Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you all many blessings on this day of gratitude.





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Trick or Treat!

Happy Halloween!



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Happy Fall!

I know, I know...I've been neglecting the blog.  A 10,000 sq. ft. residential project and an active toddler will do that to you, but here are some images of one of my favorite buildings in Houston to tide you over, the gorgeously Georgian St. Luke's United Methodist Church, built in 1958, whose annual Pumpkin Patch is a very popular attraction every fall.

Tower of the Winds Corinthian capital.
Ionic column base
Cornice modillions.
The aforementioned toddler.




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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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