An Italianate Home in Houston Enjoys Its Own Renaissance

It was the second marriage for the newly engaged couple—in their 40s and 50s—but their first home together. Their residence of choice: a five-bedroom, eight-and-a-half bath Italian Renaissance-inspired mansion in the River Oaks neighborhood of Houston.

The property had sat vacant on the market for five years and, in its former state, featured beige-tinged rooms with thick Victorian moldings. To modernize the interiors and create better flow between the living spaces, it would need a complete overhaul. They enlisted Houston…

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