I added a new design blog to my blogroll this week, Joni Webb's brilliant Cote de Texas. Her tag line reads: French design on the Texas coast. Yes, it does exist! She has tremendous energy and spirit and her writing style is comfortable and approachable. Her sense of humor is evident from the name of her blog all through her every woman's approach to interior design. She certainly loves nice things, but manages to keep her wits about her and she still manages to have a couple of laughs along the way. Bravo!
Her blog's name, Cote de Texas, has had me thinking about the Côtes du Rhône all week. The Côtes du Rhône is the region of France that runs the length of the Rhône river, from Vienne to Avignon. It's not exactly the first thing that pops into my head when I think of coastal Texas, and I love the fact that Ms. Webb is crashing together these seemingly discordant worlds. It reminds me of my friend Kevin's insistence that my beloved St. Pete is the Monaco of the Gulf Coast, the Florence of Florida. Why not?
Cote de Texas features some fantastic dissections of well-designed rooms as well as a fair number of Joni's successful projects, including her own home. If you're looking for some great ideas and some crisp writing, head over there today and say bonjour. If my recommendation's not good enough, know this: Cote de Texas was named one of the top ten blogs of 2008 by none other than the Washington Post. We keep some good company around here, I'll say that.