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act: Home kitchens and baths are the most popular rooms to remodel. So once again, turn to HH&H’s annual K&B issue for the latest and greatest ideas for these important spaces. Our December focus is always an inspiration to everyone wondering what to do to add more functionality or even a bit of that “Wow!” factor. “What’s Cooking?” takes a look at today’s trends in open-concept kitchens, as well as a peek at an entire suite equipped with professional-grade appliances available for a fraction of the cost for the talented chef — or chefs — of the house. Hot materials and colors sweeping the industry? We have the info on that, too. “The Magic of Glass” helps you brighten your bathrooms with the incorporation of glass walls, blocks and bricks. An award-winning, before-and-after project tells its own story of an enlightening transition from dark to light. And we have more: Leading designers share some of their amazing luxe loos in a beautiful photo essay. A cool kitchen and spa-like baths combine in the reveal of a new residential venue in “Midtown Almeda” via an entire house showcasing a short-term rental on Airbnb with more homes to come based on this model. Three stories include contemporary styling, terraces with sweeping views of downtown and close proximity to the museum district, medical center and more.

Home furnishings round out what’s ontrend in interiors with our “High Point Recap,” courtesy of Laura Umansky of Laura U Interior Design. What to watch for? Hints: Blush hues, black-andwhite combinations, metallic finishes…well, check it out! Finish your update or remodel with our final installment on “After Harvey.” “Floored” gives multiple ideas for new underfoot options, while “Upping the Standards” addresses considerations for future construction better designed to meet — and beat — hurricane flooding and winds. Our “Pet of the Month” is a Harvey survivor, so take Milo to his forever home. Now it’s time to celebrate the holidays and welcome 2018! Spread the cheer with “Green Gifting” with plants for blossoming, blooming and ever-lasting friendships. For the host and hostess, “Editor’s Picks” selects mementos to say “Thank You!” for their generosity. And to toast to the New Year, “Cheers!” presents bar essentials, as well as a fantastic cocktail recipe, while “Pop Goes the Bubbly” shops for Champagne and sparkling water in every price range. Happy New Year! Barbara


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“Zoo Lights” at the Houston Zoo gets bigger and better every year. Photo by snap713/Flickr/Creative Commons License

DESIGN/INTERIORS DEC. 1-3: THETA DESIGN WEEKEND Formerly known as the Theta Charity Antiques Show, the weekend features nearly 70 exhibitors from around the globe showcasing art, architecture, landscaping, decor, lighting and textiles. Take in art walks, designer-led tours, special guest speakers’ luncheons and more. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, 713-978-5050, thetadesignweekend.com DEC. 2: “WILD ABANDON” AT ARCHWAY GALLERY, opening reception 5-8 p.m. View Thomas Irven’s elegant and whimsical turned-wood forms, as well as Margaret Miller’s oil paintings of natural settings. The show is on view through Jan. 4, 2018. Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy St., 713-522-2409, www.archwaygallery.com

DEC. 3: FIRST HISTORIC RIVERSIDE TERRACE HOME TOUR, noon-5 p.m. Visit this historic neighborhood to see five homes never open to the public before, including the late and former Houston mayor Otis Massey’s house. Hop on board a convertible school bus for additional touring of Riverside’s most prestigious streets. The Historic Riverside Terrace Civic Association presents the event. www.historicriversideterrace.org DEC. 5-8: THE HOUSTON DESIGN CENTER’S 10TH ANNUAL DECK THE TABLES & HOLIDAY TABLETOP TOUR Be inspired by the creative and exquisite holiday tabletop decor assembled by some of Houston’s best design professionals. The popular event benefits the MAM holiday toy drive. The Houston Design Center, 7026 Old Katy Road, 713-864-2660, www.thehoustondesigncenter.com

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DEC. 10: HOUSTON’S BLUE TRIANGLE GARDEN CLUB’S 56TH ANNUAL TOUR OF HOMES, 1-5 p.m. One of the oldest AfricanAmerican garden clubs in Texas once again presents this tour showcasing three homes in the historic Riverside Terrace/MacGregor area beautifully decorated for the holidays. Take in the day via complementary parking or vintage trolley cars to each site, as well as wassail and holiday cookies served as guests depart each home. www.bluetrianglegardenclub.org

EVENTS DEC. 1-3: POP SHOP HOUSTON FESTIVAL, preview party 6-10 p.m. Friday, shopping 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday Shop for curated handmade crafts, art, fashion and indie products as you sample bitesized tastings from area eateries and take in workshops, demonstrations and live

music. The first 50 fest-goers in line Friday and Saturday get goodie bags filled with lots of handmade items by local designers. 1201 Main St., www.popshopamerica.com DEC. 2: CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE AT THE ARBOR GATE, starting at 2 p.m. Stop by for music presented by Chris Poullard the CreoleZydeco Band, plus food, fun, merriment...and lots of shopping. The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, 281-351-8851, www.arborgate.com DEC. 8-10: TOMBALL GERMAN CHRISTMAS MARKET, 6-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday It’s Weihnachtsmarkt, Texasstyle, in Tomball with 200 merchants, four music stages, a walking parade, street performers, carnival and rides and your fill of German food, beer and wine. Also enjoy


ceramics, lacquer, metalwork, scientific instruments and jeweled objects. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St., 713-639-7300, www.mfah.org


The ICE at Discovery Green offers fun for the young and young-at-heart. Photo by Katya Horner

the free admission, parking and shuttles. www.tomballgermanfest.org DEC. 9: 9TH ANNUAL GINGERBREAD BUILD-OFF, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The Architecture Center Houston Foundation brings this fun competition to City Hall’s Hermann Square, an edible battle among dozens of teams using entirely consumable building materials. Families also enjoy food trucks, hot chocolate, caroling and photo opportunities with Santa, as well as a “Kids’ Construction Zone.” 900 Smith St., www.aiahouston.org DEC. 14: GRAND CHANUKAH CELEBRATION AND MENORAH LIGHTING, 4 p.m. Led by Rabbi Mendel Blecher, the lighting of a 9foot, seven-branched menorah features traditional Chanukah food, musical entertainment and fun for guests of all ages following the ceremony. Presented by Chabad of The Woodlands. www.marketstreet-thewoodlands.com THROUGH JAN. 1, 2018: SUGAR LAND HOLIDAY LIGHTS Take the family to see more

than 100 walk-through lighting displays and 2.5 million lights throughout the ballpark. The celebration includes a carnival outside the ballpark, new theme nights and more. Santa Claus is also available each night, along with a variety of food trucks and children’s activities. Presented by Momentum Luxury Motors. Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Drive, Sugar Land, www.sugarlandholidaylights.com THROUGH JAN. 14, 2018: HOUSTON “ZOO LIGHTS” The zoo becomes even more magical during this popular lighting event. Also enjoy food and drinks…and consider giving a “Gift of Grub” to help provide healthy and tasty meals to the animal residents. Presented by TXU Energy and other partners. Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive, www.zoolights.houstonzoo.org THROUGH JAN. 21, 2018: THE ICE AT DISCOVERY GREEN & MORE Fun for the entire family, The ICE powered by Green

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Mountain Energy offers the largest outdoor ice skating surface in the Southwest. Discovery Green uses water from Kinder Lake to freeze the ice, and all equipment runs on renewable energy. Check out the park’s entire holiday schedule, which includes ice carving, live music, a holiday film series and Discovery Green’s first original art commission, “Hello, Trees! A Walking Serenade” by Daily tous les jours. www.discoverygreen.com

ANTIQUES/VINTAGE THROUGH FEB. 11, 2018: “BESTOWING BEAUTY: MASTERPIECES FROM PERSIAN LANDS” The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents this exhibition of more than 100 works drawn from one of the most significant collections of Persian art held in private hands and rarely publicly displayed. The show highlights the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Iranian civilization from the 6th to the 19th centuries through carpets, textiles, manuscripts, paintings,

DEC. 2-3: CHESTNUT SQUARE 44TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY TOUR OF HOMES & HOLIDAY CRAFT BAZAAR, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday Step back in time with a visit to Chestnut Square Historic Village in McKinney. Sitting on 2.5 shaded acres just two blocks south of historic downtown McKinney, Chestnut Square includes 10 structures dating from 1854 to 1930 with docent-led tours, facility rentals, a wedding venue, living history demonstrations and more. Stop by The Pantry Restaurant for tea luncheons. www.chestnutsquare.org DEC. 2-3, 8-9: GONZALES WINTERFEST CELEBRATION The city of Gonzales invites you to join the celebration with breakfast with Santa, a lighted Christmas parade and historic home tours, the latter Dec. 2-3. 888-672-1095, www.gonzalestx.travel DEC. 10: CHRISTMAS ON THE BRAZOS AT WASHINGTON ON THE BRAZOS STATE HISTORIC SITE, all day starting at 1 p.m. This popular event brings an 1850s Christmas alive for all, with volunteers in period clothing, story-telling and make-and-take crafts workshops. The highlight of the celebration is “Candlelight Christmas” with the lighting of the tree, Santa’s arrival and an evening service led by a traveling minister. Reservations are recommended for the main event. www.wheretexasbecametexas.org


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TRENDS • “Blush has been a hot color designers have used to bring a soft and feminine feeling to a space,” Umansky notes. “Next season, there’s a new color in town: Lilac! This slightly less traditional shade still elicits that same feminine feeling without making the space feel girly.” • “Get ready for lots of black and white, too. This classic color combination is taking center stage.”

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ates are already set for the spring 2018 High Point Market (April 14-18), but what stood out at the fall extravaganza in North Carolina at the largest home furnishings trade show in the world? Laura Umansky of Houston-based Laura U Interior Design was on the scene in October and shares with us a peek at some of her favorite trends and finds.

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• “Wood grain is also becoming more prominent, especially in table tops. It's also making an appearance in chairs, desks and nightstands.” • “Lighting fixtures can be equally illuminating and sculptural art pieces.” • “Metallic finishes!”

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OTHER NOTES • “Century. It was such fun visiting their temporary showroom. They move into their new and improved showroom by next market, I believe. Loved their collection from Windsor Smith.” Umansky, right, and friend stand in front of gorgeous, hand-blown glass from SkyLO Studio. • “Baker. During my visit at Baker, I chatted with Thomas Pheasant about his new line. It’s a beautiful interpretation of classic design in contemporary fashion. And his eye for detail is incredible!”

• “EJ Victor. I absolutely LOVE the new Kelly Wearstler line...the quintessential example of how simple design equals perfection.” For Umansky’s full account of her High Point favs, visit the Laura U Interior Design website at www.laurauinteriordesign.com. Thank you, Laura!


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CHEERS! Celebrate at Your In-home Bar with Our City’s Namesake Cocktail Compiled by barbara Kuntz


njoy a glass of a delicious concoction or two with family and friends following these helpful tips on stocking the perfect at-home bar. From the essentials to a delightful drink recipe from one of Houston’s leading bartenders, we have you covered — right up to last call.

THE ESSENTIALS Sean Beck, beverage director and sommelier for H Town Restaurant Group (Backstreet Cafe, Hugo’s, Caracol and Xochi), shares his expertise with hosts and hostesses ready to set up their beverage stations like pros. His suggestions:

Toast to our city with “The Houstonian” by Sean Beck of H Town Restaurant Group. Photo by Paula Murphy

• Simple syrup. “A very basic ingredient, but one that is a necessity in so many classic cocktails, like margaritas, mojitos, daiquiris, sours, etc.,” Beck says. “It can also be used for house-made sodas, sweet teas and coffee.” The basic version is a 1-1/2 cup sugar to 1 cup water ratio and let them dissolve, boil, cool and store, he says. During the cooking process, infuse it with a world of flavors, even with a jar of marmalade, which makes a stout replacement, especially with bourbon. • Bitters. “For a home bar, you want your basic seasonings,” Beck says. “On one side you have sweet, on the other, bitter. Bitters tend to last forever and are an easy way to add flavor and balance to most drinks. They also come in small bottles and tend not to take up much room.” Beck adds his three must-haves are Angostora, Peychaud's and Fee Brothers Orange Bitters. • The Booze. “This should be obvious, but focus on what you drink,” he continues. “It's depth, not breadth. If you never touch brown spirits, then buy one bottle for guests and focus on your preference, be it gin, vodka or tequila. Same thing with liqueurs, as there are thousands of them, so stick to the most useful ones like a triple sec, such as Grand Marnier or Cointreau and Campari and vermouth.”

Sean Beck, beverage director and sommelier at Backstreet Cafe, Hugo’s, Caracol and Xochi. Photo by Paula Murphy

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• Cocktail glasses. “Keeping things streamlined is always going to make your life easier,” Beck says. “You essentially can make most variety of cocktails in three different types of glasses: The coupe

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• iSi Soda Siphon (1-quart size). “This carbonation vessel is the staple of many of my cocktails,” Beck says. “It can be used to make endless versions of dry sodas where I can infuse citrus oils, teas, spices, coconut water, etc. I haven't bought ginger beer in years, so with my iSi, I keep a simple ginger beer base in my fridge and pour it into the container and carbonate it whenever we have friends over. It produces higher-quality, less-sweet and less-expensive versions to be used in Moscow Mules, Sangrias and Dark and Stormys.”

The iSi soda siphon is an important carbonation vessel and the staple of many of Beck’s cocktails. Photo courtesy of iSi

THE HOUSTONIAN Beck created this drink a few years ago as a batch cocktail for his wife, who at the time was spending way too much time home alone, in his opinion, with their nearly 2-year-old daughter. “My wife is of Vietnamese ethnicity,” Beck says, “so I wanted to incorporate a touch of the flavors she grew up with. Thus was born ‘The Houstonian,’ or as I like to call it, a ‘Manhattan with diversity.’ “And trust me when I say having a batched cocktail that only requires stirring is the best gift you can give to your stay-at-home spouse.” 14 ounces Bulleit bourbon 3 ounces praline liqueur 5 ounces Dolinn Rouge vermouth 20 drops Peychaud bitters 20 drops orange bitters (Fee Brothers) 2 ounces spiced simple syrup*

Mix together ingredients well and pour into a glass bottle and seal. The mixture can be stored for up to 2 months without diminishing results.

*Syrup Recipe

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1-1/2 cups sugar 1-1/2 cups water 1 tablespoon Vietnamese cinnamon bark 1/2 teaspoon cardamom seeds 1/2 teaspoon cloves

Place spices in heavybottomed pan over high heat. When the spices start to smoke and kick in aromatically, about 5 minutes, add in water and simple syrup. Stir until sugar completely dissolves. Let mixture come to a complete boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool and strain syrup. This can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 months. Pour 3 ounces of mixtures into a mixing glass with ice. Add in fresh peel of orange zest. Stir well for 30 seconds. Strain into coupe glass with a dried peach or apricot.

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THE MAGIC OF GLASS Brighten Up Your Bath with the Power of Glass and Mirrors By Barbara Canetti

ABOVE AND BELOW: CLR Design Services’ award-winning bath makeover. Photos by Steve Chenn

Let there be light! And with a glass wall, glass blocks or glass bricks, light there is. The glass surrounding showers and tubs can change the ambience in a small bathroom by removing solid walls and replacing them with transparent or translucent surfaces, which lets in brightness from fixtures and nearby windows. More and more remodels include either tempered glass walls or glass blocks to update and upgrade bathrooms and kitchens, according to industry representatives. “Even with low ceilings, the bathroom can feel more open with glass walls around the shower. It gives the illusion of transparency,” says Crystal Reeves of CLR Design Services. Reeves recently won an ASID honorable mention for a master bath redo, in which the original shower had a closed-in feeling because of low ceiling height and fur down. In order to create a modern-looking steam shower for the client, Reeves had the glass enclosure installed to the ceiling, giving the feeling of additional space and light.

FRAMELESS GLASS SHOWERS The advantage of the frameless glass shower vs. a walled shower is “it makes it feel more open when someone is taking a shower,” she says. Usually, one or two of the sides of the shower can be glass, unless it is a freestanding stall. But the glass must be hinged to a wall for stability. Reeves says glass enclosures either have no door, a glass door that swings open or a barn door-style that rolls on a rail at the top of the shower. Most glass walls are between 3/8-inch to 1/2-inch thick. They can give the remodeled bathroom a crisp, contemporary look or make a statement by mixing glass with tile to create a vintage-modern look. “None of these are cheap options, but most important is to have it installed properly and buy good-quality hardware,” she says. “If you skimp on the hardware, you will regret it later.”

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GLASS BLOCKS Another alternative to sleek glass walls are glass blocks, says Ken Bowman, general manager of Masonry & Glass Systems Inc. Glass blocks, which come in five sizes and three styles (clear, wavy and obscure/ice), are a “timeless classic” for shower enclosure and windows. The hollow glass blocks, which have been used since the early 1900s during the Art Deco era, had been made by one company in the U.S. — Pittsburg Corning Glass Co., which recently stopped manufacturing them recently after 80 years. Now glass blocks are mostly imported from Seves Glass Block in the Czech Republic. Bowman says the latest trend in bathroom designs is to use the glass blocks in a running bond design: Installed like bricks where the joints do not line up, but are stagnated in every other row. Usually shower enclosures using the blocks had been installed by stacking the blocks one on top of another in a vertical line. Now, homeowners are opting for a design where the wall is created using a mixed combination of block sizes. “This is a new and different look in modern and trendy custom homes,” Bowman says.

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Photo courtesy of Masonry & Glass Systems Inc.

When using the blocks in showers, Bowman says it is best to leave at least a foot of open space at the top of the shower to allow the steam, moisture and heat to escape. Otherwise, if there is too much moisture and airflow is confined, wallpapers, Sheetrock or paint can be damaged. However, if a steam shower or sauna is being installed, then cedar wood on the stationary wall would be fine. Most recently, Bowman says he is getting requests from clients for colored blocks, rather than the clear or opaque style.

LIGHTING & MORE If a homeowner wants to add a bit of colored lighting to the wall, place the lights behind the glass, Bowman says. Do not drill a hole in the blocks. “If you drill into the blocks, moisture will get in and that is not good,” he warns. A fairly new style in bathrooms that has yet to catch on in the U.S. is the use of glass bricks, which are solid glass. Bowman estimates a bathroom redo using the bricks instead of the hollow blocks will triple the price. “The bricks are popular in Europe, but in the U.S., people prefer the blocks,” he says.


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A wall of rich cherry wood panels anchors one side of this kitchen by Kitchen & Bath Concepts. White leather barstools pull up to the ivory quartz island. Photo by Julie Soefer Photography

WHAT’S COOKING? Today’s Kitchens Flow with Open-concept Designs By Marsha Canright Sleek, contemporary styling, light-filled spaces, durable materials and neutral colors with some blues and greens are key design trends in Houston kitchens and across the nation. Whether it’s a renovation or all-new construction, today’s kitchens are almost always open concept, flowing into dining and seating areas, designers agree. “It’s a feature that reflects the way we live,” says Peggy McGowen, a partner at Kitchen & Bath Concepts. “The square footage may not be larger, but kitchens look and feel bigger because everything is more fluid between rooms.” Even in spaces that are traditional or transitional, there's less molding and trim, which makes a cleaner line and a more contemporary look, she says. Ceilings are higher and cabinet features make for easier access. Pullout pantries are one advance in kitchen organization. “These are simply more functional. Usually 12 or 15 inches deep, you can see on both sides. This keeps you from having six cans of tomato sauce that you’ve forgotten because they were stuck in the back,” she says. Beverage centers and coffee bars are high on the request list. It’s a common-sense strategy that meets an immediate need and keeps some foot traffic out of the main cooking area, McGowen adds. 36 house& home | December 2017 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

MATERIAL TRENDS The desire for easy maintenance and durability drives consumer interest in new materials and also new uses for long-standing materials, like subway tile, says Jared Becker of Walker Zanger. “Homeowners want to know how long materials will look good and work well; they want a clean and classic look that won’t be dated in a few years,” he says. “I see more designers using tile not only as a backsplash, but all the way up the wall, especially around the stove and sink areas.” New materials to consider include the large Italian 12-millimeter porcelain slabs that can be made to look like marble or other natural stone, but are impervious to stains, even red wine, and are durable and low maintenance, he says. Also, porcelain floor tiles that look like hardwoods are already popular in kitchens because they are easy to clean and almost indestructible. As for the predicted color palette, kitchens will continue to be neutral: White or muted tones of gray, but more spot color is returning, especially blues, greens and black. “Greenery,” a fresh yellow-green shade, is Pantone’s color of the year. Also, kitchens are smarter and certain high-tech innovations are routinely included.

The large island is painted blue to bring color to this kitchen by K&N Sales. A glass mosaic backsplash by Thorntree Slate and state-of-the-art appliances complete the room.

• “We have faucets that you turn on by waving your hand under them, and a steam-convection oven that can bake perfectly rising loaves of bread or yeast rolls,” McGowan says. • Integrated LED lighting inside of all cabinetry is already close to being the norm, says designer Jennifer Abjure of K&N Sales. “Now we have the ability to light every cabinet. The power requirements for LED lighting are so low that it is very easy to add in a remodel and the pricing has come down.” • For those who love specialty coffees, the plumbed Miele coffee system is an innovation worthy of note, says designer Tara Brown with Lippold Custom Homes.

Project No. 1:

Contemporary Kitchen in Memorial Mid-rise Designer: Micqui McGowen, CMKBD Partner, Kitchen & Bath Concepts The Houston Design Center • 7026 Old Katy Road, Suite 148 713-528-5575 • www.kitchen-concepts.com Tailor-made for a professional couple who frequently entertains, this contemporary kitchen designed by Micqui McGowen, a partner at Kitchen & Bath Concepts, is in a Memorial mid-rise. A wall of rich walnut wood panels anchors one side of the kitchen concealing the entry to a utility room. High-end appliances are Sub-Zero Wolf with an integrated refrigerator and a separate wine refrigerator. A Gaggenau visor hood is barely perceptible above the cooktop.

“The kitchen is not large, but it opens into the living and dining area, so it feels much larger,” McGowen says. “Design and layout of cabinetry is the foundation of our studio, and we work with all aspects of design to create the ultimate kitchen aesthetic.” The cabinets are “Nordic White” by Brookhaven with a highgloss finish. The couple chose “Pure White” quartz-surface countertops manufactured by Caesarstone, recessed lighting and white leather bar stools with stainless steel frames. They also selected the backsplash tile that is made of seashells with colors ranging from a taupe brown to a silver gray. “The kitchen is minimalist by design,” McGowen says. “The wall opposite of the kitchen has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a green space, and the simplicity of the room allows the couple to showcase their art collection.”

Tips from a Pro: “Design a space that speaks to you, but don’t forget to consider how you will use the space. In kitchen design, function comes first and then the aesthetics.” — Micqui McGowen

Project No. 2:

An Open-Concept Kitchen in Timber Grove Manor Designer: Jennifer Bajorek, K&N Sales Design & Construction Consultant: Sushi Diebold 1401 Shepherd Drive 713-868-3611 • www.knsales.com 37

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A small kitchen blossomed into a large open area with plenty of space for dining, lounging and entertaining. Designer Jennifer Bajorek combined the kitchen-diningfamily room, taking down a wall to open up the space. The large island with seating creates a visual separation for the area. Bajorek used classic finishes on the cabinets, Okite quartz countertops with a glass mosaic backsplash by Thorntree Slate and a Blanco silgranite sink. The island is painted blue to bring color and a focal point to the expanded room. “My guiding factor in this design was creating a space where this family could entertain,” Bajorek says. “They love to host all kinds of parties, everything from fish fries, baby showers, kids’ birthdays with giant slides and fancy anniversary parties.” A large rectangular window in the family room looks out onto the backyard where kids play so everyone can see what's going on, she says. The large island is used for serving food and prep for guest chefs. The cabinets are Brookhaven by Wood-Mode. Appliances are a Sub-Zero 42-inch refrigerator freezer, a Viking gas cooktop and hood, Fisher Paykel dish drawers and double ovens by GE Monogram.

Tips from a Pro: “Think as far into the future as you can and go with products that will give you the longest use. Kitchen remodels are extremely taxing, so it’s best to get it done right the first time. “Also, steer away from cabinets built and finished on site. 38 house& home | December 2017 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

A factory cabinet is more environmentally friendly, they usually have very good factory warranties and the finishes are way more durable and will last much longer than something painted in place. Also, if you do end up making changes or adding to your kitchen years down the line, the factory will most likely still have the doors and finishes still available.” — Jennifer Bajorek

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Sophisticated Remodel in the Energy Corridor Designer: Tara Brown Architect: Libby Caran Thomas Lippold Custom Homes 832-405-3160 • 281-372-8120 • www.lippoldcustomhomes.com Sparkling lanterns from Restoration Hardware light the “Sea Pearl” quartzite countertops in this contemporary kitchen in Houston’s Energy Corridor. “The homeowner was looking for a serene, sophisticated and classic kitchen,” says designer Tara Brown with Lippold Custom Homes. The kitchen is white and light gray with a wall of Setttecento smoke gloss tile framing the cooktop and a crosshatch herringbone tile above the coffee bar, both from Crossville Studios. Each was installed using a creamy white contrasting grout. The floors are engineered hardwoods and the walls are painted “Gray Owl” and “Simply White,” both by Benjamin Moore.

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“This kitchen has a lot of special touches, but two favorites are the hardware pulls that were custom made by Forge Hardware Studio on Etsy and the hood vent, which was hand built by the trim carpenter,” Brown says.

Tips from a Pro: “It may seem amazing now, but ask yourself: ‘Will you love it in 10 years?’” — Tara Brown

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Pro-style Kitchen Suite Thor Kitchen www.thorkitchen.com This kitchen is furnished by Thor Kitchen, which manufactures a pro-style kitchen suite for under $5,000. It includes a 30-inch freestanding professional gas range in stainless style with a convection oven and heavy-duty cast iron cooking grates with a freestanding under cabinet range hood. The 36-inch French door refrigerator has two freezer drawers, a full-width chiller drawer and high-efficiency LED lighting. Finally, the 24-inch stainless steel dishwasher utilizes three spray arms (with a jet sprayer), a steam assist mode to help loosen soils, a soil-sensing “Smart Wash” system to determine the optimum cycle and a multiple filter system to save water and energy. It is also equipped with a water softener system to improve the longevity and maintenance of the unit by deterring calcium buildup.

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CONCRETE & STONE The other two top choices for homeowners rebuilding or repairing with expectations of enduring another possible costly flood event can find value assurances with concrete flooring or stone. Rhodes suggests travertine, limestone, and marble — even though it could stain. None of these options breed mold.

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THIRD LEVEL The third floor houses a guest room and bath, as well as the master suite. Kendrick says he paid particular attention to this area: Two extraordinarily large walk-in closets with shelving, drawers and storage to satisfy any couple, as well as a bathroom with spa-like amenities. The double vanity and suspended LED lighting around the mirror give more than adequate lighting. Line cabinets and storage are built in and the bathroom has been wired for a flat screen TV. A 6-foot-long freestanding tub beckons a relaxed bath, and in the area behind the vanities is a long two-headed shower covered with “Jazz Bianco Brillo” tile and a shower floor of “Urban Pebbles.” The master bathroom boasts a spa-like feeling with the 6-foot-long soaking tub. 64 house& home | December 2017 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net


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et the gift giving begin with thoughtful presents for the gracious hostess and host from whom you’ve so kindly received invitations to celebrate the holidays. Say thank you with the following ideas.

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Prices vary ABOVE: Head to Bering’s for that perfect gift. Left to right, pair an initialed hard maple wood cutting board (or serving tray, if you wish) by Maple Leaf ($35) with your host’s or hostess’ favorite cheese or baguettes. Bering’s staff added a fun Mudpie spreader for $9. The sleek double-walled and vacuuminsulated graphite stainless steel wine cooler by Vinglacé at $99.99 keeps wine, champagne and sparkling water chilled for hours, and the flirty hibiscus vase by Vietri at $68 adds a delightful accent to a coffee table or nightstand. The special 70 house& home | December 2017 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net


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The Sonoma Brut NV crafted via methode Champenoise is a pure delight and will get your lips smacking. Made with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, it shows delicate pear and floral notes with toast and green apple flavors. Buy it: $22 at Central Market, Kroger, Spec’s, Total Wines and More and Trader Joe’s Photo courtesy of Nicolas Feuillate


is the season to stock up on Champagne and sparkling wine for holiday gifting, special dinners and toasting the New Year. Here are our picks in every price range.



Like your bubbles brighter than a room full of smiles? Then J Vintage Brut, Russian River Valley, Calif., is your bottle. Think kefir lime, baked green apple and toasted cardamom with a velvety palate and lively finish. Buy it: $60 at Central Market, Spec’s and Total Wines and More NICOLAS FEUILLATE BRUT RESERVE

Expect an abundance of delicate bubbles in this pale golden French Champagne composed of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. An elegant pairing with lobster. Buy it: $34 at Spec’s and Total Wines and More STERLING VINEYARDS

Napa Valley pioneer debuts its first-ever sparkling wines, and the bottles alone are showstoppers. The Blanc de Blanc made from 100-percent Napa Valley Chardonnay touts fresh fruit-

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The 2013 Blanc de Noirs Brut from the California northern coast sports the mildest hint of red cherry with vivid acidity and a creamy mousse you can’t get enough of. Buy it: $40 at Central Market, Kroger, Spec’s and Total Wines and More CECILIA BERETTA PROSECCO SUPERIORE

Got 10 bucks? Grab this bargain bottle at Trader Joe’s. The dry white sparkling wine made in Italy will rock as a pre-dinner drink or cork popper for any special occasion. SOFIA BRUT ROSÉ

California roses and Alpine strawberries comingle with tiny bubbles for a pretty sip produced by Coppola Winery, a.k.a. Francis Ford Coppola’s winery wonderland in Sonoma County, Calif. Beautifully packaged and gift ready. Buy it: $19 at Kroger, Spec’s, and Total Wines and More BONTERRA ORGANIC VINEYARDS, MENDOCINO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

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s we celebrate the end of another year sharing happy holiday tidings, we can extend the greenest cheer with gifts of rooted flowers that will rebloom, which translates to the very special thought, “With every bloom, I am reminded of you.” The presentation of a plant creates a benchmark in time between people and an ongoing relationship to enjoy the plant’s repeated blooming. Some unique choices are citrus, winter-blooming camellias or even a “Christmas Tree” to put into the ground to honor new beginnings.

A CITRUS CHRISTMAS Some popular citrus choices are Meyer lemons, Mexican limes and “Meiwa” and “Changshou” kumquat trees. These varieties bloom and fruit in November and December and are available to fight those nasty winter colds with fruits high in Vitamin C. Citrus can be grown in a container or planted directly into the ground. The latter is the most successful, as the tree will take to the properly amended soil and grow a highly developed root system that will provide a greater yield. Also, the plant will gain a better resistance to pests and diseases. 76 house& home | December 2017 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

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BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS Winter-blooming camellia choices are wide ranging, from camellia sasanquas that bloom from Thanksgiving to Christmas to camellia japonicas, which offer many different beautiful flower forms that blossom from December to April. Camellias are slow-growing evergreen plants that can grow into large shrubs or small trees and prefer some filtered shade during the hot summer months.

TREES FOR THE SEASON One of our best Texas holiday trees is the Eastern red cedar, Juniperus virginiana, which is an evergreen conifer and grows in full sun to part shade. Grown in full sun, it can get 35 feet tall and 15 feet wide, while grown in the shade, the tree stretches for the light but is narrower. These evergreens want excellent drainage and don’t want to grow in drainage areas. Red cedar makes a wonderful screening plant, so give this beauty room to grow. Last, but not least, is the beautiful Japanese magnolia. It is a small understory tree that loses its leaves in winter, so when the spring blooms occur, it is one spectacular sight! Magnolia soulangeana comes in different forms and colors and flowers in February or March. Now is the perfect time to plant these beautiful spring-blooming trees. Here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from The Arbor Gate Nursery!

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