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NOVEMBER 2011

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November, 2011

62 on the cover Architect Allen Bianchi, AIA, designed this two-story modern home in the Museum District. Bianchi worked with interior designer Anne Breux to ensure continuity of materials inside and out, visible through the expanses of glass.

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8 Editor’s Note 16 Calendar 20 Before & After

The Right Touch of Red A living room gets a merry makeover

Photo by Luis De Santos.

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features At Home 28 Holidays Advice from pros to make gatherings

merry and bright Destinations 46 Décor Local designers dish on their favorite

stores and sources Daring 62 Modern Architect Allen Bianchi’s contemporary

design brightens a quiet corner of the Museum District

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s we enter the holiday season, November is a time of thankfulness and traditions. A November tradition for Houston House & Home is celebrating the magazine’s anniversary. This year marks 17 years for us. We are proud to be the only monthly magazine in Houston devoted to resources for the home. From new construction to remodeling, interior design to landscaping and more, we are thrilled to bring you inspiring ideas and solid advice for your home, inside and out. We wouldn’t be here without the support of our advertisers, so this November, and every month of every year, we are thankful for their continued support. We know you’ll find our advertisers provide goods and services designed to make your home more beautiful, functional and durable for years to come. We’re also thankful for the talented professionals in our area whose outstanding projects and expert insights help make our articles exciting and useful, to you, our readers. And thank you, dear reader, for picking up Houston House & Home each month at your local Kroger, Randalls and select H-E-B stores. We are honored to be a part of your home-improvement endeavors. A tradition we started in the fall of 2007 is spotlighting pets looking for good homes. We are proud to help the Houston SPCA place

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dozens of pets into loving homes. Now that’s home improvement! In this issue, we feature a local couple’s very modern home in the Museum District. This stunning home was designed by Architect Allen Bianchi, AIA, and features interiors by Anne Breux. Additional articles this month include local interior designers’ favorite home décor stores and strategies for savoring the holidays at home. Plus, Joetta Moulden’s Before & After inspires with simple seasonal touches to light up your home with holiday spirit. Thank you, Houston, for 17 years. Here’s to beautiful living and time-honored traditions!

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One of the 10 homes on the ASID Kitchen & Bath Tour, Nov. 5. Photo courtesy of Cabinet Innovations.

HOME & HOLIDAY TOURS You read about the fantastic ASID Kitchen & Bath Tour within the October issue of our magazine. Don't miss 10-stop tour through neighborhoods such as River Oaks, Memorial and Garden Oaks Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A Kick off party is set for Friday evening, Nov. 4 at Westheimer Plumbing and Hardware and a wrap party is planned for Saturday evening, Nov. 5 at Poggenpohl. Information: www.asidtgcc.org The German American Chamber of Commerce presents the Das Haus Exhibition Nov. 8-17 at the Houston Permitting Center. The Das Haus is a traveling pavilion that will visit 12 North American cities. Houston is the only sopt in Texas. The exhibition

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features German green building technology that was included in several of the solar homes exhibited each year on the National Mall in Washington D.C. for the annual Solar Decathlon. The location is 900 Bagby. Information: dashaustour.com or 832.384.1200. Celebrate the holidays at Bayou Bend with Yuletide: Holiday Time at Bayou Bend, Nov. 17-Jan. 1. Bayou Bend, the American Decorative Arts Center for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is renowned for its annual Yuletide tradition featuring festive lights, decorations, candlelight tours and special room settings that bring historic American celebrations to life. This year, enjoy the revival of favorite holiday-themed rooms as you take this festive stroll through 250 years of history to experience how our


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Americans celebrated the holidays with family and friends. Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens is located at 6003 Memorial Drive at Westcott Street. Special Candlelight Tour hours are Thursdays through Fridays, 5 to 7 p.m. (last admission) on December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $5 for students over age18 and seniors with ID; free for children 17 and under. Call ahead to make parking arrangements for visitors with disabilities. Information: www.mfah.org/bayoubend or 713.639.7750. If you didn’t get to tour the lavish, Tuscan-inspired 2011 Southern Living Showcase house in Cypress last month, you have another chance this month. The stunning home reopens to the public Nov. 3-20 for a festive Holiday Tour benefiting Be An Angel. The showcase home is located at 15026 Hidden Valley Waters Drive in Cypress. Hours are Thursday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Admission is a $10 donation. Information: www.homesbymorningstar.com The 2011 Houston Heights Association Holiday Home Tour features six homes (two are pictured below) festooned in festive finery on Dec. 2 and 3. Tour goers will have a rare opportunity to look inside these

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unique spaces that reflect the rich architectural tradition of this charming neighborhood. Friday hours are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday hours are 3 to 9 p.m. Free shuttle buses both days. Tickets are $20 in advance for all six homes or $25 on tour days. $5 per-home tickets can also be purchased on tour days at each of the homes. Information: www.houstonheights.org/ holidayhometour.htm The Heritage Society's 49th Annual Candlelight Tour at Sam Houston Park on Dec. 9 and 10 showcases eight of Houston's oldest historic structures trimmed to perfection in traditional 19th century décor. At each of the structures, visitors are treated to a different type of familyfriendly entertainment including everything from storytellers and reenactors to local children's choirs. Additionally, The Heritage Society Museum Gallery features More than a Toy: Dolls from the Victorian Era exhibit. Children may also have their photo taken with Santa, play in the snow, enjoy a holiday story reading, and make crafts at Santa's Workshop. Hours are 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sam Houston Park is located at 1100 Bagby. Information: www.heritagesociety.org or 713.655.1912.

Houston-area gardeners can expect a wide variety of gardening classes and unique events every month at The Arbor Gate in Tomball. On Nov. 10, Susan Wood teaches Cool Weather Herbs and Easy Composting. This award-winning member of The Herb Society of America guides gardeners on which herbs to grow for winter and how to protect less hardy varieties from freeze damage. As a bonus, Susan will share secrets to improve your soil by turning kitchen scraps, leaves and grass clippings into compost or mulch. Anyone hosting holiday gatherings should consider attending Get a Jump on the Holidays with Chef Molly Fowler. This class is offered twice, Nov.12 and 15. Chef Molly demonstrates how to create fabulous gifts from your kitchen for the upcoming holidays, and demonstrate some easy and delicious appetizers and desserts. Arbor Gate hosts its Christmas Open House on Dec. 3. Guests can enjoy delicious food and holiday cheer along with the with Zydeco music by Curtis C. Poullard. Information: 281.351.8851or www.arborgate.com. Nestled within Memorial Park, Houston Arboretum & Nature Center serves as both a serene retreat and education center. Arboretum's conservation director, Joe Blanton leads a class on Creating A Backyard Wildlife Habitat. The same class is scheduled for both Nov. 13 and 20. Attendees are encouraged to bring along a sketch, diagram or photographs of your backyard and a current plant inventory for input by the instructor and fellow participants. Cost is $30 for members, $45 for nonmembers. Information: 713.681.8433 or www.HoustonArboretum.org. IKEA Houston offers free workshops teaching both seasoned and budding designers how to make the most of their space, lighting, décor and more. November workshops include How to plan your kitchen on Nov. 3, How to Install Kitchens on Nov. 10, and Dress your Table for the Holidays on Nov. 17. Information: www.ikeahouston.com or 713.688.7867.

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BEFORE AFTER: By increasing the size of the entertainment wall and painting the shelves the same color as the wall, the large bookcase now blends into the wall. Careful furniture placement allowed room for a large tree and plenty of gifts with adequate space to walk through the room.

BEFORE: Storage was a big issue in this small open plan. By keeping the floors natural in tone and darkening the walls the room felt larger.

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AFTER: Decluttering the view of the backyard from the dining room and arranging the table near the window, but not against it allowed a spacious walkway to the hallway and room for the family to actually use the table.

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BEFORE: The cluttered backyard was visible through the large dining window and needed simplifying to make the spaces flow.

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make this process easier and that we would come out with a much nicer project than we could have conceived on our own. Your experience and creativity gave us so many more options to consider and you were willing to work with our small budget,” Catherine explained. TIP: When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. A devastating storm like Hurricane Ike opens the door to make changes and improvements.

Catherine and Alejandro’s living/dining room is a small, open space and it is always a challenge to squeeze in a large Christmas tree. She loves Christmas and treasures her collection of tree ornaments, always a big highlight for the children. The couple loves a classic holiday look, with Nutcracker dolls and a beautiful tree. But the look of her living/dining room is more mid-century Danish modern with aqua accents than traditional red and green, so the two looks don’t necessarily go together. TIP: Red and green can be mixed into an aqua color scheme if done sparingly. Sherwin Williams “Believable Buff” (SW 6120) in a flat latex finish was applied to the walls.

AFTER: The top of the credenza was cleared, allowing the holiday cheer of the nutcrackers, candles and snowman to truly shine.

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The same color was used on the bookcase in a satin enamel finish to make the shelves practically disappear into the wall, while the natural color on the oak floors created a calm feeling in the open room. “I love the colors—they make me feel warm and good when I walk into my home and are so much better than renter’s white,” she said. Working with what they had, my design assistant Dorenda Longoria and I placed a colorful weaving and iron sleigh filled with holiday balls on the couple’s coffee

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table from World Market. Beneath the table, the existing area rug from Home Depot complements oversized pottery pieces from Jim Romberg, so the colors came together in peaceful harmony. Christmas accessories were also tucked in amongst books and everyday accessories on the bookshelves. Catherine was not surprised that my main suggestion was to reduce the holiday clutter and tone things down. The hardest thing to visualize was removing the runner that she had always put on the credenza. “I had way too much holiday stuff piled around, and you two helped make it look simple, which flows better with the normal look of our house,” she explained. Catherine really liked the way the color red was threaded throughout the decorations. “You can’t do Christmas without red, in my opinion, and I really liked how you used just enough of it in the poinsettias, candles and cranberries. Not overbearing, just the right touch,” she said. Joetta Moulden offers home makeovers using your own home furnishings. See more makeovers on her Web site at www.shelterstyle.com, email her at joetta@shelterstyle.com or call 713.461.2063. Appointments or referrals booked by November 30 will receive a 15 percent first meeting discount. Shelterstyle.com holds a "Pages of Happiness" rating and, for the fifth consecutive year, a “Super Service Award” presented to 5 percent of companies that achieve and maintain a superior rating on www.angieslist.com.


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Dressing the table with holiday finery helps make the occasion truly special. Reprinted from the book Martha’s Entertaining: A Year of Celebrations by Martha Stewart. Copyright © 2011 by Martha Stewart. Photograph copyright © 2011 by Frédéric Lagrange. Published by Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House, Inc.

“Something as simple as changing a light bulb can create an entirely new ambiance.” —Ann Morgan, The Lighting Gallery

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No other time of year brings more joy and anticipation

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“The heart of the holiday home is the dining room,” says Ann Morgan of The Lighting Gallery, who thinks the image of the family gathered around a table for that Thanksgiving or Christmas meal is powerful. She offers several ideas for gently sprucing up your décor without breaking the bank.

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Jeramie Robison, the executive chef at CINQ at La Colombe D’Or, agrees with Morgan about time spent with family and friends, sharing a special dinner. “Food brings the family together at the holidays,” he says. Robison loves seasonal fare, and offers quail as an alternative to the traditional turkey or ham, saying quail lends itself to a variety of ways of preparation. “You can do a beautiful quail gumbo,” Robison says. “Plate the quail in the bowl and then have the gumbo base in a vessel and pour it over the quail tableside for a great presentation.” Robison also recommends using citrus in your holiday meals and in décor. “Citrus is at its peak in the winter here in Houston,” he says. See recipes, p. 42.

LEFT: Pinot Noir, Syrah or Meritage wines pair well with poultry and other holiday fare. Photo courtesy of Central Market.

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HOLIDAY FLOURISHES

Natural elements offer excellent options for décor, and Rodney Brown, of Buchanan’s Bungalow says he’s seeing a trend this year in having more natural and vintage components in decorating. “A lot of mercury glass,” he says. “I notice many people are going vintage with tinsel trees. People are using fewer ornaments and more garlands.” Buchanan’s has myriad leafy garlands and rustic twig wreaths. Brown thinks that natural garlands along mantles and staircases can give a home a wonderfully welcoming look, embracing the idea that less can be more. He also agrees with Morgan that small details make a big impact. LEFT: Fresh floral arrangements add a special glow to holiday gatherings.

Photos from the book Martha’s Entertaining: A Year of Celebrations by Martha Stewart. Copyright © 2011 by Martha Stewart. Photograph copyright © 2011 by Frédéric Lagrange

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“I love to use pretty disposable hand towels in the guest bathroom,” he says. “It’s a nice touch that shows guests you care about the small things. If you have a nice decanter, fill it with water and place it by the bedside table in the guest room. These little touches add beauty.” Mary Lindsey Wilson has spent her interior design career enabling clients to discover beauty, both in their homes and in their lives. Her holistic approach to décor is designed to showcase the best aspects of a home and the personalities who inhabit it. “Our homes say so much about us,” she says. For the holidays, she recommends decluttering first and then adding small touches. “Put away summer accents and vacation pictures,” she says. “Bring out pictures of the kids with Santa. Have them nicely framed and have them out throughout the holiday season – then put them away.” LEFT: Continue the festive mood with houghtful additions to a guest bathroom, such as a tiny tree and special hand towels from Buchanan’s Bungalow.

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Wilson is an advocate of presenting your treasures in unexpected ways. Maybe instead of hanging heirloom ornaments on the tree, you display them in a large jar. Surround a poinsettia with moss and plant it in an old silver punch bowl. Or, perhaps put out a variety of pillows in colors that accent your room and harkens to the colors of the season. “Color is a phenomenal way to freshen a space,” she says, suggesting homeowners think about an accent wall with a glossy paint on it. She says that brighter colors show up beautifully with gloss finishes.

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With entertaining, what you serve is as important as where you serve it. Jorge Valencia of El Grand Malo says any holiday party should have a bit of bubbly. “I think sparkling wines always make people smile,” he says, offering his recipe for a Champagne cocktail (see sidebar). He recommends using a budget-friendly Prosecco or a Cava. Jeannmarie Lesseraux, the owner of Cellar 17 in Champions agrees that wine can help make a holiday party. “When you have something original, it helps get conversations started,” she says. Her shop offers an array of wines from boutique producers and will help you find just the right to fit your budget and affair. She highly recommends the Kiame meritage, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. “Make everything as easy as possible. A huge variety is never necessary,” says Marcy Jimenez, manager at Houston Wine Merchant, who says Cotes du Rhones (reds and whites) are great for holiday crowds. Above all, remember that the holidays are about joy and gathering together those we love most. Handmade touches laced with love ensure a celebration that brings out the best of the season.

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Recipes from Chef Jeramie Robison Executive Chef CINQ and La Colombe D’Or SMOKED SAUSAGE, GULF SHRIMP, AND GRILLED STUFFED QUAIL IN A SPICY GUMBO BROTH Serves 6 Spicy Gumbo Broth 1 tsp paprika 1 tsp cayenne 1 Tbsp filet 6 oz smoked sausage (sliced in thin rounds) 2 qts chicken stock 1/2 C white wine 1 C all purpose flour 1 C yellow onion (diced) 2 peeled tomatoes (chopped) 1 C celery (diced) 1 C green bell pepper (diced) 1 Tbsp garlic (minced) Salt to taste Black Pepper to taste 8 dashes Tabasco In a 6 qt sauce pot add smoked sausage over medium heat. Once the sausage is almost crispy add the onions, bell pepper, celery and

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garlic. Cook until the garlic is toasted. Add the flour and reduce heat to medium low. Stir constantly until the flour is dark brown. About 20 minutes. Add the white wine and tomatoes. Reduce liquid by half. Add all dry ingredients and the chicken stock. Simmer for at least one hour on low heat. Remove from heat. Pour hot broth into a blender and spin on high for 1 minute. Pass through a fine mesh strainer. Place hot broth back into a pot and place back on the stove on low heat. Stuffing 4 C jasmine rice (cooked as directed and rinsed under cold water) 3 bunches green onion (sliced in thin rounds) 2 Tbsp parsley (chopped) Smoked sausage (cut out of casing) 1/2 lb par-boiled 16-20 shrimp (chopped) 1/4 C white wine 1 tsp salt 1 tsp black pepper 1 tsp Tony Chachere’s seasoning 2 Tbsp butter Melt the butter in a large sauté pan over high heat. Once the butter begins to foam add smoked sausage and sauté for 1 minute. Add the white wine and all dry ingredients. Add the rice and reduce the heat to medium. Cook for another minute. Remove from heat and refrigerate. Once cooled stuff seasoned quail.

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Quail 6 each boneless quail 1/2 tbsp garlic powder 1 tsp paprika 1/4 tsp cayenne 1/4 tsp cumin 1 Tbsp salt 1 Tbsp pepper 5 sprigs tarragon(chopped) 4 oz olive oil DIRECTIONS: Preheat grill to 400 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients in a small bowl. Place the quail in a 9” x 12” pan and coat the quail with olive oil. Season the quail inside and out with the spice and herb mixture. Place stuffed quail on grill and close the lid. Let cook for 6 minutes and turn once to get a nice cross hatch grill mark on the quail. Cook for another 6 minutes and remove. Set the quail on a plate and reserve.

Note: You can also bake the quail in the oven at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Place the grilled or oven baked quail in the bottom of 8inch soup bowl. Pour the gumbo broth around the quail. About 1/2 way up the quail. Place one whole grilled green onion over quail and serve.


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Chill 6 long rectangular plates. Slice the avocado in half and remove the seed. With a spoon, remove the avocado from the skin. With the avocado flat side down, slice in 1/4 inch slices. Lay 5 grapefruit segments down on the plate 2 inches apart. Place the sliced avocado in between the grape fruit. Season avocado with kosher salt. Pour olive oil over baby arugula and season with salt and pepper. Crumble blue cheese over grapefruit and avocado segments. Place arugula over blue cheese and put one teaspoon of grapefruit juice over the arugula.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Turn on your convection setting if applicable. In a mixing bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, vanilla, bourbon, and milk. Whisk until the eggs are incorporated. Pour batter into a 12 x 20-inch baking pan. Place bread into batter and smash bread down so it begins to soak up the liquid. Let it set for 30 minutes then bake for 45 minutes. The top should be golden brown and there should be no runny liquid seeping around the bread.

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Décor

Destinations LOCAL DESIGNERS DISH ON THEIR FAVORITE STORES AND SOURCES

This vibrant aqua hand-painted antique side table was recently spotted at Nadeau in Rice Village.

Part of the glitz and glamour of living in our big city is the great number of shopping destinations and stellar resources for furniture and accessories.

Find fabulous French accents, such as this metal doughbin with wooden plank top at Vieux Interiors.

These stores and sources showcase brilliantly culled selections of goods that instantly inspire professional designers and browsing homeowners. We asked Houston designers to share some of their favorite sources around town. Here are some fantastic resources from Saima Seyar, ASID, RID, the principal designer for Elima Designs; Marie A. Flanigan, ASID Allied Member, owner of Marie Flanigan Interiors; and Blake Woods, ASID, RID, owner of Blake Woods Design.

OVERALL DÉCOR SOURCES V I E U X I N T E R I O R S : This décor wonderland offers a wide range of antique and modern accessories and furniture. Saima Seyar recommends Vieux for accents, such as fun, unique accent tables and small decorative pieces and candles. “I loved a capiz shell table there,” says Seyar. This favorite of designers is also open to the public at 3701 West Alabama St. #160, 713.626.9500.

This luxurious Ocsar de la Renta Home for Century Furniture is one of many furniture finds at Alyson Jon Interiors.

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ALYSON JON INTERIORS: This well-done design center has been a go-to for designers for decades. Find great furniture, artwork, lighting, bedding and decorative accessories. Seyar raves about their lamp selection. Open to public at 2401 Bissonnet, 713.5243171.


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NADEU: This outpost of a small national chain features fun, inexpensive handmade accents and furniture. “You never know what you will find,” says Seyar, who recently adored a hand-painted tin drum table at Nadeu. Open to the public at 2414 University Boulevard #180, 713.942.9310. FOUND FOR THE HOME: “One of my favorite places to find truly unique furnishings and accessories is Found,” says Marie Flanigan. “This charming shop, tucked away near Rice Village, maintains an eclectic mix of classic, vintage and industrial pieces. If you are looking for that special item that not only makes a statement but also becomes a conversation piece, this is your place!” Flannigan’s product pick: industrial accent items. “These almost sculptural pieces add character to any home,” she says. Located at 2422 Bartlett #5, near Hwy. 59 and Kirby, 713.522.9191. DESIGN HOUSE: The owners of Design House at the Houston Design Center are constantly visiting the various design markets and bringing back fabulous finds, reports Marie Flanigan. “Their distinctive collection of lighting and accessories always has the latest trends and fashions,” says Marie Flanigan. Located at 7026 Old Katy Rd., #115, 713.803.4949.

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HIGH FASHION HOME: “Be sure to block out your entire afternoon before visiting High Fashion Home," says Flanigan. The four-story, 125,000 square foot home décor store is like a department store of home décor, with a bit of wardrobe to boot. Marie Flanigan raves about the variety of styles on hand and is a huge fan of the lighting selection. “Their lamps and pendants are gorgeous and offer selections for any style,” she says. MORE GREAT CHOICES: Designer Blake Woods is known his talent for incorporating color and variety in his work. Woods gathers items from a range of sources, including AREA (5600 Kirby, 713.668.1668), ECLECTIC HOME (345 W 19th St., 713.869-1414), INSTALLATIONS (611 West 22nd St., 713.864.6125). When Looking for vintage finds and the truly unique items for focal points or oddities and conversation pieces to make a space unique, Woods turns to emporiums such as HEIGHTS ANTIQUES ON YALE (2010 Yale, 713.861.3335), ANTIQUE CENTER OF TEXAS (1001 West Loop North, 713.688.4211) and THE GUILD SHOP (2009 Dunlavy, 713.528.5095).

High Fashion Home also carries the Leitmotiv line of interesting lighting products. Pictured above is their milk bottle chandelier.

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ARTWORK & WALL DÉCOR ART IN THE CITY: This art gallery features a range of art from original to prints, to delightful glass pieces and unique sculptures. “They do wonderful framing,” says Seyar. “I’m in love with the original sculpture Evening used in the ASID 2011 Showhouse in Siena Plantation. Art in the City is open to the public and located at 3601 W. Alabama, 713.552.0900. UNIQUE ARTS OF HOUSTON: A secret gem of local interior designers, this wall décor destination has been a top source for more than 30 years. Though you need to work with an interior designer for access, Flanigan says their wall décor, accessories and small furnishings are exquisite and the prices can’t be beat. She loves their Customizable Canvases. “You can select any print you want and their amazing staff will turn it into a fine art canvas,” says Marie Flanigan. Open to the trade only, 7385 Ashcroft St., near Bissonnet and Hillcroft, 713.774.5533.

Laura Rathe Fine Art features emerging and established artists. Pictured above: Flora III, 30” x 30”, by Meredith Pardue.

LAURA RATHE FINE ART: This art gallery features original art by a wonderful selection of artists and sculptors. “My favorites are Steve McCurry's photography & Katherine Houston's glass paintings,” says Seyar. Open to the public; located at 2707 Colquitt Street, 713.527.7700.

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RUGS, BEDDING & FLORALS POSTMODERN TRADITIONS: This unique store specializes in custom and contemporary rugs. “They have beautiful modern rugs in range of styles and sizes,” says Seyar. “I love the Lapchi line.” The store features both in-stock and custom-order rugs and is open to designers and the general public at the Houston Design Center, 7026 Old Katy Road, #169, 713.522.7870. PLUSH HOME: Known for some of the best bedding and bath accessories in Houston, Plush Home offers a lavish selection of fully customizable bedding in a wide range of products from basic to luxurious, according to Marie Flanigan. “The staff is extremely helpful and can work with you or your designer to help create your dream bedroom, from thread count to feather duvet.” Flanigan’s product pick: The Sateen Duvet. “This amazing duvet is light as a feather but provides the soft comfort of a typical feather duvet – a perfect option for our Texas summers,” says Flanigan. Plush Home is located at 2233 Westheimer Road, 713.522.5230. LEFT: Andre Arbus rug collection by Lapchi. Available at Postmodern Traditions.

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White Seville lantern and Savannah Chandelier by Chelsea House, available at Alyson Jon Interiors.

This Channel Back Settee is part of the Oscar de la Renta Upholstery Collection by Century Furniture, available at Alyson Jon Interiors.

CREATIVE BRANCH: This specialist in permanent floral creations is known for their great-looking floral arrangements and trees, both ready-made and custom. “My favorites are their different sculptures made from tree branches,” raves Seyar. Creative Branch is open to the trade only, so ask a designer to help you scout out their creations. Located at 7246 Wynnwood Lane, off Hempstead road and Loop 610, 877.396.1842.

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Heights Station Antiques Fun shopping in an 1895 Carriage Barn. Unique Gifts, Home Decor, European and American Furniture, Rock 'n Roll & Sports Memorabilia. 121 Heights Blvd. (S. of I-10) 713-868-3175 www.heightsstationantiques.com

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MODERN Architect Allen Bianchi’s placement of crisp, white stucco, smoky grey brick, and cedar fencing combines for a dramatic effect, often captivating passersby.

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DARING ARCHITECT ALLEN BIANCHI’S CONTEMPORARY DESIGN BRIGHTENS A QUIET CORNER OF THE MUSEUM DISTRICT

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A trio of baskets, Les Nymphes by Linge Roset, awaits guests just inside the front door, while a petite bird sculpture perches on the window ledge.

This is the story of a Houston couple, he a Wisconsin native and she a native of Germany, had lived in Heights cottage for several years when the decided they were ready to build a modern home. They focused their search on neighborhoods within the city, closer to the Museum District and its universities. The pair of geologists sought to find the right piece of land and build a home that was sturdy, durable and beautiful, in other words, very much like a rock, something geologists are quite familiar with. As fans of modern architecture, the couple had already admired the work of Allen Bianchi, AIA, when they discovered a home designed by Bianchi being built in collaboration with Yigal Kass of Crestview Homes. The modern enthusiasts fell in love with the project immediately and worked with Realtor Dennis Pow-Sang to purchase the home, located a few blocks from The Menil Collection.

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The kitchen, living area, patio and courtyard are unified by the continuation of materials and colors throughout the interior and exterior, lending an inherent sense of calm to the ground floor. 65


The simple geometry of the Omega bookcase by Daniel Rode for Roche Bobois offers a gentle, yet graphic contrast to the straight lines of the home.

UNDERCOVER KITCHEN Designer Anne Breux of Interior Architecture was already on board with the project, a fortunate circumstance for the new owners. Making just a few modifications to the initial floor plan, the new owners were thrilled with their newly found dream home in progress. “Anne could help us make decisions for the interior,” says the wife. “She really understood our desire for a Bauhaus-like home.” The couple wanted a contemporary, German design-inspired kitchen, so they hired local craftsman Alex Cubelli of Architectural Design Cabinet Works to custom build the streamlined, all-white kitchen, which features pure white Corian countertops. “We really do love the white Corian countertop,” says the wife. “We wanted the kitchen to be nice and closed up and tidy. We actually didn’t want it to look like a kitchen.” “Yes, that was important because the kitchen is part of the continuous living space,” the husband says. The couple raves about Anne Breux’s design and organization of the island, which provides a world of unobtrusive storage.

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Alex Cubelli of Architectural Design Cabinet Works crafted the ultra-sleek, all-white kitchen to fulfill the homeowners’ request for a kitchen inspired by contemporary German cabinetry. The look banishes clutter to maintain the peaceful mood of the overall living space. 67


Stepping stones define the fragrant pathway through the west-side herb garden.

SUBLIME SIMPLICITY “Our home was built and designed for this lot,” says the wife. “Allen Bianchi is from Houston and he understands where to put windows, and also how to create privacy in a house that has a lot of glass.” The couple says they enjoy seeing blue sky through those wellplaced windows daily. “The house is bright, cheerful and relaxing all at once,” says the husband. “For us, the architecture is like art,” says the wife. “It’s artwork you can walk through and live in.” No moldings or trims adorn the walls and ceilings of the home and the décor is intentionally minimal. The couple found that they had to be very careful with selecting new items to introduce into their home. With the crisp architecture and simple color palette, one item can make a huge impact. A circular shelf unit off

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Portland, Oregon artist Guenevere Schwien’s painting of a Ducati motorcycle undeniably revs up the wall of the stair landing.

the kitchen and a vivid motorcycle painting in the stair landing are fine examples of this. Designer Anne Breux presented a selection of materials to the couple to help them make their decisions on the calming color palette. “When I come into a project, I respect the architect’s work first, and then select materials,” says Breux. “I make sure everything works together. For this home, it was best to use many of the same materials inside and out, rather than create a patchwork of various materials.” To complement the white stucco walls, the same neutral stone flooring was used inside and out to extend the living space outdoors. A deep grey brick provides a sturdy counterpoint to airy white walls and expanses of glass and powder-coated metal shelves accents as an understated accent. Bianchi’s design of the home, which sits on a corner lot, takes advantage of each day’s shifting sunlight. The front of the home is dominated by crisp, white stucco walls, while the side elevation is almost equal parts stained cedar fence, white stucco and grey brick.

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“Allen caused the light to play quite brilliantly,” says the husband. “Its not just a white box, because elements of the house add angles to other elements so you’ll see shadows play on the side of the house throughout the day. It’s always very interesting.” One thing that attracted them to the plan was having the master bedroom on the first floor. The master bedroom enjoys the view into the generous, private courtyard. The couple appreciates Bianchi’s layout of the master bathroom. “His design is quite minimal and does not disrupt the sense of calm,” say the husband. “It flows together, rather than being chopped up into sections.” The second floor of the home provides various optional spaces, such as guest quarters, an office and flexible lounge space that functions as a Zen room, exercise area and reading nook. The lounge area opens onto a balcony. This inviting outdoor space sits above the master bedroom and overlooks both the private courtyard and the surrounding neighborhood, further connecting the interior to the outdoors. “I appreciate how a lot of the elements, such as the brick, go right out to the outside and come inside as well,” says the husband. “It makes it feel like the house is participating in the outside, especially with all the windows.” “Yes, it’s a wonderful outside effect,” says the wife.

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ABOVE: Off the second-floor lounge, a generous balcony offers views of the surrounding neighborhood. More 1966 furniture by Richard Schulz provides a restful place to pass the time. LEFT: The combination of sunny afternoons and tree branches yields a delightful shadow cinema on the westfacing, white stucco walls of Bianchi’s design. OPPOSITE: The well-placed windows on the east wall of the second floor provide mood-lifting daylight to the hallway, which functions as a library, in addition to connecting the office, guest room and lounge space.

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RESOURCES REALTOR: DENNIS POW-SANG, 713.522.2828 BUILDER: YIGAL KASS, Crestview Homes, 713.942.0490 ARCHITECT: ALLEN BIANCHI, AIA, 713.523.4800 INTERIOR DESIGNER: ANNE BREUX INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE, 713.301.0143 CUSTOM AUDIO, VIDEO AND BLINDS: KEVIN SUSTALA, Custom Audio and Video, 281.755.2095 KITCHEN & CABINETRY: ALEX CUBELLI, Architectural Design Cabinet Works, 713.661.3641 STAINLESS STEEL SHELVES & POWDERCOATING: GUIDO SCHINDLER, 713.880.9787 VANITIES AND HARDWOODS: RANDY KEYS, Canyon Mesquite and Selected Hardwoods, 281.620.4468 LIGHTING: FERNANDO GALARZA, Lighting Unlimited, 713.626.4025 WELDING FOR THE FRONT GATE: DAN SCHNORR, 832.455.7135 INTERIOR FINISHING & PAINTING: STEVE CROATT HOME REPAIR, 281.344.7681 DUCATI MOTORCYCLE PAINTING: GUENEVERE SCHWIEN, Portland, Oregon, www.gueneveres.com/ MotoGallery.html

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O p p o rt u n i t y B u y ROBERTS CARPET & FINE FLOORS offers the largest variety of premium carpet

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We also occasionally come upon a volume buy of first quality, premium products that come available on a one time basis. We call them OPPORTUNITY BUYS and here are just a few that are currently available while supplies last: AMERICAN WALNUT OR AMERICAN CHERRY 5” wide, 1/2 inch thick • 2mm resandable face • 10 year warranty • Made in the USA

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Houston House & Home Magazine November 2011 Issue