Scooping the Magazines



The new October Veranda is out, beautiful– as it always is - full of drool-worthy houses that are totally out of my price range – just like I like it.  But on closer inspection,  the October Veranda looks familiar, very, very familiar.   Why?  Might it be because two of its feature stories have already been seen here on Cote de Texas.   What?   I’m kidding, right?    Nope.   What’s going on with Veranda today?  Why the recycling of old stories?




“OY Suzani!!” story from Cote de Texas March, 2009 – seen in this month’s Veranda.


Veranda and the late Southern Accents were always the cream de le cream.    They were the two magazines that I would circle the Barnes and Noble parking lot  for - waiting on the Thursday delivery truck to bring the newest issues.   Over the years, so much has changed, but thankfully, much, like an old friendship, has stayed the same. 


image A favorite Southern Accents cover – maybe my favorite one ever.   This cover inspired a rash of lilac colorways that were added to fabric houses.


Of course Southern Accents is now gone, a victim of the bad economy and scarcity of ads; readership was never the issue.   For me, the death knell started when I first noticed the paper they were using.  Instead of the usual nice and thick variety, SA switched to thinner and lighter paper.  You know, the exact same kind of  lifeless paper that Southern Living uses.  Cheap.   The beginning of the end.   When it was announced they were closing their doors, I was sad for days – I say this with no exaggeration.   Southern Accents had been such a large part of my life, it was a design bible.   Each month I would rush to see if any favorite Houston designers had made it in the issue.  This was before the internet and design blogging, and the ability to follow designers portfolios was nearly impossible.   Magazines alone made it possible to see what designers were up to;  magazines gave you a glimpse into their current aesthetic.   It was a family affair.   Many issues my mother, or my aunt or my sister would call and we would discuss it, house by house.  If it was an rare “bad” issue, we would warn each other:  “got the new SA, don’t bother.   It’s TERRIBLE this month!”   Or, “go get your issue and turn to page 140.   I just love that!”   You see, these magazines mattered to a lot of us.    Back then, they didn’t publish each month and the wait for a new issue was torture.  At least SA came more often than Veranda, sometimes it seemed as if the new Veranda would never arrive.   But it did and still does, while SA is gone forever.




 image All In The Family:  This beautiful house was editor Lisa Newsom’s son’s.  Another classic cover and story. 


Over the years Veranda quietly changed.   Their southern-only editorial material went international.    The shift was subtle.   I hadn’t even realized that change was intentional – I always assumed  the non-southern houses were the second homes of rich and famous Dixie-ites.   And yes, Veranda’s paper quality suffered too, just like SA’s.  Pick up an old Veranda and feel the difference, it was almost like reading a design book, certainly not some rag you could pick up at the grocery store.   Which brings up another difference – Veranda was never found in a grocery store or a drug store.   It was special, a jewel that didn’t mingle with Track & Road or True Romance.   You had to seek it out to find it.  But that’s no longer true either since Hearst bought the magazine in 2002.    Veranda even went digital a few months ago and finally rolled out a viable web site.  Will wonders ever cease?


Ay.   Was there ever a prettier cover?  Simple perfection in a Belgian country mansion owned by that country’s top fashion designer.


Despite all the changes at Veranda, the magazine basically looked the same.   It never changed drastically, it just tweaked things here and there.    It may think it’s now an international magazine, but its roots are southern and always will be.   A few months ago founder and editor Lisa Newsom quietly stepped down, replaced by former domino alum Dara Caponigro.   Gulp.    domino and Veranda?     The blog gossip was brutal.  It wasn’t personal against the new editor who is universally respected, it’s just we didn’t want OUR Veranda to become the “how to get this look for less” magazine for Kappas and Pi Phis.    So far, so good.    I haven’t noticed Dara’s impact yet, but I’m sure it is coming and will probably be good.  She knows what she is doing.   Young and talented, maybe she is what the magazine needs – fresh blood and all.    I just hope she knows what to do with a Pam Pierce or a Carol Glasser house, the importance of them and others like them.   The verdict is out.

Which brings me back to this issue – why all the old features?    Much of this month’s Veranda is very old, recycled news for Cote de Texas readers and bloggers in general.      On the Skirted Roundtable, then House Beautiful editor Stephen Drucker told us (listen HERE) that  he liked to run features as soon as they were photographed.  He didn’t believe in holding onto stories longer than a few months, a year - tops.    It’s unfair to the designer, he said, because if you run work they completed four or five years ago, it doesn’t really reflect their current style.   Five years is an eternity in the design business.   


image A Houston legend:  Kay O’Toole’s former highrise apartment.


So, what happened this month at Veranda?   I KNOW I shouldn’t be writing this.  I should keep my mouth shut and be a good little blogger.   I don’t like to go negative here, and I rarely do,  but, I’ve gotten numerous emails from readers about this, questioning it.    Making editors unhappy isn’t in the best interest of bloggers. 

On the last Skirted Roundtable (Listen HERE), we discussed the importance of blogging to magazines, again.  Yet again!   I said and I do strongly feel this, that a few years ago the magazine editors seemed apprehensive of bloggers potential power and they courted us.    Today, they are no longer threatened and shouldn’t be.    Blogs and magazines work hand in hand.  Blogs need magazines, not the other way around and editors know this now.   We aren’t a threat, we never were.   We’re more like free advertisers, valuable advertisers for sure, but still free.    

Digital magazines like Rue and Lonny pose much more of a threat than bloggers like me or  “My Pretty House” do.    Still, as Margaret Russell told us on the Skirted Roundtable (OK, enough with the Skirted Roundtable already!!) popular bloggers might reach 50,000 readers a month.  Magazines reach over 200,000.    That statement alone put us in our place, fast.    Reflecting on Russell’s views, I’ve taken myself much less serious.   I’m not a magazine, I’m not a writer, nor am I a photographer.   I’m just a woman sitting in her sweat pants with holes in them pontificating from my backyard about what I like.     Trust me, there’s no one quaking in their boots about this.   


image October’s House Beautiful:   Is it an ad or an editorial statement?  Who paid for it and why?


Still, it was a shock when I read a two page ad/editorial in the new House Beautiful defending magazines against the internet by asking “Will the internet kill magazines?  Did instant coffee kill coffee?”   Two pages with no hint as to who wrote it, who paid for it and why.   According to the ad, readership is up, especially in the younger, most important demographic.    Magazines, the ad says, do what the internet doesn’t:   “neither obsessed with immediacy nor trapped by the daily news cycle, magazines promote deeper connections.  They create relationships.”   Yep.   I agree with that.   I live that.    But two pages to make a point?  Someone sounds awfully defensive.    And speaking of immediacy and daily news cycles, how old should a project be before a magazine deems it too old to run?   Why hold onto stories when you risk the chance of the pictures leaking out to the internet months and years before you finally go with it? 



J. Randall Powers gorgeous townhouse project in this month’s Veranda.   This project has long been one of my favorite of Powers.  Photo from PaperCity who ran this story years ago.  Additionally, pictures of the townhouse showed up on real estate web sites when it was put up for sale. 


So, buy the new Veranda, I did.  As usual, the photography is gorgeous.   Their pictures cover both pages in many instances and there are some wonderful designers featured this month.    Although if you are short on cash, you might just want to read this story of mine “Oy Suzani” – from   March, 2009 (HERE.)   It’s the same spec house from Mary McDonald shown in this month’s Veranda.   Pictures of this house have shown up all over the internet this past year.   Or, to read about the Randy Powers house also featured this month, see my own article called “Chinoiserie Central at Piano Nobile”  HERE.  This gorgeous townhouse by Powers was actually first shown years ago in PaperCity, a Houston magazine.   I know Powers is thrilled to have his work seen in Veranda, no doubt, but I can’t help wondering if he would have rather had a more current example of his work shown.   Probably.      Then, there is the profile on Timothy Whealon, that wonderful young interior designer, which showcases a house that has already been featured all over the blogs.   The bloggers  took their pictures from Whealon’s own web site.      I’m sure Veranda would have preferred Whealon not post those pictures until their story was published, but how many years could they expect him to hold off?  One, two, three years?    Once a photograph turns up on the internet, it goes viral, it spreads from blog to web site to blog, over and over like a nasty cold, until no one can actually say where the original picture came from.   And yes, I know, copyright issues and the internet are much debated, heated topics best left for another time. 

Finally, there’s the Veranda story about Edith Head – yawn.  Please don’t tell me that Veranda is going to take up Architectural Digest’s mantel and  showcase Hollywood ad nauseam.   Now that Margaret Russell is heading up AD, maybe their Hollywood adulation will end.  Hopefully.  But really, Edith Head in Veranda?  Seriously? 


image October’s House Beautiful:   gorgeous new decor – eye candy to inspire, to lust for, to dream about.   Interiors like this by Daniel Sachs are why House Beautiful is at the top of their game.    


I know times are tough for the magazines.  And like I said, I probably should  just kept my mouth shut and hope that maybe soon we’ll be getting current stories from Veranda never seen before, of projects just completed.    I can’t recall ever seeing a house in House Beautiful that was first shown all over the blogs.   I could be wrong about that, but that magazine always looks fresh and current.    And it is always a a surprise, a visual feast.   This month’s cover story shook me to my core, leaving me to question, again, my own aesthetic.   The heavily ethnic, Indian and English inspired interiors by Daniel Sachs left me speechless.    Bland Belgian-who????  There are so few quality magazines left, so few design magazines of any kind left, and I want to be surprised, I want to be speechless, I want to be inspired.   I want to get my magazine and have my mouth fall open and just stare and gape and read and reread and scan in the pictures and talk about them here on the blog or on the Skirted (ok ok ok – I won’t say it again).  


Jill Brinson’s Atlanta house was the subject of much adoring blog buzz.


The last time that truly happened for me was House Beautiful’s cover story of Jill Brinson’s house HERE.   GAWD.    It inspired me, it awed me, it made me green with envy in a very good way.   It provoked discussion and blog buzz.    I want that from my magazines.   Every time, every issue.   Too much to ask for?   Probably.  Yes.  Too much.    I’ll settle for once a year. 

This Weekend: Antiques and Books


Twice each year, the Houston Antiques Dealers Association, aka HADA, puts on our town’s largest antique show at the George R. Brown Convention Center.   HADA is the oldest show in Houston and has over 150 dealers, represented from across the globe.   The Fall show is this weekend,  Friday, Sept. 17 until Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, along with a by-invitation-only preview party on Thursday night.  


image For more information and details, see the HADA web site HERE.


Most exciting at the HADA show are the stellar star speakers presented by the fab style magazine PaperCity.   On Friday, the following giants in the design world will be speaking and signing their latest books:   Jan Showers,  Hutton Wilkinson, and our favorite – Bobby McAlpine.   The three will also be signing books at the Thursday Preview Party from 6:30 – 9:00 pm.   The venue for the speakers and signings is the PaperCity Book Boutique and Style Salon booth set up inside HADA. 

If you are interested in hearing these three speak – be sure to check out the schedule below:


Friday:  September 17:

11:00 HADA’s doors open

11:30 Jan Showers, Glamorous Rooms, followed by her book signing.
1:00 Bobby McAlpine, The Home Within Us, followed by his book signing.
2:30 Hutton Wilkinson, Tony Duquette, followed by his book signing.

Additionally, Paper City’s Catherine Anspon will be pre-selling her upcoming book, Texas Artists Today.

NOTE:   This event is going to be packed with limited seating only, so PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE  RSVP or call Seth at 713.524.0606 x.239.


imageDallas based interior and furniture designer Jan Showers will speak Friday, Sept. 17 at 11:30 am.   Showers is famous for her mid-century modernism designs along with her classic eighteenth-century French style.    Her work has been published in numerous magazines and design books.  Showers line of exquisite furniture is sold in fine showrooms throughout the U.S.  To peruse her web site, go HERE.



image Showers will sign her book Glamorous Rooms after her talk.



imageOne of the Skirted Roundtable’s most favorite guest (listen HERE) architect Bobby McAlpine will be speaking at 1:00 pm.  Besides being tops in the field of architecture,  McAlpine is also an interior and furniture designer.   He heads both McAlpine Tankersley Architecture and McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors and also creates furniture for Lee Industries. McAlpine’s web site is HERE.



image Following his talk will be the book signing of The Home Within Us, one of the best design books to come out this year. 



image And Hutton Wilkinson, 30 year business partner of Tony Duquette, will speak at 2:30 pm.   Wilkinson, a designer, is president of Tony Duquette, Inc. and the Elsie DeWolfe Foundation.  Duquette was a famous interior, jewelry and set designer in Hollywood and Wilkinson has written two beautiful books about Duquette, thus keeping his legacy alive and vital.    He will be signing both books after his talk.






image Both of these glamorous books by Hutton Wilkinson will be available for signing.


If you are new to Houston, or have never been, HADA is THE antique show not to be missed.  Over the years, my mother, sister and I have practically furnished our houses with the antiques and smalls we’ve bought there.   But, even if you are not in the market to buy, it’s great fun and quite informative to just walk up and down the aisle meeting with knowledgeable dealers from around the world.  


Remember:  For reservations to the speaking engagements. email, or call Seth at 713-524-0606 x 239.

Lars Bolander’s Latest




The handsome Swedish interior designer and antiquarian Lars Bolander recently released Scandinavian Design, a beautiful reference book on northern European design – from antique times to modern. 



image Bolander’s book, Scandinavian Design, is available at Amazon, HERE.





Like many, my first exposure to Bolander’s style was this cover story in Southern Accents.  The house featured gorgeous voluminous silk taffeta curtains which still, to this day, serve as a personal inspiration.  



The Southern Accents cover story house:  the entry had champagne colored silk curtains. 





The large living room, appropriately filled with enough furniture to make it cozy and inviting.





The dining room – so lovely, light, and sophisticated. 




To Die For:   the dining room featured this gorgeous Venetian mirror and painted French chest with light blue silk taffeta curtains.





A hallway with the beautiful peach taffeta curtains and a glimpse into the bedroom.


 image The master bedroom’s four poster bed is placed in front of a half-canopy. 



image The loggia featured large Belgian styled slipcovered sofas and armchairs. 





image Besides having clients’ houses published, Bolander’s numerous private residences were often seen in magazines, giving the public a view into the world of Lars and his wife Nadine.   This house, located in southern Florida, is no longer owned by the Bolanders, but it remains a favorite of mine.   Filled with antiques and eye catching art work, it is as inspirational today as it was when  first seen. 


 image The opposite view of the living area. 


 image Leading outside from the living room. 




A view from the Bolanders’ study into the bedroom – Swedish and French antiques mix easily.   It’s so interesting how the chairs serve as art here. 




This vignette in Bolander’s house was photographed two different times – which do you prefer?  This …..




or this?   I love these French sconces so much!  This is my favorite vignette.


Two years ago, I wrote an extensive blog story on Lars Bolander, detailing his life in design.   To read that story, please go HERE.   As a long devotee of Bolander, I was recently thrilled to read about his newly published book.  To be sure,  Scandinavian Design doesn’t disappoint.   It is a wonderful compilation of everything Scandinavian, both antique and modern, and will remain a useful reference book long into the future.   Each aspect of design is given its own section – each room, each element – and Bolander carefully and succinctly explains  its  history from then to now.    Nothing has been missed:   there are separate sections on the famous Swedish wood stoves and the Mora clocks.   There are sections on beds, lighting, chairs, and textiles, to name a few more.  And each room, such as the entry, the bedroom, the kitchen, is given its own chapter.  



This antique blue Mora is featured in the clock section.




image      Most sections are filled with pictorial examples such as this.  Whoa!  What eye candy!



image In the chapter on kitchens, special attention is shown to the plate rack.



image More examples of Scandinavian plate racks through the decades.


If you are fan of Swedish design or Lars Bolander, I think you will truly enjoy this book,  I know I did.    To order a copy, go HERE.

And, be sure to visit Bolander’s extensive web site HERE.    To read the Cote de Texas blog story on Bolander, please go HERE.

Waiting For The Most Fabulous House on HAR!!


A little birdie told me about a house going up for sale in Houston.  Not just ANY house, but a fabulous house completely redone and decorated by one of my favorite interior designers.   Should I give you her initials?   Nah, that is too easy - it would give it away immediately!   Anyway, the house is owned by the father of one of my favorite antique dealers – so I expect it will be filled with gorgeous antiques from France and Belgium.  AND, it sits on one of the prettiest, shadiest streets in Houston (care to guess which street that is?)  (I feel like Hedda Hopper here – whoever THAT is!)   

And so, here I sit, while I wait and wait and wait until the listing shows up on HAR.   It’s driving me crazy.  I find myself in my car or at Starbucks clicking onto my I-Phone or my I-Pad (which if you haven’t gotten one yet- GET ONE!  They are unreal!) every hour or so just waiting for this listing to show up.   So far, nothing’s happening.  NADA.  But, have no fear,  when this fabulous house actually does go up for sale, I’ll be showing it here, for sure, no matter how many other Houston bloggers show it too.   Anyway, so while I’m stalking HAR just waiting for this most fabulous listing to appear, I found a trio of houses that you might like to see in the meantime.    This time, I have tried to source items from the houses for you to see that you can get the look yourself.   Two of the houses are very reasonably priced, while one is slighter higher in price. 

AND SHOCK!!!!  HAR has updated their web site with new picture sizes.  For the newest listings, the pictures are huge! WOW!!!!  FINALLY!!!!!  Thank you HAR!!


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The first house, located in West University, has 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths PLUS quarters with a bath above the detached garage.   It was built in 1992 and has been remodeled and professionally decorated.   At  4,088 sq. ft., it is for sale for $1,399,000 and is the most expensive of the three houses shown today.  The listing is HERE.





The entry has a cute table with sconces and a mirror.    The stairs have a seagrass runner.


 Aidan Gray has a very similar table HERE.    Order Aidan Gray products from Olivine HERE.




For much less, Ballard Designs has a similar console with a heart shaped motif HERE. 



image The living room is pretty in blues with creamy curtains and bamboo shades.   Of course I love the sofa – it’s just like mine!!!  I also love the framed sea fans.  I am really liking blue walls lately.  Hmmm.   Makes me want to paint my bedroom blue again!  Here is a very similar sofa:



image The “Mutton Bone Country Sofa” from Hien Lam Upholsters in Houston HERE.   I have sold this sofa a few times – it is so great – it’s deep and tall yet it doesn’t take up extra room. 



image The family room has a slipcovered brown velvet sofa with three armchairs.   The coffee table ottoman is so wonderful. 



Aidan Gray makes a very similar table.  To order furniture from Aidan Gray, contact Olivine HERE.





The dining room has a beautiful light fixture and a great French buffet with an antique Louis Philippe mirror above it.  The walls are wallpapered in a textured grasscloth and the drapes are a cute plaid.   The chairs look like they are antique leather.   I love this room!!! 



imageFor $975, Wisteria has a similar looking buffet HERE.


Ballard Designs has a similar look for $1,199.00 HERE.





The kitchen has been updated with stainless appliances, granite and a new backsplash. 




 I love the table in the breakfast room!  Wonderful shades and light fixture. 





image The powder room has been updated with another cute Italian light fixture, a new cabinet, and wallpaper.   All three elements in this small space flow with the rest of the downstairs decor.   Aidan Gray’s Italian wood chandeliers  like this come in sizes small to large.  





The master bedroom is great.   The headboard most likely came from Indulge in Houston (see below) and is a real show stopper, as is the carpet – Antelope!  Love it!!!!  Call Carol Piper Rugs in Houston HERE for carpet like this.  Love the sconces instead of lamps and the skirted tables instead of nightstands.  Love everything there including, of course, the chandelier and the sofa in front of the window.  




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The headboard is the famous “Isaac” from Indulge in Houston HERE.  Cynthia, the owner, designed the headboard and named it after her husband.  It’s very popular in Houston as you can see why – it’s sooooo fabulous!!!   





Shades of Light has a similar looking fixture for $1550 HERE. 



image Restoration Hardware has a similar large lighting fixture for  $1999. HERE.




image Cute little girl’s room with a pink bedspread.




And equally cute little boys room with darling bedding. 




The back yard looks big for West University – and includes an outdoor kitchen and tree house.   This house really shows how if  you upgrade your light fixtures and your window treatments, it will go so far in making your house look fresh and more up to date.    I would love to know who decorated this house – they did a great job!!





This house is located in Avalon, right next to River Oaks.  Built in 1955, it’s 2,248 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.  It’s on the small side, but it is located in a great neighborhood.   The attraction to me is the way it is decorated.  The owner is obviously young and is a great fan of design, plus she loves to shop, as you will see!   Looking at all the things she has bought – they are pieces that I would have personally bought too – which makes me smile.  Kindred spirits!!   It says this house has been featured in design magazines – so I would love to know who the interior decorator was or perhaps the owner did the designing.  Anyone know?     Asking price for this house is only $825,000 – a steal for  a young family to get into this neighborhood!!!    To see the listing for this house, go HERE.



The front door opens up into a wonderful entry hall with black and white floors.  I’m not sure if these are marble, tile, or wood painted floors, but either way, they are so effective here.    I love the glimpse into the guest room.    The dining room is to the right of the powder room and the kitchen is to the left.    The house has a nice, open flow to it.    The black and white wallpaper is fabulous as is the iron banister and the seagrass covering the entry and stairs.   Notice the old fashioned door bell on the front door. 


 image View towards the living room on the left.   I think I might have run the wallpaper up the stairs, but perhaps the owner thought it was too busy?   Maybe.   Not sure what the light fixture is because the flash distorts it.  The staircase is so beautiful – such a nice change from wood banisters.   





The living room is filled with everything I love – slipcovered sofas and cowhide rugs, pairs of lamps, transferware, ironstone, and a wonderful starburst mirror.  





Ikea has cowhide rugs for $199 – which is a great price!   HERE.




Suzanne Kasler’s new line at Ballard Designs features an assortment of sunburst mirrors starting at $79. HERE.



image Looking the other way towards the family room and back yard.  I’m guessing the homeowner likes to visit the Round Top Antique Fair – all the ironstone and baskets and demijohns remind me of Round Top.    



image The dining room has a skirted table with monogrammed slipped chairs and a really cute light fixture.   The floor is painted and there is a mock fireplace in here.   



image The kitchen has been completely redone – that marble slab is to die for!   Really cute – love the counter stools. 



Copies of Tabouret bar stools from HERE!!! 



image The breakfast room leads from the living room and kitchen.  The windows in this house are great – it’s so bright. 




image The family room leads off the living room and overlooks the back yard. 



image The powder room – notice the hanging basket filled with extra toilet paper – what a cute idea!   I’ve actually used this wallpaper before,  in red,  for a client (HI LINDA!)    And, love, love, love the skirted sink.   You could skirt a water heater and I would probably love that too!!




image   Nice, shady back yard.   This is a great house for the price and location.  I’m shocked it hasn’t sold yet.   




House #3 is located in West University – it’s an original, dating from 1940.  Listing for $785,000, it has 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths and is 2,64 sq. ft.  The garage is for one car only.   The listing is HERE.   While the front is nice, the back facade is a huge surprise:





Wow.   This is unexpected – but so great!   The porches and landscaping add so much value to this house.





The azaleas are Houston’s most popular flowering bush.   Each spring, there is an Azalea Festival where people in River Oaks and Tanglewood open their houses and gardens for touring.    While the house itself is pretty enough, the interiors are even prettier:



image The front door opens to the staircase, with the mushroom colored living room on the right.   This is so serene.  The tables are contemporary while the mirror and lamps are antique looking.   Lamps similar to those flanking the sofa are available through Aidan Gray.  The Louis Philippe mirror is most likely an antique.   I love the tufted chairs – a nice change from slipcovered.    The interiors are so pretty – I wonder, again, who the decorator was.  I have a suspicion, but does anyone know for sure?



image You know I’m going to like the dining room with its skirted table and Louis XVI style chairs.   Great light fixture too.




Shades of Light has a similar looking fixture HERE.



image The family room has fabric shades and a light marble fireplace surround.   It’s hard to get a real feel for this room from this picture because of the angle, but it appears long and narrow.


image Through the family room is the breakfast room and the kitchen.  Nice stainless appliances and granite topped island.  



  image Beautiful table, probably antique or old.   Here you can see the fabric shades close up – I really like them, linen-y and scrunch-y!!   Cute high chair too.  So much better than all those fancy plastic and foam contraptions that everyone uses today.   Why???


                        image Beautiful bedroom, comfortable and soothing – just what a bedroom should be!  I love the window treatments – of course in a bedroom you want black out – so how to handle the triangle shaped area?    The designer made a good choice with the shutters.   The curtains soften the entire room.  Love the seagrass carpet (of course)  and I really love the sofa instead of a bench at the foot of the bed.    I can only imagine how wonderful the view is off the balcony.  I would love that in my own bedroom – a balcony.    I assume this room and the connecting bathroom are new additions. 


Hien Lam makes a similar sofa HERE.    But they will copy anything with a picture.



image Totally updated master bathroom with marble counters and floor.



Little Girl’s Room:  sooo sweet!  I love the twin beds and the fabric shades.   These beds were probably once stained dark.    Don’t be afraid to repaint dark wood furniture light.   You can always redo it, though you will lose the patina.   But, if you don’t like the dark wood – and its’ not a period antique, seriously consider painting it.    These headboards would not be nearly as cute if they were still a dark wood stain.  And another point – antique or vintage headboards sometimes require custom mattresses.  Again, don’t let this scare you!  Google a mattress maker in your area and get a quote.  You will be shocked at how reasonable a custom sized mattress is!   I had to get one made for my guest room and it was cheaper than if I had gone to Mattress Warehouse. 


I hope you’ve gotten some ideas from the sources listed on how to get a certain design look while not spending a fortune doing it.     In the meantime, I’m still waiting for that fabulous listing to show up.   Waiting and waiting.  I’ve already checked HAR three times today!!   I hope this isn’t some rumor that will never come true.  I am DYING to see the inside of this house – the owner’s daughters has the best antique store in Houston and the decorator is a favorite with Cote de Texas readers!!!  

I am going to be picking a winner Saturday night  in Cotton Eye Joe giveaway.   You still have a few hours to enter if you haven’t already!!!!