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Christmas in the Heart of Texas

In a quiet neighborhood, a family compound gears up for the holidays

Written by Candace Ord Manroe
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    Fireplace (antique limestone "Bar de Nimes" hearth): Chateau Domingue, 713/961-3444,
    Mantel and over-mantel: Brian Stringer Antiques, 713/526-7380.
    Wing chairs (Louis XIII-style): Watkins Culver Antiques, 713/529-0597,
    Chair fabric ("Palladium"/Beige #J0548-220): Lee Jofa, 800/453-3563, Suzani pillows: Seret & Sons, 505/988-9151,
    Table in front of wing chairs (antique): Joyce Horn Antiques, 713/688-0507,
    Rug (antique, Persian Serapi): Matt Camron Rugs & Tapestries, 713/528-2666,

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    Light fixture (custom): Alcon Lightcraft Co., 713/526-0680.
    Cloche for light fixture (vintage French glass): Joyce Horn Antiques, 713/688-0507,
    Mirror (antique): Frametek, 541/431-4365,
    Mirror frame (antique): Homestead, 830/997-5551,
    Bench (oak children's bench from Louisiana plantation): MAI (Memorial Antiques & Interiors), 713/827-8087,
    Paint: custom.

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    Table (antique): owner's collection.
    Chairs (custom): Neal & Co., 713/942-9800. Chair fabric ("Fulham Linen Velvet"/Ivory #990010-1); chair gimp ("Cliveden Petite Braid"/Bisque, Ivory #T2002505-116): Lee Jofa, 800/453-3563,
    Inside pleats ("Emilien Cire Texture"/Oatmeal #89606-017): Brunschwig & Fils, 800/538-1880,
    Drapery ("Ruff Linen Canvas"/Beige #809001-13): Rogers & Goffigon, 203/532-8068.
    Appliqué fabric ("Divinia"/Wheat, boiled wool): Maharam/Kvadrat, 713/623-6272,
    Appliqué design (historically inspired); fabrication: Designers Workroom, 713/868-1801.
    Cabinet (antique bibliotheque): Carl Moore Antiques, 713/524-2502,
    Chandelier: owner's collection.

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    Bronze doors (antique Venetian bronze): Matt Camron Rugs & Tapestries, 713/528-2666,
    Paint: custom.

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    Sofas (#2594): A. Rudin, 310/659-2388,
    Sofa fabric ("Cordillera," discontinued): Osborne & Little, 877/322-7420,
    Table (oak, with primitive carved design); table (oval with one drawer, Louis XIV period); wing chair opposite sofa: Neal & Co., 713/942-9800.
    Wing chair medallion fabric ("Gaeta Figured Woven"/Oatmeal #83879-017);
    chair fabric ("Formia Woven"/Oatmeal #83878-017): Brunschwig & Fils, 800/538-1880,
    Chair welt ("Como"): Schumacher, 800/523-1200,
    Sconce (antique, converted floor lamp): Tara Shaw, 504/525-1131, Ladder-back chair (antique): Neal & Co., 713/942-9800.
    Chair fabric ("Losange Bouclé"/Prussian #94851): Schumacher, 800/523-1200,
    Chest (antique, Belgian oak); lamp (antique, Belgian iron fragment): Brown, 713/522-2151,
    Rug (antique, Persian Serapi): Matt Camron Rugs & Tapestries, 713/528-2666,
    Piano: Steinway,
    Paint: custom.

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    Table: owner's collection.
    Chandelier over table: Round Top Antiques Fair, 512/237-4747,
    Flooring (antique terra-cotta pavers, French); chairs (antique): Wirthmore Antiques, 504/269-0660,
    Chair fabric ("Asbury Woven Check"/Sand #89651-057): Brunschwig & Fils, 800/538-1880,
    Gimp ("Perandor Plain"/Cream #T6026-118) Lee Jofa, 800/453-3563, Chandelier over island (antique): Tara Shaw, 504/525-1131,
    Bar stools: Country French Interiors Inc., 214/747-4700 and 214/744-5900,
    Fabric on inside back of bar stools ("Nubby"/Honed Limestone #970-71): Perennials, 888/322-4773,
    Fabric on outside back ("Montrose"/Tomato, by Colefax and Fowler, discontinued): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900,
    Tile behind stove and backsplash (reclaimed 19th-century colored cement tiles): Chateau Domingue, 713/961-3444,
    Paint: custom.
    Range: Wolf Appliance Inc., 800/332-9513,
    Window treatment ("Katmandu"/Wine #2700204): Schumacher, 800/523-1200,

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    Fire pit; stone bench; pool surround: Russell Ponzoha, Creative Outdoor Designs, 713/515-2494,
    Peach pillows ("Breaker"/Robin #DL-1007-16): DeLany & Long Ltd., 203/532-0010,
    Cushions: Sunbrella,

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    Desk; desk chair: owner's collection.
    Chandelier (Flemish): Brown, 713/522-2151,
    Artwork: Cavalier Fine Art, 713/521-7711,
    Paint: custom.

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    Headboard (custom): Neal & Co., 713/942-9800.
    Headboard fabric ("Tarn"/Cream #F3115-12, by Colefax and Fowler); tufts ("Grosvenor Button Tuft"/Beige #5313-02, by Colefax and Fowler): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900,
    Bed skirt ("Liso Jerez Woven"/Arena #82333-057): Brunschwig & Fils, 800/538-1880,
    Fabrication: Designers Workroom, 713/868-1801.
    Blanket cover and shams ("Palermo Pique"/Ivory): Hamburg House, 305/557-9913,
    Bench: Joyce Horn Antiques, 713/688-0507,
    Bench fabric ("Brushed Cotton"/Brown #22203-37): Fabricut, 800/999-8200,
    Trim ("Winter Palace Gimp"/Pine, Tan, Cream): Scalamandré, 800/932-4361,
    Carving above fireplace (musical fragment in wood with 18th-century motif): Tara Shaw, 504/525-1131,
    Chandelier (antique): Mac Maison Ltd., 504/891-2863.
    Night tables (concave hall chests): Woodbridge Furniture, 336/887-8246,
    Lamps (custom, made from antique columns): Lucas/Eilers Design Assoc., 713/784-9423,
    Wing chair (custom): Designer's Furniture Mfg., 713/973-0315,
    Chair fabric ("Fossils"/Brown on Beige, by Grey Watkins): Stark Fabric, 212/355-7186.
    Welt ("Brushed Cotton"/Brown #22203-37): Fabricut, 800/999-8200,
    Rug (Tabriz): Matt Camron Rugs & Tapestries, 713/528-2666,
    Desk and chair: owner's collection.
    Roman shade ("Wheat Flower"/Blue and Mustard on Beige): Bennison, 212/223-0373, Fabrication: Designers Workroom, 713/868-1801.
    Paint: custom.

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    Mirror: owner's collection
    Lanterns (old French iron): Joyce Horn Antiques, 713/688-0507,
    Roman shade ("Liso Jerez Woven"/Arena #82333-057): Brunschwig & Fils, 800/538-1880,
    Embroidery and fabrication: Designers Workroom,713/868-1801.
    Paint: custom.
    Chair (Victorian caned-seat maple ladies chair): owner's collection.
    Thermomasseur bath ("Naos"/Biscuit, Balneo series): BainUltra, 800/463-2187,
    Flooring: antique Jerusalem limestone.

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