Maximal and Modern in Houston

Interior designer Lindsey Herod let floral textiles lead the way for the design scheme of her clients' Houston home.
A pale green wall lights up a bright and cheery music room.
“It all started with the leafy green on the Jean Monro chintz pillow,” Lindsey says of the wall color, Sherwin-Williams Livable Green. The high-gloss hue lightens the load of the family’s black baby grand piano and complements the pastel pinks on the tuffet and chair upholstery. For a pair of vintage Gracie panels, the designer drew on their Chinoiserie motif to select gilt bamboo frames.

Lindsey Herod has never met a floral that she didn’t like. In fact, the interior designer and self-described “fabric addict” cannot think of a room scheme that didn’t sprout from a chintz, cabbage rose, or other botanical motif—or all three, for that matter. “I’d rather be in the garden than anywhere else so I’m constantly drawn to natural colors, materials, and textures that convey an alfresco feeling,” Lindsey says. “Leafy greens and sky blues, wickers and rattans, and crisp cottons and linens are my go-tos—and, of course, tons of floral prints. As I see it, there is no such thing as too many flowers in a garden, so there is no such thing as too many floral prints in a home.”

Blue leafy wallpaper covers a mudroom entryway.
A leafy treetop wallcovering in ethereal blues connects the mudroom, office, and laundry to create a single, hardworking corridor that feels more like an enchanted forest.
A green wallpaper mimicking the map of a garden covers a powder room with an antique vanity.
An antique commode topped in quartzite was converted into a vanity in the powder room. The rich finish of its inlaid design grounds the crisp green-and-white Scalamandré parterre pattern wall covering. A modern mirror with goldleaf edges references the Louis Philippe style.

The 30-something-year-old design virtuoso learned to master mix from one of the best in the business, interior designer Celerie Kemble. After spending seven years in Celerie’s New York office, Lindsey returned to her hometown of Houston in 2012 where she has since made a name for herself creating spaces that are maximal yet decidedly modern. Like her, Lindsey’s clients are among a new generation of traditionalists who embrace elegance and formality as long as it’s practical, authentic, and conducive to contemporary living. “There is no correlation between age and architectural style,” says the designer. “I have several young clients who appreciate classic features like paneling, molding, and ceiling medallions because of the character they bring to a home. Many of them grew up in older houses and find comfort in their familiarity, so I strive to re-create that in a way that is more current.”

A white kitchen gleams with sea foam bar stools and ceiling lamps.
Cane-paneled cabinet fronts draw the eye to the range hood as a dramatic focal point in the all-white kitchen.

That was the case for one such client, an active family of five who was building in the city’s Memorial neighborhood. Early in the process, the homeowners called on Lindsey to deliver rich architectural details that would set the framework for rooms with a timeless yet fresh aesthetic. Enlisting her “fabric first” strategy, the designer sourced piles of prints, mainly floral, as the inspirations for design schemes that provide a cohesive, thoughtful flow throughout the interiors.

Pale blues make for an open and fresh feeling living room.
“The design concept of the entire house started with the idea of bringing the garden inside, and that’s most evident in the living room and kitchen,” says Lindsey. “Its expansive footprint is like an open field where different textures, materials, prints, and colors ‘grow’ among one another just as nature intended.”

In the living room, plush linen pillows with a wide repeat of big blooms balance the smaller scale prints and solids on the seating and windows. The blues, greens, and taupes in the pillows permeate throughout the space and into the adjacent kitchen that features custom pleated pendant shades made from an imported hand-blocked floral textile. Just off the kitchen, the mudroom, office, and laundry room are all wrapped in a statement-making treetop print, while the dining room features a delicate floral wallcovering that speaks in more of a whisper.

In addition to mixing prints and colors, Lindsey mingled styles and provenances for intrigue. She placed casual cane shades on the scrolly bronze arms of a vintage chandelier in the breakfast room and paired a sleek acrylic game table with a set of patinaed antique French chairs in the music room. In the primary bedroom, timeworn pieces of Chinese export porcelain are displayed on sleek Lucite corbels.

Pictured here is an elegant bedroom dress in blue and white chintz inspired patterns.
The custom pelmet and bed curtains encase the plush upholstered headboard and wrap the lofty primary suite in coziness. Instead of traditional nightstands, a pair of fruitwood commodes flank the bed to better suit the room’s scale.

“My clients plan to be in this home for a while, so we took our time choosing furniture and décor that would age gracefully,” Lindsey says. “They didn’t want everything to look too perfect or like it was straight off the showroom floor. By marrying elements that are high and low, dainty and daring, and polished and patinaed, we created a design that is truly unique. To put it in gardening terms, it feels very organic.”


For Lindsey Herod, good design starts with great fabrics. The interior designer explains that mastering the mix is as easy as one, two, three.


If starting with a complex, multi-colored primary pattern, source complimentary solids, textures, or simple two-tone fabrics featuring a color or two extracted from the primary pattern.


Take the touch test to score fabrics that not only look luxe but also feel luxe. A blend of nubby linens, fuzzy velvets, waxed cottons, and smooth silks can really up the ante on style when working with solids.


When piling on the prints, be mindful of scale. Large prints read best when they are offset by smaller ones and vice versa. For instance, pair big blooms with thin pinstripes, dainty polka dots, or tiny ginghams or geometrics. Empower baby buds by presenting them with wide cabana stripes, boxy buffalo checks, or an oversized block print.

An entryway is decorate with chintz inspired green and pink decor.
Lindsey elevated the simple two-tone skirted console in the entry with graduated bands of coral grosgrain ribbon. A vintage La Barge eglomise mirror hangs above the custom design that is framed by the homeowners’ collection of Rose Medallion plates.

By Margaret Zainey Roux | Photography by Kerry Kirk

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