22 June 2010

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I was out this past Saturday doing some shopping and almost had a heart attack when I pulled up to Boxwood Interiors.   Whoa!  Finally!  Farrow and Ball is here in Houston – miracles DO happen.

 

 

image For the past two months, Boxwood Interiors on Alabama at Dunlavy has been carrying the Farrow and Ball paints.   Isn’t this just a beautiful site???  The best thing about F&B (besides the quality of the paint) is that their colors are so perfectly edited.  There aren’t a billion to wade through.  I mean you either want Cooking Apple Green or you don’t.   Or maybe you like Fowler Pink.    Myself, I’m partial to French Gray of course.

 

 imageBoxwood Interiors even has the cute little tester pots so you don’t have to buy the whole can.  Love this. 

 

 

imageAnd, they even stock the wallpaper books.   Ever since David Sutherland dropped the F&B wallpaper line a few years ago, you had to call the F&B main office to get samples.  NO MORE!!  YEAH!!!!!

 

image I love Boxwood Interiors, sister store to Foxglove which is right down the street.  

 

 

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Boxwood even put F&B Lotus wallpaper throughout the store to celebrate their arrival.  

 

 

 

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They have a great (maybe the best in town) collection of lampshades.  And they even have this adorable gray wicker settee.

 

 image They carry fabulous custom upholstered furniture with humongous nail heads (the best kind!)  And their pillows are tres cute. 

 

 

 

image Rows and rows of ready made pillows make decorating just a little easier – especially when you are in a hurry.

 

 

imageWhat I really love about their pillows are their sizes – many are the 26 x 26 which is my new favorite pillow size!

 

 

 imageBut, I did notice this sad sight– all the faux antique pillows with trims were hiding at the very back of the store.  Trend over?? Hallelujah!

 

 

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I wanted to ask for it, but I refrained.   But I really, really wanted one of these cute bags.

 

 

'Minster Green' by Farrow & Ball: Black + white photography + lush green walls by xJavierx.

F&B Minister Green, by Martyn Lawrence Bullard

 

 

image Lime White, by Barry Dixon (whom I met last month and he is THE nicest man!!)

 

 

image Sheila Bridges’ dining room is in Curlish Green. 

 

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And Bridges’ living room is painted in F&B Oval Room Blue.

 

 

image Teresa’s Green in used in this living room.  That’s a Michael Smith fabric on the sofa.

 

 

 

image Ina Garten’s barn is in F&B White Tie

 

 

 

image Ballroom Blue by Farrow and Ball

 

 

image Brooke Giannetti designed this bathroom in F&B Slipper Satin on the walls, and Pointing on cabinets.

 

 

image F&B Light Blue on the walls, Old White on wainscot.

 

 

 

imageI am crazy over their wallpapers – they are so gorgeous.  Here, Thomas Jayne used St. Antoine. 

 

image My all time favorite – Silvergate, in Grisaille.

 

 image Silvergate in a beautiful blue!

 

image Fiona Newell Weeks used Silvergate in this entry.  That mirror!!!!!!!

 

 

imageTwo story entry with Ringwold Papers by F&B. 

 

 

 

image Tented Stripe F&B wallpaper – so wonderful in this bathroom.

 

 

 

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I used the F&B Stripe in this bedroom for a client.

See Boxwoods sister store – Foxglove Interiors  HERE.

63 comments:

  1. Your design on the last pic is just gorgeous! Thanks for introducing me to this lovely line. I am in a rented house right now or else I would use the Ballroom Blue in my bedroom or Slippery Satin for the bath.

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  2. Once again, we all wish we could live and shop in Houston! Thank you for the lovely paint & paper tour....

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  3. Gosh, I couldn't pick a favorite if you paid me! Thanks for all the beautiful inspiration. Now I'm looking around thinking I should repaint a room or two! Who knew paint could be so gorgeous!!

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  4. Oh Joni, you're so lucky! Spare a thought for those of us Down Under - everything takes a million years to get to us! I would love to have access to Farrow and Ball products - they look divine. Thanks for posting, now I'll go and tease myself by visiting the Foxglove website - sigh! K xx

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  5. Lucky you! No such wonderful place in Cleveland. We can dream.

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  6. You really make me wish I lived in Houston! I can't believe all the incredible stores you have there. I need to plan a shopping excursion, after I win the lottery, and I'll need a personal shopping guide...

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  7. Great to know. I love F&B paint, but obviously can't get it in Abilene. Houston is only 6 hours away! I'll be at Boxwoods next trip to Houston!

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  8. Through as always Joni, loving your bedroom design at the end!

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  9. Well, we live in Austin, and it's a quick drive there, I'll be stopping in for sure! Farrow and Ball, it's around the corner!

    Thanks for sharing, enjoy your blog.

    Nancy

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  10. Oh Yes, I favor Farrow and Ball. Luckily we do have a dealer in Atlanta. I like Vert de Terre and Cornforth White...but it is all lovely.

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  11. Yahoo! I knew there was a reason why I hadn't finished my red french kitchen. I used Valspar and wasn't happy with the results. I tried antiquing it and aging it and I don't know what all.

    It never failed, every time I found a room I liked, it would turn out to be Farrow & Ball. I love Boxwood and can't wait to finish painting my kitchen (again!)

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  12. i think i would hyperventilate if i came across that store. no fair! there isn't any good stores like that near me......every thing in there is beautiful....love the pillows and i'm swooning over the lotus wallpaper!

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  13. No one can compete with them. Their colours are perfection. I adore that Lime White!!

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  14. That store is beautiful and it's always nice when you can source a product close to home. I blogged about F&B when I met Nikki Chee, communications manager from England. Their paint costs more than other paint lines but worth every penny!

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  15. I have read so many compliments about this paint but I can't find a dealer close by. Maybe on my next trip to Atlanta I can buy a dozen of the sample size paints and put them in my checked luggage. Thanks for all the inspiration.
    xo, Sherry

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  16. The F&B colors are just amazing and once you find one you like you will be hooked, they are so unique and calm. Enjoy!!!

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  17. I was just there admiring some of the very same things, but of course you took your post to the highest level with all the images showing us how F&B is used in real homes. Love the Silvergate paper! xo...Linsey

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  18. ::happy dance:: Fantastic news! Absolutely love F&B -- I've got Parma Gray in the master bedroom, Lamp Room Gray in the master bath and Drawing Room Blue in my dining room. Now I have a great excuse to use it more!

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  19. *** HONESTLY Joni, you'd think it was the 4th of July here right now, w/ sooo many "OOOH"s and "AHHHH"s coming out of my MOUTH, and my EYES all lit up like when Audrey Hepburn entered TIFFANYS!!!

    ELEGANT beauty EVERYWHERE~~~ and the LUXURY of such QUALITY gives me a goosebump or two!!!

    FAAAAABULOUS POSTING! Many thanks!

    Linda in AZ *
    bellesmom1234@comcast.net

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  20. *** P.S. My weakness for gorgeous, thick and high beds was "fed" on that last pic... then to find out YOU did it was, well, rather cool, kiddo!
    Linda ***

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  21. i am in loveeee. these photos are incredible. the rooms literally ooze beauty. and that store? i can't get enough.

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  22. I wish I lived in Houston! I could die happy in that store!

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  23. You have some great shopping in Houston! It's time for me to take a field trip!
    xo xo
    PS Great pics of the shop!

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  24. Yey for getting F&B. They are the only paint brand I have in my 200 yr old home. I think it is miracle paint - the levels of pigment are SO high that the depth of colour is stunning When you paint it, it goes on like water & you think 'Oh god, now what?!' but it dries perfectly. I love it so much, i've even painted outside my house in it! Lizzie x

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  25. I used F&B clunch in both my dining room (south facing) and kitchen (north and east facing). It looks amazing in my dining room, not as good in my kitchen. I highly recommend those sample pots, because this is full spectrum paint that interacts with the light and changes based on the light.

    I love F&B, and would really like to use it throughout my new house. In fact, I would love to use F&B on the exterior of the house too (we are painting the brick) because their neutrals are so beautiful, and are based on historical colors.

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  26. Wow, what a beautiful store.....the pillow options....wow. Very envious! And, love F&B and the images you show are a treat as always!

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  27. I recently used Farrow and Ball's Light Gray in my living room and love it. It really does have the depth that everyone raves about. While it does cost a lot, it only took 1/2 a gallon! Great article, Joni!

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  28. Oh, how fun! Love the store too...those pillow are wonderful!!

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  29. Did not know that F&B had come to Houston. I have a living and dining room to paint. I've ordered before but through the mail. Thanks for the update!

    Cheryl

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  30. Boxwoods looks like a lovely store filled with inspiring pieces. Adding F&B was a great move for them and for Houston. There is a simplicity about F&B products that is just classicly beautiful, long-lasting and always a perfect fit. I enjoyed the store tour. Thanks, Joni!

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  31. I just retired from teaching and I would be glad to just sweep floors and do peasant work in that shop all day! What a beautiful environment!
    Great post, ones like this make me go ahhhhhhh....

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  32. We have them here in Vancouver, and love the colour choices!! The merchandising is so brilliant...you feel like you are getting something really special.

    Best,
    Michelle

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  33. Thanks Joni, I will visit Boxwood on my next Houston trip!

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  34. Oh, I feel a trip to H-town coming on!

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  35. This is a great store---we need a place like this is LA. All of those lamp shades--just what I need the most right now to match all of my new lamps. Thanks. Mary

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  36. Joni amazing, I love this shop!! The image with the Lotus Wallpaper, wow!! Farrow and Ball is such a great line of paints!

    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  37. Joni,
    Oh what a post! Love the Farrow & Ball colors to death. Used Hardwick White in trim all over the durn house. Love the jute bag, would purchase of a sample pot get me one I wonder?
    Ann

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  38. Hi Joni,
    While visiting Houston in April, my friends and I stopped in at Boxwood Interiors and Foxlove. The girls at Boxwood were sooooo nice! They drew maps for us, told us where to have lunch, what to do and see. And, we loved their store. All those pillows!
    I love that wicker settee of course!
    The Farrow and Ball Silvergate wallpaper is almost exactly like my dining room wallpaper.
    Love this post! --Delores

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  39. lucky you! I have a few sample pots acquired randomly and I hoard them for small (and VIP) painting projects. F&B has the most delightful whites and you're so right, they are so carefully edited you can't go wrong. fell hard for the wallpapers in that Fiona Weeks house! LOVE! your bedroom design at the end is so lovely, too. love the stripes.

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  40. We had a F&B distributer for about 18 mos. Such a bad choice - it was a faux finishing school in an industrial park. The nicest people, but no one every found them. I'm Cooking Apple Green with envy. And the lampshades! Out where you can play with them yourself! Love that.

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  41. Has anyone used one of their whites for kitchen cabinetry? If so, which white would you recommend. Joni, I have the striped wallpaper in my dressing room and bath. I just love it both for its color and quality.

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  42. Oooooo!! Just another gorgeous shop in Houston -- and now even better with F&B! LOVE their colors! And you met Barry Dixon!!! Lucky gal!! I have two copies of his decor book -- just LOVE his style!

    Jan at Rosemary Cottage

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  43. Farrow & Ball is my favorite paint! I have blogged about it many times and have shown some of their new color groups. My guest room is done in one of my favorites, Biscuit, which is sadly discontinued. But I also love the French Gray, beautiful on cabinetry. The best paint ever!

    The Designer Insider

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  44. What a great shop!!!! I especially love the shelves stocked with pillows! I have been on the hunt for one little accent pillow...if only Boxwood Int..was closer to OHIO!!! Love all the images of F&B colour!

    Have a great day!

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  45. WOW!! Fabulous store!! When are they planning on opening in Aus???.. I soooo wish!! Absolutely looove your design style! Wish you were also closer...
    Lou xx

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  46. Beautiful photos.....Love F&B. You are so fortunate to have it in your backyard...I'm jealous... had to order it from LA...and have it shipped to Seattle! We used Pompei Red and Loggia...in a hall and Powder room. Wonderful post as always! Monica

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  47. I am so happy for you. Before I went all white recently, I had my entire home here in Los Angeles painted with farrow & ball - 14 rooms/regions, 14 different colors carefully selected so that each room subtley flowed to the next. I had my husband's office painted minister green, which is so saturated and stately. I am obsessed with F&B they do not have a bad color in their entire collection. Thanks for the great photo gallery.

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  48. Thank you, Joni, for another yummy post -- makes me wish I could spend an afternoon at that shop!

    For those of you who live out in the middle of Nowhere like I do, ordering sample pots from their website is a breeze. The shipping costs barely anything and even if a color arrives looking slightly different from the one on the computer screen, it is still bound to be wonderful.

    I was a skeptic at first and thought it was mostly hype but it was really worth it and now I can't go back to regular paint -- it looks too much like plastic to me.

    -- Not an employee of F&B : )

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  49. Well THERE's one stop shopping for ya!! Lucky!

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  50. Makes me wish I still lived in Katy, to be able to go visit this store!

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  51. Linda, Brett and Patti deserve all the success they
    will experience with this fabulous new location.

    Kudos to them all!!!

    Nice post, Joni.

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  52. I am so glad I found this blog! I discovered you this past weekend, and have whiled away the last several hours reading many of your entries. It all started with your list of top ten designers, and I embarked on a trip down memory lane, reading about some of my favorite designers as well, such as Suzanne Rheinstein, To be sure, I've always been a buttoned up, black wool gabardine, Georgian and Federal style kind of a gal. But I just found two Century Louis XV style cabriolet arm chairs, and a Louis XVI-style cabriolet arm chair (for a song!) at a thrift store, in desperate need of reupholstering. I had never really considered slipcovers, untiil I read what you said about laundering yours: "Once you have lived with slips, the ability to wash them is very satisfying." I feel the same way when I wash all my white matelasse coverlets and box spring covers. I truly want to try it, but what about camel back sofas and wing chairs? I like tight, tailored lines, so can they be successfully slipcovered? Oh, and by the way: did you ever name your #2 and #1 favorite designers? I never could find that information, and I'm dying to know! In any event, I have certainly loosened up after a weekend filled with reading your articles! At least in my dress. I declare that now white linen is the new black...wool gabardine. Thank you for such a wonderful, inspiring blog. I look forward to your next entries!

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  53. Loved this and especially your commentary. Thanks, Joni!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  54. Finally! You must be thrilled Joni.
    I love F&B. They are my "go to" paint colors.
    I try to use them in all of my projects
    They make a room glow.
    That stripe that you used in your client's bedroom is gorgeous.

    xo
    Brooke

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  55. Joni - I am not a blogger and know virtually nothing about it. But, I've been following your site and just have to say how much I enjoy you. Love your taste (things I dream of,) but I especially love your enthusiasm for good design - it's infectious!

    Thank you!!

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  56. Oh, how I wish this store was in Atlanta! What a fabulous treasure trove of design delights!

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  57. Yes, fantastic house, fantastic garden, fantastic price!

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  58. I wish I had that kind of money!!! How lucky are they...thanks for the photos. Love all your posts.

    Cindy

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  59. Wow love all you Post, the last Image is wonderful! love this Bedroom such a gorgeous bed,looks so inviting and elegant!You are so enthusiastic when it comes to creativity.inspiring Blog.

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  60. I am so impressed with your blog. It's absolutely beautiful and very inspirational.

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  61. I am saddened that F & B dropped their oil based line. Now you know I am a big supporter of green design, but when painting furniture, an oil based paint wears the best.

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  62. I noticed a couple of people on here live in Austin and there IS a Farrow & Ball dealer here in Austin. They have been here for two years now and they have the most beautiful showroom! They are also a home remodeling company that does the most unique and exquisite work. IT IS A MUST SEE!!! They have a huge selection of F&B and have all the paint and wallpaper samples available.
    Sitric House and Home
    3401 W. Slaughter Lane
    Austin, Texas
    512-291-0804

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  63. Too many pretty things here I don't even know where to start!

    That store looks absolutely amazing! I want to buy all those throw pillows!

    So lucky you have a place that carries so much Farrow & Ball!

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