It’s the most wonderful time of the year, with no shortage of opportunities for celebrations with family and friends. To get ready for those guests, we’ve got expert tips and tricks about how to get the house sparkling clean (and pass the white glove test) and come out smelling like a rose, even if it means enlisting the help of a robot. Decluttering is another way to get the home ready, and our look at organization and storage systems includes a cool new app.
Entertaining is made easier with charcuterie and cheese boards. Learn more about how it’s done by some of the hottest restaurants in town, then make your own at home with our handy idea guide. Be sure to keep a few bottles of sparkling wine and Champagne on hand for those unexpected visits from treasured friends.
What’s on your home improvement bucket list? Any real estate professional will tell you that remodeling a kitchen or bathroom will deliver an excellent return on investment. Sure, some homeowners will wait until it’s time to sell before making that investment, but why not jump right in now and enjoy the upgrades while you still own the home? This issue of Houston House & Home is our big kitchen and bath remodeling guide, and we’ve highlighted what products are new to the industry, where to start when embarking on a project, and some of the options that are available in our market.
We dug deeper into one Cinco Ranch home that was flooded during Tropical Storm Harvey and explored the choices the homeowner made, along with her designer, to turn a disaster into a chic new makeover. We’re also featuring a stunning kitchen project that found a way to transform dark and isolated into an open concept, high-tech, gourmet kitchen. Not only are the homeowners ready to tackle The Great British Baking Show, but some of the features are designed to help the family’s special needs daughter gain her independence.
Stumped for something fresh and new to gift this holiday season? Consider starting a holiday tradition of Christmas villages or model train sets. Our Editor’s Picks section looks at one Texan who built a million dollar train collection, as well as what’s new this year from Department 56.
Our Calendar has all the details about where to go to view (and ride) trains this month. The season of home tours and holiday shopping also continues; read more about the lavishly decorated houses in Fort Bend County, The Heritage Society’s candlelight tour, and the architecturally significant homes in the MacGregor area.
It’s surprising to think that a garden can bloom year round. In Gardening, explore the wonderful world of bulbs, corms, rhizomes and tubers to discover when and how to plant.
Oh, and have you seen Lucky, our pet of the month? This little chihuahua/terrier mix is so adorably cute, and he’s just looking for a home — and a good snuggle.
From our home to yours,