My personal home which I share with my husband, Charles, is a little more formal than it was when we were raising our sons. Everything had to be indestructible or already distressed to survive, and I didn’t want to be fussing at them all the time.  Now that they’re raised, I have a home that I love. It’s a comfortable open plan for entertaining, and being with family.  The look is somewhat formal mixed with a gumbo of antiques, rustic and refined pieces, architectural fragments (18th C French and Italian), and contemporary pieces. One thread throughout is the sea.  I was born in Corpus Christi, and I can’t help but love reminders of my home town.

The master bedroom is a mix of family antiques, a custom silk quilted headboard, pillows from a trip to Belgium, a moonlight painting by my husband’s great aunt, a drop leaf table from my dad’s grandmother, a gentlemen’s chest and mirror from my husband’s grandfather, etc.  I balanced all these antiques with a custom storage and TV unit featuring mirrored doors and contemporary hardware as well as contemporary lamps and photo frames.  Of course, I have to give my grandkids a room of their own that also functions as a guest room, so I built a custom shelving unit for a TV, toys, books, and interesting accessories. The window seat is a great place to read with them, and they love to color at the desk…my grandson needs his own chair now. Not pictured is a tent for playing and sleeping that can fold up and be moved for grown up guests.  Many  fun and meaningful times have been spent here, and a well designed home will support your lifestyle.

Whitson Residence