When we were invited to Kevin and Greg's Melrose half lot home we knew we were in for a treat after one look at the sample photo they sent us. But we had no idea what an eclectic abode we were about to walk into. Mixing elements of artistic fantasy, classical decorative pieces, Southern family heirlooms and 1950's Hawaiin/Tiki, their 1922 Spanish Colonial home was such a visual feast inside and out, we're worried we haven't captured everything. Even the crummy weather that afternoon couldn't hide the charm of this home...
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The inspiration for my home: The jungles of Louisiana, the rugged California coastline, and Galveston Island helped me design the house and gardens. Living with another person from a different place and time and including their point of view started out as a challenge and turned into a huge inspiration. Validation from friends and family reminding us that different and weird are good, always kept us moving forward.
Favorite element: Greg’s favorite element is the roof top deck with the outdoor movie screen. Mine is the cove ceiling in the living room and the plaster work. Oh! The chain railing for the stairs and the arched windows are pretty groovy, too.
Biggest challenge in designing my home: A limited budget, limited time, a sore back and bad knees are my enemies.
What friends say about my home: Friends either get it or they don’t.
Biggest embarrassment in my home: The fabric I hang over the bedroom windows like sheets because we still don’t have shutters, the bedroom closet without a door, the plywood covering a hole in the bathroom floor, the broken window pane, and the door knobs that fall off… shall I go on?
Biggest indulgence with respect to my home: Copper pipes throughout the entire house and a tank-less water heater.
Appliances: Toaster- Cuisinart, Dishwasher- Bosch ( very quiet ), Teapot- Krups.
Hardware: Anawalt, Anthropologie
Furniture: Family Antiques, Antique stores. Flea markets, and Plummers Office.
Lighting: Family, Lamp Plus, Fantasy Lighting, Antique stores, Crate and Barrel.
Paint: Benjamin Moore, Turquoise Haze, Seaside Blue, Covington Blue, Antiquan Sky, Bahamen Sea Blue, Tea Light, and Huntington Beige.
Flooring: Red Oak (original), Linoleum City, Bath ( installed in 60’s).
Rugs and Carpets: Lester Carpets, Family, Melrose Carpet.
Tiles and Stones: Home Depot (black and white kitchen counter), Fireplace; Batchelder tile in Mayan pattern.
Window treatments: World Market (Bamboo blinds)
Art: Paintings by Henry Topper and Caryll Beer, photo are vintage, and artwork under glass domes created by Kevin Beer.