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New Life for an Old Home SPRING 2013


Resources a : n pros to ma d ke your projec t come alive





Painting prep is a pain, and manufacturers have taken note. We test drive a few fuss-free options that easily take a project from “someday” to “success.”

Mark and Traci Miller’s Rose Creek home dazzles with colors and textures layered on a neutral palette in an artful tapestry anyone would be proud to call “home.”

The upcoming spring and summer seasons inspire serene designs in the popular “Setting the Table” series, relocated to these pages from our sister magazine, Slice.






HISTORICAL PRESERVATION An older home presents many challenges, but the opportunities to coexist with living history proved irresistible to intrepid homeowners Blair and Maggie Humphreys.


LUCKY SEVEN If you think a bachelor pad could be furnished exclusively with milk crates and pizza boxes, Jason Little’s modern minimalist aesthetic will inspire you to clean up your act.


6 From the Editors


8 Save the Date 26 Pretty and Practical 43 Touch of Gray


New Life for an Old Home

: Resources and pros to make your projec t come alive


On the Cover

48 Styles in Tile 50 From the Bookshelf 61 Sweet Sheets 78 For the Coffee Table

The cheerful kitchen nook in Blair and Maggie Humphreys’ historical 1925 home is perfect for a busy, growing family with a modern sense of style. Photo by Simon Hurst.



10 JRB Art at the Elms


IFC Matt Wilson Custom Homes 28 Don Chesser Homes 29 Heritage Renovations 30 Bill Roberts Building Company 31 Wayne Griffiths Homes 32 Gary Randolph Master Builder IBC AC Dwellings




34 Bella Vici 35 Grant Design 36 The Curtain Exchange 36 Ketch Design Centre 37 Howell Gallery 38 Luxurious Spaces


40 Monticello Cabinets & Doors 41 Salazar Roofing & Construction 42 Hardware Expressions 42 Merrill Lynch: Phillips/Holland/Newby Group



5 Bob Mills Furniture 52 BD Home 53 Cayman’s 54 55 SR Hughes 56 Winter House Interiors 57 Workplace Resource 58 Classic Home Interiors 58 KS Design 59 Les Debris 59 True North Living 60 I.O. Metro 60 Kanon Gallery 60 Starr Home BC Mister Robert


1 Classic Kitchens 74 Designer Hardware by Faye 75 The Gibraltar Company 76 Morrison Supply Company 77 Young Brothers, Inc.




80 Always Greener OKC 81 Calvert’s Plant Interiors 82 Decorative Water Gardens 83 SWAT Mosquito Mist Systems

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FROM THE EDITORS IN THE FIELD OF PUBLISHING we have to stay a step ahead. For example, it’s never ACTUALLY spring when we’re sending the spring issue to press. And as difficult as it is to live with a foot in two worlds, it’s a necessary evil that comes with a few fringe benefits. Thinking about the coming season when the trees are still bare can jump-start the desire to do a little deep cleaning and organizing, to initiate some window shopping for new outdoor furniture or even spur the sowing of a few seeds in eager anticipation of summer’s bounty. Oklahoma’s fickle weather can also usher in a surprise late-season snow storm, so even though you might be turning these pages in search of ideas for spring and summer ... the warmer days may simply not be here (yet). But soon they will be. And there’s nothing like a new season to inspire new décor. In this issue, we’re bringing in a little fresh perspective. We take you inside three metro-area homes to showcase stunning design done differently. A newly constructed suburban retreat made a canvas for the artistic talents of the occupant. A historic residence lovingly renovated to suit a growing family drawn to the core of the city. An urban bachelor’s midcentury modern aesthetic rendered within a condominium’s footprint. There is something within these pages sure to spark your imagination, no matter your stage or age. In addition to these whole-home explorations, we’ve scoped out the latest in tile trends and textiles, and included some D.I.Y. ideas as well. We strive to bring together the resources you need, whether you are a novice or a pro at the game of home improvement. And as game as we are to tackle anything once, it’s worth mentioning that calling in a



professional can be the best decision you ever make. Call us old-fashioned, but it is our hope that you’ll settle in with this magazine, slowly turn the pages and dog-ear or tear out the ones that speak to you. And don’t just squirrel them away in a “to-do” inspiration file – act. Because after a winter spent dreaming and planning, now is the time to create your perfect vision of home.

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MARCH 2013


OKC Home & Outdoor Living Show State Fairgrounds March 22-24

COHBA Parade of Homes Throughout OKC metro Dates TBD

APRIL 2013 Parade of Homes Spring Festival Throughout OKC metro April 19-21 and 26-28

MAY 2013 Symphony Show House The Abbey at Fairview Farm May 4-19

JUNE 2013 Nichols Hills Garden Tour June 1 Water Garden Society of Oklahoma Pond Tour Throughout OKC metro June 15-16

JULY 2013 Oklahoma Horticultural Society Garden Tour for Connoisseurs Central OKC July 22


PUBLISHER | EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Elizabeth Meares Managing Editor | Creative Director Mia Blake

EDITORIAL Editor-at-Large | Stylist Sara Gae Waters

ART Art Director Scotty O’Daniel

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NOVEMBER 2013 Heritage Hills Historic Homes & Gardens Tour November 2-3 Assistance League of Norman Holiday Home Tour Dates TBD

DECEMBER 2013 Mesta Park Holiday Homes Tour December 7-8

JANUARY 2014 OKC Home & Garden Show State Fairgrounds January 17-19

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Matching the furniture is missing the point. Rather than simply filling a blank space, art can – and should – engage the viewer emotionally and reflect the spirit of its owners. Plus, in a design sense, it can enhance a space astronomically. PHOTOGRAPHER CARLI WENTWORTH


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UNLESS YOU’VE BEEN HIDING UNDER A ROCK, you’ve heard about the painted furniture revolution. What? No? Well, allow me to share. Living rooms across America are becoming host to a phenomenon that allows a quick, easy and relatively inexpensive makeover of wooden pieces in need of a tune-up. There are several paint products that accomplish this amazing feat, each with distinguishing characteristics, but the common denominator is the use of ingredients that create no/low-odor, no-VOC paints that can be used indoors, in all weather, with quick drying and no special prep necessary.

In my opinion, therein lies the secret to the success of these paints: no special prep. If you have ever attempted a painting or refinishing project, you know that prep work takes up easily half of the time and the effort necessary for a good, long-lasting result. Scrimp on prep and you will pay later. The most amazing part of testing these three brands was that the effort to get started was extremely minimal. From the idea of “hey, I am thinking about painting something” to actually applying paint, the time investment is about five minutes or less. And that makes getting over the hump of “thinking about doing” to actually “doing” a really easy transition. Put down some cardboard, drag your furniture piece onto it, and get ready to create. Viva la revolution! SPRING 2013 | DESIGNOKLAHOMA 11

Some colors might need only a single coat for full coverage, and even though the quarts seem small they will last through many projects. The finish on all tested paints was very matte … almost chalky to the touch. Apply either a clear or antique/dark wax or oil to provide a durable finish and shine. Local retailers of these paints often offer classes to teach novices the techniques and tricks of the trade, or if you are more free-spirited, grab a brush and dive in!

CeCe Caldwell’s Paints This ready-mixed, all-nat-

ural, water-based paint contains a blend of clay, porcelain clay and chalk. Designed to be especially earth-friendly, the combination of minerals within the product is supposed to create subtle shading in the paint surface with depth and dimension – this wasn’t especially obvious to my coke-bottle contact lens-wearing eyes, but that’s not to say it wasn’t there. I imagine it would be more evident on a larger sample. The cans are made from recycled plastic, and the labels are printed on recycled paper. Even the finishing wax is from plant and insect sources rather than chemical. This is definitely promoted as the “green” option for anyone who is tackling a paint makeover. In 36 colors, this eco-paint is self-priming and quick-drying, and can be found at local retailers through its website at

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint This water-based product is ready to go out of the can, and no prep is needed

– just paint! Annie Sloan is the author of over 23 books on painting techniques, with a new book set to be released in spring, and encourages you to channel your artistic side when creating your pieces. There are 32 paint colors that can be mixed together to create many more, and the addition of some of the techniques described in the books and website makes for nearly infinite creations. The paint can be thinned with water for a limewash effect or allowed to thicken in the air to create an impasto. The Chalk Paint name comes from the paint’s finish rather than its ingredient list, and it dries so quickly that even more advanced techniques like duotone, distressing or crackling are possible even in a short session. Visit to find U.S. retailers and advice. 12 DESIGNOKLAHOMA | SPRING 2013

Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint This paint had

the slowest start-up time as it comes in a powder form that must be mixed with water for 3-5 minutes before use. Don’t let that stop you – I spent almost as much time searching for my paint can opener in the black hole that is my garage as I did mixing this paint in a Mason jar. Watch the online tutorials for tips to get the perfect consistency. On raw wood, this soaked in like a beautiful limewash. Over painted or varnished surfaces, it resists bonding in some areas to create a chippy, antique finish. Add Milk Paint Bonding Agent and do some prep (like de-greasing and sanding) and the highly adhesive result should stick to metal, glass, tiles and varnished or painted finishes, and will not chip or peel. The paint gets its name from the milk protein, limestone, clay and natural pigment ingredients and comes in 12 colors. Find local retailers and tips at missmustard

Left page: The vertical piece is raw wood, showing the water-stained and age-distressed sample we started with. The colors from top to bottom are Annie Sloan’s Florence, CeCe Caldwell’s Destin Gulf Green and Miss Mustard Seed’s Shutter Gray. This page: Near left is Miss Mustard Seed’s Luckett’s Green, leaning is CeCe Caldwell’s Pittsburgh Gray and in front is Annie Sloan Old White. Note: The color reproductions in this magazine are only approximate due to the variations in the printing process. Not for color matching. Special thanks to local distributor Allison Griffith, Refunk My Junk, and the paint manufacturers for supplying the samples.



Artist’s Eye

THE TRADEMARKS OF A GOOD DESIGNER ARE AN IMPECCABLE EYE FOR COLOR, a sense of harmony and a clear vision for the project. The Rose Creek home of Mark and Traci Miller is in every way a reflection of flawless design. More notably, the home is the lovely collaboration between homebuilder Sheryl Willingham of Willco Homes and homeowner Traci, whose penchant for design suggests that the pharmaceutical sales rep by day has a very gifted alter ego. Traci’s flair for appointing a beautiful space stems from having an art background. This gives her a reliable sense of composition that extends well beyond her unerring ability to blend classical pieces with the contemporary. “My design style is eclectic. I enjoy mixing the old with a few funkymodern pieces,” she says. “I take inspiration from everywhere, but I’m particularly drawn to color, of course.” Pale, bluish-gray walls (in Sherwin-Williams “Aloof Gray”) create a continuous, serene backdrop for vibrant touches throughout the public spaces in the home. “I’m a huge Jonathan Adler fan – can you tell?” Traci asks, pointing out several brightly patterned pillows by the iconic designer in the living area, where antique and contemporary come together effortlessly atop a cheery, animal-print rug. A frequent customer in antique stores and estate sales, Traci can spot a diamond-in-the-rough from outer space. To help her bring new life to her numerous furniture finds, Traci keeps capable upholstery experts on speeddial. “They know me well at Truman’s,” she admits, praising the venerable upholstery company (Truman’s Fabric & Foam, OKC) for their ability to jump through – and then reupholster – many hoops for her over the years. “I love to repurpose things,” she notes. “If I find something great, I can’t pass it up.” Examples of her soft spot for unusual finds can be found throughout the home – a collection of ceramic “head vases,” dating back to the 1940s and ’50s, and Murano glass pieces. One of the most striking features of the Miller home is its expansive farmhouse-style kitchen, thoroughly appointed for serious cooking. “We cooked for the whole clan at Thanksgiving,” Traci says. “Mark’s family and my family were all here together – this kitchen was made for times like that.” WRITER LAUREN HAMMACK PHOTOGRAPHER DAVID COBB


Francine the standard poodle fits right into the glamorous living room. SPRING 2013 | DESIGNOKLAHOMA 15


Clockwise from left: Family and friends can gather for a convivial meal in the traditionally styled, open-plan dining room which connects to the entry and living room. // A bright green color enlivens the mudroom and a chandelier adds a classy touch to a utilitarian space. // A portrait of Mark’s grandfather reveals the family’s Native American ancestry. The brightly painted buffet couldn’t possibly have had as much fun during its previous existence.


A massive, 14-foot island in the allwhite kitchen allows room for a team of chefs to prepare meals, but also provides generous, custom storage beneath its dark, natural soapstone top. A separate station to the left (not shown) provides a great space to work out of the main traffic area. 18 DESIGNOKLAHOMA | SPRING 2013



From left: Classic subway tiles and glass-fronted cabinets are light and bright. Newport Design’s faucets were a special find and a worthwhile splurge. // Hardwood floors extend throughout the house. “We had to argue over having hardwood floors in the bedroom,” Traci says. “Mark wanted carpet, but he has allergies.” Today, Mark admits that the hardwood floors were the right choice.


From left: The master bath is grounded by a classical black-and-white checkerboard tile. // Traci confesses, “I have a thing for bedding. I love the white because it makes me feel like I’m at a really nice hotel!” // The outdoor pool reflects the beautiful arched windows and showcases the large outdoor living area.



Clockwise from top left: “I like to keep some parts of the house ‘girly,’” Traci observes. Here, she achieves it with a pink desk in her home office, appointed with bookshelves filled with irresistible colorful finds. // A Jonathan Adler “Pill” pillow is a whimsical nod to Traci’s profession in pharmaceuticals. // Topping the “girly” zones in the Millers’ home is the bedroom of their daughter, Meg.





PERHAPS YOU THINK KNOBS AND PULLS are largely utilitarian items. Open drawer. Close drawer. Rinse and repeat, right? If so, it’s time to reconsider your point of view. Humble hardware is making strong inroads as an artistic statement of personality and design. A few of our favorites are shown below – and many are available in various sizes and finishes so you are sure to find something to suit your fancy.


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1. Emtek 1 ¾” square crystal knob with chrome fitting // 2. Rocky Mountain Hardware twig pull // 3. Rocky Mountain Hardware potato knob // 4. Anne at Home Corinthia drop in #1 finish // 5. Schaub Symphony cabinet knob // 6. Jeffery Alexander Symphony ring pull in bright nickel/dull lacquer finish // 7. Schaub Mosaic rectangular knob in French antique finish // 8. Edgar Berebi crystal accented knob (deer is discontinued but many similar styles available) // 9. Cal Crystal 1 ½” crystal ball with polished brass finish filigree plate // 10. Classic Hardware cabinet escutcheon # 101483


// 11. JVJ leaded European cut crystal pendant with oil-rubbed bronze finish // 12. Rocky Mountain Hardware Roswell knob // 13. Anne at Home oak leaf 1 ¼” knob in black/verde finish // 14. Classic Hardware oval knob #101409 // 15. Top Knobs cabinet latch in satin nickel Samples 1, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13 and 15 are from Hardware Expressions in Norman, 405.364.0539, // Samples 2, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, and 14 are from Designer Hardware by Faye in OKC, 405.840.4231,

builder Quality from the ground up requires a clear vision and the expertise to make it happen. Home is where the heart is ‌ after these skilled professionals pour themselves into bringing a dream to life. PHOTOGRAPHER CARLI WENTWORTH



Don Chesser Homes E dmond’s custom home building expert since 1980, Don Chesser Homes, Inc. understands that building a home is about much more than the actual construction; it’s about building a lifestyle. Quality materials, expert craftsmanship and communication with the future homeowners are all fundamental to Chesser’s process, allowing him and his team to capture the essence of clients’ lifestyle needs and preferences in architecturally graceful homes of quality that will endure with time, align with individual budgets and provide pleasure and comfort. While widely regarded as one of the premier custom home builders in Edmond and the surrounding areas, Don Chesser Homes also specializes in residential-grade office buildings for law firms, oil companies and other businesses, and even offers remodeling services including home additions, renovations, kitchen or bathroom replacements and outdoor environment upgrades – all done with the same highquality craftsmanship as their new home construction. For a personal touch and the assurance that projects are built with the client in mind, call Don Chesser.


Don Chesser Homes, Inc 405.330.4884,


Heritage Renovations D etails matter. In the world of home renovations, this may seem an obvious statement, but unfortunately, it is not always the case. Yet the attention to detail, the painstaking dedication to the craft and devotion to quality is what sets Heritage Renovations apart. Remodeling Oklahoma homes and businesses since 1985, Heritage Renovations is family owned by native Oklahomans who bring this attention to every detail to all facets of the business. For the homeowner who dreams of a new look, seeking a fresh perspective on living space, Heritage Renovations offers expertise and experience. When working to infuse new life into a client’s space, Heritage Renovations offers complementary interior design services – a rarity in the home renovation business. From complete room additions to specialties such as kitchen or bathroom design and remodeling, Heritage Renovations is there with its patient attention to every detail. Converting an attic to a home theater, adding an outdoor kitchen, new cabinetry – from design to installation to finish,

Heritage Renovations has worked its magic for hundreds of homeowners. All cabinetry is custom-produced in a state-ofthe-art cabinet manufacturing facility. Heritage Renovations builds custom furniture pieces as well. The company utilizes the latest technology, using the design program Chief Architect to create a three-dimensional model of the project – before the work even begins. Estimates are free. Attention to every detail, and the personal, hands-on attention of owners Dan and Leslie Peake, with a focus on customer satisfaction, is included with every project, large or small, at Heritage Renovations.

501 N. Meridian Ave., OKC 405.887.4121, SPRING 2013 | DESIGNOKLAHOMA 29



Wayne Griffiths Homes P eople planning a home start with high expectations from their builder: exciting one-of-a-kind designs, excellent craftsmanship, high standards of quality, convenience, flexibility, cooperation … and in choosing Wayne Griffiths Homes, all those expectations are met and surpassed by a builder with a solid reputation and years of experience in all aspects of planning, design and construction. Wayne Griffiths and partner Dennis Martin have been building custom homes in the metro’s finest neighborhoods for more than 30 years, beginning their relationship with each client by telling them, “We’re going to build this house to suit you and your lifestyle,” and then proceeding to do just that, with no shortcuts. From sitting down with a design team and a multitude of flexible floorplans to handing over the keys to a finished masterpiece, the entire custom building process is as fun, exciting and stress-free as possible. The company’s reputation as one of Oklahoma’s outstanding luxury home builders is highly regarded by hundreds of happy homeowners, suppliers and loyal subcontractors. For Wayne Griffiths Homes, exceeding your expectations is a point of pride.

405.387.4999, SPRING 2013 | DESIGNOKLAHOMA 31




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designer The sheer number of decorative possibilities can be daunting, so the assistance of a professional with the training, perspective and, perhaps most important, the contacts to navigate a sea of options is imperative. PHOTOGRAPHER CARLI WENTWORTH



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ella Vici is an award-winning boutique design firm with an exceptional gift for smoothly and effortlessly completing projects of any size or scope in impeccable style. Its experts collaborate with each individual client throughout the design process, combining professional knowledge and resources with the creativity to incorporate the homeowner’s preferences to ensure that the final product reflects their unique aesthetic tastes, functional needs and budget. In addition to an exemplary design service, the company also offers the flexibility of online shopping through its store hautebox, which features carefully chosen modern pieces to reflect a vibrant lifestyle and provide fashionable elegance right out of the box. The extensive, frequently updated roster of fresh selections from fine designers makes it an exceptional source for finding well-curated furniture that feeds the soul.

3555 N.W. 58th St., Ste. 140, OKC design: 405.702.9735, shop: 405.702.9736, 34 DESIGNOKLAHOMA | SPRING 2013


Grant Design W

ith over a decade’s worth of experience at interior design, a joyous enthusiasm for his work and an eclectic, adaptable eye for style, Grant Mathiews is an expert at making any place – sleek urban loft in the thriving center of downtown to gracious home in a developing neighborhood on the metro’s fringes – a perfect space for its owner’s distinct personality. His deliberate lack of a signature look and dislike for following design trends make Grant Design the perfect solution for homeowners who want an environment that truly expresses their likes and lives. His impeccable design service includes florals, drapery, bedding, upholstery, accessorizing, seasonal decorating, even staging for resale and redesign. Fine interior design and personalized service for a proud and growing metropolitan area: Grant Design.



Curtain Exchange


he designer solution for every window treatment and curtain need is at The Curtain Exchange. Whether it’s in-stock curtains ready to take home on the spot or custom beauties made and measured to order – for residential or commercial properties – you’ll be inspired by the store’s exquisite quality, large selection and fresh style. An endless selection of fabrics and materials is available for sheers, solars, shades, blinds and shutters, with manual or motorized control, and abundant hardware options – they can even perform installation for you, and also offer unique bedding and pillows. If choosing from among this variety is difficult, take comfort in knowing that you can’t make a mistake; the 48-hour in-home approval policy gives you the chance to make sure your choices are a perfect fit. Professional consultants, in-home consultations and the confidence of quality throughout. Dress your home or office in splendor by visiting The Curtain Exchange.

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eauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but it’s in the home of the Howell Gallery client. The elegant space on Western Avenue teems with breathtaking creations by dozens of local, regional and national artists working in numerous styles and media – expansive landscapes in oil, penetrating acrylic character studies, emotionally evocative bronzes and many more. The gallery’s art is an exquisite way to enhance a home’s aesthetic, and it’s only the beginning of the Howell family’s capacity to help improve the appeal of any space: with the talents and expertise of Howell Associates Architects, Linda C. Howell and Associates Interior Design and Leigh Howell Love Landscape Design, discerning homeowners have a trusted source of wisdom and skill from the ground up, inside and out. The beauties of nature, the joys of a harmonious environment, the spiritual rewards of fine art … the Howell Gallery is a gateway to them all.

6432 N. Western Ave., OKC 405.840.4437, SPRING 2013 | DESIGNOKLAHOMA 37


Luxurious Spaces


or every trial and tribulation that comes from home ownership, there should be just as many rewards. Truly loving your living environment is where the joy of home ownership begins. Getting you to that point is where design expert Leslie Sipes comes in. Leslie began Luxurious Spaces as an extension of her desire to help clients bring their visions of an ideal space to life, whether the project is as extensive as planning new construction or as simple as updating a single room. For clients who are ready for a change, but don’t know where to start, Leslie gladly provides inspirational direction for every step of the process. Her goal: to create an aesthetically enhanced, luxurious space that brings joy to each client. Leslie’s professional expertise extends across all areas of design, including complete renovation of any room in the house, home staging for resale, landscape planning and design, enhancing curb appeal and reassessing a home’s current use of space for improved function, with project coordination and supervision at each stage of completion.

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fi nishing touches

Almost complete doesn’t mean done, and getting the last little details just right can make a huge impact; it’s the difference between “pretty good” and “absolutely perfect.” Here’s how to top a project off with a flourish. PHOTOGRAPHER CARLI WENTWORTH



Monticello Cabinets & Doors E xpertly built individual pieces that fit perfectly into a niche, or stunning redesigns that transform a space into an unforgettably beautiful interior, brought together with vintage and new materials, modern techniques and timeless craftsmanship – whatever the scale, Monticello is about possibility, and belongs on every homeowner’s list of contacts when renovating or upgrading their homes. Monticello offers three superb lines of cabinetry: Provence features the fluid elegance of French Country and Mediterranean-style panels and legs made from true antique reclaimed woods; the Traditional line offers multiple cabinet door styles at a mid-range price point; and the Euro line is for those seeking a more sleek and contemporary look, complete with European hardware systems. Other specialties include bathroom vanities, custom-designed tables and even massive entry doors, with everything hand-made and hand-


finished by master craftsmen in Oklahoma City – that’s a rarity in today’s marketplace, but Monticello offers functional design produced right here in a 20,000-square-foot facility instead of just “hiring it out.” Owner Mark Gardner has amassed over 35 years experience in both residential and commercial projects. He meets clients by appointment in the showroom, taking time to form an in-depth picture of what will work within a given space and for a given lifestyle. The results are, unquestionably, exquisite.

512 S.W. 3rd St., OKC 405.228.4900


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hink of the significant investment you’ve made in your home. Protecting that investment requires quality materials and workmanship – especially when it comes to your roof, a prime target when Oklahoma’s severe weather unleashes itself at a moment’s notice. Every homeowner should have a friend in the roofing business. Since 1978, Salazar Roofing and Construction has built its reputation as a leader in the roofing industry through an unwavering commitment to customers and a pledge to meet or exceed their expectations. As a family-operated, Oklahoma-based business, Salazar stands by its work and carries out each project with a quality control inspector to ensure the highest standard of work. From contract to completion, Salazar Roofing and Construction brings highly specialized product knowledge to every project, residential or commercial, using the latest materials and methods. Salazar provides the same expertise for additional construction projects, including kitchen remodel and room additions, with a full line of products and a wide range of options to meet any look and budget.

209 E. Main St., Yukon 405.350.6558 17450 S. Sooner Rd., Norman 405.366.7900 SPRING 2013 | DESIGNOKLAHOMA 41


Hardware Expressions


t’s wonderfully easy and surprisingly fun to add more personality to a home or give it a quick image enhancement … if you avail yourself of the large selection and professional assistance found at Hardware Expressions. Owner Patricia Welch specializes in unique decorative door and cabinet hardware; from classic to contemporary or in dazzling designs that feature semi-precious stones and crystals, she has over 55 lines on display in the store. That bounty also includes multiple sinks and plumbing fixtures, plus a large selection of distinctive home hardware: bath and decorative gate equipment, closet rods, hinges, architectural mouldings for mantels and range hoods, decorative vent registers and handcarved wood accent pieces including corbels, table legs and feet thanks to Welch’s industry sources. Her expertise even extends to kitchen and bath design as well as carpet, shutters and decorative tile. Whether remodeling a kitchen and bath or simply adding finishing touches by embellishing cabinets and doors, 210 36th Ave. S.W., Ste., F Hardware Expressions is an invaluable Norman, 405.364.0539 source for beautiful ways to make your home one of your greatest reflections.



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GRAY HAS BECOME THE “GO-TO” NEUTRAL, and is hitting all the right notes in this season’s wall color, furnishings and fabrics. It’s easy to pair with many colors, especially vibrant brights, so it’s perfect for spring and summer. If you are a little reluctant to commit, try adding easy-toswap-for-the-next-big-thing new fabrics with pillows, curtains or bedding. These lovely textiles allow you to taste the trend without ever lifting a can of paint.

Bilbao Lavender (hanging at left) Delizia Steel (rolled bolt), and Suzani Black Stone - Denton (swatch at lower right) from The Fabric Factory, Inc. in OKC, 405.521.1694, SPRING 2013 | DESIGNOKLAHOMA 43




{spring} SPRING ISN’T JUST REVIVING THE LANDSCAPE THIS MARCH. “Setting the Table” has moved to a new location, and just like the flowers, the table is blooming. Sunshine and butter yellow are the inspiration for bringing spring to your table ... along with birds, abundant flowers and heirloom china and silver. It’s hard to say who is the star of this show: the floral-embellished birdcage or the serving piece filled with a new hybrid cross of paperwhites and narcissus. Either way, I can hear the birds – and hearts – singing. Pull up a chair and celebrate spring!

Camellia china by Theodore Haviland, New York and Old Lace silver by Towle Silversmiths of Massachusetts SPRING 2013 | DESIGNOKLAHOMA 45



WHEN THE HEAT BEGINS TO MAKE THE SUMMER DAYS LONG, a perfect way to get started is to fill your surroundings with crisp and cool tones and textures. The table can be such a place, be it breakfast for the early risers or brunch for those with a little more laze to their days. Set the stage with a crisp white ruffled tablecloth as the foundation, light blue plates and soft pink roses to highlight the idea. For a more interesting table add in vases of varying heights, serving pieces and stemware. Finish the setting with cool-toned silverware and matching ruffled napkins tied with a twine bow. Serve up the cold juice, warm croissants and fresh fruit. Then you can sit back and enjoy a nice meal on a beautiful table ... no matter how hot it is outside. Juliska Berry and Thread blue dinner plates and white compote with Pom Pom Home ruffled tablecloth and napkins from Tulips in Norman, 405.217.9322, SPRING 2013 | DESIGNOKLAHOMA 47


THE NEWEST TRENDS in this age-old material might surprise you. No longer restrained to a simple 4"x4" ceramic square, tiles are appearing in formats you might have never imagined. From waterjet cutting (creating closely inset intricate shapes) to wood tiles for use in dry locations, unexpected twists on tradition keep things fresh.


1. Vanity Collection 12" x 12" Waterjet Circle Deco Calcatta Emperador honed // 2. Tabarka Studio, Mediterranean 26, Moroccan shape // 3. Alys Edwards Kiss My Big Fat Glass 4" x 16" Toot It and Boot It glass // 4. Mantra ⅝" x 1 ¼" mini-brick // 5. AnTeak Oolong blend round mosaic Samples 1 and 3 from Classic Tile in OKC, 405.858.8453 // Samples 2, 4 and 5 from Young Brothers in OKC, 405.272.0821,



FIRST OFF, LET ME SAY THIS … don’t be scared. Even if you have never fired up a power tool, there are projects that are within your reach. Ana White is here to show you how and to hold your hand. “The Handbuilt Home” is written for non-woodworkers and readers at every skill level, including zero, and explains how to make simple, stylish and budget-friendly projects for your home. Borne out of necessity, this mom from Alaska started building furniture with a miniscule budget and no knowhow, but has grown her experience into a hugely popular blog with over a million visitors a month, sharing easy instructions and a positive outlook to encourage many people to take the first step. Maybe you are on a tight budget. Maybe you have searched high and low for the perfect piece, but can’t find one exactly right (I’m looking at you, mythical antique sideboard that is narrow enough for a tight squeeze behind my dining table). Maybe you have inherited something that is broken or needs some tweaks to be functional for your lifestyle. White comes to the rescue. She walks you through the tools and lays the groundwork to help you not only build furniture, but build your confidence in your abilities as you go. After the first 30 pages of basic skills (tip: reread as needed, some things that might not click the first go ’round will snap into place once you’ve begun a project), she goes room-by-room to give


“The Handbuilt Home” by Ana White (Potter Craft, $22.99)

detailed plans for 34 simple projects from picture frames to bunk beds, coffee tables to kitchen islands. Even using the most basic tools like a screwdriver, drill and hammer, you can tackle some of the smaller projects and move on to some of the bigger ones as your proficiency (and tool chest) grows. Finding a good hardware store to cut lumber to the lengths specified removes much of the “blade anxiety” a new woodworker might face, leaving only the assembly process. If you can screw together an IKEA piece, you can do this. The sense of accomplishment that comes with making something by hand is extraordinary. I can personally attest, nearly 20 years after my eighthgrade woodshop class, I still use my hand-made stepstool to reach the upper shelves in my kitchen whenever my husband isn’t conveniently nearby. You cannot purchase the kind of pride that I still feel about the little stepstool that could! Get the book at

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Individual pieces define a room, giving it purpose and character; the right furniture and accessories, working in concert, make the space as a whole more than the sum of its parts. PHOTOGRAPHER CARLI WENTWORTH



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s many of us living with traditional décor gaze longingly at the fresh, modern designs of BD Home in Classen Curve, co-owner Brittany Branscum offers encouraging news: modern and traditional can co-mingle quite nicely. “More and more, we see an influx of clients who are looking to integrate modern elements into a traditional décor,” Branscum observes. Her advice? Go for it. And there’s more good news: striking an elegant balance is easier than you might think. “Most modern pieces consist of simple, clean lines,” Branscum says. “They work very well with other styles and, in fact, they add dimension to any room.” Since 2009, BD Home’s showroom of modern European and mid-century design has been the best starting point for inspiration, advice and innovative furnishings for both residential and commercial settings. BD Home’s recent addition of custom kitchen and closet systems from Varenna by Poliform offers clients even more options to give their home or business a highly functional, aesthetic boost. “The entire Varenna line is customizable, so the sky’s the limit,” Branscum says. BD Home’s professional design staff offers complimentary design services to suit each client’s lifestyle needs, ranging from furniture selections, to color schemes, to space planning. 52 DESIGNOKLAHOMA | SPRING 2013

Classen Curve 5840 N. Classen Blvd, Ste. 1, OKC 405.602.0578,


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ersonal style is a Cayman’s hallmark – the Norman boutique has been an elite fashion destination for more than 30 years – but as a treasure trove for the latest in home trends, it’s also an outstanding source for styling your personal space. The Cayman’s goal is to serve not as a furniture store, although beautiful pieces and sets from designers like Bella Notte, Jan Barboglio, Match Pewter, Tara Shaw and Aiden Gray are abundant, but as a source of inspiration; a place to find a special item that completes a home or serves as an ideal gift. It offers possibilities at multiple price points in order to appeal to everyone’s preferences. It’s easy and rewarding to update a home with a fresh look through a few new pieces like accent lamps, chairs and ottomans, luxurious bedding or even a new set of dishes … and Cayman’s is the place to see how. To revitalize your excitement about your home’s potential and bring your personal decorative style to life, visit Cayman’s and get inspired to live well.

Live Well • Dress Well • Shop Well

2001 W. Main St., Norman 405.360.3969, SPRING 2013 | DESIGNOKLAHOMA 53

PROFILE O rganizing and administering a sale of any sort is a detail-laden and laborintensive process. An event on the scale of a full estate sale – especially when coupled with the emotional upheaval that almost invariably accompanies such an occasion – benefits immeasurably from a professional’s specialized knowledge and attention to detail. That’s where Matt McNeil and come in. is proud to offer complimentary consultations, competitive commissions and unrivaled service. The full-service estate liquidation and personal property appraisal company is, as its name indicates, based in Oklahoma City but its service area spans the entire Sooner State, as well as north Texas and western Arkansas. Matt McNeil, ISA CAPP, is a fifth-generation Oklahoman with 35 years’ worth of experience in the antiques trade. Mr. McNeil has an academic background in American history, and is fully certified by the International Society of Appraisers through the University of Maryland. All of his appraisal reports are written to USPAP standards, and he has presented at national conferences on three separate occasions and had his work published in professional journals on four different occasions. He is both bonded and insured for your peace of mind.’s philosophy is simple and to the point: to treat clients with complete honesty, treat their personal property with the utmost respect and make clients as much money as possible in the time available. The results of this straightforward, nononsense approach speak for themselves – proudly holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau of Central Oklahoma, and an “A” listing on Angie’s List. (Naturally, an extensive dossier of letters of reference is available upon request.) Says the owner, “Whether we’re selling 17th-century Chinese porcelain, 18th-century English silver, 19th-century American Impressionist paintings, mid20th-century modern Scandinavian furniture or 21st-century firearms and farm implements, you can rest assured that our sales are always beautifully staged, adequately staffed, professionally organized, well photographed and extensively marketed.” Looking for a professional estate liquidation firm that features complete integrity, advanced knowledge, keen marketing skills and a strong work ethic? Look no further than Matt McNeil, ISA CAPP 405.949.9935,


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or a constantly evolving, up-todate collection of unique upscale merchandise that suits Oklahoma’s current trends, plus the expertise to create a personal, perfect home environment, step into a world of exciting possibilities at Winter House Interiors. Since 1991, Winter House has been transforming interior landscapes into warm, beautiful and inviting homes – spaces that are timeless and elegant – by designing for individual clients’ lifestyles and helping to bring their ideal visualizations to life. Whatever components best suit the customer’s purpose and taste, whether that be furniture or flooring, custom bedding and draperies or accessories and gifts, lighting or shutters and blinds, are harmoniously united with an eye for detail and a personalized vision. Owner Steve Winters, himself a licensed interior designer, often says that “doing things differently leads to something exceptional.” With his expertise, an award-winning staff and a huge collection of resources, Winter House can help you reach your design goal … and make your home a masterpiece.

Winter House Interiors Classen Curve, 5710 N. Classen Blvd., OKC 405.607.1199,



everything old is new again...

501 N.E. 122nd St., Suite B | Oklahoma City | 405.752.9696 |


Classic Home Interiors


he staff at Classic Home Interiors specializes in full design, working with builders and clients to achieve their ultimate dream homes down to the last detail. The discriminating customer looking for something distinctive is invited to visit their new location and explore a vast realm of possibilities. The showroom is filled with unique custom-designed furniture, lighting, art and accessories – timeless designs that can make any room or home a classic.

Classic Home Interiors 10407 N. May Ave., OKC, 405.749.8707


KS Design


he bedroom should be an oasis, a refuge of peace and serenity within the home. To wrap oneself in the elegance and grace of luxury linens is to experience all the peace and harmony the home has to offer. KS Design, as the only luxury linen store in Oklahoma City, offers exclusive bedding lines and full service, from design to installation. KS Design is a locally owned business, and all the design work is done in-house. Whether a nursery or a master suite, KS Design is the metro area’s exclusive choice for the refinement and style that make the bedroom the home’s true sanctuary.

7648 N. Western Ave., OKC, 405.524.7868 58 DESIGNOKLAHOMA | SPRING 2013


Les Debris Antiques, Art and Consignments


t’s a fortunate thing to be able to combine your life’s passion with your work and for Tina Fausett, the resulting combination is Les Debris Antiques, Art and Consignments, a retail celebration of Fausett’s lifetime of collecting. In the heart of downtown Oklahoma City’s Automobile Alley, Les Debris offers much more than the French-inspired antiques that are central to Fausett’s passion. Family owned and operated by Fausett and her children, Autumn and Zach McCall, and granddaughter, Rhiannon, Les Debris is whimsical, spirited and decidedly rooted in all things Oklahoman. Many of the shop’s most popular finds are the work of local painters and artists. Red Hot Mamma’s Pickles, located inside Les Debris, offers many other Made in Oklahoma products, in addition to their namesake hot pickles. Fausett has brought an almost innate passion into the creation of Les Debris. She began collecting antiques as a child. Several shopping trips to Europe have allowed Fausett to expand her collection, as well as her appreciation, for special things that have a story to tell. Her dream has always been to 7 N.E. 10th St., OKC share those stories with others. As a collec405.272.0340 tive expression of furniture, unique decorative items and art – Les Debris tells the story best.

True North Living



ustomization is paramount at True North Living – your source for exactly the furnishings you want, crafted by hand in North America from solid wood for impeccable, lasting quality in individually perfect style. True North gives customers complete control over their furniture: you choose the type of item, the shape, the dimensions, the stain and fabric colors, the hardware and fixtures, from hundreds of options in well over 10,000 possible combinations. In a matter of weeks, you’ll have a showpiece made to your exact specifications. And don’t worry about being overwhelmed by possibilities – the staff is expert at helping customers find optimal choices and making the selection process a snap, so the results will be pieces you will love for life. True North’s solid wood furniture comes with a lifetime warranty, and the upholstered pieces carry a 25-year warranty. The family-owned store is stocked with beautiful accents and accessories, and is a gateway to perfect custom pieces for any space. Come create your comfortable home at True North Living.

7318 N. Western Ave., OKC 405.843.3900 SPRING 2013 | DESIGNOKLAHOMA 59

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Lead paint poisoning affects over one million children today. Learning disabilities, hearing loss, speech delays, violent behavior and, in rare cases, seizures and even death: these are just some of the effects lead paint poisoning has on young children. If your home was built before 1978, lead paint on your walls, doors, windows and sills may be dangerous. And it’s not just large paint chips that can cause damage. In fact, three granules of lead dust are enough to poison your child. Let’s make all kids lead-free

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ARE YOUR FOUR WALLS feeling a little bland? Wallpaper is enjoying a major resurgence in popularity … with nary a bandana-wearing goose in sight. This isn’t the garish paper you might despise from the ’80s – these gorgeous papers are practically art. With the magical ability to add color, texture and pattern in one fell swoop, wallpaper is worth a second look.







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1. York RB4261 // 2. Flat Vernacular Geodes // 3. Quadrille Volpe // 4. China Seas Fiorentina // 5. Osborne & Little W6013-06 // 6. Alan Campbell Brenta // 7. Albert Van Luit & Company Pewter-Lavender Metallic Cork with Damask Cool // 8. Madison & Grow “Eloise” Leaves At Dusk // 9. China Seas Jaba Jaba // 10. Osborne & Little Monchique (this color is discontinued, but pattern is available in six alternate colorways) // 11. Flat Vernacular Beastly Guardians // 12. Designers Guild Arabella Maddalaena // 13. Osborne & Little Pompadour Gramont // 14. Osborne & Little Grand Tour Ginevra // 15. Osborne & Little W5725-


04 // 16. Albert Van Luit & Company AVL174014 // 17. Harlequin Demeter Stripe 110193 // 18. Seabrook ELT61008 // 19. Designers Guild P449-01 // 20. Fern Living Tree Bomb // 21. Osborne & Little Tiatro Concetti Samples 1, 5, 7, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 21 from Ketch Design Centre in OKC, 405.525.7757, // Samples 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, and 20 from KASA Wallpaper Studio in Nichols Hills, 405.254.3700, SPRING 2013 | DESIGNOKLAHOMA 61



THREE YEARS AGO, the charming features of this historical two-story Gatewood home drew Blair and Maggie Humphreys in. After their purchase, they sought to preserve those details during the renovation of their ‘new’ 1920s-era home. Most homes of the age were equipped with tiny, utilitarian kitchens and some items, such as call buttons to ring the butler, suggest that the kitchen was an area reserved for staff. A still-functional elevator, running from the foyer to the master suite, ensured immediate service. The Humphreys have kept the elevator, but they don’t use it. “The elevator works,” Maggie notes, “But I’ve heard from other homeowners who have them that there are only a couple of people who can still service them if they break down, so we don’t want to chance it!” Absent a kitchen staff and butler, the young parents of a toddler son (and come May, his baby brother) rely on their own resources for keeping a busy household fed. To do that, they took out several walls that divided the original kitchen into multiple compartments, such as a breakfast nook and a mudroom. The configuration of appliances was adapted to a newer, much more spacious kitchen layout. A commercial-size Wolf double oven/range was a gift from Blair to Maggie, who attended culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in Boston. The backsplash behind the stove offers a subtle Moroccan vibe, echoed by a pair of pendant lights over the breakfast bar. “I didn’t want the kitchen to be all straight lines,” Maggie recalls. Among the other features which the Humphreys believe to be original to the home are two beautiful doors with stained glass and lead work, one of which is the interior door of the vestibule entry; the other depicts a regal peacock with a gold eye and separates the main living from the adjacent sun room. “We think of these doors as art,” Maggie says. The home’s consistent, pale butter yellow and gray color scheme brings an ethereal quality to the décor, which is accented in white woodwork with bright pops of color throughout. Several bathrooms retain their original (or early) tile work, which isn’t always a lucky thing. Fortunately for the Humphreys, it was. For the upstairs (boys’) bath, Maggie found wallpaper that complemented the turquoise blue tile. As she nears her due date for the birth of their second son, Maggie is happy to have added a new, spacious laundry room to the downstairs, leaving her with just one more important project on her list: converting an upstairs guest bedroom to a nursery.


The brightly colored foyer provides a cheery welcome to the Humphreys’ home. “This is the one space that I really wanted a lot of bright color,” Maggie says.



A piano (which Blair plays) provides a nice welcome for guests (when the Humphreys’ cheerful goldendoodle, Stella, is elsewhere napping) near the base of the camelback split staircase. A large photo on the wall is one that Blair took while in Paris with Maggie, behind the enormous, iconic clock of the Musée d’Orsay, overlooking Le Louvre. SPRING 2013 | DESIGNOKLAHOMA 65


Clockwise from upper left: The main living area boasts comfy gray couches in a kid-friendly upholstery and the fireplace wows with an unusual treatment of wooden logs. // Bright yellow spring tulips enliven the dining table. // A collection of glassware decorates the sideboard. // Tall ceilings and cool colors add to the feeling of spaciousness in the dining room. // Crystal doorknobs add historical charm. // Whimsical touches in white are versatile accent pieces.



Clockwise from left: A peek into the heart of this home. // One of the kitchen’s two original corner cabinets was preserved during the remodel. The matching cabinet, which Maggie didn’t have the heart to throw out, now belongs to her cousins who live right across the street. “We traded them the corner cabinet for the French door [leading from the kitchen to the back porch]!” Maggie says. // Moroccan backsplash tile and quartzite countertops from Classic Tile, OKC, much of the hardware from Designer Hardware by Faye, OKC, and the new, white cabinetry is from L&D Construction in OKC. // Maggie prepares lots of healthy food in this well-planned, right-sized kitchen.



Clockwise from left: An antique toy airplane in front of the hand-drawn OKC skyline on the nursery’s wall. // The nursery is equally inviting for nap time and for play time. // A cuddly friend awaits a snuggle. // A guest room with an interesting grass-cloth ceiling will be receiving a makeover in time for the latest addition to the family. // Using a playful wallpaper tied in existing turquoise tile in the kids’ bath. // Pops of bright color and wood tones are a hallmark in this home.


Clockwise from top: The large master bedroom is a restful retreat in crisp gray and white. // Mercury glass lamps with simple shades on the bedside tables keep the muted palette consistent. // Fresh flowers are welcome anywhere.


kitchen & bath They’re each designed and built around a shared specific purpose, but while their functions are a constant, their forms vary from minimalist to ornate, with dazzle in the details. PHOTOGRAPHER CARLI WENTWORTH



Designer Hardware by Faye


n knowledge, in experience, in selection and in service, Designer Hardware by Faye stands among the region’s elite. Over its three decades of providing the very finest in plumbing and hardware, it has built a reputation for expertise – its sales consultants and support staff are trained by the Decorative Plumbing and Hardware Association and have over 113 years of combined industry experience in projects of every description, as well as extensive knowledge of over 250 product lines. Many of those possibilities are available to peruse in the expansive 6,000-squarefoot showroom, filled with products to fit any design taste and budget, from the unadorned basics to exclusive, ornate styles. From the moment they first greet a customer, Designer Hardware by Faye’s staff makes it a priority to provide truly exceptional service. It’s a commitment and a point of pride to give clients a great experience every step of the way; one more reason the familyowned firm is a must-consult for any project.

430 W. Wilshire Blvd., OKC 405.840.4231,



The Gibraltar Company


here’s nothing temporary or ephemeral about Gibraltar Construction – the family-owned residential and commercial remodeling and building company has been a steady presence in the same location for nearly 20 years, and its work is as sterling as its rock-solid reputation. From simple updating in any area to entire home remodels, master suites or conventional room additions, Gibraltar’s design staff is ready to help assist you in all aspects of the process of creating the remodel project of your dreams. They specialize in full remod-

eling of bathrooms, kitchens and other spaces indoors and out, as well as custom cabinets, custom granite, quartz or solid surface countertops, floors, sinks and fixtures, room additions … and of course, design consultations and service for all of the above. Consultations can be in-home, but Gibraltar also welcomes visitors to its well-appointed showroom, where product displays of national brands like Kohler and Delta make the selection process easier. Your vision is their blueprint – let the Casey family and their crew put their decades of experience to work on managing all the details from beginning to end, and help you love where you live.

VISIT OUR SHOWROOM 4500 N. Classen Blvd., OKC 405.521.1100, SPRING 2013 | DESIGNOKLAHOMA 75


Morrison Supply Company


job worth doing is always worth doing right, and that always means focusing on the details. It’s precisely here – in the details – that many of us are prone to lose heart during a remodeling project or while building a new home. Fortunately, it’s precisely there – in the details – that the professionals at Morrison Supply Company shine. Design inspiration begins in Morrison Supply’s incomparable showroom, where you’ll find innovative solutions for your hardware, appliance and plumbing needs, as well as a staff of highly trained professionals who have the product knowledge and design expertise to guide you through the process. Morrison Supply is committed to providing the highest level of service as your partner in bringing your design ideas to life. Personal consultations are an excellent way to start. Make an appointment with one of Morrison Supply’s design experts, or stop by the showroom where their friendly staff is ready to help you conquer the details of your project for a beautiful, finished result. Morrison Supply’s showroom is open Monday-Friday from 8am-6pm; and Saturday from 10am-2pm.

501 N.E. 122nd St., Ste. C, OKC 405.752.0142,



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ith a solid reputation for excellent work developed over many years, Young Brothers, Inc. has grown to become one of Oklahoma’s premier fabrication and installation companies for natural stone, engineered stone and custom tile. Choose from thousands of designer options by visiting the spacious 3,500-square-foot showroom and get-

ting guidance from the experienced staff of sales professionals, or take a virtual tour on the company website anytime. An on-site stone fabrication shop ensures quality control and convenience, while eliminating outsourcing. The use of cutting-edge technology lowers costs and eliminates waste. Every project – whatever its size – is finished not only with the highest possible quality, but in a timely manner. Products are installed by skilled experts for unmatched craftsmanship. Young Brothers is also an exclusive distributor for Walker Zanger products.

The company’s expertise and service ethic is largely a family affair. Young Brothers is in its fourth generation of family leadership guiding the business’ development through expansion and growth. After acquiring Southwest Tile & Marble and operating as both companies for decades, for purposes of simplification, Young Brothers has phased out the Southwest Tile name, all while bringing the same quality craftsmanship, expert installation and unmatched customer service to its clients that it has for more than 40 years. Young Brothers harnesses new technology and fresh ideas while maintaining the dedication to service and local focus of a family-owned business. That’s a po-

tent combination for providing satisfaction during every phase of a custom tile and stone project – as they’ve been demonstrating to Oklahomans since 1969.

100 N. Classen Blvd., OKC 405.235.3393,



IF YOUR SENSE OF STYLE runs a little more towards visual feast and a little less to manual labor, then you know the team at Assouline will find a way to inspire your design choices. With “Domestic Art: Curated Interiors,” the editors of the magazine PaperCity bring together 37 Texas abodes that were featured in its pages from 2000-2008, and range in scope from spare to opulent. A caution: this is not the type of book that is read in one sitting. Place this gem on your coffee table or nightstand and pick it up to page through just a few of the delectable photographs at a time. Frankly, there is too much optical stimulation to be absorbed in one fell swoop, and the beauty on every page is best savored slowly. A few choice selections: Amis and Guillaume Garrigue’s Round House was designed by Oklahoma’s own Bruce Goff. Natural materials including stone, copper and wood are showcased throughout this unusual dwelling. Curved walls made of Frankoma tiles? Check. Round bed? Circular conversation pit arrayed around a circular fireplace? Check and check. This amazing home is an ode to the extraordinary. Lisa Pope and Greg Westerman’s home defies convention. Built upon a steel framing system three-and-a-half feet above the ground cantilevered over an earthquake fault, this flexible floorplan was designed to meet the changing needs of a new family. Versatile spaces, dubbed “sub-rooms” by Pope Westerman, challenge norms and test the limits of multi-function, including a kids’ art studio-cum-home office which is planned to transform into a library when the children are older. The red lacquer kitchen is not to be missed. Other favorites are too numerous to list, but I especially enjoyed the sections on Bonnie and Ralph Edward Purvis, Jr.’s 78 DESIGNOKLAHOMA | SPRING 2013

“Domestic Art: Curated Interiors” by Holly Moore, Rob Brinkley and Laurann Claridge (ASSOULINE, $65)

loft, which had a previous life as a Sears, Roebuck and Company catalog merchandise center, and Bill Mackin’s cabin in the city. I now yearn for a sleeping porch. Each spread’s artful photography is accompanied by insightful copy to explain something of the personalities that have created the rooms pictured. There are curiosities aplenty (a Scottish hunter’s trophy case of a few dozen bird claws in Don Connelly’s farm house), arresting sculptures (such as Mel Ziegler’s Untitled #1 in Lester Marks’ abode – a glass curio cabinet filled to the brim with straw), beautiful antiques, light fixtures, windows and walls … “Domestic Art” is overwhelmingly interesting and difficult to put down. Find it at


Oklahoma’s climate rewards the realization that there’s more to the home than what’s inside its four walls. Nature awaits, with a touch of assistance in channeling its beauty to best effect. Take it outside! PHOTOGRAPHER CARLI WENTWORTH



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efore you read any further, take your 1973 image of artificial turf and throw it the way of your harvest gold shag carpet. Synthetic grass has made epic technological strides over the years, and its uses are as endless as its benefits. Carrie Parker, owner of Always Greener, a synthetic grass company in Oklahoma City, believes that synthetic grass is “taking root,” if you will, for many reasons – it’s hypoallergenic, extremely low-maintenance and stays green year round. “With water rationing becoming more prevalent, a lot of my clients are looking at synthetic grass as an appealing solution,” Parker observes, noting that up to 70% of water waste is the result of residential lawn watering. Parker loves to see the reaction of her clients the first time they see the product. “It’s not anything like they imagined it to be!” she says. “They’re constantly amazed to discover that it feels so much like grass – it feels incredible on your bare feet!” Beyond its uses for enhancing your home’s curb appeal (and market value) and filling in trouble spots in the yard where traditional grass just won’t grow, synthetic grass is exactly the ticket for a “putting green lawn.” Collaborating with renowned golf expert Dave Pelz, Always Greener is the source for synthetic putting greens for your backyard, with a variety of packages to customize your system. The superior quality of the synthetic grass surface replicates a natural green so accurately, your short game is bound to improve. Having a beautiful lawn used to mean devoting entire weekends (and paychecks) to its upkeep. Why not have a beautiful lawn and the time to enjoy it?

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Stroll through Calvert’s outdoor nursery and greenhouses.

Calvert’s Plant Interiors S pring is a magical, exhilarating time of year when nature bursts back into vibrant life – a time ripe for celebrating amid the dazzling works of living art at Calvert’s Plant Interiors. For over 30 years, Calvert’s has provided and cared for live plants in commercial and residential locations throughout the metro, Edmond to Norman and all points between. Its more than 10,000 square feet of greenhouses are filled with the best selection in the state of exotic orchids, bromeliads and tropical plants as well as cachepots and statuary pottery. As the weather warms, its extensive outdoor nursery blossoms into a spectacular array of unique blooming trees, plants, shrubs and flowers. Its experts’ talents extend indoors as well: as Oklahoma City’s leading interiorscape company, Calvert’s designs foliage that makes a statement in homes and offices while improving both air quality and productivity. Custom flower arrangements to interior plant design, rentals for special events and even holiday decoration; any time of year is a good time to visit Calvert’s … but especially spring.

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ith over 15 years of experience and hundreds of elegant custom pools built, Aquascape Pools is among the premier builders in Edmond and Oklahoma City thanks to their innovative designs, creativity and superb reliability. Outdoor living is their passion – trust Antonio Aparicio and his team to help you create a paradise in your backyard. A wide range of pool designs, water gardens, pondless waterfalls, outdoor fireplaces and creative landscaping options provide natural approaches to enhancing your home’s scenic beauty. Their imaginative and expertly crafted water designs make fantastic additions to a property’s overall value… and they’re good for mental health too, as the soothing sounds of flowing water wash away the day’s cares. Aquascape Pools creates watershapes and outdoor living designs that flow harmoniously with the surrounding environment, utilizing advanced hydraulic planning and implementation to ensure efficient operation and emphasizing conservation of energy and water. The staff is committed to building lasting relationships with customers through service, dedication and integrity, working to combine the latest user-friendly technology and years of experience to make your aspirations into reality. A beautiful, functional, natural piece of paradise could be waiting in your own back yard.


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SWAT Mosquito Mist System I

n the longstanding battle of Man vs. Mosquito, a homeowner’s weaponry has always included a stockpile of bug repellents, zappers and citronella. Advantage: Mosquitoes. Homeowners now have a new defense against mosquitoes: SWAT Mosquito Mist System. Advantage: Homeowner, family and pets. Let SWAT Mosquito Mist System take the sting out of outdoor living in your backyard with a custom mosquito control system. SWAT’s industry-leading misting system is configured to the unique specifications of your property and begins with the professional installation of a series of misting nozzles around the perimeter of your yard. SWAT’s system is worryfree, programmed to release a specially formulated mist to target and kill annoying mosquitoes, greatly reducing your family and pets’ potential exposure to mosquito-borne diseases such as the West Nile virus. SWAT also offers service for existing systems, as well as yard fogging or event fogging to help eliminate mosquitoes before outdoor parties and protect your gathering from uninvited guests. An Oklahoma-based company, SWAT believes, “You have the right to remain OUTDOORS.”® This year, reclaim your outdoor living space and secure your summer fun!



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LUCKY SEVEN A rescued art deco treasure and a midcentury modern enthusiast roll a winning combination.

A COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE BROKER, JASON LITTLE is drawn to midcentury modern furnishings for the place he comes home to in an absorbed life of traveling for pleasure and business. Its centerpiece expression: a dark-blue Arne Jacobsen Egg chair commanding a corner view through wide casement windows. He’s also a devotee of the art deco style of the principal structure of 7 at Crown Heights. The cluster of three stylistically unified but separate residential buildings is so named for five units resurrected from last year’s restoration of the 1936 construction and two new additions. Art deco and its younger cousin, midcentury modern, share a theme of clean, repeatable lines. While machine-age art deco was often accompanied by ornamental decoration, the exterior of Jason’s building is free of it – as is midcentury modern. Restorer and developer Brent Swift of Brent Swift Design • Build collaborated with architect Jeremy Gardner of Butzer Gardner Architects for the pre-occupancy interior finish of the restoration. They followed the lead of the building’s roots with modernist minimalism combined with durable black-walnut milled cabinetry. “We wanted an overall kind of quiet interior where the materials can speak for themselves,” Jeremy said. “We didn’t have to try really hard to incorporate a lot of gestures.” Jason added, “When I met with them initially and was kind of looking through the materials selection, this is what I would have picked for myself were I to customize it. It was nice not to have the headache of dealing with those decisions.” Jason and interior designer Sara Kate both happen to enjoy a love of travel and an appreciation for the romanticism infused in vintage objects. Jason’s condominium is a fascinating articulation of both. A black-and-white photo of the First National Center in Jason’s office holds personal significance for him: He brokered the sale to the OKC landmark’s current owner. His impressive amateur photography of his travels to locales such as Zurich, Barcelona and Portugal are blended with Sara Kate’s findings of travel-themed arcana. Sara Kate, the designer behind Sara Kate Studios in OKC, and Jason, senior vice president, private capital group, for CB Richard Ellis|Oklahoma, were acquaintances through mutual friends. He had witnessed her extraordinary ability to find objects far from catalog commonality and wanted her to bring that talent to the design of the condo’s interior. She aimed to communicate his personal talents and passions, yet also divulge his professional life of numbers, architecture and real-estate brokering in a masculine way. “There is kind of a graphic element – posters, maps and surveyor sticks – that kind of made sense,” she said. WRITER JOHN PARKER PHOTOGRAPHER ASHFORD RAVENSCROFT THOMSON


A 1970s chrome floor lamp and Arne Jacobsen Egg chair. SPRING 2013 | DESIGNOKLAHOMA 85

Jason’s love of New York City is on display with a 1950s NYC street and subway map and Little’s photo of the Brooklyn Bridge above a Thrive Tyler sofa in Klein azure, flanked by midcentury chrome accordion lamps. With plans for entertaining, the condo is wired with flush, ceiling-mounted 5.1 surround sound. “From the time I wake up to the time I go to bed there’s basically music playing throughout the house. That’s probably been my favorite single thing about it,” he says.



Jason’s personal style involves a lot of vintage touches. “I like pieces in little furnishings that have a story to tell, and that’s what Sara Kate is really amazing at – scouting those and styling it all together.” Black walnut shelving displays a 1920s art deco toy car, an industrial glove mold, a 1930s safety deposit box, a 1920s Kodak accordion camera, theater lamp bulbs from New York City and a bottle with gauge stopper. A 1950s globe orbits a Shakespeare book collection and a turn-of-the-century Belgian seltzer bottle. Sara Kate’s eye for vintage drew fans even while studying commercial interiors at the University of Oklahoma. “I had friends who would buy things out of my house,” Sara Kate recalls. “I’d say ‘It’s really not for sale,’ and they’d ask, ‘But would you?’”



The Saarinen dining room table and Eames Eiffel chairs bask in southern light. The highly durable ipe hardwood deck on the second floor overlooks a rectangular azure pool. A Belgian pickling jar is repurposed as a vase.


Sara Kate mounted hardware on vintage surveyor measuring sticks for a vertical feature in the kitchen. Jason is in commercial real estate. “They’re masculine and kind of modern, but there’s definitely some patina to them,” she said. “Everybody asks, ‘What are these?’”


Top: Jason travels mostly for pleasure, but also seizes opportunities for personal excursions when visiting clients across the country, reflected in the Field Notes notebook on his desk, beside a vintage julep cup with pencils. // Bottom: A six-color screen print poster from a Grizzly Bear concert in Minneapolis indicates Jason’s favorite band. “We integrated a lot of my personal things that have meaning for me, as well as some antiques to help round them out,” he said. Also visible are an Eames management task chair, a 1920s industrial articulating lamp and a Hugo Guinness print.


Circa 1920s locker baskets from New York City cradle Sara Kate Studios’ Abbie notebooks. A glass cloche reveals a coiled 1950s tape measure.



Clockwise from left: Horizontal and vertical lines abound in art deco and midcentury modern. This fascinating wall treatment appears at first to be an exercise in abstract uniformity, but upon closer inspection reveals Agent Gallery Chicago star charts. Sara Kate said, “I’d been looking for some vintage star maps and I found these. I said to Jason, ‘Trust me on this – it will look perfect.’ And he went with it.” A Crate and Barrel Olin grey rug leads to Organic Modernism’s Cincinnati-B cabinet. // Gardner and Swift chose Caesarstone for countertops in the bath and kitchen. “We’re mirroring the art deco on the exterior, but on the interior we’re really showing these more modern finishes,” Swift said. The bath also features Hansgrohe fixtures and floor-to-ceiling white statuary marble. // Artemide Tolomeo sconces allow for reading lights without cluttering custom bedside tables designed and fabricated by Gardner, and Zack Woods of Butzer Gardner. The two-tone lacquered pieces were partly based on 1960s Swedish end tables that Jason discovered. The bed is dressed with Restoration Hardware’s Italian hotel satinstitch bedding. // Sunlight falls on a bedeside table through parted blackout drapes.


BUSINESS DIRECTORY AC Dwellings 405.627.9193 Always Greener 405.443.6070 BD Home 5840 N Classen, Suite 1, OKC 405.602.0578 Bella Vici 3555 NW 58th, Suite 140, OKC 405.702.9735 Bill Roberts Building Company 405. 359.0275 Bob Mills Furniture 3600 W Reno, OKC 405.947.6500 Calvert’s Plant Interiors 5308 N Classen, OKC 405.848.6642 Cayman’s 2201 W Main, Norman 405.360.3969 Classic Home Interiors 10407 N May, OKC 405.749.8707 Classic Kitchens 201 W Wilshire, OKC 405.755.5822 The Curtain Exchange 6478 Avondale, OKC 405.840.0090 David Cobb Photography 405.722.2158 Decorative Water Gardens 2001 E Britton, OKC 405.359.0140 Designer Hardware by Faye 430 W Wilshire, OKC 405.840.4231 Don Chesser Homes 405.330.4884


Gary Randolph Master Builder 6440 Avondale, OKC 405.226.3560 The Gibraltar Company 4500 N Classen, OKC 405.521.1100 Grant Design 405.473.9978 Hardware Expressions 210 36th Ave SW, Suite F, Norman 405.364.0539 Heritage Renovations 501 N Meridian, OKC 405.887.4121

Merrill Lynch: The Phillips/Holland/Newby Group 4801 Gaillardia Pkwy, Suite 300, OKC 405.752.5373 Mister Robert 109 E Main, Norman 405.321.1818 Monticello Cabinets & Doors 512 SW 3rd, OKC 405.228.4900 Morrison Supply Company 501 NE 122nd, Suite C, OKC 405.752.0142 OKC Estate Sales 405.949.9935

The Howell Gallery 6432 N Western, OKC 405.840.4437

Salazar Roofing & Construction 17450 S Sooner, Norman 405.366.7900

I.O. Metro 3248 S Broadway, Edmond 405.341.6000

Simon Hurst Photography 405.204.0999

JRB Art at the Elms 2810 N Walker, OKC 405.528.6336 Kanon Gallery 124 NW 8th, OKC 405.601.3091 Ketch Design Centre 4416 N Western, OKC 405.525.7757 KS Design 7648 N Western, OKC 405.524.7868 Les Debris 7 NE 10th, OKC 405.272.0340 Luxurious Spaces 405.850.8743 Matt Wilson Custom Homes 501 S Coltrane, Edmond 405.348.0554

SR Hughes 3410 S Peoria, Suite 100, Tulsa 918.742.5515 Starr Home 14201 N May, Suite 204, OKC 405.751.9700 SWAT Mosquito Mist System 405.610.SWAT True North Living 7318 N Western, OKC 405.843.3900 Wayne Griffiths Homes 405.387.4999 Winter House Interiors 5710 N Classen, OKC 405.607.1199 Workplace Resource 501 NE 122nd, Suite B, OKC 405.752.9696 Young Brothers Inc. 100 N Classen, OKC 405.235.3393


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