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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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This Summer, Choose the Right Tree for the Right Spot

| May 1, 2014
This Summer, Choose the Right Tree for the Right Spot

Easy tips for tree planting success

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Splashdown to Summer Fun

| April 1, 2014
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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Flooring Trends

| February 1, 2014
Flooring Trends

From hardwood to carpet to tile, what’s new and fabulous underfoot

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The Best in Bathroom Design Winners
from the 2013 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show

| January 1, 2014
The Best in Bathroom Design Winners <br>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 the 2013 Design Comp­etition sponsored by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). The category winners in this annual contest were revealed at an exclusive Design Competition Awards event in New Orleans, during the 2013 Kitchen […]

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Kitchen Winners!
Outstanding kitchens from the 2013 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show

| December 1, 2013
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 & Bath Association (NKBA). The category winners in this annual contest were revealed on April 18th at an exclusive Design […]

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Brighten the Holidays with Amaryllis

| December 1, 2013
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 summer garden can boast, amaryllis are grown indoors in pots to brighten the holidays and dark winter days. Such […]

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Decorating Tips for Every Room

| November 1, 2013
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 Services for Hunter Douglas, North America’s largest and most successful manufacturer of custom window fashions, and the design expert […]

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Perfect Timing for the Plunge: Fall Pool Construction

| October 1, 2013
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 sense to know ahead of time precisely what style of pool fits your needs. For many, owning a pool […]

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

| September 1, 2013
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 planted from a seed or transplant, or grown in a container. They’re perfect for window boxes, lining a sidewalk […]

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Top 10 Home Improvements Tips

| August 1, 2013
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 home remains safe and comfortable for your family. From hiring professionals to cutting energy costs, here are a […]

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Flooring Trends

| July 1, 2013
Flooring Trends

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 drawn to. The newest floor products are delivering on these changing needs and demands. Scouts and experts at the […]

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Before You Buy Hardwood Flooring

| June 1, 2013
Before You Buy Hardwood Flooring

SEVEN TIPS FOR SAVVY SHOPPING
You’ve decided to go both timeless and timely with a beautiful new hardwood floor

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NKBA Top 10 Industry Trends for 2013

| May 1, 2013
NKBA Top 10 Industry Trends for 2013

Major kitchen and bath trendsetters: gray color schemes, quartz surfaces and transitional style A s we settle into a seemingly healthier national economy, some kitchen and bath design trends continue to flourish, while consumer budgets for these projects appear to have shrunk just a bit.  To get specific: •   Gray color schemes in both kitchens and […]

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Survey Identifies Top Outdoor Living Trends for 2013

| April 1, 2013
Survey Identifies Top Outdoor Living Trends for 2013

Sustainable and low-maintenance design in demand American homeowners increasingly are drawn to adding outdoor rooms for entertaining and recreation on their properties, according to the 2013 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects. The results also show demand for both sustainable and low-maintenance design. Landscape architects who specialize in […]

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