Show House

Spring break is over and Easter is heading our way. Where does time go? Zoom, it’s gone!

Villa de Luxe Show House

A few weeks ago we were invited to participate in the Villa de Luxe Show House that was to benefit Preservation Houston Association. We were thrilled to be asked. One, because it is such a great organization. Preservation Houston educates the public about existing architectural treasures in Houston and those that need to be rescued. Secondly, we were humbled to be a part of such an illustrious select group of Interior Designers. We got to work in a beautiful 1920’s house in a very exclusive gated area of town. A 1920’s house might not sound old to some but in Houston it is practically an antique. For those of you who aren’t from our area you need to know that Houston is a relatively new city. It big and spread out and we tend to tear down rather than repair when it comes to anything old. So to be able to work on this beautiful old girl was wonderful. The house will be featured in Luxe magazine where you’ll be able to see the entire house and gardens. The magazine has just gone to press and they have exclusive rights. But I did want to show you some snippets to give you an idea of the grandeur of this house. Every Interior Designer was given a room to design. I had the opportunity to create a ceiling finish for Margie Slovack of Slovack-Bass in a small space on the second floor upper landing. You might have seen previous postings of our sky ceiling with doves in flight. Margie and her team came up with the concept for an artist library. They had a great mix of acrylic, mirrored, and leather furniture along with textural elements in the fur pieces and the existing grass cloth walls to give the room a very layered organic look. Wings and feather symbolism played a big part of the design. The soft grey blues and whites in the ceiling continued the theme as well as giving the space a sense of openness and infinite height.

The kitchen concept was a co-operative effort with Steve Addiego of G&S Custom Draperies, and Julie Koch of Elegant Additions, and my crew at Anything But Plain. As the home is still a residence we were limited by the homeowner as to what could be changed. Like any job, the client has the final say so, and we go with their wishes. We could not change the appliances, granite, floors, or cabinets. This meant it would be a decorative update rather than a remodel. New drapes, new hardware and plumbing fixtures, and something grand and colorful was needed for the ceiling. There was an existing tile backsplash so that became our starting point. The tile, the beige walls, and stain cabinets made for a very beige room. We wanted to add life! You already know I love color. To me this was the easy part. In keeping with the “Italianate” style of the home we created a colorful Italian pottery feel to the ceiling. Then we had the room accessorized by “The Accessory Place”. They played up the Italian influence with white pottery, greenery, silver candles, and added some mercury glass that co-ordinates well with the shiny hardware. The end result was everything we had envisioned!

Janie's Signature

Janie Ellis, RID, ASID-IP, CF,
Master Artisan