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Editor’s Note Calendar Before & After: Heights Kitchen Makeover Before & After: Master Bath Redo in Cypress Project: Kitchen & Bath Task Lighting Deal Hunter: What to Buy This Month Editor’s Picks: Kitchen & Bath Gadgets Gardening: Holiday Plant Favorites as Gifts Pet of the Month: Olaf
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Houston House & Home, that is, where I’m honored and delighted to return, now as editor. I follow the hard-to-fill shoes of lovely ladies before me, including the late Linda Barth, Sandra Cook and, most recently, Susan Fox, and I thank them for guiding HH&H in their own beautiful ways. It’s a privilege to join this talented hallof-fame-worthy group, as well as the hard-working and dedicated staff, writers and of course, our loyal – and new – advertisers. The timing is incredible, as HH&H celebrates its 22nd year in publication. Wow! The magazine’s longevity speaks to everyone I’ve mentioned and to a host of dedicated readers. That’s more than 65,000 of you every single month. I personally thank you for your continuing support. This month, we turn our focus to everything kitchen and bath with our annual “Kitchen & Bath Planning Guide.” So get ready for a K&B extravaganza. Check it out: Inspiring HOUSTON
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kitchens and baths created by award-winning architects and interior designers, an amazing Heights-area kitchen remodel (you won’t BELIEVE the before-and-after results!) and so many “Tips from the Pros” you’ll definitely want to hang on to this issue for future reference. “Deal Hunter” again leads you to the best buys in the stores and online, with a special focus on K&B. And “Project” thoroughly covers task lighting for these most popular rooms of our homes. Don’t forget to look at our “Editor’s Picks” on kitchen and bath gadgets. I know I had a blast scouring for fun and functional ideas I thought you might like, too. Of course, our friends at The Arbor Gate continue to share their expertise in the regular gardening column. “Pet of the Month?” Well, you’ll want to take Olaf home with you today. Better adopt him before I do. Happy reading…and cheers, Barbara Blue Thumb Inc., dba Houston House & Home ("HH&H"), is a news magazine with emphasis on interior design and remodeling. HH&H does not knowingly accept false or misleading advertising or editorial content, nor does HH&H or its staff assume responsibility should such advertising or editorial content appear in any publication. HH&H has not independently tested any services or products advertised herein and has not verified claims made by its advertisers regarding those services or products. HH&H makes no warranties or representations and assumes no liability for any claims regarding those services or products or claims made by advertisers. Readers are advised to consult with the advertiser and/or other home repair and renovation professionals regarding the suitability of an advertiser’s products. No reproduction is permitted without the written consent of the Publisher. Copyright 2016, all rights reserved. HH&H is distributed at most Houston area Randalls and HEB stores.
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ABOVE: Enjoy holiday-themed activities at Christmas Village at Bayou Bend from Dec. 10-Jan. 1, 2017. BELOW: The 8th Annual Gingerbread Build-Off takes place Dec. 10 at City Hall’s Hermann Square Park.
Design/Interiors DEC. 6: 9TH ANNUAL DECK THE TABLES Those that love setting a holiday table will delight in The Houston Design Center’s annual Deck the Tables event, which showcases tablescapes by the city’s top designers. 713-864-2660, www.thehoustondesign center.com DEC. 8: AUTHORS IN ARCHITECTURE, 5:30-7:30 p.m. This talk centers around one of Houston’s most iconic monuments, the Astrodome. Nicknamed the Eighth Wonder of the World, this Texas-sized vision of the future was an unthinkable feat of engineering when it opened in 1965 with luxury suites, theater seating and the first animated scoreboard. 713-520-0155, www.aiahouston.org DEC. 9-10: CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday with candlelight tour from 6-9 p.m.; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday
With the help of professional decorators and florists, a selection of Fort Bend County residents will deck out their homes with holiday trimmings and open them to the public during the second weekend of December. Proceeds benefit CASA, Child Advocates of Fort Bend County. 281-344-5108, www.cafb.org DEC. 10: TOWERS & TREES DOWNTOWN WALKING TOUR, 10 a.m. Towers & Trees explores the magnificent architecture between Hermann Square and Discovery Green and the changing dynamics of downtown Houston. Topics of note include the partially realized civic center plan surrounding Hermann Square, internationally recognized icons from the skyscraper boom of the ’70s and ’80s and Discovery Green, a catalyst for development in the city’s center. 713-520-0155, www.aiahouston.org
DEC. 11: THE BLUE TRIANGLE GARDEN CLUB CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES, 1-5 p.m. The Blue Triangle Garden Club will host the 55th Annual MacGregor Area Annual Christmas Tour of Homes “Yuletide Treasures.” The tour features complimentary parking and trolley transportation to each of the three featured homes at 3120 S. MacGregor Way, 3718 Parkwood Drive and 4023 Charleston. 713927-6468, www.bluetrianglegardenclub.org
Events DEC. 4: BLOGGER CLOSET SALE, 1-3 p.m. The fashions featured on Houston style blogs will be on display and up for grabs during the Blogger Closet Sale at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. Hunt for chic finds from stylish Instagrammers like Sophia Emm (@itssofiaemm), Chimee Ahaiwe (@_aroundthewaygyrl) and Haley Freytag (@Redrhinestone). www.houstonfashionbloggers.com
DEC. 10: 8TH ANNUAL GINGERBREAD BUILDOFF, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. More than 30 teams will compete at the eighth annual Gingerbread Build-Off at City Hall's Hermann Square, creating their masterpieces using 100-percent edible materials. Some 3,000 spectators are expected to attend to cheer on participants, play in the kids' construction zone and rub elbows with Santa Claus. 713520-0155, www.aiahouston.org
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DEC. 10: TAMALE FESTIVAL HOUSTON, noon10 p.m. Celebrate one of the Southwest’s hallmark holiday foods—the tamale. Delight your palate with the plethora of tamales on offer and enjoy a rousing schedule of live music. www.tamalefestivalhouston.com DEC 10-11: HERITAGE SOCIETY CANDLELIGHT TOUR, 3-9 p.m. Saturday, 4-8 p.m. Sunday Embrace the spirit of the season at The Heritage Society's annual Candlelight Tour, which will take place at its headquarters in Sam Houston Park. Buildings will be decorated for the season as carolers join voices and historic characters tell stories of the past. 713-655-1912, www.heritagesociety.org DEC. 11: SIENNA LIGHTS, 6:30-8:45 p.m. Take a ride on a classic trolley while enjoying the dazzling light displays in Sienna Plantation. www.siennafamily.org DEC. 21: FAMILY ART STUDIO, 4:30-6 p.m., 6:30-8 p.m. Head over to the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts for a hands-on studio art experience. Just in time for the holidays, the week’s featured project will be quilt star ornaments. 281-376-6322, www.pearlmfa.org
American Institute of Graphic Artists will host its annual outdoor fair. Featuring the work of local artists, artisans, crafters and creatives, this one-day event allows Houstonians the ultimate opportunity to buy local. www.designcrafthtx.com DEC. 3: KATY OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Located in Historic Downtown Katy, this Christmas market will feature produce, arts and crafts, antiques, jewelry, gifts, carolers, food and entertainment. Texans who are young and young at heart will enjoy the 50,000 pounds of snow hauled in for the occasion. 281-391-1993, www.katymarketday.com DEC. 9-11: GERMAN CHRISTMAS MARKET & FESTIVAL Celebrate the state’s German heritage at downtown Tomball’s Weihnachtsmarkt. There will be 175 vendors selling everything from arts and crafts to antiques, plenty of pints and four live music stages. Tap your feet to the musical sounds of performers like The Chardon Polka Band, Chris Rybak and Yodel Blitz, or get into the festive spirit with the sounds of strolling Christmas carolers. 281-379-6844, www.tomballgermanfest.org
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Holiday Markets DEC. 1-30: POP SHOP AMERICA BOUTIQUE, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. To celebrate the season and all things handmade, the Pop Shop America Boutique will be open all month long selling T-shirts, art, jewelry and lots of fun holiday items. www.popshopamerica.com DEC. 3: DESIGNCRAFT HOLIDAY MARKET, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Houston branch of the
DEC. 10-JAN. 1: CHRISTMAS VILLAGE AT BAYOU BEND, 5:30-10 p.m., last entry at 9 p.m. Held on 14 acres of gardens nestled in beautiful River Oaks, this year's Christmas Village is more exciting than ever. Get in the holiday spirit with carolers, Santa, a snowball-play area, holiday treats and art-making activities—and on eight nights—a live reindeer. 713639-7750, www.mfah.org
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WEEKENDS UNTIL DEC. 16: BAYBROOK MALL HOLIDAY ARTISAN MARKET, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, noon-9 p.m. Sundays Discover an eclectic mix of products made by Texas' most talented artisans at the Baybrook Mall Holiday Artisan Market. From chic clothing and custom jewelry to fair trade woodcrafts, gourmet sauces and vintage décor, there's plenty to dazzle and delight holiday shoppers. 281-488-4627, www.baybrookmall.com
Out of Town DEC. 10: CHRISTMAS AT WINEDALE, ROUND TOP, noon-4 p.m. Celebrate the season at Winedale with a mid-19th century folk life reenactment featuring stagecoach rides, hayrides, mini-horse carriages, spinners, weavers, wood carvers, quilters, a blacksmith, outdoor cooking, butter churning, music, square dancing, storytellers, crafts for children and more. Historic houses in the Winedale Historical Complex will be decorated for the season in period fashion. 979-278-3530, www.roundtop.org
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DEC. 10: CHRISTMAS ON THE BRAZOS, WASHINGTON, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Visitors will go back in time as they experience the historic Christmas traditions of Texas in the 1800s. Held at Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site, Christmas on the Brazos offers holiday activities for all ages including period music, craft making, readings, food samplings and an artisan market. The day culminates in the park’s popular
Candlelight Christmas event at Barrington Living History Farm featuring vignettes of Texian frontier festivities with music, musket firing, dancing and a candlelit tour of the farm. 936-878-2214, www.wheretexasbecame texas.org DEC. 10: WINTER'S EVE FESTIVAL ON THE SQUARE, WIMBERLY, 5-10 p.m. Take care of some lastminute shopping as you enjoy the lights and music of the season on Wimberley Square. Shops will be open late for the occasion, and there will be live entertainment including a visit from Santa, who will arrive at 6 p.m. www.wimberley merchants.com DEC. 16: CHRISTMAS AT BUGGY BARN MUSEUM, BLANCO, 6-8 p.m. Held at Buggy Barn Museum, this fun festival has all the trappings of a cowboy Christmas: Chuckwagon chili and beans, hot chocolate, cowboy poetry, live music, carriage rides and more. 512825-6284, www.buggybarnpinemooretown.com DEC. 17-18: COWBOY CHRISTMAS MARKET, BOERNE Finish your last-second Christmas shopping at the Cowboy Christmas Market Days in Boerne. Hundreds of festive booths will display everything from collectibles to modern goodies. Scrumptious food and live music will also be for the taking as locals and visitors celebrate the holiday Hill Country-style. 210844-8193, www.boernemarket days.com
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The “Design/Build Advantage:” When clients hire Monte Smith to design their new home, they also can hire the builder, contractor, decorator and finisher – all at once.
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Smith, owner of Monte Smith Designs and Mastercraft Homes, tackles each project with an eye on efficiency and creativity, and provides his customers access to his team of professionals to help them get the homes of their dreams. “I want my customers to be happy with the end project. I want to satisfy my customers because I understand them,” he says. For 35 years Smith has been in the house building business. He started as a carpenter’s helper and taught himself the trade by learning from others and talking to professionals. He can manage a construction site, build to specifications, modify as needed, but his passion has always been in the design – the first step in the process. “When I talk to my clients, I find out their needs, their wants and their budget, and then I go from there,” he says. “By listening, I can venture out with the plans and also change them as we go along, if needed. “So many things you do may need to be changed once you see them in real time. We are flexible and we can adapt,” he says. “The design doesn’t stop with what’s on the paper – it is all about what the customer wants.” Sometimes the client wants to include something unique or expensive into the building of their home. Smith sometimes will refer these wants as “Gold Monkeys.” As a designer, he feels it is his responsibility to discuss these options. If my client wants Gold Monkeys hanging from a tree, we will talk about it and after we look at all options and they still want the monkeys, then they will have them,”he says. Even as a youth, Smith says he was labeled as “creative.” He was once ask by a teacher why he was coloring outside the box. “I told the teacher I didn't see the lines at all.” Probably the best testament to Smith’s ability and professionalism is his customers – and his repeat customers. “I have one client for whom I've designed four houses. Each time their needs change – starter home, growing family, growing again and then empty nest – we’ve been able to create for them the kind of homes they need,” he says. He says he prides himself with creating high functioning homes, which meet his high standards for quality and form. He envisions the flow of the house in the design and carefully monitors how and where light enters the rooms. He has a stable of professional contractors that he turns to for every project. “One thing you learn as a project manager is who NOT to hire. We have very high standards and only use subs that follow our instructions
and meet our standards,” he says. He works with a highly knowledgeable colleague and trusted interior designer, Sherry Smith (no relation) of Interiors by Sherry, for advice on colors, finishes and furnishings. She works closely with the clients to find out exactly what they need. Sherry Smith, who has been decorating for more than two decades says she specializes in bringing warmth, beauty and function to spaces. “I feel that homes need to reflect the family that lives there. I listen to the desires and dreams of my clients and work to bring that to fruition,” she says. “My desire is that my clients cannot wait to walk through their door and love being home.” Karen and Larry Cress are clients of the Monte-Sherry team. They wanted a family-oriented, Texas-Tuscan style home: an old-looking new house combining elegance and comfort. Plus, it had to be “drop dead gorgeous,” says Karen Cress. Their one-story, 5,700square foot, four-bedroom home near The Woodlands was designed and built by Monte Smith and decorated by Sherry Smith, meeting all the requirements the couple had requested. “The thing about Monte that was so incredible was his ability to take concepts from my mind and heart and put them into reality. I described things that were locked inside me and Monte and Sherry got it – they captured the vision that I had,” says Cress. “They had the heart to care enough and delve in and explore. “The end result is lovely to behold. And everyone – everyone – who comes into our home says the same thing: it is warm and inviting, and you just want to relax and enjoy it.” The house was designed around a swimming pool; the Cress’ wanted to be able to see the water from every room. Mission accomplished: the pool was built in the center of the house and it wraps around the decking, pool and spa. Sherry Smith described the Cress’ house as a dream project: “Every room has a story and every space has a purpose.” Karen Cress noted that Monte Smith had designed and built another house for her husband many years ago. “We had a choice when it came to designers and builders. I am so glad we chose Monte and Sherry. They are both so gifted at what they do and what they did for us,” she says. Karen and Larry Cress
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BEFORE & AFTER
GATHER IN THE KITCHEN AGAIN HEIGHTS REMODEL TRANSFORMS OUTDATED SPACE INTO THE HEART OF THE HOME This cramped and hot, featureless kitchen now welcomes family and friends as a joyful eatery with a sunny disposition where the chefs of the house are falling in love with cooking and entertaining all over again. And here’s how it happened. By absorbing 70 square feet from the outdoor porch and repositioning the outside air-conditioning units, as well as relocating the pantry and utility rooms, this 1920 dysfunctional kitchen suddenly sprang into this century. Along with antique brick, gray limestone floors and a soft green-and-white color palette, a countertop of metal shavings and acrylic added to the whimsy of the homeowners’ delight. The pantry, which was next to the original refrigerator location, moved to a small closet to the right of the stairs, creating a walkway between the kitchen/family room at the end of the stairs. The adjustment displaced the washer and dryer area that was in this space, so the new laundry room easily transitioned upstairs to another underutilized closet. This game of Kitchen Tetris included the addition of more natural light via windows. Two dine-in areas now host family gatherings, one at the island and one at the breakfast nook. Previously, the clients had resorted to using folding tables!
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Bright and light, this Heights kitchen is a place to celebrate not just the holidays, but every occasion. Walls in Sherwin-Williams’ “Sea Salt,” a stand-out backsplash and, of course, the center of it all, the island made of recycled acrylic with metal shavings combine to create the cheery ambiance. 21
Gray limestone tiles for the flooring keep the kitchen sleek and a cinch to clean. Smart storage areas line the island and are easily in reach for the chefs of the house.
Storage remained a challenge, even with the additional square feet. Since we didn’t want to lose any windows, upper cabinets were not an option. Solution: An extra-wide island with shallow storage underneath flanking both sides. On one side, the island houses spices, and on the opposite side, additional liquor bottles close to the butler’s pantry find a home. The pedestal of the island provides ample storage for serving pieces. Under the breakfast nook bench are pullout drawers for dog supplies such as leashes - conveniently located by the back door. A small wall was removed and electrical controls relocated so the butler’s pantry could be added in place of the folding tables to assist with storage issues and give an interesting “furniture” look with pinstriping. The walkway between the butler’s and dining areas also opened up. The existing paneling on the dining room side was reworked as well. LED strip lights now illuminate the butler’s pantry, and throughout the renovation are 4-inch LED recessed cans. Decorative street light-style fixtures over the windows add personality, and clear pendants float over the island so not to disturb the overall feel of the room. The original stair newel post remains, and new spindles add a clean, more updated look.
Appliances & Plumbing Ferguson Showroom 4225 Richmond Ave. 713-626-3300 shop.ferguson.com Backsplash Western Brick 7620 Washington Ave. 713.393.3400 www.western-brick.com Flooring Marble & Tile Collection 1285 Post Oak Road No. 100 713-956-8444 www.poolsidetile-mtc.com Interior Design CLR Design Services Inc. 713-269-4505 www.clrdesignservices.com
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Custom cabinets with walnut fronts, along with a coordinating bathtub apron, and Nano Marble countertops make this bath beautiful.
OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW CUSTOM CABINETS, NEW COUNTERTOPS AND STAINLESS STEEL HARDWARE TAKE A MASTER BATH FROM DRAB TO FAB Embarking on a bathroom remodel can often be a long, daunting process, but for this Cypress couple, the decision to jump in was worth the inconvenience. After living in their Partners In Building home for nearly 11 years, they agreed it was time to update the master bathroom. Out went the old, white standard cabinets. The laminate was peeling away from the MDF door fronts and shallow, narrow drawers were only good to host small items. The homeowners wanted a warm, modern look. Together, we decided on building custom cabinets using solid walnut for the cabinet fronts and poplar to construct the framing. Once the walnut planks were purchased from Houston Hardwoods, the real labor began. Hours went into lining up the walnut planks in order to match the grains so the panels look cut from the same tree. The payoff: What appears like one large piece of wood on the bathtub apron is actually five pieces of wood planks glued, sanded and topped with a clear
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Polyurethane coat. Solid poplar was used to construct the inside of each drawer. Drawers fit around the plumbing, offering more storage space. Each drawer accommodates certain items, with specific consideration given to the likes of mouthwash bottles, soaps, hairdryers, etc. A floor-to-ceiling cabinet to house towels now stands in the space where a bookshelf one stood. The drawers of the cabinet are designed to hold jewelry, scarves and decorative items. Nano Marble, a rather new product for countertops, allows the marble vessel sinks to stand out like movie stars walking down the red carpet. Stainless steel hardware purchased from a Canadian company complements the clean lines and modern look. When the homeowners were asked if they had any regrets, they responded, “Yes, we wish we hadn’t waited so long to remodel!”
The homeowners chose Sherwin-Williams’ “Aloof Gray” for the walls. The floor-to-ceiling cabinet replaces a bookshelf for storage and harmonizes with the cabinetry.
RESOURCES Backsplash Interceramic 8785 Clay Road 713-686-8453 www.interceramicusa.com Cabinetry Houston Hardwoods 4910 W. 34th St. 713-686-6176 www.houstonhardwoods.com
BEFORE Above at top: Just one of the vessel sinks in the bath alone displays that “Wow!” factor with its contoured shape in polished white Carrara marble.
Interior design Ann P. Brennan Interior Design www.annpbrennaninterior design.com
Light fixtures The Home Depot and the former Garden Ridge Pottery (now At Home) Multiple locations www.homedepot.com www.athome.com Vessel sinks Signature Hardware www.signaturehardware.com Paint Sherwin-Williams Multiple locations www.sherwin-williams.com
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UP TO THE TASK IN KITCHENS AND BATHROOMS, TASK LIGHTING WORKS HARD FOR THOSE SPECIFIC - AND IMPORTANT - JOBS The dark ages are history. Modern interiors are channeling the power of light to create ambiance and make everyday life a little easier. “Lighting is both functional and aesthetic,” says Ann Morgan, ALAC, CLD, CLC, with The Lighting Gallery. “When selecting lighting for a new home or a remodeling project, homeowners should be aware of specific styles, finishes and functionality of the light fixture they are buying.” Designers agree the best-lit spaces opt for a layered look, using a combination of ambient, accent and task lighting. The latter is essential, though, in kitchens and bathrooms, where sharp knives and mascara wands make for dangerous tools without proper illumination. “The biggest concerns for task lighting are the level of illumination, color rendering and how to avoid shadows,” says Sarah Gandy, a principal lighting designer at Gandy2 Lighting Design. “We want the light to be placed where nothing will come between it and the task at hand.” 30 house& home | December 2016 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net
Lighting a space requires a keen eye, attuned not only to stylish fixtures, but also to how light behaves in a space. Still, the complex process is sometimes overshadowed by other facets of the design process, says Nadia Choates, who works at LIGHT. “Lighting is so incredibly important to living spaces and yet, it seems to be one of the most overlooked items when people are buying a home or doing improvement projects,” Choates says. When designing a kitchen, Gandy says to think about the lighting as you're finalizing cabinetry details. Ask yourself questions. Do you need a lip on the bottom of your cabinets to conceal the fixture? If so, how large? Will task lighting above the sink or stove top need accommodation in the millwork? Because of its ability to cast shadow-free light on surfaces, Gandy says undercabinet lighting has become a popular option in kitchens.
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“If you're relying on downlights or pendants in the room for task lighting, those will most likely be behind you as you are chopping food on the counter, and your body will cast a shadow,” she says. The position of task lighting is also important in bathrooms, where stray shadows could cause makeup catastrophes. “A lot of people buy above-mirror vanity lighting thinking it’s a good solution,” Gandy says. “While this is better than a recessed light above your head, it will still cast shadows because the light is coming from above your face.” She recommends using at least two soft, luminous sources at face height, about five feet high, to flank any mirror, whether it’s a vanity or full-length mirror. “Usually these are sconces, but if there is not room on the wall, consider hanging two small pendants next to the mirror instead,” Gandy says. Paying attention to the details can make a noticeable difference. “Many see vanity lighting as decorative and don't necessari-
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ly think about the difference a good fixture makes. Grooming and morning preparations can be made less of a task with lighting that shows makeup correctly,” Choates says. This doesn't take away from the artful quality of modern light fixtures, which put the “fun” in function. “There are fixtures that play with the idea of a fixture being just as artistic as they are useful,” Choates says. Among these, the Lillibet by Slamp comes in a small form that works well for island lighting. “It’s shaped like a traditional chandelier, but the kicker is that it is made from clear plastic components adorned with crystal accessories that bring the fixture into modern standards of style,” Choates says. Similarly, string lights by FLOS add a touch of whimsy to a space. “The cable on these is just as important as the light itself, as you can make different designs on the ceiling by stretching and swagging the cords before fixture reaches its final hanging position,” Choates says.
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Freestanding tubs and more luxury bath furnishings and fixtures go on sale this month. Photo courtesy of Kohler
Ready or not, the holidays are here. And so are the year’s best local deals. Everything you need to outfit your kitchen and bathroom is for the taking at deep discounts, not just on Black Friday, but through the end of 2016. “People might consider ordering plumbing fixtures in December as most of the manufacturers release their price increases between January and March each year,” says Tracy Cooper-Wilson, showroom manager at Westheimer Plumbing & Hardware. “If you want to beat the coming price increases, December is a good time to buy.” Before you set out on a kitchen and bath deal hunt, it’s worth considering which trends have the most staying power. “In 2017, gold is going to rule in hardware and in plumbing fixtures,” says Patricia Brown, a K&B insider for the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Restoration Hardware’s end-of-year sale selection includes many gold fixtures that promise to add a touch of glamour to your kitchen or bathroom without hurting your pocketbook. Another trend in bathrooms: Channeling the ambiance of a spa with swanky freestanding tubs, steam showers and electric towel warmers.
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On the kitchen front, Eliza Sheffield, president of BlueStar, says gray will continue to be a popular color choice. “Gray in particular continues to show up in every room and surface in homes, especially black kitchens that incorporate gray as an accent color,” Sheffield says. There are a bevy of stand mixers, blenders and high-performance espresso machines, which make stops at Starbucks a thing of the past, on offer in gray finishes. If it’s time to replace larger kitchen appliances, Brown recommends buying a full suite, rather than a single appliance. “Think about the buying power you’re going to have when you’re buying a complete package from a manufacturer. A lot of times they’re going to throw in a dishwasher or something like that,” she says. “If you’re just buying one appliance, you’re not going to get as good of a deal.” For those who might be overwhelmed by this idea, Brown offered this tip: “Appliances are like cars. You have them at every marketplace, every level. Not everyone can afford a Rolls Royce, but there are a lot of great options that aren’t going to break down on you.”
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The Glow four-bar electric towel warmer (above left) in brushed nickel by Anzzi is on special at The Home Depot for $239.94. Multiple locations, www.homedepot.com Sur La Table has the KitchenAid 6500 Series slate stand mixer (see above) with glass bowl on sale from $439.96 to $549.95. 1996 West Gray St., 713-533-0400, www.surlatable.com Williams-Sonoma is offering major deals on morning musthaves like the KitchenAid Nespresso espresso maker marked down from $399.95 to $299.99 and the DeLonghi PrimaDonna Exclusive automatic espresso maker from $3,499.95 to $2,449.99. 4060 Westheimer Road, 713-212-0346, www.williams-sonoma.com The GE Profile Series countertop convection/microwave oven retails for $549, but is on sale starting at $494 at Acceptance Appliance. 6765 N. Sam Houston Parkway West, 281-955-0861, www.acceptanceappliance.com
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A TALE OF THREE KITCHENS Award-winning architects host grand tours of their latest and greatest projects By Barbara Canetti Kitchens are usually the heart and soul of the house. They are where families and friends eat, greet and meet for meals and deals. Kitchens are where children and their friends can get comfortable and linger, so well-designed kitchens need seating and prep areas, as well as room to move about. Functionality is so important, as is optimizing every inch and not wasting any space. Designers creating small kitchens usually stick with the galley style with appliances and preparation counters facing each other. In larger rooms, the conventional L-shaped or U-shaped kitchen is recommended with an island sharing part of the load. Durable materials and ample storage are necessary, along with sturdy and resilient chairs and seating. And, most importantly, lots of light! Successful kitchens tend to be bright and cheery, which translates into relaxed, well-used spaces.
Open to Nature & the Neighborhood Photography by Ben Hill Carolyn and Thomas Caldwell wanted a bright kitchen that was open to the outdoors as well as open to the rest of their new house in West University. Thatâ€™s what they got in their new 42 house& home | December 2016 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net
Natural light fills this West University kitchen via the innovative use of glass-fronted cabinets lining a wall of ceiling-high windows.
home: A kitchen that doubles as a screened-in porch when the 18-footwide doors are pulled back. The kitchen and house design, created by their daughter/architect Natalye Appel of Natalye Appel + Associates Architects, connects the kitchen and dining room to the living room â€“ separated only by a see-through fireplace. Glass-fronted cupboards line a wall of ceiling-high windows behind the sink. Carolyn chose these cabinets to display her colorful antique and vintage glass collection, which she shares with the neighbors who can see the vibrant glassware from the sidewalk. The modern farmhouse-style kitchen, with its Shaker cabinets, is a simple design, says Appel. The walnut wood floors contrast with the white Carrara marble countertops and painted cabinets. A hidden surprise in the kitchen is the pantry, which actually is a small room adjacent to the kitchen. Here the refrigerator, washer/dryer and freezer are located, along with lots of storage areas for food and small appliances. Since the pantry shares a wall with the garage, the Caldwells invented a trolley system that allows them to unload their car and easily move packages and groceries into the pantry without having to carry them into the house. In addition, Appel designed the kitchen and the entire house to be accessible with no steps or narrow areas so the home is accommodating for a wheelchair, if that requirement is ever needed. RIGHT: White Carrara marble countertops and island present a pleasing contrast to the darker walnut wood floors. OPPOSITE PAGE: A nook in the kitchen offers more prepping space.
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Integration is key to this Bellaire kitchen. Upstairs, library activities join the cooking and eating downstairs in this spacious heart of the home.
Core of the House | Photography by Ben Hill John Tsai wanted to design a family home for himself that centered around the kitchen, so he fashioned a threestory house in Bellaire in which all the social and public rooms feed off the large kitchen. Tsai, owner of JT ARC Studio, created a rather bare and minimalist kitchen, keeping it as compact as possible but definitely making it the essential center of the home. To enhance the light in the room, he lined one cinderblock wall with a series of clerestory windows hovering above the staircase. The unfiltered windows allow almost year-round sunshine that warms the room with natural brightness. A study and a children’s library loft loom over the kitchen, so family members are always part of the activities 46 house& home | December 2016 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net
going on below. The 3,200-square-foot house and kitchen were also designed with the daily uses of the family in mind: Eating, prepping, mingling and playing. Tsai’s plan centered around a clutter-free environment. A large pantry was built into the wall under a staircase to store food items and other kitchen paraphernalia in order to keep the countertops clear. Tsai chose NeoLith for the tabletops, a compact slab of durable, natural materials. The smooth custom cabinets, made from solid oak, match the island as well as the bookcases in the nearby study. The floors of the kitchen are washed white oak. “Essentially the kitchen was not conceived as just a kitchen, but was integrated into the walls, the stairs and open space,” Tsai says. “It was not about defining it as a kitchen space, but as an essential part of the house.”
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The smart use of built-ins allows for an uncluttered look in this Bellaire kitchen and brings focus to the glass backsplash and floating shelves.
Not Too Trendy, but Timeless Photography by Michael Hunter Architect Shawn Gottschalk of StudioMET Architects says the kitchen he designed in Bellaire is not trendy at all. In fact, he says it is timeless and will continue to look fresh decades from now. “By mixing materials and finishes, we created a room that will be relevant today as well as 20 years from now,” he says. The open-concept kitchen that combined with the dining area took advantage of built-ins for the refrigerator, oven and a plethora of storage opportunities. Because of that, he was able to bring attention to the wall behind the stove and the stainless hood and mix it with open, floating shelves, which give the homeowner an opportunity to showcase some of her family vintage pieces that are meaningful to her. 48 house& home | December 2016 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net
“We eliminated all overhead cabinetry because upper cabinets are hard to reach anyway,” he says. “This has a cleaned up and simple look. It allowed for the strong and bold dominant features to be seen.” One of the focal points of the room is the three-panel tempered glass backsplash, an indication of newer trends: Go larger. “Rather than lots of small tiles, we found it is more cost effective to go large,” he says. He used 5-inch white oak planks on the floor of the 3,400-square-foot house and interesting oversized Tom Dixon copper shade pendants for light fixtures over the custom-fabricated solid parota wood (a tropical hardwood) dining table mounted on black painted steel. The chairs in the dining room are a mix of vintage and class mid-century modern Eames Shell chairs.
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EXPERT ADVICE Tackle your kitchen and bath projects with ease with our “Tips from the Pros” Compiled by Barbara Kuntz
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If you’re facing the many decisions of kitchen and bath remodeling or new construction, you’ve come to the right place for ideas, inspiration and, most importantly, answers. Our “Tips from the Pros” covers the latest in trends and offers bountiful options in everything K&B, from space-saving features to budget and luxury products. Experts in their respective fields considered questions presented by House & Home, and we thank them for their invaluable time and advice. The following is a compilation of their responses.
“Kitchens have incorporated the ‘open’ concept for quite some time now, and it is still a popular design request,” says Monte Smith of MS Designs. “However, what we are doing is coming up with larger kitchens with larger islands where they serve as the breakfast, eating and sitting areas. To add to this, we are making the ceilings higher, in some cases.”
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“Gray cabinets and kitchens in general are becoming seemingly more popular,” says Jamie Allum Pruett of Traditional Designs Ltd. “While white is still a top choice, gray may be taking the lead.”
LED Lighting “The lighting world has changed significantly in the past few years,” says Randy Godeau of Bay Area Kitchens. “LED lighting has truly taken over, and we’re all benefitting from this with not only lower lighting costs, but with lower air-conditioning costs as well. LED lighting produces a higher quality of light using a fraction of the energy and heat output of incandescent lighting.” Godeau adds when shopping for LED lighting, make sure to select only premium products.
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Spa Baths Peggy McGowen of Kitchen & Bath Concepts says today’s bathrooms, particularly master baths, incorporate spa-inspired features to create that “take-me-away” experience, with large, shared spaces for master baths, steam or sauna and separate water closet areas. To complement these features, warm floors and built-in towel warmers, easy-maintenance surfaces and slip-resistant floor tiles or materials add to the escape.
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Mary Roberts of Katy Kitchen & Bath says spa baths were the “best” part of the 2016 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show. “Spa-like bath fixtures with body sprays, water from the ceiling, soaking tubs with bubbles, massage and music that send a migraine-busting relaxation into your body,” Roberts says. “The kind that says it doesn’t matter what it costs, you gotta have it.” And comfort and class extend to the toilet area, she adds, with warming seats and built-in cleansing systems – all in a package “pretty to see.”
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Roberts dittos the sentiment from her clients asking for more, more and more storage. A popular solution: Built-ins to their hearts’ desires. “Pulls-downs for those with wheelchair access,” she says. “Pull-down tables, multi-use spaces and roll-out shelves for inside the cabinets and cutlery trays for organizing cabinet drawers. All [customers] want more drawers.”
“Since so many people now want kitchens with fewer walls and more windows, the result is less space for storage for all the big appliances they want,” McGowen says. “The result is more requests for a big walk-in pantry or larder. A place to store all the bulk food, large/small (countertop) appliances, as well large pots and pans and often dish storage, too. Add to that the pet food containers, lunch boxes, reusable grocery bags, cleaning supplies, etc.”
“In kitchens, there are so many extras you can do with cabinets to have an efficient working kitchen,” Pruett says. “Many, many people are wanting a cabinet with a pull-out trash can to hide it and get it out of the kitchen. Small hidden spice racks on the side of a range or cooktop are another popular request. “And using an island proficiently is one more feature customers are asking about,” she continues. “Whether it’s adding an appliance in it for a warming drawer or beverage refrigerator, a bookshelf on the end to store cookbooks or extra cabinet doors on the outside for extra storage, many are wanting to utilize every inch they can find.” Need more assistance with your next K&B project? Never fear, our experts are still here with a quick checklist based on their submissions to H&H. Happy remodeling and building from all of us!
Drawer Dividers Godeau combines the use of frameless cabinets in kitchen and baths with drawers in lower cabinets for maximum space utilization and easy access. “We further optimize storage in those drawers with clever divider systems and other features,” he continues, “including var54 house& home | December 2016 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net
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RESOURCES Ann P. Brennan Interior Design 713-703-8258 www.annpbrennaninterior design.com Bay Area Kitchens 17306 TX-3 281-338-2737 www.bayareakitchens.com Daltile Multiple dealers www.daltile.com Ferguson Showroom Houston 4245 Richmond Ave. 713-626-3300 www.shopferguson.com Katy Kitchen & Bath 1002 Airline Drive 281-391-6279 www.katykitchen.com
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BATHROOMS ON PARADE Create luxe, sophisticated escapes to cheery, clean spaces for every member of the house By Marsha Canright Today’s bathrooms are far more than a toilet, a tub and a toothbrush. They have become essential, private retreats from the stresses of everyday life. “It’s a place to get away from the children, the dog, even the spouse,” says Mark Atkins of Masa Studio Architects. The trend in bath design, especially for master baths, is a spacious, streamlined and spa-like escape with a calming color palette and a clutter-free environment. Houston designers, including Atkins, say organic materials like wood and stone continue to be popular elements, along with a wet room configuration combining a walk-in shower and a freestanding soaking tub. Although traditional baths are not uncommon, local customers lean toward a clean, contemporary style. High-tech innovations now available for the bathroom allow homeowners to save water, adjust water temperature to preference and utilize amenities like hands-free faucets, music through a Bluetooth showerhead and fog-free mirrors. Other trends gaining popularity are heated floors, even in Houston; washlets, a type of unisex bidet popular in many countries; and water colored by LED lighting. Much of this technology is still being perfected and remains fairly expensive, Atkins says.
Luxury in Meyerland Photography by Ben Hill This master bath, designed by Atkins, is one of six in a twostory, 5,900-square-foot home in Meyerland. “The husband and wife wanted a master bath with separate and common areas so they could have space but still talk in the morning when they were getting ready for the day,” Atkins says. The bath has separate toilets, separate closets and his-andher-vanities, but shares a 6-by-6-foot walk-in shower and a soaking tub. The Bain Ultra vinyl tub with air jets is centered beneath a barrel-vaulted ceiling and illuminated by a Courbet chandelier. “The shower has a dehumidified mirror so the husband can
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This master bath in a Meyerland residence takes a nod to elegant traditional styling. A Bain Ultra vinyl tub sits in the common area.
shave in the shower, and the temperature of the water is pre-selected and controlled electronically. It has a rain dome, a shower head, and multiple body sprays that can be used separately or together,” he says. The floors are limestone with insets etched with a Celtic design, a theme repeated in the shower. In her vanity, the large drawers are fitted with a power strip so her blow dryer, curling iron and other appliances are plugged in and ready. The vanity is also equipped with an LED lighting bar especially designed for applying makeup. TIPS FROM ATKINS “Before you star t designing a bathroom, look at the types of activities and products you use on a daily basis. Nail down the essentials, and the style will fall into place. Right now, there is a big push for trench-style drains and linear drains, which look like thin slots in the shower floor. Epoxy grout is a real must; it has the durability of porcelain tile.”
The Montrose Beat Photo courtesy of KGA Design Creating the illusion of space was a tall order in this small, inner bathroom in a venerable Montrose high-rise. Designer Kelly Gale Amen of KGA Design streamlined the spatial arrangement to make it less confusing and more comfortable. “We created a functional walk-in shower with a teak and stone bench where a bathtub had been,” he says. “The space needed to be more user friendly and have better flow.” With no source of natural light, Amen used a combination of LED lighting and overhead spotlights. Marble, a teak bench and a frameless-glass shower door bring luxury to this small Montrose bath. 60 house& home | December 2016 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net
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Small but luxurious, the bath fetures natural-colored marble, heated floors, metal fixtures, a steam shower and plenty of water works. It is minimalist, but not cold. TIPS FROM AMEN “Don’t forget mirrors. They are the most interesting veneer. A mirror doubles the space and improves the usage of light. Pay attention to storage. This is like boating and displacement: Each square inch is impor tant.”
Clean & Colorful Photography by Julie Soefer When it comes to bathrooms for children and grandchildren, designer Laura Umansky stays attuned to the pragmatic. She calls it livable luxury with an emphasis on the livable. "These two bathrooms, both in The Woodlands, are fun, colorful and easy to keep clean. Also, the design will adapt easily as the children grow into ’tweens and ’teens,” Umansky says. One featured children’s bath is for the young children of a family who use this house as a second home. It has a graphic, colorful stripe with vinyl wallpaper. The wallpaper holds up well in a damp area better than paint and is easy to wipe clean, she says. The other bath is part of a bunkhouse suite for three grandsons who are frequent visitors at their grandparents’ home. It has pretty, blue porcelain wall tiles with a super-simple mirror floating atop the tile. Sleek, orange lighting fixtures complement overhead cans to create balanced, layered lighting for children who are different ages and heights. Keep children’s baths kid-friendly, easy to clean and, of course, bright and happy. 62 house& home | December 2016 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net
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The vanity is made from clear alder, a sustainable wood, and provides all-important storage. Both bathrooms have sturdy step stools to make it easier for younger children to use the sink and mirror. TIPS FROM UMANSKY “A hand shower is a priority because there are times when children need to be hosed off; it makes a world of difference. Undermount sinks are recommended for children’s baths because they are easy to clean. Be sure to have a shower niche at the right height for shampoo, toys and body wash. Have dimmers installed on lights, which make it possible for parents to leave a soft, comfor ting light glowing.” For quality fixtures, Umansky finds Kohler products are a go-to, Duravit for contemporar y style and Samuel Heath, if you have the budget. The vinyl wallpaper in colorful stripes pops in this children’s bathroom in The Woodlands.
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