Forget going over the rainbow. This Preston Hollow renovated French Eclectic luxury home takes you inside the rainbow. Dorothy and Toto would be right at home.
We all know the mantra today is to paint everything white. But, there are exceptions. This renovated French Eclectic house is one of them. The home was built by Hawkins-Welwood and had a great floor plan. Of course, every buyer wants to put their stamp on a home, so an interior makeover began with a singular goal. The owner is a mother to three daughters. She set out to create a happy house, one that makes you smile the moment you enter.
I think she succeeded beautifully.
“Every decision the owner made was to spark joy and happiness,” Compass Real Estate listing agent Julie Provenzano said. “She was very smart about the way she used color.”
To her credit, when it came time to sell, she was not on board the paint it white train. “She felt the bold colors were passionate and defined the character of the house, and her vision,” Provenzano said. “And of course, it’s very easy to paint, if a potential buyer thinks a particular color palette is a bit bold. Even the dramatic hot pink kitchen backsplash is just paint covered with an acrylic material.”
The complete interior makeover resulted in 6,967 square feet of sophisticated style, fearless use of color, and a very happy house indeed.
Walls were moved, and the ceiling in the family area was dramatically vaulted. A custom mantle was built with hidden storage because moms understand you can never have enough. There are spectacular light fixtures and finishes throughout, but the color is definitely the star in this renovated French Eclectic. My favorite use of color is in the formal dining room. This is the paint equivalent of a Razor Fade haircut. I can see endless uses for it.
With six bedrooms, six bathrooms, and a powder bath, there are surprises around every corner. The master bedroom walls are painted with colors that remind me of rich chocolate and an ideal latte. You can get your white paint fix in the renovated bath, which I’m thrilled to see has a sensible bathtub that will accommodate kids and dogs. I think vessel tubs are gorgeous but impractical. They may well have had their day.
The playroom of this renovated French Eclectic has a sensational custom bookcase with an almost school bus yellow interior. It’s an excellent example of the clever use of color, as the room is neutral gray and all but the interior of the bookcase is white. That interior pop of color will grab your attention, and kids are going to love it, but if you want neutral, it will only take a couple of hours for a professional to spray paint it white —but don’t you dare.
“It is a happy house,” Provenzano said. “This is a great opportunity for any buyer looking for something different.”
Provenzano has 6446 Glendora Avenue listed for $2.5 million. I think it’s a house where the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.
Karen Eubank is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager and writer for over 25 years. Karen teaches the popular Staging to Sell class and is the creator of the online course, The Beginners Guide to Buying Wholesale. Her love of dogs, international travel, history, white paint, champagne, Tudor and Midcentury Modern homes, and any house designed by Clifford Hutsell knows no bounds. Her father was a spy, so she keeps secrets very well! Find Karen at www.eubankstaging.com