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Style Voyeurs play day: Downtown Home Tour a perfect rain escape

Style Voyeurs play day: Downtown Home Tour a perfect rain escape

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Post Rice Lofts Photo by John Benoist
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One Park Place design by Michael Stribling Photo by Brian Bookwalter
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One Park Place design by Chandos Dodson Photo by Brian Bookwalter
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Just because heavy rain is forecast today doesn't mean you can't have a stylish high time.

Interior design junkies and style voyeurs, who love checking out other people's pads, will have their time to play this afternoon when the Houston Downtown Alliance opens the doors on a smashing collection of urban dwellings for the Downtown Home Tour.

Ever wonder what glam high-rise living is all about? You will have the answer when you cross the threshold of a number of private residences and interior designer models in Commerce Towers, One Park Place, the Post Rice Lofts, Four Seasons Residences, Hogg Palace and more. From noon to 5 p.m., intrepid tour-goers can walk or ride the Washington Wave on an odyssey that covers the heart of downtown. The sightseeing begins at Post Rice Lofts, tour headquarters, where valet parking will be free and refreshments offered.

Cost is $15 for members of the Houston Downtown Association or the Houston Young Professionals for the Arts and Emerging Leaders. Entrance is $20 for non-members. Proceeds benefit Houston Downtown Improvement Inc., which promotes a vibrant downtown and its theater district.

Included in the tour are three ultra-chic residences created for a friendly design competition in One Park Place. Talented interior designers Renea Abbott, Chandos Dodson and Michael Stripling each took the same floor plan and created their interpretation of high-style urban living.

If you can't make the Downtown Home Tour, these apartments are open for public viewing ($10 per person) through May 2, noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday  through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Proceeds from that fee are dedicated to Discovery Green.