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borhoods and historic sites. Reservations are required. You can find more information about what’s coming on their website. Two this month: On Aug. 14, walk parts of the Woodland Heights neighborhood, to find examples of early 20th century architecture, including foursquare, cottage, and bungalow styles. At the Glenwood Cementery, Aug. 27, at 10 a.m. Established in 1871, it is the resting place of some of Houston’s most famous citizens. A beautiful piece of land dotted with elaborate Victorian monuments and statuary. Good luck with your project! Susan Fox (with Sam and Casey)


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Design/Interiors Aug. 6 & 7, Aug. 13 & 14, Aug. 20 & 21: Pop Up Mall Tours Meet artisans from Houston and beyond while shopping for the coolest blend of handmade, one-of-a-kind modern design goods. It’s like Etsy come to life. Featured makers exhibit jewelry, prints, collectable art, local food. At First Colony Mall on Aug. 6 & 7, Aug. 13 & 14 at Willowbrook Mall, Aug. 20 & 21 at Baybrook Mall. www.popshopamerica.com Aug. 25-27: Designer Sample Sale 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Trade Preview Day; Open to the public on Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Get first dibs on great buys, including floor samples, antiques, art, accessories, lighting, residential and commercial furniture, rugs and more. Interior Designer Ben Johnston gives “Design 101” talk. Learn how to work with industry professionals. Houston Design Center, 7026 Old Katy Road. www.thehoustondesigncenter.com

Events Aug. 6: Artist V Architect Charity Art Auction At Silver Street Studios Inspired by today’s artistic professionals, Artist V Architect is a one-of-a-kind collaborative event celebrating creativity. Chosen artists and architects duel it out with industry peers. Featuring

a variety of mediums — art, furniture and architectural models. Guests bid on created works. Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards St. www.artistvsarchitect.com Aug. 9: Sketching In The Gardens At Bayou Bend Every Tuesday, 1:30 p.m. Visit Bayou Bend Gardens, 6003 Memorial Drive, during open-sketching hours. Enjoy drawing from Bayou Bend’s natural woodlands and formal gardens. Paper, clipboards, and pencils provided. Visitors encouraged to bring campstools. www.mfah.org/calendar/sketching-gardens Aug. 11: Detox Your Home, Detox Your Body It’s easy to forget that some of the products we use everyday, from cleaning agents to toothpaste, contain potentially harmful toxins. At Lisanne Wellness Center, 10091 Katy Frwy., Nutritionist Treasa Fossum addresses the health implications of these toxins, discusses the benefits of detoxification, and suggests healthy alternatives. www.lisannewellnesscenter.com Aug. 13-14: 14th Annual Fall Home & Garden Show, The Woodlands Discover what’s new in home improvement products from 200 exhibitors. Find experts on energy-saving, environmentally friendly trends in homebuilding/remodeling, outdoor living

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Aug. 16: Beer 101 With Saint Arnold Brewing Company 5-7 p.m. When the summer heat wave hits, there’s nothing more refreshing than a cold pint of craft beer. Join Saint Arnold Brewing Company for a personal introduction into the refreshing world of beer. After sampling Saint Arnold brews, hear suggestions on beer pairings. Perfect for summer entertaining! Houston Arboretum, 4501 Woodway. www.houstonarboretum.org/events/beer-101

Aug. 27: TEDxSugarLand 2016: Small Town, Huge Idea TEDxSugarLand brings together a community of thinkers and doers, creators, activists and enthusiasts to help spread big ideas and elevate inspired citizenship in Texas. Innovative Texans from a variety of sectors each give a talk on a powerful, perception-changing idea. Learn how to take action in your community. The Ismaili Jamatkhana Center, 1700 First Colony Blvd. Sugarland. One hundred individuals get an exclusive pass to attend. Entries drawn at random Aug 14. www.tedxsugarland.org

Aug. 18-20: Nursery & Landscape Expo As summer segues into fall, get inspired by current garden and landscape products at the Nursery & Landscape Expo at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston. Get up to speed on all things gardening by participating in more than 30 education sessions. www.nurserylandscapeexpo.com Aug. 19-21: The 42nd Annual Vintage Glass and Antique Show Times vary each day. The Houston Glass Club sets up 200 tables for dealers from across the country to sell the finest glass, including depression16 house& home | August 2016 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

Out of Town Aug. 5: Messina Hof Harvest Festival 2016: Battle Of The Blends Workshop & Wine Dinner 7:30 to 10 p.m. In the peak of grape season, the winery hosts the Messina Hof Harvest Festival, with activities like grape picking and stomping, wine pairing and more. At the festival’s featured event, Battle of the Blends, guests will get a hands-on look at the art of winemaking as they mix up their own batch of Bordeaux.


Resulting blends will go head to head in a blind tasting to see who is named the night’s honorary winemaker. www.messinahof.com/events/post/Bordeaux Aug. 6: Galveston Heritage Festival 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy the music, food and entertainment from numerous cultural groups and associations throughout the day while learning more about the early days of Galveston’s immigration movement. Garten Verein, Kempner Park, 27th and Avenue O. This year's event includes Our Sacred Places Tour, on which visitors receive behind-the-scenes access to five historic Galveston churches. www.galveston.org Aug. 20: 2016 AIA Sandcastle Competition 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Due to severe weather, the June 4 event had to be rescheduled. Sandcastles become sand-mansions at this annual competition in Galveston, hosted by the Houston branch of the American Institute of Architects. More than 60 shovel-wielding teams battle it out for the 2016 Golden Bucket Award. East Beach, 1923 Boddeker Rd., Galveston. www.aiahouston.org

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Upcoming Sept. 3: Edible Wild Plants 1-5 p.m. Texas provides an abundance of wild edible leaves, seeds, flowers, roots, and shoots. Learn where to find, how to identify, and how to properly prepare a seasonal selection of local edible plant species. Participants will enjoy a short classroom presentation followed by a long outdoor walk. Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, 4501 Woodway Dr. www.houstonarboretum.org/events/edible-wild-plants-sep-3 Sept. 9: Houston Antiques + Art + Design Show: Fall Edition More than 100 exhibitors from across the country, Canada and Europe will head to Houston to showcase fine antique furniture, decorative and fine arts from ancient to 20th-century modern. Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards St. www.fall.houstonantiquesartdesign.com Sept. 24-25: Texas Home & Garden Show This event showcases products like decorative home accessories, lamps/lighting, linens/decorative textiles, mirrors, wall decor, framed art and extensive collections of decorative accessories etc. in the architecture & designing, consumer & home appliances industries. NRG Center. www.texashomeandgarden.com


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FINDING THE PERFECT STATEMENT PIECE TEN TIPS ON HOW TO MAKE YOUR ROOM YOURS By Marsha Canright The perfect antique is simply the one you love at first sight. Such a find can bring warmth and personality to the clean lines of today’s contemporary décor. Maybe it’s cool beyond explanation, or like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Maybe you can’t look away from the subtle curve of a French settee or the clean lines of a Mid-Century sideboard. “Your home is a reflection of who you are and it’s best when it’s filled with the things you love,” says Mona Dees of Antiques and Interiors at the Pavilion. “Whether it is sleek and contemporary or an eclectic mix, it’s most important that it feels like home to you,” she says. For comfort’s sake and eye appeal, many designers are embracing a combination aesthetic, a ‘collected’ look. “You can’t have all antiques or all modern; you have to mix it up. For example, I have an absolutely gorgeous French sofa, but I’ve paired it with a contemporary coffee table,” Dees says. Local antique dealers continue to do a brisk business, although they say that their line of work is always evolving, and they must stay nimble and offer a wide variety of items. “People still want to shop and buy, but the price point is not 20 house& home | August 2016 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

what it was 18 months ago,” says Jon Goodling, with Gallery Auctions. “More young couples seem to gravitate toward pieces that may need a little work. They are tuned in to Pinterest, and they want to take on a project and make it their own,” he says. Like all true loves, it may take some searching to find your perfect match. Dealers suggest that you check out pieces in design traditions you may have overlooked: Art Deco, Hollywood Regency, and Mid-Century. A single statement piece can become the star of your décor. Or consider 1950s-60’s abstract art for a single piece of bold color in a modern mix. Look at creative light fixtures made from items originally used for something else, like an old milk churn, a teakettle, or bicycle parts. What’s more fun than antique shop hopping? In Houston, there are lots of places to browse. To be well equipped on you’re next expedition, heed these 10 helpful hints from some of the area’s popular dealers.


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6. ARTchitecture. Framed art has its place but the right architectural elements hung on a wall can make an interesting statement. An interesting piece from broken furniture can be gilded or dressed up with a gray wash to have maximum impact as an art piece. – Jon Goodling, Gallery Auctions. 7. Try Upcycle. Don’t shy away from a piece that needs a bit of work especially if it has a good story to tell. Roll up your sleeves and put in some sweat equity. This should save you some cash up front and the result will be even closer to your heart. – Shawna Doskocil, Modern Vintage. 8. Wood is Good. Painted wood still has a strong following but don’t overlook beautiful woods like mahogany or mixed woods. These are becoming much sought after and work well with contemporary style. – Kristi Erlenbach-Heights Antiques on Yale

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1. Channel the power of contrast and breathe new life into an old piece. Use a classic shape, such as a Victorian settee and restyle it with a geometric patterned fabric, or use more than one material. You can also juxtapose modern furniture with vintage or found objects to add richness and depth, such as a wire basket of old colorful billiard balls. – Shauna Doskocil, Modern Vintage, Galveston. 2. Less is More. Cut the clutter and look for quality. That doesn’t have to mean name brand only. Look for the same material and quality without the attached name, and you may get a piece you love for less. Don’t get too eclectic. Think of a theme or general vision and stay with it. Keep a sense of your own style. If you are choosing contemporary furnishings, choose quality items. Balance vintage pieces carefully so they don’t overpower new furniture. Stick with cleaner lines even if you’re buying French antiques. – Jon Goodling, Gallery Auctions. 3. Set A High Bar. Bars in every style, portable or more permanent, are a huge trend. To serve up high style, seek out antique decanters and glass sets or bar carts and other accessories. – Kristi Erlenbach-Heights Antiques on Yale 4. Think Outside The Dining Room. Give in to the MidCentury credenza crying out to dwell beneath your flat screen television. Credenzas and sidebars are deserting the formal dining room en masse to serve as media cabinets displacing the once popular armoire entertainment center. – Jon Goodling, Gallery Auctions 5. Color Me Pretty. Look for the return of bright colors, especially deep blues, and yes, pink. Shades of gray are taking a back seat to pops of color. – Kristi Erlenbach, Heights Antiques on Yale 22 house& home | August 2016 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

9. Something Eastern, Something Blue: Carved or plain wood panels from China in beautiful teak and rosewood make an exotic headboard or wall statement. Long a favorite in traditional homes, blue and white antique Chinese porcelain bowls provide color, interest and charm in a contemporary setting too. – Robert Jong, Eastern Art Furniture 10. Only Buy What You Love. If something appeals to your sense of style or your idea of beauty, it will blend with what you have and continue to bring you joy. Follow your eyes and your heart. – Mona Dees, Antiques and Interiors at the Pavilion. RESOURCES Mona Dees, Antique & Interiors at the Pavilion, 2311 Westheimer. Hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 25,000 square feet. 12 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. 713-5209755. www.antiquepavillion.com Kristi Erlenbach-Heights Antiques on Yale, 2110 Yale St, Houston. Hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 12 to 6 p.m. Sunday. 713-861-3335. www.heightsantiques.com Vikki Vines and Jon Goodling, Gallery Auctions, 13310 Luthe Road. Auctions begin at 9 a.m. Monday. Previews available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. 281-931-0100. www.galleryauctions.com

Julie Golias-Burns Antik Haus, 2195 Calder Avenue, Beaumont. 409-835-3080. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. TuesdayThursday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. www.beaumontantiquestx.com Robert Jong, Eastern Art Furniture, 5730 Dintliff Drive Suite A. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 713-975-8547. www.easternartfurniture.com/ Shawna Doskocil, Modern Vintage, 2005 Postoffice, Galveston. 10 a.m. to 5:30p.m. Thursday through Monday. 409-762-0202. www.modernvintage galveston.com


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and forth, breaking ground while there’s still ground to break. Nearby, there’s a line of people forming outside Bud Royer’s restaurant -- Royer’s Café, eager to taste of one of his famous pies. A group of women lingers inside Junk Gypsies, hoping to sight HGTV’s Ami and Jolie Sykes or one of their celebrity clients. Long before the gypsies found their way to town and onto the small screen, it was antiques that put this part of Texas on the map. Twice a year, the settlements along rural Highway 237 welcome thousands of travelers to sift through the tonnage at Antiques

Shelby Antiques Show

ROUND TOP Marburger Farm Antique Show

CHELSEA’S MEADOW 1465 N. Highway 237 713-385-8778

ARBOR INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUES SHOW 1503 N. Highway 237 281-388-1075 www.arborantiques.com BILL MOORE ANTIQUES 1350 N. Highway 237, 760-5871300, facebook.com/ billmooreantiques BLUE HILLS AT ROUND TOP 1701 S. Highway 237

THE COMPOUND 2550 S. Highway 237 979-551-5916, www.www.roundtopcompound.com COWBOY CORNER 105 Florida Chapel Road 210-663-7703 DYD CRAFTS FAIR 100 Main Street, 979-249-3638 GASOLINE HILL ANTIQUE SHOW

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Here’s a preview of potential stops:

ABBIELAND ANTIQUES 2336 S. Highway 237 405-301-1874 www.abbieland.com

Round Top Rifle Hall

Bluebonnet Field Country Corner Antiques Granny McCormick’s Yard

painted furniture.

979-278-3691 www.bluehillsatroundtop.com


Round Top Hill Antique Show Round Top Folk Art Annex Old Depot Antiques Show

Week—for rusty and rickety fixer-uppers, pristine primitives and

Round Top

County Line Antique Shows Big Red Barn Blue Hills at Round top Arbor Antiques Black Gate Antiques FM 1487


Park, has gotten a little noisier in recent years.

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But, Round Top, which is three times smaller than Memorial


La Bahia Antique Show

Czech bakeries and steepled wooden churches.


It’s a postcard of Central Texas: wide pastures, grazing cattle,



Sparse and spectacular, the territory between Houston and Austin has long been lauded for its natural beauty and, by city dwellers, its quiet.

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1901 S. Highway 237 512-627-1657 facebook.com/ Gasolinehillantiques

MCLAREN’S BUYERS MARKET 1745 N. Highway 237 917-741-7041

GONE TO TEXAS 601 N. Washington, in front of Round Top RV Park

OLD DEPOT ANTIQUE SHOW 550 N. Washington, 281-851-6779

HENKEL SQUARE 201 N. Live Oak St. 979-249-5840 www.henkelsquareroundtop.com MARBURGER FARM ANTIQUE SHOW 2248 S. Highway 237 800-947-5799 www.roundtop-marburger.com

OLD HENRY FARM 2000 N. Highway 237 800-322-5177 www.roundtop-oldhenryfarm.com ORCHID TREE PARK & GALLERY 435 N. Washington www.orchidtreeparkandgallery.com

Round Top Vintage Market

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

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Round Top stone girl stands in one of the many fields open during fair time. Photo by Jerry Herring.

RECYCLING THE PAST 1132 N. FM 1291 979-484-7288 www.roundtopballroom.com THE RENDEZVOUS 2425 S. Highway 237 810-210-5546 ROUND TOP HILL ANTIQUES 1500 N. Highway 237 979-966-7435 www.roundtophillantiques.com ROUND TOP VINTAGE MARKET 1235 N. Highway 237 281-731-5132 www.roundtopvintagemarket.com

TEXAS ROSE ANTIQUE SHOW 2015 N. Highway 237 256-390-5337 www.texasroseshow.com

Warrenton BAR W FIELD 4001 S. Highway 237 979-885-8762 facebook.com/BarWField/ CAMPBELL BUILDING 4328 S. Highway 237 713-666-6683 www.cambellroundtop.com CHICKEN RANCH 4150 S. Highway 237, 225-936-9269, facebook.com/chickenranch warrenton

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CLUTTER SHOW Highway 237 and FM 954, www.cluttershow.com

EX-CESS FIELD 3907 S. Highway 237 941-232-2925

COLE’S ANTIQUE SHOW Corner of Highway 237 and Willow Spring Road 281-961-5092 www.colesantiqueshow.com

GRANNY MCCORMICK’S YARD 4246 S. Highway 237 979-966-2970

DAS BLAU HAUS 4337 S. Highway 237 979-249-3131 DAS GRUENE HAUS 4418 S. Highway 237 281-777-3939 DILLARD’S FIELD 4407 S. Highway 237 979-249-3779

HILLCREST INN 4339 S. Highway 237 St. 979-249-3074 LITTLE HOUSE ON THE HILL S. Highway 237 between Dillard’s Field and Rose of Texas 817-599-7664 LONE STAR GALLERY 4212 S. Highway 237, across from the Junk Gypsies and Zapp Hall, 512-797-9815 www.thelonestargallery.com


Monday, Sept. 26th 11 am and Tuesday Sept. 27th at 1 pm and 4 pm Join Global Tastemaker Toma Clark Haines - otherwise known as The Antiques Diva(R) - CEO of Europe’s largest antiques touring and buying services company as she comes Stateside to give you a Diva Tour - No Passport Required! The Antiques Diva will take you on a tour of the major antique periods and styles giving you insider scoop on how to identify key characteristics utilizing modern day metaphors. Focusing on the antique trends in Europe - which will influence what’s happening in the USA - The Antiques Diva is taking antiques out of the past and bringing them into the future of design. She will share diva-worthy hints and tips and behind the scene details on dealers and deals as she dishes on all she finds chic and shock! Unique opportunity! Visit www.arborantiques.com for more information and to reserve your space.

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Get a glimpse into the world of interiors through the eyes of renowned finisher Leslie Sinclair. Receiving countless emails and calls from clients who have used her books as a design reference, Leslie has written her third book, Segreto Vignettes, to help homeowners navigate the difficult decisions that accompany any construction or renovation project. This stunning collection brings design trends to life with hundreds of examples of lavishly designed rooms from Leslie’s extensive portfolio. Segreto Vignettes takes you trend by trend and room by room with a special focus on kitchens, baths and bedroom retreats. ARBOR ANTIQUES IS PROUD TO SPONSOR DESIGNER DREAM SPREE

Sept. 25-28 during the final week of the Fall 2016 Round Top Antiques Festival Shows. Julie Dodson of Houston based Dodson Interiors is delivering a healthy dose of Texas chicness along with co-producer Ike Isenhour, a Dallas based International interior designer, in presenting a Designer Dream Spree. The four-day junket is an intimate gathering of four nationally known interior designers – Michelle Nussbaumer, Barry Darr Dixon, Mary Douglas Drysdale and Kevin Isbell. Visit www.roundtop.com for more information

hen mapping out your destinations in Round Top this fall, make sure to see the Arbor International Antiques & Interior Design Show. This stand-out show features 12 acres of crisp white tents. With an established reputation built on quality, diversity, and knowledgeable dealers, you will be delighted with the best of the best from around the globe. Already well known for fine European and American antique furniture and linens, and American primitives; this show is rapidly gaining an attractive reputation for its contemporary fine art and artists as well. Arbor International Antiques & Interior Design Show is the place to find what you’re looking for. YOUR SHOPPING ADVENTURE BEGINS AT 9 DAILY SEPTEMBER 21 – OCTOBER 1, 2015

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LEFT: Henkel’s Drug Store in Round Top. RIGHT: The Market Street Inn in Fayetteville.

MARKETPLACE AT WARRENTON 3960 S. Highway 237 817-599-7664 www.marketplacewarrenton.com NORTH GATE FIELD S. Highway 237, 409-767-3702 WARRENTON GROCERY, 4309 S. Highway 237 979-249-3144 www.warrenton-tx.com RENCK HALL AND YARD 4123 S. Highway 237 979-966-7083 facebook.com/RenckHall ROBINSON’S FIELD 4545 S. Highway 237, between Dillard's Field and Tree Park Antiques, 979-249-5551 ROSE OF TEXAS ANTIQUES SHOW 4345 S. Highway 237 817-944-0673 www.roseoftexasantiqueshow.com

TREE PARK FIELD 4635 S. Highway 237 979-249-5588

GRACE'S TREASURE HUNT 1903 Spur 458 in Carmine 281-259-9982

WARRENTON ROUND-UP ANTIQUE BARN 1910 E. Highway 237 979-249-3004

ORIGINAL ROUND TOP ANTIQUES FAIR 475 S. Highway 237 in Carmine 512-237-4747 www.roundtoptexasantiques.com Includes The Big Red Barn & Tent, Continental Tent and Carmine Dance Hall.

ZAPP HALL ANTIQUES SHOW 4217 S. Highway 237 713-824-1157, www.zapphall.com

Carmine, La Bahia, Burton CARMINE ANTIQUES 106 Sylvan in Carmine 979-278-4255 COUNTY LINE Spur 458 & Highway 237 in Carmine, 760-587-1300 EMILY & COMPANY 109 Umland St. in Carmine 832-514-9345 www.emilyandco.com

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STONEY CREEK 105 Augsburg St. in Carmine, 713-898-7667 UNIQUE ANTIQUES 111 E. Sylvan in Carmine 979-278-3690 LA BAHIA ANTIQUE SHOW La Bahia Turn Verein Hall Highway 237 in La Bahia 979-289-2684 www.labahiaantiques.com HOUSE OF NOSTALGIA 2110 S. Hinze Road in Burton sdiver58@yahoo.com

OLD GLORY ANTIQUES 701 N. Main Street in Burton 303-798-798-4029 www.oldgloryantiquesinc.com POOR RICHARD’S 880 Highway 237 in Burton 850-434-0880 www.prantiquesinc.com

Fayetteville, Shelby, La Grange ANTIQUES ON THE SQUARE 201 N. Washington in Fayetteville 318-465-1603 SHELBY ANTIQUES SHOW Harmonie Hall, 509 W FM 389 in Shelby 678-640-2529 www.antiqueshowshelbytx.com OLD WORLD IMPORTS & ANTIQUES 5414 W. Highway 71 in La Grange 512-575-0022 www.oldworldantieks.com


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indy Knoll sits at the highest point of a wide and rolling savannah with sweeping views of the bucolic countryside between LaGrange and Round Top, Texas. “There’s almost always a nice breeze; thus the name Windy Knoll,” the homeowner says. Shaded by old oaks, pecans and towering sycamore trees, the land itself is part of Texas history. Once home to Apache and Tonkawa tribes, this land and most of Fayette County was part of the land grant for Stephen F. Austin’s original Texas colony.

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Before and after the Texas Revolution, settlers thrived on surrounding farms with ample water from the creeks that feed the meandering Colorado River. “When you are sitting on the top of the knoll with 360 degree views, it’s good for the soul and peace of mind,” the homeowner says. Designed by J. P. Bartel of Houston and built by Brian Fischer and Tim Langham with Fischer-Langham Construction, the 10,000-square-foot house pays visual homage to an early

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The home is furnished warmly, with family comfort in mind. Below: a 3,800-square-foot “barn”-like guest house.

wood and stone homestead, albeit on a grand three-story scale with every conceivable amenity. The independent off-grid compound generates its own electricity, with state-of-the art solar paneling and its own water with four wells and a sophisticated rainwater collection system with filtering technology for potable water. What’s not used for drinking or household needs can be used for irrigation. Emblematic of the home as a peaceful retreat, the grounds feature an exact replica of the 13th century labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral in France. A labyrinth is a circular stone maze used for walking meditation, relaxation and reflection. In addition to the main house, there are four outbuildings, including a 3,800-square-foot “barn,” a negative-edge pool with a pool house, a fully-equipped outdoor kitchen, and a fish shack retreat. An underground tornado shelter next to the house provides for up to 20 people in an emergency. “For such a large home, it doesn’t feel overwhelming,” Fischer says. “It’s warm and inviting, the kind of place you can raise a family.” 44 house& home | August 2016 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net


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The kitchen features custom cabinetry along with soapstone and marble countertops. Below: the labyrinth inspired by one in France.

The main house has seven bedrooms, nine full baths, and two half baths, including the pool house. Smart technology is woven throughout for infrastructure, communication, security and entertainment, but you don’t have to be a computer wizard to use it, he explains. “The craftsmanship on the entire estate is exceptional from the skeletal structure of the house, all the way to the pecan wood floors and the standing seamed metal roof,” Fischer adds. It took two years to build and was completed in 2012. “We had more than 160 men and women working on the project, and I believe everyone of them is extremely proud of what we accomplished,” Fischer says. To enter the 110-acre estate, you pass through a stone and iron security gate and follow a tree-lined roadway to the three-story white house with handsome dark blue shutters. A circular drive ties the compound together. By the broad, wrap-around porch on the southeast side, two massive mahogany doors mark the main entry. To the left of the foyer is a library-sitting room paneled in antique longleaf yellow pine. To the right is a formal dining room. 46 house& home | August 2016 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net



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Above: the living area in the main house. Below: inside the barn-like guest house.

The primary living area is a “great” room with panoramic views of the countryside, a 20-foot vaulted ceiling and a wall-sized stone fireplace. It opens onto the terrace and adjacent deck that anchors the oversized pool, tiled to 12-feet. Flanking the great room is a kitchen with custom built cabinets, two nine-foot islands, and Wolf-Sub Zero appliances. “Everything about the kitchen works well,” the homeowner says. “The soapstone top on the prep island is awesome and having two sinks is nice. And, you can never go wrong with a Wolf cook top.” The master suite on the first floor sits next to a covered terrace. “It has beautiful views and the bath has a walk-in shower and a slipper tub with separate his and her dressing areas,” Fischer says. A spiral staircase climbs to the second and third floors, lit by antique lanterns acquired from Round Top. Those not inclined to hike the stairs may take the elevator located by the kitchen.

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A dramatic staircase leads up to second and third floors, lit by lanterns found at the Round Top antiques fair. Below: kitchen in barn.

On the second floor, there are four bedrooms, each with a bath. There is also a sitting room and an octagonal space for displaying art. The third floor is one large open space with windows on four sides to frame the views. Should the homeowner ever need to get away from it all, it’s only 1,200 feet from the main house to the fish shack, which sits on the largest of four ponds. It is homey, but more elaborate than the word “shack” suggests, with a covered dock, a fire pit, and comfortable living quarters. “You do not see many places like this; it is very Texas, truly relaxing, and definitely one of a kind,” Fischer says.

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Resources: GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Brian Fischer, FischerLangham Custom Builders, Giddings, TX 979-540-6377 DESIGNER: J. D. Bartell Designs, Houston, 832-690-8266 LANDSCAPING: Pape Landscaping, Burton, TX 440-781-5007 An infinity-edge pool is the focal point in the back of the home.

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A stacked rock wall hides the outdoor kitchen.

AA fireplace and table are part of the outdoor kitchen area. 52 house& home | August 2016 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

APPLIANCES: Buddy’s Appliances, Brenham, TX 979-830-7204

LIGHT FIXTURES: Lighting Inc., Houston, 713-599-1536 Plumbing: Allan Mulligan Plumbing, Lexington, TX 979-716-8156 CABINETRY: Craftmasters Architectural Millwork, Jack Salvaggio, Houston, 713-667-4483 COUNTERTOPS: Olympus Marble and Granite, Houston, 713-8278700 FLOORING: Hardwood Designs, College Station, TX 979-985-2004 DOORS: Grand Door Co., College Station, TX 888-690-9920 PLUMBING HARDWARE: Westheimer Plumbing and Hardware, Houston, 713-942-9519

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WINDOWS AND MIRRORS: Schulenburg Glass Co., Schulenburg, TX 979-743-4378

AUDIO/VIDEO: Audio Video BCS, College Station, TX 979-268-6010

GLASS WALLS (pool area): Milestone Metal, Houston, 281-448-9151

WELL: J. B. Water Well Service, Brenham, TX 979-830-0625

ELECTRICIAN: David Hermann Electric, Brenham, TX 979-836-4179

POOL: Tri County Pool, Austin, TX 512-990-9252

SEPTIC SYSTEMS: Ace Hardware, Giddings,TX 979-542-2413




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Houston artist Dixie Friend includes nature in almost all of her expansive art projects. What’s interesting is that she also includes nature in her home, office and daily schedule. Friend has lived in the Heights since 1992, in a large corrugated aluminum house that she designed back in 1979, while she was living and working in Philadelphia. Her plans, then, included having a spacious studio where she could work on her

paintings, sculptures and drawings without having to leave home and her family. Her dream house became a reality when she found a piece of property that was an acre in size, heavily wooded and nestled on a nearby meandering creek. That garden has been her inspiration – both spiritually and artistically. She’s says the peaceful, tranquil, and fertile yard is

Friend, known for her immense public art mosaics at airports, corporate settings and other locales, draws inspiration from her personal garden.


Friend’s spacious studio is located on one side of her home. Doors -- opposite from where she stands -- open to the garden. Below: caladiums.

conducive to her creative spirit. Before guests even enter her home, they are pleasantly distracted by various pieces of outdoor art: mosaics, big chunks of colored recycled glass, garden sculptures and greenery everywhere. Friend crafted iron gates to the driveway and into the yard, using as a model the famous gates to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. They are metal frames with spaghetti strands of twisted black iron wrapped around colorful glass rocks. They are delicate looking, but strong and speak immediately of the artistic energy within the gates. Friend is most famous for her immense public art mosaics. These commissioned works, at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Texas A&M University Galveston, The Woodlands, Greenspoint, as well as in San Antonio, Dallas, Cleveland, Indianapolis and Miami to name a few, are realistic natural settings with larger than life trees, flowers, bees or birds. So many of the images of flower and fauna in her 56 house& home | August 2016 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net



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Friend maintains a large and varied library of images that depict fauna and critter life found in the garden: Below: firecracker plant.

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A saltwater pool sits between the main house, and a back apartment and greenhouse. Below: a spectacular passion flower.

dio and into the greenery. A decades-old treehouse, once two stories high for her children who are now grown and have moved on, rests inside old tree limbs. Another giant oak tree adjacent to the studio had to be taken down earlier this year, but every morsel of it was put back into the yard as mulch, benches or fill to keep the landscape from eroding towards the creek bed. “We saved it all. We counted the rings and it must have been 100 years old. I nursed it for years, but it finally died,� she says. Friend, who lived her childhood in rural northwest Oklahoma near Kansas, has always felt close to nature. She grew up on a ranch and says she idled many days along the creek banks and nearby rural areas. There were no streets, sidewalks or anything else. “We prayed for rain a lot because it was so dry. But everything in my childhood was nature-based. We grew all our own vegetables and fruits and only 60 house& home | August 2016 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

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A bird bath she created from iridescent mosaic tiles. Below: koi fish found in a small pond situated in the heart of the garden.

bought sugar and flour,” she says. “I still grow tomatoes in the winter, and I have herbs scattered all around the garden – rosemary, basil, bay laurel. I grow arugula like a weed. “ She has a particularly green thumb when it comes to orchids, noting that some of the flowering plants have been in her garden for 20 years. She built a small greenhouse and in the cooler winter months, transports the orchids and other delicate plants inside for special care. She feeds them water from the goldfish pond, fertilized by the dozen or so fish. It is one of her eco-systems created in her yard. 62 house& home | August 2016 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

When the flowers are in bloom, Friend regularly photographs them and saves the images for future reference. She has a library of thousands of pictures she refers to on virtually every project. For instance, the mural at Love Airport in Dallas, a half million hand-cut, hand-placed jeweled tiles depicting the North Texas prairie, is filled with 18-foot-high wildflowers (Evening Primrose, Mexican Hats, Indian Paintbrush and Indian Blankets) that appear to be windswept. Some of the original flowers’ images came from the garden. The mural Live Oak at the Sunset Medical Clinic in Houston depicts birds and trees she sees in her yard. Some of the flittering butterflies re-created on a Metro light rail station were first spotted in her garden after she nurtured several cocoons until they opened and revealed the butterflies. She used the images as a backdrop at a covered elevated train stop near downtown. The turtles, snakes, hummingbirds, dragonflies, herons and rabbits depicted in The Bayou, a 73-foot-long mosaic mural at Bush Airport, are reminiscent of critters and wildlife in her yard. A recently approved by not yet installed sculpture at Alice M. Young Library in south Houston of three playful large birds was inspired by what she saw at home. “I also have a bird and used him as a model – for the legs,” she says. “Everything I do goes back to nature. Nature is art.”

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EASY ELEGANCE A WOODLANDS HOME DESIGNED FOR FAMILY OF FIVE – AND THEIR PETS By Barbara Canetti • Photography By Michael Hunter 66 house& home | August 2016 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

When the homeowners appreciate both art and elegant surroundings but also have three children, the directive is clear: their nest must be comfortable with stain-resistant furnishings in place. That’s the message Interior Designer Blake Woods took to heart when accepting a recent project in The Woodlands. Sunbrella fabrics – in a mix of serene and bold colors -became the favored choice for upholstered pieces. The selections dovetail nicely into the overall interior style. Clean lines and warm woods work together in an easy transitional style –a blend of modern and traditional decor. Importantly, the owners wanted their home’s aesthetic to evoke a feeling of calm tranquility even during those sometimes hectic or very lived-in days. To ensure everything fell into place, they sought the involvement of Woods. He was hired to decorate as well as offer design direction on

In order to complement the everyday life of this family, the interior designer chose easy-to-clean fabrics for furniture and floor. Color is used sparingly but in strong ways.

the three-story, 3,700-square-foot Savannah-style home that was built as a “spec” home in 2011. “The original design of the house was not as open as it is now,” he says. “We worked with the builder to open up the first floor living spaces. “Additionally, we had to get creative with the HVAC ductwork on the third floor where two bedrooms and a joint bath are located. Since all the mechanical was also on this floor, it had to be re-routed two floors below.“ Woods helped the owners select interior finishes, lighting, plumbing fixtures, as well as the interior millwork and cabinet designs. He also acted as construction manager for the project and was the liaison between the client and the contractor, advising also on the exterior and landscape. He began the project with a long consultation with the client, to hear their goals and vision for their home. Probing questions always help him ascertain what they need and want for each room. “Our design process is interactive and decisions are made collectedly. As a designer, I always see design solutions in several ways and a client perspective almost always adds value,” he says. “A consistent thread when presenting a design is more the experience I want my clients to feel when they are living in the spaces I create for them. I want the home and spaces to be the platform that allow them to act out their lives in -- whether it’s a simple family gathering, a small dinner party or a large holiday party.” At The Woodlands house, Woods particularly liked the main floor of the house. It is the central focus for the family, with three children.


Above: Warm woods and clean lines define the style of the furniture. A fun pop of color in the the powder room breaks from the calming color palette used elsewhere in the home.

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“The main floor fosters a wonderfully warm experience. The furniture layout is gracious and allows you to move through the space freely and at every vantage point, you either capture beautiful and inspiring art work or a vignette out the garden or patio,” he says, noting the homeowners are art collectors and have filled the home with pieces purchased in their travels. The art in the house is lively and dramatic, and Woods says he works with his clients to place pieces of the collection and make recommendations. “We do this as we design the lighting in our homes in order to ensure each piece is lighted and emphasized appropriately,” he says. He designed the kitchen as an open plan with an island, as well as a breakfast nook. The family and children use the island primarily, but it is also very functional: the wine storage built into the island is a magnet for adult visitors who tend to congregate in the area for cocktails and wine with hor d'oeuvres. The plan for the master bedroom was dramatic, yet simple, with clean lines and comfort in mind. The warm gray walls of the bed-


The renovated kitchen combines modern and traditional styles. On the table: foxtail lillies

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room were offset with the blue drapery and sheers. Light control was important, and Woods chose a layered design of black-out drapes, sheers and top-down, bottom-up shades to allow for multiple options of openness on the windows. He designed a small powder room on the main floor, and although it has been decorated in red wall paper with a grass cloth texture, it tends to make the room look larger with the darker colors receding, fostering a dramatic design. “Helping people live the life they visualize for themselves by designing beautiful, warm, uplifting and functional spaces is a dream life,” he says.


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EDITOR’S PICKS 3. FORT BEND MUSEUM – Southwest of the city, it is overshadowed by the skyline of Houston. The Fort Bend Museum brings their county’s history to light. Its epicenter, the DeWalt Heritage Center, is housed in a plantation built by Dr. Hugh Sanders Dew in 1900 and restored in 2007. Also under the museum’s umbrella is George Ranch Historical Park, which is located 20 miles from the heritage center on a 20,000-acre working ranch. Here, visitors are transported back in time. As they wander through the site’s historic homes, costumed interpreters greet all. 281-342-6478, www.fortbendmuseum.org

4. MUSE-WORTHY August in Houston is like a lightening storm – you do everything possible to avoid going outside. If you start to go stir-crazy, try escaping to one of the many museums in and around Houston. The air is cool and the exhibits are even cooler.

CLOSE TO HOME Houston’s Museum District is the state's largest, encompassing a leafy swath of land inside the loop with 18 cultural institutions specializing in everything from science to sculpture. 1. THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS HOUSTON, established in 1900, was the state's first art museum. It's also the largest, with 300,000 square feet of exhibition space and a permanent collection of about 64,000 works from six continents. If you’re stopping by in August, make sure to visit Kusama: At the End of the Universe, which runs through Sept. 18. 1001 Bissonnet, 713-6397300, www.mfah.org 2. ART CAR MUSEUM – also nicknamed “Garage Mahal.” Famous for its art scene and infamous for gridlock, it seems appropriate that Houston holds the world’s largest collection of art cars. The museum is housed in a hip Heights location a couple blocks off Washington. The museum’s ever-evolving collection reflects a range of influences from contemporary to folk art. 140 Heights Blvd., 713-861-5526, www.artcarmuseum.com

QUICK COMMUTE Suburbs get a bad rap when it comes to culture, but it turns there are several spots worth visiting on the outskirts of town.

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4. THE TEXAS WENDISH HERITAGE MUSEUM – deveoted to preserving what remains of the Wendish culture. Central Texas is well-known for Czech bakeries and kolaches, German inns and Bavarian cuisine. Less widely recognized is the imprint left by Wendish settlers who founded central Texas town of Serbin in the 1850s. As speakers of their native language died off and descendants intermarried with neighboring cultures, Wendish traditions began to disappear. And, they might have entirely if it weren't for the efforts of the museum. It is a complex of structures connected by porches with displays of relics from the old country and Texas: folk dress, traditional wedding attire, Wendish Easter eggs, and more. 1011 County Road 212, Serbin, 979-366-2441, www.texaswendish.org

DAY TRIP Galveston Island may be the regional go-to for beach-goers, but there's more to this island community than sunshine and saltwater. It's also a hotbed of history. 5. THE BRYAN MUSEUM – the noted newcomer to the town. It is a must-see for native Texans and transplants alike. It tells the story of the American Southwest, with 70,000 items spanning 12,000 years, from ancient Native American cultural artifacts to 21st century pieces – documents, rare maps and books, saddles and spurs, antique firearms, and fine art. 1315 21st St., Galveston, TX, 409-632-7685, www.thebryanmuseum.org


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6. THE LONESTAR FLIGHT MUSEUM – hums with activity as visitors scope out a hangar full of meticulously restored aircraft and hundreds of artifacts detailing the history of flight. The bravest few might even take to the wide blue yonder aboard one of five historic planes, including a B-25 Mitchell, a PT-17 Stearman Biplane, and a B-17 Flying Fortress. 2002 Terminal Dr., Galveston, TX, 409-740-7722, www.lonestarflight.org

OVERNIGHT 7. THE BASTROP MUSEUM AND VISITOR’S CENTER – on the way to Austin. It’s worth a stop, especially if you’re a history buff. The capital city’s sleepy neighbor to the east wasn’t so quiet during World War II, a history that’s outlined in new exhibits at the museum. Inundated with 300,000 G.I.s and 4,800 German prisoners of war, nearby Camp Swift became a self-contained city of almost 56,000 acres, 2,750 buildings and 40 miles of paved streets. 702 Main St., Bastrop, TX, 512-303-0057, www.bastropmuseumandvisitorcenter.com 8. SPINDLETOPGLADYS CITY BOOMTOWN MUSEUM – a recreation of Gladys City in 1901. Heast down IH-10, where a turning point in Texas history happened 115 years ago in Beaumont’s backyard. On January 1, 1901, the Lucas Gusher plumed into the air, kickstarting the state’s first oil boom. It’s still possible to experience the turn-of-the-century boomtown mystique at Lamar museum. 5550 Jimmy Simmons Blvd., Beaumont, TX, 409-8801750, www.lamar.edu/spindletop-gladys-city

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8. TEXAS MARITIME MUSEUM – Snuggled on a skinny peninsula between Copano and Aransas bays, Rockport, as its name suggests, is steeped in maritime history. It shares the early days of exploration and settlement by the Spanish and French to the modern search for oil. 1202 Navigation Circle, Rockport,TX, 361-729-1271, www.texasmaritimemuseum.org




An old wooden pallet offers a creative frame in which to house plants, which then can hang. 76 house& home | August 2016 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

Dreams of a big vegetable or flower garden often are dimmed by the reality of limited space. Rather than forfeit the vision of growing your own veggies and blooms, get creative – and look up! A vertical garden could be the perfect solution, especially for small yards, porches, balconies, decks or nooks in the landscape. The garden can be created with shelves, trellises, containers, hanging baskets or raised beds. The key is training the plant to grow up tall, rather than to spread out over the ground. First the set up: pick a spot convenient to a water supply. Choose a location that gets at least six hours of sunlight every day and preferably away from existing shade trees (although there are some shade-friendly plants. More on that later). Benefits of a vertical vegetable garden go beyond saving space. Plants are easy to harvest and the separation of the plants allows for good air circulation. And because the plants are not on the ground, they are not exposed to crawling critters, diseases and many pests. Once the planning of the garden is complete, determine where the actual plants will be. For those plants that like to creep along the ground, it probably will be necessary to install some sort of support: stakes or braces so the stem can wind itself upwards. Good climbing vegetable plants for a vertical vegetable include: cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, green beans, peas or lima beans. Plants that bush out can be successful in pots, although some may grow to rather larger sizes. Good varieties of container vegetables include: peppers, lettuce, radishes, onions, eggplant, potatoes (regular and sweet), parsley and herbs. And if the only place to put the garden is in a shaded area, try growing lettuce or spinach: they don’t need much sunshine. Bob Davis, who owns a tiny home with a miniscule yard, capitalized on an available fence, mounting five dozen pots on brackets and filling them with a variety of vegetables. The pots get substantial sunshine, but he ran a mini-watering system on a timer to each pot. He waters for a minute several times a day because the summer heat causes plants to wilt. but only for a few minutes at a time. “I like to change them out periodically – germinate the seeds and let them grow,” says Davis. He rotates his crop selection to keep something growing and harvesting at all times. “It is easier and cheaper to grow from seeds, and this way I know what I am getting.” Jennifer Hudgins, a Galveston County Master Gardenerin-training, suggested using a variety of unconventional objects to house the vertical garden, from a wooden pallet from a construction site to a hanging shoe organizer made from a durable fabric.

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