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September 22nd, 2017

Happy Birthday, Kristen!

This month's Birthday Girl is Kristen Johnson Perrin of architecture firm Tramonte + Johnson.

Happy birthday and congrats on your first baby due any day! We're bringing you a Petite Sweets cupcake. Favorite flavor?
Cookies and cream because at this point in pregnancy... anything chocolate!
 
Your firm Tramonte + Johnson is responsible for projects like mixed use development 7800 Washington. Tell us why you went out on your own.
We just celebrated our 2 year anniversary! My partner Jason Tramonte and I hung out our shingle so that we could focus on the business strategy of our clients, and collaborate directly with them. We have a close knit team of nine people that work on commercial interior design, architecture, non profit, residential projects and more. 
 
Best and worst thing about Houston architecture
Best: A few people here care about saving our Mid-Century Modern structures. Worst thing: A lot more than a few people here don't think twice about tearing down the Mid-Century Modern gems.
 
Favorite building in Houston.
The Dominique and John de Menil residence, designed in 1948 by Philip Johnson and decorated by Charles James. Everything about it is perfection; I never miss an opportunity to visit.
 
Favorite places to shop?
Ann Mashburn, Kick Pleat, Cheeky Vintage, Hamilton Shirts, Found - the one thing they do have in common is impeccable service.
 
For Girl’s Night Out you usually suggest…
Dinner at Tiny Boxwoods - can't get my husband to join me there to save my life.
 
What’s the “best deal” in town?
The prix fixe business lunch at Da Marco! Best food in Houston for under $30... it's a no brainer!
 
Daily uniform?
Typically something classic, with an edgy accessory (jewelry, shoe, or bag). I rarely leave the house without orange-red Tom Ford lipstick!
 
How are you celebrating your birthday this year?
With Eloise on the way, this birthday was very different than years past. Usually I like to stretch out the birthday into a whole month! Instead of a night out, I think we stayed in and washed baby clothes!
  
How many candles are you blowing out?
37!
 
What’s on your birthday gift wish list?
Multicolor glitter booties from Maison Martin Margiela, red feather-trimmed satin sandals from Prada's Fall '17 Runway, a Freya "Mini Poppy" handbag, and flat bar Brno chairs for the dining room. This is a WISH LIST, right?
 
Read our interviews with all the past Birthday Girls here! Want to be featured in Tidbits on your birthday? Tell us why at submissions-houston@gotidbits.com.

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