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Sunday
Sep182011

Giving History A Fresh Twist - Part III

We’re finishing up our tour of Paige’s beautiful home and grounds this week. Renovated and expanded by builder Steve Goodchild of Goodchild Builders, this older home was updated and customized with personal touches to make the space better suit Paige and her family’s style. With five boys, Paige does a wonderful job creating casual yet elegant rooms that are virtually indestructible and easy to clean. This pool house is no exception! I love the way she adds some of the same personality here that we’ve been seeing in the main house.

Using the pool house and grounds for casual entertaining, playing bocce ball or just hanging out and watching a movie, Paige wanted a yard that would be simple, tailored and low maintenance. Without having too many flowerbeds of color that need to be changed out every season, the backyard utilizes green perennials that will look pretty for several years. The pool house is fantastic – looks just like a miniature version of the main house!

This kitchen area was formerly an entry, small kitchen and outdoor closet.  The space was completely gutted to transform it into this terrific open kitchen.  Paige brought in light materials that wouldn’t feel too heavy near the pool. Notice how the wooden ceiling is painted a different color, than the plastered walls. I really like how this sets it apart and marries the ceiling to the floor.  The steel casement doors are perfect not only for creating an indoor/outdoor space on beautiful days but also for easy clean-up so close to the splashing water from the pool. This light fixture, from Chateau Domingue, is an 18th century Lustre from Turin, Italy – it serves as an unexpected, elegant element that adds just the right amount of color.

The stove area was inspired by a picture of an old ice cream shop that had a whole cabinet of marble and ice box doors. To give the look a more modern feel, Paige chose brass front doors with very clean lines. She also added this great island, formerly used to roll chocolate in Provence, from Chateau Domingue – it brings in so much old charm, balancing the sleekness of the marble.

In the great room, Paige tried to use as much of the original material as possible. I love the finish on these original wood walls that were sanded down to a natural cooler. They lighten up the room so that the brick fireplace remains a focal point. The floors were also original to the old pool house, but a few more matching slate tiles were added to fill the space.

Wonderful fireplace!  These bricks came from the old original post office in downtown Houston!

 The pool house shifts from the light and airy feel of the kitchen to a warm, hunting lodge atmosphere.

Paige has a cool collection of these “memory jugs” that add a great sense of history and character. According to her, “Years ago, when someone would lose a loved one, the family would decorate jugs, vases or other items with small belongings of the deceased as a reminder or memory of them. Each has its own personality and story… I love that!” They remind me of the craft projects in school where we would glue different pastas, buttons, and other objects to cigar boxes or bottles and spray-paint them. This would be a fun project for your kids to do!!

Paige and her family love the beach, and each child collects a favorite shell on each trip.  She uses them in baskets, on shelves, on coffee tables, as accessories to bring a bit of the beach back home.  They surround her with many wonderful memories.  What a fantastic way to involve the kids in taking part in decorating their home!! It shows that its the personal touches from the heart that make a house a home!!

 

 This is the pathway to the back of the house. 

Paige restored this wonderful area off the back of the pool house. The brick walls were already original to the home but the area hadn’t been used in some time and was more like an over-grown mud pit. Putting in a special grass that’s perfect for bocce ball, the family now utilizes the area for games, archery and outdoor entertaining.

I love these statues original to the space that are propped on the wall.  Paige--you did an amazing job!! 

Lots of exciting news to share at Segreto!! My book launch party is at Boxwood Interiors this Thursday the 22nd starting at 6:00.  You are all invited!!  Special thanks to the Boxwood clan on hosting such a fun event.  On Saturday, the 24th from 1-3, I will be signing books at the Accessory Place in Town and Country. For more information on events or the book, go to www.segretofinishes.com .  Big Thanks to the Susan Fox who writes a FAB Blog- Love Where You Live -She wrote a really nice piece on my favorite projects!!    And one last thing, a friend of mine opened a wonderful new store in Katy-Multiplicity.  They have a gallery, gifts, jewelry, a wonderful space and gardens where they have venues and a studio for art classes. It’s worth the trip!! 1306 Avenue A Katy TX. 

Have a great week, and thank the Lord for the rain!!! Till next Monday! xo Leslie

 

 

 

 

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