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sneak peek: christie chase

by anne

our second sneak peek of the day comes to us from christie chase and her husband tyler. their fantastic 1919 bungalow in the historic heights neighborhood nestled next to downtown houston received an honorable mention in jonathan adler happy chic home contest. lucky for us, christie was kind enough to open up the rest of her home for us today. i’m loving the way she incorporates great pops of color, and the the way textures and patterns weave their way through her home, clearly influenced by her background in fashion and fine arts. thanks so much to christie for opening up her home to us today! you can click here to view more, full-sized images of her place, and here to visit her new etsy shop. –anne

[in christie’s words: We have lived here for 5 years and have spent lots of time, elbow grease, (and $) renovating, updating and refurbishing our bungalow. We both love to do home projects and have learned so many different trades while working on this house. It is a never ending project, but we love living here. . . above: Most of the art on this wall are all things that friends and family have made. Included is a needlepoint of Aftrican Violets that my Mom made in the 70’s. I reframed everything to update the look. ]


This room is both my guest bedroom and my closet and vanity. Our bungalow is short on closet space, so I have tucked multiple wardrobes into the corners of this room.


Our bed is the ever famous MALM, but we changed it up by building a sofa table of sorts behind the headboard and repurposing the drawers from the MALM bedside tables .

My husband, my Dad and I made this floating dresser. Because of the space under it, it helps make our room feel bigger.

This clock I found at the Goodwill and I painted the frame and added a photo that I took. I love the printed glass, it gives it a three dimensional look

Inspired by the faux bois wood paneling that I saw on d*s sneak peek “something’s hiding in here” a few months ago, I added it to the walls and ceiling of my dining nook. I love it!


This red buffet which displays my Munny collection is the only piece of new furniture we have ever purchased. Pretty much everything else (outside of a few Ikea pieces) I got at a thrift shop and repurposed. The artwork is by me.


There are two central hallways connecting the 6 rooms in our house. This one you can see from almost every room, so I tried to turn it into pop art.


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  • seriously, one of the best thought out designed homes I’ve ever seen.

    so entirely cute and stylish. paint colors in each room are perfection

  • This is the most visually rich home I think I’ve seen – so many interesting details to study and admire! I adore the paint choices.

  • I would love to know the name/brand of the paint color in the first pic. This home is truly unique and personal. Amazing art collection!

  • As a recent Houston transplant (and one currently in the midst of decorating an apartment from scratch), I’m positively swelled with hometown pride and completely inspired. It’s so encouraging to see such a light, vibrant home in a city where strip malls and concrete freeways can sometimes eclipse its beauty. Wonderful work Christie and Tyler!

  • What a gorgeous home. I love how the dresser in the bedroom is floating, where can I find something like that??

  • I second the floating dresser question. And what about that ceramic pendant light? Is that a homemade piece?

  • Thanks to all of you for the warm complements on my home! The paint color in the top pic is “Dried Plein” by Dutch Boy. The grey paint in the bedroom with the cat in it is “Sea Haze” by Benjamin Moore.

  • *DROOL* i LOVE all the white and grey. It’s a light and crisp color scheme for hot summers but also works great for winter. my favs in this sneak peek were: the bare tree art in the corner of the 2nd photo (would love a closer look at that). the rug also from that photo, the porclain/ceramic looking peices, the deer painting, the beachphotoclock (OMG), and the bluish woodgrain treatment on the inside of the window. oh and of course i’m a sucker for a cute kittykat.

  • hi everyone! we had a couple technical glitches earlier, but just wanted to let you know I updated christie’s sneak peek which includes a link to her flickr set with more images :) thanks!


  • We live in a 1910 bungalow and I’m dying to paint the original dark woodwork white, so I’m wondering, did you paint yours over? People freak out when I say I’m thinking about painting it, but the light, bright quality of your home is inspiring!

  • OH MY! This is THE loveliest place I’ve ever seen! Airy and seems effortless…as it was always like this…
    Could you please share the source for those yellow/gray pillows on the first picture? I NEED them!

  • LOVE the grey walls and the black and white walls. Now slightly regretting painting my whole house Farrow & Ball creams. Dammit, why am I so susceptible to beautiful things?

  • The yellow and grey pillows in the first pic are Dwell for Target (they were in stores last year) I bought one pillow (which came patterned on both sides),cut it apart and backed each with white so that I could have two pillows from one! To answer Juliana’s question about the bungalow original wood,… ours was already painted a million coats over when we bought the house, so we did not catch any grief about freshening it up with new paint. If you want to see what my house looked like before I redid it, check out my flickr photostream, which Anne provided a link to above.

  • Beautiful home. Where did you get the pillows and your bedding in your bedroom? They looks so calming and great in there!

  • I love the way people creatively hang or place frames, being a designer, this should come easy for me. I always have the ideas, but never the patience to do it, and I can’t hang straight to save my life :(

  • your house is abosultely amazing and i am envious of your incredible design skills! my favorite part is the clock with the photo that YOU TOOK. i can’t wait to check out your etsy sight! and on top of all that, those pictures of your house are amazing – did you take them or did you use a professional (someone I could hire) :)

  • This house is beautiful! Love the feel of the bedroom – where are the pillows and the wall art (the ones with gray dripping paint) from? Love it!

  • Kate – I did the grey drip art paintings in my bedroom and would be happy to paint some for you. Convo me at my etsy shop if you are interested. Thanks!

    Julie- I took the photos of my house using my Canon EOS 40D and various angle lenses. If you live in Houston, you can hire me : )

    Kari- I assume you are talking about the bed with the cat on it…the spread is Jonathan Adler Happy Home orgami print, the grey cat bed and throw pillow were formerly a duvet from a Marimekko print that Crate&Barrel sold a few years ago. The pillows closest to the headboard are pillowcases from Jonathan Adler Kensington print, and the front shams I made from a pink/blue/purple Ikat like print fabric. I have more of this fabric, if you are interested in pillows made from it convo me on etsy. Thanks!

  • OOPS!
    Kari – the bedspread is actually West Elm organic collection from last year…not the JA that I said……I interchange them alot because I am constantly washing cat hair (I’m allergic) off of the bedding. I should have looked at the photo to see what was one there before responding!

  • I would love to know where that drawer, with the small drawers on the top and the big ones on the bottom is from (next to the malm bed). It is sooo beautiful and also very practical..!!

  • Vivian,
    the dresser next to my bed was actually a thrift store find that I painted. It is a Bassett piece of furniture and they still sell a similar style, but I will tell you, that the little drawers are actually a trick of the eye as they are really two large drawers!

  • I love her bedroom, good inspiration for my husband…I’m trying to get him to agree on redoing our bedroom as a Christmas gift…wish me luck! I’ll post a picture on my blog, note the bedspread and art have changed.

  • as i was saying: I love, LOVE, the black and cream wall. So elegant and it pops!!
    My other fave is the floating dresser…super fantastic ;)

  • Okay, I finally put the sad bedroom picture up! You’ll see that it looks as though we just moved in. Last week we just renewed our mortaged. Mind you this pic is about three years ago, but still pretty accurate.

  • So great – would love to know where the amazing ceramic? pendant shade in the first image comes from?


  • I love it all! Especially the first picture, with all the different art work displayed in frames & the beautiful yellow.gray pillows! So Beautiful!

  • I was also wondering if you could tell me he paint color in the first pic? The one with all the pic frames. Thank you so much. Love the house great inspiration!

  • Christie, I am surprised that I found a pic of your buffet when I googled “red buffet” images. I was with a group of ladies on a Houston area home tour and got to see that great piece of furniture in person! I was curious about the paint technique, but your husband informed me that y’all had purchased it. I am a “thrift store junkie”, I search for pieces that can be refurbished and then sell them in a great store, Altar’d Market in Deer Park. Great home by the way… loaded with personality and talent!

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