Friday, March 27, 2009

Fab Friday: My friend M's house - all about the details

My friend M's house is a lesson in details. When you visit you find yourself repeatedly exclaiming, "Where did you find this?!" A few years ago they embarked on a major renovation of the home, and without extending the footprint, completely transformed their 1950's interiors - all with an eye for the details. The kitchen remake included incorporating in this 100 year old stained glass cupboard, formerly used in a pool hall/tavern. An antique scale to the left of the sink holds fruit.
This silver and tortoise shell heirloom piece, found in London, is a gift from her father-in-law. Great taste runs on both sides of this family. This is the most stunning tray I've ever seen.

Love the backsplash tiles above the stove.
M found this antique Italian alabaster chandelier on ebay! That's another one of her talents - finding great pieces from all kinds of sources.

Another incredible silver piece from Portobello Rd. Check out the quality of the engraving below.

A signed Warhol on diplay in the billiard room to the left of the mantle The billiard room was a former sitting room entirely transformed to meet the needs of her two teenage sons and their friends. I wish I had taken a better picture of the lighting - there are three shaded fixtures centered over the pool table. The sword over the mantel is a civil war piece. To the right of the mantle, the strong coloring of the Warhol is balanced by a strong colored, graphic photo.



The cow fur on the cushion picks up on the cow skin accent rug under the pool table. The art on either side of the window creates an optical illusion - changing depending on what angle you view it from.

Love the red & white leopard print fabric on this chair. Unexpected and fun. The embossed leather foot stool picks up on the faux embossed leather on the recently reupholstered couch. More great details below - feather and moss balls in a silver dish.

Her husband's uncle's spurs on display above.
More finds from Portobello Rd - a tea box above. The pieces below are in narrow built-ins between the kitchen and dining room which was a great use of space.

Even blankets are housed in unique pieces. I love it when you visit someone's house and you find their personality and history all through it - I think my friend's house is a perfect example of that!
For great Friday posts be sure to check out Simply Seleta's Fabulous Friday here. You can also read about her recent visit with Eddie Ross too!

22 comments:

The Soladay Family said...

What a great house! You can discover so much about a family by their home!

Haven and Home said...

Very cool backsplash!

gatherings home said...

Me likey. M has impecable taste. That tray is stunning! Thanks for the tour!

ArchitectDesign said...

wow, what a great house! I love how she incorporated vintage cabinetry in the kitchen and antique light fixtures -that adds so much personality!

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

I just kept saying Wow everytime I saw a new picture. What an amazing home and such fab style! I love that backsplash as well.

pve design said...

oh, I would never want to leave.
So many fab details....

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Love it when you find great talent and ms. m sure does have it. Thanks for sharing.

Linda/"Mom" said...

* Now THIS is TRULY a real "H*O*M*E", beautifully infused w/ the owners' personalities & varied interests~~~~ TERRIFFIC! Many thanks! Linda *

simply seleta said...

What a grand tour, thank you for sharing! Love all of her personality and shiny touches.

xoxo

Mom on the Run said...

We have that same fireplace (our house is c.1964)--I like it painted.

Phillips Phamily Mama said...

Love the details! The stained-glass cupboard alone thrilled me. I enjoyed the peek into your friend's house; what an eye for style!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Musette said...

lovely house! that backsplash is unbelievably cool.

thanks for sharing!

custardbydesign said...

i'm a great man for the detail myself...i love how such traditional elemts are updated with simple understated modern styles...the splashback, the cow-hide covering, the studio photographs....it all comes together so effortlessly...great post!

susan's buzz said...

Gorgeous, love it! Thanks for sharing :)

jae said...

You are right - she does the details beautifully......love the tea box.

Porchlight Interiors said...

What an amazing home! Such beautiful pieces! Tracey xx

nanab said...

What is the name and brand of the beautiful color on the kitchen cabs?

Red River Interiors: said...

love the house, especially the pewter cabinets in the kitchen...great shots too... Fay

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Yes! What great details!! Love the silver domes and the backsplash is so unique!

Great pics!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Gorgeous!
That tray is magnificent!!

Lauren said...

GORGEOUS!!! i'd never be able to tell it was a house from the 50s!!!!! beautiful!!

JeanetteS said...

Your friend's home is quite tasteful in it's decor. Down to every last detail. Thanks for taking us along for the ride.

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