Friday, January 1, 2010

New Years with Candace and Fred

We spent New Year's Eve at our friends Candace and Fred's house. I always joke with Candace that I want to be her when I grow up because she has such a beautiful sense of style and impeccable taste. She was nice enough to let me share her beautiful home with you.

This is the formal living room in Candace and Fred's house. It has an incredible warmth that just envelops you and like every good southern hostess makes you feel comfortable. The walls are lacquered in an oxblood red, the trim is painted in a dark grey and the ceiling is gold leafed...beautifully dramatic.

Sideboards are not just for dining rooms as you can tell from this photo. This French beauty came from another one of our friends house and adds nice weight and a focal point to a large wall.

The asymetrical panels on the windows are a silk with a painted velvet wide band on the leading edge (think Fortuny) that have a dramatic drape. Check out the gold leafed cornice...amazing!

Candace needed another long piece in the living room and instead of doing another sideboard she did this draped table. In a room as rich as this the more fabric the merrier so she did a table square on top of the silk skirt to the floor.

Detail, detail, detail. This is the living room sofa done in a shiny silk velvet. Check out the ruching on the arms, the nailhead, and the handsome tufting. The burgundy pillow is embroidered with real copper metal thread.

The chairs in the living room have beautiful detail as well. The body of the chair is a silk tafetta and the cushion is done in a matching wool velvet...not the nailheads.

The backs of the chairs are done in a ruched silk....this is the view you get when you walk into the room.

This shows the amazing gold leafed ceiling. Our very talented friend Beth Scherer did this back-breakingly beautiful work.

This is a shot of the welcoming foyer. The front door and surround were salvaged from a horse farm in Kentucky.

This shows the comfortable family room. You would think the small scale leopard carpet done wall to wall would be too much small pattern but it works beautifully.

The family room mantle.

Another one of Candaces beautiful chairs. This one is a silk crewel. Check out that table lamp, I've never seen another one like it.

The doors between the family room and kitchen were also rescued from an old house...old found pieces add great charachter to a new house.

The dining room window treatments. Candace layered a few different treatments to give richness and depth. She started with an embroidered sheer and added an embroidered velvet flat valance, embroidered solk panels are next and its all topped off with a mirrored cornice.

Candace has these beautiful cabinets built in to her dining room for china storage. She also had the wall mirrored which really makes the room look larger and adds alot of great light.

The sitting room in the kitchen. Candace collects McKenzie Childs and this is the room where she displays alot of it. Its a great place to sit and chat with a glass of wine and watch her cook.

The painted sideboard in the kitchen. Also a great picture of her Shih Tzu Nailen.

The doors go out to the back deck. Dont be afraid to mix window treatment styles in a room. They provide great interest.

The breakfast room. I love that the panels are hung on knobs instead of a traditional rod. The cafe curtains provide light but still give privacy...I like that they are hung higher than most cafe's.

This is the powder room that has just been redone. The walls are in a grasscloth that has a black ground and gold absolutely glows. (Note: grasscloth is not recommended for bathrooms or any room where it might get wet.) Candace bought the icons hanging on the wall on a trip to Mexico.

The beautiful pedestal sink in the powder room. Just enough storage.

Candace also bought the sink and bathroom hardware in Mexico. A work of art.

The master bedroom is a work in progress but it is progressing very nicely. The new headboard arrived right before Christmas. It is made out of a metallic faux leather. Custom headboards are a great, and relatively inexpensive, way to add some style to a bedroom.

A close up of the the shape and the nailheads.

I dont know how she finds the fabulous accessories she has but I love this clock.

The new master bedroom window treatments. The flat roman shade looks beautiful done in the large geometric. The flat roman shows the pattern really well. The silk panels have great but not too fussy detail. The next picture is a close up of them.

The panels are cream silk with a band of greay silk and a gold taping...she added a glass ball trim to the edge for some shimmer.

Groupings of beautiful antique frames make a great impact.

Another beautiful mantle clock.

A beautiful mantle set in pink marble.

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