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Family Home Made New

| August 1, 2016
Family Home Made New

Couple Transforms An Empty Nest Into A Sophisticated Sanctuary In 1995, a couple with strong Houston roots bought a lot in a beautiful area 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 […]

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Local Pet Resort Raises $23,521 for Mission K9 Rescue

| August 1, 2016
Local Pet Resort Raises $23,521 for Mission K9 Rescue

Rover Oaks’ Annual Operation:War Dogs Fundraiser A Success Rover Oaks Pet Resort just wrapped up its sixth annual Operation: War Dogs fundraiser for nonprofit organization Mission K9 Rescue, the Houston chapter of the United States War Dogs Association (USWDA). The fundraiser began on Memorial Day and ended on July 4. This year, Rover Oaks raised […]

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Cat Spring Tea, Processed in Katy and Generating a Media Buzz

| August 1, 2016
Cat Spring Tea, Processed in Katy and Generating a Media Buzz

Cat Spring Tea Cofounders Recognize Potential In The Yaupon Plant And In The Lives Of Their Employees By Mara Soloway   Images from Cat Spring Tea Since the idea for Cat Spring Tea began brewing in the minds of sisters JennaDee Miller Detro and Abianne Miller Falla in 2011, the company has grown from selling bagged […]

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Katy Student is Named a Texas State-Fish Art Contest 2016 Winner

| August 1, 2016
Katy Student is Named a Texas State-Fish Art Contest 2016 Winner

Nasa Xu Won Best In Show And First Place Awards And Will Advance To National Competition The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, headquarters for the Texas division of Wildlife Forever’s State-Fish Art Contest, has announced the winners for 2016. First-place entries advance to the national level and compete against winners from other states. This year, Nasa […]

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Katy Happenings August 2016

| August 1, 2016
Katy Happenings August 2016

Mark your calendar with upcoming events and charitable events.

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Destination: U.S. Virgin Islands

| August 1, 2016
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 make the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) one of the most desirable places in the world to get away. […]

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MEMORABLE WEDDINGS – Melissa & Ben

| August 1, 2016
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 in California. Their long-distance love story came full circle when they both returned to their Texas roots. Melissa attended […]

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Fashion – What’s in Stores Now – August 2016

| August 1, 2016
Fashion –  What’s in Stores Now – August 2016

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

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Outstanding Bath Designers Show off Their Work

| August 1, 2016
Outstanding Bath Designers Show off  Their Work

Winning Baths And Powder Rooms Make A Splash At NKBA The winners of this year’s National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) design competiton show a steady stream of imaginative design solutions for challenges that included a badly designed original layout, a bath shared by a home theater and a guest bedroom, a need for expanded space, […]

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

| August 1, 2016
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.

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A Picture Perfect Smile

| August 1, 2016
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 and professionals lives. A new study by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) finds that a great smile […]

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Eight Tips to Save on Summer Cooling Costs

| August 1, 2016
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 time soon as meteorologists anticipate above-average temperatures for most of the country this season. Considering that air conditioning accounts […]

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HISTORICAL – Getting Around Town Was Tough!

| August 1, 2016
HISTORICAL – Getting Around Town Was Tough!

Traffic and roads are a hot topic in the Katy area these days. Even the most advanced map systems have a hard time keeping up with all the new roads being built here. For Katy’s first settlers, roads didn’t even exist; much of the prairie was navigated across open fields. Eventually trails were worn into […]

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Around Katy August 2016

| August 1, 2016
Around Katy August 2016

MD ANDERSON CELEBRATES KATY SURVIVORS AT SURVIVORSHIP NIGHT On June 11, MD Anderson hosted the inaugural Survivorship Night event at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch. The center was aglow in purple and green lighting during a concert to honor local cancer survivors, patients and caregivers. Guests enjoyed live music, glow necklaces, complimentary souvenir photos and free […]

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Katy Texas Schools, Sports, Students, August 2016

| August 1, 2016
Katy Texas Schools, Sports, Students, August 2016

Read about the achievements of area schools and students.

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Discoveries August 2016

| August 1, 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 is 24” long and is cast in artisan-grade resin and hand finished in silver leaf. phillipscollection.com _________________________________________________________________________________ RIBBED MEDITERRANEAN JAR […]

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Katy Business August 2016

| August 1, 2016
Katy Business August 2016

FARM-FRESH ORGANIC VEGGIES AND FRUITS COME TO KATY’S CANE ISLAND Some of the freshest fruits and vegetables in Texas along with farm-fresh dairy, artisan baked goods, organic cuts of meat and local poultry are coming to Katy’s Cane Island. The new master-planned community is the first in the Houston area to establish a partnership with […]

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A Wrap-Up of Winning Wines

| August 1, 2016
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 tastings is to list them with a short description instead of more fully reporting on 20 or 30 winners. […]

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Book Reviews August 2016

| August 1, 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 passion. His love of photography served to heal him spiritually after his Parkinson’s diagnosis, and now his extraordinary wildlife […]

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Mazda CX-5 and Hyundai Sonata

| August 1, 2016
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 Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and the Hyundai Tucson. When it first debuted in 2013, it was the antidote […]

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

| July 1, 2016
Impact A Hero Holds Its 12th Annual 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 & Denim, on May 22 at NRG Stadium. The event benefits severely wounded heroes injured in post 9/11 combat […]

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MID-CENTURY Merges with Contemporary Design in River Oaks

| July 1, 2016
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. He started his career at the former Caudill Rowlett Scott, (CRSS) and through the growth years became executive vice president of the Architecture […]

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Beckendorff Farms Provides a
History-Filled Environment for
Social Occasions

| July 1, 2016
Beckendorff Farms Provides a <br>History-Filled Environment for <br>Social Occasions

Stacey and Blake Beckendorff’s structure is steeped in character Text by Mara Soloway  |   Photos by Kevin Douglas West In 2013, Blake and Stacey Beckendorff took several personal and professional leaps of faith. They got married, and Stacey became pregnant with their first son. They quit good jobs to start their wedding and event […]

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