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The Dream Outdoor Living Space

| October 1, 2015
The Dream Outdoor Living Space

Follow the trends to transform your backyard By Merry Wise Trends in swimming pools, spas and the entire outdoor living scene have changed. What used to be considered “just a backyard” has been transforming to an outdoor room space for total enjoyment. From sophisticated sleek to wooded retreat, the trends in design, updates in technology […]

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Spa Space at Home

| August 1, 2015
Spa Space at Home

The Ultimate Upgrades For The Master Bath By Elizabeth Anthony Your home’s bathroom is likely a sanctuary in your home — far more than just a toilet, sink, shower and/or tub. You may soak away your worries in the tub, perhaps by candlelight or with soft music playing in the background. Maybe you steam away […]

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How to Clean Hardwood Flooring

| July 1, 2015
How to Clean Hardwood Flooring

Care for it right and it will last a lifetime Your hardwood floor is installed. Your house finally feels like a home. But now what? How do you care for your new investment? Read on.   Meet Mat Floor mats are wonderful things when it comes to hardwood floors. Tiny particles, like dirt, can act […]

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Butterfly Heroes Help to Save the Monarch

| July 1, 2015
Butterfly Heroes Help to Save the Monarch

NWF Campaign inspired kids and parents to save the declining species The majestic Monarch butterfly is in decline and needs your help. National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Amer­ica’s largest wildlife conservation and education organization, is giving away 10,000 Butterfly Heroes Garden kits to help save the monarch butterfly. NWF’s new Butterfly Hero Campaign, launched March 4, […]

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It’s All in Store and on the Floor

| June 1, 2015
It’s All in Store and on the Floor

See What Trends Are Underfoot From The World Floor Covering Association By Leah Gross-Harmon Whether soft or hard surface, Mother Nature is definitely influencing the future looks of flooring. Especially popular are “weathered” and “worn” looks showing up in every category. You might think that this goes against the grain of our high-tech world — […]

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No Garden Space? No Problem.

| June 1, 2015
No Garden Space? No Problem.

Enjoy Flowers, Herbs And Edibles In Containers By Melinda Myers Brighten up your patio, deck or front entrance with containers. They’re an excellent way to add color, fragrance and beauty where plantable space is limited or nonexistent. Set a few containers on the front or back steps, in the corner of your deck or in […]

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Splashdown to Summer Fun

| May 1, 2015
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 of your family’s outdoor space. Imagine your dream backyard when you’re entertaining or when it’s just you and […]

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When and How to Prune Roses for Lush Results

| May 1, 2015
When and How to Prune Roses for Lush Results

Tips To Get The Best Blooms By Chelsea Fuss, Craftsy.com The first time I grew roses, I was so afraid of doing the wrong thing I treated them like fragile little plants. Actually, roses are surprisingly resilient and it’s tough to kill them. Pruning a rose garden a few times each season enables the plants […]

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Be a Butterfly Hero!

| April 1, 2015
Be a Butterfly Hero!

NWF Campaign inspired kids and parents to save the declining species The majestic Monarch butterfly is in decline and needs your help. National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Amer­ica’s largest wildlife conservation and education organization, is giving away 10,000 Butterfly Heroes Garden kits to help save the monarch butterfly. NWF’s new Butterfly Hero Campaign, launched March 4, […]

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Top 5 Home Design Trends 2015

| March 1, 2015
Top 5 Home Design Trends 2015

HOUSTON DESIGN SCENE MAKING A SPLASH! By Abby Vasek Houston’s design style is as diverse as its population but there are several identifiable design trends that have emerged onto the scene and will definitely be making a splash! Glamour: The biggest trend in design for 2015 is an infusion of glamour into every design genre. […]

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Creating Bird and Butterfly-friendly Landscapes

| March 1, 2015
Creating Bird and Butterfly-friendly Landscapes

Make Your Yard Attractive To The Wildlife You Want We gardeners have a choice. We can fill our landscapes with plants based purely on their looks alone, or we can deliberately select those that bring in an added dimension – wildlife. Take a walk around your neighborhood and you’ll soon spot the difference. Most gardens […]

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What is the Best Carpet for your Home

| February 1, 2015
What is the Best Carpet for your Home

Guidelines To Make A Complicated Subject Simpler Finding the best carpet for your home starts out simple and quickly becomes complicated. You know you want something that will look good in your home, feel great, and most importantly, stay that way for years to come. So you go to the local carpet store or home […]

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Spa Space at Home

| January 1, 2015
Spa Space at Home

The ultimate upgrades for the master bath  By Elizabeth Anthony Your home’s bathroom is likely a sanctuary in your home — far more than just a toilet, sink, shower and/or tub. You may soak away your worries in the tub, perhaps by candlelight or with soft music playing in the background. Maybe you steam away […]

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Kitchen Winners!

| December 1, 2014
Kitchen Winners!

Outstanding kitchen from the 2014 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show

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Texas Roses Must Be ‘On’ Year-Round To Make The Cut

| December 1, 2014
Texas Roses Must Be ‘On’ Year-Round To Make The Cut

Texas rose breeder likes lots of colorful, fragrant blooms

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Welcoming Guests for the Holidays

| November 1, 2014
Welcoming Guests for the Holidays

Simple Tips To Make Your Home Festive And Inviting By Janine Godwin, Organizing Designer Family and friends gathering together during this time of year creates memories that will last a lifetime, and surrounding yourself with those you love is the heart of the holiday season. Inviting guests into your home is a wonderful way to […]

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Fall Zinnias Named Texas Superstars

| November 1, 2014
Fall Zinnias Named Texas Superstars

New Marylandica type forms “mounds of color” By Robert Burns What really got the Texas Superstar board members excited about fall zinnias were some new series, including the marylandica types that form disease-resistant “mounds of color,” lasting until frost when planted in late summer, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Research horticulturist. “These are very colorful […]

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Optimizing Your Outdoor Spaces

| October 1, 2014
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 there’s anyone who knows about both creating luxurious living environments and managing big projects, it’s J.W. Marriott. […]

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Al Fresco at Home

| September 1, 2014
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 want to include. Custom outdoor kitchens open up all kinds of enjoyable entertaining opportunities. Homeowners can choose from […]

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Function and Flair in Your Kitchen

| August 1, 2014
Function and Flair in Your Kitchen

On-trend sinks and faucets make for easy updates

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Garden Color 101

| August 1, 2014
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 different ways to use color, as there are gard­en­ers. Flower and foliage colors can be chosen to complement the […]

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What’s Underfoot: Top Trends in Hardwood Flooring

| July 1, 2014
What’s Underfoot: 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 the latest trends in hardwood flooring that are opening up a whole new world of design possibilities — and […]

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Tantalized By Tile

| June 1, 2014
Tantalized By Tile

Texture, Technology, Traditional or Titan? 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 of those who live and work there, honing in on the style and colors […]

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