Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Southern Accents Showhouses - part 2

Prints Charming

A single blue-and-white printed fabric adorns the walls, upholstered pieces, and windows of this bedroom. Choose a delicate print with muted tones to avoid overwhelming the room.

Home on the Range

Based around the theme of "cowboys and Indians," the furniture and fabrics in this bedroom have a western feel. The palette of taupe and brown gets a shot of color with the addition of maroon throws folded at the end of each bed. 

Riverhills Game Room

Whether for parties, playing games, or simply hanging out, Texas designer Joe Minton sought to create a space that would be well-used. Accordingly, he selected a durable outdoor fabric for the banquette. Its yellow-and-blue, slightly nautical stripe adds playfulness to a room rich in antiques. 

Riverhills Powder Room

Designer Joe Minton likes to choose special pieces to elevate powder rooms, such as the 19th-century French mirror, Gothic-patterned cabinet, and framed Chinese needlepoint used here. For a seamless look, he chose a gold Italian linen for the walls, curtains, and hand towels. 

Riverhills Master Bathroom

In this Fort Worth, Texas Showhouse, white walls pair with sleek, intricately patterned marble and cabinetry to create the "epitome of elegant English bathroom design," says builder Trey Laird of Period Homes, Inc. Mirrors mimicking windows on either side of the bathtub infuse the space with extra light.

Riverhills Girl's Bedroom

Inspired by the adjectives fun, glamorous, and edgy, Minton chose a vivacious floral print for the girl’s room. Soft lavender and silvery gray balance the vivacity of the bold fabric, and a parquet-patterned wool carpet adds tailored softness for a look of refined femininity. 

Riverhills Wet Bar

Black Venetian plaster covers the walls and ceiling of the wet bar in this Fort Worth, Texas Showhouse, adding texture and a slate-like appearance that contrasts with the oak cabinets. A backsplash of handcrafted white-gold-leaf glass tiles adds a reflective shimmer, perfect for shaking up a cocktail or two. 

Riverhills Guest Bathroom

The animal motif carries into the bathroom, with leopard-spot sconce shades adding a playful contrast to the tiger-stripe walls. A graceful Louis Philippe-style antique mirror balances the modernity of the suite's design. 

Riverhills Girl's Bathroom

Inspired by the adjectives fun, glamorous, and edgy, the designer Joe Minton chose a vivacious floral print for the girl’s room. Soft lavender and silvery gray balance the vivacity of the bold fabric, and a parquet-patterned wool carpet adds tailored softness for a look of refined femininity. 

Riverhills Office

As a small space adorned with two walls of cabinets, this Fort Worth, Texas office provides the ideal setting to showcase a black-and-cream toile. A busy pattern works well in a small room, and here, the wallpaper envelops the office without overpowering it.

Slipcover Central

A custom-colored, silk chinoiserie wallpaper provides a beautifully bold backdrop for English antiques. A matching green glaze blends the woodwork with the papered walls, and the silver leaf ceiling reflects the colors in both. Striped silk slipcovers balance the room's formality. "I like the casualness of slipcovers," says Joe Minton, the Texas designer. "You could have silk coverings for the summer and a red wool underneath for the winter."

English Living

From the Siamese figures flanking the center archway to the tomato-colored French chairs, this living room reflects the layered look typical of English design. "The British brought back many different cultural influences from their colonies, so we didn't just stick to one type of furniture or style," says Joe Minton, the designer. "We created a look that made it possible to easily move a piece of furniture from one room to another."

Refined Oasis

An embroidered canopy and boldly striped recamier provide visual balance in this formally decorated bedroom. Live greenery mingles in with the floral theme of the wallpaper and overhead chandelier. 

Watersound Living Room

This space is a quiet retreat set away from the traffic of the house. The oceanic blue of the walls provides a contrast to the rest of the room. 

Riverhills Boy's Bathroom

Mounted animal horns and zebra-print towels bring a safari sensibility to the adjoining bathroom. 

Riverhills Conservatory

“I wanted the conservatory to look old―to have an inviting feeling of age,” says Joe Minton, the Texas designer. To achieve the look, he used all antique pieces and upholstered the chairs with worn, vintage fabrics. Even the mirrored wall, which visually doubles the jewel box–size room, is made of antique blocks imported from Italy. 

Touch of Tranquility

A marble floor, pearly mosaic tiles, and a concrete countertop turn this master bath into a luxurious spa-style space. The clean lines and muted colors create a tranquil atmosphere. 

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