I am certain my grandson, who is my first grandchild, is brilliant. We all feel so proud of our grandbabies, I know. And, frankly, in love.
With one and a-half years of wisdom behind him, my grandson reminded me during our precious times together over the holidays to “stop and smell the roses,” so to speak. We hunted for rocks, found pretty leaves and wore acorn caps on our heads and balanced them on our noses. And, yes, we saw — and he pointed out — all the flowers on our walks together. I'm making his enthusiasm for the new, as well as the old, my New Year's resolution to be grateful for the world around us.
We’re doing the same here at Houston House & Home with our January issue, appreciating adventures statewide and beyond and to visiting glorious local preservation efforts. Our “Historic Destinations” segment takes you from magnificent Big Bend National Park to charming Georgetown to stops in between on a journey to acknowledge the past and the present. Map out your own family adventure following our guide.
Locally, walk through a Heights-area 1909 Queen Anne cottage, once abandoned and leaning, but now beautifully and sensitively renewed — and a recipient of a 2018 Good Brick Award as bestowed by Preservation Houston.
A fairy-tale castle in Riverside Terrace also receives our utmost attention. An Art Deco/Old Hollywood beauty, the grand manse shows off elaborate arches, gables, a grove of fruit trees and lavish pool, all surrounded by a stately stone wall.
We present “In with the Old” with ideas on how to give creative new purposes to reclaimed wood, antiques and other treasures. “Fab Fabrics” introduces a world of today’s textiles to bring color and texture to your home. “Purple Power” is all about Pantone’s Color of 2018: Ultra Violet. Have fun with this on-trend hue.
And for the now and the future: “Recipe” shares healthful delectables and delights at area restaurants, along with instructions on how to make that perfect spaghetti squash casserole. “Gardening” tells how to continue your passion for year-round pleasure, and take our pet of the month, Jose, home with you.
And don’t forget to smell the roses.