Uptown Transitional

Houston, Texas

This dated home was completely renovated to be open and contemporary by removing columns, soffits, and walls. The overall interior design of the home was inspired by Pamela O’Brien and is one of cohesion, harmony & balance—a dramatic change to the previously traditional space. Pamela O’Brien won the 2018 ASID Ruby Award for “Best Kitchen,” on this project in partnership with Kitchen and Bath Concepts (KBC). KBC also won the 2018 Wood-Mode award for “Best Regional Kitchen” and was selected as Runner-up for Wood-Mode’s National Transitional Kitchen in 2018.

Lowered soffits and columns were removed to take advantage of the high ceilings and optimize storage. The cabinetry has clean, recessed panel doors in a cool gray accented by contemporary flat-slab doors in a natural walnut finish. A second row of cabinets with glass-inset doors and interior lighting create ambiance and a space for curated pieces.

A complete redesign of the existing bath and closet created an open and aesthetically pleasing space with a fresh, updated feel. The bath includes a large walk-in shower adjacent to a free-standing tub positioned in front of a beautiful mosaic-tiled wall. New his-and-hers vanities and a dressing area line an exterior wall and are highlighted by overhead sky lights.

The refrigeration columns and tall oven cabinetry are recessed into custom niches, creating symmetry and balance. Lowered seating and dining areas creatively utilize the rest of the space. A utility closet was removed to create a larger butler’s pantry, extending the kitchen and allowing for more entertainment and storage space.

The overall aesthetic is one of cohesion, harmony & balance—a dramatic change to the previously traditional space—that lead us to win a 2018 ASID Ruby Award and a 2018 Wood-Mode award for “Best Regional Kitchen.”

Project Details:

  • Interior Designer—Pamela O’Brien
  • Kitchen Designers—Micqui McGowen and Melissa Sharp
  • Contractor—LBJ Construction
  • Wood-Mode island and refrigerator wall with Vanguard Plus door style, walnut wood species and a classic walnut finish.
  • Butler’s pantry accented with polished stainless-steel wall cabinetry.
  • Brookhaven kitchen cabinetry with Nova door style and maple wood species with opaque Nimbus finish.
  • Appliances—Wolf and Sub-Zero
  • Master bathroom features brookhaven cabinetry with Nova door style, maple wood species, and opaque Dover Cliffs finish.
  • Photographer—Julie Soefer