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hew! It’s hot outside! No worries. We’re taking you on a cooling whirlwind of air-conditioned options for home design inspirations, exciting and adventurous indoor escapes and outdoor wet-and-wild fun for the entire family. If you missed July’s 2017 ASID Designer Show House with all the creative decorating ideas from 21 members of the local Texas Gulf Chapter, again, no worries! We escort everyone on a tour of this professionally decked-out, 10,000square-foot estate built by Peterson Homebuilders in Tomball’s exclusive community of Willowcreek Ranch. Photos, tips from the design pros, resources on where to buy… it’s all here in our August issue for you to experience from the (air-conditioned) comfort of your home. “Small Spaces” guides you through transforming limited square footage into areas you can't live without. Move over, "Man Cave": The "She Shed" is here! Come with us to the Round Top/Burton area for a look at a fabulous house built and creatively detailed and accessorized by a Houston couple. You won’t believe the meticulous workmanship that went into this getaway. And nearby, a husband-wife gardening team at K2 Farms in Bleiblerville grows veggies that are perfection in look and taste. The gardeners share their expert advice. HOUSTON

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Our always-reliable friends at The Arbor Gate create living art with succulents in “Gardening,” as well as detail their successful planting and growing tips for these amazing plants. Enjoy this professional firsthand lesson. Time to break out the champagne, as the Fall Round Top Antiques Fair, set Sept. 25-30, celebrates a landmark anniversary of “50 Years of Fabulous.” Our vendors’ list is chock-full of shopping suggestions. If you can’t make the big show, no worries! You’ll find stores aplenty for that country-chic style right here in Houston. Get that “Round Top look Locally”…or send a personal shopper to the real deal (check it out!). Now, for the adventure part. “Beat the Heat” goes beyond the AC of movies and libraries and introduces you to ways to keep cool. Note: Indoor skydiving is one of them! And “Editor's Picks” heads to swimming pools, rivers, lakes and beaches with toys for all ages. Cheers, Barbara Blue Thumb Inc., dba Houston House & Home ("HH&H"), is a news magazine with emphasis on interior design and remodeling. HH&H does not knowingly accept false or misleading advertising or editorial content, nor does HH&H or its staff assume responsibility should such advertising or editorial content appear in any publication. HH&H has not independently tested any services or products advertised herein and has not verified claims made by its advertisers regarding those services or products. HH&H makes no warranties or representations and assumes no liability for any claims regarding those services or products or claims made by advertisers. Readers are advised to consult with the advertiser and/or other home repair and renovation professionals regarding the suitability of an advertiser’s products. No reproduction is permitted without the written consent of the Publisher. Copyright 2016, all rights reserved. HH&H is distributed at most Houston area Randalls and HEB stores.

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Stroll and shop at The Market at Sawyer Yards on Aug. 12. Photo by Mitch Cohen

DESIGN/INTERIORS AUG. 5-31: “ON THE VERGE” EXHIBIT, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday Paintings by Susan Spjut and photography by Michael Bonagurio put the focus on animals in this tribute to zoos and other wildlife facilities for their care of and education about endangered species. The artists are on hand 5-8 p.m. Aug. 12 at the opening reception. Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy St., 713-522-2409, AUG. 12: HOUSTON CONCEPTION ART SHOW, 5 p.m. Purchase work directly from local artists at the tipping points of their careers. Stop by for this evening of contemporary art, networking, live music and drinks. Spindletap Brewery, 10622 Hirsch Road, AUG. 12: THE MARKET AT SAWYER YARDS, 6-10 p.m. Stroll and shop at this market featuring a mix of mediums with a focus on folk art. Artisan crafts include pack-

aged specialty foods, too. The Silos at Sawyer Yards, 1502 Sawyer St., AUG. 19-20: SUMMER FLEA, 10 a.m.6 p.m. both days This indoor curated marketplace is full of one-of-a-kind collectibles, jewelry, vintage, mid-century modern furniture, art, crafts, original designs and other artisan goods. Enjoy food, drinks and music — and take home a pet at the adoption center. Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards St., AUG. 25-27: DESIGNER SAMPLE SALE, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday It only happens once a year, so head over to The Houston Design Center for great discounts — and awesome finds — on designer goods, from antiques, art, accessories, floor samples, case goods, furniture, lighting rugs and more. 7026 Old Katy Road, 713-8644735, www.thehoustondesign



THROUGHOUT AUGUST: “CHILL OUT” AT THE HOUSTON ZOO It may be hot outside, but the Houston Zoo provides places to beat the heat all summer long as TXU Energy presents “Chill Out.” Guests can stop in one of the zoo’s 13 indoor, air-conditioned “Chill Zones,” as well as participate in “Cool Nights” events, such as “Jungle Jammin’” on Aug. 4 and a block party on Aug. 11. Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive,

SEPT. 2-3: THE WOODLANDS 15TH ANNUAL FALL HOME & GARDEN SHOW, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday Transform your house into a dream home or create the custom house of your desires with the latest products and fresh ideas at this favorite show. Feature presenter Dr. Lori Verderame of Discovery Channel’s “Auction Kings” will be on hand to appraise your antiques, and representatives of Cunningham Gas Products offer live cooking demos both days. The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive,

AUG. 16-17: HOUSTON BUILD EXPO, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. both days Construction industry members network at Build Expo, a nationwide trade show, with buyers, suppliers, manufacturers and service providers in a face-to-face forum. Highlights for this free event include seminars and demos on both days. NRG Center, 1 NRG Park, 877219-3976,

ANTIQUES/VINTAGE AUG. 18-20: 43RD ANNUAL VINTAGE GLASS AND ANTIQUE SHOW & SALE, 2-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday Collectors, mark your calendars for a big weekend of shopping when the Houston Glass Club once again offers American Depression-era glass, kitchenware, American dinnerware and pottery at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds in Rosenberg. Admission at $10 per person is good for all three days or $6 per person for Saturday and Sunday. Houston Glass Club,

SEPT. 9-10: KATY FALL HOME & GARDEN SHOW, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday More than 200 industry experts in landscaping, lighting, flooring, paint, home automation and more are on hand with their products. The show also includes a Vintage Market and Kitchen & Bath Idea Center. Meet Melissa Cervantes, the mastermind behind Dumpster Diva Designs. Harold Kelly from Mélange Catering provides football and fall entertaining tips. Members of Brookwood Community will host a fall plant sale. Everyone enjoys free parking at the site, Merrell Center & Robinson Pavilion, 6301 S. Stadium Lane in Katy. 832-392-0165, www.fallkaty SEPT. 15-17: HOUSTON ANTIQUES + ART + DESIGN SHOW, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday Visit the booths of 75

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exhibitors from across the United States, Canada and Europe to find antique furniture, decorative and fine arts representing all design movements of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries and introducing vintage 20th-century modern. Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards St., 708-366-2710, www.spring.houstonantiquesart SEPT. 23: 7th ANNUAL HOUSTON MODERN HOME TOUR Presented by the Modern Architecture + Design Society, the self-guided tour gives people a chance to view great examples of modern architecture right in their own city. SEPT. 23-24: TEXAS HOME & GARDEN SHOW

Take advantage of this show for expert advice, money-saving tips, remodeling ideas, landscape features and everything you need for your home and garden. Attend workshops, comparison shop and learn about the latest products for your home. NRG Center, Hall C, 1 NRG Park, SEPT. 25-30: 50TH ANNUAL ROUND TOP FALL ANTIQUE FAIR Get ready for the silver anniversary of this antiques extravaganza! Following a theme of “50 Years of Fabulous,” the big event means festival-goers searching for the perfect buy; perusing shops in stores, under tents, in dance halls, churches and grocery stores and barns.

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elissa Cervantes embodies the old adage of someone’s trash is her treasure. She’s been known to find scattered, tossed aside items and turn them into furnishings that someone will pay good money for. Her nickname, the “Dumpster Diva,” is derived from her ability to spot “stuff” in the trash that is still good structurally and repurpose it for a new use. “The ‘diva’ part is because I’m not getting into the dumpster,” says Cervantes, who has a McKinney storefront to sell her items, as well as on Craigslist and Facebook. She is making a guest appearance at the Fall Katy Home & Garden Show Sept. 9-10 at the Merrill Center. Cervantes, who was a nurse by trade, found herself with extra time on her hands while she was caring for her ailing mom seven years ago. She poked around her garage in between her chores and started creating some cool items at little or no cost. She would find discarded or unwanted items at garage sales or resale shops, take them apart and create a new article that she would either keep or sell. A few years later, she rented a booth at a flea market and for two years she catered to a new audience. Then she opened her store in downtown McKinney. “At first, it was therapy and quiet time for me, but it escalated into something much bigger,” Cervantes says. In her shop, she recycles old barn wood into tables and shelves, chair backs into hanging hooks and bedposts into more items. Recently, she found a bobsled and planned to take it apart and use the beautiful ash wood to make a shelving unit. “It will still be a bobsled, but it will have a new use,” Cervantes says. “I like when I hear people say, ‘That was what?’” She also took apart an old house and repurposed almost all of it: A barn door from the siding of the house, a buffet from the window frames for legs and a mantel from salvaged wood. “We used almost every inch of this house to make farm tables, picture frames and many other great pieces. We even used the gutters!” she says. Cervantes says all her life she has had this creative instinct to see objects transformed into articles that are unique. “Actually, I was into (wood) pallets before the wood pallets were cool. We made a deck out of them,” she says. Her husband, Javier “The Dude,” assists her in her business. He does the cutting and construction — and maybe the dumpster diving, too.

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SMALL SPACES, BIG PURPOSES Turn Limited Square Footage into Areas You Can’t Live Without Compiled by bARbARA KUNTZ


hose nooks, crannies, bare walls and even small rooms in your home are just waiting for revival into functional and livable areas. And you’re wondering, “What to do?” and “How?” We share, with a lot of help from our expert friends, ideas to help you use every square inch in the best fashion possible — with a few “for-fun” options in the mix.

ADVANTAGEOUS SEATING Skip the breakfast table in the kitchen with an inviting window seat just off that hub of the house. Big bay windows set the stage for a light and bright place to gather for eating, socializing and relaxing. Then you take it from there. “The client loves color, so we thought the colorful pillows and upholstery were the perfect additions to their all-white kitchen,” says Laura Umansky of Laura U Interior Design. This breakfast nook cleverly combines an upholstered banquette, fantastic stools and a snazzy table to create a cozy spot for conversation.

LEFT: Laura U Interior Design made this off-kitchen area in Tanglewood a light and bright space. Photo by Julie Soefer

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HALLWAY These passageways don’t have to be blank spaces without personality. Decorative sconces with soothing illumination, framed family portraits or mirrors used in collections for making the often-contained areas seem larger are a few ways to bring decor here — as is paint. “Ranch-style homes have lots of hallways,” Kelly Gale Amen of KGA Design says. “This color grid profile creates art, function and a playful, usable surround.” Amen and a client set out to make a hallway and closet work together, determining polished concrete flooring for the base and then eyeing multiple paint swatches for the color grid. “This hall and closet space now are a living-working transition,” Amen says. “And instead of the selection of just a few colors, we did more. As the client said, ‘Let's use them all!’ And we did.”

OFFICE NOOK An inviting work environment is conducive to productivity whether you work from home or commute to an office. Marie Flanigan of Marie Flanigan Interiors offers tips and tricks for any workspace to get your creative juices flowing. ABOVE: Lighting, organization and storage are key to a productive office space. Photo for Marie Flanigan Interiors by Julie Soefer BELOW: A “munchie” center in this Woodlands home keeps everyone happy. Photo by Julie Soefer for Laura U Interior Design

• Lighting. “Look for a space with windows that serve up ample natural light,” Flanigan says. “You should always incorporate ample task and accent lighting through the use of table and floor lamps.” • Organization. “Cleanliness and organization are your two best friends when it comes to a productive work environment, and the modern market offers countless ways to keep things nice and tidy,” Flanigan says. • Storage. Ensuring you have plenty of shelf space is another key to achieving a highly functional office. “We incorporate built-ins whenever possible,” she says, “but a solidly crafted bookshelf will do the trick nicely.” • Cozy & Lively. Place a soft-to-the-touch rug underfoot, as well as throw in a dose of color through paint or a piece of art. “Bold hues tend to excite the mind and heighten positive energy, ensuring that your office will be a gold mine of productivity,” Flanigan says.

SNACK CENTER Transform a cranny or bare wall into a “munchie” haven for children and adults alike in the family room, den or in an outdoor kitchen, for example. “This home is located in The Woodlands and was built by the owners with a heavy focus on wanting to design dedicated spaces for their grandkids,” Umansky says. “The munchies bar is located in the theater room and is the perfect space for the homeowners to enjoy quality time with their grandkids.” 20 house& home | August 2017 |

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SPACE-WITHIN-A-SPACE Another home office was in dire need of style and functionality. The room felt cluttered, incohesive and small, but the homeowners did have wonderful glassed-front cabinets, which were put to immediate use in the renewal. “We took a blocked room for an at-home office and transitioned it so it flows and shares as a creative wine room,” Amen says. “The collection of beautiful cabinetry, textiles and art, doors, grills and textures makes the magic. This once closed, hidden closet office space now is open for transition and multi-function.”

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kit-style or customized, built by the same company as the featured getaway on the cover of the book that created the phenomenon, “She Sheds,” by Erika Kotite. The book, released by Quarto Publishing, began this women-only-escape craze when it was released earlier this year as the female answer to the “man cave.” Dana O’Brien of A Place to Grow in San Luis Obispo, Calif., is working on shipping models of her totally “green” sheds after already having done several remote projects. Price points, not including shipping costs, will range from $6,000-$20,000, with the vast majority being in the $10,000-$15,000 range. Buyers will need a flat and level surface and a contractor or handyman (or handywoman) to assemble the sheds once they are delivered. The decorating is your fun job! Products used are reclaimed and salvaged materials that would otherwise end up in the landfill, from vintage windows and doors to salvaged corrugated metal to barn and marine wood. O’Brien sees the sheds to be “functional art,” in that no two are the same due to the nature of the reclaimed materials used in them. “At A Place to Grow, we are creating sacred spaces for our clients to grow or heal in whatever way they need to,” she says. “We have found that women need quiet, creative, contemplative spaces to retreat from the hustle-bustle of daily life once in a while, from a crazy job, from keeping a home or from raising a healthy family, to capture some true ‘me’ time. “In the 21st century, women everywhere are stepping up and demanding more for themselves. Women are craving their own sacred spaces and doing something about it. So, introducing the ‘She-Shed.’ Move over, Man Cave!” “She Sheds: A Room of Your Own” by Erika Kotite, Quarto Publishing, cover photo by Kim Snyder, cover shed and styling by Dana O’Brien of A Place to Grow,

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ound Top may only have an official population of 90, but the tiny Texas town is a mecca for purveyors and collectors of all things antique, drawing thousands each spring and fall to all of the antiques events in and around Round Top. If crowds in cowboy boots aren’t your speed, you’ll discover antique shops aplenty in Houston to satisfy the rustic, country-chic look you’re cultivating at home. Antiques & Interiors at The Pavilion in River Oaks boasts more than 60 dealers selling classic to contemporary home goods. Among the pristine mid-century modern furniture, antique Audubon prints and colorful Turkish rugs, we found a metal outdoor bench with custom pillows ($675) and a Staffordshire cow lamp ($995) that seemed straight out of Round Top’s Big Red Barn. At Heights Antiques on Yale, Kristi Erienbach, manager, says, “We sometimes get shoppers in here who say, ‘This looks just like Marburger Farm.’”

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wooden columns ($250 each), perfect for installing in your entryway or holding up a pergola. Bring your walking shoes for a visit to Thompson’s Antique Center of Texas in Northwest Mall. Throughout the 108,000 square feet you’ll find retro tin signs, vintage toys, antique furniture, kitchenwares and much more. Or visit Casa Ramirez FOLKART Gallery in the Heights. Their Saltillo-style multicolor Mexican serape table runners ($16 each) add a touch of the Southwest to any interior. If you like a carefully curated experience, stop by Memorial Antiques & Interiors. This design source spans three buildings with a wide variety of furniture, home goods, lighting, art and more — all arranged in magazine-ready vignettes. If you’re wanting a certain piece but can’t make the trip to Round Top, bring Michele Marano, a real estate agent and owner of Country Cottage Chick, a photo and she will find it for you. Marano shops the festival each season and maintains a booth of spoils at The Antique Gallery of Houston in Spring. Stocked with antiques, refinished and distressed furnishings, doors, art, custom pillows and a variety of vintage accessories, prices range from $5 to $2,000 and up. “Being inspired by the countryside, I love to incorporate the beauty, yet simplicity of nature into design, whether it be through the use of calming colors, textured fabrics or simply an antiqued refinished piece of furniture aged from time,” says Marano.

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Expect affordable accents like European breadboards ($49 to $99 each) and vintage wire bins ($25 to $30 each), as well as high-end antique furniture like French chairs with washed oak frames in blue striped linen ($2,500 for a set of six). Is it the thrill of the hunt that gets you? Start digging at BJ Oldies Antiques in Montrose, a strip center shop on Westheimer that offers an assortment of antiques, collectibles and more. Round Top-worthy finds include a faux antique mirrored dresser ($399) and a 19th-century filing cabinet ($795). Sprawling and sweltering, Heights Station — which has operated in a former 19th-century carriage barn since 1977 — is a veritable treasure trove of sports memorabilia, glassware and home goods, plus wooden and wicker furniture up to the exposed rafters. Our favorite find: A set of 8-foot-tall antique 28 house& home | August 2017 |

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Antiques & Interiors at The Pavilion 2311 Westheimer Road 713-520-9756 BJ Oldies Antique Shop 1726 Westheimer Road 832-651-8477 Casa Ramirez FOLKART Gallery 241 W. 19th St. 713-880-2420

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GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY Hop on the Party Wagon to Celebrate Round Top’s 50th Fall Antiques Fair Compiled by Barbara Canetti


et ready for great finds at the 50th Annual Fall Antiques Fair in Round Top and surrounding communities, this year set Sept. 25-30. That’s a half-century of being one of the best antique shows in the nation! The fair originated in October 1968 when show promoter Emma Lee Turney hosted the first Round Top Antiques Fair at the Round Top Rifle Hall. In 2005, Susan Franks purchased the festival. During the 12 years that Franks has owned the show, offerings have expanded from early-American country to include European antiques and an eclectic mix of authentic items that shoppers are unable to find elsewhere. For hours, tickets and more information, call 512-237-4747 or visit

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ALOHA FARMHOUSE ROUND TOP 307 N. Live Oak St. 808-269-6243 ARBOR INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUES & INTERIOR DESIGN SHOW American Legion Post No. 388 1503 Highway 237 North, one mile north of Round Top 888-233-5414 BIG RED BARN EVENT CENTER 475 Highway 237 South, between Round Top and Burton 512-237-4747 BLUE HILLS AT ROUND TOP 1701 Highway 237 North 816-304-9593 CHELSEA’S MEADOW ANTIQUE SHOW 1465 Highway 237 North, next to Arbor Antiques Show 713-385-8778 THE COMPOUND 2550 Highway 237 South 979-551-5916 COWBOY CORNER 1925 Highway 237 North, near Florida Chapel Cemetery Road 830-374-7474 DYD SQUARE FAIR 100 Main St. 979-249-3638 GASOLINE HILL & ANTIQUES 1901 Highway 237 South 512-627-1657 GONE TO TEXAS Round Top RV Park 601 W. Washington St. 979-249-5673

HENKEL SQUARE MARKET 199 Henkel Circle 979-249-5840 HUMBLE DONKEY STUDIO 195 Henkel Circle 713-870-9948 MARBURGER FARM ANTIQUE SHOW 2248 Highway 237 South in Round Top 800-947-5799 BILL MOORE ANTIQUES 1352 Highway 237 North 760-587-1300 OLD DEPOT ANTIQUES & MARKET PLACE 550 N. Washington St. 281-851-6779 OLD GLORY ANTIQUES 206 S. Washington St. 303-798-4212 OLD HENRY FARM 2000 Highway 237 North 800-322-5177 ORIGINAL ROUND TOP ANTIQUES FAIR 475 Highway 237 South, between Burton and Round Top Includes The Big Red Barn & Tent, Continental Tent and Carmine Dance Hall 512-237-4747 THE RENDEZVOUS 2425 Highway 237 South 810-210-5546 RECYCLING THE PAST Highway 237 & FM 954 979-484-7288 ROUND TOP HILL ANTIQUES 1500 Highway 237 North 979-966-7435


ROUND TOP VINTAGE MARKET 1235 Highway 237 North, located one mile north of Round Top across from Jaster Road and Festival Hill 281-731-5132 TEXAS ROSE ANTIQUE SHOW 2075 Highway 237 North, across from Marburger Farm 256-390-5337 TOWNSEND PROVISIONS 101 Bauer Rummel Road 512-468-0580 TREE PARK FIELD 4635 Highway 237 South 979-249-5588 THE VINTAGE ROUND TOP Rental property 1450 Highway 237 North 713-859-5993

WARRENTON BAR W ANTIQUES & COLLECTORS 4001 Highway 237 South 979-278-3447 BLUE BONNET FIELD 979-249-3980 CAMPBELL BUILDING 4328 Highway 237 in central Warrenton 713-666-6683 CHICKEN RANCH 4150 Highway 237 South 225-936-9269 CLUTTER SHOW Highway 237 and FM 954, between Warrenton and Round Top 979-249-3682 COLE’S ANTIQUE SHOW Corner of Highway 237 and Willow Spring Road 281-961-5092 DAS BLAUE HAUS 4337 Highway 237 979-249-3131 DAS GUENE HAUS 4418 Highway 237 281-777-3939

DILLIARD’S FIELD 4407 Highway 237 979-966-9370 GRANNY MCCORMICK’S YARD 4246 Highway 237 South 979-249-3818 HILLCREST INN 4339 Highway 237 South 979-249-3074 LITTLE HOUSE ON THE HILL Highway 237 817-599-7664 THE LONE STAR GALLERY 4212 Highway 237, across from the Junk Gypsies and Zapp Hall 512-797-9815 THE MARKETPLACE AT WARRENTON 3960 Highway 237 South 817-599-7664 NORTH GATE FIELDS Highway 237 in Warrenton 409-201-1748 OLD FEED & GROCERY Highway 237 in Warrenton 979-249-3144 RENCK HALL AND YARD 4123 Highway 237 South 979-966-7083

ROBINSON’S FIELD 4545 Texas 237 South, located between Dillard’s Field and Tree Park Antiques 979-249-5551 SOMMERFELD FIELD 4143 Highway 237, across from the former Sterling McCall Old Car Museum 979-733-4160 WARRENTON GROCERY & SHOW 4309 Highway 237 South 979-249-3144 WARRENTON-ROUND TOP SHOW GROUNDS North end of Warrenton across from the World’s Smallest Catholic Church WARRENTON ROUND-UP Two miles south of Warrenton on Highway 237 979-249-3004

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ZAPP HALL ANTIQUES SHOW 4217 Highway 237 South in central Warrenton 713-824-1157

CARMINE CARMINE DANCE HALL Highway 237 North, between Burton and Round Top 512-237-4747 COUNTY LINE ANTIQUE SHOW Highway 237 at Spur 458 760-587-1300 GRACE'S TREASURE HUNT Highway 237 at Spur 458 713-557-5991 GYPSY ROSE ANTIQUES Highway 237 at Spur 458 in Carmine 832-492-3701 ANTIQUES ON THE SQUARE 201 N. Washington St., in the heart of Fayetteville at the Precinct Courthouse Square 318-465-1603

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A LEAP OF FAITH Bold Design Decisions Result in a Rock-solid Getaway for Two Houston Professionals Article and Photography by Mary Chavoustie


ouston professionals Brian and Dede Kaplan are dedicated to busy schedules and a myriad of appointments throughout their hectic workweek, so it was no surprise that breathing space, free from concrete buildings and crowded streets, was in order. “In the beginning, we didn’t really have a plan,” explains Brian. “We originally thought of the Hill Country with visions of owning land just outside Fredericksburg, but we realized we had the ideal opportunity in the Round Top area. Good friends, family, the arts and the great food we’d grown to love in Houston would only be a little over an hour away, plus the lure of unobstructed skies and ‘everything Round Top’ brought us to say, ‘We can do this!’ And we began our search.”

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“It was truly a leap of faith,” says Dede. “Being a visual person, I started canvassing the Round Top/Burton area, driving the back roads, looking for ‘For Sale’ signs. I came across this property and it was love at first sight. The roll of the property, the amount of trees and just looking at the lake down below, I knew this piece of land was the one for us.” What Brian and Dede didn’t know was that their future home site was set atop solid rock. Though the stone was at times challenging, Round Top Home Builders’ Barney and Jay Reynolds never lost sight of the Kaplans’ dream first brought to them with pencil drawings and Pinterest photos. With an adventurous spirit, Brian and Dede gathered their love of Southwest art, industrial modern, farmhouse chic and Art Deco into one cohesive and stunning retreat. “The Kaplans were such an amazing and artistic couple to work with in creating their unique home,” says custom builder Jay Reynolds. “It was by far our most exciting project of the year.”

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the ever-changing Texas temperatures while at the same time giving Brian and Dede the style and panoramic views they wanted. The Ply Gem series was also a smart option for high wind zones with a price point that was equally attractive. Much like aluminum, fiberglass has continued to gain new respect in the building industry. The Kaplans’ fiberglass entry door is more energy efficient than wood or steel, resistant to deterioration and dents and requires far less maintenance. To complement the decor, the builder first applied a light tan base to the plank-style door’s pre-grained surface. A gel stain was then applied with a fine brush, creating the undisputable appearance of real wood. Vintage nickel hardware added the finishing touch.

METICULOUS CRAFTMANSHIP Goat-leather loungers were one of many savvy online purchases by the homeowner.

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The open family room/dining room/ kitchen design is the heart of the Kaplan home, anchored by historic hardwood floors. The red pine planks that now make up the tongue-and-groove flooring were milled from 8-by-8-inch beams reclaimed from the former Incarnate Word convent by woodworker Wes Metzler. Seventeen feet above the flooring are four 28-foot-long, hand-hewn beams that make up the unique timber trusses. Clerestory windows add morning and evening light with cedar beams as window headers to create a touch of rustic charm. The homeowners wanted a seamless, extrasmooth appearance for their interior walls — what’s known in the building industry as a Level 5 finish. During the labor-intense process, the Sheetrock is taped, floated two times, sanded and then applied with a thin skim coat. Skimming allows all the remaining small imperfections and pores of the surface to be filled, ensuring an equally smooth finish across the drywall and the seams. Once done, the final skim coat is sanded again and then coated with primer and paint. The result? Museum quality walls…and very happy homeowners. No home is complete without a comfortable kitchen both for the cook and the friends who


gather along the counter’s edge. Brian and Dede enlisted the craftsmanship of Black Buck Millwork out of Buda to create the reclaimed barn wood cabinet and drawer fronts from their design. “We wanted something different,” says Dede. “Uncluttered and unlike a traditional kitchen filled with wall-to-wall cabinetry.”


Vintage nickel hardware by Miseno (“Seville”), island chairs from Restoration Hardware and pendant lights by Robert Abbey Lighting (“Belmont”) with zinc finish

Vintage black-and-white photos line a wall of Brian’s study, a fond remembrance of his father-inlaw’s love of photography, while a red leather Eames lounge chair and ottoman, a slice of history that Dede knew she “just had to have,” bring a pop of color to the room. A bright orange and rope pendant light, along with a wooden longhorn sculpture that hangs above the entry door, are nods to Brian’s alma mater, the wood sculpture delivered and personally installed by artist Andrew Bradfield. In the great room, Merchant and Market’s oversized coffee table takes center stage. Andrée Hudson’s acrylic on canvas, “Family of Four,” with its soft earth tones and drips of rich greens and turquoise, is one of Dede’s treasures from Waxlander Gallery in Santa Fe, a favorite getaway for the homeowners. The painting, which rests on a 400-pound reclaimed beam strategically bolted into the fireplace wall, served as the catalyst for the home’s color palette, particularly in the design creation of the stone that embodies the fireplace and then carries over to the exterior below the board and batten siding. “Real stone was too heavy and too expensive, plus we couldn’t find a size or color that worked well with Andrée’s painting,” Dede explains. “So Barney and Jay suggested a cultured stone, a product that could be created in random sizes and hand-stained to blend with our decor. We love the end result.”



The Burton home is the third time the Kaplans have utilized their creative skills: The first, for their Georgian-style home in West U, and the second, a contemporary. Both admit building and deciCabinet reclaimed barn wood and retro western-design coffee mugs join an antique iron pig, a find from the Round Top Antiques Fair, in the Kaplan kitchen. 46 house& home | August 2017 |


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sion-making remotely were logistically challenging, as was working with a floor plan distinctively different from their previous homes. The couple playfully refers to their latest design choices as “a la carte.” “We just designed as we went through the process,” explains Brian, with Dede choosing many items online, including the kitchen and bath hardware, several lighting options as well as the compact yet restful upstairs cabinet bed — similar to a Murphy bed yet requiring no wall storage. The Kaplans agree that decisions often made with a leap of faith can culminate into beautiful results. “Sometimes you just have to go for it!” says Dede.

Two bright blue armchairs, reupholstered by Accents by Phillipe, bring the dining room and directors’ chairs to the center of attention.

RESOURCES BUILDER (Also custom barn doors, mantel & island supports) Round Top Home Builders 103 Main St. Round Top 979-249-5151 www.roundtophome CULTURED STONE FOR HOME EXTERIOR & FIREPLACE Sunbelt Concrete Products Inc. 1885 FM 448 Giddings 979-542-0840 CUSTOM RECLAIMED BARNWOOD CABINETS Black Buck Millwork 17020 S. Interstate 35 Buda

2312 S. Market St. Brenham 979-830-7204 LANDSCAPING, TERRACING Washington County Landscapes 4579 Highway 290 West Brenham 979-353-0955 www.washingtoncounty QUARTZITE Trinity Homes & Construction LLC 4813 Larkin St. Kitchen & island countertops “Taj Mahal” Bath countertops “Calcutta” RECLAIMED WOOD FLOORING Wes Metzler Houston 281-685-9247

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Accents by Phillipe Upholstery Leather pillow & blue suede dining armchairs 3514 S. Shepherd Dr., No. C 713-523-4161 AREA 3735 Westheimer Road 713-668-1668 Bradfield Designs Artist Andrew Bradfield Brown 2940 Ferndale St. 713-522-2151 Cowboys and Indians Leather sofa & pine buffet 72 East San Francisco St. Santa Fe, N.M. 505-982-8280 Kuhl-Linscomb Great room Teal pouf 2418 W. Alabama St. 713-526-6000 Merchant and Market Large coffee table in great room 1637 Westheimer Road

346-204-4596 Restoration Hardware Dining Room Directors’ chairs 4030 Westheimer Road 713-328-3100 Round Top Antiques Fair Kitchen Iron pig www.roundtoptexas Rustic Center & Interiors 11251 Highway 290 East Chappell Hill 979-203-0921 www.rusticfurniture Spaces for Home 2439 Westheimer Road 713-520-7167 Waxlander Gallery Artist Andree Hudson’s painting “Family of Four” 622 Canyon Road Santa Fe, N.M. 505-984-2202

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any of us only dream of a bounty of vegetables like the ones our Bleiblerville gardeners bring to the kitchen table. And while their garden flowers and vegetables are 2 looking their best, the husband/wife team at K Farms reminds us a garden is always a work in progress, an ever-changing setting from season to season that is hugely dependent not only on human care but equally on weather, water and the nutrients that are added to or taken out of the soil. Here are our green-thumb gardeners’ top three “must dos” as first-timers begin the gardening process.

PLAN BEFORE YOU PLANT Planning is everything! Consider what you want out of your garden, as well as what you want to put in it, both in time and results. Next, establish a solid resource that will help you determine what varieties are best for your soil and region. With Texas A&M AgriLife’s website (, how-to articles, researchbased results and identifiable photos are placed at your fingertips. Neil Sperry’s “Lone Star Gardening” has been a benchmark for 2 many gardeners — and a mainstay for our K Farms country gardeners, as well. An overview of the garden in Bleiblerville 50 house& home | August 2017 |


A mixed harvest makes a beautiful presentation.

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A soil sample gives you an insight as to what attributes or deficiencies your soil already contains. The soil testing labs at Texas A&M and Stephen F. Austin State universities utilize advanced, daily calibrated equipment to provide you with the most accurate results. Submittal forms are available at and for a basic $10 routine analysis. Results are usually returned within a few weeks.

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A SHOVEL HERE, A PITCHFORK THERE You can’t change the type of soil in your area, but you CAN improve it with a better understanding and incorporation of organic matter. “We add mushroom mulch every two to three years in both our vegetable and flower beds,” the gardeners say. For new gardens, experts recommend a 2-inch-thick layer of compost for 1,000 square feet or six cubic yards of organic matter. And though aged manure, compost and decomposed organic matter are all beneficial, doing your homework is important, too, to determine the correct amount and the variety of organic matter that are best for the vegetables you are growing. August temps present a perfect excuse to garden from inside your home, partnered with a laptop and spring seed catalogs. Just remind those that question your early musing, planning is everything!

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Entryway and sitting area by Twenty-Two Fifty Interiors

DESIGNER WONDERLAND ASID Members Display Their Creative Talents at 2017 Show House By Marsha Canright • Photography by Miro Dvorscak


magine a 10,000-square-foot home on six acres with a fantasy swimming pool, an artful outdoor kitchen and an event barn decked out for a wedding. Twenty-one notable members of the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter of American Society of Interior Designers pooled their efforts to invent imaginative interiors for this 20-plus-room estate with 1,400 square feet of covered porches. Their mission: Create elegant style that flows, functions and facilitates productive living for four generations of one family for the 2017 ASID Designer Show House. “Having a show house helps to promote excellence, demonstrates the value of the profession and helps to strengthen partnerships with industry and related professionals,” says interior designer Shundra Harris, chair of the show house. Designed by Wyrick Residential Design and built by

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Peterson Homebuilders Inc. at Willowcreek Ranch, the show house is a single-story, traditional stone structure with a rustic French Country look. It has four bedrooms, each with an ensuite bath; colorful playrooms for the youngest family members; his-and-her home offices; lofty ceilings; and smart home technology throughout. It also has separate living quarters for the homeowners’ parents.

ENTRY & LIVING ROOM Every grand home needs a dramatic entry and this one — designed by Twenty-Two Fifty Interiors — opens into the house with brick floors in a herringbone pattern and cedar planks painted to look like distressed ceiling beams. “Using our store as the primary source for furniture, art and accessories, we were able to customize the space,” says Teena

Kitchen and dining room by Lacy-Boone Interiors

Caldwell, designer at Twenty-Two Fifty Interiors. “We used antiques and reproductions mixed with modern elements to create a formal entry into a relaxed retreat.” Caldwell also designed the living room, which features a milpa wood cocktail table made from a wood slab that has been sanded and finished to show off the irregular nature of the wood. The tabletop was bleached to give it a naturally light color throughout the slab. DESIGN TIP: “Knowing what you want from the start will help your designer give you the look you want and help to keep it within your set budget.” — Brian Uhlig, Twenty-Two Fifty Interiors

KITCHEN The kitchen is the heart of the home, and this one is designed for a family who plans to cook and entertain together. It connects to the parlor and family room and to the back porch and pool area.

“The large island and butler’s pantry sideboard were designed to look like furniture and finished in a weathered gray tone to complement the wall and trim colors,” says Donna M. Jarnigan, owner and principal designer at Lacy-Boone Interiors. As a kitchen designer, her first choice was the Cielo leather quartzite used on the large island, the sideboard and the hutch countertops. It set the color scheme for the entire area. The handmade tiles for the backsplash are from the “Grammercy Park” series; slabs and tiles all came from Walker Zanger. The “Brookhaven” kitchen cabinets were made by Wood-Mode and provided through Cabinet Innovations. Wall colors are by Sherwin-Williams, including “Silverpointe” and “Ellie Gray.” The groin vault ceiling is a complex creation beginning with a three-layer plaster technique by Imago Dei, then painted and followed with a faux finish by Matt Coulson and crew. DESIGN TIP: “Use LED lighting. It may be slightly more expensive, but it will outlast most of us.” — Donna M. Jarnigan, Lacy-Boone Interiors 55

Guest bedroom suite by CM Designs Group

GUEST BEDROOM SUITE Christina Mullen designed the guest bedroom suite with serenity in mind. The bedroom features a canopy bed to dramatize the tall 14-foot ceilings. She used shiplap walls and wood flooring to keep the room clean and functional with light, neutral shades and pops of color. The bath has beveled subway tile and an elegant freestanding tub. She revamped the homeowner’s chest with a new finish and gave a chair new upholstery. DESIGN TIP: “[Flooring] is not something you want to redo. Your best options are engineered wood or porcelain tile. Natural stone is also a good option and good-looking, but it does require some maintenance.” — Christina Mullen, CM Designs Group

CHILDREN’S SUITE Everything a child could wish for — except the pony — is present in Shundra Harris’ inventive kids’ suite. “It’s gender neutral, but has a feel of innovation,” she says. There’s a first-floor playroom, a second-floor play loft, a bedroom, bath and closet, all done in classic industrial style using woods, metals and neutral tones.

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Each of the large fixtures — the stairs, lights, Murphy bed and reading nooks — is custom made. She used wood planks, plumbing pipe and fixtures that look like turning wheels with a neutral background and pops of layered color. DESIGN TIP: “Think outside the box and use your imagination.” — Shundra Harris, Shundra Harris Interiors, ASID Designer Show House chair

FAMILY ROOM An airy family room with broad views of the landscaped acreage achieves a seamless continuity between indoors and outdoors by using a sliding door system. Designed by The Owen Group, this room has iron-and-glass-front cabinets for decorative items and an elegant enclosure for the television. Segreto Finishes provided the faux finish on the cabinets and the hardware is European. “This is a multigenerational family, so we selected fabrics that would hold up to kids and pets,” says Tami Owens, principal designer. “Our go-to fabric is ‘Perennials’ from David Sutherland.” DESIGN TIP: “When selecting materials, choose a combination of textures and finishes.” —Tami Owen, The Owen Group

Children’s suite by Shundra Harris Interiors

Family room by The Owen Group 57

MEDIA/GAME ROOM This was designed to be more of a family hangout for all four generations, instead of a man cave-style media room. It sits directly across from the his-and-her home offices. “The sofa/sectional and seating are made with performance fabric chenille with leather touches of commercially rated faux leather — definitely not your father’s Naugahyde,” designer Diana Walker says. Walker used a Hunter Douglas shading system with controls to achieve both filtered light or black out, if needed. Equipment is hidden in the ceiling. DESIGN TIP: “Size is important to the success of a room. Undersized furniture leaves gaps and creates holes. Buy bigger first. Try it out.” — Diana S. Walker, Diana S. Walker Interior Design Media/game room by Diana S. Walker Interior Design

COVERED PORCHES Outdoor living is central to this family home, and a series of porches make outdoor dining and entertaining a pleasure. Designed by Paul Kevin Dix Designs, the exterior areas are tied together with “Ancient Castle” travertine flooring by QDI Services and tongue-and-groove pine on the ceilings stained in charcoal grey. “We selected a unique outdoor fan by Minka Air from M&M Lighting to allow for circulation of air on the six porches, and then, working with Peter Green, the owner of Alyson Jon Interiors, we designed new exterior furniture in taupe, grays and ivories with accents of blue. The same color palette continues at the pool with touches of coral,” Dix says. The outdoor kitchen is by Dix and Dwayne Pico, the owner of FLO Grills. Outdoor living areas by Paul Kevin Dix Designs

DESIGN TIP: “Once construction is underway, don't make costly changes. These costs can spiral out of control very quickly.” — Paul Kevin Dix, Paul Kevin Dix Designs

SWIMMING POOL The family swimming pool is a classic Grecian design, 50 feet long and 25 feet wide. It has a graceful spillway across the northern side, bubblers on the east and two dramatic fire bowls seated on columns. Pool designer Nathan Martens says the interior treatment is a high-end pebble finish with tiny, colored-glass pebbles that give it extra sparkle and sheen. It also has a tanning ledge. Travertine pavers, coping travertine split-face and glass waterline are by QDI Surfaces. The spa temperature, water features, fire bowls with electronic igniters and sanitation can all be controlled by remote. Swimming pool by Pacific Pools of Houston

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DESIGN TIP: “More important than the latest design, swimming pools should fit with the architecture and landscape of the home.” — Nathan Martens, Pacific Pools of Houston

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POOL BATH Using natural materials like barn wood, cement tiles and metal accessories, Jennifer Harbison of Cobalt Living Co. created a handsome, functional bath with shelving, a bench seat, trough sink and a spacious shower. “The handmade cement tiles are my favorite element because they add a bold pattern and an exciting focal point,” she says. Mesh cabinets create airflow and texture and the barn wood shower door from Old World Lumber adds an interesting aspect to the space.

Pool bath by Cobalt Living Co.

DESIGN TIP: “Think about reusing items you already own. A fixture, furniture piece or architectural element can be repainted, recovered or refinished. Repurpose!” — Jennifer Harbison, Cobalt Living Co.


In-law suite by Chairma Design Group

The homeowners’ parents who will live here wanted their space to feel sunny and airy and to have plenty of storage. They wanted a table that was comfortable for two, but could easily handle six for dining or dominoes. Window treatments are bright coral contrasting with a calm wall. Open shelves in the kitchen provide easy access and deep drawers conceal the microwave, toaster and coffee maker. The fireplace has a cozy chair for reading. A sofa and loveseat were repurposed with fresh, new high-performance fabrics. Designers included personal items to create an immediate sense of home. “This is important when making a dwelling change,” designer Cindy Aplanalp-Yates says. DESIGN TIP: “Own your stuff; don’t let your stuff own you. Less is really more. Leave room to grow: A good interior needs room to breath.” — Cindy Aplanalp-Yates, Chairma Design Group

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Wedding barn by The Arbor Gate

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Shipping pallets, handcrafted metallic flowers, wooden benches and lanterns transformed a cavernous, unfinished barn into a festive wedding venue using the talents of designer Beverly Welch of The Arbor Gate. Wooden pallets cover the exposed electrical and mechanical workings and help to soften the space and create a background for decorative elements, including rustic portraits of a horse and bull.

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The 40-by-60-foot structure was divided into open “vignettes” for greeting guests, conducting the ceremony and housing the reception to follow with musicians in the loft and dancers below. DESIGN TIP: “Whether indoors or out, whether creating intimate areas or entire rooms, be sure your spaces are filled with things that bring you joy, that provide the warmth and comfort you value and wish to share and that speak of your own unique personal tastes and experiences.” — Beverly Welch, The Arbor Gate.

RESOURCES ARCHITECT Wyrick Residential Design Cypress 800-692-0719 BUILDER Peterson Homebuilders Inc. 281-932-9077 INTERIORS Texas Gulf Coast Chapter of American Society of Interior Designers FLORIST Breen’s Florist 281-407-7127 CHILDREN’S SUITE Interior design Shundra Harris Interiors 817-228-7297 COVERED PORCHES Designer Paul Kevin Dix Designs 713-562-6302 Fan M&M Lighting 713-667-5611

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BEAT THE HEAT Fun Spots Abound to Make Staying Cool a Breeze By Shirley Barr


s one of the most air-conditioned cities, Houston sanely has a big variety of things to do inside. I’m not suggesting ordinary summertime activities like cooling your heels at the movie theaters or libraries. I’m talking action! Think of it this way: If you have active visitors from a small town and you want to show them the big city lights, where would you start? Here are a few spots you can beat the heat. ATHENA GUN CLUB 10814 Katy Freeway 713-461-5900 Open daily from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Have fun while learning a form of self-defense at this 40,000-square-foot indoor facility that welcomes youngsters beginning at age 10 accompanied by parents. On Women’s Appreciation Day, urban and suburban Annie Oakleys’ get 50 percent off and the use of one free handgun. 64 house& home | August 2017 |

HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE 5555 Herman Park Drive 713-639-4629 Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The museum is offering “Faces From the Southern Ocean,” a movie featuring wildlife photography of icy regions including reindeer, seals, penguins and everyone’s favorite, roly-poly polar bears. Promise you will be shivering when you leave! And you will get plenty of walking when you tour the irresistible museum. HOUSTON ZOO’S “CHILL OUT” 6200 Hermann Park Drive 713-533-6500 Open daily, but times vary Chilling out at the world-famous Houston Zoo is easier than you may think, as TXU Energy and the zoo join in “Chill Out.” Just look for the “Chill Zone” signs at 13 indoor airconditioned buildings, from the Tropical Bird House to The Great Ape Gallery. “Cool Nights” this month include “Jungle Jammin’” on Aug. 4 and a block party on Aug. 11. A portion of each zoo ticket purchase helps save animals in the wild.


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iFLY 9540 Katy Freeway & 26860 Interstate 45 281-942-4359 Open daily, but times vary The creator of modern indoor skydiving promises “wings” for ages 3 to 103 in a safe, reliable environment solo or for events and birthday parties, too. They provide the helmet, jumpsuit and harness, but bring your courage and your wallet. Insider tips: Get the best price if you book the day you fly, and paying extra for the “high fly” is well worth it. ICE SKATE USA 303 Memorial City Way 713-463-9296 Open daily 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Nothing like getting close to ice to stay cool. This family facility in the mall offers public skating, figure skating lessons and birthday parties. Also check out The Aerodrome Ice Skating Complex and Bellerive Ice for adult ice hockey and more. SCHLITTERBAHN GALVESTON ISLAND WATERPARK 2026 Lockheed St., Galveston 409-770-9283 Seasonally open daily, but check website Texas-born in New Braunfels, the multiple Schiltterbahn Waterparks and Resorts now claim to be the nation’s most popular. The 26-acre Galveston oasis of thrilling water adven66 house& home | August 2017 |

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF FUNERAL HISTORY 415 Barren Springs Drive 281-876-3063 Open daily, but times vary If all this action makes you want to do something calm, like visit the many richly appointed Houston museums, at least we dare you to branch out and end your tour with (gasp!) a museum no other city has. Following the slogan, “Any Day Above the Ground is a Good One,” this museum includes funeral memorabilia from Willie Wonka to Batman’s Adam West to the Papal exhibit.

MORE CHILLIN’ SPOTS The Aerodrome Ice Skating Complex 8220 Willow Place Drive North 281-847-5283 Bellerive Ice 7300 Bellerive Drive 713-360-6946 Children’s Museum of Houston 1500 Binz St. 713-522-1138 Contemporary Arts Museum Houston 5216 Montrose Blvd. 713-284-8250 Ice at The Galleria 5015 Westheimer Road 713-621-1500

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on’t miss out on summertime fun by staying indoors. I’ve always thought the best way to beat the months-long heat in Texas is to head to the out-of-doors for relief in bodies of water. Your pick: Float in a swimming pool alternated with rejuvenating dips, pack up for a splashy ride in a spring-fed river, relax on a windy lake or take an easy trip to the breezy beach. Be adventurous! You can always come back to the comfort of air conditioning — and with a lot of great memories.



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$39.99 Feel like a princess or an animal tamer as you play in the pool on this swan float. The bird inflates to 75 inches, so multiple riders can hop on back for extra fun. The more the merrier! Or, just claim the swan for yourself and enjoy a relaxing solo drift. Available at Texsun Pools & Spas, multiple locations, INFLATABLE BALLS

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$499-$699 From Advanced Elements, the AdvancedFrame Convertible Inflatable Kayak

offers performance and portability for one or two paddlers. With a reinforced aluminum frame, the kayak is compact, offers generous onboard storage space and has removable seats with adjustable, inflating back supports. Paddle holders are ready for quick stowage while fishing, taking pictures or just relaxing. Available through Amazon,, and REI, several locations,



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SUCCULISCIOUS SUCCULENTS Create Living Art with Proper Care ...and Your Imagination


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ucculents are called “fat plants” because of the thickened, fleshy tissue they use to retain water in arid climates or rocky and sandy soil conditions. This ability allows succulents to survive on limited water sources such as humidity, mist or dew. Rain is never a factor in Southern California, which is where these plants thrive once planted. Texas’ climate is the extreme opposite. We have high humidity, high heat, torrential rains and no cooling nights. I share with you now what I have learned in the past year on growing succulents successfully. My “road trip” with succulents started last summer when I walked into the local hardware store and saw a sign, “All Succulents 75% Off.” I made four trips over the next two days to purchase most of the plants available and to start my educational process on growing and understanding succulents.

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An interesting point I learned was when I opened a bag of cactus and soil mix and found it to be peat moss and perlite… and thought what the heck? They will surely die in this mix, so I didn’t use it and I continued to craft my own custom media. I had no idea how these plants would grow, so I put like varieties together for evaluating and learning their names. There are so many intergeneric hybrids on the market — and more being created as we speak — that I now refer to them by their common names such as Living Stones, Sedums, Hens and Chicks and Kalanchoes.

SOIL & FERTLIZER Succulent plants can thrive here, but we have to work harder to keep them beautiful and healthy, and it starts with the soil media. So what type of soil do I use? I started with a 50/50 mix of soil and shale, and last summer’s rains created “killing fields” of my collection. I rehabbed my clay bowls and started to use only expanded shale for the quickest drainage and best aeration of the roots. When you plant your succulents in the shale media, remove loose soil around the roots, as the media becomes a wet sponge that dries slowly and rots roots. What about fertilizer? I didn’t really want the plants to grow, because as they grow, their shapes and geometric designs


LEFT: When planting your succulents in a shale media, remove loose soil around the roots. CENTER: Use lava rock in the bottom half of a large wire basket or plant stand. RIGHT: Some species froze in January and returned from their roots.

change. This growth cannot be stopped, however, but can be slowed down by not fertilizing and minimal watering. When the succulents do start to grow, let them grow and bloom, then you will have to rehab them by propagating and cutting them back to plant in a different area. I placed them at the bases of large oak trees, in the crotches where the palm fronds attach to the trunks, or choose any little niche that suits your fancy.

SUCCULENT PLACEMENT Succulents inside the home need to be placed near a window. Succulents cannot grow in rooms with low light; they stretch and lose their interesting shapes. Clear glass containers, decorative bowls and other home decor pots usually do not have a drainage hole, so you need to mist sparingly. I recommend using a clean spray bottle to mist the leaves when you think about it. Go without misting and see what happens. If you are using succulents in the kitchen or bath, you may find misting is not necessary, as cooking and showering create humidity. Covered patios and porches outdoors are popular locations because the plants do not need watering and they are protected from rain and direct sun. They can be planted in small containers and used as centerpieces. You can use a grapevine wreath and create a succulent ring to hang on the wall or use it as a centerpiece and add a flameless candle. If you choose to plant your succulents in the ground outdoors, till lava rock or shale in the soil, using stone to raise the area, and create little pockets with more shale for your

plant communities. Use hardy varieties for this application, and there are about 10 different species that froze in January and returned from the roots. I now classify them as hardy succulents. I don’t think of them as common anymore!

TIPS TO SHARE • When using a large wire basket or plant stand with coco fiber, use lava rock in the bottom half of the space as the rock is larger and has less weight. • As you are filling up your container with shale, place the plant at the right height in the container and fill in around it. You cannot get the plant deep enough trying to dig out a space because the rock keeps filling in. Get them planted at the right height and not too high. • I like to use rocks and colored glass to accent my beauties, as this is great art therapy. • You will learn what plants grow fast and cover up the slower growing ones — and to keep them separate. I pull these out and put them at the bases of my oak trees. • If you plant Lithops, Living Stones and Baby Toes, you will want to move them inside during rainy periods as their water storage tissue will consume the rain and explode! Your plantings are temporary, so be creative and adventurous. You will be redoing the planter as you become more experienced in what you like and how to grow them, so enjoy! Collecting containers to grow them in, along with colored glass and rocks, is as much fun as the plants themselves because you are creating LIVING ART. Happy gardening!

Linda B. Gay is a horticulturist and staff member at The Arbor Gate Nursery in Tomball. 76 house& home | August 2017 |


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