Houston House & Home Magazine Profiles 2013 ASID Showcase House

Houston House & Home Magazine Profiles
2013 ASID Showcase House

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Interior Designer Kelly Gale Amen’s own chair designs add whimsy to the comfortable and inviting outdoor retreat he created for the recent ASID Show House. (photo by Bruce Glass)


When the dream is explored, the visual is expressed
with a sample board and the actual design is then processed.
How lucky we are to be part of this exciting showcase house slated to open May 2013.

Kelly Gale Amen
Sydney Elise Greenwalt
Kelly Gale Amen Design

Loggia/Outdoor Space/Garages





Upcoming Events

May 8, 2013
Press and Chronicle photos to be taken
If you are still working in your space they may pass your room or ask to take a certain portion.
May 9, 2013
6:00p – 8:30p
Johnson Development VIP Party
Developer’s Party
Designer’s to Docent Their Spaces
This is not the Vendor Thank You Party.
May 11, 2013
Open To Public
Showhouse opens to the public at 10:00 AM
Hours of operation
Wednesday – Friday: 10:00 – 3:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 5:00
Sunday: 12 – 5:00
Monday, Memorial Day: 10-3
May 15, 2013
Realtor Open House
Hosted By Developer
Docents may be there but always nice if designers are. We are not getting the amount of volunteers we would like to have but we will work with what we have
May 18, 2013
5:00 – 7:30p
Thank You Party
Limited To 100 People
Invites based on your Vendor’s List that you submitted.

Kelly Gale Amen
Renowned designer Kelly Gale Amen has been creating functional, artistic spaces for 40 years, using color and compositional skills to accommodate and infuse clients’ spaces. Amen began creating KGA Functional Art Furniture in the 1990s to give form to his personal vision. “My approach involves the meshing of classical style and functionality with a contemporary inflection. All metal work is produced under my close supervision at a foundry in Alabama. It is engineered to fulfill my vision as an artist.” Kelly actively supports many charitable ventures, adding his special slant on how to engage and reward those involved in fundraising as well as the beneficiaries. Amen is a founding member of ASID and continues to demonstrate his love and support of the interior design profession.

Sydney Elise Greenwalt
Sydney Greenwalt is a recent graduate of the Art Institute of Houston with a bachelor of arts degree in interior design. Her design approach focuses on clients’ needs as she incorporates her own ideas and style in the juxtaposition of colors and textures. She prides herself on strong attention to detail. Sydney is actively involved with ASID and is chairing this year’s Community Involvement Committee. She is currently working with Kelly Gale Amen as a technical design assistant. “Working with Kelly has been the greatest opportunity for me to learn and grow. He is truly an inspiration and has shown me how exciting and rewarding the interior design industry can be.”

Design Concept
Through the creation of a dimensional space without walls, the outdoor area becomes a multi-functional sanctuary. The loggia, pergola and pool are unified by the warm travertine hardscape. Mixed pebblestone borders these areas, creating a subtle definition of each space. Kelly’s functional Art Furniture, including his 72-inch metal and wood dining table, is displayed throughout. A large poof serves as a focal point for the loggia, complemented by Kelly’s signature “V” pillows. These pieces are upholstered in canvas from the Zina Garrison Academy’s “Paint Day” and will tie in to the garage spaces, a collaborative effort with upcoming designer Sydney Greenwalt.

The garages focus on the Zina Garrison Academy’s “Paint Day.” Several signature KGA benches will be featured alongside artistic installations of suspended tennis balls from the “Paint Day” event. Canvases from the event are juxtaposed against an abstract kinetic wall graphic that curves around the perimeter of the space. These canvases are gridded into smaller segments and feature artistic collaborations of local artists, ASID members, supporters and students in the Houston community. These canvas sections will be listed in a silent auction hosted in one of the garage spaces. Proceeds will benefit the Zina Garrison Academy and ASID.

Both the outdoor spaces and the garages exhibit functional art that becomes interactive and playful. As Kelly says, “A good design plan leaves room for the constant joy of experimentation.”

John Brooks Showroom
The Stark Company
The Garden Gate
Andrew Martin Thailand Pottery
River Oaks Rugs
River Oaks Rug Cleaners
J. Antonio Farfan for Universal Ornaments
Creative Style Upholstery
Zina Garrison Academy
BUK Films
The Art Institute of Houston
College of the Mainland Art Department
QDI Stone
G and S Custom Draperies
Big Ass Fans
Classic Moves
KGA Functional Art Furniture

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