Football2015Lauren BraudComment

Hey H-town, you've got a not-so-secret in your midst. The University of Houston is an incredible institution of higher learning and now, under the guidance of one (much more wealthy) head coach, they're also undefeated in football. To celebrate yawl heading into these last few weeks, you've got your own spot on this football series.

This living room is steeped in Houston - picture these pieces in one of the many beautiful, industrial loft spaces cropping up in renovated warehouses all over town. Soaring ceilings, expose beams and ducts, huge, steel, industrial windows. Modern and comfortable, much like our much-loved city.

1 ] Starting with this amazing buffalo-check chair from Anthropologie - hint hint buffalo bayou anyone? its been a while since I've had a bad pun - would make the perfect book-nook chair from which to gaze out over our bustling and incredible city.

2 ] Did you know that Houston is home to the fifth most significant museum district in the country (the world?) from the MFAH, to the Menil, the CAMH to all the galleries and smaller museums that sprinkle through our city. Grab a part of that spirit for yourself - visit one of the many art shows or if you don't have the time head on over to Minted - a website full of artists and makers creating beautiful art like these abstracts from Christina Flowers.

3 ] That powerful Cougar Red. Again I'll admit the difficulty I have using red. That difficulty stems from the exact same reasons red makes such a fantastic color for a school. Red is bold, powerful, exciting, and strong. Everything a university could want to be known for - and traits the University of Houston definitely embraces. West Elm made my job a little easier when they started making the Martini Side Table in all sorts of beautiful lacquered shades.

4 ] What Houston tailgate is complete without some of our stellar Houston brews? Buffalo Bayou Brew Co has been pushing the boundaries of beer in the bayou city. And with the Cougs practically setting the city on fire with their string of wins I thought a little Smoke of the Bayou was in order.

5 ] You know me and pillows. They add complexity and comfort; layering color and pattern to liven up an otherwise simple couch. This selection is a mix from West Elm and CB2 - both great sources for modern patterns and colors that easily compliment city living.

6 ] Another stellar choice from Bryght, the Sven Sectional in gray leather is a sleek addition to any city dwellers home-sweet-home. Plenty of room for all your friends who want to come over to watch the games. 

7 ] A simple, modern geometric rug keeps with the theme while softening and warming those polish concrete floors any loft around here is bound to have.

8 ] This coffee table brings the whole room together. A sophisticated marble top and a bright and bold laquered red base carry the UH spirit into the heart of the room. Have I ever mentioned that Anthro makes the best, most interesting coffee tables I've ever seen?