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HOUSTON

MARCH 2015

THE COMPLETE RESOURCE MAGAZINE FOR YOUR HOME

Round Top Guide

Balancing Design & Family in Briargrove Living With Antiques DIY Floorcloths • What’s New in Carpeting • Make A Living Bouquet • Rusty Arena Artist Profile


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Editor’s Note Calendar Before & After: Stairwell Updates Product Review: Choosing Durable Carpet DIY Project: Create Your Own Floorcloths Editor’s Picks: A Touch of Green Tastemaker: Rusty Arena Pet of the Month: Junior Gardening: Make a Living Bouquet

50 ON THE COVER: Interior Designer Ashley Goforth works with owners in Briargrove to put easy elegance in their home. Photos by Michael Hunter.

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Spring 2015 Guide to Round Top An Elegant Family Home in Briargrove Living with Antiques


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The running joke in my family is that I move every three years. So, of course, when I announced recently that I planned to sell my BriargroveTanglewood-area patio home, no one was surprised. The plan is to renovate and move into an investment property located in the same area. Just thinking about what I hope to do thrills me. When The lifestyles and preferences of today’s consumer have inspired us to reimagine the kitchen. With innovations like the first Hands-free Autofill water dispenser, the first dishwasher with 102 cleaning jets and a clean modern appearance, the GE kitchen is more intelligent, intuitive and beautiful than ever. l geappliances.com

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reading new columnist Mitzi Beach’s pick for pet-friendly carpeting (and I have two Aussies), it seemed rather serendipitous. I do plan to re-carpet the upstairs bedrooms. Sam and Casey are well-mannered dogs, but sometimes things happen. Long-time advertiser Sam Roberts of Roberts Carpet and Fine Floors chimes in with some great info and tips, too. In fact, I plan to make a visit to one of their stores. You can read what both have to say on page 24. One thing needing attention at my house was a broken pane of glass. After finding a terrific

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handyman on Angie’s List, I began gathering up needed supplies. I found myself at another advertiser’s venue – C & D Hardware on 11th Street in the Heights. They cut glass to size; some of the larger stores no longer do this. It seemed appropriate to give them a “shout out,” as this is a place that has everything! And, I do mean everything. Our advertisers, as a note, allow us to make this magazine free to you. Anyway, it’s a chock-full issue this month. We hope you enjoy. Susan (and Sam)

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MARCH 2015

A R T S

E V E N T S

CALENDAR

M A R K E T S

W O R K S H O P S

EDITOR’S NOTE: Please send all calendar items to sfox@houseandhomeonline.com by second Fridays for the following month’s issue.

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A world of antiques and art will be on display at the Houston Antiques + Art + Design Show in late March.

Tours & Shows

The Houston Antiques + Art + Design Show (formerly HADA) is March 27-29 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Downtown Houston. Participating are 75 premiere dealers and exhibitors from around the world, specializing in furniture, bronzes, porcelain, vintage clothing and jewelry, paintings and more. Info: www.houstonantiquesartdesign.com

The River Oaks Garden Club sponsors the 80th Azalea Trail, March 6 – 8. Trail blazers see four private homes and gardens, in addition to the Rienzi and Bayou Bend. “Ask the Experts” will be on hand to provide gardening advice. Proceeds help fund the ROGC’s mission to improve and protect the city’s environment. Info: www.riveroaksgardenclub.org The Woodlands Home & Garden Show, March 7 & 8, promises a range of new home ideas -- from windows, kitchens, siding and more. Entertainment galore, with renowned speakers and demonstrations. At the Waterway Marriott, 1601 Lake Robbins, in The Woodlands. Info: 832-265-2001 or www.woodlandsshows.com The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Post Office, announces this month’s shows: the Montana Repertory Theatre presents The Great Gatsby on March 7, at 8 p.m.; Neil Berg’s 102 years of Broadway is March 14, at 8 p.m.; The Rob Landes trio – Beatles, Bacharach and Beyond – is March 22, at 4 p.m. Others scheduled this month are sold out. The Grand is one of the few remaining theatres of its era in Texas. It is also listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Info: 800-821-1894 or www.thegrand.com The Galveston Home & Garden Show is March 14 & 15 at the Galveston Island Convention Center, at 56th at Seawall. Topics include rainwater harvesting, furniture/décor, gardening, floors, building green and more. Info: www.galvestonhomeandgarden.com Off the Wall Gallery, 5015 Westheimer, presents an exhibition of artworks, also available for acquisition, by the late John Lennon, March 26-29. Lynne Clifford, collection curator and noted authority on Lennon’s works, provides two scheduled talks. Info: 713871-0940 or www.offthewallgallery.com 14 house& home | March 2015 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

The Bayou City Art Festival in Memorial Park is March 27-29, featuring 450 artists, music, food tents and a variety of creativity zones. An arts and entertainment destination for the whole family. Info: www.artscolonyassociation.org The 33rd Annual Houston Home Show, at the George R. Brown Convention Center, is March 28-30. Find everything you need for your home here, including remodeling ideas, landscaping inspiration, decorating tips and more. Info: www.houstonconventionctr.com

Gardening Cornelius Nursery, 2233 S. Voss Rd, hosts a free garden series this month, where attendees learn the basics and finer point of Texas gardening. All begin at 10:15 a.m. On March 14, the talk is on “Fashionista Flower Design,” sharing tips on secrets to creating the most alluring container gardens. On March 21, “Save Water and Money with Drip Irrigation.” Learn how to install a drip irrigation system and why it is healthier for plants. On March 28, the talk is “Secrets to Spectacular Roses.” Learn which roses thrive in your garden, and about varieties and care techniques. Info: www.corneliusurseries.com The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, announces a month-packed gardening agenda. “Gunter’s Heirloom Vegetables” is March 7, at 1 p.m.; “Spring Vegetable Gardening, March 8, 11 a.m.; “Choosing the Best Herbs for the Purpose (2 parts),” March 12 & 14, 10 a.m.; “No till Gardening,” March 15, 11 a.m.;


“Attracting Bluebirds to the Garden,” March 19, 10 a.m.; “Herb Green Smoothies,” March 19, 11:30 a.m.; “Gardening with Children,” March 22, 11 a.m.; “Butterflies in the Garden,” March 26, 10 a.m. Info: 281-351-8851 or www.arborgate.com The Houston Arboretum, 4501 Woodway, hosts the following this month: “Nature Revealed, Garden Ecology,” March 7, 9 a.m.; “Landscaping with Native Plants,” March 8, 3 p.m.; “Spring Native Plant Sale, March 14, 9 a.m.; “Edible wild Plants,” March 22, 1 p.m.; and “Spring Hawk Walk,” March 28, 2 p.m. Info: 713-681-8433 or www.houstonarboretum.org

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BEFORE & AFTER

The changes made the painting by local artist Aisen Chacin, which Cathy had bought in Houston 15 years ago, really pop. The end results draw the eyes up to it from the main floor. “I was surprised and jazzed that you chose such a dark shade on the upper wall,” Cathy explains. It all sounded great, and she could not wait to get started. She particularly liked the “homework” I gave her, and told me later she found the assignments “fun.” “I have not changed one thing since you were here because everything looks so good. I’ve been very pleased. Nothing was difficult and the project went so quickly and smoothly,” she says. Cathy was confident it would turn out after the success of the living/dining room project. “When the stairs were finished, they turned out even better than I thought they would, and everyone loves them. My family and friends say they love it, even the ones who don’t mind telling me if they don’t like something,” Cathy says. “I definitely recommend professional design input, never mind all of the small touches that make such a big difference,” she says with a smile. “You definitely helped me avoid costly mistakes and corrected a few that I had already made,” adds Cathy.

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When going to the beauty shop for a haircut, I didn’t expect to gain a client. But hairdresser Cathy Clark voiced problems regarding her condo and needed my help. First we worked on her living room, which she initially described as being a “ mess.” We turned it around, which we shared in Houston House & Home, April, 2010 “ Finding Harmony.” Then, we tackled her kitchen and shared it in Houston House & Home, April, 2012, as a “ A Splash of Style.” This time around we’re showing what we accomplished with her stairs. “I wasn’t aware that I was ‘stuck’ with my stairs until you pointed out the stairs were part of the living room,” Cathy says.

When my clients Mike and Denise Strittmatter decided to redo their stairs, the first visit was more than they could have imagined. “My husband found your Web site and sent me the link. I liked your philosophy and enjoyed seeing your work with the “before” and “ after” photos. The stairs begged for something that would add interest. They were definitely ‘builder grade” and dated, according to Denise. “We lived in the space but were blind to the possibilities until you made some really good points that brought us around,” she says. Denise was overwhelmed with the myriad of suggestions. But after thinking it over for a couple of days felt, they seemed “doable,” and we knew they would really update the house. Once she was fully onboard, she couldn’t wait to implement the changes. Denise liked the homework given to her, because it reinforced the idea that this was still her project and she could add her own touches to it. Additionally, she could be certain they had made the right decision regarding their choices by being able to make comparisons. She admits being curious why we would paint the vertical spindles black and the handrail a different, complementary color. Now she loves it. “It turned out great,” she says. “It always pays to get professional advice from someone who will take the time to find out what your preferences are and then make good, solid recommendations.”

AFTER: Mike and Denise Strittmatter were “stuck” with their stairs. Since dramatic paint costs less than wrought iron, I suggested she paint their spindles Sherwin -Williams “Tricorn Black” in gloss enamel as an inexpensive option. I also suggested the couple paint their handrails a Sherwin Williams “Protégé Bronze” gloss enamel, which not only satisfied Denise’s dislike of the stain color but coordinated with the existing wood floor. The trim was repainted the existing color, Benjamin Moore’s “White” interior room gloss enamel. BEFORE: Clients Denise Mike Strittmatter longed for wrought iron spindles on their stairs to add interest, but they weren’t sure. 18 house& home | March 2015 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net


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Many people have said that the stairs give an elegant feel to the space, say the couple. They later replaced the front door with black wrought iron detail within the glass. “It’s a nice complement to the entry hall,” Denise says. Joetta Moulden offers home makeovers using your own home furnishings to create the home you’ve always dreamed of. Joetta believes your pieces collected through the years reflect your personality and can be artfully arranged. Her ability to focus on your personal style and not let her own preferences influence the design of your home makes her unique. See more makeovers on her Web site at www.shelterstyle.com, e-mail her at joetta@shelterstyle.com or call 713-4612063. If an initial appointment or referral is booked by March 31, a 10 percent first meeting discount will be given. Shelterstyle.com holds a "Pages of Happiness" rating and, for the fifth consecutive year, a “Super Service Award” presented to 5 percent of companies that achieve and maintain a superior rating on www.angieslist.com.

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BEFORE • HIRE A DECORATOR to look objectively at your space and make suggestions that will help you redecorate on your budget. • SOMETIMES THE MOST EFFECTIVE AFTER: Dramatic wall paint in flat (Pratt & Lambert “Diplomat Gray”) not only coordinated beautifully with the flat Pratt & Lambert “Cadet Gray” downstairs but provided contrast to the white background painting she has hanging on the wall. To tie together the upper stairwell visually, I recommended that she have her contractor, Gus Lemus Residential Services, paint the wall, handrail and spindles the same color, a gloss enamel in Pratt & Lambert “Diplomat Gray.” BEFORE: My long-time hairdresser Cathy Clark had typical boring, builder stairs in her condo.

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PRODUCT REVIEW

REAL WORLD SOLUTIONS AFOOT What Designers Find at a Carpet Show Holds True at Home EDITOR’S NOTE: Interior Designer Mitzi Beach pens this first bimonthly column devoted to products and resources suitable for healthy homes for aging Baby Boomers, and active, working families. BY MITZI BEACH • PHOTOS COURTESY OF ROBERTS CARPET AND FINE FLOORS

An eco-friendly carpet by Karastan.

My daughter, Kara, is blessed with one very active family that includes three grade-school-aged girls, and a very large, adorable dog named Mario. Kara recently researched replacement carpeting options for the lower level in their home. She knew that purchasing 127 yards of carpet would be a costly purchase, but being a smart woman who has learned that we get what we pay for, she wasn’t only worried about price. She wanted long-term value in look, feel, and most definitely, durable maintenance for her super busy family. She ended up selecting a durable, eco-friendly Karastan carpeting and the results are fantastic! 24 house& home | March 2015 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

The pattern is gorgeous and forgiving, with multi-shading. It also feels really soft, and has the SmartStrand Forever Clean silk to ease her mind during slumber parties, and game and movie nights; it also prevents against wear and tear with Mario’s antics. Being a “BoomerSmarts” designer, I am always on the search for products that actually do work for all ages. Most of us have those of all ages living everyday in our worlds, even if they are the furry kind! At the New American Home at the recent Kitchen and Bath International Show in Las Vegas, all of the designers in attendance were so impressed with the carpet demonstration. It actually


showed the difference between the Karastan carpet sample and another brand, after being dunked in two separate glasses of red wine. I couldn’t believe how amazingly the Karastan carpeting protected against stains. You know how seeing is believing? Well, now I am a believer in this remarkable new stain-protection called SmartStrand. The Karastan sample passed the red wine test with flying colors. With new products and design concepts always evolving, I am so very fortunate to be in this intriguing and exciting world of interior design.

Five Tips You Need to Know About Carpet BY SAM ROBERTS

Carpets on the market today perform better and are more stain resistant than products of 30 years ago or more when warranties were virtually nonexistent. Now, carpet purchases come with lifetime stain warranties and some kind of performance warranty. However, note that not all are equal in the types of assurances offered. Understand the terms. SOME TIPS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING: 1) A high quality carpet should take normal traffic and look great for many years. It all depends on its tolerance to crushing and matting, the weight of the fiber on the carpet, and the size and twist level of the individual yarn bundles. 2) To put it indelicately, pet stains are about the 3 Ps : pee, poop and puke. Some warranties cover one, some cover two, and some cover all three. Most carpets have a warranty for urine, as it is the easiest to clean and the least likely to stain. (I'm told that over 50 percent of pet stain problems are not the result of urine, which responds well to all modern stain chemistry. Some carpets, like Smart Strand and Sorona are have warranties for all but vomit. Some carpets, like Stainmaster Pet Protect, have warranties for all of them. 3) The Stainmaster Pet Protect items are solution-dyed nylon (SDN). These products are made from type 6.6 nylon (the most durable kind) and are dyed (colored) when the yarn is still in liquid state -- so the color goes all the way through. This is often simply explained in the raddish/carrot analogy. Yarn that is traditionally dyed is much like a radish. The color totally coats the outside and looks red, but when you cut it in half, you can see that the color only covers the outside and is still white inside. Solution-dyed nylon (SDN) has the same color all the way through. So when you cut it in half, it is like the carrot that is as orange inside as it is out.

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A quality carpet should accommodate normal amounts of traffic for many years (Karastan).

Carpets offer various warranties to cover pet accidents.

A great amount of the most durable commercial carpets have always been solution dyed to resist stains and tolerate aggressive cleaning. 4) Technology, especially in styling and stain and soiling prevention is always improving. The latest innovation is Forever Clean that is now on all of the Sorona products from Mohawk and Karastan. The problem with these products in the past is that while the yarn was naturally stain resistant, they couldn't get a quality stain and soil chemistry to bond to the fiber, so the products were vulnerable to some types of staining and soiling and those carpets made from that fiber did not have the ability to repel the stains and keep them on the surface of the carpet. New for 2015 is a new ability to apply the chemistry permanently and significantly enhance the stain and soil protection on all Sorona products. They call these products “Forever Clean.� 5) A simple explanation about carpet performance is that the low-end products generally show wear in traffic areas much more quickly than better products, but the difference in performance between middle range and high-end product is typically more about the look and feel of the products rather than performance and stain resistance. Once you get to certain point, more money doesn't buy better performance, stain resistance, or warranties. It is a given that you still generally get all the whistles and bells, but the differentiators in high-end carpet are usually all about the aesthetics. Mohawk Forever Clean carpet. Mitzi Beach, ASID, principal of Mitzi Beach Interiors, LLC, Wichita, KS, often comes to Houston to provide continuing education seminars to her colleagues interested in functional design that offers aesthetic appeal. She is a Certified Aging in Place design specialist as well. Her Web site is www.mitzibeach.com

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Sam Roberts is owner of Roberts Carpet & Fine Floors, which sells Karastan, Smart Strand and other brands. For locations in the Houston metro area: www.robertscarpet.com


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DIY PROJECT

Designer asked for the above design; the one below is in West University.

An example of a retro-modern design for a kitchen.

LOOKING FOR A HOME PROJECT? Here’s How to Create Your Own Floor Cloths BY MERRI PRUITT & JIMMY LITTLETON

Back in the day, floor cloths – or oilcloths – were painted or stenciled by itinerant artists living in New England to cover up drafty floorboards found in 18th century middle-class households. The floor cloths, a substitute for heavier and costlier rugs, were hand painted and often depicted stenciled designs on canvas or sailcloth imported from England. There is evidence of them in Colonial Williamsburg, and one of the best remaining examples – after 28 house& home | March 2015 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

restoration – can be found at Melrose Plantation in Natchez, Mississippi. There are also fragments of such rugs preserved at Calke Abbey in England. Many of the designs imitated stone or marble floors as illustrated in John Carwithams book, Various kinds of Floor Decoration. But, the floor cloth lost its popularity in 1860 when Linoleum was invented..... Today the rugs are making a huge comeback, as people appreciate their customized looks – in addition to nurturing the revival of an old art form.


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Step One: Roll on the base coat.

Step Two: Draw out the pattern.

The availability of such contemporary materials as acrylic and latex paints, and water-based topcoats, also make them more affordable to create. Artists and designers favor contemporary or traditional themes for today’s floor cloths. The cloths of the 21st century are non-toxic and long lasting. (One of our custom floor cloths has been in a shop, on Magazine St. in New Orleans for more than 25 years, and we duplicated the very same design in a West University home many years later.) Their tips and instructions for doing your own floor cloth: Materials included a lot of 3M blue painters tape, preprimed heavyweight canvas and latex paint. The challenges included measuring it out perfectly, and getting the exact hot pink for the edge to match the artwork. #1 Roll on the basecoat. #2 Use a chalk line and measuring tape, draw out the pattern. #3 Scumble on the two tones of paint. #4 Remove the tape. #5 Install -- after applying the final clear coat. We prefer a low-luster finish as a final finish. For a final finish (usually two coats), we brush on a floor-rated acrylic polyurethane in low luster. As for patterns, the decorator often brings us a picture of a design, has colors, and knows how they want the final product to appear. Also, we work directly with a customer, using the client's fabric or wallpaper design to inspire us. Of course, some brainstorming occurs. Then we do two samples (color strike-offs) for final approval. For geometric, architectural, historical or ornamental patterns, there are many reference books available. Not surprisingly, we have collected many books on ornamentation, such as The Grammer of Ornament by Owen Jones,” and we also reference such online sites as TheGraphics Fairy.com and Pinterest. The use of paint 30 house& home | March 2015 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

Step Three: Scumble on paint tones.

Step Four: Remove the tape.

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effects – such faux marbling or scumbling, a softening process using two tones of the same color, and dry brushing, which gives some depth to the finished background and adds depth. As for materials, all paint and coating have to be waterbased for flexibility. That way when the cloth is rolled up and moved, it does not crack. The design can be painted with artist's acrylic or latex paint. HINT: Sometimes you can find mistinted paint at the paint store for a discount to stretch your budget. We had been using the back "felt side' of sheet vinyl, but the product is harder to find, so we are sticking with canvas right now. We are usually busy with commission work, but we hope to sell some small floor cloths in the future in our Etsy shop or other venues. Pricing is based on the square foot and the complexity of design. Pruitt-Littleton Decorative Artists – a wife/husband team – have practiced their painting skills for 30 years. First in New Orleans, where they worked in the Garden District and French Quarter – in many historic homes and hotels, and antique shops along Magazine St. – all for the sake of refining their skills Contact info: Pruitt-Littleton Studio @722 W. 17th St, Houston, TX 77008 Open by appointment e-mail merrijimmy@yahoo.com Phone 281-857-7975 Facebook business page and Web site www.pruitt-littleton.com


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ipsters head west to Marfa and music lovers to Luckenbach, but the state’s smallest incorporated pocket of civilization, Round Top, is famous among antiquers. Sitting on a sleepy patch of State Highway 237, Round Top isn’t obvious in terms of geography. It might go unnoticed by travelers bound for bigger cities were it not for Antiques Weekend, which has put Round Top and its neighboring villages on the map. Twice a year, during the now 16-day festival, the quaint and otherwise quiet countryside springs to life. Rain or shine, the town squares thunder with foot traffic, as buyers from across the country descend on thousands of pop-up shops selling everything from oddball knickknacks to rare Victorian and European furniture. From the town centers, herds of people head to surrounding fields to graze provincial stands for the season’s hottest treasures. If you’re hungry for all things crafty, curious and collectible, pack up your folding cart and hop on the Round Top bandwagon. It’s only a two-hour drive from Houston – worth the trip even if you come home empty-handed. But, it’s unlikely that you will. See www.antiqueweekend.com.

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ABBIELAND ANTIQUE SHOW March 21-April 5 2336 Texas 237 South 405-301-1874 www.abbieland.com HOURS: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

ARBOR INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUES SHOW March 25-April 4, with some vendors arriving earlier American Legion Post #388, 1503 Texas 237 North, one mile north of Round Top 1-888-388-5414 www.arborantiques.com HOURS: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

BAR W ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES March 20-April 5 4001 Texas 237 South 979-249-3440

BIG RED BARN April 1-4 Texas 237 North (between Burton and Round Top) 512-237-4747 www.roundtoptexasantiques.com ADMISSION: $10, provides entrance into The Big Red Barn & Tent, Continental Tent and Carmine Dance Hall on all four days. HOURS: Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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hen mapping out your destinations in Round Top this spring, make sure to see the Arbor International Antiques & Interior Design Show. This stand-out show featuring 12 acres of crisp white tents will celebrate its 31st season this March. With an established reputation built on quality, diversity, and knowledgeable dealers, you will be delighted with the best of the best from around the globe. Already well known for fine European and American antique furniture and linens, and American primitives; this show is rapidly gaining an attractive reputation for its contemporary fine art and artists as well. Arbor International Antiques & Interior Design Show is the place to find what you’re looking for. OPEN DAILY 9 AM TO 6 PM MARCH 25 – APRIL 4, 2015

Join us at the Arbor International Antiques & Interior Design Show in Round Top, Texas NEW AIR-CONDITIONED TENT GRAND OPENING-MARCH 30, 2015

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one mile north of Round Top Square and six miles south of Hwy 290 FREE ADMISSION • FREE PARKING

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ROUND TOP HILL ANTIQUES March 26-April 4 1500 Texas 237 North 979-966-7435 www.roundtophillantiques.com HOURS: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ROUND TOP VINTAGE MARKET March 26-April 5 1235 Texas 237 North, located 1 mile north of Round Top across from Jaster Road and Festival Hill 281-731-5132 www.roundtopvintagemarket.com HOURS: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The restored old time drugstore or apothecary of Edward Henkel, a pharmacist who also laid out the town of Round Top, Texas, and was its first mayor. It is located on the Henkel Square, named for him. PHOTO BY ERNEST METTENDORF

BLUE HILLS March 21-April 4 1701 Texas 237 North www.bluehillsatroundtop.com HOURS: From when the first dealers arrive until the last ones go home. CHELSEA’S MEADOW March 19-April 5 1465 Texas 237 North, next to Arbor Antiques Show 713-385-8778 www.facebook.com/pages/ Chelseas-Meadow-AntiqueShow/205000216328294 HOURS: 8:30 a.m. to close COWBOY CORNER March 20-April 4 Located directly across Texas 237 from Marburger Farm parking lot at the intersection of Florida Chapel Cemetery Road. 830-374-7474 HOURS: Open early, stay late. If the flags are flying, they’re open. DYD SQUARE FAIR March 26-April 4 100 Main Street 979-249-6890 HOURS: 10:30 a.m. to close

MARBURGER FARM ANTIQUE SHOW March 31-April 4 2248 Texas 237 in Round Top 800-947-5799 www.roundtop-marburger.com ADMISSION: Early buying special, $25, General admission shopping, $10 HOURS: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 31, with early buying until 2 p.m., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 1-4

TEXAS ROSE ANTIQUE SHOW March 21-April 4 Texas 237 North, near Florida Chapel Road 256-390-5337 www.texasroseshow.com HOURS: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Warrenton BAR W FIELD March 26-April 5, with some dealers arriving as early as March 20 4001 Texas 237 South 979-278-3447

OLD HENRY FARM March 23-April 4 2000 Texas 237 North 800-322-5177 www.roundtop-oldhenryfarm.com HOURS: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with some dealers staying open later

BLUE BONNET FIELD March 27-April 4, with some dealers arriving earlier Corner of Rohde Road and Texas 237 in the north end of Warrenton 979-249-3980 HOURS: 8 a.m. to close

RECYCLING THE PAST March 20-April 5 Texas 237 & FM 954 979.484.7288 HOURS: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

CAMPBELL BUILDING March 26-April 4 4328 Texas 237 in central Warrenton 713-666-6683 HOURS: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

THE RENDEZVOUS March 26-April 2 2545 Texas 237 South 501-690-8929 HOURS: 9 a.m. to close

CLUTTER SHOW March 21-April 4 Texas 237 and FM 954, between Warrenton and Round Top www.cluttershow.com HOURS: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

RECYCLING THE PAST March 20-April 5 Texas 237 & FM 954 979-484-7288 www.recyclingthepast.com

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COLE’S ANTIQUE MARKET March 26-April 4 Texas 237 at Willow Spring Road 979-249-5806 HOURS: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


ALVIN ANTIQUE CENTER AND MARKETPLACE

March Madness March 1st – March 31st 10 to 50% OFF in selected booths Acres of Antiques - Over 300 Dealers 55,000 sq. ft. of Antiques & Collectibles

Visit Alvin Antique Center & Marketplace for Treasures Galore! New Items Arriving Every Day! Store Hours: Tues-Sat. 10-6 Sun. 12-5 Also Visit Old Alvin Emporium Mon-Sat: 10-6 • Sun: 12-5 2500 S. Loop 35 • Alvin, TX • 281-388-0537 • www.AlvinAntiqueCenter.com

ORCHID TREE PARK & GALLERY Celebrating Art • Celebrating Life • Celebrating Fellowship

Dorothy Shelby (also known as Aunt Dottie) was born in Industry, Texas and grew up in the area with her family coming from a long history of cotton farm pickers. Her paintings are primitive folk art and have been compared to that of Clementine Hunter, a well-known artist of this style. Dorothy's paintings are unique in that she records the event of her memory on the backside of her work depicting her age in most cases and placing herself in the scene. She enjoys painting having only started 7 years ago and feels blessed that God has given her this gift late in life. Mrs. Shelby is also the wife of Pastor Herbert Shelby from Concord Missionary Baptist Church, the next door neighbor to the Gallery. Mike and Debbie Koenig, owners of Orchid Tree Gallery are helping to raise funds for a new building. Net proceeds from the sale of Dorothy's art will be donated toward the building fund.

The Show will continue through the famous Round Top Antique’s Week. Be sure to stop in to meet Dorothy and include her art on your must have list! ARTIST’S RECEPTION Join us on Saturday March 14, 2015 from 11:00 to 5:00 to meet Dorothy Shelby as we Celebrate Art and Fellowship!

453 N. Washington • Round Top, Texas 78954 713.305.6776 • 713.854.0907 • www.OrchidTreeParkandGallery.com

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DILLARD’S FIELD March 25 - April 5 4407 Texas 237 South 979-249-3779 EX-CESS FIELD March 20-April 5 3907 Texas 237 at FM 954 817-296-4952 GRANNY MCCORMICK’S YARD March 25 - April 5 4246 Texas 237 South 979-966-2970 HILLCREST INN ANTIQUES SHOW March 27-April 5, with some vendors arriving early. 4339 Texas 237 South 979-249-3074 HOURS: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with some vendors staying open later LITTLE HOUSE FIELD March 25-April 5 Downtown Warrenton, between Dillard's Field and Rose of Texas show LONE STAR GALLERY March 27-April 4 4212 Texas 237, across from the Junk Gypsies and Zapp Hall 512-797-9815, www.thelonestargallery.com HOURS: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. THE MARKETPLACE AT WARRENTON March 27-April 5 3960 Texas 237 South 817-599-7664 www.marketplacewarrenton.com HOURS: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and until 8 p.m. on March 28 NORTH GATE FIELD March 20-April 5 Located on Highway 237 in Warrenton, between Bar W Field and Clutter. 409-767-3702 RENCK HALL, FIELD AND YARD SHOW AND SALE March 26 - April 5 4135 Texas 237 979-966-7083 HOURS: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ROBINSON FIELD March 25-April 5 4545 Texas 237 South, located between Dillard's Field and Tree Park Antiques 979-249-5551

ROSE OF TEXAS ANTIQUES SHOW March 26-April 5 4345 Texas 237 in central Warrenton 817-944-0673 HOURS: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. SOMMERFIELD FIELD March 26-April 5, with some dealers arriving as early as March 21 4143 Texas 237, across from the former Sterling McCall Old Car Museum 979-249-3841 HOURS: 9 a.m. to close TIN STAR FIELD March 27-April 6 817-680-7420

HOURS: Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. COUNTY LINE SHOW March 25-April 5, with some dealers arriving as early as March 20 Intersection of Texas 237 and Spur 458 760-587-1300 HOURS: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. GRACE'S TREASURE HUNT March 27-April 4, with some vendors arriving early 1903 State Loop 458 713-557-5991

TREE PARK FIELD March 23-April 5 4635 Texas 237 South in Warrenton 979-249-5588 HOURS: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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WARRENTON ROUND UP March 19-April 4 1910 Texas 237 979-249-3004

ANTIQUES ON THE SQUARE March 21-31 201 North Washington, in the heart of Fayetteville at the Precinct Courthouse square, 318.465.1603 HOURS: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

ZAPP HALL ANTIQUES SHOW March 27-April 4 Texas 237 in central Warrenton, across from the Sterling McCall Old Cadillac Museum and next to the Warrenton Grocery gas station, www.zapphall.com

Carmine CARMINE DANCE HALL April 1-4 Texas 237 North, between Burton and Round Top 512-237-4747 www.roundtoptexasantiques.com ADMISSION: $10, provides entrance into The Big Red Barn & Tent, Continental Tent and Carmine Dance Hall on all four days. HOURS: Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. THE CONTINENTAL TENT April 1-4 475 Texas 237 North 512-237-4747 ADMISSION: $10, provides entrance into The Big Red Barn & Tent, Continental Tent and Carmine Dance Hall on all 4 days.

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LA BAHIA ANTIQUE SHOW March 27-April 4 La Bahia Turn Verein Hall Texas 237, just south of U.S. 290, Burton, 979-289-2684 www.labahiaantiques.com HOURS: March 27, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; March 28-April 3, 8 a.m to 6 p.m.; April 4, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. OLD GLORY ANTIQUES March 25-April 4 12401 Washington, Burton 303-798-4212 www.oldgloryantiqueshome.com HOURS: Noon to 7 p.m. OLD WORLD ANTIEKS 5414 West State Hwy 71 832-509-0022 www.oldworldantieks.com SHELBY ANTIQUES SHOW March 28-April 4 Harmonie Hall 509 W FM 389, at the intersection of FM 389 and FM 1457 727-488-7750 HOURS: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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Before Two friends joined efforts to renovate this home and turn it into a bed and breakfast (www.marketstreetinntexas,com).

Get Ready to Be Inspired – and To Enjoy as a Guest BY MARSHA CANRIGHT • PHOTOS BY JERRY HERRING

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estled on a tidy, pastoral street beneath lofty pecan trees, a two-story Victorian home is beginning its second life as the Market Street Inn in Fayetteville, Texas. Rescued by two friends – Mary Quiros and Joan Herring – the stylish guesthouse has five full bedrooms, each with a private bathroom, in addition to one well-appointed kitchen and a roomy screened back porch. The project was born on a crisp morning in October 2013. Quiros, a painter, and Herring, an entrepreneur, are part of 42 house& home | March 2015 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

a group of friends who meet most days for an hour's walk combining exercise and camaraderie. They often passed the house on Market Street, which sits about a block east of the town square. “Mary and I were both drawn to the house because we could see that it had been grand in its day,” Herring says. Now, vacant for seven years, it was dark and shuttered. On that particular morning when they saw the house was for sale, Mary told Joan: “if I were younger, I would buy that


Halfway between Houston and Austin on Hwy 290 is a little piece of paradise called Carmine, Texas. From daily outings to daily living, we’ve got it all... • Shops • Museums • Gasoline • Rental Hall • Church • Bank • Farm & Ranch Supply • Restaurants • Grocers • Mechanic • B&B • Post Office • Fire Station • Great Park With so much to experience come see what makes Carmine

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The lights above the custom table were made from old chicken feeders, made by Old Antieks in La Grange.

house and fix it up.� Herring proposed that they do it together, and with supportive spouses, Evan and Jerry, that's exactly what they did. A whirlwind renovation began the day after they closed on the house in January 2014. The improbable goal was to have the house ready for guests attending the spring antiques show. Herring called Mark Kluckman with ECI Construction in Houston who had worked on many projects with her, and he signed on to do the work. Jerry drew up the plans, and Joan and Mary took the lead in day-to-day decisions. Evan, a wood craftsmen, The legs of the vanity were found at an auction house in Houston. Left-over tiles were used to make the countertop. Sinks came from Build.com 44 house& home | March 2015 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net


Round Top Vintage Market

Weekend Market open all year: Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A quality venue featuring Antiques ~ Vintage ~ Collectibles ~ Art Indoor Dealers Spaces ~ Climate Controlled ~ Over 12,000 Sq Ft www.roundtopvintagemarket.com • roundtopvintagemarket@gmail.com www.facebook.com/roundtopvintagemarket 1235 North Hwy 237, Round Top, TX 78954

Spring 2015 - ROUND TOP ANTIQUE SHOW March 26, 2015 to April 5, 2015, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free Parking ~ Free Admission ~ Food Court ~ And More! See Show Events at the Round Top Chamber of Commerce website, www.roundtop.org

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More than 200 DEALERS in a 63,000 sq. ft. AIR CONDITIONED building. Free Admission and Parking Food and Drinks, ATM and Clean Restrooms available 3637 Hwy 237 at FM 954 Thursday, March 26 to Saturday April 4, 2015 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Join us for a FREE WINE TASTING

Tues. March 31, 5-7:30 pm For info

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The vintage French posters are from Mary and Evan Quiros’ private collection. The one on the left is a PAL (Jean de Paleologue) poster from 1900.

built a cedar dining table that seats up to ten guests. Their vision was to maintain the character of the 1898 house while creating an updated, luxurious interior. “The overall structure of the house was sound except for the kitchen and back porch that was falling apart,” explains Herring. When they rebuilt the porch, they expanded it to 20 by 20 feet and screened it to make a gathering place for guests to relax. Not every room had to be completely redone but the house required new plumbing throughout, new electrical, central air and heat, custom-designed windows to match the originals, and the biggest challenge of all: six new bathrooms. “The bathrooms were our most creative work, and they are all unique,” Quiros says. They knew from the first that they wanted to have six-foot soaker tubs in every bath, so the tubs were the first items ordered.

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With their contractor, they came up with inventive ways to run water and sewer pipes in ways that were inconspicuous. They insulated to absorb the noise, says Herring. When the infrastructure was complete, the designing women stepped up. Quiros and Herring decorated all the interiors including paint and paper, fixtures and furnishings, art and fabrics. Rooms were painted or papered in their own individual color scheme. The hardwood floors were refinished or replaced. And, the duo collected many, many antique mirrors that they hung in different configurations in the multiple baths. Leaded glass doors, designed by Dick Bour Glass Studio, were installed for the entry, and the antique French doors that once separated the parlor and the dining room were repurposed as an elegant back door providing a picturesque view. “We kept it fun by stretching our imaginations; we carried around floor plans with all our measurements,” Herring says.


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One of the upstairs bedrooms features a cute dormer niche.

They barn-style door was modified from an old door found at Akins Architectural Antiques in Houston.

RESOURCES MARKET STREET INN 713-818-9766 www.marketstreetinntexas.com PAT JOHNSON, artist 979-249-6672 mailto:pjohnson@cvctx.com ECI CONSTRUCTION, Mark Klugckman 281-541-9809 www.eci-construction.com THE LIGHTING CO.- Justin Woolf 713-640-5568 www.thelightcompany.net ALLSTATE BRICK COMPANY 281-447-8564

ADKINS ARCHITECTURAL ANTIQUES 713-522-6547 www.adkinsantiques.com LEFTOVERS ANTIQUES HOME MERCANTILE 979-830-8496 www.leftoversantiques.com OLD WORLD ANTIEKS La Grange 832-509-0022 www.oldworldantieks.com ROUND TOP VINTAGE MARKET 281-731-5132 www.roundtopvintagemarket.com

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Walk through the front door and you enter a wide breezeway typical of Texas architecture in the mid-to-late 19th century. The five guest rooms are named after favorite shopping venues at the twice-annual antiques extravaganza. The three downstairs bedrooms with their 12-foot ceilings are named La Bahia, Blue Hills, and Excess. The two upstairs bedrooms are Chelsea's Meadow and the Arbor Suite. Both couples dipped into their personal possessions to add special touches to the house decor. The stained glass window in Blue Hills belonged to Mary's grandmother, and her daughter's armoire serves as a closet for Excess. Joan contributed ten ladder-back chairs and her blue painted armoire. Artwork includes paintings by Mary Quiros and by Clovis Heimsath, a local architect. Four original photographs of flowers were taken by Jerry Herring, and Evan Quiros created one of the stained glass windows. They also purchased a photograph by Laura Wilson for the entry. “We looked for furniture that was interesting. In design you have to take risks to make something different and memorable,” she says. An example is the vanity in La Bahia. “The vanity had a sweet high shelf, it was taller than usual but it seemed too narrow from front to back,” Herring said. “As soon as we received the sink basin for that room, we drove over to Old World Antieks and put the two together. We had to cut a half moon from the shelf but then the sink base fit perfectly with the top rim jutting out. It looks like the two pieces were made for each other,” she explains. The kitchen, which is called “Leftovers” after a favorite shop in Brenham, features hand-painted tiles by artist Pat Johnson. The countertop is made of tin fabricated by the same local craftsman who supplied the air conditioning units. “We wanted to create the kind of place where we would want to stay in if we were visiting,” Quiros says. That's why there are plush robes and slippers and lots of high quality plush white towels. And they aren't finished yet. Future plans include more landscaping with brick pathways, antique roses, and an outdoor dining area with twinkly lights.


D OWNTOWN A RT G ALLERY A wide range of beautiful art is represented. Special Bluebonnet and Spring flower Art sale April 10, 2pm to 7pm and April 11,10am to 6pm 113 W. Alamo St., Brenham, Tx. • 979-836-1622 Mon. - Sat. 10am to 5pm

Hodges Farm Antique Show & Sale

AIR CONDITIONED HALL

MARCH 31-APRIL 4 Tues, 7–6 • Wed–Fri, 8–6 • Sat 8–4 Old-time crafters demonstration on Tuesday only! Open at 7 Tuesday. • Antiques • Plants/Yard Art • Quilts • Folk Art • Farmhouse Treasures • Handmades • Textiles • Stoneware

ONLY $1 ADMISSION AND FREE PARKING 444 Kenney Hall RD, halfway between Bellville/Brenham just off of Hwy 36 • Call Dawn @ 979.877.5244 or Carol @ 979.877.5233 • wwwlhodgesfarmtexas.com/Facebook

Jewelry • Glassware • Lighting • Furniture Vintage Toys • Home Décor & More

Lovejoy’s Antiques & Collectibles 2100 Yale St. (inside the Yale St. Grill) Open Daily from 9 a.m—4:30 p.m.

713-802-1132 LAYAWAY WITH EASY PAYMENT

BEAUTIFUL CRYSTAL CHANDELIERS IN * STOCK * NOW Come in and Select from our Unique Collection of Fine Lamps, Chandeliers and Decorative Accessories

Champions Lighting 5211 Cypress Creek Pkwy

281-440-5339

www.championslighting.com located In the Barnes and Noble/Randall’s center at Champions Forest Dr.

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A Country Experience 4507 Havemann RD Carmine, Texas 979-278-3208 • www.pwfarmtexas.com • lodging@pwfarmtexas.com

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Interior Designer Ashley Goforth chose indoor/outdoor fabrics for the den’s custom-made furniture. The club chairs’ fabric is an indoor/outoor velvet.

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When working with an interior designer, there’s got to be chemistry. If you’re not simpatico with the one responsible for personalizing your home, then your marriage of ideas just won’t work. Such a work relationship is what Interior Designer Ashley Goforth seeks in order to do the beautiful work her reputation reveals. Transforming a one-time “bachelor’s pad” into a softly elegant, yet practical and durable, home for a family of five, Goforth readily pays tribute to the homeowner. “In choosing projects, I look for a few different things. 50 house& home | March 2015 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

First, it pays to work with someone who is excited to make their home a wonderful place, and who understands the importance of communication and is willing to have fun along the way,” she says. “I find that successful projects are due to a great chemistry between the client and designer. “The homeowner (of this Briargove house) is a wonderful person whose personality is contagious and you can see it in her beautiful home,” she adds. Homeowner Chelsea Pacey knew what she wanted her family’s home to look like, in addition to understanding


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The dining room furniture are pieces they already had; Goforth gave them a fresh new look with upholstry. The painting, below right, is by Meredith Pardue, represented by Laura Rathe Fine Arts.

how it should function for them all to enjoy living there. “I wanted a peaceful space to balance the craziness of our lives – and raising three wonderful children,” she says. “However, with our kids in mind, it had to be familyfriendly,” she adds. “I think our living room is such a great example. People walk in to our house and say, ‘How can you have a light couch and white chairs with kids?’” asks Pacey. “Ashley chose Perennials’ indoor/outdoor fabric for all of the upholstery in that room.” Outdoor fabrics have been making their way into the home for a few years now. Today, the indoor options are softer and more varied. Take for instance, the club chairs in the Pacey home. GoForth upholstered them in a lovely outdoor/indoor velvet.

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For those wanting a crisper look than some slipcovers offer, indoor/outdoor fabrics offer a viable solution, as they are easy to clean. Goforth’s “musthaves,” which turned the Pacey home into a house radiating lightness, classic layering and understated elegance, included thoughtfully selected rugs, artwork, and hardware. “We knew we wanted a Turkish Oushak rug for the den, so that was our starting point,” says Goforth, adding she and Pacey shopped around before finding the perfect complement at the Rug Mart. “Original art is unique and makes a

The homeowners took Interior Designer Ashley Goforth’s advice and shopped for original art for their new home. Art, says Goforth, allows your home to convey a very distinct personality.

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very individualized statement,” she explains, adding that art helps capture and spotlight the owners’ personality in such a way that no other item in the home can. As for lighting, Goforth went with a trending look of mixing metals. “I’ve always liked the juxtaposition of warm with cool, and masculine with feminine,” she says. “We decided to go with a soft gray kitchen, and we were wanting to use brass hardware instead of the common polished nickel you see everywhere. The entire

The basketweave wallpaper provides a textural quality in the foyer.

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house is a different version of the same gray, (Sherwin Williams’ “Knitting Needles,” which was cut by half for some rooms) so it flows seamlessly. The home had been beautifully maintained by previous owners, according to Pacey. “The changes we made just updated the spaces a bit. We opened up and rearranged some things in the kitchen, made our breakfast bar peninsula much bigger, extended the wood floors throughout the house, and we painted everything. “We also updated the bathrooms and the wet bar off the living room,” adds Pacey. In the end, Pacey says they got the best of both worlds: a home that is pretty as well as family practical.

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The owners opened up the kitchen, purchased new appliances, extended the hardwood flooring, and had everything painted a grayish hue. The countertop is carrara marble. They also selected brass hardware and light fixtures to create a balance of warm and cool tones.


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The owners chose a vintage Turkish Oushak rug for the master bedroom, and opted to be more daring in a powder room (below right) by installing a nature-inspired wallpaper.

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The Tersigne home in Timbergrove is layered with antiques, which have been carefully researched by the owners.

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It’s one thing to acquire antiques and lovely treasures, but there’s also the challenge of knowing how to live with them. So, the task of the homeowner is to decide if theirs are priceless heirlooms that need to be untouched and on display, or are they well crafted, interesting and very old objects that can be lovingly used in day-to-day living. John Daugherty realtors Mike and Sonia Tersigne love to collect antique furniture and furnishings with documented history and provenance. They carefully select pieces at auctions, do the tedious research and then use their new purchases in their Timbergrove Manor home. They want only objects that are in pristine condition, because they do not refinish or refurbish anything. “Some of these are important pieces are from estates here in Houston. I research each piece we bid on because you really have to know what you are buying,” says Mike Tersigne.


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“I love the game and being an educated buyer allows me to buy important pieces that are special, says Mike Tersigne.

He says he initially got interested in buying antiques after seeing unique pieces in homes he represented as a realtor. “I go to antique shops frequently, but only to learn and educate myself. I find the most unusual pieces at auctions. I’m an opportunist, and I love the game and being an educated buyer allows me to buy important pieces that are special.” Their taste is wide ranging: Chinese, French, English, Italian, Tibetan, American. And although each table, chair or lamp may be from a different period or style, they seem to mesh nicely with each other, layering the home with a variety of items that make it interesting. But the extra challenge for the couple is the living with the antiques. Their two young grandchildren live nearby and visit often. “They come in and look at things. We tell them not to touch certain things – they are too young to really understand. But we tell them ‘someday this will be yours, so be careful and don’t handle the pieces.’ They really aren’t interested in them, anyway,” he says. One special piece they have is a five-foot-long Tibetan table, lacquered in black with hand painted figures. They use the table frequently, but covered it with a glass overlay to pro66 house& home | March 2015 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

tect the delicate artwork. “Now we can use it and enjoy it every day,” he adds. Kitty Allen lives with her family’s antiques in a house in Galveston, which itself is an antique (dating back to 1887). She says she doesn’t just live with them, she also enjoys them. Although they are practical pieces – tables, lamps, special keepsakes – they are priceless to her. “To me, the wonderful thing about living with antiques is that they add instant history and soul to a home. There’s something especially human about an object that was made by hand, or that has survived the ravages of time intact. They all have a story. I also wonder about the people who made and used it … especially family pieces. What was their life like?” asks Allen. For example, she has a sea truck in her living room with her late husband’s great grandfather’s initials carved in it. It was one of 16 trucks his ancestors brought with them from Scotland when they immigrated to America (though Galveston) back in the early 19th century. She found the trunk in a barn at the family farm outside Hillsboro 40 years ago where it was used to store grain. It was


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Where are you originally from? I’m a native Houstonian but my family goes back to New Orleans, which could support the argument for why I’m so nuts. Who were you early mentors? And what designers and artists do you admire today? Whose work influences you, if anyone? -Annette Watson, a teacher at HSPVA (High School for the Performing and Visual Arts). We made silkscreen posters during the summer to boost recognition for the concept of the school; it has been a joy watching it flourish into the institution it is today. -Theo Tillery, a very eccentric music teacher. She had traveled with Will Rogers as a child. She also was a hoarder, philosopher, and pianist. My summer job was to help catalog her dragon’s hoard of object d’art and antiquities. I learned to appreciate fine quality from junk.

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What was your most memorable project? And your most challenging? Painting Cloris Leachman’s nude body with fruits and vegetables from top to toe is still one of the most memorable. The inspiration Rusty working on doors.

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was from Giuseppe Arcimboldo, and the photo appeared on the cover of Alternative Medicine Digest. One of the most challenging was a frieze at Anthony’s, a Tony Vallone restaurant here in Houston. I started with 3,000 pounds of clay in bags and had to create a bas-relief based on the Pergamon Frieze. What types of materials do you like to work with? Why? Jute because of its earthy, coarse weave. The nap of cotton velvet can be manipulated to create amazing depth and luster. Plaster as a skim coat on our wall coverings can be burnished or left matte. Gold leafing, done correctly, can enhance any surface. Canvas is so versatile, whether it is used raw or gessoed. How do you create or come up with new designs and color patterns? Do you mass produce? Over the past year, Arena Design has integrated digital textile printing led by graphic designer and artist Lee Wilde with the vision of delivering capsule collections. Not only does it allow us to offer a wider range of products, but we also have the capability to make the early stages of pattern design move faster. This line is separate from the permanent collection of hand-printed, wall coverings and fabrics that Arena is known for. All the digital color swatches that are used are derived from hand-painted gouache palettes that resulted in over 3,000 different colors now at our disposal. We don’t mass produce; however, the new technology is suitable for hospitality projects and opens up to clients who are more price-conscious. Do you ever stall in the creative process . . . something like a writer’s block? If so, where do you go or what do you do to re-energize and get past it? Yes, I think every creative person feels that; you have to hit the wall before you can bounce back and keep making wonderful stuff. If there is any pattern that repeats itself, it is that! I think the time that dwindles between sleep and being awake can be rather lucrative for creative ideas. The further the better. How has your creative processes changed over the years? I was drawing 48-inch wide repeats with a sharpie marker on acetate, which can take weeks or months. It makes everything we have done undoubtedly unique, but now I have the option to pull from several different sketches and combine them differently. Everything still starts the same way and built from layers, but now, we can manipulate design elements endlessly to ensure complete satisfaction with the finished image. If a client wants me to create a custom design or pattern, the possibilities are endless … and fast. Do you name your pillows, fabrics and etc? Regarding color name . . . Best done with a bottle of wine, it is free association tied with visuali-zation. That process is hard to verbalize; I will note that the majority of the names relate to nature or historical references. Thiebaud is a new one; the colors were inspired by the painter himself…Starling is is successful, and it is a striking and fitting for the midnight purple shade that it is.

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Regarding patterns names . . . Niosh is a pattern name that I have always loved, which also happens to be an acronym for National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health … I saw it on a warning label, laughed, and thought “well why not?” How should I identify you...as textile artisan? An artist who works in multiple mediums, I enjoy things that have unique tactile identities, and fabric happens to be one of them. What is a typical workday like? Do you have employees? Our warehouse is 10 miles from downtown Houston but seems like a rural hideaway; it has a certain juxtaposition to the surrounding in-dustrial grit. Yes, I have three employees; they are like extended family. My typical day is usually balancing two or more tasks and or projects at once. I roam from one end of the 20,000 square-foot space to the other working a bit on each or when the mood strikes.

Getting Personal What do you like to do when you’re not working? Do you enjoy travel? Yes I do…last summer I was in Saint-Tropez then went over to Turkey to see the Gobekli-Tepe, which is an active archeological exca-vation site that has kind of re-written history. It pre-dates Stone Henge by 6,000 years. I loved the mysterious aspect of it and to see one of the earliest attempts of self-expression by man. Ancient ruins are insatiable for me, these “quest to get to the source” type stories that might not end up in textbooks. I just got back from St. Petersburg Russia in January, which was fabulous. It was a lot of work to get over there, but it was worth it. Tell me about your private space, your home? What is it like? I have lived in my home in Montrose for 30 years, I hand-painted basically every surface, from the window frames to the interior and exterior walls. It’s an accumulation of patina on top of patina. I know it sounds cliché, but my kitchen is the heartbeat of the house. The problems and questions of the Universe are often solved at that very table. Do you have pets or significant others you’d like to mention? Do you have a muse? Yes, Rudy Martinez, my long-time partner, and Rufus, my pup, the most magnificent boxer/model/best friend. Yes, with any luck, I always a have a muse. That role has changed over the years and has been played by various people; they have always been women. Do you listen to music when working? What genre or groups? I find myself preferring silence when I work on my own but at work in the warehouse, we like Motown, house, classical…recently Tennis has been on repeat so it really just runs the gamut. What is the one thing you can’t live without? Humor. And what is your indulgence? Being surrounded by fresh flowers in the home and studio; the ephemeral quality makes them irresistible and thus indulgent.


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GARDENING

Make Your Own Living Bouquet Plants that play well together in a Container Garden

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March is a perfect time for Cornelius Nursery (www.cornelius nurseries.com) to share tips about how to select the plants that play well together in container gardens. If you are gifting flowers for this Mother’s Day, consider a living bouquet. You can plant it now to have ready for Sunday, May 10. A living bouquet lasts longer and saves money. Here’s how to begin: select your thriller, filler and spiller. Plant costs may vary from $20 to $150, depending on your selection and the size of your container. Some ideas to get you started:

You want to select three different plant types for your container garden.

THRILLER: Select one plant as the taller focal point. Depending on the container size, you might pick a fragrant geranium or a handsome citrus tree. Designer Kay Stephens of Cornelius Voss, often suggests an exotic orchid or an African Iris “You don’t want either the plant or the pot to dominate; if you are unsure of the scale, choose a focal point/thriller that is one times the height of the container,” she says. FILLER: dianthus, diascia, dusty miller, oxypetalum, Reiger begonias and primroses. . . . Choose colors that harmonize. Using one color provides unifying effects. For a livelier look, combine colors on the opposite side of the color wheel. Orange makes blue flowers pop; yellow showcases purple, and white acts like a highlighter.

Orchids and bromeliads are eye-catching focal points.

Cornelius Nursery, 2233 S. Voss Rd, hosts a free garden series this month, where attendees learn the basics and finer points of Texas gardening. All begin at 10:15 a.m. On March 14, the talk is on Fashionista Flower Design,” sharing tips on secrets to creating “F S ave Wa t e r the most alluring container gardens. On March 21, “S and Money with Drip Irrigation.” Learn how to install a drip irrigation system and why it is healthier for plants. On March 28, the talk Secrets to Spectacular Roses.” Learn which roses thrive in is “S your garden, and about varieties and care techniques. Info: www.corneliusurseries.com

SPILLERS: To soften the edge of the pot, pick plants that cascade, such as alyssum, lobelia, nasturtiums, petunias, pansies, and verbena. Go for more green with a chartreuse potato vine and heart-shaped ivy, or fragrant Rosemary. Decide in advance where you will place the living bouquet so you select plants for sun or shade. All containers must have drainage holes or you can put a plastic pot with holes inside a larger clay pot to remove for watering. Containers are available in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. A handsome pot is a good investment because it can be used for years. To improve drainage, Cornelius Nursery experts suggest placing a broken clay piece over the drain hole, then lining the bottom of the pot with gravel. Always use soil-free, organic-based potting mix which is lighter and porous. Apply a slow-release fertilizer every six weeks during the growing season.

Shirley Barr provides marketing communications for Cornelius Nursery in Houston. Calloway’s and Cornelius Nursery has 18 store garden centers serving the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston markets. 76 house& home | March 2015 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net


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