Darling French Apartment for Rent

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We usually spend a month each summer in South Padre Island.  No, it’s not fancy – at all, it’s totally laid-back and we have lots of fun with good friends from college.  I’ve been going to South Padre for most of my life and haven’t missed many summers there.  I think Ben and I have missed only two or three summers that I can remember, due to weather usually.  But this summer with my daughter getting ready to leave for college, we thought we should stay closer to home.    So, here we are in Galveston Texas, with all the beautiful old Live Oak trees cut down from Hurricane Ike.  It looks like a different island now – so bare!   At least we were able to rent a really beautiful condo in a brand new building that we got for a steal.  I keep waiting for them to tell me they quoted us the wrong price.  Shhh!   The brand new condo is actually nicer than my house with limestone floors, granite kitchens and bathrooms and frameless shower stalls – luxuries I am not used to!    Being just 50 miles from Houston, Ben can commute to and from work with ease and Elisabeth has been bringing friends down.   But, the beaches are really quiet here and it’s just not “home” like South Padre is.    It’s hotter here than there for some reason, even the water is much warmer than SPI which can be cold sometimes!    It’s been really relaxing and peaceful and I’m trying to catch up on all my old emails.    Which leads me to my point.    While I’m in Galveston – trying to pretend it’s South Padre where I pretend it’s the South of France, I get this email from a reader about a rental apartment in Paris.  Oh My God!  Why do people want to torment me?   Just when I’m thinking how thankful I am to vacation on Galveston Island, I have to see THIS apartment in Paris??????  

 

 

image The Paris rental apartment is owned and was decorated by an interior designer.  Look how she dressed the santos in a cute burlap skirt.

 

The Paris apartment, located in an historic building in one of the better areas, the Place des Vosges, was totally redone this past year, decorated all in painted woods and creamy upholstery.  It looks like a showroom for Blanc d’Ivoire.  Of course it is owned by an interior decorator and it shows.   So many of the rentals in France are just not nearly this cute.   It’s been totally updated and even has a flat screen.   All I can think of is why am I in Galveston when I could be HERE???????

 

 

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The main living room features restored hardwood floors and a beamed ceiling.   There are two sitting areas along with a zinc topped dining table surrounded by painted French chairs.  Too cute!!!  Notice the child’s dining chair on the far right. 

 

 

 

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The main living area again with a painted antique daybed that faces the fireplace.    Besides a flat screen TV with satellite, there is wireless internet, a safe, and an ice machine.  The kitchen is through the opening in the center.

 

 

 

image Vignette across from the dining room table.  I love the old station clock.  You can really tell an interior designer owns this apartment, it’s styled within an inch of its life!

 

 

 

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The kitchen has been totally redone and has a charming window which overlooks an interior courtyard.   There is even a washing machine in this compact kitchen.  The master bedroom is through the door, and the second bedroom is reached through the master bedroom.  All these rooms surround an indoor courtyard. 

 

image The painted dresser in the kitchen holds all the plates and mugs.  

 

 

image One of the bathrooms which overlooks the courtyard has been designed with the same elements as the kitchen for visual cohesiveness.

 

 

image The master bedroom has a pretty antique iron bed.    I love the blue walls and embroidered bedding.  Cute lamps and a beautiful, huge mirror.

 

 

image The master bedroom and the second bedroom overlook an interior courtyard.  Notice that the shutters are actually just painted tin.

 

 

 

 

image This must be in the second bedroom – the flooring is different.   I love the plants in their burlap sacks.  The books and candlesticks are antique and this entire vignette is so romantic!!!

 

This Paris rental is on the second floor and has 2 bedrooms and bathrooms.  It is $2000/week during high season.  No pets and no smoking and small children not advised due to the antiques and light fabrics!!    To visit the web site, go HERE.      If you go, or if you have stayed here, please let me know how it was!!!!

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Comes To Houston

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HHN Homes of Houston has been chosen to be the 171st builder for Extreme Makeover:  Home Edition.   The construction will commence after Ty Pennington surprises the lucky Houston family on July 25th.  One week later, the bus will move away to reveal the new house on July 31st.   The entire project is done by donors and volunteers only.  

As you might realize, this is a way to give back to the community and help one family who is so very deserving.   Amazingly, their new house will be constructed in just one week – and HHN Homes is urgently looking for donors and volunteers to help them with this charitable endeavor. 

 

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Additionally, if you are able to donate specific design items, please go HERE.   A member of the design team will get back to you if what you are offering is a match.   You will then be listed as a sponsor on the website and on ABC’s program.  

If you find it in your heart to donate or volunteer – please visit the web site for a list of all the specific needs and information.  Go HERE to read what is critically needed now!   If you are unable to donate or volunteer, just come out to cheer.  Maps, times and dates are also on the web site. 

The generous owners of HHN Homes, Lee Harris and Linda Stewart, explain why they have enlisted for this formidable task:  “We are taking on this challenge for one reason. . . we want to facilitate the generous Houstonians to join forces from all walks of life to change the life of one deserving family. Our goal is to construct a new house in one week!”  The house will be built for the family’s specific wants and needs and will be both green and sustainable. 

Please consider donating or volunteering if you are able to!  Again, for more information – go HERE.

Lauren Liess, Synaesthesia, and The Skirted Roundtable

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This week on The Skirted Roundtable, we interviewed interior designer and blogger Lauren Liess.  You are probably familiar with Lauren’s fabulous blog, Pure Style Home, where she shows the design work she’s done for clients and for herself.  Last year the Liess family bought a split level house near Washington DC.   The house was stuck in a time warp – it looked like Rob or Laura Petrie might still be living there.  Within just a few months, Lauren totally transformed her house into a magazine-worthy place.   In fact, Better Homes and Gardens recently photographed it for their upcoming Christmas issue!    On Pure Style Home and on The Skirted Roundtable, Lauren shares all her tips and innovative ideas that went into the renovation of her split level.   It’s impossible to single out any room – they are all fabulous, from the foyer to the living room to the kitchen and even to the nursery.    Pictures of her house are on the Skirted Roundtable blog HERE

 

 

image The transformation of her foyer – Lauren tells us how she did it while she was 9 months pregnant!

 

Besides decorating, we also talked a bit about a condition that Lauren has – called Synaesthesia.   I had never heard of this before, but a few months ago, Lauren described it in detail on her blog, HERE.   Apparently, it is a neurological condition where the five senses become mixed together.  Someone with this condition SEES letters and numbers in colors.  Some people with Synaesthesia perceive time visually - they see days and months in three dimension.   There are at least sixty different ways that Synaesthesia manifests itself:  some people taste colors, some taste music.    Most with the condition have at least two different manifestations of it, as does Lauren.  One in 23 are thought to have the condition and it tends to runs in families.   Woman have it in much greater numbers than men.   Some famous artists and musicians believed to be synaesthetes are  Ludwig Beethoven, Leonard Bernstein, David Hockney, and Vincent Van Gogh.  Amazingly, Lauren didn’t know she was unusual until she took a class in college and the professor started lecturing about it.  Lauren just believed that everyone saw letters and numbers in colors.  After talking about it on The Skirted Roundtable, both Linda and Megan thought they had a mild form of it.   I am totally immune to it – but I wish I DID have it!!! 

Here is how one person describes his Synaesthesia HERE:

 

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Do you have Synaesthesia?  Take this test to find out:

Looking at the chart below, you should see very easily that some 5’s are black and a few 5’s are red.  This is how a normal person would perceive this chart.  You just SEE the red 5’s – you don't have to examine each 5 to determine if it is black or red – you can see this automatically.

 

 

Now, look at this chart below – do you see all the numbers as black?  If so, you probably do not have this condition.   If you DO have it, you would see the 2’s and 5’s as different colors, just as you did in the chart above!

 

 

To listen to this week’s Skirted Roundtable with Lauren, go HERE.   To visit her blog, Pure Style Home, go HERE.  To read her own account of her experience with Synaesthesia, go HERE.

 

NOTE:   If you are interested in hearing any particular blogger be interviewed on a future Skirted Roundtable – leave us a comment on The Skirted Roundtable’s comment section.  As usual, thank you for your continued support – we greatly appreciate it.    And don’t forget, The Skirted Roundtable is available on I-Tunes!!!

Bremermann: Real Estate VS Professional Photographs

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New Orleans interior designer Gerrie Bremermann has made a career out of designing French interiors – heavy on the use of antiques.  Her designs are timeless and classic – a Bremermann room doesn’t date.  To be sure, it is her use of antiques that help to make her designs everlasting.  Her rooms are sophisticated, yet they are also warm and cozy, a rare combination that is hard to achieve.  She prefers using natural and relaxed fabrics such as linens and cottons.    She loves painted furniture, crystal chandeliers and sconces, trumeaus, and wonderful full and luscious silk curtains.   She usually works with a palette of creams, ivories, golds, and caramels, because “they are timeless and they work.”   Bremermann certainly has her own recognizable look.   A self taught designer, she leans towards the dainty and feminine French antiques of the 18th century although lately she has been using more Swedish antiques than before.    She is tops in the field and has been in the business long enough that she is hired by second and third generation clients.    Bremermann is a grande dame with impeccable style and taste.    She is known best for lightening up New Orleans’ heavily gilded aesthetic.  Preferring to design more casual interiors, Bremermann set up shop on trendy Magazine Street leaving behind the old guard on Royal Street in the French Quarter.      

But, last year Bremermann stirred things up a bit.   A house she designed in Palm Beach landed on the pages of the late Southern Accents and it was a huge departure from her usual designs.   Yes, Bremermann has been gravitating towards more lighter interiors:  a few recent projects  leaned more to the airy Swedish style than the French.   Still, the Palm Beach house was so light, so white, so fresh and youthful – it seemed to be the work of a 30s-something designer, rather than one with Bremermann’s experience.    The walls of the beach house were stark white, something that her fans weren’t accustomed to seeing.   The living room had a long, Belgian inspired slipped covered sofa – Belgian?  Bremermann?   Pictures of the house were splashed all over the design blogosphere – especially pictures of the beautiful living room with its gold and pink accents.   The other sitting room was also highly praised for its gray and cream color scheme and the Amanda Talley abstract painting over the fireplace.   The dining room was notable for two oversized mirrors standing diagonally in the corners.   The house was photographed by the hugely accomplished Tria Giovan HERE.

The Palm Beach house remains the last published job for Bremermann so followers of her work are left wondering if this new style will be seen again?  More amazing is that at a time when most in her shoes would be thinking of retirement, Bremermann pulled out all the stops to create something so remarkably new and different.   It will be interesting to see where she takes us next!

Today, I’ll show first a quick look at her older work, then we’ll look at her latest, the Palm Beach house.   I’ll compare the real estate photographs of the Palm Beach house with the Southern Accents photographs.  Yes, the Palm Beach house is up for sale.   I love, love, love to see real estate photos of houses that have been published.  I think it’s fascinating to see the difference between the two.    Comparing the two photographers is really a study in how truly talented the professional design photographers are – their pictures are works of art.    By contrast, the real estate photos are amateurish and do nothing to make the house look inviting.  How they ever sell a house based on those photos, I’ll never understand.  

 

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An early example of Bremermann’s work.  This room is pure Bremermann – timeless, classic, inviting, warm, sophisticated yet inviting.   Her love of French antiques is shown here with the multiples of chairs.  Bremermann loves using French chairs – because you can easily move them around the room as needed for guests and conversation.   The room’s color palette is typical of Bremermann – golds, ivories, and creams.   Beautiful antique oushak rug covers the hardwoods.   The luscious ballgown silk curtains are a trademark.   I would be willing to lay odds that the owners have kept this room exactly as is all these years later.   

 

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Another favorite of mine is this dining room with the oversized antique Italian light fixture – Bremermann purposely used the large chandelier because it brings a playful,  youthful element to the room.  The scalloped slipcovered seats also help alleviate any seriousness in the decor.  Again, gorgeous antiques and gorgeous curtains.   The painted, cane chairs are devine!

 

 

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Another personal favorite – this living room in New Orleans is more dressy than most of Bremermann’s interiors.   The curtains are to die for and have been copied over and over again.  Bremermann has a formula for her curtains and she once described it in a magazine article.  I dutifully wrote it down and it helped me formulate my own curtain formula!    The key to the lushness is using three widths of fabric.  

 

   image For years, this was one of my favorite dining rooms – I love the painted French chairs with the large and small check, the table base, the chinoiserie screens, the chandelier and sconces.   This is so Gerrie!!! 

 

The Palm Beach House – Real Estate VS Professional Photography:

 

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The Palm Beach house – the latest publicized work by Gerrie Bremermann.  A clear departure for her:  here she uses a long, tight cushion, slipcovered Belgian inspired sofa.  It is beyond gorgeous - swoonable.   Two gold leaf contemporary tables flank it, while an antique gold leaf table is used as a coffee table.  The two painted gilt French consoles along the back wall are showstoppers, while the mirrors with their contemporary lines frame the entire vignette.   The crystal chandelier looks gorgeous here.  A simple seagrass covers the floors – it’s a beach house after all!  Notice how Bremermann mixed the gold with the silver.   White silk taffetta curtains hang off simple pewter rods.  The two pink pillows give a pop of color. 

 

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Another view – this house was such a stunner for devotees of Bremermann’s work.   The stark white is unusual for her, as is the contemporary furniture she mixed in with all the antiques.   The look is sophisticated in a youthful way.     I imagine a young couple living here with their small children.  It’s fresh, hip, and slightly trendy.  Photos by Tria Giovan.

 

 

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Another view – here you see the oversized oil painting by Nicole Charbonnet that takes up the wall.  The painting introduces another pastel color, blue, into the room.  I love the white leather on the Mies Van der Rohe Barcelona chairs and the acrylic table.  Beautiful sconces peek in the hallway where a French chair wears more light blue.  It’s a shame the a/c vent couldn’t be moved!  This is surely the first time I’ve ever seen Bremermann use the Barcelona chair. 

 

 

 

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And, across from the Charbonnet painting is the fireplace with a stunning Venetian mirror over it.  Notice the pair of antique painted French chairs are across from the pair of the contemporary Barcelona chairs.  Notice how in all the pictures of the this room, Giovan took tight shots – creating vignettes with her lens.   Now, do you want to see what this room really looks like – away from the lens of the fabulous Tria Giovan who took the pictures for Southern Accents????   Look below:

 

 

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 The living room as seen in the real estate brochure:   The room is actually much larger than it looked in S.A.   The vignette with the sofa and mirrors and consoles is not as dramatic here.  Also – what a gorgeous bench!   That’s a surprise.   Across the entry hall on the left, you can see into the grey sitting room.   I must say that the room is furnished exactly as it was photographed, except for the orange vases on the gold Venetian coffee table.   Not sure what that is in the corner there (I’m just ignoring it.)   I am dying to know if the Charbonnet is here – you can’t tell from this picture. 

 

 

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The sitting room with its grays and creams by Tria Giovan.  This was another photograph that was shown on many design blogs.  The Amanda Talley painting is stunning here – it really “makes” the room.  I love the crystal sconces used next to the contemporary art work.  Beautiful gilt French bench in ticking.  The glass and acrylic coffee table makes the room more youthful and less stuffy.  Rose Tarlow curtains.  Just beautiful!   Now, how does this room REALLY look?????  See below!

 

 

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Surprise surprise surprise!  The Amanda Talley has moved from above the fireplace to a side wall.   Instead, a portrait of the owner’s child perhaps is there.   Well…I prefer the Talley, but no one asked me of course!   This room retains its beauty in this picture.  You can see the mirrored console here.  Notice the pattern in the seagrass rug.  The chandelier is to die for – as they all are in this house.  Gorgeous room!  Notice how in real estate photos – they always show the vast ceiling, but professional photographers tend not to show nearly as much. Photographer Michael Lee told us on the Skirted Roundtable to sit on a chair to avoid getting that huge ceiling in your picture.

 

 

 image Tria Giovan’s dining room.  The main attraction is the two French trumeaus in the corners.  The oversized mirrors are gorgeous – as is the chandelier.  The chairs are stunning, painted and caned with slipcovers.  I like the casual French chairs paired with the more dressy and streamlined table.  Notice how nicely framed the table and mirrors are in the photo.    Just beautiful. 

 

 

 

image A somewhat larger but cropped picture where you can see more detail of the chandelier and the French bench on the right with its BViz pillow.   How does this room REALLY look?  See below:

 

 

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The real estate photograph:    The room looks huge – with all the ceiling showing again.  As for the decor - I think I prefer the quieter rooms – the living room and the sitting room.   This seems a little too colorful for me.  But give me those chairs, the chandelier and the mirrors and I’ll die a happy woman!

 

 

  image  The bedroom with the beautiful Leontine Linens, of course!   And how does the master bedroom really look?

 

 

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Real Estate photo:  Ceiling, ceiling ceiling.  This room really looks huge here.   Matching antique painted consoles with sconces are almost lost.  Pretty Swedish sofa.   I think part of the issue is the sheer size of the rooms in this house.  When you get such huge rooms – you really need to fill them up with furniture, otherwise they look bare.  This room could use a whole sitting arrangement in it.   And real estate photographers want to show you the entire room – they don’t want it to look good, with little closeup of vignettes.

 

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Real Estate photo:  the play room.  The photographer did nothing to make this room look appealing!!!

 

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Lesson to be learned:  Always hire a professional photographer to take pictures for your portfolio if you are an interior designer.  It makes a huge difference.   If you can’t afford one, then borrow a good camera with a wide angle lens.  Remember to sit down for pictures – if you don’t have a tripod.     I’m sure this house is as beautiful in person as Tria Giovan’s photos show it to be, but it’s just such a shame the real estate photos always make the house look not as pretty as it is.  

I have a series called Cote de Texas Top Ten Designers HERE (that I still haven’t finished!) and Bremermann made the list at #4.  To read that in-depth look at her career, go HERE.

The Story of One Perfect House – Part III

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imageThe gorgeous interior designer Carol Glasser poses in her former bedroom.  I still want that robe!

 

A while ago I wrote about The One Perfect House – or what I thought for me is the perfect house.  This Perfect House was owned by Houston interior designer Carol Glasser, who as you all know, is someone whose taste and style I greatly admire.  For years, Glasser lived in this wonderful house, small by some standards – 3196 sq ft – but perfectly sized for me.   The house was built in 1935 and is located in River Oaks, Houston’s most exclusive neighborhood.  Glasser of course changed the house over the years  – adding onto it and redecorating it – making it that much more special with all her touches.   When buying the house, Glasser overlooked its traditional Georgian facade, drawn instead to its beamed ceilings and iron railing on the stairs.  She added a master bedroom suite and renovated the kitchen - increasing its size and turning it into a French styled keeping room with imported  Provencal floor tiles.  She added a wonderful back vestibule that lead to the romantic curving stairway.  She landscaped the backyard creating a lush oasis with a swimming pool.  The garage became an office with a bedroom above.   The Perfect House was published in several national magazines and design books – and with each showing, Glasser tweaked it, changed it, and made it just a little bit better.  A year or two prior to selling her house – she had totally remodeled it one more time.   Her once warm yellow painted English styled living room now sported newly installed Venetian plaster walls.   The wall to wall seagrass was removed, exposing the wood floors.  The room became more streamlined, less cluttered, more French.    

With each change Glasser made over the years, I hung onto each detail.  I studied each photograph, comparing the before and after.  What did she add?  What did she sell?  What did she change?    The last metamorphism of The One Perfect House was my favorite – a peach and cream living room with an antique oushak rug along with gorgeous fabrics and curtains.   I was stunned when after totally revamping the house, Glasser put it on the market.  Whoa!  I wanted it!   I would have sold my left kidney to own the house, furnishings included - of course.  But, alas, Carol didn’t need an extra kidney and I sadly watched as it quickly sold, wishing I was the lucky new owner.   As I wrote in the original story The Story of One Perfect House HERE, I detailed how much Carol Glasser influenced my own design aesthetic.   I started my own collection of blue and white transferware after seeing hers in magazines.  She was first in town with Bennison fabrics and I followed her lead.   She had seagrass before anyone else did.   I bought a birdcage because she had one.   I bought red toile because she did.   I collected English smalls because she did.   She bought Kenneth Turner candles, I bought Kenneth Turner candles.  I also bought red paisleys, just like Glasser.    I could go on and on how I tried to clone my aesthetic into in hers, rather unsuccessfully I’m afraid because true genius is not so easily stolen.   I can’t tell you how many times I drove down her street at barely a crawl, hoping for what?  For her to run outside and see me and invite me in for coffee and a tour????  hehe Probably.  I don’t know.  I was a crazed stalker who deserved to be arrested!

 

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Everything she touches is a visual treat.  Roses in Glasser’s back yard.

Glasser’s Perfect House was sold to a single woman with impeccable style herself – though her aesthetic was totally different than Glasser’s.   The new owner stripped the house bare, the walls were painted white, and the furnishings were as sparse as the accessories.   I know all this because the new owner decided to sell The Perfect House just a few years later and the pictures of the house were put on the internet.   Again, while I screamed “MINE” – I watched as yet another new owner staked claim to my dream house.

 

 

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Entry Hall Vignette #2

Now, I wonder if it is cursed?   The third owner has recently put it up for sale, yet again,  and the pictures are, yet again, made public on the internet.   Are they just trying to torture me?    It’s like they are saying, “here’s your chance AGAIN, don’t blow it this time!”  Ben thinks it’s funny.   I wonder how long it will be on the market this time?  Should I pretend I can afford it just to walk through it with a realtor?   Do realtors do credit checks before they let you to traipse all over properties you can’t afford?   

But seriously, this gives people like you and me another opportunity to study design.   How often can one can see the evolution of a house with three owners, each with their own certain style?  I wonder will the new owner change the contemporary mantels back to their rightful traditional style?  It would s0 hospitable if the new owner would let me in to photograph all her changes!!!   But, I doubt that will happen.  Maybe Owner #4 will quickly sell it too.     Until then, here again, is The One Perfect House.  First, I’ll recap the changes that Glasser made to her house over the years.   (Because really, I can never get enough of looking at those wonderful photographs!)   Next, I’ll show each room first under Glasser, then under owner #2, and now under owner #3.     And no, I STILL cannot afford to buy this wonderful house, although I really do belong there and deserve to move in myself (if only my accountant and husband agreed!)

 

 

 

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A very early view of the living room – yellow walls, blue and white striped dhurri rug (wow – so many years before Somethings Gotta Give!!), red toile and paisley, lacquered black coffee table, and wood mantel.

 

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Later:  subtle changes with installation of seagrass topped with an accent rug, painting over the fireplace.  English country manor style decorating at its best. 

 

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Same photoshoot as above:  Glasser stands on  her romantic iron railed, curving stairway.   Lots of warm reds and yellows – veddy English inspired.  I remember drooling over this photoshoot – those roses!!  That toile perfectly draped.  That smile!  Hey, I’d be smiling too if that was me standing there.

 

  image Later:  more subtle changes – the bench gets upholstered in antique toile, the faded oushak rug is added, the mirror replaces artwork, and the putti make an appearance – years before anyone was buying them.  Notice how the draped toile in the previous picture was used on the bench – along with the trim.   Leftovers were used for pillows. 

 

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  The last redecorating:  cream walls, seagrass removed, antique oushak added, peach and cream colored fabrics. – no more red.    Beaumont and Fletcher toile fabric covers the two armchairs while striped curtains replace the former chintz ones.     

 

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Close up of painted French chairs and screen. 

 

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Gorgeous – just gorgeous!!!!  Notice the wood mantel has been replaced with an antique marble mantle (not sure if this is marble.)  The mirror makes another appearance here, along with the putti.  The beams are so pretty.

 

 

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A French trumeau now hangs over the sofa.   The look is more clean lined, less cluttered- more French feeling than English.  Notice the gorgeous Italian chandelier.  Glasser uses real candles in her lighting fixture.

 

 imageThe dining room/library remains red throughout Glasser’s time in the house.  For each photoshoot, the chairs and table cloths are swapped out to create new interest.   Here wonderful wicker chairs surround a paisley covered gate leg.  Yes, Carol used gate legs so I used gate legs.  God, this is so embarrassing to admit how much I copied her!!!   Glasser’s pillows are almost always antique tapestries.  Yes.   I use those too – though not as much as she does.

 

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Another view – Glasser always uses antique accessories only – stacks of wonderful old books, boxes, blue and white porcelains, baskets, tapestry pillows – all the things that made her house warm, cozy, livable, and uniquely Glasser’s.

 

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Later, the paisley was replaced with ticking.  Santos became more important in her decor.

 

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In the Keeping Room – she used wicker furniture, toiles, stripes, and blue and white transferware.  This room was inspirational to many who loved her collection of transferware, myself included.

 

 

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Glasser’s signature look  that inspired so many collectors.  The famous Welsh 10’ long dresser. 

 

  image At this more recent photoshoot, the wicker was moved to the sunroom and was replaced with this set of more streamlined furniture.  The blue and white transferware was mostly put away (prompting me to do the same!  I’m such a terrible copy cat!)  The check curtains have been replaced with toile.  And the reds look softer, more persimmon – perhaps to blend in with the peach in the living room?  

 

 

imageGlasser collected the real deal – antique creamware before anyone else.  We all bought reproductions.

 

 

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Colefax and Fowler chintz and red toiles and checks – an early version of her breakfast area.

 

imageLater, more sophisticated French antique chairs with Bennison toile replace the slipcovered ones.  Although the shade looks the same, I wonder if it’s different than before, again more orange than red.

 

 

image  The sun room with the older wicker furniture now in gray.   I adore that lampshade!  I copied that too! 

 

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The sunroom – with all the beautiful white pottery and antique iron buffet.   This mirror was moved here from her bedroom.

 

 imageThe romantic back vestibule with the antique wire plant stand.  Yep, I copied that too!    I always loved her tole trays.  Don’t ask.  Of course – I bought those too.  That clock!!!

 

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The bedroom – all Bennison – Roses pattern.   This room stayed pretty much the same with just a few changes over the years.  Why mess with perfection?  And yes, I used this pattern on some chairs in my living room.   Yikes!   I never realized how many ideas I stole from Glasser!    Should I send her a commission?

 

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Later Glasser style.  She has such a flair for accessories.   Just beautiful.   I believe this picture was taken in Glasser’s guest room. 

 

 

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Glasser’s backyard – ready for a photoshoot.

 

 

One Perfect House – Three Owners:

 

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Glasser:  The exterior was always rather simple.  Not much landscaping out front and no center sidewalk.  I would have changed the sunroom – either added a pitched roof or another story.  Not sure – I’d hire either Kurt Aichler or Kirby Mears for their opinion!!

 

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Owner #2 – a new brick walkway was added.  New paint color.  New metal awning over the front door.  New lighter roof.  New trees.  New landscaping around the front windows.  Prettier?!!

 

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Owner #3 – everything remains the same as under owner #2, just more grown out landscaping.

 

 

image Glasser:  Living Room:  this photo always puzzled me – where are the Beaumont and Fletcher toile chairs?  I do love these armchairs with the trendy antique linens, but I do miss the peach toile chairs.      I also miss the small tray coffee table shown in the professional pictures. 

 

 

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Owner #2 – totally different.  No curtains, no accessories and the walls are white white.   I love the seagrass, the upholstered chairs, the linen sofa, the lighting fixture.  It just looks a little too bare for my tastes.

 

 

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Owner #3 – I really like this.  The seagrass stayed.  I like the floating chaise.   It looks pretty and restful to me. 

 

 

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Glasser:    Sunroom.  Again, different from the photoshoot.  The lampshades are changed, the buffet is different.   It just shows how wonderful professional photographers are compared to real estate photographers!

 

image Owner #3:   Sunroom.  Not my favorite style of antique furniture.   I like the portraits and the seagrass.

 

 

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Owner #3 – the entrance hall looking into the dining room.  This is the only picture of the entrance hall.  I never realized the doorway into the dining room was arched. 

 

image Glasser:   Of course her dining room is red, but I wonder if she maybe toned down the red and made it a little more orange to go along with newly peach colored living room?   Not sure.  I suppose this is how she kept it normally when there weren’t photographers around:   the wicker chairs pushed to the corners, the gate leg table sits like a center hall table. dressed just with books and a yelloware pot? 

 

 

image Owner #2 – the red is now gone, replaced with the white or bone colored paint.  It appears the floors were also refinished with a darker stain.  The sparseness is evident here with the shelves – they look barely filled.  I love the chairs – elegantly slipped in white linen.   No chandelier – yet it looks like there might have been one, judging from the hole in the ceiling.  I wonder if this table stayed with the house?  It looks remarkably like Glassers.  The kitchen is off to the left. 

 

 

image Owner #3 – is that a marble globe/light fixture?  Never saw anything like that before.  And the marble table is too contemporary IMHO for the house.    Here the room looks more like an entry hall than a dining room or library.  

 

 

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Glasser:  Keeping Room.  Awwww.    Love.   Love the toile curtains.   I noticed the ottoman is now checked – not solid.  This is such a charming room. 

 

 

 

 

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Glasser:  view to the kitchen and breakfast area.

 

 

 

 

 

image Owner #2 -  the room was painted lighter, whiter.  It’s so sparse – it almost makes me wonder if this house was staged for the real estate photographs?   And did the owner buy Glasser’s set of wicker furniture?   Hmmm.

 

 

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Owner #3 – I like the slipcovered sofa.   This room really looks completely different than it during Glasser’s time or Owner #2.  Look at the mantel!! Whoa – when was that changed and why?  It’s so contemporary!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 image Glasser:  the kitchen was not my favorite room – I don’t care for butcher block, or the cabinet stain.  But I adore all her kitchen accessories. 

 

 

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Owner #2 – ok, she is the one who redid mantel.   I think that is a huge mistake.  

 

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Owner #3 – I really do like that sofa!  

 

 image Owner #3 – here you can see all the new appliances and the new back splash that Owner #2 put in.  Gone is the beautiful blue and white tiles that Glasser u. 

 

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Owner #3 – used a simple garden style table and chairs.   I like the colors, the whites and grays. 

 

 

 

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Glasser:  the beautiful all Bennison Roses bedroom. 

 

 image Glasser – across from the bed, the charming bamboo desk.  Glasser really helped popularize this Bennison pattern.  After her bedroom was published, there were several other bedrooms shown in magazines with all Bennison Roses bedrooms too!

 

 

image Owner #2 – it looks like she used a Rose Tarlow linen for the windows.  I miss the curtains in other rooms of the house.   The mantel was changed here too.   This room is so pretty and again so different from Glasser.

 

 

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Owner #3 – it looks like these owners used the same curtains as #2.  I think the living room and the bedroom are both the prettiest rooms in #3’s version.  I love their end tables and headboard.    The bedroom is such a beautiful space with all the windows and the fireplace.  Of course, Glasser added this room onto the house. 

 

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Glasser’s master bathroom.  I would love to be able to study her vanity!  I bet she has the most beautiful smalls from England and France.   You can see her horn cup collection on the man’s side of the bathroom. 

 

 

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Owner #2 took out the mirrors and replaced them with a Louis Philippe antique mirror and one candlestick for accent.  I do like this much better than the wall to wall mirrors that were there before. 

 

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Owner #3 – again, a small mirror – not quite as graceful as the Louis Philippe.  Notice she uses a ghost chair also.

 

 

image Glasser:  the house only has two bedrooms and two and 1/2 baths.  Another bedroom is upstairs in the garage.  This is a rare picture of Glasser’s second bedroom, rarely photographed before.  I think the French chair was once in her living room. 

 

image Glasser:  This looks like a landing area outside the guest bedroom.  I love this set of antique looking wicker. 

 

 

image Owner #3 – childrens room – really cute.  

 

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Owner #3 – what a darling playroom.   This must be the extra landing space upstairs. 

 

 

 

imageGlasser:  the space above the garage was used as a guest bedroom.  Never published before. 

 

image Owner #2 – this owner redid the garage space and turned it into this bright and cheery bunk room.  If I lived here, I would use this as my office OR let Elisabeth use this as her bedroom.   Love this.

 

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Glasser:  her backyard was as wonderfully designed as her house.  I notice the iron buffet that was in the sunroom is now between the two French doors. 

 

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Owner #2 – the lighter paint certainly makes the backyard look different.  The romantic back door now sports an awning.   If I moved here, I would probably add onto the house above the sunroom.  I always thought that needed to be done to balance out the exterior. 

 

 

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Glasser:  another photograph of her back yard for the photographer.  Look at the roses climbing up the by the French doors.  

 

 

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Owner #2 – you can see the garage with the bunk room above it here.  I wonder if she added the spa?  

 

 

 

image Owner #3 – the pool looks a prettier color here – more blue, less green.   I miss Glasser's backyard furniture.

 

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Owner #3 – view of the pool again. 

 

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Owner #3 – a view of the remodeled garage.  It looks like there is another room in the garage on the ground floor. 

 

I hope you have enjoyed this latest chapter in The One Perfect House and I hope the new owners will appreciate this house and possibly stay longer than a year or two!   I know I would. 

 

To read the HAR report on this  house, go HERE.  To read my original story on Carol Glasser  and The Story of One Perfect House, go HERE.