Friday, October 31, 2008

The Urban Market – Sunday, November 2!!



What has become an antique shopping tradition in Houston  -  The Urban Market – is scheduled to be held this Sunday, November 2, 2008.   Doors will open at 9am until 5 pm.  For early birds – the parking area, only, will open at 8:15 am.  The location is new this year.




Be sure to make note of the new address for The Urban Market:

The Knights of Columbus Hall & Fields  -  in the Heights.

607 E. Witney Drive  -

Directions:    I-45 North, Exit Airline, Left on Airline, Right on Whitney




Recently, Jackie Sharbrough purchased The Urban Market and this Sunday will be her first market day as the new owner!   Good luck Jackie, it’s going to be great, as usual.   The only thing that has changed under Jackie’s direction is the location.  Jackie has worked hard to get all the same dealers and even some new ones for the market.  There are always lots of bargains to be had, so be sure to get there early.  Jackie also wants to remind everyone that Saturday night is when we change our clocks back from Daylight Savings Time, so don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed!!!   Jackie also wants everyone to know that the Knights of Columbus will be serving BBQ Sunday.  Tickets are $5 at the gate and $3 after 1:oo pm.  Children are free.  My favorite delivery company, Crowded House, will be on site!






The list of antique dealers confirmed to be at the Urban Market this Sunday is long and Cote de Texas readers will recognize a few names that will be selling their wares:    Sally Wheat, The Fabulous Flea, Vieux Interiors,  Carolyn Westbrook Home, and Found For The Home are just some of the dealers that should sound familiar.  For the entire list of dealers and more information, go to





The weather is supposed to be wonderful this weekend – s0 if you love antiques you should definitely stop by and check it out!  And be sure to
“HI” to Jackie, Sally Wheat, The Fab Flea and Vieux Interiors for me!!!




All photos are from past Urban Markets.   The map to Knights of Columbus – Heights:



Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Modern Kitchens

The red and yellow walls make this contemporary kitchen a warm and welcoming room. A window on one side and an arched entryway on the other make this galley kitchen feel wider than it is.

Open shelving for cookbooks, keepsakes and kitchenware helps this kitchen transition smoothly into the living and dining room. Light wood cabinets and white ceilings keep the dark walls from overshadowing the space.

Glossy black cabinets with glass fronts, glass-block half walls and black countertops with plenty of sparkle add up to contemporary glamour, accented by displayed crystal bowls.

Cherry wood cabinets from Leicht Küchen paired with butcher block and Venetian gold granite countertops establish a warm contemporary look in gold and beige hues. The unique focal point: a cooktop backplash made of gold and silver leaf and painted, curved art glass on a stainless steel back.

A large skylight, natural-wood cabinets, white countertops and a combination of paneled and white appliances keep this kitchen light and airy. Staggering the height of the cabinets adds interest.

Stainless steel works as a neutral, especially in this contemporary kitchen with stainless steel cabinets, hardware and appliances. Blue bahia granite countertops pick up the blue interior of the glass-door wall cabinets. Brazilian cherry wood floors warm up the metal’s cool edge.

Contemporary Kitchens Designs

In this loft-style home, a kitchen peninsula helps define the cooking and eating areas without blocking the magnificent view seen through floor-to-ceiling windows. Red and blue accent tiles add color to wood cabinets and black and stainless steel appliances.

A galley kitchen with no windows lightens up with silver pine cabinetry and stainless steel countertops. Sandblasted Plexiglas doors on the uppers look like windows but conceal the cabinets’ contents.

Stacking small square cabinets with in-cabinet lighting takes advantage of a tall ceiling and offers display space that doesn’t clutter counters. A green glass mosaic tile adds color to dark cabinets and countertops.

A glass tile backsplash in multiple shades of blue adds color and sparkle to mid-tone wood cabinets with minimal molding. Long, thin curved stainless steel pulls also say “contemporary.”

The copper ventilation hood makes a striking focal point in this open kitchen. A 48-inch Viking rangetop with griddle sits near the refrigerator for easy access. The small butcher-block island is on rollers and matches a larger island with seating.

Contemporary framed flat panel cabinet doors feature traditional elements such as inset corner details and handmade hardware. A combination of light and dark natural wood colors in the flooring and cabinetry creates an unfitted look.

New Idea Kitchens

A stone tile backsplash in earth tones softens the contrast of the black and white cabinets. Two sinks and a combination of wood and stone countertop materials make this an ideal two-cook kitchen.

Good design often features aesthetically pleasing through lines from the front to the back of the home. Cabinetry can be used throughout the home, not just in the kitchen, for attractive shelving and storage.

The glossy finish on the cabinetry mirrors the shine of the semicircular glass countertop. A metal frame attaches the bartop to the island. A green checkerboard pattern on the walls adds a pop of color.

Tall, thin cabinets that look like pillars add storage and design to this contemporary kitchen. The edge of the black island countertop mirrors the curve of the sheets of glass in the light fixture suspended above it.

Sleek black appliances, a black granite island countertop, and cherry-stained slab cabinets from Neff create a more formal contemporary look. These homeowners chose to switch up the design norm by placing the cooktop under the divided-light windows and the stainless steel sink on the island.

Neff slab-door cabinets in natural wood help keep this open kitchen, with its white stone tile floors and white pillars, light and airy. A vaulated ceiling with long pendant lights and a decorative soffit with recessed lights make the space functional as well as dramatic.

Modern Contemporary Kitchens

A curvilinear lighting track illuminates the workspace, highlights the raised ceiling and acts as artwork in its own right. A wood table with metal-backed chairs matches the overall kitchen décor.

For a European contemporary kitchen, go with high-gloss lacquer cabinets in a bright primary color, like this brilliant blue. White stone or quartz countertops with straight edges and a high-arc, pro-style, pulldown faucet complete the minimalist style.

Black wall cabinets paired with white base cabinets give this modern kitchen a classic feel. To save space, the piece against the back wall doubles as a desk and wine rack, while a window seat doubles as a dining bench.

Stacking cabinets or cabinet doors of the same size and shape adds interest to plain boxes. Frosted glass doors illuminated softly from behind add ambience to the kitchen. Undercabinet and hood-mounted lighting provide the chef with light while chopping and sautéing.

A horizontal grouping of picture windows lets the outdoors into this nature-inspired, soft contemporary kitchen. An alcove ceiling with recessed and ambient lighting adds depth and dimension to a linear room.

The cooking zone of this kitchen stands out with a lime green accent wall, a Miele rectilinear ventilation hood with halogen lighting, stainless steel countertops, and stainless steel cabinet doors beneath the gas cooktop.

Contemporary Kitchens

Tucked under the peninsula, a KitchenAid wine refrigerator faces the living room. Note the red accents, including Sea Gull pendant lighting, found throughout this kitchen.

Details make the difference: Metal accent tiles make this stone tile backsplash sparkle. The wood floor stands out thanks to a border of red-stained planks.

Glass insets, a wine rack and straight edge molding add style to simple slab cabinets from Merit Kitchens. A curved granite slab countertop with a bullnose edge matches the curves of the open shelving, while curved cabinet pulls match the handles of the kitchen aid side-by-side refrigerator.

The elevated, curved counter separates the kitchen from the sitting area and serves as a buffet and snack bar. A white battened ceiling complements the numerous skylights and windows.

A built-in undercounter wine rack, compact refrigerator and undermount prep sink make the perfect small wet bar. Mounting framed artwork on the wall above creates an automatic conversation piece for guests.

Wood cabinetry adds warmth and contrast to stainless steel appliances and granite counters. A curved peninsula countertop with a bullnose edge defines the working and eating spaces in the kitchen.

Antique Bedroom Dresser

True to its Mediterranean heritage, the Casablanca Eight Drawer Dresser and Landscape Mirror Set offers extensive carvings, a wide shaped base rail with bun feet and hardware with the look of hand forged iron.

With its warm golden tone and light finish that highlights the distinctive grain patterns of the wood, the Provincia Dresser and Optional Landscape Mirror creates an absolutely devastating piece of furniture.

Stanley Furniture's American Modern Collection is a contemporary and confident collection with a decidedly urban point of view. As you examine the American Modern Dresser by Stanley, you will be impressed by the rich design details and masterful workmanship throughout. The unwavering attention to detail will make this piece a treasure part of your life for years to come.

Help create a tropical paradise in your bedroom with the Curacao Reef Triple Dresser with Mirror. This dresser is not only highly functional with its seven storage drawers but it is intricately designed in exotic styling.

Tansu can be described as a collection of simple urban elegance with an Asian flare. Crafted from ash solids and veneers, white ash burl, and select hardwood solids, the clean lines and soft curves add a sense of balance and harmony to your home.

The transitional Fallston Breakfront Dresser and Landscape Mirror Set has an updated look that is perfect for today’s more relaxed lifestyles. With twelve spacious drawers, the breakfront dresser will help meet the storage needs of your bedroom.

Style and function come together to form the Monte Carlo Dresser and Mirror Set. The dresser has nine spacious drawers and a center cabinet to store your clothes with care

Celebrating the grandeur of a Caribbean plantation home, the Rumba del Sol Triple Dresser with Mirror Set in Warm Mahogany will be an elegant acquisition for your home. The stately triple dresser will bring exceptional function to your bedroom with its twelve storage drawers

Displaying fine quality craftsmanship, the Tommy Bahama Home Island Breeze Dresser and Cottage Mirror Set in Medium Antiqued Brown will be a great addition to your home.

After starting his career designing costumes for many of the top television variety shows such as the "Carol Burnett Show" and the "Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour," it only seemed natural for Bob Mackie to enter the home furnishings arena.

Antique Dresser

The transitional Fallston Mule Chest and Square Mirror Set has an updated look that is perfect for today’s more relaxed lifestyles. With eight spacious drawers, the mule chest will help meet the storage needs of your bedroom.

Sophisticated and charming, the Long Cove Litchfield Triple Dresser and Mirror Set in Midnight will be an excellent addition to your home. Inspired by coastal vacation homes and their furnishings, this dresser set showcases fine craftsmanship and solid construction.

The Renaissance Court Dresser and Mirror Set by Pulaski is beautifully designed, with intricately carved details and distinctive antiqued metal hardware.

You'll be investing in a timeless piece of furniture that will be cherished for generations to come with its attention to detail and exquisite craftsmanship. Celebrate tradition with Cherry Grove.

The 45th Anniversary Cherry Grove Collection is a blending of new and old adaptations from 18th century and higher end traditional styling. Cathedral cherry veneers, alder solids and select hardwoods create a new and exciting collection of bedroom.

True to its Mediterranean heritage, the Casablanca Large Armoire Base with Landscape Mirror Set offers extensive carvings, a wide shaped base rail with bun feet and drop ring hardware with the look of hand forged iron.

Crafted by skilled artisans in the finest wood, the Verona Door Dresser and Tri - View Mirror Set will bring a traditional romantic design to your room. With beautiful Old World European styling, this dresser and mirror

With a solid birch construction and rich Amaretto finish, the Eden Dresser and Mirror Set is regal and dependable. This quality dresser offers plenty of storage in its full sized cedar and felt lined drawers and the shaped beveled mirror provides high quality with low distortion. These two pieces compliment each other perfectly and will add just the right touch of elegance and luxury to your bedroom.

Inspired by the warm sunny days of Northern California combined with the charm of Old World Italy, the San Mateo Collection by Pulaski Furniture offers relaxed, yet elegantly styled furniture pieces for your home. This delicate San Mateo Dresser with Mirror

Grand and extravagant, the Westchester Triple Dresser and Landscape Mirror Set in Medium Brown will be an excellent addition to your home. Inspired by magnificent mansions and antique furnishings, this dresser and mirror set showcases fine craftsmanship and solid construction.