25 June 2009

Houston Special: In-House Antique Sale

 

image  3015 Virginia Street in the Upper Kirby District, Houston, Texas

 

The well know antique dealer from New Orleans, Mignon Favrot Topping, has lately found a new way to market her wares.  Topping is now staging houses that are for sale, filling them with her gorgeous pieces – all of which are for sale, of course!

Houstonians are extremely lucky because this weekend Mignon has worked her magic on a house for sale in the Upper Kirby District.  The agent, Sharon Ballas, emailed to tell me about this house that received the special Mignon treatment.    I’ve seen the house before.  Of course.  On a stalking drive-by, I slammed on my brakes – lured in by the French facade with the blue shutters and white stucco and adorable front door.  I walked all around the empty house, oohing and ahhing and imagining  where I would place my furniture if I bought this house.   Luckily for you – you won’t see an empty house if you stalk it this weekend – Mignon has furnished every corner of the house downstairs and it looks absolutely amazing. 

If you are in the market for a gorgeous new house, or beautiful antiques, or just need an eye-candy fix – stop by the house.   Photographs here are courtesy of Sharon Ballas and the Houston Association of Realtors.

 

 

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image Mignon Topping’s antique feast starts at the adorable front door.  Besides furniture, there is a lot of original art work for sale.

 

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When you enter the front door, a very large dining room is to the immediate left.   I thought this room would be great as a combination library/dining room or there is extra room for a seating area too.   I love the chandelier and the dining table and chairs that Mignon brought in.  And what a gorgeous rug!

 

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This gilt arm chair really appeals to me, as does the gueridon.   But, but, but – that painted chest makes my heart beat just a little faster – how gorgeous is that?!!?   WOW!   I am in love.

 

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Yum.   The art work looks really interesting.    So do the candlesticks! 

 

 

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The art work is really incredible – I apologize I don’t know the artists!   This canvas is another wonderful piece.

 

 

 

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To the immediate right of the front door is a small living room that overlooks the swimming pool.   Mignon placed two French settees in this room along with a fabulous screen that I need to get a better look at!   And look how darling that foot stool is!   A piece like that is perfect for a bit of high contrast pop in a room.  

 

 

 

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The view of the swimming pool from the front sitting room.

 

 

 

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Past the dining and sitting rooms is a large beamed family room and adjoining kitchen.  A separate breakfast area is seen through the dual openings.     Out the French doors is a wonderful covered outdoor living area, complete with a fireplace AND an air conditioner/heater!!!    This family room is incredible – open and inviting.  Mignon furnished it with a dining table, but homeowners would probably place their sofa there.    The kitchen blends into the area and is barely noticeable at the very end of the room. 

 

 

 

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A view of the fireplace and kitchen.   Notice the beautiful wood doors.    I love that large pillow and be sure to notice the painting of dogs above the mantel.   I might have to buy that one myself.   I love it!!!    You can see more of the kitchen in this picture.  The island divides the cooking area from the family room. 

 

 

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The same view without furniture.   What a wonderful space.

 

 

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The view of the swimming pool from the other side of the family room.   Of course – a homeowner wouldn’t block the view with a gorgeous buffet a deux – but Mignon has more antiques than wall space, so we’ll forgive her!!! 

 

 

 

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The same view, without furniture, with the breakfast area to the left. 

 

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Close up of a pair of Hitchcock chairs and another wonderful mirror and candlestick.

 

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There is a single farm sink – my favorite kind - and white subway tiles along with white marble paired with deep gray cabinets, ala Sally Wheat, Cote de Texas readers’ favorite kitchen.   The canvas in the middle is calling me.  Joni.   Joni.   Joni.   Buy me.  Buy me.  Buy me.   I am not sure I should go to this sale actually.   

 

 

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A view of the kitchen showing the island and the fireplace in the sitting room. 

 

 

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From the family room through the openings is the breakfast area – or it could be a sitting area.  The mini trumeau would be fabulous in a powder room and the painted bergeres would be a perfect pair for a living room or bedroom.

 

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The breakfast area filled with antiques from Mignon.    I love the dog paintings – I see a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel that looks too cute.  

 

 

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The covered outdoor living space was decorated by Mignon as if it was an inside space – well it IS air conditioned!  The sofa is wonderful, as is the putti painting over the large stone mantel. 

 

 

 

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So nice – too bad you can’t decorate outdoor spaces like this!  

 

 

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Besides the fireplace, there is an outdoor kitchen with grill.  The painted table is wonderful – as is is the trumeau over the desk.   I love the way they treated the ceiling with beadboard and beams.   This truly is an outdoor room. 

 

 

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I don’t know the artist – but aren’t these wonderful?   My favorite is the one in the middle with the white hat and white dress. 

 

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A view of the swimming pool and the large outdoor living room. 

 

 

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Looking straight into the living room.   The family room is along the right.

 

 

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View of the outdoor living room without the furniture.    The breakfast area is directly to the left.

 

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The vaulted ceiling master bedroom is upstairs with a balcony that overlooks the swimming pool

 

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The master bathroom.

 

 

 

 

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The house was built by Suncor Builders LLC and designed by the outstanding Robert Dame who also is responsible for the famous Octagon House.  The house measures at 5,822 sq. ft with 4 bedrooms and 5 1/2 baths, along with a wine room and a huge upstairs game room.

To contact  Sharon Ballas, the real estate agent, go here.   The schedule for the antique sale and the address is below.   Hope to see you there!

 

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58 comments:

  1. Ohhhhhhhhh my goodness. I am actually at a loss for words. I know it is hard to believe coming from 'me' Joni..... so how about just "DELECTABLE"!!!!!!!! -Brenda-

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  2. What a great concept! In this economy, it sounds like a winning combo for both shopkeeper, realtor, homeowner, & the buying public!
    Thanks Joni!

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  3. Thanks Jonie for this amazing home. I'm loving all the eye candy. I wish, I could be there to see it in person.

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  4. How beautiful! I wish there was a "bullet train" to Houston so I could hop on, spend the day at all your fabulous shops and shows, then turn around and come back home. Once or twice a month.

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  5. Oh my...if I had a big pocketbook I would buy those cow covered chairs...oooh la la....lov-er-ly!

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  6. wow, thanks for the tour - what a beautiful home and even MORE beautiful furnishings! I hope the future owner has such good taste!

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  7. Oh the advantages of living in the city! To be able to tour this beautiful home AND see the wonderful antiques at the same time just sound like heaven! I reall enjoiyed my virtual tour, but how I wish I could be there to see all of it in person. Nah, maybe not. Then I wouldn't have the advantage of your commentary about it. Another great post. laurie

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  8. Such a beautiful home! I think this would be lovely if I were looking for antiques or just house-hopping for fun, but it would be very distracting if I were actually looking to buy a home. My eye is drawn to the price tags!

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  9. Stunning house, and also some great pieces with which to fill it. I really like all the furniture and rugs, but am less enamoured of the pictures, but all-in-all a very enterprising way to sell both the house and the furniture, if you have a good removals company.

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  10. The house, the sale goods, all of it just makes me want to jump on a jet. Just me an overnight bag & my checkbook.
    Gratitudes as always to your eyes & ears...you uncover the best treasures.

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  11. joni !!!
    i wanna go !
    this house is amazing. it has all my favorite elements....kitch w/ fireplace, floor to ceiling windows, beams,blah blah blah.
    and the ANTIQUES !! love !

    brilliant concept, yes !
    the black face paintings are pretty great !

    xx

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  12. So I guess it's gauche to tell us how much it's listed for.

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  13. Jonie - a very lovely house! Très chic and elegant. I especially love the use of greys in this house - never looks boring with the right interiors. I would love just to stroll through the rooms and look at all the delicious objects.
    The concept of selling these goodies in an environment such as this one could not be better - a real inspiration for the potential buyer I would say.
    Greetings from Munich, Petra

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  14. Love love love the blog... Amazing post... Keep up the good work and thank you for sharing...

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  15. Joni,

    The paintings of the ladies in the hats is by a Louisiana artist named Bill Hemmerling who started painting after his retirement. The name of his muse is Sweet Olive, and she often portrayed carrying a branch from that tree. A few of my clients have his giclees and they are gorgeous in person. His originals have sold for upwards of $20,000. Sadly, Mr. Hemmerling died on June 16th of this year.

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  16. Joni, I'm speechless!! What a gorgeous home! What amazing antiques!

    Beautiful post!

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  17. You have the best connections! I may have to run over this afternoon and check it out. As always, thanks for sharing.

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  18. I am on sensory overload. The antiques, the house, the art....all so gorgeous. Mignon has a wonderful eye--her inventory is amazing. When I see Texas houses and gorgeous antiques, I just can't wait for So. California to return to great decorating (but it was never like Texas). Thanks so much.

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  19. Houstonians (is that a word?) really know how to live! Thanks for all the eye candy.

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  20. p.s - I thought your critique of the house from the other post was thoughtful and informative. Just listened to Skirted Round Table and wanted to mention that.

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  21. HI Joni,
    I just have to comment on that one room with the gray walls---way to gray in my opinion--it works with the yellow but it should have been lighter!

    Easy to critique something over making it up from nothing i know but there is my 2 cents :)
    xo
    Maria

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  22. * Before I "forget" (it's an "age thing", me thinketh!"), I ADOOORE that CHEST in the last pic!!! LOTS of yummy pieces here!!!

    I believe the CONCEPT is good~ it's creative, unique & would SEEM to work! HOWEVER, IMHO, filling this home, even with the most FAB of things, actally DETRACTS from the true beauty & distinctiveness of a terriffic home. (Just "thinking out loud"...)~~~

    Since I have no knowledge of the Houston RE market & from what is so delightfully shown here, I can only assume this is T*H*E "location, location, location"~~~ buuut, aren't these lots QUITE SMALL? (And it appears the homes are verrrry close together... is that the norm there? I'm really NOT criticizing, am honestly just "curious". I thought they did everything "BIG" in Texas, Sweetest Joni!)~~~

    Thanks n' BIIIG hugs,
    Linda in AZ *

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  23. I die. Fabulously wonderful. Thanks for making my early morning beautiful, Joni.
    Lidy

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  24. I think the artist might be Bill Hememrling

    http://www.hemmerlingart.com

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  25. Those were some great pieces in an equally wonderful house, Joni. Thanks for sharing this...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  26. Those were some great pieces in an equally wonderful house, Joni. Thanks for sharing this...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  27. Those were some great pieces in an equally wonderful house, Joni. Thanks for sharing this...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  28. I also question the idea of filling the house with SO MANY things that they begin to detract from the house itself, in terms on trying to sell it. To me, the photos look like a "terrific place we found to sell our antiques" rather than a "beautiful home for sale". But I guess that the (possibly very smart!) idea is to draw people to the home for the antiques sale, who then might come back later to view the home, or might "spread the word" to others who are in the market for a new home.
    Anyway, the items look beautiful and I bet that the event will be great fun!
    Love your blog, Joni!

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  29. My parents are visiting from out of town! I hope I get a chance to stop by!! Thanks so much for posting this info!!

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  30. Oh I would get in big trouble here, so many, many things I love! Great job as always Joni.

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  31. Love this, when great ideals come together...there's magic.

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  32. What a great concept - hope it works to sell the antiques as well as the house. Creative marketing is what I am looking for! Also, loved the post a few back on the eclectic house - I agree with you that we see much better design just among the blogging community. I think the magazines get stuck on the same sources. Have you seen the new Southern Accents? Am I rambling?

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  33. I would love to know the paint color used in the dining room - any clue what that shade of grey might be?

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  34. What a fantastic concept! And the home looks beautiful; I'd love that pool and outdoor living space, and the master bedroom with the vaulted, wood-beamed ceiling is gorgeous!

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  35. Joni.
    This is a novel approach to selling properties these days! I think it's great if the pieces help the prospective buyers grasp the size of certain areas, especially in rooms of that size. Also love how beautiful the antiques look with the grey. Especially that yellow settee! Art propped here & there is really nice but lined up on the floor seems a bit much...gosh I'm really going off here...but you know, shop owners would be wise to read the comments left by your fabulous, beautiful, smart & sexy readers. We know it all because we read and listen to what Joni has to say! So there, that's all...
    xo Lisa

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  36. This house is stunning and seeing it "staged" to the supreme...you really appreciate the space more. You also gave me an idea I would love to work on. Thanks again, Joni.

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  37. I also felt that it looked more like a furniture sale and less like a house for sale. I wish Mignon could have staged it with her beautiful pieces in a way that would look livable and realistic. In that case, I think both would win. I've seen beautifully furnished homes sell completely furnished when it's done well.
    At any rate, I hope both sales are very successful.
    Thanks again, Joni for linking to my blog.
    Olga ~Dancing Through Paris

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  38. Can't see the beauty of the home for all the clutter of the flea market look. Don't care for it, stick to a show room. This isn't realistic, and would not be how a person would live in a home. To me it defeats the pupose, and integrity of the home.

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  39. I must admit I agree with Shawna. Too cluttered. I couldn't see the house for the "stuff".

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  40. I sure wish I needed a house in Houston right now! The house is exquisite and your walk through of the house and antiques was a treat.

    I adore the kitchen color and would have never picked something like that without seeing it first.

    Thank you!

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  41. Oh my god, if I were anywhere near Texas I would definitely visit this house. It's fantastic!

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  42. Paint Colors you Requested for 3015 Virginia:

    1. Walls in the Dining room ; Benjamin Moore “Sage Mountain” # 1488 Color cut 50%
    2. Walls in Family Room: Benjamin Moore “Carrington Beige” HC-93
    3. Cabinits in Kitchen: Benjamin Moore “Dry Sage” # 2142-40

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  43. Mignon Topping?? Would that be onions or maybe mushrooms? Seriously, is that a real name? I have been an admiring lurker fascinated by your eye for every teeny tiny detail and attention to detail for a while, but this name question has forced me to post. Also quite seriously, funny name or not, Ms. Topping has some lovely. lovely stuff for sale and the house is beautiful.

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  44. Looks like a store and not staged for a sale. I hope the home owners get a percent of the Mignon Topping’s sales.

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  45. What an exciting experience!/Hilarious! Delightful! True!/wonderful stuff! thank you!

    Antique Art

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  46. Joni,
    Borrowed your photos with credit for an upcoming sale Mignon is having in CT. Love your posts! Her things are beautiful, but I really liked the way you showcase the home as well as the gorgeous things. Hoping to do the same with much credit.

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