The entire Team worked tirelessly to execute this spectacular space in just under two months. Hours and hours of work went into making this previously underwhelming room into one of the most unique in the showhouse. Thank you to our devoted staff of designers, interns, our purchasing agent and our fabulous vendors for making this Writer’s Cottage truly come together!
See our Writer’s Cottage and all of the other Preservation Houston Villa de Luxe Showhouse designers’ spaces in the April 2013 Luxe Magazine.
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“The space is re-imagined through the eyes of a 1920’s world traveler, presently settled at the Villa de Luxe: The ‘Writer’s Cottage’ encompasses a collection from his voyage abroad. He now resides in Houston, settled to write a novel of his worldly travels as he attends to this grand estate.”
Thank You to Our Generous Vendors:
- MWM Construction, Mike Materna
- Mecox Gardens
- Carl Moore Antiques
- Heine’s Custom Drapery
- Custom Designs Upholstery
- Pride of Persia
- Unique Carpets
- Pindler & Pindler
- Robert Allen/Beacon Hill
- Texas Woodworks
- Accents in Iron
- Circa Lighting
- Mel DeWees Fine Art
It is truly a wonderful feeling to work hard to fulfill our clients’ needs and get this sort of positive feedback. Working with Devi and Duane was a total dream – they have great style and a beautiful home. Their reaction makes everything worth it. We are thrilled they love their finished home and hope that they stay in Houston and that house for many years to come! Thanks, Devi and Duane, for being AWESOME clients!! <3
P.S. Please forgive the cell phone pics – we are getting this house photographed ASAP!
I LOVE this part of the design/build process! Everything is coming together at Old House and it seems like there is incredible progress every day! The floors are going in and yet another surprise – instead of straight-lay hardwoods the installer is matching the existing parquet pattern throughout! Amazing! The kitchen backsplash and counters are nearly complete, the interior and exterior have their first coat of paint, and landscaping has started. The renovation should be nearly completed between this week and next. Wallpaper starts early next week and then the movers show up on April 12th. More progress photos to come!
I can see the light at the end of the Super Old tunnel! Tile and cabinetry is almost complete, we passed our plumbing/drainage inspections (meaning we can fill in the horrid trenches plaguing the yard), we have our permanent electrical meter so the guys no longer have to work using a generator (don’t ask!), and paint starts next week! I love the tongue and groove ceiling that we installed in the master bath and the same is about to go into the kitchen. The accent tile for the girls’ bath is going in and I can see the outline of the design. All of the exterior doors and windows are IN! They look gorgeous and we decided to paint them all glossy black. I am going back and forth on how much wallpaper is too much wallpaper. Can there ever be too much? I may stick to the girls’ room and the powder for now and see how it goes. We are getting so close! I think we may actually be able to have Liv & Ryan’s first birthday party in Old House’s back yard!
It is no longer the calm before the storm, it is a full blown hurricane at Old House! The trim carpenter and tile installer are there along with the plumber and exterior door installer. I even met our wallpaper installer there today.
The yard has trenches running through it so I can’t even make it to the front door. I am sure they serve an impressive purpose (drainage) but I could’ve lived my entire life without seeing them. It is an amazing process!
Even through all of the work and workers, I can see the finished interior and it is keeping me optimistic and enthusiastic. I know the mess will be short lived and we are in the home stretch. The movers are going to be scheduled for April 5th, so we will be living in the home one way or another! I am definitely encouraged by the exterior being cleaned and prepped for stucco repair and painting. That will make a WORLD of difference and I will be sure those pics go up immediately!
And Lothar Hofbauer of designed a gorgeous landscape for us. I am thrilled to see it realized!
The new windows are IN! Obsidian (aka Black) was definitely the correct choice. IN. LOVE. We are now at the point where Old House begins to be put back together instead of being torn apart so I am feeling good about this!
I am still not thrilled about my brown roof and I think it just has to be changed to black. Dying inside over this. I think its decision time. Black roof. Moving on.