Archives for June 2010

A Good Read

I am going to take the rest of the week off and work on next year’s homeschool curriculum, but I don’t want to leave you hanging with nothing to read. (Because surely I’m your one and only, right?  Right?)  Of course I’m not assuming that I’m your one and only blog–that would be preposterous and silly.  But, if you need a little TPH this week and you’ve already exhausted the archives, please check out what Nester is writing about this week on Nesting Place.  It is the cottage through Nester’s insightful eyes.  Enjoy!

I’ll see you soon.  Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

Westbury, Houston

Our first home purchase was in Westbury, a post-war neighborhood in Houston, Texas.  A three-bedroom, two-bathroom ranch, our house was duplicated over and over throughout Westbury–an early example of the ubiquitous tract home.

Our first little rancher, how I loved you.

A typical street scene in Westbury.


Not long after we moved in, we discovered the ruins of Westbury Square on West Bellfort; and it immediately became a thing of my dreams.  Developed by William J. Wortham, Jr., Westbury Square was the hub of the neighborhood in the 1960s and 70s with shops, restaurants, and theater–a forerunner of the new urban living such as Glenwood Park.   By the time I moved in, Home Depot had claimed a portion of the land and the remaining square had long fallen into disrepair, yet a few businesses remained.  I would often stop by one of the antique shops to catch the latest rumor of its revitalization.  There always seemed to be some buzz that someone was going to resurrect this old relic.  I stopped by this last February, and I’d venture to say that all hope is gone.

Those who grew up in Westbury during the Square’s heyday, have lots of good memories to share.

Click here for Westbury images from the golden years.


Nearby at the corner of Chimney Rock and West Bellfort is the Westbury Centerette, another place I had hoped would be renewed.  Right now it is vacant save one laundromat at the very end.

You are an optimist if you don’t see the irony in this photo.

They still have soul, don’t they?

A Slipcovered Cube

Does your bathroom cabinet have a cutout for a chair?  I don’t know about you, but I don’t sit down to put on my make-up or do my hair.  The make-up vanity is too Joan Crawford for me–I imagine her sitting there all sour, doing her hair and makeup before she goes to beat her child with a wire hanger.  Not good.

I don’t like that gaping hole but didn’t want a bench or a chair with a high back.  Then I figured a little upholstered cube would fill the space nicely–but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money.  I had some extra fabric from a chair I had recovered and figured it would make a great slipcover.  So I headed to Marshall’s to see if there were any cubes that would work.  This is what I found on clearance for $25:

The slipcover cost $25 to make…wish I could sew!  And, as it turned out, I use this little cube more than I thought I would.

$50, not bad for a custom upholstered piece.

Cottage Guests

Look who I found at the cottage last weekend:

La senorita de la casa pintada con The Nester, ole.

The Nester of Nesting Place came with her family for a little fun in the mountains in exchange for some ad time on her wonderful blog.  It was great meeting her–she is as adorable in person as she is on her blog!  Funny, cute, and engaging.  But I was hoping that she would maybe do some rearranging or re-decorating at the cottage while she was there, but I was sorely disappointed to find upon her departure that nothing had changed.  Darn!

And kudos to her for cultivating a thoughtful design eye in her handsome boys.  They patiently followed, room to room, as I gave a tour of the cottage.  At the end, the oldest said, “Hey, Mom, IKEA chairs.”  Nester, you’ve done well.

Thank you for coming out!  So, when are you coming back?

You can read all about her stay on her blog.  Oh, my, she is so generous and sweet with her words!  Thank you, Nester!!!

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