Ubiquitous design blogger Joni Webb hyperventilates over the March issue of Veranda magazine, which features actual interior pics of the house Kay O’Toole had built behind her Kay O’Toole Antiques & Eccentricities shop. The shop is in the building with the rounded corners next to the Firkin & Phoenix Pub parking lot at 1921 Westheimer:
I had heard the blogosphere mumbling about this Veranda showing Kay Oâ€™Tooleâ€™s new house and that was what had my mouth watering like Edwardâ€™s whenever Bella is around. Honestly, Iâ€™ve been waiting over two years for this issue!
Oâ€™Toole owns a French antique shop housed in a 1920s brick building that was once home to several different businesses. Through the years, she eventually acquired the entire building and tore down the dividing walls â€“ creating a long and narrow haven for the best of what France, and now Belgium, Sweden, and Italy have to offer.
O’Toole’s single-story, one-bedroom stucco home — designed by Murphy Mears Architects — is another long and narrow haven, modeled after something O’Toole saw in New Orleans’s French Quarter: It’s one room deep, and backs up to the property’s back fence.
Couldn’t Webb have just charmed her way inside, camera in hand? Oh, she’d tried that:
One day Kay was sweet enough to take me out back to see the house, still under construction. She graciously smiled at my oohâ€™s and ahâ€™s, and pointed out what would be where â€“ her kitchen, the living room, her bedroom. She showed me the French doors that had just been installed. They were from a large cache of old metal windows she bought when a River Oaks mansion was being demolished and she had designed her enfilade around these glorious pieces of glass and steel. When it was all finished I once stopped by and hinted at maybe seeing it again, now completed and furnished. Oh no, it was a mess, not ready for its debut, a million excuses from someone who is a perfectionist at being a non perfectionist.
- A Texas Enfilade [Cote de Texas]
- Westheimer Residence [Murphy Mears Architects]
- Kay O’Toole Antiques and Eccentricities
Images: Murphy Mears Architects