Stripped Ease

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January 16, 2009
All of the money Barbara Hill poured into remodeling her 1960s condo in Houston was spent taking things out—and she couldn’t be happier. Read Full Article
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  The exterior of Hill's Houston building, constructed in the 1960s.  Photo by: Dean Kaufman
    The exterior of Hill's Houston building, constructed in the 1960s.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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  The words of the prophets are written on the chalkboard-paint-coated door to Hill's apartment. A painting by Mark Flood hangs behind a plaster Buddha on a chest from Cassina. The Ligne Roset cotten sofa was bought on sale.  Photo by: Dean Kaufman
    The words of the prophets are written on the chalkboard-paint-coated door to Hill's apartment. A painting by Mark Flood hangs behind a plaster Buddha on a chest from Cassina. The Ligne Roset cotten sofa was bought on sale.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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  A Philippe Starck standing lamp and an Eames chaise longue bracket the living room; two Lawrence Weiner prints hang behind a pair of Warren Platner chairs and a table purchased from a River Oaks estate sale; at far left of the room, a partial wall of new cinderblocks hides a return air vent.  Photo by: Dean Kaufman
    A Philippe Starck standing lamp and an Eames chaise longue bracket the living room; two Lawrence Weiner prints hang behind a pair of Warren Platner chairs and a table purchased from a River Oaks estate sale; at far left of the room, a partial wall of new cinderblocks hides a return air vent.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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  Winged light bulbs, part of an Ingo Maurer fixture, bring levity to Hill's bathroom. The space features a zinc wall by Houston metalworker George Sacaris, who also did the bathroom and kitchen cabinets,  Photo by: Dean KaufmanCourtesy of: Krause, Johansen
    Winged light bulbs, part of an Ingo Maurer fixture, bring levity to Hill's bathroom. The space features a zinc wall by Houston metalworker George Sacaris, who also did the bathroom and kitchen cabinets,

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Courtesy of: Krause, Johansen

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  The door to Hill's medicine cabinet, made by George Sacaris, slides open to reveal a concrete wall.  Photo by: Dean Kaufman
    The door to Hill's medicine cabinet, made by George Sacaris, slides open to reveal a concrete wall.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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  With bright red hair, Hill is a standout in a gray-glass 1960s building. Her coffee table is a French mail-sorting table with the legs cut down.  Photo by: Dean Kaufman
    With bright red hair, Hill is a standout in a gray-glass 1960s building. Her coffee table is a French mail-sorting table with the legs cut down.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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  A room divider by Extremis, made of sticks protruding from a rubber base, shields the bathroom.  Photo by: Dean Kaufman
    A room divider by Extremis, made of sticks protruding from a rubber base, shields the bathroom.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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  Who needs shelves when there's plenty of floor space? Stacks of books and a framed print sit alongside a Peter Maly Ligne Roset bed, reupholstered in stiff linen.  Photo by: Dean Kaufman
    Who needs shelves when there's plenty of floor space? Stacks of books and a framed print sit alongside a Peter Maly Ligne Roset bed, reupholstered in stiff linen.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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  Hill at her dining room table.  Photo by: Dean Kaufman
    Hill at her dining room table.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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  There used to be walls; now Barbara Hill's bed offers views not just of Houston, but also a French farm table surrounded by a sextet of black and white Harry Bertoia chairs for Knoll.  Photo by: Dean Kaufman
    There used to be walls; now Barbara Hill's bed offers views not just of Houston, but also a French farm table surrounded by a sextet of black and white Harry Bertoia chairs for Knoll.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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  In Hill's kitchen, exposed pipes behind the counter have plenty of company: the pipes that form her storage units. The rug, by Chilewich, is made of vinyl.  Photo by: Dean Kaufman
    In Hill's kitchen, exposed pipes behind the counter have plenty of company: the pipes that form her storage units. The rug, by Chilewich, is made of vinyl.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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