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FEATURES 35 Severe Storm Preparedness 48 1800s Galveston Home 60 Galveston Historic Homes Tour :

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Hartley. We were able to touch base in 2014 when the house was being remodeled but now this Italianate stunner has been completely redone and looks amazing. No detail was left unfinished and a cupola that had been removed during the early 20th century has been lovingly restored. Even if heavy rains don’t get us, we can always count on sticky humidity and stifling heat. One of the secrets to surviving Houston summers is insulation — the invisible but protective layer that shields our homes from extreme temperatures. Different types of insulation are available for all types of construction and it’s a key component for staying comfortable and keeping energy costs down. In this issue we also take a look at ways to show the parental units that they’re tops on any list. From fabulous Mother’s Day brunch ideas to unique Father’s Day gifts that will truly be appreciated, consider our Recipe and Editor’s Picks sections your secret weapon for making their days special. Our Gardening section takes a look at exotic succulents and how to make them thrive, even when grown indoors. These hardy plants are the perfect choice for lazy gardeners and are sure to add drama to any setting. And last, but never least, don’t miss our Pet of the Month, Rambo. He’s the strong but silent type and he’s looking for a new bestie to keep him safe during Houston’s ubiquitous thunderstorms. From our home to yours, Susie Tommaney Blue Thumb Inc., dba Houston House & Home ("HH&H"), is a news magazine with emphasis on interior design and remodeling. HH&H does not knowingly accept false or misleading advertising or editorial content, nor does HH&H or its staff assume responsibility should such advertising or editorial content appear in any publication. HH&H has not independently tested any services or products advertised herein and has not verified claims made by its advertisers regarding those services or products. HH&H makes no warranties or representations and assumes no liability for any claims regarding those services or products or claims made by advertisers. Readers are advised to consult with the advertiser and/or other home repair and renovation professionals regarding the suitability of an advertiser’s products. No reproduction is permitted without the written consent of the Publisher. Copyright 2018, all rights reserved. HH&H is distributed at most Houston area Randalls and HEB stores.

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MAY 8: “TALKING COLOR: CELEBRATING CARLOS CRUZ-DIEZ IN HOUSTON,” 6 p.m. Public Art of the University of Houston System, along with the Buffalo Bayou Partnership, present this public program on the eminent artist and his iconic works of kinetic and optical art. University of Houston M.D. Anderson Library, Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion, 4333 University Drive, bit.ly/TalkingColor

MAY 4-6: ANNUAL POLISH FESTIVAL, 4-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday Celebrate the rich heritage and accomplishments of the Polish people through cuisine; live music; Houston’s own folk-dance group, Wawel; and customs, language, hospitality and culture. Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, 1731 Blalock, houstonpolishfestival.com

MAY 12: “CARLOS CRUZ-DIEZ AT THE CISTERN: SPATIAL CHROMOINTERFERENCE” A new site-specific projection that enlivens the columns and walls of the Cistern opens to the public. Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, 105 Sabine, 713-752-0314, buffalobayou.org 16 house& home | May 2018 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

MAY 5: CINCO DE MAYO Mariachis, dancers in festive attire, Mexican food and, of course, tequila all around town celebrate this holiday. Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's independence day. Mexican independence is celebrated September 16. Cinco


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Maharaja Takhat Singh on a Hunt with Royal Women, c. 1853, part of “Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India,”at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Photo by Neil Greentree

de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla. Salud! MAY 6: POP UP AT AURORA, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The Heights is the site for this craft market to shop for works by a selection of local artisan vendors, each creation handpicked and vetted by a panel of jurors. Also enjoy food and live music. 129 Aurora, popupataurora.com MAY 12: ART IN THE GARDEN, starting at 10 a.m. The gardens at The Arbor Gate are dressed out in all their finery for this event led by author Felder Rushing. Enjoy the day strolling

through the display gardens and visiting with gardening staff and talented artists. Newest works on view by The Arbor Gate and guest artists highlight the day. The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, 281-351-8851, arborgate.com MAY 19: 14TH ANNUAL EMPTY BOWLS HOUSTON, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. For a minimum $25 donation, attendees receive a simple lunch of soup, bread and water and then purchase from hundreds of one-of-akind, handcrafted bowls donated by Houston-area artists. The event also features live music and demonstrations by a variety of artists. The empty bowls serve as a reminder of all the

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empty bowls in our community and the world. All proceeds benefit the Houston Food Bank. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main, 713-5294848, crafthouston.org and houstonfoodbank.org MAY 25: POP SHOP AMERICA LEATHER GOODS CLASS, 7-9:30 p.m. Get ready for summer travels by making your own luggage tags, key chains and jewelry from this amazing material. Make something for yourself or to give as a thoughtful present. Class presenters take care of all the needed supplies for $35. Art Cellar Houston, 1460 Eldridge Parkway, popshopamerica.com

ANTIQUES/VINTAGE THROUGH AUGUST 19: “PEACOCK IN THE DESERT: THE ROYAL ARTS OF JODHPUR, INDIA” Through some 250 objects from Indian courtly life, including lavish ceremonial objects, finely crafted arms and armor, jewels, intricately carved furnishings and more, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston hosts this exhibition. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet, 713-639-7300, mfah.org

OUT OF TOWN MAY 4-6: MONTGOMERY ANTIQUES FESTIVAL, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday Shop until you drop at this antiques extravaganza in historic downtown


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The 1874 Smith-Hartley House is on view along with seven historic homes during the 44th Annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour, May 5-6 and May 12-13. Photo by Illumine Photographic Services

Montgomery, especially on Saturday with extended hours. In addition to antiques, discover collectibles, vintage finds, repurposed goods and handmade jewelry. Downtown Montgomery, 281-541-3426, montgomeryantiquesfestival.com MAY 5-6: FAYETTEVILLE ARTWALK, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday Sip and stroll while you buy fine art on Fayetteville’s historic square. Also enjoy food and music. Presented by Arts for Rural Texas. Fayetteville (halfway to Austin between Columbus and La Grange off Highway 71), 979-378-2113, artsforruraltexas.org

MAY 5-6, 12-13: 44TH ANNUAL GALVESTON HISTORIC HOMES TOUR, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Galveston Historical Foundation opens the doors to architectural history through public tours of privately owned homes during its annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour, this year themed “Aged to Perfection.” Large, small and everything in between, the 2018 tour has something for everyone. Eight locations in Galveston, 409-765-3431, galvestonhistory.org MAY 9-12: 46TH ANNUAL RAYNE FROG FESTIVAL, 5 p.m. Wednesday, 5-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-12 a.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday Head to Rayne, Louisiana, for four days of family fun,

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including a carnival, live music, arts and crafts, frog cook-off, frog racing and jumping contests and the Frog Festival Grand Parade, as well as the “Paint the Town Green” competition. Frog Festival royalty and judged frog leg etiquette eating add even more merriment to the event. 107 Oak Street, Rayne, Louisiana, raynefrogfestival.com MAY 26-27: ANNUAL ROCKPORT FESTIVAL OF WINE AND FOOD, 2-11 p.m. Saturday, 2-10 p.m. Sunday More than 2,500 visitors from more than 26 states come to the Texas Maritime Museum grounds to experience wine, VIP wine tastings, lectures, food vendors, live bands, shopping, vendors

and beer booths. The event started in 1997 as the annual fundraiser for the Texas Maritime Museum. Texas Maritime Museum, 1202 Navigation Circle, Rockport, texasmaritimemuseum.org and texasfestivalofwines.com

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idden from view behind the walls or up in the attic are hundreds of dollars in savings. Lowering electric bills in the blistering heat of summer or the bitter cold of winter can be achieved by insulating a home. “When you insulate a house properly you can expect your air conditioning and heating bills to be reduced by 30 to 40 percent,” said Lynda M. Kornbleet, president of Payless Insulation. “You can also extend the lifespan of your air conditioning system due to not having to work so hard to keep the house cool and extend the lifetime of your roof. There will not be extreme air temperatures hitting both sides of it, which creates condensation and rots the wood away sooner than it should.” 22 house& home | May 2018 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

Almost every area in a house can benefit from insulation, whether it is in the exterior walls, under the floors or lining the rafters of the roof. “There’s always a battle going on,” said Greg Pruitt, of RockCrete Foam Insulators. “In the summer in Houston, attics can get as hot as 140 degrees. Proper insulation can drop that to 77 to 85 degrees in two-story houses.” To insulate existing walls, loose or blown in insulation is best. It is also used in unfinished attic floors and other hard-to-reach spots, said Kornbleet. Some of the blown insulation is made of cellulose or environmentally friendly recycled materials (mostly bits of newspaper). The blown in insulation also serves as sound proofing and helps keep down noise levels, while also helping to main-


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tain a consistent temperature throughout the house. Batts (blanket or rolls of insulation), like the fluffy pink fiberglass rolls, are ideal for use in areas with no obstructions. They fit between studs or beams in attics or inside unfinished walls where they can be laid out flat. The rigid foam boards also can be used in unfinished walls and is the favored method in new construction. Radiant barriers used in attics can keep houses much cooler in the summer because the shiny barrier that is stapled to the rafters actually absorbs the sun’s rays and heat, thus keeping the attic space 30 to 35 degrees cooler (according to studies). Note that the radiant barrier gets very hot but will help reduce bills because it is soaking up the heat being generated by the sun. Another method for keeping temperatures comfortable in the house is the spray-on foam, which can be applied under a house or in the attic. Many houses in the Houston and Galveston area are raised, either because of new building codes, floods, deed restrictions or personal style. In the winter, cold air is trapped under the house, which keeps temperatures inside low. Carlos Faina of 31W Insulation advises that by lining the bottom of the house with spray foam, drafts and cold air no longer can come through the floor. “This seals the underside of the house and keeps the interior temperatures stable,” said Faina. “It can be used in the attic as well, in all those nooks and crannies where air escapes.” Houston’s hot, humid climate is the perfect candidate for insulation.

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“We are as hot as it is cold up north. By insulating properly, we keep the heat from the building and allow the air conditioner to cool properly and remove the humidity,” said Kornbleet, adding that homeowners need to be sure they have the proper size air conditioning unit for their home. “First and foremost, insulation is not a luxury; it is a necessity. All houses with HVAC need insulation to create a barrier [to separate] the temperature differences between the outside and inside of the building to create comfort, protect the building and reduce the utility bills.” Following Hurricane Harvey, soggy insulation was removed from hundreds of houses that flooded and hopefully has since been replaced. “You must remove the insulation regardless of what type you had installed in your walls or under your house before the flood and then re-insulate accordingly,” Kornbleet said. “Leaving the insulation in your home will cause future problems such as mold, reduction of insulating power, and possible rotting of building materials. If your home flooded and you did not take the entire gypsum and sheetrock off, foam is not an option for it will block the weep holes on the brick wall, which does not allow for wind-driven rain to drain out of the wall. Leaving a gap between the brick wall and the new insulation is important for the weep holes to work properly.” The bottom line is that it’s best to hire a professional to assist and insulate your home. Your wallet – and you – will appreciate it.


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BRENNAN’S OF HOUSTON Spoil her with Sunday jazz brunch on the graceful New Orleans style courtyard. Wild shrimp remoulade, Texas blue crab cakes, stuffed kolache Benedict with poached eggs, and strawberry shortcake are a few specialties to try. 3300 Smith Street, 713-522-9711, brennanshouston.com 28 house& home | May 2018 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

CHURRASCOS Brunch showcases a spread of modern Latin fare from ceviche to Peruvian beef tenderloin stir fry, or hit the omelet and meat carving stations. For dessert, the flan de queso, cotton candy on a stick and tres leches cake beckon. 947 Gessner Road (plus five other locations), 713-231-1352, churrascos.com PONDICHERI Come as you are to this modern temple of Indian cuisine in the trendy West Ave complex. The morning thali is a party in your mouth with small breakfast dishes like lamb keema, potato curry, saffron yogurt, and carrot paratha (flat warm bread) topped with a fried egg. 2800 Kirby Drive, 713-522-2022, pondicheri.com STATE OF GRACE Bring the whole family to this bustling River Oaks hotspot for a rib sticking Sunday brunch of Texas and Gulf Coast fare. Highlights include the chocolate Dutch baby pancake, fried


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Ingredients 4 large eggs

1 cup whole milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed

Course salt to taste

1 loaf challah bread (about 8 ounces, sliced into one-inch thick pieces)

1 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons butter

Sliced fresh fruit such as peaches or strawberries

Whipped cream for serving

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Method Preheat oven to 250 degrees. In a large shallow dish, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla extract, brown sugar and a pinch of salt. Add four slices of bread in a single layer and soak for one minute. Flip bread and sprinkle each piece evenly with two teaspoons of granulated sugar. Press gently to adhere. Melt one tablespoon of butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Lift bread from egg mixture allowing excess to drip off. Add to pan, sugar side down. Reduce heat to medium. Sprinkle each slice with two to three teaspoons more of granulated sugar, pressing gently to adhere. Cook until a crust forms on the bottom and the toast is golden brown, about six minutes. Flip and repeat on the second side, four to five minutes more. Keep warm in oven while cooking the remaining batches. Wipe skillet clean and repeat with remaining butter and bread. Serve warm with fresh fruit and a dollop of whipped cream. Yield: Six servings


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BRACING FOR THE STORM Five Ways To Prepare Now For Hurricane Season By Marsha Canright

eady or not the 2018 hurricane season begins June 1. It’s the last thing that most Houston-area residents want to think about, especially as many are still recovering from Hurricane Harvey.

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Still, now is the time to renew your family’s hurricane plan, strengthen your home’s infrastructure, trim back the trees and ask your licensed agent to review your insurance coverage. Along the Gulf Coast, our most active storm period stretches from August to October, so there is still time to prepare. For peace of mind, here are five quick questions to answer.

2. Is your insurance coverage up-to-date? Make sure your coverage is appropriate for your current needs. “An annual insurance review is a good idea for everyone,” said Allstate agent Todd Kronshage. “Most people would rather never talk about insurance but 30 minutes can make a significant difference in your protection. When people know their options, they usually pick what is best for their situation.” Kronshage told us that, since Hurricane Harvey, flood lines have been redrawn in the Houston area and that may mean changes in insurance coverage.

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Reclaim your home by checking the roof and restoring the walls around you. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

Standard homeowners insurance does not cover flooding; that’s what flood insurance is for. It takes a minimum of 30 days for flood insurance to go into effect so, if you wait until there’s a storm in the Gulf, it’s too late. When reviewing your policy ask whether you’re covered for living expenses if your home is not habitable and don’t forget about your car. Kronshage cautions that only comprehensive insurance covers a flooded automobile, so it’s a conversation worth having.

years old or older, you may need to replace a few bad shingles or make minor repairs. These are usually inexpensive and taking care of it might help you avoid a catastrophe.” You may also ask about hurricane straps or clips to ensure your roof stays bolted to your house. Martin recommends checking the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List and looking at Google reviews before hiring a contractor. “A little research on the front end can prevent heartache on the other side,” he said. “Ask your contractor for references and call them.”

3. Is your home’s infrastructure strong enough? While you still have time, check the stability of your roof, strengthen your doors and windows, and arrange to cut back tree limbs that could become projectiles in high wind.

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Doors and windows can be the weak part of a home’s infrastructure. Multiple studies have shown that extra protection for doors and windows in a hurricane may be critical to a home’s survival. Install extra locks or deadbolts to protect doors from flying open in high winds, and don’t forget to reinforce the garage door. To protect or reinforce windows, you can install shutters, use 5/8 inch plywood to cover windows, or strengthen the glass by applying breach resistant film. Storm shutters are a traditional solution for securing windows but the new automated shutters make preparation easier, according to Maria Lopez from Rolltex Shutters.


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Install extra locks or deadbolts to protect doors from flying open in high winds, and don’t forget to reinforce the garage door. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

“These shutters roll up into an outside box that can be operated manually with a crank or by a remote,” she said. “They aren’t just for storms but provide security, sun protection and they can help lower your electric bill.” Automated shutters come in all sizes from a few inches to a 19 foot by seven foot opening. The price varies from $350 to $6,000 each depending on the material and size. Rolltex also provides other types of storm shutters but the automated ones are popular because they secure the window quickly when a storm is coming, she said. Another popular way to reinforce windows is to temper the glass with an impact-resistant film, said Michael Fjetland with Armor Glass. “Windows are the most fragile part of the house and, for most people, their house is their biggest asset. If you buy a nice car, you don’t put cheap tires on it. By beefing up the windows to avoid a breach, you can avoid damage,” he said. Fjetland said Armor Glass film costs more than solar film because it’s stronger. It has to be at least eight millimeters to protect against impact. In addition to shielding a home from UV

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sunlight and broken glass, the film provides storm protection without the cost of high-impact glass or shutters and doesn’t require the hassle of storing and installing plywood, he said. 4. Are any tree limbs a danger to your house? It’s the time of year to make certain that no tree limb is a danger to your home. Tree limbs near your roofline or those that could damage your house in a storm need to be trimmed or removed, said Javier Aviles with Four Seasons Tree Service. Aviles said most tree services are willing to look at your trees and give you an estimate for proper pruning. 5. What items may be critical and are they close at hand? A manual can opener, car chargers for your cell phone, a working flashlight and batteries for a battery-powered radio are easy to overlook but they may become crucial. These are small purchases so why not take care of them now? If you are considering a larger purchase like a generator,


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iana Wallace admits that the 1874 Galveston house she found in 2012 was a mess, but it was the winding staircase in the hallway that caught her eye and told her that this was the house for her. “Isn’t that the most amazing staircase ever,” said Wallace, who divides her time between Galveston and Weatherford near Dallas. “This place had no electricity or water, everything had to be redone but I loved the high ceilings and the staircase and the feeling I got when I looked around.” So began her journey to make this large boarded up Italianate eyesore an exquisite example of elegant island living. The restored house at 1121 33rd Street is part of the 44th Annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour set for May 5-6 and May 12-13.

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ABOVE: While some of the other rooms in the 1874 Smith-Hartley House have been reconfigured over the years, the dining room has remained in place. Its swinging door leads to the kitchen area. LEFT: The curved staircase shows a sculptured spiral design. Some of the wooden banisters and balusters had to be replaced; they were hand-carved to match existing posts.

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“Homeowners used hatchets to make holes in the floor to let the water rush in and save the structure from floating away.”

The house, which sits on three lots near the center of the island, had been designed by architect Thomas J. Overmire for early land speculator J. Mayrant Smith. He lived there briefly before selling it in 1880 to Susan Hartley, the sister of Rebecca Sealy who was married to prominent Galvestonian John Sealy. In 1930 Frank McCoy – owner of McCoy Building Supply Company — bought the house and made some drastic changes. Later, it became an apartment building until it was eventually abandoned. Wallace said she and contractor Chuck Morris had to use flashlights to get around until they could rewire the structure and install some lights. But today, it is almost complete. Wallace said it has been a labor of love, but way more than she anticipated. Morris agreed. Through his company Chuck Morris Coastal Homes he has restored dozens of houses in the area, although he found this one very challenging.

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ABOVE: The belvedere at the top of the stairs offers unobstructed views of the Gulf of Mexico, the Port of Galveston and nearby St. Patrick’s Church. BELOW LEFT: Precision craftsmanship is evident throughout the home. In the background is the kitchen which was reconfigured by combining three smaller rooms. BELOW RIGHT: The homeowner captured the essence of late nineteenth century interiors by installing this bold magnolia print wallpaper.

“It was a derelict house and it just looked awful. The plaster [walls were] falling apart, it had to be replumbed, rewired and sheetrocked. All the cabinets and trim had to be recreated and the belvedere on the top had to be rebuilt,” said Morris. The belvedere, a small room on the top floor and surrounded by windows, had been original to the house but removed by the McCoys because the children were caught climbing out onto the roof. It now has been restored and is big enough for a trundle bed for some of Wallace’s ten grandchildren to stay when they visit.

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The grand entry hallway with its massive carved hall tree opens onto a light-filled music room with a grand piano and large walk-though windows that lead out to the porches. Wallace had been able to preserve some of the original touches in the house, including setbacks adjacent to the windows that allow for interior shutters in the formal rooms and six fireplaces with a variety of finishes. The original pocket doors between rooms were restored and can be closed for privacy. The large living room contiguous to the front room has been decorated in period furniture, including a turn-of-the-century


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Toys, clothes and objects from when Diana Wallace’s children were young have been reunited in this bright bedroom with expansive windows.

Sonora Victrola and glass enclosed bookcases for special collectibles. One of Wallace’s most treasured items is a series of diaries her mother-in-law kept for 15 years in the 1930s and 1940s. “She wrote in it every day,” she said, adding that some of the entries describe the attack on Pearl Harbor and events during World War II. The expansive kitchen, brightly decorated with bold magnolia print wallpaper and soft green cabinets, was carved from three smaller rooms. A large marble-topped island sits in the middle of the room, and a massive Italian-made Bertazzoni gas range was purchased to complete the kitchen. All of the cabinets were custom built on site and tailor made to Wallace’s requests. The kitchen also opens onto a side porch that faces south and catches the cool Gulf breezes.

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The only room Wallace said she is sure that remained in place is the dining room, because of its swinging door that leads to the kitchen area. This room also opens out to a porch. The hallway features a showstopping crystal chandelier that was in a hundred pieces before it was reassembled. Look closely at the floor underneath and visitors will spot a deep cut in the long leaf pine. Wallace said she chose to leave this imperfection intact because it was a reminder of The Great Storm of 1900, a time when rushing flood waters pushed houses off their bases. Morris said it is documented that homeowners used hatchets to make holes in the floor to let the waters rush in and keep the structure from floating away. She has found several hatchet holes in the floor and they’re still there, a somber reminder of the power of nature’s wrath. Visitors climb up the winding staircase to the second floor


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The large living room has been decorated with period furniture and includes a turn-of-the-century Sonora Victrola.

where three bedrooms and three bathrooms were rebuilt. The view down the curved staircase shows a sculptured spiral design that demonstrates the precision craftsmanship of the early builders. Some of the wooden banisters and balusters had to be replaced and hand-carved to match existing posts. Century-old advertisements from Harper’s Bazaar have been framed and hang on the walls. The bedrooms all have fireplaces and many windows; one of the bedrooms is decorated with toys, dolls, books and tokens enjoyed by Wallace’s four children when they were young. “This is a very special room to me. I don’t think I ever threw anything away and then I moved it all here,” she said. The master bedroom is more than a suite of rooms. It features a large sitting room with television and other entertainment equipment that opens to an attached room with an immense canopy bed. Around the corner is the master bathroom with a slipper tub and double sinks. It is all finished in

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marble and feels quite luxurious. A huge, deep closet is attached. Between the second and third floors is a landing with a double bed tucked into a corner, giving Wallace additional space for her large family. At the top of the stairs is the belvedere with unobstructed views of the Gulf of Mexico, the Port of Galveston and nearby St. Patrick’s Church. “We found pictures at the Rosenberg Library [in Galveston] which documented the original house. We built it to look like it did, but this time it meets modern wind storm requirements. But it looks like the early pictures again,” Morris said. Wallace said the process of rehabbing a piece of Galveston’s history has been a great experience. “This is my happy place,” she said, adding that she sometimes senses people’s spirits in the house. “It’s all good. I just say ‘It’s OK, Sue [Hartley]; it’s just me here. I’m friendly.’”


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THE 44th ANNUAL GALVESTON HISTORIC HOMES TOUR: 1896 WILLIAM AND ADELE SKINNER HOUSE 1318 SEALY This picturesque Queen Anne house was designed by architect Charles W. Bulger for Adele and William Cooke Skinner. Bulger’s design for the banker and his wife features a multigabled roofline, wraparound galleries and finely crafted details. The house became a Recorded Texas Landmark in 2017. 60 house& home | May 2018 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

1883 ADOLPH AND REGINA FRENKEL HOUSE 2424 AVENUE L This Victorian house is one of three identical triplets built in 1883 by the Galveston Real Estate and Loan Association as investment properties. The original owner, Bavarian immigrant Adolph Frenkel, added two rooms to the rear of the property after his marriage to Regina. Frenkel had electric lighting installed, a luxury that only recently had become available in Galveston. 1887 JOHN BURNETT TENANT HOUSE 2123 AVENUE K John Burnett, president of Gulf City Street Railway & Real Estate Company, built four identical two-story houses south of Broadway in the San Jacinto neighborhood. The house at 2123 Avenue K had been a boarding house in this workingclass district before being divided into a duplex in the 1940s. The Galveston Historic Foundation purchased the building in 2014, renovating it back into a single residence before selling it to its current owners, who completed the restoration. 1893 THOMAS AND LILLIE LEAGUE HOUSE 3528 AVENUE P Thomas Jefferson League Jr. and his wife Lillie built their home on his grandfather’s land. The property had once been owned by his grandfather Samuel May Williams, the son of a


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ship captain who became a prominent figure in early Texas history. The elegant two-story house features original woodwork and a large porch that spans the width of the house. The original porch columns and balusters were replaced with Craftsman-like elements in the early 20th century. 1895 JAMES AND MAGGIE LOWBER HOUSE 3018 AVENUE O ½ Kentuckians Maggie and James Lowber built this raised twostory Victorian with Queen Anne features in 1895. He was pastor for Central Christian Church and when the family relocated to Austin, the house was used as a tenant property until 1904. It sustained substantial damage in the Storm of 1900 but was repaired in 1901. 1887 John Burnett Tenant House, 2123 Avenue K

1913 JOHN AND ARTIE GILBERT HOUSE 3608 AVENUE O Constructed by John T. Gilbert, an engineer for the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railroad, this Victorian home shows how residential design began to transition in Galveston to the revival periods of the early 20th century. The city designated the property a City Landmark in 2017 and its rehabilitation was featured on HGTV’s Saving Galveston. 1928 PAUL AND VESKA CHUSHCOFF TENANT HOUSE 1503 CHURCH The Chushcoffs, Yugoslavian immigrants, built this gable-front house for use as a tenant property. In 2005 new owners raised the building and rehabilitated it to accommodate additional living space on the ground floor. The style is typical of tenant houses built in the city during that time.

1893 Thomas and Lillie League House, 3528 Avenue P

1874 SMITH-HARTLEY HOUSE 1121 33RD STREET Architect Thomas J. Overmire designed this Italianate stunner for early land speculator J. Mayrant Smith, who sold it to Susan Hartley, widow of early Texas legislator Oliver Cromwell Hartley. She was the sister of Rebecca Sealy, who was the wife of Galveston mover and shaker John Sealy. This house was featured on the 2014 tour as its “Preservation in Progress” house. Read more about this house on page 48. Tickets for the homes tour are $30 for non-members before May 1; $35 after May 1. Tickets are available at galvestonhistory.org.

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SPECIAL EVENTS In addition to the homes tour, the Galveston Historical Foundation has planned several special events; reservations are recommended: BISHOP’S BREAKFAST May 5, 6 and 12 at 8 a.m. 1892 Bishop’s Palace, 1402 Broadway, Galveston Breakfast and audio tour of the historic home, plus a Homes Tour ticket. $85 per person 1913 John and Artie Gilbert House, 3608 Avenue O

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HISTORY ON TAP DINNER May 4 and 11 at 7 p.m. 1883 Adolph and Regina Frenkel House, 2424 Avenue L, Galveston; 1893 Thomas and Lillie League House, 3528 Bernardo de Galvez Avenue, Galveston A specially created dinner, prepared by an award-winning chef and served in a Homes Tour house. Chef Mary Bass (Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen) is cooking at the 1883 Frenkel House on May 4 and Saint Arnold Brewing Company’s Ryan Savoie is bringing his skills to the 1893 League House on May 11. Personal tour of that house plus ticket to the Homes Tour. $150 per person CINCO AT THE DEPOT May 5 at 5 p.m. Galveston, Houston & Henderson Freight Depot, 3304 Market Street, Galveston

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo and tour the GH&H Freight Depot while enjoying live music, tacos, margaritas, beer and wine. Learn about the Galveston Flood exhibit and the plans for this historic railroad and industrial site. This fiesta is rather rustic but fun. $45 per person REHABILITATION IN PROGRESS BACKYARD PARTY May 12 at 5 p.m. GHF Revolving Fund Houses, 1719 Mechanic Street, Galveston See what preservation looks like firsthand. Enjoy close up views and tours of three of Galveston Historic Foundation’s revolving fund projects. This backyard party includes live music, food and drinks. $45 per person MOTHER’S DAY MENARD BRUNCH AND TOUR May 13 at 9 a.m. Menard Hall, 3302 Avenue O, Galveston Celebrate Mom with a special brunch and then tour Galveston’s oldest residence, the 1838 Menard House. This special event includes door prizes, a hearty meal, flowers and a ticket for the Homes Tour. $70 per person Tickets are available at galvestonhistory.org.


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Specializing in high end European and American antiques, gifts and decor. 14363 Liberty Street Montgomery, TX 77356 (936) 597-4606

www.libertybellantiques.com

APPRAISALS • ESTATE SALES • INTERIOR DESIGN

ARBOR ANTIQUES SERVICES, INC.

No estate is too large or too small; we customize each sale to meet the specific needs and desires of our clients. We are well-established in the estate sale business and can provide references on request. We market our services and your merchandise through in-home sales, extensive mailing lists, a custom designed collectors’ directory, internet sales, and our on-line shop. 1503 N. STATE HWY. 237 • ROUND TOP, TEXAS

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U-Plumb-It Tankless Gas Water Heaters

PARTS • FIXTURES • FAUCETS INSTRUCTION

Endless hot water for your entire home heated only when you need it

ALWAYS HOT

FEATURING TOTO BATHROOM FIXTURES Houston, TX 77019

1424 Montrose 713.942.2277

Complete Restoration, Rewiring of Lamps and Chandeliers

ARTWALK 2018

GREAT SELECTION OF: Chandeliers, Vanity Lights, Table Lamps, Replacement Lamp Shades, Unique Restored Lamps and Lighting Fixtures

Champions Lighting 5211 Cypress Creek Pkwy

281-440-5339

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

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by SuSie Tommaney

EDITOR’S PICKS

TAKIN’ IT EASY Father’s Day Gifts That Let Dad Know He’s No. 1

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ad texted and said enough with the ties and coffee mugs; this year he wants something he can really use. He’s looking forward to this one special day where he can kick back, relax, put something on the grill and take a break from the daily grind. Here’s our look at giving Dad the easy life.

HATTERAS LARGE PILLOWTOP HAMMOCK

$319.99 Nap time beckons with this comfy, cushy hammock made by Hatteras Hammocks. It’s built to last with water resistant, fade-proof fabric from Sunbrella. The bed is almost seven feet in length and can be installed between two trees 13 to 16 feet apart. No trees? No problem. Pony up the extra dough for a steel or cypress hammock stand and you’re good to go. The sturdy stands range from $99.99 to $799.99 and are artfully constructed for the long haul. Available through Hatteras Hammocks, hatterashammocks.com DIGITAL BBQ FORK

$39.99 Dad loves his gadgets, and this high tech cutlery is sure to please. Take the guesswork out of grilling with this digital fork that lights up and beeps when the right temperature is reached; it works for fish, beef, lamb, turkey, chicken, ham and pork. It’s even got an on-board light for those late night grill sessions and also works for indoor cooking in the oven or microwave. Available through Sharper Image, sharperimage.com YETI HOPPER BACKFLIP 24

$299.99 Sasquatch, Bigfoot and the Chupacabra remain urban legends, but this YETI soft-sided cooler is as real as it gets. The Hopper BackFlip is engineered to work as a backpack, distributing the weight evenly and using ergonomics to keep shoulders comfortable. The HydroLok zipper is 100 percent leakproof, and it’s got a tough DryHide Shell, making it the 68 house& home | May 2018 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net


DAVIS HARDWARE AND PICTURE FRAMING

Family owned and operated, custom picture framing since 1956. With a huge selection of custom mouldings, ready-made frames, and paintings, we can satisfy all of your picture framing needs.

AN ECLECTIC INVENTORY OF ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENTS Full Service Mill Shop Jambs, Hand Stripping, build doors and tables out of antique lumber Large Inventory of Antique Doors Antique Door Hardware

1028 Studewood • (713) 864-4574

BOB JACKSON PAINTING & REMODELING Complete Kitchen & Bath Remodeling

Flooring Beaded Wood

409 St. Francis, Gonzales, Texas 78629 • 830-672-2428 www.discoverys.net • swk@discoverys.net Thurs.-Sat., 9-5 open to the public, by appointment or by chance

Interior/Exterior Painting & Remodeling • Custom Construction, Cabinetry, Painting • Faux Finish, Venetian Plaster & Antiquing

A+ rated

www.bobjacksonremodeling.com 713-464-2600

In business since 1973

Peggy Herrick, Owner/Designer 281.778.3115 / 281.678.4959

interiors@herrickhome.com www.decdens.com/mherrick

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perfect accessory for fishing, camping or days by the pool. Easily holds 20 brewskis or 25 pounds of ice. Available through YETI Coolers, LLC, yeti.com TREASURE GARDEN UMBRELLA

$149.95 to $299.95 Survive Houston’s torturous summers with this stunner from Treasure Garden. These multi-function shade covers are sort of like Transformers, letting the buyer choose from single or double wind vents, solid and patterned fabrics and trim accents, and designer finishes. This handsome push button tilt market umbrella with octagonal, single vented kiwi-colored cover inserts quickly into a table or serves as a standalone with purchase of a weighted base. Available through Chair King Backyard Store, chairking.com SWIMMING RESISTANCE HARNESS/BUCKLE BODY BELT

$85 There’s no need for an Olympic-sized pool when Dad’s ready to get back in shape. Static Swim’s body belt is adjustable from 25 to 45 inches and is adaptable for all body types. Whether Dad’s into aquarunning, aquaboxing or any other aquafitness activities, this quick-drying body belt features an incredibly soft foam interior that fits like a glove. All that’s needed for backstroke activities is a simple half-turn, making this an affordable alternative to counter-current swimming. Available through Static Swim, staticswim.com AMMO GIFT SET

$74.99 After a good workout, there’s nothing better than a long, hot shower. Ditch the bubble baths and fruity-smelling soaps because this fully-loaded gift set of five Duke Cannon “Big Ass” soaps is just what the doctor ordered. The soaps are triple-milled and three times larger than regular gift soaps, and this customizable gift set even comes with a Stanley screwdriver in a real ammo can. Duke Cannon donates a portion of its proceeds to the Armed Forces, so consider supersizing this gift with add-ons like the Offensively Large Lip Balm ($9.99), Bloody Knuckles Hand Repair Balm ($16.99) or News Anchor 2-in-1 Hair Wash ($16.99). Available through C&D Hardware & Gifts, canddhw.com 1/4” CORDLESS SCREWDRIVER KIT

$103 Give Dad the freedom to go anywhere with this lightweight DeWalt cordless screwdriver kit with variable speed, reversing trigger switch and industrial quick-release hex shank chuck. The heavy duty metal hinge gives this pivoting screwdriver 15 adjustable positions for drilling. Sturdy carrying case comes with two batteries, a one-hour charger and two bits. Available through Grainger, grainger.com

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STory and phoToS by JoShua Kornegay

GARDENING

It's best to ask questions before making your selection; some of the cutest starter plants can grow quite large in size.

SUCCESS WITH SUCCULENTS

H

The Perfect Plant for Forgetful Gardeners

earty and exotic, it’s no wonder that we keep trying to bring succulent plants indoors to add a touch of color and drama. They’re built for resilience, using their thick and fleshy parts to retain water in arid climates, but that’s also where we run into trouble. "Oh, I love succulents, but they always seem to die on me!" I hear this a little too often. The good news is that most succulents are quite easy to grow if you keep a few basic things in mind. First, always plant them in a pot with drain holes in the bottom. It isn’t enough to just put gravel in the bottom of the non-draining container, no matter what you've heard.

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You want a planter, not a fishbowl. It’s best to use a gritty, well-draining soil. The best option is a soil designed specifically for succulents, or try a mixture of half potting soil and half sand. Remember that not all succulents like full sun. Some only thrive in mostly shade and there are a few that can be grown indoors, but only just a few. For inside the home, try species in the Crassula genus, like jade. Many aloes and Gasteria do fine as well. One of our favorites at Joshua's Native Plants & Garden Antiques are the spotted Haworthia. These are great in average lit rooms, as long as you’re getting light from the sun and not just a lightbulb —


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The spotted Haworthia is a popular garden and container plant, similar in appearance to the aloe.

there's a big difference. Also, consider the size of your selections. Ask your horticulturist questions when choosing a starter succulent. Many cute little inexpensive plants are deceptively small when young, but can grow to be quite large. Most of the smaller succulents have small roots, which means you’re free to plant them tightly together for a dense, dramatic look. Or choose a single plant that will offset with pups and eventually fill the pot over time. There are hundreds of succulents found around the

world but, for success in the Houston area, try to choose locally grown varieties. Many cannot take our high humidity and temperatures along the Gulf Coast. Last, but not least, water sparingly. Most succulent plantings are failures because of overwatering. Remember these simple guidelines when choosing your plants and you'll have success with your succulents.

Create drama and variety by planting succulents close together in a pot; their small roots don’t need much room to grow.

Also known as "hens and chicks," the rosette of the Sempervivum will produce new pups each spring.

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Joshua Kornegay is owner and president of Joshua's Native Plants & Garden Antiques in the Heights.


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Take an ordinary journey to an extraordinary place

PET OF THE MONTH

The Arbor Gate 15635 FM 2920 • Tomball, Texas 77377

www.arborgate.com • 281-351-8851

Dramatika

Houston’s premiere destination for quality custom framing, unique greeting cards and one-of-a-kind gifts for over 30 years.

713-868-5050 331 W. 19th St.

designed for your lifestyle REFLECTION

POOLS & SPAS Office . . . . . . 713.559.1100 Houston • Dallas • Austin

www.reflectionpoolsandspas.com

MY NAME IS RAMBO! This action hero may be a man of few words, but he’s all heart. Rambo was originally adopted from the Houston SPCA in 2013, but his owner could no longer care for him. The great news is that we know all about this five-year-old hound mix. “My name is Rambo. I am a sweet and social butterfly. I love to be around people. I am a playful, curious and active boy. I love to go for walks and keep you company.” Rambo may have been awarded a Medal of Honor for his valor, but he’s a bit scared of storms and thunder, so he’s looking for someone to keep him safe. His previous owner says he gets along well with everybody, including children of all ages. “Oh, and I want to tell you that I am house trained,” says Rambo. “I will be a perfect companion. Please come and visit with me today. I cannot wait to meet you and go to my forever home.” MALE ID#236451 5 years old Hound mix

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281-830-5680

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HEIGHTS ANTIQUES

on Yale

Fine Antiques & Accessories Mon - Sat, 10 AM - 6 PM • Sun, 12 - 6 PM 2110 Yale Street • Houston, TX 77008 713-861-3335 • www.heightsantiques.com

Enhance your home with ageless beauty, inviting elegance and unsurpassed luxury.

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DESIGNS BY DEBRA CRUZ INTERIORS WHERE BEAUTIFUL HOMES BEGIN Custom Draperies, Florals, Furniture, Art, Accessories, Hunter Douglas Shutters, Shades and Blinds, Reupholstery Historic Downtown Conroe • 202 N. Main Street 936-828-7095 • Designsbydebracruz.com

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EDRIC CONSTRUCTION Granite Countertops, Cabinets and House Remodeling. LOW PRICE AND GOOD WORK

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Flags, Banners, Poles

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Room Additions • Roofing • Painting • Carpentry • Electrical • Plumbing Doors • Siding • Decks • Interior & Exterior Repairs. Remodel Kitchens and Bathrooms. Granite Countertops.

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Gallaway Porcelain Works Reconditioning

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Refinishing Porcelain Acrylics ■ Simulated Marble ■ Fiberglass ■ Tub Chips ■ Antique Clawfoot Tubs Refinisher for the Emporium ■ ■

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Durango Doors of Houston Introducing our MetalArt Series of Doors! The beauty of wood with the strength, security and durability of steel.

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High density foam injected into stiles, rails, frame and panels for superior energy efficiency

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