During Houston summers, our survival strategy calls for moving from one air-conditioned space to another, though that means electricity bills that can sometimes stop us in our tracks. This month’s special section explores the balance between living well and saving more, with a focus on new technologies and products that can help lower energy bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions without sacrificing comfort.
We’re also featuring Houston’s first LEED Platinum house, designed by Adams Architects more than ten years ago. This stunning residence is totally self-sufficient and requires zero maintenance.
Going green is an attractive prospect, and we delve into the how and when by covering rainwater harvesting and solar energy. The good news is that you can still call on the power of the sun, even when installing solar panels doesn’t work for your own circumstances.
Interior design can cause a house to sink or swim, and you’ll find proof in our feature about home staging. Learn about the seven sins that sink a sale, and see how home staging experts Shelley and Pratt Barndollar are turning stale listings into successful sales.
The team at Katie Davis Design have shared a project they developed for a young family, showing us how a baby- and pet-proof house can still look great. From cool grays and serene blues to creative strategies throughout, this savvy design will grow along with the family.
Good design isn’t relegated just to the indoors, either. Art collectors Jay Wehnert and Victoria Harrison invited us to explore their art-filled back yard that has been magically transformed with sculpture, rock lyrics, creative plantings and even a pair of free range chickens.
It’s definitely grilling season, and you’ll want to experiment with our mouth-watering recipe for 44 Farms New York strip. One bite and you’ll soon be making reservations everywhere else these choice meats are served, we’ve got that list too.
‘Tis the season for grilling and gifting when it comes to Dads and grads. Our curated collection in Editor’s Picks is sure to please and perfect for any occasion. On the subject of “sure to please,” don’t overlook Pet of the Month Sean, a nicely-mannered young shepherd mix who just wants to play tug-of-war.
Last but not least, mark your calendars for important events this month and next, including the Texas Home & Garden Show, top acts at Galveston’s The Grand, and patriotic Independence Day events all over the Lone Star State.
From our home to yours,