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Monday, April 20, 2015

Heights Living: Cute House of the Week

This week's cute house is an unusually large Victorian cottage in the Houston Heights.  I love the steep angle of the roof, the subtle craftsman details, and the earthy color palette.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Garden Conservancy Open Day

The Garden Conservancy is hosting an open day in Houston on Saturday April 18th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.  I am excited to announce that one of my projects is on the tour! A completely renovated ranch house for which I collaborated with Di Nunzio Lifestyle Architect, Indigo Interior Design, and Tellepsen Landscaping.

Admission to each private garden is $7 per person, or discounted tickets (6 for $35) will be available at the following locations on the Open Day: 802 West Temple Street, 2434 White Oak Drive, 6502 Taggart Street, and 6801 Hazen Street.

Visit for directions to the gardens and more information. 
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Monday, April 13, 2015

Heights Living: Cute House of the Week

This week's cute house is a sensitively renovated and expanded bungalow.

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Houston Living: Cute House of the Week

This week's cute house is this Spanish Revival from the 1930's located in Houston's River Oaks neighborhood.  I love this house because even though it is a grand house, its scale and proportions make it seem very intimate.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Heights Living: Cute House of the week

I am starting a new series here at Dear Polia...Every monday (or most mondays) I will feature a favorite house of mine in The Heights or greater Houston.  

This house on 18th street is this week's favorite.  I've been driving by it at least once a week on my way to a construction site and I love everything about it: The scale, the color scheme, the shingle siding, and all the little craftsman details.
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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Heights Living: In the Closet

Master Bedroom in The Heights, Houston.
The craftsman bungalows that make up our Houston neighborhood are lovely and tiny, averaging around 1200 sq ft.  Our 2 bed & 1 bath 1926 house is a particularly small one, measuring just under 1000 sq ft and lacking in significant closet space.  When you live in The Heights you learn to be frugal and keep clutter to a minimum, but our 24 inch wide sad excuse for a master closet was more than this fashion lover could handle. 
The master bedroom "before".

I solved our storage problem by adding cabinets on either side of the front window to our bedroom. Each cabinet measures 36 inches in width, 25 inches in depth and I outfitted them with double rods and a shelf, which bought us each 6 feet of hanging plus 36 inches of permanent storage.  That is 18 feet of storage in a very small space! I hung barn doors to close the cabinets without using up our limited floor space, and to double as shutters at night, to block out the light coming in from the street.  Finally, I designed a bench in front of the window to use the space under it for shoe and accessories storage.  

We furnished the room with an iron bed from Crate & Barrel, an Italian Art Deco antique chest, his and hers french 19th century nightstands (a flowery Louis XIV style for me and a linear Louis XVI for John), vintage crystal lamps, a custom made bench cushion, Barbara Barry linens, a 19th century architectural print, a painting by John Slaby, and personal mementos.

Below is the finished product:
Closet and bench

The infamous 24 inch original "master closet".

The antique chest and print.

A painting by John Slaby and a vintage chair.

Efficient storage.

My Louis XIV style nightstand

John's Louis XVI style nightstand

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