Fanciful and dynamic, this home combines custom furniture, original fabrics, memorabilia and works of art for a unique and personal style.

In the prestigious River Oaks community in Houston, Texas, this abode developed on two levels is the home of a professional, a sportsman and above all a lover of travel.

A native of Mexico who, after the purchase, commissioned the interior designer Lucinda Loya to renovate his house with a Latin influence, since he spent part of his childhood in Mexico.

With an eclectic mix of memorabilia, works of art, custom furniture and original fabrics, the designer’s aim during the interior design and renovation process was to create an atmosphere of authenticity. It didn’t have to call to mind the classic style too much; it had to follow a timeless design concept, dynamic and elegant.

Lucinda Loya told us: “I tried to create a customized house from head to toe, as requested by the owner.

The large staircase at the entrance connects the two levels and boasts a typical Latin design, enhanced by characteristic tiles on each step. In the centre of the ceiling, a stylish chandelier matches perfectly with an authentic Matador dress from Spain.

Concerning the colours of the furnishings and walls, I played with the warm tones of brown and cognac, using natural light.

I intensified the living area which, together with the kitchen, represents the cornerstone of the house: everything had to call to mind the requested style – the Latin one –, and I really think I have achieved my goal.”


In the project, we find an abundance of materials such as iron, leather, wood, ceramic, stone and plaster that perfectly fit in all areas of the house.

The architecture of the structure was also enhanced in the lighting design by classic and vintage elements.

The same goes for the roof with the typical terracotta tiles and the white stucco which, unequivocally, enhance the Latin style, so loved by the owner.


Particular attention was also paid to the outdoor area, an oasis of relaxation, an essential shelter in a busy city like Houston, to indulge in moments of peace.

In the back yard, there is an outdoor barbecue for fun meetings with friends.

The same goes for the outdoor living area with a large sofa, a tiled fireplace and a large TV for spending evenings outdoors.

The swimming pool – regularly enjoyed by the family – was also designed for the owner, who is a Triathlon sportsman.

Therefore, the designer created this abode on a unique and tailored concept of “customization”.

Renovation project by Lucinda Loya – Photography by Gianni Franchellucci – Written by Robert Paulo Prall

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