Most of us probably have a dream house — the one you stroll past on your neighborhood walks and think “If only I could live there.” For Katie King, this house stood just one street over from where she lived in Denton, TX. When the house came up for sale six years ago, Katie and her husband James, a computer engineer, weren’t in the market to move, but decided to take a tour anyway. For Katie, something about that house had always felt like home. “A few days after we looked at it, some friends came over for dinner and we told them about going to see it and my friend said, ‘Wait, your dream house?!’… that did it for James, hearing someone else refer to it as my dream house,” Katie recalls. Soon after, the couple decided to make the move.
Moving into their new home involved renovating and a lot of hard work. Katie and James wanted to highlight the original details of their 1930s home, and this meant ripping up carpets, painting, staining and tearing down plaster ceilings to expose original shiplap, a hidden gem in many old Texas homes. One of the biggest endeavors was exposing the original wood floors that were covered with up to four layers of linoleum!
Bringing out the old charm of their two-floor, three-bedroom house has allowed Katie and James to create a home that feels warm and relaxing for them and their children, Felicity and Ames. The goal has always been for their home to foster beauty and creativity and to feel like a haven from the outside world. Katie, who is currently working with a friend to start a business doing home styling, design and staging, inherited her love for interiors from her own mother. “My childhood home was comfortable, beautiful, and in my memory even magical. She taught me to see beauty in everyday life. That is a lesson I want to pass on,” Katie shares.
Just like Katie’s childhood home, the King family’s old house is difficult to describe without using the word magical. The mix of pale pastel walls, rustic wooden surfaces, antiques, cozy nooks and patterned textiles make up a space that feels like a secret little world, where anyone who enters can feel rested and loved. The house is the perfect place for Katie and James to cultivate relationships with each other and their children. Each room is filled with creative elements — art, keepsakes, nature items and delightfully surprising decorative details are sprinkled throughout the home. Creativity is undoubtedly an integral part of how Katie and James want to spend family time in their home. “My greatest desire is to be creative and loving. Connecting with our children in fun and creative ways is how I spend most of my time and seeing them develop their own interests brings me joy,” Katie adds. Growing up in such a beautiful and inspiring safe haven, Felicity and Ames will most likely remember their childhood home just like Katie remembers hers — as a magical place full of love, beauty and a sweet sense of belonging. —Sofia
Image above: Colorful textiles create an inviting space in the King family’s dining/living area. The wicker chaise was a yard sale find and is a favorite spot to take a nap or snuggle up and read stories with the kids. When spring came, Katie gathered floral art on the mantel to welcome in the season.