Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Richly Designed Homes

America's Richest Counties:
A Spotlight on
La crème de la crème
of Homes

If you're curious as to where the wealthy live, you'll want to visit this link here. It will lead you straight to CNBC's "America's 10 Richest Counties." I selected two of my favorites to show here:

Fairfax, Virginia, a bedroom community to Washington, DC, ranks #4.
(photo by Jay Cross/Flickr)

Ranking #9 is Morris County, New Jersey.
(photo by Steven Reynolds/Flickr)

The 2012 Housing Award, presented by the AIA (American Institute of Architects), went to Coastal dwellers living in California. Here's a snapshot of their roof-top deck:

(by Patricia Leigh Brown, Architectural Digest)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Livable and Elegant: A Houston Designer Shows How You Can Have it Both Ways

Interior Designer Julia Blailock
is Back.
She decorated the family room and kitchen for the recent 
Pink Ribbon show house.

What I mean to say is that I've brought Julia's work back to Love Where You Live. I'd like to share, first, a few images of the serenely divine living space she had decorated this past spring for a Houston fundraising project -- a benefit for Baylor College of Medicine's breast cancer research center. You can see additional works of hers by going here.

Her decorating objective is apparent in every job: "To produce a timeless, sophisticated and livable environment that reflects the client's style." This was the first year that the Pink Ribbon house sold before it opened, so the new owners did have a say in selections.

Notice as you scroll down through the images the rug, curtain and upholstery patterns she uses to ensure the soft color palette doesn't slip too much into neutral. The varied fabric selections maintain a look that's both engaging and inviting. The rustic ceiling beams and dark iron coffee table keep the look grounded.

She says the fireplace was the clear focal point of the room, so furniture placement is arranged accordingly.

Furnishings came from Quatrine Washable Furniture and Carl Moore Antiques. The area rugs came from Matt Cameron Rugs.

The breakfast area is light and bright, thanks to the round Lucite and glass-topped table. I like the angled comfy seating as well as the storage space underneath.

The family room space flows right into the kitchen. Take a look at that magnificent stove hood!

Such a pretty kitchen, don't you think? I really like the cross-overs on the seeded glass. The airy design prevents the massive cabinets from taking over the kitchen in a heavy way. Love the open shelving above the sink -- just enough to set out some pretty white pottery pieces.

The round mirror above the slightly arched doorway is fun. There's a another on the other side for symmetry (it's seen in one of the photos above). Note the slight arched design in the hall door beyond.

This is my favorite kind of sink. Long, deep, continuous and stainless.

Julia does not have a Web site, but you can reach her -- if you like -- at 713.622.8005 or by email: jmortonb@att.met.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Goodbye Colorado

Sold the House,
Packing Up and Moving Onward . . .

So, there's been a reason for my MIA -- "missing in action" -- status. I've been packing and moving. I've gathered a few favorite shots of Colorado to share with you today (that's not to say you won't see more; it's likely I'll dip into my own photo reservoir every once in a while.) But, I did want to say hello; I'm still here.

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