French-inspired tile in the laundry? How innovative!

During our weekly Greenwood King Tuesday tour we saw this beautiful home on Legend Lane and what caught my eye especially was this amazing tile in the laundry room.  It is beautiful, clean, and durable ceramic tile.  It reminds me of reclaimed vintage tile from Chateau Dominique yet is affordable and timeless because it is ceramic.

Here’s where you can find this beautiful tile:

Fixer Upper – Memorial Style – Dining Room to Study

Your home is just that….YOURS. Every homeowner has different needs and this family, like many today, didn’t need a formal dining room. Instead this space is now the super convenient study and homework area adjacent to the kitchen. For future resale there is a formal living room which could be the dining room. Generally entertaining style has become much less formal and formal dining rooms are not as important as they used to be to many families. I really appreciate Lillian Lehman who puts her clients first….what are their lifestyle needs? She was so helpful to my client in designing their remodel to suit their lifestyle.

Fixer Upper – Memorial Style – Kitchen

My clients bought this home and engaged Lehman Construction to remodel it for them. Bob Lehman is a builder and his wife Lillian Lehman, is a designer. Together they are a great team who transformed this original owner home into a happy home designed for today’s active family.
Notice how the window was enlarged and relocated to provide more light streaming into these rooms. New appliances nestled into cabinets that close beautifully. Sleek, functional and stylish. The peninsula is the cozy family gathering spot….simply brilliant!

Ethans Glen charmer

87 Litchfield
The new Memorial Green development under construction on Memorial will only enhance this lovely townhome community. Soon Ethans Glen will be the “affordable” neighbor to $1-2million dollar homes with many of the same benefits….walkability to Fresh Market and Starbucks, plenty of PARKING, and great location. Check out the fabulous updates in this lovely townhome.

Do you see what I see?……an elevator solution!


310 Longwoods

In the past few months I have seen two homes where the owners added an exterior elevator shaft. In both cases they were nicely bricked on the outside and if you weren’t looking for it you would never know there was an addition. It is a great solution to extend the years you can enjoy your home when the master bedroom is upstairs. Other options are adding a chair lift in the stair well. Look close, do you see what I see? Yes, I’m humming Christmas carols too….”a star, a star…dancing in the night, with a tail as big as a kite” ! This GK listing at 310 Longwoods had multiple offers last week…click on the photo for details.

How much can I spend on remodeling and not loose money on resale?

13726 Queensbury in Wilchester West, was listed at $850,000 or $239psf and went under contract in 6 days.

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I recently answered this question for clients in two neighborhoods: Wilchester/Wilchester West north and south of Memorial. These neighborhoods have lovely homes with good floorplans that lend themselves to remodeling. New construction nearby is just under $1,000,000 and above and often in the $250-$260psf range.  With homes in short supply families find themselves looking at purchasing a home in original condition and spending several hundred thousand in remodeling. The numbers can seem staggering at first but you have to look at what beautifully remodeled homes in the neighborhood are selling for.

Also these neighborhoods have been very much in demand and will most likely continue to experience rising prices.  So I looked at what homes south of Memorial were selling for:  several had sold around $850,000 with varying amounts of remodeling.  For the homes north of Memorial the top dollar sales were around $800,000.  It’s a viable option for families who want to live in these wonderful neighborhoods.

Solution for a small master closet….the DRESSING ROOM!

What does the creative woman do when she needs more closet space?  Here is a great solution when you have an extra bedroom.  These hanging clothes closets from Container Store ($49) line one wall and the opposite wall is mirrored….perfect for trying on and sizing up the look!  Other ideas I have seen are adding a vanity dressing table and stool and clear plastic shelving for shoes.

Accordian walls open to outdoor living areas

I was recently at a friend’s for a ladies coffee and she had her family room OPEN to her outdoor living area. It was spectacular! Above is the view from her living room and below is the view from her outdoor living area.  The glass doors fold back much like an accordian and the wall is OPEN. The outdoor living area has a high ceiling matching the inside living room which accentuates an “open to the outdoors” feeling. When the doors are opened and folded back the effect is truly amazing….and you can look directly out to the pool (sorry I didn’t show you that).

She said they used a wall system similar to the Nana wall.  Funny how once you become aware of something new, you see it over and over again.  I noticed the use of a wall in a similar space in an article about remodeling on the  Greater Houston Builder’s Association website: .  I would love to have one at my home!