Lighten Up

Have you ever wanted to lighten your load? That desire was the driving force in decorating a grand English manor in South Texas. The client wanted to keep the home from tilting to the heavy side, so we began by using lighter than expected stains and a stone flooring with a fog-like color. The furnishings are a gathering of neutrals interwoven with a thread of blue through the home. This “lighter side” approach left the home feeling easy in attitude and youthful in spirit.


  • Interiors: Marcus Mohon
  • Photography: Casey Dunn
  • Structure: Dalgleish Construction
  • Architecture: Michael Imber and Mac White
Marcus found the weathered mahogany benches in a New York antique store (their previous life was outside the official British library in London). He gave the benches a little bit of new attitude by adding leather panels for the backs.
Approach love and cooking with equal abandon.
Dalai Lama
If I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with.
L. Frank Baum
For the master bedroom, Marcus integrated the TV into the foot of a leather upholstered bed, softening the paneled room and adding a place to retreat each evening.

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