“DO WHAT YOU LOVE”
Spring not only means colorful flowers blooming everywhere, but also a host of beautiful homes on tour in Houston and the surrounding area. Let’s start with the always-impressive Good Brick Tour, our special section complete with tour-goers guide this month.
Presented by Preservation Houston, the 2017 Good Brick Tour features five winning projects representing exceptional historic efforts – and the people behind them. Our guide includes tour dates, times and a listing of the structures, as well as a fabulous feature home, Firehouse No. 2, an old brick building, circa 1910, that had sat empty with boarded windows and no trespassing signs. Take a look at it now!
Next on the home tour circuit for April are three more must-sees: “Hidden Beauties” as this year’s Houston Heights Association’s Spring Home & Garden Tour with six homes open to visitors; East Montrose’s Civic Association’s 11th Biennial Foodie Home Tour and Art Walk, combining architecture, art for sale and scrumptious food; and The Downtown Lofts Tour hosted by The Historic Downtown Galveston Partnership, offering a look inside private spaces in some of the city’s amazingly restored buildings.
I’d say it’s time to purchase comfortable walking shoes, if you don’t already have a pair!
Not on tour, but we have you covered: A lovely condo in the luxury Belfiore high-rise captures the essence of minimalism with exquisite furnishings, a project by Houston’s own interior architect Anne Breux. Take a look at the home and enjoy its clean, uncluttered and simple lines.
April also means Earth Day. Check out “Deal Hunter” for ways you can participate in the worldwide event, April 22, and every day of the year. Our ideas are all “big deals” in the long run for our planet.
The out-of-doors brings to mind that Texas tradition of cooking out, and “Project” focuses on just that with ideas for your own outdoor kitchen. “Gardening” enhances your outdoor experience with great tips on designing eye-catching container plantings for your backyard retreat, thanks to advice from The Arbor Gate.
Don’t forget Mom and the grad. We have gift ideas galore for these deserving recipients in “Editor’s Picks.” And there’s always our “Pet of the Month,” with April’s featured adoptee a sweet gal named Leila. Puppy love!
Just keep those new walking shoes tucked in the closet when not in use, and you and Leila will get along great.