Continuing our tour of Paige's gorgeous 1950s John Staub home from last week, I wanted to focus on their incredible kitchen, den and breakfast area renovation. Completed by Steve Goodchild of Goodchild Builders and the interior design by Paige herself, this major remodeling project added on and transformed the former carport into the hub of the home to suit the family's modern lifestyle.
Working with the family on their last house, building designer Robert Dame was their number one pick to tackle the kitchen-den-breakfast area remodel. "I enjoy working with Robert ,” Paige says “because he has a clear understanding of the importance of scale and proportion, while keeping in mind the history of the home."
Restricted by ceiling heights of under eight feet, the space was challenging. For this multi-functional, high-traffic area, it was important to create a light, airy and cozy feel that stayed true to the character of the original house. Providing a sense of history, 1 x 6 pine boards were applied horizontally on the walls, traditional cabinetry with brass hardware was built in and reclaimed Belgian blue limestone counters were installed. This mix, along with the white marble, makes for a soft color palette that keeps the space feeling open so that the ceiling heights become a non-issue. Hats off to this dream team - walking into this new renovation, visitors would be shocked to learn this area didn't exist before.
Making sure that this new addition would stay in line with the architectural style of the original home was a significant consideration for builder Steve Goodchild: "With an existing home, we must become one with the original artist and follow his line of the thought. My favorite part of the home is the kitchen because although it's the newest, most modern addition, it still complements Staub's original design." I love that both the walls and ceilings have a consistent finish, allowing Paige to blend together fun accent elements without making the space look choppy.
Because Paige spends a majority of her time in this kitchen and living area, she wanted something that wasn't "overdone." For an elegant yet comfortable feel, she incorporated open shelves that keep the kitchen casual as well as reclaimed concrete tiles from Chateau Domingue for an interesting backsplash.
This area, originally the carport, morphed into the main TV room. Seeking a casual feel, Paige fell in love with the linen look of slipcovers. But to ensure durability that could withstand her five boys and also prevent shrinking, Paige cleverly washed the fabric twice before having the slipcovers made. She now continues to wash these weekly!
I always find accessorizing to be difficult to do in my own home so I'm really inspired by the way Paige combines such an interesting mix of accessories. I had to ask whether she buys what she likes and makes it work or whether she buys just for the space? Her answer: "I buy what I like, but I constantly have to edit in order to maintain balance." And I think balance she maintains!!!
The art in the breakfast room is eye-catching! It's a Charles Schorre that was a gift from Paige’s parents years ago. The ceramic truffle hunting boar, breakfast table and chairs all came from AREA while the hanging light fixture was found during a trip to France. I adore her use of the contemporary art with the industrial elements and antique furnishings - It's so warm, fun and interesting!
Found in Round Top, this mirror made from fisherman's knot roping is another great example of the way Paige ties in unique pieces. I love the mixture of textures in this powder room, resulting from the combination of the mirror's frame, the tile and the sink basin!
There are even more unique items to be found in her landscaping. I love that she's able to incorporate her wonderful style even into the outdoors! Thanks again to Wade Blissard my FAB photographer!! Next week, for the last part of this house tour, we'll have a look at the pool house and the grounds.
Thank you so much for all whow have purchased my new book Segreto:Secrets to Finishing Beautiful Interiors and to Joni Webb for giving the book such a wonderful review on COTE DE TEXAS (a blog favorite of mine http://www.cotedetexas.blogspot.com/ under West U Home Tour.) The responce has been heartwarming for me!! I now have redecorated my dining room floor to ceiling with books!! Hope it becomes the new rage-ha-ha. If you have ordered a book for pick up or would like to purchase you can go by my gallery on Thursday from 10-2 for pick up- 1200 Blalock #314. I hope you have a great week!!! Please pray for us Texans to get some rain!!!! xoxo Leslie