In 2010, Brent Forget discovered the Miller neighborhood when he bought a home on NW 15 that was “full of original charm,” he said.
To that canvas of original charm, Forget (pronounced “for-ZHAY”) has applied strokes of whimsy, surprise and sophistication.
He's also applied clipboards. Lots of clipboards.
Along with three other homes and one garden, Forget's home is a featured stop on this year's Miller in May Home Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Forget is an architect and team member at Elliot + Associates in Oklahoma City.
“I like modern stuff,” Forget said while showing the eclectic-yet-inviting decor and artwork he has integrated into the 1928 Tudor-revival cottage he bought “in great shape” three years ago.
Forget described his sunken living room as “map-themed,” with a print of Jasper Johns' 1961 “Map” on the mantel as a background for other framed maps, cities where Forget has lived, from Washington, D.C., to Edinburgh, Scotland.
Forget's own artwork can be seen in the living room and throughout the home, beginning with two large-format pegboard-and-dowel pieces representing topographical maps.
The dining table — a clean, maple plywood surface on Ikea supports — was created by Forget, as was a folded-paper triptych mounted on a dining room wall.
A chartreuse hallway connects the home's three bedrooms — one repurposed as a home office — and the bathroom, where original black and white tile still gleam in a basket-weave pattern.
It's in this hallway that Forget has hung 102 (yes, he counted) small clipboards, which serve as mounts for photos, clippings and mementos.
The master and guest bedrooms are cozy yet bright and airy, featuring photos by Forget and other art pieces the homeowner created by placing tools on photo-reactive paper.
The office opens onto a spacious backyard that is home to a renovated pond, a garden and several outdoor spaces for socializing, dining or relaxing.
Mike Stuart, longtime promoter of the Miller neighborhood Miller in May, said that Forget is exemplary of other Miller homeowners.
“We have many active volunteers like Brent” who have discovered Miller, he said, adding that “it truly takes a village” to execute the annual event.
Ron Gottschalk, a more recent Miller neighborhood transplant, is another one of those volunteers.
Gottschalk, a director for human resources with Williams and Associates Hospitality, moved into his home on NW 16 last fall after living in a downtown Oklahoma City apartment.
“I discovered the neighborhood driving through Miller in May last spring,” said the Ponca City native, whose career moved him to numerous cities around the country before he returned to central Oklahoma in January 2012.
Gottschalk's home, at 1,245 square feet, has two bedrooms and two bathrooms — after the previous owner's remodel.
The decor and color scheme, along with an updated kitchen and inviting outdoor dining area, sold Gottschalk.
“The first time I saw it, I knew I could just move right in,” he said.
Also on the tour are the home of Douglas and Allison Archambo, a 1,926 two-bedroom featuring both updates and historical details at 2626 NW 12; and the home of Jeff James, a Colonial Revival-influenced cottage also built in 1926, with original oak woodwork and kitchen countertops fashioned from the floors of a bowling alley.
One garden, adjacent to the home of Murray and Gaylene King at 2601 NW 13, is open to tour guests.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at 23rd Street Antique Mall, 3023 NW 23; Antique Avenue Market, 5219 N Western Ave.; Garden Gate Antiques, 1307 N May Ave.; or at any of the homes.