Sophisticated European Inspired Decor by M Naeve

Stunning French Country stucco home with slate roof in Houston

Stunning Sophisticated European Inspired Decor by M Naeve

I’m a decor blog fan just like you and spotted sophisticated European inspired living room interior design by Margaret Naeve (M Naeve) for this home in the Afton Oaks neighborhood of Houston on Cote de Texas last summer. I just had to see more of the lovely sophisticated European inspired interiors, and since this gorgeous home was recently for sale, we have the opportunity for a house tour to peek inside and out!

Robert Dame designed the Old World style home with its stucco exterior and slate roof; and in 2008, Southampton Homes constructed it with four bedrooms, five bathrooms, and 6,794 square feet. The exterior (above) is exquisite, yes? Inside, interior designer Margaret Naeve of M Naeve sprinkled magic everywhere in the light-filled manse with reclaimed doors from M Naeve and Chateau Domingue as well as custom built panels by Luis Alvarado. There is a quiet timeless beauty throughout this Houston beauty with its walnut floors and treasures procured from around the globe.

Who is the interior designer? Margaret Naeve Parker is an interior designer and founder of M Naeve. With an approach that explores the unexpected through texture and muted color, Margaret’s projects reference timeless sophistication with a modern edge. She designs spaces that convey an ethereal atmosphere combining elements of contemporary design and rare antiquities found in her travels with a focus on Belgium, France and Scandinavia. Each project tells a story through exquisitely edited rarities using quiet restraint. M Naeve offers one of a kind antiques and exclusive selections from contemporary designers, artists and artisans from around the world. Much like her interiors the shop explores sophisticated lines in a muted pallet utilizing texture and shape to interact with natural light and space. All of the pieces found at M Naeve reference utility and aesthetic with equal importance while remaining timelessly significant.

Who is the architect? Robert Dame’s sense of architecture began developing at the age of ten when his mother gave him two books left by his grandfather. Published in England at the end of the 19th century, they were a treasure trove of European architecture and historical design. Fascinated, Robert spent hours trying to draw what he saw, mimicking the complexities of perspective and proportion.

A carpenter’s job at a construction site when he was sixteen had a meaningful and lasting effect on him. He could not get the look and smell of the wood nor the beauty of the symmetry of the built forms out of his mind. Nearly thirty years after his first job, Robert and his seven member staff have a high-end niche. Relying on his early experience and his organic sense of how material fit together, Robert’s trademark style is to open up his designs in a way that makes them airy and stunningly unique. His homes can be found throughout Houston, West University, River Oaks, Tanglewood and Memorial. Striving always to exceed a client’s expectations, his passion for his work has only grown stronger. Robert’s firm has won countless awards, including Houston’s top custom PRISM awards in 2003 and the 2004 National Star Award for best custom home design for homes costing over $1 million.

Who is the builder? Founded in 1995, Southampton Homes is a builder of custom homes, speculative homes and town homes in Houston’s most prestigious redeveloping neighborhoods. The company’s founders take personal interest in each home constructed and are directly involved in the selection of every detail and home accent — from fixtures and exposed beams to landscaping and stone entryways. As a result, Southampton Homes has earned a reputation for creating some of Houston’s most unique and one-of-a- kind homes. Whether a home requires an authentic, four-coat stucco exterior or specially commissioned ornamental cast-iron gating, Southampton Homes provides uniformly high standards of craftsmanship and employs skilled artisans to ensure a lasting, quality product.

In addition to using genuine stucco and stone for home exteriors, Southampton Homes seeks out rare and authentic accents, such as reclaimed 18th-century roof tiles from south of France and a 17th-century Italian fountain, to add distinction and value to its custom projects. And when it comes to interiors, granite and slate countertops, marble floors and naturally distressed wooden beams endow each home with its own unique character and mood.

Photography: Max B Photography/Source: Har.com, Architectural Digest

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Stunning French Country stucco house with slate roof in Houston

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Living Room – Stunning Sophisticated European Inspired Decor by M Naeve

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Dining Room – Stunning Sophisticated European Inspired Decor by M Naeve

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Living Room – Stunning Sophisticated European Inspired Decor by M Naeve

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Living Room – Stunning Sophisticated European Inspired Decor by M Naeve

Sophisticated and subdued white living room with French limestone fireplace - in Houston by M Naeve

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Love this table? Me too! Here’s one I found:

Art above limestone fireplace: Paul Fleming; Antique Doors (concealing a pantry) from M. Naeve

Ready for a heavenly lovely white kitchen?

Elegant white kitchen with rustic beam, lanterns, marble, and design by M Naeve

Stunning Sophisticated European Inspired Decor by M Naeve

This elegant white kitchen with marble top island and lantern pendants in a gorgeous Houston home with interior design by M Naeve.

Elegant white kitchen – Stunning Sophisticated European Inspired Decor by M Naeve

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Stunning Sophisticated European Inspired Decor by M Naeve

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White kitchen – Stunning Sophisticated European Inspired Decor by M Naeve

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Kitchen pantry – Stunning Sophisticated European Inspired Decor by M Naeve

Elegant powder room with custom curved pantry and shelves with baskets - design by M Naeve

First floor powder room – Stunning Sophisticated European Inspired Decor by M Naeve

Lavender accents in a beautiful subdued living room by M Naeve

Stunning Sophisticated European Inspired Decor by M Naeve

A stunning white enclosed loggia in a Houston home by M Naeve with lantern and reclaimed Chicago brick floor

Enclosed Loggia – Stunning Sophisticated European Inspired Decor by M Naeve

Enclosed loggia with Chicago brick floor, rustic table, and modern white chairs - design by M Naeve

Enclosed Loggia with Chicago brick floor – Stunning Sophisticated European Inspired Decor by M Naeve

Care to steal the look of this dining area?

French doors to grill patio area near enclosed loggia in elegant Houston home by M Naeve

Enclosed Loggia with French Doors to Grill Area – Stunning Sophisticated European Inspired Decor by M Naeve

Walnut floors and beams in white bedroom with French doors in elegant Houston home with French inspired interiors by M Naeve

Master Bedroom With Door Leading to Screened in Balcony Facing Side Yard – Stunning Sophisticated European Inspired Decor by M Naeve

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Master Bathroom – Stunning Sophisticated European Inspired Decor by M Naeve

Luxurious soaking tub in elegant white bathroom in Houston home with French inspired decor by M Naeve

Stunning Sophisticated European Inspired Decor by M Naeve

Master closet in Houston home with interiors designed by M Naeve

Master closet – Stunning Sophisticated European Inspired Decor by M Naeve

Dormers in a French inspired home in Houston with interiors designed by M Naeve

Stunning Sophisticated European Inspired Decor by M Naeve

Elegant dining room by M Naeve in a beautiful Houston home with French inspired interiors

Dining Room – Stunning Sophisticated European Inspired Decor by M Naeve

Are you a fan of etched glass mirrors?

Backyard of French inspired stucco home by Southampton Homes in Houston

Backyard – Stunning Sophisticated European Inspired Decor by M Naeve

Backyard of Houston home by Southampton Homes

Backyard – Stunning Sophisticated European Inspired Decor by M Naeve

Stunning Sophisticated European Inspired Decor by M Naeve

Stunning Sophisticated European Inspired Decor by M Naeve

Living room in an elegant European inspired Houston home by M Naeve

Stunning Sophisticated European Inspired Decor by M Naeve

 Even though the interiors are spare and lack signs of life in these photos shot for marketing purposes, I love the subdued palette, sense of luxury and airiness, and the mix of old and modern…how about you? If you are a fan of traditional decor style, you just might love this inexpensive subscription which includes this fabulous magazine:

Peace to you right where you are.

~michele

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5 Comments

  1. Rhonda
    February 27, 2018 / 11:48 am

    It’s amazing how reclaimed wood can warm a home. Love the use of it here, beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

    I’ve been a subscriber of Traditional Home for many years. Some issues are too colorful for my neutral taste, but I still enjoy the homes they feature.

    • February 27, 2018 / 12:33 pm

      So true, Rhonda. Without the pieces with age, this house would feel too new and precious.Thanks for always adding a layer of interest to these stories. 🙂

  2. February 27, 2018 / 12:46 pm

    Tell me more about the architect, Robert Dame. I have a cousin by that name, a lateral descendant of a common ancestor (my maiden name is Dame) connected to the Georgia/Florida lines.

    • February 27, 2018 / 6:06 pm

      Hi, Jo. He designs beautiful homes in Houston. I found this link: http://fxo.co/5H1d and hope it helps. 🙂

  3. Marie
    April 25, 2018 / 3:15 am

    European-style homes are all about architectural integrity, well- constructed and eco- friendly materials (no vinyl). The building has so much character and architectural features that any decor style will appear seamless.

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