Color Crushing

Last week my aunt emailed me the most fabulous, colorful kitchen link, and I instantly went looking for more pictures of that glorious house! Turns out, it belongs to Jane McGarry, a longtime news anchor in Dallas. I found her spread in a back issue of D Magazine.

After a trip to Italy, she was inspired by the country houses of Sardinia, and designer Ken Blasingame helped her bring some of it back to her home in Ft. Worth, Texas. Clearly she crushes on color, since her front door is a punchy lime green!

Activity in the family room centers around a giant Indian daybed that doubles as a coffee table. It’s stacked with a number of books on everything from home decor and Italian architecture to gardening and travel. French antique doors from Pittet Company, lamps by Vaughan, and fabrics and drapery by Westgate add even more drama to the room.

In the dining room, a 17th-century Spanish mirror complements an Italian chandelier from the Pittet Company. Pottery by Gorky Gonzalez hails from Guanajuato, Mexico. Gold Majorcan chairs are from Orion.

The breakfast nook is the perfect place to start the day on a cheery note. It boasts a round wooden table, painted French chairs, and a Mexican chandelier. The wooden cabinet—a trastero—showcases a collection of Mexican ceramics from the 19th century.

The Entrance Hall table is covered in a 19th-century Mexican textile. The table holds her collection of antique silver.  The door surrounds are faux bois!

The master bedroom features a 19th-century Italian macramé bedspread on a bed designed by Ken Blasingame.

Outdoor entertaining takes on a decidedly international feel in a setting complete with a Uzbekistan dowry cloth on an aged wood table.

all photos via d magazine

Read the full article and see more pictures in D Magazine. Are you Color Crushing???

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  1. Heidiopia wrote:

    The Mexican chandelier in the breakfast room is inspiration by itself! Too much color for the long haul for little 'ole me, but gosh I admire her bold use of it!
    Thanks, Cass!
    Heidi @ Show Some Decor

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  2. What a great house! I love the bright green door. And that outdoor space would be amazing for entertaining!!

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  3. So much amazing colour and that bed…wowzers- so gorgeous!!!

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  4. oh, i saw this article when it came out. (big D Mag fan!)… I have to say- i didn't love it. looked more like a hacienda to me than a villa… but i wouldn't mind floating around her place for a party. 🙂

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  5. You bet I am! You were right, she is a color *FIEND*! That last picture of the porch is amazing…now *that* is what I'm talkin' about! That suzani table runner (?) is so fantastic…

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  6. Wowzers, it is amazing!

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  7. Simply LKJ wrote:

    Brave soul, too much for me!

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  8. Wow…what a stunning house…the colors are brilliant!!!

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  9. Kelly wrote:

    Wow!!!! Her house is gorgeous.Love the kitchen.

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  10. i loveee all the color and character. i hope someday my home will have just as much personality. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

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  11. Anonymous wrote:

    I definitely like some aspects of this house, the lime green door, the cabinets in the kitchen, the Indian daybed/coffee table, the outdoor space, but altogether, the rooms don't feel cohesive to me and seem too much, cluttered, not relaxing at all, I could never live in that house. But man oh man, she does love her some colorful living spaces!

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  12. That headboard is incredible!!

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  13. Hi! Thanks so much for your nice comments on my house. I do like me some color 🙂

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  14. WOW that is some house- Color makes a room feel richer doesn't it?

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