Feb 26, 2014

~ leo dowell


Thrilled to have discovered Leo Dowell, thanks to an email about a chandelier...
Making design decisions online, with an audience, has been one of my favorite things about blogging. Writing a post about a design decision helps me organize the choices, make smart considerations, and I might even get some helpful feedback.  While choosing a chandelier for my living room, this is one of the chandeliers I posted as an all-time favorite. I didn't necessarily think it was a good choice for my space, but shared it because it is so spectacular. 


The chandelier was designed by Leo Dowell of Leo Dowell Interiors in Charlotte, NC. He spent almost 3 years designing the house this chandelier resides in, and travelled to France several times to buy furnishings as well as building materials for the home. The 19th century Boiserie on the dining room walls was originally from a chateau in the south of France until it was torn down. When Dowell located the paneling, it was set up as two complete rooms at a salvage dealer in Paris. "This is your dining room," was all it took, and his client was sold. The house was then built around this purchase. 
Dowell found some wooden vintage tassels on one of the alleys at the Paris flea market and asked the dealer if he could fabricate a large chandelier out of them. "If you design it, I will make it," was the reply that set the design of this amazing chandelier in motion…
Although the house has since been sold to new owners, many of the Leo Dowell design elements remain...
Scott Smith stands in the dining room of the $4.4 million, French-inspired mansion, Chateau Lyon
I was thrilled that Leo Dowell emailed me about the chandelier. It didn't take long to realize that not only did he design my favorite chandelier, but pretty much everything he has ever touched is quite fabulous and unforgettable and french country…
Check out this home Dowell designed… the architectural details are beyond charming… and it kind of reminds me of a much more charming and a million times prettier version of my own home!




Here's another Leo Dowell designed home...

And a Leo Dowell designed luxury development...

Leo Dowell and Jim Phelps designed this Story Book Cottage to be built on a roaring river in the North Carolina mountains, but it can be built anywhere

A Leo Dowell designed kitchen…

Leo Dowell is revered and well-respected in the design and building community and has partnered with several businesses including De Santana Stone Company
 The Leo Dowell Collection



Dowell also designed the charming lanterns that were custom made by Potter Art Metal Studios for this home.

Take a look at the Marseille Door featuring heavy molding, distressing and grey glaze that recreate Paris Hotel Doors. 
Leo Dowell Collection, The New Vintage by The Hogan Company

Although I could go on and on, I think I have made my point: I am completely inspired by Leo Dowell!

Visit his website, Leo Dowell Interiors, here.

There are additional images of the interior of Chateau Lyon where I originally found the chandelier image.. From Cote de Texas in 2010... (here)

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Feb 24, 2014

~ inspired home... christine



What a totally unexpected and awesome surprise this inspired home turned out to be! My last inspired home, Longwood, was exactly what I expected.. Super charming and conservative, beautiful fabrics and lovely antiques, great taste. However this home, which belongs to the daughter of the Longwood homeowners, was a wonderful and delicious contrast. Just as beautiful, just as charming, and totally different. Does a house speak to the owner's personality? Well it certainly does in this case. Christine and her happy home are young and fresh, cool and clever, smart and snappy.. 


Here we go!
This bold and beautiful entrance was such a happy surprise...

Not what I was expecting from this traditional exterior...

Absolutely love this entry with horizontal turquoise stripes. And a special hand painted feature by Andy Moore...




A better look at the stripes...

Look at the peacock!

On to the living room where the blast of gorgeous color continues...


Check out the chandelier ~ original to the house. It needed some clean-up, but what a treasure it turned out to be!



 



The master bedroom ...


One of three little monsters (actually the other two were quite large!) who greeted me with special love and then accompanied us for the photo shoot... adorable!


Check out that fireplace surround... This girl is not afraid of a little sparkle.

I mean to tell you every spec of this house was immaculate! As I was snapping shots, I wondered if this perfection was a 24/7 kind of thing... Chris thought perfection was a bit of a stretch. "Always picked up with a smattering of dog hair" was her more accurate description, "and an occasional run-in with animal vomit." Did I mention she's funny?







Love how the large doorways offer a colorful preview... Luring you to the next room...


  To the dining room...

Isn't the drapery brilliant? Sort of a summary of the home.





The original concept for the home was to copy the Governor's Mansion in Williamsburg, VA. After taking two years to complete the drawings, inspired is a better description of the end result than copied. A copy of the drawing hangs in the dining room...



Breakfast room...

 A fabulous kitchen for a fabulous cook...

Agree wholeheartedly with Julia...









More color...



Love this wallpaper in the powder room...

The modern touches mixed with the original moldings and architectural accents are quite glamorous...


Great open space upstairs...

The color continues in the charming bedrooms upstairs...




 Check out this awesome tile!


Redolent of the turquoise entry...

This house is cheerful and colorful and thoughtful. It's tidy and organized, and although dog hair might be a bit more prevalent on a regular day, it was certainly unnoticeable on this day, which is especially remarkable considering the family includes 3 children, 3 dogs, and a cat! 

What a fun opportunity to do mother/daughter inspired homes! Each home offers great style and character. I have come to appreciate and admire different design styles, and am equally attracted to design elements in each of these houses. The antiques, the color, the traditional, the modern ~ I love it all! And how fascinating to see such dissimilar styles from a mother and daughter. Like mother like daughter? Not!

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