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The Blue Triangle Garden Club’s Christmas Tour of Homes takes place on December 13.
Home Tours Houston area designers work together to open a spectacular holiday show house in The Woodlands, located at 54 North Windsail Place. The ASID Texas Gulf Coast Chapter’s holiday home is open to the public three weekends this month: Dec. 5 & 6, Dec. 10-13, and Dec. 17-20. Times: Thursday – Friday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday: noon to 5 p.m. Tickets sold online in advance are $12. At the door, $15. Info: www.asidtgcc.org/newsevents/holidayshowhouse/ “I'll Be Home for the Holidays -- a holiday celebration” is the theme for the Houston Heights’ Home Tour, Dec, 4, from 6 p.m to 9 p.m. and Dec. 5, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. This year's tour willfeature four beautifully decorated homes. Musicians, carolers, and special treats add to the festivities. Purchase tickets online or at the Fire Station at 107 W. 12th St. Info: www.houstonheights.org/html/holiday_tour.html
The East End Historical District in Galveston hosts its annual Victorian Christmas Home Tour on Dec. 4, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Four beautifully decorated 19th century homes are open to the public. Tickets ($17 each) are limited. Purchase at The Grand 1894 Opera House or purchase online at www.eastendhistoricdistrict.org The Child Advocates of Fort Bend showcases homes lavishly decorated for the holidays in Fort Bend County's most beautiful neighborhoods as a way of raising money to support its programs. With tour expenses at approximately 6 percent, most of the money raised goes directly into services for abused and/or neglected children. Dates & Hours: Dec. 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.,and Dec. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $25. Info: www.cafb.org
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ASID’s Holiday Showhouse in The Woodlands takes place on weekends before the Christmas Holiday.
The Blue Triangle Garden Club’s Christmas Tour of Homes happens on Dec. 13, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The tour setting is in the beautiful McGregor neighborhood along Braes Bayou. Enjoy both the decor and architecture. Address of tour homes: 4323 N. Roseneath Dr., 4406 Fernwood and 4322 Laurel Dr. Ticket donation: $15. Refreshments served. Info: www.bluetrianglegardenclub.org
Olivine, located in the Rice Village — at 2402 Rice Blvd. — rings in the holidays on Dec. 5, with a holiday open house. French-inspired and one-of-kind gifts — for home and entertaining — in addition to Mr. Kipper bow ties for your canine buddies. www.olivineliving.com
Holiday on 19th Street happens on Dec. 4, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Hosted by street merchants, visitors enjoy strolling carolers, live music, shopping and food. Houston Heights, between Shepherd and Yale Streets.
The Houston Design Center’s 8th Annual Deck the Tables & Holiday Tabletop Tour is Dec. 8 - 11, beginning each day at 11 a.m. Designers decorate and show inspiring tabletops for public viewing at the various showrooms. On Dec. 8, between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., meet celebrated design aficionado and author Tricia Foley who will design a tablescape expressly for the event and offer guests insider tips on fine table design for the Holidays. She will also sign her latest book, Tricia Foley Lifestyle: Elegant Simplicity at Home. All 7026 Old Katy Rd. at Info: www.thehoustondesigncenter.com
The Arbor Gate in Tomball hosts its Holiday Open House on Dec. 5, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Music by Curtis Poullard and the Creole Zydeco Band. Food from The Bake Shoppe and Cafe. Info: www.arborgate.com
Holiday With The Cranes, December 11-13. This new experience on Galveston island offers nature enthusiasts an opportunity to spend a weekend celebrating the flocks of Sandhill Cranes that migrate
through here each winter. Events include indoor and outdoor nature activities and presentations. It kicks off with its Art of the Wing Juried Affaire Gala Friday night (Dec. 11) at Affaire D'Art 2227 Postoffice St. Times: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $50. To purchase please call 713806-1359 of visit: www.www.galvestonnaturetourism.org/ holidaywiththecranes.asp Architecture Center Houston (900 Smith St.) will host the 7th Annual Gingerbread Build-Off at City Hall's Hermann Square on Dec. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. More than 30 competing teams will create their masterpieces using 100 percent edible materials. Santa is there, along with other entertainment. Info: www.aiahouston.org Bayou Bend’s Festive Traditions — perfect for families — takes place on Dec. 20, at the Bayou Bend Collections and Gardens, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 6003 Memorial Dr. Activities, music, demonstrations, performances, craft workshops, giveaways, and more abound throughout the home and gardens. Enjoy tours of the first floor of the house, hosted by volunteers from Houston Junior Woman’s Club. Info: http://www.mfah.org
Round Top’s Holiday Christmas Market — an arts and crafts show — is Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Orchid Tree Park and Gallery, 453 N. Washington. Info: www.orchidtreeparklandgallery.com Tomball’s German Christmas Market is Dec. 11-13, complete with authentic foods, street performers, carnival and rides. Four music stages and 175 merchants. Info. on times: www.tomballgermanfest.org Gonzales hosts its Winterfest and Historic Home Tour in its downtown area Dec. 4-6. A lot is happening here this weekend. Check it all out at www.tourgonzales.com Brenham’s Holiday Homes Tour is Dec. 12 from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person. Info: wwww.bastropholidayhomestour.com
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Wimberley’s Market Day is Dec. 5, at FM 2325. Food, entertainment and 475 vendors. Gates open at 7 a.m. Info: www.visitwimberley.com
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BEFORE & AFTER
THE BEST OF JOETTA SAYING GOODBYE AND THANK YOU TO A FAVORITE COLUMNIST BY BARBARA CANETTI • PHOTOGRAPHY BY JANET LENZEN
Back in February, 2001, Joetta contributed the story titled “From Clinical to Cozy.” In the article, Joetta wrote, “This bathroom had been ‘modernized’ by a previous owner — the room was stripped of its wood moldings, fixtures and built-in storage, but mainly was stripped of its charm. Now this bathroom invites lingering.” Photography by Hal Lott. Interior Design by Margaret Mohr, John Kidd & Associates.
Joetta Moulden's mantra when it comes to home interiors is redesign, reuse, recycle, redo and reinvent. “You would be surprised at what another set of eyes can do. We can transform a room – with little or no cost,” says Moulden. After 15 years of writing a column, Before & After, for Houston House & Home, Moulden is stepping down to focus more on her business and clients. But for 30 years she has helped Houstonians change their surroundings by suggesting simple alterations and modifications. The native Houstonian says that as a teenager she would go to friends’ homes and rearrange the furniture in their rooms. Because her father was an architect and she lived in several “lovely” homes in the city, she was introduced early to form and fashion. After attending the University of Houston and working as a business writer and editor for the Chamber of Commerce and later an in-house publication for Houston Lighting & Power, she realized her real passion was her creative side of transforming spaces. She began writing for a variety of local and national shelter magazines and then in 2000, she launched her business “Shelter Style.” She also began the column for this magazine of showing readers how simple changes in a room make enormous differences in the look and use of a space. 22 house& home | December 2015 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net
“I can walk into a room and see it finished,” she says, adding that an inexpensive investment like a can of paint sometimes can change a room and the personality of a home. She says she often walks into a room – for example a living room – and suggests moving the couch, repositioning chairs, rearranging art and repainting the walls. In a few hours, at almost no cost, the owners feel like they are in a new space. “A lot depends on the person and how open they are to change,” she says. “It is a fine line that I have to walk.” She prefers to work in the client’s home and in the space that is to be redone. “I don’t do well in blank spaces. I do better in furnished spaces because I can see what needs to be done easier in the furnished room,” she explains. “I can recommend adjustments that should be made and help them to transform the space.” “Because I believe strongly in reusing what is already there, I sometimes save my clients more than I cost them (for my services).” Her specialty areas are kitchens and bathrooms (“They turn me on!”), but she has assisted clients in redoing living rooms, dining rooms, kids rooms, master bedrooms, studies as well as outdoor spaces. She also works with Realtors in staging homes for resale.
ABOVE: A reader favorite project by Joetta from the May, 2006 issue of House & Home. Titled “Clean Sweep,” it featured Houston Public Relations maven Paula Murphy’s revamped kitchen in her 1920s era bungalow. In the article, Joetta wrote, “knowing Paula’s available funds, I knew that her desire for black granite counters would not only bust the budget, but also could overbuild the house. Instead, I suggested she buy inexpensive butcherblock countertops from IKEA and refinish and stain them deep mahogany — which saved her $1,800 right off the bat. Since she was planning to spend that money anyway, I recommended she take the savings and build in the refrigerator and extend the countertop, creating a niche for the microwave in the process, which would increase future resale value. I also suggested using inexpensive, scored beaded board panels, rather than real tongue-and-groove boards.“
ABOVE & RIGHT: January 2003’s “It’s All Black & White” featured a dated ‘60s bathroom remodel. Joetta wrote, “They were hopeful that their outdated, l960s bath could be freshened without breaking the bank. The homeowners disliked everything about the room. The yellow tile on the floor and the pinky-beige tile in the shower were very dated—even when they moved into the house in l984. The cabinetry was ugly, the drawers didn’t slide easily, the dressing table opposite the doorway was never used, and the cultured marble sink had cracked. About the only thing they wanted to preserve was the large storage closet between the tub and the dressing table.
Joetta’s June, 2008 article titled, “Adios, Eighties” illustrated how new paint, countertops, appliances and backsplash can transform a kitchen without breaking the bank.
“I believe if it’s paid for, let’s try to make it work,” she says. “The effective strategy is to rethink what is ready paid for and already there.”
She offers a few parting tips for readers of her column: • If you have a collection of items, group them together in one place rather than scattering them throughout the room or the house. • Let more natural light into the room – it makes it brighter and more cheery. • If you have variety of crystal items, they will be lost against a white wall. Instead, group them together on a table top where you can see them rather than on a bookcase. • Recover a sofa to give it a new look, but only if the furniture is to be saved for sentimental value. Otherwise, it usually is more economical to buy a couch in the new desired colors. • Paint the back of a bookcase a different color from the wall. It will make a huge difference in the room. In House & Home’s July, 2007 issue, the article titled, “Modest Makeover,” featured an outdated master bath turned sleek with added space, light and accessibility. 24 house& home | December 2015 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net
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Details make the difference in a kitchen or a bath, and the backsplash is one design element that can rock or wreck a room. Choosing a backsplash for a kitchen or shower treatment can be overwhelming because the sheer number of materials, colors, and styles available is almost limitless. For kitchens, ceramic and glass tiles continue to top the national market, with natural stone as a third favorite, according to the 2015 survey by the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Mirror, metal or metal-look tiles are also gaining popularity for contemporary homes. Painted wallboard and laminate are less requested. “The main trend for kitchens is a clean, crisp look, very minimalist, with lots of neutrals,” says Wendy Stine with Crossville Tile & Stone, a major manufacturer and disAn artistic mosaic tile backsplash from Ann Sacks. 26 house& home | December 2015 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net
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For example, a more time-honored look that goes with cherry cabinets and paneled doors is travertine and tumbled marble, which Stine says is still a draw for backsplashes in more traditional homes. There may be a lot of choices but the kitchen and bath industry does not make changes as quickly as fashion or furniture. “For the homeowner, a kitchen is a long-term investment and for the manufacturer, it’s a long process to design and develop new products, so change is not rapid,” she says. Trends on the newer side include linear glass mosaics in solid colors and subway tiles in whites, warm grays, biscuit and black. LEFT: Plank wood style tile by Ann Sacks warms up this modern shower stall. 30 house& home | December 2015 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net
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“Along the coast, people want sea tones. We do a lot of white kitchens with a pop of color,” says Jamie Allum Pruett of Traditional Designs. “We have a new glass tile with seashells in it, and a rounded tile that looks like bamboo.” According to Pruett, travertine continues to be a standby for customers who want a more traditional, timeless look. Stine says other favorites for backsplashes, in line with the national trend, include the Ashbury Market Collection, Sonoma Decorative Ceramics and Antolia Bliss Glass,” she says. Showers follow a similar trend but on a larger scale. Ceramic and porcelain tile rule for showers and flooring, with natural stone coming in second. Leading colors are white, off-white, gray and other neutrals. Bathrooms are becoming more contemporary and showers are far more popular than tubs, especially large walk in showers, according to the 2015 Kitchen and Bath Industry survey. Ilse Benard, an interior designer in Galveston has two recommendations on choosing a backsplash. “Go with what you love. Right now I’m loving concrete tiles from Morocco, but it’s not for everyone,” says interior designer Ilse Benard. “Second, whether you’re working with a designer or doing it yourself, take your time. Try looking at lots of pictures, and compare style, color, cost and maintenance,” she adds.
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Festive Holiday Table Settings for Every Home BY KAE BRUNEY
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’Tis the season for cinnamon spice and all things nice. The holidays are right around the corner, and we’re all looking forward to celebrating with family and friends. Setting your table helps set the overall mood and nurtures memorable times. Here are a few different ideas and styles that you can recreate in your homes this holiday season: SIMPLE AND INFORMAL WITH A SPLASH OF COLOR
Bring color to your table setting by picking seasonal berries or flowers. Woven placemats tie in the winter woods feeling perfectly. You can create a festive mood in the space by adding candlelight — glowing lanterns add a whimsical touch. Make every meal special with colored glasses to match, adding just enough formality without being too ornate.
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A non-traditional setup with a refined touch of nature. Candle sticks add a touch of elegance by bringing intimacy into the space, and adding a crisp linen runner and a large scale glass vase creates a dramatic floral centerpiece. Weave nature into the table setting by swapping traditional place cards for a small potted plant that guests can take home. Dramatic floral centerpieces create a luscious and elegant tabletop.
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By Susan Fox According to Peggy McGowen, owner of Kitchen & Bath Concepts, the “less is more” approach seems to have taken hold of the Houston market. Today’s trends point to a larger focus on contemporary styling — even in traditional homes. “We’re seeing less elaborate detailing with kitchen cabinet styles, and simple but smart appliance designs,” she says. Yet, a liking for monolithic countertop profiles — along with top choices going for wood surfaces characterized with unexpected textures — give simpler design approaches a big boost. “It is still about creating one special focal point — whatever that might be — to give the kitchen that much desired “wow” factor,” she says. For countertops, many are choosing such woods as mesquite, cherry and repurposed planks.
Houston House & Home contacted Sneller Custom Homes & Remodeling), interior designer Bradford
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Micqui McGowen at Kitchen & Bath Concepts designed this kitchen, selecting dual crystal drop lighting as focal points. 41
Collier, and architect Dillon Kyle about sharing projects that exemplified some of their most recent work. And do they fall into McGowen’s observed trends . . . It appears, for the most part, that they do. CONTEMPORARY MIXES WITH TRADITIONAL When Covington Builders invited interior designer Bradford Collier to do another home project with them, the directive was clear: push the envelope a little. The home is located in the very traditional neighborhood of West University. However, the builders wanted to infuse the interiors with a trending industrial modern style. Yet, it had to also convey a traditional sensibility in terms of design and look. Did they get the mix right? Some cooks might say it is the “proof of the pudding.” Or in this case, Collier’s kitchen; his recipe for industrial-traditional turned out a spot-on design that won West University’s “Best of Show” and “Best Kitchen” during a 2013 home tour. Collier’s interpretation flows easily. The stair-stepped furniture style cabinetry is steeped in traditional style yet adorned with industrial hardware, while the plastered vent hood feels sleek and
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It was a â€œhappy danceâ€? when it came to mixing industrial, contemporary and traditional styles in this kitchen, designed by BW Collier Interior Design. Photo by Sigi Cabello Photography. 43
The butler’s pantry embraces a more modern/contemporary take, thanks to the modular shelving. Photo by Sigi Cabello Photography.
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nets, which he designed with dimensional effects in mind. The
back countertops offers nice and rather unexpected juxtaposi-
backsplash — comprised of diamond-shaped glass and marble
tion to the zinc-topped 10 x 4-foot-long island.
tiles conveys a cleaned-up traditional-contemporary vibe.
The color gray seems to know no architectural boundaries. It is seen in all architectural styles: traditional, modern and industrial abodes. Collier chose the perfect shade for the cabi44 house& home | December 2015 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net
“It’s a happy dance,” he says in regard to mixing materials and styles. Collier found four contemporary stools at Mecox that sit at
Reclaimed wood flooring and the stair-stepped cabinetry convey traditionalism. Photos by Sigi Cabello Photography.
the island. Upholstered in a grass cloth and topped with linen seat cushions, they can roll out or remain in place on a very traditional reclaimed wood floor. Connected to the kitchen is a long butler’s panty that feeds into the dining room. In that space are crisp modular shelves flanking a prep or wet bar sink. Additionally, the space accommodates a wine cooler, microwave and ice maker. “I did push the envelope, but I also satisfied traditional expectations,” he says.
A sleek hood vent modernizes this traditional kitchen. 46 house& home | December 2015 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net
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Library style fixtures shed some light on this already bright looking kitchen. Photos, this page, by Peter Molick.
MINIMALISM WITH A TWIST Architect Dillon Kyle accepted the job of renovating a whole house in River Oaks. The exterior footprint of the house did not change, but the kitchen was reworked. “The space was original to the 1980s house, but it was chopped up and rather dark,” says Kyle. A cabinet wall housing the former refrigerator and freezer were removed, along with a peninsula island. The pantry under the stairs was re-imagined and the adjacent butler’s pantry reconfigured. “The owner wanted to open up the space and create The pantry’s large stainless steel doors are by The Lone Star Rangehood Company. 48 house& home | December 2015 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net
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It is a kitchen that is unimposing yet sophisticated in style and look. The countertops are Danby marble, and the cabinetry is a light peruse white oak. The existing hardwood floors were refinished. White subway tile from Heritage Tile cover the walls. The walls are covered from floor to ceiling in white textural and varied tiles. The materials palette is intentionally neutral and light to enhance bright, open qualities of the kitchen. All the cabinetry was custom built. The under cabinet appliances are well and intenA nod to cottage quaintness in the butler’s pantry downplays the cool elegant vibe so evident in the kitchen. Photo by Peter Molick.
tionally concealed behind paneling that matches the cabinetry. In order to promote order and cleanliness, the island only contains drawers. Peck and Company designed the custom open metal shelving units on either side of the 60-inch range. Each unit is equipped with casters for easy movability. A WHITE KITCHEN WITH PERSONALITY AND WARMTH “The homeowner wanted a bright, white kitchen, but she did have concern about it looking too sterile,” says Jenny Sneller, an owner of Sneller Custom Homes & Remodeling, located in The Woodlands.
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Entering the picture at about this time was interior designer Cindy Aplanalp, owner of Chairma Design Group. She offered up the perfect solution that entailed incorporating soft discreet color on the countertops and a simpler design plan. She stuck with a more traditional floor to ground the airy look. Aplanalp chose a stunning porcelain waterfall countertop revealing muted gold movement for the island. The back countertops are of the same material. Reclaimed wood, used both on the floor and for floating shelving just to the right of a second oven,warm up this hot spot — a perfect space for entertaining since it easily flows into other areas of the home. Matt Sneller says one of the Reclaimed wood for the floating shelves warms up this white kitchen by Sneller Custom Homes & Remodeling. Photo by Kolanowski Studio.
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By Susan Fox Bathrooms. These spaces are as personal as they get. So, it makes good sense to take a moment to think them out when planning a remodel or new build. HGTV — the place many still tune into for visual inspiration and for general “how-to” information — suggests style and function drive any such project. The TV gurus say the master bathroom ranks second to kitchen in terms of importance. With that said . . . two Houston-area bathrooms — along with one in the Texas Hill Country — are revealed in this month’s issue. Each offers ideas and even feeds the desire to do it “your way.” This bath by Sweet Lake Interior Design was completely re-arranged to become both a pretty and functional master bathroom.
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Interior Designer Lori Toups-Fenton, owner of Sweet Lake Interior Design, shows off one that is a glamorous personalization suited for a resident living near Rice University. Sneller Custom Homes & Remodeling in The Woodlands shares their story of a custom home built back in the 1990s; one where the master bath seriously needed some updating. And, interior designer Nicole Winmill of NR Interiors talks about a new space she designed for a home located in Cordillera Ranch, a hill country development in Boerne, TX. REMODELED GLAM “It was a big space that didn’t make sense. When you walked into the room, you essentially walked right into the shower,” A stream-lined free-standing tub and a curb-less shower give a sleeker look to this bathroom.
says Fenton. The challenge for her team was working around the scalene triangleshaped windows. But they worked their magic, as seen in the photos. “The footprint didn’t change, but we did some removing and rearranging,” she says. They also had to re-locate plumbing in order to accommodate new placement for the toilet, shower and bathtub. “There’s so much going on in this bathroom that we opted for a cleaner look when selecting the tub and standing faucet,” she adds. Almost half of the room’s walls sparkle with
Circular wood overlays on the cabinetry doors are designer marks that help elevate the desired style. 60 house& home | December 2015 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net
This is “her” side of the bathroom -- with access to a closet that resembles a shop boutique.
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find it. Fenton points out the cabinetry design; it was inspired by the sphere-shaped pendant. “The client likes circular shapes, so I had my carpenter make wooden overlays to place on the doors of the mirrored accessory and linen towers at the vanity.” She adds that the mirrored doors also convey a sense of
The owners did choose to gut the space in order to customize it to fit their needs and tastes. The big desire — the pièce de résistance— for her was to have the boutique closet of her dreams. The result includes a mirrored closet door that folds out in such a way to become a three-way dressing mirror. Plentiful shoe racks showcase her heels and flats as if they were works of
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Friezes and decorative crown, furniture-style chests and armoires, along with metallic gray paint by Benjamin Moore, finish out the dressing room. It is so spacious and elegant that it does not even warrant the mere classification of being just a closet. His closet was built out in walnut to convey a more masculine feel. While a bit smaller, it does offer ample storage room for clothes and accessories. “Due to his hectic travel schedule, a specially designed cabinet — just outside the door of the main closet — was made to house his suitcase and hamper, making getting home and packing back up a much easier process,” says Matt Sneller. The bathroom itself sits in the middle of the space, with the individualized closets situated on either side. It features a new 72x42-inch air-jetted whirl-pool tub, two separate vanities situated across from one another, and a large frameless glass shower decked out in shimmering mother of pearl mosaic tiles. Mirrored-door towers, which house all electrical items as well as linens, flank each vanity sink. “They eliminate the need for separate medicine cabinets and a tangle of wires,” says Sneller.
The vanity on the left offers hidden, customized luggage storage. 64 house& home | December 2015 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net
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“One of the owners is an artist. She did the gold gilding on the decorative pieces in the bathroom,” says Sneller. The countertops are marble and the floors, which have radiant heat, are white marble tile. The entire lighting system is technology driven. Everything is pre-set, based on time of day. The budget range for this project: between $80,000 and $100,000. HILL COUNTRY CONTEMPORARY The design goal was to create a handsome, luxurious master bathroom for relaxing and enjoying hill country views from the large window located at the freestanding soaking tub. “I refer to the design aesthetic of this overall home as Hill Country modern,” says Nicole Winmill of NR Interiors. The planked-patterned floor is limestone, as is most of the wall. The wall tile framing the window at the soaking tub is a strong focal point. The tub was a last minute change out, according to Winmill. “Originally a solid limestone freestanding tub was selected for this bathroom, but due to the tremendous weight of a solid stone tub, it would have required Her closet in blue metallic is a work of art in of itself. Her objective was to have a boutique closet.
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and set in place on the slab with the rest of the home to be framed around it. Therefore, we selected a lighter weight, solid-surface tub that didn’t require extreme measures for installation.” The floating walnut vanity with floating shelves above to one side, as well as the lower storage shelf, offers a contemporary clean-lined look. The frameless wall-to-wall mirror, set into the tiled wall with sconces mounted on top of the mirror, again emphasis the dominate horizontal lines of this tranquil escape. This bath, part of a custom home built and designed specifically the homeowner, is located in Cordillera Ranch — an exclusive, master-planned community in Boerne, TX — overlooking the Jack Nicholas golf course. The hydrosystems tub at a picture window offering great views. 68 house& home | December 2015 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net
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She especially favors kitchen and bath projects.
Giebels says her signature touch is color. There is ususally a pop here and there.
Are you from Houston? What part of the city do you call home? I am originally from Dallas, but came here in 2001. I live in the River Oaks area – in a condo that I love. And I have an amazing studio in the heart of West U. Both are ideal, as everything is 5 minutes away. I have been here for 15 years and have been fortunate to grow as a designer and small business owner. I love Dallas and miss it every day because my family is there. But, I love Houston too. I have met so many wonderful people here. Both feel like home to me now.
thing that could have happened to me. Every year has been bigger and better than the last.
How and when did you get started in the business? What parts of the Houston area/region/country do you serve? I have done design work in other cities around the country. But primarily my business in focused on Houston, Austin and Dallas. My first job was in commercial design, working for a national shopping mall builder until around 2000. Afterwards, I moved to Houston and took a position as the design coordinator for a multifamily firm. Eventually, I moved into residential interior design and began doing home models – selecting all the finishes with buyers. I worked with builders in Dallas, Houston and Chicago until 2008. Like a lot of people in the home building industry though, I lost my job that year. So, I decided to start my own interior design firm, which celebrated its seventh anniversary in October. It was the best
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What was the last completed project you did? What was the scope, the challenges, the successes? I just wrapped up a 16-month long renovation of a Heights house. The house is more than 100 years old and I was the general contractor as well as working with the owner on the design. Old houses are always challenging because you never know what is coming next. But, it was amazing, too. The house was an uninhabitable wreck when they hired me. Today it is one of the prettiest on the block! And they let me into their lives and trusted me with that. It was an honor and that is success. What type of projects are you drawn to? What am I not drawn to? I love everything. But, I guess my top two areas would be kitchen & bath renovations and any facet that involves wallpaper and fabric. Do you have a signature touch or look? I would say that the signature of my style is that it is always clean and always has some color. I steer clear of fussy, cluttered or too neutral. Also, a client pointed out to me a few years ago that I only choose solid-colored sofas. I had never noticed before, but she was
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Her personal style gravitates more toward a clean aesthetic.
Giebels likes to work with fabric as well as wallpaper.
right. When I really thought about it, I realized I do that because they are timeless. That is the one place where I stay neutral. And, then, of course, add color to the room with drapery and pillows.
space. Working with a designer will save you time, money and stress in the long run. Start by looking for someone that has photos in their portfolio similar to your tastes. And then ask for an upfront paid consultation.This will often only run you a few hundred dollars. But, you get the chance to bounce ideas off a professional before fully committing to a long term hire.
What are the top three design trends that you keep seeing? 1. GOLD has been all over the design scene for several years now. But it has just recently flooded the mainstream and is everywhere these days. But this is not your parent’s “Ugh! Shiny Brassy Gold” This a deep, muted gold that feels warm and rich. I do not expect the trend to fade anytime soon. 2. WALLPAPER is everything! It can transform the most awkward, boring, uninspired space into a breath taking show stopper. And the wilder the pattern the better. 3. MID-CENTURY MODERN. I know the mid-century thing has been going strong for quite a while. But, it seems like it reinvents itself every season with a fresh take on the era. What are your mainstays and what trend do you think will never go out of style? Black. Black will always be the new black. It has a distinguished and timeless elegance that anchors the room in every type of décor, from modern to country to traditional and back again. And White. White is a chameleon that can go anywhere and be anything. What advice would you give someone thinking about working with a professional? I would say assess your project and know what you are getting yourself into with it. So many people think they can go it alone when redoing their kitchen or bath only to find out they have no idea what they are doing. Or they come to me AFTER they have bought the new sofa that is completely the wrong size for their 74 house& home | December 2015 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net
What is your own personal design style? I tend to gravitate toward a more modern aesthetic. As I mentioned previously, I think it is the uncluttered aspect of it that appeals to me. Definitely a warm modern though. Nothing too stark or cold. In general, I like clean lines and a good balance between positive and negative space. And color! I love color! What national or world-renowned designers do you turn to for inspiration? Dorothy Draper. She paved the way for interior design. She was always pushing the boundaries and looking for inspiration in the world around her. Her rooms were very over the top and grand. But, when I need inspiration, her photos of the past still seem to have a connection to the present. Whether it is a color she used or the way two patterns are mixed, there is always something. Her attention to detail was amazing. And, she is famous for saying “If it looks right, it is right.” I really believe that too. If it looks good and functions well, then that is all that matters. What is the one thing you cannot do without? My Ipad Mini. I am on it constantly. I have an app on my Ipad called Zinio. It holds all of my magazine subscriptions in a cloud. I love it. I can and do look back through several years of each magazine on a daily basis.
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