Editor’s note: Today I am in a dress by Alice & Olivia and Manolo Blahnik.
Happy Wednesday! I am starting my day early this morning meeting with the home owners and the contractor to go over all of the details left in the house. It is truly getting near the finish line!!! I have arranged for the cleaning crew to come in Friday so we can lay carpet and start installing draperies next week. I started this project July a year ago....and so many decisions and choices have been made. The wallpaper ,tile, and chandeliers that are installed are all breathtaking. I am like a horse in the starting gates ready to install the furniture. When the draperies go up it will truly start to look like a home. The custom limestone mantel will be installed Friday or Monday... one more piece of the puzzle. And it came in early.... that never happens! Even the custom wallpaper and matching fabric came in early for the dining room. It will be spectacular !! I promise I will cover it in a blog when it is done. No Dallas today... too much to take care of in the next 10 days insuring all is happening properly at this job. The week of the 19th I will have two large installs.... it will be a super week for this tall blond!!!!!! I am almost done with all of the selections and quotes for my clients home in Fort Worth...... which will be my 5th home for them. I become a family member with my a lot of my clients— which is part of the job that I love the most! I have another job starting in September..... 2019 has been a busy year!!!!!!
360 West is a local publication that I have actually been in before. This month they covered the rebirth of the grand Baker Hotel in Mineral Wells ,Texas. The Baker was built by T.B. Baker in 1929. It opened its doors two weeks after the stock market crash of 1929— not exactly great timing . After filing for bankruptcy in 1932.. new owners kept the building open. It served as military dependent quarters from 1941 to 1944 and closed in 1963. It briefly reopened from 1965 to 1972... and has been closed ever since. Mineral Wells is known for it’s natural mineral waters that have healing properties. This fine hotel had such distinguished guests as Judy Garland,Clark Gable,Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Marlene Dietrich , and Lawrence Welk. After many failed attempts to bring this historic hotel bake from the grave..... a team of talented , gifted, and enthusiastic developers and architects have it finally on it’s way. It is due to open as The Baker Hotel and Spa in 2022. Here are pictures of the hotel and it’s story. I have passed this building so many times on my way to Possum Kingdom lake ( yes that is the real name.... I had a client who moved here from Baltimore ask me if there are a lot of possums there. I have NO idea how it got such a crazy name!) The building is magnificent !!!!! I cant wait for it’s resurrection and how these talented people will restore it to it’s splendor. Enjoy the story..... have a super first Wednesday in August... and a great rest of your week.
Here is the husband and wife team —-Architect Kurt Theil and his wife designer Beth Theil—- who are undertaking the 65,000,000 restoration project. They are based in Colleyville which is more than an hour away from Mineral Wells. This project has been in the works since 2008—- so 11 years!!—-with a large partnership of developers from Southlake, Dallas, and Austin. The Theils were resorting a historic property in New York 11 years ago when they met Chad Patton and laird Fairchild of Southlake who had been “brainstorming” a way to bring this hotel back to life. The passion for the project was felt all around.... and the projects begins. Even as decrepit as the room looks in this picture... you can see architectural glimpses of it’s former beauty.
The grand entrance to the hotel. The building is breathtaking even in it’s present state.
This room is crumbling .... but you can see the incredible arches and the gorgeous ceiling. How stunning this must have been in 1929!
The coffered ceiling begging for restoration.
The lobby.... oh my goodness will this be killers when it is finished. If you look to the left there is “KAY” written on the wall.......I promise that was not me!!!!
A close up detail of the carving. I can only imagine the artisans who worked so hard on every detail of this building.
Another hotel small hotel that has undergone renovations in Mineral Wells.
This picture is fuzzy but this is a postcard from 1942. The hotel has ghost stories about a ghost on the seventh floor who is thought to be the mistress of the hotel manager. Glasses with red lipstick on the rim have been found in rooms where no one was staying. A group of W.W.ll veterans touring the hotel heard sounds of dishes and silverware clanging during their tour. In the 90s tellers from a bank facing the hotel would notice windows opening and closing during the day. No one was in the building. I wonder what the ghosts will think about the renovation !!!!!
”Meet the Colleyville team that is tackling the restoration of the long-neglected Baker Hotel” article featured in 360 West
By June Naylor
Photos by Mark Graham
Dinner last night was leftover meat patty and cheese from Winslow’s and leftover spinach and carrots from B&B Butchers. I LOVE leftovers!!! Quick and easy! :)
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