|Photo Credit: LLH Designs via Pinterest|
I found that house. This is the look I'm going for in our new home. This house has an ambiance that says "serene and calm" all the while exuding elegance and charm.
The house belongs to Linsey, of LLH Designs, or at least it used to. The house is in West U, a little city in the heart of Houston, Texas. West U is one of THE most sought after neighborhoods in Houston. Linsey and her husband sold this piece of perfection last summer right before they moved to a gorgeous farm in Franklin, TN. She still misses her West U home, and who can blame her?
|Photo credit: LLH Designs via Pinterest|
I will not be trying to match every piece and copy the look exactly. That would be too stalker-ish (even for me). It's perfect just the way it is, but I want to be able to use what I already have as much as possible. The point is to help me focus on a direction, rather than trying to include every detail I like. With these imagines in mind, I'll stay focused (I hope) on a look, so all of the rooms will flow together. I've already started, in that I have covered most everything in my home in calming neutrals. My new palette is one of creams and whites, and oatmeal.
|Photo credit: LLH Designs|
Linsey especially misses her French stove. (If it were me, I would have told the movers to rip that puppy out of the wall, and haul it out of there.) It must have felt like she had left a child behind. I love that stove, but let's just say I'm already over budget in the kitchen, and we are just getting started. Besides, I'm basically rubbing sticks together over here, so so just having a gas stove is going to be such an exciting step for me.
This photo shows the master bedroom.
I just love that she used this gorgeous wall plaque for a head board. I don't know if she got it at Ballard Designs, but they sell a similar one. What a great idea for someone who doesn't want to purchase a head board! Here are my take aways from this room.
Stuff I especially love about this room
the sconce on the left
the French bench on the right
the armoire to the right (I know we can't really see it, but I bet it's stunning)
Since my bedroom is already French with lots of neutral fabrics, I'll keep most of what is in my room, and just add a few new elements from this inspiration room, like a sisal rug, and maybe a bench at the foot of my bed. I can see that a painted piece might also be a nice addition. My new bedroom will be larger than my old one, so I'll have a little space to play with.
Now onto the kitchen. Wow, wow, and wow, did I say "wow" yet?
It's really pretty scruptious, yes?
Stuff I love about this room
the double chandies on the island
the cabinetry around the stove
the marble on the island
the gray cabinet
Here's what we have already selected for our kitchen -
1 x 2 marble tiles for the backsplash, white granite (that looks like marble) for the counter tops, reclaimed wood for the floors, 36 or 48 inch gas stove (still deciding), white cabinets that go to the ceiling (they will be 10 ft), double chandies over the island, lots of glass fronted cabinet doors, a veg sink in the island, and some other things I'm pretty excited about. Again, not exactly Linsey's kitchen, but it should have a similar feel.
I love this dining room, such a French look. I love how Linsey seamlessly added very Formal French elements like the chairs and the mirror with rustic elements like the rough-hewn table. I love the textures here - the sisal rug, linen fabric on the chairs and the drapes, and the rustic wood table. (I know I'm saying "love" too much, but can you blame me?)
All of the textures are really important when you have neutral colors. Without colors to add interest, the textures are critical to really make the room pop.
Instead of adding a rustic table (we love the one we have) we are adding a very rustic console to our dining room. That's way I am taking Linsey's ideas and making them my own.
Stuff I really love about this room
the dining table
the plates on the wall
the sisal rug
the demilune table
Below is Linsey's office. I love all of the work surfaces,and the storage. This office appears to be in the garage apartment, while ours will be in our house, so it will be a much smaller space, and I have to share mine with Mr. CH.
Our office probably won't look like this, but I still love Linsey's.
Linsey, thanks so much for the inspiration, and for allowing me to show your photos. Linsey is not only a very talented decorator, but she also designs wonderful holiday cards. You can see her website here, or you can stop by her blog and just say hi, here.
Here's a list of the parties that I visit on a regular basis. I might have shared this link at any number of these.