Luxiere - Oklahoma Lifestyle & Real Estate // Edition 18

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LIFEST YL E & R E A L E STAT E O K L A H O M A • E D I T I O N 18

FA S H I ON

WOMAN OF INFLUENCE

LUXIERE R E A L E S TAT E

A RT I S T PROFILE

JENNIFER GRIGSBY

OF OKLAHOMA

MORGAN ROBINSON


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CONTENTS Issue No. 18

10 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: JENNIFER GRIGSBY A woman with the heart of a servant and the mind of a maestro shares her time and talent with the state she loves.

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ARTIST PROFILE: MORGAN ROBINSON

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TRAVEL: THE HEIGHTS OF PERU

Sculptor and designer Morgan Robinson has taken the world by storm, from his Stillwater studio headquarters.

Our globetrotting correspondent, the world-renowned photographer Shevaun Williams, recently took her camera to beautiful, colorful Peru.

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FASHION’S FRENCH MOMENT: ATELIER FRANCAIS Think of fashion and you think of a French girl. Always elegant, French style is perfect and classic, and attainable with these brilliant pieces.

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OPTIMAL LIFE SPACES Bringing beauty and relaxed order to spaces large and small.

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RITUALS FOR BEAUTIFUL HEALTH Explore Ayurveda, tinctures, daily devotionals and balancing practices.

JARRED SMITH & FLIPOKC Smith and his team of artisans have brought an iconic, historic OKC masterpiece back to its former glory, seamlessly melding past and future for a home like no other.

LUXIERE REAL ESTATE The perfect home sets the tone for our lives. Where you begin and end your days is perhaps even more important than what you do in between. The properties we’ve curated for you are impeccable and unique. A rarified collection of places to call home.

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LUXIERE OKLAHOMA MAGAZINE | Edition No. 18 | OWNER/PUBLISHER: Stacy D. Johnson DESIGN: BrandLink Media WRITERS: Christine Eddington and Olivia Hanson COVER PHOTO: Shevaun Williams - Jessi Murray (model) ADVERTISING: 405.808.1332 Luxiere Oklahoma is published bimonthly, direct-mailed to a curated readership and distributed at select retail locations free of charge for individual use. Additional copies are inserted and mailed to the subscribers of the Wall Street Journal. To request copies, please contact the publisher. Luxiere.com | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube

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REVEL IN BEAUTY A Note from the Publisher Art, design and travel are three of the most powerful weapons for good that we have in our collective arsenal. They connect people to one another. When we travel to new places, filled with new sights and unfamiliar customs, we revel in the beautiful strangeness of it all. When we gaze upon a work of art, whether a sculpture, a painting or even, arguably, a well-designed home, our hearts and spirits fill. We’ve all experienced the sensation of being stopped in our tracks by beauty or of making a new friend in a place we’ve never been before. When these things happen, we are reminded that we are all connected. Connection is the cousin of acquaintance, which in turn leads to collegiality, familiarity, collaboration, friendship and community.

philanthropist and talented volunteer strategist for causes that benefit thousands of Oklahomans. By day, she serves as CFO for Ascent Resources and, when she and her bestie and fellow WOI Martha Burger aren’t traveling to far-flung locales, she lends her time, talent and fortune to non-profits across the state.

Morgan Robinson is a world-renowned sculptor whose Stillwater studio is a hub of international commissions. He is represented in galleries from Palm Springs to Tokyo, and his wildly thoughtful furniture designs and sculptural installations are sought by collectors far and wide. His story began in small-town Oklahoma, and we bring it to you on page 14.

We hope you will find this issue to be beautiful, interesting and inspirational. We are inspired each day by the remarkably talented people who call Oklahoma home and who allow us to share their stories with you.

When we imagine our bucket-list travel dreams, one that surfaces more often than others is magical, colorful Peru. One day we will walk its cities’ bustling streets, sample its beautiful wares and dine in its fragrant cafes. We will hike its mystical trails and meet the people who call it home. Until then, we will enjoy the next-best thing, a Peruvian adventure lovingly documented by globetrotting photographer Shevaun Williams on page 23. Closer to home, two people are working in very different ways to make our state shine. This issue’s Woman of Influence (page 10), Jennifer Grigsby, is a quiet, steady

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Jarred Smith takes a different approach. He is systematically bringing historically-significant homes back to their former glory and beyond. His latest project, in Oklahoma City’s Lincoln Terrace neighborhood is magnificent. Its newly-restored stained glass window alone makes our hearts flutter. You’ll read about his labor of love on page 46.

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WOMEN OF INFLUENCE

WOMAN OF INFLUENCE It’s usually true that those who do the most good go about it quietly, in a matter-of-fact manner, with little interest if any in recognition. Jennifer Grigsby has the heart of a servant and shares her many blessings with her hometown and state in as many ways as she can, primarily through philanthropy. “Philanthropy is a big part of my life,” Grigsby says. “I just feel a sense of responsibility. As a person who has been in this community for almost 50 years, and as a person who has time and treasure, I make a point of supporting organizations in the community that help a broad spectrum of needs.” Her philanthropic philosophy was honed by watching one of the best. Her current position of CFO for Ascent Resources was preceded by nearly two decades at Chesapeake Energy. Both companies were founded by the late, legendary oil man and philanthropist Aubrey McClendon. “The most influential people in my life have been people I met at Chesapeake: Aubrey McClendon and my best friend and mentor Martha Burger. I miss Aubrey every day, and I try to honor his vision and his efforts with my work and my community involvement.” Grigsby focuses on making Oklahoma better for all Oklahomans. She is a proud OSU alumna and earned a degree in accounting from that fine institution. Then she came back home. “I am a lifelong Oklahoma City girl and it never occurred to me to leave,” she says. She went on to earn an MBA from Oklahoma City University. “I’m a huge OSU fan, and I volunteer quite a bit in Stillwater. I am the immediate past chairman of the Board of Trustees for the OSU Foundation and have served as chair of the OSU Alumni Association Board. I also serve on the executive committee of the Dean’s Council for the Spears School of Business and in other advisory roles supporting the Spears School and the OSU School of Accounting,” Grigsby says. Her board service is not limited to Stillwater; many Oklahoma City nonprofits enjoy the benefits of her attention as well. She is deliberate by nature and prefers organizations that do the most good for the largest segment of the population. Among others, she lends her

time and talent to the United Way, Leadership Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and the YMCA. She is also the only female member on the boards of the Petroleum Club and Crossfirst Bank. Breaking barriers and helping other women excel is a passion for Grigsby. She and her bestie, Martha, have formed an LLC, which they use for philanthropic investments. “One group we support is Purse Power. I also support Impact Oklahoma. We absolutely believe in the power and value of female leadership. It can change the world. Studies show that public companies with a higher percentage of women on their boards perform better, in terms of stock price appreciation.” Purse Power is a nonprofit dedicated to encouraging women to use their massive purchasing power to drive positive change. The theory is that if women will buy from women-owned and women-led companies, glass ceilings and pay inequity can be quickly eradicated. Impact Oklahoma is a nonprofit group through which women pool their money and grant funds to nonprofits in five categories: Family, Health and Wellness, Education, Community and Culture. Grigsby is a soft-spoken barrier-breaker in other ways, as well. She’s spent her career in oil and gas, a male-dominated field, and pours a lot of intentional time into working with younger women, mentoring, and speaking at conferences. Her husband and two sons are completely on board with Grigsby’s mission and aid her efforts by being a self-sufficient home team. “My husband is a stay-at-home dad. It works for us. We made a very intentional decision, and it works for us.” The family spends lots of down time together at their weekend home at Lake Eufaula or tailgating and attending athletic events at OSU. But Grigsby’s focus during the workweek is her career and all that comes with it. “I’m so blessed to work alongside so many strong women and to have been mentored by incredible men and women throughout my career, with no regard to my gender,” she says. But it’s deeper than that. “Personally, I am always looking to help love and cultivate the next young Aubrey out there, waiting to flourish.”

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I just feel a sense of responsibility. As a person who is satisfied in life, and as a person who has time and treasure, I make a point of supporting organizations in the community that help a broad spectrum of needs.

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MORGAN ROBINSON

“I attempt to stay clear of the mundane by Christine Eddington

by taking a closer look at that the things that can do nothing else but encompass my sight. Unable to ignore organic language, I follow the indigenous bends in pieces of nature. There is no part of my environment too obscure to inspire. Refracted light and shadows overlapping as well as elements that can be held in your hand or seen with a magnifying glass; they all hold purpose and contain beauty. The beauty perceived is what suggests a more insightful, more meaningful spirituality. The meaning projects out of imagination and undeniable existence, and attraction is seen from a vast array of perspectives.�

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Sculptor Morgan Robinson has been working since 2:30 this morning, and as he rushes into the coffee shop, his elegant bearing tussles briefly with his exhaustion, with the former claiming victory as he folds his tall frame into the seat across the table, coffee in hand. He has just completed a complicated and large privately-commissioned sculpture installation at a Stillwater home. “I feel like I am on my own path. I’ve accepted it and am comfortable in my own skin,” Robinson says. Getting to this point took him around the globe, from tiny towns to vast cities, and through several artistic disciplines. “I became a professional artist in 2009. My career has gained momentum from there. It really started to blossom in Japan,”

he says. He also learned a great deal about himself in the time he spent in the Australian bush country, but that story comes a bit later. Robinson grew up in rural Oklahoma – Perkins, to be specific. He attended Perkins schools and then transferred to Ripley, Oklahoma, in high school. His graduating class numbered a whopping 36 people. He is a self-described ‘omnivert,’ meaning he fluctuates between introversion and extraversion. “There was no art in Ripley, but I found my way into home ec classes where I could create. That side of me has always been there. I was also a pitcher and went to college on a baseball scholarship, but I’d make jewelry for the baseball team, and pretty soon other teams wanted some, too,” Robinson says.

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distribute things I’d made, to patent them,” he says. “He sent me to Australia for six months where I worked as a jackaroo, shearing sheep, while I figured out what I wanted to do.” Suffice it to say that Robinson’s jackaroo days were few, and he returned to the states clear-minded and ready to work. “It was time for me to simplify and slow down. I wanted to be very conscious about what I was doing in life, and what was in my life,” he says.

He took a jewelry making class and had what he describes as a ‘finding moment.’ “Once I found jewelry, the way forward made sense. Terms were set. The world loves beauty, and I could supply it. I dropped baseball and changed my major to jewelry. I fought for it.” Soon, though, the budding sculptor began showing up at the jewelry program with sheet metal. “My idea was that I would create ‘wall jewelry.’ But someone said ‘no, that’s sculpture,’ and I got kicked out of the jewelry program.” Sculpting had an immediate, strong connection for him, and the young artist began welding and woodworking. “When school was over, I didn’t really know how to be an artist. I’d never been to an art gallery or studio. So I approached an entrepreneur to help me protect and

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He went to Santa Fe with the thought of putting down roots, but didn’t feel a connection to the city. Back in Oklahoma, Robinson landed in Stillwater, where he remodeled and lived in a bona fide tiny house and spent his days sculpting and working for a cabinet maker. The winds of fate soon saw fit to send him to Japan. “I did a house swap with a Japanese girl who had a house in Japan. She loved my Stillwater house, so we traded houses and I lived in Japan, trading work for studio space. I started to get a few commissions, and I met my wife. We have a daughter, who is six. They currently live in Japan, and I travel back and forth and am in Japan about five times a year.” His early commissions led to a solo show and more commissions. Today, Robinson creates beautiful, minimal furnishings and sculptures for clients around the world. His work is represented in galleries in Aspen, Denver and Vail, Colorado, and also Palm Desert, California.


He’s just received his largest commission from an architectural firm in Washington, DC, where he will create a 70-foot-long bronze piece for an executive office building on L Street. His work is curvy, organic, complex and approachable. He has also been tapped by Oklahoma City University to serve as a visiting artist, working in a studio on campus, and interacting with students in the school’s fine arts department. A solo show in the spring at OCU’s Hulsey Gallery will feature some 25 works of his. He is at once global and hyper-local, and now that he’s found his truest path, he’s just getting started.

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There is a divine energy which envelops you at every turn during a trek through the Andes of Peru. The archeology, architecture, and arts of the Andean civilizations whose maxims usually start with, “For over 1000 years”, are some of the most unique treasures found on the planet. Just being in the center of the most well-known, the ancient Incan Empire, is extraordinary. There is a reason Machu Picchu is on every top ten travel bucket list. LUXIERE 25


No adventure to the highlands of Peru is complete without a journey into The Sacred Valley. Stretching roughly 60 kilometers, Inca ruins are scattered throughout the valley and authentic villages populate the province with each town embracing the unique style of clothing that identifies the wearer as belonging to that region. In combination with a patrician profile, a Quechuan woman wears a fedora-like hat, her hair in two long braids down her back, an embroidered jacket, skirt, heavy stockings made of hand-woven wool, and the lliclla or cape; the Quechuan man wears dark handwoven pants, a chullo hat of alpaca wool, a multi-colored poncho and hojotas or sandals. All embrace a noble heritage. Situated at over 11,000 feet, the city of Cuzco means “Center of the World” in the native South American language of Quechua. UNESCO notes that “the city represents the sum of 3,000 years of indigenous and autonomous cultural development in the Peruvian southern Andes...a unique testimony to the urban and architectural achievements of important political, economic and cultural settlements during the pre-Columbian era in South America.” Remarkable not only for its history and architecture, the ancient city is also host to a rich tapestry of colorful fiestas and lavish carnivals. The largest and most spectacular celebration, the South American Festival of Corpus Christi, is the most impressive. Sixty days after Easter Sunday, colossal statues of fifteen saints and virgins, clad in an impressive array of jewels and luxurious brocades and carried upon the shoulders of the faithful, arrive from their respective parishes to the cathedral of Cuzco. The joyous atmosphere includes talented dancers and musicians and food stalls displaying the traditional dish for Corpus Christi, the Chiriuchu, a dish that brings together food from all over Peru including chicken, guinea pig, thick corn tortillas and roasted corn. Ollantaytambo is a beautiful town located on the far side of the Sacred Valley from the city of Cuzco. Probably the best surviving example of Inca town planning, the Inca ruins located in Ollantaytambo are some of the best stonework outside of Machu Picchu. Do not forget to explore the depths of the city to engage with the villagers and have a bell jar of corn beer. The village of Chinchero, at 12,345 feet, is one of the few towns in the valley that is higher than Cuzco. It is home to a communal market where the natives still barter and chat with neighbors while buying local produce for the week’s meals. The bordering craft market features the famous handmade fabrics created with unique designs and brilliant colors. Indigenous artisans using techniques passed through generations offer a chance to practice your Spanish while doing your own trade. For the more intrepid traveler, there is the festival of Quyllurit’i - the Snow Star Festival – which is held annually with a pilgrimage through the dizzying heights and stunning landscape of the Cordillera Vilcanota range of the Peruvian Andes. Ostensibly a Catholic festival, the local indigenous people of the Andes know it as a native celebration of the stars that takes place during the first full moon before Corpus Christi and coinciding with the reappearance of the Pleiades constellation. The festival is an exclusively Andean triad combining worship of the Apus (mountain gods), Pachamama (the earth mother) and Jesus with no apparent lack of harmony. The mission for foreigners starts with 5 hours on horseback along a rocky path, climbing a full 16,000 feet and passing eight crosses where Christian pilgrims show reverence. Most natives cover the distance on foot, carrying tents and food and even children on their backs in a simple manta, a traditional Peruvian carrying cloth. Aggressive dancers in masks and multi-layered skirts and musicians with drums and flutes perform with fervor from beginning to end.


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The display is most impressive at the apex, when troupes offer intricate dancing displays on steep slopes to impress the Snow Star that lives deep inside the mountain. It is a singular experience.

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And then there is what many call the crown jewel of Peru, Machu Picchu, the ruins of a 15th-century Incan citadel. Nothing can prepare you for the grandeur of the sight. Perched in the mountainous cloud forests of Peru 1000 feet above the Urubamba River, the site is made up of more than 150 buildings ranging from baths and houses to temples and sanctuaries. Incan craftsman are still recognized 500 years later as some of the best masons in the world. The World Wildlife Fund explains, “The structures were so well built with a technique called ashlar (stones that are cut to fit together without mortar) that not even a knife blade can fit between stones. The stones of Machu Picchu are reputed to ‘dance’ or bounce during a seismic event and then fall back into their rightful place”. The site’s origins remain a mystery, but the secrets are part of the magic. But don’t listen to me...go see for it yourself. Give yourself the experience of Peru!

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Optimal Life Space BEING ORGANIZED IS ABOUT MORE THAN BINS AND L ABELS

The Internet is littered with tips on creating a perfect mudroom, entryway or closet. Entire stores are dedicated to matching you with the “right bin”. So, why are we all still engaged in the battle against clutter and the judgment it brings? We have expectations that our home should be stylish, functional, up-to-date, effortless. We see pictures of staged homes, and it’s hard to translate those images to our reality. These expectations bring on an immense amount of pressure and self- judgment. This shuts down our decision-making power and motivation, ultimately leaving us prone to more clutter.

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The key to conquering clutter is to recognize the role emotions play in the process. Set aside the judgment that “this should be easy” and “everyone should be able to do this.” Remove expectations, and focus on what you want and need from your space and things. Here’s my advice.

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Feel overwhelmed, but ask for support. Have a trusted friend join you. The extra hands help, but the outside opinion really makes the difference.

Create a calm space to de-clutter specific items. It is hard to focus on small or emotional items when your overall space is a mess.

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Celebrate success. Take “before” pictures to see your progress. This is work, so give yourself the credit you deserve.

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Start small - focus and finish one project at a time. De-cluttering takes longer than you think. Small wins are still wins and can build momentum!

REMEMBER... If bins and labels were a true solution, nobody would have clutter. Living an organized life is personal, emotional, habitual and intentional. It’s about acknowledging the struggle and embracing the process with open arms and helping hands.


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RITUALS FOR

H E A LT H BY C H E L S E Y A N N

AY U RVE D IC M ED IC INE In ayurvedic medicine healthy balance begins with daily rituals. If the skin is the road map to what is going on enterally with our bodies, the gut seems to be at the center of it all. We are diving into the little things we can do throughout the day to keep a healthy and calm stomach, leading to calm skin. Many issues such as acne, dermatitis, psoriasis, and dandruff start with food and the gut.

TINCTU RES Tinctures are a great way to supplement your health

in areas that carry so much stress. Massage one minute

and aid in medical therapies. Most tinctures are made

counter clockwise followed by one minute clockwise.

by distilling herbs or plants in alcohol so they are

Find a body oil you resonate with, from the texture to

easily absorbed under the tongue or in water. Poppy

the smell - get as many senses activated as you can.

and Someday is an amazing resource that is swoon

Releasing tension in the gut relieves constipation and

worthy, with herbs grown in the owner’s backyard Cali

improves kidney and digestion function.

garden. The Peaceful Easy is a blend of lemon balm

I always love taking these moments, shifting from

that calms anxiety and aids in digestion, skullcap, a

a long list of to-dos to keep my body healthy and

natural detoxifier, and chamomile, which has powerful

functioning, and times to speak words of release and

anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties. The

love on my mental and physical body. It might look

blend is perfect to reduce stress and calm the belly

a little different on a busy Thursday after work, but

(extra bonus - it’s gentle enough for those restless

these little two minutes here and there say “Body, you

babies too). Stomach massage is another way to reduce

are worth it; my care for you is a priority.” Your body

the effects of stress, as the stomach holds on to toxins

responds with a huge thank you. A self-nurturing

and is the epicenter for unexpressed emotions. There

touch can undo a day’s worth of tension and stress.

is much to be said for taking the time to move energy

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UNLIKE OUR THOUGHTS, WHICH F LO W B E T W E E N PA S T, P R E S E N T, A N D F U T U R E , O U R B R E AT H O C C U R S O N LY I N T H E H E R E A N D N OW.

BREATHWORK FOR THE BEL LY Through the nose, exhale and draw in your abdomen; then inhale and release your stomach. Do not hold your breath. Repeat three times.

W E C A N ’ T TA L K A B O U T D I G E S T I V E CA RE W ITH OUT SP E A KI N G TO TH E H UG E I M P O R T A N C E O F O R A L H E A LT H .

O R AL H EALTH Tongue scraping is an ancient practice usually with a metal U shaped scraper, it cleanses the tongue of built up bacteria from the nights sleep, removes odor, aids in digestion and allows for better taste in food. The mouth is the first digestive exposure, assisting in breaking down food and contributing to the overall process of digestion. Gums are a key in keeping teeth in good health. Good teeth = good health bottom line. A good gum oil applied daily will keep bleeding and receding lines at bay. Gargle with saltwater or an ayurvedic mouthwash.

DAILY BALANC ING ROUTIN E ↘ UPON WAKING, DO TONGUE SCRAPE

↘ SHOWER

↘ BRUSH TEETH

↘ PERFORM SPIRITUAL PRACTICE

↘ MASSAG E GUMS WITH GUM OIL

↘ BEG IN DAY

↘ GARG LE ↘ DO STOMACH MASSAG E

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SKIN C AR E I am so relieved and excited that the stigma around men’s

loving ladies out there, but this gal loves some minimal

and women’s self care is shifting. The access to products

plain packaging and so do the men in my life. While many

without harmful ingredients is becoming more mainstream

of the needs are the same in skincare, most oily types

and packed with powerhouse active products, but what

don’t love a glossy finish on their faces. So this line-up is

is super encouraging is that marketing and packaging is

light, gel based options that hydrate, protect the skin from

becoming more inclusive as well. No shame for all the pink-

environmental damage and repair skin structure.

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BAT H S OA K

THIS GREEN WATER-BASED SERUM IS JUST PERFECT FOR SUMMER AS A MOISTURIZER

NO BETTER WAY TO RELAX AND RELEASE SOME TOXINS. LIGHT UP SOME PALO

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SANTOS, SET AN INTENTION FOR YOUR SELF CARE TIME, AND SOAK UP.

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BA L M

OK - YOU SEE THE WORD OIL IN THERE, BUT THE OIL IS A DRY OIL THAT IS

BALMS ARE GREAT FOR SO MANY REASONS. IT CAN BE USED AS A PROTECTIVE

NONCOLEOGENTIC (NOT PORE CLOGGING). IT SMELLS AMAZING AND SOAKS RIGHT

BARRIER FROM WIND, A HAND AND CUTICLE MOISTURIZER, A LIP BALM, AND A

IN. IT KEEPS INGROWN HAIRS AT BAY AND ELIMINATES THE NEED FOR A BODY LOTION.

TREATMENT FOR ANY CHAPPED AREAS ON THE BODY. I ALSO LOVE IT AS A NATURAL

JUST APPLY RIGHT OUT OF THE SHOWER WHILE STILL A LITTLE DAMP.

HIGHLIGHTER ON THE HIGH POINTS OF THE CHEEK BONES.

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JARRED SMITH:

FLIP OKC

LINCOLN TERRACE’S KNIGHT IN BLUE JEANS story: Stacy D. Johnson // photographs: Sarah Strunk

His story is the quintessential American Dream: a young, hardworking man from a small town attends college on an athletic scholarship (golf), works hard and builds himself a life and career that are as satisfying as they are impressive. An offer to work as a golf pro followed his graduation. In 2007, he bought his first house. Around the same time, he had also begun to explore new career ideas – the life of a golf pro is exciting, but grueling. “I was remodeling my house myself, and I’d also begun working in oil and gas. That was in 2007. Then came 2008, and as we all know, oil prices dropped. It opened my eyes to the fact that oil and gas would always be an up-and-down business. It will always fluctuate, that’s the nature of the business, so I began to focus on real estate rentals,” Smith says. He started small, buying and renovating properties one at a time while also remodeling his own home. Feeling his oats, he told his real estate agent that if she found a buyer, he’d sell his house. “She sold it the next day,” he says. And so began a career that suits Smith to a tee. He’s flipped houses in Belle Isle, Mesta Park, Heritage Hills and Crown Heights, although it’s a term he feels a little mixed about. “Flippers have gotten a bad name, and it’s true that there are a bunch of bad apples. What I do is not cookie-cutter; I think we are known for our historic renovations. Each house is unique,” he says.

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Smith is the founder and principal at FLIPOKC and co-founder/co-owner of Dwell Urban Real Estate. Today he has just completed a remarkable project in one of Oklahoma City’s most beautiful neighborhoods, Lincoln Terrace. It’s a 1928, Spanish Revival marvel. “This house is incredible. I bought it from a couple who had owned it for more than 40 years, and they hadn’t done anything to it except to change the light fixtures, but fortunately they’d saved all of the originals that they’d taken down.” All of the fixtures have been painstakingly restored and rewired by the venerable Lillian Strickler Lighting of Oklahoma City. He’s also been careful to preserve original floors and woodwork, and it’s a point of pride that he’s been able to restore and use all of the doors and kitchen hardware. “We have been able to keep the floor plan 85 percent intact. We created a master suite upstairs and enlarged the kitchen. We kept all of the original iron work, sinks, hardware and the ceiling beams. There are original barrel ceilings throughout the home and countless other beautiful, timeless features of the sort only found in architecturally-significant treasures like this one.”

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The ten-foot-tall stained glass window at the front of the house is breathtaking, and Smith hired a glazier to restore and re-lead the entire masterpiece. Its romantic, knights-and-armor motif sets the tone for the entire home. “Our artisan told us that this was the largest stained glass window in Oklahoma. It was all in one section, which is unusual. Unfortunately it had begun to bow, but we were able to correct that by re-leading it into three, smaller panels.” Its beauty has been fully restored, and its structure is now sound. The home was built in 1928, and its owners have been as colorful as its stained glass. Leslie Fain was its occupant from 1932-1936, and Lloyd Judd from 19361948. Judd’s history includes time spent as a member of the World War I American expeditionary force in Siberia, but he was best known for waging a one-man war against the drilling of oil wells in Lincoln Terrace. Smith loves the history of this home, and his careful and elegant restoration and renovation have brought it back to its former glory. Perhaps it’s even more beautiful now, poised and ready for its next century and newest inhabitants.

www.f lipokc.com

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$3,950,000 | 2822 Nw 222nd Street

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LI STED BY:

Wyatt Poindexter, Keller Williams Elite 405-417-5466 OKLuxuryHomes.com 5629 N. Classen Blvd | Oklahoma City, OK

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$1,499,900 | 6708 OAK VIEW ROAD 13th Fairway in Oak Tree Edmond Schools

$1,095,000 | 5201 NE 131ST COURT $999,000 | 6601 ACORN DRIVE Unbelievable backyard with Pavilion - 1.61 Acres (mol) 15th Hole on East Course at Oak Tree Edmond Schools Edmond Schools

$734,900 | 1400 HIDDEN LAKE Over 1 Acre in Hidden Lake Edmond Schools

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$1,249,995 1110 TEDFORD WAY | NICHOLS HILLS, OK

$1,299,995 1601 GLENBROOK TERRACE | NICHOLS HILLS, OK

4 BED / 5.1 BATH / 4,053 SQ FT

4 BED / 4 BATH / 4,176 SQ FT

Cape Dutch Design nestled in the heart of Nichols Hills. Expansive chef’s kitchen features 22’ ceilings, large walk-in pantry, top of the line stainless appliances and loads of work space. Lower level features: dining, living, wine bar, catering kitchen/utility space, and magnificent master suite. 2nd level with 3 bedroom suites(each with a private bath), media room, study, and workout room.

LOCATION! Reminiscent of Heritage Hills with a Floridian feel! Large island w/ seating, pantry, wine bar, & top of the line SS appliances. Catering kitchen/utility room off main living. Master retreat w/double door balcony. Upper level with large media room. 4 Bedrooms are generously sized with full bath & walk-in closet. Two separate covered outdoor entertaining spaces!

$1,495,000 1121 TEDFORD WAY | NICHOLS HILLS, OK

$1,079,995 524 NW 8TH STREET | SOSA DISTRICT, OKC

$675,000 7913 GLENWOOD AVENUE | NICHOLS HILLS, OK

5 BED / 4.1 BATH / 4,585 SQ FT

3 BED / 2.5 BATH / OVER 3,000 SQ FT

4 BED / 3 BATH / 3,159 SQ FT

Stunning interiors & versatile layout that compliments any buyer. Working kitchen island, double ovens, top of the line Jenn Air appliances and huge pantry. Sliding glass doors provide striking veiws of your private backyard oasis. Pool, 2-way fireplace, al fresco dining with outdoor kitchen. Expansive basement with full bed/bath & bonus space.

PREMIER LOCATION in SoSA. Walk or bike anywhere in the city. Home automated Control 4 system makes this a SUPER SMART HOME! Sexy Spool that heats immediately. Interior is loaded with designer fixtures and tile, floor to ceiling windows, hardwood flooring, 2 exquisite fireplaces, Quartz and marble counters, and more.

Rare opportunity to find a 4 bedroom in Nichols Hills area with circle drive, and massive lot. MIL plan, stunning marble fireplace, two living, two dining, SS commercial grade appliances. Gorgeous hardwood flooring throughout, spacious living room with ample built-ins and cathedral ceiling with exposed wood beams.

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Nichols/Country Club $749,900 3/2/2 Nichols Hills/Tedford $1,350,000 4/4.5/2 Nichols Hills/Park Manor $1,450,000 4/3.5/2

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$745,000 | 9300 S SANTA FE AVENUE | 4 BED 2 MASTER SUITES 4.1 BATH 4,272 SQ FT Prairie Craftsman Home built in 2010 in Ranchwood Manor, SW OKC. 4,272 square feet. 4 beds, 2 master suites, 3 Full Bath, 1 Jack & Jill, 1 half bath. Gourmet kitchen has prep sink in 10’ Breakfast Bar, large walk-in pantry, an abundance of storage. Wall of Windows in Living Room looking onto Indoor / Inground Saltwater Lap Pool and Spa. Master bedroom has massive closet, 3rd row pull-downs, spacious bathroom, glass shower with rainhead and door to pool. Large Office, Media Room, Heated Wood Floors, Granite Countertops/window sills throughout home. Remote Controlled Drapes. Fully Decked Attic accessible by staircase. Sprayfoam Insulation, 3 Zone HVAC, Circle Drive, Massive Patio, Gazebo, 2 Koi Ponds, Steel Roof, Wholehouse Generac Generator, 4 Car Garage, 3 pull-though overhead doors, In-ground Storm Shelter, Outbuilding, mature trees in front and back. 2.18 acres IN town! 15 minutes to Tinker A.F.B. or Norman/OU.

$1,250,000 | 2700 SW 130TH COURT 5 BED 3.2 BATH | 5,216 SQ FT

$999,900 | 13109 ROHAN COURT 4 BED 6 BATH | 6,585 SQ FT

$885,500 | 13100 ENDOR CIRCLE 5 BED 5.1 BATH | 5,209 SQ FT

French Country Estate with bubbling fountain in circle drive. Honduran mahogany double doors open to living room with breathtaking view of pool, spa, crystal blue lake and soaring fountain. 2 living areas, 2 dining, mirrored fitness room, steam sauna and home theater.

Exquisite Villa where patina copper awnings, turrets and arches reflect pride in craftsmanship. 2 story great room, chef-inspired kitchen, fabulous media room with stadium seating, elevator, 2 laundry rooms, security gate to motor court and 5 car garage.

Elegantly Comfortable Chateau has century old rustic beamed cathedral ceilings, wine room and barista bar. Knotty Alderwood kitchen has 6 burner commercial stove, pot filler and prep island. Massive patio, cozy fireplace and salt water pool and spa.

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Kathy & Steve Griffith 405-213-7839 or 405-613-4141 Kathy@PrimeRealtyLuxuryHomes.com 1530 S.W. 89th Street | Oklahoma City

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Unwind with relaxing water views from your lakeside château. This is where your family will host cozy get-togethers, or throw extravagant parties year-round with such amenities as 1,500 sq ft covered patio with outdoor kitchen, spacious living quarters, exquisite chef’s kitchen, an opulent owner’s suite, a wine and coffee bar, and open patios and balconies overlooking a scenic lake. Your estate even has an option for multi-generational living; it comes with both a downstairs guest suite (or mother-in-law suite), complete with its own entrance, and an upstairs theater wing for your extravagant man-cave, exercise room or teenage sanctuary with sprawling wet bar and tons of storage.

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Captivating home located on the 13th tee at Oak Tree’s West Course! Unmatched allure awaits in this Greek Revival beauty, complete with marble rotunda, transcendent curved walls and custom millwork throughout. Hand placed mahogany ceiling in the main living room (that took artisans 2 years to create and install), to the owners suite complete with marble bathroom, double sided fireplace, and cozy retreat, you will find yourself in a state of royal relaxation. Totally remodeled kitchen with solid wood cabinets, huge pantry, gas cook top, and magnificent granite island. Custom walnut ceiling and detail in office; marble and wood floors throughout; triple glazed Anderson windows; slate roof 2010; sparkling swimming pool with hot tub and sunbathing pool; guest quarters/cabana, all in an exquisite setting.


$998,500 | 24000 E 1090 ROAD WEATHERFORD, OK Lake Access & Large Terrace | 4312 sq. ft. | 3 bedrooms | 5 full baths | 3 car garage

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$364,999 Beautiful Ranch style home nestled in the heart of Northwest Oklahoma City with luxury kitchen and bath updates. The new front porch is a great spot to enjoy the professional landscaping, including perennials in each garden which you can enjoy every year. With New Ketch Design window treatments throughout, this house is move-in ready.

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Immaculately updated home situated beautifully on Rose Creek Golf Course. Boasting a wide open kitchen with granite, stainless appliances, double ovens, Kitchen Aid range, island and breakfast bar. The beautiful formal dining is a stunner along with the study with built-in bookcases and crown moulding. The family room offers a a beautiful gas fireplace, more bookcases, and crown moulding. The spacious master wows you with cathedral ceilings, large walk-in closet and walk out doors to a relaxing patio. Large game/theater room upstairs and 3 car garage with above ground safe room.

$625,000

NORMA COKELEY Re/Max Preferred Properties 9520 N. May Ave, Suite 110 • Oklahoma City, OK 73120

MLS #769971

Office: 405-753-7245 | Cell : 405-630-7696 | Norma@NormaCokeley.com

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