The 2006 Pink Ribbon House was built by the wonderful Patti Barnett. Patti and I had collaborated on many projects in the past, so she called me in to pick the color scheme for the house and help her choose a design team. While I had worked on Pink Ribbon homes before, my participation in the 2006 project is really when I became passionate about the cause. The Pink Ribbon House Project is a unique and collaborative philanthropic experience dedicated to raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research and patient care at the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine.
You may have seen this 2006 home in this issue of Country French or in the 2007 Spring issue of Beautiful Homes. Daughter of the well-known Houston builder, Bruce Barnett, Patti has the art of building in her blood and grew up visiting homes and construction sites from an early age. On various trips to Baton Rouge for horse events, Patti fell in love with the style of A. Hays Town, a famous Louisiana architect. When she came back to Houston, she sketched out a A. Hays Town-inspired home and took it to building designer Robert Dame to create this Pink Ribbon Home!
As this was my first time being so heavily involved in the showcase, I lost a lot of sleep worried that we wouldn't make opening day. However, Patti, who was responsible for finding the lot and financing the construction, was determined to have the house finished on time! Her mother and maternal grandmother both died of breast cancer in their 40s, so this cause is extremely personal and important to her.
Thankfully, it all came together, and the stunning home was a huge success! Since the Pink Ribbon House Project's inception in 2003 by the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center Advisory Council, the project has raised nearly $2.5 million for the Smith Breast Center.
Designed by Trish Dodson, this dining room definitely has that French charm - from the painted table and chairs to the beautiful fixtures. The drapery fabric inspired the wonderful plaster tone, which brings great depth and age to the walls.
We also echoed the fabric's pattern in these hand-painted ceiling details above the chandelier and in each corner of the room.
Wow, this professional shot really gives you a much better idea of how gorgeous this room is! I love the two arched windows that were made into mirrors! So beautiful propped on top of matching consoles. The staircase right off the entry is plastered in the same color as the rest of the downstairs common areas, keeping a cohesive feel and an authentic, age-old style.
Designer Julia Blailock was in charge of the den, breakfast, and kitchen space. To create a welcoming room, Julia mixed soft fabrics and comfortable, upholstered pieces with some elegant French antiques and a statement painting.
The overscaled, damask-style draperies in the room were hand silk-screened by famed artisan Rusty Arena on a chocolate colored linen.
We offset the dark stain of the perimeter kitchen cabinetry with a light, painted finish on the island and range hood. I love that they chose a different surface for the counters, truly making it seem like a found piece of furniture!
To add a bit more of the French feel to the kitchen, we adorned the hood with this wonderful hand-painted motif. It was a great way to lend a touch of personality to a utilitarian space!!
The two-toned sheetrock mud finish with embedded chips of brown beneath heightened the interest of the walls and gave the space a more rustic feel!!! Julia then counterbalanced the old world charm with some contemporary touches like the abstract painting and the pop of green in the tablescape!!
Designer Anne Lydick has a knack for making rooms feel elegant yet comfortable enough for entertaining friends and loved ones. The hand-carved, 18th-century English screens provide a contrast against the soft, hand-painted paneling finish that we had applied directly over the sheetrock.
This beautiful powder, designed by Edwina Alexis, has white Venetian plastered walls that create an elegant backdrop. Though this chest was the perfect scale for the room and just $400, it had an inexpensive stain. Applying a textured finish in a French blue changed the entire look of the piece! The large candlestick balances the high ceilings, and the French petit point-covered chair, originally purchased from Joyce Horn Antiques, was borrowed from my living room!
Edwina turned this study into a multipurpose room - great for entertaining or as an overflow eating space. It could also be the perfect place for the kids to do their homework or for the adults to catch up on some office work!!!
Because the ceilings are very high, the chocolate, stenciled border around the room balances the dark table and cabinetry. I think the wall of art featuring a mix of different styles, sizes, and shapes adds tons of character!
The upstairs landing is anchored by this wonderful console table made from antique railing. Designer Suzanne Duin finishes off the look with the antique rug and beautiful grouping of herbiaries.
Introducing a contemporary feel into the home, designer Brent McCaleb created this modern upstairs bedroom suite. With its cool, blue tones and upholstered headboard, this is definitely a guest room I would love to stay in!
Using an assortment of different marble, the mosaic glass and dramatic stone borders transform the paneled walls of the tub into framed pieces of art!
For the girly girl, Suzanne Duin was back on point to create this old-fashioned, French suite. Filled with antique lace and French antiques, this room is fit for a princess. Painting the ceiling the palest of pinks and applying a hand-painted motif to the corners with a line border provided the perfect complement to the lush bedding. Interesting ceiling finishes, even if just a solid paint color, always give a designer look at very little cost.
Suzanne continued the princess theme in the bathroom with crown tile inlays and charming accessories!!
Designer Katie Galliano did a fabulous job in this guest bedroom and bath!!! Imparting a dreamy feel with soft lavendars and golds, she created a sitting area that can convert into a bedroom! I wish I could claim the beautiful finishes in these rooms, they were well done by Pepe.
Julie Dodson, known for her showcase bedrooms, did not disappoint in this master suite!
Creating a canopy over the bed works well in a space with tall ceilings. The room features a stone cast fireplace mantel, accented with two antique sconces and a large mirror that was converted from an old window. Filled with elegant accessories and plush, cozy bedding, this is definitely a wonderful retreat!
The incredible art tile wall from Architectural Design Resources (ADR) really brings a sense of sophistication to this master bath. We painted a similar design on the cabinetry over the center door to fill the blank space and add character.
Just when you think there is no more left to this fab home, this grand outdoor living area by designer Diane Josephs really blows you away. Maintaining the old-age, country French style of the home, this antique wrought iron furniture adds charm while the rustic birdcage above the mantel really adds character! We even glazed the cabinetry in the outdoor kitchen!
This outdoor bathroom takes on a garden theme with its wallpaper and green glazed cabinetry. The accessories make it feel like you are off to the spa!!!
Here is the famed design team hard at work!!! This event was so special as we all really bonded over the project. Although some furnishings and fabrics are donated, the designers also spend much of their own money in order to make the home as spectacular as it is and raise money for such a great cause. I even had my daughter Kirby (top right corner) working to keep us on schedule!! I hope you come see the 2012 Pink Ribbon House April 27-29th, May 4-6 10619 Fairlane Drive, Houston, 77024!!! Tickets are $15 and will be available at teh door. A preview party will be held Friday, April 20th at 7 p.m.:ticjets $100. For reservations, call 713-798-7973 or visit www.bcm.edu/advancement/pinkribbonhouse. Have a great week and hope if you have time you can make the event below for one of my first talks (yikes)! xo Leslie
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