26 October 2009

A Dance Through Paris

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I have been busy writing all weekend – working on a new blog post that I was hoping to have finished by Monday for you – but no such luck.    Needing a diversion, I thought I would catch up on some blog reading, when I noticed that my friend Olga Granda-Scott from Coral Gables, Florida had finally posted pictures of her new house.   You remember Olga, right?  I ran into her and her  husband at Round Top where they had a booth.   At home in Coral Gables – they help run the family  antique business  - Alhambra Antiques HERE – one of the better antique shops in their city.  They had packed up a huge truck, filled with all kinds of beautiful things to sell, and headed from south Florida to Round Top, Texas – not an easy drive.   Olga wrote about the trip HERE and HERE.   Luckily she spotted me in the crowd (who could miss me with the ridiculous blue boa?) and came over to say Hi.   Olga is absolutely adorable and I was so surprised to see how young she is.  She looks like she is about 15 – but with three children, I’m guessing I’m off a few years.  

 

imageHere are just a few of the antiques Olga sells -  to give you an idea of their look.   French, Swedish, Italian – they carry it all and then some.  I’ve been lusting after their crowns – they have a wonderful collection of them.  In fact, Olga is wearing one in the picture of us if you look close enough.

 

 

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So, tonight while I am trying to ignore the blog post that has been making me slightly insane all weekend, I see that Olga has finally put up pictures of her new house.   

 

 

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You see, they just sold the house they bought when they one child.  Today with three, they need a little more room.  So after spending many years fixing up this charming house that was built in the 20s – they are moving on.   They sure don’t build houses like this in Texas – it’s so adorable!!   Olga and her husband put in all the lush landscaping during their remodeling. 

 

 

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This is their new house (well, old house – it’s a 1926 Spanish style stucco) – as they found it – overgrown and in need of some new paint and a good landscaping trim.  I think it looks pretty cute as is.    But wait until you see what they did with the inside.   After I pulled my open jaw off the keyboard – I thought you would love to see how beautifully Olga has decorated her new house.   Makes me wish I owned an antique store too!  You will too, I promise.   To read Olga’s story about the house’s redo, go HERE.

 

 

imageWhen you walk through the front door – this fabulous antique clock greets you – along with a marble topped scrolled Baker’s table.  The floor here is river rock – so great looking!   As with most antique dealers, their furniture is always changing.   On Olga’s blog, the pieces that are for sale are linked to the store’s web site.  Hmm – the clock is pretty hard to resist!!!!

 

 

 

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Every entry hall needs two clocks, don’t they?  Of course they do, especially when they are this beautiful.   Here a Danish tall clock rests next to the front door.

 

 

 

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The living room – you can see the dining room through the two arches.   Notice how thick the arches are – they don’t build houses like this anymore.    The table is a vintage Italian gear with an added glass top.   Scattered throughout the house are industrial pieces, along with all the French and Swedish antiques.   Maximize your view setting to see the entire picture.

 

image Looking the other direction – there’s a beautiful pier mirror and two chairs.  The cow hide rug was bought at Round Top!   I love the fireplace – it’s gorgeous. 

 

 

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 A close up of the carved stone mantel perfectly accessorized with an assortment of antiques. 

 

 

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 In the dining room, an antique Spanish table with painted chairs is mixed with a crystal chandelier,  painted console and another industrial piece – just out of view.  I love the pop of the red shades here. 

 

 

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Upstairs in the master bedroom, Olga hung two Italian fragments instead of using a headboard.  The bed is made with French linens and is flanked with two different night tables.  The gilt framed chair adds the glamour. 

 

 

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A collection of Royal Vienna porcelain stands on the night table.  The lamps were made from an iron gate found in an old church.  Be sure to read Olga’s blog story for all the details of the furnishings HERE.    With three children and a business to run, Olga doesn’t get to post to her blog that often, but she promises she is going to show her yard soon.  Olga, don’t make us wait too long!!   OK, I’m back to work on my post.

58 comments:

  1. Joni,
    The house of your friend Olga is just divine! I love it!! Very good taste to combine the right furniture!

    Greet

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  2. I love Olga's taste and I am a regular reader of her blog...lucky you two to have met up, xv.

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  3. Olga's home is gorgeous! I enjoyed the tour and will visit her blog.

    Thanks Joni!

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  4. I so look forward to the houses that you show us. This one is just divine! Wish I was back at Round Top, love that cowskin rug!

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  5. Joni...you are tempting me with all these light floors. Procrastination benefit: by putting off refinishing floors, now I have the option of bleaching them. And she has my dining room ceiling color on her walls...wonder what paint she used. Mosaic tile in the front hall? Just all so beautiful, thank you! Trish

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  6. Joni,
    I am SO honored to have been featured so extensively and flatteringly on your blog. Thank you, thank you, thank you. THANK YOU!
    You'll have to give me a little lesson on how you got the pictures to post so big.
    Much love,
    Olga

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  7. What a stunning home, loved seeing each and every photo, particularly the RED lamps in the dining room.
    Janell

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  8. What a beautiful picture of you Joni! You and Olga look tres chic!!

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  9. Joni, Olga has a special touch. I love that her home is so perfectly her and not like anyone else's. I really loved the pop of red shades in the dining room, so unexpected, great post! Kathysue

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  10. In-SANE-ly gorgeous!! I about died when I saw that huge mirror she has in the living room. I'll now have to check out yet another fabulous blog!

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  11. Wow...it's incredible. I love that river rock on her entry floor and those soft blue walls. Hopping over to her blog now to check it all out- thanks Joni!

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  12. Beautiful home. Love the clean, almost spareness of the living room. Your seagrass flooring would work nicely in there. Great job Joni!

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  13. do children really live in this home?!
    olga no doubt has taught them well.

    another blog to discover, never enough time. thanks joni for another inspiring post. lovely!
    debra

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  14. Love Olga's home--especially the unexpected items, mixing fun with gorgeous.

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  15. I'll take two of everything!!

    what a great new friend to have.

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  16. what a stunning home. I just adore your blog Joni.

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  17. Joni-

    Love the photos- Olgas home is lovely! Love those antiques~ will check out her blog-can't wait!

    be sure to see my post on the next designer favourites! Thanks again for the mention on your blog!

    have a fab day!
    xx-
    Michelle

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  18. My favorite is the bedroom-who doesn't need an angel or two to look out for you? Love it!!!!
    www.cremefreshforthehome.blogspot.com

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  19. Love the facade - just scoop out the red lava rocks. Looks like she can seat only 4 in her living room. Three children? Perhaps fill the room with an enormous L shaped Shabby Chic sofa slip-covered in a soft linen - great floor lamps,an exquisite cocktail table from her store and seat the whole family in one room! Use every inch of this small,exquisite house for comfort without sacrificing looks.

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  20. Great post Joni! I am sorry I missed Round Top this time. Olga's house is fabulous. ...love, love the fragments over the bed....perfect!

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  21. What a pretty interior! I love her wall color too.

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  22. LOVE the house!!! I need to check out her blog now. AND I need to get working on my own house. Sigh....never done.

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  23. Her home is a wonderful reflection of her soft smile...thank you Joni for introducing me to Olga. I look forward to visiting her.
    P.S. I'll have you know that I have the fondest of fondest memories with friends & the MR. on the terrace at La Valencia. A few of those evenings I don't remember leaving...
    xo Lisa

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  24. I am in awe, such pretties in her home!
    Thanks for sharing...off to see her blog.
    pve

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  25. 'alhambra' really is a great shop.
    it looks as though they have put a great deal into this new home.

    great post.
    xx

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  26. Who thank you for the extensive overview of her home! Can't wait to see the yard. Love Coral Cables area- such neat treasures.

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  27. Just came across your blog tonight ... I love it!
    Thanks for all the lovely pics of Olga's place, gorgeous. Going to read more :)
    Sally

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  28. Hi miss joni..on a more silly note, I wanted to let you know I love your scarves! I wear them alot as well, so chic are we! xo kelley

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  29. Absolutely lovely! Thanks for sharing. Good luck with the monster post! I look forward to it. :)

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  30. I love the exterior of the house, it is so stunning! And the red lamps are totally fun as well! Hmmm. . . we are all curious about your next post now :)

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  31. Hi there!
    i read your blog and i feel so pleased that i was already working on the Web Designing project of interior designing so this post is very nice and nice use of images!
    Thnx for sharing mate!

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  32. Jodi, do you know designer Jane Page Crump because I just plugged your blog on her blog. I thought you were based out of Austin. Yikes I hope that was okay.

    I have that exact same fireplace screen in my new post... arent' you tempted to see it?

    Okay honestly, I have a request, would you mind coming by and leaving a comment, like a decorators autograph, I have admired your blog for sometime, except for that one post I have always enjoyed the experience, you can probably guess the one. I think you like a little controversy. Then there was one that sounded kinda like a Texas brawl. It was fun!

    My blog isn't nearly as lovely, some people even leave skid marks, but you see it's my birthday and I would like to boost my followers at least to match my age. Oh, did I mention your on my blog list... You can just say ... "Get a Life" or something. Just for fun. You might even get a little giggle out of it... My entire decorator post was under twenty dollars and that included dinner. Just used the stuff I had. Isn't that what it is about sometimes?

    I am celebrating all week so if ya can stop and say "Howdy" Cote de Texas style I would love it!
    Heck I might even break a record on my comments count.

    Thanks for taking the time to read my comment. I had fun leaving it...on a cold rainy day.
    Lee

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  33. Thanks for the autograph, Joni... I am glad you humored me , I like to cut up with people and you're welcome for dinner anytime.
    You should give Jane some tips on blogging. She is in Houston and I think Bellaire area. I don't know why I thought you were in the Hill Country. My bad.

    I am pretty sure she came by my blog, but didn't leave a comment. I think I might have stepped on her toes. She puts out a lovely magazine.
    Lee

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  34. Joni, thank you so much for sharing Olga's home. It looks to me like they found the perfect home to showcase their gorgeous antiques. Everything looks fabulous! I love her style. laurie

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  35. Joni,
    What an inspiration she is. It makes me wish for a large bank account and the ability to just start over!
    aaaaaahhhhh, beautiful stuff!
    xo

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  36. Joni this post is beautiful. Olga's home in a treasure with so much heart and soul obvious throughout. I will definitely check out her shop in Coral Gables next time I am in that great town. (Learning about all these "new" people and places is what I love most about blogs!)
    Your blog came to me through Brooke Gianetti. You gals are the greatest!
    Thank you.

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  37. She has wonderful style and a beautiful home. Great post!

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  38. Love her style, especially the materials, the bare whitewashed floors...i am going straight to Olga's blog

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  39. Hello :)
    Thank you for the pictures. Olga's house is very beautiful and elegant, i love it :) Fabulous antique clock .

    Hugs Wilhelmiina

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  40. Thanks for the tour! Simply beautiful!

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  41. Coral Gables! You know that is in Florida? Where the consignment shops are filled to overflowing? And the sun always shines? And Stone Crabs are in season? Antique Shows begin Novemer...?

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  42. Gorgeous home and am WILD about the Italian fragments over the bed. Increible!

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  43. i dont get to pull up your blog that often but today i did...love this space..glad i made it.

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  44. absolutely lovely!!
    such a breath of fresh air!
    love it!
    joan

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  45. Joni, loved seeing this! And I actually like the overgrown tropical look of the exterior. It looks lush to my vine and palm loving eye.

    And what treasures within! You know one thing I just love is that teeeeeeny little bentwood chair on the fire place hearth... I think that's a bentwood chair. I've never seen one that small. And the Royal Vienna reminds me of a chocolate set that was supposed to be mine that one of my sisters begged to have. She didn't keep it and doesn't remember which daughter has it. Alas, I will not make that same mistake again. LOL! It belonged to my great grandmother, and it was stunning. I have one piece left that I don't like as well (a plate).

    Back to the house. It really is just filled to the brim with wonderful antiques. And in that first picture or so, I love the sofa you showed that has flax covering it. Speaking of which, I hope you come over and see what I've been doing with burlap. You won't believe it. I thought of you when I wrote my post. :-)

    Thanks for sharing this...

    XO,

    Sheila

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  46. oh just beautiful!!! so simple yet so many ornate touches- gorgeous!!!

    ps- you look awesome in the pic too!!

    xoxo

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  47. Hi

    The use of blue boa is good and there are many people like this.

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