Sunday, April 15, 2012

Of Sally's Space and a Shelter Spread

Houston designing darling Sally Wheat's home has finally made the splash into print. Her dramatically made-over dining room graces the cover of the premiere issue of newly-minted shelter pub Modern Luxury Interiors Texas. For those who first stalked the Wheats with Joni Webb back in '08, Sally's homestead may appear to have shape-shifted. She's shed the patina-ed Franco-Belgian look, choosing to embrace more retro pop and unabashed color. It's a Britannia-by-way-of-California vibe and Nero digs the new dose of mojo. This fresh spread should prove a cool glass of something crisp and sparkling for the many readers who've waited with bated breath for the proverbial white linen curtain to be flung wide on Sally's revamped pad. Think Euro chic, fair Nerophytes, think tongue-in-cheek.

**PS, to see more outtake images of Sally's crib, 
skedaddle on over to Paloma's blog for an update.** 


Raina Cox said...

Oh my goodness - that dining room!

Janell @ House of Fifty said...

Fantastic! Love all the color and fun textures. Janell

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Hi there Raina,

Indeed, the dining room is very dramatic -- in fact, I think some of these photos don't quite do it justice.
I do wish the editors had included the master bedroom, which is positively groovy, Baby.

Cheers, Alcira

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Dear Janell,

Great to hear from you ;)
It's certainly a swingin' pad and a far cry from the very staid neighboring homes in this swanky part of Houston.

Cheers, Alcira

candicecowin said...

I dunno. A hot pink cow hide? Maybe in a little girl's bedroom. And can you imagine actually dining on that fluffy bench? I immediately envisioned myself trying desperately to comb out dried bits of crusty meat sauce from last night's spaghetti dinner! I must be getting old. A few elements here are just too edgy and impractical for my taste, but I do like the dark gray sofa, the metallic table lamp and little wall gallery arrangements.

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Cheers Candita,

Luckily Sally's kids are past the toddler phase, so I imagine with all of those beautiful fabrics and finishes surrounding them all these years that they're well-trained in the tricky art of clean eating!
Sally's always switching things up and word on the street is that the candy pink cowhide has been replaced with a creamy Beni Ourain.
I suppose a designer's home is often like a laboratory, a constant study in experimentation and flux.
Cheers, Alcira

Anonymous said...

Now THAT is more like it! I LOVE Joni and her blog, but have to say I have been flummoxed at the number of people in Texas who think they live in Belgium or France, only with seagrass. And, judging from Restoration Hardware of late, Texas peeps are not the only culprits.

This, OTOH, is fabuLUSH! As for the fur bench, I am here to tell you (with 3 dogs and 2 cats plus occasional 4-legged guests), that hides of any kind are actually amazingly stain-resistant. After all, in their original locations (on the animal), they had to be pretty darn washable. My cowhide rug and mongolian sheep pillows are a daily testament. But I would hate to spend a long dinner without a backrest to lean against.

Sue in RI
whose Google acct won't let her log in for some reason

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Dearest Sue,

Indeed, there has been a maxi trending towards the Franco-Belgian look here in Houston, though I would argue that were one to actually visit a French or a Belgian home, you'd find a greater mix and variety than what the pages of, say, Restoration Hardware proffers.
Indeed my European friends here have very eclectic homes and I believe the pervasive linen and slips look is actually quite an American adaptation.
So glad you enjoyed Sally's pad and thanks for commenting, talk to you soon, Alcira


Urban flâneuse, armchair observer, absent-minded scribbler, occasional epicure and carpool line cultural attaché, my nom de plume is Nero. Join me as I catalog a compilation of earthly delights and stuff that I dig. Alcira Molina-Ali



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