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Warm, inviting and sophisticated, Empire’s model home at The Highlands community in North Houston exemplifies modern-contemporary style with a twist. Traditionally, modern-contemporary style uses neutral colors and simple shapes to build a refined, fresh space. By leaning into more playful patterns and colors, this layout makes a bold statement, while still maintaining a clean and fresh atmosphere. Why not infuse your space with bits and pieces of The Highlands model home? Read on to find out how you can do exactly that.

Living Room

Striking and eye-caching décor pieces are a great way to liven up any space, and by placing them strategically, they can help balance the energy of the room. In this space, the rich orange hues in the throw pillows bring out those same tones in the wall art, but are complemented nicely by the more neutral Ashen paint color by PPG Paints.

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Katella Occasional Chair by Dovetail Furniture, Memoky.

Maxx Tufted Swivel Chair by Kensington Furniture Collection, Zin Home.

 Abstract Shapes Throw Pillow in Terracotta, Society6.


All-white cabinetry helps to open up the space, creating an elevated and timeless look. Using neutral tones sparingly throughout will help to balance out the stark white accents and add warmth. Here you can see how the champagne bronze accents on the hardware and bar stools add a nice touch to the space.

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Dining Room

Keeping to a clean and simple layout for the dining room allows sunlight to pour in and illuminate the space. Woven seat covers in a neutral color complement the dining table and table settings perfectly.

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Linen Slip Covered Dining Chair by Furniture Classics, High Point Furniture. 

Largo Round Dining Table by Dovetail Furniture, Good Home Furnishings. 

Sundaze Rug, Surya.

Five-Light Galvanized Finish Coastal Chandelier by Progress Lighting, Hubbell. 


The bedroom is a place to relax and unwind after a long day, and soon it’ll begin to feel like a sanctuary that you won’t ever want to leave. The color Pine Crush from PPG Paints creates the perfect canvas for the burnt orange pops of color throughout the space, which also calls attention to the wall treatments featured. The delicate balance between the various focal points and more subdued elements help to elevate the energy of the room without it feeling overpowering.

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Cardoni Table Lamp, Uttermost.

Oakden 39.5” Console Table by Breakwater Bay, Wayfair.

Mohair Accent Rug in Natural, Obakki.

Farrah Bench, Uttermost.

Visit our blog to uncover even more design inspiration, including how to get the look for a rustic chic home, a relaxed neutral space, and modern Spanish style.


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Liz, Nicole and Karla

New Home Specialists


Liz, Nicole and Karla

New Home Specialists


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