Helen Thompson
Helen Thompson
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Houston philanthropist Amy Rozell asked her favorite designer—Audrey Tehauno–to help redesign a house she had recently purchased only to discover that Tehauno had just partnered with a well-known, high-end jewelry designer to create their own interior design firm, Nest Interior Design Group. Nest Jewelry is adored for its trend-setting necklaces, earrings, and bracelets sold at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Stanley Korshak. Amy Rozell’s house was one of Tehauno and Jana Erwin’s first projects and is an effervescent commentary on what happens when jewelry and interiors join forces.

In the entry, a marble-topped console holds a collection of Italian candelabra that are reflected in a Venetian mirror.

In the living room a marble-topped table is also a good place to place drinks while seated at vintage chairs designers Tehauno and Ervin upholstered in silk. The mushroom-toned sheepskin on the seats find its mate in the pillows on the living room’s daybed (below).

The entry opens into a twenty-foot-by-sixteen-foot living room.

Feel-good elements include a seating arrangement around a glass-topped brass coffee table that includes two fluffy sheepskin ottomans. A pink tufted linen club chair faces the coffee table.

The dining room’s ochre-and-grey-splashed wall paper was hand-painted by Houston artist Allan Rodewald.

Detail of dining room wall paper.

Mushroom-colored sheepskin pillows on the day bed match the sheepskin seats on nearby vintage chairs (seen in photos above).

A cowhide-covered chair faces the coffee table in the living room; a hunk of petrified wood serves as a side table.

Someone wearing a Nest Jewelry ring is arranging flowers for an up-coming party.

The porcelain slab waterfall island—lit by glass pendants from Williams-Sonoma—hides storage; countertops are Okite quartz in a charcoal color.

White cabinets, glittering glass mosaic tiles on the wall, and Okite engineered quartz countertops in a charcoal grey suggest an area set off from party gaiety where good cooking happens.

A “Tree of Life” painting hangs in the kitchen, a view that is enjoyed from the adjacent family room. Dark-stained birch floors in the kitchen are a dramatic backdrop for vintage leather open-weave dining chairs accompanying a RH dining table anchored by a vintage Turkish rug.

Houston artist Allan Rodewald also painted the vivid magnolia blossom wallpaper in the powder room.

The slate blue mohair sectional and ottoman are custom, their plushness offset by a nearby side table fashioned from an I-beam. Tehauno and Ervin chose a light grey paint for both the walls and the ceiling, accenting the molding in a high-gloss finish.

Gold trimmed bedside tables and French mirror above the bed spark the calm grey in the walls.

A desk and leather bergere across from the bed provide a place to work and think.

A nearby bedroom was commandeered to create Rozell’s closet.



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