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A Creative Texas Home with Soft Textures and Vintage Charm

by Sofia Tuovinen

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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

Photography by Kelly Christine Photo

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. 

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In the front living room, antiques have been updated with soft cushions and colorful patterns. “I love to mix earthy, global textures and colors with more feminine pieces,” Katie shares. Many pieces have moved with Katie from home to home, like the green sofa that used to belong to her friend’s grandmother. The walls have recently been painted in Wild Aster by Benjamin Moore, a faint, icy pink.

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Another view of the front living room, featuring the family’s White German Shepherd, Luther. The round ottoman used to be the kitchen table in Katie’s childhood home. She shortened the legs, added foam, covered it in fabric and used screws to create the tufting. The green sofa is another comfy vintage piece that Katie has updated by cutting off the skirt.
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Katie loves to mix patterns, pillows and different textures to create unique and warm combinations. The tasseled tiger tapestry in the front living room is from Urban Outfitters.

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The room right off the front living room is considered the formal dining, but the King family uses this space as a play area. The still-life painting was a thrift store find — Katie painted the lower part of it electric blue to add a bit of playfulness to the room!
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The kitchen is full of vintage charm, and features a mustard colored retro oven that came with the house. Katie ended up painting the cabinets in her go-to color, Green Water by Valspar. “This color is one of my favorites, it is so soothing and peaceful. I have used it in every house I’ve lived in since 2003!”

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The laundry room is located right off the dining area, and is also in the line of sight as you walk in the front door. The space needed to be functional but also a pretty entry/exit point. The walls were painted in “Shadow Dance” from Ace Hardware and a pretty patterned rug was added to cover the linoleum floor. Wooden crates from Wal-Mart are hung on the wall for added storage.

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On weekend mornings, the King family can be found cuddled up in this cozy nook of the family room, drinking coffee and reading stories. Katie built this sectional from a loveseat that she found on the curb, and a bench her dad built for her. “I topped the bench with old couch cushions, recovered the loveseat, and thrifted enough euro pillows to recover in the same blue linen.” The family room’s pull-down shades are covered by faux roman shades that Katie made from patterned Target sheets.

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Another view of the family room. Soft tones of rose and navy blue create a warm and soothing atmosphere. Vintage treasures and Katie’s own paintings adorn the wall. “I don’t want to be pretentious in hanging my own art, but the price is right and I love to paint!” she says. The shiplap walls are painted in Ivory Tusk by Benjamin Moore.

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Vintage details in the downstairs hallway emphasize the history of the house. “The people that lived in our home before us lived here 47 years! We've had the chance to get to know some of the children that grew up here and hear stories about the couple [who owned it]. It is an honor to live here knowing what gracious and welcoming people were here before us,” Katie shares.
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The beautiful ground-floor guest room doubles as Katie’s sewing space. The walls have been painted in the same color as the laundry room. The dark hue adds depth to the space and brings out the rich pink color of the cabinet.
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The gold tufted headboard in the guest room was a thrift store find that Katie snagged for $2! The built-in shelves hold a mishmash of treasures, from Katie and James’ vintage wedding cake topper to beloved dishes.
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View from the guest room towards the hallway and front living room. While Luther is taking a nap by the stairs, Serena the chihuahua and Lilly Lune the cat are cozying up elsewhere in the house.
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James and Katie with their children Ames and Felicity.
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Blueprints of the family’s house, built in 1939.
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Felicity drawing in the upstairs closet, which the family uses as their art studio. “This is one of my favorite spots in our home,” Katie shares. The north-facing window in the middle of the closet lets in ideal light for painting.
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Katie’s goal was to make the large master bedroom the most peaceful and relaxing room in the house. The walls were painted in the same soothing color as the kitchen cabinets downstairs. Instead of a headboard, Katie and James used a garage sale rug that they hung on the wall behind the bed.

Eventually, the family hopes to convert the large upstairs spaces into three separate rooms. “I would rather have smaller rooms and more of them,” Katie explains.

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After collecting wallpaper samples for years, Katie decided to use them for an eccentric patchwork wall in the upstairs bathroom.
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The trims and doors in the kids room were painted turquoise for a bright and fun feel. The swing is a constant source of delight for both family and friends!
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“Our children bring us so much joy and I tried to design a room for them that reflects their joy and love of life,” Katie explains. For the beds, Katie chose bright and colorful bedding paired with blankets made and gifted by relatives. The charming decor combined with the croaking calls of the family’s White's Tree Frog, Frogess, makes this a wonderful place to fall asleep.
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The painting above the beds is by the family’s dear friend, Darren Smitherman. The multicolor tassel garland is from Target, as are the blue desk lamps.

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“My favorite thing about my home is…the feeling of peace & comfort that comes from being at home with those I love.” — Katie

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Comments

  • What a lovely, comfortable home! It is refreshing to see a family friendly house that is furnished affordably and creatively, and not stuffed with name brand upscale pieces. I love their wonderful sense of color and the fact that they really have made the most of this well-loved older home. It looks like a place where everyone can relax and not worry about damaging “precious” surfaces. I particularly like the upstairs “art closet” with the small window! Thanks for showing this inspiring home.

  • Absolutely lovely and so practical while being full of inspiration! I also LOVE the new-ish layout of the house tours!

  • I’m so glad you featured this home! It’s One of the most magical homes in person. Every room is so comfortable and inviting! Katie has a way of making everyone feel welcome, special and loved and her home is such a natural extension of that. ❤️

  • I love this type of home created with ingenuity and imagination rather than lots of $$$. It really is magical and I like her comment about hanging her own art – not wanting to be pretentious but “the price is right and I love to paint”! The colour palette is beautiful too. Incredibly charming.

  • Ditto on how refreshing it is to see a creatively, affordably decorated home! This reminds me of the old before and afters and home tours on Design Sponge from years ago, when it was populated by creativity that was in reach of all budgets. It is so nice to see a home tour full of ideas and creative solutions, not captioned with shopping lists of name brand designer stuff. Thank you! I love this tour – it isn’t quite my style, even, but I love the creativity in this home!

  • Love the really big pillows in your girls room. If you don’t mind, did you make that up and if so would you share? I’m re-doing my bedroom on a budget and learning to sew for the first time!

  • This home is so colorful, but not in-your-face. I just love it. There are so many colors and pieces in this home (that oven!) that I would not have ever imagined myself using. I still don’t know if I could pull it together as beautifully as this, but it’s great inspiration for me! This is how I want my home to feel. Thank you!

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