Thank you to Stacy Curran designer and author of the blog Conspicuous Style who wrote a wonderful review of my book and is now featuring it on her must read list. If you haven't read her blog take a peak-I love her post on Fridays that showcase 50 of her favorite rooms. I feel honored to be amongst the lovely books she refers!
Each Pink Ribbon house seems to be just as beautiful as the last - a truly impossible feat!! I hope you enjoy while I take you through the 2010 Pink Ribbon home built by Levitt Partnership! I featured some of its beautiful rooms in an article I wrote for Antique Shops & Designers Magazine - a great publication that you should definitely visit online if you don't currently get it! This incredible home is also showcased in my book, Segreto: Secrets to Finishing Beautiful Interiors, which lists all the wonderful sources so that you can know where the furnishings, art and accessories are from. Here are some never before seen photos of this home that's so dear to my heart!
Throughout this project, I worked with all the designers to pick a color palette that would complement all of their styles, fabrics, surfaces and furnishings. Benjamin Moore Clay Beige was used on all the trim as well as for the hallway walls that were not plastered. This enhanced the home's flow from room to room even though so many designers were creating their own look in each individual space!
Each designer wanted their own special touch. We created this wonderful fresco-style groin detail to showcase the beautiful fixture that designer Katie Galliano purchased from Tara Shaw. The finish on this antique reproduction is superb!
The walnut-stained floors are stunning in this basket weave design. The border is a wonderful way to set apart the entrance from the adjoining rooms that feature a plank pattern.
I love the wine room nestled in a vestibule between the entrance and the dining room... It just needs wine!!
As the only main room downstairs treated in a different color, this soft blue-gray living room really creates such an inviting space. With a crown molding and a flat ceiling, using a paint color to blend with the plaster offered a cost savings. The antique, early 20th century Tabriz rug from Matt Camron plays up the blue in the fabrics, walls and art! Designer Julia Blailock really out did herself in this room!
I just love this room also designed by Julia Blailock! The addition of faux columns that appear to hold up the groin vaults create such wonderful architectural interest. Starting with a primer, we sanded through and glazed the columns to achieve an aged effect. While the space keeps in the same tone as the rest of the home, the plaster in this dining room brings uniqueness to the room with its textured finish.
So pretty it deserves a second shot! I love the two-toned fabrics on the chairs and the use of different hostess and host chairs - all from Carl Moore Antiques.
Hollenbeck Architects really incorporated so many wonderful surprises in this home - Notice all the peek through openings such as this one leading from the downstairs landing to the butler's pantry. It makes a perfect serving area for parties!!
The elegant butler's pantry desinged by Julia Blailock provides a beautiful transition between the dining room and kitchen. Finishes on cabinets make such a huge difference in softening the space and creating warmth. For this cabinetry, we went with a slightly heavier finish than what you'll see in the kitchen. I love how the counters and mirrored backsplash give this room a personality of its own!
The heart of the home was designed by designer Suzanne Duin. Staining the beams a softer color than the floors and doors really gives the room more character and opens up the space. This room is definitely multi-purpose, housing the den, kitchen, and breakfast area!
To carve out the breakfast nook, Suzanne placed this beautiful drop-leaf table behind the couch. Hiding the TV, the fireplace mantle brings the eye upward to the wonderful sky painting by one of Segreto Studios' featured artists, Allan Rodewald.
Country French all the way!!! The narrow space of the kitchen appears wider with its cabinets glazed in similar colors to the walls, imparting character while maintaining an open feel. Suzanne designed this wonderful island, inspired by one she had seen on a European vacation.
The home office also by Suzanne Duin is just charming! Yes, it's wallpaper - so cute with matching fabric! And we pulled it all together with two-toned cabinetry finishes.
Clean, contemporary, eclectic is this study desinged by Katie Galliano!!! I love the patchwork hide rug - it's not only unique and textured, but it's a great solution if you want a light-colored rug that is totally indestructible!
This is a master to die for designed by Julie Dodson, such a testament to a layered effect that balances the feminine and masculine! We hand painted a Gracie-inspired tree design on the walls... it's one of my favorite finishes we do! The pink tulips pull out the pops of color from Julie's pillows and accessories. This treatment was a fraction of what the wallpaper would have cost!
I really like that Julie did two different drapery treatments, creating a very custom feel! The cornice over the lower windows makes them feel higher while the rod over the doors with a transom doesn't make it feel too heavy.
Art looks gorgeous on these walls which already look like artwork on their own. This beautiful lady painting is by another Segreto featured artist, Kiah Denson!
These doors are absolutely divine!!! Vinyl with nail-heads - so stunning!
This bathroom by Julie Dodson is fit for royalty. Simply breathtaking! I love the floors cut in a herringbone pattern that perfectly complement the mosaics around the tub mirror!
With one of my all time favorite headboards, this guest bedroom designed by Leslie Strauss is full of Hollywood glamour.
Painting cabinets in a different and darker color than the trim gives them a furniture feel without the expense of applying a specialty finish.
This girl's room is so cute! Cindy Dickerson really went all out on the fabric details here!!
To pull the colors from the other side of the room, we did this fun floral!
Designer Christine Ho's inset panels are all fabric - a clever way to cut the sound in this open media room and create texture and interest at the same time.
Here is another beautiful guest room by designer Leslie Strauss. Her tone-on-tone play on textures really makes this room. I love the starburst mirror hanging over the fabric behind the bed.
The beautiful curved cabinet design and mirror detail also by Leslie Strauss are truly enchanting. The glazed cabinetry completes the look, blending wonderfully with the drapes, the sconce hung on the mirror, and the lantern over the window.
Eclectic and fun, this playroom designed by Cindy Dickerson is full of whimsy!! I hope this tour of the 2012 house excites you for the next 2012 pink ribbon house that's just around the corner!! Thank you so much to Wade Blissard and Michael Ortega for providing such wonderful photography!
April 12: Book Signing at The Mews in Marble Falls, Tx Time: 4-8--If you know anyone in Marble Falls please pass on the invite!!--thanks
Located at 903 2nd Street, Marble Falls, Tx 78734. www.themews.net
April 27-29, May 4-6: The Pink Ribbon House
10619 Fairlane Drive-Tours 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 713-798-211- or visit www.bcm.edu/advancement/pinkribbonhouse.
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