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P. 28 Hari Lu Ames of Embellishments

P. 23 Housewarming gift ideas

P. 60 A ranch reimagined

9 TRENDS · Haute design inspiration. · Floored with new rug options. · Paint palettes. · Get outside.

23 LIVING · Gifts to give. · Holiday host prep. · Five things to update a space. · Th ings to know before an exterior paint update.

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The Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa’s Remodelers Council presents the annual tour featuring nine homes and projects.


A blend of Danish design and Oklahoma aesthetics makes a clean slate for a new midtown home. BY JANE ZEMEL


Newly built home overlooking Gathering Place was a family project. BY KIM BROWN


How a local design fi rm reimagined a typical ranch home for future generations. BY KENDALL BARROW

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Welcome home! Our team is excited to introduce you to the debut

still standing at attention on the floor of our hall-

issue of TulsaPeople HOME: a magazine full of

way waiting for a hammer and nail. I’ve put off

expert advice, inspiring designs, on-point trends

removing the carpet in our office — the latest

and so much more.

excuse is it’s too hot to lug it all outside to the

Shane Fernandez, two proud Tulsans and trend-

curb. I don’t know how many times I’ve told my My biggest achievement occurred this spring

new Tulsa landmark. If you’ve been to Gather-

when I freshened up my front flowerbeds with

ing Place, you know what I’m talking about. See

some new evergreens, moved some hydrangeas

inside this home — a blend of his modern style

and installed a new bench for some morning

with her bright personality — on p. 56.

coffee visits. Perhaps I peaked too early.

gift-giving ideas and so much more in this issue. Working on this magazine over the past few months, these helpful tidbits have me itching to put

Recently my mom told me I just needed to spend an hour a day in my yard to weed, water as necessary and tend to the grass growing without remorse in our driveway cracks. I still chuckle at that.

advice into action. Now if we could find the time,

I hope the ideas in this magazine hit home for

right? Even though many of us have been home

you, and that you have as much fun exploring the

more than usual in the past year, there still never

pages as we did creating them. Look for the next

seems to be enough of that invaluable resource.

issue this spring! TP

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CABINET HARDWARE: Berenson, Swagger in Brushed Gold

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Brenda Rice and Gina Miller, co-owners of GHD Interiors, share their thoughts on the latest trends in home design.

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olor is making a comeback. But don’t worry, it hasn’t replaced the beautiful gray monochromatic schemes we still love. Color can be a powerful partner to recreate a room. Post-pandemic, color also has been sought out to give an emotional lift. This trend is a testament to the positive impact of good design and color on our psyches. Here we demonstrate how earthy green and golden citron, paired with neutrals, pattern and wood, can evoke a strong connection to nature — fresh, yet calming. Bold green hexagon tile for a backsplash, as an example, paired with Calacatta quartz, wood and brushed gold, is an eye-catching statement. For permanent finishes, backsplashes are an ideal, lower cost spot to be bold with colored tile. Color experimentation can be freeing. With no right or wrong answers, color can be infused subtly (a pillow with tape trim?) … or can pack a punch (yes, green sofa!). Bottom line: Color can be good for the soul.” TP

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2. Located in a Jenks cul-de-sac, this four-bedroom home has an open-living plan with an entertainer’s kitchen containing an abundance of storage. Other highlights include three-and-a-half baths, a spa-like primary suite, office and game room. 3. Five bedrooms and bathrooms, two half-baths, a game/bonus room, courtyard and a two-car garage make for a dream midtown setting on a corner lot. The open-concept home has two first-floor suites. 4. A Mediterranean-style four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home is seated on a wooded lot in Owasso. The professional kitchen is matched with an outdoor kitchen and living space along with a dipping pool and a mosquito-free system. A safe room and home generator are included. TP



e all know the local residential real estate market is on fire. Some properties are selling before they even hit the market. According to a July local market report by the National Association of Realtors, prices continue to grow relative to last year with a current median home price of $203,700. In July the Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors reported Tulsa homes are on the market an average of 18.35 days, compared to 31.59 in 2020. In the same month, 25% of homes closed in the $175,001-$250,000 price range, with an average of nine days on the market. The vast majority of these were three-bedroom homes. We spoke with the professionals at Chinowth and Cohen Realtors about four recently sold properties and what the market has to offer.

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Rug envy

The Segni Minimi 5 by cc-tapis incorporates hand-knotted Himalayan wool and Indian rough silk. 8-by-10 feet, $6,779. Available at SR Hughes, 3410 S. Peoria Ave., Suite 100.


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Featuring an antique wash, this hand-knotted rug has a low pile and contains 100% New Zealand wool. It’s also customizable to fit any size room. 5.6-by-8.6 feet, $3,195. Available at Fifteenth and Home, 1512 E. 15th St.

A vintage, hand-dyed Moroccan wool rug. 5-by-8 feet, $1,175. Available at Jenkins and Co., 1335 E. 11th St., Suite E.


Hand-stitched in India, this rug is part of the Dorado collection by Loloi featuring various patterns and color combinations. 5-by-7 feet, $732. Available at Duvall Atelier, 2204 E. 15th St. TP

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Extending the



A mixture of fixed and drop-down screens provide shade and a shield from mosquitos.

oday’s trends of privacy, extending the outdoor living season and a smart, modern design are items many homeowners are requesting of professionals like Jeremy Steele, lead designer at Tom’s Outdoor Living. A recent midtown project encompassed all of this and more. Steele says although the newly built home’s patio was covered, it was too small and missed some key elements the homeowners were wanting within their outdoor living space. “They really liked the clean lines and mix of material in a fun and contrasting direction,” Steele says. The space’s existing vaulted ceilings were extended to 15 feet, and Steele carried over the raw cedar elements from the home’s garage to the new space’s design. “I love where the fireplace and the ceiling connect,” he says. “With that cedar siding that seamlessly stops at the fireplace concrete wall, it provides a really crisp connection between the elements.” The horizontal wall slats also are a favorite of the designer. The industrial, modern look was desired by the homeowner, along with the ability to install a Kalamazoo grill with pull-out refrigeration. TP

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Say it with flowers Drop by your next housewarming party or welcome your new neighbors to the block with fresh flowers, as well as a charming pot ($26) and stand ($18) from Ziegler’s Art and Frame, 6 N. Lewis Ave. Turn the page for more housewarming hints.

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A friendly gesture like a housewarming gift goes a long way with friends, family and neighbors. Here are some suggestions from local retailers for some amiable accessories sure to make friends feel at home.

Himalayan salt plate and holder, $35; scrubber brush, $5; and recipe book, $6.99. Tulsa Grill Store, 1313 S. Lewis Ave.

Bar soap, $7 each; liquid hand soap, $8. Magnolia Soap and Bath Co., 1325 E. 15th St., Suite 102.

Oklahoma melamine tray, $20.95; Tulsa in Ink coasters, $9.95 each. Ida Red, 3336 S. Peoria Ave.

Happy Everything! platter, $72.99; prices vary on seasonal attachments. Amber Marie and Co., 4932 E. 91st St.


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Custom house portrait by Alexa’s Illustrations, $75 and up. alexasillustrations.com

Tulsa-themed coffee table books: “The Artworks of Tulsa,” $35; “Tulsa Art Deco,” $49; and “Oklahoma Unforgettable,” $32.95. Ziegler Art and Frame, 6 N. Lewis Ave.

Vietri platter, $149, and canape plate, $40. Margo’s, 2058 Utica Square.

Oak Moss diffuser, $20; Oak Moss large candle, $28. The Nest, 1350 E. 15th St.


Juliska acrylic salad servers, $25; and berry and thread bowl, $88. Amber Marie and Co., 4932 E. 91st St.

Dough bowl candle, $40. Magnolia Soap and Bath Co., 1325 E. 15th St., Suite 102.

Leather tray, $185. Richard Neel HOME, 3742 S. Peoria Ave. Fall 2021



reupholstering that loveseat with a bright new fabric. If updates are on your to-do list, Kitina Bartovick, owner of the Dolphin Fine Linens, says today is the day to take action. “If you are thinking to update, replace or reupholster anything at this time to be ready for the holidays, you need to start now,” she says. “Everyone is backed up (with orders) but ready to help in any way they can.” Most of us likely have experienced shipping delays thanks to supply-chain disruptions brought on by the pandemic. Bartovick says we should expect this to continue, especially as we approach the holiday season.

3. Keep it simple.



hether you’re expecting the in-laws for an overnight stay or hosting the entire family for Thanksgiving, it’s never too early to start thinking about your guests’ experience. Here are tips to help you get organized for the 2021 holidays.

1. Give yourself time to clean. You likely will rank your kitchen high on the list of rooms that need cleaning. But take caution when tackling the appliance that — fingers crossed — will roast your holiday ham to perfection. Metro Appliances and More Sales Manager Tarah Duncan says a common mistake people make is cleaning their oven using the self-cleaning cycle the day before visitors arrive. “With an older appliance, the self-clean cycle can damage the electronic control panel,” she reveals. “Servicers are very busy and have long lead times before the holidays, so repairs cannot usually be made (in time).” 26

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If your oven is in need of a cleaning, Duncan recommends a simple wipe down with Easy Off for self-cleaning ovens. For all other general cleaning and organizing projects, Britt Greenwood, owner of Blue Jay Cleaning Services, says it’s best to start at least a week before your company’s visit. “No one wants to be stressed right before guests come,” she says. “But if cleaning yourself, sometimes the pressure is an excellent motivator. Instead of waiting until the last minute, shift that motivation to a week before guests arrive.” Any disinfecting or final touch-ups should be done the day the guest arrives. She also suggests wrangling others in the household to help and tackling a little bit around the house each day.

2. Don’t wait to update. Maybe you’ve considered painting the guest bathroom a fresh color, replacing the bed pillows or

4. Stock extra. A great way to make visitors feel at ease as they begin to gather again is keeping hand sanitizer in strategic places, like the entryway to the home and the kitchen counter. Greenwood says access to something like Lysol wipes in the guest bathroom and the kitchen makes for easy cleanup and disinfecting on the guest’s behalf. In addition to cleaning supplies, Bartovick advises stocking extra toilet paper in the guest bathroom and leaving it in a convenient location, so holidaymakers don’t have the awkward task of asking you for it. “To really make guests feel pampered, provide a luxurious guest robe and slippers,” she adds. “Make available moisturizing soaps, hand creams and a candle to add a sense of comfort and tranquility.”

5. Don’t overthink it. Greenwood says if you feel peace in your space, chances are your guests will, too. “I’ve gone into friend’s homes so clean I was afraid to drop a crumb,” she says. “I have also seen the look of panic on the host’s face when a guest does make a little mess. Let’s try not to be that person and be in the moment with our friends and family.” Similarly, Bartovick emphasizes just being yourself; it’s the safest way to ensure your guests can be themselves, too. Really mean it when you say, “Make yourself at home.” TP


Nothing says “welcome” more than a well-made bed, like this one at the Dolphin Fine Linens.

Sometimes the little things make a big difference. Bartovick recommends a modest duvet cover, coverlet and single decorative pillow to create a welcoming and peaceful look in the space where your guests will sleep. And nothing says, “relax,” like an inviting bed topped with soft linens and plush pillows. “You don’t need a lot of decorative pillows, as the guest never knows where to put them,” she says. “And (having fewer) makes it easier for them to dress the bed each day.” Bartovick also proposes adding a basket of light snacks — like granola bars, seasonal fruit and chocolate — to the nightstand and an extra blanket or throw at the foot of the bed for cooler nights. These small touches will make your guests feel right at home.

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AMES SUGGESTS THESE FIVE THINGS TO FRESHEN UP A HOME: 1. Lamps. The shop offers many lighting options, from floor lamps Ames says minimize “visual clutter” in a room to these statement onyx lamps. The stone lamps are handmade from 180,000-million-year-old stone mined in South America. Call for details. 2. Original art. Ames encourages people to invest in original art that speaks to them. While in Paris she purchased a pair of abstract paintings by French artist Brigette du Merac. “I think they’re beautiful and interesting,” Ames says. “They have a lot of texture to them, and joy in the color palette.” Call for details. 3. Mineral bowls. Among Embellishments’ various types of stone vessels, which can add interest, texture and sophistication, this fluorite bowl is a showstopper. “It has some transparent quartz deposits where you can see through, and when the sun hits it’s really pretty,” Ames says. Call for details. 4. Pillows. “A new pillow in a modern fabric can transform a sofa or a pair of chairs,” says Ames, who likes pillows for a pop of color against neutral furniture. Geometric print pillows in designer Kelly Wearstler’s fabrics pack a graphic punch in three hues: teal, black or white. $184 each. 5. Travel books. “Travel is such a focus for so many people now after the pandemic, and people are planning trips or going on trips,” Ames says. Aside from their robust information and stunning photography, these Assouline travel books brighten up a table or shelf thanks to their color and font. $95 each. FACEBOOK.COM/EMBELLISHMENTSINTERIORS | 918-585-8688 | EMBELLISHM@GMAIL.COM



ari Lu Ames’ work is all about creating a blend of fresh, new furnishings and patinaed pieces with a story to tell. She scours Paris flea markets for European antiques to sell at Embellishments, 1602 E. 15th St., but also has an eye for the modern style that is so popular. “It’s 2021, and we see the modern aesthetic in art, clothing, decor and furniture,” Ames says. “I love mixing styles to create a personalized look.” The primary focus of Ames’ business is interior design. Often clients need assistance incorporating older pieces with sentimental value into an updated design scheme. Ames says it’s an honor to be called back to a previous client’s home years later for her opinion on a new paint color or to be asked to freshen things up with some new accessories. “Working in clients’ homes offers an opportunity to learn about their family, their work, their travels,” Ames says. “These observations are helpful in creating their unique style and the function of their home.”


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THE TIMELINE Loper says spring and fall are the best times for exterior painting, and the length of time a project takes depends on the size of the building as well as the number of windows, doors and trim colors.

PICKING A PAINTER “Make sure you have a good referral. Call the people he’s worked for, and make sure he’s reputable and he’ll actually finish the job. And make sure he has insurance: workers’ compensation and liability insurance on every employee. A lot of companies have it on just one person. That’s how they keep their prices lower.”

THE PROCESS “It’s 85% prep. Putting the paint on is easy.” Loper shared his process for painting material like stucco and brick: power wash, two coats of masonry sealer (one spray, one back roll), followed by two coats of elastomeric paint.

MAKING IT LAST “Paint will usually last eight to 10 years, depending on how the painters prep it and how the weather is. You’ve got to watch your sprinklers and water that hits the house. Water is paint’s enemy. Keep gutters clean. The cleaner you keep the house, the longer the paint is going to last.” TP



IKE LOPER was just a kid when he painted his first house and witnessed brush and roller transform a building. “My dad was a contractor in California and Nevada around Lake Tahoe,” says Loper, owner of Mike Loper Painting. “I was about 15 years old when he said painting was one thing he could teach me how to do real quick.” Loper painted for his dad until he was 18 and then worked as a systems analyst before returning to painting. He started his company in 1992, which he’s run in Tulsa since 1995. Here, he shares insight from nearly three decades of ownership:

COMPARING BIDS “The best bet is to look at all the numbers and compare the details — the steps they’re going to take. Ask, ‘How are you going to get from point A (the prep work) to point Z (the finished job)? Are you going to caulk every joint? Are you going to fill every nail hole? Are you going to prime before or after you caulk?’ The industry standard is to prime first, then caulk everything. A lot of guys caulk everything first, then the wood sucks all the moisture out of the caulk, and it cracks.”




aintaining the space you call home can feel like a never-ending cycle of chores. Between keeping your home cozy and clean and maintaining it as an investment, the list of to-dos can seem like a burden. This is not insurmountable to Jen Massey,


who has made it the mission of her company, A New View Homekeeping, to serve residential, commercial and post-construction clients in keeping their spaces looking their best. She breaks down her cleaning routine into the tasks that will pack the most punch.



Dry dust doors, trim and baseboards

Wash interior/exterior of trash bins

Disinfect frequently touched areas such as countertops, doorknobs, dials, handles and switches

Clean mirrors

Check and change air filters at least every three to four months

Dry dust light fixtures

Wash windows

Wipe exterior cabinetry

Clean horizontal areas of windows (lower levels and sills)

Deep clean window treatments and shower curtains

Clean stove top and exterior oven

Wash bedding and vacuum mattress

Clean exterior of large appliances

Dust bed frames

Sweep and mop floors

Polish wooden furniture

Reseal countertops, if applicable, every six to twelve months or as recommended by manufacturer

Wash bath and kitchen mats Complete/put away laundry

Vacuum upholstered furniture/condition leather furniture

Clean sinks, soap dishes, risers, tumblers

Clear bathroom drains

Wipe exterior of washer and dryer Vacuum carpets and rugs

Clean interior and exterior of toilets, showers and tubs

Dust surface items, walls, fan, remotes and electronics

Sanitize the interior of your microwave and dishwasher Clean and polish stainless steel appliances

Clean out pantry, cabinets, drawers and organize Clean garbage disposal and knife block Clean behind and under refrigerator Clean oven interior Clean door exteriors Wet wipe doors, trim and baseboards Dry dust or wet wipe light fixtures Purge expired foods from pantry and refrigerator

PRO TIP # 1 Baseboards are notoriously daunting. Massey says you can save some elbow grease by using a spin mop to wash baseboards. Once they are dry, rubbing them


down with dryer sheets to repel dust from redepositing will extend the time between cleans.

PRO TIP #2 Massey says her best advice for keeping a clean home is to change your air filters often and do your best to minimize clutter.

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ookshelves can be a staple fixture in a room, serving almost like a piece of artwork. The fun thing about bookshelves is you can constantly move accessories around and change the look as often as you want. When it comes to accessorizing bookshelves, less is more. Focus in and highlight key accessory pieces. Maybe you have a family heirloom, something special that your child made or even a souvenir you picked up on vacation. Let those pieces stand alone. Similarly, too many photos on a shelf can get overwhelming, but one or two updated or favorite photos will stand out and be seen more. Pick out several different sizes and styles of frames. For the rest of your photos, there are always long hallways in the house to add to your family collage. I can’t stress enough how important lighting is and the difference it makes to highlighting accessories. Lighting can change the entire look of a bookshelf. For glass shelving, there are several options of LED strip and puck lights. For wood shelving, they make LED strip/incased lighting that can be moved to the front edge of bookshelf. And if your bookshelf is free standing, there are several options of directional recessed lighting or even track lighting.” TP


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Adding mirror to the back of bookshelves looks amazing, but can be expensive if you have a lot of shelves. Using a framed mirror, mirrored picture frame or even a mirrored riser can give the same effect at a smaller scale. Combine different textures. You can mix glass, coral, leather, stone, mirror, etc. Different materials give a feeling of depth to a bookshelf and add weight where needed. “I love to use agate stones as bookends to add texture and interest,” Miller says. If you hire a cleaning crew for your house, it might be a good idea to take pictures of your shelves, so that it’s easier to put things back if they get moved. “A few of my favorite places to find fun and unique accessories are: Matters of Design and The Market at Walnut Creek (both located at East 81st Street and South Harvard Avenue),” Miller adds. Heather Miller co-owns The Home Collection with her business partner Lindsay Clyma. Email them at homecollection1@aol.com.


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R E MODE L ER S C OU NC I L M E M B ER S H I P DI R E C T ORY 3D Solutions General Contractors Daniel Doughty 8405 S. Winston Ave. Tulsa, OK 74137 918-760-3102 doughtystar@cox.net 3D Solutions General Contractors Donna Doughty 8405 S. Winston Ave. Tulsa, OK 74137 918-760-3102 dldoughty@cox.net A Best Roofi ng Sam Avila PO Box 1259 Tulsa, OK 74101 918-587-1426 samuelavila@abestroofing.com A Best Roofi ng Jarod Lane PO Box 1259 Tulsa, OK 74101 918-587-1426 jarodlane@abestroofing.com All American Remodel LLC Ken Saltink 7627 S. Quebec Ave. Tulsa, OK 74136 918-663-1549 allamericanremodel@yahoo.com Arcadia Printing Rick Ellis 14956 S. Grant St. Bixby, OK 74008 918-622-1875 rick@arcadiaprinting.com Arvest Bank Zelda Garrison 502 S. Main St., Village South 551 Tulsa, OK 74103 918-631-1435 zgarrison@arvest.com B Haulin’ Dylan Nall PO Box 9563 Tulsa, OK 74157 918-619-2971 dylan.nall@webtrees.com B. Judd Construction Bruce Judd PO Box 2183 Claremore, OK 74018 918-342-5833 bjuddconst@sbcglobal.net

Barron and McClary General Contractors Inc. Kurt Barron 1424 S. Harvard Ave. Tulsa, OK 74112 918-749-7904 office@barronandmcclary.us Bgreen Homes Bobby Green 924 S. Joshua Ave. Broken Arrow, OK 74012 918-406-1853 bobby@bgreenhomes.com Billings Construction Group Inc. Chris Billings 11911 S Oxford Ave., Suite 400 Tulsa, OK 74137 918-600-9565 office@billingsconstructiongroup.com Brad’s Seamless Guttering Brad Coston 9727 E. 46th Place Tulsa, OK 74146 918-665-7246 bradcostonwk@sbcglobal.net Brandy Creek Development Co. Randy Dillman 401 S. Mission St. Sapulpa, OK 74066 918-224-1140 randybcdevel@cox.net Brian D. Wiggs Homes Inc. Brian Wiggs PO Box 280 Jenks, OK 74037 918-518-5678 brian@briandwiggs.com The Buckingham Group Inc. Edward Kaplan 4727 S. Memorial Drive Tulsa, OK 74145 918-624-2666 kaplan-bgi@tulsacoxmail.com Burnett Windows and Siding Scott Burnett 11202 E. 61st St. Tulsa, OK 74133 918-286-7600 scottb@burnettinc.com Cagle Construction LLC Larry Cagle 10372 E. 125th Circle S. Bixby, OK 74008 918-408-7484 llcagle@cox.net

CertaPro Painters of Tulsa Tom Barbour 5103 S. Sheridan Road, Suite 334 Tulsa, OK 74145 918-712-7722 tbarbour@certapro.com

Emmons Construction LLC Matt Emmons 8446 S. Peoria Ave., Suite B Tulsa, OK 74132 918-995-7105 matt@buildwithemmons.com

Classe’ Homes David Blackburn 6528 E. 101st St., Suite D-1 Tulsa, OK 74133 918-231-7170 david@classehomes.com

Emser Tile Chris Holloway 10221 E. 115th Place S., Suite A Bixby, OK 74008 918-663-8453 chrisholloway@emser.com

CounterTop Solutions Greg Strange 313 N. Redbud Ave. Broken Arrow, OK 74012 918-259-1076 greg@countertopsolutionsinc.com

EuroCraft Inc. Hjorny Skaftason 16052 S. Broadway St. Glenpool, OK 74033 918-322-5500 hjorny@eurocraftgranite.com

cre8iveThings PLLC Carl Gibson 9344 S. 67th Ave. E. Tulsa, OK 74133 404-313-2754 cre8iveThings@gmail.com

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery Susie Rose 6311 S. Garnett Road Broken Arrow, OK 74012 918-663-0004 susan.rose@ferguson.com

Custom Technologies Plus James Duff 2421 N. Aspen Ave. Broken Arrow, OK 74012 918-251-6303 james@customtechplus.com Custom Technologies Plus Electric Brian Kirk 2421 N. Aspen Ave. Broken Arrow, OK 74012 918-251-6303 brian@customtechplus.com Deckit Inc. Rick Vaughan 509-A W. Walnut Ave Broken Arrow, OK 74012 918-809-3456 deckitba@gmail.com Drywall Repair Specialists Inc. Chad Potter 1611 S. Utica Ave., Suite 264 Tulsa, OK 74104 918-437-9255 chadapotter@yahoo.com EDS Financial LLC Ed McIntyre 9717 E. 42nd St., Suite 103 Tulsa, OK 74146 918-809-0042 ed@edswealth.com Elite Cabinets Brandon Massey 11320 E. 20th St. Tulsa, OK 74128 918-794-0757 brandon@elitecabinetstulsa.com

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery Scott Kordis 6311 S. Garnett Road Broken Arrow, OK 74012 918-833-1176 scott.kordis@ferguson.com Forest Wood Floors LLC Greg Fuller 11440 S. 94th E. Ave. Bixby, OK 74008 918-951-7203 greg@forestwoodfloors.com Fredrick Construction Co. Richard Fredrick 2092 W. Cave Cotton Loop Benson, AZ 85602 918-625-5459 fredrickremodels@att.net Garage Innovations Inc. Jason Johnson 8323 S. Memorial Drive Tulsa, OK 74133 918-872-7990 jason@garageinnovation.com Grant Homes Remodel and Restoration Peter Grant 2845 S. Florence Ave. Tulsa, OK 74114 918-744-8487 peter@granthomestulsa.com HIGHLIGHTED DENOTES HOME REMODELING SHOWCASE PROGRAM ADVERTISERS. Fall 2021


Hammer Stars Inc. Josh Zajac 1719 S. 94th E. Ave. Tulsa, OK 74112 918-928-7205 hammerstars@hammerstars.com

M&M Lumber Co. Scott Shultz 4711 S. Mingo Road Tulsa, OK 74146 918-627-1926 scott@mmlumberco.com

Permastone Inc. Kyle Anderson 700 W. 158th St. Glenpool, OK 74033 918-322-6036 christy@permastonetulsa.com

Rosser Midwest Stone Toni Rosser 10324 E. 50th St. Tulsa, OK 74146 918-663-3131 rossermidweststone@msn.com

Heatwave Supply Inc. Nanett Guillory 6529 E. 14th St. Tulsa, OK 74135 918-838-9841 nanett@heatwavesupply.com

M&M Wealth LLC Michael Warren 4040 Hillside Drive Sapulpa, OK 74066 918-512-1360 warrenm63@gmail.com

Powers Design and Build LLC Bill Powers 8810 S. Yale Ave., Suite D Tulsa, OK 74137 918-645-6509 powersdesignandbuild@gmail.com

Select Outdoor Solutions LLC Pat Owen 7122 S. Sheridan Road, Suite 2-251 Tulsa, OK 74133 918-742-4298 sales@selectoutdoorsolutions.com

Heatwave Supply Inc. Roland Rice 6529 E. 14th St. Tulsa, OK 74135 918-838-9841 receptionist@heatwavesupply.com

Marvin Krueger CPA, CMA Marvin Krueger 10707 E. 76th St. S. Tulsa, OK 74133 918-250-7610 marvronek@aol.com

Premium Cabinets of Tulsa Austin Gullic 12236 E. 60th St. Tulsa, OK 74146 918-549-5553 austing@premiumcabinets.com

Sonrise Construction Mike Fournier PO Box 141007 Broken Arrow, OK 74014 918-357-7777 mike@sonriseconstruction.com

Home Innovations LLC Chad McCutchen 621 E. Lakeview Drive Sapulpa, OK 74066 918-282-9213 chad@homeinnovationsok.com

Masterpiece Renovations Inc. David Molony PO Box 141095 Broken Arrow, OK 74014 918-409-3555 david@masterpiecerenovations.com

Professional Ground Management Alexis Lightfoot 2835 S. 96th E. Place Tulsa, OK 74129 918-852-2058 alexis@pgmc.us

Sparks Construction Brett Neil 7837 E. 134th St. S. Bixby, OK 74008 918-369-3780 admin@sparksbixby.com

HUB International Mid-America Mark Priess 6100 S. Yale Ave., Suite 1900 Tulsa, OK 74136 918-712-5274 mark.priess@hubinternational.com

McCallum and Sons Drywall and Construction Mike McCallum 608 E. Line Ave. Sapulpa, OK 74066 918-512-8100 drywall918@gmail.com

Re-Bath of Tulsa Glenn Simms 6570 E. 41st St. Tulsa, OK 74145 918-488-0600 info@rebathoftulsa.com

Spectrum Paint Co. Gentry Stafford 15247 E. Skelly Drive Tulsa, OK 74166 918-398-2188 gentry@spectrumpaint.com

RED Design by Brooke Brooke Cook 1018 N. Hickory Place Broken Arrow, OK 74012 918-850-7638 brooke@reddesignbybrooke.com

Tulsa Area Screen Co. Heidi Roy 4405 W. Kent Circle Broken Arrow, OK 74012 918-249-1756 tulsaareascreen@cox.net

ReHome Paxton Davis 8881 State Highway 66, Suite B Tulsa, OK 74131 918-807-9991 paxton@rehomeok.com

Tulsa Fireplace Supply Bud Farris 9251 S. Garnett Road Broken Arrow, OK 74012 918-250-0800 jill@tulsafireplace.com

Remarkable Painting Les Brooker 6017 N. 40th W. Ave. Tulsa, OK 74126 918-406-4140 remarkableremodelandpaint@gmail.com

Visions Tile and Stone Inc. Dennis Pine 6801 E. 14th St. Tulsa, OK 74112 918-592-1234 dennis@visionstulsa.com

Renovations By Helms Inc. Barry Helms, GMB CGR CGB CAPS CGP 17 E. Dawes Ave. Bixby, OK 74008 918-369-5545 rbhbarry@olp.net

W Design LLC Weldon Bowman 608 E. Third St. Tulsa, OK 74120 918-794-6616 weldon@wdesignsite.com

RLR Custom Interior Inc. Robby Reed PO Box 2241 Sapulpa, OK 74066 918-760-4477 rlrcustominc79@gmail.com

We B Trees Tim Nall PO Box 9563 Tulsa, OK 74157 918-446-3473 tim@webtrees.com

JDV Interiors Dixie Moseley 4224 S. Peoria Ave., Suite 2 Tulsa, OK 74105 918-938-6021 dixie.jdv.interiors@gmail.com Kelsey Co. Howard Kelsey 8022 S. Memorial Drive, Suite 204 Tulsa, OK 74133 918-286-1303 N7859W@aol.com Know-Ur-Stuff.com Cynt Simon 6746 S. 109th E. Ave. Tulsa, OK 74133 918-345-0187 csimon@know-ur-stuff.com Langdon Publishing/TulsaPeople Andrea Canada 1603 S. Boulder Ave. Tulsa, OK 74119 918-585-9924, ext. 211 andrea@langdonpublishing.com LKP Woodworks LLC Logan Patterson 1752 S. Pine Ave. Broken Arrow, OK 74012 918-606-2889 lkpwoodworks@gmail.com



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Metro Appliances and More Kevin Dycus 5313 S. Mingo Road Tulsa, OK 74146 918-622-7692 k.dycus@metroappliancesandmore.com Metro Appliances and More Ann Howell 5313 S. Mingo Road Tulsa, OK 74146 417-300-1898 a.howell@metroappliancesandmore.com Midwest Marble Company Carle McMahon 510 S. Quincy Ave. Tulsa, OK 74120 918-587-8193 carle@midwestmarble.com NuReDo Media Frank Sawyer 7122 S. Sheridan Road, Suite 2-551 Tulsa, OK 74133 918-742-4298 frank@nuredo.com Palmer Custom Homes Inc. Mark Palmer 25550 E. 166th St. S. Coweta, OK 74429 918-645-0821 mark@palmercustomhomes.com

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EVOLV I NG DESIGN The Buckingham Group Project: Total home remodel BEFORE

R EMODELER BIO: The Buckingham Group is an awardwinning, full-service design-build remodeling company providing interior and exterior remodeling and restoration service for existing homes. Founded in 1981, it is recognized as one of the pioneers and current leaders in residential design-build remodeling in the Tulsa metropolitan area. The scope of its work includes kitchens, bathrooms, home entertainment rooms, home additions, whole-house remodels, historic renovations, exterior transformations, outdoor kitchens, and window and door replacement.

2855 E. 32nd St. The 1955 brick home was built as a conventional 3,000-square-foot ranch. Three remodels over the years had expanded the residence to over 4,200 square feet with little regard to traffic flow and limited updating of its original features. Prior to finalizing their purchase of the home, the current homeowners came to the Buckingham Group with an initial request for an updated traffic plan for entertaining and the remodel of the master suite and home office. The design combined the kitchen, living and breakfast areas with enough space to feel together, but not crowded. Once the work started, additional concepts for updating became obvious and flowed more easily as the remodel evolved and embraced the entire home. The three original bedrooms and bathrooms, the kitchen and utility room were redesigned and updated. A mud room was carved out of the existing space and a large patio door was installed in the family room, opening it up to the outdoors onto the site of a future patio. MAJOR INTERSECTION: East 31st Street and South Harvard Avenue DIRECTIONS: From 31st and Harvard head west on 31st to South Florence Avenue. Turn south on Florence Avenue and follow to East 32nd Street. Turn west on 32nd and follow to house, which is on the north side of the street.

Ed Kaplan 918-624-2666 kaplan-bgi@tulsacoxmail.com

SUPPLIERS: Heatwave Supply, Woodstock Cabinet Co., Pella Windows of Oklahoma, Corner Plumbing, Hahn Appliance Warehouse, Midwest Marble Co. *Companies in bold are members of the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa


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A DDI NG FU NCTION A N D FEATU R ES Emmons Construction Project: Kitchen remodel and laundry addition 3131 S. Utica Ave.


This older Tulsa home has solid bones and has gone through several remodels over the years. But, with an existing basement laundry and small kitchen and dining room, some spaces were not functional for the homeowners in their later years. So, they decided to expand the home’s footprint with a main-level laundry and update the kitchen. By opening a wall between the original dining space and kitchen, along with replacing cabinets and floors, this space became more functional and spacious. MAJOR INTERSECTION: East 31st Street and South Utica Avenue DIRECTIONS: From 31st and Utica, go south on Utica. Home is on the east side of the street.

R EMODELER BIO: Emmons Construction was born from a desire to provide quality craftsmanship and undeniable customer service for small residential remodels to large commercial building projects. As a Certified Graduate Remodeler, Matt Emmons brings more than 20 years of experience providing unequaled customer service from the design and planning of projects through production. Client satisfaction and a quality final product are at the forefront of every project from start to finish.

SUPPLIERS: M&M Lumber, Drywall Repair Specialists, Forest Wood Floors, Sullivan’s Custom Cabinetry, Talent Electrical Services, Hudson Brothers Plumbing *Companies in bold are members of the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa

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A TASTE FOR NOSTA LGI A Grant Homes Remodel and Restoration Project: Total home remodel and historical restoration BEFORE

R EMODELER BIO: Grant Homes Remodel and Restoration is a Tulsa-based firm that has provided construction services in the midtown and surrounding areas for more than two decades. Quality craftsmanship and integrity have earned it a reputation as one of the city’s premier remodeling companies. Grant Homes specializes in the renovation and restoration of older, turnof-the-century homes located in Tulsa’s historical neighborhoods, as well as custom renovations throughout greater Tulsa.

210 E. 18th St. Restoration of this 1910 Craftsman home was driven by a deep sense and appreciation for nostalgia. This house, built three years after statehood, has witnessed the sinking of the Titanic, the creation of the assembly line, both World Wars, and technological advances that could only be considered magical by the carpenters who built it. It was with this historical reverence the new owners sought to restore historical accuracy, while simultaneously retrofitting it for a 21st century lifestyle. Shaker-style cabinets, natural stone countertops and hardwood floors were used in the kitchen to restore the Craftsman charm. A white porcelain farm sink and colorful backsplash complement the design. A Thermador range was added to ensure its owner’s homemade peach pie could be made to perfection. Bathrooms were restored using subway and mosaic floor tiles, and period-correct light fixtures were used throughout. Refinished hardwood floors and a soft color palette provide for decades of future enjoyment. MAJOR INTERSECTION: East 21st Street and South Peoria Avenue DIRECTIONS: From 21st and Peoria, go north on Peoria to East 18th Street. Turn west on 18th.

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SUPPLIERS: M&M Lumber, Alrac Electric Inc., Greater Tulsa Plumbing, Drywall Repair Specialists, Sanchez Painting and Remodel, Home Team Advantage, JDV Interiors, Ferguson Plumbing, Mill Creek Lumber, ProSource of Tulsa, Surfaces, Natural Stone Creations *Companies in bold are members of the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa


I N SY NC W Design | Kirkendall Design Project: Remodel 2201 Forest Blvd.


This was a whole-house remodel of a 1934 Tudor-style home in midtown Tulsa. A great deal of consideration went into keeping the original character of the home, including the arched front door, stone surround, leaded glass windows and detailed millwork. The house was lacking a master bedroom downstairs, so a master suite was added to the east side of the home. This 700-square-foot addition needed to be in sync with the architectural genetics that were already in existence. The outdoor living area was enhanced by raising the roofline to create a large space with a custom fireplace and outdoor kitchen pergola. A complete kitchen renovation also was needed. The original dining room was converted to a more casual dining/kitchen area and the original kitchen was transformed into additional living space. This home also had a finished basement, which was maximized for entertaining by creating a dark and cozy pub room with a built-in nook for wine storage.

R EMODELER BIO: Everyone has a different definition of “home.” It is Kirkendall Design’s goal to discover your definition and help you create the look and feel to make your house a home. The team assists with space planning, cabinetry design, fabric choices, wall and floor coverings, countertops, hardware, furniture selection, lighting, artwork and decorative accessories.

MAJOR INTERSECTION: East 31st Street and South Lewis Avenue DIRECTIONS: From 31st and Lewis, head north on Lewis. Turn left onto Forest Boulevard. In approximately 300 feet, the house will be on the right. SUPPLIERS: Wood Guys; Anderson Marble and Granite; Emser Tile; ProSource of Tulsa; Whitacre Glass; Tulsa Winnelson; Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting; Hector and Son’s Painting; Movan Electric; Campbell Plumbing; Efrain Navarrete Tile Install; Tulsa Shutter and Blinds; Jubilee Draperies; The Difference

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R EMODELER BIO: ReBath makes it easy to love your bathroom. They handle every detail of a bathroom remodel, from consultation and design to selection of quality products, removal and installation. Best of all, ReBath’s licensed, insured teams typically complete projects in just a few days, not weeks. Design guidance. Quality products. Professional installation. Everything you need for the perfect bathroom, all from one bathroom remodeling company.

ReBath of Tulsa Project: Two full bathrooms, kitchen and flooring 1417 E. 46th St. This 1958 ranch-style house was purchased by a young Tulsa couple in spring 2020. The homeowners envisioned transforming this house into a home that would accommodate their busy lives and allow them to establish themselves as young professionals in the heart of midtown. The 1,250-square-foot house had a closed floor plan that made it feel smaller than it was. The homeowners wanted to maximize the space by utilizing an open-concept floor plan. This created a cohesive flow from room to room. The use of light features and natural elements throughout the space modernized the home, but did not take away the charm of this Brookside gem. MAJOR INTERSECTION: I-44 and South Peoria Avenue DIRECTIONS: Head north on Peoria to 46th and turn east (right). Home is on the north side of the street, 11 houses down on the left. SUPPLIERS: Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting, Showplace Wood Products, MSI Surfaces, Samsung Appliances, Garbe’s *Companies in bold are members of the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa

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WA R MTH A N D SOPHISTICATION Kitchen Concepts Project: Kitchen remodel BEFORE

4705 S. Columbia Place The goal for this kitchen remodel was to combine modern amenities and personal details to create a warm environment for family and friends to enjoy cooking and eating together. An abundance of warm white with touches of soft gray permeates this setting and sets the stage for the warm accents of wood, brass, minerals and antiques. The home is a two-story midtown cottage; therefore, only part of the kitchen was vaulted, where interest was created with unique arched beams and chandeliers. The kitchen was designed as a multipurpose space for family and friends to participate together in the preparation and dining experience. By creating a separate beverage bar close to the dining space, a designated cooking space, a prep and cleaning area and serving space, the end result allows everyone to work independently. This kitchen is the truly the heart of the home as it captures feelings of warmth and family with a touch of sophistication. MAJOR INTERSECTION: East 41st Street and South Harvard Avenue DIRECTIONS: Travel south on Harvard Avenue to East 47th Street. Turn west (right) and go to Columbia Place. House is on the southeast corner.

R EMODELER BIO: For years, Kitchen Concepts has taken clients’ ideas and turned their dreams into reality. Each member of the staff is passionate about delighting its customers. The production team is as dedicated as the designers when it comes to making beautiful cabinetry, and they take pride and delight in the team’s complex, beautiful designs. Great care goes into the whole process. Every aspect of home and kitchen construction is studied and then executed in the greatest detail, so Kitchen Concepts can be sure the client is entirely satisfied.

SUPPLIERS: Kitchen Concepts, Signature Kitchen Suite, Hahn Appliance, Heatwave Supply, Roper Hardwood Floors, Architectural Surfaces, Tory Brown *Companies in bold are members of the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa

Lynn Knight Jessee and Jim Means 918-779-4480 kitchenconceptstulsa.com

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WA R MI NG U P Day Build and Design Project: Renovation and add-on BEFORE

R EMODELER BIO: Dana Day has been exceeding homeowners’ expectations for over 18 years as a builder/designer/remodeler in the Tulsa area. Her commitment to excellence becomes obvious when you step into one of Day’s homes and see her attention to detail, “wow” factors and quality. Day exemplifies luxurious design with practical consideration. She elevates your home with personalized features you never knew you wanted. Her homes deliver a livable luxury you do not want to live without.

4104 S. Atlanta Ave. This unique midtown home is a true Gustav Stickley Arts and Craftsman home. The home has warm tones and natural materials. From the beautiful handmade built-in custom hutch to one-of-a-kind stain glass inserts, this home is a must see. Rooms were reconstructed, ceiling height was increased, and the grand entrance was enlarged to increase the square footage. The before and after pictures are extreme. MAJOR INTERSECTION: East 41st Street and South Lewis Avenue DIRECTIONS: From 41st and Lewis go east on 41st. Turn south (or right) on South Atlanta Avenue. House is located on the right side of the street. SUPPLIERS: Mill Creek, Visions Tile and Stone, Roper Hardwood Floors, Midwest Marble Co., Happy Endings LLC, H3 Custom Doors and Wood Moldings *Companies in bold are members of the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa

Dana Day 918-706-7868 daybuildanddesign.net dana.daybuildanddesign@gmail.com


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FROM THE ASHES Brian D. Wiggs Homes Project: Whole home remodel 10648 S. Erie Place


This traditional early 2000s home is fresh from top to bottom. After a fire in the home, the process of replacing and restoring began to take shape. The homeowners commissioned the Brian D. Wiggs Homes Team at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. With some minor framing changes, the columns dividing the kitchen and family room and a door opening were removed. The kitchen now has the latest in home appliances, soft-close hardware and conveniences. The master bath’s old builtin tub was removed and a walk-in shower took its place. With a minor door placement adjustment, the room gained 2 feet of extra cabinets with wall-to-wall mirrors over the vanities. The stair rails and both fireplaces were replaced and floating shelves were added. The last step included new furnishings and decor designed by Grace Markes.

R EMODELER BIO: Brian D. Wiggs Homes is one of Tulsa’s premier design and build firms, helping discerning clients realize their dreams. From architectural design, product selections and extra touches, Wiggs brings knowledge, experience and integrity that exceeds expectations. As a family business, Wiggs and his staff take pride in the client experience during each project. Build extraordinary with Brian D. Wiggs Homes.

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Renovations by Helms Inc. Project: Whole-home renovation VIRTUAL TOUR

REMODELER BIO: Renovations by Helms has served clients for more than 36 years with repeat and referral clients comprising 95% of its client base. The company has maintained an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and has been awarded numerous awards. The team’s passion is to take a project from the design phase to final completion with the final project all the homeowner believed it would be. Helms has been recognized as a National Remodeler of the Month by National Association of Home Builders and ranked as the No. 1 contractor in the state of Oklahoma by General Contractor Magazine last year. Helms has been named to TulsaPeople’s A-List the last eight years and featured nationally on HGTV.

This project was a whole-house remodel. The home’s windows and doors were replaced with Pella premium windows and doors to take advantage of the spectacular views. The exterior also received a new stucco finish and new exterior paint. The inside of the home received a complete kitchen remodel that added a walk-in pantry. The master bath also was remodeled with the addition of a wet room. New porcelain tile was installed throughout the main floor. The upstairs game room and adjoining wet bar also were re-done. In the backyard, the outdoor kitchen and pool bath received a redo to make this property a complete oasis. New HVAC systems, electrical and lighting upgrades were made to the home at the time of the renovation. SUPPLIERS: CounterTop Solutions; Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery; Heatwave Supply; Pella Windows and Doors of Oklahoma; ProSource of Tulsa; Sherwin Williams; Tulsa Fireplace Supply; Home Hardware; M&M Lumber Co.; Metro Appliances and More *Companies in bold are members of the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa

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A BLEND OF DANISH DESIGN AND OKLAHOMA AESTHETICS CREATES A CLEAN SLATE FOR A NEW MIDTOWN HOME. BY JANE ZEMEL Top, 12-foot ceilings leave plenty of space for distinctive lighting options, ranging from a delicate and formal chandelier positioned over the custom dining table to the farmhouse-style pendants above the kitchen island. In the kitchen, white cabinets work in tandem with the wall of whitewashed oak cabinets. Wolf appliances, Caesarstone Organic White countertops and a window above the sink that opens wide to the outdoor kitchen and dining space round out the room.



irst rule of interior design: Things change. In fact, everything changed after interior designer Mel Bean accepted this project in midtown’s Bren Rose neighborhood. Architectural plans had been completed. Design concepts, too. Then a house a few doors down became available, and her clients simply couldn’t resist. In a 180-degree turnaround, the decision was made to tear down that existing house — clearing the way for this four-bedroom, 6,000-square-foot dream dwelling. For Bean, that about-face meant turning her ideas for a total remodel into a collective vision for a new build to house a family of four. “There were opportunities with the new lot that had been limitations with the current one,” explains Bean, who worked with Silo Design Build on this project. “And they got to keep their wonderful neighbors and location.”

Bottom, “I could live in those spaces and never leave,” Bean says about the patio/courtyard. Four rooms become one when massive collapsible patio doors open to create the ultimate indoor-outdoor area where the familyoriented homeowners entertain their extended family. Outdoor furniture can stand up to Tulsa’s weather and temperature swings. A Wolf grill and True bar fridge complete the outdoor kitchen package. Fall 2021


Calming neutrals with accents of blue-gray and natural elements are used throughout the new midtown home, including its office, top left. Bean describes the primary bath, top right, as “escapism at home.” The wet room style offers a definite spa feeling with notes of sauna. Bean positioned the Kohler sculptural tub opposite a wood-planked shower. Millwork and cabinets were fashioned by Sullivan’s Custom Cabinetry.

The theme is one of luxury with comfort. Bean explains her process: “We listen to the clients, then push boundaries. Once the clients see the proposal, that’s the time to get on board or give good feedback.” For this particular project, “We got on the same page for the vision early on, which makes the project more fluid and efficient,” she adds. “She was one of the most organized clients I’ve ever had,” Bean says. The owner wanted a home with classic forms and the influence of Scandinavian simplicity and coziness. Her goal was good flow and functional; an approachable and livable design; and elements of Danish Hygge concepts, with the softness of muted colors and the serenity of natural materials. Bean describes blue as “the main, but not dominant, color, with soothing shades of blue and gray.” She also included “Oklahoma-appropriate touches that are authentic to this style of house.” “This gave us a dreamy launch pad for our design vision,” Bean says, noting creamy neutral textiles punctuated with blue-gray tones, cognac leathers, various warm but pale wood tones, glazed ceramics, black metals and some traditional touches. The home features a number of “green” elements, too, including a rainwater collection system and geothermal energy. Also, instead of framing with wood, the architects chose pre-engineered Structured Insulated Panels (SIP). Tile and countertop slab choices purposefully included manmade stones rather than marble. Although Bean stops short of likening the home to a resort, she concedes it has many of the amenities and certainly the relaxation factor of a multiplestar retreat. Collapsible patio doors make it easy to open indoors living spaces to the outdoors, and to close again to avoid local mosquitoes and other flying or crawling pests. Quite the gateway to the pool and spacious backyard. 54

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The home’s biggest surprise is the powder room, bottom left. Breaking through the overall serene vibe is a bold splash of banana leaf print with glamorous gold accents by Designer Wallcoverings. A mirror from West Elm is flanked by sconces from Arteriors over a faucet from Restoration Hardware.

One of the designer’s favorite spaces is the home office, top left, just steps away from the playroom. The room reads calm and cozy with light blue built-in cabinetry and arched bookcases. The room showcases a walnut desk by Design Within Reach and custom desk chair in what Bean describes as “the most sumptuous silk velvet.” A pair of chaise lounges in the primary suite, top right, is the homeowners’ favorite part of the home. Herringbone tile floors complement the powder blue vanity in one of the home’s bathrooms, bottom.

The designer’s favorite piece of furniture is the custom dining table. “It was sized perfectly for the space, and the circular base and feet details are perfection,” Bean says. The client’s choice is the pair of chaise lounges in the primary bedroom. “When Mel brought up the idea of two chaise, I didn’t realize how often I’d snuggle up in one with my laptop or a book,” she says. One of the most innovative features of the home is the motorized doggie door. The sensor that opens and closes it is on the dog’s collar, so when the dog gets near — either on the inside or outside — the door dutifully opens. Another (surprising) change was a global pandemic. The family moved into the home at the beginning of COVID-19. “It’s an incredible place to be during lockdown,” Bean says. Plenty of room to live inside. Plenty of room to romp outside. Bean’s first change: She didn’t start out in interior design. Bean gave up her psychology/pre-med major when her classes weren’t bringing her any joy. “I was the teenager who was grounded for rearranging the furniture when my parents weren’t home,” Bean says. When she switched to interior design, she knew she had found her happy place. When she called every design firm in the phone book to beg for an internship, Cisar-Holt gave her that opportunity. Bean watered plants, cleaned up the showroom and learned volumes about interior design. She received her degree in interior design in 2004, opened a design studio with a partner in 2011, then went solo in 2018 with Mel Bean Interiors. One thing that never changes is her signature style: Mixing livable luxury with functional beauty, according to her company website. Her work has been featured in such national publications as House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Martha Stewart Living, and Better Homes and Gardens, as well as HGTV. TP Fall 2021


The home has a view of Gathering Place’s boathouse through sliding glass windows from Advantage Glass. The main living area features a wood-burning stove and ample seating for the family.

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The interior of the 5,000-square-foot home is painted Benjamin Moore’s White Dove, a color that easily balances both pops of color and neutral tones. Shane’s office is nestled in the corner, adorned with BMX bikes and gear, memorabilia and drawings of recent and past architectural work.


Marnie and Shane Fernandez with kids Josie, seated, Tristan, Jade and Nicholas

arnie and Shane Fernandez’s family home has arguably the best view in Tulsa. The midtown residence they recently built is elevated above the street with a stunning sight line: Gathering Place. “People always ask us who the contractor is, and it’s fun to say, ‘We built it,’” says Shane, who designed the home with drawings by hand and constructed most of it with son Tristan, 18, and stepson Nicholas, 16. “One person called it the ‘Avengers’ house or the Tony Stark house,” he says, laughing. “A lot of people have asked me, ‘What is this structure?’” adds Marnie, principal/owner of public relations and strategy firm sixPR. “I say, ‘It’s our house.’ They’re always so interested in what it is.” The Fernandezes first purchased the land that would eventually peer over Gathering Place a decade ago. The house is elevated above the street line, so the family has an outdoor living space beneath and a view of Gathering Place’s boat house and pond. Shane, who is the president and chairman of USA BMX, has a 25-year background in Fall 2021


Left, a Bertazzoni gas range commands attention in the kitchen. Tool chests are topped with honed Negrescco granite to create plenty of storage space, along with open shelving for easy access to everyday items and nostalgic decorations.

architecture and construction and always wanted to build a home in a style that reflects his roots. “The Danish side of my family have all built their own homes,” he says. “My uncle was a professor of engineering at the University of Copenhagen and an artist. He built a minimal beach house in Copenhagen, and he’s always giving me a hard time about when I would finally build my own house, especially with my background in architecture.” Shane lived in Los Angeles before moving to Tulsa, so his aesthetic has always leaned toward a more minimalist style with open living spaces and natural materials. To the right of the driveway is a curved staircase leading up to the front door, 58

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which opens into a large living space with a kitchen, dining and living rooms, and an office area. Windows make up most of the front and back of house. “It’s a passive solar design. That way in the winter the sun works for you to warm the house, but in the summer the sun doesn’t make it hotter,” Shane says. “I wanted to tie as much back to the outdoors as possible.” The kids’ bedrooms run along the west side of the open living area, and the entire east side of the home is a private primary suite with bedroom, bathroom and closet for the couple. The showstopper is the view, of course, and the northwest windows include sliding windows that

open right out to the air and sounds of Gathering Place. The roof offers a prime view of the park, with the illumined nighttime colors of the boathouse and a front-row seat for fireworks shows. The details are meticulous, and the home’s interior style reflects the couple’s taste. Marnie’s colorful art and personal touches blend alongside Shane’s collection of helmets, BMX bikes and skateboards. The exposed metal air ducts and tool cabinets with granite countertops give it a modern, relaxed feel. After Shane completed the design, construction began in late 2019 and the family moved in by early 2021. Constructing the project with his sons was the most rewarding part of the process.


The primary suite, top, resides on the opposite side of the home from the kids’ bedrooms. In the bathroom, bottom, the vanity is topped with Bianco Carrara marble, facing a Bedrosians Century matte black tile wall, with Riad terrazzo black tile on the floor.

“We did all the foundation work, as much framing as we could, all the rebar, and we did it all on nights and weekends,” Shane says. “It was a great experience because the boys don’t always communicate as much as our girls, so because of the design of the foundation I could hear them talking to each other, telling each other what was going on in their lives. “I made them move (materials) with wheelbarrows and shovels. They were like, ‘Dad, couldn’t you get a Bobcat?’ I said, ‘No, I have you.’” Marnie says the conversations at dinnertime turned into “true construction talk.” Although she anticipated construction would go slowly, she

learned so much along the way. “I have a huge appreciation for it,” she says. “It’s incredible all the thought that goes into it. Every time Shane gives a tour, I learn something new.” The family is now accustomed to people stopping and staring at the house from Gathering Place trails. “One day our son was outside when people were talking about it. He said, ‘Hey guys, I built that house.’ “They have so much pride,” Shane says. “There were so many life lessons outside of architecture and construction. It was such a wonderful journey with the boys — we had no idea.” TP

The home is a mix of Marnie’s love of color and Shane’s desire for modern aesthetics. Top left, a piece by local artist Sara Bost Fisher stands out in the living room. Bottom left, Shane’s original hand drawing of the home’s main floor. With 25 years in architecture and construction, Shane always wanted to build his own place. He collaborated with structural engineer Charley Wall of Wallace Engineering to build the home. Right, the guest bathroom features a walk-in shower with a vanity topped with Bianco Carrara marble and brass accents.

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One of Kirkendall’s main goals when remodeling a home is to create multi-purpose spaces that can easily adapt to meet the needs of future generations. Kirkendall took advantage of the original 1950s built-in cabinetry in the spare bedrooms, top right, and updated it with a fresh coat of Sherwin Williams’ Repose Gray. The majority of the home’s interior trim and walls were painted Sherwin Williams’ Pure White.


t is often said first impressions are the most important. For Julia Kirkendall, owner of Kirkendall Design, the same rings true when it comes to houses. “I walk into a house and can tell a lot about it by the first walk through,” she says. When she first toured this 1950s, 3,800-squarefoot-ranch home, Kirkendall says she knew almost instantly it would be the perfect home to renovate — a challenge she and her design team go through about once a year. “It’s a chance to give our designers an opportunity to do a design plan from start to finish, as we would do it,” Kirkendall says. “It keeps us on our toes and creative.”

The home is located in midtown’s Charlane Estates neighborhood, which Kirkendall says was named after the developer’s wife. This particular build was one of the first around the neighborhood’s pond, so it was purposefully designed with both views and privacy in mind. It was well built and still had the original architecture, a trait Kirkendall favors when looking for homes to renovate. There were some updates done in the late ’70s and early ’80s, Kirkendall says, most notably a primary bedroom. And while those were functional, they were now dated. “Our goal when thinking about a home renovation is to look at the assets and try to enhance

those,” Kirkendall says. For this particular home, that meant focusing everything around the outdoors and picturesque backyard. To achieve this, Kirkendall and her team took out the wall separating the home’s two living spaces and removed the fireplace in the original den to make room for doors to a new outdoor living area. In total they removed two fireplaces and added one. The original dining room became part of the kitchen with a large pantry and created space for an updated and fully functional laundry/mud room. With the new open floor plan, the kitchen was now a focal point, and Kirkendall wanted to make it visually interesting, too. “We didn’t want to do Fall 2021


The newly designed primary bath features Terazio Bianco, a quartz-like durable porcelain tile, and striking sconces from Visual Comfort that give a nod to the home’s original 1950s design.

an all-white kitchen,” she says of the laminate upper cabinets. The shelf in the island also is visible from the living room, so Kirkendall and her team opted to illuminate it as a statement piece for the room. Only two areas required minimal expansion. The garage was not connected to the home, so Kirkendall added a small mudroom to enclose the breezeway. To keep two living areas in the home, Kirkendall covered 8 feet off the back of the house, just off the original laundry and housekeeper quarters and adjacent to the kitchen, to make room for a new keeping room — an informal, cozy living area, which “keeps” people from 62

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getting in the cook’s way, according to Kirkendall. Kirkendall reconfigured the generously sized primary suite, taking advantage of space once used as a large dressing room for a previous owner. Perhaps the biggest challenge, says Kirkendall, was adding the outdoor living space. The home had a typical 1950s brick patio the team covered with a gabled porch with cedar beams resulting in a new 800-square-foot outdoor entertaining space that now connects the “U” shape of the house. Even the home’s original gate house was part of the remodel. Kirkendall updated the space’s bathroom and added new flooring, windows

and paint. “It’s a great little flex space now,” Kirkendall says. “It would make the perfect yoga or art studio.” “This was a true gut,” she says of the project. “Not many walls were left intact.” All new electrical and plumbing were added throughout the house. The project took around 13 months and was sold in 2020 to new owners, who have since added a pool. The final square footage totaled 4,165. Kirkendall is careful to note these renovation projects are not traditional “flip” homes. “We don’t do this to get the best bang for our buck,” she says. “We do it to create homes that will easily evolve for future generations.” TP


Left, a new gabled porch created 800 feet of outdoor space. Right, the new laundry/mudroom also features a desk, making the room more functional.


“With great appreciation, we were privileged... ...to have had the opportunity to recently renovate and sell a very special home located at 2521 South Birmingham Avenue. The home is special because it was designed by noted Tulsa architect Mary Caroline Cole in 1952. As you will read in Connie Cronley’s column on the following page (64) in this issue, Cole was celebrated as Oklahoma’s first licensed woman architect. The well-planned, mid-century-styled home featured an open beam main living room and a grand family room. It was our company’s honor to give the home an interior and exterior “update” to meet today’s Photography by Kevin Rhatican

comfortable living style...and keep this historic house from being lost.”

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ary Caroline Cole, Oklahoma’s first licensed woman architect, lived life on her own terms. She liked bulldogs, Oldsmobile convertibles, trees, Mexican silver jewelry, weekends at Grand Lake, and rum and coke. In early photos, with tailored clothes and her sculpted face, she resembles a young Katharine Hepburn. She rarely smiled for the camera and looked like the person she was: smart, talented and not taking any guff from anyone. She was notorious for her quick-witted put-downs for anyone who annoyed her, according to her nephew, architect Roger Coffey. She needed those characteristics as a woman breaking into the male-dominated architecture profession in the 1940s. Cole was a woman of contradictions. She never married and could neither cook nor sew — she repaired her clothes with a staple gun — but designed residences attuned to the women who lived there — space for 40 pairs of shoes, for example. Athletic from childhood and renowned for her tennis skills, she made history designing barrier-free spaces for people in wheelchairs long before “barrier-free” was a concept. Mary Caroline — never Mary — was called “Tot” by her friends and family. She was born in 1913, the oldest of three daughters to prominent Tulsans Audrey and C. C. Cole, who was chair of the building committee of Boston Avenue Methodist Church. She became interested in architecture by listening to artist Adah Robinson discuss the design of the new church building.


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Cole was always a maverick. When Lee Elementary School (now Council Oak) wouldn’t permit girls to join the soccer team, she and the school janitor played against the team. After graduation from Holland Hall in 1931 and Smith in 1934, she went to Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University) for math credits, but the architecture professor wouldn’t let her into his classroom and told her to sit in the hall. She appealed successfully to the university president. When two architecture schools refused to admit her because she was female, she found Cornell School of Architecture and when the Cole family lost its fortune during the Great Depression, she relied on scholarships and waiting tables. She graduated as the only female architectural student in the class of 1941. Despite the wartime labor shortage, some architecture companies wouldn’t hire a woman and told her so. She said she got a job with the U.S. Engineer’s Office in Kansas City, Missouri, only because they were desperate. She had interned for Tulsa architect Donald McCormick where she worked on drawings for Southern Hills Country Club and was still in Kansas City when celebrated Tulsa architect Joseph R. Koberling offered her a job. He balked at her salary request of $60 a week, but they needed help with a new residential project near East 31st Street and South Harvard Avenue with a lake in the backyard. In 1945 she got her architect license, hung her shingle and built a life with her family, a series of bulldogs and a circle of close friends who were pro-

fessional women: musician Rosalie Talbot, equestrian Mary Glass, attorney Norma Wheaton, accountant Betty Hager and others. Female architects were usually relegated to residences, so Cole made it her specialty, painstakingly personalizing them for her clients. She had a fondness for trees and famously enlarged her own bungalow around a large elm tree with limbs growing through the ceiling. Her revolutionary style for fire stations with drive-through truck bays/garages became standard. Two Tulsa fire houses with “butterfly roofs” still exist: No. 18 at 4802 S. Peoria Ave. and No. 21 at 4606 E. 31st St. In 1985 she was elected to the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in recognition of her barrier-free designs and her contribution to barrier-free requirements for building codes. “She was my own Auntie Mame,” Coffey says. They would climb into her convertible with the top down as she quoted from an adventure fairytale about a boy seated on a fox’s tail who sailed away like the wind. Today 161 women statewide — 72 in Tulsa — belong to the American Institute of Architects, according to Lindsey Ellerbach, executive director of AIA Eastern Oklahoma. Mary Caroline Cole, who died in 1991 at age 78, was a girl with moxie who paved the way for them. Professionally and creatively, she broke barriers. How much more might she have accomplished without the sexist limitations of her time? She might have sailed as high as a boy on a fox’s tail. TP




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