5.14.2012

Our Houston Home

I never imagined what it would be like to say goodbye to this home we love. {But then again, I never imagined we'd dream big and actually chase that dream!} We always thought this house was where we'd raise our girls, gather our grandchildren, host countless dinners, design thousands more Christmas cards, and of course, grow old together. But the good news is...we can do all of those things in our Franklin home! {I keep reminding myself of that.}

When we bought this house six years ago, we felt like we had stepped into a dream. It was everything and MORE than we could've imagined for ourselves. The kitchen, the floors, the French range, the arched windows up front, the beams in the family room, the coffered ceilings in the dining room, the studio space for my business...it was all too perfect.

To help me remember our Houston home in all its glory {and to help me sell it a few weeks ago}, I photographed every room. No photo can capture the true beauty that fills our home {God's peace}, but I hope you'll find plenty of inspiration here today!


































And of course I have to include the now-famous wine box garden!

{My little garden was just featured on Remodelista!}

I'm sure I'll look back at these photos hundreds of times. {I'll be my own most frequent blog visitor!} I love every room and want to remember the patience and personality reflected in each space. It took six years to create these spaces, with many of the finishing touches added only a few months ago. 

And in case you're wondering...not one thing in my home is a high-end antique or to the trade only. {The Lacanche is the most exquisite thing we've ever owned, and that stays with the house. Sniff.} I've never had an official decorating plan. I buy what I love and then find a place for it. And it it's not a price I love, I usually wait. You'd be amazed at how things fall into place with patience. My decorating advice: take your time. It's easier on the budget and looks more authentic in the end. 

I've blogged about most of my favorite shopping spots {search my home decor and shopping posts for resources; one is the upcoming Urban Market}, but I'm not sure if I've ever shared paint colors. Here are my favorites:

Kitchen and Studio: Pratt & Lambert's Manchester
Living, Dining and Master: Benjamin Moore's Wickham Gray
Family Room and Hallways: Benjamin Moore's Manchester Tan
Ceilings: half formula of Wickham Gray

We've felt so lavishly blessed here. We still pinch ourselves when we walk through the back door into our glorious kitchen...even all these years later. We may never have a home this pristine and perfect again, and that's okay, but I'll always be grateful for the six years spent here with my family.

Time to start packing!


P.S. Our move-out date is now scheduled for June 3rd...soon! My husband needs to start making contacts for his sports chiropractic practice in Nashville. {Check out what he does HERE, and feel free to refer your Nashville-area friends. He's AMAZING!} Our Franklin home isn't available to us until June 30th, but you won't BELIEVE how God has provided for us during the in between time. I'll share more about that soon!

P.P.S. Some have asked to see the blog I designed to sell our home. Happy to share {HERE} but I'll be deleting the blog soon out of respect for the new owners. So you'll want to do your pinning and image linking here on the LLH Designs blog.

38 comments:

  1. I loved seeing all of your other rooms, each as beautiful as the next. Didn't realize your studio had its own entrance - a wonderful space to create in as well as for visiting clients. I would have been in line to purchase it as well if I were relocating to Houston!

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    1. Escaping to my own studio has been a dream, Julie. I'll miss it like crazy! That and my French range! :)

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  2. Your Houston house is gorgeous! Love your taste!! I have no doubt your Franklin home will be just as special, especially considering the most important thing is who lives inside : )
    xo

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    1. Thank you, Ali! Amen to your last words. Home is where my family is! xo!

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  3. Where is your dining room table from?

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    1. After a long search, I designed it myself and had it made! Here's the link:
      http://www.llhdesignsblog.com/2010/11/my-new-dining-room-table.html

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  4. Oh my goodness, I can only imagine you stalking your own blog over these pictures, lol. It's the perfect mix of beauty, comfort and charming personal touches. Nashville is awesome...and Franklin even more so. :) Praying for a smooth, easy transition for you and your family.

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  5. What a treat to tour your amazingly beautiful home! I am sure I will be looking at your photos again and again too! I am so excited that your family is following your dreams. God is so good to us!! I am so looking forward to "meeting" your new home in the future.

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  6. wow girl! It is beyond beautiful! You are blessed indeed!

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  7. Gorgeous home. Looks like many magazines I browse.

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  8. What a beautiful home! You can tell it was decorated with love. I'm sure you will have fun making your new home just as special.

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  9. exquisite and lovely..
    I pinned the master. I love the room.
    I can see me using this as one of my inspirations
    IF EVER I get to that room:)...I will..I will!

    You will make Franklin just as much a home for this
    next season. What we get for thinkin of settling in yes?
    God always has something up His sleeve..
    love ya dream chaser...
    xo

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    1. People always do the master last, but I'm beginning to think it should be first. I know it's not a room other people see, but It's the room where we spend the most time. You are worth it, Tiff! xo!

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  10. have always LOVED your home!!
    can't wait to hear what ya'll are doing between the move and move in!
    xo

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  11. I love french design and have always lovd your blog, your home, your inspiring words and beauty that so clearly resides within! Thank you for sharing these pics as I dont think I had ever seen the girls' rooms,playroom or your music room. CANNOT wait to see what you do with your new Country Home -...I saw a book this weekend at the bookstore and thought of you - its called : dream homes country ; 100 inspirational interiors...the cover is gog! its a hardcover, coffee table book! Blessings....

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  12. forgot to ask too...where are your linen slips from on your DR host/hostess chairs? were they custom? also, your work table in your studio?

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    1. Bought the work table from Fundustrials at Urban market several years ago. The end chairs in the dining room are from Ikea! Ordered the Bemz Belgian linen slips. I was their first US client, so it was a nightmare, but we finally got it figured out in the end. {Thanks for the book rec above! I love pretty books!}

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  13. I love your home and what a great post with so much eye candy! I adore the girls rooms and play spaces. You have a gift for decorating and will take that with you to Franklin! I can't wait to see the new house with all of your talent put into it! Best wishes in the coming weeks, saying goodbye and closing a chapter...

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  14. Linsey, your home is gorgeous! I'm dying to see how you decorate your new home. Good luck with your move. I continue to look forward to reading about your exciting journey and wish your family a smooth process over the next couple of months! I think change has a very unique way of making you feel so "alive."

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  15. Your home is lovely and I am sure your home in Franklin will be as well. After all, it will have your family and isnt' that what home is really about?

    I love that you have boldly embraced your dream. I wish you nothing but success!

    ps: I want to 'pin' your entire house. swoon....

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  16. Wow, this is such a gorgeous house. I would find it so hard to leave. So beautiful and your decor is stunning. Hugs, Marty

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  17. I feel your pain. As a former military wife I can't tell you how hard it was at times to leave every 2-3 years. It seemed just when I got all the family pics hung and in place, it was time to move. This is one of the prettiest, warmest, homiest and welcoming homes I have ever seen. I love every single detail and it is evident that there is love bursting at every single seam. I know you hate to leave it, but I can't wait to see what God has in store for you. Excited to follow along on your journey. Be blessed. Barb

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  18. Hello,thank you for your openness, and CONGRATULATIONS on following your dream.I am a new reader, transitioning; phew! I know what it means to pack up a home and family and move to a new area. Despite what I "feel" day-to-day, I KNOW God grace is simply "MORE." Daily,I have the privilege of being reminded of God's provision for me and my family. Despite what my natural eyes see, my trust for His love and provision are what propel me forward. Once again He has proven faithful and led me to this blog. As I compile visual images to keep in front of my eyes; to ward off discouragement;to counteract the day-to-day;to have a visual image of what God has promised;to remind me on the days that my flesh yells the negative,I'd love to make copies of this beautiful home. I am unable to do so. Is there a permission I must gain from you? Please advise, and again, THANK YOU!

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  19. I stumbled across your blog via "Pin It" and am so glad I did. My husband & myself recently moved from Houston to Palm Coast, Fl. We retired and my husband wanted to leave the big city behind. Our youngest daughter still is still in Houston and I am missing her like crazy. I am still adjusting to the move and with God's help, will become happier with time. I will be revisiting your blog to read your words and see the wonderful pictures. Your Houston home is certainly beautiful and I know your new house will soon become your beautiful home soon. God bless!

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  20. did you guys build this home? is that stucco on the front?

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    1. Yes, it's stucco. We didn't build it, but were blessed to buy a 15-year old home that was extremely well built and beautifully remodeled. I was thankful for every single day we spent there.

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  22. This is unreal and gorgeous, it looks like a catalog. You are a wonderful decorator!!Many blessings, my step-mom and half brothers live in Franklin. They live on Kinnard Springs Rd (: I love it there so much. I think it is the neatest places ever. They live in the old house in front of the newer neigborhood if you know where this is. It is very cool and historic.

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  23. Hi I was hoping you could help me in picking a seagrass rug, there are so many types out there it is overwhelming. I love your Houston dining room rug and it looks very similar to your Franklin house family room. Can particular style or weave name you used?

    Thank you for our blog it is inspirational in both visual and spirtual.

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    1. I always choose the most plain and basic weave. And I prefer jute binding to canvas. And yes, you are right, I chose the exact same plain and basic weave in Houston and in Franklin. Hope that helps!

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  24. I love the exterior colors on this house and keep coming back to it for inspiration. Do you by any chance know the trim color name? Everything here in the Atlanta area is brown and I love the deep blue/gray tone of this. Thank you.

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    1. Don't know the colors, but the trim was more of a dark green. I always wanted a deep blue gray though!

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    2. Thank you for the response!

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  25. Beautiful! Where are your master bedroom curtains from?

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    1. A sheer linen from Restoration Hardware.

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  26. do you know who the builder was? We are moving to Houston and are planning to build in the Woodforest area. Nothing we have looked us is as beautiful as your home.

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    1. Mike Tallianchich, though I'm not sure if he's still building. Our home was built in 1992. Very well built indeed. Blessings to you in your move.

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