Beautiful Homes of Instagram became one of Home Bunch’s most popular (and pinned) series almost the moment it was launched and I believe one of the main reasons is that we, you and I, can read and learn about a new homeowner each week. Most of these people are not interior designers but they have plenty of talent, knowledge and they are not afraid to decorate their home following their own style. Seeing a different home and getting to know a new homeowner is what keeps this series fresh and interesting week after week.
I started following Mel from @whistiques, on instagram the moment I saw how she meticulously embraces her own personality in every space of her home. There’s not a space that lacks style or beauty, and the attention to detail is evident in every room of her beautiful home.
To say that I am honored to have Mel here with us is an understatement and I hope you feel as happy as I am to have yet another talented homeowner opening the door for us all to come in! Thank you, Mel!
My name is Mel and I am behind IG account, Whistiques. I am very honored to be included in the Home Bunch IG series, ‘Beautiful Homes of Instagram’ as I am a huge fan of Luciane and her incredible social media platform. Home Bunch is the perfect source for gorgeous homes in such a variety of styles. I enjoy learning about the owners and their design influences. The attention to extra details such as paint and product/material sources are a huge resource for me.
I am a married mother of three teenagers. My former career was in public relations and corporate fundraising, but I am currently a stay-at-home mom.
I have lived all over the United States, initially in the East Coast where many relatives still reside and I’ve spent many summers. We have embraced opportunities to relocate through my husband’s career and have lived in Austin, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, and currently, Dallas. We have had six homes along the way. Some homes required renovations, others were new builds. As we have moved every few years, we have developed an interest in design, landscaping and decor. We enjoy (for the most part) the process and challenge of creating a comfortable inviting home for our family and friends as well as a home that will be marketable when it’s time to move.
Living in different parts of the United States as well as our travels in Europe and Australia have influenced my taste over the years. Some very talented friends with design backgrounds and social media creatives have also influenced my style. Currently, my style would best be described as transitional, classic and chic. My palette is neutral, but I like to incorporate pops of color. I love the contrast of light/dark and am a huge fan of black/white & stripes. I also love adding a bit of fashion and pop art to decor. I have found some amazing artists through IG and have included some of their art in my home.
We currently live in a suburb between Dallas and Forth worth. We enjoy the unique culture of both cities. Our current home was a new build in a relatively new neighborhood. The homes were built by a variety of custom home builders, creating a unique look to each home.
This home was a spec home by Toll Brothers. It was already half-finished when we came in, but we could include some of our own choices and finishes.
The landscaping and pool was designed by my husband in conjunction with local landscaping companies and a pool company. My husband and I have become a good team: My interest and knowledge is with interiors and his is exteriors. In fact, my husband purchased three of our previous homes sight-unseen by me (but with my approval) because we are familiar with each other’s wish lists and must-haves. In some cases, we are also on a time crunch with a relocation, so the decision must be made quickly. Each of our homes’ exteriors and interiors have been quite different and our tastes and styles have changed over the years. But our goal is always to create a comfortable space with a pleasing aesthetic. We welcome you to our Dallas home and hope you enjoy the tour!
Mel’s home is breathtaking! I love the classic architectural details.
Front door: Elegante Iron
Brick: Boral – Copper Canyon
Stone: Leuders Chopped
You can’t never get bored at Mel’s home. She is always changing the decor and making it interesting. I also love that hardwood flooring!
Flooring: nail-down narrow handscraped hardwood scraped against grain; Chocolate Mocha.
Large green vase: Ross
Palm branches: Michaels
Settee is from Overstock.
Black frame mirror: Tuesday Morning
Black suede pillow: Ralph Lauren
Zebra pillows: Pottery Barn
Fur pillows: Homegoods
Most of interior including main floor (kitchen, living, foyer, master) is Benjamin Moore Maritime White. I love this color because it flows so well from room to room and it’s an off white that works so well with my (vintage velvet sand) sofas from Restoration Hardware.
Coffee tables (2) pushed together: IKEA
This homeowner knows how to decorate her coffee table like no one else!
Ceramic zebra tray: Tuesday Morning
Fireplace: Chopped Leuders (stone).
Cedar mantel & corbels: Stain espresso
Dual pitchers & dried foliage: Homegoods
Large art: Homegoods
Large Mirror: Homegoods
Floor lamps: Homegoods
Sofa table: Pottery Barn
Fiddle leaf fig tree: Pottery Barn
Pot: Tuesday Morning
Framed art: Anthropologie
Black side tables: Homegoods
Window bench: Overstock
Pillows: Elements by Erin Gates (green)
Stuck on Hue (leopard)
Ralph Lauren (b&w)
Dog statues: At Home (thanks @thriftyniftynest)
Decorative box: Homegoods
Chanel tray is by @adailydoseoffab.
Antique dresser: antique shop, Fredricksburg, TX
Paris oil: (Paris street art)
Large art: Homegoods
Lamp: Lee Lighting
Rhino: Tuesday Morning
COCO lamp: Sophie Glow Vanity
Chanel bag (vintage)
Flowers: Trader Joe’s
That gorgeous black and white striped rug is from Ikea!
Sofas: Restoration Hardware ~ Belgian Track Arm Sofa; luxe depth 43″ 8ft vintage velvet (sand)
Rustic side table: Restoration Hardware
Wall paint color is Pittsburgh Paints Silver Dollar.
Wool Rug: Overstock
B&W original art: Scissors Drawings
Tiered tray: Homegoods
Drapes: Exclusive Fabrics @ Half Price Drapes
Table: RC Willey
Table Runner: IKEA
Tray: Tuesday Morning
Flowers: Trader Joe’s
Mirrors: Tuesday Morning
David Bowie Print: Gina Julian
Mahogany side table: family heirloom
Mahogany buffet: Antique shop (San Francisco)
Mel’s kitchen feels so spacious and open. The black and white color scheme is also present in this space.
Lighting: Possini Euro Tanz Satin Brass (Lamps Plus)
Wall paint color is Benjamin Moore Maritime White.
Island paint: Pittsburgh Paints Edelweiss.
Perimeter Cabinet stain: Olympic Deep Ebony.
Backsplash: (offset) Emser/Tumbled Mocha
(border) Emser/Trusa Mocha
(straight) Daltile/Stone Radience Amos / caramel trav blend
Pot filler: Kingston Brass Concord Pot Filler (vintage brass)
The counterstools are Christopher Knight (Overstock).
Countertop is White Springs Granite. Isn’t this beautiful?!
Flooring is Travertine.
Island size: 5 X 7.5 ft
Runner: Rugs America (Riviera) from Tuesday Morning.
Cabinet Hardware: Hickory Hardware
Kitchen table: Pottery Barn
Kitchen chairs: Safavieh (Overstock)
The living room feels connected to the dining area, making of this entire space perfect for entertaining.
Mel’s master bath is very spacious and that tub is not only inviting but also romantic! 🙂
Paint color is Benjamin Moore Maritime White.
Floor Tile: Marble Emser Taverna Noce.
Stone: Daltile/Plateau Warm Beige; Daltile/Emperador Dark.
Cabinet paint: Pittsburgh Paints Edelweiss
Cabinet Hardware: Hickory Hardware
Soap Jar: Homegoods
Wall prints/art: Homegoods
I wouldn’t mind if Mel invited me over! Isn’t this guest bedroom gorgeous? Paint color is Pittsburgh Paints Silver Dollar.
Throw Blanket: Gucci
Antique round cream side table: antique shop (Fredericksburg, TX)
Comforter: Downlite Bedding
Duvet & Shams: Homegoods
Pillows: TJ Maxx
This is one of my favorite room in this house! Mel did an amazing job here as well!
White Mudroom Cabinet Paint Color: Pittsburgh Paints Edelweiss.
Galvanized containers: Target
Book bag: Strand Bookstore
Racquet: Dunlop vintage
Purse: Gucci vintage
Built-in Hardware: Lowe’s
Wall paint: Pittsburgh Paints Silver Dollar.
Tile: Daltile/ Plateau BE48 warm beige
Countertop: White Springs Granite
Hand soap: Olivia Blake London
Runner: Tuesday Morning
Wall prints: Homegoods
Cabinets paint: Pittsburgh Paints Edelweiss
Cabinet Hardware: Lowe’s
Laundry Baskets: Homegoods
If you have kids you know how useful a built-in like this can be! The grey accent color is Benjamin Moore Stone.
Cabinet Paint: Pittsburgh Paints, Edelweiss
Pillows: Hobby Lobby
Clock and print: Homegoods
Lighting: Circa Lighting
Mel’s home is beautiful inside and out! This backyard is perfect at any time of the year!
Mug: Anthropologie (gift from @thedecordiet)
Teak Chair: Glouster
Teak table: Glouster
Pool/spa: Claffey Pools.
Large trees: Italian Cypress
You can’t help but smile with this, right? Too cute! 🙂
B&W striped pillows & cushion Sunbrella (Home Depot)
This huge backyard is great for everyone in the family, including her kids.
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