Just when I thought the holidays were jam-packed with celebrations, I came to realize while compiling this issue that February is also full of reasons to get foot loose. So get ready for a fabulous month!
Kick up your heels at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and “Go Western” with our selection of decorative and personal accessories in “Editor’s Picks.” Learn how to horseback ride, lasso and even two-step or line dance at some of Texas’ top dude ranches.
In addition to dude ranches, “Spring Break Escapes” includes adventure ideas from Arkansas to Florida to Texas, of course, with many other family-friendly options in between. Pack your bags for a wonderful vacation.
Don your collection of beads and eat your fill of King’s Cake for Mardi Gras extravaganzas in three states, all events detailed in “Calendar.” Fun fact to know and tell: Mardi Gras parades and carnivals actually began in Mobile, Ala. Whatever place you choose, Mobile, NOLA or Galveston, you’ll find plenty of action.
On a romantic note, treat your Valentine to some super-special treats and eats. Try a recipe at home for a delectable lemon tart with fresh raspberries from Killen’s STQ. Oh, so good. “Gardening” is all about roses — need I say more?
It may be chilly outside, but February is THE time to get that backyard swimming pool ready for the oncoming sweltering weather. One of Star Pools’ beautiful projects graces our cover, and more pool companies in “Take a Dip” share the latest in home pool trends. “Top it Off” turns to indoor home improvements, including an informative chart to help you decide what materials you want in your kitchen or bath.
Inspiration for the entire house? Read about a contemporary residence in historic Riverside Terrace in “New Kid on the Block” and get the latest on “Elevated Living” to ensure your home is protected from future flooding. Check out on your own how many areas of Houston lie in flood zones. It’s amazing.
And adopt our latest featured Harvey survivor: Doug, an energetic guy ready to love you and your family.