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spaces such as Velvet Room and The Library." L.A design firm Studio Collective ensured that every surface of the interiors is highly designed with intricate geometric parquet floors, coffered ceilings, textural wallpaper in gem tones, exquisite marble mantels, overscale murals by local Houston artists, and structural lighting. While each room is different, perceptive guests will notice a crane, the Park House signature bird, reappearing in several spaces — crane sculptures are perched in the Garden, which feels like an outdoor patio with its faux trees and walls of windows. In one of the main dining areas, the soon-to-be-installed hand-painted de Gournay Namban wallpaper is an Art Deco- era abstract seascape in a three-dimensional gold leaf pattern with a flock of soaring cranes. A packed calendar of programming includes live performances, speakers, art programming, member trips, and partnerships with chefs, sommeliers, and spirits experts, as well as tastings, culinary events, and signature club-wide themed parties. And what would a private social club be without its traditional rules: Cellphones are allowed in designated areas only, but forget the selfies — photos and videos are prohibited on premises except during private and special events; no one under 18 is allowed without a parent member, except on Tuesday family nights and weekends until 6 pm; and a dress code is firmly in place. "Art is a very important part of the design DNA at Park House," Deborah says. MKG Art Management was tapped to create the permanent collection on display. In addition, the long central hallway with tumbling block marble floors is a gallery with rotating art shows — on view currently is L.A.-based artist Matt Murphy. Chairish, the online design marketplace (co-founder Anna Brockway and Deborah are dear friends), also created an art installation in the Chairish Room with their favorite artists – merely scan a discreet QR code to acquire a piece. And you'll want to — a visit to Park House Houston will have you ready to redecorate. Park House Houston's invitation- only founding membership offering closed more than a year ago — for a $25,000 joining fee (plus $7,500 to add a spouse), founding members had their annual dues waived for life — but general memberships are open to applicants 30 years of age and older; the initiation fee is $5,250, with annual dues of $3,000. Spouses/partners are an additional fee. Junior members under 31 have a reduced fee. Inquiries, Far left: A cozy corner of The Living Room is the perfect spot for an aperitif next to the fireplace. A secret bookcase door in The Library leads to the speakeasy-style Velvet Room. The subversive Velvet Room Texas artist Jessica Rice created a mural with cranes, the Park House signature bird, for The Garden. Deborah and John Scott Megan and Brady Wood

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