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48 ON THE COVER: A remodeled kitchen in a 1940s English Tudor style home in Garden Oaks boasts modern luxuries and a metallic alligator print wallpaper ceiling as its design feature. Blake Woods Design. (Photo by DM Photography)

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So, I’ve been looking forward to this month, when we release our Annual Remodeling Issue. For my own use — and for you all, too — I chose to do a little research on interior and exterior doors, which I share on page 32. It was a home we featured last month that made me think about swapping out my own interior doors. What the heck, I thought, I’m re-doing practically everything anyway. (If you’ve ever remodeled, you recognize the thought process.) When touring the house we photographed, I found to my liking the weighty solid feel of the interior doors. So I spoke with my contractor who assured me that solid wood doors would prove to be one of the things I would like best about my old-new home. They just arrived — as “slabs,” meaning they will be fitted into existing door jambs. So far, I’m pleased. The house I’m renovating was an investment property (above left). I sold my house nearby and decided to move into this one since tenants vacated to move to another city. The exterior, proposed “after” design above is by DBR — Design Build Remodel (www.dbrhouston.com). It blew me away. I’m still debating exterior colors. Ideas anyone? We’re featuring two thoughtfully renovated homes . . . one by photographer Phyllis Hand, and the other is a cottage gem by Bungalow Revival. This is an issue filled with inspiration! Thank you for picking us up . . . . Susan HOUSTON

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ABOVE: Concert hall at Festival Hill in Round Top, TX. UPPER/LOWER RIGHT: Gardens at MFAH’s house museum, the Rienzi.

In the Garden The Arbor Gate,15635 FM 2920 in Tomball, hosts a one-day Summer Children’s Camp on July 17, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Children, aged 6 to 12, spend part of the day on a garden walk, participating in games and creating a whimsical piece of wind art. Each participant leaves with a butterfly plant to grow at home. Bring sack lunch. Master gardener Stephanie Baker conducts the class. $50 for each child. Info: www.arborgate.com The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, 4501 Woodway Drive, plans several lectures this month. “Edible Wild Plants” is the first on July 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Others: “Wine, Cheese & Frogs” is July 18, from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., and “Cheeses from Around the World” is July 26, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Info: www.houstonarboretum.org Cornelius Nursery, 2233 Voss Rd., addresses how to “Save Money & Water With Drip Irrigation,” on July 18, from 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. The method, which is cost effective, is also a healthier option for plants, trees and shrubs that require deeper watering. Installation instruction addressed. Free. Info: www.corneliusnurseries.com 14 house& home | July 2015 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

Urban Harvest offers a class on “Fall Vegetable Gardening” on July 25, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the University of St. Thomas, 3812 Yoakum blvd. Instructors are Jean Fefer, PhD., a Harris County master gardener and organic vegetable specialist; Bob Randall, PhD., is the author of Year Round Vegetables, Fruits and Flowers for metro Houston. Fee: $45 Also check out the organization-sponsored Eastside Farmer’s Market, open on Saturdays, year round, from 8 a.m. to noon. Stroll the gardens at Rienzi for inspiration. The Rienzi is a fouracre house museum for European furnishings, porcelain, and paintings located at 1406 Kirby, on Sundays, July 12, 19 & 26, beginning at 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Snap photos of the colorful flowers, such green spaces, interesting architectural details and eclectic statues. Formerly the home of philanthropists Carroll Sterling Masterson and Harris Masterson III. The house was designed by renowned architect John Staub in 1952. Now part of the Museum of Fine Arts. The Rienzi library — a personal refection of its previous owners — is the highlighted space through July 27. Info: mfah.org

Events The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St., hosts a talk with its current resident artist, Rena Wood, regarding her twodimensional fiber pieces. Scheduled July 18, from noon to 2 p.m. She constructs and deconstructs materials to show suspension formation and ruin, remembering and forgetting, and the passage and stopping of time. Info: www.crafthouston.org

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Registration is under way this month for a lecture on “Redfining Oriental Rugs” at The Women’s Institute of Houston. Open to all interested parties. Scheduled for September 20, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Attendees will walk away with a new understanding, knowledge and appreciation in “interpreting” Oriental rugs. The lecturer will “decode” a few rugs brought in as examples of types. Fee: $35 Info: www.wi.org “The Best Damn Food Truck Festival Ever” takes place at the NRG Park, One NRG Park, on July 18, from 3 p.m. to 9.m. The event features a variety of food trucks — 18 and counting, beers and music. Entry fee, which covers unlimited tastings: $36. Info: www.thebestfoodtruckfest.com The 31st bi-annual Bridal Extravaganza Show is July 18 & 19. Saturday times: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday times: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston. More than 100 vendors in attendance. Ten formal fashion shows. Special guest is Randy Fenoli, star of TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress,” “Big Bliss,” and “Randy Knows Best.” Exciting door prizes. Admission: $15 to $129. Info: www.bridalextravaganzashow.com The Woodlands Family Fun Fest is July 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — offering fames, rides, entertainment, crafts, live music, food and more. Free. Location: Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands, TX. Info: www.houstonareashow.com

Just Out of Town Enjoy musical concerts throughout the month at Festival Hill, located in Round Top, TX. The James Dick Foundation established for the renowned concert pianist, James Dick, a 210-acre campus called Festival Hill in 1971. The campus includes major performance facilities, historic houses, extensive gardens and nature preserves. Also on hand for viewing: rare books, manuscripts, music and historic readings, photographs and objects. For info of performances and other: www.festivalhill.org The Kitchen Chick, 528 23rd St. in Galveston, announces several cooking classes this month. One is “Clean Eating KALEapalooza,” on July 8, from 6:30 p.m to 9 p.m. It is for those smitten with kale. Learn how to prepare a seared coffee-rubbed flank steak with a kale pesto drizzle, a massage kale salad with orange sesame dressing, crazy seasoned crispy kale chips, and a subtle kale sorbet. On July 17, sign up for a “Bee Sweet Local Honey Dinner,” set for 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Whip up a honey lavender aperitif, prepare some honey roasted almonds, make a chèvre and beet salad with a light honey dressing, cook up a sweet heat shrimp and grits, and finish it all off with a sea salt honey ice cream. Each person gets honey to talk home. For price and additional info: www.thekitchenchick.com

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YOUR OWN FIREHOUSE The Houston Heights’ first tax-supported fire station is yours — for a limited timeframe for an event and for a fee. It’s touted as being the perfect venue, which is located at 12th and Yale for parties, receptions, exhibits. Bult in 1910, it has changed very little. The Houston Heights Association obtained a 30-year lease from the City of Houston in the mid 1990s and launched shortly thereafter its restoration. The organization then purchased it in 2009. Lease fees range from $500 to $2,800. For information about this historic building and other Heights properties available for rent: www.houstonheights.org KITCHEN & BATH INSPIRATION A new showroom — D’Italia Stosa Cucine — opens at the Decorative Center Houston, 5120 Woodway, offering classic, modern and contemporary Italian kitchen and bathroom designs and styles — at “affordable prices.” The Stosa family is committed to keeping one of their own great unified passions alive: cooking at home. They design kitchens to be functional, original and inviting — and respectful to the environment. Who can beat a promise and commitment like that? Info: en.stosacucine.com

A DECORATIVE STAPLE The OYOBox is the perfect decorative yet purposeful staple for any shelf. It is a stylishly sleek home for your prescription glasses and designer shades. Keep them organized and close at hand. Individual eyewear cases can stack up and take up a lot of space. The top is shatterproof — in case it has an accidental fall. But know it does has a durable lacquer finish and a washable interior. It is available in vibrant, fashionable colors and wood finishes. Begins at $250. Info: www.oyobox.com HORNS A PLENTY Houston-based Suzanne Coppola married her passions for travel and interesting home decor pieces by opening Laurier Blanc. It all began when Coppola lived overseas, loved the outdoors and began making various treks to outdoor markets and “marche aux puces” throughout Europe Asia and Africa. Her online shop (www.laurierblanc.com) also features what she calls the “Royal Hunt Collection,” which includes more than 400 documented trophy mounts from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. It is the largest collection of Imperial German hunting trophies in private hands outside Europe today. Priced at $850-plus. 16 house& home | July 2015 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

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find a local expert for your project Hiring an interior designer can save homeowners time and money. The designer’s professionalism and expertise delivers a polished, put-together look for your rooms.

Debra Villeneuve Debra Villeneuve Interiors 832-647-6076 • www.debravilleneuve.com What is your design philosophy? My process begins with inspiration and inspiration begins with the client. Whether it’s planning new construction or starting a remodel, the process can be completely overwhelming even for the most design savvy client. It helps to have a seasoned professional at the helm—one that takes a custom approach and really understands the vision for the space. How do your clients’ tastes or personalities influence design projects? Uncovering the client’s personal style is key to a successful project. I begin by understanding the client’s style, needs, and budget. I get to know who they are and how they want to live or work in their surroundings by asking questions and getting a good feel for the client’s requirements and personality. Then I implement a shared vision precisely and beautifully. What’s the first thing you ask a client when starting a project? How can I help you make the dreams for your project come true? What initially drew you to interior design? I realized my passion for design after building five homes and decorating many family’s and friends’ homes. Following a fashion industry career, I earned a degree in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Houston. How can a potential client know if a particular designer is a good fit for their project? A potential client will know they have met a designer that is a good fit for them when they have a strong shared vision, and the designer has a passion for their project along with the organizational skills to implement the dream.


CONVERTIBLE TABLE The Itisy dining room table by French designer Philippine Lemaire for Ligne Roset Houston, 2800 Kirby Dr., Suite A210) is $2,350. The four circular sections of the table are natural oak. Each surface balances on two solid oak legs, which branch from a single stem coated in grey lacquer at the joint. Visit their local showroom for more unique designs. CHILL BILL, VOL. 1 This open-topped cooler is the larger of the two sizes available. Dimensions: 15.25 inches (H) x 15.25 inches wide. Costs $39. Can be monogramed. Oversized handles make this cooler Uma Thermal for carrying heavy beverages. Available in three other color patterns. www.scoutbags.com 18 house& home | July 2015 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

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Amilee Wendt, ASID, RID • Wendt Design Group LLC 713-668-7474 • www.wendtdesign.com

What is your design philosophy? Our design philosophy is to create enhanced living spaces that reflect our client’s personal style and sensibilities, satisfying functional and individual lifestyle needs. How do your clients’ tastes or personalities influence design projects? Clients bring their own ideas to the design process, such as colors or styles that appeal to them. They usually have a “wish list,” based on where they currently live —what has worked for them and what is missing. Additionally, we present visual ideas to assist in determining what design elements a client may want to incorporate into their project. What’s the first thing you ask a clients when starting a project? What are their short-term and long-term goals? We want to know what they envision as an end result. What initially drew you to interior design? Since 5th grade, I knew I wanted to be an interior designer. I wanted to follow the footsteps of my great uncle, Eugene Harris, who owned a shop on Kirby and Bissonnet called Harris Design Studios. He was a founding member of ASID (formerly IDS). As a child it was inspiring and exciting to see professionally designed interiors. How can a potential client know if a particular designer is a good fit for their project? The client should feel comfortable with the designer’s personality, communication skills, and design philosophy to ensure a good fit. An experienced designer listens to the wants and needs of the client, then works as part of a team to capture a comfortable look that remains stylish for years and functions as the group envisioned.

Jamie Hernandez • Pink Door Designs 832-721-0802 • www.pinkdoordesigns.com

Desiree Engram DSI Designs

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What is your design philosophy? It's my job to help the client express themselves visually by telling a story of who they are. Ideally the result is a uniquely tailored space with a new expansion of their comfort zone and having a better understanding of what makes their interiors exclusive. How do your clients’ tastes or personalities influence design projects? It’s the driving force of the overall design direction. It’s not about my personal aesthetic. Enhancing the client’s personal design style is the most important part of programming. Each project is a collaboration between the designer and client that makes each one special. What’s the first thing you ask a client when starting a project? Meeting the clients expectations and establishing realistic budgets are imperative conversations to have in the being phases of the process. Being very clear about what to expect from both parties is essential. What initially drew you to interior design? I love to create and work with my hands. I have always been very aware of my environments and how they affect me and others. How can a potential client know if a particular designer is a good fit for their project? Check their website, Houzz, Pinterest, etc. It’s so easy to shop in the comfort of your home these days. Then look at their portfolio's do they have the look you want or are trying to achieve? Make a call or email them with your thoughts and concerns. Are they friendly? Do they respond within a proper amount of time? Is the chemistry right when you meet? All of these are right questions to ask when considering to work with a designer.

What is your design philosophy? A designer must remain true to the client and subject matter, rather than to lift oneself up through a “signature style.” Then and only then can a truly great design be created. How do your clients’ tastes or personalities influence design projects? The client greatly influences the end result. I think it is important to get to know and understand who the client is and what they are trying to achieve. The resulting design, while both beautiful and functional, should ultimately be an extension of the client and thus tell their story. What’s the first thing you ask a client when starting a project? I always want to know what they envision the end result to be and the top items on their list of dislikes. What initially drew you to interior design? My family traveled a lot when I was young. So early on, I developed a love for historical architecture and unique places. What I found most interesting was how different places could evoke different feelings based on the details of the space. That’s when I decided I wanted to create spaces for people that could translate their essence to any visitor. How can a potential client know if a particular designer is a good fit for their project? I think it ultimately comes down to what the client is after. Some clients want a designer’s “signature style”. Others are looking for a unique result. There are designers out there that fill both of these categories and I think the best results come from good pairings. 19

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Sharon Staley, FASID Sharon Staley Interiors 713.668.9689 www.sharonstaleyinteriors.com What is your design philosophy? Provide design that best suits the clients’ needs by creating a space that is well-developed in style, quality, color, texture, personality, and function. How do your clients' tastes or personalities influence design projects? Each client brings their own flavor to the design process: styles or colors they are drawn to, needs they have for each space to make it the most successful for them. What's the first thing you ask a client when starting a project? What is the most important thing you wish to accomplish? What initially drew you to interior design? My father owned successful furniture stores here in Houston and was also president of the Furniture Association, so I grew up in the industry, sharing my father’s passion for quality design.

What is your design philosophy? Good design does not need to break the bank! Each client has individual needs, desires, and budget and it is part of our job as designers to honor those.

How can a potential client know if a particular designer is a good fit for their project? A client will know they’ve found the right designer for them when they feel truly “heard”. A good designer listens to what the client wants and applies her talent, knowledge & experience toward making a space tailor-made for the client. ASID 2013 “Designer of Distinction” • NAPW 2013 “VIP Woman of the Year”

How do your clients’ tastes or personalities influence design projects? The client is the most important piece of the puzzle when designing a space. Communication between the client and designer is critical to bring all the pieces together and loving the results. What’s the first thing you ask a client when starting a project? I ask many questions about their life, how they utilize the space they dwell in, and what they find aesthetically pleasing. It is vital to be able to transform the interior into what the client envisions, not just leaving a designer's stamp on the space. What initially drew you to interior design? Interior design is part of my DNA. The passion for creating aesthetically pleasing interiors came as a young girl. My precious parents would often wake up to a living room that had been redesigned! Today I use my gifts and talents to assist clients in creating a space that reflects their dreams and visions. How can a potential client know if a particular designer is a good fit for their project? It's important to know that the designer is listening to your needs. I would ask myself other questions like; Is the designer staying on budget or trying to up sell me? Is the designer flexible about changes and schedules? Does the designer display good character? Is the designer able to accept honest feedback?

Donna Jarnigan, ASID Lacy-Boone, LLC 713.647.0647 www.lacyboone.com What is your design philosophy? Our goal has always been to help the client “own” their home or office. We want the interior to reflect their personality, lifestyle, taste and preferences, not ours. How do your clients’ tastes or personalities influence design projects? Our motto “It's all about the client”. We always begin by listening to the clients wants, needs and desires. How they live or work is the foundation of the design. What's the first thing you ask a client when starting a project? What do you want to do, what do you want to envison for this project? What initially drew you to interior design? I always had the eye and natural gift for design. As a child my aunts asked me questions like, “What color should I upholster those chairs?” and “Where should I place that piece of furniture?” I guess you might say it’s in my blood. How can a potential client know if a particular designer is a good fit for their project? Do you mesh with that person? I find many times the initial consultation will be the ‘tell’ for both client and designer as to whether they will work well together. 20 house& home | July 2015 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

Heather Alyce, Heather Alyce Designs

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Lynne T. Jones Interior Design 281-437-3307 www.lynnetjones.com

What is your design philosophy? Never be too fussy. And never be afraid to make decisions in the moment. Some of the greatest successes are when I made a decision with a client in the spur of the moment.

What is your design philosophy? “Let the client’s personality and sense of style shine through.” I try to guide and advise my clients on what I feel will work best, but in the end, I’m really a facilitator to assist them with their project.

How do your clients’ tastes or personalities influence design projects? They are my number 1 concern. They know what it takes to live in their home every day. I will definitely speak up if I think they are making the wrong decision. But otherwise, it’s always a collaborative process and that is such a great thing.

How do your clients' tastes or personalities influence design projects? It's very important that a client’s personal taste be considered and highlighted in the end result. I am hired for a reason, however, so it’s my responsibility to give them the best design advice and resources available to achieve a very personalized goal.

What’s the first thing you ask a client when starting a project? Whether it’s a young family or business professional, I always ask what is a typical day in this room like. That usually gives me the clues I need. Immediately my client tells me everything they dislike about their current space. Then I ask what the perfect day in this room would be. Aspiration turns into inspiration on how I can give them a comfortable space that works for their lifestyle.

What's the first thing you ask a client when starting a project? I ask how they visualize using the space. Do they want the living room to be a more formal or casual space? How do they like to entertain? Could the dining room double as a library, or will it be strictly for dining? Get to the essence of how they prefer to utilize the space.

What initially drew you to interior design? I think my parents knew first. When I was 8 I kept shoving the furniture in my room from wall-to-wall and demanding that they repaint. How can a potential client know if a particular designer is a good fit for their project? It’s all about the relationship that you establish with your client. If there’s an immediate rapport the first time I talk to someone, I know that everything else will work out. And they will have the room of their dreams.

What initially drew you to interior design? As a child, I was forever re-arranging my friends’ bedrooms as well as my own family’s home (much to the annoyance of the adults, I might add). I’ve always loved unique objects and works of art. My love for design grew from that, and I set off for college to get my degree in interior design. How can a potential client know if a particular designer is a good fit for their project? Interview more than one designer and see how you connect. Working on someone’s home becomes very personal, so it’s imperative that you feel comfortable and secure with your designer.

Claudia Sundin • CS DESIGNS

713.385.5585 • www.csdinteriors.com What is your design philosophy? Every client is unique, and every project should reflect that. Follow the basic design principles of scale, balance, proportion and color harmony and the end result will be rewarding. How do your clients' tastes or personalities influence design projects? I listen carefully to what they like or don't like, how they want the room to function. I'm there to pull it all together to look the best it can. It’s not about what I like. What's the first thing you ask a client when starting a project? Depending on the room/rooms and budget, I give my clients binders of photos collected from magazines and ask them to bookmark colors, fabrics, furniture, lighting, etc. that they like. What initially drew you to interior design? As a young girl I loved rearranging my bedroom. I sold computers in my twenties and traveled the world in my thirties with an airline. It wasn't until my forties that I pursued a degree in Interior Design and formed my company. How can a potential client know if a particular designer is a good fit for their project? Usually clients are referrals from other satisfied clients. However, a client will be working closely with their designer, so it's important to like his or her personality. You will know if the designer is a “good fit” after the first meeting. 21



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AFTER: A custom dining room table and chairs from E & G Amish Furniture replaced the old sofa. Also livening up the space is a new 14-light allen + roth Harpwell oil-rubbed bronze chandelier from Lowe’s, and artwork from a Parisian street vendor framed at Hobby Lobby. The walls are Sherwin Williams’ (SW 6106) “Kilim Beige.” BEFORE: This typical dining room felt dated, cluttered and just did not work for the busy owners. Odd furniture, no artwork and poor lighting choices made this dining room feel older than its years.

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Debi Kiemsteadt contacted me because she had seen my work at a client’s house, liked how little changes make a huge difference, and wanted my help sprucing up her house – on a budget. “I really wanted to update the house and make it feel ‘new,’ ” she says. “I felt confident with your expertise that the colors would all work together. And I was impressed with your ideas and how quickly you were able to offer suggestions,” adds Debi. “ My husband and I loved the way your client’s house was decorated, and they talked to me about you and how you approached the design with them.

Painting the walls Sherwin Williams’ strip #16 coordinated with the home’s existing shutters. We selected the wall color during our first (and only) meeting. TIP: Changing out dated furniture, and flooring and painting is far less costly than you might think. The painting is awesome; it was done by Valente. We both were on the same page regarding new paint colors. “I had hoped to find colors that were more subdued and matched the rest of the house,” Debi explains. Turns out, the couple was very happy with the services I provided and liked having options. “We really liked your suggestions, and you made me feel better about the things I had chosen. We had been planning to remodel for some time but needed to save up so we could do it the way we wanted,” she explains. Friends and family commented that ‘it looks like a whole new place.’ “Friends cannot believe the transformation,” Debi says. “The whole family loves the house now, and we don’t shy away from having people over because we love our updated house,” she adds. “One area we struggled with was finding the right size/style of area rugs for our rooms,” Debi says. “With your help and suggestions, we were able to find the perfect ones. The place you recommended was great because they allowed us to ‘borrow’ them, bring them home and see if they worked in the space before buying them. This was helpful in making the final decision. We also learned about furniture placement and appropriate size of furniture based on our space. Those were areas we hadn’t thought of before but needed discussion, Debi explains.

Sharon Brier, Greenwood King Properties 713.882.9800 www.sharonbrier.com

Which area of Houston is your specialty? From Memorial and Villages to the Medical Center and all in between which includes Tanglewood, Galleria, Highland Village, River Oaks, West U, Bellaire/Meyerland, and Rice Militiary/ Memorial Park area. What advice can you share on how to sell homes quickly? A seller's home should be well maintained, clean, and free of clutter with lights on and window coverings open.....and priced in the zone of other comparable homes. What’s one thing you would tell homeowners who are ready to put their home on the market? Look at your home like a buyer would. What do you do that other agents may not to ensure a seller gets top dollar? I go through the home and advise on staging and editing the home so it shows the best. I also see the competitive homes so I have an edge on the benefits or negatives of the other homes. Where are the hottest markets in the Houston area? Areas that have trees, amenities, good schools or are close in.

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“We are so happy we did the remodel and the way it turned out. We loved the experience and the way we could customize everything to our needs,” she concludes. Joetta Moulden offers home makeovers using your own home furnishings to create the home you’ve always dreamed of. Joetta believes your pieces collected through the years reflect your personality and can be artfully arranged and incorporated. Her ability to focus on your personal style and not let her own preferences influence the design of your home makes her unique. See more makeovers on her Web site at www.shelterstyle.com, e-mail her at joetta@shelterstyle.com or call 713-461-2063. If an initial appointment or referral is booked by July 30, a 10 percent first meeting discount will be given.

TRADE SECRETS • A DECORATOR CAN HELP YOU STRETCH YOUR BUDGET, no matter how small it is. • HIRE A DECORATOR to look objectively at your spaces and make suggestions that will help you remodel or redecorate on your budget. • SOMETIMES THE MOST EFFECTIVE STRATEGY is to first rethink what’s already paid for.

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AFTER: We painted the living room walls Sherwin Williams’ (SW 6108) “Latte,” added a new sofa from Star Furniture and a photograph of a bird’s nest from Alison Adams’ back yard that was framed by Hobby Lobby. BEFORE: An old sofa, poor lighting, no artwork or accessories ruined this living room.

AFTER: The back wall of the niche was painted darker, Sherwin Williams’ (SW 6109) “Hopsack.” The two-inch baseboards and trim were painted Sherwin Williams’ (SW 7004) “Snowbound.” Engineered Acacia hardwood floors – in the French Quarter style by Southern Traditions Mardi Gras line – were installed throughout the space by Inspired Floors of Missouri City. The new library table was custom made by E & G Amish Furniture.


BEFORE: A lack of paint, flooring, trim, artwork and accessories practically made this space “invisible.”




Outdoor kitchens and weather-proof seating groups make the outdoors as comfortable as the indoors.


What’s Trending in Outdoor Kitchens & Patios “Once upon a time, all you needed was a grill and a picnic

We now see a vast array of outdoor furniture choices, out-

table, but no one stops there anymore. What homeowners

door appliances, accessories, and of course the hugely popu-

are building outdoors rivals what they’re doing inside,” says

lar fire pit.

Josh Kane of Kane Landscapes in Sterling, VA. Some of us remember when getting a gas grill instead of using the charcoal grill and lighter fluid was a pretty big

Here are some of my favorites trending for this summer of 2015.

deal. My, how things have changed for today’s homeowners,


along with condo and apartment dwellers as well. Everyone

Today we have a plethora of fabric choices that now allow

one some place outside today and research tells us a lot has

for much more comfortable and exciting choices in outdoor

to do with our over the top and over scheduled crazy busy

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lives we live today. Outside areas now become our sanctuary

ple of even using white or light fabrics outdoors because of

place for restoration, relaxation, as well as entertaining.

its stain fighting properties.

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How to Choose Leather Furniture

Since opening in 1988, President and CEO Jim Winkler has expanded Leather Shoppes into a 10,000-square -foot showroom -- complete with a variety of American and custommade furniture brands, and home theater seating and accessories. Leather Shoppes is now the longest standing leather specialty store in Houston, offering online sales since 1996, with in-home shipping nationwide.

“When in the market for new living room furniture or theater seating, leather will provide the durability and wear that any family is looking for,” says Winkler. Jim Winkler, Leather Shoppes 10784 Kempwood Dr. at Beltway 8 713-690-9400 Leathershoppes.com

LEATHER FURNITURE IS PRACTICAL, LONG LASTING AND CAN BE ENJOYED FOR MANY YEARS IF SELECTED CORRECTLY. ■ Don’t settle for furniture just because it’s in stock or for furniture that won’t last over time. ■ Leather furniture will provide the most benefits, but not all leather is created equal. The “Manufacturer Ranking” link at www.leathershoppes.com reviews and compares the different qualities of leather brands. ■ Instead of a general furniture department store, go to a specialty store for more quality leather options, and more accurate information about brands. ■ Look for something made in the USA/North America for better options and faster service. ■ Purchase full-top grain leather. Avoid bonded or leather-like products made for a low cost in overseas places like China. ■ Make sure furniture is well built on the inside with hardwoods and spring construction. ■ Expect special ordered furniture to be delivered in approximately 60-90 days.


ABOVE: An outdoor kitchen, complete with custom wood burning pizza oven, by Texas Pit Crafters.

We are now seeing outdoor kitchens that truly rival what most people have in their homes. And this trend shows no sign of diminishing but is going to higher and higher levels every season. Included in some fortunate homeowners’ outdoor kitchens is the sought after pizza oven. And not to be out done by the big ticket items, outdoor The Kettle Pizza oven turns any kettle grill into a pizza oven.

accessories are in a class all their own too as seen in Pier One’s promos for their dinnerware. We can all see these amazing upgrades in our outdoor living choices in all categories. Most however, do not accomplish their finished outdoor areas all at once but buying quality is always the wisest decision instead of buying items to just finish the outdoor area. This is ALWAYS a mistake and NEVER a good use of money no matter one’s pay grade. Here’s to a happy and safe time ahead of outdoor living at

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its best.


Kathy Anderson, principal designer and owner of Eklektik Interiors began this interior design firm in 1997. The design and support staff of Eklektik Interiors has since then created new spaces and transformed living environments for hundreds of clients globally. This award winning team collaborates to produce personal, functional and exceptional designs.

“We create designs that are both beautiful and functional, because we know how to listen, and we encourage the participation of our clients. Homes should be the unique reflection of individuals and their lifestyles.” Kathy Anderson Eklektik Interiors 1300 Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77007 (832) 804-6300 eklektikinteriors.com

2015 Trends that are Keepers

KATHY ANDERSON CAREFULLY TRACKS TRENDS IN INTERIOR DESIGN. HERE ARE 12 DESIGN TRENDS THAT SHE FEELS ARE KEEPERS: ■ Porcelain and Quartz are always great options for countertops. Both materials are strong and virtually maintenance free, and will continue to look unscathed after years of use. ■ Open living spaces with minimal built-ins will maximize the use of space. ■ To create a ‘cleaner’ look in a room, reduce the number of upper cabinets and excess counter space. This provides a more ‘open’ and fresh feels to your area. ■ The addition of a separate beverage center, complete with a wine closet, coffee maker, refrigerator and ice machine provides a functional and convenient area for entertaining. ■ Hidden electrical plugs keep the backsplash neat and easy to clean. Kitchen charging stations for phones and tablets makes access to mobile devices simple. ■ Everyone gravitates towards the kitchen! A separate “dirty” kitchen which is hidden or out of sight is great for keeping food prep away from the main kitchen while entertaining. ■ Induction cook tops and steam ovens are the way of the future. ■ Layered and LED lighting include razor thin lights used for unique areas. Footpath lighting is effective for those dark hallways in the evening. ■ The placement of mirrors is critical. Mirrors should be placed to expand a space or reflect something worth seeing twice. ■ Home Automation Systems make it possible to control lighting, temperature and appliances all from your smart device. Whether you are at home or away, these systems ease many activities in daily life and improve home security. ■ Unique wallpaper with new shades, designs, textures and materials create interest and drama in a room. Wood used on ceilings and walls will always be timeless. ■ Warm greys over cool greys are a more versatile palette. Watch for the reappearance of warm subtle golds and the mixing of metallic colors such as silvers, golds, copper and platinum. 29

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Mitzi Beach, ASID, principal of Mitzi Beach BoomerSmarts, Wichita, KS, often comes to Houston to provide continuing education seminars to her colleagues interested in functional design that offers aesthetic appeal. She is a Certified Aging in Place design specialist as well. Her Web site is www.mitzibeach.com

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Doors offer a wide open range of opportunity to establish a certain ambiance and decorating style in and outside your home — more than you might think possible. And when you do think about it, the visual and financial impact doors can have becomes obvious — starting right at the home’s entry. The front exterior door can underscore architectural style, imparts a first impression and certainly impacts curb appeal — something worth considering should the home ever be placed for sale. It could be the bait needed to lure interested buyers inside. Industry studies suggest between a 73 to 96 percent — or more— possible investment return when selecting an upscale, dynamic looking front door. Door styles vary by region, according to Jason Salvaggio, owner of Door Clearance Center. “For rustic and craftsman style homes, distressed knotty alder is quite popular. Larger custom homes are utilizing wrought iron with ornate grilles for an impressive look. And nothing beats the warmth of a stained mahogany wood door with decorative glass, which is

popular just about everywhere and looks good on any home.” Industry reports also suggest more than half of all potential home buyers better recall the houses with front doors having glass insets. If money were no object, Salvaggio says, as an aside, he would select for his own home — because of their timeless, classic look — a hand-forged and hand-finished, heavy gauge steel wrought-iron door with attractive grilles. “Indoor and exterior doors can range anywhere from $50 to $5,000, depending on the material selected, the construction quality, and the purchase point,” says Salvaggio, who believes smaller door companies like his can better offer doors “at clearance prices.” “Steel, fiberglass and wood represent the most common types of (all) doors,” says Salvaggio. “Steel doors are low maintenance, durable and generally less expensive than wood or fiberglass counterparts. “Fiberglass doors are priced in the middle, and they are the most durable since they don’t rot, dent or rust,” says Salvaggio.

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“Fiberglass doors also can be purchased with a wood grain texture that gives them the appearance of wood but without the maintenance,” he adds. On the other hand, there is nothing quite like the weight and feel of a solid wood door. They evoke a more custom quality and, as a result, buyers can expect to pay more for them. Additionally, solid wood doors satisfy sound-insulating needs more efficiently than other options, according to Robert Davis, a local home builder and remodeler. Not all wood types take stain the same way; some offer better results than others. As a result, it might be worth a discussion prior to buying. Research reveals that while they can eventually burn, the solid wood doors are more fire resistant than engineered wood doors or hollow-core ones. Hollow core doors are light-weight, budget friendly and consist of a frame or cardboard baffle that has a plywood veneer glued on to it. The provide little insulation, fire safety and soundproofing. They also absorb moisture easily and can warp. By comparison, the solid core door is made from particleboard or steel centers and then covered with a fiberglass veneer or wood. They do offer the weighty feel that solid wood doors offer — but at a more affordable price. They are also more energy efficient and reliable. Wondering what you have installed? Hollow core doors close with a light click. Solid core doors close with a more authoritative thump. Solid doors — especially when hung as a front door — offer more security, because they are stronger. ABOVE: A two-panel “SpeakEasy” door by Glasscraft. BELOW:A modern designed door from Glasscraft.

DOOR STYLES When it comes to buying doors, the style options are endless. Some to consider or know about include: • Flush doors are the simplest with an undecorated solid panel front. • Louvered doors are constructed with horizontal slats to allow airflow. • Stackers are self descriptive. They “stack” on top of each other as opposed to sliding back to the side. • Pocket doors typically slide into a wall as space savers • Paneled doors (six paneled molded and two-panel arched, for example) feature raised panels or glass inserts to complement the home’s style (modern, traditional, rustic). • French doors work as a pair and invite in light. The Sliding Door Company in Houston is all about decor, light and saving space. “Our doors will modify and

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beautify any interior space while also bringing light into the room,” says Ron Jacobs, president of the company. Their product line offers solutions as room dividers, and space saving options for closets and bathrooms. The sliding doors, made typically from aluminum and glass offer controlled light options that prevent any space or area from feeling too closed up. “Most of our non-weight bearing systems use a bottom track,” he says. They can and do use top hung doors, but they are heavy and need the required studs. Prices are related to the size — width and height — of the opening. A single wall slide door for a lost can cost as low as $800. Closet sliding doors begin at around $900. And room dividers have a start price of approximately $1,200. Sliding doors are terrific options to create two spaces from one large area. The best part about it is that they can easily slide apart again when the larger space, in total, is needed.

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“Necessity is the Mother of Invention,” as it’s said. And such is true for Vanessa, who was raised in Houston and attended UH. While waiting the birth of her first daughter, Jacquelyn, in 2007, she began shopping for bedding and décor. Not finding what she envisioned, she began making her own. Positive comments about the nursery steered her toward opening Jacquelyn Reese Home.

What prompted you to launch your own company? My company was formed out of both passion and necessity. In 2009, my husband was transferred, so I left my career in marketing to relocate to Tampa, Florida. I found myself in a new city with a newborn and a lot of time on my hands. Word got around to friends about the custom work I did for my own home and before I knew it, I was sewing custom linens for friends and their friends all over Texas. We moved back to Houston a year later. I started with referrals and then interior designers began to reach out to me for other custom linens. My business grew quickly but when I had my second daughter, I had to scale things back to create a healthy work/family life balance. This gave me the opportunity to focus on my true passion-- monograms/appliqué and custom design work.

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What makes your linens different from other shops? Tell me about your product line. Our products are strictly appliqué with some monogrammed linens. Everything is custom made to order so it is unique to clients’ homes and fits seamlessly with the rest of their interior design. We have a broad range of items -- from hand towels to bed linens, and I price products so that the fine art of custom appliqué work can be accessible to most people. I work only with natural fabrics so that every piece is durable and washable. Where do you draw inspiration for your products? Do you have a workroom in Houston, at your home or elsewhere? I find inspiration for designs just about everywhere. When something catches my eye, I’m instantly drawn to the color composition, architectural design or symmetry of the work. Pinterest is my “go to” source for archiving inspiration and keeping my design studio organized. All designs start in the design studio in my home, where I can easily shift between the business and my family. Where are you from? I was born in Pittsburgh but have lived in Houston since the age of 2. My family and I have called the Memorial area home for the past six years. What is your educational background – or training, specific to what you do now? I am a third-generation seamstress and have many fond memories of sitting alongside my mother and grandmothers, watching them sew and studying their work. I studied theater and dance at the University of Houston, but my time there also nurtured my love for interior design. Where can people purchase your products? Jacquelyn Reese linens are currently sold at Weidner Hasou & Company and Village Antiques. Customers can visit our online look book for the latest product and fabric additions.

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What have been the challenges with an upstart? And what have been the greatest successes? Knowing my limits has by far been the greatest upstart challenge. It’s easy to get carried away with big picture plans and saying “yes” to everything. But I’ve learned sometimes it’s okay to say “no” and stick with a plan of measured growth. The outcome always yields the best success when you find your company taking a natural and successful progression. Partnering with local area businesses that share the same excitement and appreciation to our products as we do always makes work the most gratifying. Contact info for you and your shop? www.JacquelynReese.com or jacquelynreesehome@gmail.com Do you have employees? I run a tight ship. I have a staff of three seamstresses to assemble the products, as I feel this leaves less room for error. Custom appliqué is intricate work and attention to the smallest detail is imperative for a beautiful finished product. I design all the appliqué designs and make fabric selections, as well as assembly. 40 house& home | July 2015 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

Getting Personal Tell me about your family: spouse, kids, pets. My husband and I have been married for 14 years. We have two young girls who keep us very busy. Our first-born is our furbaby, Bella, a 14-year-old Labrador mix. What do you like to do on your down time? If travel, where? If reading, what? When I’m not working, I love reading (romance novels are my favorite), movies of all kinds and making an event of them. Family movie nights at our home or girls’ nights out – or staying in with friends. I also enjoy running and have participated in the Houston Half Marathon six times. Last, but certainly not least, I love traveling. My favorite country is Greece. I love everything about the country from the food, to the culture and the architecture. As a mom and businesswoman, what are the one or two things you can't do without? Wine and my smart phone.



Bathroom remodels offer one of the best return on investment.

Mudrooms and large utility spaces are becoming more popular. (Photo courtesy of katekovalcin.com)

Homeowners are more design-savvy these days, putting extra thought and resources into spaces that are traditionally more of an after-thought. Members of the Remodelers Council of the Greater Houston Builders Association say that designer details are popping up in unusual places. Leslie King, president of Greymark Construction Co., says that while many homeowners want more space in the laundry room, the company also has clients who want to convert utility space into a mud room. “They’ll take space from the kitchen to make a place where the kids can sit down and put their shoes on, a place to hang coats and room to put backpacks after school,” she explains. Jim Nowlin, president of Remodeling Concepts Inc., past president and currently immediate vice president of the Remodelers Council, says the most requested remodeling projects his company sees are for higher-end kitchens and master bath projects. King, 2014 president of the Greater Houston Builders Association and a former Remodelers Council president, agrees that kitchens are one of the first places in which clients are going all out with design. She has been adding mixer stands to the design, as well as incorporating recycling chutes and adding built-in spice racks between studs in the pantry walls. Interior designer Lynne T. Jones, says homeowners are even building what is known as a “dirty kitchen,” or a second kitchen where the messy work is done.

“It can get dirty, so the big kitchen looks pretty,” she explains. “Man dens” and “she caves” are taking center stage, too, according to Jones. “Men are taking their getaway spaces more seriously,” says Jones, who just completed the largest man cave she’s ever seen. “It was an entire barn with a full kitchen, dining room table and wet bar. It ended up being absolutely fabulous.” Women also are carving out in-home niches for themselves, and one of the most popular is the closet. A client recently asked Jones to turn the space into a dressing room, complete with a crystal chandelier and added built-ins that include glass doors, an island with drawers to store jewelry and a three-way mirror. Jones, who has a number of unusual projects in her portfolio, says small spaces, such as powder rooms, can be a fun place to incorporate high-end materials. While most of her work involves homes, Jones says she has shared her expertise in some unexpected locales, such as the interior of a private airplane and aboard a 40-foot sailboat. Thanks to networks such as HGTV and DIY, homeowners have become more savvy of design trends, Jones adds. She suggests clients make the most of a remodel by using these resources to put together a wish-list or inspirational binder full of images they like and hiring a qualified contractor. “A professional can help pull it all together – and make sure they get the most out of their investment.”

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“It’s got good bones.” How many times have you heard that when looking at a trashed out, ready-for-the-wrecking ball house that catches the eye of someone with a vision? That’s what happened at 1227 Winnie Street in Galveston’s Historic East End. A dilapidated, falling apart house – in foreclosure – wooed a couple of Islanders, who turned this piece of coal into a diamond.

island for about five years. “These things were all so well preserved and I just knew! I could visualize it being just fabulous.” And she was right. The 1883 two-story Victorian was rescued and given a new life – probably better than it ever had before. The renovation-restoration-remodeling job took about a

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With the help of architect Ed Eubanks, Hand and Laurence Wall were given a roadmap to aid them in the job. Interestingly, the house was not a stranger to Wall, who lived in it as a boy when his father rented it while attending the University of Texas Medical Branch. But it looked much different in 2013 than it had in the 1950s. Structurally, the house was sound, Eubanks says, but it needed some leveling and a new roof. And although the interior footprint could be preserved, most everything needed updating, modernizing, replacement or repair. Eubanks adds that the house had so much opportunity, but it was in serious disrepair. “It reminded me of a quote from (Houston architect) Howard Barnstone’s book, in which he quoted author Edna Ferber who, in 1963, compared the city of Galveston to Miss Havisham, the gray, mournful abandoned bride of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations,” Eubanks says. “This house looked like Miss Havisham and someone needed to rescue her.” And a rescue it was for Hand and Wall. All new plumbing – in the two bathrooms upstairs and

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powder room on the main floor – was essential. As it turned out, though, much of the fixtures and cabinetry could be preserved, keeping the essential period look to the spaces. “Where would I ever find a tiny sink like this anywhere?” asks Hand, pointing to the miniscule bowl in the powder room. “Its been with the house from the beginning, I’m sure.” The kitchen was re-plumbed, and all new cabinets and counters installed. There were no appliances, so new stainless items were selected and customized to the space. Open shelves for glassware were created in the windows. The electrical system was problematic, so the house was brought up to code with all new wiring and plugs. However, some of the old push button switches were reworked and are fully operational now, adding some historical charm to the rooms. A state-of-the-art heating and air conditioning system was installed. Architectually, not many changes were required. Eubanks says some of the space had been chopped up, but removing plastic paneling that covered the walls made a major difference. Perhaps the biggest change in the floorplan The banisters were restored and Hand opted to go with an animal print stair runner to impart rich traditional elegance.

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was removing a wall between the small kitchen and adjacent dining room. This became the expansive kitchen-family room, made to feel larger by the big bright windows on both sides of the area. A formal dining room/library now occupies the space that originally was the living room. Floor-to-ceiling bookcases grace one wall, filled to capacity with books and trinkets. And over the large dining table is a crystal ship, a nautical nod to the home’s island environs. An attractive mantel spans the original fireplace which had to be shored up and is now decorated with special knickknacks and baubles special to the homeowners. The large bright parlor in the front of the house is now the living room, and in the corner is a 12-foot-high European mirror which has stood in place for decades and is a permanent fixture in the house. Upstairs Eubanks recommended some slight changes. There were four bedrooms, but he suggested slicing one in half and using it as a large walk-in closet/dressing area and repurposing the other half as a laundry area, with a stackable washer/dryer in the corner and other items stored in the plethora of closets and drawers tucked into the space. “The historical integrity of the house remained, but we made changes for today’s needs,” he says. “It is a graceful The owners both enjoy showcasing the works of favorite artists -- working in various mediums -throughout the house. 54 house& home | July 2015 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net


house – sophisticated yet comfortable, with good flow and character.” A second story outside porch, which was approved by the city’s Landmark Commission, was created over the existing entry porch and accessed by walk-through windows in the guest rooms upstairs. That summed up the remodeling. The restoration was the interesting part, Hand says. She was able to find vendors who carried replacement tile that matched the color, shape and size of the original tile in the bathrooms and on the kitchen floor (“Not all octagon white tile are the same!”) A mudroom next to the kitchen, which may have also served as a laundry area, was repurposed as a butler’s pantry with unique cabinetry and shelving, rescued from a train. The pocket doors needed beveled glass, rather than the frosted panes and many of the windows were cracked, broken or missing from the 32 windows in the house. All the windows needed redoing – most were painted shut. Now, with new weights and ropes, they all work and new custom shutters protect them during stormy weather. “We had hoped to use the original shutters, but none of them worked,” says Hand. “That was a big uh-oh.” A fake wall had been erected at the top of the stairs and once it was removed, new The fireplace in the dining room is original, and needed restoration work. 56 house& home | July 2015 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

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Elegant Additions provided bath fixtures. handrails and spindles had to be made to match the rest of the staircase. Picking the palette to paint the interiors was a bit tricky – but once the silver-grey color was created all of the rooms in the house were painted the same. Wood trim was painted a creamy white and ceilings tinted a light, light blue. The house is decorated with eclectic pieces mixed with modern art and antiques. “I like the antiques to anchor the rooms to the period of the house, but with a slash of modern,” she says. “It’s quirky – but it works.” Despite the careful restoration and love for the house, the owners are selling their home and relocating. It’s keeping all those good bones – and they should last for another 132 years.


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also offering a memory he had of the area: “I had family who lived there long ago, and I had thought the area around 19th Street was OK. But, otherwise, it was unremarkable,” he says. However, things do change, admits Fritsch, who is the first to say that The Heights has transformed itself into a vibrant, sought-after area. “Actually, I had no idea of the Heights’ popularity,” he adds. Kelly Fritsch’s long daily commute to and from school — and her eventual downtown job — cemented the deal for

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Once they found their home, Perez promised he would design plans they could take to the Historic Commission for review and approval, and then to the bank for a construction loan. Once all that happened successfully, Bungalow Revival would and could begin their magic. In the meantime, the couple moved into the Rice Apartments downtown and began looking at every possibility, going to every open house. They even ventured out to the

improvements that weren’t right for us,” says Clay Fritsch. “But every house we did see and liked had a Bungalow Revival sign in front of it.” “I told Kelly, ‘I’m going to call this outfit and see about buying one of their bungalows,” he says. He reached owner Gilbert Joseph Perez. “Gilbert told me, ‘it doesn’t work that way,’” says Fritsch, with a laugh. Before they could move forward and agree to work with each other, Perez told the couple to first find place they wanted to remodel. Of course, the Fritsches told him they had been trying to do just that but couldn’t find anything. “He told us to be patient, that it might take a year,” says Clay Fritsch.

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done at other houses. So they went along with all his suggestions — including a black painted ceiling or two. “I rarely leave a ceiling white,” says Perez. “They are the biggest walls in our homes, so why ignore them? A dark painted ceiling in some areas can recess it, making the space look taller. By painting the ceiling a different but same shade as the wall makes the area look larger.” The furnishings are a mix of old and new. The light pendants in the living and dining rooms came from August Antiques in The Heights. And a shadowbox table in the den encases old State Fair memorabilia that Clay Fritsch inherited from his maternal grandfather. Because Bungalow Revival did add newly constructed areas,

Fritsch says the couple pretty much gave Perez carte blanche, to do what he wanted with the house. The only main directive she gave was that there needed to be a usable utility room inside the house. She admits to being initially surprised at some of his decisions. But she remembered how they liked everything he had

Perez turned to Alfred Schulle to find reclaimed wood to use in added space. The exterior is clad in cypress wood from Grogen’s Building Supply. Bungalow Revival craftsman also made the interior door crowns by mimicking the design of the originals. Clay Fritsch’s vocation influenced another decision the cou-

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ple made. They added a sprinkler system to the house, which was installed by Urban Fire Protection. From start to finish — after finding the house, the couple says it took about 13 months. The Fritsches’ journey was a rather long one, which was made more tolerable since they liked and trusted Perez and the Bungalow Revival team. “If you do something like this, you have to find someone whose style you relate to,” says Clay Fritsch. “During the last six weeks, I was just saying, ‘Do it; I trust you man.’” EDITOR’S NOTE: Bungalow Revival launches a new home division called Tribute at the end of this year. The intent is to rebuild in tribute style new homes that honor those unfortunately demolished in various parts of town. The company’s first home will be on Heights Blvd, where the old Doyle house once stood. Perez began Bungalow Revival in 2003, as a boutique restoration and renovation firm. The ongoing goal is to preserve and safe Houston’s historic gems.

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Who’s Gardening Now? Fresh Veggies Get Millennials Digging BY SHIRLEY BARR

Houston nurseries weren’t a bit surprised when the National Gardening Association announced food gardening by millennials had risen 63 percent in five years (from eight million households in 2008 to 13 million in 2013). More people— and especially the younger ones—are happily getting their hands and knees dirty growing their own food in 2015. “The attendees at our Garden Series, a free Saturday morning offering at Cornelius Nursery, have changed from having gray hair to more pony tails — especially in the past five years,” says Cindy Champion, who usually conducts these events. “One ardent vegetable grower is young Miu Ha (pictured to right). She is a corporate CPA during the week, but most weekends are spent on her balcony gardening,” says Champion. Ha starts her container gardens with either seeds or seedlings. She selects either Burpee Better Boy or Big Boy tomato seedlings, or if she wants to grow heirloom tomatoes, Black Prince is the recommended choice from the experts at Cornelius. “Heirlooms are delicious but they only grow one time,” she says. “I usually can harvest enough bush beans, tomatoes, collards, and cucumbers to feed my husband and myself all spring and summer,” she adds. “I love gardening!”


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