French country design suits many home interiors, but for a family who travels extensively and loves color, Moroccan was a better bet.

This Texas townhouse went from country style to Moroccan chic.

“This Texas town house was bedecked in French country style for years and needed a new look,” said Laura Umansky of Houston-based Laura U Interior Design, who led the charge on updating the space. “The family loves to travel, especially to Morocco, and their extensive collection of eclectic items from all their worldly travels made our choice simple.”

The entire home follows a Moroccan palette, filled with rich bold colors — with an emphasis on cobalt blue. White walls and dark trim keep the the look grounded and sophisticated.

The light fixtures serve as the centerpiece of the townhome's dining room.

Delicate, globe light fixtures serve as the centerpiece of the town home’s dining room.

But the piece de resistance is the office, specifically designed as a work and inspirational space for the writer wife.

There wasn’t a budget for the office, shares Umansky, but there was a time constraint.

“We had a small time crunch because the wife was expecting, and they were trying to get the home finished and settled before she was due,” she said.

The office is on the smaller side, a cozy space jutting off the entryway, separated from the rest of the home by a sliding barn door.

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A sliding barn door closes the office off from the entryway.

The door was custom-built for the space, an elegant and functional feature that provides privacy without sacrificing space.

“She wanted privacy but didn’t want to close the room off,” Umansky said. “The great thing about it is that you can open the door all the way, and it also shows off the arched entrance.”

Inside, the office maximizes its smaller space with custom built-ins.

A sliding barn door is both space-saving and stylish.

A sliding barn door is both space-saving and stylish.

“The exotic curves and laser-cut panel inserts make the bookshelves, cabinet and desk really pop,” Umansky said. Two padded seats sit under the windows on either side of the bookcase; a couch provides additional seating.

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Rich pinks and oranges are a warm base for the office.

White walls keeps the bright orange and pink upholstery from becoming overwhelming. The lighting— perforated hammered-tin lanterns — make the room cohesive and polished.

Hanging light pendants are an elegant addition to the office.

Hanging light pendants are an elegant addition to the office.

See more of Laura Umansky’s design work on Zillow Digs.


Erika Riggsa real estate writer for Zillow Blog, covers celebrity real estate, unusual properties and home design trends. Read more of her work here.

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Erika Riggs, the Zillow Digs manager, covers home design and trends.

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