I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day! I had to move my LSU gal out of the dorm. Oh well, I'll get pampered next year!! In celebration of Mothers and all they do I wanted to share my friend Tina fabulous blog, The Enchanted Home, with you! It's been a great source of inspiration for me, and I've so enjoyed following Tina's path to her dream home and hear about her wonderful family along the way!
The Enchanted Home chronicles of Tina's experience and decisions as she builds her dream home! Originally planning to add on to an existing house, her family realized - after several months at the drawing board - that it wasn't going to work. So they started from scratch instead!
To showcase her love of French interiors, Tina modeled this home after an old French chateau. Looking at the exterior, I have a hard time believing it's brand new! The building process took about 4 years, and Tina takes you through every step of the way. Along the journey, you meet well-known designers, visit fabulous showrooms and factories, and peak through the huge collection of inspirational photos that Tina has collected over the years!
I love the beautiful brick choice and the exceptional stone detailing!!! By following the blog, I got to see the wide variety of options she had to choose from, and Tina always explained how she came to her final decisions. I think Tina's openness and integrity throughout the process makes the blog a great resource not only if you're building or remodeling, but also just if you love learning about design.
This stone detail is just one of the thousands of special touches that Tina incorporated - making the home uniquely hers. I can just picture Tina, at the door, smiling and inviting me in for a tour!
As Tina was deciding on which floors to use, I loved seeing all these beautiful, grand entrances that she had collected for inspiration! Hope you enjoy this small sampling that I pulled from her blog!
To see more wonderful foyers and the sources for these, go to Tina's blog here.
And here's what she selected and installed in her home - French limestone with black marble! Stunning!!!!
You might feel that someone building a home of this magnitude would be a bit intimidating. But Tina, warm, funny, and down-to-earth, is nothing of the sort! Married for 27 years with three wonderful sons, she talks about her life along the way.
These gorgeous floors are premium white oak. I adore the way she combined different patterns throughout the home, mixing Versailles parquet, herringbone and basket weave to give each space an individual look while maintaining continuity!
When working on her bathrooms, she guided you through many different styles that used marble in the space - all beautiful options. Here are just a few! To see a few more beauties, go to her blog here.
New Ravenna tiles! Love!!!
Wainscoting with tile rug designs!
And here are a few shots of how she incorporated marble in her own stunning home!!! It's so fun to see how she brought in some of the aspects from her inspiration photos!
All the bathroom tiles are from New Ravenna, her bathroom features the Djinn pattern and her husband's is Chatham. She LOVES their things, and I would have to agree they're fabulous!!!
The Enchanted Home really walks you through the entire construction and design process. When working on her kitchen, Tina shared hundreds of beautiful kitchen designs and takes you with her as she visits slab yards, flooring, hardware, plumbing and lighting places! So fun! Go to her blog here to check out more wonderful kitchens and their sources! I've also included a few from the blog...
She shows contemporary styles!
Warm and rustic!
Over the top! No matter what the style, every option is explored - I love seeing all the wonderful photography.
Just moved-in - this is her beautiful kitchen!!! Her cute pup, Teddy, is enjoying his new pad too! One of Tina's favorite parts of the house are these reclaimed French limestone floors - so lovely!!
The Calcutta gold marble slabs on the counter look fantastic with the mosaic backsplash in the same material. I love to see that even up North, the cabinets got an antique finish - it's just essential to the look!
I adore hand-screened wallpapers and always get so much inspiration from them, often creating similar looks in the hand-painted rooms that we do for clients. Tina gave countless photos of Gracie and de Gournay papers when making her choice! What eye candy for me!! To see some of her inspiration photos, go here.
The soft blues of the wonderful paper she chose - delightful!
The floor to ceiling windows and serene view are just breathtaking!
What fantastically designed and finished woodworking in this room!!! The beams were handmade, distressed, and given an antique finish. Notice how the staining has two colors - the corners and edges are a bit darker. This is a multi-step process that lends age to paneling and creates an antique furniture feel.
So beautiful!!! When I asked Tina what it was like building in the snow, she said, "Oh, this was such a mild winter, it didn't slow things down much." Houston would be totally shut down with a fraction of this much snow!!! Tina, thank you for inspiring so many people and being so generous with your sources and your love of life. I have never seen such an amazing collection of beautiful rooms as in your blog... You have truly touched so many! And Tina now has opened an online store!!! Please be sure to visit her blog and her wonderful, new venture --an on-line store!! Congratulations with that Tina, I know you will do well!!! xo to all!! Leslie
May 19th and 20th:Urban Market Houston Antique Show
Join me at the oh so wonderful Urban Market. I will be there signing books and answering finishing questions. It has great finds good food and is lots of fun. Sat 3-6 & Sun 9-4. 9401 Knight Road, Houston, Tx 77045 www.TheUrbanMarketHouston.com
May 26: Brazos Valley Antique Show, Bryan, Texas
Join me at a first time new antique fair. I will be signing my book Segreto: Secrets to Finishing Beautiful Interiors 1-5 on Sat. Show times- Sat. May 26, 10-5: Sun 10- 4. Brazos County Expo- 5827 Leonard Road, Bryan, TX 77807. For more information (281-536-2147 or firstname.lastname@example.org).