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Gracious Older Home Updated for a Young Family

This house in one of Houston’s oldest and most beautiful neighborhoods needed an update. “My clients were looking to make it lighter, brighter and more welcoming,” interior designer Marie Flanigan says. The homeowners, a couple with young children, appreciated her background in architecture, as the scope of the work went beyond just decorating. She helped them swap around a few spaces for the way their family lives — adding built-ins for toys, media and other storage; placing new light fixtures in key places; and creating a lovely freshened-up space that can stand up to the wear and tear of little ones.