Editor’s note: Today i am in a Gianni Bini top and dress shorts with Manolo Blahnik sandals.
Happy Friday! Mother and I are on our way today to Horseshoe Bay. It will be as hot as it is here but should be a fun getaway. Wednesday I had quite the drama.... my air conditioning went out in my car right before I was headed back to Fort Worth from Dallas. I have never had my air conditioning go out—-I guess I am lucky in that respect. And my car is not even old. I guess it was a fluke. The drive back to Fort Worth on the freeway was a scene!!!! All of the windows rolled down with the wind blowing my hair and fabric samples all over the car....not to mention the “lovely” smell of the trucks on the road. It was one of the longest 45 minutes of my life ( other than child labor!) I thought to myself how many times I have seen other cars on the road with the windows rolled down —assuming it was because they did not have air conditioning — and feeling sorry for the people. I wonder if anyone felt sorry for the blond all dressed up with her hair flying ! My car read 105 on the thermometer. Needless to say I was thrilled to get into a loan car at 5:15 with air conditioning ......but the car is so new that I had to get someone to show me how to turn it on and pair my phone with the car( that is a must!!!!) The whole situation was so bad that it was comical. I thought about the scene in Steel Magnolia( love that movie!)after they bury the daughter Shelby played by Julia Roberts...and Dolly Parton says to the mother played by Sally Field “I don’t know how you are feeling but your hair sure is holding up.” Kudos to my hair spray...my hair did not look that bad! I could have looked like the witch from the Wizard of Oz!!!!! If you can find some humor in a situation it always makes it better.
The article today comes from the September/October issue of Traditional Home. The article covers a Maryland home that “is both refined and gregarious — the Audrey Hepburn of Baltimore Estates.” Since I ADOR Audrey ...this caught my attention immediately. The goal was for the home to resemble great hotels of London..... “being an English country house in influence yet more relaxed in its posture.” The couple hired Ray Booth to accomplish their dreams...and accomplish he did! The house is warm and wonderful.
Enjoy this English Country home and have a super weekend. I think mine is going to be a great one. I will even be home in time to watch the Cowboys play New Orleans!!! Whoop Whoop!!!
Sheers were installed in the entry to cozy up the “commodious” room. I actually love this idea....I am always about draperies anywhere!!!!!! The shapely wing back chair is by Madeline Stuart. The whole house is done in very quiet colors of cream with soft accents.
Beautiful tufted sofa ( I recently placed two sofas like this that were custom and quite large!) from Ferrell Mittman in the entry area. Love, love the stool in front of the sofa complete with a throw ...so inviting.
This is the conservatory. The rug and seating is on the diagonal...which almost mimics the incredible lacquered ceiling. I have always had a thing for gaveled tables.... love how this one has such a presence in the middle of the room.
First off I love that Booth draped the opening of the living room...it adds such warmth and sets the mood. Caramel and plum accent the otherwise cream setting.
The dining room has two settings... one more traditional for larger parties and one more intimate. Booth had lighting installed in the table legs that result in “an experience that hints at low-lit, whispered dinners at an exclusive club.” How fun is that!!!!!!!!
Booth created a moment against the draperies with art over a side table. It is moments like this that separate an ordinary room from an extraordinary room.
This is the more intimate section of the dining room. It is almost like dining in a library. The large table is the center of the show in the area with the upholstery complimenting it. I love his quote...”You need some things to be backup singers,...Not everything can sing at the top of its voice.” Great one!!!!!
Great family kitchen!!!! Love the banquette of course pushed up to the back of the island. The marble backsplash is awesome!!!
I LOVE the daybeds facing one another in the window of the master bedroom. What a fabulous idea!!!!!! Calm, serene, lovely room.
Booth is “known for using drapery as an emotional devise.” This master bath is no exception. That tub is divine!!!!!!!!!
The house was built in the early 1900s and restored to perfection.
A mother and son moment....so precious. I will never forget taking Harrison to New York when he was 10 years old. He held my hand walking down the streets. I had tears in my eyes thinking I would always remember that moment in time.
Plantation chairs under a huge tree. Fabulous.
Glorious outdoor setting once again draped to perfection. What a wonderful home in every way.
“A Refined Home for a Modern Family” article featured in Traditional Home September/October 2019 Issue
Written by Jenny Bradley Pfeffer
Me after driving down the freeway with the windows rolled down. How is that for some hairspray hold!!!!!!
For the inquiring mind that wants to know.... this is my hairspray. Frizz Ease by John Freida.
Crack me up!
Fried chicken from Roy Pipes with lentils. Delicious and easy!
Love this song!!! Loved the movie!!!