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June 2016 - Houston

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JUNE | PAGE 28 | 2016 Barton's favorite artist, Rebecca Rebouché of New Orleans, makes a statement in the kitchen. Intriguing examples of Haitian folk art are in son Theo's nursery and above the mantel in the living room. Barton found the folk art at Urban Market years ago and has been searching for similar paintings ever since; she now regrets not buying every one the vendor had. A massive painting of a dog holding sausages makes kids and adults alike smile before they head upstairs — it was a gift from her friend Erika Powell after she completed the 2012 Coastal Living Beach House, which Barton outfitted in Mela & Roam linens. Barton no longer maintains a blog — like many before her, she is now an Instagram convert. But she's grateful for the years she devoted to it, because not only did the blog create great friendships, but the sense of community it fostered gave her the confidence and the following she needed to make Mela & Roam a success. Clockwise from top left: The renovated master bath with shiplap walls, Carrera marble countertop and Hansgrohe faucets. Barton and Theo in the family room with a pair of Lee Industries chaises under vintage Bollywood posters. Barton fully renovated the kitchen with two-tone cabinets (lowers in Sherwin Williams Rosemary; uppers in Benjamin Moore Hazy Skies) and concrete counters with Tabarka Studio's hand-painted terra-cotta tile backsplash. An Indian howdah with pillows made from old dowry bags serves as a daybed in the living room. In the family room, Mela & Roam pillows and a framed Brazilian Rikbaktsa tribal headpiece. Barton in Mirth Caftans. Cypress doors found in New Orleans. Vintage typewriter acts as unexpected art when fashioned to the wall.

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