Architect brings 'modern stuff' to Miller in May Tour

Along with three other homes and one garden, Brent 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.
BY TIM FALL trfall@gmail.com Modified: May 16, 2013 at 12:38 pm •  Published: May 17, 2013
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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.

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