Tami recently gave a stunning adaptive southern-style house by Thompson Custom Homes in Houston her calming decorating touch. And, then, she opened up the house doors to a women-who-lunch crowd, escorting them to the estate via golf carts. The images below, offer a glimpse inside.
Brian (Thompson Custom Homes), Robert (Robert Dames Architectural Design), and I worked together from the very beginning of this project to ensure a cohesive look for this house. We started with a vision of an exterior that we loved, based on a home in Louisiana. We all have a love for reclaimed materials and keeping a neutral, calming pallet throughout the home. Our goal was to create a warm home that would be timeless and in keeping with architectural design. The style of this house is Southern Acadian.
Describe the decorating style of this house . . . .
The decorating style for this house included old world elements from the beams to the floors to the design of the cabinets. The cabinet designs for the butler’s pantry and a reproduction of a French Bookcase in the study were inspired from a manor house in Southern France. The beautiful wide plank reclaimed flooring is over 150 years old. (From: Custom Flooring in Houston; their Web site is under construction). I always design using neutral colors throughout for the building elements to create a calming, warm effect.
What is your favorite room in this house?
My favorite room in this house is the dining room. It is simple and feels very peaceful to me. Custom Flooring custom made the table for the showcase house. It is out of 150-year-old wood and is designed in a basket-weave pattern to complement the floor in the entrance. I love the floors, the Venetian plaster, the fabulous chandelier from Brown and the view of the butler pantry cabinets with their antique hardware. Hardware – Settlers Hardware. The antique painted hutch with the mirror is from Joyce Horn Antiques. Antique candlesticks by Boxwood Interiors, the rug is from Creative Flooring. Drapes and fabric: Kravet Belgian Linen and Kravet tassel trim.
What materials did you use in the kitchen?
In the kitchen, we used Calcutta Oro slabs for the counter tops and the back splash. We had a custom-made island top made out of the flooring material. Plus, we added a custom-made vent hood. Hardware in kitchen is by LTG. Inc. Hardware and plumbing is from RK.
The lighting over the island and the breakfast table are fromAREA.
What stores and vendors helped you pull together the look of this entire house?
In the down-stairs powder bath, the reclaimed sink came from Chateau Domingue, and we designed the custom base for it. Also, the custom-made iron mirror was created by Ornamental Iron. The light fixtures were selected fromBrown. The custom-made velvet shade is a Rose Cummings fabric.
In the second powder room, we designed a floating concrete counter top by Dale Gunnels. The antique marble sink was again from Chateau Domingue. The Louis Philippe mirror is from Joyce Horn Antiques , and the lighting is from Brow. Custom-made shades were made by Custom Creations, using a Fortuny-hand painted silk fabric.
All of the stone slabs and bathroom tiles were selected at Walker Zanger. We used Creama Marfil and Silver Vein Travertine; the ceramic tiles are from Walker Zanger.
Sweet utility room . . . what did you use here?
French Limestone floors. Concrete counter tops. Hand-painted tiles for the back splash . . . . The floors and tiles came from Alkasauri Stone. The hardware and plumbing came from Lighting. Inc., a hardware and plumbing store. We used a Belgian linen for the shades and panels. The iron rods are by Peck and Company.
The Master Bedroom:
Her Resource List; all in Houston, Texas:
On-site construction -- Custom Flooring, Tile and Roof of Texas-slate roof, Larry Mimms landscape, Robert Garten pool company, Lighting Inc. (lighting and hardware), Creative Flooring, Brown (lighting), Walker Zanger tile, Chateau Domingue, Gunnels Concrete Company, Alkasuari Stone--fireplaces.
Most of the furnishings in the house were custom made by Custom Creations. The Vieux had a number of items in the house (breakfast room table, living
room coffee table, small bench at landing up stairs, the two long
benches, and the round table near the pool table).
The rugs were all hand selected from Creative flooring.
The drapes were all designed by The Owen Group and custom made by Custom Creations.
The wonderful art throughout the house was custom made for this house by Michelle Y. Williams Gallery.
The outdoor table, coffee table, and benches were designed/made by The Owen Group and Custom Flooring.
Most of the wonderful lighting was from Brown.
Custom drapery rods and fire screen were designed and made by Peck and Company.
Bedding from Kuhl Linscomb.
A guest room:
Another guest room:
The study off the foyer:
Club chair seating:
In the backyard:
To create a more calm looking and feeling decor, I would recommend to a new homeowner to start with a neutral color palette. Work from the exterior color palette and bring it into your interior space so that everything coordinates.
Bring in color by adding rugs, artwork, and pillows. Buy furnishing for your home that are timeless as opposed to trendy.
Paint makes a house and the finish play a big part in the wow factor. In this case, the wood on the exterior was stained and brushed to make it look like an old home. The color we used for this house on the exterior brick, plaster throughout the house, baseboards and ceilings wasSW Ermine. For the door trim and windows: Anonymous By SW. Those hues set the color tone for the interior of the house. Other neutral cream colors that I love areBM-Creamy White, Ballet White and Feather Down.
I haven't met a recipe that I didn't want to change -- even a little bit. This one is no exception. My aim is to make it healthier, using less sugar, for example . . . . So, to begin, let me tell you how I altered the recipe below with good results.
First off, I used fat-free organic milk. I also opted to go a bit lighter by using 4 egg whites and 1 whole egg -- not the 4 whole eggs, as dictated in the recipe below. Additionally, I used 1/2 cup real organic maple syrup rather than 3/4. I didn't have the crystallized ginger, so I chopped up some pecans and added a small dollop of yogurt. I love this dessert.
1 1/2 cups 1% milk
4 large eggs
3/4 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup canned unseasoned pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons whipped cream
1/4 cup chopped crystallized ginger
1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Put a kettle of water on to heat for the water bath. Line a roasting pan with a folded kitchen towel.
2. Heat milk over low heat in a small saucepan until barely steaming but not boiling.
3. Whisk eggs and syrup in a large bowl until smooth. Gently whisk in the warm milk (a little bit at a time so the eggs don't cook). Add pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt; whisk until blended.
4. Divide the mixture among six 6-ounce (3/4-cup) custard cups. Skim foam from the surface. Place custard cups in the prepared roasting pan. Pour enough boiling water into the pan to come halfway up the sides of the custard cups. Place the pan in the oven and bake, uncovered, until custards are just set but still quiver in the center when shaken, 45 to 50 minutes. Transfer custards to a wire rack and let cool for 45 minutes. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or until chilled.
5. To serve, top each custard with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkling of crystallized ginger. (Again, since I didn't have the cystallized ginger, I topped it with chopped pecans -- that I did have. Plus a little yogurt.)
HERE'S ANOTHER RECIPE -- WITH MY HEALTHIER TIP! It's a Scarlet Quinoa Salad. YUM!
This quinoa (keen-wah) salad is a favorite! Everytime I prepare it, someone asks for the recipe. If you're interested in reading about the nutritional benefits of this grain-like crop, go here.
I plan to share all the ingredients of this recipe, which I found on a bag of Eden Red Quinoa. However, *instead of the plum vinegar, I use apple-cider vinegar. Why? Well, the plum vinegar has a whopping 1,050 grams of sodium per teaspoon!! (yikes.) The apple-cider vinegar contains zero (0)!
Ingredients: 1 medium beet, peeled and diced (2 small)** 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 tbsp. plum vinegar (*I use apple-cider vinegar) 2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice 6 red radishes (optional) 2 tbsp. finely minced red onion 1/4 cup chopped scallions or chives (optional) 1/4 cup dried cranberries (or cranraisins) 1 cup red quinoa
Preparation: Rinse quinoa in cold water. Add 1 cup quinoa to 1 1/4 cup boiling water. Add chopped beet(s).Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes and fluff. When cool, toss with remaining ingredients and serve. Or place in fridge, as it works as a cold salad. Serves 4.
**Cut off the beet leaves, rinse to add to a green salad or in cut up into small pieces for a pasta salad.
The Scarlet Quinoa Salad, is a pretty red dish, as you might imagine. Think holidays? or anytime, like I do . . . .
Water ensures skin health and weight management/loss.
So, drink up. Consider adding to your daily diet the veggies above and the following foods that contain at least 75 percent water by weight: apples, limes, lemons, cantaloupes, watermelons, strawberries, plums, pears, kiwis and grapes.
Foods that Keep Your Skin Healthy and Young.
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