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April 2013 - Houston

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The Land of A Walk to REMEMBER COURTESY RDA elebrate four 1318 North Boulevard, William Ward Watkins, 1926 decades of outstanding architecture and the 100th anniversary of Rice University with Rice Design Alliance's Centennial Tour, an expedition through some of Houston's greatest residential creations. On Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, the Rice School of Architecture welcomes you to 10 Houston residences designed by celebrated Rice Architecture faculty members including William Ward Watkins (1318 North Boulevard, 1926), Claude E. Hooten (2126 Pine Valley Drive, 1936), Anderson Todd (9 Shadowlawn Circle, 1961), Nonya Grenader (2231 Wroxton Road, 2008) and William T. Cannady (2246 Quenby Road, 1972/1982). The tour is open only to RDA members and their guests, but you can purchase memberships during the tour, starting at $45. For information and tickets, visit Erin Oppenheim B The deadline is drawing near to enter the PaperCity DesignAwards, with the Houston Design Center, recognizing outstanding interior design, interior architectural design, historical preservation, and garden design. For information on categories and entry procedure, see page 4, and go to papercitymag. com/pcdesignawards. Deadline is Friday, April 19. Questions, e-mail While she's most identified with nature photography — locales both beguiling and exotic, from the South of France to Antarctica — Houston artist Libbie Masterson now steps out from behind the camera and into the landscape. Head to Hermann Park this month to see Masterson's new light-based creation, the site-specific intervention Illuminated Lily Blossoms, which mimics water lilies in the Mary Gibbs and Jesse H. Jones Reflecting Pool. Powered by solar lights, the floating flowers call to mind, ahem, a great who painted at Giverny. Bask in the beams of these blooms during the park's Japan Festival, unveiling April 6 and on view through the end of the month. For details or to assist in the project's funding (donors are eligible for a special artist-made prize, based on gifting level), visit and search for "Libbie Masterson" or log onto Catherine D. Anspon JENNY ANTILL Celerie Kemble for Merida Catalyst rug A WOVENWonder We love designer Celerie Kemble's new collection of rugs for Merida, which she centered on the art of bleeding color as seen in Ikats, watercolors and nature. Shown: Catalyst in Pink Grapefruit, 100 percent wool, made in Massachusetts; order it in any size up to 10 feet wide without seaming. 5-by-7 $4,200, 8-by-10 $5,900, exclusively at Carol Piper Rugs, 1809 W. Gray, 713.534.2442; A NEW Area Code Daniel Cuellar and Don Connelly MOVE OVER, Monet years, which he would later sell to dealers in town. When the two finally met —through a furniture purchase, naturally — it felt like kismet. They parlayed their shared passion for furniture into a new shop on Colquitt, Mrs. PK and Oz. From this stylish HQ, they search for pieces with punch and provenance, then give them their own special spin. Oz, an expert in acrylic, will take a burl-wood desk and add two Lucite panels beneath for a bit of 70s glam ($4,200). Or they'll reinvent a Milo Baughman bookcase/ secretary in midnight blue and cherry red lacquer with Lucite pulls ($1,500). Posit Mrs. PK and Oz to locate a specific piece, or browse the selection of cleverly reimagined/restored pieces in the charming new shop (by appointment through the end of May, when it formally opens for the big reveal) or prowl their slick website, mrspkandoz. 2825 Colquitt, 713.439.1316 Laurann Claridge EVERETT TAASEVIGEN POTS We are enthralled with finds that have a relatable provenance, such as this trove we recently stumbled upon at Watkins Culver Antiques. This marvelous and glowing set of copper Rothschild's copper pots pots is a grouping of 26, stamped "G de R," with some stamped "Laversine" and "Paris, " as well. What does it mean? Nelta Culver explains, "G de R is Baron Gustave de Rothschild, who occupied the Château de Laversine in the late 19th century. Pots were initialed when they were sent to be re-tinned. Some of the pots also have numbers, used to denote the size of the pan and its use in large kitchens." We knew that … This marvelous set of copper pots includes rare large casseroles with lids and large saucepans, also an outstanding stockpot with lid. Laurance Anderson of the French antiques shop Made in France popped over to see the collection and swears she has never seen copper pots this incredible. Pricing is $2,100 to $4,500. Holly Moore DESIGN Buzz Potentates ig news on San Felipe: Janus et Cie moves out of the Decorative Center Houston to the former clapboard digs of Smith & Hawken, next to Ouisie's and Relish, opening June 19. The L.A. purveyor of outdoor furniture favored by many of the chicest beachside hotels is going retail in Houston and showcasing rugs and fabric in addition to the furnishings (with about 70 percent of furnishings available immediately) and in-stock decorative accessories, planters and throws … Matt Camron Rugs & Tapestries' exclusive collection of 100 percent-wool, hand-woven Ikat flat-weave rugs has arrived. Available in stock and custom sizes. Visit at 2702 Sackett, mattcamron. com Holly Moore JENNY ANTILL The Tale of a C I t was just a matter of time before avid 20th-century furniture collector Patti Kagan crossed paths with Houston mid-century furniture finder Troy Osborne. Kagan grew up in an "atomic" ranch house dotted with pieces by luminaries Milo Baughman, Harvey Prober and Edward Wormly; she was obsessed from the get-go and began a self-taught education about furnishings from the Art Nouveau era through the 1980s. Meanwhile, Osborne (aka "the Oz") was the grandson of a craftsman who built specialty cabinets for some of the city's most iconic mid-century homes. While learning the trade by his granddad's side, Oz was exposed to the work of Karl Springer, Mastercraft and more. Bitten by the mod bug, Oz haunted estate sales and stashed away prize pieces through the PK& OZ JENNY ANTILL JENNY ANTILL Patti Kagan and Troy Osborne Don Connelly 's Area has moved into new digs: 5,500 square feet on two floors with massive warehousing space, to be exact. Designer Connelly and long-time manager and buyer Daniel Cuellar have turned a humble drycleaning establishment on Westheimer Road bordering River Oaks into a repository of cultish and lavish decorating bibelots and furnishings. After 18 years on Kirby Drive, the new hive is still one of the freshest stores in town. Spacious and light-filled, it's a hub for their approachable style — a cross between L.A. modern and farmhouse warmth. "It's a little more edited and grown-up," Cuellar says. "We're not in our 20s anymore." There are new accessories from Barry Dixon for Arteriors and thick acrylic charm bowls in splashy colors from Alexandra von Furstenberg. Connelly scours Europe, predominantly Belgium, Holland and France, for his multitude of design clients, procuring only those items he would place in his own home, thus his design sensibility always rings true. What caught my eye: pickledpine wing chairs, a cheery pink and red dhurrie, a great collection of design books (as always), chunky seagrass nesting tables and a rope console in the vein of Christian Astuguevieille. 3735 Westheimer, 713.668.1668, Randy Powers

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