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Freelance graphic designer Ashley Putman worked in New York at Barney’s for creative director Simon Doonan, but settled in Houston when she married lawyer Steve Putman. The couple has two sons and were looking for a place to get away to–something charming, quiet, and with lots of wide open spaces. They found what they were looking for in Round Top–a farmhouse built before 1900 that hadn’t been updated in at least 40 years. They got lucky, too: behind the gross wallpaper they discovered shiplap walls and underneath the peeling linoleum there was long leaf pine flooring. Here’s what happened to the dilapidated place when Putman got through with it.

Ashley Putman on the front porch of her house near Round Top.

Custom wing chairs by Hien Lam Home are paired with a jute rug. Pillows from Kuhl-Linscomb. Painting over living room fireplace is by Dallas artist Lucy Kirkman.

The front door opens into the living room; the stairwell serves as a gallery for Putman’s collection of funky art.

Putman scours flea markets and etsy for her vintage finds.

The dark green parlor is where the family plays board games and reads.

The stag head in the library was a gift from Putman’s husband Steve. The wall paint is Farrow & Ball Green Smoke.

Antique refectory table in the kitchen from Colin Gibbins Antiques. The glass pendant light is from etsy.

The translucent cluster light overhead from Wisteria. Painting by Brooklyn artist Vera Iliatova.

A classic Pendleton blanket covers the bed in the master bedroom. Walls are painted Benjamin Moore’s Dove White.

The spacious master bath was an addition to the house, but Putman sourced old materials and fixtures so that the room looked like it was part of the original building.

In the guest room, shiplap walls are painted with Farrow & Ball’s Brinjal. The table is from Colin Gibbins Antiques in Houston. Vintage lamp, mirror, and table from The Guild Shop in Houston.

Putman discovered long-leaf pine floors underneath the house’s peeling linoleum floors throughout. But not in the kitchen, which she modernized; her contractor helped her find a source for more long-leaf pine, which she used for the kitchen floors.

A nice way to spend lunch time in the country.



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