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Sarah Greenman: Did you work with a designer while creating your home?
Mallory Mansour Dubuclet: I hired an interior designer, Virginia Krejci, for a few hours to help me with some things I didn't understand, like how to create a fireplace.
Paint: Pool Blue, Sherwin-Williams; fireplace surround tile: Voguebay
SG: Who or what inspires your personal style?
MMD: My aunt, Sharon Meek, was probably the biggest design influence. She likes eclectic, funky art and pairs it with traditional furniture. I also used to be an HGTV junkie and watched a lot of Candice Olsen as I designed the house. Her rooms always feel glamorous but comfortable too.
Dining table: Freed's; dining chairs: Cost Plus World Market; red and aqua pottery: Merrial Mansour, FunkyPots of Louisiana
SG: What a groovy bar space!
MMD: I like to laugh, which is why I adore having fun surprises in the decor for people to find.
Mirror: Sharon Meek
SG: Where are your favorite places to shop for home goods?
MMD: Garage sales, Tuesday Morning, craft shows and festivals with local artists. My mom is a potter and painter, and my aunt is always working on projects as well. They've given me a lot of their pieces for my home, which I prefer to buying new things.
Pottery: Merrial Mansour, FunkyPots of Louisiana
SG: What is the weirdest thing about your house?
MMD: My powder room. It's the one room in the house where everyone goes, and it is filling up with memories of my kids in the form of their photos and artwork, fortune cookie predictions and inspirational quotes.
Wallpaper: Frames, Graham & Brown
SG: What is your latest splurge?
MMD: After months of sleeping on a mattress on the floor, I finally got a king-sized bed. It feels wonderful, and there is plenty of room for the boys and me to snuggle up, watch movies and have tickle fights.
Bed: The Room Store; bedding: Bed Bath & Beyond, wall paint: Gray Clouds, Sherwin-Williams
MMD: I love having a two-cup coffee maker in my master bath. I can just roll out of bed and start brewing without having to drag my sleepy body down to the kitchen. It's the little things!
Countertops: Bianco Rhino marble
A built-in office rests at the top of the stairs and shares space with the family room. "I just can't seem to get rid of my organized piles of clutter," Dubuclet says.
The family room houses an assortment of toys, games and entertainment for Dubuclet's three sons. It also serves double duty for child care during Dubuclet's Positively Fit Lake Highlands exercise classes.
A Jack and Jill–style bathroom connects the boys' rooms.
SG: Where is your favorite spot in the house?
MMD: My personal training studio, a converted three-car garage. I started my business and converted the room from your basic cluttered and dirty garage into a warm, inviting space which fills me with joy.
SG: What was your most recent update to the house?
MMD: I converted my dining room into a personal training space. I was sad to see my beautiful dining room go, but the reality is that I've used it only once or twice and I could use the indoor space for training individuals and small groups.
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