Choosing A Focal Point

In an article on Houzz.com, Gabrielle Di Stefano details tips on how to choose a focal point for your home. She writes "Well-designed rooms often have a focal point — the first thing your eye sees when you enter. Choosing the right item to emphasize sets the tone and mood for a space." A good focal point can be a fireplace or a chandelier, a standout piece of furniture or a piece of art. Really, anything that has the power to catch your attention can become a focal point. Architecture Look around the room to determine the most enticing feature. This might be a picture window, a fireplace, a set of built-ins, etc. Set the furniture in your space to revolve around your focal point. Use the co

Choosing The Right Floor Plan

Building a custom home can be an exciting endeavor. However, when choices and options about, the same exciting task can be intimidating. One story or two story? Traditional or contemporary? How large should the bedrooms be? How much extra space do you need? Hopefully, the list below will help you crack the code on your dream home. Size Start by considering what size home will fit your lifestyle best. How many bedrooms do you need for your family? Are there enough bathrooms for both family and guests? Consider your family size and if you may be having more children or bringing an elderly relative into your home in the next several years. Floor Plan Style Do you prefer an open layout to hallwa

The Best Fall Festivals In Texas

Fall in Texas is a great time to explore. There are great events and festivals all over the state. For an exhaustive list of activities, visit Funtober.com. Some of our favorites are below. Jazz’SAlive (San Antonio, September 17-18, 2016) Jazz’SAlive is a celebration of jazz in San Antonio, featuring nationally and internationally acclaimed talent across two stages at Travis Park. There are also a variety of children’s activities including a Children’s Symposium with a seminar introducing kids to different areas of music study. Another special event is Jazz’SAlive After Dark, an impromptu jam session that draws musicians from all over the country. Galveston Island Shrimp Festival (Galveston

Going Solar

Everyone is talking about solar power these days. With our world becoming more and more eco-conscious, it's no wonder that so many people are making the switch. But if you're new to the idea of going solar, you may find some helpful information below. Benefits to using a solar energy system include: Solar Power generates energy and electricity from the sun, which is a renewable natural resource. Solar power is generally a more affordable way to get electricity to more remote locations. There are no emissions created from solar energy production. Most solar panels come with a 25-year year warranty and are very durable. Solar energy is low maintenance. Solar energy increases your property valu

Home Gadgets You Didn't Know You Needed (Media Room Edition)

The future is here! These state-of-the-art technology systems will make your man cave or media room the talk of the neighborhood. iRule Cloud-Based Universal Remote Control System - $49.99 As seen on Houzz.com It seems like everything is Cloud-based these days. For those who aren't quite sure how the Cloud works: instead of software taking up space on your computer or phone, your device accesses the software or information while it's stored on the internet, making sure that your own devices aren't cluttered with the memory it would take to power those programs and systems. The iRule Universal Remote Control System uses this same technology for your television. iRule is accessed via app on yo

Choosing the Right Neighborhood

When you're purchasing or building a home, choosing the neighborhood you'll live in is almost as important as choosing the home itself! You'll need to consider schools, safety, environment, and more - so where do you begin? Make A List Start by making a list of what's most important to you with your family. What are you looking for? Something suburban, urban, or rural? A family-friendly area? Stores and restaurants close enough to walk to? Close enough to drive to? Think about the kind of leisure activities you enjoy and add those to your list. Zero In Once you've made your list, start your research and ask around. If you're moving from out of town, you'll need a little help from online comm

Fall Home Decor Trends

As we head into the fall, you may be wanting to bring a little of the feeling of the season into your home. Pantone recently revealed their color picks for Fall 2016, and much of what you'll find in the stores reflects their choices. The colors include dusty blues and pinks and greys as well as bold jewel tones. As you decorate for fall, you'll want to consider the following ideas: Bring the Warmth In Fur accents in rugs and pillows bring a cozy feel to chilly weather as do warm colors like rust, sienna, and chocolate. Take a look at this faux fur rug, this rust-colored duvet cover, or these decorative bottles from Wayfair.com for some inspiration! Lighten Up Dark wood has been a big trend f

San Antonio Neighborhoods: Stone Oak

If you're new to San Antonio, or unfamiliar with the Stone Oak area, you may not know that Stone Oak has come a long way in the last 20 years. When the area, a master-planned community in north central San Antonio, was first being developed, many San Antonio residents considered it a far drive from the center of town. But Stone Oak has developed to boast many modern conveniences while still retaining hill country charm. History & Culture Once comprised of wide-open cattle fields, Stone Oak is now one of San Antonio’s most coveted neighborhoods. And for good reason. This area north of Loop 1604 features large single-family homes with plenty of amenities. But it’s not just the manicured lawns,

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