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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Happy Thanksgiving!

This year I am thankful for my wonderful little family, exciting new projects, and amazing friends.  Happy Thanksgiving from The Heights!
Doorway in The Heights.   Houston, Texas.

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Heights Living - Cute House of the Week

I am in love with the intricate sweeping gable of this fine Craftsman house and all its interesting details, like the brackets holding up the bay window and the curved rafter tails.

House in the Woodland Heights.  Houston, Texas.

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Heights Living - Urban Oasis

I'm in love with this garden!  A Landscape Architect and owns the house and he changes the garden with the seasons.  Today the garden is full of evergreens and flowers hardy enough to survive Houston's "winter".

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Houston Living - Cute House of the Week

This week's cute house is Houston's version of a French Chateau.  I love the simple massing with the central gable and the stone details punctuating an otherwise spare brick exterior.
House in River Oaks.  Houston, Texas

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Houston Living - Cute House of the Week

I pass this house almost every day on my way to the job site, and there are many reason I like it.  I like the combination of materials and textures in the walls (Stone, brick, stucco, timber), the leaded windows, the shingle roof, but more importantly I like the scale because though the house is certainly large, its proportions make it feel like a quaint French cottage.

House in River Oaks. Houston, Texas

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Heights Living: Cute House of the Week

This week's cute house was converted from a church to a domicile. I live a couple of blocks down the street from it and I've always been curious of the plan layout. To the owners of this house if you're reading this: would you please invite me in?

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Heights Living: Cute House of the week

I've been told that this house is owned by a landscape architect, and it shows! The house is cute but really what I love is the garden, which changes through the seasons.
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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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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 https://www.gardenconservancy.org/events/all-events/houston-tx-open-day for directions to the gardens and more information. 
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Heights Living: Cute House of the Week

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


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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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Heights Living: Cute House of the Week

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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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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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