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This is the first in a series about my favorite blogs.  A few years ago I discovered one from Houston, Texas named, “Cote de Texas.” www.cotedetexas.blogspot.com  It is all about things French and it is wonderful.   Since Cote de Texas was the first one I found and since I have followed it faithfully for several years, I must begin with it. Joni Webb is an interior designer and her Cote de Texas was recently named by Styleblueprint to their list of Top Ten Design Blogs.  When you look at it, you will see why.  Joni has many themes that she follows:  1) She posts photos of work she has done for other clients as in the picture above.  2) She posts photos of the homes of her readers.  3) She unselfishly shows the work of other interior designers 4) There are answers to frequently asked questions sent in by readers.  5)  Often there will be a give-a-way 6) She features articles from well known decorating magazines.

Joni loves to use sea grass, muted tones, linen, and lots of texture. The photo below is another view of the room in the first picture. She did the work for a client who must now be a very happy client. Notice that there is velvet, linen, sea grass, baskets…a very relaxing atmosphere.

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In the next photo, Joni is highlighting the work of another designer who used tapestries for this client.  The home is in San Antonio, Texas.  A large tapestry hangs in this living room designed by Linda Keenen.  All pillows are tapestry remnants.

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Below, another tapestry covers an antique wing chair and Delft jars are featured on the table.

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In the family room off of the kitchen a wine table doubles as a coffee table.  Notice the Great Wall of China on the far wall.  This is a person after my own heart.  Please see one of my earlier blogs…”The Great Wall of China.”

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Isn’t this kitchen just beautiful?  It is by another Houston designer Renea Abbot of Shabby Slips.  Of course I like the loving cup full of white flowers on the island

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Someitmes Joni answers reader questions as she did in a post about what to do with flat screen televisions.  The photo below is one from that discussion.

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Joni will often show her own home.  Below is her family room and there is another photo from the discussion about flat screens.

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Joni shares magazine articles like this one about the buffalo check fabric and wood walls.

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Next is a federal style house in downtown Houston. Often there are pictures of the front elevation of houses and then we are “invited” to go inside.

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Here is Joni’s kitchen as it appeared in a national magazine.

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Next is her dining room.

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I could not pick my favorite post or my favorite room or house.  I do hope that you will take the time to visit her blog and try to choose your favorite. Don’t forget to visit the archives for there are many wonderful posts there, too. Create and be happy!

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