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Bungalow A texas guide to urban living winter 2014 | Vol .1 Issue 4

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98. Style 13

Trends: Purple Reign


Trends: Animal Instinct


Shopping: Uptown and Galleria in Houston



Street Style: We caught up with four fashion industry Dallasites that are redefining style.

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Wall Pop: Our How-To Guide for creating eye-catching statements walls. My Favorite Room: Eddie and


Angelee Fortuna’s Dallas loft. Trends: Fine Art Photography



Source 51

Confessions of a Former Flipper: Expect the unexpected in an older home.


Trends: Wallpaper

Features 60

Natural Selection: Meredith Pardue’s Austin Condo


No Place LIke Home: David Pratt’s Dallas Bungalow


Simply Vintage: Erin Williamson’s Austin Tudor

Gardens 119

Trends: Winter Warmth

Last Look 120

The Final Image: Patio Perfect





*Editors’ Letter

These are my confessions. “One day, I may or may not admit that I could possibly have hoarding tendencies.”

This summer, while on a trip to Santa Barbara, I actually heard myself say, “One day, I may or may not admit that I could possibly have hoarding tendencies.” In this case, I was referring to fabric, furniture, and, most recently, light fixtures, as I discussed with my girlfriends how much time would be spent shopping for home decor. Replaying my statement back to myself, I realized that I might have a problem. Hello. My name is Lesley, and I am a project starter. It just so happens that I am also a project abandoner. I love finding a fabulous vintage piece that needs a little love or a few scrap yards of designer fabric that would make the perfect throw pillows. I return home with unmatched enthusiasm to complete projects. Then life happens. Light fixtures find a room but don’t get hung, furniture finds fabric but doesn’t get reupholstered. Before one project is complete, I’m on to the next idea, project or passion. With that said, here are my New Year’s resolutions: 1. I resolve to drop off all items that need new upholstery or a slipcover, including the parson chairs with the fabric washed and ready for drop-off. 2. I resolve to complete my light plan and hang all light fixtures. 3. I resolve to frame and organize all personal artwork. 4. I resolve to make a new list when this one is complete. How about you? What are your resolutions for the New Year? Warmly,

Lesley Busby Weaver




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Our Talent.

Adam Fortner

Adam Fortner is a stylist based in Austin. After a career in the magazine industry, he combined his love of architecture, objects, and photography into a new vocation. Several years and hundreds of beautiful photos later, he thinks he might be on to something.



Tolly Moseley

Tolly Moseley is a writer and reporter based in Austin, Texas. She is the author of the forthcoming The HUNT: Austin (Spring 2014), an aspiring home cook and possessor of a black thumb. Her work has appeared in Salon, Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine, the Austin AmericanStatesman and on her parents’ refrigerator.

Christi Minter

Christi Minter weaves her background in design and photography with a communication and marketing degree to turn personal stories and concepts into powerful visuals that her clients can proudly call their own. Christi thrives on seeing the world through a different set of lenses as she collaborates with people and organizations, chronicling their stories into a unique brand.


Aubry Roach is a fashion and art photographer/makeup artist in the Dallas area. Picking up a camera and makeup brushes as young as 11 years old, Aubry has a distinct vision and passion for what he does. With a strong belief that art has no limitations, Aubry’s work stays fresh and eye-catching. His photography can be found in various magazines and Internet publications. To keep up with him or view his full portfolio, visit www.


The photography bug captured Chris Plavidal’s imagination early in life as he constructed and launched a model rocket with a small camera tucked into the nose cone. From the moment he saw the first print, he was hooked. Chris says, “It was one of those amazing moments of clarity. There was something magical about seeing the rooftops from hundreds of feet up in the air. I was enthralled - I had done that! I wanted to do more.” Chris lives in Fort Worth with his wife Penny and their three awesome kids. He has worked for Texas Monthly, New York Times Magazine, D Magazine, Virtuoso Life, FDLuxe and many other clients. He is a graduate of Texas Christian University.


Ann Lowe is an interior decorator and stylist who strives to bring beauty and function to each space. After studying studio art in Santa Barbara, California, she pursued her creative career in Austin, TX. She began with a boutique catering business and soon realized she was more interested in the styling of the party than the cooking itself. She launched Ann Lowe Design in 2010 and has had the great pleasure of designing restaurants, ranch houses, bungalows, and intimate gatherings.

Buff Strickland Rhonda Reinhart

When it comes to home design, Dallas writer and editor Rhonda Reinhart thinks there is no sweeter word than “custom.” However, if she cannot have custom, she is also happy with vintage and one-of-a-kind. That is why she spends most weekends scouring estate sales for treasures to fill her East Dallas condominium. Two favorite finds include an antique chest repurposed as a bar cabinet and a piece of 1970s yarn art that is so kitschy it is cool.

Buff Strickland is a native Texan who put down roots in New York and returned to Texas again. Her photography captures the intimacy of life’s moments. She draws inspiration from a variety of subjects she is asked to shoot; children, interiors, food and travels. When she is away from the camera, Buff races to keep up with her four year old son George and explores her newly adopted hometown of Austin. She recently wrapped up a seasonal entertaining book for Camille Styles due out in the Fall.


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1. a distinctive manner of expression. 2. an elegant, fashionable or luxurious mode of living.




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Purple Reign

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(Clockwise from far left) 1. Jules Frame Sunglasses, $95 a pair (without Rx) at 2. Cross-body Bag in embossed python, $180 at 3. Love Suede Pillow by Masion de Vacances, $175 at Calypso St. Barth in Austin, Dallas, Houston and The Woodlands or calypsostbarth. com. 4. KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer, $349.95 at 5. Henry 28MM Watch, $250 at 6. James Turrell: A Retrospective, $75 MFA Houston. 7. Tufted Ottoman by Threshold ™, $69.99 at 8. Tectonic Stripe Pillow, $68 at


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Animal Instinct


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All: Courtesy of vendors

1. Reality Form Bank in champaign chrome, $225 at Speranza Design Gallery in Plano 2. Superordinate Antler Pendant 12x, $6,100-$8,400 at Design Within Reach in Austin, Dallas and Houston or 3. Animal Ceramic Plate, $38 at 3. Wise Monkey Candelabra by Seletti, $285 at the Nest in Dallas. 3. Sending Animals Goose Storage, $1325 or pig storage $2250 at Found in Houston 6. Pegas Side Table by Noir, $629 at High Fashion in Houston 7. Black Sheep, $650 at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams in Dallas and Houston or 8. Scalamandre: Haute DĂŠcor by Steven Stolman, $75 at 9. Nymphenburg porcelain lying stage, $1890 at Grange Hall in Dallas 10. Rabbit Lamp by Moooi, $531 at LIGHT in Houston 11. Metallic Cowhide Rug, $2,995 at Calypso St. Barth in Austin, Dallas, Houston and The Woodlands or

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Uptown and Galleria We hit the buzzing streets of the Uptown—Galleria area to see the latest in home design and accessories. B y L e s l e y B u s by W e av e r

Photography by Christi Minter

Uptown Baker

Longoria Collection Longoria Collection

Traditional, transitional and contemporary, Baker fine furniture design comes in all styles. Collaborating with designers such as Barbara Barry, Tony Duquette and Michael S. Smith, along with their own designs, they showcase everything from Chippendale chairs to coral lamps. The beautiful vignettes, chair wall and pillow shelves make it easy to navigate and pleasant to shop. Consider the lexicon butler’s table added to our must-have list. The deep ebony wood with brass accents a timeless quality to a versatile, forever piece. 1111 Uptown Park Blvd.; 713627-3235;

Longoria Collection

Luxurious and relaxing. Longoria Collection has a range of fine linens to back it up; including names like Yves Delorme, Peacock Alley and Sferra. Follow the path around the corner to the apothecary wall stocked with Cire Trudon candles, Molten Brown soaps and Musco, a valiant effort to bring the soap-on-a-rope back. Towels, robes and an expanding furniture section round out the back of the store along with rugs from Pine Cone Hill. Before you exit stop and admire the silver selections and ceramic trays or pick out a coffee table book like Glamorous Retreats by Jan Showers. 1101 Uptown Park Blvd. No.2; 713621-4241;

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Longoria Collection

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Peluche Decor

Bold and sophisticated. Peluche decor is not afraid to mix tribal influences with bright colors and luxe decor - why not, when the result is flawless? Stocked with garden stools, juju hats, bakuba textiles, lucite, woven baskets, silver, glasses, throws, jewelry and much more Peluce is a destination for inspiration, gifts, finishing touches and conversation pieces. It is a truly a place where many can be inspired to create the same vibe at home. 1101 Uptown Park Blvd. No. 2; 713-552-1100;

Roche Bobois

Step inside Roche Bobois and bask in the vision of the iconic Mah Jong modular sofa designed by Hans Hopfer and upholstered in Missoni Home fabrics. Roche Bobois is uniquely French contemporary furniture mixed with touches of French classic design and strokes of bold patterns. The Nouveaux Classic collection includes Louis XV armchairs, and whimsy with a multi-teapot light fixture. Our favorite of the Les Contemporains collection is the Astrolab dining table. This artful glass top table features two motorized extension leaves operated by a see-through mechanical gear system that will surely spark cheerful conversation at a gathering of friends. Roche Bobois’ modern furniture embraces quirky sophistication ‌ just

Peluche Decor

Roche Bobois



RochE Bobois

checkout the glasses with chicken feet. 4810 San RochE Bobois

Felipe St.; 713-629-0442;

Post Oak and San Felipe

Peluche: Brooke Schwab

The Arrangement

On any given day you may find 10ft windmills, bar tops made from barrels and stable doors outside of this large western influenced space. The Arrangement is a high-end store offering custom design, high quality leather, beautiful wood pieces and more nail heads than one can imagine. The opportunities to mix rustic dining tables, zebra rugs and longhorns with traditional pieces are endless. Perfect for someone dreaming of an eclectic mix of rustic pieces or touches western influence. 1721 Post Oak Blvd; 713-627-9009;


secretaries, transitional consoles, traditional sofas and perhaps a landscape-painted coffee table to make a statement. Among the lines carried, you will find Hickory Chair, Ralph Lauren Home and Trosby of England. Meandering through this shop transports you to a personal design center where your dream of refined rooms and sophisticated spaces comes alive. 1751 Post Oak Blvd.; 713-5267332;

Town and Country Leather

Town and Country Leather, the name says it all, finds in rustic brown or contemporary white showcase brands like Bernhardt and Natuzzi. Sophisticated Texas touches like the longhorns or the mounted silver deer head sports a medal perfect for a trophy room. Make your way to the back lounge for a wide selection of media chairs. Warning: man cave required. 1749 Post Oak Blvd.; 713-621-3366;

Madison Lily Rugs

Madison Lily Rugs

Home Source

This is where the east meets the west, distinctive pieces from around the globe, creations by master artisans from India, Indonesia, Central America, China - inspirational styles that set a room apart. Cowhide stools, cross-back chairs and Suwanee covered seating, can be accented with Bali inspired pillows, decorative poufs and union jack accents. The standout designs are handcrafted wooden items like dining tables or, a turquoise buffet. 1750; Post Oak Blvd; 713850-0173;

Meredith O’Donnell

Think you have to wait for your ‘forever home’ to buy fine furniture from your “must-have list” Think again. The truth you should build your collection over time. Meredith O’Donnell is a perfect place to start. Chinoiserie statement chairs,

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Madison Lily Rugs

Madison Lily Rugs successfully creates a brand that marries youth with traditional design and contemporary patterns. This modern transitional style appeals to the visionaries and awakens creativity in those who like to keep it simple. Browse the modern color palettes, a gray and orange combination or a spin on a traditional pattern such as the ivory oushak. Feeling inspired? Think outside the box and create your own custom design. Selecting just a favorite will be a difficult task, so go ahead and plan for two. 1727 Post Oak Blvd.; 713-338-2803;

Madison Lily: Courtesy of vendor

Madison Lily Rugs

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Ethan Allen


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Post Oak and Westheimer Abrahams Oriental Rugs

Oriental kilims, dhurries, Persian, jute, bamboo silk, custom and much more can all be found here. Importers of more than just pieces for the bottom of your feet, Abrahams houses a small selection of Suwani fabric poufs, chairs and Moroccan inspired lighting. Rather than attempt a blind hunt, just ask. Between their three locations, (one includes a larger furniture selection) chances are they can find it for you. 5000 Westheimer Rd.


Ethan Allen

No. 200; 713-963-0980;


New kid on the block, this classic mix of outdoor furniture, tufted statements, rustic tables, boxwoods and customizing options fits right in. The lighting in the space overflowing with chandeliers and white plush furniture against a backdrop of dark walls, forces you to settle in and make yourself at home. A global influence dominates the Arhaus brand. The second floor houses a signature line of reclaimed relics, such as a silk stamp from India. Magnetic warmth defines the spaces and makes it easy to select a style for your own environment. 5000 Westheimer Rd. No. 100; 713850-1722;

The Container Store

Urban living can’t happen without small space solutions. Whether the problem is shelves, packing, hangers, or storage, the answer is the signature elfaŽ closet organizer. From the garage to the attic and every room in between discover answers to problems you never knew you had with industrial mesh baskets, rugby stripe bins or acrylic trays. It is a game changer. 2511 Post Oak Blvd.; 713-9601722;

Ethan Allen

Known as the preppy and traditional furniture destination, Ethan Allen embraces traces of eclectic with bold colors and patterned pieces. Pops of color can be found throughout in yellow piping or a red side-table. Complete with a line of bedding, accessories and customizable fabric options, you can dress the majority of your home here. Ethan Allen does not shy away from the little touches. Take a seat in the monogrammed Martha Washington dining chair or add the sleek lines and vintage feel


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of the Jocelyn serving cart to personalize your own space. This is a place made to build your furniture collection. 5006 Westheimer Rd.;

Ethan Allen


Gallery Furniture

Pulling from it’s sister store, this uptown location of Gallery Furniture possess a youthful appeal from its colorful headboards to its classic wood pieces from the HGTV line of furniture to home theater furniture. Accent your pieces with a few favorites from Lilly Pulitzer and Villa throw pillows. 2411 Post Oak Blvd.; 713694-5700;


Poggenpohl, the oldest kitchen brand in the world, is traditionally untraditional. Consider this Century old modern kitchen style for your space. The studio - situated in a pristine space creates a design that immediately adds drama and speaks with precision, elegance, and sophistication. It encourages space solution void of clutter. Various options in materials are used in the process and can be elevated with techniques such as lacquer or natural woods and glass. At Poggenpohl, the design is the space and not what you add to it. 5002 Westheimer Rd.; 832-528-2620;



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Street Style Meet four fashion industry Dallasites, that are defining style. P h o t o g r a p h y b y H e at h e r H awk i n s N i c k P r e n d e r g a s t b y by A u b r y M c C oy

Lauren Cone Ag e : 3 1 O c c u pat ion : S a l e s a s s i s ta n t

Street Style Favorite store: Nordstrom Favorite thing to wear: I love to wear a soft, vintage tee, skinny jeans and oversized cardigan. A rule for personal style: If something just doesn’t feel like probably isn’t. Also when in doubt, wear something that emphasizes the waist! It’s always slimming.

Style at Home Favorite home store: Vintage and flea market stores found while traveling are my favorite home goods stores. A rule for personal style: I have no rules. My tastes for home decor change with the seasons just like my clothing.

the little Black Book Art: Right now, my son’s creations are my favorite pieces. Fabric Source: I like to bring fabrics home from overseas when we travel.



Lauren: Fabric Finds

Nick Prendergast Ag e: 3 5 O ccupat ion: Fa s hion Pho to g r a ph e r

Street Style Favorite store: Stag, Austin Favorite thing to wear: My wedding ring. A rule for personal style: Wear what you feel good in.

Style at Home Favorite home store: Old Home, Fort Worth Favorite accessory: A deer skull my wife Kara fished out of the river in a canoe trip down the Brazos. Nick: Thailand Nick: Kara

A rule for personal style: I think your home should surround you with a mixture of memories, inspiration and comfort.

the little Black Book Art: Friends Antiques: Estate Sales Florist: Urban Flower/Grange Hall


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Stephanie Quadri Ag e : 3 6 O c c u pat ion : Fa s h ion S t yl i s t a n d W r i t e r

Street Style Favorite store: V.O.D.

Diamond: Evolving Style

Favorite thing to wear: I love my leather jackets and anything leather for that matter preferably dressed down. A rule for personal style: It has to fit well. I have a petite frame and things that aren’t tailored or don’t fit quite right just don’t look good. Tailoring is typically required to some extent.

Style at Home Favorite home store: Nest for knickknacks or vintage finds at Antiques Moderne or Lula B’s. Favorite accessory: My jewelry stand or the piano Design style: I like to mix old with new... for an eclectic blend.

the little Black Book Art: Local photographers & flea markets Antiques: My grandmother’s storage and Ceylon et Cie Florist: Urban Flower/Grange Hall has unique floral arrangements, they are more like a piece of art. Wallpaper resource: I.D. Collection has the best selection. I’m really loving all the geometric prints by Cole & Son.



Stephanie: on location

Diamond Mahone Stephanie: inspired

Diamond: Home

Ag e: 2 6 O ccupat ion: S hop gi rl at TENOV ERSI X a n d bl o gg e r

Street Style Favorite store: Tenoversix, Opening Ceremony, Factory Girl for designer vintage and my mom’s closet. Favorite thing to wear: I love mixing high and low and new. My style changes daily. A rule for personal style: Personal style is exactly what it is—personal. It should be based off of experiences and influences. It should have no barriers.

Style at Home Favorite home store: I love LuLu B’s for great knickknacks. Pan African Connection for imports from Africa. Design style: Eclectic with a touch of contemporary—mixing of patterns and colors for sure. Favorite accessory: An African unity table from Ghana.

the little Black Book Art: My friends are my go-to for art inspiration. All are artists in some way. Antiques: White Elephant Florist: I am my own florist. When I am in a creative mood, I treat myself to some pretty flowers.


nest [nest]


1. a snug retreat or refuge; resting place; home.




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Wall Pop Interior Designer Laura Umansky, shares how to create eye-catching statement walls. Wo r d s b y K r i s t i K r u pa l a

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Home Interiors Photography by Julie Soefer


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ye-catching wallpaper. A standout ceiling. Dynamic walls can pull your home, together and help bring out the “you” in your favorite décor, but how do you go from dull to dynamic? Laura Umansky of Houston design house Laura U Interior Design gave us the skinny on how to make walls pop.



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N e utr a l Neutral papers and complementary walls make a huge impact.

“Wallpaper is making a big comeback, but it’s not your grandmother’s wallpaper,” says Laura. “The tired patterns from yesteryear are being replaced with natural wallcovering, such as grass cloth and wood walls, and amazing, rich patterns with metallic threads and accents.” When considering a special paper for your space, think about where you are now. Are you ready to splurge on your forever home or do you just need a touch of pizazz for your starter space? Wallpaper adds depth and personality to your living space, but it’s also a more expensive option. For your starter home, Laura suggests using paper sparingly— think accent walls and ceilings in high-traffic areas to get the most bang for your buck. Also, stick with neutral patterns. Too much “personality” can deter buyers when you’re ready to sell (your potential buyers may not have your superb taste). When it comes to your forever home, “anywhere and everywhere!” says Laura. “If you have a larger budget, go for it!” And go as bold as you dare. A nice neutral throughout, combined with complementary accent walls and ceilings can make a huge impact in your home. Once you decide paper is for you, Laura says, “working with a designer to help you envision the ideas in your head really is important.” An experienced designer will have worked with several professional wallcovering installers and should be able to give you many options. He or she will also be able to properly measure your space, ensuring there is plenty of your paper readily available for the project.

Paper Picks: Designers • Gracie • Phillip Jeffries • Maya Romanoff Office Space: For your forever home, use wallpaper that reflects your personality. Bedroom:

Accent walls are perfect spots for crazy patterns, stripes, murals, or other paint treatments.


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Paint “If you are on a budget but still want to make a big impact, experiment with paint,” says Laura. “You can make a statement!” Selecting a bold color is great, but it’s best used as accent, says Laura. A good rule of thumb: Be conservative with color but liberal with texture. A little paint can camouflage a lot of sins, says Laura. If you have little natural light in your home, select a warm white to bring in some added warmth. If you have plenty of sunlight streaming in through windows, deeper hues can add some good contrast. And, if it’s high ceilings you’re battling, light colors or a nice wood stain are always best, as there is so much space to fill. Take a leap of faith with paint! So what if you don’t like it in a month? You can always change it. But before you go all in, be sure to sample your colors on a large space and view your sample hue in the morning, noon, and night. Some colors can appear drastically different in different light.

Palette Picks: Neutrals


Anew Gray Sherwin Williams


Snowbound Sherwin Williams

Sitting Room: Show your in-


China White Benjamin Moore



dividuality, accent a door with a bold paint choice. Laura U Studio: Laura U uses a pop of peach in her new studio space to create visual impact.

Warm t h Deep hues add contrast in rooms flooded with sunlight.

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Coming Soon Studio U

Laura takes her amazing eye for turnkey home design to a smaller scale with her newest concept: Studio U. Coming in March, Studio U will be housed alongside Laura U Interior Design and will provide customers with the opportunity to speak with experienced design professionals about their desired home styling options. It will also provide custom design packages and options for custom small-scale projects. Studio U: Laura Umansky stands in the recently converted retail space, now Studio U.


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Lofty Ambition Eddie and Angelee Fortuna’s, love for fashion and design is reflected in their Dallas loft. Wo r d s L e s l e y B u s by W e av e r P h o t o g r a p h y H e at h e r H awk i n s


allas architect Eddie Fortuna and wife Angelee, an account executive for a wholesaler, use style to navigate and inspire their lives, then they post it all on their blog, HIS+HER ( A love for historical architecture and a desire for urban living led them to their loft in downtown Dallas. “My desire [to live in a loft] derives from growing up in such a small town,” says Angelee. “As a little girl, I always wanted to live in the city.” Their style is not the same; Angelee is drawn to modern

design, while Eddie seeks function-driven form pieces. Compromise has led to the cohesive feel of the open space. “We don’t lean on anything overtly ‘masculine’ or ‘feminine’,” Eddie says. Items at the heart of the space, can be found in their bedroom and dressing-dining space including a headboard and dining table design and built by Eddie and his father, a painting by Eddie’s brother Joshua, and a photo of Angelee’s late mother. Although storage and square footage are obstacles in the space, developing creative solutions seems to be a welcomed challenge for this inventive couple.


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His + Her would love to add the Eames速 lounge and ottoman to their loft

Eames速 Lounge and Ottoman by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller速 $4,499 - $5,999 at Design Within Reach Studios,

Meet The Fortunas Steal Their Style

What do you love about your loft? Angelee: Our large windows. Also, living in such close

quarters has really brought us closer as a couple. What do you love about your bedroom?

Eddie: It feels warm and intimate while remaining consistent

Lappljung Ruta rug $69.99 at Ikea in Dallas, Houston and Round Rock.

with the aesthetic of the rest of our loft.

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Alex $79.99 at Ikea in Dallas, Houston and Round Rock.

Brimes bed frame, $199 at Ikea in Dallas, Houston and Round Rock.

What would you like to add to your space? Eddie: A mid-century bar cart Angelee: A kitchen island Together: An Eames lounger

Tobias chairs $79 at Ikea in Dallas, Houston and Round Rock.


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Gallery Wall Add these emerging artists (Texans, too!) and legendary fine art photographers to your personal collection.

Gary Faye | After Dark, 41" x 31" with frame and 30" x 20" without, $2750 at Smink in Dallas (larger sizes available)

Drew Doggett | Wind Blown, from Discovering the Horses of Sable Island collection, ranges from 18”x 24” to 38”x 57” (framed options available). $1,000 -$5,000 at Blue Print in Dallas and Internum in Houston


Leila Jeffreys | Terry, 31.5” x 40”, $2500 at Jonathan Adler in Houston or

Randal Ford | Wagoneer Road Trip, 16” X 16” $450 at



All: Courtesy of vendors

Frame and mat your photographs in white for a gallery look. It is timeless.

Slim Aarons | Verbier Vacation, 36” x 36”, $1395 at Jonathan Adler in Houston or

Randal Ford | Gulf Coast Pelican, 16” X 20” $500 at

Gray Malin | Lisbon Costa da Caparica Far Out, 11” x 17” framed, $250 at Biscuit in Houston

Allison V. Smith | Hermanos Vasquez, June 2011. Chromogenic color photograph, ed. 1/3, 40” x 40”, $4,050 at the Barry Whistler Gallery in Dallas


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1. to restore to good condition; make new or as if new again; repair. 2. to reinvigorate; refresh; revive.




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Confessions of a Former Flipper Real estate agent, home rehabber and author, Curtis Warden, tells us how to expect the unexpected in an older home. seven years ago, Curtis Warden had a mildly obsessive fascination for “house flipping” reality television. Yes, he could have been anyone of us. But rather than being content on the couch like you and I, Warden decided to get in on the flip. He became a real estate agent and did his fair share of Houston housing homework before dipping into the Houston market—first with rental properties, then with renovations and his first house flip. One grew to two. Two grew to a booming business and a book. Today, Warden focuses his real estate energy on transforming charming bungalows in the BrookeSmith neighborhood of the Houston Heights. “I preserve what is old and make it new,” Warden says. “It is more expensive, but it allows for creativity and more heart.” Heart isn’t hard to find in this much-beloved, eclectic neighborhood with tree-lined streets, jogging trails, and 15-minute commutes to downtown. For those who love the city, it is a very

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Home Rehabber: Co-founder of Restoration Bungalow in the Houston Height, Warden offers his services as a designer, consulant and contractor.


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easy decision to buy one of the neighborhood’s historic homes. After all, they come equipped with built-in charm. “You just need to add your own personality,” says Warden. That said, an eighty year old home is going to need a little love, and Warden adds, “It is not a matter of if, but when to update.”

Before You Buy “Do your research before you buy,” says Warden. It is very common for buyers to walk into a well-staged home and feel like they don’t have to do anything but maybe add a coat of paint. But, get to know the history of the structure. Review the results of inspections beyond basic maintenance. Make sure the smoke and mirrors of a market-ready house aren’t misleading you. Also, realize that some quirks are common for the older home: stress fractures, expansion and shrinking of doors, standard 1950s two-pronged outlets, or even a lack of gutters are all common quirks. Don’t sweat the small stuff and instead, zero in on the most common and crucial updates—electrical wiring, heating, ventilation and air condition systems (HVAC), plumbing and the foundation. Next, focus on the “others” like windows, faucet gaskets (which should be replaced every 5 to 7 years), toilet seats, and light-fixtures. As Warden says, “Painting—the cheapest and easiest to fix, but don’t wait—its only paint.” Most importantly, know what you’re getting into before you take the plunge on a home purchase. Use your phone to record the update requirements during your walk-through with a home inspector, and use it later when consulting a contractor. Once you’ve signed on the dotted line, Wardens says finding and hiring a contractor often is the most unnerving challenge. His advice is to use the contractual agreement as a tool to clarify exactly what you want and exactly what the contractor will provide. Don’t just sign a standard



agreement by the contractor. Be clear and specific about your requirements. Use resources such Pinterest, and floor plan creators to come up with ideas. Print them out and use them as references. Sign each image or layout, have your contractor do the same, and add it to the contract. In a climate where the warranty on work only lasts until the last payment is made, make sure you are working with a reputable company that will do the job correctly. And finally, use the government to help with the process. “In Houston, as in most cities, obtaining a permit ensures the work will be done correctly,” Warden says. Warden, who splits his time between real estate agent and home rehabber, notes “I don’t build for the masses, I build what I would want. Every home has a story, and it is up to the owner to create the ending.” Spoken like a true artist.

Rehab: Restoration Bungalow’s new home in the Houston Heights.

Where To Start

B on e s New columns were fashioned after the homes original structure.

Bungalow brakes down the most important updates.

Electrical: Aluminum wiring has been used since the early 1900s and, for a period of time, was used to wire homes. Because of safety hazards, it needs to be updated to copper wires.

Foundation: Foundation issues and how to address them vary from home to home, but in Houston, stress fractures are common and so is the advice to “water your home,� with the goal of keeping the moisture content of the soil under your home constant so there will be less seasonal swelling and shrinking.


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Spend the extra money to have a person check the foundation before buying your home.

Ducts/HVAC: Older homes

Pipes: Pipes do have a lifespan.

are known for being drafty and

Some last longer than others, but it

can easily become a comfort-

is best to have a licensed plumber

able environment by updating the

inspect your pipes before you pur-

HVAC system. It not only creates

chase. When the time does come to

comfortable temperatures, it also

make the change, PVC is better than

addresses ventilation and the

galvanized pipe, but PEX tubing is

quality of the air in your home.

the best.




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graphic nature Modern and classic papers for all that bloom, hunt and gather.

1. Harem Tulips in Green $85 at 2. Cirrus Clounds in Plume To the trade only. 3. Mr Blow, $85 per linear yard at 4. Cheetah in aqua. For Texas retailers visit 5. Sinhala Sidewell in Jewel. To the trade only. 6. Small Gold Leaf on Mars, ÂŁ65 ($107) per roll at 7. Strelitza by Kerrie Brown, $54 ($60 Australian dollar) per meter (.914 meters in a yard) at 8. (next page) Azweema, $95 per roll. For Texas retailers visit


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neutral impact You don’t need color to make a statment.

1. Juju in black and gold, $150 per roll at 2. Triangles in charcoal and gold by Lisa Congdon, $125 per roll at 3. Akimbo 2 in greyscale by Eskayel, $275 per roll at 4. Queen of Spain, to the trade only. 5. Tanzania. For Texas retailers visit 6. South Sea $48 per roll. For Texas retailers visit 7. Contemporary Restyled Lily in 95/4020 by Cole & Sons, $176 per roll. To the trade only. 8. (next page) Indian Summer in brush and indigo, $165 per roll at



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home home [hohm]


1. a house, apartment, or other shelter that is the usual residence of a person, family, or household. 2. the place in which one’s domestic affections are centered.


natural Selection Earthly Delights and Artist Originals Find a Home in Meredith Pardue’s Austin Condo Wo r d s b y To l ly M o s e l e y P h o t o g r a p h y b y B u f f S t r i ck l a n d S t y l e d b y A n n Low e


“I’m a very sensitive person,” says artist Meredith Pardue. “I’m sensitive to sights, bright colors, smells, noises, textures. So I’ve found that having a soft, pale palette where the colors are in a small range of nature soothes me.” “Soothes” is one way to put it. But for newcomers in Meredith’s Austin condominium, stronger verbs may come to mind: “enchants,” maybe, or “strikes with unbearable envy” if we’re really being honest. The home, built in 2001 in Austin’s hilly Westlake area, takes cues from Meredith’s artwork — paintings that favor pops of color laid over spacious, breathable backgrounds. A largescale piece in the dining room reflects an abundance of negative space and echoes the airy nature of its surroundings. “If I’ve got a chance to feel like I’m living in a cloud, I’m going to go with that,” Meredith says as she gestures to tall, ceiling-high windows in her living room that flood the bottom floor with light — one of the features she says attracted her to this home in 2010. A study in neutrals, the condo’s open floor plan receives the sun with creams, wood and black, which act together as a canvas for

Meredith’s passion: original art. As soon as you walk into the foyer, a fabulous piece of taxidermy immediately greets you — a Marcus Kenney original — of a deer festooned with necklace beading, plastic colored safety pins, and a Sally Field-esque wig. Marcus, a longtime friend of Pardue, said, “It’s a cross between me and my old cocker spaniel,” Meredith laughs. The deer is just one of many striking pieces that lines the walls

Living Room: “I inherited this from my grandmother” Meredith Pardue says of her early 1950's Henredon sectional. “She used it in her formal living room, so my family shares decades of warm memories sitting on that sofa.” Pardue reupholstered it in an ivory velvet from Sunbrella. The wooden side table is from Target, cowhide rug from Jean-Marc Fray Antiques in Austin. The lucite side table and glasstop coffee table are CB2. Pardue commissioned Florida artist Carol Woodland to create the driftwood lamp. The barcelona chairs are from Austin natives, Four Hands Furniture.

of this home, many of which suggest a connection to nature: a mounted tousle of Spanish moss here*, a framed pinhole shot of flowers there.* They form a larger collage of the natural world inside this two-story abode, where coral and rock formations, a tall driftwood lamp, and other remnants of the wild gently rest — all tamed inside Meredith’s domestic serenity. *Artists behind these pieces, respectively: Jenny Ellerbe (Monroe, LA) May Perkins Benton (Jackson, MS).

Den: (next page) Pardue commissioned this deerhead sculpture in 2011. Artist, Marcus Kenney of Savannah, GA, and old friend of Pardues’ (at least twenty years). “I love his two-dimensional work but had always wanted one of his taxidermy wall pieces, so I finally went for it.” Kenny fashioned it after Pardue and her late dog, Libby and titled it LIBERTINIA. “I also call her Regina Grande because she reminds me of some grand tribal queen,” Pardue says.


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Dining Room: The statement of the dining space is the painting by Pardue. The dining table is a 19th century French farm table from Traditions on Trenton in West Monroe, LA., the dining chairs are from Four Hands Furniture in Austin and Pardue found the pair of side chairs in an antique shop in Monroe, LA. “I loved the ecclesiastic feel of them, but the leather was in bad shape.� To modernize them, Pardue reupholstered them in a white vinyl. The chandelier is an estate sale find and the counter stools are Ikea.

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Master Bedroom: The headboard is a custom design in white linen. The bolster is also a custom design by Margaret Ann Lostracco of MALI Design and is paired with a Restoration Hardware white stonewashed linen duvet and a green velvet quilt from Anthropologie. The bed is flanked by side tables from Crate and Barrel and lamps from Stray Dog Designs. Sitting Area: The painting is by artist Demond Matsuo. Pardue saw the piece at an opening reception for her own exhibition in 2009. It spoke to me so strongly that I just bought it on the spot. I love the androgenic grace and power of the figure. It reminds me of a warrior ballerina, as the figure stands so regally in an armed grande arabesque.The bench is a Jackson chaise lounge in ivory leather from Room and Board, and the dresser is from Oly.

Den and wet-bar: Upholstered chairs were purchase and recovered at Again and Again, Dallas. The side-table is a Mecox Gardens and painted white. The deer head

Guest Room:The headboard and side tables are from Crate and Barrel, mirror is by Oly, lamps are Z Gallerie. This guest retreat has a patio for relaxing and a work station with a desk is West Elm and lamp by Nate Berkus.


Entry: The light fixture is Restoration Hardware antler chandelier. Playroom Sitting Area: With the help of Margaret Ann Lostracco at MALI Interiors, Pardue was able to reupholster these antique Spanish Revival chairs in a coral colored patent vinyl, which is virtually indestructible and perfect for a playroom. The table is Ikea. Kids room: A custom design and build, Pardue stained them herself. The sheets are West Elm and the bedding is from Room and Board. Pardue built the marble side table frame (a cabriole leg steel frame) while doing a welding apprenticeship with Randall James Boliba in the summer of 2000. “The marble is from the bank where my dad used to work.” When they demo-ed the old 1920’s bank building downtown, Pardue’s father salvaged the marble scraps.


Kids room:The tangerine canvas headboard is a piece that Pardue purchased at West Elm and reupholstered herself. The bedding is Garnet Hill and the side table and desk are from West Elm. The couch is Ikea and the art is by Joey Slaughter.

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Outdoors: Crate and Barrel outfitted the entire patio and the landscaping is by Big Red Sun of Austin.

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There’s always a project afoot in the Dallas home of David Pratt, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. Wo r d s b y R h o n da R e i n h a r t P h o t o g r a p h y b y C h r i s P l av i da l S t y l e d b y A da m F o r t n e r




Formal living: “This is a hodgepodge of different things I’ve found throughout the years,” David Pratt says of the living room in his 1927 bungalow. Pratt purchased the Jim Bagley painting above the fireplace on a trip to Santa Fe, and the Dale Evans painting is by Dallas artist Steven Shores. The chairs are from Mecox, the sofa is a custom design and the foo dog statues are from China. Grange Hall created the succulent arrangement.


avid Pratt’s work in commercial real estate keeps him on the road 75 percent of the time, traveling to Las Vegas and Shanghai and many points in between. So it’s no surprise that he has spent the last 10 years turning his West Highland Park bungalow into a cozy, comfortable oasis where he can leave his luggage at the door. “My projects take an inordinate amount of time because I’m never here,” he says. “My contractors are always ready to strangle me by the time I get back.” Though progress is sometimes slow, the result is always worth the wait. Over the years, Pratt has remodeled the living room, the den, the kitchen, and the master bathroom. Most recently, he turned the garage into a guesthouse that serves as a beach-themed getaway for out-of-town visitors.

Dallas designer Marco French helped Pratt with the layout of the house, as well as the cabinets, the wall paint and some other details. But for the most part, Pratt’s eye for design pulled the place together— that and the skills he picked up from his mother, who was an interior designer for almost 60 years. “If anything, this is just a hobby that I’ve enjoyed over the years,” he says. “And I guess it was in my blood, to a degree.” Pratt’s grandmother was also in the home furnishings business, and he says he has an attic full of items she collected throughout her lifetime. Pratt’s next project—there is always a next project—will include revamping the master bedroom and the guest bedroom. “Growing up with a mom who was a designer, we kind of lived in change, constant redoing. So I think I’m used to it,” he says. “It’s almost a way of life.”

Pratt: “I love the old house, but I like having a more contemporary feel with it.”


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Dining: The dining room table and chairs are from Hickory, and the cowboy painting is by Los Angeles artist Hampton Hall. Pratt saw one of Hall’s works in a Denver hotel and commissioned the painter to create a piece for him.


Den: Pratt says he uses the den more than any other room in the house. “When friends are over, they automatically kind of gravitate over here,� he says. The swivel chairs are by Nancy Corzine, the table is from Allan Knight, and the bookshelf is filled with travel and architecture books.

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Kitchen: Pratt remodeled the kitchen five years ago with the help of Dallas builder Nickey Oates.


Bedroom: Pratt’s next project—there is always a next project—will include revamping the master bedroom and the guest bedroom.

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Master Bathroom: The master bath was one of Pratt’s many remodeling projects with designer Marco French. The counter and floor tile are from Ann Sacks, and the fixtures are from TKO Associates.

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Backhouse: David Pratt’s newly renovated guesthouse features a wet bar and bathroom and overlooks the pool. The sleeper sofa is from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, the table is from Wisteria, and Pratt caught the swordfish in Puerto Vallarta. He chose cedar for the walls because it reminded him of his childhood in South Texas. “My parents had this in their house, and I love it. I love the way it smells,” he says.

simply vintage A Tudor in South Austin Gets an Eclectic Makeover Wo r d s b y To l ly M o s l e y

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itting on a tree-laden cul-de-sac in south Austin, Erin Williamson’s home is the picture of traditionalism. Dark beams line the two-story Tudor’s exterior, and a trimmed green lawn greets visitors out front. But if you were expecting convention, a push of the front door changes all that. “I think every room should have the element of surprise,” says Williamson, an interior designer, mother, and voice of the popular design blog Design Crisis ( We’re standing in her beautifully wallpapered foyer—all geometrics and cream—which opens to her family’s lively living room. Built in 1977, the home was formerly awash in pea green, both on the walls and the carpet. “I like green, but it’s a tough color to get right,” says Williamson, who, instead, took a jewel box approach to her home. Each room is a self-contained universe of prints, gilds in every shape, and thrifted finds sourced from the Round Top Antiques Fair and consignment stores near and far. A former working artist who used to create elaborate sets—think detailed houses out of notebook sheets, burnt paper remnants, and

timeworn ephemera from family—for her photographs, Erin says it was only a matter of time before she started creating “sets” on a larger scale, a la family rooms and entire houses. Indeed, these spaces have a theatrical feel, almost like stages for an elaborate play, with rooms that would make Wes Anderson raise a brow. That’s because Williamson’s signature style is one that relishes in the past with vintage aplenty, but also injects a good dose of humor. “I’m not afraid to fail,” says Williamson, “but I am afraid of playing it safe.” To the right of the foyer is a sitting room cast in deep blue with a painting from an antique store in northern California. “The color palette for the whole house was inspired by that painting,” explains Williamson. It’s a portrait of a raspberry-lipped woman in a long white dress tilting her head heavenward, with an Arthurian village in the background and a pink-gold sky. “My benchmark for success has often been that if it looks good with the lady, it’s going to work.” She makes it sound so simple, no? Entry: The console is a vintage Gio Ponti, stool a vintage movie set prop, the rug an antique Kurdish, the brass tree a vintage Curtis Jere and the wallpaper is Neisha Crosland, in "Zebra".

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Formal Living: The sofa and side chair are mid-century Danish rosewood and chrome. The rug is from Overstock, the coffee table, light fixture and shelves are vintage finds. The chinoiserie shelves were custom painted Benjamin Moore "Dark Harbor" to match the walls.


Dining Room: The dining room is all vintage finds including the table refinished with Danish oil and the bench upholstered in Clarence House fabric.


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Den: The sitting area is all vintage finds including 80’s side chairs from the Round Top Antiques Fair, a vintage lamp from Room Service and a Victorian photo backdrop found on ebay.


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Stairway: The chair is vintage brass chiavari, the hutch is midcentury teak and the artwork is by Mark Sabin

Den: The navy chesterfield is vintage Ethan Allen and the tan couch is by Elite Leather. The vintage stool is recovered in flokati and the painting above the fireplace is by Jenny Andrews Anderson.

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Nursery: A Walmart crib and West Elm “Souk” rug are additions to rooms vintage pieces. The vintage Thayer Coggin chair is recovered in “Togo” fabric by Premier Prints.

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Kid’s Bedroom: A vintage Italian hot air balloon light fixture and antique Persian Malayer rug are paired with a bed from Pottery Barn, painted Benjamin Moore “Soot”, Ikea Expedit shelves, Restoration Hardware lamp and a rocket print by Danny Haas from Society 6.


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Master Bedroom: The wallpaper is Fornasetti for Cole and Son, in “Chiavi Segrete�, the art above the bed is a Victor Vasarely print and the throw is from Overstock.


garden [gahr-dn]


1. a plot of ground, usually near a house, where flowers, shrubs, vegetables, fruits, or herbs are cultivated. 2. a fertile and delightful spot or region.




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Winter Warmth

(Clockwise from far left) 1. The Chimney Box, $1499 at 2. Woodstock Interior in Black Powder coated steel, $2,000 at JANUS et Cie Showrooms in Dallas and Houston or 3. Malm Fireplace $1,500-$1,900 at Design Within Reach Studios, com 4. The DAZE, $722 at 5. Baest Rack, $285 (209 euro) 6.The DAZE, $722 at 7. Twinfire Solo, $5990 at Georgetown Fireplace & Patio in Georgetown


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Bungalow Magazine Winter 2014  

A quarterly home magazine created for the vibrant urban lifestyle of Texas.

Bungalow Magazine Winter 2014  

A quarterly home magazine created for the vibrant urban lifestyle of Texas.