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19th Anniversary Issue


Holidays At Home Southland Homes Creates Stunning Heights Remodel

New Build in the Heights • Entertaining Tips • Holiday Décor D cor • Events & Festivals


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Fresh Ideas for Entertaining


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EDITOR’S NOTE It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, and we’re already thinking about the holidays around here.

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Hard to believe . . . . But, yes, you’ll find this issue chock full of ideas — from gifts to entertaining and holiday decorating. We try to stay a step ahead, which we hope benefits both our advertisers and readers. Our advertisers, may I offer, allow us to place this publication on newsstands at no cost to you. So as a thank you to them, please consider visiting their stores when you shop! “Buying local” affords us all so many benefits. It means employment opportunities for many — and remember the sales taxes go to fund our schools, parks and recreational facilities, in addition to covering road and signage expenses. Houston gives us such great options. When you’re out and possibly looking for books, either for yourself or to give as a gift, I’d like to pass along these three to consider: Giada de Laurentiis will be signing her book, Giada’s Feel Good Food, at the Williams Sonoma store in Highland Village on Nov. 12. See our Calendar listing for more info. All the Best blogger Ronda Rice Carman recently stepped into Carl Moore Antiques’ shop on Bissonnet to sign her first-ever title, called Designers at Home. She gives

us a peek into the homes of 50 designers. One of whom is Texas designer Jan Showers. In fact, Showers will be at Carl Moore on Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon to sign her book, Glamorous Retreats. In Carman’s book, she shares some personal insights about the holidays and entertaining — apropos to this issue and the related article within. “Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday,” says Showers, who enjoys having her family gather at her table in Dallas. When entertaining, she prefers limiting dinner guests to eight. And she tries to do as much in advance of the party as possible. “A relaxed hostess and simply prepared foods will always be a hit. “Never underestimate pretty stemware and a beautifully set table,” she adds. Happy shopping! Happy Thanksgiving, Susan (and Sam) HOUSTON

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Southland Homes and client chose for the flooring 2 1/4-inch red oak planks in Sherwin Williams’ ranch oak stain. The fireplace surround is 12x24 cinder vein cut tile.

Southland Homes Helps Save Historic Property, Giving it New Life The handsome gray cottage at 1005 Oxford Street is a Cinderella story from beginning to happy ending. It is the winner of the Houston Heights Community Improvement Award for Residential Renovation and will be featured on the Heights Historic Homes Tour in April 2014. The cottage was an unlikely candidate for celebrity when Colin Shelton, president of Southland Homes, had his first look at it almost two years ago. Built in 1896 for a German immigrant family, the small house had fallen from an earlier graceful state into ragged disrepair. Shelton couldn’t quite visualize the award-winning home that would soon unfold. “I was surprised it was still standing,” he says. The Houston builder had renovated dozens of historic homes in three Houston historic districts, including the Heights and River Oaks, but this house was in the worst condition he had ever witnessed. Details of a classic cottage – the broad-balanced windows and lofty 10-foot ceilings – were marginally visible. Years of neglect and vacancy, termites and fires, and do-it-yourself construction had taken a heavy toll on the 1,100 square foot property. Homeowner Bobbie Knox Echard purchased the house in December 2010 after a two-year search that included viewing more than 200 properties. She knew she wanted to settle in the Heights, and when she found the cottage, dilapidated but with a certain charm, she knew she was home at last. Echard moved into her fully renovated home last November. “Bobbie Echard is dedicated. She knew what she wanted. She had a vision and a plan, and she assembled a team who could do the job,” Shelton says. With Echard at the helm, the team included designer Colby Weems of C Weems Designs, Troy Campa of NewberryCampa Architects, and 10 house& home | November 2013 | www.houseandhomeonline. com


Shelton’s Southland Homes. “Not many people can say they love their builder when the project is complete – but I truly can,” adds Echard “Southland’s entire construction team was patient, fully engaged, sensitive to my budget, committed to quality, and the end product is beautiful,” she says. The house actually came in about 5 percent under budget. For Shelton, the house was a fun project but also complex and challenging. “We kept the shell of the house, and we replaced the walls, floors and interiors – always with appropriate materials for the period and in the original style,” says Shelton. The foundation was rebuilt from the inside out. The house doubled in size to 2,200 square feet and is comprised of three bedrooms, two baths, and a garage apartment. The plan is so seamless it’s hard to tell the addition, says Shelton. Since its completion the project has gleaned several awards. In addition to the Heights renovation honors, the cottage kitchen has received a Prism award from the Greater Houston Builder’s Association, and a Star award from the Texas Association of Builders. Historic property renovations are more complex than new construction and always have special needs, explains Shelton. There is the important and often time-consuming work with historic district boards that govern and protect the historical significance and ambience of the neighborhoods. Part of his job involves walking the homeowner through these procedures. In past projects, Shelton has commissioned craftsmen to rebuild antique windows and to custom cut molding to match original fittings. In this house everything had to be symmetrical, lined up perfectly, which was not an easy task.

ABOVE: The kitchen is part of the open floor plan. The countertops are honed Carrera marble; the backsplash is Ann Sacks; heath-white ceramic. All cabinetry is custom built. BELOW LEFT: The central hallway (seen here from the front door) connects the entire house and acts as an art gallery. BELOW RIGHT: The master bath flooring is grey BXLS imported from Italy.

“We do quite a bit of work in the historic districts; it’s probably 60 percent of our caseload,” according to Shelton. “Renovations are a part of our business that also includes new home construction. Shelton has been a builder for nine years, and started Southland Homes in 2007. “This house turned out to be a beauty; it’s truly unique. The exterior is traditional but the interior is contemporary and is exactly what the homeowner wanted,” he says. “When you save an old house, and you add all the modern comforts, there’s something about it that is rewarding. It’s a good feeling to be able to bring it back to what it should be.” Customer service is key to Southland’s business, Shelton said, and customers like Echard agree. “When we finish a job, we’re proud of it. We care about details and the quality. And, we build lasting relationships with our customers.” Southland Homes of Texas, 713.862.5214, www.buildsouthland.com 11

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Book Signings One of Texas' most recognized interior designers, Jan Showers, stops in at Carl Moore Antiques on November 12, to sign her newest book, Glamours Retreats. She will be at the shop at 1610 Bissonnet from 10 a.m. to noon. More information: 713-524-2502 or www.carlmooreantiques.com Also at Carl Moore Antiques . . . Author Judith Miller Interior designer and author, Jan Showers. signs her book, Antiques Encyclopedia and Antiques Handbook & Price Guide on November 14, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 1610 Bissonnet St. Info: 713524-2502 Food Network's Giada De Laurentiis – star of “Everyday Italian” and “Giada at Home” – is at the Williams-Sonoma Highland Village store at 4060 Westheimer on November 12 at 6 p.m. Call the store to reserve a book. Space is limited to the first 400 ticketed customers. Books go on sale November 5. Info: 713-212-0346

Festivals & Events (See more on pages 64-70) Houston Fine Arts Festival premieres at Discovery Green Park, November 2 & 3. Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Info: www.paragonartevents.com/ houston or call 631-421-1590

Farm Fest 2013 showcases volunteer-built, self-sufficiency Heiko Weiner’s wood vase with turquoise projects at Last Organic can be seen during the Hosuton Fine Outpost's Emile Street Arts Festival at Discover Green. Community Research Farm. Come tour the aquaponics, rainwater catchments, beehives, worm ranches, a cob oven, compost tea brewer and more. Food trucks, music, and arts and crafts. November 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: donation. Info: www.lastorganicoutpost.com 14 house& home | November 2013 | www.houseandhomeonline. com

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The 11th annual Junior League Holiday Market takes place at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott, November 15-17. The market features more than 100 merchants selling specialty holiday items, home accessories, clothing, gourmet foods, jewelry and more. Tickets: $12 Shopping hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Info: www.jlholidaymarket.org Magpies and Peacocks partners with Houston Petset, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping orphaned animals, on November 19, by hosting a sale at Muse boutique at 2411 W. Alabama, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Items for sale include a new line of dog collars and cat cuffs, in addition to repurposed luxury goods – for humans. Info: www.houstonpetset.org On Thanksgiving night, November 28, Post Oak Blvd. transforms into a holiday event: the “28th Annual Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting Celebration.” Festivities begin at 4 p.m. with music and concessions. Free. Entertainment, food trucks, decorations, Santa and fireworks (7 p.m.). A percentage of concession sales benefits “Be An Angel,” and the Houston Area Urban League. Info: www.uptown-houston.com The French American Chamber of Commerce’s 30th annual “Soiree Beaujolais” on November 21 at the JW Marriott Houston, 5150 Westheimer, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Info: www.facchouston.org Theta Charity Antiques Show November 21-24 at George R Brown Convention Center. Featuring Bunny Williams, Celerie Kimble, Alexa Hampton and others. Info: www.thetacharityantiquesshow.com

MainStreet America continues its tradition this year: Christmas on MainStreet. November 29 to December 21, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy a celebration of lights, sounds and tastes of the holiday season when strolling throughout 12 beautifully decorated showcase homes. Friday Date Nights offer cooking demonstrations, design seminars, seasonal beverage tastings and more. Saturday family nights are geared to children, with rides on MainStreet Express and interacting with holiday characters. Admission for 16 and over: $15. Children 4-15 years, $5 and those younger, free. Info: 281-825-4429 or www.mainstreetamerica.com The Houston Design Center, 7026 Old Katy Rd, hosts its sixth annual “Deck the Tables” kick-off party on The 28th Annual Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting Celebration kicks off on Thanksgiving evening at 4 p.m. Dec. 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Various showrooms spotlight spectacular holi23 & 30). Courses are $12 per person or $10 for GHF memday table top designs. Author and stylist Annette Joseph will be on bers. Info on places and times: call 409-765-3409 or visit hand to discuss and sign her book, Picture Perfect Parties. More www.galvestonhistory.org information: www.thehoustondesigncenter.com Five Heights neighbors open their homes December 6 (6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) and December 7 (3 p.m. to 9 p.m.). The Holiday Home Tour, hosted by the Houston Heights Association, includes a seasonal crafts market at 107 W. 12th. Tickets sold by various neighborhood merchants and online: www.houstonheights.org The Blue Triangle Garden Club hosts its annual “Christmas Tour of Homes – Yuletide Elegance,” on December 8, from 1p.m. to 5 p.m. Three beautiful homes will be open for viewing. Complimentary trolley pickup at 5751 Blythewood at Old Spanish Trail. Tickets: $10 and can be purchased at any of the homes: 3502 S. MacGregor Way, 4327 N. MacGregor Way and 4327 N. Roseneath Drive. More information: 713-898-8258 German Christmas Market “Weihnachtsmarket Texas Style” happens in Old Town Tomball, near the old train depot at 201 S. Elm. December 11 & 12. On Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. On Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission and no parking fees. Enjoy music, street vendors and food vendors, a petting zoo, the traditional Dutch Santa Elf, live Christmas tree and the Royal Bavarian Guard.

In Galveston The Galveston Historical Foundation announces three demonstrations this month: “Interior Luster: How to Properly Clean & Treat Your Historic Woods” (November 9), “Interior Design for Historic Homes” (November 16) and “Getting Creative with Architectural Salvage” (November

Moody Gardens’ “12th Annual Festival of Lights” opens on November 16 at 6 p.m. Enjoy more than 1 million lights within 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays and nightly entertainment. Also skate around the area's only outdoor skating rink. Try out the new Arctic slide and visit Santa, too. Thursday to Saturday: November to December 7. Nightly: December 12 to January 4. Info: www.moodygardens.org The East End Historical District hosts “A Victorian Christmas,” on November 30, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Four homes will be decorated for the holidays and open for public touring. Tickets cost $15 and are available at The Grand Opera House. Info.: www.eastendhistoricaldistrict.org Galveston's oldest residence, the 1838 Michael B. Menard House at 1605 33rdt St. will open its doors on December 14 & 15, for a rare holiday event at Galveston Historical Foundation's holidays teas. Seats are limited to 24 people per seating. Seating times: noon and 4 p.m. each day. Tickets cost $50 for adults, and $15 for students. In addition to the tea service and treats,the program features some of the museum's collection pieces. Info.: www.galvestonhistory.org

Exhibits The Red & White Gallery at 102 Main St. in Fayetteville hosts Pat Johnson, a clay artist, on November 9, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Info: www.redandwhitegallery.com 15



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Marye-Kelley Decoupage is a mainstay 20-year vendor at the annual Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market, which takes place this year November 7-10 at Reliant Center. Anyone who has been to the market knows Melinda’s coveted products . . . the decorative tissue boxes, eye-catching small trash baskets and an array of other hand-made items. Wastepaper baskets for every day or seasonal.

Decoupage Design An interview with Melinda Marye-Kelley How did your decoupage empire begin? I believe that all of the work experiences in my life helped to guide me on this decoupage path. I was the Assistant to the Executive Director at the Ronald McDonald House. My boss was an incredible mentor and taught me a great deal about running a business office. I learned the day-to-day nuts and bolts of operations, accounting, and working with board members and volunteers. I met my husband, Bill, in 1990, when he was living on Block Island, Rhode Island. He made furniture and birdhouses — and I painted them. We sold them on the island that summer. I soon became fascinated with decoupage. I remember going out and buying some clear glass plates and asking my mom for magazines that I could cut up to use to make the plates. An issue of Colonial Homes had an article called “Papered Plates.” It 16 house& home | November 2013 | www.houseandhomeonline. com

was a feature on Federal-inspired decoupage plates. In that one moment, I felt like I found my way. Do you have an educational background in art? What is your business/educational background? Growing up I always loved arts and crafts and actually did quite a bit of decoupage. I studied Fashion Merchandising at The University of Texas and enjoyed the applied art classes. When I first started the business, I did take some classes at HCC . . . sculpture, ceramics and welding. What was the first year or two like in business for you? The first year or two it was just me — decoupaging and selling my goods. I spent four or five months selling on Block Island in the summer. My then future husband Bill begin to join in the fun and help with production during the summer.

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You have been such a mainstay at the Nutcracker Market; how did that begin for you? And why do you return? Our first Nutcracker Market was 1993. I sold items there through Design Design in 1991 & 1992 and did very well. So the next step was to apply myself. I was so excited when we got in. We started with just a 10x10 booth, now we have grown to a 40-foot booth. What’s ahead for Marye-Kelley? Very soon we hope to move to 1740 Westheimer, next to the Empire CafÊ. We are hoping that having frontage on Westheimer.

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How many employees do you have? And where are the items you sell made? We have seven full time employees and six part time employees. My husband and I also work full time in the business. Our production team has been with us since 2006. They are extremely loyal and dedicated. All items are handmade right here at 2515 Morse St. Do you actually do any of the designs or decoupage work? I create almost all of the designs. Right now we have such an incredible team in the art department that I am able to delegate more for new designs that I then help fine-tune. We all work well together as a team to come up with ideas and solutions. The only actual decoupaging that I do now is one-of-akind creations for custom orders. Inspiration is everywhere: maps, art, clothes, photographs, books,travel, cooking, color, dreams . . . .


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AFTER: Using my measurements to ensure correct proportion, the couple shopped for an 8x10 Franklin area rug and Norton kilim pillows at Pottery Barn, coffee table storage and round tables at Target, leather sofa and two upholstered chairs at Star Furniture. The bronze floor lamps came from CalLighting.com. Cathi’s grandfather made the sofa end table in B E FBEFORE: O R E A lack of furniture, rug, lighting and bookcases was preventthe ‘30s. The bookcases were custom built by Jose Torres. Cathi strung the live tree's popcorn garland. ing this room from being “finished.” 22 house& home | November 2013 | www.houseandhomeonline. com


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AFTER: Using my measurements to ensure correct proportion, the couple shopped and found the dining room buffet at Star Furniture, the buffet lamps at Target, and the upholstered host/hostess chairs flanking the buffet came from Ballard Designs (www.ballarddesigns.com). Cathi framed their son Steven’s artwork using stock frames from Michael’s, and her brother made the couple’s mirror for them in the ‘80s. The angel collection was purchased during an after-Christmas sale at a favorite gift store in Kansas. BEFORE: The dining room needed a taller buffet, artwork and upholstered host/hostess chairs flanking it to widen the room. 24 house& home | November 2013 | www.houseandhomeonline. com



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selves and allowed you to think through the solutions you offered. I can’t argue with success,” she says. Another problem Cathi had was visualizing the dining room with its buffet table and side chairs. But I listened and applied your suggestions and the rooms work beautifully,” she adds. Family and friends have all provided positive comments. The couple loved the ideas for the holiday decorations. “Our tree is always a live tree, traditionally strung with popcorn garlands,” Cathi says. She particularly enjoyed the simple, easy ideas for the table tops that I took the time to showcase in their home for the holidays. “Your measurements and recommendations on where to find fabrics, simple chairs and rugs were a God-send since we were new to Houston,” she explains. “This allowed us to choose what we liked while staying in the parameters of your overall design of the rooms. We are so glad we hired help! It would have been very frustrating—and not nearly as successful, if we had not hired a professional,” Cathi says. As a minister’s daughter, traditions run deep. Her parents had an annual Open House for their congregation, and she watched her Mom bake thousands of cookies in preparation. One of her earliest memories was stringing popcorn for their family’s Christmas tree. “We did it faithfully every year, and I remember it being a long, arduous chore. When Thanksgiving winds down, I look forward to the evenings when I sit and string popcorn. It brings back fond memories of holidays as a child-- and my own tree would not look right without the popcorn garlands!” Cathi explains. AFTER: The gold chargers and Christopher Radko salad plates came from Target. The red square plates came from Pottery Barn; the cut crystal glasses and flatware Cathi inherited; and the smooth goblets came from AceMart restaurant supply. The woven placemats came from Pier One Imports.

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There’s a not-so-distant jingle signaling the season for presents and parties, and customs and cranberry sauce. But a tradition-packed holiday doesn’t have to mean same ol’ decor. Break with the built-in color palette of red and green and go glam — starting with the invitations, which set the mood for any festivity. “We’re seeing a lot of glitter,” says Katie Hackedorn, owner of Katie & Co, a fullservice invitation and stationery store in the Heights. “You always see red and green, but we’re also seeing a lot of red and turquoise, which has a wintery feel.” Checkerboard, Designer’s Fine Press, and Lallie all offer holiday options with texture. “Letterpress, die cut, and laser-cut pieces are popular and very pretty,” Hackedorn says. An interesting and eye-catching tablescape will infuse your party with holiday cheer. “I like the decor to be abstract and playful — to take it out over the edge,” says Kelly Gale Amen, an interior designer and art furniture designer. “Not everything has to be uniform.” Before you commit to spending the big bucks on a set of holiday dishes, consider using what you already have in your china cabinet. “Not everything has to say Christmas or Hanukkah all over it,” says Christina Landrum, a native Houstonian and the mastermind behind Pomp & Circumstance Event Design. “You can use your china, your flatware, your glassware and give the table a holiday touch with decor.” Landrum uses metallics to make holiday tablescapes shine. “Anything gold or silver — and the more glitter the better!” she adds. For dinnerware, Amen favors geometric prints, which make place settings pop and are suitable for serving guests throughout the year. Decorate your chairs! From onefabday.com 28 house& home | November 2013 | www.houseandhomeonline. com

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“Most dishware is circular and geometric print is angular. It’s a great juxtaposition,” he explains. Flowers bring a freshness to the table, but they are no longer the only option for centerpieces. “For centerpieces, I love branches,” says Landrum. “For an upcoming winter wonderland party, we’re using glittery trees.” If you’re not planning on outsourcing the centerpiece duties to a local pro, go easy on yourself. “For a round table, I love to do a mirrored centerpiece with small flowers at each place setting,” Amen says. “Low centerpieces make it so you can really converse.” At the end of the meal, give your guests a memorable send-off with a thoughtful take-away. “Everybody likes to receive a little gift, such as a sweet treat in a pretty package,” says Hackedorn. If a guest has a known food allergy or a dietary restriction, find a suitable substitute — or go a different route. Share your favorite candle find, for example. “A lot of hosts will give out dessert favors, so that guests have something sweet when they’re leaving,” Hackedorn adds. “Try a miniature pumpkin bread or muffin in a cute cellophane bag or a cupcake box.” Again, be thoughtful enough to plan on adding sugarfree items or perhaps dried fruit and nuts to the selection — for those with dietary restrictions.

6 TIPS FOR PLANNING A HOLIDAY PARTY 1. Start early. People tend to wait until after Halloween, but the summertime is a good time to dive into the holiday planning. (Christina Landrum) 2. Send a paper invitation. Around the holidays, it’s nice to see something a little more special than junk mail. (Katie Hackedorn) 3. Get inspired. Find one main thing that inspires you and work from there. (Christina Landrum) 4. Plan your table in advance, so everything works together. A beautiful table is like a beautiful lady. She has the necklace, bracelet and earrings — and it all works together. (Kelly Amen) 5. Obey the mathematics of comfort. Thirty inches is ideal for each place setting. Nobody wants to be elbow-to-elbow. (Christina Landrum) 6. Hire a planner to help coordinate for the day-of. Find a way to be a host, instead of the one running everything. (Christina Landrum)

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DECK THE HALLS Quick ideas to create your own holiday spirit ABOVE LEFT: A triptych nativity at C&D Hardware in the Heights. ABOVE RIGHT: A Sweets Santa at C& D Hardware. LEFT: A DIY project using a heavy-stock paper and discarded beads. Sketch out a tree and use an invisible glue to secure the jewels. A pretty card results.

Candles. Garlands. Table toppers. Interesting upholstery. It doesn’t take a lot to dress up your home for its holiday best. Sometimes, as many Houston designers and decorators have discovered, it’s the small things that stand out. “I noticed a trend in the natural look for Christmas this year,” says Kathy Stratton of C&D Hardware. “You can take some wood Santas, Nutcrackers and reindeer, then add a bit of fresh or artificial greenery and some snow to capture an updated look. Burlap is also a hot look right now and mixes very well with traditional Christmas colors.” At C&D, you’ll find large rolls of burlap that you can use to make inexpensive custom table runners or monogrammed placemats. Steven Joseph in Events gifts department echoes the sentiments about table runners, and recommends using them as a backdrop for every holiday this season. “Put some beautiful tapers in a candle ring and group them together on a table runner or on the coffee table,” he suggests. “Or make your platters and serving-

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ware the details that stand out on your table.” If you want to see ideas in action, drop by the Houston Design Center for the 6th annual The Holiday Tabletop Tour and Showroom Open House on Dec. 3 – 7. Group tours are available and the public can drop in for live music and see great interiors. “Look for great inspiration on exquisite holiday décor from Baccarat, Bernardaud, Christolfe, Lalique and some of Houston’s finest designers, including Connie LeFevre, Julie Dodson, Teri Pugh and Regina Gust,” says Sheri Roane, marketing director for the Houston Design Center. Each display is eligible for awards in a number of categories. Winners will be announced on Dec. 6. And while you’re decking the halls, Stratton says don’t forget the walls. “One of my favorite holiday decorations is hung on the wall. We have Santas or church scenes are accented with twinkling lights. The lights mimic falling snow or lighted church windows and are batTOP OF PAGE: Customize your gift wrapping. Use stencils to design the name or greeting -- and then cut out the letters to apply to plain gift wrap paper. Also a perfect option when piling up gifts in the car to transport -- no squashed bows! (www.bugsadfishes.blogstpot.com). ABOVE: Create a candy mint wreath. Find a white styrofoam wreath and glue on the mints. Tie with a ribbon. Voila! Easy and inexpensive. ABOVE RIGHT: Pull out your wine glasses, set colorful balls underneath them. Top the glass foot with small candles. 34 house& home | November 2013 | www.houseandhomeonline. com

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Enter the neatest kitchen in the world and, still, most people fidget with the notion of others opening their kitchen cabinets, drawers and pantries. But not so with Susan Schneider. She encourages it. You see, Schneider — a Texas-registered interior designer specializing in kitchen space — is a pro when it comes to organization, and she’s a keen-eyed sleuth when it comes to finding extra storage space — in the kitchen, in unsuspecting places. For example, in her own kitchen flatware drawer, Schneider had it fitted with two levels as opposed to the usual one. So, open her drawer and there are two levels of neatly placed spoons, forks and knives. The top-level drawer slides back when the bottom drawer is fully extended.

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Mini work stations prove efficient. Here she has her various ovens (microwave, warming and double wall) in one area.

Absolutely everything has its own place in Schneider’s Braeswood kitchen.

She also omitted the space divider in her upper cabinet. It is easier to retrieve and return the long serving dishes stored there. Rather than do the A to Z work needed to create the dream homes clients want, she works with other interior designers. They hire her for very specific skills: to blueprint the organizational and storage space desired in a kitchen. Her own kitchen became her work lab when she remodeled it almost 14 years ago. Many of the storage solutions she came up with then continue to please clients today. “It was an all-white kitchen with quality wood cabinets. The people who did it, did a nice job. The layout didn’t quite work for me, though,”she says of her old space. “I wore both the designer and client hats,” she says about her own remodel, which involved gutting the entire kitchen space. She 40 house& home | November 2013 | www.houseandhomeonline. com

Schneider positioned her “fold out” pantry on the other side of the peninsula, which serves as a work area and eating bar.

began asking herself the same types of questions she poses to clients. For example, she might ask them what they cook and what type of preparation occurs? Is there more than one cook? Is an office area needed, or how about a spot for quick lunches and conversation? “I know how I cook, and I know where things need to be,” she says. If she wants to bake, for example, she prefers keeping the mixer and all related utensils and bowls in one designated area in the kitchen. Such mini work stations improve space and time efficiencies. In addition to needing a very organized space that suited her busy family’s lifestyle, she says durable yet classic materials received top consideration as did lighting. She chose absolute black granite for the countertops, sleek wood cabinets — more befitting to her more modern home decor -- and white hard-working melamine interiors for the maple drawer boxes. She added recessed halogen lights — both low and high voltage — and selected easy-to-clean 14-inch porcelain tiles for the floor. New, high-end appliances were a must for this venerable cook. To give her more countertop space, Schneider had a pull-up table for the mixer built. It is all hidden from plain view — behind a lower cabinet door. She also added a pennisula that serves as both a work space and eating bar. “If I have one spatula, I have eight,” she says with a smile. “I wanted them to all be together, which allows helpers to easily find or put away items. I like a clean look.” Schneider says her kitchen fits the style of the house and continues to look and serve well. It’s all about planning . . . .

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Susan’s Toffee A Holiday Favorite! Susan Schneider’s kitchen is where it all began! After learning how to make it, the oft-described “wow!” chocolate pecan toffee became Schneider’s “go-to”dessert that she’d take to parties. Soon, friends and family wanted to buy the candy from her. The rest is history. It is now available to all. Described by most as having a delectable taste and texture, Susan sells it through the Schneider Kitchens Toffee website: www.schneiderkitchenstoffee.com. The holiday season is when business really picks up, so allow for a week or two for orders. The packaging -- with handmade paper flower bows from Paper Floral Artistry by Balushka -is as sweet as the candy itself. She also packages it all up in custom containers or festive red boxes adorned with simple ribbons. Info.: 713-665-1950

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Preheat oven to convection 350° (bake 375°) Combine flour, baking soda, salt and coffee in a bowl. Whisk to mix. In Kitchen Aid mixer, beat butter. Add white sugar and brown sugar until creamy. Add vanilla and beat. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually add in flour mixture. Stir in toffee and chocolate chips. Chill dough 30-60 minutes or overnight to firm. ** see note below Bake on parchment lined cookie sheets 9-11 minutes or until golden brown. Remove them when they are still soft in the center. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. ** Note: Use a 1 5/8-inch (1 1/2 TBS) ice cream scoop to shape cookies and freeze them unbaked. In the mood for just a cookie or two, pop what you want from the freezer to preheated oven for a yummy treat.

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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. 7 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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hen you have a winner, as do Paula Johnson and Laura Menefree — owners of a thoughtfully constructed new Houston Heights bungalow — it becomes evident that having the right team in place is paramount. Menefree says their first team pick was the architect. Antonio Flamenco at INsite Architecture designed their second home on Lake Conroe seven years ago. Crediting him with knowing what they liked and how to make their city home “different,” they were not disappointed with his presentation. INsite also understood the sensitivities and restrictions of the designated historical district where Menefree and Johnson planned to build. The firm’s understanding of how to build new in an older neighborhood proved important, since the Houston Archeological and Historical Commission had to approve the plans before construction could begin. The plans then were submitted to three builders for bids. Gabriel Home Builders won their confidence. Menefree and Johnson liked that the company had previously built in the Heights, and they felt comfortable knowing the builders have their office in the neighborhood. The interior departs from the traditional bungalow floorplan. Its openness suits the homeowners’ active lifestyle -- entertaining friends and family. Interior Designer Laura Umansky set out to furnish the home comfortably and for easy living.


Quincy, a long-haired dachshund, perches on the sofa top, ready to mingle and party with guests. The upholstered console with decorative nailhead and complementary cube seating provides an area from which to serve. The moveable cubes also can be taken elsewhere in the room – or wherever guests want to sit.

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The custom wine room is a strong visual point in the dining room. Additionally, the owners and guests can walk into the space. A free-standing console was added to provide a work and resting area.

on creating a home that catered to entertaining. While the house appears large from the curbside, it feels cozier when visitors walk immediately into a large open horizontal space that combines the kitchen and living room. Glass, wood-framed doors in the living room open to a large outdoor covered deck. On nice-weather days, the living area actually becomes larger

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Reclaimed wood constitutes the counter top; it was an item suggested and found by their builder, Jeannine Nuzzi at Gabriel Home Builders.

when the outdoors is allowed “inside.� And even when the doors are closed, the backyard vista is soothing and promotes a more open feel. The home is actually 2,800 square feet, all total. The owners did not want a home that felt too large, and one where rooms remained unused.

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The upstairs landing was also designed for comfort. The seagrass rug lends a little bit of texture to the creamy sleeker look of the furnishings. (photo courtesy of The Laura U Design Studio)

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To the left of the entry is a separate dining room that fronts the house and features a glass-front, walk-in wine cellar. In all the main living areas Umansky and her colleagues focused much attention on creating spaces suited for entertaining. “Laura and Paula wanted large-scale chairs in comfortable fabrics placed in the dining room so that guests could enjoy a meal and then linger for as long as desired. The living room also was furnished to seat easily six or more guests. Of course, the bar stools at the kitchen’s eating bar easily turn to be part of the living room congregation. “We have learned that people always gather in or around the

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The master, decorated in a transitional style, is layered with visually interesting and textural neutrals. The master bath is to the right side of the room, and an inviting view to the backyard pool lies in direct view of the bed. (photo courtesy of The Laura U Design Studio)

kitchen, so it was important to us that the kitchen not be separated from the main living area,” says Menefree. “At Laura’s suggestions, we initially created an Ideabook on Houzz.com that consisted of many rooms and furniture that we liked. And then we shared it with them,” says Menefree, noting the process provided helpful visual communication. “With very

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The beautiful swimming pool comprises much of the backyard. A nicely appointed outdoor kitchen and seating is located just in the forefront of the pool -- an area seen from the living area. (photo courtesy of The Laura U Design Studio)

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few exceptions, we bought all new furnishings.” “We also learned that it is important to identify those design elements on which you can compromise, and those that will bug you forever if you don’t change them,” says Menefree.



Resources The Laura U Design Studio www.laurau.com 713-522-0855

This new construction was built to complement its Houston Heights neighbors. The owners wanted bungalow charm – but with a very livable and sophisticated, light contemporary decor inside. (photo courtesy of The Laura U Design Studio) Laura Menefree and Jack, a short-haired dachshund, relax in a sitting area tucked in the corner of the master bedroom.

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WALLER CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL On Main Street in Downtown Waller Saturday, Dec. 7 • Noon to 6 p.m. 2-4 p.m. Pictures with Santa (Bring your own camera) 5:00 p.m. Christmas Parade 6:00 p.m. City Christmas Tree Lighting

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Indulge in Small Town Atmosphere For great weekend get-aways, put Schulenburg on your calendar! TRI-MARQUE “WHAT I LIKE SAUSAGE FEST CAR SHOW ABOUT TEXAS” Sausage Making Live Music (Audi, BMW Wine & Music Festival Street Dancing & Mercedes) Downtown Wine Tasting Apr. 5, 2014 Schulenburg Live Music 12 p.m. Jan. 25, 2014 Mar. 8, 2014 at 2 p.m. at 4 p.m. Home of the Painted Churches



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EDITOR’S PICKS COZY UP IN WARMTH Spend your chilly nights outside with a glass of wine by our Grand Cordova outdoor gas fireplace by American Fyre Designs. At Cunningham Gas Products, 18700 Carrot St. in Spring. www.cunninghamliving.com or 281-376-5200

THESE CUTE LITTLE DACHSHUND REINDEER ARE SEEKING A HOME Designed by The Round Top Collection, he is gift-wrapped in a red metal bow. Hand-painted and glittered. For the dog lover. At C&D Hardware & Gifts at 314 E. 11th St. in the Heights. 713-861-3551

BRIGHT AND CHEERY Stainless steel tables and letters of every size. In four colors. At Joshua’s Native Plants and Garden Antiques, 502 W. 18th St. in the Heights. www.joshuasnativeplants.com and 713-862-7444

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“FAB” BOIS Three round solid-slab end tables (45x22x17) made with suar wood. At Texas Tuscan Furniture in The Woodlands: 26207 Oak Ridge Dr., Suite A. www.texastuscanfurniture.com


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It’s the Holiday Fragrance of Fresh Cut Trees COURTESY OF CORNELIUS-CALLOWAY NURSERY

Some people believe it just isn’t Christmas without the homey aroma of a fresh cut Christmas tree in the house. Lots will fill with a variety of selections, and the tradition of tree shopping typically begins just after Thanksgiving. Cornelius Nursery showcases some of the freshest ones in the Houston area. Here are some tips from the nursery located on Dairy Ashford at Voss Road: How do you choose the best tree for your home and family? • Before selecting a tree, be sure you know what size (height and width) you need. • Run a branch through your fist: The needles should not come off easily. • Bend the outer branches; they should be pliable. If they are brittle and snap easily, the tree is too dry. • All trees should receive a fresh cut to the trunk and immediately be placed in a water-reservoir stand. How do you care for your tree? • The single most important tip for freshness is to keep water in the stand at all times. Check several times each day! A tree can use up to one gallon of water daily! • Keep trees away from sources of heat (fireplaces, heaters, heat vents, direct sunlight). • Lowering the room temperature will slow the drying process. • The use of lights that produce low heat, such as miniature lights, will reduce drying of the tree. Why real Christmas Trees are a benefit to the environment? • Real trees are a renewable, recyclable resource. • There are close to 15,000 farms growing Christmas Trees in the U.S., and over 100,000 people are employed full or part-time in the industry. 78 house& home | November 2013 | www.houseandhomeonline. com

• There are about 350,000 aces in production for growing Christmas Trees in the U.S., much of it preserving green space. • Growing Christmas Trees provides a habitat for wildlife. • Christmas Trees remove dust and pollen from the air. • Artificial trees will last for six years in your home, but for centuries in a landfill. What are some fresh cut Christmas tree variety options? Noble Fir• Our Noble Firs are grown by Bear Canyon Tree Farm in the foothills of Washington State’s Cascade Mountains. • Their Noble Firs are grown high up in the mountains where they receive over 60 inches of rainfall annually and receive plenty of frost insuring the trees become full dormant before harvest. • Noble Firs have soft blue-green needles on evenly spaced strong branches that are perfect for heavy ornaments. • They also have a pleasant mild fir scent.

Douglas Fir• Our Douglas Firs also are grown by the Bear Canyon Tree Farm in Washington State. • They present a dense, bushy shape and fine soft green needles. • They also have a distinctive pine-like scent that lasts throughout the entire Christmas season. Fraser Firs• Our Fraser Firs come from the family-owned Cartner Christmas Tree Farm in the Blue Mountains of North Carolina. • The needles are shiny dark-green with two silvery-white bands on the lower surface. • Generally a narrower tree for rooms where space is a premium. • Fragrant aroma.

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