15 March 2010

Webb Design: Albans House Part II

 

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Last week I showed you the family room that I had just completed in a client’s house – who lives across the street from me.  Today – this is the rest of her house, downstairs:

 

 

 

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At the front door, you enter the foyer where the seagrass covered staircase leads to the bedrooms upstairs.   Through the hall, the family room and kitchen are at the back of the house.  We painted the walls here the same color as the family room and kitchen.

 

 

 

image The dining room is to the left of the front door and the study is to the right.   In the entry hall, besides painting, we switched out the light fixture. 

 

 

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In the office, we built a large bookcase with  desk space for the two daughters – along with room for their future computers.   The walls were painted a deep brown in contrast to the aqua color found throughout.   The owners’ desk was moved from the former upstairs office.  Seagrass was custom cut to fit the room and a flatscreen was installed in the corner.   The artwork was moved from the family room – which is reached through French door.

 

 

imageThe dining room was formerly painted a deep red  - typical of most West U homes decorated in the 90s.  We repainted the upper half a deeper aqua found in the family room, leaving the wainscot painted white.   The owner waited to use her table, chairs and buffet – which were a dated dark reddish brown stained wood.   We had these pieces painted a distressed gray to be more in keeping with the lighter wall color.

 

 

 

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Additionally, we added a seagrass rug which was custom cut to fit the room.

 

 

image I had slipcovers made for the chair seats to make them more youthful.   The curtains are a silk stripe.   Both fabrics are from Robert Allen. 

 

 

 

imageAnd finally, above the buffet, we added the painted trumeau from Indulge and lamps from Aidan Gray.  Everything else used in the room was the clients.

 

 

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In the kitchen, we added a matte black granite with a textured surface.  Additionally, creamy subway tiles were installed for the backsplash, along with a small flatscreen in the corner.

 

 

image Besides the granite and subway tile, the white appliances were switched out with stainless ones and a Shaws farm sink was installed along with new hardware and fixture.  The wallspace above the cabinets was painted in the same aqua color found in the family room to tie the two rooms together. 

 

 

 

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And finally since Monica was featured in the other Albans House story, found HERE, Bennie Davis wanted his own brush with stardom!  Bennie does all the installations for Monica and me – the three of us have worked together on every job for the entire time I’ve been in business.  He keeps threatening to retire, but Monica and I will let him do this over our dead bodies!!!!!!!!!!!!  He’s the best curtain installer in Houston.

Don’t forget to listen to the new Skirted Roundtable HERE  where we discuss blogging and jealousy!  It’s a good one.

101 comments:

  1. Beautiful. I love it all. What color of gray did you use for the dining room furniture?

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  2. I'm laughing about the curtain installer! My mom made custom draperies out of our house for 27 years, and worked with designers all the time! She had her installer with her for all 27 years, and when she retired, he finally did too! He used to tell other people that he had to make sure that my mom didn't need him before he would commit to other people! It's such a niche, and when you find someone great...well...they're worth GOLD!

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  3. Gorgeous! Now everyone will clamor for you to post your paint colors!

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  4. Just beautiful Joni! I'm definitely adding this one to my kitchen idea book. I'm very interested in that honed textured black granite. Those slips in the dining room are gorgeous! How lucky your neighbor is to live right across the street from you!

    Mary

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  5. Gorgeous, what was the name of the color used on the walls in the dining room? Is that the same color in the family room off the kitchen?

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  6. Oh la la,tres chic! Well done, Joni!

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  7. love the aidan gray lamps! was the buffet already that color, or was it painted to match the table?

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  8. Just beautiful Joni! I think my favorite is the kitchen and family room area.

    Judy

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  9. Beautiful.Timeless. Chic.Comfortable....Your design has it all,as always.

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  10. Well now, Joni, you know I love this aqua dining room. Absolutely gorgeous!

    I'm preparing to make a little change in our aqua dining room...no painting or furniture change, but a little change to accessories/wall arrangement. That is.....if my "vision" works.:-)

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  11. I am soooin love w/ this house and oddly enough it is a very similiar floor plan to mine...I really want to lighten-up for Spring! Great ideas and love the use of colors - the DR furniture looks amzing painted...a great way to re-use what she has but give her something "new"! Thanks for sharing=

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  12. Just lovely Joni, absolutely beautiful color scheme. I love the painted DR furniture. Great idea! I am going to use the built-ins for inspiration in my office. Thank you for sharing. You have fabulous taste!

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  13. It's so beautiful. I love all the blue colors you chose. It looks so homey and elegant!

    I'm wondering about the seagrass rug on the stairs. I love the look, but isn't it hard to clean? Or, do you just replace it every so often?

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  14. The house looks just great. I love the lamps on the buffet and the sea grass.

    The wall colors are so refreshing.

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  15. Beautiful throughout, a great lesson in flow! The dining room is my inspiration. My house is filled with great antiques dark cherry and mahogany that I keep wanting to paint, but am just too scared to take the plunge. This may put me over the edge to go for it!!

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  16. It's all really gorgeous! but I love love love that kitchen!!! Fantastic job!!!

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  17. You do pretty better than anyone else.
    Congrats on a well designed and well executed (and well funded) project.
    Did you do the upstairs too?
    xo xo

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  18. Bennie! I Love You! I'm your newest fan from Canada! You stand your ground...you hear! Don't let any of those gals boss you around..(wink) Joni, I love window treatment in the dining room. That stripe and the pooling fabric...ah..to die for. LPxo

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  19. I love brushed/textured/whatever you want to call it granite...it's such a nice change of pace from the shiny stuff. Looks great, the blue color is very peaceful.

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  20. Just love what you did for your neighbor. The flow is so tranquil, love how neat and orderly this home is, one you could come home to and relax. This paint color is one of my favorites.
    I'm hoping you did the upstairs so we can see more.

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  21. Patricia HarmanciMarch 15, 2010 at 9:33 AM

    GREAT job, Joni! Congratulations. You've made a most beautiful and comfortable home. Will you go upstairs? Please show us more! Love your blog--your honesty and humor are great.

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  22. A seamless, wonderful, chic and fresh design throughout..the matte black countertops and subway tiles, and the cool blues are timeless and classic.

    Very pretty throughout

    Kit

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  23. Thanks, Joni for the tour. Such a lovely home. I love the colors....so soothing!

    A shout out to Mr. Bennie!!! Sounds like you have a JEWEL (or two) working with you! I bet y'all have a lot of fun together.

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  24. Joni, it's so beautiful and current what you've done!! That dining room is to die for, and the slipcovers on the chairs is so 'Something's Gotta Give'. I hope you get piles of business from this post (I'm sure you do already) That Aqua is so fabulous!!
    x
    Maria

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  25. Gorgeous! I love the dining room chair slipcovers!
    I would also like to know the paint colors and where can I find a chandelier similar to the ones in the foyer and dining room?

    Nancy W.

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  26. Joni,

    Beautiful! Can you tell me where the kitchen faucet is from? I just installed a Grohe in my kitchen that has the single lever but isn't nearly as pretty as the single lever in your client's kitchen. Who makes it?

    Thanks!

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  27. This is a really beautiful home. You did an amazing job, and the home owners should be really proud of what they have! I love how you incorporated things that were already in the house. LOVE LOVE LOVE the wall colors!

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  28. Joni,

    Just beautiful. I absolutely love it. Perfect appointments everywhere and the colors are delicious. Have missed talking with you.

    Gwen

    Next Week is "Week of Yellow" at Ragland Hill Social. Please stop by.

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  29. The colors in this beautiful home are perfect! Soft, luscious, appropriate with the home's design. Oh, thank you for this inspirational post ....

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  30. Joni, I love it all but especially the family room. And the paint colors, the seagrass...ok, I pretty much loved it all.

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  31. I can't take my eyes off the photos. Such a harmonious space. Seeing the seagrass on the stairs has me wondering whether I should go with seagrass or sisal on our own stairs.

    You must have one happy client.

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  32. Lovely, Joni!
    The wall colours are divine.
    And, by the way, the little photograph you have used for the SRT jealously episode is wonderful!!

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  33. beautiful Joni! That dining room is like opening a Tiffany's box filled with pearls.

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  34. Pretty please with chocolate, sprinkles and what ever else you enjoy... tell the colors you used!

    Dee

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  35. BRAVO Joni!! It is so much fun to see your work. Thank you for sharing it! I love the colors, and the light fixtures and the FLOW! so many people forget that the flow of color is so important. I think the dining room set looks smashing in that distressed grey ... and it's "green" to re-use it rather than chucking it and buying new!! Simply lovely!!!

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  36. ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL TRANSFORMATION!!
    EVERYTHING BLENDS TOGETHER AND IS
    IN COMPLETE HARMONY...A SYMPHONY
    OF MUSIC. THANKS TO YOU AND THE
    HOMEOWNER FOR SHARING THE STORY.
    IS THE WOOD FLOORING WHITE OAK??
    WOULD YOU PLEASE SHARE THE STAIN
    COLOR. THANKS.

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  37. Hello,nice post thanks for sharing?. I just joined and I am going to catch up by reading for a while. I hope I can join in soon.

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  38. Hello Joni....

    First off I can't wait to get to the round table...how perfect !!! Especially with that nut you've had pestering you and making us annons look bad...

    Secondly, thanks for more eye candy it is one miserable day here and between Rhoda and you you've brought a ray of sunshine into my world !!! Getting a cup of tea and settling in to BRoWSE....

    Have a wonderful week,

    All the best,
    Kathy :)

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  39. Hi Joni,

    You've done such a beautiful job with this house! You are so talented! I'm in heaven - I just want to move right in.

    Since you don't want to work across town, I don't suppose you'd want to come to Canada and decorate my place ...? I didn't think so. Oh well.

    You're the best!

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  40. West U houses have great floor plans - you can update them beautifully with a change of decor!

    Love what you have done with this house. The owners must be so pleased - it is a tranquil, beautifully pulled together place!

    Love the kitchen. The kitchen faucet is so pretty! I am coming around to liking that farmhouse style of faucet more and more, ever since seeing the Perrin & Rowe version in your own kitchen.

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  41. I have been waiting to see the rest of this home since your original post. The gorgeousness is continued. I especially love how the painted buffet turned out. The paint finish is really eye catching!

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  42. Just gorgeous, Joni! I love the resurgence of this aqua/seafoam color used now with a fresh new look. So pretty in this DR. I have a feeling a lot of folks with those same cherry/mahogany furniture buffets will be painting them now. Love it all.

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  43. The color selection is heavenly. Painting my old dining room furniture is my next move. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  44. So cool, calm and relaxing and just in time for our steamy Texas summer.

    Love the aqua and those DR curtains are to die for. Wonderful!

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  45. I love the sisal flooring!! gorgeous...

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  46. I love the color of the walls, the new entry chandelier and the Aidan Gray buffet lamps ~ It's all truly beautiful!

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  47. Joni - it's lovely! My favorites are the new lighting - they blend with the new design so well, the cabinetry in the office painted to blend with the wall color, - and that buffet (I am really loving gray with bronzey golds right now!). Love it!

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  48. I love how fresh it looks, you did a great job. I know what you mean about installers. I've had one for 19 years and he's the best in NC !

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  49. I am running out of adjectives to describe this house and your work. It's so fresh and pretty and just gorgeous. Keep it coming!
    Deborah

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  50. Beautiful work, Joni. I love it.

    Jennifer
    Atlanta

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  51. You did such a beautiful job on this! Love the fabrics you chose and paint colors. Can't wait to see more homes you do.
    marcie

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  52. GORGEOUS JONI!!! Somehow I missed the family room, so I went back to read that as well. Just so beautiful & fresh. I love the aqua and blacks and I COVET THAT LANTERN!!

    Beautiful design & the another perfect "Joni Webb" house!!

    xoxo,
    lauren

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  53. Joni, Is what should be the formal living room a study? Usually center halls have living room on one side and the dining on other.

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  54. I don't even know what to say-- just beautiful! So has your neighbor refused to leave the house since the transformation? I would. I'd just sit around and stare at the breathtaking beauty.

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  55. Fresh, pretty! Joni, you are great, great, great!!!

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  56. Joni,
    Now when I walk my dog, I grumble....in a leafy suburban Houston neighborhood there is a delightful, funny,talented,modest Texas girl with the most delightful southern accent who transforms houses like a fairy godmother!!!!!There's no one like you here in NY!!!!
    That house is magical...what a lucky family!

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  57. Everything looks so fresh. You are so lucky to have such faithful cohorts-in-crime.

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  58. Oh my stars...this home is so lovely and relaxing. Well done.

    Smiles ~ Ramona

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  59. Joni,

    I LOVE what you have done with this house! It's peaceful and elegant and comfortable all at the same time. I would love to know the manufacturer and color of the woven shades you used in the family room. I've been searching for the perfect fit for our house and I'm still just so unsure.

    Chrysi

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  60. Love all the rooms-so tasteful and fresh looking! PLEASE share the aqua paint color with us-it is divine!

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  61. Love the way you updated the clients table & chairs. The wall color is absolutely yummy! Great job & thanks for sharing...maybe now your stalkers will quit harassing you about never showcasing your work!

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  62. Your post gives us all the courage to paint over stained wood, which I think a lot of people are afraid of. It's a really good example of how pretty the result can be, and how it can totally change the look of the room from fusty to fresh.

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  63. Joni, this looks so pretty!
    Did we see before pics of the dining room in another post? I would like to compare the daring paint job of the table and chairs, which I LOVE.
    Good job!
    Priscilla

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  64. Joni,

    You know I love it all! This is the sort of home I would REALLY enjoy seeing in a magazine. Fresh, modern, beautiful and...attainable. All the most important elements to me anyway!

    And Bernie, darling, you are just too cute! When you retire, head straight to Virginia and I'll take care of you ;)

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  65. Beautiful! Serene, yet lively and inviting. Glad to see a "living room" repurposed for real use. Here in NY suburbs I often chuckle at parties where we gravitate to a great kitchen/family room/dining room and ignore the formal living room. If not in use even at a dinner party...well then what is the living room for? This arrangement makes more sense. Thanks for sharing your inspiring work!

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  66. this is incredibly gorgeous!

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  68. Joni,

    We didn't think it was possible to love this house more, but seeing the rest of it has sealed the deal! The soothing colors you used on the main level and the seagrass floors give the home a cozy yet elegant and serene ambiance. Those slipcovers in the dining room are so whimsical and darling! As always, your blending of old and new objects and taking into account the lifestyle needs of the client is amazing.

    We're so thrilled you enjoyed our little blog! We always love to daydream about what our paintings would like in some of these fabulous homes floating around the blog world, and this was the perfect opportunity to stretch our creative wings.

    ~HH

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  69. Joni:

    This is an excellent job. I see your style all over this house. Love the softness and serenity the aqua brings to this house...It floats. Can't say enough...Love it... Fay

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  70. Be still, my heart! It was really pounding as I took the tour. Gorgeous!! I love everything about it and now have serious house envy. :-)

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  71. Looks great Joni!
    I like the way the painted table & chairs came out. Much better than the old stain, but so well made and sturdy!

    Good one! What a nice neighbor to have across the way!!
    L.

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  73. you have to be so proud! i love it joni. great work. and while work may be "slow" round here during these times, it totally makes up for it when the work you DO have has the "wow" factor that yours does!!! kudos and a big ole blogging pat on the back :)

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  74. Oh Miss Joni! I just wanted to wrap myself up in the fabulous striped silk curtains. Bravo!

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  75. I can just imagine how cool and comfortable this house will feel in the Texas heat. Those colors are so soothing. I'm in love with that dining room. What an amazing transformation that must have been from red walls, and dark furniture to this bright and beautiful space. Of course, it is all perfection. laurie

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  76. Beautiful! What a peaceful home... And I love the distressed gray finish you chose for the dining room furniture. It's perfect!! Well done, Joni!
    xoRH

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  77. Joni,

    Please share ALL of the paint colors! I just love how relaxing that aqua is. That light fixture (from Brown?) over the kitchen table is so fabulous I find myself thinking about it daily- seriously! Thank you so much for sharing with us, you and your blog are such a treat.

    Lexi

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  78. Very, very nice! I would love to paint my entertainment center in the color you used for the DR furniture. Please share the name/brand and sheen you used. Love your blog!
    Ann

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  79. Howdy Joni~ you've done such an incredible job with her home. That dining room is just stunning!

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  80. Really beautiful. Bennie's brush with fame? Cute.

    Thanks for letting me know about room-size seagrass. Makes sense because otherwise you would have to glue it down and ruin your floors, right?

    Also, I thought it was too slippery for stairs (I have been told that over and over) - it looks so great everywhere, though.

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  81. I love the colors you chose for this project. They really flow beautifully from room to room!

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  82. So pretty and tasteful! I love the idea of painting the dining room furniture instead of replacing it - it turned out beautifully.

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  83. Hate to should like a broke record but I also think it looks great and hope you will share the paint colors. Would be much appreicated

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  84. Every job you share with us is more beautiful than the last. My envy is showing more and more!!! Love! Love! Love!

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  85. Hi Joni!
    Know I'm a little late on this one but wanted to tell you the design work upi did in this home is delightful. I loved the soft lattic fabrics in the main room and how you made those gorgeous window treatments.The rest of the house had flow and style.
    a pleaseure to see, Thanks Maryannexo

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  86. I think everyone else has mentioned it too, but that wall color is just delicious! It's so soothing and peaceful. And the seagrass everywhere..ahhhh I want that home!

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  87. I am a designer in Houston and would LOVE to have Bernie Davis' contact information if possible. I could really use a good person to install drapes for a job I'm installing next week. Thanks Joni!

    Jennifer
    jlfredette@comcast.net

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  88. Of course the wall color...sigh! I love the chandelier in the foyer and the lamps! And the dining room chairs have made me SO want to do that to mine! I know your clients love it!

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  89. It is soooo beautiful...I am back in blogland...So glad to visit again...

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  90. Beautiful work, Joni. But the real gem is Bennie, a great installer is priceless. {But then you know that already!} xo

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  91. Very calm and soothing and delectable. Definitely has your decorating signature style.
    Thanks for the tour and oh, HAPPY SPRING to you. -Brenda-

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  92. I might have uttered, "oh my goodness" out loud when I started reading this post. Everything is beautiful and you must have a very pleased client.

    Do you know how to clean food out of a seagrass rug?

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  93. I love this room! My mom is going to use this picture as a jumping off point for her lake house and I am going to use it as inspiration when when get back into the country!
    Thanks!

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  94. Hi, Joni,
    I really thought the Albans house was lovely. Based on the photo, I have finally talked my husband into painting a similar buffet in our dining room. Can you share the color that was used? (I don't think I'll ever talk him into painting our mahogany table and chairs, so this is quite a compromise!) Thank you.
    S

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