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The Perfect Marriage BLENDING MODERN ART AND 1930 S ARCHITECTURE

SMART UPGRADES FOR A KEEPER HOME CLOCK’S TICKING ON TAX BREAKS

DALLAS Home & Garden Market Guide | September 11-12

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The Perfect Marriage

Blending modern art and 1930s Italian Renaissance architecture Smart Projects

Boost your quality of life with these upgrades for the home you want to keep.

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In This Issue

A preview of our September 2010 edition.

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08 Around Town

Out and about in the Metroplex.

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Handbook: Gimme A Break

Take advantage of major tax breaks by improving your home’s energy efficiency.

on the cover The home of Paul and Jennifer Pierson is full of contrast—1930s architecture meets modern art. The stunning Lakewood home has amazing original details often seen in Italian Renaissance homes. See Page 18. Photography by Terri Glanger.

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ith the dog days of summer behind us it’s time to focus on what’s left of 2010. In

addition to inspiring your inner interior decorator, each issue gives you tips and tools that help make your home more functional, fabulous and user friendly. Even if you don’t live in a custom home, you can create a happier haven for you and your family. Think about the ways you use your home—for work, relaxation, recreation, cooking, entertaining, sleeping, and so on. Now prioritize that list based on areas you’d like to improve. Focus on the activities that are most rewarding, and then think about changes that would bring dramatic improvements. Perhaps a more efficient kitchen would make mealtimes less stressful or a quieter bedroom would get you closer to the eight hours of sleep you’ve only heard about, but never experienced. If your utility bills have been a strain this year, read up on the federal tax credits for energy efficiency improvements—many expire at the end of this year. Our “Gimme a Break” on p. 30 is a great place to start. Debi Bryant walks you through the key facts for pursuing both tax relief and utility bill relief. We’ve all seen dozens of stories on fixups to help sell a home, but what if you’re planning to stay for years or decades even? Turn to our “Smart Projects” on p. 33, where Leigh Bell highlights home improvement strategies for the home you want to keep.

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September 2010

September 11 – 12 is the 27th Annual Fall Dallas Home & Garden Show at Dallas Market Hall - with over 300 exhibits for your one stop shopping housands of home and garden ideas, products and services. For complete details and discount tickets, visit www.texashomeandgarden.com Sept 11 and 18, 8 am to 1 pm, drop by the White Rock Local Market – a gathering of area farmers and artisans who sway to the gentle beat of area musicians, just in front of the Greenspot Gas Station at Buckner and Northcliff in East Dallas. Say hello to Ty Wolison of Windy Hill Organics in Comanche, Texas. His selection of chemical-free produce and meats can’t be beat. Another fav is Chris and Jennie McEwan of Tough Cookie Bakery. Savor one of their pretzel loaves and you’ll never go back to factory-made bread again. www.whiterocklocalmarket.com From September 13 - November 07 at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth is an exhibit of Ansel Adams photography entitled, Ansel Adams: Eloquent Light. This exhibition of forty landmark and lesser-known works by the renowned artistphotographer is drawn from the Carter's holdings and a private collection. The address is 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107. www.cartermuseum.org On Saturday, September 18 from 9 am to 2:30, take the family to Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park in Dallas for a fabulous free Green Festival in cooperation with the City of Dallas. Enjoy demos on composting, organic gardening, recycling, rainwater collection and sustainable energy – plus a cool Smart Car Rally with mass butterfly release. Kids can build terrariums and bird feeders plus explore an adventure zone with a zip line and a rock climbing wall. Mom and Dad will love the artist’s walk and live musical entertainment plus delicious food vendors and more!

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By ANDREA RIDOUT On the same day, September 18 from 10 am to 10 pm, is Arlington’s Ecofest, another free, family oriented event featuring local businesses with green products plus free classes and kids activities. The whole event will rock around a solar-powered rock band competition, starting at 2 pm. The winning band will open for the featured artists Guy Forsyth and Katzuk that evening. Located across from City Hall at the corner of Center and E. Abram. Check out www.ecofestarlington.com. And then, of course, the State Fair of Texas begins on September 24 and runs through October 17. For more than 100 years, the State Fair of Texas has been a major source of entertainment for millions, as well as a powerful factor in the growth of Dallas. There’s not a kid in Texas who doesn’t enjoy the Midway. For adults, check out Texas award-winning wines and wineries that will be highlighted every day during a series of wine talks in the Texas Wine Garden, given by John Bratcher and Jeff Siegel, the Two Wine Guys. Visit www.bigtex.com for more info.

Andrea Ridout is a DFW-based home improvement and lifestyles expert. She is the host of Mother Earth News Radio on 1190-AM each Saturday morning at 9 am. Also watch for her on Fox 4’s Good Day where she often showcases topics such as backyard chickens. She and her son are raising Bantam Orpingtons in east Dallas. Visit www.MotherEarthNewsRadio.com for more info.

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NEW THIS SEASON! GOING GREEN SHOWCASE PRESENTED BY GREEN BUILT TEXAS Get direct access to a vast array of product and service providers with the latest green construction and renovation technology! Check out seminars from local industry experts discussing relevant green and energy efficiency topics. Whether you are interested in buying a new green home or just want some sound advice on how to upgrade the efficiency of your current one, the showcase will be a one-stop-shop with all the information you will need! AT THE HOME AND GARDEN THEATER experts provide great information and tips on a variety of current topics including Faux Finishing, Organizing your home, and Home improvement and remodeling tips!

THE BIG ONE IS BACK! September 11-12 at Dallas Market Hall, experience The Dallas Home & Garden Market - the very best place to see, touch, try out and learn about products and services for your home and garden! IT’s THE perfect place to find BIG savings! Talk with area’s finest home improvement experts and receive show-only discounts and fantastic opportunities for everything home & garden! NARI FALL 2010 NEW PRODUCTS SHOWCASE presents the newest and most innovative new products for your home. Receive a free consultation and professional advice on your home improvement needs. Bring ideas, floor plans and dreams to the NARI New Product Pavilion and ask the NARI pros!

ABOUT THE HOME & GARDEN MARKET WHEN: September 11-12, 2010 Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. WHERE: Dallas Market Hall – VALET PARKING AVAILABLE 2200 N Stemmons Freeway TICKETS: Adults - $9.00, children under 14 -free. Friday only - $7 for senior citizens. (Discounts cannot be combined.) $7.00 for senior citizens. $1.00 off discount coupons available inside Tom Thumb circulars and at TheHomeandGardenMarket.com MORE INFO: Call 1-800-654-1480 or visit www.thehomeandgardenmarket.com

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STOP SUNBURN WITH NESTEA®? FLEAPROOF PETS WITH MORTON® SALT? Joey Green, the guru of weird uses for brand-name products, is the bestselling author of Polish Your Furniture with Panty Hose, Paint Your House with Powdered Milk, Wash Your Hair with Whipped Cream, and Clean Your Clothes with Cheez Whiz. Joey will show you the secret lives and almost-magical powers of your favorite household products! There's no need to buy new cleaning products, health remedies, beauty treatments, shop tools, or garden aids. You'll save valuable time and money because what you need is already on your shelf! JIM DUTTON’S TEXAS HOME IMPROVEMENT presents a variety of exhibits and experts. Learn “how-to” on a budget and complete those home improvement projects! For more than two decades, DALLAS COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS have taught how to successfully garden and landscape our homes. Visit with the Master Gardeners on their very own stage as they share tips and answer questions on topics such as tools, composting, butterfly gardening, curb appeal, easy care roses, trees, plant selection, lawn care, planting now for spring color and much more.

Take a break Moms and Dads…bring your kids on Saturday, Sept 11th at 2PM to experience CAMP ROCK 2 – The Final Jam! Come hang with the Radio Disney road crew – Sing, Dance and rock out on stage! It’s a sing-a-long show case with lots of prize giveaways! Don’t miss it! From floors to roofs, doors to decks, if it’s about home… It’s at the Dallas Home & Garden Market!


SHOW ATTRACTIONS A/C & Heating • Air Serv of Fort Worth - 447 • Plano AC & Heating Company - 156 • Stark Heating & Air Conditioning - 102 Beds • Mattress Firm - 302 • Select Comfort - 226 Builder/ Contractor/ Painter/ Remodeler • Akfix USA - 455 • C.C.S - 252 • Crocco Construction - 429 • D & D Remodeling Design - 123 • Dallas Green Building Alliance - 812 • Direct Buy - 415 • Econtractorbids.Com - 635 • NARI - Greater Dallas - 546 • Owner Built Custom Homes - 465 • Owner Builder Network - 129 • RSJ Construction - 627 Closets • Closets By Design - 126 • Get Organized! - 636 • Shelf Genie - 502 Cookware • Cutco Cutlery - 261 • Kitchen Craft - 533 • Vita-Mix - 352 Energy Efficient Providers & Products & Services • Atticfoil.com - 593 • Energy Shop, Inc. - 599 • Gexa Energy- 440 • Green Mountain Energy - 566 • Heatblockers, Inc. - 251 • Helioeast Solar - 489 • Homesulate of North Texas - 490 • Newspray - 539 • R.H. Tamlyn & Sons Inc. - 476 • Solartek Energy Of Dallas - 121 • Texas Energy Concepts - 110 • Texas Home Energy Rating Organization - 950 • The Energy Shop - 599 • Wellhome - 549 Fence & Deck / Patios • Outdoor Living Pool & Patio - 746 Financial • Insphere IS - 235 • Redstone Investments - 260 • Wells Fargo Advisors - 111

Flooring • Carrol Johns Flooring Inc - 202 • Classic Tile & Plaster, Inc. - 135 • Elegant Flooring - 245 Food • Homemade Gourmet - 765 • Jimmy O's Texas Marinades - 656 • Joy Peppers - 666 • MyCoffeeSupply.Com • Tastefully Simple - 755 • Texas Toffee - 769 Foundation • Du-West Foundation Repair - 673 Garage • Storage Overhead Solutions - 641 • Get Organized! - 636 Garden/Landscaping/Lighting/Plants/Trees • AA Landscape of Forney - 145 • Blooming Concepts - 675 • Creative Nightscapes - 256 • DFW Tree Trimming & Landscaping - 330 • Foreverlawn Of North Texas - 339 • Jacksons Home & Garden - 120 • North Texas Cactus & Succulent Society - 586 • North Texas Water Garden Society - 173 • Orand Nursery - 752 • Taylor Landscape - 206 • Wimbish Tree Farm - 255 Health / Health Care & Beauty • Lifetime Designs - 233 Home • Bill's Birdhouses And Collectibles • Oil Paintings & Frames Warehouse Of Texas • Scentsy Wickless Candles

DÈcor - 179 - 580 - 333

Insurance • AAA Texas - 227 Home Security & Safes • Broadview Security - 242 • Guardian Protection Services - 538 Kitchen & Bath • Bath Fitter - 149 • Cabinets To Go - 263 • Cosentino - 542 • Granite Transformations - 246 • Home Castle Concepts, Inc. - 420 • Innovative Surfaces Of Texas - 532 • Kitchen Tune-Up - 137 • Kitchens Alive - 166

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• Rebath - 270 • Republic Cabinets Direct - 234 • The Kitchen Source - 646

Non- Profit • Humane Society Of North Texas - 185 • Paws Across Texas - 782 Outdoor • Architectural Designs & Mfg Co • Coleman Bright Ideas for Your Home • Outdoor Living Pool & Patio • USA Canvass Shoppe

Living - 445 - 628 - 746 - 336

Plumbing • Benjamin Franklin Plumbing - 410 • Reeves Family Plumbing - 345 Pools & Spas • Coleman Bright Ideas for Your Home - 628 • Dolphin Pool Supply - 520 • Fiberglass Pool Coatings, Inc. - 229 • Hobert Pools - 425 • Morgan Buildings & Spas - 380 • Outdoor Living Pool & Patio - 746 • Tropix Pools - 314 Portable Buildings • Atlas Building Systems - 500 • Morgan Buildings & Spas - 480

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Publications • 360 West - 459 • Dallas Home Improvement Magazine - 470 • Dallas/Fort Worth House & Home Magazine – 385 • The Dallas Morning News - 427 • TheHomeMag - 449 Radio Stations • KLIF Talk Radio - 722 • KLTY FM - 722 • KSKY AM - 728 • WBAP - Texas Home Improvement - 669 Roof & Gutter • Billy Ellis Inc. - 426 • Equinox Mfg - 514 • Gutter Helmet / Bathwraps -509 • Guttermaxx - 346 • Leafguard - 413 Saunas • Saunas Today - 320 Siding & Windows & Doors • 3 Day Blinds - 241 • Amazing Siding & Windows - 334 • Champion Windows - 402 • Clear Choice Windows - 750 • Energy Shop, Inc. - 599

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EXHIBITORS

SHOW ATTRACTIONS • Phantom Screens - 115 • Texas Door & Trim - 365 • US Window Films - 116

3 Day Blinds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .241 360 West . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .459 AA Landscape of Forney . . . . . . . . . .145

Skylights/ • Atticfoil.Com • Classic Superoof • Daylight Rangers • Efficient Attic Systems • Southwest Skylights

Attics - 593 - 150 - 434 - 240 - 225

AAA Texas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .227 Broadview Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .242 Akfix USA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .455 Amazing Siding & Windows . . . . . . . .334 Archetectural Designs & Mfg . . . . . . .445

Tools & Equipment • K & M Wholesale - 134 • Oreck Floor Care Center - 665

Atlas Building Systems . . . . . . . . . . . .500 Atticfoil.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .593 Bath Fitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .149

Vacation/ Travel • Grapevine CVB - 239 • Silverleaf Resorts - 264 • Southern Lakes & Leisure, The Hills Above Possum Kingdom Lake - 236 • Wyndham Vacation Resorts - 536 Water Conditioning • Culligan - 513 • Water Event - 451 • Water Furnace International - 127

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing . . . . . . .410 Bill's Birdhouses and Collectibles . . . .179 Billy Ellis Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .426 Blooming Concepts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .675 Cabinets To Go . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .263 Campanello Construction Services . . .252 Carrol Johns Flooring Inc . . . . . . . . . .202 Champion Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . .402

National Association of Remodeling Industry Members • Amazing Siding & Windows - 334 • Classic Tile & Plaster, Inc. - 135 • Cosentino - 542 • D & D Remodeling - 123 • Dallas Home Improvement Magazine - 470 • Dallas/Ft.Worth House & Home Magazine - 385 • Du-West Foundation Repair - 673 • Econtractorbids.com - 635 • The Energy Shop - 599 • Homesulate of North TX - 490 • NARI - of Greater Dallas - 546 • Statewide Remodeling - 456, 464, 560 • Texas Door & Trim - 365 • The Kitchen Source - 646 MISC. • City Of Dallas Water Conservation - 81 • Dallas Dodge Chrysler Jeep - 340 • Marketing Results - 103 • Natural Pest Solutions - 275 • North Texas Tollway Authority - 348 • Suddath Relocation - 186 • Touch Of Purple - 170 • U.S. Dept Of Labor Wage & Hour Division - 680 • Verizon Wireless/Cellular Sales - 326

City Of Dallas Water Conservation . . . .81 Classic Superoof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150 Classic Tile & Plaster, Inc. . . . . . . . . .135 Clear Choice Windows of Dallas . . . .750 Closets By Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126 Coleman Bright Ideas For Your Home 628 Cosentino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .542 Costco Wholesale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .316 Creative Nightscapes . . . . . . . . . . . . .256 Crocco Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . .429 Culligan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .513 Cutco Cutlery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .261 D & D Remodeling Design . . . . . . . . .123 Dallas Dodge Chrysler Jeep . . . . . . . .340 Dallas Green Building Alliance . . . . . .812 Dallas Home Improvement Magazine 470 Dallas / Fort Worth House & Home Magazine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .385

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Daylight Rangers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .434

KLTY Fm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .722

above Possum Kingdon Lake . . . . .236

Dfw Tree Trimming & Landscaping . . .330

KSKY Am . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .728

Southwest Skylights . . . . . . . . . . . . . .225

Direct Buy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .415

Leafguard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .413

Stark Heating & Air Conditioning . . . .102

Dolphin Pool Supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . .520

Lifetime Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .233

Statewide Remodeling . . . . .456,464,560

Du-West Foundation Repair . . . . . . . .673

Marketing Results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103

Storage Overhead Solutions . . . . . . . .641

EContractorBids.com . . . . . . . . . . . . .635

Mattress Firm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .302

Suddath Relocation Systems of Texas 186

Efficient Attic Systems . . . . . . . . . . . .240

Morgan Buildings & Spas . . . . . .480,380

Tastefully Simple . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .755

Elegant Flooring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .245

Mycoffeesupply.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . .414

Taylor Landscape . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .206

Energy Shop, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .599

NARI - Greater Dallas . . . . . . . . . . . . .546

Texas Door & Trim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .365

Equinox Mfg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .514

Natural Pest Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . .275

Texas Energy Concepts . . . . . . . . . . .110

Fiberglass Pool Coatings, Inc. . . . . . .229

Newspray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .539

Texas Home Energy Rating Organization

Foreverlawn of North Texas . . . . . . . .339

North Texas Cactus & Succulent Society586

950

Get Organized! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .636

North Texas Tollway Authority . . . . . . .348

Texas Toffee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .769

Gexa Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .440

North Texas Water Garden Society . .173

The Dallas Morning News . . . . . . . . .427

Granite Transformations . . . . . . . . . . .246

Oil Paintings & Frames Warehouse

The Kitchen Source . . . . . . . . . . . . . .646

Grapevine CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .239

of Texas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .580

TheHomeMag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .449

Green Mountain Energy . . . . . . . . . . .566

Orand Nursery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .754

Touch of Purple . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .170

Guardian Protection Services . . . . . . .538

Oreck Floor Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .665

Tropix Pools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .314

Gutter Helmet / Bathwraps . . . . . . . . .509

Outdoor Living Pool & Patio . . . . . . . .746

U.S. Dept of Labor Wage &

Guttermaxx . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .346

Owner Built Custom Homes . . . . . . . .465

Hour Division . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .680

Heatblockers, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251

Owner Builder Network . . . . . . . . . . . .129

US Window Films . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .116

Helioeast Solar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .489

Paws Across Texas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .782

USA Canvass Shoppe . . . . . . . . . . . .366

Hobert Pools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .425

Phantom Screens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115

Verizon Wireless / Cellular Sales . . . .326

Home Castle Concepts . . . . . . . . . . . .420

Plano Ac & Heating Company . . . . . .156

Vita-Mix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .352

Homemade Gourmet . . . . . . . . . . . . .765

R.H. Tamlyn & Sons Inc. . . . . . . . . . . .476

Water Event . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .451

Homesulated of North Texas . . . . . . .490

Rebath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .270

Water Furnace International . . . . . . . .127

Humane Society of North Texas . . . . .185

Redstone Investments . . . . . . . . . . . .260

WBAP - Texas Home Improvement . .669

Innovative Surfaces o Texas . . . . . . . .532

Reeves Family Plumbing . . . . . . . . . .345

Webster Enterprises

Insphere Is . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .235

Republic Cabinets Direct . . . . . . . . . .234

. . . . . . . . . . . . .162,146,159,155,142,176

Jacksons Home & Garden . . . . . . . . .120

RSJ Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .627

Wellhome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .549

Jimmy O's Texas Marinades . . . . . . . .656

Saunas Today . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .320

Wells Fargo Advisors . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111

Joy Peppers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .666

Scentsy Wickless Candles

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Wimbish Tree Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . .255

K & M Wholesale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .134

Select Comfort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .226

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THE PERFECT MARRIAGE BLENDING MODERN ART AND 1930S ITALIAN RENAISSANCE ARCHITECTURE B Y

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aul and Jennifer Pierson used to drive around the Lakewood neighborhood in Dallas and imagine living there. One day they hoped to live on one of three

streets: Lakewood Boulevard, Avalon Avenue or Tokalon Drive. So when they got serious about moving to that area of town, Jennifer’s mother, a realtor, sent out letters to residents who lived on those three streets stating that she had a potential buyer if anyone was interested in selling. One family was interested in selling, and they didn’t want to put the house on the market. A deal was made, and the Piersons along with their two young children, Creighton and Lucy, moved into their new place June 2006.

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The family room, with doors leading out to the back yard, is a relaxing space for this family of four. Black and white family photos taken by Nic Nicosia adorn the walls.

(Above): One of the most unique spaces in the house is the downstairs powder bath. Paul uncovered these original murals during the renovation process.

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(Below): A large rooster — a testament to the homeowners’ unique design style — watches over the Italian Renaissance-style house, originally built in 1933 by Anton Korn for independent oilman Grady Vaughn.


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The Italian Renaissance-style house designed by architect Anton Korn was originally built in 1933 for independent oilman Grady Vaughn. Throughout the years, several families owned the home and made various changes. When the Piersons purchased the house, Paul had a vision to restore the home to its original elegance, while at the same time mixing in modern art and furnishings. HARD WORK

When the Piersons moved in, they wanted to restore the home and bring back its sophistication. “Paul is a purist when it comes to history, and it was very important to him to get the home back to its original condition,” Jennifer recalls. The couple repainted everything on the interior and redid the floors. “If we did add or change something, we wanted it to be done to the same quality level as it was when it was built,” Paul says.

> ABOVE : The living room features elegant beams on the ceiling, painted wooden columns with a grape motif and an intricately carved marble fireplace surround. The wooden sculpture (right) is an antique farming tool on a metal stand from Big Mango Trading Company. LEFT :

Wood floors in a parquet pattern and large arched windows provide the perfect backdrop for modern artwork in the music room. The large canvas (left) is by homeowner Jennifer Pierson.

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View from the kitchen looking into the breakfast room: The Piersons added hard wood floors and painted dark cabinetry white to brighten the kitchen and breakfast room. The wall paint is Vintage Kitchen.

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The couple replaced newer lights with original light fixtures found in the basement. The square footage of the house — just under 5,000 square feet — didn’t change. Previous owners had closed in a former second floor patio, so the Piersons tore down those walls and restored the original patio. In the downstairs powder room, original murals had been covered up with newer murals. Paul painstakingly worked to remove the top layer of paint to uncover the original art. “I watch with awe when Paul does what he does,” Jennifer says. “He has a gift for design and restoration.”

nets with shelving that fit perfectly into two recessed arches in the space. The family uses the second room as the family room. Intricate moldings in various patterns crown the living room, music room and family room. The rounded dining room has three separate entrances — from the living room, the family room and the breakfast room. The Piersons gave the kitchen and adjoining breakfast room a dramatic makeover, lightening and brightening the spaces. Previous owners had a black and white checkered pattern on the floor and dark wood

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ORIGINAL FEATURES

Upon entering the Pierson’s foyer, you are greeted with an open space, an elegant iron staircase, coffered ceiling and amazing stained glass windows. To the left, the formal living room is framed on either end with wooden columns with a grape pattern. The living room features three full-length arched windows and an intricately carved marble fireplace. “The fireplace is beautiful without being gaudy,” Paul says. Just past the living room are two rooms with wood floors in a parquet pattern. In the first room — the music room — Paul restored two cabi22

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ABOVE : Detailed molding on the trim and doors is a special highlight in the rounded dining room. The large photo is Elvis’ Gold Bedside Telephone by artist Jeff Scott. OPPOSITE : Original stained glass windows, iron railing on the staircase and a coffered ceiling are striking features upon entering the home. An antique table holds an antique fan by Peter Behrens, c. 1908, featured in the Museum of Modern Art.


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The Piersons gave the kitchen and adjoining breakfast room a dramatic makeover, lightening and brightening the spaces. Previous owners had a black and white checkered pattern on the floor and dark wood cabinets and trim. Paul and Jennifer added hard wood floors, painted the cabinets white and painted the walls a soothing green called Vintage Kitchen. ANTIQUE COLLECTIONS AND MODERN ART

Modern artwork and furnishings, and a unique collection of antique fans are found throughout the 1930s home. Former owners used the basement as a wine cellar, but Paul had other plans. The space now showcases Paul’s amazing collection of antique fans, light bulbs, microphones and toasters, which he has been collecting since the mid-1990s. “I like the connection between form and function, and I like the ingenuity,” says Paul, who has more than 75 fans. Including modern artwork throughout the space was important to the couple, but they worried that their modern style might not work with the formal style of the older home. “I thought it would be hard to marry all of this together, but it just worked,” Paul adds. “It created an eclectic look.” Some of the couple’s favorite art pieces are showcased throughout the home. The black and white family portraits taken by famed photographer Nic Nicosia are displayed in the family room. Another favorite is showcased in the dining room and was purchased for the couple’s sixth wedding anniversary — an aerial photo of a Greek terrace that looks like a miniature by Argentinean photographer Esteban Pastorino Diaz.

The Piersons fell in love with the neighborhood and then with their new home, which they say is great for entertaining and for their family. The home is definitely a showpiece, which explains why it was chosen as a show house for the 31st Annual Lakewood Home Festival Nov. 2 to Nov. 4. “It’s an awesome house, and we are grateful to be able to bring its glory back,” Paul says. “Anton Korn deserves most of the credit, and we are just lucky to live here.”

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Former homeowners enclosed the upstairs patio. During renovation, the Piersons tore down walls to create a cozy second floor patio space with a view of the back and side yards below.

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A collector’s dream, the large basement is Paul’s playground. He has been collecting antique fans, lights, toasters and microphones (seen here) since the mid-1990s.

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Gimme a Break

With the energy tax credits available through the end of 2010, there's more incentive than ever to install windows and doors with energy-saving features. Be sure to choose products that qualify for the tax credits. Photo courtesy of Andersen Corporation.

M A K E Y O U R H O M E M O R E E N E R G Y E F F I C I E N T A N D TA K E A D VA N TA G E O F TA X B R E A K S — B E F O R E T H E Y E X P I R E B y D E B I B R YA N T

The government giveth and the government taketh away. And time is running out on the giveth part. Currently, you can take advantage of tax credits for energy-efficient products or renewable energy systems installed in your home in 2009 and 2010. But act fast—the tax advantage expires for most products on Dec. 31, 2010. SHOW ME THE MONEY

Generally speaking, the tax credit is 30 percent of the cost of the project, up to a maximum of $1,500. The tax credit mostly applies to cost of material and not installation, although there are some exceptions to that limitation. Also most of the tax credits are for existing homes, although there are a few breaks for new construction. Qualifying products include heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), insulation, roofs, water heaters, windows and doors. Be aware that not all ENERGY STAR qualified products are eligible for a tax credit. Visit www.energystar.gov for more information. Also consult with your tax advisor about your particular situation. THE REST OF THE STORY

There are, of course, many other compelling reasons besides a tax break to make these home improvements. Take windows and doors, for example. Ali Zare, president of Affordable Sunrooms, reels off a host of reasons: “New 30

doors and windows will lower your energy bill. They reduce fading of furniture and flooring. They lower the amount of dust and pollen in your home, which is great news for people with allergies. They lessen outside noise. You get added security. They beautify your home and increase your property value.” As for hot water heaters, Tom Massimin, co-owner of Hot Water Guys, is a big fan of tankless gas hot water heaters, which qualify for the tax credit including installation. He points out that tankless hot water heaters compare favorably to tank heaters in durability: a typical tankless heater lasts 25 years while a tank heater has a life span of only about six to eight years. The continuous access to hot water that tankless hot water heaters afford is pretty sweet, too. Tankless water heaters not only use less energy by heating water only when needed, they also waste far less water than a traditional tank heater, especially when multiple tankless water heaters are installed in the home.

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ABOVE: Fiberglass patio doors are a durable alternative to wood or steel. Doors with enough insulation and solar protection qualify for the tax credit. Photo courtesy of Therma-Tru. LEFT: Installing a tankless water heater for a washing machine or dishwasher (appliances that can hog a home’s hot water supply) can result in a more than 25percent energy savings. Photo courtesy of GE.

Another product on the favored short list is insulation. Adequate insulation, a service offered by Zare’s company, is one of the most cost-effective home improvements that you can do. Typical bulk insulation products that qualify for the tax credit include batts, rolls, blow-in fibers, rigid boards, expanding spray and pour-in-place. Also, products that reduce air leaks can also qualify, as long as they come with a Manufacturers Certification Statement. These products include weather stripping and caulk designed to air seal. A STARTING POINT

Before jumping in with these major budget items, you might consider beginning with an energy audit for your home. Vince Hoechten, owner of Texas Home Auditors, says, “Some homeowners know their electricity costs are out-of-line and jump in with a fix. But they don’t really know where all they have problems.” His company provides an in-depth analysis of the property—all surface

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resources

Here are some helpful websites that give you even more information about the current tax breaks and other energy efficiency ideas: www.energystar.gov. This website is the go-to place for info on the current tax breaks as well as all matters related to energy savings in the home.

ANDERSEN WINDOWS & DOORS www.andersonwindows.com 800.426.4261

http://hes.lbl.gov/consumer. This government website was developed to help homeowners reduce their energy costs. It offers interactive tools that help you calculate your energy usage and your savings if you make changes.

JELD-WEN www.jeld-wen.com 800.535.3936 GE www.geappliances.com 800.626.2005

www.nfrc.org. The National Fenestration Rating Council, a nonprofit created by the window, door, and skylight industry, provides labels of window and door energy properties for easy comparison. www.thedailygreen.com. Calling itself the “consumer’s guide to the green revolution,” this site is filled with information on an array of eco-friendly topics.

Sweat Equity If your current budget doesn’t accommodate major home improvements, you can still make smaller changes yourself. Few to no tax breaks here—just money savings and the satisfaction of a job well done. • IN HOT WATER. The experts tell us that the average U.S. household spends 12 percent of its energy budget heating water. You can lower that cost easily enough: install WaterSense® showerheads and faucets, use laundry detergents made for cold water and take shorter showers.

ABOVE: Replacement windows now come in a variety of materials and styles, so you can upgrade the look of your home while improving energy efficiency. Photo courtesy of Andersen Corporation. LEFT: A home’s front door often takes a beating from harsh elements, such as heat, humidity, cold and wind. Consider replacing an older wood door with a premium fiberglass door. Photo courtesy of Jeld-Wen.

areas, appliances, HVAC, slab, house orientation, adjacent buildings, landscaping—and a checklist detailing items that need to be addressed, plus your cost savings if you fix them. For three hours of time and about a $450 investment, you can come away with an action plan that will provide long-term savings and efficiencies. 32

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• THROUGH THE CRACKS. Doors are infamous for air leakage. For about $10-$15 worth of weather stripping from your favorite hardware store, you can apply a fix. Visit www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=tax_credits.tx_ind ex for products that qualify for the tax credit. • FAN-TASTIC. Ceiling fans are perfect for our southern homes. They add charm and comfort, plus they are extremely affordable for the value they provide. • WATER SMART, WATER WISE. Xeriscape techniques—admittedly, a longer-term project—promote water conservation in your landscaping by using beautiful, but native plants that require less water. It also encourages the use of watering systems that reduce evaporation, such as drip irrigation systems.


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BOOST YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE WITH THESE UPGRADES FOR THE HOME YOU WA N T T O K E E P | BY LEIGH BELL

Keeping your home for years and years requires strategic storage solutions. The right shelving system can eliminate clutter and ease the burden on overstuffed closets. Photo courtesy of Ikea.

You actually like your house—enough to keep it. That’s not to say it couldn’t use a little sprucing up. But you’re looking beyond upgrades for resale value, which is the benchmark these days. You want home improvements that enhance everyday life for you and your family. We get it.

1. ENTERTAINMENT CENTERS. The big-box TV is dead. But homes 10 years old and older don’t know it. Their built-in entertainment centers have gaping holes for a deep television and bulky VCR. “We are not ever going back to those big-box TVs again,” says Carla Aston of Aston Design Studios in the Woodlands. Many clients are updating entertainment centers to facilitate all of the new equipment coming to market. Room must be made for the oversized flat screen, Wii, BlueRay, surround sound and sundry. The entertainment center is also key aesthetically, even rivaling the kitchen, as today’s open floor plans blend living and dining spaces.

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SMART PROJECTS 2. ATTIC INSULATION. Not as glitzy, but you’ll realize the glamour of good insulation when you save hundreds each month in electric bills. Simply adding inside attic foil from truss to truss costs about $600 in a 2,400-square-foot home and can shave bills by $100-150 a month, says Tommy Louwerse, construction manager at Custom Construction and Remodeling. Insulation is cheap in the scheme of things and can even be a DIY job. A home-energy assessment – you can hire someone or do it yourself – will indicate what type of insulation, among other things, will most effectively reduce energy consumption and, therefore, cost. See also: Gimme a Break, p. 20. 3. WINDOWS. Window replacement ranked in the top 10 remodeling projects with the greatest return – nationally (about 77 percent) and in the Metroplex (almost 70 percent) – according to The Cost vs. Value Report by Hanley Wood, 2009-10.

If you have a new slim-line TV, it may be time to streamline the furniture or cabinetry that holds your electronics. Photo courtest of Crate & Barrel.

Sure, windows can be expensive, about $300 a piece, but new ones bring new life to a home (think open and close!) and can also save energy. For this reason, there are rebates and other financial incentives for window replacement. When shopping, look for the “ENERGY SAVER” label and opt for double panes with low-e (low emissivity) coating. “New windows save money, give curb appeal and help with resale if you decide not to stay,” Louwerse says. 4. STORAGE. Sounds minor enough, but increased storage space changes lives. “I think this is the No. 1 issue people have with their homes – not having enough space to store their things or having it set up so that it is functional,” says Tammy Overstreet, owner of Accent Cabinets. Increasing storage space occasionally requires adding-on, but normally is a far less minor reorganization and rebuilding of existing space, Overstreet says, so it’s normally less costly than many home improvements. “Behind a kitchen remodel, closets are the next best remodel you can do as far as getting your money out of it and also as far as quality of life.” 5. DECK ADDITION The addition of a wood deck was a top remodeling project with more than an 80-percent resale value, according to The Cost vs. Value Report. An outdoor deck also adds to lifestyle by creating another living space that can be used most of the year in climates like Dallas’s. The average cost for a 16-by-20-foot deck is about $10,000, and an outdoor kitchen can cost as little as $3,000.

Increasing or improving your deck adds inviting outdoor living space for quiet relaxation and entertaining. Photo courtesy of Pella.

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Honorable mentions SIDING Vinyl siding certainly spruces up a home, and because it’s long-lasting and low-maintenance, you do it and can virtually forget it. Until you decide that, well, maybe it’s time to leave this house. The ROI on vinyl siding is between 70-80 percent (ranked 4th nationally and locally in the top 10, according to The Report). The cost is about $1 per square foot to do-it-yourself and professionally done about $7 per square. Totals are anywhere from $3,000 to $12,000. Not cheap, but much of that money is recouped in value.

A minor kitchen upgrade that includes cabinet refacing and new countertops can improve both the look and function of this hard-working part of your home. Photo courtesy of Pella.

MINOR KITCHEN REMODEL The remodeled kitchen is a tenet of home value. It can also drastically improve lifestyle because it’s one of the most – if not the most – utilized rooms in the house. Because a kitchen overhaul costs serious cash, opt for a minor upgrade to merge aspiration with fiscal responsibility. “You can cut costly corners by keeping your cabinets – refinish or repaint them – and your appliances,” Aston says. “These are the big-ticket items.” According to The Report, a minor makeover costs about $20,300 and basically includes new cabinet fronts and hardware, sink and faucet, laminate countertops (although most professionals recommend granite, saying it’s worth the money), flooring, oven and cooktop (look for financial incentives on energy-efficient models), and some paint. It’s not cheap, but the job recovers more than 85 percent in resale, putting it in the top 5 remodeling jobs locally. FRONT DOOR REPLACEMENT Talk about big bang for little effort and money. A home’s front door is the window to its soul, and a new one has the power to transform a home and save energy (at least in the way it’s sealed). Replacing your old front door with a steel model costs about $1,100 and locally has a resale value of about $1,000 (almost 91 percent return), according to The Report. ROOM ADDITION Might wear you out just thinking about it, but adding a bedroom or bathroom can truly change family life. No more line for the shower every morning. An extra room for your teenager or the in-laws, when they visit. However, the actual worth may not shine through in resale value, which hovers around 70 percent. Note: The Cost vs. Value Report can be found online at www.remodeling.hw.net/2009/costvsvalue/national.aspx

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