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An outdated ’90s townhouse is given a colorful modern makeover, creating a space for art and chic accents — not to mention the husband!

Julie Soefer

"My husband’s clothes were on rolling racks!” exclaims Jan Bartholomew of hubby Dave Wood, who took up residence in his then brand-new wife’s Tanglewood home after they were married a few years ago. “There is no space for the man when he moves in after a woman has lived there for a few years.” The 50-something couple, who both work in finance, knew they’d need to renovate or relocate, to make the shared space work for both of them. They spent nearly two years searching for a new place, but nothing on the market appealed to them. They decided to bite the bullet and remodel their existing home.

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Animal House

When the time came for another young couple to discuss a vibrant and whimsical remodel, one savvy designer was all ears.

Julie Soefer
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Bea and Ford Allen, like so many Houstonians, spent years trying to find their dream home in the city. “And when you do find something good, eight people show up and it’s gone,” says Bea.  “I just wanted land and to be free! But not live in the ’burbs.” She and Ford found plenty of great homes built on small lots, and plenty of run-down houses on larger plots of land. “I wasn’t crazy about this house when we found it. But I saw the backyard and that was it. There are four huge mature trees, and they provide the perfect umbrella over the yard.”

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Oxford Calling

In a posh Tanglewood bachelor pad, a developer channels college glory days with party savvy and good “Ole” Southern style.

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Blake Tartt III is always smiling. And why shouldn’t he be? “I’ve never had a bad day in my life,” declares the fourth-generation Houstonian and reputed host with the most. The exuberant Tartt, 55, is as well known for being a visionary commercial real estate developer and the president and CEO of New Regional Planning as he is for throwing a great party.

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