we bought a zoo

Not really. But, life is going to be just that for the next several months.

Larkin and I have decided to purchase and restore a c.1900 home in the historic Woodland Heights neighborhood, part of The Heights in Houston,Texas.

We will close on the property next week. This weekend, however, the house will serve as the setting to a fundraiser benefitting the re-opening of the Historic Houston Salvage Warehouse. Historic Houston is a resource for reclaimed historic building materials.

In the country’s fourth largest and “coolest”city, according to Forbe’s magazine, it is vital to preserve our historic places, while growing, building and modernizing. You could spend hours and hours on the internet, reading stats and graphs documenting all of the benefits of using salvaged and reclaimed materials.

To me, however, the benefits are simply fundamental. Reusing, reclaiming and recycling while “re-storing” is just common courtesy, no?  Helping out the planet, our Mother Earth, as she has taken care of us.

Let me be quite clear, though. We are not building a “green” house or going off the grid. Just sensible salvaging, wherever we can, while restoring the beauty and integrity of this vintage home, with a little Living Lola style, of course.

For those of you in the area, interested in seeing the “before” and helping out a great cause, I am including the details for this Sunday’s event.

I will be updating and posting pictures of our chaos, I mean, progress.

Lola in a hard hat. This should be stunning.

Please join Ashton Martini of Martha Turner Properties for a fundraiser benefitting Historic Houston at 2615 Beauchamp in Woodland Heights on Sunday, Sept. 23rd from 3-6 PM. Help “restore” and re-open Historic Houston’s Salvage Warehouse and tour this c. 1900 home in the early stages of its own restoration. Enjoy good food and wine and take this opportunity to make your donation to help re-open Historic Houston’s Salvage Warehouse as a resource for reclaimed historic building materials in Houston. Bring your friends and support this great organization! 

No TCM, No Cry

TCM Tuesday from Martha’s Vineyard, has been preempted, in order to do the 11 loads of freshman dorm laundry.

I have had 3 girls return home from freshman year. This is my first boy. Did I miss something? Is there a protocol?  Was I supposed to just burn all of this?! Wow.

As I’m finally going to bed, I realize that I have an answer to the age-old hypothetical question:

If you were stranded on an island, who would you want with you?

Easy. Lorena. My housekeeper back in Texas.

Back to classic movies soon.

Goodnight!

a kick start to easy spring decor

This post is for all of those people who say that they don’t have the time or don’t know how to decorate their homes. It doesn’t matter if you are single, married, kids, no kids…we all want to live and be supported in a beautiful space. The true beauty of your space is in the eye of the beholder. Your home, room, apartment, dorm, cell, whatever, should not only be a reflection of you, it should be an inviting, comfortable place to relax and recharge.

 

At the market, which sounds so much better than grocery store, I noticed this big bag of Granny Smith apples. Something about the color just seemed to say, “Lola, it’s time to get ready for Spring.” Just a little color. Just a little change.

 

The more I have fallen in love with decorating over the years, the more I have come to appreciate terms like “simple elegance”, “less is more” and “understated”. Make simplicity a habit.

 

I believe in filling your home with things you love. I love modern, antique, contemporary, vintage and industrial. I do not believe in having just one style. I also do not believe in “bed in a bag” or “one size fits all”.

When you put everything you love all together, you create your own personal style.

 

Honestly, I find all of my favorite home decor treasures at antique shops, vintage boutiques, thrift stores and tag sales.

Putting your own unique personal touches throughout your home is the key to creating an inviting, memorable, beautiful place for you and your family. They will appreciate every holiday or seasonal decoration that you adorn. Maybe not now, when you actually have your kids living with you. But, someday, when they are off at college or live in a different city, you will get a text that says: “send pics of your Halloween decor”. Trust me.

 

 

You do not have to spend a lot of money or time to make changes around your home. Using real fruit, flowers, greenery from your garden reinforces a flow of natural positive energy into your home.  In fact, you will feel a quick dramatic shift in the energy of your home if you bring nature inside. Feng Shui is some pretty powerful stuff.

 

 

 

After I picked up the bag of apples, I noticed that they were throwing away the “day old” flowers.  Floral design is another one of my passions. I made a run for it and sifted through the sad, wilted petals. “Not on my watch”,  I thought to myself. “No petal left behind!” I wrapped them up, cut their stems, soaked them in an aspirin ice bath and Voila!

 

So, this week, when you hit the market, grab a bag of apples, oranges, lemons, flowers whatever. Go through your home and pull out your favorite platters, crystal dishes, baskets, vases, anything you love. If you don’t love it, why is it in your house? Start a thrift store donation pile, you know, for people like me.

Arrange your fruit on platters, small groups of flowers in your favorite vases, maybe even use an heirloom dish that is tucked away for a special occasion. Take it out and use it. Make today a special occasion.  Place the items on a coffee table, the centerpiece of your dining room or just all around your home.

Now, step back and admire your work; the first breath of Spring you just added to your home.

Yeah, yeah, I know. When you’re kids get off the bus, they’ll think you creatively displayed their afternoon snacks. But, it was pretty for a moment.

See? You can decorate.