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Houston Heights Association 2015 Spring Home & Garden Tour
and Candlelight Dinner & Auction

"Embracing Change"

> Home & Garden Tour | Candlelight Dinner & Auction

Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12, 2015, Noon to 6 p.m.

Online ticket sales have closed. For a list of businesses selling tickets, follow this link.

Tickets purtchased online will not be mailed to you. They must be picked up at the Heights Fire Station, 107 W. 12th Street at Yale, during the hours of the tour, April 11 and 12, from noon to 6 p.m. Tickets will not be sold at participating homes. No single home tickets will be sold. Tickets are nonrefundable.

Homes on annual tour range from historic to newly built
Six homes, including both renovated historic and recently constructed properties, will be featured on the 2015 Houston Heights Association Spring Home & Garden Tour Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12.

In keeping with this year's theme, Embracing Change, the selected homes highlight the positive changes to the Houston Heights neighborhood and represent a diverse mix of architectural styles and inviting gardens.

The Houston Heights Association extends heartfelt thanks to these homeowners for graciously opening their beautiful homes for the 2015 HHA Spring Home & Garden Tour.

Roche Home
1414 Ashland

Known to many in the Heights as "The Heron House," this modern Craftsman was very consciously designed to preserve three old-growth Live Oak trees—home to families of Yellow-Crested Night Herons that return every spring. The home's open, light-filled design–with four porches and plentiful windows–not only protected the majestic nesting trees and their inhabitants, but created the illusion of being amid the quiet foliage. Completed in 2014, the front elevation features a Craftsman-style door of metal and glass and double-hung windows. Stepping into the home, Amanda and Fabrice's delightful interior design is modern and eclectic.

Florals: The Empty Vase
Table Design: Crate and Barrel
Head Docents: Heather Thompson and Holly Simmons

Gilbert Home
1638 Harvard

Dating 1920, this one-story bungalow lacked central heat and air and was barely livable when Peggy purchased it as a rental in 2009. She has since renovated and expanded the home which is now her personal residence. Removal of aluminum cladding revealed its original teardrop wood siding, and modern touches include Vetrazzo (recycled glass) and concrete countertops. other thoughtful details include three uniquely different stained glass windows—one contemporary, one Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired and one traditional. The master bedroom door is fashioned from the stained glass of a decommissioned Catholic church. Peggy's creative design mixes old with new and various styles of art.

Florals: Whole Foods Market
Head Docent: Bill Baldwin

Lopez-Marks Home
2023 Arlington

Drawn to the Heights for its artistic, diverse, small-town, historic vibe, Laura and Lewis—who share a passion for historic buildings and architecture—have owned several homes here since 1994, purchasing this 1921 Craftsman bungalow in 2012. Sitting on a nearly one-half-acre lot, the home is recognized as a Houston Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Laura's colorful paintings are hung throughout the home, which also features four porches, a pass- through utilizing reclaimed shiplap from the home's original walls and a great room that doubles in size when a retractable wall is opened.

Florals: Art Attack/Merry Schooley
Table Design: Art Attack
Head Docent: Shirley Foreman

Nelson Home
1615 Columbia

This 1920s bungalow beautifully blends old and new. With entertaining in mind, the home was completely renovated in 2012 and expanded from 1,400 to its current 3,400 square feet. The wood-frame, pier-and-beam structure features front and back porches and terra cotta paint with off-white trim and gold accents. A front parlor and warm fireplace greet visitors to the home which boasts impressive built-ins, hardwood floors, a kitchen with oversized island, a downstairs master bedroom and a media room. The lushly landscaped backyard—where Kim and Jeff love to entertain— has a summer kitchen, pool and hot tub.

Florals: Heights Floral Shop
Table Design: Williams-Sonoma
Head Docents: Marianne & Kenny Terrell

McIngvale-Cegelski Home
713 East 13th

Built in 2014, this lovely two-story home embodies a trove of Craftsman charm, which includes exposed rafter tails, decorative gables, a porte-cochere, solid wood Craftsman-style doors and nine-light patterned windows. Reminiscent of period Heights architecture, the home has a full- width front porch and large covered back porch. The open living room and kitchen floor plan allows for large gatherings of friends and family. Elizabeth and Michael's classic, clean, chic decorative style showcases the beautiful woodwork, and each bathroom features a unique selection of tile.

Florals: A Memorable Event/Linda McIngvale
Table Design: A Memorable Event
Head Docents: Staci And Damian Ogier

Johnson Home
1011 Heights Boulevard

The only one of its type on Heights Boulevard constructed of brick, this Queen Anne Victorian— widely known as Webber House—was built in 1907 by brick mason, Samuel H. Webber, for his family. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. Its asymmetrical hipped roofline has a gable end bay and a tower (or turret). It served the community as a quaint bed-and- breakfast for many years before Colleen and Kurt made it their home. The house features a side porte-cochere, a front porch with Doric half-columns on brick piers, windows with one-over-one lights and a recessed entry way.

Florals: Darlene's Flowers And Gift Shop
Table Design: Bespoke By GJCD
Head Docents: Anne Rodgers And Anne Sauber

Tickets are available at Buchanan's Native Plants, 611 E. 11th St.; Jubilee, 325 W. 19th St; and Another Place in Time, 421 W. 11th St. Tickets may be purchased on the days of the tour for $25 at the Houston Heights Fire Station, 12th and Yale streets, and at all pre-sale ticket locations. No tickets will be sold at homes on the tour.

Luxury shuttle buses will transport tour visitors from the Fire Station to the homes. Bicyclists, who choose to ride their bikes from home to home, will find bicycle racks at each location and a "bicycle valet" to assist with parking and securing bikes.

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For information about volunteering during the tour, email

Home & Garden Tour Committee
Home & Garden Tour Chairs—Janet Buchheit and Denise Martin | Florals/Table Design Chairs—Gayle Klaybor and Stephanie Baldwin | Volunteer Coordinator—Laura Menefee | Director of Operations—Bill Davis | Collateral Designer—Barry Gremillion Studio | Collateral Director—Kelly Simmons | Home & Garden Bios—Susan Hammons | Shuttle Director—Buddy Welter | Pre-Tour Ticket Sales—Tom Buchheit | Fire Station Ticket Sales—Jeff Cox and Sam Garrido | Event Photographer—Cressandra Thibodeaux | Homeowners' Tour—Amanda & Rich Anhorn | Head Docents—Bill Baldwin, Shirley Foreman, Stasi and Damian Ogier, Anne Rodgers, Anne Sauber, Holly Simmons, Marianne and Kenny Terrell, Heather Thompson

Candlelight Dinner & Auction Friday | April 10 | 2015

Advance tickets required – seating is limited
Please refer to the ticket you will receive for a map to Silver Street Studios and of the home & garden tour from 5 to 7 p.m.

ATTIRE Cocktail or fashionably forties black and white

by Massoud Catering
GIN JOINT JAZZ cocktail courtesy of Heights Liquor on 11th
GUEST GIFTS by Eclectic Home
Casablanca kicks off the Houston Heights Association Spring Home and Garden Tour.

An exclusive tour of the homes from 5-7 p.m. will be followed by the dinner and auction, which will held from 7-11 p.m. at Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards St. in the Houston Arts District. Doors open 6:30 p.m. - 11 p.m. Prior to the dinner, guests can view and place bids on featured donations of contemporary art, as well as items for families and pets, and food, entertainment, getaways, health, beauty, home and garden items.

A live auction will follow dinner. A featured auction item will be "The Heights," a 40- by 60-inch acrylic on canvas by Taft McWhorter, who was named one of "Houston's Top 10 Painters" in 2014 by the Houston Press.

Tickets to the event are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Individual tickets are $150. Reserved tables are $1,500 for 10 people and $1,800 for 12. Tickets go on sale beginning March 3 on the website. Email for more information.

Live Auction: Spectacular Art & A Luxurious Getaway

"The Heights"
featured artwork by Taft McWhorter
40 x 60 acrylic on canvas

Taft employs a plethora of colors and mediums while trying not to limit himself to any single style or form. Through a com bination of variety, depth and the pursuit of experiential growth, each piece of art becomes unique in technique, style and emotion. One layer at a time, Taft allows each painting to simply "become." In 2014, Taft was named one of Houston's "Top 10 Painters" by Houston Press.

"Precision & Flow V"
by Chris Silkwood
22 x 72 glass mosaic and acrylic

Chris, one of the curators of the Heights Boulevard "True North" and "True South" Heights Boulevard public art exhibitions, blends her mosaic training and creative instincts into a style that is uniquely her own. Chris learned the art of mosaic while living in Australia and studying at ArtBusters, a renowned mosaic studio in Brisbane, and later studying at the famed Mosaic Art School in Ravenna, Italy. Her work is displayed in public and private collections around the country and has been featured in film and television.

"Forest Glow"
by Sharon Kopriva
35 x 50 oil on canvas

Sharon works in an imagist style, conveying her personal spiritual journey through sculptures, drawings, paintings, and installations. Sharon has shown in New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Lima, Berlin, Shanghai, Leipzig, and Mumbai. Her work is included in numerous private collections and in ten museum permanent holdings. She earned her MFA in painting at the University of Houston and was named Texas Artist of the year in 2001 by the Art League of Houston and the Texas State Visual Artist of the year in 2005-06 by the state legislature.

Indoor/Outdoor Steel Sculpture
by Mark "Scrapdaddy" Bradford

Mark creates whimsical and unusual kinetic sculptures from scrap metal found in scrap yards and recycling centers. Mark has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Art Car Museum, Barbara Colton Gallery, Beeville Art Museum, and most recently, the Art Museum of South Texas and Botanical Gardens and Nature Center in Corpus Christi. He has taken home the Judges Choice or 1st place at the Houston International Art Car Festival ten of the past twelve years. Mark was recently chosen to participate in the Heights Boulevard 2015 public art exhibition, "True South."

Luxurious Lake Travis Getaway
3-night stay for up to 10 couples

Enjoy a relaxing long weekend getaway with friends and family at this luxurious Lake Travis vacation home located in Lago Vista, just 35 miles northwest of Austin. This beautifully decorated lake home sleeps 10 couples comfortably with 10 guest rooms, each with a private bath. With two swimming pools, a bowling alley, and a movie theater, plus lovely views of sunsets and sunrises from the home's direct access to Lake Travis, you and your guests will spend time together relaxing in luxury and style. This getaway is available for a Thursday through Sunday weekend through May 30, 2016. The date will be scheduled with the getaway purchaser and home owner. There are no pre-set blackout dates. Children are welcome.

The Supporting Cast
Dinner Chairs—Kit Davis and Bess Yeary | Silent Auction Chairs—Stacey Courville, Joan Kerr and Carol Welter | Home & Garden Tour Chairs—Janet Buchheit and Denise Martin | Emcee—Anne Culotta | Auctioneer—Chris Silkwood | Live Auction Committee—Janet Buchheit, Stacey Courville, Kit Davis, Denise Martin, Chris Silkwood, Kelly Simmons, Carol Welter and Bess Yeary | Silent Auction Committee—Geri Adler, June Barth, Donna Bennett, Melody Bohlmann, Katy Bomar Childs, Marylou Erbland, Debra Fleming, Colleen Fultz, Jessica Hughes, Kathy Kyrish, Laura Menefee, Elisabeth Netherton, Lucy Netherton, Katie Pearson, Annette Santamaria, Liz Conces Spencer, Suzanne Starley, Danae Stephenson, Jan Stephenson, Marianne Terrell, Marcy Trout | Guest List—Marcy Trout | Ad Sales—Kit Davis | Venue Set-up—Ellen and John Newcaster | Kickoff Party Chair—Sandy Steitz | Collateral Designer—Barry Gremillion Studio | Collateral Director—Kelly Simmons | HHA President—Mark Williamson | HHA VP Fundraising/Special Events—Janet Buchheit | HHA Business Manager—Lauriel Hindman