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Houston Heights Association 2014 Spring Home & Garden Tour
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The Art of Colorful Living

> Home & Garden Tour | Candlelight Dinner & Auction

Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6, 2014, Noon to 6 p.m.

The Executive Chairs of the 2014 Houston Heights Association Spring Home & Garden Tour would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their generous contributions and donations to The Art of Colorful Living. We apologize for any names that were inadvertently missed.

Advanced Ticket Sales – Tom Buchheit
Auction Committee – Geri Alder, June Barth, Melody Bohimann, Janet Buchheit, Kit Davis, Sherry Dickey, Joan Kerr, Sue Korthauer, Carol Luecke, Denise Martin, Julie & Byron Pettit, Liz Conces Spencer, Jan Stephenson, Marcy Trout, Carol Welter, Bess Yeary
Kick-Off Party – Anne Culotta, Chris Silkwood, Kelly Simmons
Banners – John Baldwin Bicycles – Mary Beth Reuter, Shana Ross
Candlelight Dinner Program Design – Michael Baldwin
Collateral Design & Website – Richard McCarley
Committee Communications – Janet Buchheit
Fire Station Ticket Sales – Jeff Cox
Guest List/Check-in Coordinator – Denise Martin
Home Tour Flowers – Brenda Eskelson, Dee Melancon
Homeowner Photobooks – Denise Martin
Marketing – Julie Pettit
Poster Distribution – Kit Davis
Publicity – Susan Love Fitts
Shuttle Buses – Sherre Gilbert
Tour Operations – Mitzi and Mike Micholas
Venue Décor – Debra Fleming, Phillip Hannel, Carol Welter

Featured Artist – John Pavlicek
Floral Designs – Jana's Flowers, Heights Florist, Darlene's Flower & Gift Shop, The Empty Vase
Candlelight Dinner Guest Gifts – Eclectic Home
Specialty Cocktail, the "Spring Fling" – Heights Liquor on 11th
Beverages – Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Ticket Sales – Another Place in Time, Buchanan's Native Plants, Jubilee
Kick-Off Party Host – Heights General Store
Home Tour Water Donation – Shana Ross Fitness
Program Layout – The Heights Pages
Kick-Off Party Guest Gifts – Buchanan's Native Plants
Venue Decor Construction – Lucas Craftsmanship Inc.

Live Auction Contributors
June & Steve Barth • Rita & Jerred Blanchard • Anne & Ken Culotta • Susan & Chris Dray • Marylou Erbland & Robert Woods • Linda & Simon Eyles • Noelle & Eric Reed • Andrea Sharp • Chris Silkwood & Gary Milnarich • Kelly Simmons & Keith Crane • Addie Ann Spicer & Brian Tamplen • Christine & Jan Spin • Danae Stephenson & Martin Pike • Carol & Buddy Welter • Bess & Mike Yeary

Silent Auction Contributors
14 Pews/Cressandra Thibodeaux • 18 Hands Gallery • Absolute Pilates • Ace Mart Restaurant Supply • Addie Ann Spicer & Brian Tamplen • Andrea Sharp & Rob Hellyer • Anne Reese Hernandez • Anne & Ken Culotta • Another Place in Time • Archway Gallery • Arne's • Arturo Rodriquez • April Murphy • Amanda & Rich Anhorn • Armando's • Bart Truxillo • Bath Junkie River Oaks • Becks Prime Restaurant • Bespoke by GJCD • Bess & Mike Yeary • Betsy Evans • Bill Baldwin & Joe Gonzalez • Bill Pellerin • Bliss on 19th • Buchanan's Native Plants • Bungalow Fitness • CARisma Wash • Carol McKee • Carol & Buddy Welter • Cat Veterinary Clinic • Cathy Coon • Chasity Porter • Cheryl & Dave Luecke • Chris Silkwood • Christine & Jan Spin • Constable Alan Rosen • Corinne Smith • Corner Bakery Cafe • Cotton Club Collection • David, Etc. • Dawn Arcieri • Dawnia & Darryl Willis • Debbie & Ken Keeling • Denise Martin • DePetra – Art in Jewelry • Drew Platt • Diane Easley • Donna & Jim Bennett • Donna Buchanan & Dan Hogan • Edmundo Alvarez • Ellen & John Newcaster • Friends of the Heights • Gene Hester/Genesis Art Glass • Geri Adler • Grogan Building Supply • Guadalajara De Centro • Haven • Heights Cigar Lounge • Heights Garden Club • Heights of Health • Heights Veterinary Clinic • International Trucks of Houston • Isabelle Scurry Chapman • J. Harding & Co. • Janet & Tom Buchheit • Joan Bohn • Joan Kerr • John Henry Childs • John Palmer • John Slaby • Joshua's Native Plants • Jubilee • Julie & Byron Pettit • June & Steve Barth • Kathy & Duane Kyrish • Kelly Simmons & Keith Crane • Ken Newberry • Kit & Bill Davis • Kroger's on 11th Street • Laura Lopez • Laura Menefee • Leann Mueller • Linda & Simon Eyles • Lindsey Lee • Liz Conces Spencer • Lori Betz/Betz Art Gallery • Luke Autrey • M Penner • Maggie's Meltdown Jewelry Works • Marcy Trout • Marilyn Swanson • Mark Williamson • Mark's American Cuisine • MaryLou Erbland & Robert Woods • Massoud Catering • Matt Bedingfield • Michael Klaybor • Molly's Mutt House • Myra Pedroza • Nice Winery • Nia Moves • Northgate Country Club • One 4 the Wall Creations • Opera in the Heights • Pam August • Patrick Palmer • Pen Morrison • Penzys Spices • Polka Dot Dogs • Premium Draught • Rainbow Lodge • Redbud Gallery • Rouse House Concert Series • Sands Stiefer • Sandy & Dave Steitz • Sandra York • Scott Rozzell • Shade • Sheraton Houston Brookhollow Hotel • Shine in the Heights • Skin Day Spa • Stacey & Mark Courville • Studio Fitness in the Heights • Sorrento's Ristorante • Susan Venus/Venus Hair • Taft McWhorther • Texas Center for Dental Excellence • The Corkscrew • The Glass Wall • The Heights Pages • The Vietnam Restaurant • Tommie Vaughn Ford • Tracye Wear • Upstage Theater in the Heights • Valerie Cook Designs Inc. • Walden Country Club • Wanda & Mark Cohen • White Salon • Yu Cha Pak

Executive Chairs
Home & Garden Tour – Sandy Steitz
Candlelight Dinner – Donna Bennett, Stacey Courville
Silent Auction – Julie Pettit
Live Auction – Linda Eyles, Danae Stephenson

The event kicks off with its 20th annual Candlelight Dinner and Auction on Friday, April 4. The weekend-long event continues on Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6, showcasing a variety of traditional and contemporary homes.

The Homes
Six Houston Heights’ homes will go on tour displaying a diverse mix of architectural styles and inviting gardens. The 2014 homes are::

401 W. 9th Street
Homeowners, Dr. James Flowers and Michael Beard
Head docents, Laura Menefee, Nancy Flesch

This red brick building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1928, as a neighborhood grocery store. When the current homeowners bought the property in 2013, James and Michael say they were attracted to the openness of the space, which is very loft-like with its exposed rafters and concrete floors. They immediately incorporated their style into the interior, which they refer to as "vintage modern," with a color scheme of white and subtle tones of oaky moss green.
Florist: Homeowners

409 W. 8th Street
Homeowners, Merry and Palmer Schooley
Head docent, Jan Clark

The homeowners of this unique home proudly describe themselves as modernist at heart. Homeowner and architect Palmer said his philosophy about the redesign of his family's 1980-ish home was to make it modern yet respectful of the neighborhood. So he and his wife Merry, a special event planner, created an "energy-independent" home that combines original materials with great updates. A solar porch at the entry makes the home high performance. There is also a big back garden porch that adds to the sustainability of the property.
Florist: Homeowners

718 E. 9th Street
Homeowners, Blair and Jeff Ainsworth
Head docents, Mary Ellis, Laura Thorp

The homeowners were drawn to the charm, centralized location and sense of community of the Houston Heights neighborhood when they moved here. After they purchased the house in 2012, they embarked on an eight-month renovation that embraces the bungalow style with their addition while creating a more open interior to fit their family needs, which includes their young daughter. The homeowners were heavily involved in the design work, including all finishes and colors. The interior includes vibrant pops of color seen in their mid-century furniture, artwork, textiles and accessories.
Florist: Jana's Flowers

1005 Oxford
Homeowner, Bobbie Knox Echard
Head docents, Bob Burleson, Rene Ibarra

The homeowner describes her home as a vernacular cottage built in 1896, by German working-class immigrants. The home was in disrepair when purchased by the current homeowner. After renovations, Bobbie describes the interiors of the home as clean and modern, with a mid-century influence. Among other awards, this home received a community improvement award for residential restoration from the Houston Heights Association in 2012. The homeowner says the best features of the home are that there's no wasted space and there's plenty of space to display art.
Florist: Heights Florist

1448 Heights Blvd.
Homeowners, Susan and Jeffrey Bell
Head docents, Kathleen and Mark Williamson, Martha Peet

Many people refer to this home at the corner of Heights Boulevard and 15th Street as "the house with the blue gate." Built in 1912 for Herman T. Keller, the two-story with its fabulous wrap-around porch and magnificent trees was updated in 1993 and again in 1998, when an addition on the rear of the home doubled its size. Bought by the Bells in 2011, the home features traditional furnishings. This lovely home is listed on the National Register of Historic Homes.
Florist: Darlene's Flower & Gift Shop

1648 Columbia
Homeowners, Douglas Killinger and Robert Lyke
Head docents, Terre Coffman, Tom Villanueva

The current homeowners bought the empty lot in August of 2010 and spent the next year working on plans for a custom home that would fit into the historic neighborhood and meet their preferences for a low-maintenance modern aesthetic. The result is a stunning home that embraces the Arts and Crafts style with subtle modern nuances in the materials and irregular patterns. The modern interior of the three-bedroom, four-bath home features an open layout, 12-foot ceilings and collections of artifacts from various travels.
Florist: The Empty Vase

Accommodations will be made for tour-goers who choose to ride their bicycles from house to house. (Note: Bicycle riders must first purchase a ticket at the Fire Station. Tickets will not be available at the individual homes.) Bicycle racks will be available at each home, and a "bicycle valet” will be on hand to assist with parking and securing bikes while the home is being toured.

Candlelight Dinner & Auction
That's a Wrap!
It always happens about this time of year. The chair(s) of the Spring Home & Garden Tour have just about forgotten the last minute scrambles that took place to ensure that all the final details concerning the weekend's events were taken into consideration. By now, the five ladies who formed the 2014 executive committee Spring Home & Garden Tour are all smiles and thinking about the new neighborhood friends they made while planning and executing "The Art of Colorful Living."

Sandy Steitz, who chaired the home and garden tour, can now laugh when she thinks about the street closure and rain that threatened to keep people away. Instead she remembers the homeowners who graciously opened their front doors for the tour. She remembers the head docents who quieted the homeowners' last minute jitters. She remembers the smell of all the beautiful floral arrangements that filled the homes. How can she forget the businesses that sold tickets before and during the tour or the folks who made sure all the signs were in place, the buses where running on time, and the bicycle racks were in place?

Julie Pettit, chair of the silent auction, Linda Eyles and Danae Stephenson, co-chairs of the live auction, and Donna Bennett and Stacey Courville, co-chairs of the Friday night dinner, also have reasons to celebrate. More than 425 guests enjoyed the garden themed event – complete with living statues.

Attendees to the gala entered by passing through two front porches, browsed the silent auction surrounded by green hedge walls, sipped on colorful Spring Fling cocktails, dined on the delicious dinner prepared by Massoud Catering, and enjoyed the excitement of iive auction bidding!

You can relive the evening, see if your picture was snapped, and download photos for free by going to:

  • Click on: PROOFS
  • Click on: Commercial Proofs
  • Click on: Houston Heights Association

Photos will be online through May 31, 2014.

For a list of people and businesses that the chairs of the 2014 Soring Home & Garden Tour wish to thank, please see above.

The only person not smiling at this point might be Janet Buchheit, Vice President of Fundraising for the HHA, who has the job of replacing the 2014 "mix of six" executive chairs (Danae, Donna, Janet, Julie, Linda and Stacey) with people to start the planning process for the 2015 event.

On Friday, April 4, guests will be offered an exclusive tour of the homes from 5 to 7 p.m. before they are opened to the public, followed by the highly anticipated Candlelight Dinner and Auction from 7 to 11 p.m. at Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards St. in the Houston Arts District.

Massoud Catering will prepare appetizers and dinner. Guests can browse and bid on silent auction items throughout the evening. The silent auction will feature items from A-Z, including donations of contemporary artwork, as well as items for families and pets, food, entertainment, getaways, health, beauty, home, garden and more.

Also part of the evening, a live auction will contain truly special items, including the original artwork that was created by Height’s resident and famed Houston artist John Pavlicek specifically for the 2014 Spring Home & Garden Tour.

For more event information or to volunteer
Call the Houston Heights Association at 713.861.4002, or e-mail

Media Contacts
For high-resolution photos of all the homes on the tour, please contact Susan Love Fitts at 936.597.8825 or

Susan Love Fitts
Susan Love Fitts Communications

Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed to serve as docents on the home and garden tour. Shifts from noon-3 p.m. and 3-6 p.m. are available on both Saturday and Sunday. This is a really fun way to meet your Houston Heights neighbors, as well as people who travel from throughout the city and beyond to tour the homes and stroll through the gardens. To volunteer, go to

Volunteers are also needed on the auction committee. The next meeting of this fun and important committee is February 5, 2014, beginning 6:30 p.m. at the Fire Station. To get involved, simply show up for the meeting or email

Stay tuned
More information about the 2014 Spring Home & Garden Tour will be available on this website, on the association’s Facebook page, through e-blasts, and in upcoming newsletters.