With so many beautiful interiors spotlighted on this blog, you may think it would be impossible for this blogger to pick a favorite. Mais non. One exceptionally designed timeless and tranquil home stole my heart years ago, and its loveliness never strays far from my consciousness.
A rustic, refined, and white 1926 stucco manse in the Museum District of Houston is home to Milieu magazine founder, Pamela Pierce, and was featured in Veranda magazine. Interior designer Pierce told Veranda, “I wanted to show my clients that you can mix good contemporary pieces with antiques…for me an entire house of contemporary is too cold. I love the mix.”
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I can’t tell you how many followers of Hello Lovely have emailed over the years asking some version of, “How can I create the look of Pamela Pierce’s interiors in my own home?” or “Where would I begin if I want to emulate the all white decor and ethereal feel of Pamela Pierce’s place?” The truth is, her Houston home has been curated, designed, and styled with such thoughtfulness and bespoke materials that it would be impossible to nail the look unless you have easy access to 18th-c. cathedral stone, 19th-c. reclaimed chestnut wood flooring, and, oh yes, a magnificent Italianate 1920’s mansion with superb bones. Yet we are too sassy and ambitious, not to try!
Below, you’ll find details regarding many of the furnishings and home decor in this breathtaking home as well as decorating ideas which are not as much copy cat chic (Get real! There’s no copycatting Christian Liaigre white linen slipcovered custom sofas!) as they are bourgeois-friendly options only slightly approaching the light and white spirit of the decor.
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Source: Veranda/Frances Schultz/Photography: Laura Resen
All White Decor Inspiration: Pamela Pierce Houston House
White French Country Decor: The Exterior!
Outside: Casamidy chairs in perennials canvas.
White French Country Decor: Tone on Tone Palette
Sofa is Christian Liaigre white linen, Table lamp is Song Dynasty (from Watkins Culver), 18th-c. fireplace, Saarinen table (Sunset Settings).
White French Country Decor: Rustic Details
White French Country Decor: Pharmacy Lamps
White French Country Decor: Pure Bedroom Bliss
Napoloeon III tufted beds, 18th-c Venetian fauteuil in Bergamo Oseille Sauvage Linen, painted Gustavian console table is mate to one used in guest bath (below), the coverlets are rolled to the end of the bed, and glass pendant lights in the shape of fruit from Paris.
White French Country Decor: Ancient With Modern
Rolled arm antique English sofa (W. Gardner, Ltd.) and custom sofa are both slipcovered in Christian Liaigre white linen, Frank Gehry wiggle chair (Vitra), Tri-leg 19th-c. elm table (Area), Floor lamp from 18th-c. candlestand (W. Gardner, Ltd.), and salvaged wood coffee table.
White French Country Decor: Minimal Yet Warm
Wall of steel doors opens kitchen to the garden, custom stainless steel island, and bull head from a 19th-c. French butcher shop.
White French Country Decor: Minimal Luxe
19th-c. carved saint, custom white oak table, custom chairs with slipcovers in Christian Liaigre linen, Flos Arco floor lamp with custom finish, and French ceramic lamp on wood sculptor’s stand.
White French Country Decor: Anything but Stuffy
White Eames lounge chair and ottoman.
White French Country Decor: Cloud-like Living
C&C Milano white linen bedding, 19th-c Italian four-poster bed, Wing chair with cowhide upholstery and C&C Milano linen cushion.
White French Country Decor: Sophisticated Spa
Painted Gustavian console table repurposed as a vanity, plumbing fixtures are from Fixtures & Fittings, Bathtub is Balmoral from Cheviot, Basin is Villeroy & Boch and mirror is custom and mounted from ceiling.
Tone on tone with more rustic details in the dining area in a previous era…
Here is a well-priced chair to add drama to any European country inspired space!
I couldn’t resist adding this French inspired sofa to the mix!
Get the Look!
CAN YOU SEE WHY THIS HOME AND THIS DESIGNER ARE MY FAVS!?!
Peace to you right where you are.