May 20, 2011


May Design Newsletter

Green Design

Green or 'Sustainable' design is design that goes beyond being just efficient, attractive, on time, and on budget. It is a design that cares about how such goals are achieved and about its effect on people and on the environment. An environmentally responsible professional makes a commitment to constantly try to find ways to diminish design's impact on the world around us. It is also a smart way of doing business: sustainable design is the fastest growing segment of the design industry. {source: ASID


Many of The Red Vault members incorporate green design practices in their work and inventory.  

Be sure to visit these stores and tell them you saw it on The Red Vault.
Greenwood Bay
3711 Polk
Houston, Texas  77003
{by appointment only} 

Bob Card of Greenwood Bay uses reclaimed lumber in all of his work. He masterfully crafts each piece by hand using old techniques - his pieces are all unique and definitely one-of-a-kind!

The cabinets in the photo above and below were all finished using tung oil and wax - no polyurethane! All paint is low VOC paint.

This table is made from landfill-diverted wood that grew in Houston. It was a 110 year old Ash tree taken out for road construction.

The Elm for this table came from a farm in Massachusetts and is 70 years old. The finish on the table is simple oil and wax.

Barrio Antiguo Furniture
725 Yale Street
Houston, Texas  77007

Barrio Antiguo Furniture uses authentic doors and antique wood and ironwork from homes that date back to 1800's or more in their designs.

Tabletops made from centuries old doors

Antique Ironwork from Mexico

Old Mesquite doors

mifMade in France
French Country Antiques
912 Ferndale Place
Houston, Texas  77098

Lamp base made from part of a rooftop of a castle outside of Tours

Pair of Sconces from a Theater in Normandy

1298 N Post Oak Road
Houston, Texas  77055 

Lamp base incorporating architectural fragment

Far Pavilions
20425 Katy Freeway
Katy, Texas  77450

Camel Cart Yoke repurposed as a display case
Armoire made from Old Veranda Doors
Sideboard using old doors and columns
Trestle Table made from old railroad ties

3912 Westheimer
Houston, Texas  77027 

French Style clock face created from reclaimed Railroad ties

2940 Ferndale @ Alabama
Houston, Texas  77098

Brown carries two 'green' products for caring for your home.

First is "The Original Bee's Wax" furniture polish. It makes granite acid resistant, keeps your bathroom mirror from fogging up and doesn't leave fingerprints or wax build up on your furniture. It can be used on copper, wrought iron, marble, leather, chrome, stainless steel... just about everything.  It cleans, protects, preserves and restores lustre while keeping the wood from drying out.

Next is our "Fire Ball."  It's essentially a wick-less candle that burns with a pourable Eco-Gel fuel.  The gel is a citronella base which is great for repelling mosquitoes.  It's a clean burning bio-ethanol fuel made from recycled post consumer waste.

Tamara Moore Interiors
@ Memorial Antiques & Interiors (MAI)
8719 Katy Freeway
Houston, Texas 77024
Antiques & Interiors on Dunlavy
3845 Dunlavy
Houston, Texas  77006

French gathering barrels - use alone or pair and top with glass or reclaimed wood for a stunning table

Vieux Interiors
3701 W Alabama #160
Houston, Texas  77027

Industrial Cage repurposed as a light

The Fabulous Flea
@ Antiques & Interiors on Dunlavy
3845 Dunlavy
Houston, Texas  77006

Antique Fragment - beautiful on its own or incorporated into a furniture design or lamp

Member News & Events

Creative Branch
7246 Wynnwood Lane
Houston, Texas  77008 

Creative Branch is hosting an event on Friday, May 20 at 6pm. Get ready to mix, mingle, and roll. Live music, cocktails, sushi, and more....
Presenting Bob Morgan's 2011 Art Collection
RSVP by May 18: 713-861-5551 or

Far Pavilions
20425 Katy Freeway
Katy, Texas  77450

Far Pavilions is having a huge Memorial Day Sale May 27th - 30th!  The sale features their beautiful and unique furniture, accessories, and textiles. Mark your calendar.

FrameCrafters, Inc.
1410 Campbell Road
Houston, Texas 77055 

Now through June 16 - FrameCrafters is having a 20-50% off showroom sale on all accessories, framed art, original oils, giclee canvas, and mirrors.

C. Damien Fox Lighting Design Studios

2313 Brun Street
Houston, TX 77019



C. Damien Fox has a gorgeous new shipment of lighting and shades in store for Summer!


Smoke Grey Blown Glass with Nickel Hardware, Lucite Base, and Tall Silk Drum Shade in Ivory White. 26" tall. Signed Dated 2011.

* Purchase this Amazing Blown Glass Grey single lamp before May 30th, and we will donate 50% to The American Red Cross to help the victims of the recent tornado outbreaks in Alabama and Mississippi.


Ice Blue Vintage Murano Lamps on Lucite and Crystal Base.


Masculine, Retro, Original. Battleship Grey Distressed Lacquered Brass

with Bronzed Ram's Head. One-of-a-kind. These can also have a double base with thick square lucite. Elongated Bronze Finials. Signed 2011.

Beadboard UpCountry
101 South Baylor St. 
Brenham, Texas

Beadboard UpCountry exclusively offers Arte Pura linens including bedding, bath, table linens, as well as their extroardinary curtains, slipcovers, pajamas, robes and accoutrements.

The Houston Design Center

7026 Old Katy Road  

Houston, Texas 77024




Tuesday, June 7


2nd Tuesday moves to 1st Tuesday in June!


9:30 - 10:30 am

CEU for Designers and Architects

"Aging at Home with a Focus on the Kitchen and Bathroom"

By Michelle Brown & Claudia Horn

Designing a home to "age in place"- design elements to consider for aging home owners who want to stay at home.


Hosted by Kitchen & Bath Concepts, Showroom #148


11 am - 2 pm

You are cordially invited to the Grand Opening of FABRIC HOUSE!  

Showroom #159 

This new 3336 sq ft fabric & textile showroom boasts easy access to 26 exclusive fabric lines,with approx 200,000 SKUs of fabric, approx 9,000 SKUs of trims, and a wide selection of wallcoverings.

Presentations, featured program and a luncheon buffet will take place from 11 am until 2 pm:  Connie LeFevre, ASID, RID and Dennis McNabb, FASID, RID will address today's textile solutions plus the latest trends and forecasts. McNabb will speak on the fundamentals of textiles and LeFevre will share current and exciting product available due to advancements in technology. Also speaking at the event will be Phil Gibson, with many years of experience in the wall covering business.  He will discuss the resurgence of wall covering over the last couple of years and address new print techniques, and all the new options available such as the embroidered, natural fiber,raised print, and other wall covering options.

For reservations, visit or call 713-864-2660 X 2


Antiques on 8
5455 W. Sam Houston Parkway North
Houston, Texas  77041

Antiques on 8 dealer, Tiny Dog Seed Beads, is hosting a traveling trunk show May 19-22
50% + Discount on all Trunk Show Merchandise - Pearls, Gemstones, Crystals &

Green Builder Spotlight

Carol Isaak Barden + Company
2807 Kipling Street
Houston, TX 77098 View Map

Carol Isaak Barden is an ultimate green builder.  She searches for lots with old trees so buyers will have tree-top views and a green space.  One of her primary objectives is the complete integration of the house and the gardens.  Her

homes are contemporary, and spaces consist of simple forms, clean lines, discreet colors, and imaginative but functional lighting.  Beautiful materials are handled with care, and everything is serene and calming.  Architects have outfitted the living area with elegantly crafted cabinetry, have integrated unexpected materials and the work of artists and craftsmen, and have updated the traditional floor plan.  Kitchens - outfitted with large pantries, plentiful storage, and a television - are mission control, the heart of the home.



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The Red Vault's Newest Inventory  


View our entire list of new inventory items here!

Antique Wine Press Lamp Base at 2 Lucy's
Vintage Milo Baughman chrome stools at Mid Century Modern
Statue at Charlotte Nail Antiques
Stunning Table and Chair Set at Antique Pavilion



2 Lucy's

3 Houses


Antica Collection


The Antique & Design Guy


Antiques & Interiors on Dunlavy


Antiques on Del Monte 




The Arrangement 


Beadboard UpCountry 




C. Damien Fox Lighting Design Studios

Carl Moore Antiques

Caroline Ellsworth Antiques and Interiors

Carolyn Thompson's Antique Center of Texas 


Cavalier Fine Art


Chandos Interiors


Chappell Jordan Clock Galleries


Courtney and Company


Creative Flooring

Design House, Inc.

Emmet Perry & Co.

Enhance Your Space 

Ex Domus 

The Fabulous Flea  

Far Pavilions


Found for the Home  

The Gray Door 


Greenwood Bay 


Hanson Galleries


Heather Bowen Antiques 

Heights Antiques on Yale

Houston Rug Mart


Janet Wiebe Antiques


Judy Elias Art

Kirby Antiques

L. Pearson Designs 

Laura U Collection

Lucinda Loya Interiors

Made in France

Maison Maison Antiques


Marie Wise


Marsh Garden Decor

Matt Camron Rugs & Tapestries 


Memorial Antiques & Interiors

MetroRetro Furniture/ Mid Century Modern

Pat Monroe Antiques

Pride of Persia Rug Co. 

Rugs by Alan & Fine Floors


Sandra's Treasures 


Savannah House


Segreto Finishes 


Segreto Studio 


The Sitting Room/Ginger Barber   

Sugar Creek Interiors

Tamara Moore Interiors


Thornwood Gallery

Vestige for the Home

Vieux Interiors


Will Brooks Art





Chandos Interiors


Courtney and Company


Craze, Inc. 


Dena Brody Interiors


Edwina Alexis


Ginger Barber Design / The Sitting Room


Interiors by Yvonne


L. Pearson Designs


Laura U Designs

LeSueur Interiors


Lucinda Loya Interiors


Mackay & Associates


Sally Wheat Interiors

Savannah House

Sugar Creek Interiors


Wendt Design Group



Design Resources


Alderete Photography  


Antique Pavilion


Architectural Design Resource  


Art In The City


Barrio Antiguo Imports 




C. Damien Fox Lighting Design Studios


Charlotte Nail Antiques


Classic Moves 


DCM Art Services 


Dauphin Sales 


David Lackey Antiques & Art 


Elite Maid Service 


Elizabeth Chapman Antiques 


Emmet Perry & Co. 


Enhance Your Space 




Hein Lam Home


The Houston Design Center  


Houston Rug Mart  


Kevin Davis Wall Artisans


Kitchen & Bath Concepts 


L'Atelier/The Workshop


Lighting Treasures 


Lighting Unlimited 


Longoria Collection


Masterson Artworks 


Meli-Melo, Inc.


Past Era Antique Jewelry 


Peck and Company, Inc 


Pilie, Inc.


Point2Point Moving 


Quatrine Furniture 


Rugs by Alan & Fine Floors 


Segreto Finishes


Segreto Studios


Select Delivery


Silk Arboretum 


Tamara Moore Interiors 


Texas Window Cleaning Company 


Thornwood Gallery





Design House, Inc. 


The Houston Design Center


Kitchen & Bath Concepts


Pride of Persia


Silk Arboretum  





Carol Isaak Barden + Co.  



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