The Azalea Trail - part 1

Azaleas in bloom.


Azalea is the name of the various flowering shrubs of the Heath family that are in full bloom every March in Houston, Texas.  The River Oaks Garden Club has been hosting a garden pilgrimage to see the azaleas since 1935.

This year was my first attendance and I got to see the Sewall House, a fabulous Spanish Revival house built in 1925 by Boston architect Ralph Adams Cram.  The house interior was influenced by El Greco's house in Toledo, Spain (a museum now) and the traditional houses of Sevilla which combine gardens and terraces with porches and verandas for indoor/outdoor living.

Mudejar style tile in a fountain.

Formal gardens.

Formal gardens.

Formal gardens.


Rose garden.

Formal garden.

Entrance to the house.







The grotto.

 






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Heights Living: Before & After

 Before and After: Master Bathroom in The Heights, Houston.


Recently I was asked by a couple to remodel the master bathroom of their Houston Heights townhouse.  The bathroom was small and dark, poorly planned, and lacking on space to accommodate two people, but the biggest problem was that we couldn't make it any bigger, so my challenge was  to create the illusion of space by carefully arranging the fixtures and fittings.

THE BEFORE

Floor Plans.  
"Before"

The homeowners wanted a big shower and a double vanity, so I relocated the toilet, eliminated the bathtub and replaced it with an ample double shower.  The new arrangement gave me just enough space for a double vanity, which was purchased from Restoration Hardware.  To give the illusion of more space I also relocated the door the bathroom directly across from the vanity and replaced the small swing door with a wider barn door that would not obstruct the furniture in the bedroom.  With the barn door open the 5 foot wide bath now feels much more spacious.  To make the bathroom brighter I added two small windows in the shower and made the wall of the shower a glass partition. I trimmed the vanity area with wood paneling for a tailored look and chose white paint and white surfaces to reflect the light coming from the windows.

THE AFTER
















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Happy New Year!

HAPPY 2016!!!



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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!  

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Heights Living - Cute House of the Week

This week's cute house is a recently renovated and sensitively added craftsman residence.  The size of the house is unusual for The Heights but not unusual for this street, which is one of the oldest and grandest of the neighborhood. 
House in Houston Heights.  Houston, Texas.

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Houston Living - Cute House of the Week

Because I just can't resist a nice Spanish Revival.

House in River Oaks.  Houston, Texas.

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