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Midtown Modern

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A new Tulsa home in an upscale midtown neighborhood is a testament to the power of a traditional exterior with a surprising, crisp white interior. It’s not ‘country French,’ or ‘English country’ – always popular design themes – but its image is fresh and inviting. This modern-style, 4,800-square-foot home was built in 2019 by Mike Alexander of Insight Homes. Bainbridge...

A Worthy Undertaking

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Sometimes it’s love at first sight when you find the perfect home. Or, perhaps, it’s seeing the potential for what a home could be that sparks the initial passion. The latter situation was the case for Ralph and Gunta Sandmeyer, a Tulsa homebuilder and interior designer duo who wanted to create a haven for themselves and their family. With more...

Panning Oklahoma’s Film Landscape

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Oklahoma on Film If there’s one popular concept that people from other states have learned about Oklahoma, it’s that the wind comes sweeping down our plains. Even though the cinematic version of Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein’s musical Oklahoma! was filmed in Arizona, the movies that are shot entirely or primarily here often reinforce a wide-open image of Oklahoma, where...

Transforming Your Home

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Turning ideas and desires into a reality requires taking the renovation plunge … either by yourself or with the help of an expert in the field. Planning keeps goals in mind throughout the process. Sometimes you want to do just a little … a small project here or there. At other times, especially if you don’t have to worry about...

Creating A Refuge

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Home Eco-Consciousness Saving the earth and a few bucks can coexist with eco-friendly adjustments to your home. Brian L. Freese, principal of Freese Architecture, suggests several ways to make your home green. Install continuous insulation in walls, ceilings and the roof. This includes properly sealing the many openings in a home – windows, doors, light switches, power outlets and ceiling light fixtures. Replace...

Time to Winterize

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It’s the season where we don our gloves, hats and heavy coats. It’s also the time to prepare your home and lawn for freezing weather. Before winter arrives, follow these tips to keep the cold out and safeguard your property. Lawn and garden Among the many chores to prepare outside for winter are some basics, like cleaning out gutters, trimming trees...

Finding the Right Ambiance

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Equipment is essential to a kitchen’s success. At the center island, loved ones watch the cook craft a party or a simple supper. The cramped, shoebox kitchen is history. Homeowners want open, fluid spaces from the living and formal dining areas into the kitchen, often designed with an outdoor view to start or end the day. The master bath, on...

Worth the Wait

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It took time for architect Brian Jaggers and his clients to find just the right location in Oklahoma City to build a dream home. What the couple found in Cobblestone Park, the city’s upscale northwest district, is perfect for their lifestyle. “It took a year to find the property and a year to complete the design process,” Jaggers says. With a...

The Best of the Best 2019

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For 20 years, we at Oklahoma Magazine have compiled The Best of the Best in our July issue to help you, our readers, find the finest in everything the state has to offer. The best part? These are your choices, your votes and your voices telling us who you think are the best of the best at what they do. Perhaps...

Invitation to Sophistication

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The exterior of a new Edmond residence has an upscale, sophisticated design, which is “exactly what the homeowners wanted,” says Andrew French, owner of French Construction Co. That’s definitely the first impression the homeowners wanted to make … but step across the threshold into the large entry and there’s a warm, comfortable, inviting aura. The entry sets the stage for...