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As you might imagine, I regularly peruse a host of house images and visit a fair share of homes — all in search of being able to showcase within these pages the most inspirational, architecturally interesting, and prettiest rooms around. Personally speaking, I’m a sucker for reading “What’s In and What’s Out “ lists the first part of each year. This New Year, I thought I’d share my own observations of what’s trending. 1. Porcelain countertops. Apparently, they’ve always enjoyed popularity in Europe, but they are quickly gaining a fan base here as well. The primary downside is that it’s pricey. 2. Olive green and indigo blue, either used together or separately. I don’t see how you can go wrong with almost any shade of green, as it’s a great neutral. There’s something about deep blue that conveys elegance and/or a plush warmth. 3. Aged brass faucet fixtures. Actually, this dulled brass is making a strong comeback in lighting as well. Not the shiny stuff you saw years ago. This looks and feels solid, sophisticated. 4. Organic pieces. From old wood remnants to interesting finds picked up in nature (i.e. large fossils, collection of shells, wooden table bases). . . they all are finding a place inside. 5. Mix of patterns. Geometrics with stripes, plaids with circular forms . . . it all can work. The secret is to tie it all together with common shades of color. HOUSTON

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6. New twist on traditional. Traditional style has certainly eased up and cleaned up. I’m seeing modern pieces lighten the mood in these favored spaces. Industrial accents bring in a more youthful vibe. 7. Acrylic pieces — from small sides to large dining tables. They’ve got wooden bases or steel bracing. 8. Limed oak furniture. This procedure was once used to prevent insect damage. But it looks like a white wash or a light, aged gray color. To depict old or reclaimed looks. 9. Wallpaper. Nature-inspired especially. Plus painted walls to depict favorite wallpaper designs. As for what’s out . . . well, nothing is jumping out at me at the moment. I think if you love it, then it’s in. If you have some thoughts about “What’s In,” and want to share them, drop me a line at sfox@houseandhome Cheers and Happy New Year! Susan (with Sam & Casey) Blue Thumb Inc., dba Houston House & Home ("HH&H"), is a news magazine with emphasis on interior design and remodeling. HH&H does not knowingly accept false or misleading advertising or editorial content, nor does HH&H or its staff assume responsibility should such advertising or editorial content appear in any publication. HH&H has not independently tested any services or products advertised herein and has not verified claims made by its advertisers regarding those services or products. HH&H makes no warranties or representations and assumes no liability for any claims regarding those services or products or claims made by advertisers. Readers are advised to consult with the advertiser and/or other home repair and renovation professionals regarding the suitability of an advertiser’s products. No reproduction is permitted without the written consent of the Publisher. Copyright 2016, all rights reserved. HH&H is distributed at most Houston area Randalls and HEB stores.

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If you’re new to boating or even thinking about it, then you may want to attend the 61st annual Houston Boat Show at the NRG Center, Jan. 8-17. It is the place to go to get greatest deals on new boats, boating gear, and to learn about the latest in marine technology and maintenance. Be entertained by Croc Encounters’ live alligator show, and watch as professional angler Chuck Devereaux demonstrates a variety of techniques for casting and retrieval. For admission, hours and more info:

Preservation Houston hosts a “Downtown East Architecture Walk,” on Sunday, Jan. 10, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The section of downtown east of Main Street is a study in change. Early in Houston’s history, it was home to Quality Hill, the city’s most fashionable residential neighborhood. That changed after the turn of the 20th century, thanks to an expanding business district and the construction of Union Station in 1911. East downtown is an intriguing mix of small commercial buildings, early skyscrapers and gleaming modern office towers and hotels. The 90-minute docentguided walking tour will trace the history of the area through architecture, old and new -- ranging from such historic structures as Union Station and the 1915 Texas Company Building to new developments like Discovery Green, which has been a catalyst for nearly $2 billion in new construction. Info:

The Sixth Annual Sugar Land Home & Garden Show, Jan. 30&31, at the Stafford Center. Over 200 professionals feature the hottest products and services on the market. Topics and categories cover green products, landscaping and gardening, concrete and resurfacing, outdoor living products, interiors, kitchens & baths, contractors, flooring, windows and siding, and home organization. Info regarding hours, admissions, programs: The largest home show in West Houston — the Katy Home & Garden Show — celebrates 10 years, Jan. 30&31, at the Merrell Center & Robinson Pavillion. Two buildings packed with more than 300 exhibitors, focusing on decorating, window treatments, DIY projects, pools, kitchens & baths, and more. DIT Network’s Matt Muenster from Bath Crashers will wow attendees with bath transformations. Info on admission, hours and more:

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) hosts several walking tours this month . . . the “Urban Art Tour: Downtown” takes place on Jan. 2, beginning at the NE corner of Market Square Park at 10 a.m. This series of tours looks at public art, architecture, place making and urban planning in Houston. Each new tour will focus on a small walkable section of Houston. The “Rice University Walking Tour” takes place on Jan. 9, meeting at Lovett Hall at Rice University at 10 a.m. The campus is a treasure trove of great architecture, in addition to large scale art by several notables. The “Houston Heights Bicycle Tour” takes place on Jan. 16, meeting at the Heights Branch of the Houston Public Library at 10 a.m. This tour explores the original foot print of the Heights, Texas’ and Houston’s first mixed-use community and home to 120 of the 215 National Register of Historic Places listed in Houston. Tour will meet at the Heights Branch

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of the Houston Public Library, 1302 Heights Boulevard. Park in the street, not the library parking lot reserved for library patrons. Info: A “Heavenly Night Hike” occurs on Jan. 8, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the Galveston island State Park. Get to know the stars, the names of each. Join Ranger Lisa on a cool evening night hike and learn about the importance of the dark and connection to the stars overhead. Dress warm and be prepared to be outside. Hot cocoa available. Info: Reznicek@tpwd. or

Learn! Registration is now underway at the Suzanne Glassock School of Continuing Education, Rice University. “Designing Building and Remodeling Your Dream Home” begins March and continues through May 4. Instructor is Brent Nyqvist, a principal in the firm of Atticus Architecture. The class will cover budgeting, planning, building materials, foundation design, green techniques and more. Other classes: “Gardening With Native Plants to Attract Birds, Butterflies and Pollinators,” “ Hands-on Cooking With Chef Roger: The Three Course Meal,” and others.

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This Clear Lake kitchen offers a lot of storage and easy access to appliances (above). A custom flue is the focal point of a Houston kitchen (below).

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Kitchens and Baths should be designed so that most can function there safely and happily, at (almost) any age or ability . . . for life. As a designer who specializes in kitchens and baths, my experience dictates that these two spaces are the most dangerous and the most expensive to remodel. My “design philosophy” is that they should be the most nurturing and refreshing rooms in your home. The projects I share here on out with you in the articles I write for Houston House & Home, are either my own or client spaces. Each will be always “Designed for LIFE.” Here are just a few considerations for chic, safe kitchens and baths: • Wider door openings and clear paths. • Easy-maintenance countertops at multiple heights. • Easy-to-access appliances. • Cabinet organization systems with easy access and soft-close features. • Good lighting (LED) and convenience features (receptacles with USB ports). • Non-slip floor surfaces. • Curb-less showers and easy-access tubs. • Shower seats and hand-held shower heads on slider rods. (See the “Resources” tab on the Web site, for a complete list of considerations to make your kitchen and bath safe.) One of my favorite client relationships began a few years ago with the redesign and remodel of their home on Clear Lake. Then, more recently, I had the pleasure of designing the kitchen and bathrooms for the top floor living space of their new Museum District professional building. The Clear Lake kitchen has warm wood cabinets and floors and dark deeply patterned granite counters. Stainless steel punctuates the space in appliance fronts, while blue mosaic tile adds color and sparkle to generous backsplashes. Easy-living features include lots of drawers for accessible cabinet storage, tall glass-front cabinets for display, foot-pedal faucet control, and the microwave placed at just-the-right height. The new top-floor space was designed with quality of life in mind.


The client wanted a comfortable, sophisticated living area with professional kitchen equipment for personal and professional entertaining as well as everyday life. Our Brookhaven cabinets set the neutral color scheme, combining white with elegant dark cherry, leaving room for pops of color.

Interesting note: standing in the working part of the kitchen, you see mostly pristine white cabinets, but looking at the kitchen from the living area, it is mostly dark cherry with stainless steel and glass accents. This kitchen includes two ovens, a steam oven, warming oven and microwave drawer. There’s a Wolf range top, two dishwashers, wine refrigerator, ice machine and two refrigerators. Two large single-bowl sinks have foot-pedal faucet controls, and instant filtered hot and cold water spigots. White Silestone and black granite countertops, with white linear glass tile backsplashes, create a serene contrast to the The microwave is situated so that it is easily accessible. 24 house& home | January 2016 |

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Historic Boundaries A Guide To Fencing Your Old Home BY MARSHA CANRIGHT

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Restoring a 19th century iron fence or selecting a new periodappropriate fence is a common quest for those who are bringing new life to an old home. It’s important that an older fence be carefully restored, adding to its longevity, or that a new fence reflects the architectural style of the house and the neighborhood. Doug McLean, an iron preservation specialist who restored the elaborate ironwork at Bayou Bend in Houston and Ashton Villa in Galveston, has guided dozens of homeowners in reclaiming an old fence or selecting a suitable new one.

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An invited lecturer at Columbia Graduate School of Preservation Studies, McLean offers these tips if you are considering such a project:

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1. If you have a fence, identify its age, strength and condition. The quickest way to determine if it is an original or a reproduction: if the fence is tubular steel, it’s probably not historic. Also check to see if it has vertical pickets with square tubing and obvious, exposed welds. If it does, it’s likely a reproduction. In old fences, you won’t see the welds. Most often 19th century ironwork was made of solid cast iron or wrought iron. Cast iron is molten metal poured into a mold. Wrought iron is produced in a mill, rolled into shapes; it's a solid material. Each has special needs in repair or care. Tubular steel fences have only become popular in the last 30 years. Because the humidity is high in Houston and Galveston, condensation can cause this type of fencing to rust from the inside out. You might not want to restore a reproduction fence that is starting to degrade. It doesn’t have a long life, at best 15 to 20 years in Houston or about half that time in Galveston.

2. Know local requirements. Do you live in an historic district or does your neighborhood have strict building codes? Know the requirements and restrictions for your specific neighborhood before you begin a project by checking with the city or your neighborhood association. “A couple who restored a 19th century cottage in Galveston were not aware of historic district regulations when they built an expensive fence. They didn’t realize there were rigorous height restrictions, and the fence had to be modified,” McLean says.

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3. Do your research. This is the fun part. Check out the photo archives in your local library. There may be a photograph of your home in its original condition, or there may be a photo of a similar house that will help with ideas. By studying your house and using common sense, you can create a new fence that is in harmony with its surroundings.


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4. Consider a salvaged fence. A salvaged iron fence is a great solution if you can find enough sections to fence the area. Check salvage warehouses in Galveston and Houston or places like the Antiques Warehouse in Galveston or Antiques Emporium or Adkins Architectural Antiques in Houston. Iron fencing can remain outside for years and if it’s solid iron with only surface rust, it will be fine. 5. Catalogs. If you were building a house or a fence in the 19th century, the architect or builder ordered from a catalog. For ironworks, that hasn’t changed much in 125 years. There are companies that still manufacture iron fences, producing catalogs like King Architectural Metal, among others. They have hundreds of cast iron parts available. The trick is to be sure it is appropriate. You want the historic thread of the neighborhood to be consistent. I sit down with clients and see what they like and sketch out a section. You don’t have to recreate the exact historical fence, but it looks best when the scale, design and materials work with the period and size of the house. A large elaborate iron fence would look out of place around a simple cottage, but vertical pickets with a spear point and embellishment could look exactly right.

1859 Ashton Villa. Photo courtesy of Galveston Historic Foundation.

1880 Garten Verein. Photo courtesy of Galveston Historic Foundation. BELOW: A historic fence in Houston’s Westmoreland Historic District.

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6. Paint. Whether you are restoring an old fence or building a new one, remember it’s the paint that protects the iron from moisture, salt, and atmosphere, all the things that create rust. If you’re painting the fence yourself, invest in a $79 grinder from Home Depot with a wire cup brush, which makes an excellent tool to clean the surface down to bare metal. Follow this with a metal primer with high zinc content and several coats of an epoxy or polyurethane paint. I use the Sherwin Williams paint system, but other manufacturers have equivalent products. 7. The costs. Costs vary widely for restoring or building an iron fence. The price tag depends on how the fence is fabricated and if it has solid welds. For a quality fence, you could expect to pay $150 a linear foot, plus installation, cleaning and coating. In many historic districts, plastic reproductions of fences are not encouraged. 8. If you want to hire a professional. If you’re going to have your fence professionally done, ask for recommendations from the people who sell antique and salvaged artifacts. Ask potential contractors: “Have you restored a 19th century fence before?” Get the details. You want to find a good yard that can sandblast and paint.

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NACOGDOCHES – Texas’s oldest town Sterne-Hoya House Museum & Library • 1830 House built by Texas Revolution leader Adolphus Sterne • Donated to city in 1958, as a library and furnished in period pieces • One of the earliest wine cellars in Texas • Free tours 211 S. Lanana St Durst –Taylor Historic House & Garden • 1835 wood frame house • Museum with fully functioning smokehouse, blacksmith shop, chicken coop, heirloom garden and sugar cane mill 304 North Street WASHINGTON ON THE BRAZOS STATE PARK – located on Brazos River at Washington; site of March 2, 1836, meeting to make formal declaration of independence from Mexico. • 293 acres of lush parkland • Star of the Republic Museum (operated by Blinn College) • Living History Saturdays at Independence Hall • Volunteers dressed in period clothing bring life to the people and events of Old Washington, surrounding the birth of the Republic of Texas 10 a.m. – 4:30 pm • Texas Independence Day celebration

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BURTON A tiny town in Washington County off Hwy 290 established in 1870 by German immigrants • Texas Cotton Gin Museum at the Burton Farmers Gin, built in 1914, and the oldest working cotton gin in the US • Cotton Gin Festival, April 2016 CHAPPELL HILL Northwest of Houston off Hwy 290 • Chappell Hill Bank – organized in 1907, as Farmers State Bank; attached to 1878 W.R. Reinstein Store; 5060 Main St., Chappell Hill • Blue Bonnet Festival – April 9 – 10, 2016 • Providence Baptist Church – original built in 1866, rebuilt after fire 1873. 2.5 miles NW of Chappell Hill WASHINGTON • Barrington Living History Farm – 1850 home of Dr. Anson Jones, last president of Republic of Texas BRENHAM Step in the Past Tours – every Saturday: takes in seven attractions – Simon Theatre, Glessman Drug Store museum, Brenham Fire Museum and Heritage Museum, and the Giddings Wilkin House (oldest structure in town 1843) and Giddings Stone Mansion (1870). • Chappell Hill Lavender Farm: March – October, 2250 Dillard Road

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GIDDINGS -100 miles west of Houston • Texas Wendish Heritage Museum – preserves history of Texas Wends, Slavic immigrants from Eastern Germany. 1011 County Road 212 near Serbin • Union Station Transportation Museum and the Rural Texas Tourism Center – renovated depot from 1871, by Houston & Central Texas Railway. 289 W. Railroad Montgomery • Began as a trading post in 1826, and birthplace of Texas flag • Restored 19th century historic downtown district – retail shops • Fernland Historical Park – historical homes


VISIT HISTORICAL TEXAS SCHULENBERG Official home of the Painted Churches of Texas There are more than 20 painted churches, including those in Dubina, High Hill, Praha and Ammannsville. • Spring Antiques Festival – March 20 – April 5 • National Society of Artists – April 11 • Historical Museum – 631 N. Main Street LAGRANGE • Texas Quilt Museum – examples of traditional and art quilts from around the world. 140 W. Colorado • Fayette County Courthouse – 1891 MCKINNEY • Chestnut Square Historic Village – public walking tours or by trolley • 10 structures dating back to 1854, includes the 1920s Bevil House, used for receptions and eventsTHIS PAGE: Turn-of-the-century painted churches near Schulenberg were built by German and Czech immigrants. The interiors of these 20 unique chapels are ornately decorated in colorful brushstrokes ranging from vibrant and playful murals to faux-granite patterns cloaking wooden columns. Photo courtesy of Witt Duncan.


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VISIT HISTORICAL TEXAS GONZALES • Site of first battle of Texas Revolution 1835 • Come and Get It flag born from this battle • Braches House & Sam Houston Oak - 1840 – 8 miles east of Gonzales • J.B. Wells House Museum – 15 room house built in 1885 – 829 Mitchell St.

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PALESTINE • Historic Anderson County Jail -1931 • Texas State Railroad – since 1881 • Braly Builders Supply – unusual hardware shop

GEORGETOWN • Williamson Museum – cultural and historical heritage of • Williamson County – 716 S. Austin • Historic Downtown – fine Victorian architecture

CARMINE • Train Depot & Museum – the actual Southern Pacific • Railroad Depot –248 Sylvan St. • Many antique shops

BASTROP • Courthouse and old jail, 1883 • Bastrop Opera House – 1889 – known as Strand Theatre – 711 Spring Street • Home Tour of Historic homes – walking tour of 12 houses (or an additional 9 on a driving tour)

HOUSTON Bayou Bend is the MFAH house museum for American decorative arts and paintings. Displayed in the former home of Houston civic leader and philanthropist Ima Hogg (1882–1975), the collection is one of the finest showcases of American furnishings, silver, ceramics, and paintings in the world. The house is situated on 14 acres of organically maintained gardens in Houston's historic River Oaks neighborhood.

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Step into Galveston’s Bishop’s Palace and it is a step way back in time. Designed in 1887, by famed architect Nicholas Clayton, the grand house was built during an opulent time for the island city, known then as the Wall Street of the South. The 19,082-square-foot building, recognized as one of the nation’s most important late 19th century Victorian residences, was entered into the National Registry for Historic Places in 1970. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) deemed it one of the 100 most important buildings in the U.S. The original owners were Josephine and Walter Gresham and their nine children. They paid $250,000 to have it built and lived in the house until 1921, at which time the Catholic


Diocese purchased it and moved Bishop Christopher Byrne into the house. Sacred Heart Catholic Church is across the street. The building, fortress-like and able to withstand the Great Storm of 1900 — with many locals flocking to the building for survival during the storm — was constructed of steel and colored stone. It soars three stories over a raised basement, with steep roofs, long sculptural chimneys, graceful turrets and a variety of balconies edged in wrought iron. It was – and still is — one of Broadway’s most outstanding “boulevard beauties.” Typical of Clayton, he used a combination of simple geometric forms in bold designs to create an additional dramatic effect. The interior spaces are grand with

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exotic and luxury materials, such as a pair of Sienna marble columns flanking the entrance hall. Impressive fireplaces in most of the rooms are made of materials from around the world, including one lined in silver. Extraordinary! Enter the house first at the raised basement, which once housed the kitchen and servants area. This is now a store and place to purchase tickets and audio tours. It is not until visitors enter the first floor – up an exterior staircase of 18 steps – that the secrets of this house are revealed. First thing that stands out is the incredible detail and intricate craftsmanship in the rooms and halls. The first floor rooms – mostly for visitors and gatherings — have 14-foot ceilings

that are coved and coffered. This floor consists of the parlor, music room, library and conservatory. A huge dining room boasts an original ceiling fresco painted by Mrs. Gresham of cherubs. A massive fireplace in the front parlor is made of Santo Domingo mahogany. An octagonal, intricately carved mahogany 40-foot-tall stairwell, with stained glass on five sides, is lit by a large octagonal skylight. The house includes abundant stained glass, wood carvings, and decorative plaster ceilings and walls. Up those stairs is the private quarters: the bedrooms and living rooms for the family. When the Diocese took over the house, they converted two of the bedrooms into the chapel, painting a fresco of four gospels on the ceiling and installed more stained glass windows. The top floor of the house consisted of more bedrooms and Mrs. Gresham’s art studio.

Today, most visitors consider the meticulously preserved house to be sparsely decorated with not much furniture. However, the Galveston Historical Foundation, which managed the house until 2007. GHF then purchased the building in 2013, choosing to use only furnishings original to the house. An antique 80-pound white winged lion, stolen from in front of the house in 2008, was missing for two and a half years before someone returned it. It was then reattached to its perch at the entrance. An interesting detail about the oversized house is that it is situated on a small lot, making it an anomaly among similar houses of its period and architectural style. It is Victorian; however, it is more specifically described as Chateausque given the intricate combination of materials, cast iron galleries and complex roof system. Over the next few months, GHF will begin its latest preservation project that includes new

electrical wiring, updated historical paint colors, window repair, foundation work and stained glass repair. Additional work is planned on the tile roof though GHF is now verifying the source and manufacturer of the roof tiles. Work is being funded by a grant from the Save America’s Treasures program of the National Park Service for nationally significant properties with matching funds being raised by admission fees. “We are very excited to see some longneeded restoration work under way,” says Dwayne Jones, GHF’s Executive Director. “The Gresham House tells an extraordinary story of the island’s rich history and architecture. It’s a magnificent building that we are proud to own and manage.” The Bishop’s Palace is located at 1402 Broadway and is open to the public. Admission fees. 713-787-9086 ( 45


Galveston Historical Foundation’s 1877 Tall Ship Elissa (left) and 1839 Samuel May-Williams house (right).


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They are the keepers of the cultural history of their cities. They aim to protect, revitalize and restore homes, buildings, landmarks and the heritage of their areas by engaging the community as well as elected officials. The Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) and Preservation Houston are two hardworking nonprofits formed to preserve what is left of the cities’ oldest structures in neighborhoods where new construction threatens the historical character and personality of the community. It’s not been easy, but preservation leaders say it is worth the battle. “Signs of neglect and abandonment as well as forthright demolition were quickly making Galveston a desert of blighted areas,” says Dwayne Jones, executive director of GHF. “The early initiatives of GHF and the supportive response from many in the community and architectural professionals in the region began to educate other residents and visitors. That educational component started a slow but deliberate arc to recognize the island’s history as an economic tool for tourism and growth.” In Galveston where many structures were destroyed by a huge 1877 fire and then the devastating 1900 Storm, GHF has been successful in helping to create four historic districts – the East End, The Strand, Lost Bayou and the Silk Stocking. GHF played a critical role in bringing attention to the vast collection of historic buildings in the city and their significance in state and national history. In the 1950s and 1960s Galvestonians showed little regard for older neighborhoods, the mansions in the East End, and the historic Strand and Mechanic area. In those areas, strict rules today 48 house& home | January 2016 |

regulate the kind of exterior improvements allowed, therefore the homes and businesses in these neighborhoods have (for the most part) retained their turn-of-the-century charm. Galveston’s preservation activity actually began in 1871, with the development of the Galveston Historical Society, set up primarily as a historical and literary society. In 1958, it merged to become the newly incorporated Galveston Historical Foundation. GHF’s mission is public education, historical preservation advocacy, maritime preservation (the Elissa), and stewardship of old properties. Besides the annual and very successful spring home tour, GHF also sponsors the popular Dickens on the Strand preChristmas festival, as well as backyard tours, sacred places tours, and a series of classes aimed at homeowners who want help in preserving their 100+ year-old homes. Additionally, to further assist those homeowners, GHF operates an architectural warehouse where doors, windows, shutters, fixtures and other elements taken from tear-downs are sold to do-it-yourselfers fixing up their island homes. All items purchased from this store – at pretty good prices – must remain on the island and be incorporated into another local house. GHF also assists with wind storm exemption certificates, which allows owners of designated homes to do repairs that sometimes conflict with today’s building codes, such as the type of glass required in windows and doors. Houston, which has saved many of the mid-19th century structures, has had a running battle with inner-city development. With no zoning laws, neighborhoods have been ripped apart with incessant lot-by-lot growth with no sense of community or character.

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Preservation Houston began in 1978, to preserve the local culture, diversity, invention, vitality and can-do spirit by celebrating and revitalizing buildings, neighborhoods and places. But it wasn’t until 1995, that city officials, under the leadership of then-Mayor Bob Lanier, passed local ordinances to protect historic structures. Protecting irreplaceable historic structures is paramount in protecting the city’s architectural and cultural heritage, officials say. Besides appreciating history, Preservation Houston focuses on urban redevelopment, revitalization, defense of neighborhood integrity, authenticity of place and preservation of green spaces. To assist homeowners, Preservation Houston worked with city officials to create the Historic Preservation manual which lays out rules for the remodeling, reconstructing or revitalizing structures in the city’s 22 historic districts. Additionally, Preservation Houston conducts popular (and frequently sold out) architectural walks of neighborhoods and historical locations. Reservations and tickets are available on the website at www. Presently, the city of Houston is establishing guidelines for three historic neighborhoods in the Heights and holding community meetings to get citizen feedback on what residents want for their areas. The process could take up to a year to complete, according to Suzy Hartgrove, public affairs manager with the city’s planning department. Residents can get more information at -- look at the tab labeled Houston Heights Historic Districts Design Guidelines. “This project is directed by ordinance. It is important to protect the historical assets of the city for future generations and tell our story through those assets,” says Hartgrove. The guidelines will be incorporated into a visual reference guide for homeowners and developers of what is an appropriate design element for those areas.

Houston City Council Approves Landmark Designations for Historic Properties The City Council approved Protected Landmark status for the Mr. & Mrs. S.I. Morris House at 2 Waverly Court. The contemporary residence was designed by prominent architect Seth Irwin. The Judge & Mrs. J.A. Platt House at 3311 Del Monte Drive was designated a City of Houston Landmark. The finely detailed French Renaissance style house was designed by Joseph Finger in 1937. City Council also approved landmark designations for two downtown properties: the Melrose Building (Hermon Lloyd & W.B. Morgan, 1952), 1121 Walker Avenue, and the Stowers Building (Green & Finger, 1913), 820 Fannin Street, downtown; and the Gulf Oil Filling Station (1925) at 3709 LaBranch Street, Midtown. In addition, Preservation Houston nominated the 1911 Craftsmanstyle residence of Joseph R. Greenhill III and Violet Stanuell Greenhill at 2520 Mason Street in the Fairgrounds Addition of Montrose. Preservation Houston staff also assisted the City of Houston preservation office in the designation of the Heights Water Works as a Protected Landmark, located at 449 W. 19th Street. Landmark designation is extremely important because it offers the only protection for historic properties. Designated landmarks may also qualify for City of Houston property tax incentives, if they are restored to high standards.

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One of the tasks FW Heritage had to deal with was bringing the porch railing up to code. They did it with originality in mind.


It was a blessing in disguise when Dominic Yap lost his six-figure oil and gas job in 2015, due to widespread layoffs — or so he realizes now. He and wife Lin Chong jointly turned their full-time attention to their company, FW Heritage, which they formed two years prior to help save what remained of the historic First Ward neighborhood. Until last year . . . “I’ve always worked in oil and gas. For 25 years, it was very good to me,” says Yap, who will turn 50 this year. It was to be a turning point birthday for him; it was the year he planned to retire — to put 100 percent into a cause very dear and close to his heart: home preservation. But, as it turned out, he got a jump on his plans. RIGHT: Entryway artwork: 52 house& home | January 2016 |



BEFORE ABOVE: The kitchen is new, with the island base being reclaimed wood and the counters topped with granite. LEFT & BELOW: FW Heritage actually flipped the footprint of the orignal house. The new bedrooms swapped places with the kitchen and dining rooms.

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One fine December day, he reflects on his very serendipitous journey. He says he moved from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Houston, his adopted city, in 2001. He lived in the Rice Military area, where he watched it quickly transform. “Ninety-five percent of Rice Military is gentrified; all the older homes are gone,” he says, softly lamenting what so-called progress does to the families who have lived there for most of their lives. “My concern was the builders weren’t looking for vacant land, they were making quick, fast deals with older people who suddenly weren’t sure where they were going to live,” he says. “I hated the idea of older people being pushed out.” And typically for sums lower than the market was dictating. He eventually moved to the First Ward, which is located inside the 610 Loop, east of Taylor St. and mostly west of I-45, and north of Washington Ave. It was one of four wards created in 1840, strategically located in the center of the business district. Yap liked the First Ward; the homes evoked architectural interest and they were well built. Plus, neighbors mingled with

To make it more livable, FW Heritage turned the two bedroom-one bath into a three/two.

one another in small community fashion. People stopped to say hello while walking their dogs, for instance. Now, First Ward is a shadow of its former self — thanks to the “large white boxes” being built,” say Chong and Yap. “Owners just drive in and stay inside.” There is no real sense of community as in past days. In FW Heritage’s first year (FW stands for First Ward) as an official business, Yap and Chong sent out 300 letters to neighbors still owning quaint Victorians. He made an offer competitive to what the builder’s were paying, along with a solid promise of never razing the house -- that it would be preserved and respectfully restored. Eight owners — out of the 300 contacted — sold to FW Heritage. Yap says his intent for as long as possible is to keep one restored house for every three or four sold to other individuals. The company has one home on the market now. Built in 1903, it had not been well preserved, so Yap and Chong used old surplus materials from surrounding homes (they always are on the hunt to harvest or salvage old wood, doors, windows They selectively picked pieces of old wood for an accent wall. 55

A sympathetic builder donated this house to FW Heritage with the stipulation that they find a lot and pay to move it there.

and etc.) to make it both solid, atheistically interesting, and livable for today’s owners. This charming home, with a broad front porch and alluring gingerbread trim, is located at 1215 Shearn. Their good friend and business colleague Rob Griffith has it listed through his company, Circa Real Estate. It was Yap’s and Chong’s good fortune, they say, to have met Griffith — a resident of First Ward — in the neighborhood. He, too, is restoring a Victorian home in the neighborhood; his own. The three of them enjoy synchronization in both philosophy and drive. The feather in their cap comes from Preservation Houston, a group dedicated to celebrating and supporting the revitalization of places, buildings and neighborhoods. Each year they accept nominations for their coveted Good Brick Awards. Two BEFORE 56 house& home | January 2016 |

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ABOVE: Dominc Yap says this house is the least renovated. The previous owners took such great care of it. They did do some minor renovations to appeal to today’s residents. LEFT: The bathrooms have new lights and received a mini facelift.

of the homes, rejuvenated by FW Heritage, have been nominated — and likely will be on tour in the spring of 2016. The first one is located on Sabine Street and involved David Jefferis with Grayform Architecture. FW Heritage and Jefferis worked together to make the home more livable by today’s standards. Chong says they essentially flipped the house: the living and dining rooms became bedrooms, and the bedrooms became living areas. Additionally, they replaced old flooring. She says they never install new wood into the homes they renovate. They want them to be as authentic in style as possible. That goes for lighting fixtures, doors, transoms, and hinges and hardware. Chong says they, in fact, visited Gonzales, TX, which is home to the king of all salvage warehouses, Discovery Antiques. “My husband thought he had died and gone to heaven there.”

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The Sabine house did receive a new kitchen with granite countertops and a porcelain backsplash that gives a nod to a more vintage style. The base of the island is constructed from reclaimed 19th century wood — much of what came from that house. The wrap-around porch is original to the house, but FW Heritage did decide to extend it to the back of the house. Built in 1883 by a bookkeeper and his wife — Carl and Anna Hirzel —who owned it for 22 years. the Sabine house was then purchased in 1904 by August and Minna von Haxthausen. The kitchen cabinets are original with old hardware.

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He ran the state’s first German language newspaper. Sometime after August von Haxthausen died, records show that his wife converted the house into a duplex in order to afford to live there. The couple’s eldest daughter purchased the home from 1953 to 1964. It was owned by several various families until Yap and Chong bought it. The other house, nominated for a Good Brick Award, is located on Edwards Street. A builder, sympathetic to their cause, donated the house to FW Heritage. The one caveat Builder Bob Stachowiak presented to the couple was that they needed to find a lot and pay to move it there. And they did. “It is a beautiful example of a well taken care of Victorian house, built around 1899,” Yap says, adding with satisfaction that it was the least renovated house of all his eight completed ones. Regardless, he did enlist the services of Laura Michaelides at Four Square Design to tweak the footprint of the home for improved livability. The original owner lived in the house for 80 years before it was bequeathed to her single daughter who then sold it to her caregiver for $10. She lived in it with her family for 30 years. Yap says his next step is to send out more letters. This time, he says with satisfaction, he has a track record to back up his intentions.


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BEFORE The powder bath was transformed from being a “dark dungeon” to one that is light and bright.

LAKESIDE LIGHT AND BRIGHT THE POWDER ROOM Under the graceful, winding staircase is a powder room that received a glamorous makeover by interior designer Crystal Reeves, owner of CLR Design Services. “I especially love powder rooms,” she says. “I chose to do this space, because you can do anything there — you can make it serene, dramatic, fun, quirky. While it’s a small, challenging area, it’s one where you can pack in a big ‘wow’ factor.” Crystal Reeves, CLR Design

Reeves began her career as a display designer at Star

Furniture in Austin and then worked for a firm and later in a trade-only showroom before launching her own company. What was your design goal for this powder room? What did you do to change or update it? Why did you choose the powder room? It was a dark dungeon - everything HAD TO GO. I wanted something light, refreshing, and sparkly and surprising…when you walk in, you feel like you to want to stay there. The existing vanity, plumbing, decorative light fixtures and the wood panel mirrors sur-

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rounding the vanity were all removed as well as the chair rail and mirror wall. The twotone faux paint in the curved wall had to go as well. I designed the new vanity and had the builder fabricate it for me. I had an artist add the silver accents. In regard to the wall where I added niches, there was previously a slab mirror that ran all the way to the floor. A black toilet also weighed down the look. I designed the niches and added lights as well as designed the new vanity. I selected all new finishes (two types of wallpaper, flooring, counter) and added a small pm mold under the green stripe near the crown. Describe the style and rationale behind the selection. Tell about the materials used and the thought process for marrying this with that. Who do you envision living there? The style is ‘resort glam,’ with soft hints of blue/green embracing white and silver accents. Lighting is a HUGE component of the space. There are Edison bulbs in the sconces,

Wallpapered wall niches replace what once was a full-length mirror.

incandescent candelabra bulbs in the chandelier, and LED lights in the niches. The softness of the Edison and

idea that the client can change out the “winter” type items as the

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Tiffany’s jewelry store tone to the glass perfume bottles and Ball Jar arrangements. I combined more industrial sconces with the jewel drops of the

What's a good tip to share with readers? To give the illusion of a larger crown, add pm molding — about

chandelier and facetted perfume bottles to pull everything

1 to 1 1/2 inches — under the existing piece and add a stripe of

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patible and can dim a variety of light types with one dimmer. Many vendors have one dimmer for incandescent and one for LED, but Legrand can do it all at a singular spot. Materials used: calcutta marble on the counter and floor,

RESOURCES: Interior Design: Crystal Reeves, CLR Design ( Floor: Thorntree Slate & Marble (

white/silver wallpaper for the main walls, and metallic grid paper

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White Wall covering: Thibaut (

sink by Kohler.

Silver Wall covering in back of niches: Innovations (www.inno-

For decor, I didn’t want it to go over the top but wanted to

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Ornaments inside frames: Creative Branch

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arrangements, both of which I created. By adding the painted

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HER OFFICE Also located on the first floor (the house is three levels), sandwiched between the master suite and the Crystal Reeves-designed powder room off the foyer, is a home office — that interior designer Carla Aston installed for a woman like her.

Carla Aston

“I thought it a perfect place for a designer's home office with all the cabinets and storage…. It's something we all crave in this business. I have a beautiful feminine desk in the space from Stanley furniture, sitting on top of a striking Stark antelope carpet. After all, what woman doesn't love a nice, plush animal print?” Aston is the owner of Aston Design Studio located in The Woodlands. She says she works with a wonderful supportive staff comprised of junior designers — all of whom work together to avoid over-decorated looks. What was your design goal for this space? What did

The striking “antelope”- print rug is from Stark.

you do to change or update it? Why did you choose this room? Was it already an office, or did you turn it into one? Was anything changed via construction?


This room was styled as a home office previously. It has lots of built-ins and a large closet with shelving. It's the perfect location for the woman of the house to manage the household, with a view through the main front of the home and a lovely window/bench seat with a view of the front of the property, just off the master bedroom area. I loved the fact that all the woodwork was already painted a nice medium gray color, I felt I could work with that. It was already different from the rest of the house, which is always a good thing. I did feel, however, that the existing light gray paint, paired with the gray on the cabinetry, looked drab and unappealing. It just looked tired and plain. I wanted to create a haven for the woman of the house, a luxurious retreat wrapped in rich color and layered with quality fabrics. Personally, I'm not much of a girly-girl type person, so I wanted a strong-feminine vibe, hence the

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indigo/navy walls. (I had one man walk in when it was open to the public and say he didn't feel it was feminine at all, that he felt totally comfortable that made me happy.) The dark Cole and Son wallpaper with the subtle bird pattern is dramatic and eye-catching. The birds are sort of glinting at you with soft iridescence, becoming more noticeable once you come into the space. We added brackets and paneled the area above the counter at the built-in for a more quality look -- and to keep from having to run the wallpaper on the wall back there. I didn't want to divide that cabinetry, I preferred to have it read as one tall unit. That adds to the real asset of this room, the ceiling height and the verticality of this space. It's always a good idea to let the architecture of a space guide your design decisions. We also added a faux-wood finish on the countertop, previously just painted gray like the cabinets, to add richness and quality. My faux finisher, Phyllis Palmer of Transformations, did a lovely job there and on the ceil-

The dramatic wallpaper is from Cole & Son.

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ing, creating a gray, pearlized finish that helps to show-

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case the room in it's rich color scheme.

Tell about the materials used and the thought process for marrying this with that. I borrowed a comfy chair from the Duralee showroom; it was covered in a Highland Court navy velvet that went perfectly with my wallpaper. I then used that velvet to cover the window seat and to pipe the silver silk pillows I had made to sit atop that gorgeous cushion. I love the Currey and Co. alabaster lamp on the desk with the gilded shade. It’s such a nice, rich contrast to

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the dark room, and the Circa brass floor lamp in the corner worked beautifully to provide some soft reading light in the corner. I love the modern edge that lamp and the traditional space.

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THE READING ROOM This reading room/guest room leads to the outdoor loggia and was created by interior designer Veronica Solomon, owner of Casa Vilora. She began her company in 2008, with a clear mission “to bring luxurious but livable interiors to clients — all within an affordable budget. “My design goal for the space was to create a fun, almost whimsical retreat that was grounded with classic elements. I wanted the space to have a dual function as a sleeping area as well as a lounging area. I imagine the kids of the home spending time in this room, reading and letting their imaginations take flight,” she says, about the space she chose at the ASID show house. What was your inspiration? The stylized “cirrus clouds” wallpaper by Celerie Kemble was the perfect complement to the beautiful cove ceiling and served as the main inspiration for the room. I was also inspired by the views of the infinity pool and lake just outside the door. I wanted to enhance the view but still create some interest inside the To make the cove ceiling a focal point, Solomon chose to add a Celerie Kimble paper.

room, and I did that with color palette of indigo, Kelly green, raspberry (fuchsia) and white accented with warm brass. I kept the main furnishings and background in white to open up the small room and create an almost ethereal feel. I also wanted the color in the art and pillows to really take center stage against a white background What did you wish to accomplish, and what is the style depicted here? Imagination, wonder and fantasy are the feelings that I wanted this room to nurture. I was seeking to create a wonderland where the tiny occupants of this home could escape to and curl up with a great book and read and imagine wonderful adventures. I wanted to combine an eclectic mix of design styles from traditional to mid-century modern -- to give the room a more authentic and “collected” quality. The inspiration for the room was the very stylized “cloud” sisal wallpaper. I chose to use it in the cove ceiling to depict a cloudy sky, to help bring a more cozy

The acrylic egg chair adds whimsy to this light-hearted space. 70 house& home | January 2016 |

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adventure. I sought to include some classical elements as well, to keep the room from being overly whimsical and cartoon-like, so I added picture frame moldings to the main wall, and kept a background of creamy whites to complement the existing dark wood floor. The color palette of mostly whites, which is on all the walls and larger furniture pieces, is accented by Kelly green, indigo, and fuchsia --all of which are used in small doses for pillows and accessories. Warm gold finishes also adds to a timeless yet trendy element, and effortlessly mixes with brushed nickel finishes. I chose a daybed to give the room a dual function as a sitting room, as well as a bedroom. The daybed is custom made, and also adds a classical feel with the nailhead detailing in the Greek key pattern. The campaign dressers also give a nod to the past with the wellappointed brass hardware. No wonderland is complete without such fun elements as the acrylic egg chair with the warm lamb’s wool seat, the lamb’s wool bench, and the whimsical Creamy whites help “ground” the fun look, says Solomon.

feather chandelier. These pieces add the youthful quality


that I felt was necessary in this room. The artwork was carefully chosen to help bring about

Interior Design: Veronica Solomon, Casa Vilora, (

some calm to the fun and whimsical color palette and daring mix of patterns.

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My hope is that this room will be a fun get-away that inspires grand dreams, wild imaginations and fun adventures.

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The room was plain Jane — with a baby blue textured cove ceiling. It was very important to me to make the cove ceiling a big feature to enhance its beautiful cove

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Prune With a Purpose BY SKIP RICHTER

A Crepe Myrtle before pruning. Photo courtesy of Mike McGroarty,

Cut tree branches back to the collar.

Late winter, just before the arrival of new spring growth, is the best pruning time for many plants in the home landscape. Proper pruning can shape plants, remove diseased or damaged limbs, shorten a plant that is outgrowing its space, or rejuvenate an old shrub. Different types of plants are pruned at different times of the year. Spring-flowering ornamentals such as azalea, quince and spirea should be pruned after they bloom in the spring. Fruit trees, vines and bushes (even though they bloom in spring) are pruned in late winter so the plant can be prepared to carry and properly ripen a load of fruit. Evergreens such as junipers, ligustrum, photinia and euonymus may be lightly pruned throughout the year. Summer flowering shrubs and trees such as althea, vitex and crape myrtle and our deciduous shade trees respond best to late winter pruning. Roses that repeat bloom through the season should be pruned just prior to the spring growth in mid to late February. “Once bloomers,” including many of the climb-

ing roses, should be pruned after their spring or early summer blooms. Berrying ornamentals, such as pyracantha and hollies (including yaupon and possumhaw), produce berries on the previous year’s growth. So prune these sparingly in late winter. Wound sealer products are not necessary. They don't promote healing and can hold in moisture, which promotes decay. When removing large branches, the gardener should cut back to just outside the collar or raised ring where the branch attaches to the trunk. Cutting at this location eliminates stubs that promote decay of the heartwood, while also preventing cutting too close to the trunk, which increases wound size and delays healing. For more tips on pruning and other gardening topics, contact your AgriLife Extension Office in Harris County at 281-855-5600.

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