our own Granville place

“Old Granville place”- It’s a Wonderful Life

George: You see, you make a wish and then try and break some glass. And you got to be a pretty good shot nowadays, too.
Mary: Oh, no, George, don’t. It’s full of romance, that old place. I’d like to live in it.
George: In that place?!
Mary: Uh-huh.
George: I wouldn’t live in it as a ghost. 

Day One

 

Okay, so it’s not quite the “old Granville place” but, there is a broken window upstairs. Besides, Lark and I have always loved “It’s a Wonderful Life.”  FunFact: We actually have a picture of “George and Mary” in our house. 

Pressing on.

Day one was a successful romp through the plans and procedures of what is to come. Trying to decide what walls stay, which walls go. Can we add a bath here? Is a clawfoot tub really practical? Should Juliet get her own room? These are the questions.

The first floor, not so bad. It looks harmless. Nice floors. Pull up the carpet. Reconfigure the space.

Sand, paint and, oh, yeah…add a kitchen! Enter Tom Hanks and Shelley Long.

 Yep. This is the current kitchen. You can tell by the paper towels and wine.

The second floor has plenty of room for creative control. From the bank of windows, I can see Russia! Sorry. But, we do have a fabulous view of the downtown Houston skyline. Probably going to need a good tree trimming service, though.

Our Master suite is sounding pretty sweet. My one big add-on today:  coffee bar upstairs. As we get older, navigating the stairs in the morning, on the hunt for precious caffeine is getting quite dangerous. Better to be safe.

Ellie, our architectural designer; Scott, our contractor and Jack, our lender with Larkin. Lots of discussion on “what will be” and when the first party will be.

The ivy drapes will not be. Already in the dumpster. I don’t do vintage drapes. Something about the dust…and smell. But, there are little treasures here and there. Fixtures, old glass, gorgeous doors. Restoring an old house is something I have always wanted to do.

It is going to be a lot of work, but I am so excited that I can hardly stand myself.

I am telling you, this house has the potential to be “Before and After” porn.

But, we’ll keep it more “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Spring Fling in The Heights

You’re invited to Shop Heights 19th Street for our annual Spring Fling! Join us for an afternoon of Family Fun and an evening of Relaxation and Live Music. Shop all your favorite stores on 19th Street and enjoy complimentary refreshments and fun activities for the whole family. Relax as the sun starts to set with live music and more. This is a free event and all are welcome. Come help us celebrate SPRING!

We all live in communities that we can support. The small businesses in our neighborhoods, our towns, our cities all need our help to thrive and grow. Do you shop local? Eat local? Spend local?

“One of the greatest things an individual can do to support his or her local community is to patronize its locally owned businesses. Compared to their national competitors, local independent businesses recycle more money back into the local economy and give greater support to a community’s nonprofit and civic needs.” – BALLE (Business Alliance for Living Local Economies)

Mother Nature Network-The Benefits of Buying Local

I love living in The Heights in Houston, Texas. There is a true sense of community that we all share along with a unique pride that Heights residents celebrate, and celebrate well.

We enjoy the best restaurants, live music, art, antiques, clothing, home decor, hardware, nurseries, yoga, Pilates, opera…even, burlesque classes to which, I’m dying to drag my sister. (C’mon, Jen!)

In our timeless tract of the 4th largest city in the nation, we are charmingly hip. Urban and small town. Historic and modern.

A great place for Living Lola.

A great place to come shop, sip and stroll.