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May 2015 - Houston

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MAY | PAGE 39 | 2015 depth of color to highlight the painterly quality of Bloomsbury." At home, Bailey's own biscuit in the master bedroom is a riot of cheerfulness, done up in vivid pinks, greens and florals, and topped with a shirred canopy with tassel trim. So, what does husband Pete, who is in real estate, think? "I run all of my plans by him before I start decorating," she says. "He isn't so insecure that he can't live with a floral. As long as it looks good, he's happy." The couple's renovated 1930s-era house in River Oaks, with its interior arches and plaster walls, reminded Bailey of the homes where she grew up. "It was in great shape already," she says, but with 5-year- old Grace and 2 1/2-year-old Harry, space was at a premium. "We added a bath and bar and reconfigured the kitchen and master bath," she says. When it came to color palettes for main living spaces and kitchen, Bailey played off the existing gray- green exterior, which she loved. "Green is my favorite color," she says. "It's appealing to both men and women, so I tend to have to hold back from using it too much in projects." T he kitchen, with its lacquered emerald cabinets, is moodier and darker than she's done in the past, but it's easily the most ravishing room. In the living room, a lavish green-velvet tufted sofa, which made its way from their previous homes in Chicago and Austin, is what Bailey calls a great anchoring piece. "The couch's lines and dimensions are classic, and the velvet is a great material for longevity," she says. "Green and blue are versatile colors that can go with anything." Color and the details found on Hollywood movie sets are some of Bailey's biggest influences. "I love set design and the emotions it creates," she says. "It's something I try to carry through in all my work." In the living room, a gallery of quirky portraits, a mounted boar's head and an Indian headdress, which was a gift from Pete, "reminds me of one of my favorite movies, The Royal Tenenbaums," she says. The master bath's black-lacquer cabinets and Clockwise from top left: Colors for the upstairs hallway were pulled from Cole & Sons Bicycle wallpaper. The painting over the mantel by artist Desire Obtain Cherish is a Houston Fine Art Fair find. The Dalmatian statue was purchased at Round Top. The ottoman is upholstered in tufted GP & J Baker velvet. The green sofa in the living room has moved with the couple from two previous homes. A vintage portrait gallery includes pieces purchased on travels and at Houston Fine Art Fair. Boar's head is a vintage find. Side table and silver lamp belonged to Bailey in college. The Indian headdress was a gift from Pete on a trip to Santa Fe.

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