Editor's note: Today I am wearing a dress from Anthropologie and shoes from J.Crew.
Happy Friday! It has been a busy and emotional week losing Adison to her studies at Auburn. We have worked on so many projects this week that my head is spinning a bit! It feels like we got two weeks of work done all in one week. But we did it!!!! It will feel good to rest and relax a bit this weekend. No rain is in the forecast so we will just have a typical Texas summer weekend... which is fine by me! I was wrong about Riley coming home this weekend — it is next weekend. This one will be low key.... which is good to recharge your battery! There was an event at Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams last night that we had to pass on. Both Mackenzie and I were wiped out from our busy week. We are back to a two man show without our precious and hard working Adison. We are adjusting and carrying on!! Along with the love seat and 4 chairs we delivered yesterday — the living room chairs are being delivered today to my client that is having house guests this weekend. I love it when things work out like they are supposed to!
As I have said before.. Southern Home is becoming one of my favorite magazines. I love the homes they publish! The article today is on their Showhouse in the Tudor Mansion known as Hillside. Built in 1929 by Lilian Price.... the home was in danger of being torn down at one point. Eric and Michael Fumo-Rizzo stepped in and saved the mansion. They shared it with the community for the Showhouse and now call it home with their 4-year-old twin daughters. All of the rooms were beautifully done by talented designers— but there are too many to cover them all. Here are some of my favorites to share in my blog. Enjoy and have a fabulous Friday and weekend!
This room was designed by Audrey Margarite of Bunny Williams Home. One of her biggest challenges in the room was the size. She created 3 different areas to make it more livable . In the center she created a wonderful seating area centered on the gorgeous fireplace. I love the blues and greens that she used—- so happy and greasy. The banquette in the left corner was custom made to fit the area and create yet another conversation piece. I screen shot this corner from an Instagram page! When they were retiring the room they uncovered the green paint that they ended up keeping the color in honor of the house. The ceiling is amazing!!!
The house was originally built by Julian Price who was president of Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Company. The architect Charles Hartmann also designed the Jefferson Standard headquarters . I love the herringbone brick and the staircase tower.
The stair hall was designed by Bobbi Jo Engelby. The pops of vivid turquoise and blues adds interest to the space. The foyer was designed by Kristen Tharpe. I love how she repeated the room’s cool octagonal shape in the chandelier. The framed vinytage Gracie panel was originally to the house in another room. What a wonderful way top preserve the rich history of the house.
Designer Maria Money got to design the Sun Parlor located off of the living room. The rich blues she used work beautifully off os the living room. She created a cozy space with special pieces. I love the tufted sofa in the window and the double level cocktail table.
Designer Jessica Dauray wanted the library to be “sort of sexy—a place with cafe music and martinis being served.” The library is located just off of the entry hall. I adore the color scheme she used with the turquoise wall and lime green oh so fun chairs. This room would definitely put you in the mood to have a great time!!!
This breakfast room spoke to designer Kim Hoegger the minute she walked in. She said it reminded her of her grandmother’s kitchen. What a CHARMING space in very way! The butler’s pantry that she painted in Benjamin Moor’s “Cape Blue” is strunning and fresh against the floral print that covers the wall and is used in the the draperies. I love the built in desk area with a coordinating fabric on the walls. I would definitely loved to raise my family in this space!!
This little girl’s room for the twins is SO darling! The mother /daughter design team of Lisa Britt and Hadley Quisenberry had a wonderful time creating the magical room. Qiusenberry has a three-year-old daughter — so she could so relate to what the 4-year-old twins would want. The Thibaut fabric used on the dramatic upholstery beds is happy and vibrant. The poodle lamps are fabulous!
This is the twin’s playroom. The trundle bed is perfect for sleepovers. I love the painted mural on what looks to be the closet doors. The ceiling with the twinkle lights and the clouds painted on the ceiling makes the room full of imagination and Whimsey.
This is called the traveler’s room. Designer Kim Hoegger wanted the room to feel like a room in a boutique hotel in Europe. The antique daybed... the wallpaper going up the ceiling... and the luscious draperies fulfill her vision for the room. Simply lovely.
Another view of the playroom. What a perfect setting for tea parties with the table, chairs, and hats on the wall!!!!! Love, love the oversized mirror.
This is the In-law suite. It was designed by a group of design students at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. This space was formerly staff quarters. Now it is a cozy space for relatives to stay comfortably. I love the art work hanging from the molding — somethings I love to do in old houses. The students were inspired by the danish concept of hygge. They did a marvelous job.
This home that was almost torn down now has new life and a family of four to love and enjoy it.
"Hillside: Steeped in History" article featured in Southern Home September/October 2018 Issue
Text by Lydia Somerville
Photo by Marcy Simpson & Dustin Peck
Yes, yes, and yes to this!
For dinner last night I had steamed broccoli and bison burger with spicy ketchup.