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H A P P E N I N G S Cheryl Crow and Martina McBride will perform at the City of Houston’s July 4th event.




Fireworks will ignite the Houston sky and an array of diverse music will set the stage for JULY a patriotic celebration at the city of Houston’s official Fourth of July event, Southwest Airlines Freedom Over Texas featuring Sheryl Crow and Martina McBride, which is scheduled for Thursday, July 4, from 4-10 p.m. Freedom Stage featured artists, Crow and McBride, will showcase their talents and wow Houston crowds with songs from the past and present. Throughout the day there will be local music from a variety of Houston’s best known bands and a few surprise national acts at the main Freedom Stage. KBR Liberty Park will conduct on-site recruiting and showcase military artifacts and vehicles from all five military branches. Patrons will be able to make donations to H.O.T. (Honoring Our Troops) or send a care packet overseas. In the Family Fitness Challenge Area, activities will be provided by all five of Houston’s hometown professional sports teams. The cost is $8 per person; children 5 and under are free. For information, visit

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Westin Homes, builder of the 2013 Project Playhouse, has created a playhouse theme that is “out of this world.” Westin has partnered with HomeAid Houston, a charity of Greater Houston Builders Association and the Houston Astros, to construct a playhouse for this seventh annual fund raiser that salutes the Astros new mascot, Orbit. Orbit is a lime-green outer-space creature wearing an Astros jersey with antennae extending into baseballs. It was originally the team’s mascot from the 1990-99 seasons. The annual Project Playhouse raises funds to build transitional housing for Houston’s homeless. The public will have opportunities to enter a raffle ticket drawing for a chance to win the playhouse later in the summer. This year’s playhouse design is an imaginative “playship” that features a cockpit complete with swivel seats, “rocket booster” framed windows, an operable hatched, ramp door and interior detailing that will inspire a child’s imagination. The playship will also include air conditioning, electricity, a mini refrigerator and will be outfitted with a fully loaded electronics package. The playship will be on display during Astros games at Minute Maid Park from June 25 through July 4. For information, visit or call 281-970-8970.




HOUSTON SYMPHONY’S CENTENNIAL SEASON, DURING JULY The Houston Symphony will celebrate its Centennial Season with special concert experiences that celebrate Houston, reflect on the Symphony’s 100-year history and look toward the future, including four concert weekends with Music Director Designate Andres Orozco-Estrada. Key events include a 12-hour Day of Music on July 13 that will include performances by the Houston Symphony and other cultural organizations on stages set up throughout Jones Hall; and an Opening Night Concert and Gala in September headlined by Renee Fleming. Distinguished guest artists Yo-Yo Ma, John Williams, Midori, Joshua Bell, Megan Hilty and Sigourney Weaver will join the celebratory season. Upcoming events in July include an evening with Michael Krajewski and the Houston Symphony on July 4 at 8:30 p.m. listening to patriotic music. American Idol finalists Will Makar and LaKisha Jones join the Symphony for this annual event. Don’t miss the booming cannons of the 1812 Overture and wonder at the magnificent firework display provided by the city of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board. Spend the day at Jones Hall on July 13 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. listening to dozens of free performances representing Houston’s diverse musical landscape. Begin the day with a family concert in the morning and end the evening with a concert of favorite symphonic works by the orchestra. In between, hear jazz groups, rock bands, blues artists, ethnic ensembles, choral, chamber music and more. In an effort to deepen its presence in Houston’s musical community, the Symphony has partnered with other local organizations. For information, visit

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H A P P E N I N G S Cosmopolitan Cowpokes 48" x 60" oil on canvas by Joe McFadden is available at Thornwood Gallery during the ArtHouston 2013 summer event.




The ArtHouston 2013 summer event JULY will take place Saturday, July 13 in a daylong event that is expected to be the busiest day of the art season with many galleries holding evening receptions on Friday, July 12. A wide range of fine art will be on display, from realist to abstract paintings, sculpture to mixed media constructions, drawings and works on paper, collage and photography. Featured artists will be both emerging regional talents and established artists from around the world. Participating galleries include those along Colquitt, in the Museum District, Midtown, the Heights and surrounding areas. The galleries of ArtHouston invite the public to their opening activities and to exhibitions continuing through the month. The ArtHouston July Exhibition guide, available late June, will provide opening times for each gallery. ArtHouston also publishes a free informational Houston Gallery Guide of participating venues, which gives access to what you are looking for. Brochures may be picked up at all participating galleries and many inner loop locations. This year select Houston food trucks will add their tasty flair to the festivities. The ArtHouston Summer event is free and open to the public. For more information on this event please visit the website at or call Mariah Rockefeller at 713-522-9116.




What has turned into a month-long food odyssey, Houston Restaurants AUGUST Weeks returns Aug. 1 and runs through Sept. 2. Founded in 2003 by Cleverley Stone, Houston Restaurant Weeks raised more than $1.22 million for the Houston Food Bank from the over 253,000 meals served at 169 participating restaurants. The result: the 3.66 million meals provided for those who are food insecure, made Houston Restaurants Weeks 2012 the largest single fundraising event for the Food Bank and the largest restaurant weeks of its kind in the United States. For thousands of Houstonians and visitors to the bayou city, Houston Restaurant Weeks provides a month-long passport to the city’s top restaurants and award-winning chefs. Houston Restaurants Weeks is run by volunteers and 100 percent of the proceeds raised from area restaurants go directly to the Food Bank. For 33 days, diners get to taste prix-fixe menus specially priced at $20 for lunch and $35 and $45 for dinner. A $20 two or threecourse lunch generates a $3 donation from the participating restaurants to the Houston Food Bank. A $35 three- or four-course dinner generates a $5 donation, while a $45 three- or four-course dinner generates a $7 donation.A list of participating restaurants and their respective Houston Restaurant Weeks menus will be announced and posted at on July 15.



BARRY SEA PARADOX PERFORMANCES The Barry Sea Paradox Band is one of the Houston area’s most popular and versatile groups. Featuring Katy’s own Barry and Bobbie Sea, the group specializes in classic soul/rhythm and blues and smooth jazz; but also plays Motown, disco, Latin, swing, rock oldies, standards ranging from Sinatra to Satchmo, and even a little country. The group will be performing Saturday, June 29, 8:30 p.m.-midnight at Capone’s Bar & Oven, 4304 Westheimer Road in Houston; Thursday, July 4, 6-10 p.m. at the Party on the Plaza Outdoor Concert Series at Villagio Town Center, 22764 Westheimer Parkway; Saturday, July 13, Phil & Derek’s, 2811 Bammel Lane in Houston. For the band’s full schedule, call 713-822-5011 or go to Reservations are recommended for all events.

EVENTS AT MARKET SQUARE PARK Market Square Park in downtown’s Historic District presents a lineup of free spring and summer activities. If you’re looking for a unique way to explore the beauty of Houston’s waterways, hop on your mountain bike and meet the Bayou Bikers, an informal meet-up group that encourages local and visiting cyclists to join them on a 25-40 mile bike ride exploring the area’s bayous. These rides are free and open to all skill levels, but mountain bikes or bikes with fat tires are necessary. The group meets the first Sunday of the month, 8 a.m. Another fun activity for avid cyclists is Critical Mass, an informal bike group that meets the last Friday of each month at 7:15 p.m. to ride around the city as an act to raise awareness and advocate a bicycle-friendly urban environment. All bikes and skill levels are welcomed. Market Square Park is open daily from 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics are welcome; food, beer and wine are available for purchase at Niko Niko’s Market Square. No glass containers or outside alcoholic beverages are allowed. For more information, visit

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Bee Box Reconfigured by Ellen Abbott and Marc Leva, the first-place winner from the 2012 Annual Juried Exhibition at Archway Gallery.

ARCHWAY GALLERY’S ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION, JULY 13-31 Archway Gallery is accepting entries to its 5th Annual Juried Exhibition July 9-10. The prospectus is available for download at; hard copies are available at the gallery. This open-themed competition is open to all artists in south and central Texas, age 18 years or older. Interested 2-D and 3-D artists are encouraged to follow guidelines as outlined in the prospectus. The 5th Annual Juried Exhibition at Archway Gallery opens July 13 and runs through July 31. The opening reception, which is free and open to the public, is set for July 13 at Archway Gallery from 5-8 p.m. All accepted work will be on exhibit and awards will be presented. The Best of Show winner will be presented with a $500 cash award and receive guest artist privileges for one month at the gallery. Cash awards will also be presented to the second- and third-place awardwinning artists. Honorable Mentions will be awarded at the discretion of the juror. A portion of the proceeds from the sale from this year’s exhibition will benefit Buffalo Bayou Project and The Endangered Species Media Project. Buffalo Bayou is a native habitat to more than 25 state or federally threatened or endangered species.

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE “MEN OF STYLE” GALA The 17th annual Let the Fashions Begin “Men of Style” Gala will be held Friday, Nov. 15, at Hotel ZaZa, 5701 Main Street in Houston. The event will benefit the Texas Children’s Hospital Sickle Cell Center and Sickle Cell patients. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Individual tickets are $250; a table of 10 is $2,500. For information, visit

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H A P P E N I N G S Dance From the Heart members present El Moro, a signature piece from the 2011 concert Domari.

DANCE FROM THE HEART CLASSES Dance From The Heart offers dance, conditioning and fitness classes for adults, novice through expert levels. Dance disciplines include multi-cultural fusion, modern and ballet. Conditioning and fitness classes include Yoga, Mat Pilates and Gyrokinesis. Supported by nutrition advice of certified nutritionists on staff, instructors aim to help participants achieve and maintain improved levels of fitness activity through and beyond their middle years. Established in 2005, Dance from the Heart is a nonprofit corporation organized for charitable purposes with the aim of utilizing multi-cultural performing and visual arts to elevate global awareness and support for caregivers who work to alleviate human suffering. For additional information, visit or call 832-304-DFTH. DFTH is located at 3221 Houston Avenue.

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Society for the Performing Arts announced its 2013-14 season SEPTEMBER lineup which is filled with music, dance and family entertainment. The season begins Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. with the up-and-coming Jessica Lang and her dance company that began just a couple of years ago, and ends with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet. Between these two, four paramount American companies will take the stage including Paul Taylor Dance Company, Mark Morris Dance Group, Joffrey Ballet and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. SPA also welcomes back the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time since 1993, led by Principal Guest Conductor Gianandrea Noseda. Other performances include The Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist; the Grammy Award-winning Takács Quartet joined by double bassist (and Rice University professor) Timothy Pitts; 24-year-old French pianist Lise de la Salle; and dueling pianists and identical twins, The Naughton Sisters. Family Fun series performances include 2CELLOS, a Croatian cello-playing duo breaking boundaries among different genres of music; YAMATO-The Drummers of Japan and their 20th Anniversary Tour and The Peking Acrobats. For more information on the season line-up and tickets, visit



HOUSTON HUMANE SOCIETY’S COMPANION CAMPS, THROUGH AUG. 16 Companion Camp at the Houston Humane Society is an opportunity for children ages 7-13 to work hands-on with the animals cared for by the Houston Humane Society and learn valuable life lessons concerning the welfare of animals. During a typical day, campers receive humane education, a workshop from a veterinarian or animal expert, games, crafts, and hands-on animal activities. Session dates run through Aug. 16. Each week of camp also features guest speakers and an opportunity to talk with a veterinarian and vet technician from the HHS Animal Wellness Clinic, tour the building, and watch a real surgery. The cost is $275 per session and includes daily snacks and drinks, a Tshirt, crafts, and all activities. Lunch will not be provided; campers should bring a sack lunch. Camp hours are from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. To register, visit

COUTURE FOR A CAUSE, AUG. 24 “Couture for a Cause” will be selling gently used designer label clothing, accessories, handbags, jewelry and shoes on Aug. 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Sam & Lilli, 2800 Kirby in Houston. Donations of items that are in good condition and less than five years old (except jewelry or vintage handbags) are needed for this event. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to Girls Inc. to help develop girls’ capacity to be self sufficient, responsible members of the community. To donate, contact Reyne Hirsch at

BREWMASTERS CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL, AUG. 30-31 Join fellow craft beer lovers for the 4th Annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival, which is set for Aug. 30-31 at Moody Gardens Hotel & Conference Center. For beer enthusiasts from expert to novice, this foam-filled weekend features more than 400 craft beers, hard-to-find specialty brews, Taste it First selections, and a range of innovative and educational beer events. For information and tickets, visit

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THE TITMOUSE CLUB, TUESDAYS The Titmouse Club, a nature program for children between the ages of 3 and 5, is offered Tuesdays from 10-11 a.m. at the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary, 440 Wilchester, by the nonprofit Audubon Docent Guild. The program features nature talks, stories, activities and walks in the woods to inspire a knowledge and love of nature in young children. The cost is $5 per child or $20 for a five-session card. A child must be accompanied by an adult. Park in the Memorial Drive United Methodist Church west parking lot at 12955 Memorial Drive and enter the sanctuary through the marked gate. The program will be held in the outdoor classroom. Dress for the weather. For more information, visit or call 713-464-4900.


The Houston Museum of Natural Science and the The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston are also seeking tour guides. Asia Society Texas Center seeks volunteers to serve as docents and to help with monthly family days, serve at the information desk, and assist with a variety of business and cultural programs. Applications are available online. For information, contact Tim Raeke at or call 713-496-9919. The Jung Center of Houston has a volunteer program for both special projects and ongoing commitments. For information, call June Foster at 713-524-8253, ext. 10. Lawndale Art Center needs volunteers for a range of duties including serving refreshments at receptions and fundraisers, installing exhibitions, and general office assistance. Lawndale is also seeking interns to assist the staff with exhibition installation, research and archiving, special events and administrative activities. Preference is given to individuals currently enrolled in an undergraduate studio art degree program and recent graduates. For a complete list of volunteer opportunities, visit

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Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete — and completely satisfying — new musical in a long time” (USA Today). Winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony® Awards, Wicked is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” and “the defining musical of the decade” (The New York Times). Performances at The Hobby Center from July 10-Aug. 11. For tickets, visit Egyptian, Roman Period, Mummy Portrait of a Young Girl, 332-30 B.C.; encaustic wax on wood panel, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, bequest of Isabel Brown Wilson.


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MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON, BEGINNING JULY 13 Houston native Isabel Brown Wilson, a noted philanthropist and art collector, became a MFAH Trustee in 1979 and served as the Museum’s Chairman of the Board from 2001-07. Wilson (1931-2012) gave generously of her time, energy, and resources, culminating with the bequest to the MFAH of her collection of antiquities. Many of Wilson’s gifts are assembled in this exhibition that explores her love of ancient art. Spanning more than 4,000 years — the 4th millennium B.C. to 3rd century A.D. — the collection presents 50 artworks from her bequest. This exhibition is on view through Oct. 27. For information, visit Pamela Frasier, 52, 2011; acrylic and acrylic gouache on cut polypropylene.

PAMELA FRASER BLAFFER GALLERY, THROUGH JULY 20 The Fourth Dimension was Ha-Ha, in Other Words, That it is Laughter draws its title from the 1966 Robert Smithson essay “Entropy and the New Monuments,” wherein Smithson defines laughter by conflating specific architectural concepts, literary references and the new crystalline, geometric sculpture with which he aligned himself (the “ha-ha-crystal”). This exhibition, Fraser’s first solo museum show, introduces a selection of large and small-scale paintings, drawings, and “cut-outs.” Specific geometric shapes and their variations, spatial arrangements, and experimentations with scale trace her explorations through color as a fluid, ineffable topic and experience. The exhibition is on view through July 20. For additional details, visit



AGATHA CHRISTIE'S THE HOLLOW ALLEY THEATRE, JULY 7 - AUG. 14 A weekend gathering at The Hollow family estate of Lady Lucy and Sir Henry Angkatell explodes in the murder of one of their guests, physician John Cristow. When the good doctor is found shot, almost everyone is suspect with opportunity and motive including his dim but loyal wife, his current mistress, and his ex-mistress, who lives on a neighboring estate. Don’t miss this classic Christie whodunit filled with brilliantly eccentric characters. Performances on the Hubbard stage. Visit for additional information.

MARVELOUS WONDERETTES: CAPS & GOWNS STAGES THEATRE, BEGINNING JULY 10 It’s commencement time at Springfield High in this all-new chapter of the Wonderettes series. Catch up with Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy as they look back on their final year in high school and ahead toward their bright futures — in song, of course! Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns features classics like Rock Around the Clock, At the Hop, Dancing in the Street, River Deep, Mountain High, and 25 more favorites. Performances run July 10-Aug. 4. To purchase tickets, visit


In an empty theatre, on a bare stage, casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete. For 17 dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime. It’s what they’ve worked for — with every drop of sweat, every hour of training, every day of their lives. It’s the one opportunity to do what they’ve always dreamed — to have the chance to dance. Theatre Under The Stars presents A Chorus Line, the musical for everyone who’s ever had a dream and put it all on the line. Winner of nine Tony Awards, including “Best Musical” and the Pulitzer Prize for drama, the singular sensation returns to the Miller Outdoor Theatre stage for TUTS’ annual free summer musical. Visit for more information or tickets.

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HOUSTON SYMPHONY, JULY 19 - 20 From the Toy Story trilogy to The Incredibles and UP, Pixar has forever impacted filmmaking and given audiences of all ages some of the most beloved characters in cinematic history. Now, for the first time ever, the Houston Symphony presents Pixar in Concert, with visually stunning clips and memorable scores from each of Pixar’s 13 movies, including the latest release, Brave. Presentation licensed by Disney Music Publishing© Disney/Pixar. Thomas Wilkins conducts. Performances are July19-20 in Jones Hall. For tickets, visit


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WHODUNNIT COMPANY ONSTAGE, THROUGH JULY 27 Whodunnit, a mystery by Anthony Shaffer, tells the story of a seemingly typical English country house murder mystery that morphs into something else altogether. There is still a corpse and a murderer on the loose but everything else is inside out and upside down. For tickets and performances dates, visit

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WINDOW INTO HOUSTON: CLARISSA TOSSIN: BLIND SPOT BLAFFER GALLERY, THROUGH JULY 24 When Clarissa Tossin moved to Houston in 2010, she was struck by the ubiquity of domestic windows covered in aluminum foil. Often appearing in lower-income areas as an economically savvy strategy to block out the bright Texas sun, foil-covered windows suggested complex issues of location, class, history and taste to Tossin. Such concerns occupy her work, which consists of subtle gestures using drawing, photography, video, and sculpture in order to illuminate what goes unseen or unexamined, be it architectural similarities between a settlement in the Amazon forest and a small town in Michigan or the intensive labor required to clean a pristine modernist government building in Brazil. Tossin aims to reveal and unsettle the invisible supporting structures of urban life, capital, and modernity. For Blind Spot, Tossin photographed primarily in the Third Ward to capture the utilitarian yet creative ways residents cover their windows with layer upon layer of foil, bolstered by tape and plastic. Printed as high-quality digital images on vinyl and hung as blinds in the historic storefront windows at 110 Milam Street, Blind Spot effectively transposes locations by substituting one kind of window treatment for another, trading windows decorated of necessity for the photograph as art object and insisting that we see the city anew by taking the time to consider the relationship between these functions. Tossin’s images are densely textured with rich surface qualities in every crease and fold of the materials. Blind Spot is on view through July 24. For more information, go to


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THE MENIL COLLECTION, THROUGH AUG. 18 The Menil Collection presents the exhibition Byzantine Things in the World through Aug. 18. Featuring works that date from 1700 B.C. to the present, but focusing especially on the Menil’s rich collection of Byzantine art (4th to 15th centuries CE), the exhibition juxtaposes more than150 remarkable objects, reawakening a sense of how people in late antiquity experienced art and bringing Byzantium’s golden aura into the era of artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Yves Klein and David Novros. For additional information, visit

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he fall social calendar features two of Houston’s most dynamic fundraisers – Rosemary Schatzman and Vanessa Sendukas – who will be honored as Community Volunteers on October 25 at the 2013 Signature Chefs Gala. The popular tasting event, benefiting the March of Dimes, is presented by Wells Fargo and chaired by Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia and Susan and Michael Plank. Franco Valobra, generous jeweler to the social stars, is being saluted as Corporate Honoree. For tickets, call the March of Dimes at 713-964-5415. supporting cast. It’s sure to be a night to remember!





30th Anniversary Gala Covenant House Texas A blockbuster of a fundraiser for Covenant House Texas, thanks to over 600 generous supporters who pitched in to raise more than $900,000. It was a perfect way to mark the organization’s 30th anniversary. Gala chairs Julie and Jay Rogers and Guild President Amanda Crump presided over the evening honoring Tonya Hamilton for her dedication to young people. She received the “Ronda G. Robinson Spirit Award”, named after the Executive Director and CEO who has been with CHT since it opened in 1983.





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Bright and sunny yellow was the fashion statement at a cocktail reception celebrating Lemonade Day, co-founded by Lisa and Michael Holthouse. Lisa signed copies of her new book It All Started with a Turtle. The book describes the beginning of the entrepreneurial program which has grown to 150,000 kids in 36 cities in the U.S. and Canada, with hopes of reaching 1 million youngsters in 100 cities.

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30th Anniversay Gala 1) Amanda Crump, President of Covenant House Texas Guild, with gala chairs Julie and Jay Rogers. 2) KPRC-TV news anchor and emcee Bill Balleza with Dr. Al Hergenroeder, Chief of Adolescent Medicine at Texas Childrens Hospital, who accepted the Outstanding Community Partner award for TCH. 3) Covenant House Texas resident Davin with guest speaker Crystal Lovings. Crystal is a CHT success story, now a senior at the University of Houston, and applying to Harvard. Good luck Crystal! 4) Hank and Tonya Hamilton, who was honored for her long-time involvement with the young people of Covenant House Texas. 5) Executive Director/CEO of Covenant House Texas Ronda Robinson with CH International president Kevin Ryan, honoree Tonya Hamilton and husband Hank Hamilton.

LBJ Moral Courage Award Dinner 1) Honoree Father Patrick Desbois greets former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, as Museum Executive Director Susan Myers looks on. 2) Shirley Morgan with husband and Holocaust survivor Bill Morgan. 3) New HMH Board member Father T. J. Martinez with Museum Chair Tali Blumrosen and Benjamin Warren. 4) Houston Mayor Annise Parker with Fred Zeidman, former chair of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. 5) Barbara and Michael Gamson, chairs of the 2013 LBJ Moral Courage Award Dinner, which raised $1.1 million for Holocaust Museum Houston.

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Hobby Center for the Performing Arts was transformed into a verdant garden party setting for the festive “Moonlight Serenade” Gala, benefiting Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS). Chairs Melissa Edwards and Amy and Rob Pierce had lots of surprises in store for the 400 guests, including accomplished performers Brett Cullen, Brent Spiner, Bruce Norris, Sally Mayes and Brad Ellis, the “piano guy” from Glee. The evening of festive entertainment raised more than $615,000 for TUTS programs.







Organizations that support cancer survivors and work to prevent cancer, are highlighted in our Out and About section this month, along with a VIP movie screening, the Centennial Celebration of the Daughters of the American Revolution and family day at Discovery Green.





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Moonlight Serenade 1) “Moonlight Serenade” co-chairs Melissa Edwards and Amy and Rob Pierce. 2) TUTS guests Bill and Stephanie Swingle enjoyed the garden party ambience. 3) Judge Bonnie Crane Hellums and Carel Stith. 4) Heather Snyder and Dan D’Armond enjoyed the performances woven throughout the gala program. 5) Philanthropist and TUTS supporter Margaret Alkek Williams with Jim Daniel.

Out and About 1) Pat and Greggory Burk at The River Oaks Theatre for a screening of the award-winning indie short film “Crescendo”. Pattie Mallette (Justin Bieber’s mother) is executive producer. 2) KHOU-TV sports anchor and emcee Bob Allen joins golf pro and cancer survivor Paul Azinger and CanCare’s President Nancy Tucker at the 19th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day Luncheon. 3) DAR Centennial Chair Margo Barry and daughter-in-law Reagan Barry pose next to Margo's mother's 1950 wedding dress. Daughters of the American Revolution is one of Houston’s oldest patriotic organizations. 4) Co-chairs Donna Mittendorf and Pamela Lovett with Dorothy Gibbons, co-founder and CEO of The Rose Breast Cancer Organization. The first-time luncheon “Time to Care” drew 250 supporters and raised more than $90,000 for The Rose. 5) Harlan and Julie Bergen with children Walker and Bailey at the “Families on the Green,” a biennial fundraiser for Discovery Green that highlights the park’s best programming. The event raised more than $185,000. l

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Carol and Phil Garner The dynamic pair are the city’s unpaid Chamber of Commerce By Tish Williams fter many years in the headlines, Carol and Phil Garner are flying under the radar. Truth is, they might be busier now than they were during Phil’s 31 years in Major League Baseball ― 16 years as an infielder for five different clubs and 15 seasons as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros. They love the chaos of a half-dozen young grandchildren all living within a few miles of their Woodlands home. Carol’s calendar is jammed with commitments as a member of the board of directors of the Mitchell Pavilion and the Memorial Hermann Foundation. The focus now, though, is in quietly finishing up 20 months of construction on their new house in Carlton Woods and trying to get into good graces so they can earn their blessed occupancy privileges. The doorbell needs to be hooked up, the landscaping needs fine-tuning ― that sort of thing. For a dynamic and celebrated Houston family, it’s a temporary calm. The Garners moved to Houston in 1981 when Phil was traded to the Astros. They landed in Kingwood, set down roots in a way that isn’t easy when getting blown from town to town on the whims and wins of baseball franchises. In the mid2000s, they moved to The Woodlands to be closer to help with their grandson, who was diagnosed with autism at 1 year of age and required 50-70 hours of intense therapy a week. As their three children — Eric, Bethany and Ty — grew their own families, the Garners reversed a decision to downsize and built a new house to accommodate them all. “We couldn’t fit all the cars in the driveway,” Phil says with a laugh. Now they’ve got plenty of parking spots,


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not to mention a spacious entryway that segues easily into the kitchen area and living room. “How many people have foosball in their living room?” Phil boasts. Phil is still a big leaguer by virtue of his spot as a special assistant to Oakland A’s manager Bob Melvin in the 2012 and 2013 seasons; Melvin was Garner’s bench coach and right-hand man in Milwaukee and Detroit. “It’s highly secret because I don’t do much,” Phil adds with his typical humility ― he’s one of the rare major leaguers who can boast a World Series championship as a player (he hit .500 in the series to help the Pirates win in 1979) and a World Series appearance (as manager of the 2005 Astros). This gives him the opportunity to continue to visit some of his favorite bigleague cities to lend an ear to Melvin. He and Carol easily share one of hundreds of big-league stories when describing why they love certain towns ― a city’s vibrancy (Boston), its youth and vigor (Chicago), or something straightforward and practical like the ballpark’s proxim-

ity to the team hotel (Cleveland). Carol spent enough time herself in ballparks to add her two cents to the design of Houston’s beloved Minute Maid Park. During a two-year tenure serving with Harris County-Houston Sports Authority, Carol was one of 12 individuals who helped perfect the design and construction of what was then known as the Ballpark at Union Station. Her credentials as the only woman on the panel, she remembers, were by virtue of being the person who’d sat in the most ballpark seats of anyone around. She wistfully recalls the great history Houston residents conveyed to her in their arrival by train through Union Station, the effort to connect the ballpark with the Houston skyline, and the “aesthetically beautiful” design. She was able to inject a little baseball practicality when it came to the bowels of the stadium where she'd spend plenty of time, day in and day out, especially an illconceived plan to have the umpire’s changing rooms past the center field fence. “They'd need a police escort,” she says. “And we’d never get a good call!” Now, the high-profile couple enjoys the quiet life. An unpaid chamber of commerce, they marvel at the planning George Mitchell put into The Woodlands. “Without going through one traffic light we can go to the grocery store, the pharmacy, the bank,” Carol explains. “The wine shop,” Phil interjects. “Pizza, fine dining, the doctor’s and the list goes on,” Carol finishes. “The ease of living is wonderful.” Phil will continue to offer his baseball knowledge to those in need ― he has not spoken with Astros ownership. Carol will continue to “excel at jobs that do not pay,” as she describes with a laugh. And they’ll do it all from their new home, which they can hopefully claim soon to the full extent, in a town they love. “We don't have to go to a resort,” Phil muses. “We live in one.”l

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Sun-Drenched West Oak Abode For these homeowners, a smaller home truly was better

Text by Cheryl Alexander | Photos by Wade Blissard ene and Stacey Strouhal have been sweethearts since they attended high school together at Wharton High. Though they went their separate ways for a few years (she attended college at Southwest Texas State; he went to University of Texas), as life and love would have it, the two of them reconnected at age 35 and have now celebrated a decade of marriage. For seven years, the Strouhals lived in a very large home in Tanglewood (about 8,400 square feet), where Stacey’s inclination toward projects (she was a school teacher and still tutors children at the Shlenker School) was a bit stifled. She shared, “There were no projects for me at that home. It was already perfectly ‘done’ and I began to feel the home was too large for us.” With Gene staying busy at Strouhal Tire, a third-generation family-owned business, and Stacey growing more restless, she says she realized one day that they were spending more and more of their time at home in their library. “The library was a small, cozy room where we were essentially drawn to every evening, so one night we decided to begin looking for a smaller home,” she said. The couple’s search led them to their current home in West Oak, where they were initially drawn to its abundance of natural light. Gene recalled, “Stacey loved this home and she really didn’t want to see anything else. However, the home was already under contract to another family, so I went ‘undercover’ and asked our realtor to contact the buyer who had the contract on the home and make an offer to buy out their contract.” The buyer accepted Gene’s offer, sold




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THESE PAGES: The mahogany shutters on the home’s exterior were added after the Strouhals moved in. Segreto Finishes distressed and aged them to give that ‘been there forever’ feeling. ˙ The steep roof lines make for a dramatic exterior façade. The driveway of this home, large and expansive to allow room for guest parking when the couple entertains, includes a unique feature: paw prints of Millie Bush who lives just down the street. ˙ The back porch is pleasing in its simplicity. Stacey enhanced the space by matching the mortar with the trim, which is a design trick to enlarge a smaller outdoor space. ˙ The custom island in the kitchen features a butcher block, a sentimental piece that has been in every home Gene has owned, inset into French Oak. The cabinets, finished by Segreto Finishes, are all raised to resemble pieces of furniture. The hardwood floors throughout the home are waxed red oak with ebony stain, added after the homeowners moved in.



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him the home, and Gene was able to surprise Stacey with the news. Stacey initially thought her “projects” would entail a little painting, some new carpet and cabinets, but the day they closed, they went to the house to celebrate and the entire back fence was lying on the trees. “The week we moved in,” Stacey said, “we realized that though we still loved the home, it may well be our very own ‘Money Pit,’ because after the fence fiasco, I soon realized I was going to have to re-do the whole kitchen.” Not only did she not like the layout, she went downstairs to cook breakfast on their first morning in the home, and when she opened the warming oven, it literally fell out of the cabinet and onto the floor. Work on the kitchen commenced almost immediately and the whole color scheme of the home was ultimately centered on the choices in the kitchen, but the remodel didn’t stop there. In fact, the couple gutted the entire downstairs, opening all the walls and stripping the place down to the studs. In the kitchen, several elements contribute to the overall impression, including the fabulous La Cornue range, handmade in France and



THESE PAGES: The kitchen, which set the color scheme of the home, includes the showstopper piece, the La Cornue range, and glazed cabinets with a textured finish to give a worn and distressed look. The cool plaster walls and honed statuary marble countertops, along with the polished nickel hardware set the standard for the luxury throughout the home. ˙ The barn door, which lends character and charm to this entry feature, was actually a new door that Leslie from Segreto Finishes refinished to look aged. The door also serves as a divider between the kitchen and more formal social areas when the couple entertains. All the beams were stained in a pine aged finish.

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“I am an accidental designer in that if something occurs to me and it seems like a good idea, I will try it.” –– Homeowner Stacey Strouhal

THESE PAGES: The gallery of windows spans the length of the back of the house and floods the rooms with natural light. “It’s like living in a window box,” says Stacey. ˙ The dining room, previously a boxed- in room, was opened to the gallery of windows when the couple renovated. The walls were plastered with a diamond plaster, giving a reflective quality to the room. The room’s design is a blend of styles — traditional, contemporary, French — which are reflected throughout the home. The impressive buffet is from Roche Bobois. ˙ The living room makes use of an abundance of natural light, lots of comfortable seating and luxurious plastered walls to afford opulence alongside comfort and coziness. The antique mirror is from Thompson and Hanson. ˙ The powder room walls were plastered using the antique console piece from Vieux for color inspiration, then finished with a hand-painted, very soft Grazie inspired design on the walls. Sconces are from Brown.



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THESE PAGES: The wine bar, which Stacey designed, includes an antiqued Rocky Mountain brick backsplash with custom wine label tiles from Architectural Design Resource. ˙ The cabinets are physically distressed with a black glaze on top. The hanging light from Brown is an antique from a hotel in Belgium. ˙ In the mudroom, backsplash and handmade terra cotta tiles from Architectural Design Resource, exposed beams (fauxfinished to look old) and a farmhouse kitchen sink make this space chic and inviting.

embedded with custom accent pieces. The kitchen island is a somewhat sentimental piece, or more precisely, the butcher block in the middle of the island. “That butcher block has belonged to Gene for many years, and it has been in every home he’s lived in as an adult,” explained Stacey. The island is French Oak with Gene’s butcher block inset. Additionally, the smooth plaster walls, honed statuary marble and polished nickel hardware create an exquisite effect in the kitchen. “We spared no expense,” said Gene. “We didn’t want to sacrifice on luxury and amenities just because we were no longer in a large home.” Just beyond the kitchen is the kitchen office/coffee station/mudroom where the handmade terra cotta tiles from Susie Atkins at Architectural Design Resource make a striking statement. Here, Stacey can efficiently manage her kitchen out-of-the-way, yet conveniently nearby; she can quickly prepare an espresso, coffee, tea or hot chocolate with the push of a button from the built-in Miele machine; and she can manage the laundry while the couple’s Westies, Max and Myles, are out playing in the dog



run. Then, she can drop them into the sink for a bath when they are done. The den is conveniently situated and opens to the kitchen where the media cabinet is the pièce de résistance. Stacey explains, “The cabinet has a three-fold design purpose. First, it had to be pretty enough to house my antique book collection and my Staffordshire dog collection; second, since my husband loves movies, it had to accommodate the exact kind and size television he desired on which to view his movies, as well as hide his surroundsound speakers; third, it had to be large enough for me to see from the kitchen because I love to record cooking shows, then play them back while I try my hand at making the dishes.” Stacey also chose four big comfy chairs for the den because she and Gene feel that chairs are more conducive to conversation. Just adjacent to these spaces is a huge barn door. Though it was the last thing added to the renovation, it is the first thing guests see when they enter the home. Gene says, “Stacey got that idea and since it was unplanned, she kind of said, ‘I want this; now where can we put it?’”

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The Strouhals prefer chairs (these from Roche Bobois) over sofas in this space, as they believe chairs are more conducive to conversation, to tie the spaces together. ˙ The blue/gray colors from the kitchen were pulled into the den cabinets, which were physically distressed and layered with stains.



Stacey answered, “We put it here, between the more informal living spaces downstairs (kitchen, den, mudroom) and the more formal social spaces (dining, living, outdoor), because it works perfectly for entertaining. When we have a party, it is so easy to just slide the door closed so that the caterer and other service staff can work from there behind the scenes.” Beyond the barn door, through the foyer and down the long hallway is a gallery of windows that that spans the back of the house. “It’s like living in a window box,” Stacey shared, “and it is one of the main reasons why we fell in love with the home and why there are no drapes downstairs at all. We wanted to maximize the light as much as possible.” The warm, natural light which floods the downstairs rooms truly invites comfort, ease and coziness. The unobstructed view of the back porch with the swing and ceiling fans and the backyard garden and seating area add a picturesque quality that summons the homeowners and visitors alike to come out and bask in the natural elements. To enlarge the aesthetic of the exterior of the home, Stacey offered her design trick: “When your home is small, one trick is to match the trim color with the mortar color. The result is a larger feel and a smoother flow. The lines are uninterrupted, so to the eye, the space feels larger.” Another design technique Stacey shared is an idea she stumbled on when she was working with the carpenter on the baseboards. She explained, “When the carpenter removed the quarter-round from below the baseboards, it occurred to me that much like dressing yourself in all black to look taller, or like a dancer wearing nude shoes to elongate her legs, if we got rid of the quarter-round and instead used a small piece of wood painted the same color as the baseboard, the result would be the same. And it worked! The rooms look taller and feel larger.” She continued, “I am an accidental designer in that if something occurs to me and it seems like a good idea, I will try it.” Stacey insists that though she knows what she likes, most of her ideas just fall into her lap, “much like the warming drawer did that first morning in our home.” She also shared, “We didn’t use a designer at all, just myself, Leslie Sinclair of Segreto Finishes, and Pattie Barnett of Barnett Custom Homes, Inc. I made sketches on paper and Leslie and Pattie interpreted my vision into what you see now.” The couple’s effort and vision has paid off. With their hard work, willingness to see the potential in a much smaller home and collaboration with the experts, the result is a stunning, sun-drenched abode in the middle of the city, right where they belong.l

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Arts & Antiques by Dr. Lori Vintage Swimsuits on the Market was one of those little kids who were often called “a fish.” You know the type — a pint-sized 3 or 4-year-old who could swim like a champ and would rather spend all day playing under water in a swimming pool than doing anything else. My Mom nearly drowned as a teenager and while she never learned to swim herself, she was adamant about giving me and my sisters swimming lessons. To her credit, all three of us are excellent swimmers today. My swimming abilities even helped pay for school. I swam competitively through my teens and early 20s and today, I enjoy swimming as my favorite form of exercise. It follows that investigating the history of the bathing suit is a topic of interest for me. It brings back happy memories of days at swim team practice and now relates to my work evaluating vintage objects. In the early years of the 20th century, there were strict laws that required women to be fully clothed when taking a swim. The bathing suit requirements of the day included a non-form fitting costume that consisted of a dress, pantaloons, cap, and shoes. Most women obliged and frolicked in the waves in full-length swimming attire while others took their chances with a more revealing bathing suit. Most woolen – yes, that reads woolen as in wool -- swimsuits of the early decades of the 1900s were basic black. All of that changed in the summer of 1905 when Australian swimmer Annette Kellerman announced her desire to become the first woman to swim the English Channel. She attempted the feat amid controversy over her bathing suit. Kellerman sparked an international stir when she was arrested for wearing a one-piece woolen swimming suit. She omitted the pantaloons, cap, and shoes and started a tidal wave of talk. Obscenity laws aside, Kellerman started a swimsuit revolution. Roaring Twenties By the 1920s-’30s, bright colors, synthetic fabrics, and a more feminine shape emerged in the style of swimsuits. The famous Jantzen swimsuit manufacturing firm made the diving girl logo a beach blanket image and everything from billboards to bumper stickers donned the famous logo. In the 1940s, convertible straps which could be unfastened were introduced in part to prevent tan lines. Today, vintage swim suits bring high values on the vintage couture market. High-end swim suits from the 1950s like those designed by Christian Dior command $1,000 to $2,000, while more mainstream brands like Catalina dating to the mid-1900s are worth $50 to $350 per suit. The 1950s emphasized the hourglass figure with a “bubble suit” featuring cotton material and low-cut top. The 1960s swimsuits saw an interest in show-

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Actress Pamela Anderson’s famous red swimsuit from her role on TV’s Baywatch sold for $275.

ing off the midriff, too. Two-piece polyester bathing suits of the era were still conservative and covered up one’s belly button. By the 1970s, swimsuits were a far cry from the cover-upeverything style bathing suits of the early 1960s. Later, Speedo swimsuits from the 1980s featured Lycra materials and straightforward styles. On the market, vintage swim suits in good condition always bring interest from collectors and celebrity suits are all the rage. A prominent example of the interest in the vintage swim suit market is celebrity suits. For instance, Pamela Anderson’s one piece red Speedo lifeguard bathing suit from her starring role on the widely popular hit TV show, Baywatch, recently sold for $275.l

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Kitchen Winners! Outstanding kitchens from the 2013 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show


“Raise a Glass” is the winner of the Best Kitchen and 1st Place Large Kitchen awards. It features a blend of woods, stainless steel, concrete and glass. Photo by Dennis Martin.




lass in all its glory—hand-cut, hand-blown and LED-lit — was creatively used by the winning designers in both the Best Kitchen and the Best Bath in the 2013 Design Competition sponsored by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). The category winners in this annual contest were revealed on April 18th at an exclusive Design Competition Awards event at the Republic in New Orleans, during the 2013 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS). The KBIS winners’ circle encompasses six categories — small, medium and large kitchens, small and large bathrooms, and powder rooms. In addition, the NKBA Design Competition recognizes Specialty Awards for Before and After Kitchens and Baths, Budget-Friendly Kitchens and Baths, Green Design and Universal Design. “We take great pride in announcing to the public the topnotch kitchen and bath designers that our industry has to offer,” said 2013


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This year’s winning designs excel in the creative use of glass in all its glory — hand-cut, hand-blown and LED lit. NKBA President John K. Morgan. “Hundreds of entries are received every year, and our designer members continue to impress. The competition this year boasted of innovative concepts, creative expressions and cutting-edge designs.” This year’s 400+ entries from across the U.S. and Canada were judged by a panel of eight certified industry experts. Each was either a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer (CMKBD) or both a Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) and a Certified Bath Designer (CBD). The entries were scored on safety and ergonomics, elements and principles of design, design planning, creativity and presentation. In addition, approximately 16,000 consumers voted for the People’s Pick Kitchen and Bath on Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the National Kitchen & Bath Association, a nonprofit trade group that owns the KBIS,


(Above) “Grab Your Mackintosh” is the 3rd Place Large Kitchen winner, reflecting the owners’ love of the Arts and Crafts movement and reminiscent of the Rennie Mackintosh style, but with all of today’s modern conveniences. Photo by Eric Hausman. (Below) “Step Back in Time” is the People’s Pick choice and also the 2nd Place Large Kitchen winner. It features antiqued finishes and a large antique Chinese print over the stairs. Photo by John D. Smoak III.





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has conducted a design contest since 1965. That year, the winners were Danish Modern and Spanish-style projects, and a kitchen with lavender blue cabinets accented by wallpapered soffit and ceiling. This month, Lifestyles & Homes features the professionally designed, prize-winning kitchen winners. Next month the bathroom design awards will be showcased. 2013 KITCHEN DESIGN WINNERS Best Kitchen and Large Kitchen - 1st Place Wendy F. Johnson, CKD, CBD Designs for Living Manchester Village, Vt.



(Above) “Beach Ball” is the 2nd Place Medium Kitchen and also the winner of Budget Friendly Kitchen. It has a Gulf Coast color palette, with white glass-front cabinets featuring turquoise backs that keep plates and glasses in the limelight. Photo by Greg Riegler Photography. (Below) “Copper Elements” is the 3rd Place Medium Kitchen winner. Fanciful swirling metal pulls, fun red wall elements and copper backsplash offer wit and whimsy. Photo by Cabin 4D Images.




“Raise a Glass” — This kitchen translates into some serious cooking and baking for her, and also a computer center and sevenstool raised bar area. With the focal point being the glass wall and views of a private golf course beyond, a large center island forms the heart of the space, open to an elaborate wall of cooking, refrigeration and storage. Not to be missed is a small second island providing an intimate dining space for two. The combination of warm linear rift oak and cool stainless steel cabinets of varying heights provides a serene balance to the interior, and the floating LED-lit glass bar, colorful cabinet glass, recycled glass tile backsplash and pendant lights add the right amount of drama. This visually interesting, yet functional space serves up a blend of woods, stainless steel, concrete and glass – perfect for that weekend escape. PRODUCTS: Cooktop: Wolf; Dishwasher, Miele; Ovens: Wolf; Microwave Oven, Miele; Refrigerators: Zub-Zero; Ventilation: handcrafted metal with custom copper finish; Cabinetry: Bentwood, St. Charles; Countertops: Dex, ThinkGlass, Grothouse Lumber; Faucets/Fittings: Waterstone; Lighting: Task, Tech; Sinks: Mila, Kohler, Link-asink; Flooring: Marble Tile.

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“Snow White Sparkles” is the 1st Place Medium Kitchen winner. The white walls, cabinets and table are perfectly complemented by the dark floor. Photo by Evan White.

Medium Kitchen — 1st Place Karen Swanson New England Design Works Manchester, Mass. “Snow White Sparkles” -Meticulously designed to optimize natural lighting, storage and comfortable seating, this kitchen accommodates multiple people working at the same time. The peninsula with strikingly dramatic legs seats four and still has room for prep space and a prep sink. The dark floor is the perfect counterpoint to the white kitchen, which gets even more light from an eight-foot door leading to the back porch. Custom planked walls add to the serenity with their horizontal lines. PRODUCTS: Dishwasher: Asko; Garbage Disposal: InSinkErator; Microwave Oven: Wolf; Range/Oven: Wolf; Refrigerators: Sub-Zero; Ventilation: Best; Cabinetry: Pennville; Countertops: Marble; Faucets/Fittings: Rubinet; Flooring: Saulnier; Sinks: Dawn; Windows: Marvin. ➝



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Small Kitchen - 1st Place Elina Katsioula-Beall, CKD Dewitt Designer Kitchens Pasadena, Calif. “In Retrospect” — Housed in a midcentury modern, post-and-beam gem, this kitchen was remodeled to reflect its original charm. The center section of the dropped ceiling was opened up to expose original beams and a long row of unusual tilt-down vents. A dash of charcoal, turquoise and red Formica, colorful pulls, plus linear cooktop arrangements take their inspiration from the good old days, then kick it up a notch to bring it into the 21st century. Architectural restoration of rare 1940s plywood, a two-bay breakfast area, the “alkalizer” water niche with mini-sink, refurbished “boat-cabinets,” and a modernism-inspired sculpture contribute to the kitchen’s vintage “wow” factor. The shiny beverage cen-

ter with drawer refrigerators and wine rack is topped with a glass shelf. The bouncy cork flooring invites visitors to step into the 1950s. PRODUCTS: Cooktop: Miele; Dishwasher: Miele; Refrigerator: Miele; Oven: TurboChef; Disposal: Franke; Drawer refrigerators: U-Line; Ventilation: Vent-A-Hood; Cabinetry: Serrao, Columbia; Countertops: Matrix Granite and Silestone; Faucets/Fittings: Kohler; Flooring: Cork; Lighting pendants: Cleveland Art; Lighting sconces: Lamps Plus; Sinks: Custom; Tile: Ultraglas. Before & After Kitchen Richard Ourso, CKD, CAPS Ourso Designs Baton Rouge, La. “French Country Flair” — Rough hewn finishes and salvaged wood planks help recreate the Old World

French décor the clients truly desired. A custom hood was created, using copper, copper rivets, forged-iron strapping and an old beam, and the finish was left with a naturally dark patina. The island top is made from longleaf yellow pine boards, tied together with forged-iron strapping, while the island itself was faux-finished in a shade of bluish gray. Open shelving, made from longleaf yellow pine and then sandblasted, projects the look of beautiful old wood, set off with black metal supports. Perimeter countertops in the kitchen and the dining room console feature 3cm black granite with a Tuscan finish and a chiseled-edge treatment. Whitewashed, old-wood flooring and old beams in the kitchen ceiling and dining room unify the areas and recreate the feel of a French farmhouse kitchen. A French door added to the kitchen exterior wall allows more day-





(Above) “Change of Scene” is the 2nd Place Small Kitchen winner. A custom-built hood, recessed niche and carved corbels are lovely focal points. Muted tiles and light granite countertops add simple elegance. Photo by Phoenix Photographic. (Left) “Not At All Retiring” took the 3rd Place Small Kitchen award. The owners live in a retirement community and wanted built-in flair and function for years to come. It features stainless appliances, gray flat-panel cabinetry with sleek long handles, thin slate counters and a painted-glass backsplash that pops against the neutral palette. Photo by Anice Hoachlander.

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“In Retrospect” took the 1st Place Small Kitchen award. A dash of charcoal, turquoise and red formica, plus linear cooktop arrangement take inspiration from the good old days, then kick it up a notch to the 21st century. The shiny beverage center with drawer refrigerators and wine rack is topped with a glass shelf. Bouncy cork flooring steps back to the 1950s. Photo by Suki Medencevic.

light to flow through. The kitchen was co-designed by Vickie Mire, CKD, CAPS; and Michelle Livings, AKBD, CAPS, LEED. PRODUCTS: Cooktop: Jenn-Air; Dishwasher: Bosch; Disposal: InSinkErator; Microwave: GE Advantium; Oven: GE; Refrigerators: Jenn-Air; Ventilation: Vent-a-Hood; Cabinetry: Medallion; Countertops: Soapstone; Faucets/Fittings: Kohler. Budget-Friendly Kitchen Cheryl Kees Clendenon In Detail Interiors Pensacola, Fla. “Beach Ball” — Here’s a perfect rendition of a contemporary twist on a classic beach cottage. This kitchen in a rental was designed for the easy navigation of a large number of guests. The island offers generous seating areas and plenty of counter space aptly

crafted to serve multiple cooks. This open kitchen plan reflects the Gulf Coast color palette and creates a cheerful coastal atmosphere for guests to enjoy. High ceilings, balanced neutrals and pops of turquoise mirror the freshness of unobstructed water views from the adjacent living areas. White glass-front cabinets feature turquoise backs that keep plates and glasses in the limelight. The porcelain floors, black walnut counter section with prep sink, vibrant backsplash and aluminum swivel stools make the space a cool, modern beach retreat. The kitchen was co-designed with Stacy Snowden. PRODUCTS: Clothes Dryer: Maytag; Dishwasher: KitchenAid; Microwave Oven: GE Advantium; Range/Oven: Jenn-Air; Refrigerators: KitchenAid ; Washing Machine: Maytag; Ice Maker: KitchenAid; Cabinetry: In Detail;

Countertops: Hanstone and Black Walnut; Faucets/Fittings: Hansgrohe; Flooring: Tile Cobsa USA; Lighting: lsland . People’s Pick Kitchen Bryan Reiss, CMKBD Distinctive Design Mt. Pleasant, S.C. “Step Back in Time” — This renovated kitchen in an historical home features antiqued, hand-painted finishes and a large antique Chinese print on the soaring wall over the stairs – a step into historic modernity! Oversize cabinets contrast with dark countertops and the hefty details on the island. The original heart pine floors, large arched windows and exposed brick and beams add to the unique character of the soaring space. The copper hood becomes another focal point. A custom walk-in cooler is housed under the staircase. ➝ HOUSTON LIFESTYLES & HOMES / JULY 2013


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“French Country Flair” is the Before/After Kitchen winner. Rough-hewn finishes and salvaged wood planks help recreate Old World French decor the clients desired. The custom hood is made of copper, forged-iron strapping and an old beam. Countertops are black granite with a Tuscan finish. Whitewashed flooring and old ceiling beams recreate the feel of a French farmhouse kitchen. Photo by Chipper Hatter.



The kitchen was co-designed with Susanne Csonger and Diane Murphy. PRODUCTS: Cabinetry: Premier Custom Built – custom milk painted finish in revere pewter grey and black; Granite countertops: Matrix - 6cm laminated; Refrigerator/Freezer: Thermador; Range: Wolf; Hood: custom copper Abbaca. Universal Design Sandra Tierney, CMKBD, CID Cabinets by Design Escondido, Calif.


“A Family Affair” took the Clay Lyon Honorary award for Best Builder/ Remodeler. The remodel by Angela Victoria Rasmussen catered to the client’s long-time desire to have space for entertaining. The custom cabinetry has spacious work stations, allowing for cooks to interact with guests. A dual-purpose baking center with ample counter space is the perfect buffet platform. Light and airy finishes combine with dark wood floors for a warm and inviting space. Photo by Dean J. Birinyi Photography.

The kitchen in this 1920s Storybook Mission home was designed to make the space more accessible to a client who uses a wheelchair. The design enables the client and two friends, also wheelchair users, to access all the appliances comfortably and move freely between the cooktop and sink. A customdesigned, versatile soapstone sink, with a shallow end as well as a deep end, allowed for a garbage disposal unit. The cabinetry features maple and quarter sawn oak with three different finishes, and the appliances are carefully placed at the right height, with all doors dropping down to provide the easiest access. A solid kitchen table on casters furnishes dining space in front of the TV, enabling the client to prep large dinners while also entertaining. Glass doors above the refrigerator feature a cable box and a stereo, which can be operated with a remote control. Functional, practical and ready to serve! PRODUCTS: Cooktop: Jenn-Air; Dishwasher Bosch; Disposal: InSinkErator; Microwave: GE Advantium; Oven: GE; Refrigerators: Jenn-Air; Ventilation: Vent-a-Hood; Cabinetry: Medallion; Countertops: Soapstone; Faucets/Fittings: Kohler. l



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“Architectural Remnants” is a new laminate flooring collection from Armstrong that captures the distinctive look and texture of reclaimed wood. The floor shown above is Antique Structure - Milk Paint.

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high-tech lifestyle, subculture movement and über conveniences are just some of the aspects of today’s lifestyle that are influencing the products that we are drawn to. The newest floor products are delivering on these changing needs and demands. Scouts and experts at the World Floor Covering Association (WCFA) have scoured Surfaces, one of the home market’s top international trade shows, and have been working hand in hand with manufacturers from around the world to deliver the latest and greatest new products and trends in flooring.

HARDWOOD TRENDS Classic staples such as dark mahogany and cherry stained floors were seen across the show, but floors in dozens of shades of muted greys, vanilla tones and whites were standouts. One manufacturer offered a “Crème de la Crème” assortment of hardwood in five gradients of white. In addition, following up a great showing last year, weathered and worn looks in wood continue to gain ground and grow in popularity. There were no limits when it came to treatments in wood. Hand-sculpted and scraped planks, multi-toned weathered

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finishes, rolled edges and ends, recovered, distressed and timeworn looks were seen everywhere. New to market is a hardwood floor with air-purifying properties. Titanium dioxide is baked into the surface of the wood. When exposed to light, it decomposes organic compounds, including dirt, dust and oils. The treated surface also becomes hydrophilic, meaning that a thin layer of moisture prevents dirt adhesion. To allow for greater definition of the wood grain — not seen in traditional presentations — many companies continued manufacturing wide planks spanning four to seven inches across. In addition, companies are now packaging hardwood flooring in boxes with pieces of varying widths and lengths to add further dimension to rooms. Reclaimed wood from buildings built centuries ago achieves extended life in living rooms across the country. During these uncertain times, people are looking for simplicity and comfort and a place

to retreat. Worn and unfinished looks with exposed seams and distressed surfaces remind us that age can do wonderful things to materials. This “antiqued” finish works to increase the durability of the wood and allows the product to withstand the high traffic and heavy wear of large families and/or pets without issue. As we’ve seen in years past, all of the manufacturers are offering eco-friendly product options and corporate promises. Many hardwood companies are addressing consumer demand for eco-friendly with commitments to replace every tree cut from carefully managed forests with protected saplings. In addition to a renewal commitment, many companies are offering products with extended warranties and enhanced lifespan promises with new stains that run throughout the entire wear layer of the wood. The result is a highly durable floor that offers everlasting beauty that can be enjoyed for practically a lifetime.

Bamboo maintained its popularity as a highly durable, eco-friendly hardwood flooring solution. One company debuted a bamboo floor resembling walnut that is achieved through a hi-tech digital imaging process that imbues a photo-real image of the wood much like the way laminate is made. CARPET AND AREA RUG TRENDS As in years past, carpet and area rugs are all about definition and texture — from leopard print shag to pony hair to braided manmade fibers. Growing consumer demand has also led to supersoft and easy to clean wall-to-wall carpet. Some companies tout luxuriously soft manmade fibers that are so stable they can be cleaned with bleach and water, and they come with lifetime stain warranties. Along with the traditional New Zealand and British wools, area rugs made from some of the softest fibers found in nature were seen at the show. Commonly associated with warm weather clothing, mohair

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Daltile’s Slimlite Slate & Quartzite™ offers the beauty of stone applications in a thin, lightweight stone facade surface designed for easier handling.

Classic staples such as dark mahogany and cherry stained floors were seen across the show, but floors in dozens of shades of muted greys, vanilla tones and whites were standouts. fiber and merino wool are some of the oldest textile fibers known to man. Mohair, which is unique to a particular goat species, is notable for its high luster and silk-like sheen. Due to its nearly microscopic diameter, mohair offers extremely smooth surface texture as it lacks the “scales” associated with wool fiber. Like wools, mohair is naturally insulating, durable, elastic, non-staining, long-lasting and flame-resistant. Together with the long-haired and shag rugs made from goats and sheep, another trend projected fragmented digital imaging from computer screens directly on area rug designs. Rugs with pixelated designs looked like they jumped right off your desktop. Leaving the structured repeat patterns of traditionally designed rugs in the dust, the high-tech flooring borrowed their



eye-popping color schemes directly from the runway with shades of super bright primaries and shocking neon. Contrasting with this trend and equally beautiful were collections of hand-crafted rugs that borrowed from traditional Incan and Ikat designs. The beautiful tribal patterns offered a low-tech, simpler look in muted greys and pastels. Weathering, a recurring trend in the hardwood category, was also seen in the soft surface sector in the form of new rugs made to look old, and deconstructed fibers reassembled into ornate area rugs. In response to a yen for classic aged looks, manufacturers presented “new” rugs with foot-worn weathering and patterns that appeared to have been faded due to time and wear. Other companies showcased glorious shimmering antique silk

designs for the floor made from repurposed clothing such as neon bright Indian silk sari dresses, which were deconstructed then reassembled. TILE TRENDS Over the past few years, engineered stone commonly reserved for kitchen and bathroom countertops has been making its way to the residential floor. A composite material made of reconstituted natural crushed stone bound together by a polymer resin or cement mortar, it offers nearly the same performance as sandstone, marble and limestone. Engineered stone is great for indoors as well as outside as it is extremely non-porous, effectively making it resistant to corrosion from water, materials, ocean air, and air pollution.

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The engineered variety is more uniform and more stable than natural stone, and an additonal perk, it’s more affordable. It’s available in the same formats as natural stone, and enhanced imaging techniques bring it even closer in appearance to its natural cousins. Porcelain, thanks to recent digital imaging advancements, can reinterpret stone, hardwood, leather, even linen. Rich coloring, veining, stratification and surface texture are achieved and lend to the realistic look. Unlike hardwood and real stone, the wood and stone-look porcelain and ceramic tiles and planks of today offer the desired appearance without the high maintenance and price tag. For those looking for something a little less traditional and safe, manufacturers offered punk-styled graphics like graffiti on porcelain. The eye-popping “tagged” looks appeared as paint-splattered planks and tiles that looked as if they were plucked off a subway wall. Other manufacturers offered more “urban” looks in the form of tiles that resembled oxidized metals such as rusting iron and chiseled designer concrete. LAMINATE TRENDS The phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” comes to mind with regard to the laminate category of today. Thanks to tremendous enhancements in digital imaging and surface texturing, laminate products are as close to “nature” as they’re ever going to get. Photo-real hardwood, stone and porcelain looks were seen across the show. The glassy, smooth surfaces of yesterday’s products gave way to highly textured, naturally finished products that may as well be the real thing. Authentic wood grain surfaces, chatter marks, pocking, chiseling, knots and saw marks took the floors to the next level. Speaking of “levels,” advancements in noise reduction have helped to level the playing field between this category and hardwood and vinyl. New introductions are imbued with cork and other soundabsorbing materials to reduce echoes commonly associated with this type of floor. VINYL TRENDS Not everyone knows, but luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is the leader of the pack in the resilient category. In fact, it follows closely behind reigning flooring stars: carpet (No.

Anderson’s Southern Vista™ Collection of engineered hardwood flooring is rich and exotic. Shown in Clay Hollow.

1) and hardwood (No. 2.) The reasons for its success are plain and simple — affordability, durability, second-to-none style and performance. Most everyone today leads busy, stressful lives and with free time at a premium, the last thing consumers want to do is deal with anything that is high maintenance, especially their floors. Unlike other popular flooring choices, LVT is extremely resistant to dents, scratches and stains; it’s easy to install and even easier to maintain. Through the use of computer assisted design and surface treatments, LVT can echo the look of nearly every other flooring surface out there. Whether hardwood, travertine, limestone, concrete or slate, it can even be made to look like antiqued, reclaimed woods complete with saw marks, holes and color variation. New advancements in LVT include products backed with cork and other sound-absorbing materials, bringing the product even closer to the natural thing. Installation of LVT is a breeze thanks to drop-lock, floating designs that allow for easy, glue-less and affordable installation. Some products can even be lifted directly off the floor and reinstalled or donated when renovating a room.

“Consumers are looking for great-looking products that are easy to maintain and are available at affordable prices,” said Scott Humphrey, Chief Executive Officer of the WFCA. “With all of the new and existing products on the market, our goal is to facilitate the research and buying process for the consumer. The website provides all of the information necessary to make informed purchasing decisions.” The WFCA’s website offers detailed information and practical tips on every flooring category available, including carpet, hardwood, laminate, ceramic, porcelain, resilient, vinyl, cork, stone and area rugs. An overview of each category provides the pros and cons, trends, varieties and styles available, things to consider before purchase, maintenance tips and how to prepare for installation. In addition, information on flooring trends and new products can also be found on WFCA’s blog, When it’s time to buy flooring, offers a searchable database of reputable WFCA retail members around the country. All a user needs to do is enter their zip code to get a list of retailers in their area. l HOUSTON LIFESTYLES & HOMES / JULY 2013


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EZ FLOORS EZ Floors has the flooring and countertops to finish any remodeling project. Luxurious carpet in the bedroom. Elegant hardwood flooring in the living and dining rooms. And timeless tile in the kitchen, bath and entry. They highly value your complete satisfaction with their products and service. Their philosophy is very simple; if you are pleased with your shopping experience, they are confident you will share it with others and continue to use EZ Floors for all your floor covering needs. 1557 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. N, #110 713-465-6741 24150 Hwy. 290, #270 281-758-2980 16945 N. Eldridge Parkway, #100 281-257-5955 17111 West Road, #105 281-656-2224 5015 FM 2920, Suite A 281-288-2300 20680 Westheimer Parkway, #150 281-647-0777

SHOWER DOORS OF HOUSTON With over 25 years of experience, Shower Doors of Houston designs and installs high quality shower enclosures, custom fit to your shower or tub. No matter the design, framed or frameless, they provide the very best in products and service. They work with homeowners, builders, designers, architects and remodelers. They provide high-quality custom shower glass at a competitive price with quick and courteous installation. Call or go online for a quote or to schedule a free consultation. Shower Doors of Houston is an accredited BBB business. 281-220-6886 1660 Townhurst, Suite A, Houston


THE SLIDING DOOR COMPANY Open the door to all your space solutions using The Sliding Door Company’s signature line of residential and commercial interior sliding doors featuring modern and cost- effective room dividers, wall slide doors, closet doors, pocket and swing.713-850-0707 3601 W. Alabama #107, Houston



JOSHUA’S NATIVE PLANTS At Joshua’s you’ll find one-of-a-kind garden art and architectural relics as well as drought-tolerant evergreen succulents and cactus. Specializing in zero-care Texas native plants that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Check out their warehouse full of pots and planters. A thousand urns and fountains are on location. 713-862-7444 502 W. 18th Street, Houston

Blackbird Landscapes designs and builds unique, modern landscapes. From pizza ovens, decks and pergolas to landscape and lighting design, Blackbird Landscapes is committed to constructing timeless, green environments. It's all possible. What can Blackbird build for you? 713-683-0206

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ENCORE LANDSCAPES TEXAS CUSTOM PATIOS They custom design and build patio covers (attached and freestanding), outdoor kitchens, screened porches, room additions, decorative patios, decks and more. The latest trends and products will transform your backyard but maintain your home’s original architecture and add value, beauty and function all year. Well known for their exceptional professionalism, seamless construction and excellent workmanship. Texas Custom Patios is a BBB Gold Star winner. Call for a free consultation or view their project portfolio online. 281-265-1994

Putting customer service first, Encore offers: • Professional landscape design service • Lawn maintenance/ mulching • Create flowerbeds / add seasonal color • Put in a garden / tree trimming • Outdoor lighting...adds security • Sprinkler systems / repair / drainage issues • Fountains / Natural stone borders • Driveways / pathways / steps / pavers • Patios / patio covers / arbors / pergolas Providing service to Houston, Bellaire, Tanglewood, Memorial, Memorial Villages, West University, South Side, Sugar Land, Missouri City and Stafford. Call for a free on-site consultation visit.


GALLANT GARAGE & PATIO The premium coatings offered at Gallant Garage & Patio are the new, high-tech way to make your garage look better than new... even if your concrete slab is stained or cracked. These industrial-strength coatings are impervious to chemicals and automotive fluids. Gallant Garage coatings are also unaffected by heat, unlike do-it-yourself “garage paints,” which peel up or stick to your car tires. They have an extensive variety of standard colors, as well as custom finishes that resemble Granite or Terrazzo. Call for a free estimate. 281-762-9707

LONE STAR BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION SERVICES, INC. The Greater Houston Builders Association named Lone Star Building & Construction Services, Inc. the Remodeler of the Year in 2008 and 2010. The National Association of Home Builders has awarded them the February 2011 "Remodeler of the Month." Lone Star Building & Construction Services offers: • 3D Design/Build • Budget Driven • Guaranteed Timely Project Completion • Fully Insured • Owned by Master Craftsman. Lone Star offers all of these and more. For more award-winning projects, visit their website. 713-522-7111

KEECHI CREEK BUILDERS Keechi Creek Builders is a nationally recognized, award-winning design/build, remodel and custom home building company. Their objective is to partner with you to create a home that improves your quality of life. With over 25 years of combined experience, they have quickly become one of the most reliable companies in the Houston area. Owner Brandon Lynch, CGB, CGP, CAPS serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Houston Builders Association. Texas A&M Class of ‘01. 281-914-4951 21175 Tomball Parkway, Suite 328



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Facelift Fervor When injectables and fillers aren’t enough By Elizabeth Anthony n just 15 years, the number of cosmetic surgeries has exploded — from 2 million to 9 million — and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports a 77 percent increase in the number of cosmetic procedures that were performed over the past decade. Americans now spend just under $11 billion per year on cosmetic procedures, and many are facelifts. In fact, in 2012, more than 126,000 facelift procedures were done, up 6 percent from 2011. Much of what’s driving the rising trend has much to do with the unrealistic standards of youth and beauty as seen on TV where everything is possible in a digital world of make-believe. More and more people, men included (over 12,000 facelift procedures were done on men in 2012 — also up 6 percent from 2011), are buying in to the “forever young” mentality. As the procedure is not typically covered by health insurance, you might think that the hefty price tag may be a deterrent. Obviously not, as the previous 2012 statistics indicate. When investigating facelift surgery and its cost, keep in mind the adage, “You get what you pay for!” To be performed well, facelift surgery requires advanced surgical skill, and for this highly visible, complex surgery, you should definitely invest in a very experienced surgeon. Facelift cost is made up of three fees: the anesthesia fee, the facility fee and the surgeon’s fee. The surgeon’s fee is the majority of the cost, and the hardest to predict without first knowing the extent of the procedure and the surgeon’s qualifications. The total average cost of facelift cosmetic surgery ranges from $6,000 to $15,000. The cost for anesthesia ranges from $1,000 to $1,300. The facility fee (or hospital fee) ranges from $500 to $2,000. The rest comprises the surgeon's fee. Cost also varies with the extent of the procedure. For instance, if the skin is dry

Traditional Facelift (SMAS Facelift) Like a cutaneous facelift, a traditional facelift addresses the lower face and neck, and it involves the same incision. The surgeon dissects the skin from the underlying fat and muscle and will then use sutures to lift and reposition the muscle layer (“SMAS” – superficial musculo-aponeurotic system) toward the ears. This muscle tightening is thought to provide longevity to the surgical result. Excess skin is removed and the incisions are closed.




and stiff from overexposure to the sun, the facelift procedure will be more difficult and time-consuming than for more elastic skin. Cost can only be accurately quoted after the surgeon has performed an examination and developed a surgical plan. TYPES OF FACELIFTS A variety of different types of facelifts and facelift techniques are performed today. Your surgeon will discuss with you which type of facelift is right for you. Cutaneous, or Skin Only, Facelift A cutaneous facelift addresses the lower face and neck and involves an incision made in the hairline, starting above the ear, continuing behind the ear, curving around the ear and ending in the hairline behind the ear. The surgeon dissects the skin from the underlying fat and muscle, stretches it back, trims excess skin, and closes the incisions. The oldest type of lift, this procedure poses little risk to underlying facial muscles and nerves, yet this facelift is considered to be less durable than facelifts employing muscle tightening.

Deep Plane Facelift During this type of facelift, the surgeon dissects to a deeper plane of the patient’s face before lifting and repositioning the muscle. Additionally, the surgeon will separate certain muscle layers from deeper muscles and/or other facial structures. Proponents assert that it offers advantages over the traditional facelift, including a more natural result and improved rejuvenation of droopy skin; however, this technique has a higher risk of facial nerve injury and many surgeons disagree that it offers any significant advantages. Temporal Facelift This type of lift targets the eyebrow area. Surgeons will use this type of lift to address patients with slightly drooping or lowered eyebrows since this procedure gives the eyebrows a lift without having to perform a more extensive full brow lift. During this procedure, the surgeon will make an incision and lift the skin on the sides of the brows. Midface Lift The midface lift is a relatively new procedure soft tissues in the cheekbone area are lifted, alleviating the appearance of nasal labial folds and hanging skin in the middle of the face. Sometimes the midface

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Basu Plastic Surgery Dr. Bob Basu Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bob Basu has been recognized as an HTexas magazine Top Doc in Plastic Surgery for the past several years. His vast experience with cosmetic breast augmentations, lifts and mommy makeovers makes him one of the busiest cosmetic plastic surgeons in the region. Most importantly, his before/after galleries speak volumes about his experience and outcomes in cosmetic plastic surgery. Visit them and learn more at his website.

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Texas Medical Center: 6400 Fannin, Ste. 2100 Houston Cypress: 21216 Northwest Freeway, Ste. 210 Katy: 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd, Ste. B200 713-799-2278

Carlos R. Hamilton III, M.D. Hamilton Vein Center Dr. Carlos Hamilton is a board-certified vascular and interventional radiologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of vein disorders, including varicose and spider veins. He is the Medical Director of Hamilton Vein Center in Sugar Land, Bellaire, Lake Jackson and Kingwood, Texas. Most procedures are covered by insurance, and they offer FREE consultations. To learn more, please call or visit the website.

Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Offering expanded access to unsurpassed pediatric care, Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus is Houston’s first community hospital designed, built and equipped exclusively for children. Conveniently located at I-10 and Barker Cypress, Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus offers inpatient and outpatient services and houses the only dedicated 24/7 pediatric emergency room in Greater West Houston.

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Dr. Nicholas Fiore is double board certified by the American Board of Surgery and has a certificate of added qualifications for surgery of the hand. His practice is solely dedicated to the treatment of the upper extremity with a focus on pathology of the hand and wrist. Dr. Fiore offers minimally invasive treatments for both carpal and cubital tunnel syndrome, as well as Dupuytren’s Contracture.

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BASU PLASTIC SURGERY Basu Plastic Surgery is proud to announce that we are now offering Ultherapy! Ultherapy is the only FDA-approved procedure to lift

In the right hands — and for the right patients — a facelift should provide beautiful, natural results that rejuvenate your appearance and boost your self-confidence.

skin on the neck, chin and brow! Ultherapy is a new type of non-surgical, non-invasive procedure that uses ultrasound and the body’s own natural healing process to lift, tone, and tighten loose skin on the brow, neck, and under the chin. With Ultherapy, there’s no downtime, no foreign

lift is combined with traditional facelift, and other times cheek implant surgery or fat transfer surgery is performed to achieve a similar result.

substances, no incisions, and no needles. Ultherapy uses the safe, time-tested energy of ultrasound to stimulate the deep structural support layers of the skin—including those typically addressed in a surgical facelift—without disturbing the surface of the skin. With Ultherapy, you can go about your day after a single, 60-90 minute in-office procedure. You may notice a short-term “boost” but the natural process of creating new, more elastic, collagen builds over time.

Subperiosteal Facelift The subperiosteal facelift is performed at the very deepest layers of the facial structure — deeper than a deep plane facelift. Many surgeons question whether this technique offers any advantages to the traditional facelift given the technical difficulty and prolonged recovery and risks associated with this technique.

Call our office today to schedule your complimentary consultation at 713-799-2278. Gift Cards are available for purchase. Visit our Aesthetics Center at our Katy Location for Spa Treatments, Botox, Juvederm, and Radiesse.713-799-2278 Texas Medical Center: 6400 Fannin, Ste. 2100 Houston Cypress: 21216 Northwest Freeway, Ste. 210 Katy: 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd, Ste. B200

KELSEY-SEYBOLD CLINIC Summer means more outdoor activities. But excessive exposure to the sun can cause skin cancers, eye

Mini Facelift Although there are many types of mini facelifts, generally speaking, this procedure makes use of smaller incisions than traditional facelifts, making healing and recovery times respectively shorter. For patients with extensive skin looseness or skin wrinkling, this procedure is a poorer choice because surgeons can’t dissect the skin and tissue as extensively as with a traditional facelift. The best candidates are usually younger patients with good skin elasticity.

problems and a face that looks older than you really are. Here are some sun safety tips to help protect your skin, courtesy of your Kelsey-Seybold Clinic Dermatologists: 1. Reduce exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when sunrays are strongest and most damaging. 2. Be serious about sunscreen. Check the label for a broad-spectrum sunscreen that helps protect against UV-A and UV-B rays and has a SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or higher. Apply liberally 20 minutes before exposure. Reapply after swimming and again every two hours if perspiring. 3. Wear sun-protective clothing that includes loosefitting attire, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with 99 to 100 percent UV protection. 4. Exercise caution with children as they are extra sensitive to sunburn. Ask your pediatrician for advice.

S-Lift An S-Lift is a type of mini facelift which has been modified such that the incision is made in an “S” shape. The S-lift has the advantages of quick recovery and short incisions, but is only a good choice for those with mild looseness along the jawline. MACS Lift, Quicklift The MACS lift and QuickLift are similar to the S-Lift technique. Their risk, recovery, and invasiveness are greater than the S-Lift, but less than a traditional facelift. They can be a good choice for mild to moderate aging changes of the face, and are often combined with other procedures.

7900 Fannin St., Houston Appointments: 713-442-0000



Lifestyle Lift® The Lifestyle Lift® is a type of mini face lift and also a branded procedure. The pro-

cedures are performed in the Lifestyle Lift centers by surgeons who specialize only on face/neck and involve an incision made along the temple hairline and continuing down around in front of and behind each ear. The deeper muscle or SMAS tissue is pulled up and back (and possibly trimmed) and sutured into place. Excess skin is trimmed off and the incision is closed. Liposuction may be used to reduce fat from under the chin. In addition, the muscle bands in the neck may be sutured together to lessen their appearance. Thread Lift, Feather Lift A thread lift uses sutures beneath the skin to pull it up. There are a variety of sutures on the market today used for this purpose, which differ in how they hook into the facial tissues. The technique used is generally the same, and results are generally subtle at best, with questionable durability. Fusion Facelift In the fusion facelift, incisions are hidden in the hairline and extend from slightly above the ear traveling down around the earlobe and ending right behind the ear. The subcutaneous layers of the face are tightened and facial skin is re-draped and lifted. Excess skin is removed. Laser liposuction is then performed to the neck removing excess fat and tightening overlying skin. The fusion facelift moves the entire face as a single unit. Recovery is said to be faster due to the use of shots of epinephrine given before surgery to reduce blood flow and bruising. Making the decision to get a facelift is no trivial matter. It can be a magic potion or a Pandora’s Box, so be careful that you set realistic goals and expectations and that you are generally happy with yourself before the surgery. In the right hands — and for the right patients — a facelift should provide beautiful, natural results that rejuvenate your appearance and boost your self-confidence. l

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Steven E. Nolan, M.D. Fondren Orthopedic Group, L.L.P. Dr. Steven Nolan specializes in the delicate process of shoulder as well as knee arthroscopy. Dr. Nolan is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He has served as the chief of staff at Memorial Hermann Fort Bend Medical Center and has two locations.

14861 Southwest Freeway, Suite C-302, Sugar Land 6550 Mapleridge, Suite 108, Houston 281-340-1234 •

Texas Center for Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry Guy M. Lewis, D.D.S. Dr. Lewis is an accredited and founding member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and has been practicing since 1984. Dr. Lewis and his associates offer cosmetic and family dentistry for patients of all ages. Dr. Lewis has developed G. Lewis veneers, a non-prep, ultrathin veneer that employs cutting-edge technology with minimal or no preparation of the teeth. Call today to schedule your consultation.

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A Civilized Pastime The cultural shift to drinking wine during meals

By Denman Moody n the ’60s and early ’70s, wine was plentiful — mostly in the sweet red (Lambrusco), sweet white (Liebfraumilch), sweet fizzy (Mateus and Lancers) and jug wines (Almaden Rhine Wine, Inglenook Chablis, Gallo Hearty Burgundy, etc.). At a steak house, most would have a mixed drink before dinner (after the law was changed in Texas allowing mixed drink sales in public restaurants), and then have dinner and leave. Contrast that to today, where at nearly every table is a glass or bottle of wine enjoyed throughout the meal. What factors caused this cultural shift? Actually, a number of factors, including wine writers (there were a miniscule number of us when I started “Moody’s Wine Review” in January 1978) — Robert Lawrence Balzer and Robert Finnegan being primary out of a handful known nationally. Since then, Robert Parker and myriad others have appeared on the scene, and every other newspaper and magazine started a wine column. A second and important factor was and is the part played by Italian and French restaurants in engendering a culture in this country — like the one extant in their countries— of enjoying food and wine together for a more memorable dining experience. And finally, in the ’70s, the quality of the best varietal wines increased dramatically, as was verified by the 1973 Chateau Montelena Napa Chardonnay and the 1973 Stag’s Leap




Wine Cellars Napa Cabernet Sauvignon whipping their top competitors from France in the 1976 “Paris Tasting” (see p. 4849 of my book, The Advanced Oenophile). For a while, in the ’80s, it seemed that many wines were beginning to taste alike, probably because of the cross-fertilization, so to speak, of aspiring American winemakers working in wineries in Europe and Australia, and aspiring European winemakers starting off in Napa. There was a shift towards more great varietals and less interest in local grapes. At some point in the ’90s, this reversed, and it became quite in vogue for one to revive or greatly improve one’s indigenous varietals. While the following wines are not all indigenous to these countries, it has now become all the rage to know about much more than to be able to order a good Chardonnay or Cabernet from the wine list. Here are some more or less newbies for most wine lovers to seek out and add to their ken: Italy — Primitivo and Sagratino di Montefalco (reds) Spain — Albariño, Verdejo and Godello (white); Cariñena and Garnacha from Priorato (reds); Mencia and Monastrell from Bierzo (reds) Chile — Carmenére Argentina — Torrontes (white); Bonarda (red) Austria — Gruner Veltliner (white) Continued on page 65

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By Kelly Foss;

TOYOTA RAV 4| Starting price: about $23,300 eing one of the originators of the compact SUV market, the RAV4 has proved to be a reliable companion over the years. With the introduction of the fourth generation, the vehicle has received several desirable and much appreciated upgrades. Compact SUV’s or CUV’s are car-derived vehicles. They are wildly popular because they possess a car-like driving experience and comfort, plus a flexible interior that you can actually carry the stuff of life in. The fact that they get pretty good fuel economy and have an elevated seating position is icing on the cake. Dimensionally, the new RAV4 is about the same as the previous generation. The interior has been reconfigured to harvest more usable space. The side-opening rear cargo door has been replaced with an overhead hatch. Many liked the side door because you didn’t have to make a high reach to pull the door shut and there were no hydraulic pistons holding the door up to wear out. The upside to the change however is that the spare tire is


no longer hanging outside the car on the back door. It is now neatly tucked under the rear cargo area. That makes for a more elegant appearance and lower repair bills in rear collisions. Though the previous RAV4 had optional third row seating for very small agile people, not many buyers opted for it so the spare tire claimed that space. In all the interior cargo room in the new RAV4 has been increased in the new model. The second row of seats is 60/40 split and the seat backs recline for added passenger comfort. Another significant change is in the drive train. The previous model had either a 4 cylinder or the optional V6 engine. Both are now replaced by a totally modern 2.5 liter 4 cylinder engine. The previous model was equipped with a 4 speed automatic and the new one has a 6 speed transmission. The new 4 cylinder and 6 speed automatic combination is a quieter, more efficient package that provides more than enough power for the vehicle and delivers better fuel economy

too. The front- or all-wheel drive options have been retained. Though the exterior styling will seem like a modernized version of a familiar shape, the interior has been radically upgraded. The timid utilitarian trappings have been replaced with contrasting colors, surface stitching and soft touch panels. The seating is comfortable and the visibility from the passenger’s viewpoint is rewarding. Technology offerings include Toyota’s new Entune technology system which provides smartphone connection, online apps and voice command. Additionally, you’ll find a backup camera, blind spot and cross traffic alert systems, navigation and keyless entry technology. Toyota buyers are loyal and keep coming back largely because of the quality and reliability of their vehicles. The new RAV4 retains those attributes and is now offered in a more modern and appealing package. Visit for more information on these models.l HOUSTON LIFESTYLES & HOMES / JULY 2013


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Memorable Weddings





he love story of Amy Barker and Austin Richards was


complicated by timing, personal loss and a few

surprises. Their poignant journey began at Taylor

High School and eventually led to a dazzling wedding featured by the Houston Bridal Extravaganza. A deep commitment to family, faith and one another has led them to a milestone — a third anniversary celebration observed on July 17.

First Date Although they attended the same high school, Amy and Austin didn’t connect until they enrolled at Texas A&M, which just happened to be the alma mater of Amy’s parents. They

Amy looks stunning in a Kenneth Pool gown set off by a bouquet of flowers in her favorite bright colors. • Bridesmaids Jessica Dostal, Lesley Philipp, Hollie Bowen, Courtney Plank and Rebekah Elliott stand by Amy's side. • The couple poses for an engagement photo. • The groom's attendants enjoyed a game of pool before the ceremony. • The bride-to-be spends a quiet moment with her mother before her walk down the aisle. •Amy tied her father’s A&M ring and picture into her bouquet.



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became friends but didn’t date until after graduation, when fate and mutual friends intervened. “Austin’s best friend married my best friend and college roommate,” says Amy. She and Austin were attendants in the wedding, which generated a bit of matchmaking. When friends suggested they go out on a date, Austin jumped at the opportunity. “Thankfully, he was persistent,” Amy says. Her calendar was full — not with social events, but with family obligations. At the time, both of her parents were battling cancer and Amy, an only child, set everything aside to care for them. After Amy had to cancel eight dates — yes, eight — she and Austin finally met at Cyclone Anaya’s, a Mexican restaurant that was supposedly at a midpoint location easily accessed by them both. Amy recalls, “After we left, I saw him pull in to his apartment only a few blocks down the street, which meant our ‘mutually convenient’ meeting involved me commuting 30 minutes, and him only five!” She forgave him, and Austin was

Amy poses in the sun-drenched splendor of Paraiso Maravilla for her bridal shoot. • An imprinted stone displays the couple's wedding invitation and wedding rings. • The bride-to-be eagerly opens a pre-wedding gift from her groom. • Austin was surprised by his gift from Amy — a cherished watch. • Amy prepares for the big moment. • Amy dyed her shoes a signature pink.



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smitten. He embraced her family and stepped up as a support system for them all. "During that trying time, Amy really showed how caring and selfless she is,” says Austin. “She may think I saw her at her worst, but I think I saw her at her best, and I knew God put her in my life for a reason."

Courtship & Proposal Amy and Austin dated for two years while witnessing the remarkable 28-year bond between her parents. Austin supported Amy after the loss of her father, Dan Barker, to brain cancer and together they rejoiced as her mother Debbie overcame breast cancer. “It was far from a normal courtship,” says Amy, who wasn’t able to spend a lot of “alone time” with Austin. But he always managed to bring her cupcakes, a

Flower girl Emma walks with ring bearer Caden. • The couple adds to their “sweet” love with a midnight candy bar for their guests. • Mr. and Mrs. Richards are beaming as they head into the reception. • The four-tiered wedding cake features four themed layers and a bow. • The groom’s cake demonstrates Austin’s true Aggie Spirit. • Amy’s Uncle Tommy and Uncle David walk her down the aisle.



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favorite treat, and the couple also spent family time with Austin’s parents, Jamie and Francis Richards. With the phrase “through sickness and in health” as their example, Amy and Austin became inseparable. Austin arranged a special proposal complete with a romantic dinner and a surprise knee-drop. When he presented the ring, Amy burst into tears. Over the next year and a half she excitedly planned her dream wedding. The bride and groom dance to When You Got a Good Thing by Lady Antebellum. • Amy and Austin seal their vows with a kiss. • The newlyweds smile through their first toast as husband and wife. • The couple’s custom monogram lit the back wall of the reception venue at Briscoe Manor.

The Wedding Amy envisioned a meaningful, heart-tugging ceremony followed by a reception filled with food and fun for family and friends. Most importantly, their vows meant a lifetime commitment between herself, Austin and



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We would love to hear about your special day!

God. Austin surprised her with an exquisite

a special flower arrangement Amy’s father fre-

pearl ring, presented just before the ceremony.

quently sent to her over the years. “I wanted it to

Tears nearly ruined her makeup, and Austin

appear that I had just walked out into a summer

was equally moved by a gift from his bride-to-

field and gathered flowers,” says the bride, who

be. He always wanted to buy a nice watch

carried her father’s picture and his Aggie ring

“once he made something of himself and

tied to her bouquet. Flower arrangements and

achieved some goals.” He wore his pre-nuptial

bridesmaids bouquets included hot pink

gift down the aisle to commemorate their

Mokara orchids, purple hydrangea, hot deep

biggest goal: a life together.

pink peonies, orange spray roses, orange pin

Style: Amy’s favorite hot colors, including orange, purple and yellow, were set against the rich brown and cream hues of her Texas rustic

berries and lime green cymbidium orchids with

chic theme, which complemented her personal-

root and bear grass to tie in the brown hues of

ity and perfectly captured the warmth of a July

her wedding

wedding at Briscoe Manor in Richmond. The

colors. The flower girl carried a composite rose.

couple designed a wedding monogram, which lit a wall and also appeared in an ice sculpture,

Magnolia leaves and garlands were interspersed throughout the decor as a tribute to

at each place setting, as well as other strategic

her father who referred to Amy as his “Steel



Attire: Amy wore a Royal Duchess Satin gown by New York designer Kenneth Pool fea-

The Cake: The four-tiered wedding cake was flavored in butter raspberry and a raspberry torte

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A custom-made veil completed the ensemble.

quilted and accented with pearls; and the fourth

“Lover” shoes by Stuart Weitzman featured

embossed with lace with pearls, topped by a

big bows on the back, and according to Amy,

large bow. The groom’s cake was chocolate

which includes one photo and

nearly gave her mother a heart attack when she

with chocolate icing, and had a caramel pecan

approximately 250 words.

dyed them hot pink — Amy’s signature color.

filling. Chocolate-covered strawberries sur-

During the reception, Amy replaced her veil

rounded an A&M logo.

with a vintage headpiece, which served as her “something borrowed.” Her matrons of honor and bridesmaids wore


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ding originally brought Amy and Austin together. Bridemaids included Courtney Plank, Lesley Philipp and Jessica Dostal. Justin

featured box pleats and raw silk sashes tied into

Richards and John Paul Meijer served as best

bows. The dress pockets came in very handy

men and stood with groomsmen Rhett Bowen,

when reapplying lipstick. Each bridesmaid wore

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her choice of shoes that matched the dress.

Emma Barker and ring bearer Caden Pogue

an all-white vest and tie. The best men and groomsmen wore traditional Calvin Klein tuxedos with black ties and vests. Floral Décor: The bridal bouquet, overflowing with the brightest colors, was modeled after HOUSTON LIFESTYLES & HOMES / JULY 2013

The Bridal Party: Matrons of honor included Rebekah Elliott and Hollie Bowen, whose wed-

a driftwood color. The A-line tea-length dresses

The groom wore a Calvin Klein tuxedo with


cushions, blue delphinium, fern curls, mangocolored mini calla lilies, yellow fresia, green

were adorable and performed their duties flawlessly. Amy’s two uncles, Tommy Barker and David Barker, walked her down the aisle. The ceremony was officiated by Adam Jungeblut, the son of family friends.

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Memorable Weddings Continued from page 58

Recently Tasted Winners White Wines: Special Touches: From the time she was a little girl, Amy dreamed of her father giving her away. They frequently talked about her big day, and in his honor she incorporated those memories. As guests entered the chapel, they were greeted with pictures of her father, grandmother and cousin arranged on an armoire amidst flowers, candles and a special pillow embroidered with the words, “When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.” Behind the Scenes: Amy’s main goal was

Yellow Tail Moscato (Australia) nonvintage — for those with a sweet tooth and a severe budget, here’s a sweet, fizzy palate-pleaser, $4.99; Estancia Unoaked Chardonnay Monterey County 2011, $10; Sartori Pinot Grigio (Italy) — a steal at $11; BUTY, 60 percent Semillon, 19 percent Sauvignon Blanc, 21 percent Muscadelle Columbia Valley 2011, $20; Sonoma-Loeb Chardonnay Sonoma County 2011, $20; Patz & Hall Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard Carneros 2010 (doesn’t get much better than this — try with red snapper in a cream sauce topped with fresh lump crabmeat.) $53

to provide great food and music for her guests, plus lively entertainment on the dance floor. She

Red Wines:

jokingly told the sound technician to keep the

Beast Wildebeest Columbia Valley Red Wine 2010 (made by BUTY (ha ha) but lovely red with a hint of spice — not sure

festivities going even if the power went off. As luck would have it, about 10 minutes into the

of blend, but guess Syrah predominant, $23; Bella Zinfandel Big River Ranch Block 10 2010 (with 20 percent Petite Sirah), $43; Patz & Hall Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2011 (good wine to cellar for one or two years), $43; Goldeneye Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2010, $50; Nickel & Nickel Merlot Harris Vineyard Napa Valley, $52; Cobb Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast (the stable of Pinots here are all elegant — 13 percent alcohol —and already drinking well). My favorite is the Jack Hill Vineyard with only 140 cases produced. $65 l

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reception a two-minute power outage dimmed the lights and music. “Our turntable DJ was fabulous and didn’t miss a beat,” says Amy. Houston Bridal Extravaganza: The wedding planning, romantic ceremony and reception was chronicled by Bridal Extravaganza, which included footage of the couple sampling and selecting their cakes, choosing attire, and attending to the details. Separate bride and

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groom interviews showed two people head over heels in love. Beautiful videography of the ceremony and reception captured the joy and showcased the emotional and physical effort put into their exquisite wedding experience. “When I looked into Austin’s eyes as we danced for the first time as husband and wife, it was a moment I’ll remember forever — just perfect,” says Amy. Austin agrees and adds, "I

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Linger Longer Southern classic Reynolds Plantation puts Georgia on your mind

The Ritz-Carlton Lodge Entrance

By Bill Anderson and Elizabeth Anthony nly once before have I vacationed in Georgia — as a child with my parents and my sister on a family trip to the Georgia coast. It was awesome. The other time I spent there was simply driving through on my way to elsewhere. Always captivated by the lush green landscapes, lofty hills and Southern charm of Georgia, when I received an invitation to spend some time at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge at Reynolds Plantation on Lake Oconee, I jumped at the chance.


Southern Charm and Tranquility On the drive in from the world’s busiest airport, I was transported to another place altogether. Just 75 miles from Atlanta, stunning 19,000-acre Lake Oconee shimmers in tranquility. This place has country roads embraced by lush, green hills. Here, towering pines pierce the sky. Above the trees, eagles glide gracefully, and things become unhurried and uncomplicated. I literally felt serenity close in on me. When I was told that the people born to this land called it “Linger Longer,” I knew immediately why. As soon as I arrived, I knew leaving would be difficult. Reynolds Plantation is situated on 10,000



acres between the equally stimulating Southern cities of Atlanta with its trendiness, and Augusta with its tradition. Reynolds Plantation is a thriving country club community where members from every state and more than a dozen foreign countries enjoy not only an amazing lifestyle in an amazing locale, but also an ever-evolving roster of exhibitions, performances, lectures, author meet-and-greets, dinners and instructional events, including the very popular “Linger Longer Living” cultural series.

wood-burning fireplace and is the essence of Southern luxury. The sunsets over the lake were stunning. Another tantalizing feature of staying in the cottages afforded me the opportunity to learn the fine art of Southern grilling from the property’s BBQ Butler who assisted me in the selection of meat cut, complementary woods, specialty sauces and sides and then prepared the ultimate made-to-order cookout for my group. Other options at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation include:

Puttin’ On the Ritz I was researching Southern resort properties when I found this place. The RitzCarlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation (2013 AAA Five Diamond Lodging and 2013 Forbes Four-Star resort award recipient) was promoting “Discovery Packages,” providing a gracious introduction to the Reynolds Plantation lifestyle to help prospective members experience the lifestyle first-hand. The legendary service of The RitzCarlton was only highlighted by Southern hospitality at the hotel’s Lakeside Cottages where I completely enjoyed the secluded beauty of my surroundings. Each cottage features a living room, Butler’s pantry and

• 251 well-appointed guest rooms and hotel suites, with views of the resort and Lake Oconee • One three-bedroom and five two-bedroom golf cottages • 5,400-square-foot Presidential House • 30 acres of picturesque shoreline property on Lake Oconee • Championship golf • A 26,000-square-foot, full-service spa and fitness center REYNOLDS PLANTATION ON LAKE OCONEE My experience didn’t stop there, though. Beyond the hotel, I relished in an abundance of world-class amenities at Reynolds Plantation. The Lake Club Wellness Center

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Hole #2 The National Bluff

is the nexus of social activity in this community. A member-only club, this facility offers an indoor and two outdoor pools, an award-winning tennis center, fitness center and more, along with a beautiful location overlooking Lake Oconee. Six golf courses complement a range of outdoor activities along more than 374 miles of shoreline. Members of Reynolds Plantation enjoy a caliber of golf that few communities can match. With 117 holes draped across natural rolling hills and designed by some of the most respected golf architects in the game, there is an endless variety and a rewarding challenge for any golfer at every fairway and green. • The Landing — Bob Cupp, 1986. The Landing at Reynolds Plantation was the first golf course on Lake Oconee and has hosted the 2006 Georgia Open and the 2008 PGA Professional National Championship. • The Plantation Course — Bob Cupp, 1988. This course set the stage for Reynolds Plantation to become the golfer’s mecca it is today, garnering several coveted spots among the nation’s top rankings. • Great Waters — Jack Nicklaus, 1992. Site of the Andersen Consulting World Championship of Golf from 1995 to 1997, Great Waters is a Nicklaus signature course, and has been ranked among the “Ten Best New Courses” by GOLF Magazine. • The National — Tom Fazio, 1997. Fazio took maximum advantage of the site

when designing Reynolds National, creating holes with drama as unique as the setting. An additional nine holes were added to the course in 2000, bringing the total number to 27, and allowing three different course options for members. • The Oconee — Rees Jones, 2002. This incredible Jones design has captured the attention of the golfing industry, hosting highly visible tournaments like the 2007 PGA Cup and the Chickfil-A Bowl Challenge. • The Creek Club — Jim Engh, 2007. Reynolds Plantation’s first-ever private golf course. “As impressive as all that is, it’s what

takes place on our golf courses that sets this community apart,” said Reynolds Plantation president Rabun Neal. “Hundreds of youngsters hit their first ball at one of our driving ranges, every day friendly bets take place between regular golf groups and thousands of dollars have been raised through member golf tournaments for their favorite charities.” I sensed that spirit while I was visiting: community side by side and equally as important as competition. Though I’m not an avid golfer, I must say my visit to The TaylorMade Kingdom at Reynolds Plantation — a favorite stop for PGA Tour professionals — was more than

Hole #17 The Oconee Course



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Guests at the Cottages can experience the BBQ Butler

interesting. Here, with the help of cutting edge-technology, I had my golf swing analyzed and enjoyed a lesson from Top 100 Golf Instructor Charlie King at the Reynolds Golf Academy. Club fitting and on-site club building is available as well. Pre- and post-golf, I enjoyed some of the state’s best fishing, swimming, boating, water skiing and picnicking. I frolicked in and around four marinas, five clubhouses, six world-class restaurants serving casual to elegant fare, 16 tennis courts, miles of walking trails and beautiful natural scenery. I can easily see why Reynolds Plantation would make the perfect place for a second home or exceptional primary residence.

The Landing Golf Course

number of ways to enjoy what the lake lifestyle is all about. The selection of vacation packages is flexible and covers every sense of the word “vacation.” No matter if you are an avid golfer looking to build the dream golf vacation for friends, a mom or dad wanting to impress the kids with the ultimate family vacation, a couple planning a destination wedding or a husband wanting to plan a romantic weekend getaway in a tranquil, lakefront setting, the agents are pleasant to work with and will find the best way for you to enjoy your stay. Within this engaging Georgia backdrop, Reynolds Plantation on Lake Oconee elegantly sits in the heart of nature, providing guests impeccable service right alongside gracious southern hospitality. It is infectious; it is charming; it is heavenly. I most definitely wanted to “linger longer.”

Activities Abound Outside of the property gates, I was able to find a range of conveniences less than a mile away. At Lake Oconee Village, an upscale Publix grocery store and the eight-screen Spotlight Theatres complement a variety of restaurants, shops, clinics, banks, pharmacies, salons, boutiques, gift and antique shops. Charming, historic small towns like

Greensboro, Madison and Washington are just a hop, skip and jump away providing even more unique shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities. The buzz when I was visiting was all about the improvements the community is enjoying. I met Janice Sharp, Chairman of the Reynolds Plantation Board of ‘Advisors, at a community social. She shared, “Since MetLife acquired Reynolds Plantation last summer, the excitement and energy is everywhere and everyone is beaming about how great everything looks.” Neal added, “The residents and members aren’t the only ones taking notice. Sales in everything from a $300,000 cottage to a $900,000 premium lake lot are up 50 percent. Plus, we are about to release our new exclusive lakefront properties, some of the finest lake views we have offered in a while.” Property ownership is a requirement for membership at Reynolds Plantation and comes with a one-time initiation deposit. Membership types vary and members enjoy significant discounts on a variety of services and amenities. Outside property ownership, there are a

For more information about Reynolds Plantation, call 800-800-5250 or visit For the RitzCarlton Lodge, call 706-467-0600 or visit l

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••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Angela Zatopek won the heart of bachelor Ben Patton in the show Ready for Love.

Houston Native is Ready For Love Twenty-five-year-old Houston native Angela Zatopek emerged as the winner in the dating docu-series Ready For Love, which was produced by Eva Longoria. Narrowed down to two bachelorettes, Ben Patton, a hospital CEO from Dallas, chose fan-favorite Zatopek over fellow contestant Allie Wagner. If you missed the finale, it is available on HULU and Zapotek is a Univeristy of Texas Austin graduate and an experienced reporter with FOX and CBS College Sports, commentating from the football, basketball and baseball sidelines. Aside from these primetime sports, her favorite activities range from hiking and sailing to pilates and boxing, and her passion for maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle has led this “fitness guru” to fashion a blog devoted to sharing her advice on living a healthy, active life; with tips like how to reduce the guilt of a favorite recipe and the secret weapon to staying in shape on-the-go. She has also just launched the “One Love Collection,” a jewelry line recently featured in the Houston Chronicle, The Daily Mail and on The 700 Club. It is a unisex jewelry line that features bracelets, necklaces and rings available in gold, white gold, rose gold & sterling silver, silver and rose gold with her own unique designs inspired by her decision



to save sex for marriage. The line is meant to feature intimate, memorable pieces representing a commitment to faith or a promise to oneself or another. Jewelry is available for purchase at

Seasons 52 Now Open at Millenium High Street Seasons 52, the highly acclaimed fresh grill and wine bar restaurant, officially opened May 23 in Houston’s Millennium High Street. This is the first location in Houston and the company’s third restaurant in Texas following the success of both the Seasons 52 at the Shops at Legacy in Plano and NorthPark Center in Dallas. Seasons 52 at Millennium High Street features a warm, welcoming ambiance with rich mahogany accents and a custom built wine cellar. The space provides seating in the casually sophisticated dining room, in the piano bar featuring live music nightly, and the outdoor patio. The restaurant also offers two private dining rooms and an exclusive Chef’s Table. Seasons 52 provides the perfect setting for business lunches, romantic dinners, socializing with friends, or any private group celebration or corporate event. Recognized for its forward-thinking restaurant concept, Seasons 52 changes the menu four times a year and offers weekly fresh features to truly

capture the flavors of the season. The restaurant will premiere with the summer menu featuring seasonal selections such as Ahi Tuna Tartare served with wasabi-avocado mousse, mango chutney and curry spiced crisps; Heirloom Tomato Carpaccio topped with goat cheese; along with signature items including Flatbreads and Mini Indulgences. Seasons 52 continues its promise of offering a menu where every dish is 475 calories or less. The restaurant is located at 4410 Westheimer Road in Houston.

H-E-B and Houston Texans “Sacks for Hunger” Raises Funds For Houston Food Bank H-E-B and the Houston Texans presented the Houston Food Bank with $47,000 through the H-E-B Sacks for Hunger program. This translates into 141,000 meals for hungry Houstonians. Starting with the 2010 NFL season, H-E-B has partnered annually with the Houston Texans on the Sacks for Hunger promotion as part of the company’s ongoing support of the Houston Food Bank. Through the program, H-E-B pledged to donate $1,000 to the Houston Food Bank each time the Texans defense sacked the opponent’s quarterback during the regular season and playoffs. The Texans defense recorded 47 sacks in 2013, including the playoffs, resulting in a Sacks for Hunger donation of $47,000. Watt accounted for 22 of the team’s 47 sacks, meaning that he personally supplied 66,000 meals for hungry Houstonians. The Houston Food Bank feeds 137,000 people each week by distributing food through nearly 500 hunger relief agencies in 18 southeast Texas counties, including church pantries, homeless shelters, safe havens and nutrition sites for children and the elderly. Thanks to strong community partnerships, the Houston Food Bank is able to stretch every $1 donation to provide a full day of meals for one person.

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•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Monique Lhuillier’s spring 2014 collection can be previewed at the Trunk Show July 25-27.

details of each designer’s collections. It is also the only bridal store in Texas with a Vera Wang shop within the store. Expert stylists guide brides through every aspect of wedding day fashion including bridal accessories and shoes. Casa de Novia is located at 2040 W. Gray, Ste. 120 in Houston. Store hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For information, visit

movement to provide access to healthy food for everyone and believes passionately in the Urban Harvest mission and its programs. In her new role at Urban Harvest, Wicoff will serve as ambassador for the organization as it continues to move forward with its strategic plan to maintain and create new partnerships and collaborations that will support the organization’s mission. She will oversee the development of marketing and communications strategies and materials to build the profile of Urban Harvest.

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Casa de Novia Hosts Trunk Shows Casa de Novia has two trunk shows planned in July. The Junko Yoshioka Trunk Show will be held July 12-13. Yoshioka’s unique use of materials and inventive design sense has made her a successful designer for couture wedding and evening gowns. Inspired by the flavors and sights of France, her Spring 2014 collection utilizes fabrics with texture and dimension and unexpected elements to create a fresh and distinctive group of wedding gowns. The Monique Lhuillier Trunk Show will take place July 25-27. Houston brides-tobe can be some of the first to preview the Spring 2014 Monique Lhuillier bridal collection. The Monique Lhuillier name is highly coveted because of its stellar design, quality and brand image. Her designs have been the fashion focal point for many celebrity weddings. The newest collection boasts gowns in various silhouettes with drop waist, lace and bow belt accents. Translated as “House of the Bride,” Casa de Novia Bridal Couture is Houston’s fashion-forward bridal boutique exclusively carrying couture bridal gowns and offering a unique knowledge of high-end fabrics, optimal fits and

Empty Bowls Houston Fills Bowls for Hungry Neighbors in Need The 9th annual Empty Bowls Houston was a huge success thanks to the artists who made and donated bowls, the event sponsors, the hard-working volunteers and committee members, and all the people who came and bought bowls in support of the Houston Food Bank. An impressive $70,562 was raised by the event, which makes it possible for the Houston Food Bank to provide 211,686 meals to people in need in the community. This amount will increase slightly as additional funds from a special auction at Archway Gallery are collected.

Urban Harvest Names New Executive Director The Board of Directors and staff of Urban Harvest named Sandra Wicoff as the new executive director of the nonprofit organization. Wicoff served as the executive director of The River from 200512, after which she assumed the role of assistant director of education with Theatre Under the Stars following a merger of the organizations. Her nonprofit and legal experience has put her in positions of leadership requiring skills in management, fundraising, human resources and community partnering. Wicoff is a strong supporter of the

With the dust barely settled from this year’s Show, 396 students received more than $7 million from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on May 22. The Show’s scholarship season kicked off with its Texas-sized awards banquet held in Reliant Center. “These are some of the most amazing students I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with and we are delighted to have them as members of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo scholarship family,” said R.H. “Steve” Stevens Jr., chairman of the board. “College tuition costs continue to rise, and on behalf of the Show’s more than 28,000 volunteers, we are able to award the highest number of scholarships in our history.” These 396 graduating high school seniors will attend 40 Texas colleges and universities in the fall using funds from the Show’s Metropolitan, Opportunity, School Art and other scholarship programs, totaling $7,028,000. The Show awarded 238 Metropolitan and 114 Opportunity scholarships to students from 58 school districts in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller counties, based on academic achievements and economic need. To be eligible for one of the 15 School Art scholarships, applicants must have competed at the district level in the Show’s School Art Program in 2012. Twenty-nine scholarships for other achievements also were awarded to students during the banquet.



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The Minimax #2 store located at 5216 Almeda Road was well stocked, with the product grouped together for easy shopping. This overhead view shows the ceiling fans and as skylights well as the layout of the store.

(l-r) The Bakery department specialized in birthday and party cakes. v Back in the day a shopper would never handle the produce, you would just point and the handler would bag up your selection. v This display of tobacco and candy would not make the cut in today's stores. v Fresh produce to be had for a few pennies. Eggs were 13 cents a dozen. v This group of employees could deliver your groceries to your car or your home. v The manager was ready to check you out.

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t might be a good idea to get a vitamin shot or consume a couple bowls of Wheaties before a person goes grocery shopping these days. Our mega-sized stores offer up not only a grand selection of food items, but the effort we put into trying to find those items also stimulates our cardiovascular system. In the beginning grocery stores were a little more compact back in vintage Houston. What they lacked in overall selection, they made up for in abundant customer service.

Continuing our examination of what’s in a photograph, let’s take a look at the Minimax #2 store located at 5216 Almeda Road in Houston. In the overall photo, we can see that it is a well-stocked store with the product grouped together for easy shopping. The eight ceiling fans kept the breeze blowing while the huge skylights illuminated the store’s goods. It is a very busy photograph that warrants a closer look.l

Photos and historical facts courtesy of Story Sloane’s Gallery 72


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