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January 2014


Inside A John Staub Home

Getting Married? Tips on Merging Households Designers Reveal What’s In and What’s Out for the New Year Architectural Salvage Ideas • Our Favorite Repurposed Items

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On how to keep your wood floors shining Designers, landscapers and other pros tell us “What’s In & What’s Out” for the New Year

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Editor’s Note Calendar Tastemaker: Guy Felton Before & After: Home office renovation Project: Architectural salvage Editor’s Picks: Repurposed finds Pet of the Month: Karen

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Merging Households

Despite having different styles, you two can live happily

Good Brick Award Winner

Applauding the work of Staub – and Stern and Bucek

ON THE COVER Each year, Preservation Houston selects residential and commercial properties as “Good Brick Award” winners. The award recognizes their historical preservation contributions to the city. This Broadacres home, designed by the late prominent Architect John Staub, is one of the winners. Photo by Hester + Hardaway

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In this issue, we’re applauding Preservation Houston’s Good Brick Award winners. Notably, we’ve chosen to spotlight a restored home (page 46) designed by one of Houston’s most prominent architects, John Staub (1892-1981). As we enter 2014 – likely a happy year for builders, architects, designers and remodelers flush with business – it is hopeful homeowners and professionals alike reinforce the importance of building with conscience. In years to come, it would be gratifying to know we each have contributed to creating a legacy equal to Staub’s. Congratulations to Stephanie Ann Jones, the new executive director of Preservation Houston. She plans to increase the awareness of preservation and its importance to Houston’s future. Another new face can be found at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC). Elizabeth Kozlowski joins the staff this month. She is interested in “supporting the role of makers and creators of objects that become such an integral part of our lives.”

Design forecasters have long observed that when times are tough, preferred colors by the public in general tend to be in the beige family – or other more “safe” hues. Well, times have turned more favorably, and Pantone – the global authority on color, it seems – reveals a radiant and very energizing color for 2014. You can read more about it on page 32. You’ll also get a good idea of “What’s In and What’s Out” this year, as a variety of professionals offer their views of what’s ahead. Sure, it’s subjective, but it’s really all in fun. Here’s to a happy, healthy and prosperous 2014! Cheers, Susan


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The Urban Harvest fruit tree sale occurs on January 18 at 5600 Greenbriar Drive.

The Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, 22306 Aldine Westfield Rd. in Humble, celebrates its 40th anniversary with an open house on January 8, beginning at 11 a.m. Commissioner R. Jack Cagle will kickoff the event. On January 23, a one-day class on Creating Your Own Personal Garden Sanctuar y” occurs from “C 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It is free but limited to 18 attendees. From January 23 through March 3, Mercer’s Education Director Scott Meadows and other experts will present lessons and workshops on topics that include landscape design, food production and restoration of native habitats and water conservation techniques during a Texas Gulf Coast Gardner Program.” On January 30, at 6:30 “T Plant p.m., Mercer begins its distinguished lecture series with “P Conser vation in a Rapidly Changing World” by Dr. Peter Raven, president emeritus of Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis at the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences. Info on all programs and events: 281-443-8731 or

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Urban Harvest hosts its 14th annual fruit tree sale on January 18, at 5600 Greenbriar Drive, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – or until all are sold. The organization holds a series of educational talks this month: “Fruit Tree Care,” January 10; “How to Prune and Train Fruit,” January 11; “Pruning Your Apples, Pears and Berries,” January 31. Tree Search Farms supply the fruit trees at the sale. Fruit tree classes are held at various locations. Many have space limits so reservations are recommended. Additional classes this month: “Spring Vegetable Gardening,” January 5; “Growing Organic Vegetable” series starts January 23; and “Sustainable Living Through Permaculture #1,” January 26. For cost and place info: 713-880-5540 or

A rc h i t e c t u r a l Wa l k s” happen on the Preservation Houston’s “A second Sunday of each month between now and November. The walks are docent-guided through Houston’s historically significant neighborhoods, buildings and institutions. The cost is $10 per person or $7 for Preservation Houston members. The group also gives public and private tours of Glenwood cemetery. The program is supported in part by the Susan Vaughn Foundation and by grants from the City of Houston and Houston Arts Alliance. Info: 713-510-3990 or

The Arbor Gate conducts three classes this month at 15635 FM High 2920 in Tomball. On January 25, at 10 a.m., the topic is “H Density Home Orchard Management, maximizing your har vest with minimal space.” From 10 a.m. to noon, another class will focus on “Gunter’s Heirloom Vegetables,” when experts answer questions and provide information on to select the best-growing veggies. On January 26, at 10 a.m., class attendees will hear how to choose and incorporate edibles into any space with talks titled, “The Backyard Buffet,” in addition to “Fruit Tree and Vegetable Event.” Info: 281-351-8851 The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, 4501 Woodway Dr., shows attendees how to build a nest box for the Eastern Screech Owl, on January 19, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $40 for members and $65 for nonmembers. On January 25, the center celebrates Arbor Day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with various events and hands-on activities for everyone in the family. A few scheduled activities: native tree and shrub sale (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), a lesson on how to make recycled paper hats, and a pine seedling give-away. Info: 713-681-8433 14 house& home | January 2014 | www.houseandhomeonline. com

C h e a p S k a t e N i g h t s is January 6, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney. Cost, which includes skate rentals, is $5 per person. Recycling Saturdays take place on January 4, 18 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Houston Creole Heritage Festival and Mardi Gras parade takes place from January 31 to February 1; Info: 713-400-7336 or D i a b e t e s P r e v e n t i o n P r o g r a m” Houston’s YMCA begins a “D developed to reduce the risk of the disease in individuals showing pre-diabetic symptoms. Times vary at the different locations. Free program memberships. Info: 713-659-5566 or M a k e y o u r o w n f u r n i t u re by first getting skilled instruction on how to use a table saw, band saw, compound miter saw, nail gun, and other shop tools. Make a table leg and top and learn the complete table building process. Advice given on buying equipment and supplies. Instructor is Robert Graham ( Class date: January 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $115 + $30 materials. Info on place and registration:

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T h e 2 0 1 4 L u n a r N e w Ye a r F e s t i v a l – Ye a r o f t h e H o r s e – takes place on February 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chinese Community Center, 9800 Town Park. Performances. Cultural exhibitions. Food and games, and more. Supported in part by the Houston Arts Alliance. Info:


The Houston Chinese Traditional Music Group, comprised of both amateur and professional musicians working together to promote traditional Chinese music, plays in celebration of the 2 0 1 4 N e w Ye a r on January 11, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. At Houston Baptist University, 7502 Fondren. Info: 713-8283427 or

Museum Happenings The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC). 4848 Main St., hosts its sixth annual M a r t i n i M a d n e s s !, a chic cocktail fundraiser featuring one-of-a-kind glasses, bottomless martinis, sizzling snacks and a big-board auction. This year, the Mid-Century-themed party gets a tropical twist, with live Latin jazz reminiscent of the 1950s Havana. At the beginning of the evening, attendees will select an artisan martini glass of their choice to use and take home. All proceeds benefit HCCC. January 30, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Info: 713-5294848 or

Home & Garden Shows The 8 t h A n n u a l K a t y H o m e & G a rd e n S h o w takes place January 25 and 26 at the Merrell Center & Robinson Pavilion, 6301 S. Stadium Ln. in Katy, TX. DIY Network’s handyman Jason Cameron is there along with a host of other speakers and experts. Gardening give-aways. Sample local favorites at the craft beer and wine tent. Check out the live cooking demos. Kid’s healthy living zone. Saturday’s show is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday’s time schedule is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $9; $8 for seniors; $5 with a Military ID; and kids under 12 free. Info: The 4 t h A n n u a l H o m e & G a rd e n S h o w i n S u g a r L a n d is January 25 and 26 at The Stafford Center, 10505 Cash Rd., Stafford, TX. Randy Lemmon, host of KTRH’s garden line is there along with certified Kitchen Designer Peggy McGowen and other experts. Whirlpool hosts live cooking demos, and various companies show their latest products for landscaping, interiors, kitchens and baths, flooring, windows and more. Saturday times: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. $9 admission; $8 for seniors and kids under 12 are free. Info:


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GUY FELTON Guy Felton, owner of AG Welding, calls his welders “true artists.� They work with homeowners, builders and others to create everything from ornamental railings, architectural fencing, and captivating lintels -- to the more routine projects of tusses, carports and structural beams. His Web site: Guy Felton employs talented artisans to do custom iron pieces.

An Interview with Guy About His Company, Work & Family When and how did you begin AG Welding? I purchased A.G. Welding in December 2002. I was attracted to this company because of the high quality fabrication and its excellent reputation. At the time I purchased the company, there were seven employees, and we did strictly residential work. In 2004, we started adding commercial work. Currently, we have 16 employees. Roughly half our work is commercial and half is residential. Our residential clients include homeowners building new homes or remodeling existing residences, home builders, and professional remodelers. Where are you located? Can the public stop in to see your shop and work samples? Our company is located in southwest Houston at 8125 McGee Lane. Customers are welcome to stop by anytime, but it is best to schedule an appointment to make sure a sales person is at the shop. Our business hours are 7:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. We are open 7:30 am to noon on some Saturdays depending on our workload. We have a small showroom, and we always have projects in progress that customers can view. Are you a welder? Is this a specialized "art?" How so? I handle the management side of the business. We employ certified welders who do our structural steel work, and we have fabricators to do our stairs, railings, doors, fences and gate work. Our hand-forged iron fabricators are truly artists. Many people may be more familiar with the term blacksmith rather than hand forging. The forging involves heating iron and bending straight iron bars into scrolls or other shapes. W h a t s e r v i c e s d o y o u r p rovide to homeowners? Can you give 16 house& home | January 2014 | www.houseandhomeonline. com

a n e x a m p l e o f a n e s p e c i a l l y r e w a r d i n g p r oject that you've done? We often replace wood stair balusters with iron balusters or a forged iron railing. Customers frequently ask whether they should keep their wood handrail or replace with iron railing. It’s a personal preference, but if the customer has a good stain grade wood hand rail, I suggest they keep the wooden one. If they have a painted wood handrail, I suggest replacing it. We do iron, wood and chain-link fencing, walk gates, drive gates with automatic gate operators. Automatic gate operators can be electric or solar powered and come with many options and accessories such as keypads and magnetic locks. We also provide iron entry doors, interior wine doors, decorative security grilles to cover entry door glass and windows. We also provide structural steel framing for new home construction, and miscellaneous metals, which is a catch-all term for fabricating or repairing anything metal, such as fire place grilles, basketball goals, lawn mower repairs, etc. Do you only work in metal? We provide fabrication and installation metal services using iron, stainless steel, aluminum and bronze. We often incorporate non-metals in our services. For example, we fabricate glass stair railings and stainless steel cable railing. Do you come up with the project designs, or how does that happen? Designs are basically selected one of three ways. When we meet with customers, we bring photographs from our completed projects as well as from books and catalogues. Customers sometimes come in with ideas they have found in a magazine, Web site, or other photographs. Our fabricators can make railings and gates from any picture. The third way a design may be selected is to hire an architect or interior designer. New home blueprints frequently have fence and railing designs incorporated. What was the most unusual or challenging work assignment you've had?


The entry drive gates at the Reed Road parking lot for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo were challenging to fabricate and install due to the mere size of the project. The gate and gate transom are over 20-feet high and 40-feet wide and required a crane to install. In 2011, we won an award from the National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association for that project. Do you have a family? I am married to my wife of 20 years, Cassandra. We knew of each other in high school (we are one year apart), but did not communicate or start dating until about 10 years after we graduated. We have two girls – one a freshman in college and the other a sophomore in high school. I also have two chocolate Labrador Retrievers. What do you do when you're not working? Being a small business owner, I work a lot of hours. Most of my non-working time is spent with my immediate and extended family. I make time for at least one family vacation a year. I try to exercise three days a week, but I frequently fall short of that goal. My youngest daughter is in her high school Color Guard and I attend most of her performances and competitions. For relaxation I watch television, mostly sports (I’m a big fan of our Houston area sports teams) and news. I enjoy doing my own yard work, though I sometimes regret mowing my yard in hot summer months of July and August. I do a little volunteer work, but my wife does significantly more than I do. Where are you from originally? And, if appropriate, what brought you to Houston? I am a native Houstonian. My parents are from New Orleans, Louisiana. I love Houston, and believe this is a great place to live, work and raise a family. Contact Info: 713-988-4200, 8125 McGee Lane, Houston

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10 Tips On How to Keep Your Historic Wood Floors Shining BY MARSHA CANRIGHT

For those who love the warm tones of reclaimed antique pine flooring, or the rich hues of new exotic woods, nothing else is better underfoot. Protecting the natural beauty of your wood floors requires simple care and is an investment in the value of your home. In Houston and Galveston, prior to 1930, almost all homes and commercial buildings were built with Texas Long Leaf Yellow Pine, including the floors, ceilings, studs, beams and wainscoting. “This handsome whiskey-colored wood came from the three-millionacre pine forests on the Texas-Louisiana border,” says Bill Hynek, who has restored wood flooring in hundreds of Texas homes over the past four decades, including national landmarks like Bishop’s Palace in Galveston. Much of the East Texas forest was cleared in the process but wood mills throughout the country are now reclaiming beams and joists from century-old buildings to create new flooring that cannot be produced any other way. No matter what kind of wood floors you have, Hynek offers these simple tips to help keep them well-nourished and glowing for years to come. 1. Keep dirt and sand off any wood floor. The tiny abrasive particles will wear any finish over time. Use a vacuum or dust mop regularly. Keep a coarse doormat on the outside of exterior entrances to remove dirt and keep a more absorbent cotton rug inside the door to absorb moisture from shoes. 2. It’s not the type of wood but the type of finish last applied to your floors that dictates necessary maintenance. If floors have a paste wax finish, they should be cleaned and rewaxed once each year after resealing the dry areas. To seal dry areas, use a thin coat of a Tung or linseed oil and follow with a paste wax like Treewax or Johnson & Johnson. Apply a thin coat and when it dries, rub with a terry cloth. Paste wax will dissolve the previous application, cleaning the floors and building up a modest patina. 3. If floors have a urethane finish, there are a few products, such as Bona and Swiffer, that will clean them. Water and wood don’t mix so never flood the floor. Go with the direction of the boards to avoid streaking. In 10 or more years, if you feel your urethane floors look beyond hope, you may way to recoat them with a compatible urethane. Consult a professional for assistance.

4. The most obvious damage to floors occurs from furniture. Protect your floors from scratches by using compressed felt pads from any hardware store. Also, remove metal or plastic protectors that may be on the bottom of your furniture. Metal causes a black corrosion stain on wood and plastic skids will dry and break exposing the nail and damaging the wood floor. Use furniture cups for heavy furniture like beds and pianos. When possible lift furniture into place, don’t slide it. 5. If you have big dogs, Hynek recommends a wax finish. Dogs can’t get a good grip on the floors and any urethane film finish will show more scratches. However, urethane floors are more chemical resistant. So, if your pets have accidents, urethane may be best for you. 6. A urethane finish is much more susceptible to damage from direct sun light and heat. Make sure you have adequate shading on your south side windows. 7. Sometimes it’s what you don’t do that will keep your floors looking good. For example, never use water base cleaners on wood floors that have a wax finish. The cleaner will dissolve the wax allowing the water into the pores of the wood, swelling them and breaking the seal. Save the Murphy’s Oil Soap for urethane finishes and then only apply it with a damp applicator. 8. Don't put planters -- even with a drip plate -- directly on a wood floor. Condensation will form on the bottom of the pot or plate and the moisture will stain the floors even if you have a urethane finish. Always put air space between the floor and the bottom of the pot. 9. Good maintenance won’t protect your floors if you don’t keep a constant moisture level in the wood. If you’re upgrading your central air and heating system, make sure you don’t get one bigger then you need. A unit that is too large will cool your house down quickly but won’t recycle the air as often leaving the house more humid. This can cause wood floors to cup. 10. Check your home’s downspouts to make sure rainwater is directed away from your house and not underneath. Also check that sprinklers are far enough from the foundation. When moisture accumulates under your house, it can wreck havoc with a wood floor.

Bill Hynek has been installing and refinishing antique wood floors since 1976. He teaches the Galveston Historical Foundation’s home remodeling class on wood floors. He’s a graduate of the National Wood Flooring Associations Advanced Installation and Refinishing. 409. 763.4711. 20 house& home | January 2014 | www.houseandhomeonline. com


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When Nancy and Morris called me to make Morris’ office function better, Nancy knew I would work well with her. We have been in the same exercise class for about 15 years and when she remodeled their kitchen 10 years ago, I helped with that project. “The house was built 40-plus years ago, and I was so pleased with the kitchen that when I finally convinced Morris he needed more room for his office off premises, he moved his big, heavy office furniture out,” Nancy explains. She told me that they have many houseguests, which often


AFTER: A niche was the perfect place to squeeze in a new desk, lamp and simple artwork. BEFORE: A busy bulletin board, messed up walls and stain on the wainscoting and the storage wall just was not working.



AFTER: Using my recommendations, Nancy selected Forsyth Floors Inc. to install matching wood-pegged flooring. The walls were painted the same color as the nearby kitchen to update this office. The hue: Sherwin Williams’ “Yellow Flicker” (old fan deck) yellow by The Painter’s Company. BEFORE: Wall to wall carpet, messed up walls and lack of color and furniture were spoiling this room after Morris moved his office off premises.

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includes families with children. “We have dedicated guest rooms, but we needed another bed,” she says. So Nancy bought a very comfortable KSL Furniture high-density foam sofa bed and a small desk so that everyone would have a quiet place to work. “Morris and I had slept on our son’s sleeper bed several times so I bought one just like our son’s. It does not have a metal support rod that hits you in the middle of your back so it is really comfortable, ” she says. “The toy chest you recommended was my mother’s hope chest, which was given to her before she married,” adds Nancy. The bordered area rug is from Lowe’s. TIP: A sleeper sofa works well in a home of fice as i t i s a real space saver. According to Nancy, the office was a real disaster when her husband actually moved everything out. She said they had only changed the carpeting and torn

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AFTER: Painting the walls Sherwin Williams’ “Yellow Flicker” (old fan deck) and computer matching the oil-based trim to the existing house trim color made this side of the office look better. BEFORE: A sofa bed seemed the perfect solution for this small office.

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out a built-in desk when they first bought the house. “After Morris moved all his office equipment and desks into the room it was just overwhelming to even try to remodel. I knew it would not have helped. After he moved it all out, we then had to decide what to do with the room.” The walls were painted with Sherwin Williams “Yellow Flicker” in eggshell (old fan deck), and the oil base trim was computer matched to the home’s existing trim. What have friends and family said about the new room? “Wow. What a change! Thanks for helping me see this space could be something besides ugly and giving me the confidence and motivation to move forward,” Nancy says.

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WHAT’S IN, WHAT’S OUT? Professionals Tell Us What to Expect for 2014

We thought it would be both fun and enlightening to see what designers, architects, landscapers and other professionals in the industry predict for the New Year. Interior Designer Connie LeFevre reminds all that it is fun to take note of new trends but keep in mind they are often short-lived. “I hesitate to declare something as being ‘out’ because if you like and enjoy it, then how could it be obsolete?” she asks. With those wise words said and understood, we can enjoy a little fun by seeing what people say about “what’s in and what’s out.” Of course, it is all subjective.

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I N : Wa l l c o v e r i n g s : Grass cloth Papers with metallic fiber Peacock feather panels Recycled windshield glass papers LED wallpapers I N : Customization O U T : Order by number I N : Unexpected bright lacquer finishes on old or inherited furniture pieces O U T : Dated, inexpensive pieces from great-grandmother

GREG SWEDBERG Principal/Architect 2 Scale Architects I N : Architecturally designed backyards O U T : Plain sodded yards

JOETTA MOULDEN Decorator/Owner IN: The color Orange The color Grey Ceilings-Planked, beamed, coffered, barreled, gilded, floating, backlit, you name it. But make it completely integrated with wall and room function and line.

I N : Usable home office O U T : Showy paneled offices I N : Large shared closet O U T : His & Her closets I N : Family-or lifestyle-focused designs O U T : Designing for resale I N : Wine appliances O U T : Wine rooms I N : Larger garages to house tools & “toys” O U T : Small garages

Originality Recycling well made vintage furniture via upholstery Upscale laundry rooms OUT : Fancy penthouse hotel dinners Everything you have seen before

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Larger garages with room to store tools and “toys” are in this year. (Photo courtesy of Gladiator Garage Works)


LAURA MICHAELIDES Principal/Interior Designer Four Square Design Studio www.foursquaredesign I N : Restored authentic vintage homes O U T : Faux villas and townhouses I N : Living smaller and closer to work place O U T : Long commutes and large homes

IN: Restored authentic vintage homes that are close to work.

IS THE BULB OUT? As of the first of this month, the next chapter began. Old, inefficient 40- and 60-watt light bulbs, which represent over half the market, no longer can be manufactured or imported into the United States. Incandescents did not disappear at the first of the year – they’re just getting more efficient. Six years ago, President Bush signed a federal energy bill phasing out energy-wasting light bulbs on a staggered schedule to ensure a smooth transition to more efficient bulbs aimed at collectively saving Americans $13 billion on their annual energy bills. All of the major lighting companies, including GE, Philips and Sylvania, supported the changes and have upgraded their supply chains to produce the energysavings bulbs. Consumers now have three major types of bulbs to choose from: new and improved incandescents that use 28 percent less energy, and CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) and LEDs (light-emitting diodes) that provide energy savings of at least 75 percent and last a lot longer. – by Noah Horowitz, director of the Natural Ressources Defence Council for Energy Efficiency

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MISSY STEWART Structural Stylist Missy Stewart Designs I N : Indoor gas chandeliers Bold paint colors Hanging multiple light fixtures OUT : Fake plants Accent walls Bed skirts for cleaner look BEVERLY VOSCO Interior Designer Beverly Vosco Interiors & Remodeling IN: Tibetan patterned rugs O U T : Formal Persian rugs IN: Very contemporary chandeliers O U T : Brass chandeliers

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DARRIN DULING Director, Mercer Arboretum I N : Organic soil amendments O U T : Chemical treatments I N : Groundcovers O U T : Small-space lawns I N : Shade gardens O U T : Perennial borders (Intense heat and droughts in past years encourage a shift to planting moisture-retaining shady oases.)

KARA CHILDRESS Interior Designer Kara Childress Designs IN: Mirrored and acrylic furniture Sophisticated animal rugs and fabrics Textured wall coverings & fun(ky) rugs Outdoor living areas Cool closets and dressing areas Special paint finishes Wine storage drawers, cabinets, closets & cellars Entertaining at home OUT : Clutter! Synthetic pillows Dried and artificial flowers Neutrals without pops of color

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Purple Is THE Color! Pantone, the leading authority on color and provider of universal color systems, has announced “Radiant Orchid” as being the hue to take us through 2014. “Last year’s ‘Emerald Green’ served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, which combs the world looking for color influences before arriving at a decision. “This year’s captivating, magical and enigmatic purple – Radiant Orchid – encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society,” she says. Connie LeFevre, interior designer and principal of Design House in Houston, takes a more realistic stance, saying Pantone’s selection for the New Year will “have less staying power than some of those chosen in the past – such as Emerald Green, Tangerine Tango and “Yes” to painted floors.

LESLIE SINCLAIR Principal Segreto Finishes IN: Cleaner, softer finishes Gray tones Geometric designs Mixing different eras and styles Historical hand-screened and painted wallpapers (De Gourney, Stark, Schumacher) or hiring muralists to create scenes Painting floors SONIA AND MICHAEL TERSIGNE Realtors John Daugherty Realtors O U T : Built-ins for electronics IN: Warm to dark colors O U T : Light woods I N : Quality Mid-Century pieces & pop art O U T : Shabby Chic

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Speaking of color, Kate Smith, the chief color maven and president of Sensational Colors, has selected her 2014 picks for residential front doors. She anticipates “Raucous Orange,” “Quixotic Plum” are two influencing trends: “First, more people are painting their front doors, as opposed to staining them. And they are selecting exuberant shades as a way of telling the world they are

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ready to move forward and embrace challenge,” says Smith. Colors such as “Capri Blue” and “Dynamo Raspberry” reflects such sentiment. Secondly, people are choosing vibrant colors that also forge a connection between community and culture.

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Beautiful doors become headboards, wooden shutters transform into room dividers, and a pair of bathtubs find new life as a barbecue pit. That’s the magic of using architectural salvage for creative projects. It’s a do-ityourself treasure hunt. Lynn Edmundson, director of Historic Houston Salvage, and Joe Janota who manages the Architectural Salvage Warehouse for the Galveston Historical Foundation, have both seen dozens of clever creations from the castoff materials their organizations have reclaimed. “One man used antique windows to build a greenhouse for his wife, and another made a coat rack using an assortment of 19th century doorknobs,” says Edmundson. Vintage flooring, wooden doors, arched windows, fireplace mantels, light fixtures, shiplap, all of this and more, are part of a constantly changing array of goods donated to the salvage arm of these nonprofit organizations.

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“The most unusual adaptation I’ve seen is two claw foot bathtubs put together with hinges to create an extraordinary barbeque pit with the drain from the top tub as the pipe,” says Janota. “Making use of salvaged items has many benefits for the community,” adds Edmundson. “We provide good materials, some difficult to find but usually inexpensive, while keeping tons of usable lumber and artifacts out of the landfill,” she says. The funds from purchases help to support these organizations and their green, preservation activities. Janota likes the environmental benefit of salvage but what he enjoys most, he says, is seeing people’s creativity in action. “I’ve seen old windows, shutters and decorative woodwork hung like pieces of art, and they look fantastic,” he says. Another customer built his own skateboard from pieces of wood, glued together, laminated, and finished off with wheels. “Salvaged wood is more beautiful to me. It has personality, the dings and dents tell a story,” explains Janota. At his own wedding, Janota used a reclaimed window to highlight the

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You’re in coupled bliss — a perfect match, except when it comes to decor. If she's traditional and he's contemporary, then moving in together can be a significant challenge. Love is one thing, merging your lives and your stuff is another. Interior Designer Lynne T. Jones, was working recently with a couple who had distinct opinions about the other’s taste. “She hated his favorite painting, and he disliked her rug choices,” says Jones. “Each tried to communicate with the other through me and it became very awkward, because it was obvious that they were not communicating with one another at all,” she says. (Photo courtesy of Dodson & Daughter Interior Design)

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“When each person starts blaming the other, and when they stop talking and start arguing, the dialogue breaks down,” said Don Cole, a licensed professional counselor and master Gottman-certified trainer, who founded the Center for Relationship Wellness in Houston in 2005. “Successful couples try to honor individual differences. On some days it works and then on others it doesn't, but at least they stay in conversation about it,” he says. When interior designer Johnna Schmitz and her husband, Tony, were moving in together, color became a bone of contention. “The walls in the master bedroom could not be orange, because he is not a fan of the Texas Longhorns,” Schmitz says. She tried calling the color “terracotta” or using brighter, less burnt “lacquer” orange, but to no avail. The Schmitzes closed on a new house this past December and with it came a familiar disagreement. “A year ago, I bought him a new sectional that was deeper and had soft-

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TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL MERGE BLEND YOUR STYLES “To create a cohesive blend, go with a more transitional look that brings in elements of each person’s style,” Schmitz says. “Find a sofa that he likes and let her pick out the fabric — or let him pick out the bed frame, and let her pick out the bedding and the drapery.” PURGE BEFORE YOU MERGE “If both parties bring every single possession to the table, and expect their things to take precedence over the other, then they have a recipe for disaster,” Jones says. “If you show your partner that you are willing to let go of some items, then that should encourage them to be willing to part with some items of lesser importance as well. Remember you need some open spaces to start your own traditions and collections as a couple,” she says. GET RID OF THE DUPLICATES “Unless someone really has an attachment to a particular item, take the best one,” says Sharon Staley, an interior designer. “Either donate or sell the other,” Jones adds. “I think it’s always nice to donate to Goodwill or a local shelter, rather than keep items that you won’t use again.”

BE SENSITIVE ABOUT FAMILY MEMORABILIA “Sometimes possessions have symbolic meanings. People don't necessarily talk about the deeper meaning and why the object important to them,” Cole explains. “Talk through the meaning of the item and try to come up with a compromise. If he has a deer head that he got on his first hunting trip with his dad, but she doesn't want to have a deer head hanging in the den — try having the deer head up during the summer months, and take it down when it's time to decorate for Christmas.” TREAT SHARED SPACE LIKE YOU WOULD A HOTEL ROOM. “When you’re sharing a hotel room, you have to give and take. You split the coat hangers and the drawers, determine who gets what side of the bathroom and the bed. If someone is established in one particular space, allow them to have it,” Staley says. BE OBJECTIVE WITH CLOSET SPACE “If one partner has a job where professional attire is required, they may need more hanging space in the closet. If the lady of the house has a thousand pairs of shoes, but really only wears 15 of them, either store or donate the rest. Truly analyze and see which partner needs more space and try to be as fair as possible,” adds Jones.

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It was a serendipitous find, according to the new residents of a 1926 John Staub-designed home located in the historically intact and period-significant neighborhood of Broadacres located near Rice University. The house really found them, so say the couple who requested anonymity. Previously living in the Memorial area, today’s owners – of what is known as the C. Milby Dow residence – were looking to move but had set their sights on staying in the plush area west of the Galleria. 46 house& home | January 2014 | www.houseandhomeonline. com

A former realtor of theirs happened to have placed the couple on the company’s mailing list. But, when the realtor’s postcard arrived spotlighting the Broadacres house located across town as being for sale, “she” promptly ditched it. And then “he,” a self-described Staub fan, retrieved it – after spotting the architect’s name headlining the postcard topping the trash. The rest, as they say, is history. When the couple walked into the house, it “just felt


THIS PAGE: Top – Guests long ago used to dance on the large patio. Bottom – The new addition, added by Staub in the 1960s, is accessible at the covered porch. OPPOSITE PAGE: The C. Milby Dow residence was built in Broadacres in 1926. It was among the first homes to be built in the master-planned community.


The long foyer is a key design of the house. The stair railings and light fixtures are original. OPPOSITE: A half-moon drive was added in front of the three-bay Georgian house.

right” – despite its neglected condition and the fact it initially did not meet their logistical needs. The next step, after sealing the deal, was to find the right person to help them restore its glory. The couple turned to Stephen Fox, a respected architectural historian and author of “The Country Houses of John F. Staub.” The Dow residence is a featured home in the book. Fox provided the couple several names. One was David Bucek, a principal of Stern and Bucek Architects. “It was in pretty bad shape. Things were falling apart everywhere,” says Bucek. Water damage affected the original wood floors, and the electrical throughout needed updating and attention. Generally speaking, it had suffered from a lack of maintenance. But the two-story Georgian home, a solid masonry house with a framed add-on done by Staub in 1963, beckoned and deserved attention. Bucek and the homeowners promptly began the task of planning its restoration. “As a result of careful planning, the kitchen and master bath were updated for contemporary use and without the need of any new addition,” says Bucek. “Original light fixtures and door hardware was serviced and re-installed. We also Most all light fixtures are original. 48 house& home | January 2014 | www.houseandhomeonline. com



Guests entering the home and standing in the long foyer see beyond to the backyard. The doors lead to a small enclosed room.

Architect David Bucek hired Jhonny Langer from Galveston to be the color consultant on the project. The kitchen (right) was remodeled in the 1970s and again last year. The door hardware is original.

had to install a new air and heating system, plumbing and electrical wiring,” he adds. Alterations to the exterior of the original structure were limited to reframing the east porch, due to deferred maintenance, in addition to the roof of a two-story garage and quarters that had been damaged by a fire. The large lot – sizes range from .8 to 2 acres in Broadacres – was defined by a new garden design by Timothy Adock at Thompson & Hanson. A brick masonry wall was built around the perimeters of the back of the house, which butts up against a busy street. “The existing brick walls located behind the pool were expanded and heightened by adding a brick lattice, which Timothy suggested, for added privacy,” adds Bucek. Before the restoration and updates were complete, Bucek’s team had painted at least 24 sample swatches on the

interior walls of the house for the owner’s review and selection. “We worked hard to get to the original color scheme,” says Bucek, who hired Jhonny Langer, a historic color specialist in Galveston to consult on the project. Staub built six of the 18 original Broadacres homes between 1923 and 1930. The Great Depression halted the development until the end of the 1930s when four more houses were built. The last four were constructed in 1941, 1948 and in the early 1950s. Two other prominent Houston architects built the other original homesteads. They were William Ward Watkin and Birdsall P. Briscoe. In February, the architectural team of Stern and Bucek will receive a Good Brick Award for restoring the C. Milby Dow house.

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“The jury looks for projects that maintain the historic character – the original style of the building – and retaining the fabric of what was there – such as paneling and light fixtures,” says David Bush, deputy director at Preservation Houston. “This house is particularly important because it was designed by one of the city’s most prominent architects. It fits into the Broadacres historic district, a much-intact neighborhood that is a very well done early master-planned community,” explains Bush. ABOVE: The original porcelain sink in the butler’s pantry was refurbished. In some areas of the home, the trim originally was painted in darker shades of color. The ceilings were always painted the same shade as the walls. LEFT: The bathroom in the upstairs room of the 50-year-old addition was modernized for today’s convenience but still reinforces the 1960s tone and direction.

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ETSY SHOP EARTHART BY WENDY, Find Wendy on Etsy, a Web site that promotes artists making unique and hand-made items. Wendy is a reclaimed wall art creator. She offers both art for the wall and table top. These are priced at $45 and up.

DISCOVERY ARCHITECTURAL ANTIQUES in Gonzalez, TX. Suzanne Kittel is owner of the store, which houses all types of antiques representing various styles and eras. Visit to find original items -- great when building new but wanting a place with “old character.” Or find pieces of salvage to feed your own creativity. Located at 409 St. Francis St. More info:

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In the Heights since 1977 226 West 18th St. • Houston, Texas 77008 Ph. 713.868.5219 • 713.862.8112


chris hedrick january 23 – february 23, 2014 art reception: thursday, january 23rd 6–9 pm

koelsch gallery

703 yale

713.862.5744 • one to one collaboration between the gallery and the client, including home or office consultation. • we offer assistance in finding artwork that complements your décor, lifestyle and personality.


ROOST filament bulbs and bases create dramatic industrial lighting fixture. Made with the same techniques and materials used in early Edison bulbs, the Filament Light Bulb generates a warm glow at a low light level INSTALLATIONS in the Heights sells industrial, institutional and architectural antiques salvaged from around the globe. Shown: industrial tool table and an antique water bottle with stand. 611 W 22nd St. 713-864-6125 www.installations

WONDERFAUX STUDIO IN STAFFORD carries decorative chalk paint by Annie Sloan that allows you to bring new life to garage sale finds or family antiques in need of a makeover. Workshops in various refinishing techniques are also available. 13003 Murphy Rd. Ste. B2, Stafford. 281-242-4937

UNCOMMON GOODS sells photo frames made from repurposed tin ceiling tiles. This pair is $45. Find a host of other goods on this site to make your home interesting and comfortable. They often spotlight various artists. Info:

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GEN’S ANTIQUES is a group of diverse dealers whose selection of furniture, art and collectibles will satisfy any taste and budget. Find anything from Seeburg jukeboxes and mid century modern pieces to classic European antiques.

540 W. 19th St. • 713.868.2368 •

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