‘Tis the season for entertaining, open houses and celebrations with family and friends, and this issue is chock-full of great ideas. At Houston House & Home magazine we’re also celebrating an anniversary; it’s our 24th year of connecting homeowners with the professionals who can make their remodeling and new construction dreams come true.
If you’ve ever wanted a look inside turn-of-the century homes with those amazing architectural details, or a better idea of how modern construction takes advantage of new technology, then there’s no better time than now. November and December are big months for home tours, so check out our calendar and chart your course.
You won’t want to miss our feature on a Mission Revival home in the Houston Heights. HDT builders almost tripled its original size while preserving the home’s original French doors; they also duplicated a parapet that had been thought lost to time.
What’s your entertaining style? Whether you welcome guests with a casual, down-home style, or you prefer to create an elaborate tablescape surrounded by heirloom china, our Editor’s Picks section has great ideas for dressing up home and table. We’ve even taken a look at the amazing pieces collected by Carroll Sterling Masterson and Harris Masterson III at their magnificent Rienzi home.
Time can be our most precious resource, so consider letting somebody else do the cooking this time around. Our Recipe section shows how to serve delicious food without throwing healthy living out the window.
Local designer Anne Breux is just back from Paris, and she found some amazing new décor ideas that really push the envelope when it comes to design, including the first ever gold LED lights and a fireplace that uses water to give the illusion of flames.
Architecture buffs are all abuzz about the new Menil Drawing Institute, with its white oak wood floors, architectural concrete and playful interaction with light; we’ve featured its journey in this issue. At the other extreme we’ve profiled two installations from Havel Ruck Projects, the swirly “Ripple” at Cherryhurst House and the holey “Open House” at Sam Houston Park.
Life is richer (and more relaxing) when we take up hobbies. Today’s quilts are more fine art than function, and this month’s Project section looks at one local quilter who has won “Best In Show” three times at Houston’s International Quilt Festival. It also seems that gardeners don’t have to take a break during the winter and our Gardening section shows why this is the perfect time for culinary plants.
And lastly, have you taken a look at our pet of the month, Baby? Cute as all get out, and intelligent too. We know she’ll find her furever home very soon.
From our home to yours,