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The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes June 2009
Showhouse  Graces  East  Shore  Garden  District at  Town  Cent
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itting in a 260-acre enclave on the eastern edge of Lake Woodlands is East Shore, a new development located in the garden district of The Woodlands Town Center. Just a stone ’s throw away from Town Center is the multi-million dollar 2008 ASID Showhouse, built by Post Homes, Ltd. The classic 3-story Southern Colonial home was transformed into a showpiece last fall by more than 20 local interior designers and 100-plus contractors, furniture dealers and other homedecor suppliers.
The sophisticated East Shore offers urban living within walking distance of shopping, dining and entertainment. Combining a unique blend of classic architecture with formal garden parks and green spaces, East Shore features distinctive neighborhoods, tree-lined streets, ornamental streetlamps, private alleys and lake views perfect for strolling. Everything in East Shore is within walking distance, and the lake forms a scenic backdrop for classic urban residences.
Jason Post, whose family has been building luxury homes in Montgomery County since 1972, says there are many Post homes in The Woodlands, but he was especially drawn to the East Shore. “The home is a new build-out on the east side of the lake, in the garden district of the Woodlands, ” Post said. “It is the largest lot not on the water. It has more of an urban feel with town homes and multifamily dwellings around it. Everything is period design —brownstones, colonial town homes. Most everything is within walking and cycling distance. ”
Every year the American Society of Interior Designers chooses a home to decorate so that designers can showcase their talents. “It’s a very big deal; they need a showhouse every year,” Post said. “I know a lot of those designers, so I asked if they would like to use this home for their 2008 showhouse. ” Designer Diana Walker said, “Everything from trim to fixtures, hardware, paint and surfaces was selected, designed and detailed. The designers in this house were brought in before plans were put into final form. ”
Designers sign up to be involved in a showhouse. At least 20 designers are needed for each project. They put a tremendous energy into showing off their work for a short period of time. A huge amount of furniture is brought in for the home tours, then taken out again in two weeks after the show is over. Not only did the designers show off their decorating talents but they were challenged to produce a room that incorporated recycled or sustainable materials. We touch on some of those green treatments in this article and in the cutlines accompanying the photos.
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The Parlor, designed by Hallie Radcliffe, was influenced by the architecture of the house and its surrounding gardens. Her showcase d écor included recycled porcelain and other 18th century antiques.
Eco friendly features: Renewable natural fibers and preserved antique pieces.
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The Kitchen, designed by Jane Page – with help from Christy Robinson, reflects the ambience of a Barcelona restaurant beside the bay. Blending modern and historical elements, the dark-stained cabinets are offset by blue and white tile and hardwood floors. A stove hood and antique accessories add to the historical restaurant feel. Eco friendly features: Reclaimed wood table, locally made bench, low VOC paint.
Text by Sandra Meineke   Photos by Miro Dvorscak
The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes Magazine features
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Shopping, and Entertainment in The Woodlands Texas.
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