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Optimizing Your Outdoor Spaces Optimizing Your Outdoor Spaces

Dream big but start small
By Elizabeth Alexander
It’s the little things that make the big things possible. Only close attention to the fine details of any operation makes the operation first class.   — J. W. Marriott
If …

Bulb and Plant Mart, Oct. 2-4 Bulb and Plant Mart, Oct.  2-4

Two popular bulbs are the Stars & Stripes crinum (top) , and the White Butterfly Ginger.
Garden Club of Houston sponsors 72nd annual event 
One of the largest and oldest horticultural events in Texas, the 72nd annual …

Al Fresco at Home Al Fresco at Home

Outdoor dining trends include fresh new options
By Cheryl Alexander
When you are planning an outdoor dining space you have much to consider, from the ambiance you want to create as well as the high-tech appliances you …

Function and Flair in Your Kitchen Function and Flair in Your Kitchen

On-trend sinks and faucets make for easy updates

Top Trends in Hardwood Flooring Top Trends in Hardwood Flooring

No More “Shades Of Brown Only” — Today’s Flooring Is All About Color
Wider planks. Darker colors. Richer tones. And more natural looks that showcase wood’s inherent textures and grains. These are just a few of …

Tantalized By Tile Tantalized By Tile

By Elizabeth Anthony
Inspiration and influence for tile floors and walls come from everywhere: fashion, upholstery, wallpaper, furniture, media and even electronics. In our homes and offices, where each element must uniquely capture the current style …

This Summer, Choose the Right Tree for the Right Spot This Summer, Choose the Right Tree for the Right Spot

Easy tips for tree planting success

Splashdown to Summer Fun Splashdown to Summer Fun

Planning your pool for a fabulous outdoor experience
By Elizabeth Anthony
Summertime fun is quickly approaching and now is a great time to begin planning for splashdown in your very own backyard pool. Start with a vision …

Garden Color 101 Garden Color 101

Experiment With The Three Color Harmo
One of the best things about gardening is the lack of rules. That’s especially true when it comes to color – anything goes! In the garden, there are as many …

Exceptional, Shorter Dahlias Explode With Color All Season Exceptional, Shorter Dahlias Explode With Color All Season

Blooming From Summer To First Frost, Border Dahlias Bring Extraordinary Color
Flower power well into fall without the fuss is what gardeners love about border dahlias. Standing just 2 feet tall, the Melody and Gallery dahlias …

Kitchen Winners!
Outstanding kitchens from the 2013 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show
Kitchen Winners! </br>Outstanding kitchens from the 2013 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show

Glass in all its glory—hand-cut, hand-blown and LED-lit — was creatively used by the winning designers in both the Best Kitchen and the Best Bath in the 2013 Design Competition sponsored by the National Kitchen …

Brighten the Holidays with Amaryllis Brighten the Holidays with Amaryllis

They are easy to grow indoors and outdoors
Winter is not the season most often associated with growing flamboyant flowers – unless the subject happens to be amaryllis. With large tropical flowers that rival anything the …

Decorating Tips for Every Room Decorating Tips for Every Room

Instant changes from accessories to window treatments make a refreshing difference
Decorating spruce-ups do not have to involve a lot of time or expense when you follow these inventive tips from Sally Morse, Director of Creative …

Perfect Timing for the Plunge: Fall Pool Construction Perfect Timing for the Plunge: Fall Pool Construction

By Melanie Saxton
Fall is the ideal time to plan for a swimming pool installation. Construction throughout the winter can ready your backyard for a springtime oasis. But because underground pools are permanent fixtures, it makes …

Houston Gardens Can Show Texas Pride – Five colorful flowers you can enjoy this fall Houston Gardens Can Show Texas Pride – Five colorful flowers you can enjoy this fall

By Jennifer Miko
With fall weather approaching, cooler conditions welcome new opportunities to bright­en up your landscaping. There are many wonderful plants to consider that thrive after the summer months. Annuals are versatile and can be …

Top 10 Home Improvements Tips Top 10 Home Improvements Tips

Regular maintenance adds value to your investment
By Cheryl Alexander
Your home is one of the single biggest investments you’ll ever make so it only makes sense to make the most of your investment and ensure your …

Flooring Trends – July Flooring Trends – July

FROM HARDWOOD TO CARPET TO TILE, WHAT’S NEW AND FABULOUS UNDERFOOT
A high-tech lifestyle, subculture movement and über conveniences are just some of the aspects of today’s lifestyle that are influencing the products that we are …