I Want To Work Here

The chairman’s office features panoramic windows overlooking beautiful live oaks on a residential street

How gorgeous and glamorous are the offices for Randall Davis? Randall Davis is a real estate development company specializing in upscale condominiums in Houston. By the looks of it, this company understands the importance image plays in real estate, as well as in most other industries. The mood of the space as a whole is kind of dark and moody, yet fun and very stylish. The Hollywood look is alluring and intriguing. It makes me want to know more about the company and most likely makes prospective clients want in on a piece of the lifestyle they are selling. Me? I want the adorable office in the last picture.

Another look at the chairman’s office

Board room
Hallway looking into an office

Stylish, feminine office fit for a show like The Hills or a movie like The Devil Wears Prada

Images via Laura U

A Stroll through Tanglewood

I thought this house was just gorgeous. It’s a shame that I didn’t get a shot of the whole thing. It’s a newer construction but it has details that make it look like a Spanish Mediterranean from the 1920’s. I can’t get over the carved front door and the beautiful moulding surrounding it.
As many of you already know, I have a very strong affinity for houses and am lucky to have a husband who doesn’t mind driving around some of Houston’s most beautiful and exclusive neighborhoods while we ogle the houses and daydream about what we hope to have some day. Last Sunday, we chose to drive through Tanglewood, an exclusive neighborhood just west of the 610 loop near the Galleria. Like most of Houston’s older neighborhoods, Tanglewood has experienced a lot of new construction and as a result, features homes in many different styles.

This is what a typical home original to the neighborhood looks like.

A lot of the traditional brick homes currently being built in Houston’s high-end neighborhoods use imported European brick (some might use a faux version, I’m not sure). It looks weathered and almost limed and is quite lovely in person.

I just had to get a shot of this behemoth. The massive house is surrounded by an equally enormous privacy wall, which was probably meant to keep snoops like me from photographing their home. Despite the wall and yellow paint, it is a tastefully done Mediterranean unlike the house across the street from it. How about that incredible canopy of oak trees?

This 6,900 square foot home is currently on the market for $4.8 million. The front looks dirty, but I believe that was done on purpose in order to make it appear older. I suppose the owner thought it added charm. It looks kind of creepy at night.
The lines of this house remind me of a California Craftsman, but they added a tile roof which is a different choice for this type of home.

This is a new construction by Black Diamond.

I love this house! I love the creamy stucco and the contrast of the blue shutters. I also really like the symmetry of the front door and windows on the first floor. They did a lovely job with the landscaping.

Interesting elevation, nice landscaping

We thought this house was cool. It looks like a traditional house that was altered to look more contemporary. We’re assuming the owners are art collectors, as several sculptures were visible from the street.

Another French inspired stucco house. This seems to be the new trend in new construction in the high-end market. I really like this style.

A more traditional house, which showcases symmetry throughout it’s elevation. I love the doors along the front porch.

Tanglewood is filled with many tastefully done Mediterranean houses which are a rarity in Houston. I love the detailed moulding surrounding the windows in the foreground.

Sad News: Oak Trees in Houston’s Upper Kirby District are chopped down

My favorite trees in the city (North Blvd. in the Museum District) Fortunately, these were not torn down.

I think I’ve made my love of oak trees pretty clear through some of my previous posts. They are so majestic and beautiful. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing and do they add character, they are important for the environment. You can imagine my sadness and disappointment when I read this morning’s news.

Image via Flickr member J-A-X

Urban Beauty

This past week, I took a course at Rice University and was able to drive through my favorite area in Houston on a daily basis. Two of my favorite neighborhoods, Southampton and Boulevard Oaks are located here. To most people, these neighborhoods are seemingly one in the same, as they don’t have huge stone signs flanked by waterfalls at their entrances like the neighborhoods in my two syllable suburb do.

I am completely enamored by the fairy tale streets lined with majestic Live Oak trees. I love the image of stately homes from the 1920’s – 1940’s cohabitating peacefully with modern mansions. This jewel box of an area is a true oasis. Peaceful, beautiful, and dignified, yet urban in every sense of the word. Its residents post signs saying things like “War is not the answer” or “Poets for Peace” in their lawns. To me, it seems as though every house has its own story. If the walls could really talk, I would sit and listen intently for hours.

The Live Oaks, which I mentioned earlier, are what makes the area so special. Their canopies shade the streets from the blistering Houston heat. They add a sense of romanticism as their branches contort gracefully down the esplanades on North and South Boulevards and throughout the rest of Boulevard Oaks. A writer from The New York Times once wrote:

“To stand at the foot of South Boulevard in Houston is to look down what
is perhaps the most magnificent residential street in America. Staged rows
of soaring live oaks form the vaulted arches of a great Gothic cathedral over
a grassy esplanade, lined with imposing yet graceful mansions from the 1920s by
such eminent architects of their day as John F. Staub and Birdsall P.Briscoe.”

Yesterday, Fabian and I spent a couple of hours strolling the the area and took a few photographs.