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Editor’s Note Calendar Product: Reclaimed Materials Project: Fab Fabrics Recipe: Healthful Food Editor’s Picks: Purple Power Gardening: Year-round Gardening Pet of the Month: Jose

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am certain my grandson, who is my first grandchild, is brilliant. We all feel so proud of our grandbabies, I know. And, frankly, in love. With one and a-half years of wisdom behind him, my grandson reminded me during our precious times together over the holidays to “stop and smell the roses,” so to speak. We hunted for rocks, found pretty leaves and wore acorn caps on our heads and balanced them on our noses. And, yes, we saw — and he pointed out — all the flowers on our walks together. I'm making his enthusiasm for the new, as well as the old, my New Year's resolution to be grateful for the world around us. We’re doing the same here at Houston House & Home with our January issue, appreciating adventures statewide and beyond and to visiting glorious local preservation efforts. Our “Historic Destinations” segment takes you from magnificent Big Bend National Park to charming Georgetown to stops in between on a journey to acknowledge the past and the present. Map out your own family adventure following our guide. Locally, walk through a Heightsarea 1909 Queen Anne cottage, once abandoned and leaning, but now beautifully and sensitively renewed — and a recipient of a

2018 Good Brick Award as bestowed by Preservation Houston. A fairy-tale castle in Riverside Terrace also receives our utmost attention. An Art Deco/Old Hollywood beauty, the grand manse shows off elaborate arches, gables, a grove of fruit trees and lavish pool, all surrounded by a stately stone wall. We present “In with the Old” with ideas on how to give creative new purposes to reclaimed wood, antiques and other treasures. “Fab Fabrics” introduces a world of today’s textiles to bring color and texture to your home. “Purple Power” is all about Pantone’s Color of 2018: Ultra Violet. Have fun with this on-trend hue. And for the now and the future: “Recipe” shares healthful delectables and delights at area restaurants, along with instructions on how to make that perfect spaghetti squash casserole. “Gardening” tells how to continue your passion for year-round pleasure, and take our pet of the month, Jose, home with you. And don’t forget to smell the roses. Cheers, Barbara


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Urban Harvest’s Fruit Tree Sale, the largest single-day event of its kind, occurs Jan. 13. Photo courtesy of

DESIGN/INTERIORS THROUGH JAN. 4: “WILD ABANDON” AT ARCHWAY GALLERY View Thomas Irven’s elegant and whimsical turned-wood forms, as well as Margaret Miller’s oil paintings of natural settings. Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy St., 713-522-2409, www.archway

EVENTS JAN. 6-7: BRIDAL EXTRAVAGANZA SHOW, begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday More than 400 wedding vendors come together with fashion shows, florists, decorations, invitations, banquet facility ideas, cake tastings, honeymoon giveaways with shopping sprees and more. Plan your big event in one weekend.

George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, JAN. 13: URBAN HARVEST’S 18th ANNUAL FRUIT TREE SALE, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Shop from 100-plus varieties of fruit trees adapted to grow in the greater Houston area, including selections for large and small spaces and container gardening at this largest single-day fruit tree sale in the country. The event also features the Green Thumbs Education Pavilion with nutritional and environmental activities for kids of all ages, as well as live music, food trucks and a drawing for a free fruit tree. Houston Community College West Loop, 5601 W. Loop South,

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THROUGH JAN. 14: HOUSTON ZOO LIGHTS Our zoo becomes even more magical during this popular lighting event. Also enjoy food and drinks…and consider giving a “Gift of Grub” to help provide healthy and tasty meals to the animal residents. Presented by TXU Energy and other partners. Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive, JAN. 15: 24th ANNUAL MLK GRANDE PARADE, starts at 10 a.m. Join the more than 300,000 spectators at this annual march, this year featuring 150-plus performing groups, 30 bands and 15 professionally designed floats. The parade is co-lead by the University of Houston Marching Band and the PVAMU Marching Band.

THROUGH JAN. 21: THE ICE AT DISCOVERY GREEN & MORE Fun for the entire family, The ICE powered by Green Mountain Energy offers the largest outdoor ice skating surface in the Southwest. Discovery Green uses water from Kinder Lake to freeze the ice, and all equipment runs on renewable energy. Check out the park’s entire holiday schedule, which includes ice carving, live music, a holiday film series and Discovery Green’s first original art commission, “Hello, Trees! A Walking Serenade” by Daily tous les jours. JAN. 27-28: 8TH ANNUAL SUGAR LAND HOME & GARDEN SHOW, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday Transform your house into a


metalwork, scientific instruments and jeweled objects. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St., 713-639-7300,

OUT OF TOWN JAN. 26-27: ORIGINAL ROUND TOP ANTIQUES FAIR WINTER SHOW Shop until you drop at this antiques and collectibles show at the Big Red Barn Event Center. It’s a don’tmiss event!

UPCOMING ABOVE: The Annual Spring Katy Home & Garden Show takes place Jan. 27-28 at Merrell Center. INSET: Meet Andy and Ashley Williams, stars of the popular HGTV show, “Flip or Flop,” on the new ”Fresh Ideas” Stage.

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JAN. 27-28: 12TH ANNUAL SPRING KATY HOME AND GARDEN SHOW, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday More then 250 industry experts pack two buildings at the Merrell Center with wares for and ideas on renovation, landscaping, lighting, roofing, flooring, paint, home automation and more. Special guests Andy and Ashley Williams, stars of the popular HGTV show, “Flip or Flop,” share their passion for design on the “Fresh Ideas” Stage. A new “Craft and Carry’ area welcomes DIY-lovers to participate in fun projects, and a “Let’s Playhouse” expo features

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JAN. 6: TOY TRAIN SHOW & SWAP MEET, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Buy and sell toy trains, see operating layouts and enjoy refreshments and door prizes at this event sponsored by the Texas Gulf Chapter of the Train Collectors Association. Children receive free kids’ club information. Hilton Houston Westchase, 9999 Westheimer Road, THROUGH FEB. 11: "BESTOWING BEAUTY: MASTERPIECES FROM PERSIAN LANDS” The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents this exhibition of more than 100 works drawn from one of the most significant collections of Persian art held in private hands and rarely publicly displayed. The show highlights the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Iranian civilization from the 6th to the 19th centuries through carpets, textiles, manuscripts, paintings, ceramics, lacquer,

FEB. 2: MARDI GRAS! GALVESTON, continuing through Feb. 13 Grab festive bead necklaces at the largest Mardi Gras celebration in Texas and the third largest in the United States. The extravaganza is spread over 12 days and includes galas, parades, music, food and plenty of family-friendly activities. Those looking for a challenge should sign up for the Jolly Jester Jaunt 5K Costumed Run for Fun. FEB. 16-18: THE HOUSTON GLASS SHOW & SALE, preview 6-9 p.m. Friday, show 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.4 p.m. Sunday Depression-era glass and pottery from the 1920s1970s are for sale, plus linens, china, silver, jewelry and primitives as part of “The Best Little Antique Show in Texas.” Enjoy free parking, good food and glass repair by experts in their field. Fort Bend County Fairgrounds, Rosenberg, www.maxmiller



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hen Kate Smith bought her 1940s home in an established neighborhood, she immediately took to Pinterest, shelter magazines (like this one) and other inspirational sources to find ways that would allow her to celebrate the 75-year-old charmer’s historic character. But, at the same time, “dowdy” wasn’t in her vocabulary. She first removed acoustical tiles from above to reveal a plank ceiling. Despite its asymmetrical look, she became immediately smitten with the rustic appeal. The original ceiling and her desire to remove walls for an open-room concept led her straight down a path to salvage 20 house& home | January 2018 |


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Shelves made from reclaimed lumber are found on either side of the stove, and chicken feeders turned to pendant lights give added personality to the Smith kitchen.

OTHER COLLECTED IDEAS • A barn’s small loft door becomes an interesting kitchen rack for pots and pans. • Fancy Victorian doors have found their way into kitchens to close off the pantry. And other antique doors have reclaimed new life as headboards — and even dining room table tops. • Placing photographs in the various panes of windows, from a century or two past, creates a special display. • Old ceiling tins become canvases for artwork. • Architectural elements hang above doorways or make nice coat/hat racks. • Tall, old shutters transform into doors or wall dividers. • Antique rug remnants — kilims, oushaks — make elegant throw pillows. • Crock pots, urns and tin pitchers transform into lamps. • Large copper bowls become sinks. • Door knobs grace walls as coat or picture hangers. • Old lumber reincarnates into shelves, flooring and furniture. A bathroom vanity base began as rustic lumber pieces at the Smith residence. A vintage frame with a new mirror hangs above.

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RESOURCES Habitat REstore 6161 S. Loop E. Freeway 713-643-1100 Houston Barnwood The Reclaimed Wood Shop 2102 W. 34th St. 832-206-7300 Settler’s Hardware 1901 W. Alabama St. 713-524-2417 CLOCKWISE: At The White House on the Hill, a Round Top-area rental, an antique church altar graces the foyer. Old, interesting finds are juxtaposed with new. A beautiful stained glass window is transformed into a door on rails. 24 house& home | January 2018 |

Matt Brooks at Coldwater Creek Barnwood Salvage in Schulenburg says his inventory of old prized Texas pines — such as Curly, Long Leaf and Loblolly — are favored by area builders, craftsmen and restaurants, such as Rudy’s Barbecue and Fadi's. Some of his inventory — lumber, country relics and some furniture — can be found via Facebook or by calling 713-299-8035. Suzanne Kittel, owner of Discovery Architectural Antiques in Gonzales, says her two buildings, comprising 10,000-plus square feet of inventory, are filled with doors, hardware, windows, lumber, stained glass and furniture. Her team also makes furniture from reclaimed woods. Open on select days and by appointment at 512-567-1998, Lynn Edmundson at Houston Historic Salvage Warehouse says they primarily offer light fixtures, windows, wrought iron, brick pavers, shiplap, lumber, roof tiles, stone and flooring in a 25,000square-foot space. Outdoor pieces fill a 15,000-square-foot yard at 1200 National St. Open only to members on select days and by appointment at 713-553-7035. Visit for more information, as well as the warehouse’s Facebook page. Dwayne Jones is the executive director at the Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF). He oversees GHF’s Architectural Salvage Warehouse, a 3,000-square-foot space filled with doors, windows, shutters, balusters, wood trim, lumber, light fixtures, door knobs, filaments, window pulleys and, on occasion, vintage appliances. GHF also holds classes of interest to persons restoring homes. Open on select days. Call 409-765-3452 or visit Facebook or

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FAB FABRICS Gorgeous Textiles Add Color & Texture to Designer Home By Marsha Canright PhotograPhy By ted Washington


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Blue silk draperies create an elegant walkway to the main living area.

depth and add zip to this vibrant home on East Shore in The Woodlands. Designer Stel Diaz of Woodlands Fabrics & Interiors collaborated with the homeowner, who is also a designer, to create a tapestry of color and texture throughout this one-of-akind house. “The right fabrics can bring a room to life, evoke emotion and transform a space into a personal haven,” Diaz says. Pleasing to the eye and to the touch, fabrics, whether high-end or budget-friendly, can help you personalize and achieve your dream design. “When we consider fabric selections, we always start with function. Questions like: How will it be used? Where will it be used? How much daily use? How much sun? Are there children or pets?” she says. “Some functions dictate a more durable fabric.”

INSPIRATIONAL COLOR In her consultations with most clients, Diaz recommends they look for personal inspiration in magazines and on websites, but also look at colors in nature and from the art they love. For this house, color was the rule. “We had lots of back-and-forth discussions in our selections. She already thinks outside the box and is not color shy, so we had a lot of fun,” Diaz says. Because the homeowner had lived and traveled in Asia, the rugs and art she acquired there Bright teal velvet sofas bring comfort and color to the fireside living space. 26 house& home | January 2018 |

became the inspiration for the color palette. In the piano room, the two occasional chairs are covered in a basket weave pattern in shades of green, blue and red jewel tones. The colors mirror the artwork and the rug and are repeated in the drapes — and even in the lampshade and chandelier.

CUSTOM DETAILS The chair fabric is “Perkins” by Norbar Fabrics, and the arched drapery panels made by Woodlands Fabrics & Interiors are a poly/cotton by Fabricut. The artwork, “Girl Playing a Piano,” was purchased from an artist in Moscow, and the village scene is from a Vietnamese artist. Wall color is “Tempe Star” by Sherwin-Williams. A wall of windows leading to the main living area is hung with elegant drapery panels handmade by Woodlands Fabrics & Interiors from a light blue floral silk by Jim Thompson and topped with a “Brown Sugar” velvet cuff by Michael Jon Designs. “The main living area in the house is a light blue called ‘SeaSalt’ by Sherwin-Williams, and it creates an ideal backdrop for the pair of vivid teal velvet sofas and coordinating chairs in fabrics called ‘Bushnell’ and ‘Waterleaps,’ all from Sherrill Furniture,” Diaz says. The pillows, also by Woodlands Fabrics & Interiors, are made from Robert Allen Design fabrics.

Two occasional chairs in the piano room are covered in a basket weave fabric in four jewel tones, mirroring the colors in the rug and artwork.

The charming cafe curtains, which define the breakfast area, are made from a beautifully embroidered fabric called “Botanical Garden” by GP & J Baker. The chairs are covered in a red cotton-rayon by Kravet.

SWEET DREAMS In four completely different bedrooms, colors and fabrics take the lead in creating personal and unique environments for the homeowner and her family. In the master, a handsome four-poster bed sports a sea-green comforter and gold Euro shams of 100-percent woven cotton from Texture. The multi-colored king shams are by Dark wood accents with colorful curtains and wallpaper create a personal retreat for the homeowner's study. 27

Laura Kirar for Highland Court, and the Wayfair sofa is covered in olive velvet. “In the son’s room, we chose a more neutral ‘menswear’ color palette enhancing the basic brown with corals and red touches," Diaz says. Woodlands Fabrics & Interiors made the duvet and shams from a fabric by Duralee with a braid trim by Norbar. Kasmir covers the Euro shams with “Himalaya Flame,” and the tab top curtains on the bedposts are an open-weave casement by Beacon Hill. The “Lace” bedroom is a nod to the feminine with intricate lace

Cafe curtains are made from an embroidered fabric called “Botanical Garden,” while the pillows are made from Robert Allen Design fabrics.

panels from Pindler & Pindler Inc. and a velvet cuff from Kravet fabricated by Woodlands Fabrics & Interiors. The custom bench is also velvet, and the butterfly shade is from a printed cotton fabric called “Ophelia” from Designer’s Guild. The homeowner stenciled the walls, and Phyllis Palmer of Transformations created the floral overlay in the dormer. The daughter’s bedroom is a lively, upstairs room joining an upstairs porch. Its color inspiration comes from a favorite framed Chinese quilt purchased in Beijing. Fabric for the Roman shades is from Fabricate, and the wall color is “Expressive Plum” by Sherwin-Williams.

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The designer mixes floral fabrics with the dark wood antiques, rugs and art collected by the homeowner in Asia. 28 house& home | January 2018 |

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ach year, most of us resolve to a cleaner, leaner and more responsible diet. But busy people don’t always have the time and energy to prepare a nutritious meal day after day. These six spots — located in popular areas all over restaurant-rich Houston — make healthful food both approachable and delicious. Dig in!




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Marinated Shrimp with Shaved Vegetables Salad from Alice Blue

If fresh is on your agenda, trust Local Foods, which sources ingredients from farmers and ranchers in the Houston area. You can’t miss with the gorgeous salads and inventive sandwiches, which are large enough to split with a friend. Try the roast beef with curried cauliflower and horseradish aioli on a sesame bun. For a perfect winter lunch, the lime-kissed chicken posole soup with poblano peppers soothes the soul. 2424 Dunstan Road, 713-521-7800; 2555 Kirby Drive, 713-2554440; 5740 San Felipe Road, Suite 130, 713-789-0642; and downtown location at 420 Main St., 713-227-0531;

ALICE BLUE Formerly named Shade, chef Claire Smith’s rechristened Heights cafe is a breath of fresh air. The updated menu features colorful Mediterranean fare that tastes as good as it looks. Highlights include a marinated shrimp salad with shaved vegetables and citrus vinaigrette and the light tuna crudo with tomato and basil. For that carb reward, sample the homemade bread and pastas like eggplant agnolotti with goat cheese, sweet peppers and scallions. Weekend brunch means egg dishes galore or house granola with yogurt and fruit. 250 W. 19th St., 713-864-2050,


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True Food Kitchen calls itself the purveyors of nourishment for the wellness-aware. The menu is based on health guru Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet emphasizing flavor-forward choices served at the peak of freshness. Favorites include the organic kale salad, turkey burger with smashed avocado, sustainable seabass with sugar snap peas and ancient grains and butternut squash pizza. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. 1700 Post Oak Blvd., 281-605-2505,

Cedar Plank Salmon from Seasons 52

SEASONS 52 This national chain takes the guesswork out of dieting. Calorie counts are listed on the menu, which includes dairy-sensitive, vegan and vegetarian choices. For starters, indulge guilt-free in spinach and Brussels sprouts dip or lobster ravioli. Creative salads incorporate proteins and fruit, or choose a meaty entrée like beef short ribs or braised lamb shank. Seafood lovers will relish the luxurious selections, including cedar plank roasted salmon with crushed potatoes (580 calories, FYI). CityCentre, 842 W. Sam Houston Parkway North, 713-464-5252; 4410 Westheimer Road, 713-621-5452; HS Green’s Falafel Bites

HS GREEN FRESH FOOD KITCHEN Here’s a handy Galleria-area eatery popular for a quick lunch. The counter-serve menu, complete with vegan and vegetarian choices, proffers smoothies and bountiful protein-filled salads to heartier fare like turkey burgers and thin-crust pizzas. For dinner (table service), consider the tender grilled pork chop served with fresh vegetables. At happy hour, expect healthier than usual bar food at a great price. Think falafel bites, chicken satay and blackened shrimp with mango pico. 5092 Richmond Ave., 713-904-3547,

POKÉWORKS New Pokéworks features a customizable “Poké Your Way” menu for guests to build their own bowl with a variety of healthful, quality ingredients. Besides the tuna classics, choose proteins ranging from traditional fresh ahi tuna and salmon, flown in daily, to options of albacore tuna, scallops, shrimp, sous vide chicken and organic tofu. Also popular is the signature sushi burrito. 213 Heights Blvd., 832-271-7392, Tuna Bowl from Pokéworks 31


True Food Kitchen’s Spaghetti Squash Casserole Here’s a fresh take on a warm, bubbling casserole that substitutes spaghetti squash for pasta. Think of it as comfort food without all the calories or “Marvelous Meatless Monday!” If you don’t eat dairy or follow the Paleo diet, just omit the cheese.


1 spaghetti squash 1 large yellow onion, diced 2 large carrots, diced 2 stalks celery, diced 1 red bell pepper, diced 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes 1 teaspoon dried basil 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano Pinch of ground allspice 2-5 cloves garlic, chopped 3/4 pound part-skim mozzarella 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 32 house& home | January 2018 |

Method Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut the squash lengthwise and place the halves skin-side down in a baking dish with an inch of water. Cover the dish with foil and bake for about 45 minutes or until the squash meat is tender. Heat olive oil in a large skillet and add the onion and carrots, with a little water to prevent sticking. Sauté over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add remaining vegetables with some red pepper flakes and a dash of salt, if desired. Sauté, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are barely tender, for about 10 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes, basil and oregano to taste and allspice. Squeeze in 2 to 5 cloves of garlic. Simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, grate the mozzarella and Parmesan and set aside. Remove squash from the oven and allow it to cool until you can handle it. Remove seeds with a spoon and squeeze any excess water out of squash meat. Break up the squash meat up into strands with a fork or potato masher. Combine squash well with remaining vegetables in the sauté pan. Add half of the mixture to the base of a large, oiled baking dish. Top with half the cheeses, the rest of the squash and then the rest of the cheeses. Bake for 30 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and slightly browned. Let cool 15-20 minutes before serving. Yield: 6 servings


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ap out your plans for a walk back in time with our suggestions of historic sites and places. From knowledgeable history buffs to children eager to learn, everyone will find a place — or places — as must-sees in this roundup.

AUSTIN • Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave. • Bob Bullock Texas History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave. • Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, 2313 Red River St. • The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos St.

BASTROP • Bastrop Opera House, 1889, 711 Spring St., a live theater venue rivaling many large town operations and offering a vast schedule of award-winning performances • Tours of historic homes, including a walking tour of 12 houses or an additional nine on a driving tour • Main Street Historic District • Courthouse and old jail, 1883 • Bastrop State Park with rustic cabins for rent; abundant with hiking trails and wildlife

BEAUMONT • Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum, Lamar University campus, 5550 Jimmy Simmons Blvd. • Crockett Street Entertainment District, 200 Crockett St., home to five historic buildings restored to host restaurants, nightclubs, concerts and more

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BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK This 800,000-plus-acre park sits along the Chisos Mountains surrounded by the Chihuahuan Desert and is home to hundreds of bird species, as well as more than 1,200 species of plants and bountiful wildlife. The Rio Grande carves temple-like canyons in the ancient limestone along the U.S.-Mexico border. A haven for hikers, bird-watchers, campers and outdoor enthusiasts and an adventure for the entire family. A true Texas gem.

BRENHAM • “Step in the Past” tours every Saturday take in seven attractions: Simon Theatre, Glissman Drug Store museum, Brenham Fire Museum and Heritage Museum, the Giddings Wilkin House (oldest structure in town, 1843) and Giddings Stone Mansion (1870). • Chappell Hill Lavender Farm, 2250 Dillard Road, March-October • Seward Plantation, 1850, with grounds including quarters and barns, 10005 FM 390

BURTON • A tiny town in Washington County off Highway 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 United States • Cotton Gin Festival every spring

CARMINE • Train Depot & Museum, the site of the actual Southern Pacific Railroad Depot, 248 Sylvan St. • Known as “The Gateway to the Antique Fair,” with numerous


shops, including Carmine Trading Post, Neese’s Antiques and Unique Antiques • The Texas Basketball Museum, 107 Augsburg Ave.

CHAPPELL HILL • Chappell Hill Bank, organized in 1907 as Farmers State Bank, attached to the 1878 W.R. Reinstein Store, 5060 Main St. • Bluebonnet Festival, April 14 and 15 • Providence Baptist Church, originally built in 1866, rebuilt after fire in 1873

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• Bishop’s Palace, 1892, 1402 Broadway • Galveston Railroad Museum, 2602 Santa Fe Place • Moody Mansion, 1895, 2618 Broadway, and many other historic homes • U.S. Customs and Court House, 1861, 502 20th St. • St. Joseph Church, 1859, 2202 Ave. K. • The Strand

GEORGETOWN • Williamson County Courthouse, 710 Main St. • Williamson Museum, cultural and historical heritage of Williamson County, 716 S. Austin St. • Historic downtown with fine Victorian architecture • Red Poppy Festival, Georgetown’s signature event, April 27-29

GIDDINGS • 100 miles west of Houston • Texas Wendish Heritage Museum preserves history of Texas Wends, Slavic immigrants from Eastern Germany, 1011 County Road 212. • Union Station Transportation Museum and the Rural Texas Tourism Center, a renovated depot from 1871, 289 W. Railroad St.

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

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• Texas State Arts and Crafts Fair, Sept. 29-30, Hill Country Arts Foundation grounds • Kerrville Folk Festival, May 24-June 10 • Shopping district with specialty stores

LA GRANGE • Texas Quilt Museum, examples of traditional and art quilts from around the world, 140 W. Colorado St. • Fayette County Courthouse, 1891



• Numerous historic hotel and bed-and-breakfast accommodations • Jefferson General Store, 1870s, 113 E. Austin St. • Bayou Boat Tours on riverboats to learn how Jefferson was once a thriving riverport in the 1800s, 200 Bayou St. • Historic Jefferson Railway & Gator Pit, an authentic steam, narrow-gauge train ride with narration of points of interest • Jefferson Historical Pilgrimage from May 3-6, including the 64th Historic Home Tour, heirloom plant sale, quilt heritage exhibit and Pilgrimage Parade

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KERRVILLE • The Schreiner Mansion, 226 Earl Garrett St. • Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett St. • Hill Country Arts Foundation Point Theater for performing arts under the stars, 120 Point Theater Road

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MARFA • The Chinati Foundation, with huge indoor and outdoor installations • Ballroom Marfa arts center • “Marfa Lights” phenomenon

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 events • Heard-Craig Center for the Arts, historic mansion built in 1900

housing an art collection and antiques and the site of a wealth of activities year-round, 205 W. Hunt St. • Farmers market on designated Saturdays throughout the year

MONTGOMERY • Began as a trading post in 1826 and birthplace of Texas flag • Restored 19th-century historic downtown district with retail shops • Fernland Historical Park with historic homes

NACOGDOCHES • Texas’ oldest town • Sterne-Hoya House Museum & Library, 211 S. Lanana St., 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 • Durst-Taylor Historic House & Garden, 304 North St., in an 1835 wood-frame house with museum, including fully functioning smokehouse, blacksmith shop, chicken coop, heirloom garden and sugar cane mill

NATCHITOCHES, LA. • Louisiana’s oldest town, established in 1714, is known as the “Bed and Breakfast Capitol” of Louisiana and was also a filming site for the movie, “Steel Magnolias.” • Cane River Creole National Historic Park, 400 Rapids Drive • Oakland, Magnolia and more plantations

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NEW IBERIA, LA. • Shadows on the Teche • Shadows Arts & Craft Fair, March 3, more than 100 vendors selling their hand-crafted items

PALESTINE • Historic Anderson County Jail, 1931, an Art Deco-style building now home to community events • Carnegie Library, 1914, a registered Texas Historical Landmark, 502 N. Queen St. • Texas State Railroad, since 1881, a three-hour ride in a vintage 1920s car takes passengers on a 25-mile journey • Main Street District with 44 blocks of historic architecture plus shopping, restaurants, bakeries and more • Braly Builders Supply, unusual hardware shop

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SAN ANTONIO • The Alamo, 300 Alamo Plaza • San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, 6701 San Jose Drive • Hemisfair Park, including the Tower of the Americas and the Institute of Texan Cultures, 434 S. Alamo St. • McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave.

SCHULENBURG • Official home of the Painted Churches of Texas, with more than 20 painted churches, including those in Dubina, High Hill, Praha and Ammannsville • Historical Museum, 631 N. Main St. • Annual Schulenburg Festival, family entertainment, first weekend in August

ST. FRANCISVILLE, LA. • Writers’ & Readers’ Symposium, Feb. 7 • Small Writer’s Retreat, Feb. 19 • 47th Audubon Pilgrimage, March 16-18

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TYLER • “Historic Tyler on Tour,” with seven houses of varying styles open to visitors, March 24-25 • Goodman-Le-Grand House & Museum, first property in Smith County listed on the National Register of Historic Places, 624 N. Broadway Ave. • More historic homes • Tyler Rose Garden Center and Tyler Rose Museum • Tyler Historic Aviation Memorial Museum, located on the grounds of the Tyler Pounds Regional Airport, 700 Skyway Blvd. • Tyler Rose Festival with parade and queen’s coronation ball

WASHINGTON • Barrington Living History Farm, 1850 home of Dr. Anson Jones, last president of Republic of Texas


Washington-On-The-Brazos State Historic Site’s Barrington Living History Farm, the 1850 home of Dr. Anson Jones, last president of Republic of Texas. Photo courtesy of Washington-On-The-Brazos State Historic Site

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• Located on the 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 • Texas Independence Day celebration

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here was just something about that rickety old Heights house: The graceful lines, the wraparound porches, the over-sized lot and the general character of the home. It was abandoned, leaning and probably termite infested. But Genevieve Withers saw something more: She saw potential. And she was spot on! With the help of architect/contractor Ben Koush, this little Queen Anne cottage — named the Blazek House after its original owners — went from a neighborhood blight to an award-winning reconstruction. Their efforts did not go unnoticed, as Preservation Houston recently awarded Withers and her partner James Souza a Good Brick Award for 2018.

GOOD BRICK AWARDS Since 1979, Preservation Houston has presented Good Brick Awards to recognize outstanding local contributions to the preservation, rehabilitation and enhancement of Houston’s architectural and cultural heritage, says executive director David Bush. This modest house in the Houston Heights West Historic District was a good candidate because judges were impressed with the care that went into planning this project, as well as the owners’ commitment to preserving the home’s historic character. 48 house& home | January 2018 |

An award-winning 1905 Queen Anne cottage in the Heights charms the neighborhood after a yearlong restoration. 49

“The new addition complements the historic house, unlike so many projects in the Heights, where the new construction overwhelms the original building,” says Bush. “By maintaining the scale, style and materials of the original house, the renovation succeeds in preserving both the historic character of the Blazek House and the historic character of the neighborhood.”

THE RESTORATION Withers says much of the interior of the house had to be updated or replaced, but so many of the architectural characteristics were preserved. “When it rained, it rained inside the house. It was a wreck, but I fell in love with it. I knew it could be a lovely 50 house& home | January 2018 |

house again, and it is. It just needed a little TL,” she says. Actually, it needed more than a little TLC. Koush says the restoration of the 1909 house was a major undertaking. But what they found inside were intact shiplap walls, which they painted and preserved; dysfunctional sliding pocket doors that needed to be repaired; and floors, doors and transoms that had never been painted or changed but required refinishing and renewing. It took a year, but the end result is amazing. “So much of the house was salvageable. And if something was missing — hardware or molding — we either had it made to match or found replacement parts,” says Koush. “We were very excited by this project that we could celebrate this house still being there.”

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Shiplap walls, original to the house, are now restored and painted in the living room.


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DETAILS The living and dining rooms required a minimal amount of work, mostly replacing windows and refinishing the walls and floors. The kitchen, however, needed the most attention because nothing from the original could be rescued. But it was redesigned with a nod to the character of the house while using modern materials and making it suitable for today’s needs. One of the exterior porches was enclosed and converted into a master bathroom with a stand-alone tub and glasswalled shower. Large windows and a skylight pour natural light into the room. A mudroom was also built in this space,

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and then a new porch was erected in the rear of the house facing north. The second bedroom was transformed into a study, again utilizing the old shiplap wood walls. Withers notes many people are afraid to reutilize the old wooden walls because of age-old scars and rusty nails on them. “Paint the wood with oil-based paint and the nails won’t rust and the walls will look great,” she says. Insulation was blown in behind the shiplap, making the house more energy efficient. A wide center hallway was converted into a makeshift library, with floor-to-ceiling shelves lining the walls. “I had to make use of this space. I have so many books!” she says.

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“Don Broman, our general contractor, assisted in the final design of the kitchen, master suite and sleeping porch to ensure the final results were historically sensitive to the original interior and exterior of the home. He and his staff have worked together for over 25 years and have mastered the art of Victorian custom millwork and finishes, so that only a very discerning eye can see the subtle distinction between ‘old’ and ‘new’. ” —3rd Generation homeowner, Arlen Ferguson Recipient of the Spirit of the Heights Award presented by the Houston Heights Association

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A structurally unsound workshop/garage in the back that was constructed in the 1950s and a total disaster was torn down. The driveway was moved from the southeast side of the property to the northwest side, and a large carport was erected, with an adjoining office/guest quarters and bathroom. This corner property, fairly large for the Heights at 8,200 square feet, left lots of room for a garden and landscaping, which are still in the works. Koush says the house required a structural engineer to assist in the reconstruction because so much was wrong with the house. “It is a rare survivor among super-sized new houses and overwhelming additions,” says Koush. “The rehabilitation of the Blazek House demonstrates how a small house (1,322 square feet) can be sensitively reconfigured for modern living without destroying its historical character. As such, it’s a model for other homeowners seeking to rehabilitate similar houses in the Heights and throughout Houston.” The master bathroom was created where a side porch once stood.

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he French Provincial-style manor house rises like a fairy-tale castle on a third-acre lot situated on Riverside Drive, east of the Texas Medical Center and Hermann Park. Built of cream-colored natural stone and brick with a turret of limestone travertine, the 4,600-square-foot house is a majestic survivor in historic Riverside Terrace where old oaks line the streets. Houston architect Lenard Gabert designed the house in 1930 for Robert S. Jarett, a wealthy department store owner. It’s an Art Deco beauty with elaborate arches, gables, handsome copper gutters and a red brick driveway. “The Sakowitz family lived next door, and Joseph Finger's impressive Wesley West House, unfortunately long gone, was across the street,” says Georgina Key, who owns the castle with her husband.

FIRST ENCOUNTER Key says her knees actually buckled when she stepped through the exterior wall and into the courtyard for the first time. “It was like a secret enclave, so private, and I fell instantly in love,” she says.

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Graceful arches and original casement windows are Art Deco details; the Steinway piano came with the house. 59

The large downstairs rooms have wonderful acoustics and space for entertaining.

The house was in better shape than many of the homes she had seen. It still needed considerable attention. Key, who owns george + lulu, an interior design and staging company, was not afraid of a fixer-upper. “There are still moments when I can't believe it's ours; it truly is my dream home, and my husband loves it, too,” she says. “I think he was stunned when I told him they accepted our offer, although at this point in our long marriage, he knows when I set my mind to something, it usually happens.”

THE PROJECT Key was eager to tackle such a challenging project, a new adventure, which included hand-restoring 50 sets of original casement windows. The hardware was long gone, but Adkins Antique Hardware carried solid brass fittings that fit perfectly

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— a lucky find. Initial restoration and updating took about seven months. For those who love Art Deco architecture and fine-tuned craftsmanship, this house is something to see. It’s roomy, but not over-the-top. There are 16 rooms on two floors with 10foot ceilings, in addition to a fully converted attic, which serves as a private suite for their oldest son. The bones of the house are Art Deco/Old Hollywood, but Key’s personal design style is more eclectic and soulful. Matching styles from a single source is not her approach. “I believe in authentic interiors that reflect the life you’ve lived; it’s a record of landscapes and experiences, a dialogue between your past and present,” she says. “I appreciate a little juxtaposition, patina and wabi sabi.” The interiors are personalized, but family members respect the original architecture and are diligent in its care.


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The palatial entry with its domed ceiling houses a sweeping grand staircase with an ornate wrought iron railing. Beyond the entry are the formal living and dining rooms, a study and music room, a downstairs powder room, the informal family room, a kitchen with oversized pantries and a laundry room with an old-style foldout ironing board. Upstairs are three bedrooms with baths, a library and a second-floor sunroom, which Key uses as a studio. The house also has a large garage apartment and a basement. “All the walls are original plaster, and there is decorative molding in the formal living and dining rooms,” Key says. The molding has original picture rails that the couple uses to display their art collection, including works by local artists; Mary Lawton is a favorite. There are more paintings by family members mixed with vintage finds. The house also has arched doorways and ceilings that vary in style.

“There are so many details, it’s hard to mention them all, but the Art Deco tiles in the upstairs bathrooms perfectly reflect the period,” Key says. The pink and green tiles were discovered beneath a carpet. The first-floor powder room has Cole & Sons hummingbird wallpaper and a bead board ceiling with egg and dart molding. It also has an original stained glass door. An elegant wall-sized marble and plaster fireplace anchors a living room that would be a setting for “The Great Gatsby,” and one bedroom has etched glass Art Deco pocket doors. The kitchen has original black-and-white wall tile with granite floors and countertops, as well as original cabinetry. Now updated with Bosch and Thermador appliances, the kitchen retains two large walk-in pantries. The couple’s youngest son has his own baking business and one pantry is entirely his domain.

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A sunny kitchen retains the original black-and-white tile and granite flooring.

FAVORITE SPACES “My favorite space in the house depends on the time of day and occasion,” Key says. “The library is my sanctuary when I want time alone because it’s quiet, removed, small and intimate, and I can be surrounded by our books, which I treasure.” Key has a master’s degree in English; her husband, in philosophy; and their oldest son is studying English and creative writing at the University of Houston. All are avid readers. “I gravitate towards novels, but I’m currently dipping into Tony Hoagland’s poetry. I recently finished “Spill Simmer Falter Wither” by Sara Baume, a young Irish writer who experiments with language. Also, Emma Donoghue’s 64 house& home | January 2018 |

new one, “The Wonder,” and “Grace” by Paul Lynch,” she says. The upstairs sunroom is also a favorite with early morning sunlight streaming through the windows, and the formal living room has excellent acoustics for music and space for entertaining guests. Key was born in England and moved to Houston in her teens. “I still feel very English, and that affects my style and approach in countless area of my life,” she says.

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RIVERSIDE TERRACE Before buying the Riverside house, the couple lived for 15 years

“We have a mini-crepe myrtle orchard in the back, and we planted fruit trees when we moved in about two years ago,” she says. “In our last house in the Heights, my younger son grew what started as a tiny stem and became an enormous grapefruit tree. “He asked if we could take it with us, which was obviously not an option. So I promised him that we'd plant a new one. Now we have a grapefruit, a lemon and an orange tree.” 66 house& home | January 2018 |

in the Heights where they enjoyed getting to know neighbors. That’s also a perk of Riverside Terrace. “It’s quiet and peaceful and our neighbors are absolutely wonderful,” Key says. “There are lots of families who have lived here for generations mixed with young couples starting out and lots of creative types: Musicians, artists, actors, directors. One of our neighbors has a huge fancy Christmas party each year, and we all get dressed up in black tie and enjoy each other’s company.” Riverside Terrace was developed inside the loop during the late 1920s, primarily as an enclave for wealthy Jewish families who were not welcome at that time in River Oaks, such as the Weingarten, the Sakowitz and the Finger families. When this house was built in 1930, Houston was a center of wealth, growth and opportunity largely shielded from the worst effects of the stock market crash that rocked much of the nation. With almost 300,000 residents, it was the largest metropolitan area in the state. More than 40 oil companies were located in the city, and the port was the nation’s 8th largest.


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ring your home into 2018 with our suggestions for furnishings and accessories in Pantone’s Color of the Year, “Ultra Violet.” A super-bright purple, “Ultra Violet” communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking, says Leatrice Eiseman of the Pantone Color Institute. “From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive ‘Ultra Violet’ lights the way to what is yet to come,” she adds.


$279 Roll out the royal color with this vibrant geometric-design shag area rug and you’re on-trend. Handmade and hand tufted, the rug measures 5 by 7 feet with a 1-inch pile height and comes with a perfectly sized rug pad. Bonus: It’s super soft underfoot. Available through Rug Addiction, LEATHER POUF


$120 for set of four Amp up your table with naturally stunning details, like these napkin rings to add pizzazz to any place setting. Agate is considered a stone of stability by harmonizing physical, motional and psychological balance. Due to the use of natural materials, each piece is unique and may vary from the image shown. Dimensions are about 2.5 by 2.5 inches. Available through Mapleton Drive,

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$159.99 The Carolos adds global inspiration to any space with its distinctive handcrafted design and stitched medallion detail. Use it for extra seating around a coffee table or as a stylish footrest in front of a chair or sofa. The pouf includes a zipper closure on the bottom for replenishing filler material. Dimensions: 13 inches tall and 20 inches in width and diameter. Available through Wayfair,



$85.30 Stay wonderfully warm and cozy with The Milan blanket throw. The heathery purples and forest greens come together in a herringbone weave. Dimensions: 56 by 40 inches. Available through Avoca, LAVA LAMP

About $100 It’s even groovier now with Pantone’s 2018 color choice: The Original Lava Lamp. Designed by Edward Craven Walker for Britain-based Mathmos in 1963, this iconic lamp continues to mesmerize owners with ever-changing movements of floating bubbles and morphing shapes. Out of sight, man! Available through AFRICAN VIOLETS

Prices vary African violets are adaptable to almost every kind of environment, making them one of the most popular flowering houseplants. Perched on an east or south windowsill, they receive enough light. Watering needs are minimal. And look at those happy, bright yellow “faces” to cheer you every day. Available at your favorite garden center or nursery

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Enjoy flowers throughout the seasons with containers filled with colorful blooms.


YEAR-ROUND PLEASURE Gardening in Houston Spans the Seasons with the Right Plants

e really can garden all year here in Houston. Don't wait for spring. There are many projects and great plants choices for winter, as well. Don't worry about cool temps, freezes or even snow when keeping your place looking sharp. Try these evergreens for year-round beauty. • Blue Point Juniper • Italian Cypress • Arizona Cypress • Eleagnus • Dwarf Youpon Holly • Green Mound Juniper • Wax Myrtle This list is far from all-inclusive, as there are dozens more 74 house& home | January 2018 |

species that will never be damaged by a freeze in Houston. For more carefree and certainly more colorful winter choices, try these selections. Again, this is a short list, with many more options available. • Cyclamen • Mustard • Kale/Cabbage • Alyssum • Viola/Pansy • Lobelia • Dusty Miller Remember, every inch of your garden does not need to be filled with plants.


Try colorful pottery containers, statuaries, fountains or garden benches for a dramatic look all year. There are plant species for every location, be it sunny, hot and dry or shady and damp. Some plants will love it there. Ask your favorite garden professional for suggestions. “Work less, enjoy more!” Joshua Kornegay is president of Joshua's Native Plants & Garden Antiques, 502 W. 18th St., 713-862-7444,

Evergreens keep the garden looking fresh, especially when combined with urns and garden statues.




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