Safe at Home? Electronic security alarm systems can add peace of mind Safe at Home? Electronic security alarm systems can add peace of mind

According to the FBI, there were an estimated 2,222,196 burglaries in 2008, and break-ins at residential properties accounted for 70 percent of those offenses. No wonder that electronic security products have seen a steady increase …

Bye, Bye, Flat Walls; Hello “Wow” Brighten rooms with walls that serve as eye-catching art Bye, Bye, Flat Walls; Hello “Wow” Brighten rooms with walls that serve as eye-catching art

Kiss the flat, matte wall goodbye. Wallpapers and paint are being replaced with amazing new surface materials that make wall coverings more like a piece of art. The latest looks are rich, textured coverings in …

Book Reviews Feb 2011 Book Reviews Feb 2011

SEWING SCHOOL
 
Sewing School is a fun, kid-tested how-to-sew book for ages 5 and up, featuring 21 step-by-step projects to inspire young sewers to create useful, modern objects with minimal adult supervision.
Authors Amie Petronis Plumley and …

New Wine Book Offers Answers and Tips New Wine Book Offers Answers and Tips

What’s A Winelover To Do? An Illustrated Guide With 334 Essential Oenophile Pointers And Tips, by Wes Marshall, Artisan Books, paperback, 2010. $17.95
It is interesting that Marshall and I are somehow on the same page …

Ford Explorer and Lexus CT200h Ford Explorer and Lexus CT200h

Ford Explorer
With the totally new Explorer, Ford has started over from scratch and opted for a unibody construction vehicle with front wheel drive that will even be offered with a 4 cylinder engine!
Lexus CT200h
Lexus’ newest car, the CT200h, is the entry model in its lineup. It’s best described as a compact touring car with a hybrid drive similar to the one found in the Prius.

Evolution Meets Establishment Evolution Meets Establishment

Home Reflects Family Growth While Maintaining Family Values
For almost 10 years, Jeff and Georgia Pennington have been established home and business owners in Houston’s Memorial area. They bought a home and raised three children — …

The Arts & Happenings January 2011 The Arts & Happenings January 2011

VERDI’S REQUIEM
BEGINNING JAN 20
Written in memory of two of Giuseppe Verdi’s greatest idols, Messa da Requiem begins with a delicate melody that quickly blossoms into music of great sweep and grandeur. Hear the Houston Symphony, …

On The Town with Jan Carson January 2011 On The Town with Jan Carson January 2011

I begin the 2011 New Year, my tenth anniversary of writing “On the Town,” by dedicating this column to the memory of a very special person in my life — my mother, Ann Carson. Mom …

Houston Performing Arts and Events January 2011 Houston Performing Arts and Events January 2011

MARIE
HOUSTON BALLET, BEGINNING FEB. 24
In his full-length Marie, artistic director Stanton Welch offers a new perspective on the often controversial and always fascinating life of Marie Antoinette. Choreographed specifically for Houston Ballet, Marie makes tremendous …

Houston City Scope January 2011 Houston City Scope January 2011

 
Carlos Cruz-Diez: Color in Space and Time
For more than five decades, Carlos Cruz-Diez has intensively experimented with the origins and optics of color. His wide-ranging body of work includes unconventional color structures, light environments, …

Instant Attraction – A peek behind the trees revealed the perfect dwelling for this family of four Instant Attraction – A peek behind the trees revealed the perfect dwelling for this family of four

House hunting can be an exercise in patience as Shawn and Eric Nitcher discovered a few years ago. “We were losing hope that we were going to find a house, but I kept thinking, ‘No, …

Grads Pedal from Texas to Alaska Grads Pedal from Texas to Alaska

By Cindy Ziervogel
Shannon Kintner was only a casual bike rider and self-described nerd when she first heard a fellow student recruit for a charity bike ride that would last 70 days, cover more than 4,000 …

Success Still in the Making Success Still in the Making

Flashback five years ago to Bravo’s hit television series Project Runway. It was in its second season and judges Heidi Klum, designer Michael Kors and Elle magazine fashion editor Nina Garcia were deliberating over three …

Fighting the Fat This Winter – and Beyond Fighting the Fat This Winter – and Beyond

Avoid winter weight gain and ring in a healthier 2011
January is the month when the government and nonprofit agencies across the country observe Healthy Weight Week. Maybe, because it follows the holidays when parties and …

Hassle Free Supper to Savor Hassle Free Supper to Savor

THIS POT ROAST FEEDS THE SOUL AND STOMACH
When there’s a chill in the air, cozy up to the table with dishes that feed the soul as well as the stomach. This melt-in-your-mouth Slow Cooker …