Collectibles and Camaraderie Lead to a Texas Renovation

Courtney and her guests often gather around the fireplace with its striking 1920s terra-cotta tiles and intricate woodwork that Abbe brightened with white paint. Ivory silk drapes add refinement to a sofa and sassy twin black-and-white paisley chairs acquired from a local secondhand market.

Bright custom pillows bring in a modern feel and tie in the tone of the dining chairs. Bespoke ottomans, designed to fit under the glass-top coffee table, offer moveable seating and “are literally the most used pieces in there,” says Abbe. Adding to the fun, framed artwork depicts cranes while a distinctive lamp has the same bird perched and holding a crystal ball.