Get Your Home Ready for Winter

While we enjoy warm and sunny days for much of the year here in San Antonio, it's easy to forget that winter, as short as it is, can do some serious damage to your home if you aren't prepared. In fact, The Farmer's Almanac is predicting that we will be "Chilled To The Bone" this winter! So, now is a great time, as the heat becomes more manageable, to start thinking about getting your home ready for colder temps. Whether you’re a new home owner, or you’ve lived in your home for 15 years, it’s easy to forget some of the maintenance that needs to get done before winter arrives. Fortunately, there are plenty of resources available to trigger your memory and help you prepare. Better Homes and Gar

Home Gadgets You Didn't Know You Needed (Bathroom Edition)

The future is here - all of the things that seem possibly only in futuristic movies and books are now making their way into your real life home. This month, we're exploring the most technologically advanced gadgets for your bathroom. Vanishing Vanity TV The Seura Vanishing Vanity TV mirror transforms your bathroom mirror into a stunning TV that every member of your family can enjoy. Catch up on the latest news or watch your favorite show while you get ready in the morning. www.seura.com/vanishing-vanity-tv-mirrors/ Sound Therapy Bathtub VibrCoustic by Koehler adapts the science of sound therapy, proven to ease stress and enhance well-being. Through collaboration with sound therapists, there

Wallpaper's Big Comeback

When you think of wallpaper, what do you think of? Grandma's kitchen? An outdated hotel? If so, it's time to think again, because wallpaper is coming back in big ways. When done well, wallpaper can be clean, modern, and beautiful. Papers have been vastly improved in recent years, and the improvements have made them easier to remove without damage and easier to hang! They're now modern and eco-friendly and even younger homeowners are opting for the look - which is now decidedly modern! While wallpaper still is produced on paper, it also comes in vinyl for use in high-traffic areas. Even more interesting is the fact that wallpaper isn't just for walls anymore. Decorators and designers are usin

Lessons In Decluttering

The beginning of a new school year is a great time to reevaluate your home and clear your spaces of unnecessary clutter. Depending on your family's habits, decluttering can be a very intimidating process! Where do you start? How much should you get rid of? What do you do with all the leftover junk? BecomingMinimalist.com offers several creative ways to begin the process of living a simplified life. A few of their ideas, and a few of our own, are below. Give yourself 5 solid minutes. Commit five minutes each day to cleaning out a drawer, throwing away expired food, or tackling the top of your desk. A small daily commitment that can make a big difference! Give away one item each day. At the e

Looking for Inspiration? Start Here!

Whether you’re trying to create a look for rooms in your home or for your whole house, it can be difficult to find home design inspiration. There is such a thing as “designer’s block” after all. You want to feel great in your home – relaxed, comfortable, and safe. If trying to create those feelings through design is frustrating, it’s time to start looking for inspiration! Online There are countless websites to help you find that go-to look for your home, even beyond the obvious places like Pinterest and HGTV.com. Consider sites like Houzz.com, a social media platform that allows you to create an account, browse through designs from all over the world, save what you love, connect with profess

3 Easy Way To Add Some Drama To Your Decor

Neutrals have long been a trend in home decor. Benjamin Moore even declared white as it's color of the year! With beige, cream, tan, and mascarpone being such big deals in interior design, you may be craving a little drama! Regardless of the color of your walls, we've got some great ideas to help you make bold statements! Add A Focal Point Well-designed rooms often have a focal point — something that catches the eye the moment you enter. The focal point can be a light fixture, an architectural feature, a painting or other element, or even the color on the wall. Choosing the right item to emphasize sets the tone and mood for a space. Take a look at these examples. Vary Your Lighting By using

August is National Water Quality Month

With all the attention surrounding the quality of the water at the Rio Olympics, it's interesting that the United States is also celebrating National Water Quality Month. Now is a good time to educate yourself, and to understand where your source water comes from. Knowledge is key to helping to protect our water quality. Water that goes into your home comes from one of two places – either it comes from surface water (lakes, rivers, reservoirs) or from groundwater. It’s important to know your water source because protecting it from contamination like pollution and trash can help the quality of water that comes into your home. In most of San Antonio, our water comes from the Edwards, Carrizo a

August Garden To-Do List

To be fair, August is a slow month for Central Texas Gardens. The heat makes it a good time to let your plants rest and use the time to plan for fall. If you plan on growing vegetables, however, this is prime time for planting certain seeds and plants. Plant These Seeds In August -Vegetables: Okra, black-eyed peas, New Zealand and Malabar spinach, winter squash. Beans, corn, cucumber, garlic, potatoes, shallot, summer squash. -Herbs: Mexican mint marigold, mints, oregano, rosemary, sage, wormwood -Annuals: Blue daze, celosias (cockscomb or plume), zinnia. -Perennials: Ornamental grasses Plants should be given bright sun, but shade in the hottest afternoon sun. If you keep your plants in po

Seven of the Best Kept Secrets in San Antonio

You’ve done the Alamo, you've taken your out-of-town guests for food on the Riverwalk, you've been through all of the museums. Want a little bit more out of the city? Let's take a deeper look...here are a few great spots in San Antonio that not even all of the locals know about. Inside... Magic Lantern Castle Museum. A magic lantern, the earliest known slide projector, dates all the way back to the late 1600s. Images were first painted on glass and projected onto buildings, cloth drapes or wet screens. For audiences of Kircher’s time, seeing images suddenly appear on a flat surface was considered something quite magical. Scobee Planetarium. The newly renovated and revamped Scobee Planetarium

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