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A Home Combines Purpose with Poise In The Woodlands, TX

by Erin Austen Abbott

When Alexis and Walt Sassard moved from Brooklyn, NY — where Alexis was attending school for interior design and Walt was working as a fashion photographer — to The Woodlands, TX, the extra space was overwhelming to the couple. “We went from a 500-square-foot apartment in Brooklyn to an almost 2,500-square-foot two-story house. We had a good laugh when we put our old sofa and coffee table in the living room. It looked like dollhouse furniture,” Alexis jokes. Moving to be closer to family and looking to start a family of their own, Texas has given them more than they could have dreamed of.

While their 1999 traditional home would be considered newer construction and similar to others in the area from the outside, it stands completely on its own once you enter the front door. “We wanted to design a home that flowed effortlessly from room to room, so that meant sticking to a relatively neutral palette and incorporating accents like Persian rugs throughout,” Alexis says. The process has taken all four years since they moved in to complete the transformation. “It’s been time consuming and we still need to make a few more tweaks, but it’s been something we’ve truly enjoyed working on. The first year was essentially spent erasing all the mistakes from the previous owners. Once we had a clean canvas to work with, we were able to visualize how we wanted each room to function.” The couple incorporated some of the great vintage furniture Walt has collected over the years and scoured local antique shops for more pieces that were needed. From there, it was marrying the traditional style of the house to the mid-century modern style that they love. Working from home, Alexis, who is a blogger and also the designer behind her own homeware collection, Alexis Renee Sassard, was able to turn an upstairs room into a light-filled space that is perfect for working. Having an office just a stair-climb away helped while working on the design of the home as well. She didn’t have to leave the site to go to work — she was on hand to oversee the design and remodel progress daily.

Working within the home is also ideal for Alexis to be close to the couple’s two children — who are abundantly welcome in each space, but maintain organization from room to room when it comes to their toys. “We have two young kids, ages four and one, and it’s been very important to us that we don’t let the toys run the show. Everything has a place and although sometimes they don’t always make it back to their dedicated homes, we’ve worked really hard with the kids to adopt this concept into their daily routines.” I love the neutral palette of each room, with the signature muted pop of color on one wall, a feature used in several of the rooms. I hope you enjoy this house as much as Alexis and her family do. “Every morning, I walk downstairs and am still in awe that we get to call this place home.” —Erin

Photography by Alexis Sassard

Image above: “My husband is very much into ‘moody spaces.’ I like bright, airy spaces with hints of green. He gravitates to rich, saturated color much more than I do, but I think this was a nice compromise for us,” Alexis shares about the master bedroom.

Alexis Sassard on Design*Sponge
An exterior peek at the Sassard home in The Woodlands, TX.
Alexis Sassard on Design*Sponge
An inviting look at the front porch, full of plant life.
Alexis Sassard on Design*Sponge
Alexis, Walt, Luella, and Felix in the woods of their yard.
Alexis Sassard on Design*Sponge
You enter the Sassard home into the living room and kitchen bar. With a display of hats and a long runner, it breaks up the space to feel like a hallway.
Alexis Sassard on Design*Sponge
"I somehow convinced my husband to paint that accent wall this nude blush color and after much hesitation, he finally agreed after I promised to paint it back to white if he hated it. He actually ended up loving it," Alexis shares.
Alexis Sassard on Design*Sponge
By painting the wall around the fireplace and the mantel black, it hides the TV in plain sight when not in use.
Alexis Sassard on Design*Sponge
"This is the kitchen's best angle, in my opinion. I love being able to see [the] long stretch of open shelves and the entire color scheme in one frame," Alexis says.
Alexis Sassard on Design*Sponge
A closer look at the open shelving in the kitchen. I love the brass switch plates!
Alexis Sassard on Design*Sponge
"My husband asked for one room in the house, and so the parlor became his! It screams Walt with all of the Americana details."
Alexis Sassard on Design*Sponge
"The parlor is right off the entrance so it doubles as our music room and Walt's 'room,' which he doesn't mind. We spin records and have dance parties with the kids in here and it's just a lot of fun," Alexis shares.
Alexis Sassard on Design*Sponge
"As much as I love the concept of our tub/shower area, the quality of the tile work is just not up to par with the rest of our home. It's something we'll need to fix someday down the road... When we win the lottery! Ha," Alexis laughs.
Alexis Sassard on Design*Sponge
"I love the drama of our black and white bathroom."
Alexis Sassard on Design*Sponge
In the master bedroom, the brass sconce pops beautifully against the deep, rich green wall.
Alexis Sassard on Design*Sponge
The wide-plank wall, installed in Felix's room, is a great contrast with the Benjamin Moore "Tranquility" wall color.
Alexis Sassard on Design*Sponge
"Felix is a high-energy kid. I wanted him to have a calming color on the walls of his room to play and retreat to at the end of the day," Alexis shares.
Alexis Sassard on Design*Sponge
A wider peek at the soft blue walls and iron bed in Felix's room.
Alexis Sassard on Design*Sponge
"[Luella's] Jenny Lind style bed was actually my sister-in-law, Rhett's childhood bed. Rhett told her Granddaddy she wanted 'a two-pilla bed' and he refinished this one for her," Alexis shares.
Alexis Sassard on Design*Sponge
A sweet reading corner and keepsake shelf in Luella's room.
Alexis Sassard on Design*Sponge
I'm a sucker for a good dollhouse. This one, in Luella's room from The Land Of Nod, is a winner for sure!
Alexis Sassard on Design*Sponge
"I wanted a light-filled place to sew and make wall hangings for my shop, so I took over the office upstairs. It gets the best light in the afternoon."
Alexis Sassard on Design*Sponge
Another corner of Alexis' upstairs home office/studio.
Alexis Sassard on Design*Sponge
The floor plan of the Sassard home.
Alexis Sassard on Design*Sponge
"What I love most about our home is the space to entertain. When my house is full, my heart is full," Alexis shares.


Farrow and Ball “Pigeon” (kitchen lower cabinets)

Sherwin Williams “Snowbound” (all interior white walls/ house exterior)

Sherwin Williams “Historic Charleston green” (Living room fireplace hearth & surround/ exterior trim)

Sherwin Williams “Pinky Beige” (Living Room accent wall)

Sherwin Williams “Aloof Gray” (Parlor)

Sherwin Williams “Crushed Ice” (Office)

Farrow and Ball “Inchyra Blue” (Master Bedroom accent wall)

Benjamin Moore “Universal Black” (Master Bathroom)

Glidden “Creamy Mocha” (Luella’s Room)

Benjamin Moore “Tranquility” (Felix’s Room)


Custom cedar shelves and lower cabinets – John Williams Construction

Sutton Place cabinet pulls and knobs – House of Antique Hardware

Mid-century plate covers – House of Antique Hardware

Mid-Century Long-Arm chandelier – West Elm

Powell pendant – Lights.com

White Zeus Extreme quartz countertops – Silestone

Soapstone counter table – made by Walt 

Kohler Whitehaven apron front sink – Ferguson

Refin Commercial style faucet – Amazon

Industrial pot racks – made by Walt

Broan range hood – Lowes


New Berlin RAF Sectional (in custom fabric) — Gallery Furniture

Various pillows and throw blanket —Target

Marble coffee table top — local antique shop find

Coffee table base — Wayfair

Natura Handspun Jute Rug — Rugs USA

Vintage Persian runner (one-of-a-kind) – eSale Rugs

Table lamps — NY Craigslist finds

Marlton End Table Gold — ​Target

Grapevine and glass end table – given to us by my Father-in-law

Apothecary secretary – family heirloom

Storage Drum Accent Table Gold – Target

Chevron Brass Fireplace Screen – Crate and Barrel

Umbra Twig Wall Planter Set – Urban Outfitters

Hanging Metal Planter – Urban Outfitters

Wood Cage Pendant and Cord Kit – Pottery Barn Kids


Midnight Blue Xander Armchairs  — World Market

Moroccan pillows – purchased by Walt while traveling in Morocco

Bonded leather loveseat (no longer available) – IKEA

Vintage mid-century surfboard coffee table

Marble and copper plated end table (no longer available) – Target

Elevated Task Lamp – Target

Modern Globe Floor Lamp Brassy Gold – Target

Geometric pedestal table (no longer available) – Target

All wall art – vintage finds

1960s record cabinet – given to us by our next door neighbor

Vintage Rug – given to my husband by his parents

RANARP Pendant Lamps – IKEA


Mid-century modern desk – local Craigslist find

White Ribbed Leather Swivel Chairs – Amazon

Porter Mid-century Modern Storage Cabinet – Target

Wood wall shelves (no longer available) – IKEA (similar)

Gold framed mirror – local Craigslist find

Alder Glass Wall Ledge – World Market


Heirloom Jenny Lind bed — ​passed down from my sister-in-law (her childhood bed)

Threshold organic cotton sheets – Target

Blush knitted pillow (no longer available) – Bed Bath and Beyond

Wishbone Accent Chair and foot stool – Target

A-Frame Dollhouse – The Land of Nod

Rattan mirror (no longer available) – Target

Porter Mid-century Modern TV Stand – Target

Horse print – Alex Muccilli

Monterey custom frame (for horse print) – Framebridge

Vintage magnolia painting

Painting – Walt’s family heirloom

MU Fusion Shag Rug (no longer available) – The Land of Nod


DHP metal iron bed – Amazon

Striped sheets – Target

Nate Berkus feather pillowcases – Target 

Vintage locker cabinet

Tee-pee print – photograph by Walt

Providence custom frame (for tee-pee print) – Framebridge

Basic Desk – Target

Elevated Task Lamp – Target

Vintage stool

Marfa landscape print – photograph by Walt

Rosemont custom frame for tee-pee print – Framebridge


Gray Dot Duvet Cover / Shams – Schoolhouse Electric

Various throw pillows – Target

Iconic Point Blanket Multistripe – Hudson’s Bay

Neu Giclee Print by Jean-Michel Basquiat – Art.com

Untitled Giclee Print by Jean-Michel Basquiat – Art.com

Marin Custom Frames (for both J-MB prints) – Framebridge

Isaac Plug-In Sconces Brass – Schoolhouse Electric

Macrame wall hanging – Reform Fibers

Vintage mid-century modern dresser – NY Craigslist find

Easel floor mirror (no longer available) – West Elm

Kasbah Wool Rug – West Elm


Randolf Morris cast-iron tub and Shower Enclosure with Shower Ring and Handheld Shower – Vintage Tub

Ticking Stripe Shower Curtain (no longer available) – West Elm

Bamboo bathtub caddy – Amazon

Custom vanity – Stump Custom Cabinets (local)

Merope Suede quartz countertops – Silestone

Tilting Wall Mirrors – Amazon

Kingston Brass Faucets – Amazon

Kohler Ladena Undercounter Bathroom Sink – Amazon

2-Bulb Brass Sconces – Amazon

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  • I love it! So refreshing to see a typical Houston/Woodlands suburban home renovated like this!! It doesn’t even look like it was built in 1999. A lot of my friends live in the suburbs in Houston/Dallas and it drives me crazy when I visit them because their houses are so BLAND and have the same factory finishes from the 90s/early 2000s. Love this :)

    • Thank you, Marcella! That means so much. I definitely understand the factory finishes you’re taking about. Drives me nuts! So happy you like the work we’ve done on our home. xx

  • What a beautifully curated home (VERY progressive for The Woodlands, which is often still stuck in “old world” design).
    I love every detail!