26 June 2014

A Design Collaboration

 

So exciting!  The summer issue of Milieu is now available.   Introducing a new magazine can’t be easy, but Pamela Pierce and her cadre of writers and photographers, are really hitting their stride – it seems each issue is just wonderful.   I’m loving when the new Milieu arrives in the mail – it’s a feast for the eyes,  cover to cover.

 

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This issue celebrates summer – with a host of vacation houses in Mexico, Spain, Florida and Texas. 

 

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As usual, even the ads are beautiful.   Before each issue, many of the advertisers call in to discuss what the theme will be.  Their ads are then created to tie in with the articles, creating a seamless color scheme throughout.  Here, shown above, Lee used whites and hot pinks and greens – colors found in the new issue’s stories.

 

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The Wisteria ad looks more like a photo from a featured house than a catalogue.  Great coffee table, too!

In each issue of Milieu - there seems to be one house that I completely fall in love with – and this issue it’s this country house in Round Top, Texas – home of probably the most famous antique show today.   The house, shown below,  is owned by the uber talented interior designer Eleanor Cummings and it was designed by architect Kirby Mears of Murphy Mears Architects HERE.

 

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Mears is a much respected architect – and is often published in high end design magazines.  He and Cummings have developed a sort of design partnership over the years.  Many of their published projects are collaborations. 

Cumming’s Round  Top house is an enfilade, a specific design where the house is one room deep.   Often enfilades have windows on each side which line up – allowing one to stand outside and see through the house to the other side.    In an enfilade, there are no halls – the rooms connect one after another in a sort of shotgun formation. 

 

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Here in the living room, Cumming used rustic antiques – along with slipcovered chairs and sofas.  I love how she added the wicker chair to the mix.  The beautiful fireplace is an antique from France.  Wood shutters cover the windows throughout the house.  Most of the floors are gray concrete – chosen for both their ease of maintenance and their ease on the pocketbook.  In other rooms – wood floors are painted gray to match.  The color scheme is cream, gray, and light blue – Cummings favorites.

 

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In the dining room there is an antique French orchard table with a set of slipcovered chairs from Restoration Hardware.  The kitchen is seen in the next room.

 

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The master bedroom has a wonderful view – it sits at one end of the house.  What a beautiful tufted French chaise longue.  

 

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Upstairs – in the grandchildren’s room – linen is mixed with Lisa Fine textiles.  Just a small glimpse of this room – but I love all the textures – the linens, the woods, the stripes – all against the green backdrop of Round Top.

Much more of this house and all the others is found in the summer issue of Milieu.

To order the latest issue, go HERE.

To visit the Milieu’s web site go HERE.

 

I loved seeing Eleanor Cumming’s country house designed by the very talented Kirby Mears – and I thought you might enjoy seeing a recap of some of their other collaborations.  The most recent was just shown in the Spring issue of  Milieu:

 

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Photography by Peter Vitale

Remember this colorful house from the last issue of Milieu?  The house is located in Houston’s tony River Oaks neighborhood.  It’s an original – designed by the Charles Oliver in 1927.  Oliver designed over 75 houses, many which have unfortunately been demolished over the years.  The young couple who bought this Spanish styled house decided to renovate it and hired Kirby Mears for that job along with Eleanor Cummings for the interiors.   

This living room is a stunner – I love the white tufted sofa mixed with the bright yellows silk curtains and green chairs.  And I love the mix of the contemporary along with the traditional.

 

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Love this corner – the mix of the aquamarine and green chairs with the bright yellow.  And who would think to use a brown pillow?  LOVE!!!  The art work is to die for.

 

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I am not sure whose brainchild it was to put the dining room behind steel windows and doors – Kirby’s or Eleanor’s???  Whomever – it’s genius!   Eleanor went for drama here with the bright hot pink upholstery on antique styled chairs. 

 

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Mixed with the terra cotta floors – are these wonderfully bright tiles on the risers. 

 

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The kitchen’s tiled walls are the stunner here.  Notice how she brought the bright yellow from the living room into the kitchen.

 

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Such a pretty vignette – I love the Schumacher fabric on the banquette.  It’s strange – as much as I think I know every single Schumacher fabric there is – I never have noticed this one before.

 

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And in the master bedroom – the wallpaper by Philip Jeffries is a standout.  I love the aqua stripe on the Moroccan rug which matches the linens on the bed.  Notice how Cummings has filled the room with furniture, making it seem cozy and welcoming.  So much better than a large room with not enough furniture – which always seems so cold.   As colorful as this house is – it all ties together with the greens, yellows, and blues that are found in almost every room.  Just beautiful!

 

 

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Another collaboration between Cummings and Mears was this lovely West University House – it’s beautiful – right?  Well – this is before the house was updated for its current owners.   Below is how it looks today:

 

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Wow!  Gorgeous!  Mears and Cummings kept the basic look of the house – making it seem just a bit wider by enlarging the sunporch.  And, with the painting of the brick and trim – adding a slate roof, along with French lanterns and new landscaping – the house has incredible curb appeal now.  Inside – the house was greatly enlarged by Mears - but it’s not obvious from the façade.

 

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The Cummings designed living room – seen on the cover of Traditional Homes. 

 

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On the other side of the fireplace is the Mears extension of the sunporch.  I love the twin sofas with the simple velvet pillows mixed with the Fortuny pillows.

 

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But, it’s the beautiful silk curtains that are the scene stealers here.  The twin French chairs covered in tapestry are to die for!!!

 

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The Mears extended sunroom – with all new French doors, windows and beams.

 

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Looking towards the adjoining living room.  Love the velvet tufted ottoman.

 

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The dining room is one of my favorites – I just love everything about it – the fabrics, the curtains, the mirror, the table – just love it.

 

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Antique doors from the dining room lead into the kitchen. 

 

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The back family room with this round table near the fireplace.  Love the chandelier.

 

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The master bedroom is tranquil and serene.  Cummings designs the best bedrooms.  Love the vaulted ceiling!

 

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Another vaulted ceiling with beams and rafters in the master bedroom – filled with white marble in all shapes.  Notice the marble frames on the mirrors!  Great idea!!!  There are many more pictures of this house on both Mears and Cummings web sites.

 

And finally – this Kirby Mears/Eleanor Cummings collaboration was shown in Veranda.  It is a very popular house with pinners and bloggers because – it’s perfection.

 

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Designed by Kirby Mears, the house wraps around the back swimming pool.  I adore the arched wood shutters on the living room doors – they are so romantic looking.  Notice the glass awnings above those doors – Mears has used this detail before.

 

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A larger view of the back yard.

 

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One of my favorite living rooms – LOVE!  I love the French sofa and the light blue chair on the left.  Gorgeous Louis XVI velvet ottoman.  Notice the perfect side table with the Santos on it.   The leather antique wing chair – divine!  The painting!    Just perfection.

 

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The fireplace in the living room – gorgeous, right?  Even the fire screen is fabulous!!!

 

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The kitchen – notice the bar stools – I love how each of their heights is different.  Fabulous light fixture!  The stove hood!  The cabinetry!

 

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Mears’ beautifully designed stone stairs and iron railing.  Notice the trio of chandeliers in each section of landing.

 

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The landing with the beautiful French day bed, slipcovered.

 

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A vignette in the master bedroom.  Love the juxtaposition of the handscreened cotton on the fine French antique settee!  So Eleanor!

 

 

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And finally – this iconic photograph.  I think this one picture might have started the rush on the Belgian wicker chairs – that were later to be known as the Kooboo gray chairs from Cost Plus/World Market.  Mixed with the concrete table and the French lantern, I think everyone wanted this room – but for the inside of their houses, not just the outside!

It must make both Cummings and Mears feel so proud to know how popular and influential this setting has become.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of the collaborations between Eleanor Cummings and Kirby Mears.   What great work they have done!   To see their individual work – be sure to visit their web sites.

To visit the web site of Kirby Mears of Murphy Mears Architecture, go HERE.

And for Eleanor Cummings web site, go HERE.

And finally – to read the summer issue of Milieu Magazine – go HERE.

 

24 comments:

  1. I'm also a fan of small kitchens. My favorite kitchen was in a studio apartment -- it was in a sort of alcove and you literally needed not take more than two steps from sink to stove to fridge. Didn't hurt that it was full of charm with glass-front cabinets built in the 20s, wall mounted sink, etc. Do you know what I love most about Michael Penney's kitchen? If you look closely at the cabinets, you can see they had that 80s strip of wood across the top of each door/drawer. He painted it to match and then did some fabulous decorating around it. I think the wallpaper is my favorite.
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  2. where to start...all pictures are breath taking...I'm sitting in my living room having morning coffee knowing in a little bit I will be dusting and vacuuming my piece of heaven...looking around and thinking what little change I can make .... painting that's it ...thank you so much for making my morning.

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  3. Beautiful post!!! they are so talented and really fun to work with as well! Nice smart and brilliant!!!!

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  4. Joni I adore the aquamarine , green and bright yellow corner of the living room! It all works with the art work I also love!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  5. Well...I never... This HAS to be the BEST YET. Everything...just everything. I don't know...just thanks, again, I will look at this one over and over. franki

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  6. Joni, after your first post on the new Milieu magazine I immediately subscribed to it!! I LOVE it....it's really like a 'coffee table book'. I received my newest copy in the mail this week, too, and am obsessed once again. I love the Round Top home especially but every thing in this magazine is beautiful. The homes with more color are done so nicely and still have that serene/peaceful feel that I love. In this issue, the home with the pink accents is breathtaking. I wish I was bold enough to do something like that. Thanks for introducing me. I can tell this mag. is a saver:)

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  7. That isn't my style, but I love the way she used all that color! It is gorgeous!

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  8. Loving the ceiling treatments and the tiled kitchen!

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  9. Thanks to your recommendation on Milieu, I subscribed and look forward to each and every issue. Eye Candy! I too look forward to sitting down with this magazine and just letting it all sink in. Fun post!

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  10. All beautiful but I adore the gray family room with the dijon leather chairs. It feels very modern colonial New England to me.

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  11. Great post. Would you be kind enough to identify the color and fabric of the MBR headboard against the Philip Jeffries wallpaper? I've been struggling to choose a fabric for my own headboard.
    Thanks so much. *And if there is no mention of the fabric in the past issue of Milieu, can you venture a guess? Again, many thanks!

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  14. Hi Joni, love today's post; all your posts are fabulous. Wanted to let you know that there is an Aidan Gray lighting sale at Laurie's Home Furnishings in Tomball Thursday and Friday. Have you been to Laurie's? I think you would love it. It is my absolute favorite décor store. I would be happy to pick you up and drive you out there (Tomball); I know you don't like driving across town. http://laurieshomefurnishings.com/blog/

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  15. Nice interior designing and interior furnishing!

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  16. Joni - Thank you again for another great post - I look forward to each new one! Beautiful interior photos and such great use of color. Although not all of us are financially able to build such enormous homes, each of us can find ideas from your posts that we can use in on our homes.

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  17. All of this post is exactly what I love. I think Eleanor Cummings has a similar aesthetic to Pamela Pierce. I used to get excited when the latest issue of Elle Decor or House Beautiful arrived but now I just go through the motions reading them. They're not exciting or that interesting anymore, there is the occasional good issue but it is all such a mish mash of styles now, some places are downright depressing. This post reminds me of what I have been missing.

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  18. The tudor remodel is one of my all-time favorite homes. Do you think Eleanor will share the colors she used on the exterior and the interior? I especially like the exterior colors (painted brick and french doors) and the creamy trim color with wall colors.

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  19. Dear Joni, I look forward to your posts and the rooms you feature are quite often--like all great decor--both inspired and inspiring. Today's post certainly inspires a subscription to Milieu. However, the post also includes a simple hyperbole that I wish would 'kick the bucket'; "The (art work) is to die for." To put it bluntly, I have lost both a husband and a son under tragic circumstances--the use of "to die for" subtracts from an otherwise pleasant diversion.

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  20. Hi Joni, I've saved this post. So many of the elements that you highlight are my all-time favorites. I wish that Texas design would spread west to Southern California.
    Sending love and many thanks for all of your fantastic posts. Mary

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