12 March 2010

The Stone House

 

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Some years back when the West University Elementary School was still having their Annual Spring Home Tour (why did they ever quit – those were the best shows?!?!) – there was one tour that was particularly memorable:   on Albans, you first toured interior designer Ginger Barber’s house, and then further up the street you went through another beauty:  The Stone House.   Built in 1939, this West U house is a rarity.   It might just have the cutest facade of all the original houses, as it was built with Austin limestone over 60 years before that stone became hip and cool and in high demand.  

 

 

  image Massive curb appeal:   Austin limestone circa 1939.  Today, almost every other new house in Houston, San Antonio, and Austin uses this limestone either inside or out.  Notice the front doors – inside shutter close off the panes of glass.

 

I remember going on this particular house tour very well.  It was a tortuous one, the kind that leaves you wishing you could just move and start all over in a new place.  It was depressing enough to tour Ginger Barber’s house.    Not only was her zen-like back yard to die for, but the inside, as expected, was just so Ginger: casual, warm, friendly, cozy.  And then – to have to tour the Stone House right up the street - well, it was just all too much.  You know the feeling, you want to go home, scream, and then bomb it to the ground.    When I toured the Stone House back then,  I left there thinking, why can’t my house look like this?   The owner had decorated it herself, though at the time I thought perhaps Ginger had or maybe Carol Glasser.  It just had “that look” about it:  seagrass, slipcovers, chinoiserie tray tables, antique bamboo and pine furniture, rattan baskets filled with Kenneth Turner candles – that English Country Manor look that Houston does so well.   Room after room was prettier than the next.   Through the years it has, of course, been added on to – the space between the house and garage was enclosed and became a much needed family room with a master bedroom suite above.  I was mad for it.  So, recently, when Sally Wheat called me to come photograph The Stone House – I leapt at the chance to revisit the house that had so tortured me.   The owner was very welcoming – she is a doll, just as cute as her house is.  The mother of two daughters and a baby son, she loves her home and proudly showed it off – who can blame her?   But, as they say, all good things must end, and they are now looking to move on.  Yes, The Stone House is up for sale.  I have a funny feeling it won’t be on the market for too long.   

 

 

image The foyer:  stunning double front doors with interior wood shutters.

The double front door is quite beautiful with it’s pewter hardware and wood panels that close off the glass panes.  To the left is an antique bamboo cabinet and a Louis Philippe mirror.   The owner quipped that I should name this The Bamboo House, after all her antique bamboo furniture.    While walking through it, I had actually thought of that title, but the beautiful original stone exterior was too defining.  Everyone in West U knows this as the stone house on Albans.

 

 

image Close up of the wood panels that close for privacy and security.  The hardware is so beautiful, and so French!

 

 

 

image Walking in through the front door, the living room is to the left, the dining room to the right, and the seagrass covered stairs are straight ahead.  There is another set of stairs at the back of the house.  

 

 

 

image Walking into the living room, I immediately loved the dusty salmon pinks and creams found in the ticking curtains and the toile.   It’s all so warm and cozy, especially with the custom cut seagrass.   This color palette is found throughout the house.  

 

 

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A large built in bookcase is at the back of the living room.   Wonderfully accessorized with old leather books, coral and blue and white porcelains – the bookcases are the focal point.  

 

 

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This house is English Country Manor inspired – artfully cluttered and layered.   An antique Louis Philippe mirror is flanked by a collection of prints while a skirted table is on one side of the sofa with a cricket table on the other.   A chinoiserie tray doubles as the coffee table. 

 

 

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A pine mantel, blue and porcelains, toile and religious art:  The  English countryside comes to West U!

 

 

 

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The view towards the front door.  The tall clock is a French antique.

 

 

 

image Between the two bookcases is the hall to the family room, and to the right is the bar, which leads to the kitchen.

 

 

 

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Right past the bar is the charming kitchen.

 

 

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The kitchen is filled with antique accessories.  Here – a large collection of antique cutlery sits in another collection of horned cups.

 

 

 

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Looking back through the bar which leads to the living room, or to the left, which leads to the dining room and the front door.  The pantry is hidden behind French doors that are draped to hide the grocery boxes.  Notice the hardware on the pantry doors. 

 

 

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Adjoining the kitchen, the dining room is located at the front of the house, to the right of the foyer.  Silk curtains and a linen skirted table share the space with a large antique French buffet and a Louis Philippe mirror. 

 

 

 

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Here you can see the living room and the kitchen which both lead off from the dining room.

 

 

 

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Back in the living room, the hall leads to the powder room on the left and the family room on the right. 

 

 

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The powder room continues the salmon pink and cream color scheme.  Another Louis Philippe mirror rests above the marble vanity.

 

 

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The family room is all white slips and a custom cut seagrass rug with a blue and white striped dhurrie layered over it.  The backyard is through the door, again with panels that close off the glass panes.  Above the chest is a collection of horns, memories from the many African safaris which the homeowner has gone on.

 

 

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The view of the family room, looking back towards the arched doorway that connects the family room to the living room.  The TV is hidden behind the shutters. 

 

 

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Outside the family room is the side yard with its stone fountain on the left wall.  The kitchen can be seen through the small window.  The family room is located in the section that was added onto the original stone house.   This section connects the house to the garage with its large apartment above it.

 

 

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The back stairs are connected to the family room.  On the left is the garage.  The laundry room is located behind the frosted double doors. 

 

 

 

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The guest bedroom is found off the back stair hall and next to the family room.  An antique bamboo night stand holds a baluster lamp. 

 

 

 

image Upstairs are three bedrooms – here the two daughters share a room and bathroom.  The checked fabric continues the soft salmon pink and cream theme.  Wall to wall seagrass is found throughout the upstairs.

 

 

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The girls bathroom has a wonderful tiled floor.  Notice the sink inset into a wood vanity.  I love the European styled glass half shower door.

 

 

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The baby boy’s nursery is furnished with grown up antique pine furniture. 

 

 

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 The crib is white iron.  Notice the table is actually an antique cut down to child sized height.

 

 

image The master bedroom with its vaulted ceiling is located behind frosted glass double doors and is in the new section over the family room.  The salmon pink shows up in the paint behind the arched built in shelves. 

 

 

 

image Simple brown and cream ticking striped fabric is used for the tufted headboard, dust ruffle and curtains.  The lamps are made from metal urns and are topped with cowhide lampshades.

 

 

 

image Adjoining the bedroom is the large master bathroom and closets.  The walls are papered in a creamy texture.   Notice the cabinet’s carved feet – so charming!   A large bamboo mirror is part of a vignette along with an antique rug and a tufted slipper chair upholstered in the brown and white ticking.

 

 

 

image Past the master bedroom is the back stair hall which connects the upstairs with the garage apartment.  The apartment has a bathroom and kitchen and is now used as offices for both the homeowners.  The larger office is furnished with more African memories including the zebra rug.  

 

 image  The smaller office is dominated by a large antique bamboo bookshelf which holds a collection of decor magazines.  Again, the check is in the same salmon pinks and creams – seen throughout the house.    The shade is a Bennison toile. 

 

 

 

imageThe bathroom in the garage apartment features this iron stand turned into a sink.   Due to the tight space, the faucet is attached to the wall.  

 

 

imageThe Stone House, located on a corner, is currently for sale - to see the listing go HERE.    In this picture of the house from the real estate listing, you can see how the new addition is visible from the back side of the house.   The stone on the addition is found on the ground floor, while the second story is clad in clapboard.   The clapboard area is actually the master bathroom while the first floor guest room is directly below it.  

 

 

 

imageI hope you have enjoyed this tour.   A huge thank-you to the homeowners for opening their house to Cote de Texas readers!   

 

 

In other news:

image A special note – the new Skirted Roundtable is now online HERE.  This week we discuss jealousy in blogging!  It’s a good one!!!

 

 

 

image Photography by Lecia Wolf Phinney

 

And, Lecia from  A Day That Is Dessert blog has recently opened up an Etsy store HERE featuring her fabulous photography.  Good luck Lecia on your new endeavor!!!!!

108 comments:

  1. Joni...the podcast was fab and I loved it..Have a happy weekend, xv.

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  2. Hi Joni,

    I really enjoyed this post. I love looking at other people homes especially not styled for a magazine shoot! What struck me with this home was the repeat in mirrors. When you walked through did you feel a continuation because of this - you know a nice flow??!!? Sometimes things like this add, rather than being 'boring'. Loved the colour scheme right through the home and all the rooms where the same colour was picked up, again for a nice flow. I couldn't help but think WHY ARE THEY MOVING???? It is truly a beautiful home and the homeowner should be proud. Loved the bookshelves around the formal living room door (that is what I want to do in our dining room, you know some unexpected architectural feature, so I am more determined than ever to do that now) but I digress. Love the hardware on the doors the scale of the furniture, from living room to studies and if I could get my hands on the French olive jars, I would be a very happy woman! I know if I got the chance to walk through this home I would want to come home and bomb mine, so I know where you are coming from!!! Thanks for sharing. Hope this finds you well.
    Take care
    Janine
    XXOO
    Tasmania, Australia

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  3. wow, this is a beautiful home, such seamless effort in everything, including window furnishings! I don't think I could actually bear walking thru this home with all the DEAD animals tho! ewe

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  4. Joni, what a beautiful home....Thanks for the tour!

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  5. I now must have ticking curtains! Scouting out rooms later. I can't help but wonder how they eat with a baby in that dining room. My teens and baby aren't Tasmanian Devils or anything, but a white tablecloth would be history in short order.

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  6. The home is so charming and the hints of color used throughout are so pretty. Who wouldn't want to move right in? The homeowner did a wonderful job with the decorating. Hopefully, they'll let you show their new home if they're staying in the area!
    Deborah

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  7. Except for the animal heads and skulls on display, the house is absolutely charming and I love how light and bright they made the home feel. Lovely photos!

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  8. That house is gorgeous! I can't imagine anyone wanting to part with it.

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  9. Just gorgeous!!! I am in love with the kitchen and girls room too, all of it! THANK YOU for visiting my blog...your work is outstanding and I just love all that you do...wish I could afford to fly you to Chicago, drive you over to my place for a consult and a glass of wine...one day, yes?! Happy Friday!

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  10. I love the charming stone and doors and windows in this house! They did a nice job adding the addition. Would the seagrass stay?? I imagine.

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  11. Joni, thanks for sharing this charming home with us! I absolutely LOVE the glass paned doors featured throughout, those are going on my personal wish list;) Also a big fan of iconic art and shell pink so the living room had me wearing a big fat grin, also liked the dining room chairs...would love to know if those are still in production? Lastly, I really appreciated the the shutters which hide the media equipment in the family room, a wonderful way to break up the built ins, thanks again Joni! Oh, and I listened to the SRT post earlier this week...I have blog envy in regards to CDT and SRT but in the best way possible...promise;)

    All the best,
    Jaime

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  12. YES, JONI, I THINK I KNOW "THAT FEELING"!!!!!!!!!! I got it when you showed pictures of the work you did with your neighbor's house. You managed to combine "fresh" with "cozy" in such a way that yes, I wanted to bomb my own home and start over. These photos gave me the same feeling. I will look at them again and again. I really like this clean, layered look. It's layered, but the "clutter" is restrained. You know, sometimes I get the feeling with some of that English country of "this is just too much STUFF", but this is absolutely beautiful and family friendly. I could imagine a dog could live there and children. And I haven't seen a great use of red in a while-- so that was a nice change. THank you thank you thank you. What's going to happen to all of us fans when you settle in and write a book so you can get compensated for your work and then you don't have time for these beautiful projects you do so often??
    I swear I am a good mother most of the time, but I have to admit that my daughter is sick and once I had her tucked in and taken care of, called in to work, I thought (imagine a dog with its tongue hanging out, panting), "Cote de Texas time! Cote de Texas time! Yahoo!"

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  13. Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful home! I'm so taken with all the hardware-- those slide-lock doors are fantastic. And were you saying that the bathroom walls are a faux finish, and not grasscloth? Amazing!

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  14. Beautiful home with seamless addition in the back. The listing indicated a second kitchen off one of the bedrooms. Did I misread that? Every room is well done and spotless considering three young children. For some reason, I especially liked the kitchen. Perhaps it was the cozy window in the corner. It will be interesting to see how long this house is on the market and what it sells for.

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  15. Joni,
    This will likely be one of my all time favorite tours! Beautiful lived in home with amazing details and character. I always notice hardware and hinges on everything! And, love that you point it out for us to really make note.
    And, the price seemed so reasonable! Hmmm....if only I could sell everything off and start over!!!

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  16. Oh Thank You Joni;
    I always look forward to your tours! I am co - chair for a home tour for my kids school in May. It is funny, one of our homeowners is also a big game hunter in a French Chateau, a contemporary, and a southern traditional colonial.
    I may take a few pics, but they want their homes private. This was great, though and you are right, it probably won't last long!
    L.

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  17. What a beautiful home! Thanks for featuring it- there's inspiration in every room.

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  18. Thank you for such a wonderful tour! Everything in this home is exquisite and I love the flow and continuity of things like the toile, salmon color, bamboo furniture, mirrors...I see a million things I would like to use as inpsiration (or copy).
    The front doors and all the hardware really have me the most envious! Really really beautiful.
    Sarah

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  19. Superb attention to detail. My favorite part - the beautiful doors throughout. And I adore the simplicity of the bookshelves in the main living room. They could have easily gone overboard but instead they are refined and classically designed. Very nice. Marija

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  20. I swear, with so many shelter mags disappearing, your blog is a fantastic fix! That kitchen doesn't look much larger than mine, yet there's an 'island'. So nice.

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  21. Lovely way to start off my day with a dose of Joni and Cote de texas. This home is splendid. Enjoyed peeping into another wonderful home and together with your commentary it was altogther delightful.

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  22. Good morning, Joni! I simply love looking through a well decorated home. Particulary when it is older and full of charm. What a treat it is to sip coffee, in my pj's and do so! I really enjoy your blog and find it so informative. Thanks for the time and effort you put into each and every post!
    What is your favorite source for seagrass floor covering, the type shown here?

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  23. I love this home more than I can say! Leaves me wanting details!!! Think there's any way to find out who makes the quilt in the first guest bedroom, the one with the tiny little ruffle?. I want it in a big way! And I'm with the other Kerry, love the ticking.

    I think part of what appeals to me, is the warmth of the corally color - that in combination with the blue is absolutely gorgeous!
    Sigh.

    Add in Elisabeth's bedroom and it'd be move-in ready for me. ;-)

    Thank you, Joni!

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  24. Super cool...everything.

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  25. Hi Joni! Oh, what a wonderful house! I can certainly see why you would want to move right in! I would too and there is a piano for me to play my note songs! :0
    I see your cute little face popping up in those gorgeous mirrors!
    Have a nice weekend and thanks for the tour.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  26. This was a wonderful tour of a house that is so very charming. I especially enjoyed seeing the repeat of the color scheme and the window treatments above the plantation shutters (as we have the same shutters). The bookcases in the living room were very very well done. I'm going to go back and look at them again.

    And, how I envy the garage apartment complete with kitchen.

    I have to echo the sentiments of some other posters about the horns and other hunting prizes. Those kinds of things always make me sad.

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  27. Joni,

    So charming! I can't stand it. I just love seeing color, charm, layering, etc. for a change. You picked a good one & I drive by that house every time I'm in Houston and just wonder what it looks like inside. Thanks for sharing. Hope you are well.

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  28. Joni, I love the Stone house. I miss the West U Elementary tours too!!! Its where I was first introduced to our mutual favorite Houston architect Kurt Aichler. I once trekked through the tour in April rain with a 6 week old nursing baby in a sling, just so I could make the tour. I enjoyed those even more than our famous Azalea Trail. I loved the family room and her office, the bamboo bookcase is so incredibly beautiful.

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  29. So calm and serene, just beautiful. Now I feel like I live in a crayon box !

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  30. Very tasteful use of their African memories, I'm sure they made some good meals as well. Just Beautiful. Now I am going to install a shutter on my front entry window. Thank you for showing.

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  31. I love stone houses...absolutely so beautiful and charming. This style home is frequently built in south Louisiana (not stone but stucco). They are nice but don't have the charm of this lovely home. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  32. Beautiful. I wish it had ben on the market a year and half ago when we bought ours. There was nothing that size and price available then in WU. LOVE it!

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  33. My stars, Joni! It looks like you decorated this house! Correct me if I'm wrong, but it looks so much like you. Don't you perhaps need a getaway in town? I think you should snap this up!

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  34. I buzzed through your opening remarks so I could get to the pictures. The rooms had so many "Joni Touches" that i had to go back and see if this was your work. Everything is charming, just the way a stone house should be.

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  35. Beautiful home!! Thanks Joni for sharing this one..precious details....
    have a great weekend...
    Jeanette

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  36. This is my favorite house you have shown since I discovered your blog, with the exception of the horns, but that is just me I am sure. Gorgeous colors and I absolutely loved that nursery. Thank you as always for the beautiful posts.

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  37. There is only ONE glaring fault with the Stone House. The name on the deed....it should be MINE! I would not change ONE thing about that home. You had me at shuttered doors.
    The owner has done a fantastic job, and the home says comfort.

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  38. Joni, I love your home tours and this was extra special! I always feel that a simple color flow is best and the hardware.... so much eye candy everywhere. I love breakfast at joni's.

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  39. I hope the new owner does justice to the structure. I wasn't impressed with the decor/styling.

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  40. What a beautiful house!
    Paula ~ Mise en scène

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  41. Thanks so much for this post-this is such an embracing house. I can almost feel the love the owner has for this home. Love the baby's room.

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  42. I loved this house, loved the limestone, loved the seagrass, and the muted colors. Would love to have a closer look at the kitchen cabinet paint treatment. I especially liked the tasteful way the antlers were displayed. We lived in Alaska for quite a few years and I'm always looking for inspiration. Does anyone have any comments about how well seagrass holds up to stains and spills?

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  43. OMG,OMG,OMG! Love this house and it's decorating.

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  44. What an incredible house. I am always on the hunt for anything bamboo. My question to the group would be, what are some great resources for bamboo furnishings? Thanks!

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  45. Thanks for the tour Joni! Lovely home. I love the tile floor in the girl's bath and the cute little sink in the garage apt. bath! The decor is to die for! Kudos the the seller! Her home would be a pleasure to list and to show! I love when my sellers show off thier homes with pride during the listing process..will make for a quick sale! Best Wishes to them!

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  46. Hi Joni!

    I remember that house well from my days in Houston...my good friend lived in West U and we just "lusted" after that house too!

    It is such a pleasure to visit your blog...and I'm going to listen to TSR podcast too.

    a bientot!

    Kit

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  47. I just love this house! What a wonderful flow. I'm a huge fan of the repetitive use of Louis Philippe mirrors - my favorite! Joni, do you know what paint color was used for the walls and mouldings? Thanks!

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  48. Joni,
    This is one of my favorite posts. I was surprised to find myself sighing midway through. Didn't realize what a relaxing experience it was.
    I rarely comment (except on your husbands slippers) but wanted you to know how much I enjoy what you do.
    Best take away...those front door shutters. Brilliant. Solved one of my problems!

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  49. My goodness! There is such beauty, such substance ... I am overwhelmed and will need to spend many minutes devouring each photo.

    THANK YOU!

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  50. Wow. Simply Wow. Just my dream house -- every single item. Must buy lottery tickets today! Thanks for the wonderful posting -- and the great photos! ((why are these folks moving -- it would take a crowbar and a hearse to get me outta there! LOL))

    Jan at Rosemary Cottage

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  51. Joni, I enjoyed this thoroughly!

    Thank you so much for all of the effort you put into these posts. Not only are they enjoyable, but they are so educational. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your efforts. You are truly THE BEST!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  52. Dear Joni,
    What a lovely home! The stone has such a beautiful, weathered patina and it looks like the addition was introduced without losing the integrity of the original design. Beautiful job on the photos. BTW, I just LOVED the interior you recently posted for your client--perfect for the Hamptons! have a great weekend, Barbara

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  53. Oh, I could so live here. I especially like the side yard, very European. I could sit here for tea.

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  54. I just emailed the listing to my husband and told him I want to move. I laughed at the price. That house in Northern California would be $3million plus ........nevertheless, it's a gorgeous house. You could say that they don't make 'em like they used as that addition is seamless. Simply stunning.

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  55. LOVE. IT. ALL. If only I had a couple mil' laying around, I'd buy that house in a second.

    As always, your posts are wonderfully informative and well written. I must confess that the days you have a new post, I put my kids down for any early nap (they're like "what?"), pour a cup of coffee, and read your blog. It is SUCH a treat! I usually have to read your posts twice or three times since the first time I go too fast, wanting to see the next picture and comment. Joni, you're the best!

    And yes, I often want to bomb my house after visiting a beautiful home. That CRACKED me up! :)

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  56. What an a m a z i n g house!!

    Thank you so much for the mention Joni - I really appreciate it! xoxo

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  57. Loved the doors in the blue dhurri room - very French. I love this Houston style that Joni has introduced us to: seagrass, slipcovers etc.

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  58. i have found countless inspiration from this house tour. thanks!

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  59. Two words: Bidding war!

    So gorgeous and it really has that wonderful Houston mix of polished, pretty and cozy. Looks like something Joni would have done -- just fabbo. I'd move in tonight.

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  60. loved so many things about it but of course was drawn to the (more masculine) garage apt (am i a guy??! haha) and especially the cut table in the nursery. just loved the age & cutting it down to kid-size is genius!!!


    what a special house...

    xoxo,
    lauren

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  61. Joni, I swear, every single house you show is one I would love to live in. {duh, you have fabulous taste!}Have a happy weekend, xo

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  62. Love every inch of it! You bring us the most amazing sights. I love it! Thank you.

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  63. Good dispatch and this post helped me alot in my college assignement. Thanks you as your information.

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  64. Joni, thank you for such a lovely tour! I so enjoyed it!
    Your photography is brilliant, great light and beautifully captured!
    The house is a treasure box!

    Ps: Saw the beautiful room you designed over at House of turquoise! Fabulous! So you!

    XX
    Victoria

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  65. Beautiful home! I especially love the family room. And I agree--with the shelter mags disappearing, I get my "fix" from your gorgeous photos!

    A random question: where do you find the "cheese" platter on the kitchen island? I have seen similar ones that also say "butter" and I love them. Thanks!!

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  66. This is a beautiful home! Thank you for the lovely tour.

    xo,
    cristin

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  67. I hope this will be a more pleasant anonymous posting. I just wanted to say that I came across your blog when I was looking for on-line pictures of the house from "Something's Gotta Give". Well who knew there was a complete on-line community with a similar design sensibility? Or, that I could enjoy your blog as a pick me up, at the end of a long day, instead of a magazine, for free! Well I do now, and I have very much enjoyed it. Thank-you. I am sorry another "Anonymous" feels so strongly against all the postings. We can't all like the same thing. I don't always care for everything on the blog. But how do you know what you like until you look, with an open mind, at many things? And, can't you change your mind about what you like or want to experience something different? I know when I get the budget to repaint my home, I want to try new colours! My grandmother used to say (and I don't know if she heard this somewhere else) that "we could all like the same thing, but then the whole world would be beige and that would be boring". (I like beige, but exclusively beige everywhere -homes, cars, clothes, etc. would be dull!). So, rather than respond, let's just be glad that in an era when some of us have to worry about jobs, finances, the future, and escape to this blog, someone has the pleasure of having "to slipcover or not to slipcover?" as their dilemma. Lucky them.
    Thanks Joni.
    PS: 1.2 looks like a deal from Vancouver! See www.soprovich.com You'll like 391 Moyne (the bones, more than the decor now).

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  68. What a lovely tour! I really love all the architechtural features of this home, and it's easy to see why you love this home. The old stone has such a wonderful patina, making the home look like it has stood guard over the neighborhood for generations. Wish I lived in Houston! (except for the humidity!!) LOL

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  69. Gosh, hate to comment again, but I am really, truly loving this home! Now I'm curious if anyone knows where I might find a dhurrie like this one. Joni, I know you did a post on blue and white dhurrie's, so I may have to go back and look. Just too, too beautiful!

    Also, I think they need to use your photos for the listing!!!!

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  70. What a gorgeous home, can't believe they are moving! I have never ever seen seagrass carpeting in a bathroom before, thank you so much for sharing these beautiful pictures!

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  71. Those animal horns are quite the statement! Great tour as always!

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  72. I have always loved this home! Living down the street from them, I get to look at it every day - and always have yearned to live in it. If I didn't love my own home so much (and could afford it), I would so move the few houses down to this one!
    I love that most of us in this section of West U still live in the original 1930's homes!
    The homeowners are such a great family and have such a beautiful home!
    Jackie

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  73. Joni!
    Again you found a great home to share with us! So many great rooms. Isn't that bath in the garage apt cute?
    Listening to SRT.....we are a self centered bunch aren't we?
    :>) xx

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  74. Does anyone remember that the room that is now above the garage was actually lifted from the ground and sat on stilts for months before they built the garage beneath it. I recall that the owners discovered a loophole in the West U codes that allowed them to get more bang for their buck if they preserved this space.

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  75. Thank you so much for sharing - I love, love, love everything about this house. That little back patio shot - it just looked so charming - I want to just sit outside and enjoy a glass of wine!

    I had to save almost everything as "inspiration" pics for future decorating!

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  76. Images were wonderful....thank you. smiles.

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  77. When this house was being remodeled, I lived right around the corner and coveted the wonderful way they preserved the look of the original home. If I recall, it was no easy task, but the results are fabulous. If I didn't love my own West U home so much, I'd be tempted to jump ship and move into this one! Thanks for sharing the inside with us (and thank you homeowners!).

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  78. I love this post! So many great ideas! I love their french style! I just enjoy your blog so much! I'm a Texan but I live in Seattle! But still a true Texan at heart! Love your style!
    Joni, I'm curious? In so many of your post I see these beautiful Louis Philippe mirrors! I want one! Where can I find one?
    Thank You so Much!

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  79. thanks for all your great comments!
    as for the blue and white dhurrie - try Aspen Rug Co. They have some great ones for sale. google the name for the url.

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  80. Beautiful house! I love the older houses in West U, they have so much character! Especially love the bookcases....

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  81. And thank YOU for the "thank you" on my blog. :) Surely our two paths will cross outside of bloggersville one day. West U (and even Houston) is a small world! Until then...happy blogging and designing to you!

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  82. To: Anon. 3/12 at 10:06 -
    I have to disagree about the decor. I am sure the new owners will have their own taste as all owners do; however, this has been one of Joni's best post. The flow of this house appears to have been well thought out by the owner and/or decorator. The colors flow nicely from one room to another. If it were my house, I would have chosen to have more variety in my mirrors and no animal heads hanging on the walls, but that certainly is not a big thing. I love the color scheme and the dressy casual feel of the house which is in keeping with its architectural style.

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  83. joni, I would love for you to do a S.S. post of the small things that you continue to use.(ch. out my latest post) I think so many would be interested, due to the fact that you are also trendy... I know I would love to see it. Please.

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  84. Nice post and this enter helped me alot in my college assignement. Thanks you seeking your information.

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  85. I feel a bit envy...this is my dreamhouse I will not be able to have one like this in my entire life!
    Or, I should start buy tickets of the national lottery!! ; )

    anyway, thank you for the tour!


    Ylenia
    http://longuette.blogspot.com

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  86. Just beautiful! Does anyone know where I can get beautiful french doors like that? I love the details.

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  87. Joni--lovely home, thanks for sharing. Are the current owners the ones who did the remodel? I feel like I've been in this house before while it was under construction?!? If I were moving back to Houston this would be very tempting. (I grew up in Tanglewood). I really love all of the doors in this space....such a great touch.

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  88. I have never commented before...but I just have to say- I love this home. I thank you for sharing this. It is so perfectly beautiful and livable. It is special. I can't imagine moving from it.

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  89. Joni--From one house voyeur to another, must thank you for this peek into this beautiful, elegant, timeless home. I think homes in Houston and Atlanta must share a special design sensability.

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  90. Ok, Joni, I knew I had been in this home before. So, I googled the Harris County real estate assessments and confirmed that I did, in fact, know the previous owner. She's a wonderful woman and was the designer for both our home in Houston and a home my parents subsequently built in NC (using a Houston architect). My mom and I were in town for the wedding of a high school friend and we caught up with Donna (the previous owner) as she was in the middle of the large remodel. I remember then being in awe of the doors....that and the office space near the master bedroom were what jogged my memory. What a small world!

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  91. Elegant,cozy, pretty, stylish....thank you to you and the homeowners for sharing such a lovely, lovely home.

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  92. perhaps it's just because I'm a little bit nosey, but I love seeing a thorough tour of a home...this one is beautiful. thanks so much for posting!

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  93. Thanks for sharing the photos of this charming home.

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  94. I love the house...and I must find out where they got the gorgeous leaning mirror that is in the bedroom! The home has a soft, easy feeling to it. It's really beautiful!

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  95. Thank you Joni! I am so grateful for a tour of this precious house. I saw it on the home tour a few years back and cherished it. It was inspirational for an old house owner like me. It's as if your a mind reader and made this post just for me. Thank you again!

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  96. Joni, I had so much fun touring this charming home. To my untrained eye, the home and the decor seem to be a perfect fit. I think when the door is closed, one might feel that they are living in France. Thank you for a lovely tour. laurie

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  97. Joni, I had so much fun touring this charming home. To my untrained eye, the home and the decor seem to be a perfect fit. I think when the door is closed, one might feel that they are living in France. Thank you for a lovely tour. laurie

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  98. I'm so glad you got a full shot of the kitchen. The listing on har doesn't do it justice at all. Great post and lovely photos Joni. I'm so jealous that you were able to visit this amazing home. Guess I better listen to TSRT now. :)
    T

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  99. Joni, I think your camera worked magic - I am truly flattered! Thank you so much! XO Holly

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  100. Hi Joni, I've been reading your blog for a while now but this is my first comment and I just couldn't resist. I LOVE this house. It is perfect. I grew up in Houston and wish we were moving back so I could move into this house! I love how the homeowner used the salmon and blues. Can you tell me what fabrics she used on the windows, especially in the girls' room? Thanks much!

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