chest here, all from Shabby Slips!


Although she sees so many homes as a realtor and adors looking at different styles, she stuck by her philosophy to “go with what I love and what feels right.” The simplicity of the architecture and clean lines in the entrance hall felt to Mary Elizbeth like an art gallery.  So she created her own with some of her favorite art. This bug painting by Chris Clark from Banner Elk, NC has great color combinations and sense of humor!





This sitting area is sophisticated but with a bit of fun like Mary Elizabeth herself!!  Love the small pedestal coffee table mixed with the cow hide patchwork rug from AREA and the splash of red the coral brings in. The Buddha reminds me of one my Grandfather had that we use to rub for good luck every time we came to visit!!


Just a beautiful view–great job of accessorizing too with an assortment of family photos, art, rare books and lovely gilded accessories!


I do really love this room and its wonderful mix of old and new!!  Wallpaper is typically not my first pick, however this one that that designer Don Conelly picked is fab. The dining room’s tonal color palette really highlights the different textures of the fabrics and shapes of the furnishings. The antique terrine Mary Elizabeth found in Blowing Rock, NC is wonderful blend with the stone table and the chandelier from Joyce Horn Antiques.


This mirrored piece that transitions the open floor plan from the living room to the breakfast area is spectacular! Found by Mary Elizabeth’s sister-in-law and her sister-in-law’s Mom at Shabby Slips, it’s a perfect piece where one wants to keep the outside in. The mirrored facade reflects the light while offering great storage!


What a wonderful space—the painting of the girl on the horse is charming and the large scale of it is perfect in a smaller area. I like too how the circles in the fixture from Lighting Unlimited, the curves of the chairs, the round table, and even the round stone grapes soften the contemporary architecture of the home, creating such an eclectic blend.


Though Mary Elizabeth is not a big cook, this kitchen was completely updated for a contemporary look.  Being a top realtor she knows how important kitchens are for the resale of a home!! “The only thing original is the floor. I took it down to the studs and even replaced a few of them!” The marble countertops, mosaic backsplash, faboulous appliances and soft neutrals all work together to make this gallery style kitchen sleek, welcoming and functional.


This is such a fun little area! Mary Elizabeth retained the original fabric on the pair of mid-century chairs (again that splash of red!), and surrounded them with wonderful modern lamps and art.


These floor to ceiling windows are absolutely breathtaking!!! Almost all the windows were replaced during the renovation – a big project. Again her mix of textures in the fabrics with just a small splash of color really allows the beautiful outside views not to compete with her interiors.


This other view of the family room showcases its dual function as a library! I love the ladder!! Mary Elizabeth has such a diverse collection of art, mixing contemporary, western, folk art, and her own wonderful family photos!  Thank you so much Mary Elizabeth for showing us your beautiful home. I love the fact that you didn’t tear it down and restored this three bedroom home beautifully, I would think even better than it origionally was.

Thanks to Wade Blissard for these beautiful photographs!

One of my designer friends has just opened Village Antiques.  It is located at 1200 Blalock, Suite 350 in the same strip center as my Art Gallery/Studio is located. If you have a chance go check it out!!   Take care–xo  Leslie

Making Your Home Your Own!!
The Final--Kitchen Fluff


  1. Leslie,
    This is a wonderful post to start an new week! Oh the finishes are all so beautiful!! They give the house a soul!! And that chest on the 1st picture is just gorgeous!!!
    Warm hugs,

  2. lovely home, and of course I'm in love with the finishes for the walls…they add some much
    depth and warmth to the home, and enhance the contemporary feel of the interior…
    love the antiques and new pieces which blend so well together..

  3. Lana Waller says:

    Love the plaster wall finishes and also the chest in the first photo and chandelier in the dining room. The home is lovely, but too contemporary for my taste, I also do not like animal heads on a wall in any setting. It makes me feel sad for the poor animals.

  4. What a gorgeous home. Love the warm, sophisticated feel and the kitchen…fabulous!!

  5. Absolutely lovely! The Plaster entry in absolutely my favorite part of the home.

  6. Sandra Ludwig says:

    Don't you just want to stay home in a house as gorgeous as this? My, oh my! The interiors are so posh, and the floor to ceiling windows make this place even more like a grand suite in a lux hotel.

    Sandra Ludwig

  7. Susan Taylor says:

    My favorite Kirsten McLean painting – although it is extremely difficult to narrow it down – is "Brightness." I love the turquoise in particular in this painting. It is such a calming color to me. I love the green that shines through at the top – reminds me of beautiful chippy painted treasures I'm always seeking on my antique hunts. This painting makes me smile because it makes me feel serenity and happiness!

  8. Mike Baumgarten says:

    I really like the aesthics of two pieces: Poise and Serenity. Kristen's work is incredible and I would love to win a custom piece of her art as a surprise for my wife to proudly display in our new home. We both enjoy the calm and cool colors of her art. Thanks for sharing your talent with us all.