Editor's note: Today I am wearing a dress from Ann Taylor, belt from Cole Han, and Coach boots.
Happy Wednesday! Our fourth hump day of January— can you believe it?? We have experienced enough different temperatures for three different months so far. We are off to our usual Dallas Day today sourcing fabrics and rugs. So much to do... so little time. I could really use an 8th day in the week....... I saw so many instagram pictures of the Paris fabric show—- that is on my bucket list for the future. And dare I say it... think I want to go to Highpoint as well. I have only been once when I worked for The Market— and it was wonderful seeing the whole line of all the manufactures in person. I can also test drive more chairs and sofas. I am already setting goals for 2019!!!! When you learn something new every day and plan for the future— it adds fuel to the fire. Since I want to work until I am 80– I have a lot to accomplish ahead of me.
Today’s article comes out of the new Southern Home that I received yesterday. I love this magazine!!!! It reminds me of Veranda in the houses that they feature—- all so lovely. This house on Gasparilla Island is stunning. I loved reading about the Island as well — how it makes you feel like you stepped back in time. All of the restaurants are family owned— and the main source of transportation is golf carts and bicycles. My kind of place!!! Enjoy and have a super day!!
This house was built in the 1920s by the well known architect Francis Burrell Hoffman and the home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Kathy Johnson out of Houston bought the house after a 6 year search for the perfect house . She and her husband Craig were patient until they could find exactly what they wanted. She designed the house with her daughter and partner Heather. How fabulous is that to work with your daughter!!!!!!!!!!
Artists from the Houston based firm Segreto Finishes restored the plaster walls and the cypress ceiling beams to their original splendor. Kathy said she used a lot of antiques in the house to keep the felling of the 1920s structure. I adore the fabrics and furniture in this living room—- so fresh and happy.
Yes, yes and yes to this now screened in porch off of the great room. The air in Florida is so lovely at night— but this keeps the mosquitos out of the party. The coloration of the great room carries out to this outdoor living area.
This area was expanded from the original house utility Chicago brick. The outdoor wicker used is so casual and elegant at the same time. The large pots are FABULOUS!!!!!
This was formerly the dining room— and now opens to the kitchen. Besides loving the shades of blue going on in this room— what she did over the ma Noel is incredible. Kathy had the mantel custom made to match a pair of doors from and antique armoire to hide the tv. Thank you Kathy—- I am so doing this in the future!!!!
The antique Suzani textiles used on the bedding and on top of the beach is to die for!!! The headboard is upholstered in vintage grain sacks. Outstanding!!!! I love everything about this master.
The bedside table is an Italian grotto piece from the 1930s. The draperies are quiet and elegant— love the wide tape!!! Job well done !
The “ dilapidated “ carriage house was transformed into a guest house with — count them!!— 6 guest suites. Wow!!!!! Talk about a vacation home to entertain or house all of your family!! How special is that!!!! This living area with the turquoise touches is so happy and tasteful. I could live in this room in a second!!!
Love all of the many details in this guest room . The cypress doors were made to match an original door downstairs. The trumeau mirrors on either side of the bed add such drama. The euro shams and the benches at the foot of the bed are in the green colorway of a Brunschwig & Fils fabric that I used in Miami. LOVE IT!!!!
"Old Florida Flair" article featured in Southern Home Jan/Feb 2018 Issue
For dinner last night I had fried chicken from Roy Popes with a backyard salad from Central Market.
Will always love this song :)