Home Trends for Fall 2017

Country Living recently published their predictions for home decor and design in Fall 2017. They say minimalistic white walls, industrial copper, and even marble are going to be a thing of the past. So, the question is, how chic do you want your home to be this fall? Which of the trends below do you love and what will you leave behind? According to Taysha Murtaugh over at Country Living, here's the information you need: LEAVE BEHIND: All-White Interiors LEARN TO LOVE: Bold Colors Whites, grays, and intense neutrals had a moment in the sun because of the clean and minimalist look they provided. But these days, designers are craving color and lots of it. Murtaugh writes that drama is in, with

Style Guide: Texas Chic

There's nothing like living in the Lone Star State. From the sweet tea to our own brand of country music to our beautiful landscapes, Texas has a lot to offer. And if you're a true-blue Texan, introducing some rustic elements into your home decor is almost a necessity! Here's what you need to know: Reclaimed Wood Reclaimed wood is on trend right now, thanks in part to Chip and Joanna Gaines' shiplap obsession. Using unfinished, worn, reclaimed wood can keep spaces from becoming too dark. Cherries and mahoganies are out and lighter woods are in. Animal Homages Wildlife is a big part of the Texas landscape. You don't have to be into hunting to incorporate animal elements into decor. While a co

House Hunting? Here are 6 Things To Look For

When you're ready to look for the home of your dreams, things can get intimidating. There are so many things to consider, and you won't want to miss something important. Even a small overlooked detail can make you regret your investment. So what should you do to make sure you're looking for the right things? Location This may be one of the more obvious factors, but you want to be sure you're satisfied with the location of your new home. What's important to you? Area schools, communte, walkability, safety? Make a list of your location deal breakers and stick to it. A great home might dazzle you, but as the years pass and the new home excitement wears off, you won't want to be stuck in a locat

Is Your Home Ready For Back-To-School?

The new school year is right around the corner. The laid back, easy days of summer will soon be behind us and with the start of school, families face new organization challenges. Get your home organized now to prepare for the best school year ever! Make Your Household Run More Efficiently Life during the school year goes by so quickly. Sports, music lessons, after school activities, and volunteer commitments shorten family time and put mileage on the mini-van. Get organized! Spiff up your household systems to meet autumn's faster pace and to give your family more time together. Clean house ... fast! Take a stab at speed cleaning and whip through household chores in record time. A quick five-

Outdoor Lighting 101

Late summer and early fall in San Antonio just seem to beg for nights out on the porch and in the backyard. Whether you're entertaining or enjoying a night at home with the family, the right outdoor lighting can make all the difference. Here's what you need to know. Create A Mood Creating the perfect atmosphere in your yard requires more than placing a few lights along your walkways. Just as you would do when decorating the interior of your home, take time to consider your style and needs as you plan your lighting. Start by thinking about your end goal. Are you wanting to ensure safety when people are in the backyard after sunset? Are you hoping to create a space for entertaining? Are you a

August Home Maintenance

August is a month of transition. Summer travels are winding down, kids are ready to head off to school, and your home needs to recover from the increased activity. Don't forget to take care of your investment by following these home maintenance tips.

August is National Water Quality Month

National Water Quality Month is a great time to educate yourself on water quality, 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 and Trinity aquifers, and in some areas, surface water from Canyon Lake and Lake Dunlap. San Antonio Water Systems hosts an inter

Out and About in San Antonio, August 2017

As usual, there's plenty to look forward to in the month of August in San Antonio. While you're shopping from school supplies, running off for one last beach weekend, and tying up summer's loose ends, don't forget to give yourself time for rest and relaxation!

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