Thursday, December 18, 2008

Yowza.


You have to see THIS slideshow.

People live there. Yikes. Make sure you see the crystal bird on the wall. That's my favorite photo in the slide show.

Discuss.

64 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think it's cool that someone cares so much about creatively shaping his space - and is doing it on such a grand, passionate scale. Beyond that and in the particulars, it's pretty freaking tacky.

Kimberly Julie said...

I suppose they'd make you use coasters if you came over??

Anonymous said...

What a comfortable and lovely place to grow up. If you are a statue.

Iheartfashion said...

WOW. I guess it's good to have a hobby, but...

Sarah's Fab Day said...

Ok that made me almost spit out my coffee. I guess the owner is a passionate guy but...know when to stop people. Enough already.

Is it just me or is that silly crystal bird crooked?

Anonymous said...

this is what hell looks like.

Anonymous said...

If you visit their house and stay too long, you might find yourself bedazzled and placed in a corner...But they seem like nice, well-meaning people.

ArchitectDesign said...

O.M.G.......FOR REALS? OMG
Only in Texas (sorry Joni!)....
This is so freaking tacky, but I'm impressed with his intricacy. I think it's hilarious when you see the embellishments up against something as banal as the heating controls or light switch.

Anonymous said...

It pleases me so much that this is taking place in Texas.

mamacita said...

Dude, he lives right by Joni! That is cracking me up.

I used to work at the Museum of Fine Arts. I can just imagine their reaction to his invitation. They already have a couple of elaborate house musuems. Rienzi has the same sensibility, only, you know, classy and all.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

This hurt my eyes so much this morning. They still are throbbing.

traylas said...

Um, those are all paintings he's creating as an ode to his wife, to tell the stories of the bible, since it's story layout is "confusing".

I still think I'd like to see this in person!

Anonymous said...

"Texas: Almost as classy as France!"

(new Chamber of Commerce motto)

Cassie said...

I'm a big advocate of eccentricity and passion in home decor. This guy has his own vision, and it safe to say he is largely unaware of any of the trends that were trashed here earlier this week.

I do feel a little sorry for his wife, who seems a little overwhelmed. These types of projects are usually better to look back on in amazement than actually live in.

David said...

As I said over at Raina's, the Museum of Fine Arts passed? Shocker.

hello gorgeous said...

He obvious did not see the sign at the tile shop...

(I had already seen this on If the Lampshade Fits, a delightful blog if you haven't seen it.)

the Fixer Mama said...

You know how Coco Chanel said when you get dressed, you should take off one accessory? Well, clearly, all of them ended up at this guy's house!
Seriously though, all this effort? The man could have done so much with his time!

Anonymous said...

I love it when someone expresses their own style/ vision and are secure enough to not care what others think of it. Good for him!

Anonymous said...

I bet it smells churchy.

The whole thing is a facade disguising really freaky stuff going on.......has to be.

Just too damn odd to be on the up-n-up.

Anonymous said...

I love it when the New York Times does this kind of thing. Making sure to quote "but 'they could care less.'"

Leroy Fish said...

This reminds me of my visit many years ago to a plastic surgeon's house/office who performed sex change operations in of all places Youngstown,Ohio. I wish I could remember his name. The house was a classical building of mysterious origin actually quite beautiful from the outside. The doctor had created strange allegorical paintings depicting his interpretation of 'the creation' within gilt surrounds in all of the downstairs rooms. It was all over the top and extremely ornate and bizarre and made even more so since he was performing these controversial surgeries in what was a pretty unsophisticated blue collar town 30 plus years ago.

Leroy Fish said...

This reminds me of my visit many years ago to a plastic surgeon's house/office who performed sex change operations in of all places Youngstown,Ohio. I wish I could remember his name. The house was a classical building of mysterious origin actually quite beautiful from the outside. The doctor had created strange allegorical paintings depicting his interpretation of 'the creation' within gilt surrounds in all of the downstairs rooms. It was all over the top and extremely ornate and bizarre and made even more so since he was performing these controversial surgeries in what was a pretty unsophisticated blue collar town 30 plus years ago.

Lauren said...

Kind of scary. Lots of beautiful things... Definitely more museum than home to me, but I guess whatver floats your boat??

kevin said...

the bird is great, but the giant Jesus stamp is BRILLIANT! Understated, edited and monastic.

hello gorgeous said...

That's what you get for shopping at the Vatican City Home Depot.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

Problem is the phrase is "they could not care less" ... argh ... meaning you truly couldn't ...

The House of Beauty and Culture said...

a) serial killer
b) sexually frustrated
c) riddled with guilt
d) religious zealot
e) 2 or more of the above

Anonymous said...

He's having such a good time. I have to admit, I get more of a kick out of this than some tasteful Vicente Wolf loft.

Alice Almighty said...

By far my favorite part was photo #7, with this caption "I get a little embarrassed sometimes," said his wife of the paintings that show her husband in a toga or courtly garb reaching passionately for her or bowing before her. "But it certainly makes me feel special," said Mrs. Walter, a lawyer who no longer practices and who has been married to him for 18 years.

Courtly garb? If I had to use the phrases courtly garb and reaching passionately in one sentence describing my husband, I might have to take a match to his toga.

I still love you, even without the link, Alice

Anonymous said...

It kinda reminds me of a house you'd see in Roadside America, I believe there's one somewhere that's built out of soda bottles. I know there's one in Rockport, MA built out of rolled newspapers, I visited that one. Leroy Fish, I wanna hang with you.

Anonymous said...

What kills me about this is that Texas{especially Houston) has the greatest designers of any major city in America and they pick up on this bullshit. It is no wonder America thinks we are crazy

Amy said...

It's the Jocelyn Wildenstein of houses!

Fifi Flowers said...

YOu mean your house does not look like this inside... hmmmm... I always pictured you living in a place like this... LOL... SPECTACULAR FOR SURE!

Anonymous said...

"Texas {especially Houston) has the greatest designers of any major city in America"

And Newark has the finest sub-atomic physicists.

peasandcarrots said...

It's funny you mention guilt, House, I was wondering just how he might have contracted that pesky hepatitis...

couchseattle.com said...

so the guy decided he liked how he felt in a french museum and wanted to feel like that at home. props for the dedication it takes to pull this look off.

RP30 said...

Better than having a terrible vice. I don't like it as much as the next but his passion is something to applaud. It's hard to finish painting a 15x15 room sometimes and this guy has taken on a 14 year project..whew.

Anonymous said...

The Texans go one of two ways. They either embrace their Texas-ness whole hog, or they completely submerge themselves in some fantasy that is the exact opposite of Texas--French palaces and whatnot.

KatinkaPinka said...

i stayed at an apartment in NY once that looked INCREDIBLY SIMILAR to this guy's house...with the exception that everything was not really gilt or anything remotely luxurious. it was all plastic and had stickers that said made in china. at least this guy is keepin' it real, so to speak.

this is how we roll in texas, okay?

David said...

Amy wins for "The Jocelyn Wildenstein of houses."

matt said...

wow the hepatitis b diagnosis was really a blessing in disguise i guess. i always love when someone can work the 10 commandments in as decorative art. but honestly on some level i am a little awed. the operative word being little - but still awed nonetheless.

Pieter said...

I was on this guys side till his last statement about abstract (I assume modern) art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, “I am a huge threat because what I have done renders everything they have junk,”...A true artist appreciates all artistic movements and can be inspired by it. Frank Stella can have as much impact as Raphael...this dude is whacked out on paint thinners.

Gypmar said...

Hmm...I feel like the home decor is only incidental. This fella would be expressing his Big Idea in some other crazy way if he needed to, but using his home was the most effective way to do it.

I love the bird.

alis said...

Okay, it's over the top. The guy has an obsession with baroque and is obviously having a good time. He probably dreams to live in Versailles one day. What wonders me is there isn't an empty inch inside the house, why didn't he decorate the exterior and left it red brick? If I were him(thank God I'm not) I'd make sure the outside looks like a palace or something.

A-M said...

Yuk!

Anonymous said...

sooo beyond comment!!

Erik said...

Think I'm going to have nightmares about this place. It gives tacky a whole new meaning!!

Anonymous said...

Obviously they have too much money and too much time on their hands.

lecaro said...

I always think it's funny how whackjobs blame their god for everything, whether it's burning people at the stake for disagreeing with them or hot glue-gunning fake crystals to a plastic bird.

Anonymous said...

Hey Newark...this months Veranda Donna Brown, Last months Veranda Renee Abbott, House Beautiful last month Ginger Barber All Houston based designer ...shall I keep it up? I can keep going if you like

Kwana said...

I so want to go over for a visit. They must be crazy entertainers. My favorite shot is the one you don't see of the shock of peoples faces as they take a step from the unassuming outside to that wild inside. Wham! Pow!

Anonymous said...

Hey Houston,

You said "greatest," not "most."

Tara.Fields said...

I hope he goes all the way with it and rents out headsets with audio tours.

Anonymous said...

I think he feels terribly guilty about the hep, and also extremely grateful to his wife for staying with him.

Interesting way to express it.

I bet there's a novel of material in the backstory.

Anonymous said...

I HAVE NOTICED TEXAS DOES HAVE ALOT OF TALENT NOT JUST IN HOUSTON....JAN SHOWERS FOR ONE

Anonymous said...

Are you going to tell us who lives there?

My first guess is the Pope. I was trying to see if I could spy the popemobile out of one of the windows but no luck.

My second guess is Ivana Trump.

Sacheverelle said...

So much money, so little taste.

Zenzele said...

Yikes.

penelope Bianchi said...

I read this whole article.........it sent shivers through my spine,

The money spent on this charade just boggles my mind! I guess chalk it up to "private property rights!"

It will take a long time to erase these horrific images from my photographic memory! There are times that the photographic memory is a handicap!

Any ideas on how to do "delete"?

Penelope

ps what bird was crooked? I couldn't look at it long ....at all.......

Mike and McGee said...

Haven't read all of the comments yet, but the guy's remarks about God make me laugh. Nothing says "sacred" and "holy" like 48,000+ cubic zirconia stones on the wall, right?

Hoechstetter Interiors said...

Good lord.

Or, as my instructors in design school used to say, "Just because it *can* be done, doesn't mean it *should* be done.

Wendy

Still Life Mercantile said...

Oh lordy, I saw that in the NYTimes. I can admire the dedication, but it borders on crazy-pants in my estimation.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Pieter, whatever happened to aesthetic judgment? There are lots of great artists who completely dismiss some movements.

Anonymous said...

America's Deadweights Speak: Art is Tacky! Negativity is Applauded!

I'm French and I Lurve this house. It's so middle American. It's so Tacky. I love it. I love that Americans are so tacky.

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