COTE DE TEXAS: One House’s Décor in 1999, 2008, and 2015

One House’s Décor in 1999, 2008, and 2015

   

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Recently a Cote de Texas reader and a client of Lisa Luby Ryan’s, wrote to tell me that Lisa had sold her house!  She did?  That fabulous house in Dallas?  A quick look around the internet and yes!  After just a few days on the market and only a few showings, the house sold.  That it would sell so quickly is no surprise – it’s a beautiful house.

Besides selling the house, there was a “garage sale” at Vintage Living, Lisa’s shop, and now - the wait begins.   Hopefully, it won’t be too long before we get a glimpse of her new digs when some magazine like Veranda or Traditional House photographs it for all of us to drool over. 

For now, we have the real estate photographs to peruse.   I thought it would be both fun and instructive to look at the house through the years and see all changes that Lisa made to the interiors.  After all, she is a wonderful interior designer and to study what changes she made, and why, is a chance to learn from a talented expert.

  So, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy this look back at a much loved home!

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The first glimpse the world got of Lisa Luby Ryan was in Traditional Home 1999 – 15 years ago.    Wow.  Has it really been that long?  She and her husband had built a house in Dallas in 1995 – her inspiration was Cotswold, that charming area of England where the stone cottages are chock full of English antiques and accessories.   When her house was first published, Lisa was a complete Anglophile. 

I remember reading that article like it was yesterday.   Her house was “sort of” like mine – maybe an English Range Rover to my Dodge Dart.   Both of our houses were almost the same age and size and we had similar layouts:  two stories with a large family room and kitchen combination at the back of the house.  I only made the comparisons because I vividly remember being in awe of all the design choices she made to customize her house and wondering why I hadn’t thought to make the same choices.   Maybe the answer was simply because she was Lisa Luby Ryan and I was……just me. 

The details she installed in her house were what made it so special.  There were antique beams in the family room culled from a barn in Pennsylvania.  The dining room windows held old glass panes salvaged from the teardown house that once sat on their lot.  There were old slate tiles in the foyer and the hardwoods were hand scraped to look rustic.  The family room’s fireplace was made of stone, sandblasted to look old.  Instead of open shelves that flanked the mantel – she used doors with antique glass that were designed to look like pieces of furniture.   This particular detail really made me see green because my lowly mantel was surrounded by boring, builders grade cabinets and open shelves!        

Rereading that Traditional Home article today I have to smile at this quote – “I call my look a kind of pared down English – a little less fussy and not a lot of clutter.”   I’m sure Lisa smiles too because compared to her pared down aesthetic of today  – the 1999 décor was filled to the ceiling with collectables and antique smalls and then some!   “Pared down” is not an adjective I would use to describe her 1999 décor.

Besides the differences in the cluttered English style back then to today’s look, the other major change is Lisa’s palette.   In 1999, the house was dark, heavy in reds and golds and patterned fabrics.  Today – Lisa favors white walls and clean, streamlined interiors.   

Throughout the years, her house was photographed many times for different magazines and each shoot showed a step towards the look she favors today.   After the original article was published, Lisa opened  her extremely successful shop.     Her portfolio is large and is a testament to how desired her aesthetic is.  Recently she announced that after 13 years, her shop was moving from Snider Plaza to the Dallas Design District.   I wish I lived in Dallas!

I think it would be instructive and interesting to look at the house then and now.  The real estate pictures are beautiful and show rooms never seen before.  Whoever bought the house is really lucky.  They got a real beauty!! 

 

 

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We’ve never really gotten a good photograph of the façade before – most of the ones in magazines were small.  But wow – it truly looks like a stone cottage in Cotswold.    The stone is beautiful and looks so old!  I love the chimney pots – what a nice touch!

 

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The front door is planked in the old style with antique looking hardware.

 

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BEFORE:  1999 – a glimpse of the back yard with its natural looking landscape.

 

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TODAY:  There is a pool now and the landscaping is much more tailored – clean lines of box and clipped ivy.  Even the furniture is more sophisticated.  The master bedroom is on the ground floor – it’s window is at the right, overlooking the pool.    The  French doors at the covered porch are the family room and kitchen.

 

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A view of the garage/pool house.  There is a kitchen and bathroom above.  Notice its charming shutters.

 

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TODAY:  The covered porch.

 

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In 2003 we saw this small glimpse of the tiled entry  hall and stairs with the dining room behind.

 

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In 2008, Veranda featured the house in its Christmas issue.  Here, we see a totally different house – all the warm colors are gone leaving a clean, white palette.    The entry floor is the antique slate.

 

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And in the mirror you can see there are oil paintings up the stairs.

 

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Today:    the house has been stripped bare of the decorative excess from the days when Lisa was a fan of the English country manor look.   Today, she mixes painted and Swedish antiques with fewer but larger accessories.  Today there is a crystal chandelier.  Also, the slate floor has been replaced with a herringbone patterned wood floor.   Again, more streamlined and less Cotswold.

 

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The view up the stairs and down the center hall to the family room.  Even the entry was changed, the accent chair is now gone, opening up the hall to visitors.  Instead of the oil paintings there is a series of framed prints, something that Lisa really loves to use in her designs.  She always gets the proportion perfect too – she uses large frames and mats which together create a large statement.

 

 

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The living room has seen the most changes.  In 1999, she used a red kilim and furniture with chintz upholstery and a large pine cabinet jammed packed with English accessories.

 

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A few years later in 2003, a more neutral rug was placed in the room, along with a new collection of mercury glass.  This look is very much like what Ginger Barber and Carol Glasser were doing in Houston.    Lisa still uses this same coffee table with the mirrored glass top.

 

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In the corner – there was this vignette.  Red and golds everywhere.  I wish these old pictures were better quality!  Sorry!

 

 

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In the Veranda 2008 Christmas issue, Lisa showed us her totally redecorated house – all the reds and golds were gone, replaced with whites and creams.  Two new contemporary styled sofas faced each other.  The pine dresser is replaced with a painted piece, barely shown.  New rug.  The coffee table remains.

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A larger view of the new patterned rug and curtains in cream.   This photoshoot was such a change from the English inspired décor.  I loved it – and so did everyone else.  It reflected a large change that was happening in décor around the south at that time.  After decades of red painted dining rooms, white and gray paint was going up all over and this aesthetic was exactly what so many wanted.

 

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Today:  The living room is even more pared down.  The printed curtains are replaced with plain white linen.  A more traditional sofa with a linen slip replaces the two contemporary ones and two French chairs sits across it.   The white cupboard remains, as does the coffee table.   New textured rug.   A fun zebra covered chair provides a bit of whimsy.

Now, Lisa owns a furniture store and it’s possible that she cleaned out her house and then styled it with things from the shop – just for the sale.  I have no idea if this is how it looked when she lived here or if this was just styled for the sale.  But regardless, I love it.  It’s clean and airy and streamlined with just a bit of frou-frou with the gathered slipcover.

 

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The dining room with its vaulted ceiling is a favorite room.  The leaded windows have old glass panes from the original house.  There is a stone fireplace.   The barley twist chairs sit around a wood table.  The room is very English country manor house and is quite beautiful.

 

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The Veranda Christmas issue showed a totally new dining room.  The iron chandelier was exchanged in favor of a French one.  The wood table was replaced with one with a limestone top and antique column legs.  Linen slip covered chairs are new.   The same patterned curtains in the living room are seen here. 

 

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And another view.

 

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Here the room was styled with different chairs.  You can see the collection of creamware on the walls that is so beautiful.   I’m not sure which dining room décor was the one that was more permanent – this table or the stone one.   When designers show their houses in different magazines, sometimes they bring in new furniture just for the pictorial, so it’s hard to know if this setting is how it always was.  Either way, I love the dining room – architecturally it is beautiful.

 

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And today – I love this!  There is a mix of new and old with the white chairs and the old table.  There’s a beautiful antique cabinet, along with the new white curtains.  I love the crystal chandelier and sconces.   Lisa has replaced all the light fixtures with crystals ones.   On the walls, the ironstone plates remain, which is a favorite part of the décor.  

 

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I love the leaded windows!  They are fabulous!!!!!!

 

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A close up of the stone mantel.  Just beautiful.   Beautiful!!!

 

 

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In 1999 the family room was very comfortable and welcoming.  The stone fireplace with the flanking doors that hide the tv is a wonderful idea that Lisa had – and a detail that I really loved. 

 

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And here is how it looked a few years later.   Very English cottage with a patchwork sofa.  Remember those?   I loved them! 

Lisa is very religious and is active in many charities.  The biblical saying stenciled on the wall is very important to her as it remains today.  To learn about Lisa and her amazing path to God, go HERE.

 

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The Veranda shoot showed a cleaner, calmer décor. 

 

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Here – French chairs with slips.  On the club chair is a cute contemporary fabric.

 

 

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And today – you can finally see the family room!  I love these pictures after all these years – 15!!!!  Waiting all this time to really see the house, it’s even prettier than in the magazines.  Here are the antique doors that are now in a distressed gray finish.  Before they were wood stained.  Love the French chairs – with the wood frames.  Antique leather chairs. 

 

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A view of the French doors to the swimming pool.

 

 

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The view to the kitchen and the living room through the French doors.  The house has an open flow for entertaining.

 

 

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Just perfect for a family room – wouldn’t change a thing!

 

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The breakfast room in 1999 – with the country French table and chairs.

 

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In 2003 – the wall now is covered with a collection of antique plates.  The iron chandelier is so pretty.

 

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The kitchen has brown stained cabinets and black granite? countertops.

 

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And later, in 2008, a wood table, French chairs, and a painting where all the plates once were.  A crystal chandelier replaces the more country styled iron one.

 

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Today, the table and chairs remain, while linen curtains were added.  The biggest change is the renovated kitchen.   The stained cabinets are now distressed gray with white marble counters.

 

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The kitchen is now much more up to date and makes the house seem like new construction. 

 

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In 1999, the master bedroom had a beautiful Adele Kerr iron bed. 

 

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In 2003, the walls were painted a bit darker.

 

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Across from the bed is a bamboo armoire and a pair of wing chairs.

 

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For Veranda, a totally different look with linen bedding.   A set of antique doors are so pretty!

 

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A French wing chair sits next to the painted night stand.

 

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Cute slipcovered chairs in the bedroom.

 

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Today – there is a new rug, and new slips and linens, but the room is similar to the Veranda photoshoot.

 

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The master bedroom was totally renovated.  New limestone floors and new shower door.  The bath tub was removed and an antique sofa sits in that space.   New crystal chandelier. 

I love all the crystal chandeliers throughout the house.  They are just so classic and all the other types of chandeliers that were in the house now seem trendy and dated compared to the crystal ones.

 

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In 1999 the guest room was wallpapered and done up in a very English style.

 

 

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The guest room today. 

 

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And the bathroom is completely updated.  Love the cabinetry.  Beautiful marble shower.

 

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Another guest room – looks like Farrow and Ball wallpaper, but not sure.

 

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Love the way this guest room is decorated.  Great bench!!!

 

 

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Above the garage is another guest room with a kitchen.

 

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And finally – it is such a beautiful house!   Under 4,000 sq. ft.  - it seems the perfect size for a family, not too big, and not small.   Although the house has had many updates, it retains the charm of the Cotswold styling of its beginning.  Today, pared down with less possessions – the house seems to shine even more.  It makes you want to edit, and then edit some more!   It would be so interesting to see how the new owners will decorate, maybe one day we will get a chance to see.  

Much good wishes to Lisa and her family in their new home!

To view Lisa Luby Ryan’s web site and portfolio, go HERE.

 

 

65 comments :

  1. ...her homes are beautiful...her talent amazing...but...her story is incredible...by far...your greatest post...blessings laney

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  2. Loved the first version better-of course it was time for the red to go,but all the gray and beige...in my opinion...is getting old-also throwing the contemporary item here and
    there again feels cliche'-Her home is beautiful and she is a great talent...Just love my tried and true traditional-thanks for sharing lovely homes! Linda

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    1. I have to say that I agree with you Linda. I preferred it before when it was a more welcoming home and less looking like a showroom (although I understand that the current photos were styled to sell). In France, I also see the gray and beige, overly-patinaed pieces going out of style as well. But it is a lovely house and to each his own...of course!

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    2. I agree also. Earlier pictures look warmer and actually lived in. All versions are beautifully done but the shades of gray look just doesn't seem as inviting and is getting to be so predictable.

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  3. I REALLY love the outside of her house-front and back, and the brick is just wonderful!! The back porch would be so much fun.

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  4. The exterior and all the custom touches are fabulous, as are many of the furnishings. Love the more modern dining chairs in the latest version and how the circular backs echo the lovely stained glass. Although there were too many accessories in the 90's era, I now feel like "editing" has gone too far. Overall, the 2003 version looked the best---updated colors but not devoid of color and fewer small items but still personal. IMO, the latest version of the kitchen is total over-kill with all the faux painted grey cabinets and the white marble counter-tops. A very talented designer and great post! Can't wait to see the next iteration of her talent. Perhaps more dramatic, dark painted, moody rooms?!

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    1. We all like what we like.... Personally, I love light, bright and light filled rooms. It makes me feel happy. I won't be loving dramatic, dark painted, mood rooms when they are in style! But I know someone else will... so goes the cycle! I am in heaven in light, neutral spaces with lots of light and a few touches of dark wood or black with green plants for accents. Too much color and too many accessories or clutter is stressful to me... just too much mental stimulation in an environment where I want to feel serene. But an artist friend of mine said she finds neutral environments stressful because her mind is busy trying to add color to it.... so it's such an individual thing. I think also if you are in the middle somewhere, you may go through phases where you like one extreme until you get tired of it, then another... until you find the ideal balance of color/accessories/etc. for you.

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  5. Both old and new versions of the house are very nice, EXCEPT for the giant quote across the living room wall. It just seems bizarre, cheesy and like the super-size version of those terribly kitsch plates / wall hangings with little poems/sayings/etc. So tacky. Why oh why would someone do this to an otherwise well planned and executed design scheme???

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    1. I thought the same, but didn't want to mention it..:-) Just didn't get that lettering..

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    2. Totally agree .. was waiting to see a sign that read "this way to the beach" .. tack tack tack. And even if you are religious, do you have to paint it on a wall for all to see? Seems flashy and counterintuitive to any religious teachings.

      In my opinion, the 2003 renovation was the best. Excellent color choices, good use of light, great blend of furnishings and finishes - I love the designers choice of english and french antiques. Absolutely beautiful facade and gardens, and the pool is stunning.

      I didn't care for the kitchen in the 2015 renovation (overdone and cold) or the bathroom (too much going on) but certainly love many other things the designer created. Thanks for sharing Joni. You always provide such great insight and inspiration for my purchasing and decorating.

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    3. Anon 7:52 ....I laughed when I read your comment. The sign is an actual verse of scripture from the Bible. I think it might be credited to Jesus Christ himself. (Readers .....anyone know the verse?) So you think it is " flashy and counterintuitive "......
      Oh my.

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    4. PS...I'm neutral on the wall lettering in principle, but I just had to laugh at the comment.

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    5. The verse is from Matthew 4:19. If you notice, the decor relates to the verse... (painting in breakfast nook, ship paintings, shells and fish on coffee table, etc.). As Joni said in the post, "Lisa is very religious and is active in many charities. The biblical saying stenciled on the wall is very important to her as it remains today. To learn about Lisa and her amazing path to God, go HERE." So I think if it is important to her, that's great, and the way she decorated around that quote was interesting and brought it all together. I don't think it is "for all to see" but only those she invites into her home. Ultimately, it is her home, and if that speaks to her and makes her feel good, then I think it was a good design choice for her. Whoever buys the home may want to paint over that... but I think it was well done within the overall design.

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  6. Seems, if you are Texan, it is obligatory to do the same trajectory of the interiors of Reata from start of the story, to its end.

    Before the age of 6, even I picked up on this.

    And am doing it too.

    Garden & Be Well, XO T

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  7. ...oh!...how I wish they would feature that movie at the fox in atlanta...

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  8. Swooning over the changes! Less is definitely more! Love the lighter colors. Thanks so much for sharing these photos.

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  9. Joni I really enjoy when you feature a gorgeous home like this through the years and its design changes!!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena
    Stems Soiree

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  10. Such a beautiful home! It was fun seeing all the changes she has made over the years.I LOVE everything she does....pure magic!
    ~Des

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  11. I know some of those 1999 photos are in my files somewhere. As an Anglophile, the architectural style and the older elements make me swoon. However, even back in the day I wasn't a fan of red and gold and zebra patterns. So I think I like the middle version better. Love that breakfast room with the brown aesthetic transferware on the wall.. I prefer the wood toned cabinetry in the family room and the kitchen to the gray which I think will date it and is a trend I'm ready to see fade away. I am over all the grays! I would have liked to see some of those softer Swedish pastels in the last version rather than all white - but that's just me. Love the updated bathrooms, but why would you get rid of the tub?! Lots of talent, though.

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  12. We need a book, Joni!!!!! franki

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  13. Like time travel!! Thank you for this unique opportunity to see a home evolve through the years... It was indeed both fun and informative!! xo Leslie

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  14. P.S. Even the 1999 version doesn't read Cotswold English to me. Lots of southern Mediterranean elements - Provencal, Italian. I guess the floral fabric and plates and pine cupboard give the country English feel of the time, but there's a lot there that doesn't look particularly English to me. I do like the first family room version the best.

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  15. What a treat to see this home through the years. I love that even though it looks completely different in each iteration, it is always classic and timeless, never trendy. A great lesson in design.
    Thank you for the tour!
    ~Charlotte
    SimplyLoveDesign

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  16. love it + to see how it has evolved + Stunning! xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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  17. Joni,
    Another beautiful post. Interesting to see the changes and how they reflect the ever changing design trends. I think many of us tend to tweak our homes; to be so lucky as to have a shop full of candidates to dress our homes upon a whim! It is interesting to see how she transformed her aesthetic from English Country to a more sedate Swedish style. I'm having a difficult time choosing an era I like best, each change and revision is beautiful yet her personal style winds its way through each era. I adore the sofas and drapes in the living room shown in the 2008 Veranda Christmas layout; those sofas have such graceful, yet clean lines, I'm swooning over them! The soft gold pattern on the drapes paired with the soft patterned rug creates a lot of interest and texture for me. The 2008 foyer version; use of the square shade on a serpentine console, tall mirror above the console in the foyer reflecting the oil painting collection was stunning! Thank you!

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  18. love all the antique concrete birds.

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  19. I'm not a big fan of the latest look of the kitchen. I gotta have a bit of color. But I am a fan of this post. Very interesting and beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

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  20. Obviously a creative spirit. Good that she has a shop to recycle to! I agree with Rick that the latest kitchen isn't a calming space. And, then there's the fact that I love red and gold more than I love white! I found her story deeply sad and while I am not a Christian I am glad that has found a way to move her life forward with grace.

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  21. Thank you for this design history in photographs! I came to this site through another pictorial on the recent history of upholstered chairs - great stuff! Also kind of loving (and missing) the look of the earlier rooms - more personal/place specific and less trend-driven, to me anyway. This even despite my own preference for lighter colors and less clutter.

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  23. Really lovely, sophisticated and elegant - but if I had a choice it would be the first English inspired home; it would be pared down a bit for 2015, but the color and cheer and warmth would remain.To me- that's a home .Thanks for a great post, Joni.
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  24. I have absolutely always loved this house and her style but you have shown all the details I wondered about- I had never seen exterior photos. Thank you as always, for your wonderful posts.

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  25. Oh my gosh, Joni, what a wonderful, beautiful post. I love how much research you put into your work. What was such a surprise to me was how many tear outs I have that you have shown, and I didn't even realize were hers…..and I love her store and the houses that I am aware of that she does! I've already read this five times since I opened it this morning. Many thanks.

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  26. Thank you for sharing! It's very interesting to see how a house evolves in time. But to be honest, it's not my style. I prefer more vivid colors and a bohemian touch.

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  27. I love the look of your blog now, so simple and just perfect. I think the outside of the house is the best thing about it for sure, but the inside is great as well. I think she took her new look a bit too far, less is more , but too little can be boring. Can't wait to see the next house and I also would love to see what the new owner does with this one... lucky people !

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  28. Joni, what truly amazed me was the way you weaved the story of this house together. I really enjoyed reading and looking at each picture several times. They were amazing transformations and so on point for each time. it makes me really look forward to the next big thing in decorating.I think I am an odd bird, because I would have liked to pick out elements and furniture from each era and mixed them together harmoniously. LOL-as if that was possible. I must say, the today house reminds me a bit of the Restoration Hardware showroom, which I never realized until I saw that kitchen, leaves me wanting color again in design. I think I am over this look already. This is why I am not a designer.Haha

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  29. Your new look on the blog is very nice Joni and the post was well researched and written as always. I enjoyed reading it, thank you! As for the styles of the home, while I liked some of them it strikes me as the home of someone who follows trends well but doesn't have any personal style. And that comes across in the pictures. It's styled very well but it's...empty. And, only a Texan would think a 4000 sq house is the "perfect size" for a family. That's a McMansion where I live and it's highly undesirable and wasteful in so many ways.

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  30. I love this post very much and also appreciate the amount of research you do when you write each one. But this is one of my favorites! I loved seeing the time-travel aspect very much.

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  31. Lovely house. I would gladly move into one of those guest rooms. Haven't been on your blog for a while. Love the new design!

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  32. Love the new layout for your blog -- very classic and elegant!

    Interesting to see the changes -- but the 2008 version is my favorite!

    Cheers! Jan at Rosemary Cottage

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  33. Love the new classic design of your website, Joni. Perhaps you will write about what inspired the change. It looks fresh and is a much needed change.

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  34. Though this designer's background and life story are tragic and to some perhaps inspiring, I am surprised and disappointed to find the link to her christian website on your blog. One reason I enjoy your blog the most is that it stays true to its purpose and that it doesn't have a lot of human interest, political or religious propaganda. And I can't say that any prospective client of this designer would feel very confident in hiring her or shopping in her store or doing any business with her after viewing her 'testimonial' or whatever it was. Sorry Joni, love you but this was an unpleasant surprise.

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    1. well, it was an explanation for why she had that large quote on her living room. I do try to leave all this behind, but it IS an interesting story about her beginning and her redemption. Maybe I'm curious because I'm Jewish and we don't have the concept of redemption or heaven and hell. So - I suppose just ignore religious or political comments if it offends. Don't know what else to say.

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    2. As a possible 'prospective client" of this designer, I would base my decision to employ her skills based on her portfolio and her reputation as a professional. Annon 8:56 ....you are completely out of line with your assumptions. Your comment indicates you might need a bit of redemption yourself.

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    3. Anon-nonsense, in my opinion... though entitled to his/her opinion. I think, as Joni said, it explained the decorating decision... Understanding someone else's view isn't "propaganda"... I think we should be open minded enough to hear someone else's story and try to understand where they are coming from. Let them believe what they want... No skin off your nose. You don't have to agree with them, but understand why and how they got to where they are, and in this case how that affected her choice of design in the latest iteration of style. And I agree with Gloria... I don't think you should be discriminating against someone because of their personal beliefs. This is decor in her own home. If you don't like her ideas, you certainly have every right to not shop in her store or do business with her... However, if you believe yourself to be open minded and progressive, I would question whether you should not "do business with her after viewing her 'testimonial' or whatever it was"... that seems pretty closed minded... unless you hired her to design your house and she proposed to put something like that on your walls, I don't know why you would question her skills as a designer. Her personal beliefs should not be part of your decision to hire her as a designer.

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    4. I can't believe we are even discussing the notion of being "open minded " enough to do business with someone who expresses some kind of religious belief of one kind or another. If we are "offended" by hearing about this designer's religious beliefs as expressed in an element in her home .... therefor leading to that website...should we also be offended by hearing about Joni"s beliefs as well? Should we be "offended by the Christmas trees on the covers of the decor magazines in December? I see plenty of menorahs in Jewish homes photographed for publication...should I feel "offended"? What is going on people? Our world view is declining and contracting to the point that people are afraid to express anything spiritual unless it is as mild as going to a yoga class.

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    5. Well said, Gloria. I agree.

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  35. I love the new blog design! It is so much more pleasant to read now!

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  36. This was probably one of my all-time favorite posts! I know I will keep returning to see these pics. She gets it right! Thank you.

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    1. P.S. I read the comment posted above about the link. It made me curious to learn about Lisa's "story" but I only found a very professional link with her work and very little in the "About Lisa". So, I'll search it. I feel the opposite of the previous comment. Funny though I would have never looked until it was mentioned.

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  37. Your new website is lovely!. Simple and elegant. Lisa Luby Ryan's decor is some of my favorite, especially the 2008 Christmas pictures, but I really like how light and fresh the latest version is, also. Thank you for showing up the changes through the years.
    Lauren

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  38. Love it when you do these types of posts. Thank you! Question - do you really think the kitchen was remodeled? I was looking at the older photos and in the glimpses of the kitchen it looks like the layout is the same, but the cabinets were painted and appliances replaced. I may be wrong but I'm thinking they just updated what they had - which is nice to see.

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  39. Love your new blog design! It looks so much more like you, simple, elegant and current!
    Sarah in CA

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  40. I wore the pages out of that Christmas issue of Veranda...WORE IT OUT studying every nook and cranny of her house and have pulled it out every Christmas since to study her beautiful trees and that wreath on the front door. Never forget stepping foot into her shop and peeking in on her studio where she works her magic...it was a DREAM! Girls trip to Dallas! Beep beep! xoxo

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    1. Like you, I pull out that issue every Christmas and study it before working on my open house in my shop. Her home decorated for Christmas is still my favorite.

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  41. Hi Joni! In the description next to your picture, it says "Hi, I’m Joni Web". I think you are a victim of auto-correct - obviously your name is Joni Webb!

    Fabulous post! I like elements of all three versions.

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  42. I live in Dallas and know Lisa and her shop. She has an amazing talent. I also like the 2003 version of the house best!

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  43. Joni,I have many friends that enjoy your blog and observations. But most of us abandon finishing your posts because it is very difficult to navigate your blog because of the fonts, the format, the slow loading and other issues. You are keenly aware of what makes a home fresh and up to date. Please have a web professional help you with your blog so your blog format can also be fresh and up to date.

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  44. Although all were beautiful, I think I most prefer the 2008 and more recent versions. I can appreciate the design of the older photos, but I find the heavy colors, fabrics, and decor of some of the earlier photos to feel kind of dark and heavy. Personally, I prefer the lighter, airy look of the more recent photos.

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  46. This was a treat and feast for the eyes. You add an elegant touch to everything in your home. I loved showcasing you home in my new series.

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