14 June 2013

CAROL GLASSER’S NEW HOUSE!

 

 

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The newest issue of my fav magazine “Antique Shops and Designers” is now out and online with gorgeous photographs of interior designer Carol Glasser’s new house!  Whoa!  Who misses Southern Accents when you can read this magazine?????   To die for!

I know you know how much I LOVE Glasser’s aesthetic – and have for the past 25 or so years.   Her former house was shown multiple times – tweaked just a little bit for each photoshoot – and then she totally redid it, only to move right afterwards.   I could have DIED!  I loved that house.  And it’s killed me to watch it come up for sale a few times since…each time just a little bit more expensive…and each time more out of my price range.  Oh well.  The one that got away.

Carol’s been in her new house for quite a while now – and I’ve been patiently waiting for someone to photograph it – Veranda?  House Beautiful?   Come on guys!   Leave it to our Antique Shops and Designers to get the scoop!!!  Love them so much!

Her new house is so different from the last one.  First, it’s bigger.  Much.   There’s a proper dining room finally, something she really didn’t have in the last one.  The living room is expansive, but warm and cozy and WELCOMING!   There’s a large entry hall and a gorgeous study (which isn’t photographed here, but shows up on her web site) – and there’s a fabulous kitchen, even more fab than her last her one, if that is possible. 

What I love about the house is it isn’t the Houston Look.  At all.  It’s totes different.  Colorful.  There’s soothing aqua blues which run through the house – punched by persimmon and peachy yellow.   There’s pattern everywhere – linens with large prints and overscaled wallpaper.   The color combinations of the blue & orange are so refreshing.  And there’s green.  Her bedroom is bathed in it.  Some rooms are painted but many are white – with a beautiful stucco finish.

It’s scrumptious.  It’s elegant without being hands-off.  There’s no dressiness to it, but it’s refined.  And edited.  Not as cluttered as her last house, but not sparse either.  It’s just the proper balance.  The woman has taste.  More taste than anyone should be allowed in one lifetime.    It’s a house to study and drool over and learn from and get inspiration from and throw out all your old preconceived notions of what a house with French and Swedish and English antiques should look like.  

I love the fabric choices.  Some are familiar, but others less so.  Checks and prints and stripes – all from the best houses, nothing is low end here, I’m afraid to say.  There’s no proud hi-low here, but who cares?   Sometimes you just want to see the best fabrics somewhere else besides in the decorative centers. 

A huge thank you to the group from Antique Shops and Designers.  We’ve been waiting!!!

 

Photographed by Fran Brennan

 

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The entry – has a beautiful aqua and white overscaled wallpaper.  With an antique mirror and French gilt settee.   Now…the pictures on the web site are slightly different, so I want to show those…

 

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I think this might be how the entry actually looks.  I kind of hope so because that console table is one of my favorites ever.  It’s gorgeous.

 

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And in another photograph from her web site – you can see the console is here too – looking into the living room.  Hold on – we’ll get there!

 

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The wallpapered entry leads to a larger stair hall with another antique Oushak rug that picks up the two color tones that run throughout the house – the aqua blues and the peachy oranges.

 

 

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An antique painted Swedish demilune is used as a library table.  I love seeing what she is reading these days!  The study is seen through the door on the left.

 

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Along one wall of the stair hall is a painted antique with a Santos.  Here – you can see where the bench is usually along this wall.   This is from Glasser’s web site. 

 

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And a close up of her tablescapes – simple, not cluttered.   That lamp!!

 

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Off the entry hall is the living room – warm and cozy in persimmon and aqua.   I remember the first time I saw this on her web site, I gasped!  I really thought she was going to go in the monochrome direction – all grays and whites – and this just made my eyes pop.  It is so gorgeous.   Flanking the window are two Swedish red cabinets symmetrically sited with herbiers and matching lamps.   The walls are soft yellowish peach.  Instead of the expected seagrass (after all Carol brought seagrass to Houston!) – is a more chunky textured rug. 

 

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Another beautiful mirror.  This house is loaded with mirrors – one prettier than the next.  I love the aqua and white striped slipped chair next to the brighter oranges.  Elegant candlesticks on the mantel – and nothing else. 

 

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And that velvet sofa!!!!!  LOVE. 

 

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From her web site – a close up of the beautiful painted French antique chair in checks.  OK – everything HERE is an antique!  No need to keep saying it.

 

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And this – OMG! – a tufted settee in a linen stripe with beautiful pillows, sitting under more herbiers.  Who needs oil paintings when you have mirrors and herbiers?

 

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Not shown in the magazine is the library with the same colors – aqua and persimmon. 

 

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Wish we could see more – those chairs!!!!!   That mirror!!!  That rug!!!  That desk!!!  

 

 

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The dining room is all aqua – painted walls and checked fabric.  Matching mirrors, demi lunes and candle lit chandeliers. 

 

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In the mirror you can see a cabinet filled with blue and white pieces.  Wish we could see more.   Love those chairs. 

 

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A close up of the mirrors and the linen print at the windows.   Love the touch of green in the vases.

 

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The kitchen/sitting area is reminiscent of Carol’s former house, but I have to say – I like this better!!  Never thought I would say that!!   That mantel!   The floors!   This really does look so French.  

 

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Love the table with the painted base.   And I LOVE the chairs!!!

 

 

 

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Looking towards the sitting area with the fabulous cabinet and lamps. 

 

 

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No upper cabinets – those were removed and a large window was installed instead.  White marble countertops.  I love that the kitchen isn’t too faux.  Some of the kitchens today are just too much.  This strikes a perfect balance.  And she has the perfect confit pot for roses, of course.

 

 

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And looking towards the range and stucco hood. Through the door you can glimpse the dining room.

 

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Carol used an aqua Bennison print, Songbird, on all her pieces here.  Love this fabric so much.  Of course it’s Bennison – she was one of the first in Houston to use it!

 

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Antique doors lead to the pantry where she keeps her dishes – since the upper cabinets are missing.  Great idea.  I love how all the wood tones are in the same family in this room.  And through the same door where the dining room is – you can glimpse the stair hall.

 

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The family room is casual in white slips and blues.   Across from the sofa is a large console filled with a few more Santos.  Outside is the large back yard.  A ceiling fan????  This is for her husband, I’m positive.  This is Houston.  You can’t imagine how hot it gets here.

 

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Close up of her tablescapes – filled with books and small Santos. 

 

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Notice how tailored these slips are.  You wouldn’t know they were slips if they weren’t in white. 

 

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Carol’s bedroom is a big change from her last one.   That bedroom was all one Bennison fabric – Roses – but this time she went for a collection of different fabrics in greens and creams. 

 

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I love the sofa fabric – mixed with a yellow and cream check. 

 

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Close up of the mantel – so cute!  Cute dog too!   I recognize these chairs from the last house.     I really don’t recognize a lot of furniture though.   It’s a much larger house, so there are a lot of new pieces – many Swedish pieces mixed in with her English and French antiques.

 

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From her web site – you can see her bed, dressed in white.  That chandelier is so pretty and I love the French bench in stripes.

 

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Also from her web site – the master bedroom with the Swedish? painted armoire.   Might be French – not sure. 

 

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And finally, her master bath with a beautiful day bed in linen.  Marble tub and crystal chandelier.  That might be first crystal chandy I’ve seen her do in her own house?  More antique shutter doors add warmth, as does the seagrass rug.  Looks more like a room than a bathroom.

What can I say?  I’m in love!   I wish she would write a book showing all her work.  The houses are rarely published and it would be such a treat if she would.   Come on Carol!   Please????

 

Of course there is much more to this issue than Carol Glasser’s house.

 

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There’s a wonderful story on the house where Downton Abbey is filmed – with luscious photographs of the rooms we all love.  Can’t wait for Season Four!!  But, poor Matthew.  I’m going to miss him. 

 

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And there’s a photoshoot of Jill Brown’s wonderful house.  She’s the owner of BROWN in Houston, THE place to buy lighting fixtures and all kinds of antiques.  HERE.

 

 

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And there’s this story about a palace in Venice – redone with a contemporary twist!

Great stories and beautiful advertisements  (my favorite part of the magazine!)

To read the latest Antique Shops and Designers – go HERE.

As always, a huge thank you to the staff at AS&D for letting me show your beautiful photographs.

117 comments:

  1. Hey Joni, Love it! Carol is really quite amazing and her style really shines in this house. I can see why you love it because it has so many of the things that you say are on your list of "must haves" in a beautiful home. The colors are so light and fresh, but calm.
    She has a way of making it seem real and not forced either, which is why it is so appealing.
    Thank you for your hard work too! I always enjoy reading here ; o )
    Cheers, kelley

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  2. YAY!!! I'm so happy to see this Joni, now I don't feel like a total fool for buying my orange velvet couch, although, mine is more rust - but still!! I'm so inspired, it's so lovely and colorful, and still sophisticated and European feeling. Ah, heaven - really! Great story!

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  3. I'm going back for a second look at the photos, but that house is absolutely beautiful. It's nice to see color and pattern again -- she does it so well.

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  4. I have to tell you I so enjoy coming to visit your blog. You have great taste and I know I am going to appreciate your post even if it is not my style. Thank you for showing us these wonderful homes. Alaina

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  5. This post was an absolute treat for my eyes!

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  6. TO DIE FOR! Thanks Joni, your posts are always the highlight of my day! x

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  7. I love her style, warm and inviting, yet refined. Great kitchen.
    Best...Victoria

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  8. Thank you for showing us this amazing house. I love these colors, and fabrics, and furniture! But most of all I love this kitchen. Could you please do a whole post just on this one sentence? "I love that the kitchen isn’t too faux. Some of the kitchens today are just too much. This strikes a perfect balance." Your fan forever, Elizabeth

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    1. I agree about the faux. And also the comment above about this house not looking too forced. This is a treat for the eyes. Beautiful and interesting yet soothing. Wonderful post. Thank you, Joni.

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    2. well, it might be hard to do without insulting designers. but you know what i mean - so many of the new chic kitchen are just faux france or faux country. this one was updated and chic without going over the top. i'll try to do it but it might be tough to find the 'bad' pictures w/o being insulting.

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    3. Sort of like yours ????

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    4. i wish! nah. not like mine. i mean those with that are kind of unfinished looking, like put together over years and years but actually are brand new and cost a fortune.

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    5. You don't seem to get sarcasm and nuance do you?

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    6. i get it. you were being sarcastic. but i just answered it as if you weren't. you were implying my ktichen was fake but i am just saying i'm not talking about my kitchen at all. sorry you don't understand.

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    7. Now we are really confused. We thought you loved fake kitchens. You drooled over the one in a feature story you did recently about a home in Nashville. Remember the house billed as a cross between Dutch colonial and French.

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    8. Dear Anonymous Your comments are as completely irrelvant as you are. Anyone who hides behind anonyminity is SOOOO BORING! If you were as relevant and significant as Joni Webb you would also be proud to put your name to your comments so we actually feel sorry for you that you are such a nonentity in life! Try and 'get a life' that is as significant as these creative women!

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  9. Joni, I am with you all the way- Carol Glasser is the best! Her rooms are so liveable yet jaw-dropping- and the colors are just exquisite. LOVE the kitchen and sitting area. And Antique Shops and Designers mag is eagerly awaited- their ads are works of art in themselves!
    Mimi

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  10. Amazing house and beautifully decorated. I absolutely love every room in that house, and the fabrics are all gorgeous!!

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  11. Joni, Great Post! Do you receive the Magazine in the mail? Also, any idea for a source for those fabulous chairs around the kitchen table?
    Carolyn

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    1. the magazine has subscriptions available - for sure! In houston, the advertisers get a stack of free ones, so i just pick it up there. but, i also read it online.

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    2. Any idea about those fabulous chairs?

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    3. no. maybe she'll let us know.

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  12. Her windows are provocative. To the ground, with garden views. Vanishing threshold.

    Don't understand the militant white of her garage door from the kitchen view.

    Wicker basket full of silver...yes.

    Been thinking of getting rid of my upper cabinets to enlarge the window. Will move those cabinets to the mud room which already has a section of lower cabinets removed from the kitchen. No loss of storage. Age 30 my kitchen is still almost a virgin. It's time.

    We had some 'weather' last nite, told a friend it was serious but not Texas serious because I had zero adrenaline or thoughts of dying !

    Big problem with this post Joni. Too short.

    Garden & Be Well, XO T

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    1. Tara - I was surprised they didn't photoshop out the garage door! and yes, it could be made to be really cute - an asset.

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    2. "Militant White", Tara. You are a freaking fruitcake and unfortunately not nearly as "vanishing" as some would hope.

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    3. Tara Dillard syndrome - what happens after shoveling too much manure and dirt.

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    4. are there two anti taras now???? really????? jeez. you gotta admit that garage door didn't look the best. there is also one thing in the house that i didn't really care for. guesses? it's personal - we can't all like everything - i almost do though. just one thing though.

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    5. Is it the ceiling fan in the family room?

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    6. Obviously, the photographer and publisher didn't work together on the layout. The garage door doesn't bother me because this is a regional publication. I would not expect to see that in House Beautiful or AD. It is real nevertheless because this is obviously Carol's view as it is of millions of other homeowners. I'm sure Tara would have photoshoped it out and put in an olive grove.

      I am guessing that you hate all of the ceiling fans. In addition, you may have preferred curtains in the dining room which would have given a more sumptuous look to the room and more formality.

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    7. I would have to guess that it is either the picture over the fireplace in the bedroom (Not to be too picky because it is a beautiful home but wouldn't the picture look better over the bed?) or natural fiber furniture in front of the fireplace (the fabric on those pieces is absolutely gorgeous).

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    8. Maybe the dated valances used in the master bedroom. The valences could have been styled so differently for a more elegant look. The bed definitely needs something hung over it and the bedside lamps need to be taller.

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    9. Miss Joni Webb,

      If it's not the natural fiber rugs (other than the custom master bedroom rug) then I haven't been paying attention to you at all!

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    10. My guess for one thing you don't love? The carpet in the bathroom. Carpets and bathrooms often don't mix well.

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  13. Right out of the ball park!! franki

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  14. What a lovely post. Thank you.
    What a fantastic magazine! Wonder if I can find it in Sweden.
    And finally a designer who may well be leading us out of the frightful darkness of overly white interiors.
    John Fowler would be som pleased - all that Fowler Pink going on all over the place.
    Have a lovely weekend.

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  15. Love Carols home...she is one talented lady...I had the privilege of visiting her at her Montecito home...it is gorgeous too..

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  16. What a fabulous house! I love every detail, the colors, the textures....so lovely.

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  17. How pretty and relaxed and elegant is her kitchen!?

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  18. This all suits me perfectly!

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  19. This is a gorgeous house--as all of Carol Glasser's houses have been. I just love it. Thank you for this post. I shared the link on my facebook page as Carol is married to a classmate from my high school and I thought some of my hometown friends (Tyler, TX) would enjoy seeing this house for that reason.

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  20. A feast for the eyes, yummy!
    xo~
    T

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  21. Simply exquisite. I'm so glad to see these pretty muted colors. I think the kitchen/sitting room is my favorite. Surprised indeed that this hasn't graced Veranda. Knowing that every thing is the "real" thing, I can't help but see dollar signs, though. Sigh. I agree that this post is too short, Joni. We've come to expect so much from you! Thought you would compare this to the various incarnations of her other house or show pieces re-used in the new setting (the few you said you noticed). Maybe since you've often written about her, you thought it would be too much repetition? But I'd love at least to see a hyper-link to your previous posts about her, so I could compare. This felt like a taste - I want to gorge!

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    1. This was actually about the magazine so I really couldn't turn it into a story only about Carol. i have shown her old house so much, i figured people could go back and compare it if they wanted to. i would have normally done that, but it was really a story on the magazine.

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  22. Each room is unbelievably gorgeous. Love the colors and depth of texture. How could it get any better than this??
    Mary

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  23. Thank you for this great post. They don't all have to be long, as long as they have substance, like this. I cannot wait to go back and study the details many times. I am a huge fan of white/natural rooms but this also draws me in - especially the entry wallpaper and the velvet sofa. Do you know whether the living room rug is jute? I wish I had a better understanding of the advantages and characteristics of jute vs. seagrass vs. sisal.

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    1. http://cotedetexas.blogspot.com/2009/07/cote-de-texas-top-ten-design-elements-3.html Read this about the differences in the types of textured rugs. not sure exactly what hers is. i'm not sure what hers it, it looks like apple matting, but it might be something else. hard to tell. maybe she'll answer.

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    2. Thank you so much for the reference. This is exactly what I was looking for. Silly me, I never thought to search your blog for a post on the subject. I noticed that you wrote it almost exactly four years ago, and yet the information and style is still so relevant today. A lot of the pictures wouldn't come up but I still feel like I just received a graduate degree in natural fiber rugs!

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  24. I can always rely on you, Joni, for leading inside the most divine places.
    Incredibly charming. I adore the consistency of her vision and that marvelous colour palette.
    Must pick up this magazine!
    xoxo

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  25. What area of Houston is this home located that allows her to have such a large back yard?

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    1. River Oaks. It's on a side private street right off the main street River Oaks. Many neighborhoods in houston have huge lots. I just happen to live in the area that has tiny lots!!!

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    2. 2406 River Oaks Blvd. The entire neighborhood has beautifully landscaped lots and much more privacy than typical. This home is in excess of 7000 sq. feet so a typical Houston lot would make this home look like it was built on a postage stamp.

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  26. Not a big fan of color, Carol Glasser's rooms with the texture and muted color work so well for me. We have a townhouse just outside of Versaille that for so long I have hesitated to renovate,.... Mr.French loves colors, I do not.....but now I think I have found a happy medium to work with all the odd old pieces of furniture we seem to have collected.
    Thank you again for all your beautiful posts,
    Maryanne

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  27. Such a beautiful home! All the fabrics are just scrumptious! And seeing her velvet sofa made me feel even more confident about mine -- covered in a soft raspberry velvet! My only question is, how does she cook a big holiday meal with so little counter space and no island? And she must have an additional pantry for food items?

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    1. i'm sure the table becomes the island and yes, there are twin pantries.

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    2. Making assumptions once again without facts as usual. Who uses a dining table as an island? The kitchen looks like an after thought considering the size of the home.

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    3. hey - i read that in the magazine! they mentioned that about the table. talk about assumptions without facts, AS USUAL! jerk. ha!!!! you thought you had me there. you don't like it? i love it. love it. do you know how large her house is?

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    4. btw - nothing to say about the house? i would think you would like it since it's not the houston look and it's so colorful with so much pattern. isn't that what you like? i love what's done with the colors in there. but i love her to death.

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    5. I have commented on the house below and I do happen to know how large the house is so who really is the jerk? ha!!!

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    6. welll, you are still because you said that about the table, i guess. anyway - you are the anon i thought you were if you are from houston!!! sorry!!!!

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    7. The kitchen is very small compared to the size of the house. There is very little work space. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to see that from the pictures. Since when do people use their dining table as an island. Be careful how you throw around the word "jerk", because you are truly beginning to describe yourself. I suppose the definition is anyone who disagrees with you, right? You have a real gift for making up facts out of thin air. So now, despite the fact that it was never mentioned in your piece, you claim it was mentioned in the article that the table serves as an island - unbelievable!!!

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    8. If dining tables are generally 29-30 inches tall and counter heights are 36 sometimes even 38, wouldn't it be uncomfortable to work on a dining table as if it were an island? Seems like a logical question.

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    9. Um ... the lady has a 7,000 square foot house in River Oaks and apparently another in Montecito. I suspect she may not spend a lot of time cooking (hired help or eat out). If indeed Ms. Glasser does prepare the odd large holiday meal, how often would this happen? I'd sooner have a kitchen that I love to look at most days of the year, than one that is fully functional for an event that might occur a couple of times annually.

      Now, forgive me for being a nosy Rosy, but anyone know what does her spouse does for a living? Beautiful home, beautiful lifestyle. Lovely post.

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    10. Anon. 9:07 AM, it is possible to have both a functional kitchen and a beautiful one. In this case, the space allocation is not what most people would want in a kitchen especially if they entertain. Even if you have catered parties, you need functional space for people to work. I am curious if perhaps space was taken from the kitchen to have the small seating area with the fireplace that adjoins it. Considering that in today's market kitchens can make or break a sale, I would go with the kitchen.

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    11. omg - you were so condescending - and truthfully, i was just kidding around! jeez. i said she used the table because i read and you accused me of making assumptions. whatever. sorry if i was rude. carol does cook a lot i've heard. obviously her kitchen is big enough or she would have made it larger. it's jsut her and her husband and daughter now. he is an attny.

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  28. I'm panting right along with you, Joni. Will have to go back and really study this over the weekend...Fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  29. Wow, such a gorgeous house! Thank you for sharing. N.G.

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  30. Love the mag. Carol Glasser's home is divine! your post is great + everything is delicious looking + adore the use of color. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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  31. I have loved Carol Glasser's style for years too and have photos of her home over the years torn from magazines, and they STILL look wonderful to me. This is such a different path for her and she has fabulous taste. Joni, why don't you have her on the Skirted Roundtable? She would be a fabulous guest! Thanks for another great post.

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    1. that is a great idea! Carol - if you are reading this - would you like to be on the Skirted Roundtable?

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    2. Joni, please try to be prepared this time with meaningful and meaty questions. Obviously, you know Carol's time zone - lol.

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    3. Anonymous 7:41, please try to be prepared this time with meaningful and meaty comments instead of your usual inane ones. Obviously the time zone criticism has worn out its welcome - lol.

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    4. Obviously Oak Bay, the comment hit a sensitive nerve which was its purpose. One would hope that after the enormous flop of an interview with India Hicks, Joni and Linda would realize that their listeners don't need to be taught the various time zones of the world. Look at the comments on Linda's site. So far at least three listeners thought the interview was "meatless" Sorry to know you are vegan when it comes to information. You will not determine if I am welcome!!!

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    5. we're the same time zone but not zip code - so maybe i should ask her what time it is just to be sure. it is river oaks after all - they might not change to daylight savings time over there in their ritzy hood.

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  32. CAN'T GET ENOUGH!!!! Glamorous, soft, welcoming, PERFECTION! I have to say it, some of the best design I have seen in a long time. And not the same old, same old repeat of someone else. Joni, your posts are amazing!! Carol Glasser's home took my breath away! T

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  33. Loved that it was not grey and slip covers! I am so happy to see some color and pattern. I also loved that it was cozy without soaring ceilings . Perfection!

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  34. OH IT is TDF! I love that it is pale and muted yet not grey and slipcovered.

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  35. OMG. Seriously I'm in love and really love her color scheme throughout her home. Gosh, I have to wonder, just what furnishing a home like this must run. What I would love to see more of in these magazines, is the cost is for furnishing your house like this. Is it even possible for the average joe, or do you need to be a Kennedy? Thanks for the post Joni, it was lovely.

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    1. Carol, and her assistant Becky, who is just as talented, just decorated one of my friend's houses. Fabulous, fabulous.. And yes, you pretty much have to be a Kennedy. Sadly, I don't qualify.

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    2. if you have to ask..... omg, i can't imagine. i mean just those two swedish red chests alone were prob over 10k? her dining room table, a fortune. he fabrics. the chairs. the only thing probably affordable is the furniture in the kitchen, but not the fabric. and those rugs. they are gorgeous. even the herbiers. the mirrors. it adds up, quickly.

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  36. I LOVE her work. Looking at these beautiful pics literally transforms my mood. Who needs therapy when you can see homes like these! HA! Do you have any idea where the lamp on the console (the same one with the santos on it) can be purchased? (or one similar) Thanks, Joni, you have made my day!

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    1. I was referring to the lamp on the white painted antique piece (not console).

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    2. i saw that bill gardner on 1st dibs in houston has them.

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  37. It is so REFRESHING to see the colors she used! It is all beautiful! Makes me wish I could win the lotto for sure, because it take serious ducats to purchase serious antiques like those and have them refinished and reupholstered in seriously gorgeous fabrics. But I will squeeze my way around with reproductions and throw in a few real antiques. Thank goodness I know how to paint furniture and I search high and low for fabulous fabrics on a discount. This post made me turn green with envy, but I LOVE IT ALL without hating, lol.

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    1. i think it would be possiblle, possible, to get the look on a much lower budget. maybe. oh, who am i kidding. forget it. you can't. i mean the mirrors alone - you can't fake those.

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    2. Sorry to disagree with Joni whose taste and opinions I generally respect. However, you CAN get "the look" on a much smaller budget. Remember, Joni's Blog relies on the support of the purveyors of expensive antiques. Every antique was once new. Simply because something is "old", doesn't mean it's worth your gold. It is a matter of educating your eye.

      I was in an "antique/junque" store in downtown Fairfield, California two days ago. They had some drop-dead, antique gilt mirrors for $2,200. (I happen to own several almost identical mirrors that are "vintage" that I bought for less than $200 each at a consignment store.) The same antique store in Fairfield had 2 vintage Louis XV chairs from the 60's. The springs and frames were in perfect condition. The lines were exquisite! Even the down cushions amd upholstery were in great shape. One was $200. The other was $250. Had I needed more chairs, I would have bought them.

      There is a store in Dallas called "Lots of Furniture". I love that place! They have French Louis XV and XVI reproduction pieces from Europe all the time. Gorgous armoires go from between $1,800 to $3,000. The enfilades Joni's reader drool over run for about the same prices. I currently have my eyes on a reproduction Louise XV book case with brass chicken wire in the doors for only $695 at one of my local "antique" malls in southern California. OK. It was made in France in the 60's but the lines are stunning. In 40 years it will be an antique.

      One of my friends who lives in Manannas, Virginia found a pair of Louis XVI demi-lunes at an estate sale. She paid less than $200 for the pair. They are gorgous!

      If you don't have a huge bank account, don't lose heart. "The look" IS very attainable even for those of us who do not have a gazillion dollars. Just keep your eye open. Learn what things should look like and keep some extra cash stashed away to jump on bargains when you find them.

      Best wishes and smiles from My Slice of Provence, Charlotte Des Fleurs

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  38. I know of Carol Glasser through your posts over the years. I distinctly remember some of her old homes, especially the Houston look - white slipcovers and seagrass so I'm still getting used to this new style of Carol's. I have to say I like it because it is underdone and a bit spare. I did notice that her beautiful living room with white slipcovers, seagrass and blue blinds is still a bit Houston though.

    My all time favourite Pamela Pierce has gone in the direction of maintstream. Her latest home, whilst breathtakingly beautiful, looks like a Restoration Hardware brochure - I'm upset that she has lost a bit of individuality however Carol Glasser has gone in an all new direction.

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    1. you are 100% right with your comment!

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    2. no comment. i plead the fifth. i do know that pam is just tired of doing ruffled slips and wants a more streamlined contemporary look. they really are two totally different designers. completely different.

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  39. Joni, What a gorgeous home! The dining room is stunning....love the blue and white fabric.
    xx,
    Sherry

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  40. Too many casual spaces for a house this size for my taste. I do love her use of color and embrace the idea that the Houston Look may be suffering its last breath. I would have loved to see more structure and elegance in the living room and dining room. The public spaces looked too much like the family room. I do like the fact that Carol has learned to edit a bit in her style so that the eye has a place to finally rest.

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  41. Joni a very soothing and relaxing post of the most beautiful home!
    Carol's taste is impeccable and the antiques, the color palette, all divine!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena
    Giveaway by Splendid Sass

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  42. Another out of the park post! Such a refreshing home. Love the tall to floor windows and the kitchen sans counter. The table is the perfect substitute. I could cook up a storm there and still be in the mix of company.

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  43. Hi Joni,

    I live in Houston and have never been able to locate the magazine, Antique Shops and Designers. I have searched Barnes and Noble and every grocery store with no luck. ???

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    1. go to the antique shops that advertise there. but really - just go to 2626. they are the owners of the magazine. it's over there off alabama and westheimer. blanking on the street - the same street that thompson hansen is on.

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  44. I am going to be going over this post with a fine tooth comb, Joni. Thanks so much for this and for your visit the other day. I am slowly returning to the world. What a strange week it has been.

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  45. This home is beautiful Joni... I love to see her colour palette which is so refreshing after all the 'greige'... which I do adore... but this is such a wonderful change...
    I don't suppose this magazine is available in Europe... it looks fabulous... xv

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  46. Joni I absolutely LOVE this post! Is there ANY way you can wheedle out of Carol her paint colors and fabrics? Love all the rooms this color scheme is what I have been thinking about for our Charleston house and this just nailed it. thanks again on a super job. Kris in Seattle

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  47. Joni- For someone from Missoiri the Houston look is totally foreign here. I love it and would love to incorporate it in my new home. Maybe it will start the trend here. Any idea where Carol got her slipcovered furniture in the family room? I love your work! Cari

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  48. One of my favorite houses so far! LOVE the use of color . . . the living room and dining room are gorgeous.

    Always love your blog!

    Jennifer

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  49. Does anyone know the color of the kitchen cabinets? Love it!

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  50. Joni, its a gorgeous home, I love the colors and antiques - very inspiring!

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  51. Lovely! I see color subtlely slipping back into Houston design.

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  52. Always love to see a person's evolution of style. Not being a Kennedy, nor aspiring to be one, it is mind exploding to think about the $gazillions spent on this home. On the over hand for all of us home voyeurs, aren't we lucky we are able to see how someone with great resources has decorated her home? My personal vote is for Joan Ross' recently revealed barn room. I'm always a sucker when everything is the room comes with a story, a creative partnership of a couple and throw in a great dog and I'm done!

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    1. omg Joan's bar room is to die for - it is sooo wonderful. beyond wonderful!

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  53. I was so excited to see your post on Friday morning, brewed myself a cup of tea and sat for a long while enjoying every photo. Countless times on Saturday I went back to give it an even closer look. Now Sunday night, the Father's Day"s guests have gone and I'm back enjoying this post again. Thank you so much for all your hard work and the chance to see a closeup of such a beautiful home.

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  54. Thank you for sharing such amazing photos with us, you inspire all of us, you bring elegance and style in our house, I was overwhelmed seeing this antiques.
    Masterpieces which over the years gathered so many memories and emotions.

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  55. This is my favorite house ever, and i love almost all the homes you feature (including yours). Seeing all that yummy apricot was like finding your first true love. It is just perfect. You just get better and better. Well written, loyal, and whip smart.

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  56. I have gathered up all of the pictures from magazines and and blogs saved over the past year and thrown them in a box. Carol's house is so beautiful. I am rethinking color choices, patterns, and finishes for my home. Thank you, Joni. Your blog is so educational and inspiring. I so appreciate all of the work you put into it.
    Lauren

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  57. Joni

    I was so happy to see this home. Thank you for sharing. She has such a wonderful sense of style. I love that she isn't afraid of color. Wonderful post as always!

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  58. Beautiful pieces!! But Joni has forever ruined me after her post on custom natural fiber rugs. Hate to be nit picky, but the rugs are ill-fitting and bothering me (Joni's fault!!)

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  59. Hi Joni,
    As it turns out, I just spent a good hour reading your post.lol No words can describe the beauty, thank you for sharing Carol's stunning home!! I was gushing over the color pallet!!! I have a crush on persimmon velvet, it's so perfect in that setting. I truly love the kitchen with no upper cabinets Love Love!!! By any chance do you know the paint color used on the walls???... to die for!! Also admire the chunky textured rug. Thanks Joni, your the best!

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  60. Oh, Joni This house is absolutely stunning from the first shot to the last. I love each room, the furnishings, the colors, everything. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

    I haven't been able to blog for a couple of weeks because my mother in law entered Hospice. Fred's aunt from Houston is here with us, so naturally I thought of you. This morning, I needed a lift, and escape, and I knew exactly where to come. Your posts are always so enjoyable, and this one was an extra special treat. This designer set the tone at the foyer whose wallpaper had me swooning. No one does a post like you, and I know I've probably said it a thousand times, but thank you for the work you put into your blog. It is even better than a favorite shelter magazine. And thanks to this fabulous designer for allowing you to share her gorgeous home with us. Is this in River Oaks?

    XO,

    Sheila

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  61. Beautiful! Would love to know the color she used on the walls in her dining room...
    Thank you, Joni!

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  62. I love your brief reviews of the house. I am in love with the little bench and mirror pictures that you have going on. All the pictures were gorgeous.

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