After living in this 1939 John Staub home for 30 years, the homeowner was ready for a renovation. And it all started with the fabric — wanting a classic French look that brings back the fond memories of her teenage years spent in France, the homeowner developed her new look with a variety of different fabrics!!!
Once the homeowner selected patterns and materials with designer Pam Christie of Christie and Company, I was called in to pick paint colors and finishes for her kitchen, butler’s pantry, breakfast area and den.
To hide her range hood and vents, the contractor came up with a great idea: to block panel it. In glazing the kitchen, the block paneling blends right in with the cabinetry – all received the same finish!!! The challenge was to make sure the room wouldn’t feel boxy…
The result? An elegant hub of the household! The aged finish highlights the gorgeous paneling details and brings in such softness and warmth, without becoming busy. The marble-esque granite slab from Vivaldi Stone keeps the feel light and airy. The fireback behind the stove and wrought iron light fixture were found at shops and markets in Round Top and Austin. I love how these beautiful antique touches accentuate the classic, aged look the homeowner and designer were going for.
Moving into the butler’s area, a walk-through room between the entry hall and new kitchen, it was important to create a space with a personality of its own that could still maintain the flow between the rooms.
The golden, lattice stencil with hand embellishments in a darker bronze pull in the deep hue of the bar’s marble. The cabinets were glazed, giving them a furniture-like look. Then to further create a sense of warmth, we painted the formerly white ceiling with a soft cream pulled up from the walls. I love the lattice design for the rich, elegant touch that it adds to this bar area.
In her breakfast room by the kitchen, the homeowner had a custom piece built and stained. The newness of this buffet, though, didn’t fit the French country style of the room, so we needed to distress the finish.
A two-color stain on top gave the piece a century-old feel, and the rich antique staining adds so much character to the piece. Pam and the homeowner wanted to balance the darkness of the brick walls and wood furniture, so they used light cream and yellow fabrics.
The detailing on this piece and the addition of indentions and cracks during the refinishing process created the illusion that the piece has withstood the test of time.
In the den we wanted to do an ever so light glaze on the walls, giving them a hint of depth without much movement. With vaulted ceilings like this one, its always best to carry the finish onto the ceiling, enhancing the height.
The one color faux finish creaets a lovely glow in the space. I love how the homeowner continued with more antique wrought iron accents above the mantle – they have the perfect old world charm. The clock in the background was one of the homeowner’s most treasured pieces: “We were given the wood clock as a wedding gift from one of our French friends, and we’ve kept it with us over the years – it’s very special to us.”
The vaulted ceiling and slight movement of the paint finish draws the eye across the room, continuing the light and airy sense you get throughout the home. The homeowner who has a long history of collecting antiques, loved infusing the space with 18th century elegance. To make the room extra cozy, there are several different groupings of furniture and plenty of seating since this homeowner enjoys entertaining. With historic homes, it can be difficult to create an open flow from room to room, but the finishes really bring continuity to this space. Mixing French antiques with modern pieces, the homeowner and Pam achieved a look that’s classic and full of memories!!!