(Organizing) School is in Session
Whether it brings nostalgic tears or a huge sigh of relief, the kids will be heading back to school soon. Day after day, they will return home with heads full of knowledge and bags full of paper, trash, and leftover lunch. Rather than a go-with-the-flow reactionary methodology, take advantage of the freshness of a new season, and earn an A-plus in organization this year by implementing some (or all!) of these organization tips.
Custom Homes of Texas: Bellville
It was an episode of the popular Texas-based show Fixer Upper that served as a springboard for the entire home’s design. Homeowner Bailey was watching an episode of Fixer Upper when saw her dream kitchen in the show. When she started working with Bellville-based Republic Custom Builders designer Lisa Myers, she knew for a fact it was the kitchen she wanted, and the show served as inspiration for the home.
A Unique Invitation for Every Occasion
A memorable host often plans with the little details in mind: the colors, theme, atmosphere, and everything in between. When inviting others to a celebration, the experienced host knows and values the importance of making a first impression. However, even the best of hosts might be missing the essential first step that sets the tone of it all: the invitation.
Design Styles Explained: Part 1
While the written theories, history, and explanations on interior design could easily fill a library, there are many terms often used when it comes to home décor. With the prevalence of home décor shows and publications available to help anyone achieve their perfect, dream-home aesthetic, terms get thrown around that can be confusing, and even incorrect.
Essential Barware for Hosts
Cocktails can be sipped from almost any vessel, from mason jars to a plastic, red, disposable cup. The drinking experience, however, should be special and enjoyed with all five of the senses. A good-looking drink complete with twisted or speared garnishes should amaze the eyes, while ears attune to the melody of ice clinking against the glass.
Interior Design Trends of 2019
Like with most things, it can be immensely helpful to bring in a professional for guidance about how to remake spaces in our homes that are both trendy and classic. When it comes to interior designers, Texas boasts some of the best. Far from creating stereotypical all-white, completely unlivable rooms, these designers work tirelessly to create gorgeous custom spaces for their clients to revel in, show off, and enjoy. Some of the best designers in the state have given us a peek at what they foresee as 2019’s top home trends.
Ten Air-Purifying Plants Every Home Needs
While it is common knowledge that outdoor air contains many toxins from vehicle fumes, insect repellents, and other pollutants, did you know the air inside your home contains toxins as well? Cleaning products, scented items like perfume and candles, and particles carried in from outside can all create polluted air within your house. Luckily, there is an easy, and beautiful, way to help keep your indoor air clean!
After the Holidays: Storage Solutions
The holidays are over and your picture-perfect decorations, the ones that have been up for months, are ready to come down. Somehow, the stowing away of these cheery treasures often brings about feelings that are anything but jolly; the new year’s storage is just not as exciting as decking the halls when the weather turns wintery. However, it is important to keep those treasures merry and bright, so that next year can be just as joyous! Consider these post-holiday storage solutions to keep your seasonal décor intact while also making next year’s trimming of the tree efficient!
2018 Holiday Gift Ideas
While the true spirit of the holidays is all about spending time with loved ones, the gift-giving aspect has been known to strike fear into even the most seasoned celebrator's heart. So, what do you give the person who has it all? Here are a few ideas to put the merry back into the season.
Cozy up Your Home
Texas's dropping temperatures, the reemergence of boots, and pumpkin-flavored everything signal fall. Just as each seasonal change introduces an updated wardrobe, homes deserve the same attention! To ease the pain of losing long summer nights and sunny days by the pool, transition your home to reflect the beauty and coziness of the fall season.
Dream Team, Dream Location: The 2018 Southern Living Idea House
Desiring a remodel for this year's Idea House as opposed to new construction, Southern Living set out to assemble an all-local team and choose the perfect structure. "We chose Austin as the site for our Idea House because it's a booming Southern city filled with curious, design-minded residents," said Zoe Gowen, Southern Living's Senior Home and Garden Editor.
Decorating for Fall
With the changing of the seasons comes a change in the air, in people's moods and perspectives, and in color. Boxes come out of the closet or down from the attic with sweaters and dusty décor that has been stored safely away since this time last year. it is time to swap daisies with autumn leaves and the vibrant hues of summer with the subdued tones that accompany cooler weather.
Select Spring Flowering Bulbs Now
Fall is the time to think about ordering spring-flowering bulbs online, through bulb catalogs, or from selections at local nurseries and home and garden centers. While you will not actually plant until November or December, consider the following tips on growing bulbs and deciding which ones to purchase.
Going back to the Garden
It is summertime in Texas. The sun is shining brightly, afternoons are toasty, and flowerbeds and backyard gardens are begging for attention. What better time than now to begin a new recycling project for the good of your bushes and blooms? Now is as good a time as any to start composting!