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Jenkins House in Houston Update

Postby jenkinshouse » Sat Nov 12, 2005 12:40 pm

Hello everyone,
Well, it's been a long time since I posted, but I promised some pictures when we got some furniture in the house. The house is always changing so even these pictures from last week are a little old, but here they are.

We are having a great time furnishing the house. We've still got to work on the bedrooms a lot, but the living rooms are pretty much done. I'll post more as I can. I'm on dialup and the uploads are really slow!

Here is the living/dining room:

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Foreground: Marble Saarinen Table, Knoll Sofa and Club Chairs.
Background: Antique Secretary I inherited, Eames Wire Chair, small rocking chair, and Knoll Rosewood Dining Table (shh! chairs are eurway knockoffs).

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Arco Lamp, George Nelson Stereo Cabinet, Eames Lounge Chair.

More to come.
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another shot

Postby jenkinshouse » Sat Nov 12, 2005 3:03 pm

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The Informal Room:
Henredon Limestone Table, Unknown "grasshopper style" orange chair, IKEA chair (the one I really sit in all the time!), unknown fun striped sofa, Saarinen Tulip Breakfast Table (we're planning on getting more "Eiffel Tower" base chairs), Knoll Stools.
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PS - If you know the designer of the orange chair, please let me know!

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Postby SDR » Sat Nov 12, 2005 6:42 pm

"I laugh in the face of danger! Then I hide until it goes away." Bender

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Thanks!

Postby jenkinshouse » Sat Nov 12, 2005 9:04 pm

I would love for you to see the house in person, SDR! You've been a big help online.

Since I last wrote, my wife and I have been working with an interior designer. She is really amazing and has lots of hook-ups for the furniture. We're pretty close to where we need to be, but she always has more ideas, like her latest idea to put Barcelona Chairs in the entryway...
This will probably do it for pics for now. The bedrooms are far from ready, but they shouldn't be as expensive or as work-intensive as the living rooms. 2 bedrooms already have built in desks and headboards, so they just need a little work. The master will need a better bedframe than the one we have as well as possibly a (cross-fingers) Nelson Basic or (dream big) a Thin-Edge cabinet.
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Honestly, yes, I wanted a Grasshopper!

Postby jenkinshouse » Sun Nov 13, 2005 8:29 pm

Here are a couple more pictures of my almost Grasshopper chair. At Architonic so far I have found a chair by Grappe and Risom that are similar, but probably a lot more famous. This chair has a woven back like Risom and Grappe chairs that the pad buttons to. You can take the pad off to wash it if needed. The fabric is original and seems like a Girard fabric, but I couldn't guarantee that either. It's just a chair that my designer told an older woman - "If you ever sell that, you have to sell it to me!" And I saw it and couldn't resist...

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Note the Miller's Buyer's Guide to 20th C. Design in the bottom corner. I'm really enjoying these Miller's books and highly recommend the three I've bought, though of course they overlap.
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Postby SDR » Sun Nov 13, 2005 9:34 pm

I think your tiles look cool, with the rug, and the green in the kitchen (?) beyond. . .

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Postby texasdago » Mon Nov 14, 2005 8:04 am

Good job on saving the house - it looks great!

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Postby moderns-r-us » Mon Nov 14, 2005 8:31 am

Yes, It is good to see one end up in the right hands!

Job well done, and keep us posted!

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Postby jenkinshouse » Mon Nov 14, 2005 4:26 pm

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We think it is Conant Ball, possibly by Russell Wright. Anyone?
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Postby txmod » Mon Jan 09, 2006 6:48 pm

Do you have any more pics? I know you were doing landscaping recently.

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Postby jenkinshouse » Mon Feb 20, 2006 9:30 am

Hi everyone,

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Please RSVP - PM me if you want to come to this!

Here's our new favorite chair pictured with our old favorite chair...

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one more

Postby jenkinshouse » Mon Feb 20, 2006 9:59 am

Here's one more for you, a fave shot of mine taken after I cleaned the windows! Sorry it's small - something must have happened in the transfer...

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The garage is our next door neighbor's, a gorgeous house as well!

We will finally be decorating the bedrooms in the next 2 weeks, so the next pictures I post will be bedroom related.

Thanks again for all the advice and encouragement. I've sent lots of people to this site as a reference on the house. These update threads have kind of become my diary of the restoration.
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Postby SDR » Mon Feb 20, 2006 5:29 pm

Jason -- Man, what great pictures. Has it all been worthwhile ? It looks it, from here !

[There's been recent discussion of people's favorite chairs, over at DesignAddict. The Womb got high marks from several posters -- but nobody supplied a picture. Let me know if I may share your inspirational photo with them. . .]

Hope your Oscar-night bash is a huge success; I'll be there in spirit.

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Postby jenkinshouse » Tue Feb 21, 2006 9:29 am

Sure, go ahead and re-post this pic. I can tell you that this chair was recently reapholstered/foamed with Knoll fabric by someone reputable. It's the chrome base which is the "2nd generation" as the first ones were black, but I don't know its exact age. Our designer and friend, Karen, decided to sell it to us as it goes so perfectly with the other chair. It's a comfortable chair, but not the most comfortable chair I've ever sat in; not as comfy as the Eames 670, but more appropriate for the room. I feel like I might want a small lumbar pillow to go with it, but that just may be me and the way I tend to slide down in a chair.

If you don't mind, ask them what they think the orange chair might be. It's some kind of Grasshopper wannabe. It looks like Girard fabric, and I'm pretty sure it's original fabric. It's such a cute chair. And it's nice to have a couple of pieces that aren't "icons" or instantly recognizable to set off the pieces that are. Let me know if anyone knows the designer.

We will toast to our internet friends at the party!
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Postby jenkinshouse » Tue Feb 28, 2006 6:25 pm

Finally some updates!

Before Landscaping (from inside)

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After
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Guest Bedroom (Jonathan Adler Bedding):

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Master Bedroom
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Modernica Bed, no bedding that day, sorry!
Heywood Wakefield Mr. & Mrs. Harmonic, George Nelson Drawer (in mirror)

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Postby SDR » Tue Feb 28, 2006 7:22 pm

Cool, Jason -- I finally understand what's happening (more or less) at the entrance. (Would love to see a floor plan.) Your restraint, and fidelity to the original design, are admirable -- congratulations again. May you both have many happy years in your (re)creation. . .!

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Postby jenkinshouse » Tue Feb 28, 2006 8:51 pm

This is a bad photo of the floor plan. I need to have the original sized down at kinkos...

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The left side bottom (actually north) is the living/dining room. Note the room divider (thin vertical line) between the living and the dining room. That was taken out a long time ago. I believe it had slats like our folding doors that we do have. On the right of that is the utility room/back door that connects to the kitchen (upper right).

Above the living/dining room is the game room (where the womb chair and big glass wall are)

The bottom of the bedroom side from right to left are the hall closet, heater/water heater room, then guest bath, then master bath, then master closet. On the top of the bedroom side are the small bedrooms (separated by a moving wall of 4 wood panels), and the master bedroom. It's all connected by the glass and brick entryway.

Hope this helps.
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Postby SDR » Tue Feb 28, 2006 9:16 pm

Um, yeah -- if by "left" you mean "right" in a couple of places (?) Seriously, the drawing really helps and I can put it together now for myself. Thanks for giving us a "novel" (as opposed to a short story) about rescuing a fine house -- no one has shared more pictures, for one thing, than you have -- and generously inviting advice and comments all the way along.

Hats off to Jason and company :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:
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Postby Goffgirl » Wed Mar 01, 2006 11:41 pm

Jason, has Brent seen the article? I'm sure he'd be pleased. I've been giving his name to other homeowners here in Memorial Bend, so whether he likes it or not he's becoming a specialist in mod restorations.


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Postby SDR » Thu Mar 02, 2006 7:11 am

That's a sweet little piece -- the photo(s) look great. A nice cap to your labors. . .

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Postby jenkinshouse » Thu Mar 02, 2006 7:43 am

Brent saw the article yesterday. It truly is funny how he has become the local mod specialist! I'm sure he appreciates the business, though he is the opposite of the stereotype you might think of when you think MCM. It doesn't matter though. He does great work, is timely, reliable, friendly, and reasonable with his prices. He was at our house yesterday doing some touch up getting ready for the party and saw the article. He's very proud of it.

You guys should be published as well when all is done with your house!
Are you getting lots of before pics?
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Postby Goffgirl » Thu Mar 02, 2006 12:23 pm

I've taken pictures through the process but I've been unable to link them to a post on this website. I tried the test messages but nothing appears in my message. I must be doing something wrong.

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Postby SDR » Sun Mar 05, 2006 8:05 pm

How's Oscar Night, chez Smith ? The big ones'r coming up now. . .

Have a ball ! SDR :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:
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The party was great!

Postby jenkinshouse » Mon Mar 06, 2006 8:52 pm

SDR and all,
The party was great. We had several of the most respected modernists in Houston here to see the house and everyone seemed impressed with the results. The people who had been in to see the house when it was on the market were probably the most impressed, of course. It was just amazing to do it and it's nice to have it done. It was fun to put together and so worth it.

The highlight had to be our designer asking her friends (now our friends too) to bring their Ford Fairlane to park in our driveway for the party. Everyone got a big kick out of the car and it matched our built-in desks like it belonged here.

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Postby moderns-r-us » Mon Mar 06, 2006 9:11 pm

Retractable Hardtop!

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Postby SDR » Mon Mar 06, 2006 9:20 pm

'57 ! And, a bonus feline lurking nearby. . .

All is lovely. I knew the "payoff" for you would be sweet. We enjoyed it all, vicariously, I know. Congrats once again. . .

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