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May 2013 - Houston

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DECORATION An Open DOOR Lost World of Interiors I t's worth the 90-minute excursion to Beaumont to take in the Texas debut of Sally Chandler's "The Lost World" exhibition. The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) is the second stop of this design-centric show, which launched at The Ogden Museum of Southern Sally Chandler's Pembrokeshire, 2012, at Art in New Orleans last spring. Chandler's The Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont romantic vision embraces 86 paintings and drawings that represent a rococo array of her trademark subjects — aristocratic portraits, all manner of animals and avians, sweeping landscapes and great estates. But we're most taken with her tableaux of interiors, including old libraries, chandelier-lined Venetian palazzos, a bathing house from Old Delhi and Enlightenment-era drawing rooms of undisputed pedigree, inspired by her obsessions with art-historical illuminati John Singer Sargent, John Ruskin and Maurice Prendergast, as well as the prose of Edith Wharton. While you're there, be sure to pick up the accompanying volume, The Lost World, penned by Susie Kalil (Three Cranes Press, Houston, $40). Through June 30; information Catherine D. Anspon Lovely Ephemera White lacquered side chair upholstered in a chenille fabric, circa 1970s Mid-century nightstand in walnut with vertical and horizontal patterning, circa late 1950s The Klini Couch by RobsjohnGibbings, 1963; modeled after the red-figured kylix, circa 465-460 B.C., found on a Greek urn Compulsive Jonathan Adler has hung his shingle at West Ave, and we're obsessing over three pieces we must have. The limited-edition Preston Collection sleekly includes furniture essentials such as this side table, covered in umber leather top-stitched and outfitted with brass hardware at the feet ($1,200). The Rider Collection, Adler's reinterpretation of neoclassicism, had us at hello: The tripod table combines a Carrera top with a tripod base with javelinlike feet, finished in nickel or brass ($795). Adler's collaboration with Australian photographer Leila Jeffrey is what really ruffles our feathers, though. Jeffrey created an adorable mini-studio for parakeets to pose in. The resulting comical photographic images (31.5" by 40" framed, $2,500) reveal that the little budgies have a keen sense of self — something that we, of course, know nothing about. 2800 Kirby Dr. in West Ave, 713.677.0792; Seth Vaughan AT HA N AD LE R Rider Collection tripod table, $795, at the Jonathan Adler boutique As GOODE L ynn Goode is back, and she's not playing around. Since closing her namesake Carlos Jimenez-designed gallery on Colquitt back in 1997, she moved to Marfa, started the Marfa Book Company and co-founded the Goode-Crowley Theater. Now she once again makes her presence known in Houston with Lynn Good Vintage, Furniture + Decorative Arts, a pop-up gallery on Montrose offering a highly edited array of pieces with a pedigree. The collection, which she's acquired over the past couple of years, is astonishing in its breadth and quality, and best described as rarefied mid-century. Case in point: a poignant Klismos chair and Klini chaise designed Matching club chairs designed by Adrian by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, designer and Pearsall, circa 1960s, decorator to the likes of Doris Duke and manufactured by Craft Alfred Knopf. The inventory also includes and Associates; recently re-covered in Maharam pieces from modernist masters Frank Lloyd Chime Vinyl Wright, Adrian Pearsall, Charlotte Perriand, Mies van der Rohe and Tommi Parzinger. Get a first look during Goode's introductory open house Saturday, May 4, 10 am to 6 pm. 4411 Montrose Blvd, 713.522.5252; Seth Vaughan as it Gets Leila Jeffrey's Cliff, 2008 – 2010, $2,500, at the Jonathan Adler boutique Limited-edition Preston Collection side table with drawer, $1,200, at the Jonathan Adler boutique JONATHAN ADLER JENNY ANTILL JENNY ANTILL A perfume ledger from 1876 OBSESSIVE JO N JENNY ANTILL W e love pedigreed pieces, especially ephemera such as this fascinating leather ledger with the initials T F for Tombarel Frères, a company that produced perfumes and herbal medicines in the late 19th century in Grasse, one being Oil of Lavender MontBlanc. The daily entries show customers' orders and payments, with the first entry dated 1876. How fascinating to peruse this ledger from a favorite wingback chair. The cost: $2,100. At Watkins Culver Antiques. Holly Moore Lauded antiques store The Gray Door gained local fame — as well as its name — when it opened in a charming gray-doored space adjoining Carol Piper Rugs on West Gray in 1996. Now proprietor Donna Temple Brown has relocated the shop to Ferndale Street. The Gray Door occupies the 2,000-square-foot ground-floor space, and Brown, like many European antiquarians, lives conveniently upstairs. She's even brought the gray Donna Temple Brown convent doors from her former West Alabama space to usher home her clientele. Brown, a veteran antiques dealer, selects pieces spanning from the 16th to the mid20th century from Italy, France, Belgium, Spain and Sweden. She shores up every chair, chest, armoire and sofa before putting each piece on the floor, often reupholstering in an oatmeal-hued linen that melds well with any decor. Natural light floods the space, offsetting the Farrow & Ball Old White walls. Here you'll find tapestry pillows, a baker's rack from Paris ($12,000), an Italian two-piece cabinet painted grayblue with its original glass front ($15,000) and a 19th-century Louis XV-style chaise longue covered in scarlet-hued velvet, and so much more. 2912 Ferndale, 713.521.9085; Laurann Claridge JENNY ANTILL Road Trip: Lynn Goode

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