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Couple Transforms An Empty Nest Into A Sophisticated Sanctuary 

In 1995, a couple with strong Houston roots bought a lot in West University and built a two-story brick home. This was a neighborhood they knew and admired; a neighborhood that reflected their goals and fit their dreams; and a neighborhood where they knew they could grow and nurture their family.

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Bringing HISTORY Home Bringing  HISTORY  Home

Business Partners Reclaim, Repurpose And Revitalize Old Lumber To Fill Industry Gap
By Cheryl Alexander
Jason Manlove and Chad Mentuis know the Houston lumber business. They have worked together for years as remodelers, so they understand the …

Downtown District Infuses Main Street Square with “Art Blocks” Downtown District Infuses Main Street Square with “Art Blocks”

City Block Brightened With Public Art And Neighborhood Redevelopment Initiative
Main Street Square is getting a makeover. This pedestrian plaza bordered by Walker and Dallas streets is the recipient of the Downtown District’s year-long public …

The Arts & Happenings August 2016 The Arts & Happenings August 2016

MILLER OUTDOOR THEATRE, AUGUST PERFORMANCES
Since 1923, Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park has been one of Houston’s most beloved cultural treasures, a gathering place for the community and the site of thousands of memorable free …

Destination: U.S. Virgin Islands Destination: U.S. Virgin Islands

Rich History, Diverse Activities And Picturesque Beaches Close To Home
By Cheryl Alexander
Year-round warm temperatures (77°F /winter; 82°F /summer), sugar white sand beaches, ease of travel and a variety of accommodations, culinary experiences and land/sea adventures …

MEMORABLE WEDDINGS – Melissa & Ben MEMORABLE WEDDINGS – Melissa & Ben

Text by Melanie Saxton Photos by A Sea of Love Photography
Melissa Murphy grew up in Fort Bend, and Benjamin Livingston grew up in Midland. They met when a fortuitous turn of events landed them both …

Fashion – What’s in Stores Now – August 2016 Fashion –  What’s in Stores Now – August 2016

TORY BURCH– Britten Patchwork Shoulder bag in shades of blue. neimanmarcus.com

Arts & Antiques by Dr. Lori – Decorating with Family Heirlooms Arts & Antiques by Dr. Lori –  Decorating with Family Heirlooms

SAVE THE DATE TO SEE DR. LORI!
Dr. Lori will be a speaker at the Fall Home & Garden Show to be held Aug. 13-14 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center.

Eight Tips to Save on Summer Cooling Costs Eight Tips to Save on Summer Cooling Costs

AIR CONDITIONING ACCOUNTS FOR MORE THAN HALF THE ENERGY USE IN U.S. HOMES
By Andrea Woroch
Americans are feeling the heat in their electricity bills. Unfortunately, this sizzling financial sensation isn’t expected to cool down any …

Houston City Scope August 2016 Houston City Scope August 2016

HOUSTONIAN LERECA MONIK CROWNED MS. TEXAS 2016
Lereca Monik of Houston has recently been awarded the title of Ms. Texas America 2016. The title will allow Lereca to connect with the community and use her …

A Picture Perfect Smile A Picture Perfect Smile

The secret to attractiveness at any age
It’s no secret that we only have one chance to make a lasting first impression, which can often shape how we are perceived and remembered in both our social …

HISTORICAL – Kay B. Crooker, A Houston Quality of Life Advocate HISTORICAL – Kay B. Crooker, A Houston Quality of Life Advocate

 
Kay B. Crooker was a professional and volunteer advocate promoting Houston’s quality of life for more than 30 years. Appointed to the City of Houston Planning and Zoning Commission in 1984 and reappointed by five …

Discoveries August 2016 Discoveries August 2016

ANIMAL SCULPTURES
These interesting sculptures are conversation starters. The Largemouth Bass Fish with Stand stands 13” high and is 21” long. The Bulldog Silver Leaf sculpture makes a glamorous pet. It stands 16” high and …

Book Reviews August 2016 Book Reviews August 2016

FEEL GOOD PHOTOGRAPHY
Robert Flatt,a Houston-based photographer and Rice University professor, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1999 and left his corporate oil and gas career to enroll in photography classes at Rice to pursue his …

A Wrap-Up of Winning Wines A Wrap-Up of Winning Wines

Short And Sweet Reports On Recent Tastings
Tasting around 150 wines per month, and only having a two-page column, I occasionally fall behind, and the only way to report on all the great values from recent …

Mazda CX-5 and Hyundai Sonata Mazda CX-5 and Hyundai Sonata

 
Mazda CX-5 | Starting price: $21,800
Mazda’s M.O. is to infuse sports-car spirit into everything it builds. The CX-5 is no exception. This compact SUV remains at the top of its game among competitors like the …

Mid-Century Merges with Contemporary Design in River Oaks Mid-Century Merges with Contemporary Design in River Oaks

Architect John Cryer III, FAIA, and Edna Ramos, a retired commercial pilot, met 21 years ago and have been married for 19. John moved to Houston in 1972 after graduation from LSU.

Meet the Moore Browns Meet the Moore Browns

Talented family creates  highly regarded glass-blown artworks
By Cheryl Alexander
Parents Michael Brown and Sally Moore and their son Patrick are artists working in the specialized medium of glass blowing with a strong commitment to keeping the …

Creative Aging at Mamie George Community Center Creative Aging at Mamie George Community Center

Living Arts program supports better aging, better health and a better life for seniors in Fort Bend County
The energy in the art room at the Mamie George Community Center (MGCC) is effervescent and palpable. The …

Impact A Hero Holds Its 12th Annual
Hall of Fame Gala Dinner
Impact A Hero Holds Its 12th Annual <br>Hall of Fame Gala Dinner

Severely wounded heroes and family members were honored
Co-founder Jim Hoelker and Gala Chair Megan Harper were on hand as Impact A Hero presented its 12th Annual Impact A Hero Hall of Fame Gala Dinner, Diamonds …

The Arts & Happenings July 2016 The Arts & Happenings July 2016

MATT MAGEE’S WORLDWIDE SCULPTURAL DEBUT IN HOUSTON, THROUGH JULY 2
Hiram Butler Gallery unveils prima materia, Matt Magee’s first exhibition of sculpture. Since the mid-’80s, Magee has assembled table-top sculptures from found objects that he saved …