We’re entering the new year with optimism and hope. Looking to the future of home furnishings, we’re exploring new products that have been engineered to make our lives easier and more efficient. That includes washable, vinyl wallpapers and fabrics that are strong enough to survive pets, children and even the occasional wine spill.
But more than a few wise persons have counseled to never forget the past, and we haven’t forgotten anything with this month’s tribute to historic destinations. From 19th century structures in Washington, San Antonio and Jefferson, to an 18th century plantation in Louisiana, we’ve got your road map for travel near and far.
In this issue we’ve explored a pair of historic homes that have stood the test of time. There’s the Fulton Mansion in Rockport that did suffer from Hurricane Harvey, but is on the mend thanks to an assist from the Texas Historical Commission. And a little closer to home, just outside Brenham, is the stunning Belle Meade Farm that was lovingly restored ten years ago to preserve its Texas Victorian architecture.
We also are featuring a charming bungalow that was built in 1935, although all the other homes in the neighborhood have since been replaced by McMansions. See what one local architect and his artist wife have done to preserve the home’s architecture while also increasing its square footage and making it size-appropriate for the family.
If one of your resolutions is to cook more and dine out less, then don’t miss our write-up about eye-popping cookbooks for channeling your inner chef. From Taste of Texas to Jack Allen’s Kitchen and Fonda San Miguel, we can point you in the right direction for mouth-watering recipes.
Another resolution that we’re sure many homeowners have is to fix up the house. But don’t stop there: January and February are chock-full of home shows with experts who have innovative ideas for those remodeling and construction projects. Events are planned in Sugar Land, Spring, Cy-Fair and at NRG, so pick the one that’s closest and bring your idea book. And if you’ve been looking for that perfect one-of-a-kind piece to finish a room, don’t forget that it’s Winter Antique Weeks in the Round Top, Carmine and Warrenton areas.
Have you heard all the buzz about Living Coral, Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2019? We know some design professionals had their hopes set on yellow but — one look at the peachy-rose color used in lifestyle pieces and original artwork — and you’ll be a convert too. Read more in Editor’s Picks.
There is a solution for those who still harbor fond memories of northern gardens. Sure, peonies and lilacs are “out” when it comes to the Texas Gulf Coast, but take a look at some zone-friendly alternatives in Gardening.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so be sure to check out Romeo, our pet of the month. This Lab mix was surrendered by his family last February and wouldn’t it be nice if a new family fell in love with him before the year was out?
From our home to yours,