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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, chateaudomingue.com.
    Mantel and over-mantel: Brian Stringer Antiques, 713/526-7380.
    Wing chairs (Louis XIII-style): Watkins Culver Antiques, 713/529-0597, watkinsculver.com.
    Chair fabric ("Palladium"/Beige #J0548-220): Lee Jofa, 800/453-3563, leejofa.com. Suzani pillows: Seret & Sons, 505/988-9151, seretandsons.com.
    Table in front of wing chairs (antique): Joyce Horn Antiques, 713/688-0507, joycehornantiques.com.
    Rug (antique, Persian Serapi): Matt Camron Rugs & Tapestries, 713/528-2666, mattcamron.com.

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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, joycehornantiques.com.
    Mirror (antique): Frametek, 541/431-4365, frametek.com.
    Mirror frame (antique): Homestead, 830/997-5551, homesteadstores.com.
    Bench (oak children's bench from Louisiana plantation): MAI (Memorial Antiques & Interiors), 713/827-8087, maihouston.com.
    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, leejofa.com.
    Inside pleats ("Emilien Cire Texture"/Oatmeal #89606-017): Brunschwig & Fils, 800/538-1880, brunschwig.com.
    Drapery ("Ruff Linen Canvas"/Beige #809001-13): Rogers & Goffigon, 203/532-8068.
    Appliqué fabric ("Divinia"/Wheat, boiled wool): Maharam/Kvadrat, 713/623-6272, kvadratmaharam.com.
    Appliqué design (historically inspired); fabrication: Designers Workroom, 713/868-1801.
    Cabinet (antique bibliotheque): Carl Moore Antiques, 713/524-2502, carlmooreantiques.com.
    Chandelier: owner's collection.

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

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    Sofas (#2594): A. Rudin, 310/659-2388, arudin.com.
    Sofa fabric ("Cordillera," discontinued): Osborne & Little, 877/322-7420, osborneandlittle.com.
    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, brunschwig.com.
    Chair welt ("Como"): Schumacher, 800/523-1200, fschumacher.com.
    Sconce (antique, converted floor lamp): Tara Shaw, 504/525-1131, tarashaw.com. Ladder-back chair (antique): Neal & Co., 713/942-9800.
    Chair fabric ("Losange Bouclé"/Prussian #94851): Schumacher, 800/523-1200, fschumacher.com.
    Chest (antique, Belgian oak); lamp (antique, Belgian iron fragment): Brown, 713/522-2151, shopbybrown.com.
    Rug (antique, Persian Serapi): Matt Camron Rugs & Tapestries, 713/528-2666, mattcamron.com.
    Piano: Steinway, steinway.com.
    Paint: custom.

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

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    Fire pit; stone bench; pool surround: Russell Ponzoha, Creative Outdoor Designs, 713/515-2494, codi52.com.
    Peach pillows ("Breaker"/Robin #DL-1007-16): DeLany & Long Ltd., 203/532-0010, delanyandlong.com.
    Cushions: Sunbrella, sunbrella.com.

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    Desk; desk chair: owner's collection.
    Chandelier (Flemish): Brown, 713/522-2151, shopbybrown.com.
    Artwork: Cavalier Fine Art, 713/521-7711, cavalierfineart.com.
    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, cowtan.com.
    Bed skirt ("Liso Jerez Woven"/Arena #82333-057): Brunschwig & Fils, 800/538-1880, brunschwig.com.
    Fabrication: Designers Workroom, 713/868-1801.
    Blanket cover and shams ("Palermo Pique"/Ivory): Hamburg House, 305/557-9913, hamburghouse.com.
    Bench: Joyce Horn Antiques, 713/688-0507, joycehornantiques.com.
    Bench fabric ("Brushed Cotton"/Brown #22203-37): Fabricut, 800/999-8200, fabricut.com.
    Trim ("Winter Palace Gimp"/Pine, Tan, Cream): Scalamandré, 800/932-4361, scalamandre.com.
    Carving above fireplace (musical fragment in wood with 18th-century motif): Tara Shaw, 504/525-1131, tarashaw.com.
    Chandelier (antique): Mac Maison Ltd., 504/891-2863.
    Night tables (concave hall chests): Woodbridge Furniture, 336/887-8246, woodbridgefurniture.com.
    Lamps (custom, made from antique columns): Lucas/Eilers Design Assoc., 713/784-9423, lucaseilers.com.
    Wing chair (custom): Designer's Furniture Mfg., 713/973-0315, designersfurnituremfg.com.
    Chair fabric ("Fossils"/Brown on Beige, by Grey Watkins): Stark Fabric, 212/355-7186.
    Welt ("Brushed Cotton"/Brown #22203-37): Fabricut, 800/999-8200, fabricut.com.
    Rug (Tabriz): Matt Camron Rugs & Tapestries, 713/528-2666, mattcamron.com.
    Desk and chair: owner's collection.
    Roman shade ("Wheat Flower"/Blue and Mustard on Beige): Bennison, 212/223-0373, bennisonfabrics.com. 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, joycehornantiques.com.
    Roman shade ("Liso Jerez Woven"/Arena #82333-057): Brunschwig & Fils, 800/538-1880, brunschwig.com.
    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, bainultra.com.
    Flooring: antique Jerusalem limestone.

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  • The Sidecar, price available upon request from Moore & Giles [1-800-737-0169]

    This beautifully crafted bar cart, The Sidecar by Moore and Giles, is a great way to store liquor, glassware, bar tools, and anything else needed to complete your own miniature bar. The cart, made of Virginia black walnut, birch, leather, aluminum, and brass, is wheeled to make sure the party can travel with you. Perfect for drink-lovers without the space for a full bar.