Friday, October 23, 2009

Joyce Horn's Elegant Maison

The best comes in due time. Or so it seems....

We photographed Joyce Horn's home three years ago. It now appears in an 8-page spread in the fall 2009 issue of Country French, a bookazine published by Meredith Corp.  No doubt Joyce has made some changes since then. She confided when we first met that she enjoys changing up her rooms -- perhaps not radically but occasionally so that she can appreciate another new find.  She's a romantic when it comes to French Provincial style. She likes to imagine the stories behind the gorgeous Louis-something pieces she collects and buys for her store, Joyce Horn Antiques . (If the truth be told, she's partial to the Louis XV period.)  She and her husband renovated (rebuilt might be a more accurate description) a 1958 "Italianate ranch."  Back before she established her store and professional reputation, she was shipping all types of things back to the U.S. -- even before she envisioned how the pieces might work in her future home.  Things like her limestone floors found in Burgundy. The 18th-century cherry boiserie (ornate paneling) discovered in Normandy. A small winding staircase -- one of the many features she had retro-fitted for U.S. construction -- located in Lyon. She collected stair railings, weathered zinc dormers, a pair of majestic elm columns, narrow windows.... Her eye for detail is amazing. Pick up the bookazine (a cross between a book and magazine) to read more about her truly inspiring story.
If you ever doubted your instincts, wondering if you should buy something now without having a place in mind for it, you'll find through her example that it all works.  In addition to the tour of Joyce's home, you'll get to eye more than a dozen homes. Here's a glimpse into her home....

4 Responses to “Joyce Horn's Elegant Maison”

ooh... I came to see new wheels and found this! Love the magazine. I have this issue and several previous that I keep on hand when I need a big dose of pretty. Love the floor in that dining room.

Janine Marshall said...

Hi Susan,

Joyce Horn's home looks gorgeous. The dining room floor looks amazing. Wish we could buy the bookazine here, but I don't think I have seen them in the newsagencies here. Never mind. Have a great weekend.
Take Care

Tasmania, Australia

Cote de Texas said...

I happened to be in her store right after this - maybe the next day - and she was so exhausted!!!! I love her foyer - it's so gorgeous. Leslie did an incredible job with the walls.

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