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A TEXAS STAR

Disruption is a concept we’re all too familiar with lately. So when a Houston-based family began seeking a weekend home as a respite from their busy city lives, there was one primary goal: finding and furnishing the place had to cause as little disruption as possible.

Eventually, the perfect property was found. A recently built contemporary ranch home outside of the purposefully unhip town of New Ulm, Texas, some eighty miles west of Houston, offered acres and acres of untouched land, no neighbors in sight, and, best of all, didn’t require any renovation. They found what they wanted. Now, it was time for the furnishings.

That’s where Houston-based interior designer Meg Lonergan came in. Since this was her third project for the family, Lonergan was certain she understood what the client did and didn’t want. “It made the design process seamless,” she says, which was a relief, since “they were keen on using it almost immediately.” In fact, the whole process was so nondisruptive that Lonergan and her team did the entire install—furniture, rugs, tile work, hanging artwork, light fixtures, and more—between a few client visits. “We were able to do it without interrupting a weekend out there,” she says.

The first thing you notice about the home is its tall, glass-paned doors and windows. Since the property is extremely secluded, Lonergan left them all uncovered, offering uninterrupted sightlines straight through the home. “You see vibrant yellow wildflowers; sturdy trees; and a big, beautiful pond,” she says. “I wanted to let the views speak for themselves.”

 

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INTERIOR DESIGN BY MEG LONERGAN

WRITTEN BY ZACHARY WILSON

PHOTOGRAPHY BY PÄR BENGTSSON

 

This story appeared in the Summer 2021 issue of MILIEU