Mrs. B. Visits the Skirted Roundtable!

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This week, The Skirted Roundtable welcomes our first guest host – Mrs. Blandings -  to the microphone.   We spent the full 30 minutes yakking away with Patricia Shackelford, aka, Mrs. B. – so be sure to grab a cup of coffee before you sit down to listen!   Patricia shares how and why she started blogging, where she got the idea for her name, and answers that most important question:  Did she actually BECOME Mrs. Blandings after blogging, or was she Mrs. Blandings before the blog??????????

Tune in here!  Enjoy!!!

AND be sure to listen next week when we will have another guest host join the Skirted Roundtable.  Ssshhh – it’s a surprise!!!

Found: A Fabulous Flea!

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What do you do when you’re friends with your competitor?  You join forces, of course.   And what do you do when the economy is in the tank?   You have a sale, of course!     And that’s just what Mary Daly of The Fabulous Flea and Aaron Rambo and Ruth Davis of Found For the Home have done.  

Two of my favorite haunts, The Fabulous Flea and Found For the Home, are having a huge sale, starting tomorrow – this Thursday through Saturday:  June 4 – 6.   They are calling it a “Screw The Economy” sale and for once, we the shoppers benefit:  EVERYTHING is 30% off!   Found for the Home has schlepped tons of their great antiques over to Mary’s shop, located in the prettiest garage in Houston.  I featured her place, here, and listen people, even if you don’t need or want a thing, go!!!!   Just a chance to see the shop alone is worth your time and effort.   Trust me on this. 

The other day, I was lucky to get a sneak peek at what’s for sale and the prices are great – so great I had to get a few things myself, of course!   I wouldn’t be a shopaholic if I didn’t.  Like Ben (the famous Mr. Slipper Socks Man) says - “it’s not a good day for Joni unless money is exchanged.”  You’ve got that right, Ben.

Here are some of the pictures I took the other day at The Fab Flea, all styled and ready for the sale.   Word of warning - there’s something in the pictures that is no longer available – it’s at MY house now!      Detailed information on the sale and location can be found here.  Enjoy!

 

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The Fabulous Flea is a shop that connects to Mary Daly’s house.  The house is on the left, then the lush gardens are behind the arched wooden gate, next to which is The Fab Flea, housed in a wonderful lofted-ceilinged room that adjoins a large “garage.”   One day, when Daly is tired of the retail grind, the shop can be turned into guest quarters or a party room.   The architect?   The divine Mr. A., aka Kurt Aichler – without a doubt!!! 

 

 

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Love the truck Mary!  You can enter the shop two ways- either through the wonderful carriage doors…. 

 

 

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Or through the arched front door, with it’s antique French lantern and scalloped awning.  Notice the double FFs on the awning. 

 

 

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Today, I decide to go through the front door.  Good thing too – those sconces caught my eye right away!  hehe

 

 

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The large, main room is filled to the rafters with merchandise from The Fab Flea and Found.   There are tons of wood and iron chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, and lots of French antiques along with a great collection of  the unique, one-of-a-kind, “industrial” styled pieces that Found is famous for. 

 

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Hmmmm,  this vignette looks interesting to me.   Look at the lines on that settee, the bottom is actually scalloped!  Divine!

 

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Of course, one of the most fun parts of shopping at The Fab Flea is peeking through the windows at the main house and gardens.   Stalker-alert!

 

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All over the store are these wonderful lamps that are custom made by Found out of, well, found objects!   I love the framed collection above the buffet.

 

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This chair is exceptionally cute with its linen ruffled skirt.  But notice the standing lamp to its left.   There are several of these wonderful lights, in slightly different styles, by Found, of course. 

 

 

 

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Every corner has something great – I love this lamp, and the desk, and the ottoman…and it’s all 30% off!      OK, breathe.

 

 

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To get from the main room to the “garage” – you go through this set of large, wooden doors.  

 

 

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The garage room is filled with a mix of French antiques, chandeliers, and more unique Found items.  

 

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Along the back wall is this large painting – in muted grays and yellows.   I really, really loved this!!!!   I only wish I had a place for it!

 

 

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You KNOW I’m going to lust over these crystal sconces from Found.  

 

 

 

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Great table and chairs – check out the lions, perfect for a front porch or atop a long console inside.   There’s also this wonderful marble and brass dessert tray that I caught my eye.

 

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OK – time to leave, and decide on my purchases.

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What to get????   I adore this settee, wouldn’t it be wonderful in front of a bed?  And that pillow – a huge bolster made from tapestry!   The urns!  That table! 

 

 

 

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So, what did I get?   Remember, everything IS 30% off – who can resist????

 

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Thanks guys!   Y’all are the best!

 

 

Store Hours for the sale:

Screw the Economy
30% off Summer Sale
3211 Bammel Lane
Houston, TX 77098

Map and Directions here.
Thursday - June 4, 2009 10:00-8:00
Friday - June 5, 2009 10:00-5:00
Saturday - June 6, 2009 10:00-5:00

For more information – go to The Fabulous Flea, here.

Win Some Art!

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OK – just a note to let everyone know that the blog, Harmony and Home, out of San Francisco,  is having a really cool contest – you can win a 40”x 40” piece of  art work of YOUR choosing from New Era HD.    The contest ends soon – so be sure to go sign up TODAY!   Isn’t blogging wonderful?

Rebecca is going to be choosing a winner here on Saturday, so hurry over to Harmony and Home to get all the details!

Good luck!

Like Mother, Like Daughter

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It’s not often we see a house designed by Mario Buatta in Houston.  Usually he works in New York or Florida, rarely Houston.  But there it was, in Architectural Digest (2007), all beautiful in pinks and greens and yellows.  The Buatta house is being publicized again – it’s now for sale, and listed on HAR, the favorite real estate haunt of nosey Houstonians or house stalkers (not talking about me, of course) – you know, those obnoxious people who search HAR’s website to find a house to either admire or hate, and then run to the tax rolls to discover who owns it.     The Buatta house is a little more intriguing because of who owns it and what its competition on the market is.  You see, the lady of the Buatta house, is related to the lady of another grand house for sale, right down the street a-ways in Houston’s toniest neighborhood.   One is owned by the mother, the other is owned by the daughter – both still young, vibrant, civic-minded women.  See if you can figure out which house the mother owns, and which house the daughter owns.    To be sure there is peace in the two households, both are using the same real estate agent!

P.S.  If you live in Houston, see if you can guess who owns the houses.   There is one HUGE clue in the pictures!!!    To play the game, if you already KNOW who owns it, don’t ruin it for those who are guessing.  Feel free to email me with your story:  mrballbox329@aol.com.  

 

The Tale of the Tape:

 

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House #1:  $10,800.00                                                                                                                                         

Over an acre, backs up to the golf course of RRCC                                                                                    

13,386 Sq. Ft. /3 stories /5-6 Bedrooms/9 Full, 2 Half Baths                                                            

Built:  1988, designer unknown                                                                  

Garage:   3 cars     

 

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House #2:  $9,950,000.

Over 1 1/2 acres, backs up to busy Kirby Street

7,968 Sq. Ft./3 stories/5 Bedrooms/6 Full, 3 Half Baths

Built: 1939 by renowned John Staub; interiors by Mario Buatta

Garage:  none 

Pool Pavilion:  3,331 sq. ft. designed by Curtis Windham, 2007   

        

 

House #1:

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Both houses are located in River Oaks, Houston’s most exclusive neighborhood.    House #1, though, is on the golf course of the River Oaks Country Club, primo real estate to be sure.  You really can’t see the house behind the gates if you are cruising the street, but cruising the internet it’s no problemo at all.  Lots of flowers, including beautiful rose gardens, are included in the landscaping.

 

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House #1 is a Regency style home and is relatively new for River Oaks – built in 1988.  At over 13,000 sq. ft. the facade belies the true size of the house.

 

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The front door is seen at the end of this entry hall.  The dining room is to the right.  The house has a definite contemporary vibe going on:   is this the mother’s house, or the daughter’s?   Would the daughter like contemporary or the mother?   I don’t know the interior designer used in House #1, but judging by these pictures,  I might guess it was done by the great and elegant Herb Welles or his partner Jerry Jeanmard.  But, like I said – this is ONLY a guess!

 

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Contemporary art work lines the walls of the two story stairwell.   Note that the furniture is not contemporary, but classic French antiques.  

 

 

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The dining room is wallpapered in a toile.  Antique rug and furniture. 

 

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At the end of the long entry hall, down a few steps, is the expansive main living area.  This room is filled with richly upholstered furniture and more French antiques.  The view out the windows is of the pool, the rose garden, and the golf course.   There are very few golf courses located inside the city limits of Houston – real estate along these courses is very pricey. 

 

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The paneled office/library is set up for a true businessman or woman.   Three TVs are great for news and sports watching.    Would an older man want three TVs or a younger man????

 

 

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The kitchen is a good size for a large family – with lots of children?    It looks like there are more televisions in this room.  Someone must be either a political junkie or a sports junkie in this family!

 

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The large family room appears to me to be an addition  - located off to the side of the main house.  Notice the paint treatment on the ceiling.    This room looks like it was designed for large crowds – push the furniture to the sides and you have a ballroom!!

 

 

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The master bedroom is oversized and is all in pinks, both hot and soft.     Out the window is a balcony that overlooks the swimming pool and golf course.  Must be a gorgeous view!    This room is directly on top of the living room.

 

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This large guest room overlooks the front of the house. 

 

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One of several rose gardens on the property.   It appears this one is located right outside the stairwell.

 

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The back yard:  the three large windows are the living room.  Above is the master suite with its private balcony.  

 

 

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Past the swimming pool is the River Oak CC golf course.  Expansive views like this are rare inside the loop.

 

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At dusk, the living room and master bedroom balcony are on the left.  The large family room is to the right.  It looks like this was added on, perhaps it was once the garage?   Is this large swimming pool for children or grandchildren?   Have you already made up your mind if this is the mother’s house or the daughter’s house?  Wait………

 

 

House #2

 

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House #2, right off busy Kirby Street.  This lot is on 1 1/2 acres – 1/2 acre larger than House #1.   The front has a large parking court – room for plenty of partying guests!      This classic house was built in 1939 by famed architect John Staub who helped develop River Oaks.

 

 

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The back facade of the classic Staub house.    It looks like there are two balconies flanking the main section of the house – underneath the right balcony, the area was enclosed to make a sun room  The area on the left looks like it was left open.

 

 

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The front entry hall is quite different from House #1.  This foyer is relatively small looking, but probably this is just an optical illusion.

 

 

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From Architectural Digest:  the main living room is painted a Nancy Lancaster yellow, filled with English and French antiques and English styled upholstery.  Designed by Mario Buatta, this room makes no mistake about that.   Unlike House #1 with its contemporary art collection, House #2’s art is more traditional.

 

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Yellow silk plaid curtains and a classic Colefax and Fowler fabric dominate the living room.   The two living rooms in House #1 and #2 are similar in their quality and quantity of furniture.  But which living room is mother’s and which is daughter’s?

 

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The real estate pictures are not quite as enticing as the Architectural Digest photographs taken by Gordon Beall,  but the room still looks beautiful.  It would be interesting to see House #1 under the Architectural Digest lens, too – to level the playing field!  These ceilings appear low – they are actually a lofty 10’ high.

 

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The beautiful pink dining room with its white fireplace and Nesle chandelier looks cozy in this picture by Architectural Digest.

 

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In real life – seen in the HAR pictures, the room is very large – 24x17.  The carpet is by Starke.

 

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The real estate picture shows the true size of the room. 

 

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The library in its original mahogany paneling is traditionally English.   Is the portrait the lady of the house in her younger days, or is it the mother in her younger days?  Hard to say. 

 

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The real estate photos of the library.   The morning room is right outside the doors. 

 

 

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The master bedroom is a pure Buatta pink fantasy.  With his traditional four poster bed, there is no mistaking who designed this room – but for whom?   The daughter and her husband, or the mother and her  husband?

 

 

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Taken at night for the Houston real estate web site.    The chintz on the bed is Lee Jofa, the carpet is by Starke.  With the windows on each side of the bedroom – its runs the width of the house. 

 

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The porch along the back of the house with classic iron furniture in green and white stripe cushions – very southern looking, to be sure.   The recently built pool pavilion is off to the right.   Does this look like a place for children or for grandchildren?

 

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Looking from the back of the house out to the yard – the pool pavilion is on the right, past an allee of Live Oak trees.  The swimming pool is directly facing the house – past the trees.

 

 

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A night time shot of the large swimming pool.

 

 

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A hidden garden off to the side of the yard.

 

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A view of the pool pavilion.

 

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At over 3,000 sq. ft, the pool pavilion is larger than most houses.

 

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Buatta designed this space also.  The checkerboard floors were inspired by the lobby at Claridge’s hotel in London.

 

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The real estate photograph.  What a grand space for large parties with live bands and dancing!   Past the middle doors is the bar area, seen below.

 

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An oval bar in the pool pavilion – complete with white marble floor.  This building also houses an exercise room, a library, and a kitchen for entertaining.   Obviously this “pool pavilion” is really for grand parties rather than a place for playing children – or grandchildren.   Again, is this the young daughter’s house or is it the house of the still-young herself mother? 

 

To Recap:

 

House #1’s living room:

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House #2’s living room:

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Do you think you know which house is for a young family, with young children and which house is for an older couple, with no children at home?   Does the fact that Mario Buatta designed one of the houses sway your opinion?   Or does the location sway you – one house on the golf course, the other on a larger lot, but right off a very busy road?   Do you have a favorite house?     Do you prefer the more contemporary one, with the French antiques, or the older, more traditionally styled house – with English antiques and furniture?          Does the furniture give away which one is owned by the daughter and which by the mother?   Do you wonder why both houses are for sale at the same time, both sharing a real estate agent?  Are they downsizing or moving up or both?    Maybe they should just trade houses!    

 

P.S. Remember if you happen to already know who lives here, don’t spoil the fun for those playing along!