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Monday, May 8, 2017

The Art of Living With What You Love

I recently attended a ladies luncheon held in a private home set on the banks of the Trinity River.

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Upon entering the space this art history student gasped in delight.

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The use of color made my interior designer heart sing.

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It completely enhanced the amazing collection of artwork.

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After walking up a set of simple wood stairs framed by white walls I turned a corner and was greeted with an amazing vignette. It was simple, yet powerful.

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Looking closer at the bannister to the left of the painting I knew at once three things:

This homeowner possessed an artists heart.

He had an eye for beauty.

Was a traveler who wanted to surround himself with memorable past experiences .

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A few years ago I had written a post that asked, “Does Your Home Tell Your Story?”

All to often, while scrolling through Pinterest, immersing ourselves in basic beige, we forget who we are at the heart and strive only to compare ourselves to others which ultimately results in a boring sea of sameness.

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This home was a wonderful reminder that staying true to oneself is what is really beautiful.

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It’s an interesting experience to step into the sacred space of someone you don’t know.

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Yet within a short amount of time I gained a good sense of what makes this certain soul sing. In this home the walls most certainly spoke volumes about its occupant. 

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A collection of candlesticks and some dried Chinese lanterns speaks of someone who enjoys entertaining and revels in the beauty of nature.

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Hand made objects show an artisanal appreciation for simple joys.

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I found a child’s delight in a certain collection that kept reappearing.

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Miniature canons dotted various spaces throughout the home.

Certainly there is a story behind the canons and oh how I wish I knew what it was!

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Being directed down the hall to a powder room I admired the stunning singular touches found in the personal areas.

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Aren’t you so swoony over this canopied bed?

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It’s often said a mirror should reflect something beautiful. That can often be a tall order in a bathroom. Yet it was mastered here. 

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This duchess delighted my heart.

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Of course the true heart of the home is always the kitchen.

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Hands down this is the best use of open shelving I have seen in a long while.

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Above the vintage Chambers stove was a lovely display of hand painted tiles and a grand use of artwork displayed in the kitchen.

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The atmosphere was so warm, welcoming and cozy.

The views were simply stunning.

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The homeowner gave an informative presentation on floral arranging while the group waited for lunch to be served.

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It came as no surprise that the bouquets he created reflected a gorgeous individuality.

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This is Bill Bostelmann, the truly gracious host of this gorgeous home which he has dubbed North Bank. Mr. Bostelmann is the owner of Flowers On The Square. You can experience more of his wonderful creations on the FOTS Instagram page.  

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Thank you Mr. Bostelmann for a truly delightful day!

Laura

15 comments :

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh wow,what an amazing place.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What an amazing home! It really does make you want to rethink some of your own decor and get a little more free and bold! I loved everything about the art and the bedroom was fabulous! Thanks for sharing the photos! Enjoy your day! Hugs!

Louise said...

Wonderful

Vicki said...

Beautiful home, what a fun tour. Thanks for taking us along!

Debbie - Mountain Mama said...

What an amazing home! It seems you could wander around for hours and still not see everything there is to see!

The Boston Lady said...

What a truly wonderful home full of treasure's of one's heart. So much to see and appreciate! Ann

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

I LOVE a home tour and this one is outstanding. I love that the owner has chosen to decorate his home so that it tells his story. It is so unique and full of character! Thanks so much for taking us along!

Mildred said...

Oh how fun! Loved the tour! Stopping by to wish you a blessed Mother's Day.

Jeanie said...

Oh Laura, I can see why you were in your element, both in terms of your passion for art and art history and in your artist/designer/beautiful human heart that recognizes the love and passion of life. The home is so beautiful and he was so very gracious to open it to the group for the luncheon, flowers and photos.

I do believe that when walks into a home, it should tell the story of the residents. Are they formal or casual? Have they traveled? Do they collect? Where does family fit in? What do their bookshelves say or the photos or art on the walls?

I suspect that should I walk into your home it would tell me much about, as this lovely home tells of its owner. It sounds like the most magnificent experience. I'm so glad you shared it with us.

Marilyn said...

This home reflects such an attention to detail. The colors, furniture, accessories all work so well together and the view is simply gorgeous!

What a wonderful day for you and what a treat it is for you to share it with us.

Marilyn (in Dallas)

Barbara H. said...

What a fun visit! I appreciated what you drew out of what you observed. I like seeing people's homes and decorations and hearing the stories behind them. Would love to know the reason for the cannons, too!.

Sarah said...

Laura, how nice that you had this delightful experience. The setting of this home is gorgeous and so are the details within. It's obvious that Mr. Bostelmann has a collector's eye. Thank you for sharing some of the details from his beautiful home. Great post!
PS
Our first home had the original Chambers stove. We used it for many years until the thermostat went out. We had no success finding someone who would repair it. I think now there are more resources for repair. Loved that stove!

Auntie Em said...

Lovely home! So personal and and sharing. It was like he was inviting you to join him on his own personal journey and sharing his story as you walked through. I like how it was comfortable looking and made you want to sit and stay awhile so you could get to know him.
So many people choose their decor with their eye on resale value as though the next occupants to live in the house were more important their the current owners. So sad. Living with bare white or beige walls in case the next owners are offended by your colour choices.
Thank you for sharing your visit with this talented gentleman! :)

Rue said...

His home really shows personality. After seeing so much "sameness" everywhere, it's almost a shock to the system. I love it :)

xo

Lorrie said...

I admire his confidence with colour and artwork. Really gorgeous.