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February 2016 - Houston

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FEBRUARY | PAGE 26 | 2016 the plants go wild in there. We also love all the little details, such as the beautiful crown molding and original wood floors." Of course, the 85-year-old house has its quirks. "I've never lived in a house this old before," Seth says. "It has its moans and groans, but it has good old bones." They love the large palm trees in the backyard and are fascinated by the remnants of a trapeze left behind by a former tenant, an acrobat. "The best part about it is the neighborhood; we've made so many friends," Seth says. "We're always running back and forth across the street for potluck dinners, or hanging out with people before walking to a restaurant for dinner." Underbelly restaurant is a favorite, with Blacksmith a go-to destination for coffee and sandwiches, and Hugo's for weekend brunch. They spend a lot of time in the museums, which are literally out their front door. One of Seth's favorites is the Cy Twombly Gallery at The Menil Collection (which he calls "a hidden gem"). "I get off work pretty late and take the dogs for a walk, and it's nice walking past the Menil, all lit up inside," he says. "They do a concert series in front of the Rothko Chapel, which is fun. I like going in for a moment, as the deafening silence is a pretty good way to clear your head." The urban walking environment of the Menil bungalows is exactly what the Siegel- Gardners were looking for. "We drive to and from work, that's it," Seth says. Clockwise from top left: Seth Siegel-Gardner with dogs Catfish and BBQ, outside their Arts-and-Crafts bungalow. Hannah Siegel-Gardner in a portrait taken while eight months pregnant with son Levi. A 1950s stove in the kitchen acts as a bar; the drawers house spirits by type. The Siegel-Gardner dining room.

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