10 May 2011

House with Two Courtyards

 

 

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Notice the brick paver driveway and the attractive garage door.  Antique shutters surround the front window, while an old bench sits out front.  I love the copper gutters!   To the right is the side garden which leads to the hidden front door. 

 

Now that the West University Home Tour benefiting WU Elementary is over, for those who don’t live in Houston, homeowner Heidi Dugan is graciously letting us see these pictures of her beautiful house first published in Houston House and Home magazine.  Dugan is a well known real estate agent in Houston, working for Greenwood King.  She built this house several years ago using inspiration she got after traveling to France and Italy.  The house is filled with antique architectural elements brought over from Europe which give the house its special feel.    Interior Designer Ginger Barber sourced old and antique beams, flooring, shutters, and furniture from Houston dealers and also directly from Europe.    While the house itself is outstanding, the outdoors really set it apart.  There are two courtyards – one for dining and one that surrounds a small swimming pool.   The front door, with its side entrance, is reached through antique iron gates, creating a third outdoor space.

 

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The side garden behind a wood and iron door, leads to the front door.  The pergola gives this space a room like feel.

 

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In this picture of the foyer, you can see the iron railing on the gracefully curved staircase.  Antique trumeau and candlesticks sit on a French console.

 

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The living room, across form the entry, faces out to the front yard seen through the large arched window.  Linen was used for the curtains and slipcovers.   The contemporary coffee table is juxtaposed against a trio of antique chairs.  Notice the gorgeous ceiling beams that came from France.  The rug is the only bright pattern found downstairs which is mostly cream, ivory, and white.

 

 

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The dining room has a beyond fabulous antique French chandelier.  The table is Italian and the fabric on the chairs is Fortuny.  Just gorgeous!

 

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In the kitchen, antique beams were used for the crown molding.  The island is an antique shop counter.  The countertops are 17th century stones!  Amazing!    The floor is Portuguese tile. 

 

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Slipcovers and seagrass, a popular Houston look which Ginger Barber helped define.   The star of the family room is the 17th century mantel.   The antique beams found throughout are from Chateau Domingue.   Out the doors is the “swimming pool courtyard” – one of two courtyards found on the property.

 

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In the powder room, a stone trough becomes the sink.  The trumeau and sconces are both French antiques.

 

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The upstairs landing features a vignette with an antique console and a pair of balustrade lamps.  What a great idea – blow up one family picture instead of having framed pictures spread throughout.  Love that!

 

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Heidi’s bedroom is all linen in beiges and sages.   Hey  - that rhymes!   The desk is an antique.  Notice the pair of lamps taken from old vases.   I love the slipcovered bench at the end of the bed and the candelabra in the corner.  The ceiling is vaulted and lined with beams. 

 

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The dining courtyard features a large limestone table and a mirror made out of an 19th century zinc French window.   The landscaping is all green, mostly from box, bamboo, and vines. 

 

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The same space – here you can see the 18th century fountain set up on a wall made of 19th century stone blocks.   I really love the pair of stone columns and finial.    So pretty!

 

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The second courtyard, off the family room, is where the swimming pool is.  To one side is a draped pergola that creates an outside room. 

 

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Without the pet dog, you can see the courtyard better.   I love the table and the draped banquette under the pergola. 

 

Heidi Dugan, an real estate expert on West University and surrounding neighborhoods, works at Greenwood King and can be reached HERE.  To read more about this house see the article in Houston House and Home HERE.  All these beautiful photographs were taken by Miro Dvorscak.  Visit his web site HERE.

The builders were Overstreet Builders.  Helping with the plans was architect Travis MattinglyGinger Barber did the interiors and Thompson Hanson did the landscaping.

 

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If you are going to be in Houston this weekend, its Urban Market time again!  For more information, go HERE.

 

 

 

51 comments:

  1. I LOVED this house! well honestly I loved ALL of them! But the one Im most anxious about seeing pics of is the one on Pemberton. So hoping you will be able to share pics of that one!
    Going to try to make it out to the Market this weekend too! i went in earlier this yr. and ready to go back!

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  2. Spectacular house! I adored the courtyards. Especially loved the walled entrance...it made entering the home seem so special and private. Just a gorgeous home.

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  3. This home is gorgeous and I love the courtyards. Kathysue

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  4. This home has so much warmth, Joni. Love the two courtyards.
    I also love the color of the slipcovers!
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  5. Oh, I love that fireplace! I wonder what it looks like when you are sitting in the couch. All of the interesting parts are above eye level. It might be kind of boring from that angle - if there is no fire... ???
    ~ Christie

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  6. What an absolutely amazing home! Thank you for once again showing rooms where antiques are used with such sophistication and flair. As an antique dealer, I love these posts! Keep up the great work, Tammy

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  7. This is such a gorgeous home. I absolutely love that kitchen with that spectacular island, countertop and floor. The family room with the slipcovers and seagrass is also wonderful! Oh, and the backyard. They definitely do it right in Texas!

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  8. Despite being front loading I LOVE this home. It's to my liking in so many ways. Thank you For sharing.

    What happened to House & Home? I'm no longer able to find it.

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  9. Oh, my! This house is not so well designed but also done to perfection. I not talking about design, about talking about architecture. It's amazingly well done! The materials are impeccable!

    The thing that won't get out of my mind is that island in the kitchen.

    Have a great day!

    xo

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

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  10. Oh, my! This house is not so well designed but also done to perfection. I not talking about design, about talking about architecture. It's amazingly well done! The materials are impeccable!

    The thing that won't get out of my mind is that island in the kitchen.

    Have a great day!

    xo

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

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  11. I was delighted to see your blog in my inbox this morning and so inspired by this amazing home. West University was always one of my favorite neighborhoods when I live in Houston years ago. This home would definitely be my dream house! Love it! Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring me this morning!

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  12. I particularly loved the entry to this house! I also love the idea of all green landscaping to set off the backyard elements - what a great, and low maintenance, solution! Beautiful - thanks so much for sharing!

    http://bjdhausdesign.blogspot.com/

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  13. oh my...the outdoor living space is completely charming..beautiful home..love all the slip covered furnishings...
    maureen

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  14. This was the home I was hoping to see first and it was worth the wait. Made me feel better about my own bright rug in my muted house... Love the house. Ms Ginger is one designer I would hand my keys to and walk away... can't say that about many others. Thanks

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  15. I love the pop of the green plantings against the neutrals in the courtyards. Such simple plants making a big impact.
    Oh,I could sit in the powder room all day LOL.
    We are roasting over here in Georgia so I needed these cool serene courtyards this morning, thanks Joni!

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  16. This was such a lovely home. That dining courtyard was the best! Love the floors, countertops, all the antique beams. Great work by Ginger Barber, as usual.

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  17. Joni, Thanks for sharing this gorgeous home. Just visited the Pasadena Showcase house, and thanks to you I can see others.

    I would like your help finding natural blinds I need a lot of them and most are large windows 4x8. Cannot do custom. What vendors are reasonable and that you like?
    Thanks you.
    leviheart@aol.com

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  18. WOW! I am still drooling! Magnificent!

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  19. Wow! - Gorgeous, warm and cozy - -love, love love it!! Usually like center front doors, but this really works great. Thank you for the amazing pictures.

    Janice

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  20. West University ahhh-used to live there when I lived in Houston..adore the home, beautiful with 2 courtyards! xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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  21. I think I just died and went to my dream home heaven. So gourgeous. Thank you for sharing this with us all to drool over. xo Justine

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  22. Oh Wow, stunning stunning! Joni, I love the 19th Century zinc window mirror, it's to die for!

    Thanks for sharing,
    Best,
    Laurie

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  23. Love this post as all the others you do. Thanks for all your effort and hard work. Sure are some wonderful and beautiful homes in Texas. All with a French feeling. This one seems to really capture that.Please try and pick up the June issue of Victorian Homes Magazine and see me in print. After all ,it was your suggestion. Richard at My Old Historic House

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  24. Joni I am speechless...this is what I would love, my home is stucco but has none of this old world charm which I am so longing for! Thank you for posting it! If you get a second I would love to hear of what you think of my recent post on our back patio addition

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  25. This is beautiful and inspiring house! I noticed the different pillow designs and although they are different, they blend well with the bed/couch and the rest of the room's theme. really lovely!

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  26. Beautiful! I would LIVE by the pool . . .

    Jennifer

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  27. This house is absolutely beautiful. For a girl who lives in a city apartment - what a dream to have not just one courtyard .... but two!! ....and how CUTE is that dog?!!!

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  28. What a fabulous home! I'm loving every room especially that beautiful breath taking iron door! Enjoy the wonderful weekend, Kellie xx

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  29. Absolutely delightful both inside ... and .... out. -Brenda-
    P.S: Hope I don't appear to be repetitious, but I don't think my earlier comment went thru.

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  30. You are the Oprah of blogland! Many thanks.

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  31. This is one amazing pad. Beautiful decor, a mix of neo classical and shabby chic with a definite European classic touch to it. The dog looks very happy too to have such a great house to live in. The facade of the house looks very European with the ornate iron balcony and large windows. Very beautiful and well thought out, and an inspiration to me as I have got some great ideas from this. Thank you!

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  32. What a beautiful home! Love the side courtyard and the open family room. Great materials and details throughout.

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  33. I love the warmth of this house, as well as all the reclaimed materials. Mostly I really love that photograph with the stairs reflected back into the picture.... very clever. Do you know who did the photography?

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  44. Joni,
    Would you happen to know Ginger's go to white paint color. I love the creamy white she uses in rooms.
    Thanks!

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