02 March 2009

The Octagon Home

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I HATE Showcase houses!  Especially neighborhood Streets of Dreams types of Showcases.  Builder after builder tries to out do each other by designing the most bloated Mac Mansions filled with even more horrible furniture -  fake flowers everywhere and a plethora of tacky accessories.   At least here in Houston, Showcases are usually like that.   But, every so often, I go to a Showcase and then come home and want to take a bomb to my house and blow it to smithereens and start all over again.   I’m suffering right now, truly suffering, thinking I have to live in my house for the rest of my life!   I mean – I DESERVE the house I saw this weekend!  I APPRECIATE it!!!!!   Does anyone out there have $3 million dollars to give me – not lend – but give?  I’ll pick up the remaining tab of $299,000 myself (nice of me, I know) – then I can just go and move in tonight!   No problem.  Just pack a small suitcase (because I would need an entire new wardrobe in this house – no Eddie Bauer black sweats anymore, not even the black sweats with the cute hot pink hoodie.)    Yep, I’m ready to move there now and I think you will be too.   Everyone was oohing and aahing over the house.   Seriously – one woman insisted SHE was moving in – but I had to let her know that nope, I was buying it – as long as some nice Cote de Texas reader coughs up the 3 million. 

 

 

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Every year my neighborhood has a New Home Showcase and, in truth, it is usually pretty good.  Sometimes the houses are really over the top, but for the most part, the builders and interior designers use restraint here in West University.  One builder has been winning all the awards the last few years and deservedly so – Stonehenge Classic Homes.  I’m sure they will win top honors this year too.     My sister-in-law from Chappell Hill was  in town for the rodeo BBQ cook off (hey, this IS Texas!) and she called me with a slight sound of hysteria in her voice telling me to get over to see this one house on the tour immediately.   I asked her if it was the Tami Owen house and she said it was – I knew it.  Owen is an incredible designer and her partnership with Stonehenge  gives her the perfect vehicle to show off her talents.    So, realizing the urgency of the situation, I actually got dressed on a weekend and made it there at 4:45 just ahead of closing.  

 

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OK – the details:   Vieux Antiques provided the French antiques and accessories, Custom  Creations handled the upholstery and reproduction tables, along with Mortise and Tenon, Indulge did the bedding and furniture, and all the art work by Michelle Y. Williams was commissioned for the house by Owen.   The rugs and seagrass came from Creative Flooring (no web site), of course.   The star though was the paint job, an incredible, beautiful plaster by Segret0 - with the talented and adorable Leslie Sinclair at the helm.  Leslie does faux painting for the 21st century – it’s not your mother’s faux.  It’s subtle and adds such a richness to a house.   If you’ve ever considered doing Venetian plaster, this house was the place to see it done right, matte, not shiny – just gorgeous!    The house itself is a marvel.  Most houses in West University are on postage stamp sized lots -  50 x 100.  Bigger lots  are only 50 x 120 or 50 x 150.  This house, though, is on a curved corner, one of the few in the entire township – therefore the house is wide, not deep, a real rarity.   The house was designed by Robert Dame – which lends it a certain cache from the start.    The floor plan doesn’t reveal itself easily, there are not many 90 degree angles, instead the rooms have shapes.  Most of the rooms are either octagons or elongated octagons.       The floors set it all off - they change throughout from deep brown, wide planked, hand-scraped oak to antique brick to tile to wall-to-wall seagrass.  The ceilings aren’t flat – some are domed, others are raised and others have exposed beams.   And hanging from each ceiling is a wonderful light fixture – a beautiful collection of the painted wood, French candlestick chandeliers that are so “hot” today.  Each room  is special, yet it all flows beautifully.  And helping it flow are the interiors that Tami Owen  has created.     The colors are  cool and calming, monochromatic without a hint of a patterned fabric anywhere.   Owen designed it all – the curtains, the fireplaces, the bathrooms, the cabinetry, the bedding, all the little details that come together to make this a truly beautiful home.   With the help of the industry partners, Owen furnished every room – nothing was left out, it truly is ready for someone to move in today.     There are full floor plans at the end of this post for your perusal.   Enjoy!!!

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

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Straddling a curved corner – a rarity in West University, the limestone house is wide as opposed to long.   The windows are by Pella and they add so much to the charm of the house. 

 

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On entering the house – the dining room is to the left, the study is to the right and straight ahead is the winding staircase.   The staircase is located in an octagon turret.  The risers are brick, the treads are, like the floor, wide plank hand-scraped oak.  Through the charming arched door is the powder room with an antique brick floor.  

 

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Looking up the staircase - the ceiling is brick, the lighting fixture is an oversized French painted wood candlestick chandelier that is so popular today.  Notice the small windows that follow the curve of the walls at the top of the turret. 

 

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This shows the curve of the landing.  The house is three stories – there is also a back staircase and the house is elevator ready.

 

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A close up of the beautiful painted chandelier.

 

 

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Walking in the front door – to the right is the large paneled study in an elongated octagon shape. The ceiling is box beamed and the chandelier is black wrought iron.  Two Os-de-Mouton French wing chairs from Custom Creations are the main furnishings, along with the desk.

 

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The mood of this study is definitely masculine!

 

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A close up of the fireplace designed by Tami Owen.  The house has a total of four fireplaces. 

 

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Walking into the front door, to the left, is the dining room – another octagon with a groined ceiling.   On the left is a built in wine rack.   Two sets of sconces ring the room.  The chairs are slipped in white linen with gray ticking micro flange trim and pleats – adorable!

 

 

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The table is large enough to seat eight.  The rug is a muted flat weave from Creative Flooring.

 

 

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In this view – you can see the arches that separate the rooms, the hall leads from the front door to the stairs to the family room.   Also notice the brick floors that delineate the path to the French door which opens to the backyard. 

 

 

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A close up of the dining room chandelier.

 

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Here you can get a feel for the octagon shape – each side is highlighted by an arch.  Through the doorway is the butler’s pantry that leads into the kitchen. 

 

 

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The butler’s pantry doubles as a bar.   The countertop is Calacutta Ora marble.   Be sure to notice the gorgeous antique brick floors.

 

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The right side of the butler’s pantry doubles as a bar and opens up to the large family room.  Notice the limed pantry door.   Many doors in the house are either antique or special in some way.

 

 

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Past the butler’s pantry, off in a nook to the left is the computer room, or small office. 

 

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The view of the kitchen upon entering through the butler’s pantry.   The kitchen is open to the large family room which is on the other side of the island.

 

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The island has a wood countertop.   I love those antique apothecary jars – beautiful!

 

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Close-up of the range and built in plate rack.  Notice the wonderful choice of hardware – especially on the long drawers.

 

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Off the kitchen is the breakfast room, another elongated oval.  The brick floors continue through here and into the mud room, seen through the arch.   There is another muted, flat weave rug from Creative Flooring.   The curtains, designed by Owen are a loose weave unlined linen.    They were stunning!   The beamed ceiling here continues from the kitchen and into the adjacent family room.

 

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A close up of the breakfast room chandelier.

 

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Walking from the breakfast room into the family room, you can see through the arches to the staircase.  This room is another elongated octagon.  The upholstered furniture here is from Custom Creations and is just gorgeous with the nail head detailing on the chairs and micro-welt trim on the sofa.   Another flat weave rug from Creative Flooring covers the wood floors.  The two lanterns here mimic the two lanterns in the adjacent kitchen.  The media center stained dark brown has barley twist detailing. 

 

 

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Through the arch on the left is the butler’s pantry/bar and through the large arch on the right is the kitchen.

 

 

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The kitchen is to the back of the sofa, the breakfast room is seen to the right behind the chairs. 

 

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The fireplace, designed by Tami Owen is next to the French doors leading to the patio.

 

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The patio with limestone walls has another fireplace!   Hanging lanterns further set the mood. 

 

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On the patio, behind the settee is the outdoor kitchen with its copper hood.

 

 

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Let’s go upstairs! 

 

 

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But first, I need to use the powder room – I’ll be right back.   Notice the subdued stenciling on the charming door.  All the stenciling and Venetian plaster treatments were done by Segreto. 

 

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The powder room features a stone vessel with charming wall hung fixtures. 

 

 

 

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OK – let’s go up the stairway, housed in an octagon shaped turret.  There are three floors, two staircases, and the house is elevator ready.

 

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On the second floor, you walk through this corridor to reach the upstairs sitting room.

 

  

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The upstairs sitting room is furnished with upholstery by Custom Creations and the assortment of tables also come from Custom Creations.    The curtains were designed by Owen.  The rug comes from Creative Flooring.

 

 

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The sitting room is again, an elongated octagon.

 

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Two charming chairs with nail heads from Custom Creations flank a small reproduction wine table.  Through the door you can see the staircase up to the third floor.

 

 

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This bedroom is furnished by Indulge – with Blanc d’ivoire furniture and lamps.   The flooring is wall to wall seagrass.  There are five bedrooms on the second floor.   All but one were completely furnished.

 

 

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Smocked linen curtains.

 

 

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This bedroom has its own bathroom – here with a Calacutta Ora marble countertop.

 

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Me, in a state of hysteria over the house!

 

 

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The bathtub, in an arch, with an arched niche.  The walls are tiled to the ceiling in white subway.

 

 

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This bedroom, by Custom Creations, designed by Tami, was my favorite.  The bed is framed by the two small sized windows that are found throughout the house. 

 

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The sitting area with linen balloon shades.  The shades are full length which gives them their lushness.  Faux shades just do not have this fullness.   The two tufted chairs in velvet with wheeled feet from Custom Creations are just darling.

 

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Blanc d’ivoire chest with a Michelle Y. Williams painting and faux bois vase by Oly Studios.

 

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The bathroom.  Notice the light fixtures!

 

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The shower curtain was just too cute for words!

 

 

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The next bedroom, again with Blanc d’ivoire furniture from Indulge.  The double height casement windows were open – unusual for Houston – it was a gorgeous day.   The curtains are unlined linen.   A trick:  at home – to hide cords like this – tape the cords to the back of table legs – it really helps to disguise them. 

 

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This ceiling is raised with wood beams.   A painted wood chandelier hangs from the attractive ceiling.

 

 

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The gorgeous bedding is from Indulge – the lace is so beautiful in real life!

 

 

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The bathroom.  Notice the plumbing fixture!  All these details – amazing!

 

 

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The master bedroom:  the bedroom suite is entered through double antique wood doors that lead to a small lobby.   There is a separate small sitting room in the suite.    In the bedroom, the ceiling is coved and there is a large fireplace.    Wall to wall seagrass is accented by a flat weave rug from Creative Flooring.

 

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The fireplace was designed by Tami Owen.  There are painted wood sconces and a chandelier for extra atmosphere.   I love how the firebox is elevated for easy viewing from the bed!

 

 

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The white tufted headboard with nail heads was designed by Owen.  The bedding is pure linen!  Just beautiful!

 

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Close up of the sitting area with furniture from Custom Creations. 

 

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Along the ceiling there is a very subtle stenciling created by Leslie Sinclair of Segreto. 

 

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The master bedroom sitting room – notice the distinctive cabinet doors.   This motif is carried into the master bathroom.  I love the accessories here – antiques by Vieux!

 

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The master bedroom sitting room is just cozy enough for two club chairs by Custom Creations.

 

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The light fixture in the master bedroom sitting room. 

 

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The man’s closet is all dark wood, but the lady’s closet is cream with hanging space behind glass doors – heavenly!

 

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A great idea to take home – instead of a built-in full length mirror –just lean a tall one against the wall!

 

 

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The master bedroom:   marble floors and countertops.  The vanity shown here is between the two sink areas. 

 

 

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One of two sinks  -the vanities are just beautiful.   I love how the marble is arched in the back. 

 

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The tub is centered between two built in towers.  The lead glass window is in the shower stall.

 

 

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The shower stall with marble subway tiles – the leaded window lets in light.

 

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Even the water closet has the specialty cabinetry!  Details – details – details!

 

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Let’s go up to the third floor – there is only one room up here – a large media room/playroom.

 

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The game table with Os de Mouton chairs and wine table.  I love how these chairs are slipped- of course!  The large room has wall to wall seagrass.

 

 

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In the corner of the media room there is a small playhouse.  Segreto painted the bricks – they are so realistic looking!  Isn’t this just adorable?

 

 

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Going up the stairs into the playhouse.  Notice the darling windows.  The ceiling is pitched and there is a built in cabinet along the back.

 

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Closing off the playhouse from the media room is a dutch door.

 

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Leslie Sinclair from Segreto designed the murals to be unisex.

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The other side of the wall.   Leslie and I fit in the playhouse perfectly – we could stand up straight with extra room.  I think I would set up a small desk  and just blog away here away from everyone!!!!

 

 

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Standing in the entry hall to the master suite with its double antique doors is Leslie Sinclair, owner of Segreto.  Be sure to visit her web site and see her portfolio.  It is incredible!!!!!  Segreto has done all the finest houses in Houston and has had extensive press coverage.  Leslie is as sweet as she is pretty.

 

 

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No, she isn’t a model!  She is Tami Owen, the star of the show – the interior designer with the vision.   Unfortunately Tami doesn’t have a web site, but here is her email:  tamiowen@mac.com

I hope you enjoyed this home – next there are two that were designed by Ginger Barber – one is fabulous and one is extra special!  Be sure to come back in the next few days and read those, too.  Floorplans for the house showcased today are below:

 

 

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105 comments:

  1. Wow! That's a model?! The marble in the butler's pantry is really gorgeous. What was the material the kitchen counters were made from? Great post Toni. Thanks!

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  2. Joni, georgeous home! I'll take all of the lighting fixtures. All were unique and very special. Great artworks as well. A very comfortable space. Thank you!

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  3. House looks really amazing! So many great design ideas.
    Brick floor? wow.
    There is one small concern I have, which are the window views. I imagined that this house is built in a great, spacious garden - that would embrace it and make it complete beauty.
    But it seems that the ground is pretty small.
    I wonder what will be the final price, maybe you can bargain?
    Thanks for showing us this beauty.

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  4. Holy Smokes ! That's an amazing place!

    Now about the 3 mill.....I could use a bit of dough myself, to pay off my debts on this rotten greenhouse we just built last year.

    Let me know if you have anyone offering cash :)

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  5. Linda/ RMS "Mom,,,"March 3, 2009 at 1:24 AM

    *Stunning choices of the antique brick, wood floors & doors, FAB ceilings, lighting etc ~~~ BUT, I honestly think, Joni, that I prefer YOUR home to this lovely beauty! (Yes, I do!) ~~~ And if you can EMBRACE that thought, I just saved you $3mil, kiddo (and "that's ALOTTA nice shoes"!!!). Thanks so much for all the great pics, details & explanations~~~ truly delightful to see n' read!
    Warmly, Linda in AZ/ aka RMS's "Mom of a German Shorthair"

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  6. sure you didn't find a guest house in the garden fitting for a small family of 4? I'll move out back & we can split living costs! A luxury commune:-)
    But seriously, that house rocks. Are things like that still selling in the States with the current market?

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  7. Once you get all settled in....may I come by for a visit? Tee hee

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  8. That home is really unique. I like it. Those wood floors are amazing.

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  9. that home is so fantastic! thanks for providing thorough coverage.

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  10. Wow, just when you think there's no craftsmanship left in homebuilding along comes a beautiful home like this to give you hope. I will say that your double post left me a little dizzy (how many stairways/floors are there?) but thanks for sharing your tour in such detail. As for the price, by Boston real-estate standards this is the steal of a life time. Go for it!!

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  11. So impressive, let alone for a Model home!

    It reminds me of Cameron Diaz's house in the Holiday, though that might just be the lanterns!

    Love so many of the details in the house... the wine storage in the Dining Room is very cool!

    Thanks for taking us on the tour Joni!

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  12. That looks big enough for ALL of us! I must say, I actually lived in a Showhouse way back when. We were in Salt Lake City and thought this house was just too much - built in furniture for two poor (really really poor) souls who couldn't afford anything. I will have to chase down the pics of that place just to remember! It was nothing like this one, I can assure you - more the mountain home type.
    Can't wait to see the rest!
    PS Just got word that one of the big ones here in BR is coming back on the market and I am going to try to get in and snap some photos so we can compare! (Hint: football coaches must really love those BIG estates! And it isn't Les Miles that is selling, just so I don't start a major panic around LSU)

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  13. The only thing I can say is stunning. Hugs, Marty

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  14. I saw those linen balloon shades and immediately fell in love with them. Thanks for pointing out that the lushness comes from them being full length, good to know if I get those made for a client - love them!!!

    Also I have those annoying cords exposed on an entry table and that is such a great idea, to tape them to the legs, I'm going to do it right now.

    Joni, this house is definitely you and you should have it! I can't believe it's only 3.3 million. I truly live in one of the most expensive real estate cities, I have NEVER seen a house with that kind of detail (but certainly the same price tag). I thoroughly enjoyed this post, thank you so much for including us in this tour!
    xo Maria

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  15. I thought I left a comment last night, but it is not here...

    It was great to get a tour of this beautiful home. I particularly like the lighting and the unlined linen curtains. There are so many architectural details to take in - like the exposed brick in the stairs - I am not sure if I have ever seen that.

    Showhouses in Atlanta tend to be in enormous homes, and designers split up the rooms. So, one designer will take the dining room, another designer the family room, another the master bedroom, and so on. Sometimes (more often than not) it all works just fine, the house flows well. Other times it is a bit jarring to jump from one style and one color scheme to another. It is interesting to see so many different interpretations and visions.

    I think having one designer makes the house flow perfectly, though. I am going to go back and look at each picture in detail, there is so much to take in!

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  16. Hey Joni,

    It IS a beautiful house. I don't blame you for wanting to live there... as soon as I win the lottery I'll send over the money for you! The only thing... you'll have to start saving for that cleaning crew to clean that mansion! That's a BIG house! My favorite detail are the brick floors. I love them and want them in my house now!!!

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  17. I just typed something really, really mean about the Showcase Home Tours here in El Paso and then deleted. Nuff said. This, on the other hand, is the definition of beautiful restraint. Maybe I can come up with half of the 3 mill and we can be roomies!

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  18. Good Lord! No wonder you were in hysterics - I found myself catching drool over all the details myself - especially the plumbing fixtures. Quelle riche!

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  19. I have to say that this is the biggest entry I have ever seen, but also I have to say that I really enjoyed each shoot. The exposed brick on the face of the stairs and the ceiling is amazing - I love that architectural moment. I also enjoyed the square/cube lamps in the living room and some of the furniture pieces where stunning.

    My favorite picture was your face smiling in the mirror reflection in one of the bathrooms. I love that cheeky moment !

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  20. O. M. G.! How can I possibly live in my broken down hovel after seeing this gorgeous home! Now I will have to re-do positively everything, OR win the lottery. As always, fabulous post.

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  21. I'm with you on showhomes, but this one was beautiful and had continuity that other's sometime lack. It's such a joni house too! check's in the mail.

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  22. Joni, thanks so much for the tour, I so enjoyed it.

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  23. What an absolutely stunning home! I can see why you love it so much, and why it's priced above 3 million. WOWZA! Thanks for showing these pictures Joni, of course - you always find the best things to show us. You can bet that if I had an extra 3 million laying around I'd throw it your way, given that one of those guest rooms were always available should I ever make a trip to Texas.

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  24. Joni, under the picture of your favorite bedroom's bathroom, you commented, "Notice the light fixtures." I totally noticed them and totally want them! Do you know who makes these sconces?

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  25. Stunningly beautiful, that's for sure. But if I actually lived in a home such as this, I'd end up craving color. Well, I guess if I could afford the thing, I could afford to have flowers everywhere, all the time...
    Kerry

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  26. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT...I'll arm-wrestle your for it. :)

    Oh its about the decor, so many to mention from the smocked detailing of the curtain headings right down to the upholstered headboards, etc. etc. etc. Not to mention all the beautiful architechtural details and pieces of furniture 'n lighting. (Oh I will be coming back to visit.)

    Thank you so much Joni for the wonderful tour. -Brenda-

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  27. Joni,certainly not the HGTV Dreamhouse,YUCK!!! Gorgeous. If I had the mils, I'd give it to you. But a girl can dream.

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  28. Beautiful house! So many great details and ideas! Thanks for the tour. I loved the photos of you taking photos!!
    I agree, you 'should' have this house. I'm thinking a Paypal donation site on the left side should do the trick!

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  29. Wowza wowza YES so many gorgeous details. Don't even know where to start...the wine wall, the ceilings and plaster, the old luscious brick...and those are just the first few pics!!

    Thank you...I'll bo back to find more details again and again!

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  30. That is some house! Lots of details to admire in the construction and decorating. I love the paint colors..so soft and perfect for the space. I suppose for a cool $3 Million, I could find out what paint they used. Also love the ruffled shower curtain! May borrow that idea. Great post! Can't wait to see the Ginger Barber post too.

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  31. This house is amazing Joni! I picture myself walking barefoot on the seagrass rugs and antique brick. Of course my pedi is perfect. My toes would always have a perfect pedi in this house and I would never leave, just have my groceries delivered!

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  32. This house is amazing Joni! I picture myself walking barefoot on the seagrass rugs and antique brick. Of course my pedi is perfect. My toes would always have a perfect pedi in this house and I would never leave, just have my groceries delivered!

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  33. Joni....I ditto the previous comments....the details are amazing...I love the octogon shaped rooms. The wine wall is unique, love it...the fixtures...wow! I love those smocked linen drapes. The brick floors are beautiful (killer on the back though...I have had them before!)
    I love so much what you do....thank you for all the time you put in to bringing us interesting things to look at and learn from!

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  34. ohhh....one more thing, if I was going to spend over 3 million, I would not want to be near or look at any neighbor's homes! :>)

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  35. This is a fabulous tour. Thanks for taking us. I can certainly see why you would want to move in. Too many wonderful things to mention, but I loved the textures, neutral palette, simplicity, fabrics and on and on. Thank you for sharing. It is sooo inspiring!
    marcie

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  36. Thank you so much for posting these beautiful pics! I toured the home and probably lingered a little too long...didn't want to leave. It's funny b/c I forgot my camera and my husband said "maybe Joni is doing the Home Tour and she'll post pics!" I've got him hooked on your blog too. :) He likes to look at the pics and say "make it happen"....yeah, on a really meager budget! I really enjoyed the home on Belmont (Heritage Homes) and the Madera Home (forgot the street).

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  37. Joni, this is a beautiful home. I love the architecture, the lighting fixtures,the bathroom fixtures, oh, those floors. I can just imagine how it would look if you moved into it. Maybe we can just take up a blogger collection, and make this a "blogger retreat" where we can all get together and party! Thanks for the tour. (For some reason, some of the pictures never did load for me, but it was only a few of them.) laurie

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  38. Totally, utterly stunningly gorgeous. Houston is certainly hot with beautiful homes and oh, the generosity of space that seems to be available....xv.

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  39. Joni, thanks so much for this tour. I have participated in a few showhouses and sometimes the overall results of the hodgepodge of decorators is not so great. Tami Owen is so cute. I love how she is dressed in her jeans and cowboy boots. I work in jeans a lot, too. I love an unpretentious but talented designer such as this! The house and her work are both wonderful.

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  40. Ahhhhhhh. Thank you for the morning beauty! I love it all!

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  41. Joni,

    Holy smokes, I am in love! The house is beautiful! The calming colors are fabulous. Very you. Reminds me of the houses Aidan Gray uses for staging their product catalogs. Of course the detailing and quality of this house is much more refined.

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  42. The chandelier is divine, looks vintage or something from Oly, Wisteria, or Aidan Gray.
    And the shades---- do they have "bump lining?"
    PS---About Ballard Designs, thx for your email. Did you see the latest House Beautiful? CHECK OUT THE OTTOMANS with double tape and tasselsss-SOOOOOO CHIC!!!

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  43. Funny...at the same time that you published this post I had mine on another Showcase. I wish I had taken pictures of every single corner as you had. I really enjoyed this post and your smile in the mirror (if you have time take a look at my latest post).
    Ciao from Vancouver.

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  44. Joni -
    I'm obsessed with the coffee table in the family room. Tried to locate it on the suppliers websites to no avail. Is it a custom piece?

    Thanks.
    Jean

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  45. Joni, you're right. This house does. Not. Disappoint. So pretty. The attention to detail is spectacular. Thanks for sharing! :-)

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  46. When I read your preface to the post, I thought "there's no way a showcase house is that good"....my goodness- it was BEAUTIFUL! I especially loved the brick in the entry- on the risers and the ceiling vault. Thanks for sharing!

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  47. Joni...what a beautiful home...thanks for sharing.

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  48. when can i move in?? i love that curved door and all the stone!!

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  49. Okay, I'm sold. I'll take two. (I wish...)

    Gorgeous, gorgeous home with all the classic elements that hearken back to Europe - looks like it's been there for ages and has been sympathetically decorated. Love it - even if it IS lacking my "favourite" colors (gold, red and green).

    Looks like one of those huge English estate houses we used to see in the UK - like in St. George's Hill in Surrey or near Beaconsfield in Bucks. Just gorgeous!

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  50. grrr... just typed out a comment and blogger lost it....

    Beautiful home! She did a wonderful job - the furniture is gorgeous!

    You are so right though, MOST showhomes aren't so nice. I always think it's funny when I'm on those tours, and in some room that I think is just really bad and hideous, I'll hear someone around me talking about how beautiful and wonderful the room is!!! Gag!

    I'm sorry that I unfortunately do not have millions to send to you. I understand what you mean about "appreciating" the house- there are so many houses that I have "appreciated" and longed for too! But if you do find some generous soul to get you the house - I'll take your old one! ;-)

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  51. I can see why you were drooling, Joni. This place has character and eclectic charm. Very unique details. Lovely. Not another one of those gauche nouveau-riche numbers.

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  54. Joni you are killing us - we love this one too!!!!

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    Great job! Best house on the tour in YEARS!!!!! (and the French house was lovely and a close second).

    The only complaint I had was that the most of art did not fit the house - it was too contemporary (and framed very contemporary with all the plexiglass), but that's easy to fix.

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  56. Your words & pictures stunning. The houses obviously filling your creative muse. And mine!
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  57. My favorite image is "you, in a state of hysteria over the house". You are so funny!

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  58. Oh my gracious goodness! Do you hear me hyperventilating? I MUST have the smocked linen curtains! and that playhouse! Don't even get me started! Love and adoration in Avondale.

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  59. marykay9959@gmail.comMarch 7, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Gorgeous house! Thanks so much for the tour. Joni, I have a question or two you may be able to help me with. I have an arched bathtub in my hall bath that looks just like the one in the tour house. (My house was also designed by Robert Dame 15 years ago. He is an awesome house designer and was wonderful to work with.) I am about to update and remodel the bath and have considered subway tile in the arched tub so it was so great to see it in a pic! Any how, what was the flooring and countertop in that bath and did you like it. Do you have any suggestions for flooring and countertop with subway tiled arched tub? The counter in my bathroom is very long with one sink in the center. I have thought about moving the sink to one end of the counter. I would like to do marble floors, either beige or carrera marble. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated as I think you have fabulous taste.

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  60. Just lovely--thanks so much for taking us on the tour!

    I love the vanity with the Calcutta Ora top in the bathroom that is attached to one of the bedrooms (not the master). Any ideas of what the paint color is?

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  61. Joni, I've been having a hard time getting the pics to load for me, but from what I can tell it is divine! I can see why you are in love with it. It has beautiful architecture and is beautifully appointed. Love this SO much! Thanks for sharing it with us...

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    I'm new to design blogs - I usually search until I find the an inspiration for some room I'm doing...

    I have been back three times and I even tried to take a picture, but it wouldn't work. Is that not something we can do?

    I loved the colors,loved the fixtures...what a mixture! Exhilarating! Thank you for realizing that we needed to see the complete story of this design.

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