Monday, March 29, 2010

Adkins Architectural Antiques

Have you ever been sitting in your house, looking around and thought, "something is wrong"? Sometimes you know what it is, sometimes you can't put your finger on it, but there is just something wrong. Typically when this happens to me I know I am not feeling the whole look/feel of my digs. So many times a simple change of drawer pulls can completely change the mood of your home. Much like the time I finally decided to pluck my eyebrows and realized I looked like a different person. One small change can have a HUGE impact.

This is why I love Adkins Architectural Antiques. This place is a renovator's dream. Even if you aren't all creative or like those holier than thou do it yourselfer's on HGTV, you can still make some massive changes to your home with a simple urn, new faucet, or weathervane. FYI - the "do it yourself" people on HGTV make me want to poke my eye out. I can't even color in the lines on my nephews coloring books, how in the heck could I rebuild a cabinet?

Granted, most of the stuff on the website is super-pricey. But, if you are looking for special touches for your home, or working with a decorator, be sure to check the website out. Look at all the cool things they have:

Agean Mantle:



Single Arched Door:



Claw Foot Bathtub:


Gooseneck Leg Bathtub Faucet:

Clear Cabinet Pull with Polished Brass Ferrule:


Keep in mind, these are all pics that I have taken from the website. If you actually go to the facility, you will find tons of great priced unique antique trinkets that you can use to spruce up your home, or that great gift you've been dying to find for your BFF.

Inside the store:





Outside the store:


Go to Adkins Architectural Antiques on a beautiful day and peruse all the awesomeness. You'll thank me later. Buy me something. Kthanks.

***all pictures in this post taken directly from the Adkins Architectural Antiques website***

Located at:
3515 Fannin Street
Houston TX, 77004

Mon-Sat: 9:30am-5:30pm
Sun-Noon-5pm

(713) 522-6547
(800) 522-6547 (toll free)

Monday, March 22, 2010

John Palmer Art

I can't believe it has taken me so long to write about my favorite artist in the whole wide world. One of the great benefits of living in Houston is that we are so culturally diversified and get to experience a plethora of different sights, smells, tastes and sounds that we likely take for granted. We have a huge, world-renown Medical Center right at our fingertips and one of the best artists in the world living right here in our little (ok, big) city.

John Palmer is an artist. That is about the best way to describe him. In fact, it is the only way to describe him. He eats, breathes and speaks art. I remember the first piece of work I saw that he had done was a simple lantern hand painted by him eons ago. Someone had purchased it and had it on display in their home. MY GOD. I could not stop staring at that lantern. It was so gorgeously painted, not slapped together by a do-it-yourself kit. The strokes of the paint were purposeful, yet almost without regard, the color palette was intriguing and the overall end product looked like a labor, albeit a small piece, of love.

Then, I met him in person. His art is a walking version of himself as a man. Loving, caring, living with a purpose, yet in some ways with no regard to the typical restraints we put upon ourselves as humans. He is a free spirit with an enviable talent and passion for abstract art. Visit his showroom once, and you will forever be a client.

John Palmer has also self-published many books, one of which is my favorite, The Art of Meaningful Life, which was a collaboration between John and Houston Psychotherapist, Christopher Brown. He has another self-published, self-titled book, John Palmer, which will be released in 2010. These books are impressive to showcase in your home. Especially if you are just now learning of John. His works are quite pricey, but understandably so. Each one of them is a little piece of heaven.

Here are a few of his pieces (taken directly from his website: John Palmer Art):

From the "Oxford Series"



From the "Texas Series"



From the "Carnivale Series"



From the "Barcelona Series"



From the "Floral Series"



All so gorgeous, aren't they? And the last from the floral series reminds me of a budding artist I wrote about not too long ago......



(My niece, of course!!)

If you have some time and are in the Heights area, set up an appointment to view the gallery of works at John's showroom. It is worth it. If I could, I'd cough up every penny I have for a piece of his work. It will be worth double it's price today in just a few years (my personal opinion).

John Palmer Art
713-861-6726
Gallery by appointment only:
1218 Heights Blvd.
Houston, TX 77008

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