September is finally here and that oppressive summer heat has finally abated, though only somewhat, giving us all a little breathing room and offering hope that we can soon return to the great outdoors. There are plenty of reasons to get out and get going, too, with Antique Weeks in the country and unique inventories of nautical artifacts, estate jewelry, rusted signs and vintage clothing.
Throughout Texas and Louisiana, festival organizers have been busy, busy, busy. From harvest fests to showcases of art and culture to celebrations of food both strange and familiar, these gatherings give us the opportunity for community, to enjoy live music, historical tours, and wholesome entertainment far removed from the blue glow of electronics.
Fall also kicks off a season of tours that doesn’t slow down until after Christmas. Great design speaks to the heart and, when done best, reflects the individual style of the home’s inhabitants. Good news is that we’re not all cut from the same cloth, and there’s no better example than in this month’s issue of Houston House & Home. From the sleek architecture of contemporary construction on the MA+DS Modern Home Tour to the eclectic, colorful and whimsical spaces on the Weird Homes Tour®, it’s fun to see how others live while also reinforcing the personal decisions we’ve made in our own abode. Read more about those tours on September 21 and 28, then dig deeper with our spotlight feature on a four story treehouse-inspired design by Charles Todd Helton Architect, Inc.
The (almost) cooler weather means it’s also time for planting a fall garden. Joshua’s Native Plants & Garden Antiques takes us through some exciting options and, in Calendar, look for a bumper crop of gardening classes and events through The Arbor Gate and Urban Harvest. Then explore Urban Harvest’s farmers markets in Recipe, with valuable information about more than 70 local producers.
While a home’s architecture is one of the biggest decisions we’ll ever make, there are myriad other opportunities to upgrade a home’s look through decisions both large and small. This month we look at kitchen countertops and what to choose if your focus is price, durability, the environment or aesthetics.
All eyes are on Paris this month with Maison&Object and, in our Project section, we review the basics of upholstery while also previewing the hottest trends from South Africa, Cairo, Tunisia and India.
In Editor’s Picks we’re ramping up for the holidays. If company’s coming, then it’s time to break out the good china. From resale shops to high end antique shops, and even from your favorite hardware store, there’s a look that suits your style.
From our home to yours,