16 May 2009

The Tile House

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A few weeks ago, I received an email from an architect/interior designer who had worked on a showcase house that was now open to visitors.   “Would I like to come see it?”   Need you ask?   Maria Tracy, the very talented designer behind the house, explained that she had seen “The Octagon House” write up in Cote de Texas and thought I would like her showcase house just as much.  So, with camera in tow, I ventured outside the loop – a rarity for me these days – to the wilds of Memorial, one of Houston’s prettiest neighborhoods.   I actually grew up in Memorial (having moved there after our stint in glamorous Galena Park!) so I have great affection for the area.  It’s an extremely wooded part of town and many of the area’s streets are without sidewalks or curbs.   Some parts of Memorial are very rustic and charming, others are more typical suburbia.   The Buffalo Bayou winds it way throughout Memorial, it’s fertile banks the cause of all the lush greenery that distinguishes this part of Houston - towering pine trees, live oaks, ivy and mosquitoes too, to be sure, are plentiful.   But still – pesky bugs aren’t reason enough to not live here, in truth it’s heaven on earth.   For a girl who lives in the inner city on a tiny plot of land, the huge Memorial lots with wooded acreage are extra appealing.

The trek to Memorial ended up to be worth it.  The showcase house was everything Maria Tracy promised it would be, and much, much more.  With Tracy behind it, I’m not surprised.  Her resume is quite impressive - a degree in architecture is praise worthy enough, but she actually possesses a masters.   She is also a registered Interior Designer and today, she favors that side of the business.   On her web site, Tracy states that John Saladino is her “patron saint” – more clues that I would feel right at home in her showcase.    Tracy’s forte is incorporating the extra touches that make a house special, and her cabinetry design is certainly one of her most outstanding contributions here.   She also is extremely interested in tile design, and as you will see – tile plays a very important part in the showcase’s decor.     The house was built by Ben Crawford, who owns Crawford Renovation, a top rated builder in the area.   Detailed floor plans are provided below.  Enjoy!

 

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Walking into the English Tudor styled house, the eye is drawn past the center stairway, all the way through to the back yard.  The floors are dark, wide planked hardwoods.

 

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To the immediate left is a  gallery with a groin vaulted ceiling that runs along the front of the house - past the living room  - on to the dining room.    Antique tile from France forms “rugs” inset diagonally into the wood floor.

 

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At the double front door, a “rug” of French tiles is laid in the floor.  This French tile is seen throughout the house, used in many different applications, thus giving the house its name.    Also throughout the house are sconces that provide mood enhancing, ambient lighting.

 

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The living room is seen from the entry hall through arches that surround the space on three sides.

 

  

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The living room is filled with two pairs of large antique styled chairs with Os de Mouton legs.  The fireplace is the focal point of the room.

 

 

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A close up of the magnificent fireplace.

 

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Looking out from the living room to the central stair hall.  A paneled library is to the right – and the powder room is through the arched doorway.

 

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Past the living room arches is the large dining room with it stone accent wall.  French chairs surround the wood table and a beautiful Italian wood chandelier with sconces illuminates the area.  

 

 

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To the right of the front door is a paneled study, entered through two wood doors with inset glass. 

 

 

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The paneled study is a cozy area with a stone fireplace and a ‘rug” of antique French tiles inset into the wood floors.

 

 

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In the study,  a wall of built in shelves are enclosed behind wire faced doors.  All the cabinetry in the house was beautifully designed by Maria Tracy and is quite unique.

 

 

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The powder room has a pewter vessel sink atop a limestone pedestal.   In this and in each bathroom – the floors are laid with the tiles imported from France. 

 

 

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The central stairway with a double  height ceiling  has a wood banister with iron balusters.  This view looks into the paneled study.

 

 

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Past the stairway on the right, through a hall with a groin vaulted ceiling is the master bedroom suite.

  

 

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The master bedroom is roomy enough for a sitting area which overlooks the back yard, accessible through the door on the left.

 

 

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Across from the bed is this vignette with Lucite lamps and large art work provided by the Laura Rathe Art Gallery.   All the wonderful art work in the showcase house comes from this gallery. 

 

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Close up of the sitting area with French styled furniture.    The area rugs throughout the house were provided by Creative Flooring.

 

 

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In the master bathroom, a spectacular vanity designed by Maria Tracy is the focal point.  Notice the gorgeous curves, the feet, the arched towers – just beautiful!   The man’s vanity is reflected in the mirror.   All the cabinetry was  painted by Segreto Finishes whom you may remember also painted the Octagon House!   I love the hardware on this piece – just perfect.  Also notice again, there is a large tiled rug in the middle of this room.

 

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The vanities each have French sconces.   Notice the charming linen closet door designed by Tracy.  Custom Creations provided most of the upholstered furniture in this showcase – just as they did for the Octagon House.

 

 

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The man’s matching vanity is styled with chicken wire in the cabinet doors which adds to the charm.  

 

 

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The master double shower has the stunning French tiles installed up its walls.   I love the concrete bench placed inside of the shower instead of a built in seat – a great idea to utilize if you have the space!

 

 

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Past the stair hall, along the back side of the house is the large, vaulted ceiling family room.   The stone fireplace is the focal point with a beautiful oil painting above it.  

 

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The muted rug and linen clad furniture adds to the house’s neutral palette.  Two wing chairs flank the fireplace, while a French styled bench faces the tufted sofa.   Iron tables and antique styled lamps finish out the decor.

 

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The French styled cabinetry has doors finished with wire, just as in the study and master bathroom.   Touches like this repeated throughout a house provide design cohesiveness.  Notice too that many of the built-in cabinets have arched tops – just as doorways in the house are arched.  Again – repetition of a design element makes it that much more powerful.

 

 

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A view of the family room from a second floor balcony.  

 

 

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Facing the family room is the groin vaulted ceiling walk-in bar with French terra cotta tiled floor.   Through the left arch, you can see the stair hall and into the paneled study.   To the right – the bar leads to the kitchen and dining room.  Notice the wonderful cabinetry, again designed by Tracy and painted by Leslie Sinclair, owner of Segreto Finishes. 

 

 

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Inside the bar looking out towards the family room.  To the right – you can see the hall that leads to the master bedroom suite.

 

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Leading from the bar is a pantry with the dining room on the left and the kitchen towards the right.   Notice the gorgeous hardware on the beautiful wooden doors!!!

 

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You can reach the kitchen from the bar or from the family room.   The kitchen is a gorgeous collection of finishes.  White Calacutta Ora marble covers the island, painted gray by Segreto.   The imported French tile forms the backsplash behind the range with its large Venetian plaster hood. 

 

 

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The kitchen from the opposite side – towards the left is a china cabinet and at the back is another built-in with mirrored arched doors.

 

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The built in china cabinet with wired doors and arched top.  Wire and arches – two design elements found over and over again, giving the house its certain atmosphere.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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Close-up view of the built-in along the back wall.   The doors are arched and mirrored.  All these kitchen cabinets with different styling and finishes is so much more interesting that just a bank of cabinets that all look alike.  Again – another great tip to incorporate into your own home – mix up the kitchen cabinetry!

 

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Close up of the island with its gorgeous Calcutta Ora marble countertop and a close up of the French tiled backsplash.  The kitchen is open to the breakfast room and the mud room, through the arches.

 

 

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Two styles of chairs surround the wood table.  Just charming!  Notice the iron chandelier is oval – just as the table is.  Details, detail, details!

 

 

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View of the back of the house.   The master bedroom suite is on the left, the family room is behind the three sets of French doors, and the breakfast room and kitchen are behind the windows on the right.

  

 

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Past the kitchen and breakfast room is the mud room – with more outstanding cabinetry. 

 

 

 

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A second set of stairs in the mud room leads upstairs - there is also a elevator shaft in the house.

 

  

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The upstairs wasn’t furnished, but I want to show you the highlights – in this TV area, with a balcony overlooking the family room, the cabinetry has cloth instead of the wire found downstairs, another great idea!  The cloth was simply stapled into the doors – the staples were then covered with gimp.

 

 

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The movie theatre is upstairs.  This room is much more sophisticated than the usual theme styled home-theatre typically seen.

 

 

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The theatre has a small kitchen area – again, I love the cabinetry designed by Maria Tracy!

 

 

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The stair landing on the second story.  You can see downstairs into the paneled study with its tile rug!

 

  

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Upstairs, more charming cabinetry designed by Maria Tracy. 

 

 

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Each of the five bedrooms upstairs has an attached bathroom and all are designed with the French imported tile.  This shower, with its arched ceiling – has red and cream tiles.  The tiles were all custom colored by Ms. Tracy.

 

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This bath tub, also with an arched ceiling,  has cream subway tiles with red accents. 

 

 

 

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This charming powder room outside the theatre has wonderful marble detailing in arched shapes.  The floor is blue, cream and taupe colored French tile.

 

 

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This charming upstairs bathroom was my favorite one – could it be the Jewish star shaped tiles?   Or is it the wooden seat under a trio of casement windows set in the front bowed window? 

 

 

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Bathroom Diva!!!  Love those hips!  Shake ‘em baby!!  God, I need to go on a MAJOR diet!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

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The second floor is filled with bedrooms, bathrooms and flex spaces.  Each room has interesting detailing like this vaulted ceiling with casement windows.  Other areas have rooms reached by a series of steps.   All bedrooms have wood moldings and each has an attached bathroom.    Upstairs are five bedrooms, five baths  and  two half bathrooms. 

 

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Going back downstairs, my white purse awaits me.    What a beautiful home – so tastefully designed!   What torture to now have to go home.   I think I’ll drive around the neighborhood for just a bit more torture.

 

 

 

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The floor plan to The Tile House.  The house is for sale – it is 8,500 sq. ft, the lot size is 22,610, slightly bigger than my typical West University lot of 5,000.   To see the listing go here.  Visit the builder, Crawford Renovation here and to see Maria Tracy’s web site, filled with pictures from her portfolio, please go here.  Thank you Maria so much, for inviting me to see this beautiful house.

 

Let’s drive around the neighborhood:   The entire area where the house is located is called Memorial.   Memorial is made up of houses either in the city of Houston or in separate villages – there are five Memorial villages in total – each with their own police department.   This house is located in the City of Hunters Creek Village, one of the wealthiest places to live in the United States.  Lots are enormous, huge, or large.   Some areas of Memorial are very rural and country-like with lanes instead of streets.   Others are more traditional neighborhoods.    Buffalo  Bayou runs through Memorial, feeding its extraordinary lush, forest like appearance.    Some areas have lakes, man made from damned up parts of the bayou.   The oldest houses are closer to town, the newer ones are further out.  But, like many parts of the country, the older houses are being torn down, replaced with huge Mac Mansions and spectacular custom built homes.   Needless to say, Memorial, and Hunters Creek in particular, is a very sought after and highly desirable place to live.  

 

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The front yard of The Tile House.  This neighborhood was probably built up during the 60s and early 70s.  The smaller homes are being torn down and replaced with larger houses – like The Tile House.  Streets in this neighborhood have curbs, but no sidewalks.

 

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The Tile House is located in one of the “villages” of Memorial – the City of Hunters Creek Village to be exact.  Notice the village’s brand – a man hunting with his dog – reflecting the earlier, rural atmosphere of Memorial.

 

 

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The Tile House, located on Wickline Drive in the Willowick neighborhood in The City of Hunters Creek Village in the area of Memorial in the city of Houston!  Got that?

 

 

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Original houses in this neighborhood are typically ranch style.  All have fabulous landscaping and curb appeal.

 

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This house, similar in size and style to The Tile House replaced an older ranch burger house.

 

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A portion of Buffalo Bayou runs through Willowick – you can barely see its beautiful brown water on the left.   The house on the right has built a deck to take advantage of the “view.”  Houston, flat marsh land, has little of natural interest – so the bayous have become our treasures.   Some treasure, you are probably thinking?!!!    Homes with a bayou view are much more expensive than neighboring ones without.

 

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This house next to the bayou can’t even been seen through the thick foliage.

 

 

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A rare contemporary home in Willowick – an original home - updated and very well maintained.   A house in this kind of condition will never be torn down most likely.

 

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And last, this home in Willowick is much more typical than the contemporary one – a true plantation style home, painted white with black shutters.  It doesn’t get any more Southern than this!

 

 

I hope you have enjoyed this tour through Willowick in Memorial.   If you are interested in seeing The Tile House, contact the listing agent here.  And, please be sure to visit Maria Tracy’s web site here.

79 comments:

  1. You call this a house? more like a French château to me. Every detail is so well thought and put together and the result is majestic. The floors are particularly interesting: the reclaimed cotto still needs some time to be "cured"(I had the same in a previous kitchen, it came from a 17th century French monastery and it was gorgeous) and the hardwood with tiles reminds me of an Italian company (Parquet In)I talked about in one of my posts. Great tour of a grand house. (You look faboulous...I am sure the mirror-mirror would have said the same if you asked !!!)

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  2. Great Post...The Cabinetry is so refreshing. She has courage to design her own cabinets and take the risk to mix so many different styles in one home. That is a true designer's eye with confidence in their own design ideas!!! Look at the beautiful result! WOW!

    PS please go knock on the door of the plantation home next time you are in Willowick and ask for a tour to write a post!! I would LOVE to see inside!!

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  3. That is such a beautiful home. I love the neutral palate and the tile and the cabinetry. How can you not love it?! Ah, one day.

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  4. Wow! Beautiful home! I love the French tiles, the living room, and the dining areas. The master is also serene. I really enjoyed this post and this type of decorating.

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  5. So (oh so very) much to love in this house! But I liked seeing a fun snapshot of you in the mirror the best!!!

    xo

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  6. Another lovely doozie, Joni! her use of tile is unique and noteworthy...can't quite get that lovely master shower out of my mind!

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  7. Aww! My stomping grounds. I am in the area Monday through Thursday for work. I have always loved it for its serene quality. It is in the middle of the city, but doesn't feel that way. Thanks for sharing your tour of this beautiful home. It has so many great finishes, like the mouldings and fireplaces. The tiles are all gorgeous! I think my favorite is the pattern in the master shower.

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  8. Hi, I'm blog hopping and saw you on "Between Naps..." where I had been commenting for Pink Saturday.

    I thought I'd tell you I posted a "Florida" post today and thought you would enjoy it too being from Texas and all. If you have any other southern friends, please pass it on. Happy Sunday,

    xJ
    MaidenShade.worpress.com

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  9. I highly approve of the tile "rug" at the front door. But the master double shower is staggeringly handsome—those tiles make quite a statement along with the glass walls. Bravo!

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  10. I love this house! Thanks Joni for the in-depth tour. I think this house is, as you say, French design on the Texas coast! I, too, love the designers' cabinetry designs. I got excited when I saw you had another tour for us.

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  11. What a great house!!! Thank you so much for sharing and what a great photographer!!! Any chance you might know or could find out the paint color or what the wood floors were?
    Thanks so much!!

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  12. mirror mirror on the wall... who is the prettiest blogger of all?? inside and out... you are! That tile is eye candy... yum... and her use of stone in the baths.. the bench and the limestone sink. and those cabinets.. ah the things i could store! great post!

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  13. Oh, how lovely. What a treat to get this tour! I ate it all up, from beginning to end.

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  14. Thanks for the lovely tour, Joni! I loved the master shower and vanities and the tile in the upstairs bathrooms. My brother and sister-in-law live in Memorial and are getting ready to build a new house in Bunker Hill. I passed your post along to her for ideas.

    I thought it was a great picture of you, by the way!

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  15. Love the design of this house, great details...also the tour of Memorial. I lived in Memorial for a short period of time after returning from Europe and loved it.(-loved Houston and all of the wonderful, friendly people) Thanks.

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  16. I love the details... The bathroom vanities, the built in's in the living area with the wire backs, what a clever way to add color to the floors with inset tiles. A great looking & different than the standard builder finishes! Nice.
    Leslie

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  17. Joni, you look so hot, I love your sexy and casual scarf, and your denim jacket. Oh, and the house was fabulous to see as well although it could stand some colour, even the right beige (but of course I would say that)!

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  18. Okay, if I know in my heart that I could never live in a home this large, this grand, then why did I feel so sick as I was scrolling through the photos... I guess it's because the cabinetry is so absolutely STUNNING! I have never seen anything like it. She did a remarkable job, omg. I can't even imagine what it looks like in person. Of course, the details such as the tile backsplash in the kitchen, the furnishings, all so beautiful. Once again, thank you Joni!
    Kerry

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  19. The Master Bath Shower makes me VERY happy!

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  20. * The stone DINING ROOM WALL?~~~ UBER FAB, Joni! (Isn't that native, "Texas stone"? Lime?)~~~

    There's never a dull, boring or lifeless minute are HERE, that's for sure! This was a "SPECIAL TREAT" for me~~~ enjoyed it SOOOO VERY MUCH! Many thanks!

    Warmly,
    Linda in AZ *

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  21. Joni you look darling! You are the Diva! I loved all of the tile "Rugs" throughout, the groin vaults, plus too many other amazing details to mention. The art of course is fabulous, and the home would look naked withought it!

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  22. Oh, pah-leeze, you are a gorgeous woman. Stop the negative talk.

    Maria Tracy does phenomenal work. What a wonderful tour! Thank you.

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  23. What a beautiful home! I really love the cabinetry. Thank you for sharing your photos.

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  24. Ohhhhhh my ..... what a glorious abode!!!!! The green eyes of envy are upon me. It is houses of this nature that make me discontent with my current home. The only thing that brings me down to reality is thinking about the upkeep (electric, water, gas, garbage pick-up but most importantly the BIG PRICE TAG & monthly payment and then of course all the new furniture that would be needed and curtains, shades, rugs and etc ... on and on it goes.) Thank goodness for the counter balancing of the expense side of my brain which immediately diminishes the envy down to an acceptable, tolerable level. Even though I could never touch it … at least I can look until my hearts content.

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  25. Joni, I have been enjoying your blog for over a year and finally had to leave a comment. I grew up runner up glamorous Jacinto City, graduated from Galena Park High Scool, lived near West U in my 20s while working for Mobil Oil and now "get a Texas fix" reading your blog from my home in NC! Thanks for your blog, loved the house, now if you could just replicate good Mexican food on your blog!

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  26. Gorgeous...you know I'm loving the paint colors on the wall and cabinetry! Any chance we could find out the color? Thanks for sharing!

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  27. Joni, thank you for the wonderful tour. You never fail to please!

    The cabinetry, ceilings, flooring and of course the Bathroom Diva sets this home apart from the rest.
    Magnifique! -Brenda-

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  28. Joni,
    I think you look adorable. And my hips would beat yours any day in a contest of "widths".

    The house is to die for. Absolutely love all the extra detailing. I could live and die there quite happily.

    By the way, my dream house I emailed you about in PA with all the beams and stone walls, we lost out to someone else in a bidding war. I was crushed but I am rallying around to the hunt once more. I keep telling myself, that had it been meant to be, it would have happened. Cold comfort, indeed.

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  29. Laura - wow - we have similar lives - only we moved out of Galena Park sooner!!! haha!!!! Poor Galena Park. At least you left Texas - I never have.
    thanks for the comment, don't be a stranger from now on.

    Joni

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  30. Diet, schmiet...you look wonderful!!!!
    The cement bench in the shower is an inspiration. Can anyone say salvage yards!!!
    I love the look of the neighborhood as well. Its wonderful to see that the sad disease of McMansions hasn't truly infected it.

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  31. Thanks Joni for showing this show house. Maria did a great job and the tile work was beautiful and well thought out.

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  32. Hi Joni! I am back home and reading posts after being gone for over a week. Thank you for taking all of these photos and then posting them. I am most appreciative. I have scrolled through them several times. What a precious photo of you in the mirror!

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  33. Joni, I love the Memorial area. Love all of the trees and big lots. Aaahhhh!!!!

    Oh my goodness, lady! This house....WOW!!!! Drool factor = 10+!!!! :) I'm so happy that you ventured out of the loop and let us tag along!!!!! :)

    Hugs

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  34. Hi - thanks for all the comments!!! As soon as I hear about the paint color - I'll let you know.

    Thanks again everyone - I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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  35. Wow! Even though I prefer smaller homes, the Tile House knocked my socks off. It looks comfortable and livable and the colors are stunning! And I just love the furniture arrangement in the living room - the four oversized chairs around the coffee table. Just perfect! The family room sofa is also fabulous.

    Thanks Joni!

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  36. As I scrolled I would say, "oh the bedroom is my favorite, no the bathroom in my favorite, no the living room is my favorite, no the hall, no the kitchen..." so can I just say, what a talented designer. The whole thing is amazing. Every room flows so well and has unigue pieces in each one, which i love. I love the dark trim in this house, you don't see that much nowdays.

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  37. Gorgeous post. My whole life seems meaningless without those cabinets. And you are darling in your photo; please do not change in any way. You are our beautiful girl detective, solving the mysteries of design and elegance. I have to go lie down and think about those tiles now.

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  38. This house is gorgeous! I love the kitchen, all the cabinetry, the tile in the shower, the dark woods juxtaposed with the light walls and furniture, the neighborhood....now back to reality!

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  39. You must have been in heaven! Your shots are great and by the way you look adorable!

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  40. Beautiful tile work- so interesting and still so serene. I'm surprised at how much I like the contrast of the dark trim work here.. it's really stunning!

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  41. Okay Joni,
    This is getting out of control!! You keep showing all the beautiful homes in Houston and it makes me want to move back. I LOVE this house. I have a confession...I have a wierd addition to tile and have been wanting to build a new home just so I can put in floors just like that. I like tile so much I use it for artwork!!!

    Your posts are amazing! Thank you so much for sharing with us.

    Nola @ The Bloom Girls
    Nashville, TN

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  42. BEAUTFUL!!! Okay, my question is this...for those of us who cannot afford THAT house, but still want pretty, how do you mix in the "TV" that the husband insists on, in the living area? Function vs. look! HELP!!!!!!!

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  43. Thank you for the home tour. It is truly amazing. I love the limestone pedestal with pewter vessel...lovely. Also, that antique horse reminds me of Willow Decor.

    Tricia - Avolli

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  44. wonderful post. i am a longtime lurker, and infrequent poster but i've got 2 questions on this one: any idea who the french tile manufacturer is? several manufacturers, or one in particular? also, totally love the modern home on your neighborhood tour -whats the chance of any specifics on that! the layout looks unusual, with living spaces separated by the breezeway. i am contemplating a build with this kind of detail. thanks, always

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  45. Wow, what a house that is. You all seriously have some gorgeous houses in TX. Loved the tour.

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  46. Joni, please don't change...looking great and all!
    The house is splendid, I love the build-ins, and oh - the tiles, overall I would prefer little more color on the walls...
    How lucky for you to know such talented designer, so you can browse...
    I very much enjoy your postings!

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  47. Joni,
    First of all....you are absolutely adorable...I enjoy your bathroom Diva pix, keep 'em coming.

    Houston sure has some lovely homes...I love love love the dark plank floors with the tile detail and the creamy walls. I want 'em!

    Blessings Girl...

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  48. Just found out from CeCi who owns Custom Creations who supplies the furniture for all these showcases that there is another one coming open next week or so that is supposed to be very very beautiful. Can't wait to see it and show you all!!!!!

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  49. I talked to Maria Tracy - the paint color is :



    SW 7526 MAISON BLANCHE


    Sherwin Williams.

    Hope this helps everyone!!!! It really was a gorgeous color.

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  50. Wow! Love, love, love. Since the upstairs isn't furnished perhaps the owners wouldn't mind if i moved in? Maybe I'll jot that down on one of those little notes for them? Wow. Thank you for this most inspiring post. Cute outfit you had on BTW!! That was a fun pic of you!! :)

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  51. Personally, I much prefer the original homes.

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  52. Joni, Since you are asking about the paint color, do you mind to ask what stain was used on the trim/floors throughout? I'm dying to know. What a gorgeous home, thanks for including us all in the tour!

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  53. Dear Joni,

    I would love to hear where the Sunburst mirror came from....it is a beauty!

    Thanks,
    Stacey

    Great pictures and post as always!!

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  54. This place is gorgeous and charming, Joni. You are so pretty, too! You look great!

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  55. 1. You look so cute in the mirror!

    2. Beautiful home. It's all about the floors and the tiles in the for me. I love it!

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  56. What a great house. I love the tiles in the MBR shower. I absolutely love the plantation style house in the last photo. Beautiful. Amazing post as always.

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  57. Here are some answers from Maria Tracy - the designer:

    Joni,
    Just to respond to a couple of questions:

    -Sunburst mirror came from Antiques @ Dunlavy 2302 Dunlavy, Houston Tx 77006. Gracy Hall is the owners name. She is great to work with. -The floor color is a custom color. A mix of Ebony and a Brown to get what I call " Antique Coffee".

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  58. What a fun tour, Joni.
    Maria Tracy did a wonderful job designing that beautiful vanity.
    And the tile work is amazing.That is one gorgeous piece of marble in the kitchen. I wonder if we will ever see such great looking Calcutta here in LA again.
    I also enjoyed the little drive we took around the neighborhood. What a wonderful place to live. We don't have much in the way of woods around here.
    Anything that resembles a wooded area just seems to burn down lately!

    xo
    Brooke

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  59. Maria Tracy wanted me to tell you that the tile comes from this company: L'Antiquario

    www.lantiquario.com

    I hope this helps if you are interested in the tiles!!!

    Ask for Colleen.

    JOni

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  60. Wowsa.. so much eye candy here..love the starburst mirror, all the fab tile, the cream subway w/red accent..LOVE... so much to day... and I would just love to live in that mid-cent. modern home! ... been outta touch.. sudden death of father in law... total shock.... So glad to have a moment to pop in and see this fab post!! thanks for sharing..and you look fabulous you "bathroom diva" you!! :)

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  61. There isn't anything that I didn't love in this home. All I need to do now is convince the owner to sell it to me! Or perhaps I could find something similar here in Silicon Valley - NOT! Too many earthquakes here... not many tile houses. So glad you shared this home with us. It's going in my favorite post file! Oh and BTW, that pic of you was good! You DONT need to go on a diet... you look great!

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  62. Joni,
    Thanks for a great peek at 2 Texas beauties!!!
    Ok, I love everything, but the millwork and the curves atop the kitchen cabinetry & range are something special.
    Going back to peek again!
    Lisa

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