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on the cover Alyssa Parrish and Michael Bublewicz are thrilled with their Heights home, which they purchased from Lucas Craftsmanship. The design/build project involved renovating and expanding a 1920s cottage into a four-bedroom home.

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8 Editor’s Note 14 Calendar 18 Before & After: Room for Family

Subtle colors and soft touches bring life to a family’s living room

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Sense of History 28 AA Heights builder’s project

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ovember ushers in the holiday season and reminds us to be thankful for friends, family and other blessings in our lives. For many of us, the holidays are a time to continue traditions and share them with new acquaintances. A November tradition for Houston House & Home is celebrating the magazine’s anniversary. November 2012 marks our 18th year. 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, and H-E-B stores.

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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 dozens of pets into loving homes. Now that’s home improvement! Another proud tradition at HH&H is collaborating with the Houston Heights Association on their home tours. This year we have featured one of the homes on their Holiday Home Tour, the Parrish/Bublewicz home. For Allysa Parrish and Michael Bublewicz, this four-bedroom home with the soul of a 1920s cottage is the home of their dreams. Additional articles this month include holiday entertaining ideas based on local interior designer Anne Breux’s reflections of her recent travels in France. Plus Joetta Moulden’s Before & After column includes delightful seasonal touches to light up your home with holiday spirit. Thank you, Houston, for 18 years! Here’s to beautiful living and timehonored traditions! Sandra Cook Editor scook@houseandhomeonline.com Like us on Facebook Twitter: @househomemag HOUSTON

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ANTIQUES & ART MARKETS Now in its 60th year, the Annual Theta Charity Antiques Show is considered one of the top three antiques show in the country. This marquee antiques event is set for Nov. 15-18 at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall A. Special features this year include an exhibit of replicas of the British 14

Heights Holiday Home Tour Crown Jewels and speakers Leslie and Leigh Keno, appraisers from the PBS series Antiques Roadshow; and Sally Bedell Smith, author of Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch. This year's show is proud to present over 50 premier antiques dealers from around the globe. Exhibitors offer the finest in antiques from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Show hours are Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: www.thetaantiquesshow.com or 713.622.3560. The Winter Holiday Art Market (WHAM) takes place Nov. 16-18 at Winter Street Studios. Part curated art festival, part holiday party, WHAM brings together Houston artists for an alternative winter wonderland of paintings, jewelry, clothing and more. Shoppers enjoy art, food, entertainment while supporting local artists. Winter Street Studios is located at 2101 Winter Street, of Taylor. Free admission. Information: www.spacetaker.org/wham The merchants of 19th Street in the Heights present their annual Holiday on 19th, themed “Paint the Street Red.” All shops on the street will be open the evening of Nov. 30 and all day Dec. 1 for this festive experience. Guests are encouraged to dress retro in red and come out to shop, dance and make merry. Information: See the “Shop Heights 19th Street” Facebook page.

CLASSES Local gardeners know to expect a broad selection of classes at the Arbor Gate in Tomball, including classes that qualify as Master Gardener CEUs. This month’s line up includes the Nov. 10 class taught by photographer and Harris County Extension Agent Emeritus Bill Adams on pruning and grafting fruit and berry plants. On Nov. 15, Chef Molly Fowler offers tips for holiday stress-free holiday entertaining. Arbor Gate’s Christmas Open House takes place on Dec. 1. Guests can enjoy great food, holiday cheer and Zydeco music by Curtis Poullard. Information: 281.351.8851 or www.arborgate.com.

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When Christi and her husband Keith called me, they were desperately in need of help. By the time they bought their Houston home, they had lived in apartments in Chicago and New York, but never had time to decorate them. “The living room was used as a dining room by previous owners, but we are a couch/reading kind of family,” Christi explained. They knew they would get more use from the room of they turned it into a living room, so that’s what we did. 18

TIP: Just because the previous owners or builder decided a room should serve one purpose doesn’t mean you must keep that purpose, especially if it does not fit your furniture or lifestyle. When I first saw the space, there were curtain rods screwed into the lovely woodwork, which did not make sense, since Christi had planned to ditch the inside-mount Austrian shades that came with the house. I suggested that the rods be removed, freeing her to install the half shutters that she wanted.

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cushions to the sofa, which really changed the way it looks. The large 24” down/feather throw pillows, made by my sewing workroom, add squishy softness to the newly restored sofa. TIP: If the lines of your seating are classic, sometimes it is cheaper to reupholster than to buy new. If there is a sentimental attachment to a piece, then it is a no-brainer to reupholster.

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To anchor and unify the updated living room seating, I recommended a neutral 8’x 10’6” Seascape Seagrass rug from online source www.homedecorators.com. The couple found two neutral seashell prints to hang in black frames, which were placed three inches apart over the sofa.

AFTER: A repositioning of the couple’s metallic tree was necessary. The tree, decorated for all the major holidays from Halloween to Easter, is an event the children look forward to each month.

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TIP: Readymade stock frames are an inexpensive way to frame art. For spacing, usually a mat-width or a frame width apart is a safe rule of thumb. I like to hang art about a foot above the cushions on the sofa. Since they did not have adequate storage in the room, my carpenter built some take-it-with-you bookcases for the family’s books and accessories. The bookshelves provide a nice area for Christi and her family to decorate for the holidays. She found a wooden advent calendar on a trip to Mystic, Conn. and smaller angels, Santas and snowmen can be displayed by stacking them in between and on top of books. The couple’s family tree is decorated with ornaments they have collected over the years. Many of them are souvenirs from trips, and most have a story behind them. “Since having children, the tree now also includes their handmade ornaments, which tend to be on the lower branches because the children like to hang their own ornaments,” Christi said. The little silver tree hung with silver birds was purchased from a home store on l9th Street in the Heights. We put it up in October, decorate it for all the holidays, and I am so ready to put this back in the attic by April,” she laughed. “I love the wooden trees you put on the glass and iron coffee table, which was custom made from an iron grate on legs my mother bought for us from a boutique in Jackson, Miss. I always thought the trees were too tall to go there but they look great with the terra cotta birds, holiday books and small gift-wrapped package,” Christi explained. Combined with the stack of antique suitcases used as a sofa table they bought at Urban Market (an upscale flea market/antiques sale), http://theurbanmarkethouston.com) and the magazine rack from Mecox Gardens in Highland Village, the room feels comfortable and personal, which guests comment on all the time. “Being able to use the wingback chairs I inherited from my grandmother is pretty meaningful and thanks to you, I am so glad that I didn’t put them out on the curb,” she said. “You kept me from making some very expensive mistakes,” Christi explained. Joetta Moulden offers home makeovers using your own home furnishings to create the home you’ve always dreamed of. Joetta believes your pieces collected through the years reflect your personality and can be artfully arranged. Her ability to focus on your personal style and not let her own preferences influence the design of your home makes her unique. See more makeovers on her web site at www.shelterstyle.com, e-mail her at joetta@shelterstyle.com or call 713.461.2063. If an initial appointment or referral is booked by Nov. 30, a 10 percent first meeting discount will be given. 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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Ginger, Spice & All Things Nice at The Arbor Gate The holiday spirit is in the air at The Arbor Gate in Tomball. “We decorate year-round,” says Beverly Welch, owner. “We’re very much about what’s going on at the moment.” A pleasant stroll through the grounds leads you to The Arbor Gate Too!, a delightful 1930s frame house moved and renovated from the Heights and now surrounded on all sides by stunning display gardens. Here, discover a veritable boutique of gifts for all occasions. • Housewares Find Ann Swan’s porcelain china in a variety of botanically accurate designs and Jan Barboglio's hand-etched glass goblets set in hand-forged metal holders. Then there’s the new “Trout Unlimited” collection of pottery tableware by Richard Branble and Spiritiles by the artist Houston Llew. • Cooking Goods & Yummies There are cookbooks and organic condiments and cooking oils, as well as an all-time favorite: gourmet popcorn drizzled with chocolate, nuts and cinnamon.

Above, right and below: In The Arbor Gate Too! gift shop, the innovative staff has created a “Gingerbread Wonderland,” with realistic resin gingerbread houses decorated from top to bottom and on all sides, bottle-brush trees and darling doll characters set about — including the nursery’s own “Elf on a Shelf,” Basil (at top). “Gingerbread houses are such traditional decor for the holidays,” says Beverly Welch, Arbor Gate owner. “They’re a great way to add that warm holiday feeling.” All items are for sale, with the houses starting at $70.

• Art & Accessories Handmade crosses by area artisans (“We try to support our Texas artists,” Welch says), cowhide purses with turquoise embellishments, peacock-feather wreaths, Tyler Co.’s oh-smell-sogood candles, exquisite lamps with turn-the-head lampshades... the selection is incredible. • For the Kids They’ll love the hand-painted wooden box advent calendars with decorative door handles and deep-set windows for placement of celebratory items. And don’t forget to take home an “Elf on a Shelf” kit. Attend any of The Arbor Gate’s classes this season, including the Christmas Open House, Dec. 1 from 4-7 p.m. And, of course, The Arbor Gate is the place to go for plants and all your gardening needs. “We have those plants that are easy to grow, but hard to find,” says Welch. Make The Arbor Gate part of your holiday tradition …and every day in between.

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A SENSE OF HISTORY A HEIGHTS BUILDER’S PROJECT PERFECTLY SUITS A COUPLE WITH STRONG TIES TO THE AREA BY SANDRA COOK • PHOTOS BY MICHAELRAMOSPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Alyssa Parrish and Michael Bublewicz moved to the Historic Houston

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Already hooked on the Heights, Alyssa and Michael searched and

Heights in 2008, after she finished law school and he finished medical

searched for a traditional home in the Heights. The couple had bid

school. But within a few years they decided that their townhome just

on five homes and struck out again and again, but while vacationing

wasn’t working for the two of them and their two dogs.

in South Africa, Michael and Alyssa spotted the online listing for a

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ABOVE: Alyssa and Michael’s living room blends the Craftsman-inspired architecture of the home with a Mid Century aesthetic. The pair of sofas is from Crate & Barrel, while the marble-top coffee table was found at Reeves Antiques in Montrose. RIGHT: Previously a tiny, 1920s pyramid-roof cottage, Lucas Craftsmanship renovated this home and designed and built the 2,000-square-foot addition, complete with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Tour this home and five others during the Heights Holiday Home Tour, Nov. 30-Dec. 1.


ABOVE: The Lucas Team built the new garage, which is accessed from an alley. Even after adding the garage and the home's new square footage, the back yard remains a pleasing green space for family and pets. OPPOSITE: From the street, the two-story addition takes a back seat to the magnificent oak tree and the original 1920s cottage.

home that was under construction located just a few blocks from Heights Boulevard and White Oak Drive. The home was actually a 1920s cottage that was being renovated

floor plan of this home.” “During our search, we had become familiar with the various builders in the Heights, and we really liked he quality of the work we

and expanded into a four-bedroom, three-bath home by Heights-

had seen form the Lucas brothers,” says Michael regarding Lucas

based Lucas Craftsmanship. At the time they saw the listing, the pho-

Craftsmanship, which is run by three brothers.

tos showed only the raw framing of the rooms and upon seeing the photo of the kitchen framed out, Allyssa said, “that’s our house!” They

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emailed their realtor immediately to set up a tour the day after they

Alyssa and Michael liked the design that Lucas had laid out, and

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appreciated that they preserved the original cottage and let it set the

As they toured the construction site, Alyssa says, “we just had such a good feeling about the house that I turned to the builders and told them we’d be putting in an offer that day. I’m glad we missed out on those five other houses, because, I really love the location and the

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tone for the look of major addition. After its completion, the house was nominated for a HHA Community Improvement Award. Alyssa is a Houston native has deep family roots in the Heights. Her grandparents lived in the neighborhood, and her grandfather

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was a builder in the Heights. Alyssa lived in a garage apartment in the Heights while attending the University of Houston. Since they moved into their home in May 2011, she says she is proud to embrace that history. The couple says they enjoy the vibrancy of their historic neighborhood, especially the shops and eateries along White Oak, such as Revival Market. VERDANT VISTAS

“I spoke to the architect one day when I was testing paint samples,” says Alyssa. “He explained to me that they designed the home so that each window looks out onto green space.” She adds that many of the large, old oaks were preserved and may be among some of the oldest trees in the Heights. The leafy green canopy must have inspired some of the interior colors provided by Sherwin Williams paints in pale shades of green. “I love waking up and just seeing the tops of the trees,” says Michael. “It feels like a tree house.” Of course, the abundance of mature trees is a timeless trademark of this historic neighborhood. Alyssa and Michael treasure the moments they can sit on the front porch and admire their block—a new hobby for the couple who previously lived in a nearby townhome. “We also enjoy walking the dogs in neighborhood,” says Alyssa. “They just love it.” KITCHEN IS KEY

Michael is the chef of the house, and relishes opportunities to cook on a grand scale. When he and Alyssa saw the dimensions of the large, open kitchen they knew the home would be a good fit. The couple had long sought a cook’s kitchen to host large family holiday gatherings centered around the food of Michael’s Polish heritage. He emigrated to America as a child, with his parents and brother, escaping communism and seeking asylum. “Now making Pierogies, a traditional stuffed dumpling, around our 8 x 8-foot honed black granite island has become a holiday tradition for both sides of the family,” says Alyssa. The couple says they have hosted as many as 100 guests, and the kitchen has enough work surface to fit 17 kitchen helpers at once. “And virtually every single cabinet you see is filled with our muchused cooking and entertaining tools, trays and supplies,” says Alyssa.

RIGHT: An army of pale green cabinets, ample counter surface topped with honed black granite and stainless steel appliances comprise the dream kitchen for Michael, who loves to enlist friends to help prepare traditional Polish pierogies. The 8 x 8-foot island comes in handy for accommodating such mass-prep occasions.

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MIX OF MODERN AND HISTORIC

“We do have a great appreciation for the historic Craftsman architecture of the Heights, but I have always been drawn to Mid Century design,” says Michael. Looking at the couple’s living room, this furniture style preference is especially clear. The round, marble-top coffee table is a vintage piece from Reeves Antiques, while the clean-lined sofas were sourced from Crate & Barrel. Alyssa and Michael say they procured many other decorative items, such as art and accessories, while traveling in the U.S. and abroad, to places such as the California wine country and Michael’s homeland of Poland. The couple is thrilled with how the found their home and quite pleased with how it all came together and feel like the builder was in tune with their own design vision, even before the saw the plans or the project under construction. “Their design aesthetic fit us to a T,” says Alyssa. “It’s such a natural fit—the space, the colors, the kitchen. We couldn’t ask for a better, more appropriate home.”

Resources BUILDER/DESIGNER, including landscape and interiors Lucas Craftsmanship Inc., 713.864.2510 PAINT on walls and trim from Sherwin Williams: Walls: SW7011 Natural Choice Kitchen and Bath cabinets, plus baseboards and Molding: SW7738 Cargo Pants DOORS AND WINDOWS: Grogan Lumber, 713.862.6623 COUNTERTOPS were installed by IMG Johnny Dominguez, 713.534.0302 PLUMBING SUPPLIES AND APPLIANCES: Ferguson, 713.626.3300 LIGHT FIXTURES: Heights Lights & Things, 713.861.0607 TILE: Dal Tile, 713.681.7625

RIGHT: While the Lucas team selected most of the light fixtures in the home, Alyssa and Michael did choose change the chandelier in the dining room. The linear fixture complements the table from Restoration Hardware, which is on casters, so it can be rolled out onto the deck for outdoor dining.


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ABOVE: All of the bedrooms on the second floor feature treetop views, as well as reclaimed wood floors. The master bedroom includes the raised ceiling detail and a balcony. BELOW: Alyssa selected a romantic shade of gray/blue for the walls of the master bath. For a custom master bath it is somewhat modest in size, but Alyssa says the room functions beautifully for the two of them.

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The front parlor welcomes guests with its inviting fireplace and distinctive ceiling design (highlighted with Sherwin Williams SW7738). The spot is ideal for pausing to enjoy the views of the front yard and the charming street, however Alyssa admits the room is most often utilized by their two dogs for urgent squirrel stalking.

In the original 1920s portion of the home, the study functions as Michael’s office. The cozy room features the 1930s secretary’s desk that Alyssa’s grandmother gave to Michael as a gift. The 50-year-old zebra rug was procured from Alyssa’s aunt’s antique shop in South Africa. 37


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Holiday Inspirations from France W LOCAL DESIGNER ANNE BREUX SHARES HER DESIGN NOTES FROM A RECENT TRIP TO PARIS AND MARSEILLE

hen the editor of Houston House and Home magazine, Sandra Cook, asked me to write an article on Holiday Entertaining, including decor ideas for both indoors and outdoors, I thought about my most recent trip to France, with wonderful meals in Paris and in Marseille, during early September. From Paris, I tried to remember the décor of the tables at the Hotel Thoumieux, the Maison Baccarat or the Georges, but could only think about the company (eleven architects and builders from Houston) and what was on our plates and in our glasses. Extraordinary feasts, glamorous lighting with candles and LED sparkling trees, friendly waiters and amazing views of the city. Sorry Sandra, I can't recall the napkin holder or even the center of the table's floral arrangement but I can taste the licorice Laduree macaron and the perfect moelleux (melted) chocolate cake, after the delectable pink carre d'agneau (rack of lamb) served with divine mashed potatoes swirled with salted butter. This emphasizes the point that it’s the company and the sense of contentment that makes the greatest impression. Of course, for us in the design field, it’s a compliment to the designer when no element of the décor is too overbearing or distracting. When interior design is in harmony, especially in a dining room, the environment allows guests to feel at ease and enjoy their time together, however it’s lovely when parts of the décor serve as conversation pieces. From Marseille, I do remember the weather being like here in Houston, in the late fall, and the

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The festive indoor/outdoor dining areas at Mama Shelter/Marseille.

winter, dry, cool and breezy—so pleasant at the terrasse, or at the bar by the pool. The palette of colors used in Provence is very different than that of Paris and should fit nicely in our own cityscape and our own indoor and outdoor spaces here in Houston. Marseille lies along the southern coast of France, along the Gulf of Leon, which connects to the Mediterranean Sea. A couple of great ideas I got from my stay at a small boutique hotel designed by the legendary Philippe Starck, the Mama Shelter/Marseille. At the hotel, the al fresco dining room is covered with an orange awning, which protects you from the elements but also provides an amazing glow on the guests’ faces—plus, happiness emanates from the colors and the patterns used on floor covering and pieces of furniture. What a positive effect of the design! At the bar, above the counter, a series of swimming pool floats were threaded onto fluorescent tubes—a fun surprise. There’s always a childish component in Starck's style! You will have to purchase the colorful tube floats late spring or summer when the supply is high and the choice of graphics and colors is huge! Think about polka dots (to match with the new Vuitton/Kusama collection) or stripes (to match with the Roche-Bobois/Jean-Paul Gaultier line). Dare to mix orange, hot pink and red or play with animal patterns (cheetah prints are the craze...again). The effect is so festive, it is like having your own resort cabana at home, celebrating the holidays in the most exotic place. FRENCH STYLE IN HOUSTON

Dress your formal dining table with Baccarat (shop their store in the Galleria) and Bernardaud (now in the Decorative Center), and the house in the style of Marie Laure de Noailles in her Parisian Mansion. You can decorate your backyard with a south of France feel to create a casual, full of joie de vivre atmosphere to entertain your guests after a sumptuous holiday meal. Cigars and liquors de rigueur. This tablescape from the Paris trade fair Maison et Objet features glass Christmas ornaments, sparkling wine glasses and bucket from le Chateau de Rivals. Breux reports seeing similar table arrangements this fall at the Round Top antiques fairs. 46

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Houston architect Charles Todd Helton designed this modern entry, featuring a variety of window shapes. Photo by Jerry B. Smith.

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Jessica Davis of Rick’s Front Door Refinishing says if you’re finding those things, it’s time to get serious. “We can help you refinish you door,” she says. “We’ll seal it, even set you up on a maintenance plan so that your door says fresh and new.” 64

Ken Bowman, general manager of Masonry and Glass Systems, Inc. puts in glass blocks that can help you improve the look of your entry, as well as add to your security. They can replace the traditional windows around a door, and give your exterior a whole new look.

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project “Glass blocks look great,” he says. “And putting them in means you won’t have windows or blinds to wash and dust – but you’ll still get natural light.” He says homeowners can expect to spend less than $1,000 on the service, depending on the entryway, and says that his firm will help you assess the look that’s right for you. “You want your entry to look inviting,” says Nick Sacco of Doors and Accessories. “Lots of people re-do their homes, but they’ll forget about the outside. That front door is just as important.” He and his team can create a custom door for your home in about six weeks, with prices starting at around $650.

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Art Glass By Wells offers a variety of custom beveled glass doors and sidelights, such as this Baroque entryway (left), and this Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired look (right).

He says the price depends on what kind of material you want, but he says he works with everything: oak, ash, even mahogany. “We’ll help you make a great statement,” he says. Davis reminds homeowners that refinishing or replacing your door is about much more than aesthetics. She says having a wellbuilt, well-maintained door is smart energy policy. “If you’ve got cracks and you’re seeing light come in, you’re losing energy in your home. You’ll really want to think about re-finishing or replacing if you’ve got that going on.”

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THANKSGIVING SALE! Still Making Turkeys Out of the Competition! CARPET

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LAMINATE

HARDWOOD

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SHAW

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ARMSTRONG

3 great colors Lifetime stain warranty

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Glueless Uniclic Made in the USA 4 best colors

Hand scraped plank America’s best seller 5 fantastic colors

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SUMPTOUS

MOHAWK

BLAKELY

OLD WORLD HICKORY

Perfectly balanced Great medium quality product at an unbelievable price

Glueless Click Great for residential or commercial use 3 best colors

Made in the USA Hand scraped look with beautiful French bleed 3 colors

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sq.ft.

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STAINMASTER

KARNDEAN

SOMERTON II

MANNINGTON

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ULTRALIFE

EARTHWERKS

QUICKSTEP RECLAIMÉ

AMAZON EXOTICS

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Most beautiful laminate floor on the market Made in the USA 3 colors

1/2” Thick X 5” Wide Glueless installation Brazillian Cherry, Santos, Ipé

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Houston House & Home Magazine November 2012 Issue