Purple Pros

Hot interior designer Nina Magon and her Bellaire clients go bold, mixing daring color into a mod, Italianate, black-and-white stunner.

Julie Soefer
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Houstonian Nina Magon, principal of Contour Interior Design, has been anointed by Popsugar as “the design industry’s next it girl,” and Oprah’s décor guru Nate Berkus has declared, “Nina is a design force to be reckoned with!” And Magon’s latest glam masterpiece in an enormous 7,000-square-foot contemporary Italianate villa in Bellaire is a perfect example of what all the buzz is about. The homeowners, who are the parents of two small children, “wanted modern, but not cold modern,” explains Magon, 37. “I went for a mod-Italian-European feel.”

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Oxford Calling

In a posh Tanglewood bachelor pad, a developer channels college glory days with party savvy and good “Ole” Southern style.

Julie Soefer
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Blake Tartt III is always smiling. And why shouldn’t he be? “I’ve never had a bad day in my life,” declares the fourth-generation Houstonian and reputed host with the most. The exuberant Tartt, 55, is as well known for being a visionary commercial real estate developer and the president and CEO of New Regional Planning as he is for throwing a great party.

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Family Style

Not far from the party palace she designed for her brother, a decorator and her brood live in mod, colorful comfort.

Julie Soefer

"WHEN MY BROTHER and I were little, we’d get baby formula and sawdust all in one swallow,” laughs native Houstonian Courtnay Tartt Elias. “Our parents were always moving and redoing houses.”

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