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Inspirational Houston home tour honors legacy of beloved Barbara Bush

Inspirational Houston home tour honors legacy of beloved Barbara Bush

Braes Southern Living Showcase Home barbara bush exterior
The new-look bungalow is a triumphant study in post-Harvey design. Photo by Gary Fountain
Braes Southern Living Showcase Home barbara bush interior library
Guests can tour the home and its new finishes, including a lush library.  Photo by Gary Fountain
Catherine Rodriguez Houstonian Hotel chef
Catherine Rodriguez, chef at The Houstonian Hotel, will demo the beloved former first lady's cookie recipe.  Photo courtesy of The Houstonian Hotel
Braes Southern Living Showcase Home barbara bush exterior
Braes Southern Living Showcase Home barbara bush interior library
Catherine Rodriguez Houstonian Hotel chef

What happens when you take a beautiful home in Braes Heights that is blossoming with design elements and combine it with giving the kitchen a test spin using former first lady Barbara Bush’s famous chocolate chip cookie recipe? You get a sweet design event that helps the community.

As part of Stone Acorn Builders’ Southern Living “Beyond the Storm” Showcase Home tour, and held in conjunction with National Literacy Awareness Month, would-be chefs and lovers of gracious design can tour the home at 3758 Drummond St., an area decimated by flooding from last year’s devastating Hurricane Harvey. The three-weekend event kicks off on September 15 and runs through September 30. Admission proceeds benefit the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation.

Built on the site of a bungalow that was razed after damage by the storm, flood tolerant elevation and other amenities are incorporated into the new home. Now, the stunning 6,076-square-foot, three-story, open-floor plan includes five bedrooms, five bathrooms, media room and game room. The dining room and breakfast area are centered by a fabulous gourmet kitchen.

On Saturday, September 15, guests can get a hands-on experience in that kitchen, baking beloved Mrs. Bush’s cookie recipe with Houstonian chef Catherine Rodriguez. That’s just part of a series of events — including a tour of the home led by Lindsey Herod of Lindsey Herod Interiors, gardening demos with Melinda Kanner, Buchanan’s Native Plants, and several cooking and wine demos.

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Stone Acorn Builders’ Southern Living “Beyond the Storm” Showcase Home tour and demo hours run 10 am to 3 pm. Saturdays and Sundays through September 30. For a fill schedule the official site. Tickets are $15 at the door.