KGA and CBTB were featured as covers in the 2020 Social Book. The Interior and Exteriors section features a photo layout of the eye of KGA including fabrics, furniture and designs while the CBTB branded pages features the CBTB portrait series and the stunning CBTB pillow cabinet with hand chain stitched silk pillows.
We have a winner – Joseph Agrella. Team member Dawn Ewing drew ticket number #119. The Social Book event at Neiman Marcus – Galleria featured an evening of Hors d’oeuvres, libations and a fashion show with Page Parkes models. The Page Parkes models also helped patrons with #getcaughtwithyourpantsdown photo venue to capture the spirit of the Cancer Below the Belt and raise awareness of the Dirty Dozen. #Cancerbelowthebelt #therealsocialbook #PageParkesCorporation #NeimanMarcus #KGA #KGADesign
Kelly Gale Amen’s loft is filled with art and furniture he’s either made or collected in his travels. His home was featured on the 2017 Weird Home Tour.
Winking hippos, a C3PO-like metallic mannequin, outlandish art and over-the-top murals have all won over judges at the annual Weird Homes Tour. The next tour is set for Oct. 6, and organizers are recruiting homes and homeowners for the next lineup.
The home tour that celebrates eccentric personalities and sometimes odd decor began in Austin in 2014 when organizers Chelle and David J. Neff wanted to play tribute to the inherent weirdness in that city. It spread to Houston in 2016, and now is also in New Orleans, Detroit and Portland. It’s also the subject of a new coffee table book, “Weird Homes: The People and Places That keep Austin Strangely Wonderful” (Skyhorse Publishing; $16.99).
To be considered to be one of the eight to 10 homes chosen for the tour, you have to be willing to let hundreds of complete strangers traipse through your home, but you’ll also get professional photos of your home, a little publicity and, of course, bragging rights about the degree of your own weirdness.
Past tour homes include Kelly Gale Amen’s art-filled loft downtown, Selia Qynn’s garden-rich Spring Branch home and Sue Shefman’s “Hippolotofus” home, filled with hundreds of hippos as well as an art car that can wink at you (via remote control).
The tour will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 6 and tickets are $30-$55. Apply to be part of the tour at www.weirdhomestour.com.
Check out the Weird Homes Tour and #GetCaughtWithYourPantsDown!
“We seek two things from our buildings. We want them to shelter us. And we want them to speak to us – to speak to us of whatever we find important and need to be reminded of.” – Alan De Botton.
Kelly Gale Amen has been an influential and eccentric designer and participant in the Houston arts & design community since 1974. His work has been described as shocking and deliciously enchanting and we can’t think of a better way to describe his downtown urban loft as well.
It’s a home that is filled with the juxtaposition of extremes that just seem to fit perfectly together. Amen’s home is humorous, dark, sentimental, eclectic, and erotic. Contemporary sculptures sit next to tribal artifacts. A child’s portrait of his pet Dalmatian, “Fire Hydrant”, sits next to a renaissance style religious oil painting. The home is filled with the unique furniture he designed and they sit next to a photo of his furniture, on fire. You can see his furniture anywhere from the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences to the Oklahoma State Capital to the Cosmonauts Museum of Moscow.
Kelly also a cancer survivor and the founder of the nonprofit, Cancer Below the Belt, which seeks to spread awareness and screening of the “Dirty Dozen” through humor. You can find information and photos about the CBB in the building lobby and don’t be surprised if you are asked to #GetCaughtWithYourPantsDown!