This past weekend residents of the Houston Heights opened their doors and welcomed neighbors and curious people alike into their beautiful homes. The tour included six houses, one new and five historic, all carefully maintained and lovingly decorated. Here are my favorite three. For more pictures of the houses visit Dear Polia on Facebook
|The exterior of the Mueller home. |
The Mueller Home started life in 1920 as an apartment building, with three separate units. The current owner redesigned the floor plan to turn the house into a residence for one family. The house is decorated with bright colors and rich textures, and it reflects the owner's childhood in South Dakota, her sojourn in Russia, and her passion for travel.
|The Master Bedroom and Master Bathroom open to a screened porch.|
|The exterior of the Tegtmeir Home, notice the second story addition.|
The Tegtmeir Home was also built in 1920 as a 2 bedroom one bath bungalow in the craftsman style. The current owners bought the house after their wedding, and as their family grew so did the house. The bungalow, sensitively restored and altered, is now two stories tall and it houses 4 bedrooms and 3 baths, plus a play room for the couple's two daughters.
|The front bedroom was removed to make room for a staircase and a generous dining room.|
|The Living Room.|
|The Play Room at the top of the stairs.|
|The toddler's bedroom.|
|The baby's bedroom.|
|The Master Bedroom has views of the garden and the back porch.|
|The back porch and garden.|
|The Womble Home.|
The Womble Home is owned by a passionate historic preservationist, who lovingly rescued the 1906 Queen Anne Victorian Cottage from dereliction. During its long life the cottage has suffered many alterations, some good (like the beautiful parquet floors added in the 1920's) and some bad (like the bathroom that was installed in the entrance hall when they house was partitioned into apartments). The current owner restored the house to its original configuration and salvaged many of its original features, like the tin ceilings, parquet floors, and light fixtures; and where original pieces were missing, faithful reproductions or comparable antiques were put in place.
|The entrance Hall, where a bathroom was once installed, is restored to its original grace.|
|The Parlor with its original chandelier and tin ceiling.|
|The Dining Room was originally a bedroom.|
|The Dining Room.|
|The owner chose to keep some of the original paint of the staircase.|
|The Sitting Room.|
|One of the guest bedrooms, which features a leaded window that was rescued from a dumpster in Galveston after a storm.|
The owner of the Womble Home is also an avid collector and traveler, and he has filled the house with many beautiful European, Turkish, and Persian antiques, some of which decorate a second floor sitting room and various alcoves:
|The "Secret Room" in the attic is accessed through a door concealed by a mirror.|
|The sitting room is decorated with Turkish antiques.|
|The alcove in the turret.|
|The new Carriage House is furnished with salvaged antique doors and windows.|
I hope you enjoyed this virtual tour of my neighborhood. For more pictures visit Dear Polia on Facebook.
All images by Nadia Palacios Lauterbach