I would like to take a moment to apologize to Kay for the tardiness of my blog post in regards to her beautiful home featured in Veranda Magazine, March 2010. Somehow, in the craziness of my life, I missed reading the March issue of Veranda Magazine even though my Mother had called to tell me how wonderful the issue was and that if I didn't have a copy yet she would loan me hers.
Well, we all know what that really means - Mother will want 'said' copy of Veranda Magazine returned promptly in pristine collector's edition. Not a very practical resource for a blogger. (Magazine pages scan better under copier lid if binding comes completely apart and pages fall out of magazine.)
Phone calls were made and a fresh copy of Veranda was tracked down (thanks sweet mother of fab techie). So, here we go . . .
- Kay O'Toole's beautiful home as scanned and pasted onto the blog post directly from Veranda Magazine
- A few Indulge Decor Blog Insider Tips
- A buy-it-today-have-it-delivered-tomorrow shopping visit of Kay's totally unique fab antique shop
- An updated view of Kay's home - 1 year after Veranda photos taken
- And, ending with a never before seen T.V. surprise twist.
Veranda Magazine, March 2010
"Antiques Hunter: Shop Owner's Classic Home"
Interior Design by Kay O'Toole
(Notice charming little bird's nest above painting, hmmm. Will be important later.)
Hallway Connecting Living Room, Kitchen and Master Bedroom
(Personally, love the idea of bedroom being so close to kitchen.)
Front Facade Garden Terrace
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It goes without saying that all beautiful antiques and curiosities in Kay's home came from Kay's fabulous shop. And, like many true-hearted antique dealers, Kay buys what she loves and if it doesn't sell, "Well, I'll put it in my house," she laughed.
1921 Westheimer Road
Houston, Texas 77098
As serious blogging journalist at-large (ha, ha), I stopped by Kay's wonderful antique shop and snapped a few pictures of the fabulous finds you could purchase today and have delivered to your home tomorrow to achieve Kay's much sought after eclectic-casual-French look as featured in Veranda Magazine.
And, don't forget, Kay personally picked out each and every object in her store just for you (or, whoever gets there first), wink, wink. So, don't dawdle, hurry. Remember, when it comes to antiques it's first-come-first-serve. You'd hate to hesitate and miss out, only to see 'said' fabulous piece on the cover of your favorite design magazine (Trust me, that will irritate you for a really long time.)
Indulge Decor Blog Insider Tip: Kay is known in the industry (industry being - designers whose works grace the covers of our favorite magazines like Veranda) for her remarkable selection of settees / sofas.
Here are just a few (5!) settees / sofas that you could choose from depending on size and style. If you can't find a settee / sofa that suits you out of this lot than you are just not being very open minded because I met all 'said' settees / sofas in person, and they are all incredibly wonderful. It would be very difficult for me to tell you which one is my favorite.Settees / Sofas Collection
The Grand Dame Sofa
This sofa measures an amazing 100 inches long and has a comfy down cushion upholstered in muslin. Personally, I love how the sofa looks as is and wouldn't even bother to have it reupholstered in Fortuny. (Perfect size for over-sized Briards or misbehaving husband, hee hee.)
A classic style. Beautiful carved flowers along top and bottom edges.
19th Century Venetian Walnut Sofa
Love the curves! You probably can't tell, but the legs of this sofa are carved like deer hoofs - very cool detailing. (Should not say, but might be my favorite because of the Bambi feet.)
18th Century Venetian Sofa
Clever Kay, showed me a picture of Yves Saint Laurent's living room and he owned an identical sofa, wow! You know how I love YSL, so it goes without saying that I was definitely swayed by picture of almost identical sofa in fabled designer's home.
Napoleon III Sofa
This sofa is the Christian Louboutin of French sofas.Would not want over-sized husband to sit on this beauty.
Living Room Chairs
(I say Living Room because these chairs are large enough in scale to put them across from your new settee / sofa.)
18th century Wing Arm Chair
Distressed Gesso over Fruitwood, love the coloring and head bobbing rests. (Perfect guest chair for drunken husband of best girlfriend, hee hee.)
18th century Venetian Painted Armchairs
This chair is one of a pair, and (stop the presses) there is a matching chest! This is almost an unprecedented event anymore in the antique world that the chest has not been separated from the coordinating chairs.
19th Century Ebonized Regency Style Side Chairs
Yes, a pair. Charmingly tufted. (Great opportunity to collect loose change from unsuspecting lingering guests, hee hee.)
19th century Pine Bookcase with Original Fittings.
Indulge Decor Blog Insider Tip: I love the cabinet as is, of course, but if you were as clever as my architect husband - he would suggest taking the doors off, leave the cabinet open, and recycle the doors by using (framing) them in another room. One incredible piece - 2 different uses.
Gray / Blue Painted Bookcase
If you have very little imagination like I do, or you're just in a hurry, Kay has the Bookcase so beautifully accessorized you should ask to buy it as is. Because really, you think that you can do better than the gal whose house you are trying to copy, ha.
(I say Bedroom Chairs because these chairs are more feminine in design.)
French Napoleon III Chair(s)
Yes, Kay has 2 of these chairs. One for you to slip on your Louboutins and one for your sweetie to tie his shoe laces as he hurries off to work to earn more money so you can buy more furniture :)
French Oval Back Louis XVI Chair(s)
Indulge Decor Blog Insider Tip: Kay is also known for her wonderful selection of Drippy Chandeliers.
5 Drippy chandeliers in all. One to hang over each of your 5 new settees / sofas.
Stone Column Base Lamps
Don't waste any time thinking about these Stone Column Base Lamps - a Designer put them on hold while I was taking the picture of them.
Rusty Urn Filled with Shells
Note, metal table with marble top would look stunning in a kitchen
Pot Rack for Kitchen
For Kay's Eclectic French Garden Look
M.K. guards the garden from intruders (pigeons). He is the only thing in Kay's garden not for sale.
Terra-Cotta Bird Garden Ornament
Kay's Nicole de Vesian-esque Garden
I want this lamb for my Briard Sheepdogs to herd; they can chase him in their sleep, hee hee
Makes you think . . .Are you the peacock type, or the chicken type, hmmm?
Metal Garden Tables
Metal Garden Tables are as chic inside as they are outside, just add a beautiful marble top to luxe it up.
Angel Garden Table
This garden table is too cool, very Raphael.
Faux De Bois (aka Cement) Lounge Chairs
The pool chairs that will never be thrown in the pool during the party your teenager said he never had, ha ha.
The Chickens Kay does not have at her shop.
Deny, deny, deny.
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Magazines are meant to inspire us.
And, design magazines are meant to showcase the best of all possible worlds. A home in which beds are made, laundry is picked up off the floor, and the cat didn't just hurl an icky fur ball on your beautiful Belgian Linen Duvet Cover, again.
In other words, magazine shots are an ideal moment in which time stood still.
Well, at least that is what I thought before I went to Kay's beautiful home. I was mistakenly under the impression that moments in magazine photos don't exist in real life, and that somewhere there is a garage, or an attic, or a spare bedroom with all the 'stuff' hidden away in it, out of the camera's and editor's unforgiven eye.
As we (actually, M.F. fab techie assistant) scanned and down loaded all these wonderful magazine pages into the blog, I kept thinking - Where's the 'stuff.' Kay has to have 'stuff.' We all have 'stuff,' right?
As I was laying in bed last night, I couldn't stop thinking about how perfect Kay's house was when it suddenly occurred to me not only does Kay not have 'stuff' but she doesn't seem to have some honking big T.V. mounted on her wall - Where is the T.V.?! Kay must watch T.V. We all watch T.V. What did Kay do with her T.V.?
Serious Blogging Journalist Assignment (self imposed): Uncover the truth behind Kay's missing T.V.
As serious investigative journalist (weekend blogger), I will uncover the mystery of where is Kay's T.V. - not only so I can sleep at night, but because every design devotee wants to free herself visually from the husband's / children's mandate of bigger-better-plasma flat screen T.V. in lieu of pretty piece of artwork, and will definitely want to know where Kay has hidden her T.V.
You won't believe this ingenious technological/design advancement.
Kay's Brilliant T.V. Disguise.
Living Room Wall
Notice, small round hole above painting (photo-shopped out of Veranda Magazine).
Notice, charming bird's nest acts as visual distraction from (projector) hole.
And now, da da da!
8ft. by 4 1/2 ft. T.V. Projector Screen
Projector Screen drops down from ceiling using simple remote control and screen image is projected through hole.
I wish there was a font for bowing because what you can't read is me bowing in homage to Kay because Kay has managed to do the unthinkable - Have really huge T.V. in same space as elegant Living Room.
More muffled applause.
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What people forget (I surely did) is that magazines photograph their spreads months in advance. When I asked Kay how long ago Veranda photographed her home, she said that it must have been at least a year ago, if not longer.
A Few Changes were Made:
Sofas were slipcovered in off white linen and a very cool Frenchy / Chinese-y inlaid cocktail table was added. Love the metal flowers in the vase.
Actually, all the furniture (seating) in the living room was slipcovered in off white linen.
This is the same chandelier as seen in Veranda, but I wanted to show you the cool detail of how Kay hung it.
Rabbit Door Stopper
I love him. Will have to ask Kay if she ever replaces him with a chicken door stopper then I want him.
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So, could Kay or I have made it any easier for you to create (knock off, copy) your very own version of Kay O'Toole's eclectic-casual-French look as featured in Veranda Magazine? Stop by for a buy-it-today-have-it-delivered-tomorrow viewing and please bring Kay a cup of coffee. The excellent coffee shop next door to her studio closed and she is in desperate need of a really good cup of coffee. I suggest La Madeleine's French roast, that's my favorite. Starbucks is just a little to acidic for my delicate constitution, and I'm sure Kay is as delicate as I am, tee hee.
p.s. A pastry never hurt anyone either :)
And, if you were still wondering where Kay's 'stuff' is, me too. Didn't actually solve that mystery, hmmm.