Thank you so much to Vicki of French Essence blog http://frenchessence.blogspot.com/ who did a fantastic review of the book. She lives in France and brings a bit of Provence into my life with every post. You will love her blog visit her if you don't already--a real treat!!
Continuing my tribute to the Pink Ribbon Project, I wanted to share some things on a more personal level. When I was pregnant with my third child, Samantha, now 18, a lump was discovered in my breast. Since one of my grandmothers had gotten a double mastectomy, I was definitely scared. I immediately rushed in to get an ultrasound that day and then a biopsy the following day, which I knew meant bad news. Rather than receiving treatment and having it removed right away as suggested, I decided to continue the pregnancy, watch the tumor and have it taken out after the first trimester when the surgery was safer for the baby. After the operation, I was extremely lucky that the tumor turned out to be benign. The research for breast cancer is such an important cause for so many women - it effects our daughters, our mothers, and ourselves. The Pink Ribbon House not only raises money for the cause, but also provides one of Houston's best designer showcases.
This beautiful home, built by Covington Builders Ltd. and designed by architect Ernest Cole, is a 6,300 square foot house in Houston's prestigious Tanglewood subdivision. Modeled after a Tuscan-style villa, this home has been featured in both Houston Lifestyles and Tuscan Interiors magazines. Thank you, Steve Chenn, for providing us with such beautiful photography! Enjoy the tour!!
The grand two-story entrance really sets the stage for things to come. In keeping with the Tuscan style of the home, the walls throughout the main areas are plastered in a textured fashion. Notice how the baseboards are painted in the same color as the plaster, allowing the beautiful balustrades and handmade terra cotta floors to stand out.
The lighting and sconces going up the stairs are just wonderful!! Hats off to designer Shannon Mann for her design both in this inviting entryway and in the spectacular dining room to follow!
I absolutely love this room - Tuscany with a modern twist, incorporating a clean-lined table with a heavily-carved antique chest and abstract art!!! Shannon used these interesting antique angel wings as cornices over the aqua-colored, silk drapes. Even the chairs are a mix with angular, slip-covered chairs and curvy highbacks with tacks. Spectacular!
Peggy Hull imbued the living room with such style. The soft tones of this stunning rug from Matt Camron set the tone and mood for the room as a place for gathering and comfort! Carl Moore Antiques supplied most of the furniture. I don't want to take all the credit here - Marilyn Garber did the faux finish in this space.
Designer Katie Galliano brought such a sleek, contemporary twist to this oak-paneled study. I love the pops of orange from the rug and antique apothecary jars. She was so ahead of her time - tangerine is certainly a chic color for 2012!
Designer Trisha Dodson was in charge of creating a fabulous hub of the house with the kitchen and family areas! When I was a docent for the showcase, I got so many questions about this space and the extraordinary table behind the couch! It's a reproduction and was very affordable!! The contemporary art provides a wonderful balance to the traditional stone, wood doors, and cabinetry.
The kitchen really plays up that rustic European charm with its aged beams, concrete counters, antique furnishings, and brilliant chandeliers!!!
Seeing designer Julie Dodson's fab master retreats are always a treat! The stained wood ceiling with its one-of-a-kind beam design makes this huge room feel more intimate. We fauxed the walls in a subtle ragging technique to give them depth without too much variation, and we also added a motif above the windows to create interest so Julie could hang the drapes higher! The bedding has a lush, regal quality to it, along with the tufted ottoman, and I love the layering effect she established by placing antique rugs over the sisal carpet!!!
The master bathroom with its Roman-style mosaic, sunken tub, and walk-in shower would truly transport you!
Using fabric as our inspiration, we hand-painted this art wall to create a unique entrance from the bathroom to the closet space! Complete with the sconces, I think it's breathtaking!!!
I love it so much I had to show you a close-up!!
With the antique iron doors and draped openings, the upstairs landing is just as interesting as the downstairs spaces!
Suzanne Duin did an amazing job making this pass-through area feel like a room by bringing in the runners on the floors and the wonderful trim details on the chairs!
What a perfect, multi-functional home office and hobby space Miss Suzanne created! Everything is fabulous from the slip-covered, antique bench to the chalkboard to the wonderful, cozy ottomans that she used in place of more expected chairs! Incredible!!!
Suzanne also designed this red game room with all the essentials for fun with family and friends!
In this beautiful bedroom, designer Chandos Dodson created a plush room starting from the ground up with the antique Oushak rug as her inspiration. The 19th century mirrored headboard (which was originally a French panel) adds so much glamour! By establishing a sitting area, Chandos turned the room from just a sleeping space into a perfect place to read and relax. I would love to move the entire room into my home!!
Featuring a Venetian mirror, vintage tile, and interesting accessories, the guest bathroom is just delightful! Such an enchanting space by designer Chandos Dodson.
This bedroom was a collaboration of two designers, Lissa Debes and Lori Shellist. To bring a hint of rustic Tuscany into their design, they fashioned the room around this unique bed and added a few antique touches like the candelabra and table. The lovely floral rug, romantic bedding, and drapes soften up the guest room... definitely a room to remember!
The mosaic tile wall and bath tub inset are stunning features of this guest bath. The carved mirror adds some European flair, while the modern sconces update the look! Simply beautiful!
This bedroom, designed by Janet Gust, uses soft, comfortable linens to set the tone. The dramatic gray on the walls gives the space a modern feel along with the abstract art and zebra pillows. I love how she pulled the draperies to the ceiling, incorporating the small top windows into her design. Brilliant!!!
What a beautiful home! The design team- all so talented!- really pulled together to create a modern Tuscan dream home!! Next week we will take a tour of the 2010 Pink Ribbon house.... till then! I hope you all will join me at Marburger Farm Antique Show in Roundtop Texas and at Beadbord Upcountry in Brenham see below--xo Leslie
April 3-7: Marburger Farm Antique Show, Round Top, Tx.
Enjoy some of the best antiquing with vendors from all over the world and meet Leslie while she is signing her new book Segreto: Secrets to Finishing Beautiful Interiors. The Marburger Farm Antique Show opens for Early Buying with $25 admission on Tuesday, April 3 from 10:00 am through 2:00 pm, when regular $10 admission begins. One admission is good all week, with the show running on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Saturday, April 7, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Antiques, vintage and artisian creations will include American, French, English, Continental, architectural, fine art, jewelry, textiles, mid-century modern, silver, western, garden, painted furniture, early Texas, and more. A portion of the spring s
April 3: Book Signing at Beadboard UpCountry, Brenham, Tx
After a day of shopping at Marburger, come sip wine and experience the fresh upcountry lifestyle with us a Beadboard UpCountry. Stroll around this Euro-Country boutique and pick up your signed copy of Segreto: Secrets to Finishing Beautiful Interiors. Located at 101 S. Baylor Street, Brenham, Tx 77899. www.beadboardupcountry.com
April 27-29, May 4-6: The 2012 Pink Ribbon House
I will be there with my book for the sixth Pink Ribbon House, a showcase home that is built to "raise the roof" for breast cancer research, at the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). A portion of all book sales will be donated to the cause. Located in Memorial's Hunters Creek Village at 10619 Fairlane Drive, the home will be open to the public for tours. Tour hours are Friday 10 am to 3 pm; Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; and Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm. Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door. A Preview Party will be held Friday, April 20 at 7 pm; tickets are $100. For reservations or more information, call 713-798-7973 or visit www.bcm.edu/advancement/pinkribbonhouse.
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