This is probably directed to the ladies reading this but let's just stay still for a moment and take in that dressing room. Pink chandelier. Fresh flowers. A stretched vintage armoire for shoes and bags.
I think this is more than a crush, I think I'm in love.
This is the Jacksonville, Illinois home of designer Annie Brahler, the owner of Euro Trash. It was built as an Italianate Victorian in 1868 and was renovated in the Beaux-Arts style in 1901. Brahler said in an interview with House Beautiful: "This architecture gave me the green light, I guess, to go a little bit crazy with gilt. What is Beaux-Arts but the abhorrence of undecorated surfaces, right? But I wanted it to have some modernity, because I've got children and dogs and a life."
When asked about all the chandeliers in the house she answered: "Overdoing it with one thing is kind of not overdoing it, because it becomes a constant. The chandeliers, the crystal, are a constant. Because I have minimal color, they work. I couldn't have this many chandeliers if I had, like, hot pink going around the house."
I'll allow the photos to do most of the talking, words aren't needed.
The above photo to the left is from her daughter's bedroom who decorated it by herself. She's only 14. How wonderful it must be to be so young and have such a strong personal style. I love it.
I have to add just one funny part from the interview. When Brahler was asked if the [bed]room reflected her husband's taste, she replied: "God, no! But he always says, 'It's so damned comfortable, I don't care that I feel like the queen of Europe when I wake up.'"
So, what do you think of this house? You can view more photos by opening the link below.
Bjorn Wallander for House Beautiful