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March 2019- Houston

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Opposite page: The dining room wall mural is by Decorative Arts. Dining chairs upholstered in Fortuny fabric. Collection of blue-and-white Delft and blanc de Chine. Antique chandelier. This page: In the entry, an antique Dutch chest and antique Dutch Delft vases. Edward Fields stair carpet. In the living room, American 18th-century desk. American bone lighthouse candlesticks and carved-ivory collection. " YOU DON'T HAVE THE SAME PERSPECTIVE WHEN YOU'RE DOING YOUR OWN HOUSE AS WHEN YOU'RE DOING A CLIENT'S." – Ann Wolf with pale Swedish painted armchairs, and love seats covered in Fortuny fabric. "People respond to pattern and color and a more layered look," Wolf says. Carrying it off, however, can be a challenge even for an experienced pro. "You don't have the same perspective when you're doing your own house as when you're doing a client's. We'd just moved into our house, and I wasn't satisfied with everything I'd done. Something was missing." She sought guidance from her longtime mentor, Alex Papachristidis, whom she'd met in New York when she was in her 20s. "He came to my house and said, 'Ann just keep going. You need wallpaper here, and another floral there. Put this pattern on top of that pattern.'" Collections are essential to personalize a home. "Everyone should collect something," Wolf says. "Mathew's family were big collectors, and as a bachelor, he had a collection of period Tiffany lamps, and he also had some very good American paintings. When we got engaged, I asked myself, 'What am I going to collect?' I started off with dishes and transferware." Since then, she's developed a passion for Danish Delft blue and polychrome pottery, which she groups on tables and hangs 91

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