We've been active over the years, helping individuals and businesses in the Houston area and beyond create the spaces they've always dreamed of. We have provided a selection of projects for you here, to give you an idea of our work.
The open concept, interior floorplan was converted into separate rooms: 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, a living room and a kitchen. Antique wicker furniture was chosen to furnish the living room. The wallpaper was hand-painted by Bolivar Designs, which was a prominent, hand-painted wallpaper company in Bolivar, TX before Hurricane Ike; they have since relocated to Dallas, TX and are represented in showrooms throughout the country.
All furniture fabrics in the living room are chintz and have been treated with a vinyl coating for durability at a beach house. Soft colors were added in aqua, mint green and rose.
The fireplace was refurbished with a new custom mantle. The tile around the hearth and edges of the fireplace opening were purchased from a pool tile company. The dark aqua of the pool tile brought depth of color to the room.
The kitchen was totally remodeled with new custom cabinets with a pickled finish to make the room light and airy.
The Chinese red color scheme as you walk through the entry door brings an inviting and warm atmosphere for the client. All glass was cased glass (plain). For privacy purposes, we chose to use frosted panels on the plain glass between the reception area and conference room instead of the former drapery panels. These frosted panels were continued on the front door and side panel.
The antique Oriental rug predominanly in gold, red and yellow tones enhanced the Parquet floors making them look warmer.
The coat rack is an antique Chinese bamboo piece.
The lamps were originally antique Cloisonne urns that were turned into lamps with acrylic bases and lacquered black paper shades. Oriental finials were added as a finishing touch.
Most furniture pieces are contemporary; the two black leather chairs are mid-Century modern.
The artwork used in the reception room and hallway were pieces from the law firm owner's family estate.
The conference room table is a contemporary glass top with molded edges. The chairs are mid-Century modern. The black lacquered screen is 12 panels in order to cover the entire end of the room. The black lamps are reproductions of Oriental urns.
The mirror over the credenza has a rounded frame of black lacquer with a gold overlay Oriental design.
The antique table and accessories, including an Oriental lamp and law books, was provided for aesthetic purposes leading to the individuals offices.
The sitting area of this one bedroom hi-rise apartment has antique furnishings that were refurbished with traditional fabrics to set the mood with the period furniture. The rugs are antique serapi. The gallery tray is sterling silver and sitting on a custom-made, mahogany table base created for this specific tray.
The living room area has two matching sofas with 4 pull-up chairs which accommodates 10 conversational places in a very small space. The glass top coffee table has a Chinese, red tortoise finish on the legs. Two antique Imari lamps with custom navy blue shades adds a special touch.
Mirrors were added to the entire side wall in the dining room to add depth to the living room/dining room combo. The sideboard is a Georgian antique, circa 18th century. The dining table, which seats six people, is a comtemporary glass top and the chairs are antique English mahogany. Silver antique candlesticks were added to the dining room table.
The color tones in this combo area is very warm and inviting to all who visit.
This dining room was renovated from a previous exercise room. The walls are painted in a claret red. The chandelier was purchased from the Radio City Music Hall in New York; the bands around the edges are silver instead of the traditional bronze/gold. The ceiling is hand-painted in silver squares to coordinate with the chandelier. The dining room table and chairs are antique art deco; the chairs were recovered in art deco wave blue material. An antique Chinese Oriental rug was purchased to compliment the colors. The draperie were made from a German vendor in blues, golds, and claret reds. The rods were also purchased from a German vendor and made in brushed chrome with crystal knobs at each end.
The client collected numerous art deco pieces, but also quite a bit of lalique. A tiffany lamp was added to the side table to coordinate the colors in the room. The French doors in the room made light accessible to the room and reflected one end of the room to the other.
This client's English antique secretary was given by the family's grandparents. It was formally located in an upstairs bedroom; this piece would be a focal point for the study/library, to balance the bookshelves. All chairs are antiques from prior heirs. The sofa is covered a Kravet paisley fabric. Additional pillows were added for accent - with material from Schumacher and Co. Antique candlestick lamps were added for direct lighting on the antique mahogany console and highlight the beautiful etchings on the wall. Colors in the room pivot on the painting over the fireplace.
The Master Bedroom provides a comfortable sitting area for private conversations. The sofa is Chippendale antique mahogany and covered in a Kravet diamond design. The swivel chairs were recovered in fabric from Stark Company; it is an embossed velvet that ties in all the colors in the room. The two smaller swivel chairs came fromFrancewhich were recovered in Fortunney fabric which originates inVenice,Italy. The lamps are antique with a butterfly design throughout. An antique Federal mahogany mirror was added along with 2 mahogany brackets. The plates on the brackets are antique rose medallions. The king-size master bed has a lacquered, black Chinosierie headboard that is all hand-painted. The bedding and accessories have a soft texture. All bedding material, including the bedspread and dust ruffle, came from Lee Joffa; the embroidered pillow fabric was provided byBeacon Hill, including the trim on the bedspread. The antique bench fabric was purchased at Brunschwig & Fils. The mint green/beige carpet originated from Stark Carpets. The walls were strier in a mint green as a soft backdrop. Most of the pictures are florals to coordinate with the soft colors in the room.
The Guest Bedroom was decorated in tones of blue. The antique, four poster bed came from the family estate. The bedspread is an embossed cotton fabric from Lee Joffa, it is embossed with white flowers on a white background. The blue plaid was purchased from Kravet. The flower designed embroidered pillow material came from Lee Joffa. The end tables on each side of the bed are mirrored with crystal handles, they originated from the ID Collection inHouston. The blue lamps are antique Chinese imports. The antique pictures are made out of pieces of stone and china in a floral design. The loveseat and striped were covered with fabric from Kravet. The custom lampshade was covered in a soft blue/white plaid to coordinate with the room decor. We worked around the existing curtain material in order to ensure consistency throughout the room. The pictures is a portrait of the daughter who used to occupy this room. The skirted table top material was purchased from Brunschwig & Fils. A kidney-shaped glass top was added to protect the material. Two antique Cloisonne urns were turned into lamps. All accessories on the table were purchased from different antique vendors. The carpet is a blue/white small diamond pattern from Stark Carpets. The walls were painted in a medium blue strier pattern.
This hi-rise penthouse suite took a minimum of two years to complete. The living room has two sections of seating for entertainment purposes. The client wanted bright yellows and greens. To enhance the size of the room, we added mirrors throughout to reflect the ambiance of the furnishings and the artwork. An antique silver tray table was used for a cocktail table. The base of the table was black lacquered with fret work design on the legs and the apron. The marble mantle is a 17th-18th century piece that came from Germany, it has carved shells around the front facing of the mantle and carved cupids were added to each side of the mantle. The jade trees are four feet tall with cloisonne planters; they were put on acrylic stands that we designed to be placed on either side of the mantle as a focal point. Another cocktail table was added to the main seating area and came from a New York vendor, custom-made with antique mirrors applied. The main fabrics in yellow and green are from Brunschwig & Fils, a damask that has Blackamore figures on the front of the pillows and upholstery pieces; this design was added to coordinate with the Blackamore statues in the entry area. The stripe fabric came from F. Schumacher & Co.
The entry hall staircase is custom made out of lucite and polished chrome, the steps are black marble. Mirrors were added again to the sides of the staircase for ambiance and light.
The client wanted a tropical look inside the elevator; we hired a mural artist to collaborate with us on the design and colors. The existing pink phone was left since it matched the pink in the flowers.
The Blackamores are as tall as an average size man (six feet) and were purchased from a Palm Beach estate. They are holding antique Chinosierie trays that are lacquered with a hand-painted intricate design around the edges. The tusks were brought back from a hunt in Africa. Again, mirrors were used to reflect the depth of the entry.
Passing through the entry with the Blackamore figures, an informal sitting and dining area for six people was constructed for smaller gatherings. The dining chairs are Chippendale black lacquer; the fabric is an ultra suede that resembles a zebra pattern. The artwork and sculptures are spectacular. The sofa fabric in the sitting area is white-on-white velvet with embossed animal figures. The easy chairs have a white-on-white diamond pattern. All fabric came from Beacon Hill/Robert Allen. The interesting 18th century Oriental lamps were made out of mother-of-pearl, wooden cylinders that stored antique maps inside. The lampshades were hand-painted paper shades to match the zebra design. The table between the two easy chairs is a hand-carved elephant figure on three legs with a glass top.
The wall behind the sitting area is a whole wall of mirrors with shelves and collections of many artifacts, crystal and silver pieces (old and new) of which the clients collected during their lifetime.
Helen B. Joyner Interiors, Inc., ASID
10 S Briar Hollow Ln
Houston, TX 77027