18 July 2007

Houston, French Style: Indulge



It seems people who read this blog were interested in this pink headboard I posted under "A Touch of Pink." The headboard is the design of a darling, fair-haired shop owner named Cynthia Davis. Her charming store, Indulge, is located in Houston's tony River Oaks area in an even more charming building rebuilt by her husband, noted architect Issac Preminger. The Provencal inspired gardens and interiors of Indulge are so overwhelmingly beautiful, that shopping is sometimes a secondary excuse to visit. The entry, guarded by her three large Briard dogs, is shaded by an awning. Just inside the front door is a room fauxed the most beautiful shade of blue. In the foyer, Cynthia has displayed the entire Juliska glass collection. Upstairs are baby goods. To the left and right are plates, glass, kitchenware, gardening goods, bath linens, and furniture. Weekly delivered orchids of every variety are available, along with French home magazines. Though this location is still new, Cynthia has already outgrown the space and is opening a second location to showcase her furniture. Truly an indulgence of the senses from the fragrances to the eye candy - Indulge is a delight.


A faux bois vase sits on a table styled by Cynthia.



The soft spoken Cynthia and her debonair husband Issac at home with their three "babies."



The entry, with stucco walls. Note the stone doorway on the left.




The powder room at Indulge.



The "Issac" headboard available from the web site.

Another headboard custom designed by Cynthia lies under a typical french window.

Furniture by the French based Blanc d' Ivoire, a personal favorite of mine.


Cynthia and Issac's bungalow was the cover story of Cottage Living this spring.


Gates custom designed by Issac lead to the front courtyard, allowing the couple to utilize the outdoor area for extra living space.


Provencal inspired landscaping.



Rattan, iron tables, and wood antiques give the house it's French charm.


That touch of pink with a faux bois table and antique French leather chairs.


The original "Issac" bed that started it all.

13 comments:

  1. Weekly orchids and French magazines...? Sounds like paradise!

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  2. Oh, so many beautiful pictures - I love the picture of the exterior of that gorgeous house - I would be stalking it too if it were in my neighbourhood!!
    XO
    Anna

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  3. Indulge is the perfect name...although I don't know that my pocketbook could handle living within 100 miles of such a fabulous sounding establishment! Thanks for letting me indulge...in my dreams!

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  4. Oooh! I just found your blog! I love it. I will be back....

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  5. Oh, how utterly beautiful. I hope to be be born into a wealthy french family (with exquisite taste) in my next life...
    :)

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  6. Thsnks everyone! A few people mentioned the headboard in my other post - so you know how you think of things to write about, I thought it might be fun to read about Cynthia's lifestyle, the shop, her home, her dogs, etc. Her web site is uber cute too!


    Joni

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  7. Yay more pink headboard! Well, thanks for all the pics and info on Cynthia :) Great post!

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  8. Thanks Glamour Girl! Go Pink! ha!

    Joni

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  9. I've always wondered why more isn't made of such talented Houstonians. Everyone thinks of us all as cowboys and rednecks or rocket scientists and crazy people...why not incredibly talented and chic?

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  10. Great post and loved all the photographs. They look like fun, down to earth people. I'd love to sit and have some gin and tonics with them. Come to think of it, it'd be fun to do that with all the bloggy design freaks!

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  11. What a fantastic store (and home). That headboard is tres glam!

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  12. Casa - it's my plan that next summer we are all getting together somewhere wonderful and shop and talk and design! Yes!

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  13. I'm usually in Houston in the summers, count me in! LOVE the headboard, thanks for sharing!!!

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