Monday, September 5, 2011

A Reader's Home Tour: MB's Spectacular Dallas Home
















I love looking at beautiful interiors. I know that's no news to you and if you're reading this, you probably do too. Perfectly executed rooms that are expertly photographed make me positively tingle with glee and my blood pressure has been known to literally soar at the sight of these. Yet, perhaps, what I love even more is a beautiful real home. One that is decorated over time, layer by layer, with artifacts of a life well-lived. Welcome to just such a home. These gorgeous photos are of mb's house. Or, as I know her and some of you may as well, Marybeth. I love it when I see a comment left on Head Over Heels preceded by mb. I know it will be something insightful or funny or both, and always special.

Marybeth is a long-time reader and I knew she had some major style. She's a painter, wife of a hotelier, mother of some incredibly talented and equally beautiful daughters. So it really comes as no surprise that her home is a an amazing amalgamation of beautiful objects, expertly arranged, and so very livable and inviting. I was thrilled when Marybeth agreed to a home tour and have been ogling all the details since the photos started to arrive.

The architectural details alone are something outstanding...the plaster walls, pitched ceilings and beams, the saltillo tiles, and beautiful woodwork. However, it's the evidence of a well-travelled life that has me transfixed. The gorgeous blend of textiles and patinated finishes, a little chinoiserie alongside American and English antiques, and above all, the stunning art that make for a perfectly eclectic home. Yeah, I said it, eclectic. I think the word has become taboo in design circles, and yet that's what this home is. Thank you Marybeth for graciously sharing your gorgeous place. If I'm ever in Dallas, expect a knock on the door.

{all images generously provided by the lovely Marybeth}

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22 comments:

A Perfect Gray said...

A dream come true! I had always wondered about 'MB from dallas' and knew she had great style. how awesome that you two hooked up and brought us these...what a great place; the furnishings and the home..and don't you love that tile floor? great art and collections.

thanks for bringing us this beauty, MB and Nelya! donna

ticklishfromadistance said...

So. so beautiful. Truly. Great inspiration.

nkp said...

You're welcome, Donna! I do love that tile floor...you know, tile and I are tight like that. ;0)

My Interior Life said...

So beautiful! Thank you to MB and you, Nelya, for sharing the photos of this inspiring space. It is indeed eclectic (I'm not sure why that word has been demonized) and wonderful. All the art combined with the beautiful furnishings and of course the architectural details make for perfection in my book!

mb said...

Nelya,
Thank you for sharing my space with your readers. I am humbled by your lovely description of our family home.
We have had a somewhat Nomadic lifestyle over the years. It has always been important to me to create continuity for my husband and daughters so our moves would be less stressful.
We have been in this house for three years.
Sending warm thanks to you sweet Nelya,
mb from Dallas

mb said...

...dare you to come to Dallas.

Leah said...

beautiful & interesting too! thank you for sharing.

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

This is a gorgeous space -- very real and homey but also exquisitely-edited and worldlier than the typical Texas digs.
I also love that there's an undercurrent of hip modernity to it all -- it's vaguely sartorial, sorta dapper, super-comfy and well-designed looking.
Three cheers for real readers' cribs!
Alcira

nerochronicles.com

Kecia said...

I love her home!

bluehydrangea said...

Marybeth? I love Marybeth and her fabulous home!!! gorgeous pictures and MB it looks like you've made some changes. I am going to have to go back and look again... and again. Thanks for sharing!! xo Sissy

my favorite and my best- MFAMB to you said...

mb is a personal fave of mine as well.

she needs her own blog.

nkp said...

Hello there, Kecia. Welcome and thanks for visiting!

nkp said...

Welcome, bluehydrangea!

Lucy said...

Nelya,

Thanks for sharing my parents' beautiful home! Your description was so lovely. I know that my mom felt quite honored to be featured. I definitely agree that she needs her own blog! I would read it. :)

xxLucy

nkp said...

Hi Lucy! What a treat to have you visit. It was absolutely my pleasure to feature your parents' beautiful home. And yes(!) to an mb blog. I would be her first follower! Do you hear that Marybeth? The peanut gallery has spoken. ;0)

mb said...

Oh man, me writing a blog? Not sure I am ready for that...I had a hard enough time trying to figure out how to send Nelya the photos of my house.

Thanks for the vote of confidence. :)

mb from Dallas

susie q said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this post. I love seeing readers' and bloggers' homes and matching up the interiors to the personalities. I think my favorite part of MaryBeth's interior is her American antiques. So grounded and quite stunning. And yet she's hipped them up beautifully for an over all fresh look. Love this! Thank you!

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

wow, simply gorgeous! There are so many details to oggle. I's especially drawn to her collections.

I'd love to hop in that pool right about now! (We are in the midst of a monsoon up here.)

Erin said...

Are you kidding me???? That pool! The rugs! I want a deerskin rug soooo badly... and the house itself is lovely and charming.

Bravo, mb!

Bri@Meyouandawiener said...

Now that's a home tour! mb has a great eye. WOW. Lived in, not stagy looking. Perfect.

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