Above and Beyond

What makes your heart beat faster?

It’s one of the first questions Marcus asks every client. For two former oil industry executives, the answer was realized in a curated union of French modernism meets contemporary design. In the midst of remodeling a historic home in a gated Houston neighborhood, the couple opted for a move skyward to a light-filled perch in one of the city’s newer high-rise buildings.

“We went from a massive historic project to a glass box,” says Mohon. “Our first challenge was to reorient the rooms for their lifestyle.” This meant tearing down walls in the bedrooms and baths to create progression in the floor plan, while combining materials that would be both elegant and livable.


  • Interiors: Marcus Mohon with Erin Schneider
  • Photography: Casey Dunn
  • Architecture: Ziegler Cooper Architects
  • Story: Melissa Jacobs
  • Publication: Modern Luxury Interiors
From the first step off the elevator into the private lobby, the result is evident. A champagne-hued Murano chandelier dangles above. Velvet drapes hide the serve area opposite a refined industrial table. Steel glass doors frame the entry to a corridor lined with hidden doors of rosewood panels and inlaid brass lit with large-scale, hand-carved sconces. The overall effect combines what Mohon describes as an "intentional clash to liven it up."
Along with their art collection, the homeowners had several antique pieces and lighting fixtures for Mohon to utilize throughout the space. A faux bamboo bronze fixture above a modern French game table. An important American Western work presides over a nailhead settee and antique French farm table in the living room. An assemblage of custom pieces are loosely huddled around an antique wine tasting table and unpaired chocolate bergères.
Luxury is not about scale. It's not about being afraid or backing off using real plaster or marble. I believe in pulling out the china and using silk.
An intimate lounge room (formerly the dining room) features comfortable seating in velvet and leather; there's a mix of old and new, including Swedish chairs, an antique rock crystal chandelier, vintage vellum table and a pair of bronze pedestal tables.
In her study, a custom chaise is teamed with an antique footstool and antique chairs and desk.
I always craft each project for the client, so every project feels like a departure. My goal is to create spaces that reflect their personality, not mine. Luxury now is not living in homes designed to impress, but really living in the home you want. When a client tells me they use every room, I know I've done my job.

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