Saturday, February 12, 2011

A Tuscan Style Home -- In Houston, Texas

Last spring, I showed my own scout shots of the Tuscan-inspired home built by 
Covington Builders for a Pink Ribbon fundraising event. At the time, I bemoaned 
how I couldn't show you the beautiful photographs that Alise O'Brien -- from St. Louis, Missouri -- took for Tuscan Style, a bookazine published once or twice a year by 
Meredith Corporation, which planned to publish the Covington masterpiece. 

Well, it's out! And, here -- hot off the presses -- are those pretty, styled pictures:

And, another shot we took -- that wasn't included in the now-released spread:
(just a little lagniappe -- "something extra" for you)

The living room. Fireplace is to left. Breakfast room and Kitchen to the right.
Foyer leading to dining room and from door in back to right.

The show house helped to raise money for Baylor College of Medicine's breast cancer research center.

As a field editor for Meredith, I had suggested this house for publication. Then, when 
it was accepted, I accompanied Alise to the "job" to style and ready each selected space 
for photography. We always look at scale, balance, colors. We moved around furniture, brought in pillows, flowers, books, dishes, food and wine (for props not us!). We strived to turn each space into a pretty picture, making sure all the Meredith-must details are covered.

If you'd like to see my scout shots (which pale by comparison) and other rooms in this show house, here's the link. Last year's post does relay more about the builder, the home and those involved*.

Tuscan Style is now at bookstores and other places, such as Target, Home Depot, grocery stores and Walmart. It's a 160-page book showcasing gorgeous homes and articles about them. 

Side Note: If you want more Italian inspiration, check out Betty Lou Phillip's book to the left. 

*Resources for Pink Ribbon House:

Mina and Robert Covington, Covington Builders, 
3419 Mercer, Houston, TX, 779027

Architect (semi retired)
Ernie Cole

Lothar Hofbauer
Element Garden

Pink Ribbon Designers:

Shannon Mann, ASID
2703 Wroxton Rd
Houston, TX 77005

Julie Dodson
Dodson & Daughter
725 Riedel
Houston, TX 77024

Trisha Dodson
Dodson & Daughter
725 Riedel
Houston, TX 77024

Suzanne Duin
Maison Masion/GB Design, Inc.
2129 Westhiemer
Houston, TX 77098

Plaster and Decorative Finishes
Leslie Sinclair
Segreto Finishes

If you own or know a pretty house, kitchen or garden -- especially in the Houston area, let me hear from you.

9 Responses to “A Tuscan Style Home -- In Houston, Texas”

Oh I could definitely live there. This is just unreal. Loved every picture. Hugs, Marty

Kathysue said...

Susan, this is truly a gorgeous home, Kathysue

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What a lovely home. I love both Tuscan and French Country style. I have the previous version of this bookazine. I will keep my eye out for this one too...

Beautiful home, I love the ceilings. Thank you for sharing, I enjoyed the tour.

Oh how in love I am with the beams, the floor in the foyer, the kitchen, the window treatments, all that cream, I could go on and on. I would need a bit more depth of color to live there myself, but wow, would I love to live there no matter what. Thanks for sharing this. You must be driven mad seeing all these beautiful homes all the time.

a Broad said...

It is all beautiful but I really need that kitchen sink. Need it .. really.

Beautifully done, love the cohesive warm decor..fabulous. Love all the beams, and the gorgeous wood flooring and furnishings were carefully and tastefully done! new to blogging, less than 2 months..started my own about the building of our new home and my love for decor and design..please stop by and visit!

Doing my first giveaway, a gorgeous french chair!

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