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November 11, 2012

The Powers That Be

Ask anyone what they think of texas style and they'll probably guess oversized sofas with rolled arms, chenille fabric and nail heads galore. All in a mustardy brown tone in an over accessorized room. While there is some of that in every suburb in every state everywhere (not just Texas), I'm consistently amazed by the refined interiors of my fellow Texans.

Cy Twombly art, sleek modern funishings and collected treasures are more commonplace than outsiders might guess. But I will confess that we do have a "thing" for comfort, gilded accents and - yes - nailhead trim alongside our Italian Empire acquisitions and Regency-style pieces.

J. Randall Powers recently transformed an ordinary Houston home into an art-filled masterpiece. His own, I might add. While not every room in his residence boasts the more classic look I love, there is enough of a gallery-like feel throughout this residence to make me take note. Cubist paintings and Biedermeier settees live amicably on sisal rugs. It's an experiment in mixology that I think is a true success.

What do I love best? The top photo offers several treats for the eyes. The Regency-style gilt-wood chairs, are cushioned with Hermès leather (I die) and are from Rose Tarlow Melrose House. Lovely enough, right/ but what I'm really coveting is that Italian Empire commode behind the table. Apparently the homeowner has two.. surely they could spare just one?

See more of this lovely project at Arch Digest and read how he and his partner downsized their life and their acquisitions to fit into this home. It's a "less is more" story many will appreciate.

Eric Piasecki

What the beautiful people are saying...

Ohhhh myyy, Franki. The closet. Oh my.

I know... crazy, right? And did you spy the Louis Vuitton trunks on the top selves? Oh boy!!!!

Something to say, gorgeous?

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