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.

Houston Real Estate: Katie Stassi’s Fabulous Home

I like to visit the website for the Houston Area Association of Realtors on a regular basis. I love real estate and houses, so checking the new listings has been a regular habit of mine for quite some time. Yesterday, I came across designer Katie Stassi’s fabulous Houston home. It just came on the market for It has been featured in both Domino and Paper City. Katie was recently named one of Domino’s Top 10 Designers.

The house, which was originally built in 1960, was taken down to the studs and completely remodeled between 2006 and 2007. The result is decidedly fresh, feminine, modern and traditional all at once. It looks like it should belong in the Hollywood Hills. Upgrades include bleached parquet floors, Carrara marble, and Viking appliances. The one story house is nearly 4,000 square feet in size and is within close proximity to Houston’s best shopping and restaurants.
If you’re interested, you can see the MLS listing here.

Fantastic kitchen (I think I would need more cabinets, though.)
Another view of the kitchen

Breakfast Area

Sitting Area right off of the kitchen

Living Room

Gorgeous Master Bedroom
(Is that a real zebra skin rug? I think I’d like a faux one better. This one makes me sad.)

Master Bathroom

Office complete with seagrass carpet

Lovely playroom

Beautiful little girl’s room. It reminds me of Apple’s room in Gwyneth Paltrow’s Hamptons House.
Another Secondary Bedroom

Saline pool and très L.A. awning

These images are from the MLS listing. It’s interesting to see how different it is styled when compared to the images from Katie’s website.