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PaperCity Houston June 2023

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years. But it was this project that brought her to Round Top for the first time. She was pleased to discover it wasn't just Coachella for antiques as some had described it, but a vibrant and creative community that exists year-round, even when the antiques fair isn't in session. "It was really nice to see that there's a soul to it," she says. Branca embraced the trademark rossa color of Red Antler. "Thankfully, I happen to love red. Their corporate colors worked beautifully with my sense of what would look great in the space," Branca says of painting the exterior in Benjamin Moore Black Tar with Moroccan Red shutters. To create a sense of intimacy and for functionality, she added panels portier in Branca Stripe fabric to the front porch. Hector Finch, out of London, created custom red-painted lanterns for the outdoor spaces. She papered the grand living room in Umbra faux bois-meets- trompe l'oeil wallpaper, with the woodgrain soaring upward toward the vaulted ceiling of the great room, which is painted in Benjamin Moore Gardenia. Inviting banquettes, covered in Verdure Camo in a chic nod to the outdoors, flank the handsome Calistoga by Strike fireplace designed by Chad Dorsey, which anchors the space. Eight can be comfortably seated for ranch waters and canapés or queso after a long day antiquing in the fields. "In this space, everybody that walks in just wants to sink into "The nice thing about Texas, especially for an Italian, is it's the most American you can be."— Alessandra Branca Clockwise: Four framed butterfly wings crafted by artisans in New Guinea are juxtaposed with a skull mount. This is the Texas countryside, after all. Casa Branca Lino Zig Zag print on chair. New Moon custom rug. Casa Branca Jaipur Fiore wallpaper. Headboard is in Jaipur Paisley, and is being added to the Casa Branca collection. Peacock Alley bedding and blanket. 67

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