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Editor’s Note Calendar: Home Tours and Garden Classes Project: Get That Beach House Look Product: Saying “No” to Uninvited Guests Recipe: Galveston’s Hottest Dining Spots Editor’s Picks: Statement Chandeliers Gardening: Joseph Massie at Florescence Pet of the Month: Bentley


Photo courtesy of Visit Bastrop

FEATURES 35 Special Section: Coastal & Country Escapes 48 Sophisticated Porch House in the Woods 56 RDA’s 2019 Houston Architecture Tour 64 H.P. Luckett House is Wrapped in History ON THE COVER

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Designers Andrew McFarland and Gretchen McFarland, M.Arch., worked with architect Eric Hughes of HR Design Dept to add space to this stunning Spanish/Mediterranean style home at 1903 Bellmeade. View it on this year’s Rice Design Alliance 2019 Houston Architecture Tour. Cover photo by Divya Pande

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e’ve got spring fever, which means we’re itching to get outdoors to work in the garden, to get out of the house for a weekend vacay (or even longer), and hop on board some of the home, architecture and garden tours in the weeks ahead. Our special section focuses on Coastal and Country Escapes, and we’ve mapped out road-tripping adventures heading north, south, east and west, with highlights about some of the fascinating events in the months ahead. If your journeys take you to Galveston, don’t miss our round-up of area eateries for fresh seafood and refreshing cocktails. For a backstage pass to magnificent homes, don’t miss our features on the 1892 H.P. Luckett House in Bastrop, a new Porch House designed by studioMET Architects up in The Woodlands, and the adaptable homes on the Rice Design Alliance 2019 Houston Architecture Tour. Discover more area tours in Calendar, including those from Johnson Development, the East Montrose Civic Association and Victoria County, as well as news

about next month’s Galveston Historic Homes Tour and the Houston Pond and Water Garden Tour. Plus you’ll see information about gardening classes, shopping, art events and festivals. Also in this issue of Houston House & Home you’ll find inspiration for your next project with Amitha Verma Chalk Finishing Paints (perfect for that beach house style), a look at what’s hot in chandeliers, and a preview of Florescence at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; British botanical artist Joseph Massie is offering a demonstration and lecture at ticketed events. As you spend more time outdoors this spring, you might find a few uninvited guests; we’ve got some tips for how to politely and firmly disinvite those intruders. But do consider opening your heart and home to this month’s Pet of the Month, Bentley, an energetic border collie mix that was rescued near traffic on New Year’s Eve. Keep reading and let the adventure begin! From our home to yours, Susie Tommaney

In our March story about what’s new at design fairs in Paris and Cologne, we selected images that reflected those new furnishings coming on the market. Designer Anne Breux did also provide photographs that demonstrated the impact of Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson on the Houston architectural landscape. Due to space limitations we were not able to include those images.

PUBLISHER ............................Mike Harrison, Ph.D. EDITOR ........................................Susie Tommaney CONTRIBUTING WRITERS ........................................ Shirley Barr, Anne Breux, Sam Byrd, Barbara Canetti, Marsha Canright, Mar y Chavoustie, Natalie de la Garza, Susan Fox, Joshua Kornegay, Katricia Lang, Barbara Kuntz, Paris Permenter & John Bigley, Whitney Radley, Robin Barr Sussman CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS........................


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Johnson Development presents Houston’s Largest Home Tour this April, with 13 communities, 500 tours, more than 20 family fun events, and photo ops with giant art pieces. Pictured above is Cross Creek Ranch’s polishing pond that utilizes a natural filtration/water conservation process. Photo by Johnson Development

CALENDAR DESIGN/INTERIORS APRIL 6-7, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27: Houston’s Largest Home Tour Johnson Development presents Houston’s largest home tour with jaw-dropping designs and extraordinary architectural details from renowned builders. APRIL 27: East Montrose Civic Association’s Biennial Home Tour Join the East Montrose Civic Association for its 12th Biennial Home Tour and Art Walk, featuring an inside look at five homes ranging from historic to ultra-contemporary. Local art studios are also on the tour, making this a must see for every architecture/fine

arts aficionado. APRIL 27-28: Victoria Preservation Inc.’s 2019 Historic Homes Tour The heritage and history of Victoria County has been lovingly preserved, a history that includes an 1885 bandstand, the 1910 Leibold building, and the Theodore Buhler house, a circa 1890 Queen Anne. Find out which stunners are on this year’s tour. Victoria, 361-573-1878, APRIL 27-29: Rice Design Alliance 2019 Houston Architecture Tour This year’s theme is “Adapt,” with RDA selecting unique structures that channel the

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power of the sun, additions that blend with existing construction and more. MAY 4 and 11: 2019 Houston Pond and Water Garden Tour There’s something calming about listening to the sounds of a waterfall or fountain, and getting caught up watching the fish swim under and around the water lilies. Here’s your chance to tour several backyard ponds and water gardens over two weekends and ask homeowners for tips and tricks. and MAY 4-5, 11-12: 45th Annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour Each year the Galveston Historical Foundation seeks out extraordinary homes that preserve the rich history of

Galveston. The private homes can be intimately small or magnificently large, but they all offer a unique look at the architecture from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Pick up our May issue for an indepth look at all of the houses on this year’s tour, as well as companion programming such as dinners and concerts. Galveston, 409-765-7834,

ANTIQUES/VINTAGE APRIL 12-14: Vintage Market Days Discover vintage and vintageinspired, architectural salvage, repurposed finds, jewelry, clothing and more at this traveling showcase that touches down this month in north Houston. Cy-Fair Exhibit Center, 11206 Telge, Cypress,


LEFT: Mark your calendars for next month’s Houston Pond and Water Garden Tour, set for May 4 and 11. Photo courtesy of Houston Pond Society RIGHT: Join Pop Shop America and the Downtown District on April 10 for a fun class on how to make gilded and frosted barware. Photo by Morris Malakoff, The CKP Group

APRIL 20: Flea by Night presented by Green Mountain Energy® Treasure hunt at this destination market with artful kitsch, vintage items, midcentury modern furniture and recycled or repurposed items from local artisans and designers. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney, MAY 3-5: 20th Annual Antiques Festival Historic Montgomery comes alive the first weekend in May with something for everyone, including antiques, vintage, repurposed, funky and fabulous, plus great food and local merchants. Downtown Montgomery, 281-541-3426,

EVENTS APRIL 10: Miniature Gardens for Indoors If you still believe in magic, then check out this “Lunch With the Experts” class that

takes the principles found in fairy gardening, train gardens and gnome homes to create a miniature garden for the indoors. Instructor Angela Chandler of The Garden Academy, who also teaches stained glass, is giving away a miniature stained glass panel to one lucky guest. The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, 281-351-8851, APRIL 10: Pop Shop America: Gilded & Frosted Barware Pop Shop America heads downtown for this creative workshop that includes cocktails from Local Foods, light bites, and a chance to make stylish barware using gold leafing or glass etching techniques, courtesy of The Downtown District. Local Foods, 420 Main,

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APRIL 11-14: 32nd Annual Houston Art Car Parade Embrace four days of wacky and weird with this weekend of art car events powered by the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art. The Main Street Drag and Sneak Peek at Discovery Green are both on Thursday, the Legendary Art Car Ball is Friday, then Saturday brings a plethora of parties plus the big parade. It all wraps up with an award ceremony on Sunday. APRIL 12-14: Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market Spring Spectacular One of our favorite holiday shopping events changes its focus for the spring with seasonal merchandise from hundreds of fabulous merchants. New season, different vibe, same joyful feeling. NRG Center, One NRG Parkway, 713-535-3231, APRIL 13: Creating the WOW Factor with Color Join Gaye Hammond of the Houston Rose Society to learn how color can make or break a landscape. The use of color as a design element can brighten up a shady corner or calm down an overly bright one. The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, 281-351-8851, APRIL 13-14: The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival Town Green Park and the waterway get transformed into an outdoor art gallery with more than 200 juried national artists during the 14th annual festival. Enjoy four stages with entertainment, hands-on art activities and demonstrations. The Woodlands Town Center, 2099 Lake Robbins, The Woodlands,


LEFT: Only good vibes are allowed during the 32nd Annual Houston Art Car Parade on April 13. Photo by Emily Jaschke RIGHT: Sarah Briggs Jewelry is one of the vendors at the upcoming Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market Spring Spectacular, April 12-14. Photo courtesy of Sarah Briggs Jewelry

APRIL 13-14: Art Meets Floral View beautiful works of art paired with stunning floral arrangements during one of McKinney’s signature events. Heart-Craig Center for the Arts, 205 West Hunt, McKinney, 972569-6909, or APRIL 14: Green Mountain Energy Earth Day Green Mountain Energy partners with Citizens Environmental Coalition for this Earth Day celebration with displays, exhibits and booths, plus information about alternative energies, recycling and a foodie farmers market. Start your zero-waste footprint here. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney,

APRIL 18: Spring Tonics and Safe Detox with Plants Springtime is the best season for tonics and detoxing plants that can lift us out of the sluggish winter doldrums. Join Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN to learn how to safely use these valuable plants and resources. The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, 281-351-8851,

APRIL 27: 30th Annual Cotton Gin Festival Keep the history of cotton alive at this annual festival that is celebrating its third decade. Festival events include tours of the Burton Farmers Gin, a parade, folk life demonstrations, antique tractors and engines, plus food booths and children’s activities. 307 North Main, Burton, 979289-3378,

APRIL 20: Neatly Natural — The Texas Cottage Garden A well-planned cottage garden can be both colorful and low maintenance, and an informal option that allows for beautiful flowers in any sized yard. The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, 281-351-8851,

APRIL 27-28: 1836 Chuckwagon Races at the Diamond B Ranch Palestine celebrates the independence of Texas in this throwback western event with horses, mules and wagons. 11589 FM 321, Palestine, 903721-9111,

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lously manicured or a xeriscaped utopia? Texas A&M’s Andrew King helps you identify your gardening style and points you in the right direction for selecting plants. The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, 281-351-8851, APRIL 28-MAY 25: Nuestra Cultura and Cinco de Mayo Art & Culture Exhibit Head to Casa Ramirez in the Heights for book readings, live music and dance, plus works of art by regional artists. Celebrate the richness of Latin culture with proprietors Macario and Chrissie Ramirez. Casa Ramirez FOLKART Gallery, 241 West 19th, 713-880-2420,

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Use Amitha Verma chalk finish paint, sealers, antiquing glazes and brushes to breathe new life into dark furniture. Coat your project with Amitha Verma clear wax, then finish it off with brown or gray wax.


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mitha Verma wants to help make your furniture look old again. But she understands that most DIY aficionados don’t want to spend the weekend sanding and priming. They want a new look and they want it now. Knowing that, she worked with chemists to come up with her own brand of chalk-style furniture paint, a creamy paint that applies easily and dries quickly to a velvety, smooth matte finish. That finish, along with several interesting enhancements, can transform any dated piece 20 house& home | April 2019 |

of furniture into a fresh new look that will work well in a country-style or beach house escape. Verma says the whitewashed techniques — usually done by watering down paint and applying it all over — gives even heavy, wooden furniture a lighter feel. The whitewashing allows any room to take on a warm or cool homey feel. The paints she has created come in 12 designer colors, which she considers “forever” colors, while shying away from primary or craft colors. Her chalk finish paints come in muted shades such as Chantilly white,

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What color is your next project? Choose from Azure green, Belgian blue, Chambord Gray, Champagne yellow, Chantilly white, French gray, Jardin green, Latte beige, Manor beige, Noir black, Provence blue and Stone gray.

“It is not difficult to do but the change to each piece gives it a whole new life.” –Amitha Verma French gray, Belgian blue, Latte beige and Noir black. The antiquing finishes are either gray or brown, giving each piece a new old look. But to stay with a beachy look, Verma suggests that all the finishes in the house should be light: the floors, the backsplash and the walls, as well as the furnishings. “The kitchen is always the center of the house and the light, fresh colors make the room welcoming,” she says. If stone or tile is chosen, she suggests light, neutral colors to keep to the relaxed look of the room. In terms of decorating, she recommends casual seating rather than formal arrangements. “Use ottomans, poufs and throws in the room to keep a comfortable, escapethe-city feeling,” she says. Chairs and couches should be covered with the wide selection of durable outdoor upholstery. “I prefer the fabrics made for outdoor furniture for indoor furniture because it wears better and can handle stains and wet bathing suits without any damage to the fabric. It is great for lounging around,” she says. 22 house& home | April 2019 |

For lighting in the living room, dining room, entryway or other areas, Verma likes the beaded chandeliers that are affordable while also making a statement. So, although a room’s hard surfaces are painted in basic, subdued and muted tones, she brings the necessary color into a room through art, rugs and other furnishings. One of the popular techniques Verma teaches in her workshops is a layered chippy (or crackle) paint look that gives furniture or furnishings an aged and casual flair. Verma, an interior designer and antiques dealer, says not all pieces of furniture are candidates for updating. Fine antiques should not be painted, but items that are in poor condition or vintage pieces that have no real value can be enhanced, up-cycled and made to look old again, but this time with style. Verma offers hands-on classes each month: a beginners class as well as one that teaches advanced techniques, such as distressing, two-color layering and intricate detailing. “It is not difficult to do but the change to each piece gives it a whole new life,” she says.


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RESOURCES Amitha Verma Chalk Finish Paint (Paint, wax, finishes and brushes) 832-831-0949 1200 Blalock Start small by bringing a simple piece to one of Amitha Verma’s “happy hours,” or consider attending a pro class to learn about more advanced techniques.

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n his poem, Mending Wall, Robert Frost debates the concept of whether “good fences make good neighbours.” As the spaces between homes get ever more narrow, a good fence often does help, but what about those intruders who climb under, over or through those fences? From mosquitoes and flies to wildlife and feral cats, sometimes we need a little help protecting our homes and gardens from invasive species.

RACCOONS, POSSUMS, SNAKES AND RODENTS Raccoons are attracted to the food in our garbage cans, as well as pet food, bird seed, goldfish ponds and even chicken coops for those in more rural areas. For those of us lucky enough to have fruit trees, dropped or ripened fruit can also be a draw. Opossums are also in search of some of these same foods and though they’re primarily nocturnal, will sometimes come out during the day if food is scarce or it’s cold. Both of these animals have been known to come in through pet doors or make their way into attics, bringing along fleas and possibly diseases in the process. Even ickier is when rats, mice and snakes find their way 26 house& home | April 2019 |

into our yards and homes. Venomous snakes such as copperheads, cottonmouths, rattlesnakes and coral snakes are a danger to family and pets. Rats and mice have been known to spread more than 35 diseases, transmitted through live or dead rodents, or by contact with feces, urine, saliva or their bite. The good news is that there are folks who not only aren’t afraid of these creatures, they’ve also developed humane ways to remove and relocate them, far away from your home. In fact, companies like Animal Control Wildlife Inc. have even been called on to remove coyotes, alligators, wild hogs, gophers, skunks, bats, bees and squirrels. And we thought we had problems!

FLIES AND MOSQUITOES Along with the warmer weather come the mosquitoes, and Harris County Public Health offers great tips for protecting us from mosquito-borne diseases. When outdoors, use an EPA-registered insect repellent to help prevent bites: Look for products that have either DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus/PMD, or 2-undecanone. Other tips include wearing socks and long sleeves and

pants, or placing mosquito netting over infant cribs and strollers. Keep storm drains clear of lawn clippings and limbs, overturn any standing water from flowerpots or bird baths, and install or repair screens on windows and doors. We found several useful items at C&D Hardware & Gifts. They carry the Skeeter Screen line of products: Mix and match between the DEET-free spreadable insect deterrent or the refillable Patio Egg mosquito deterrent diffuser. C&D also sells the Spartan Mosquito Eradicator that provides a long-lasting, continuous mosquito control system; it doesn’t require batteries or electricity, just water, and will control the area for up to 90 days. Also, brand new on the market is the CoolZone CZ500 Ultrasonic Dry Misting Fan with Bluetooth technology. When used outdoors, use the refillable mosquito repellent function to keep disease carrying pests away. Companies like Houston Mosquito Control Systems know that unwanted insects can make the outdoors an unbearable environment. Their Mosquito Mist Away System will kill or repel mosquitoes, spiders, flies, ticks, fleas, roaches, wasps and gnats. Utilizing a reservoir, pump, motor and timer, they can design a system that works to create a protective barrier in your yard. Similarly, Mosquito Squad Houston can schedule regular barrier protection sprays for repelling mosquitos and other outdoor pests. Even a single treatment can protect your family for as long as 21 days, though they have seasonal spray packages to fit any need. For more permanent solutions, consider their MistAway system programmed to spray two to four times a day. MosquitoNix ® has a variety of solutions for protecting outdoor lifestyles. A custom misting system can create a barrier around home or office, and their three-step mosquito fogging treatments are perfect for special backyard events. They even have a portable system for small patios and gazebos that also works for camping trips. It’s a national brand but they do have a location in Houston. House flies are just as much of a nuisance, and can spread as many as 200 known pathogens and parasites to humans. They touch down on trash cans, dead animals and manure, then transport disease agents into our home. These are more difficult to combat, which is where a good screen system can become your best friend. Mosquito Free Outdoor Curtains can install mosquito repelling curtains that also eliminate many other flying insects. It’s an affordable option to more permanent screened-in enclosures, and the black curtain is almost invisible when looking out. Choosing the track mount system allows curtains to be pulled open during cooler

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months, while trackless curtains are simply pulled back when not needed. For a more permanent solution, consider installing a screened porch or patio enclosure. It’s a chemical free alternative to those annoying insects, while still allowing you to enjoy those refreshing breezes. Texas Patio Covers can design a custom solution — either built from scratch or installed over an existing patio or deck — letting you enjoy the outdoors all year long. ABOVE: Consider the humane trap-neuter-return protocol for feral cats. Photo by Paul Sullivan/Flickr via CC. BELOW LEFT: Call Animal Control Wildlife Inc. for raccoon problems. Photo by Neil McIntosh/Flickr via CC. BELOW RIGHT: Harris County Public Health suggests oil of eucalyptus as protection against mosquitoes.

FERAL CATS Everybody knows that colonies of stray cats can grow exponentially if left unchecked, giving birth to as many as three litters of kittens each year. Homeless animals are a national problem and one solution is through TNR, the trap-neuterreturn protocol that halts the breeding cycle of feral cat colonies. If you don’t really mind having a cat or two around — they’re great for eliminating rodents from the area — but you really don’t want their numbers to grow, consider TNR. Friends of BARC will help by loaning traps and supplies, issuing a voucher for surgery at area clinics, and offering advice about trapping and surgery aftercare.

“Uninvited guests seldom meet a welcome.” — Aesop Make C&D Hardware & Gifts your secret weapon in the battle against mosquitoes. LEFT: CoolZone CZ500 Ultrasonic Dry Misting Fan with Bluetooth technology, with refillable mosquito repellent function for outdoor use. RIGHT: Long-lasting and continuous Spartan Mosquito Eradicator. BOTTOM LEFT: Patio Egg mosquito deterrent diffuser. BOTTOM RIGHT: Skeeter Screen is a DEET-free spreadable insect deterrent.

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pring is prime time for a road trip south to take in coastal views, ocean breezes and plenty of patios for al fresco dining. Once you get a taste of the Gulf shrimploaded gumbo, tantalizing steaks, fresh grilled fish and kickedup po’ boys, you’ll want to stay all week.

THE WATERMAN For waterside dining, this West End favorite specializes in fresh seafood and spectacular sunsets. Expansive outdoor decks overlooking Galveston bay and a large indoor bar offer many seating options. Try the stuffed flounder. 14302 Stewart, 409-632-0233, RUDY & PACO A generous menu of beautifully presented Latin-influenced steaks and seafood and an encyclopedic wine list make Rudy & Paco one 30 house& home | April 2019 |

of the best dining venues on the island. Its classy and quiet ambiance gets voted “most romantic” repeatedly. 2028 Postoffice, 409-762-3696, GROTTO With hand-blown chandeliers and custom art, this stylish spot makes a good choice for most occasions. Rich pasta dishes, crispy pizzas, and gussied up Italian style seafood headline the menu. You can’t beat the sunny view overlooking the San Luis Resort’s lush grounds and pool. 5222 Seawall, 409-740-8605, HOTEL GALVEZ & SPA Reserve ahead for the famous (massive!) Sunday brunch at the only historic beachfront hotel on the Texas Gulf Coast. Anticipate flowing Champagne, an extensive seafood station, a pasta and meat

carving station, and made-to-order hot breakfasts, plus desserts. $44.99 adults, $39.99 seniors, $26.99 children age six and older. 2024 Seawall, 409-765-7721, THE COVE AT THE SAN LUIS RESORT Relish scenic views of the beach at this poolside coastal hideaway while enjoying cocktails and bites ranging from tacos to seared salmon with pickled beet salad. If staying the night, happy hour at The Cove is Sunday through Thursday, 8 to 11 p.m. Cabana rentals are also available for food and beverage service. 5222 Seawall, 409-744-1500, VARGAS CUT & CATCH Restaurateur Paco Vargas (of Rudy & Paco) brings this elegant newcomer with polished service to Postoffice Street. The talented kitchen serves up prime and Wagyu steaks, fresh seafood, and creative desserts — try the chocolate Paco dome smothered in hot fudge. Its Bar 21 offers a lighter menu during happy hour. 2102 Postoffice, 409-762-2101,

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OLYMPIA GRILL Seasonally changing Greek specialties star on the menu at this waterfront outpost at Pier 21 (with another location on the Seawall). Favorite dishes include Crab Stack layered with juicy mango, avocado and crabmeat; haddock Veracruz; Golden Greek salad; vegetarian plate; and the Greek fried fish po’ boy. 100 21st, 409-765-0021, FISH TALES Steps away from Galveston’s historic Pleasure Pier, find this doubledecker with a popular beachfront balcony and vibrant setting. Seafood is the specialty, but there’s something for the entire family including baby back ribs, pasta and salads. Bacon-wrapped Shrimp Kisses stuffed with jalapeno Jack cheese are justly famous. 2502 Seawall, 409-762-8545, PORCH CAFE & BISTRO Here’s a chic, bright space with a wraparound deck and a dazzling Gulf view just a short walk from East Beach. Come hungry for a hearty weekend breakfast — think chicken and waffles or the pancake bar. Lunch on Bloody Mary ceviche, Thai chicken salad or the Porch burger stacked with fried green tomatoes and bacon. 1625 East Beach, 409-762-0808, WILLIE G’S SEAFOOD & STEAKS Area residents, visitors, and the local business crowd count on Willie G’s for upscale dining. Rotating fresh fish specials might include Hazelnut Trout; Blackened Redfish Louisianne; Snapper

Enjoy an appetizer of broiled oysters, cold boiled shrimp or seared tuna on one of the Waterman’s expansive outdoor decks overlooking Galveston Bay. Photo courtesy of Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau

Tuscano and grilled Salmon Ceretto with Parmesan risotto. 2100 Harborside, 409-762-3030, GAIDO’S With more than a century under its belt, a survey of dining in Galveston would not be complete without a trip to Gaido’s. Here you’ll find fresh seafood, luscious crab cakes, and a famous pecan pie that brings out the best in Hill Country pecans. 3828 Seawall, 409-761-5500, 31


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METHOD Combine all ingredients. Store in an airtight container. Yield: ¼ cup


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COASTAL AND COUNTRY ESCAPES North, South, East or West, We’ve Got You Covered By Susie Tommaney


oad-tripping is one of the great American pastimes. Whether you’re looking forward to a few extra days off during the Easter, Memorial Day or Independence Day weekends, or you’ve got some vacation time built up and you’re itching to spend those days, we’ve mapped out some fabulous driving vacations not too far from Houston.

SAND BETWEEN YOUR TOES There’s nothing like a trip to the beach and thankfully we’ve got miles of them along the Texas Gulf Coast. From sunrises and sunsets over the water, to looking for seashells or touring historic buildings, we’re recommending Galveston for a day or weekend trip and Rockport if you’ve got the time. In Galveston, history buffs will want to check out the 1877 Tall Ship Elissa at the Texas Seaport Museum, the historic homes tour in May, and the Galveston Railroad Museum. Music lovers can enjoy regular jazz events at the Tremont and Hotel Galvez and, beginning in June, live music and fireworks at Moody Gardens and concerts at Ashton Villa. Connoisseurs of the finer things should consider the Galveston Island Wine Festival and the recurring ArtWalk. While in Rockport, be sure to visit the Texas Maritime Museum, don a hard hat at the Fulton Mansion, and visit the Fulton Schoolhouse Museum and Rialto Theatre. Nature-lovers will enjoy the flora and fauna at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge; and can’t miss celebrations include the “Taste” of Rockport-Fulton, the kite festival, and the Rockport Wine Festival. In our calendar we’ve also included important dates for other coastal stops along the way.

April 11-14, 17th Annual FeatherFest, Galveston, April 12, 18th “Taste” of Rockport-Fulton, Rockport, April 13, “Hook into Service” Fishing Tournament, Rockport, April 13, San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment, La Porte, April 20, Cajun Heritage Fest, Port Arthur, April 26-27, 10th Annual Galveston Island Wine Festival, Galveston, April 27-28, Rockport Kite Festival, Rockport, April 27, ArtWalk, Galveston, May 4-5, 11-12, 45h Annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour, Galveston, May 11, Family Day at the Ocean Star, Galveston, May 17-18, Galveston Island Beach Revue, Galveston, 38 house& home | April 2019 |

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POINT YOUR WAGONS WEST Head west on Highway 290 or Interstate 10 and discover a part of Texas that seems far removed from Houston’s concrete jungle: gentle rolling hills, green pastureland that goes on for miles, and small towns that still have one foot planted firmly in the past. Underneath that sleepy facade you’ll find robust cultural communities with fine art, live music and celebrations of everything from bluebonnets to cotton. Explore the rich history of Texas in Chappell Hill, Brenham, Washington and Burton. Washington on the Brazos State Historical Park, the Antique Rose Emporium and the Burton Farmers Gin should all be on everybody’s bucket list. Historic downtown Brenham has become a hot spot for live music and eclectic dining, plus original murals and an antique carousel, but don’t overlook a tour of the Blue Bell Creameries. Chappell Hill has a lavender farm and its own Main Street shops, and grave sites from the Crockett and Travis families can be found in its historic Masonic cemetery. Continue your historical tour in the towns of Fayetteville, Gonzales and Bastrop. Fayetteville celebrates its popular ArtWalk and Chamber Music Festival in May, and bicyclists from all over converge in June for the Summertime Classic. Gonzales — home of the Come and Take It Paddling Trail — has livestock shows and rodeos in the coming months, plus tours of historic homes, the county jail and Pioneer Village. There’s something for everybody in Bastrop: walking and driving tours of historic homes, a luxe spa day at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa, communing with nature in the state park, or enjoying the Sherwood Forest Faire in nearby McDade. Adrenaline junkies will want to Zip Lost Pines or hit up the Cotton Bowl Speedway in nearby Paige. If you’ve got an extra day, we recommend driving a bit further to explore the towns of Wimberley, Fredericksburg, Stonewall and Kerrville. Fredericksburg is celebrating wildflowers and antique tractors this season and nearby Fort McKavett has its Heritage Days in May. Stonewall puts its focus on lavender and the mighty peach, while Kerrville is known for its folk and arts festivals. Try to visit Wimberley in May to tour the beautiful gardens, then visit some of the local wineries or take time for a swim at Blue Hole.

March 2-April 21, Sherwood Forest Faire, McDade, April 6-21, Wildflower Celebration, Fredericksburg, April 7, Spring Heritage Home Tour, Brenham, April 13-14, Official Bluebonnet Festival of Texas, Chappell Hill, April 13, Blue Bell Fun Run, Brenham, April 13, 14th Annual Bluebonnet Antique Tractor Ride, Fredericksburg, April 13, Cool Nights, Hot Tunes, Brenham, April 19-21, 46th Annual Easter Hill Country Tour (bicycling), Kerrville, April 27, 30th Annual Burton Cotton Gin Festival, Burton, April 27-28, Buda Country Fair and Wiener Dog Races, Buda, April 27-28, Lone Star Classic Steer & Heifer Show, Gonzales, May 3-4, Maifest, Brenham, May 3, West Texas Heritage Days, Fort McKavett, May 3-5, Fayetteville ArtWalk, Fayetteville, May 4, Honey / Bee Jubilee, New Ulm, May 4-5, 21st Annual Lavender Festival, Stonewall, May 11, 24th Annual Wimberley Garden Tour “Nature’s Palette,” Wimberley, May 18-19, Elgin Studio Art Tour, Elgin, May 23-June 9, Kerrville Folk Festival, Kerrville, May 23-July 6, Southwest Gourd Fine Arts Show, Kerrville, May 25-26, Wimberley Open Pro Rodeo, Wimberley, May 25-26, Kerrville Festival of the Arts, Kerrville, May 26-June 1, Texas Junior High Rodeo, Gonzales, June 2, Good Old Summertime Classic Bike Ride, Fayetteville, June 7-8, Shakespeare in The Park, Kerrville, June 15, Summer Sip, Brenham, June 20-22, 58th Annual Stonewall Peach JAMboree/Rodeo, Stonewall, July 12-13, Kerrville Open Pro Rodeo, Kerrville,

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HEAD FOR THE BORDER While we all anxiously await the bullet train between Houston and Big D, the highways are still the best way to get to north Texas. Some of us have folks in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and others are attracted to the varied landscape and myriad cultural opportunities further from home. McKinney’s a great starting point with its historic downtown district. The Collin County History Museum is featuring a “McKinney, Then and Now” exhibit and this month also brings Arts in Bloom, a celebration of art and wine. If you find yourself in town come July, don’t miss the Red, White and BOOM! event with a parade, car show, concert and fireworks.


For a look at history, explore the historical sites around Denton or find yourself in Lewisville for the 75th Anniversary Commemoration of D-Day in June. Architecture buffs should check out the Turtle Creek home tour this month in Dallas or the Gingerbread Trail in Waxahachie come June. We loved the treasures from Paul Michael Company when it popped up at Round Top last month. Dig deeper at their brick-and-mortar location in Canton and try to get there during May’s balloon festival. Continue that shopping spree at Antique Alley Texas, so big that it spans two counties. Celebrations for wine, art and music abound in this region. There’s the Granbury Wine Walk in April, a butterfly festival in Plano in May, tours of the gardens in Celina come June, and a peach festival in Weatherford this summer. Dig deeper with our all-inclusive calendar.

March 1-April 14, Tulip Festival Month, Waxahachie, April 6, ColorPalooza, Lewisville, April 6-May 27, Scarborough Renaissance Festival, Waxahachie, April 7, 18th Annual Turtle Creek Tour of Homes, Dallas, April 12-14, Arts in Bloom, McKinney, April 13, Easter Egg Roll, Denison, April 13, Classic Truck Nationals, Waxahachie, April 19-21, Antique Alley Texas, Cleburne, Grandview, Maypearl, Alvarado, Venus, Keene and Waxahachie, April 25-28, Crossroads of Texas Film & Music Festival, Waxahachie, The Tailwind Regional Balloon Fest in Canton takes place May 17-18. Photo by Sky High Perspectives.

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April 25-28, 38th Annual Terrell Jubilee, Terrell,

May 17-18, Tailwind Regional Balloon Fest, Canton,

April 26-27, 10th Annual Granbury Wine Walk, Granbury, April 26-27, Kaufman Quilt Show, Kaufman,

May 31-June 1, Moo-La Fest, Stephenville, June 1, D-Day 75th Anniversary Commemoration, Denison,

April 26-28, Main Street Fest, Grand Prairie,

June 1-2, Gingerbread Trail Historic Home Tour, Waxahachie,

April 26-28, Denton Arts & Jazz Festival, Denton,

June 4, Sounds of Lewisville, Lewisville,

April 27, 5th Annual Hops and Props, Fort Worth,

June 10, Celina Garden Tour, Celina,

May 3-4, Waxahachie Cinco de Mayo Festival, Waxahachie,

June 29, Bluegrass on Ballard, Wylie,

May 3-12, Greater Plano Kiwanis Club Butterfly Festival, Plano,

July 3, Sounds of Red, White & Lewisville, Lewisville,

May 4, 23rd Annual Cowboy Capital MS Trail Ride, Stephenville,

July 3, Crape Myrtle Festival & Parade, Waxahachie,

May 4, Hachie 50, Waxahachie,

July 4, Red, White and BOOM!, McKinney,

May 5, Historic Sites Free Day, Denison, May 10-11, Coolidge Annual Mesquite Tree Festival, Coolidge, May 11, 8th Annual Frisco StrEATS Food Truck and Music Festival, Frisco,

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WHERE THE LIVIN’ IS EASY Point the car eastward and you’ll soon find yourself in Louisiana, home of Cajun culture and a laid-back, easy vibe. We’re partial to Acadia Parish: It’s a much shorter trip than New Orleans, nestled between Lake Charles and Lafayette, with a cluster of fascinating towns and attractions. We have to begin with Rayne with its hoppin’ Frog Festival in May, but the town also is known as the “Louisiana City of Murals.” Other points of interest in Rayne include Landry’s Feed Store, No-Name Vinyl Records & Music, St. Joseph’s Cemetery and the historic Worthmore’s 5-10-25 Cent Store, which was established in 1936. Don’t overlook Crowley with its 1920 Crowley Motor Co. & Ford Building, the retro ‘50s diner Frosto, the Grand Opera House of the South, the historic Rice Theatre, Kelly’s Landing Agricultural Museum, Landry’s Feed Store, Rice City Kitchen (the town is home base for the International Rice Festival in the fall), and Master-Trak Sound Recorders, Louisiana’s oldest recording studio. No trip to Acadia Parish would be complete without stopping in Church Point to see the railroad depot and La Vieux Presbytere, an 1887 structure that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Discover more at

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THIS PAGE Above: Relaxed living and outdoor entertaining were fundamental to studioMET’s design. Below: The house’s semi-circular shape places a focus on the internal courtyard. OPPOSITE PAGE: Simple geometric forms and strong horizontal lines embrace the natural surroundings of this dream home in Magnolia.

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hen Mark and Amanda Basford were planning their home in the Magnolia area, just outside The Woodlands, Mark wanted a place that reminded him of his childhood visits to see family. After all, the couple had six acres available for their plans, so nearly anything was possible. After a few consultations they decided to give studioMET Architects the goahead to build their dream home in the woods. The architect-led design-build firm normally works in Inner Loop neighborhoods so, for them, getting to work on a property like the Basford’s was a thrill. “We do work typically in urban settings. You have a house to the left, right and behind you. If you get a corner lot, that’s exciting, but a rural setting gave us an opportunity to play with the siting of the home and how it interacts with nature,” says Shawn Gottschalk, principal and partner at studioMET. 48 house& home | April 2019 |

Floor-to-ceiling windows provide a constant view of the wooded areas and outdoor living spaces.

The result was The Porch House — a sophisticated invention of modern living with simple geometric forms and strong horizontal lines that embraces the natural surroundings. It poses a juxtaposition of defining a protected, enclosed space while also balancing the untouched surrounds of that same building. First came the challenge of finding just where to situate a path to the house that would cut down the fewest number of trees possible, a decision that led to a meandering circular driveway through the heavily wooded site, and where the house slowly expresses itself as visitors get closer. Upon arrival, the house resembles a C-shape, with the driveway leading to a porte-cochère. The entrance in the middle of the C leads to the grand foyer. Rooms finished with natural sealed concrete fill the home. To the left is a four automobile carport, the kitchen, caterer's kitchen and expansive pantry. The kitchen countertops from Illusion Stone run 12 feet wide with an eight-foot-tall book matched porcelain backsplash, and the appliances were sourced from K&N Sales. To the right is a full lounge, bar, wine room and the master suite. The space lends itself to hosting parties and events, which the 50 house& home | April 2019 |

Basfords are known to do. Other elements found throughout the home include tile from La Nova Tile, light fixtures from Light, and plumbing fixtures and hardware from Ferguson. Designed for relaxed everyday living and outdoor entertaining, the house’s semi-circular shape places a focus on the internal courtyard. The covered patios are a modern interpretation of the Texas wraparound porch, perfect for southern outdoor living. The arrangement of the living spaces around the large, open courtyard helps bring the natural world into the heart of the domestic realm while still feeling protected from the natural surroundings. “There’s a strong connection between inside and outside. It blurs the lines between the two. There are brick walls on the inside and continuing to the outside. It’s manmade and created, and nature is the backdrop. Whether you're in the master bedroom, or in the pool or in the living room, you’re looking at nature beyond you,” Gottschalk says. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide a constant view of the wooded areas surrounding the home as well as the interior courtyard, the true star of the property. It features a pool from Cascade Pools and a large floating deck that helps extend the living space into the nat-

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ural habitat. The courtyard boasts both a formal patio and a more casual day-to-day patio with an outdoor fireplace from Perfection Supply, as well as a hot tub and an outdoor kitchen. The second floor provides space for family and additional bedrooms, creating a perfect spot for their son to call his own in the 7,600-square-foot home. StudioMET Architects also made sure to position the house within walking distance of a workshop where Mark spends a good portion of his free time. “The homeowner has a shop out there working with wood and metal,” says Gottschalk. “The wife is a doctor, and he is in IT and, for the most part, he's behind a desk 8-5 and he needed some creative outreach so he does woodwork.” For Gottschalk, the opportunity to work on a project like this not only gave him the chance to escape the urban and embrace the openness of the rural, it gave him the ability to turn his client's dreams into a reality. “We’re designing a house for people and not just for ourselves,” he says. “It’s special listening to Mark's upbringing and his childhood experience, and then we’re taking those memories from his grandmother’s house and aunt’s house to create a place to raise his son in.”

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he focus this year for the Rice Design Alliance 2019 Houston Architecture Tour is on the theme “Adapt” — how architects and homeowners have modified their living spaces to adapt to changing climate conditions, growing families or the specificities of a neighborhood. Unlike other architecture tours, this tour — scheduled for April 27 and 28 — is organized around a theme instead of showcasing one neighborhood or recent construction, says Raj Mankad, RDA’s editor. “Much in contrast with current trends in building unnecessarily large and inefficient homes, the six homes featured this year all reuse existing space and respond to social, economic and environmental changes,” says Mankad. “By adapting their space through renovations, additions, retrofits or elevation, these homes maintain Houston’s residential fabric while avoiding becoming obsolete in an increasingly evolving housing landscape.” For example, the Mediterranean style house at 1903 56 house& home | April 2019 |

Bellmeade, first designed in 1926 by Charles W. Oliver for advertising executive Pierre L. Michael and sensibly rehabilitated in 1987 by William F. Stern, underwent a second major renovation recently by homeowners Andrew and Gretchen McFarland. Working with architect Eric Hughes of HR Design Dept, the couple increased the footprint of their 3,300-square-foot home by constructing a 1,400-square-foot addition plus a 600-square foot garage. “They were able to adapt their older home for their family but still keep the landscape and scale of the house and preserve the outdoor space,” says Hughes. What they built was a two-story addition — a master suite and a family room upstairs — over a glass-enclosed sitting area that enhanced the pool and courtyard. Andrew McFarland is an architect and his wife Gretchen is an interior designer, so the trio collaborated on the architectural changes to make the addition look seamless to the original stucco house. And, to make it work, there had to be some sacrifices.

The teal paint is dark and dramatic, though side windows, a glass door and pop-outs help make the intimate bedroom feel airy and bright.

Room sizes were scaled down to match the existing house in the limited area for the addition; challenges also included working around the air conditioning and heating system. But, Hughes says, the final product turned out to be spectacular. Starting with the compact courtyard and the new pool and spa, Hughes says they adapted them to seamlessly become part of the landscape behind a wall as well as the entry into the house and a glass enclosed room. This new room, a more formal sitting area, has bifold doors on both sides, allowing the area that connects the house and the addition to be a flexible indoor-outdoor space for the family. The upstairs of the addition is a large family room for relaxing and television watching and nestled behind it is a private office. The remainder of the upstairs is the master suite: a series of rooms that loops around the addition. First visitors enter a private sitting room that leads to a very, very small bedroom — only large enough for a bed and a credenza. The path then leads to a large closet, then the bathroom and another closet, before exiting adjacent to the upstairs office.

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Because of the desire to keep the new construction in line with the existing house, the ceiling upstairs gave the architects a chance to be creative. They vaulted the ceiling for more volume and installed skylights to bring natural light into the room, which was painted a dark teal. In addition, the floor beneath the bedside credenza, which overlooks the courtyard with large windows, also has a glass floor that floods the room with sunshine and again marries the inside and outside of the structure. The laminated glass is thick enough that it can be stood upon, although most of it is under furniture. “The owners opted for a Jeffersonian style bedroom — pared down to the essential needs only for sleeping and some storage. It is compact and cozy, but there is ample space for the closets and bathroom,” Hughes says. “The teal is a dark and dramatic color but, because of the cascading sources of light — the side windows, glass floor and pop-outs — it feels bright. And on a sunny day the reflections off the pool through that glass floor under the credenza cast a hue around the room and give it a good feel.” Additional natural light comes through the clerestory windows

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T “Renew,” Piney Point Manor at 11402 Calico Lane. Photo by Benjamin Hill Photography

he six proper ties featured on this year’s Rice Design Alliance 2019 Houston Architecture Tour all have one foot in the past, but are now real-

izing new purpose under the umbrella theme of “Adapt.” Renew. One homeowner purchased his childhood home on Calico Lane and called on former elementar y school classmates, architect Bob Robinowitz and contractor Tom Forney, to edit the midcentur y ranch-style home. Without adding additional space, the architects from McIntyre + Robinowitz united the living, dining and family rooms, conver ted the garage into a librar y, and tore out flat ceilings to add volume. New window and door openings, plus salvaged wood floors and a rustic timber framing, all work together to make an updated home that is light and bright. Power. Way ahead of its time, Virginia Point was Houston’s first LEED Platinum house. Designed by

ABOVE: “Power,” Virginia Point at 3319 Virginia. Photo by Gary Zvonkovic

Adams Architects in 2007, with the goal of minimizing the home’s impact on Houston’s energy and drainage infrastructure, the proper ty features a 140-panel solar array, geothermal air-conditioning, and an underground cistern that collects and stores rainwater. Sustainable

RIGHT: “Context,” 1648 Vassar. Photo by Jack Thompson

materials including bamboo and paper composite were used for the floors, cabinets and counter tops, while interiors maximize natural daylighting from the nor th and a southerly breeze flow. Context. A tragic fire forced the homeowner to star t anew at 1648 Vassar. Architects Scott Strasser and David Guthrie collaborated to double the square

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footage of the new home by stacking living spaces ver tically: a loft-like ground floor, second stor y bedrooms and bath, and a third floor roof terrace. Windows were positioned for sweeping views of the Houston landscape while also ensuring privacy, and a circular stair leading to the terrace was constructed by George Sacaris. Elevate. Plans to remodel a flood-damaged ranch-style home in Meyerland morphed into the need for new construction, a decision aided in par t by the Memorial Day flood in 2015, the Tax Day flood in 2016 and Tropical Storm Har vey in 2017. Janusz Design’s concept for the new L-shaped home uses a concrete slab on steel deck floor, suppor ted by pier-and-beam foundation, and ele-

“Elevate,” 4911 Dumfries. Photo by Hannah Key

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architect Eric Hughes of HR Design Dept to add space to this stunning Spanish/Mediterranean style home at 1903 Bellmeade. A new master bedroom wing and glazed bridge overlook a walled patio; while window wall panes, ingenious skylights and saturated colors infuse the interiors with a shimmering light. “ADAPT” – Rice Design Alliance 2019 Houston Architecture Tour is scheduled for April 27-28, 1 to 6 p.m. Tickets, which provide access to all six locations, are $35 for non-members, $25 for RDA members, $15 for students, and free for children age 12 and under. For information call 713-348-4876 or visit “Add,” 1903 Bellmeade. Photo by Divya Pande 63

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hristine Cartwright admits to being less than thrilled when her husband, Lieutenant Colonel Donald Cartwright, a recently retired Weapon Systems Officer with the United States Air Force, told her he wanted to restore an old home. “I swore he had never had Hammer 101 before,” laughs Cartwright. “But he drove me nuts for three years [about it].” The couple looked at dozens of homes but it wasn’t until they visited a Methodist minister in Bastrop, less than an hour southeast of their hometown of Austin, that they found the perfect house sitting right across the street – the H.P. Luckett House. The 14-room, Queen Anne-style two-story is named for its first owner, Dr. Humphrey Powell Luckett, who purchased the property in 1892. The lot, once the span of an entire city block, previously housed Bastrop Academy and, later, Bastrop Military Institute, which prepared young men, including Sam Houston, Jr., for service during the Civil War. Post-war attendance waned, 64 house& home | April 2019 |

leading the Institute to relocate to Austin and the City of Bastrop to take control of the land, using its buildings as schools until the establishment of a public school system. No longer in need of it, the City of Bastrop sold the lot to Luckett, an expert on yellow fever who was named Bastrop’s city health officer in 1897. Luckett razed the existing structures and hired architect Louis G. Mauer to design a $14,000 eye-catcher, with bay windows, fish-scale shingles, and two big, wraparound verandas. Though subsequent owners Alex and Lucille Waugh turned the one-family dwelling into a three, converting the upstairs into two apartments while residing downstairs, Mauer’s exterior went virtually unchanged, catching the eye of the Cartwrights who, in 1983, became only the home’s third owners. Cartwright says the first thing her husband did was remove the screen from the screened-in upstairs porch — “He said, ‘That screen does not belong there,’” recalls Cartwright — and return


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Florescence - “Time” opens up a plethora of presentation ideas according to event chairs Meg Tapp (The Garden Club of Houston) and Carmen Knapp (River Oaks Garden Club). “[The theme] needs to be something that is a little vague so that it can be interpreted through the art of the flowers. You have creative license,” they add. The idea is to allow spectators to see the arrangements born from artists’ minds as they use the theme as a catalyst to ignite their inspiration. One might find photos of flowers in picture frames for a play on “time frame.” In the next room, designers could be making Kentucky Derby hats for “race against time.” There may be pressed plant materials for “once upon a time,” or the floral arrangements could be a reimagining of a current exhibit in the museum.

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