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Classic Design - Joni Webb

Thanks so much to sweet Laura Gunn author of the Blog Decor to Adore who wrote such a wonderful review of the book!  I truly enjoy her blog and was honored that she wrote a post.  If you don’t follow her give her a visit!!

I am so excited to show you the first project I ever did with Joni Webb, designer extraordinaire and queen of the bloggers!  Author of one of my favorite blogs, Cote de Texas, and co-host of The Skirted Roundtable, Joni has brought so many beautiful homes and inspirational individuals into our lives. She always features a wide variety of work by extremely talented designers, so I am delighted to share a bit of her own work with you. Thank you to my photographer Wade Blissard for taking these beautiful photos.

As soon as I walked into this home over 5 years ago to discuss a study makeover, I turned to Joni and the homeowner and exclaimed, "This home should be published - it’s beautiful!"  I loved the soft color tones and elegant French furnishings. Moving from a larger, more contemporary home to this new one, Joni's client wanted a soft palette.  Though this house was originally a dark gray, she envisioned a lighter, warmer feel with hints of a French influence unlike her ultra-contemporary former abode. When Joni started on the project, the whole cream and light sea grass look that she was known for was just taking off. So the walls were painted a light butter neutral with gray trim to make everything very soft and feminine.

The homeowner had some gorgeous existing pieces that Joni recovered and incorporated whenever possible, but she added a new sofa for comfort and several wonderful French antiques like the coffee table and settee from Kay O'Toole and the chairs and fabulous 18th century antique mirror from Watkins Culver.  The main seating area was previously a dark gray velvet sectional sofa with a marble coffee table and a strong piece of abstract art.  Two beautiful looks, but imagine the change!

The fireplace which is so perfect for this style was formerly painted black - yikes!!!  Joni softened it by applying a creamy, stone finish. The walls were fauxed with a soft ragging technique.  Much of the home was completed before I knew Joni, so hats off to the finisher!  When finishes are kept soft and subtle, they certainly do stand the test of time!

Joni did a fantastic job of arranging all the wonderful collections and accessories. From the creamware and majolica to the beautiful boxes, wonderful seashells, and fabulous assortment of Chinese men, Joni's arrangements create such interest. What a lovely barometer and small console table!

A soft tonal striped wallpaper and the layering of a beautiful rug over seagrass frames this wonderful dining room which opens into the rest of the home.  Joni simply recovered the homeowner's beautiful existing furnishings and accessorized with creamware. 

The kitchen had never been redone, so several years after the rest of the home's completion, I was called in to give it a facelift without changing appliances or surfaces.  To lighten the look, we plastered the walls and ceiling in a light cream color and painted all the trim in a similar tone, creating an airy feel. Glazing the cabinets in the same color really imparted that Country French style as well.

The previously dark-stained chest and shelves were refinished in a creamy antique. These light finishes do a much better job of showcasing the wonderful zinc table from Joyce Horn Antiques and the homeowner's incredible majolica collection that Joni so beautifully displayed.

And this is the project that began my two wonderful friendships with both the very talented Joni and the oh so fun homeowner! Loving the French feel that Joni had created in the rest of the home, the homeowner was now ready to tackle the study which was very dark before with contemporary furnishings. A light cream on the paneling and an antique finish gave a subtle, warm backdrop to offset the wonderful fabrics and furnishings. To complement the fabrics and bring a finished look to the space, we also painted the ceiling in the palest of greens - so pretty!

I really like how the custom-cut seagrass on the staircase and landing leading into the master creates the effect of runners!

What a beautiful, soft and fabulous bedroom!!!  From the ball gown-like drapes to the delightful fabrics, this large master is such a charming, sophisticated retreat!  I love the combination of details Joni incorporates into her designs like the upholstery on the existing headboard, the wonderful trim on all the upholstered pieces, the Farrow and Ball striped wallpaper and the soft texture of the carpet. 


What a cozy, private place to watch TV, have a glass of wine, read a book or just unwind after a long day!

The bathroom, unchanged from the original home, features a beautiful window with mirrors all around.  To soften the space, the tub is accessorized with elegant crystal, candles, and shells.  The lovely painting by Kiah Denson of Segreto Studios adds gentleness and style to the bath - I love how it's hung over the mirror!

I hope you enjoyed the tour of this beautiful home designed by Joni Webb. For those of you who don't know Joni, she is as fun and down to earth as she is talented!  Thanks so much for letting me share some of your beautiful work, Joni.  If you haven't read her blog Cote de Texas or listened to The Skirted Roundtable, they are both well worth the time - informative, fun and beautiful!!! This week is my first out of state book signing in Baton Rouge which will be so fun beacuse my daughter goes to LSU! I would love to meet you if you live near Baton Rouge, or if you know anyone there that you feel might enjoy the event, feel free to pass it on! I appreciate it!  Have a wonderful week!  xo  Leslie

April 19: Book Signing at Home, Rogers & McDaniel in Baton Rouge from 4:00-8:00 pm

Come celebrate Home, Rogers & McDaniel’s second anniversary with us! Enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres, shop for some fabulous French and European antiques, and visit with me as I sign my new book, Segreto: Secrets to Finishing Beautiful Interiors. Located at 4237 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.

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Reader Comments (36)

Joni's design in this house is absolutely stunning! How exciting for both of you that it is being published nationally- congratulation! Your work is always an inspiration Leslie. Have fun in BR!

April 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterfor the love of a house

Breathtaking ! Leslie I found you through Joni about a year ago and I am a huge fan of the gorgeous work you both do! Your talents and Joni's are incredible! My dream now is to move to Houston so I can have you both collaborate on a home for me !

April 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShelley

Congrats to the dynamic duo!!!!!!! What a wonderful collaboration..... Here's hoping for more!!!!!!!Maryannexo

April 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeadboard UpCountry

A feast for the eyes! Talented people do amazing things.

April 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterToots

So great to see Joni's work published! She is always so generous about showcasing other's work! Hooray for her!

April 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercindy hattersley design

Joni and you are indeed a "a dynamic duo" . I have been fortunate enough to have a signed copy of your inspirational book " Segreto" and dream of weaving some of its magic to my house in France and also in Australia. The book is a visual feast and a definite "must have" for those who are interested in interior design. Thank you.
Warm wishes.

April 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

Can't think of a better pairing for French fabulous-ness! Beautiful interiors, beautiful finishes--and Leslie--I have and ADORE your book! Please don't let it be the last one you put out--it's cherished in my little library!

April 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Leslie - we were so happy to have you on The Skirted Roundtable and I am beyond excited to see this project. What beautiful work!

April 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Merrill

Stunning! Congratulations and best wishes on the launch of your new book!

April 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIvy Lane

Leslie, thank you so much for such a beautiful article! Truly, I'm not sure who you are talking about - moi????

And a million thank yous to all who commented. I am so, so, so grateful for your kind words.


April 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoni Webb

Just looked at all the photos again and saw things I missed. Wow! A wonderful way to get inspiration and to live vicariously!

April 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterToots

Your work is BEYOND FABULOUS!!!! I've literally drooled over the photos of your work! Your clients are very lucky. I wish I was one of them!

April 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTracyB

Really classical way of arranging the furniture. Aside form that furniture being used looks very exquisite and elegant.

April 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterplumbing

My word that is simply exquisite! I am so very pleased to find your blog and am most certainly going to seek out your book! What an amazing home that you have shared with us. Breathtaking and the colours are just enchanting! So happy to find and follow!


April 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVeronica

Perform the same method as you did with the two screws on the ends. The upholstered headboard still needs to be tightened to the frame.

May 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercopper fittings

Nice one you shared a great blog. I like your post.

October 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBryanCarry

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