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may 2012

30 on the cover Loretta and Miguel Trevino transformed their Galveston home from a crumbling cottage to a vibrant residence, complete with a spacious painting studio. Miguel's handiwork, combined with Loretta's artistic flair resulted in a colorful and comfortable home for the couple to share.

Photo by Sarah Gandy

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8 Editor’s Note 14 Calendar & After: Welcome Change 22 Before Step by step, a couple erased that ’70s look from their entry hall with grand results

56 Project: Get Real

The natural and lasting beauty of wood floors

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From Refund to Remodel

Smart ways to invest in your home

Joyful Palette 30 AA Galveston artist fills her home and

paintings with inspiring color the Color 44 Unleash Invigorate your interiors with the

unmistakable wow-factor of color

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ith summer just around the corner, our Color Issue shows you how to crank up your color palette from springtime pastels to full-tilt color for summer. Each year, Patone, the world’s leading authority on color, announces their prediction for the “it” color of the year. Last December, Pantone named Tangerine Tango its 2012 Color of the Year. Described by Pantone as “sophisticated, dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenalin rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.” Since the announcement this captivating reddish orange color has drenched not only the fashion pages, but also saturated a slew of home goods as well. Pick up a recent magazine or catalog and you’ll find everything from spatulas to cocktail trays to light fixtures and bed linens in this spirited color. Beyond citrus fruits and Latin dancing, life and nature bring endless color inspiration into our homes. Children’s artwork, floral arrangements, produces at the farmers market, birds, butterflies and more inspire decorating ideas inside and out. Writer/photographer Sarah Gandy treats readers to the story behind Loretta and Miguel Trevino’s colorful home on Galveston Island. Loretta Trevino, a talented painter,

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excels at composing beautiful scenes within her home, while Miguel Trevino is a master of the art of remodeling their 150-year-old home. The article, “A Joyful Palette,” starts on page 30. Find more fun tips and ideas for enhancing your home in “Unleash the Color,” which begins on page 44. This inspiring article features book author and blogger Janet Lee’s insights and ingenious décor strategies from her recent book, Living In a Nutshell: Posh and Portable Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces. Thank you for picking up Houston House & Home. We hope our Color Issue helps you find ways to turn on the color in your world! Sandra Cook Editor scook@houseandhomeonline.com Like us on Facebook Twitter: @househomemag HOUSTON

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may calendar ANTIQUES SHOW The spring installment of the Urban Market Houston Antique Show returns May 19-20 to its location near Reliant Park at the Bayou City Event Center. Saturday features a special preview event that includes drinks and hors d'oeuvres from 3 to 6 p.m. Tickets for the all-day Sunday sale are just $8 (free for kids) with vendors open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The market takes place at 9401 Knight Road, just south of Loop 610 near Almeda. Be sure to bring cash and measurements from home. Food and drink are available on site all day Sunday. Information: www.theurbanmarkethouston.com.

HOME SHOWS Popular Mechanics and the Houston Chronicle present The Ram Home Safety Prep Show on June 2, at Reliant Center. The show features celebrity experts, such as Mykel Hawke of Discovery Channel’s Man, Woman, Wild and Colby Donaldson of Survivor and the History Channel show Top Shot. The event also offers access to first responders, supplies, gear, and kid friendly attractions, such as fire trucks, Coast Guard response boats, and the Popular Mechanics Kids Zone. Tickets for adults are $8, kids get in free. Readers of Houston House & Home can receive a $2 discount by entering the promo code: househome. Information: www.popularmechanicshomesafety.com. The Greater Houston Building Association hosts its 20th Annual New Home & Remodeling Show June 9-10 at Reliant Center. The event showcases the latest in new construction trends as well as the finest in remodeling techniques for home improvement projects. Show attendees can take advantage of this one-stop shopping opportunity to meet industry experts one-on-one and compare exhibitors to find the expert that best suits their needs. Learn from professional demonstrations, classes and interacting with professionals, who are happy to answer remodeling and construction questions. Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, while kids 12 and under get in free. Free tickets are available at Houston Best Buy locations. Information: www.NewHomeAndRemodelingShow.com.

CLASSES The Arbor Gate features a thoughtful variety of classes and events each month. This month’s calendar includes Summer Survival Tips for the Garden and Gardener on May 17. Gardening expert and award-winning member of The Herb Society of America Susan Wood explains how to grow, harvest and enjoy herbs without losing your cool. The class also includes instructions for drying herbs for teas, potpourris and decorative uses. This class is free, although other class may require a materials fee. See full schedule online. Information: www.arborgate.com or 281.351.8851.

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Tour the Southern Living Showcase Home in Bellaire starting May 4.

The first Southern Living Showcase Home located in the central Houston area opens to the public at noon on Friday, May 4 and continues the weekends of May 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20 from 10 a.m. to noon each day. Located at 5307 Aspen in Bellaire, the 4,777-square-foot home marries regional charm with design ingenuity in its four bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, chef’s kitchen, library and craft room, study, mudroom, gardening stand, and outdoor living rooms. The home, designed by JKM Designs, was built by Stone Acorn Builders and features interior design by Edwina Alexis Interiors. Visitors are invited to register for gift baskets and prizes to be given away, while special guests and demonstrations scheduled each weekend of the showcase. More than 5,000 attendees are expected to tour the showcase home with the $10 admission benefiting the Houston Center for Literacy and Friends of the Bellaire Library. Information: www.stoneacorn.com. The 38th Annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour returns for two weekends this spring: May 5-6 and12-13. The tour showcases 10 historic homes, offering a fascinating journey through the island’s extraordinary architectural history and storied past. Tickets are $15 for Galveston Historical Foundation members and $20 for non-members before May 4 and are available online and at area Kroger stores. Information: 409.765.7834 or www.galvestonhistory.org

The Galveston Historic Homes Tour takes place the first two weekends of May.

The Houston chapter of the American Institute of Architects organizes walking tours throughout the year. On May 12, AIA Houston debuts its Towers and Trees Downtown Walking Tour. Explore the magnificent architecture between Hermann Square and Discovery Green as well as the changing dynamics of our downtown. The tour highlights the partially realized civic center plan surrounding Hermann Square, the historic backbone of Main Street, the ambitious 1970 proposal that would become Houston Center, the internationally recognized icons from the skyscraper boom of the 70s and 80s, and Discovery Green, the newest catalyst for downtown development in Houston. The Towers and Trees Tour meets at City Hall, at the base of the reflecting pool in Hermann Square, 900 Bagby Street. Hobby Center Parking Garage is recommended due to 2 hour limited street parking. Parking fees not included with registration. Information: www.aiahouston.org or 713.520.0155. Rienzi, the European Decorative Arts branch of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston hosts Twilight Tours from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday in May. Relax and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the Rienzi estate, art collection and gardens at twilight, while Houston musicians provide a soothing serenade for guests on the terrace and in the living room. Wine and light bites are served. Docents are stationed throughout the house to greet visitors and share stories about Rienzi’s collection of European decorative arts. The musical line-up features harpist Meghan Elizabeth Caulkett on May 3, Fine Arts Strings playing violin and viola on May 10 and May 31, Spanish guitarist Lucas Gorham on May 17 and jazz duo Mood Indigo on May 24. Admission is $15 per person and $12 for MFAH members. Reservations are recommended. Rienzi is located at 1406 Kirby Drive; free parking available. Information www.mfah.org/rienzi or 713.639.7800.

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Turn taxes into a good thing by using your refund to tackle at least one project this year. According to the IRS, the average American family receives a tax refund of $3,000. Those bucks can take a lot of the bite out of home improvement projects you’ve been putting off. Anthony Rodio, CEO of the contractor referral website Redbeacon.com, shares his expert observations of what’s doable and what’s worth it when it comes to projects for homeowners. 1. Replace your windows Rodio’s top recommendation is replacing windows—even if it’s just a few of them. “Get rid of your drafty windows and stop losing cooled air,” says Rodio. “An average-sized window replacement runs about $300 per window—so this project will take up most, if not all, of your tax return. The good news is that you’ll see the ROI not only in the ‘saleability’ of your home, but also in monthly energy savings.” 2. Paint “Spring’s mild temperatures are great for exterior paint projects, and the weather makes indoor painting easier to ventilate through open windows,” says Rodio. “The size of your home will dictate how expensive this project is, but budget between $1,500 and $3,000 for full painting and priming.”

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spend some or all of your tax return on things like planting flowers, nursing your lawn back to health or hiring a landscaper to give your front yard a makeover. The biggest reward on maintaining your outdoor property is that you’ll want to spend more time outside.” 4. Get a tankless water heater “A tankless water heater can cut your water-heating energy by nearly half, and that means a lot since 30 percent of your energy bill is for heating water,” says Rodio. “Tankless water heaters will cost more, but they’re more energy efficient and can save you money in the long run.” 5. Replace outdated flooring “Most people walk into your home and immediately look down, so floors make a huge impression,” says Rodio. “My wife says ‘you live in your home every day, so make it easy for you.’ When you replace the floors in your foyer or kitchen you can enjoy your home a lot more. That makes a big difference in how your home looks and feels. Hard surfaces, such as tile and wood provide durable beauty.” 6. Update the bathroom “At my house, with my kids, most of the house is like a team sports zone, but the bathroom is your private sanctuary,” says Rodio. “A new shower head or vanity can dramatically improve your enjoyment of this space. When you do your own demolition you can save a lot of money on bathroom projects, which add durable value to your home and you get to enjoy it every day.” Replacing your front door, repainting your home or upgrading your landscape provide dramatic improvements at a reasonable cost. Photos courtesy of Benjamin Moore.

7. Replace your siding “Siding often covers as little as one third of your home’s exterior,” he says. “When you replace siding on just the front façade it makes it feel like a new house. The cost to purchase your own vinyl siding is about $1 per square foot, so if you’re pretty handy and have some time this project can be very affordable.” 8. Replace front door “A front door upgrade makes a big impression, especially glass doors,” says Rodio. “This is a long-term investment that, given the latest materials, yields lasting beauty, energy efficiency and security.” 9. Add a deck “Much like landscaping, adding a deck brings you outdoors more so you can relieve stress and get your vitamin D,” he says. “It also adds outdoor living space—that dramatically increases the appeal and satisfaction factor for the homeowner.” 10. Repair your gutters and roofing “Protect your home from water damage by repairing roof leaks and correcting drainage of your gutters and downspouts,” says Rodio. “Be sure to look at the wash-out points of downspouts. The water should flow away from your foundation; if it doesn’t that’s an easy fix that is good preventive care for your home.” Adding rain barrels at downspouts save your foundation as well and provide free water during dry spells.

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AFTER: The owners painted the stair risers creamy white to match their wall trim and repainted the stair rail for an oil-rubbed bronze look. Because of the two-story height, the wallpaper was removed and walls painted by a professional crew. An inherited grandfather clock fits nicely by the front door niche, replacing the glass wall cabinet. BEFORE: The lovely woodwork was practically invisible, and the flocked wallpaper really monopolized the view.

Welcome Change Step by step, a couple erased that ’70s look from their entry hall with grand results BY JOETTA MOULDEN • PHOTOGRAPHY BY JANET LENZEN

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Your entry hall is what visitors see when they first enter your home and it is worthy of your attention. Melissa Taylor and her husband know this truth and did something about it. They first heard about me from their Realtor, who had given them a copy of Houston House & Home. After we discovered that there was wood under the carpeted stairs and that she could paint the railing, Melissa got right to work. “The flocked wallpaper was original from 1970,” Melissa explained. “It had a very formal feeling that did not suit our style. Since the wallpaper was neutral and it would be difficult


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BEFORE to remove without professional help, we worked around it for several years. The white wrought iron railing and carpeted stair were a very dated look that I just hated,” she said. She wanted a beautiful wooden stair railing and banister, but she was shocked at the high cost. Melissa quickly warmed to the idea of buying a small jar of paint for under $20 to give the railing a whole new look. The couple had the carpet on the staircase removed, and shortly after they had the wooden treads refinished. The first thing Melissa painted was the metal railing with a jar of Modern Masters Collection Metallic Paint in “English Brown.” She then painted the stair risers to match her home’s trim, Sherwin Williams “Off White” semi-gloss latex enamel (be sure and tell the person behind the counter the color is in the old fan deck.) TIP: You can paint anything if you use

AFTER: A landscape print replaced the family photo on the den wall and new paint on the walls and railing add simple elegance to the space. Even the chandelier seems more current and less formal now. BEFORE: The painted white railing, wallpaper, carpeted stairs and dated flocked wallpaper were spoiling this dramatic two-story entry hall, giving it a very formal, retro vibe.

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ings were completed, then the wallpaper was removed and the walls were painted. The couple did not have a budget for their project because it was done in stages. “Having the treads refinished was much more expensive that I thought and much messier than I wanted it to be. The great surprise was there were great wood treads and finished risers under the carpet and no carpentry was required,” Melissa explained. She said that having professional help with the plan and color choices was invaluable. “I think your color recommendations were much more subtle and longer lasting than what Alex and I would have selected on our own,” she said. “I think doing the foyer in stages taught me that changing even one small thing—like the color of the wrought iron, can change the feel of the entire room. You helped me come up with ways to “calm down” the busy pattern of the wallpaper by choosing complimentary paint colors for the adjacent rooms and the rail color.” She was able to paint those on her own even when she did not have the budget to hire the two-story foyer work. “Our friends and family were quite shocked at how different the entry hall feels and looks. I am always thankful that you see each room as an extension of the whole house and thus force me to see colors for how they look from one or two nearby rooms,” Melissa smiled.

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ABOVE: The entry hall and stairwell of Miguel and Loretta Trevino’s home are decorated with many of Loretta’s early painting studies. OPPOSITE: The studio was built off the back of the house, constructed entirely by her husband, Miguel. The Trevino’s dog, Zoe, relaxes on a pink indoor/outdoor rug from Tom’s Thumb Nursery in Galveston.

A JOYFUL PALETTE GALVESTON ARTIST FILLS HER HOME AND PAINTINGS WITH INSPIRING COLOR STORY & PHOTOGRAPHY BY SARAH GANDY

“No way!” thought Loretta Trevino the first time she saw the tattered

That gut feeling must have been correct because more than twenty

house on Galveston Island that would become her home and studio.

years later Trevino and her husband Miguel have made the 1892 mid-

“When we first drove up to the house it looked horrible,” remembers

island home their own, thanks in large part to Loretta’s design sense and

Trevino, a hairdresser by day and artist by night. “There was no paint,

Miguel’s construction know-how. “I come up with the ideas and put

just scrapings on the outside. But we were with a realtor so we went

him to work,” says Trevino with a smile. Through the decades the cou-

inside anyway and then something came over me—I loved it. I had to

ple has renovated the kitchen, enclosed an upper porch and added a

have the house.”

back balcony, refurbished the exterior including the aforementioned

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ABOVE: An orange throw adds a quick and easy punch of color to an artscape in Loretta's dining room. Loretta recommends starting small if big color changes make you nervous. A bright vase, pillow or throw can have big impact in a room. OPPOSITE: A large table in Loretta’s studio is a salvaged antique that now provides storage and display space.

paint, and, most recently, added an art studio to the back of the house. For Trevino, the studio off her kitchen, constructed entirely by

every wall of her home, bringing an array of color to each room. She is perhaps best known for her favorite subjects, horses and houses. “Most of the houses I paint are local,” says Trevino. “Sometimes I’ll

Miguel, was a dream come true. “I pictured a studio on the back of my house. I had a vision for it,” says Trevino. “I needed a bigger space for

see an old house that needs paint and take a picture. And I decide ‘I’ll

bigger canvases and I needed lots of light. I pictured it right next to the

paint it myself’. I’ll paint it the color I think it should be — I fix it up. I

kitchen so I could be painting and maybe I could have a pot of soup

can use the structure of a house, and then the colors will come to me

cooking and go back and forth. It was kind of a fantasy for me. I get in

during the process. That day, I might be feeling a purple house with a

my studio now and I’m so happy.”

yellow sky. The sky doesn’t necessarily have to be blue. I love taking

Trevino’s work can be found in a number of galleries and shops on

bright colors and putting them against each other.”

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ABOVE: The spacious new studio constructed by Miguel features ample natural light for Loretta to paint by. OPPOSITE: The mantle in the dining room was found at The Front Parlor in Galveston and anchors a grouping of Loretta’s more subtle, black and white themed paintings.

seen throughout her home as well. “I need color in every room,” says

painting. “Life is going by…and some days something comes over

Trevino. “At least a splash—it might be bold, it might be subtle, it

me. I’ll wake up one day and know this is the day to do something

might be bright, but I love to put bright colors together.

new.”

I love oranges and reds right now, so I’ve added small pieces to my house that I can see when I walk in a room. I can walk in the door of

also be seen throughout the home’s eclectic interiors. “For me furnish-

a room and get a ‘zing’ of that color.”

ings are the same as art—I know it when I see it. I’m not necessarily

Though her colorful paintings have a strong local following,

into antiques or very modern pieces, but I know when I see some-

Trevino only started practicing her art seriously in the last five years.

thing how I want to put it together. Styling to me is as much fun as

“I always wanted to be an artist, but I didn’t have the opportunity in

painting.”

the beginning,” says Trevino, “So I did hair as my art.” Then, one day in 2007, Trevino decided it was time to feed her life-long interest in

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“I think I live an artistic life—whether it’s dressing or the house or hair or painting. All day it’s all about art.”


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The two-story home was built in 1892 and is believed to be a cottage that was raised up at some point to add the first floor underneath. Lorretta’s gift for artful arrangement is evident throughout the home, including this space at the top of the stairs. 36

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Loretta’s Tips for incorporating color into your home LET PAINT BE YOUR ALLY. “Paint color swatches make me so happy, and color is easy to change if you don’t like it. So many people are afraid to change a wall color, but it’s so simple.”

ABOVE: The upstairs studio was originally a porch which Trevino’s husband enclosed. It was her first painting studio before the larger one was built more recently off the back of the house. Calvin the cat keeps guard over the artwork. OPPOSITE: Loretta’s studio features not only her vibrant paintings, but also her talent for eye-pleasing storage and display. Even her painter’s toolbox is a visual treat.

FIND INSPIRATION. “I love looking through home décor magazines,” says Loretta. “I suggest people find something they like and use it as a blueprint to explore. There are no rules.” IF YOU’RE NERVOUS, TAKE BABY STEPS. “If there’s a color you love, start by trying it in small spots—a pillow, a vase—something that will bring the color into the room without having to make a big change.” DON’T BE A SLAVE TO MATCHING. “When I see a color I love it makes my heart race—it has a direct effect on my emotions,” says Loretta. “If I like that color and I like this color, I put them next to each other. Don’t be afraid to put colors together.”

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We talked to design blogger and book author Janet Lee about decorating with color, and specifically how to take those first steps. Lee’s book, Living in a Nutshell: Posh and Portable Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces was published this spring by HarperCollins. Her remarkable book is filled with clever and colorful ideas to a burst of sunshine to virtually any space.


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1. In your book, you encourage readers to express their creativity in their small living spaces. How did you take that first bold leap?

Growing up in a family with six kids, I always had to share a room with one sister or the other and self-expression was not encouraged. Fighting over borders did not allow for my inner decorator to blossom until graduate school in Boston. In Boston I shared a two-bedroom apartment and it was the first time in my life I actually had a room of my own. I stretched my student budget and bought a Laura Ashley fitted sheet, cut it in half and made two balloon shades for my windows. They were totally functioning with attached ribbons and it was an idea I updated and included in my book so many years later. I’ve sewn my own clothes since I was eight and now I found myself making duvet covers out of sheets with pillows to match. Right after graduate school, I got a job producing a local TV talk show and booked decoupage artist, John Derian, as a guest. I was hooked. Paper became my medium of choice. I decoupaged plates and transformed old dressers with vintage wallpaper.

2. Many of your projects involve bright colors and vivid patterns. How can homeowners determine how much color or pattern will work in their rooms?

Balance out color statements, such as this rosy pink wall, with plenty of pure white and earthy neutrals.

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Take baby steps with fabric and accessories that involve a small color commitment. Build a color wardrobe for your room like you do your outfits—one accessory at a time. A bright pink pillow mixed with a chartreuse yellow cashmere throw might inspire you to take the next step. Cover the entire seat of a sofa with a tucked-in piece of designer fabric. T-pins can help keep the fabric from shifting, strategically pinned underneath the cushion. I do this with my Jonathan Adler orange geometric throw over my linen sofa (see book cover image, page 41). Then think about adding a bold, patterned wallpaper to line the backs of bookcases. Keep the look flexible and use removable mounting squares to hold the paper in place. Another option is to hang the wallpaper on a feature wall, like you would a large art print, and cover the edges with decorative polyurethane molding to create a jumbo-sized frame. The molding can


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I spend a lot of time sitting at my local paint store researching color options. I watch people rush in and commit to a full gallon of a bold color without buying a sample first. I would never put paint brush to wall without using a paint sample board and studying how light changes the hue during the day and night. For rich and bright colors, you need to use a tinted primer as a base coat first or your colors won’t be as saturated as they need to be. I’ve gotten great tips from my paint store experts who are always happy to help.

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project reminiscent of salvaged textures. DuChateau’s antique reproduction hard-wax oil floors are designed to reflect the styles found in Europe from centuries ago. DuChateau Floors recreate the same time-worn look that showcases the character and longevity of a true vintage hardwood floor. The company strives to use environmentally friendly methods and renewable forest resources. CARE AND MAINTENANCE

Care and maintenance of hardwood flooring is easy—often just a matter of common sense. Follow these simple guidelines and your floors will last a lifetime, providing the warmth and feel only real hardwood can offer. • Water is a hardwood floor's worst enemy. Clean up spills immediately. Do not use a damp mop or oil-based soap. Always check with the flooring Bellawood natural beech flooring keeps large, open spaces light and bright.

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project • Sweep hardwood floors regularly. Dirt and dust can grind into the finish. Consider doormats at every entrance - rugs in high traffic areas. • Sunlight can be harmful and can drastically change the color of the wood. Consider sheer drapes, curtains or blinds to limit direct sunlight. • Shoes can also cause damage. High heels can dent. Small stones can scratch. Consider leaving shoes and the grit of the outside world at the door.

Oak flooring with a weathered look by Columbia Flooring. Photo courtesy of www.HardwoodInfo.com.

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project Bellawood’s Red Oak flooring adds warmth to rooms painted with cool colors.

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project Wide-plank, handscraped, walnut kitchen flooring. Photo by Jon Miller, Hedrich Blessing Photographers. Photo courtesy of www.HardwoodInfo.com .

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project DuChateau Floors’ new Heritage Timber Edition hardwood flooring (shown here in chalk finish) are distressed by hand to give the look of time-worn, salvaged wood planks.

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Resources Roberts Carpet & Fine Floors 713.926.5100 9 Locations www.robertscarpet.com Dealers for DuChateau 888.383.4283 duchateaufloors.com Floors Etcetera 713.880.8888 National Wood Flooring Association woodfloors.org hardwoodinfo.com A small contemporary living room by designer Jiun Ho is warmed by mellow hardwood floors and cooled by steel-gray walls and a Tibetan area rug. Photo by Alix G. Perrachon, The Decorative Carpet (The Monacelli Press) courtesy of www.HardwoodInfo.com.

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From planning and design to permits and construction, we stand behind our mission to provide our clients with the highest standards of professional service and workmanship. • Additions • Kitchen • Bathrooms • Whole Home Remodeling • Historic Renovation • Insurance Claims • Design & Architecture Services • 3-Dimensional Plan Modeling

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ORCHID TREE PARK & GALLERY

Orchid Tree Park & Gallery is a sublime 31/2 acre property within walking distance of Round Top Square. This serene setting is available for booths during Antiques Week and for weddings, parties or fundraising events the rest of the year. The Gallery at Orchid Tree Park is the newest arts venue in Round Top, hosting exhibits by local Texas artists and from select Santa Fe galleries. The park owner’s extensive personal art collection will also be exhibited. A workshop space is available for classes, lectures and retreats.

ORCHID TREE PARK & GALLERY Celebrating Art • Celebrating Life • Celebrating Fellowship 453 N. Washington • Round Top, Texas 78954 713.305.6776 • 713.854.0907 • www.OrchidTreeParkandGallery.com Call now to reserve booth space for the Fall 2012 Antiques Week

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Houston House & Home Magazine May, 2012 Issue  

The Complete Resource Magazine For Your Home

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