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Maximize a Small Space

| November 1, 2017
Maximize a Small Space

Design Tips To Make The Most Of Less Square Footage By Bee Heinemann In almost every home there is a need for larger living areas. It can be a challenge to decorate small rooms to make them purposeful and comfortable without looking too cluttered. With some thoughtful planning, there are ways to maximize every square […]

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Make Your Yard a Friendly Habitat for Resident and Migratory Birds

| October 1, 2017
Make Your Yard a Friendly Habitat for Resident and Migratory Birds

If You Plant Natives, Birds Will Come By Mara Soloway The Houston area has numerous resident bird species, thanks to its humid subtropical climate. The area is also in the migratory path of so many more birds as they make their way across and around the Gulf of Mexico in the spring and fall. This […]

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Make Pool Maintenance a Pleasant Experience

| September 1, 2017
Make Pool Maintenance a Pleasant Experience

These Tips From The Pros Can Help You Keep Your Pool Sparkling By Merry Wise Pool season is here! The weather is warm, and it’s time to enjoy the pool once again. Use these useful professional tips to take the struggle out of pool maintenance and make it the fun experience it is meant to […]

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10 Steps to Easy-Care Beds
and Borders

| August 1, 2017
10 Steps to Easy-Care Beds <br>and Borders

Eco-friendly plants save gardening effort Garden beds and borders, artfully filled with a colorful tapestry of flowers and foliage, are very much back in vogue. But unlike the traditional perennial beds and borders, which were labor intensive and peaked mainly in spring, today’s garden plots are filled with eco-friendly plants designed to perform better, require […]

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The Art of the Outdoors

| July 1, 2017
The Art of the Outdoors

Create Elegant Ambiance With Water, Fire, Sculpture And Lighting By Merry Wise Adding art to your outdoor space can take your home to a whole new level of elegance. Consider adding the elements of water and fire and an interesting sculpture, and turn your whole creation into a wonderland with light at night. Swimming pools, […]

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It’s Summertime, and the Outdoor Living is Easy

| June 1, 2017
It’s Summertime, and the Outdoor Living is Easy

These Ideas Will Keep You Outdoors, No Matter How High The Temperature Climbs By Mara Soloway It’s summer, which means it’s time to enjoy your backyard and entertain on the patio. While the mercury is already on the rise in our area, don’t let the high temperatures send you, your family and your guests indoors […]

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Metal Roofs are Growing in Popularity

| May 1, 2017
Metal Roofs are Growing in Popularity

They Have Several Advantages For Homes In The South With the new year, homeowners are looking to new trends as they make home renovation plans. The roof is the biggest design element on a home and probably the most important. Metal roofs are growing in popularity and are poised to make a big impact in […]

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Kitchens That Cook

| March 1, 2017
Kitchens That Cook

Creating A Culinary Space Text by Cheryl Alexander Kitchen designs are as varied as the cooks who use them. Some are so lackluster that even the thought of cooking in them can stifle any craving.

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Easy To Grow Dahlias

| March 1, 2017
Easy To Grow Dahlias

Plan Now For Spectacular Summer Blooms By Melinda Myers Photos by Longfield-Gardens.com Dahlias provide some of the garden’s biggest and most spectacular blooms. The flowers come in a rainbow of colors and many different styles and sizes, and all are excellent cut flowers. One of the best things about dahlias is how abundantly they bloom. […]

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Kid and Pet Friendly Flooring Ideas

| February 1, 2017
Kid and Pet Friendly Flooring Ideas

A Range Of Flooring Types Will Work For High-Activity Areas By Mara Soloway Sure, empty nesters can have stylish concrete floors in their homes. It certainly makes having dogs easier. And area rugs can make a soft, friendly space for their visiting grandkids to play. But what can others do who want the combination of […]

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Outstanding Bath Designers
Show off Their Work

| January 1, 2017
Outstanding Bath Designers </br>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 […]

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Ten Easy Design Tips With A Big Impact

| December 1, 2016
Ten Easy Design Tips With A Big Impact

Transform Your Home Without Spending A Fortune The change of seasons to fall and eventually winter is a great time to give your home a face lift. Ready to make some changes, but don’t want to break the bank? An interior design expert at Vant Wall Panels, Jeffrey Welder, has some easy-to-implement design tips. Use […]

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Why Granite Countertops are Here to Stay

| November 1, 2016
Why Granite Countertops are Here to Stay

These Four Reasons Highlight Their Durability And Appeal By Kathleen M. McCoy Granite continues to be the preferred choice for kitchen countertops nationwide. According to the NKBA 2014 Kitchen & Bath Style Report, a stunning 91 percent of respondents specified granite when designing new kitchen countertops. Deanna Carlton, Kitchen Design Group, echoed these statistics when […]

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Add Some Eye Candy to Your Garden This Fall

| October 1, 2016
Add Some Eye Candy to Your Garden This Fall

Plant Bulbs Now That Will Flower In Spring By Melinda Myers Shorten the winter season with the help of spring flowering bulbs that you plant in fall. These beauties often provide the first bit of color, fragrance and winter relief each year. Look for new and unique ways to incorporate bulbs into your landscape. Create […]

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Fall into Herbs

| September 1, 2016
Fall into Herbs

It’s The Right Time To Replenish Plants Lost To The Heat Herbs are plants that are used as flavoring agents. The common herbs used in cooking are referred to as culinary herbs. Mild or savory herbs impart a delicate flavor to food while the stronger or pungent herbs add zest to foods. These herbs are […]

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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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Before You Buy Stone Flooring

| June 1, 2016
Before You Buy Stone Flooring

What To Know To Avoid Surprises With The Project You’ve done your home work on stone work. You understand the basic categories. You can imagine the feel of cool brushed sandstone under your feet as you walk through the breakfast room to the flamed granite in the kitchen. Stone flooring is perfect for the way […]

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Plant a Pollinator Garden

| June 1, 2016
Plant a Pollinator Garden

You And The Pollinators Will Enjoy The Benefits! By Melinda Myers Whether planting a garden, enjoying the beauty of your landscape or sitting down to a delicious meal, you have bees, butterflies and other pollinators to thank. The efforts of these essential members of our ecosystem are responsible for much of the food and beauty […]

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Getting More from the Outdoors

| May 1, 2016
Getting More from the Outdoors

Great options to update your backyard living space By Merry Wise Here comes the sun! And with the warm weather comes inspiration to create new spaces or improve on others for full enjoyment of your home. In our area, we are blessed with the ability to enjoy outdoor living almost the entire year, and focusing […]

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Springtime Kicks off Hibiscus Show Season

| May 1, 2016
Springtime Kicks off Hibiscus Show Season

  Dramatic tropical flower will be featured at Sugar Land event By Judy Latta Photos by Pat Merritt and Linda Anderson Spring is upon us, and as warm weather blossoms begin to burst, few are as stunning and impressive as the eye-catching exotic hibiscus. Also known as “the Queen of the Tropics,” hibiscus colors range […]

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Plan the Right Pool for Your Living Style

| April 1, 2016
Plan the Right Pool for Your Living Style

Consider Many Options Before Making Your Backyard Investment By Merry Wise Planning a custom swimming pool and/or spa for your specific environment and style of living is similar to planning your home and fashion styles — you want to analyze how you plan to use it as much as how you want it to look. […]

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