Wednesday, October 28, 2015

5 Ways to Warm Up Your Patio


Maximize the use of your outdoor space even if there's a little chill in the air. Try these five ways to warm up your patio as the crisp Fall nights approach: 
Light up the Chiminea -- Buy or build a fire pit to take full advantage of cooler nights.  These outdoor pits come in a variety of materials from clay to copper and allow you to take full advantage of the cooler temps coming our way in Houston. Find your own at Barrio Antiguo in the Heights where they are getting a truckload delivered on November 7! 
Add an Outdoor Heater -- When temperatures start to dip, take a cue from Houston restaurants like Dolce Vita and Coltivare and add an outdoor heater to keep a patio area cozy and comfortable. There are many options to choose from, including propane, electric, tabletop or stand-alone models.
Serve up Hot Beverages -- A cup of hot cocoa or a hot toddy might be all it takes to keep your outdoor space cozy. Shop for exotic hot chocolate mixes at Central Market or head to Spec's for a grown-up version. 
Curl Up in a Blanket -- Invest in a snuggly throw or blanket to keep warm while you enjoy the welcome drop in temperature. Bed, Bath, and Beyond has a wide selection of throws to extend your stay outdoors. And if you shop at their Kirby location, be sure to pick up a slice of pie at nearby House of Pies!
Warm Up the Porch -- A screened-in porch can get too cold for comfort without protection from chilly fall drafts. Adding curtains or shutters can help block the breeze and keep warm air in, turning this favorite summertime space into a fall retreat. 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Current Listings

102 Lanai, Tiki Island

Current Listings

102 Lanai, Tiki Island: This is must see property, with amazing, unobstructed waterfront views of Galveston Island.  

211 E 22nd St., Heights: Beautifully renovated large home in this desirable location. 

425 W 21st St., Heights: Charming bungalow with a cute front porch and large yard. 

2124 White Oak Dr., Heights: New construction to be built. Great lot location with scenic view. 

1922 Ebony Ln., Oak Forest: Priced at lot value, this property offers a huge corner lot in the booming Oak Forest neighborhood. 

6018 Hummingbird St., Westbury: Immaculate mid-century modern ranch home. 

13935 Grafton Bridge Ln., Brunswick Lakes: Lovely 4 bedroom, single-story open floor plan home.  




Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Why I Love Houston: Sunday Streets




Welcome to my Why I Love Houston Series, where I share my favorite Houston experiences and excursions. My goal is to make my hometown of Houston more accessible to the ever-changing mix of folks adopting our amazing city as their home base and reminding natives of the hidden gems throughout H-town.


Why I love Houston ...... because of inventive programs like Cigna Sunday Streets.

With the cooler temperatures, I'm really looking forward to the next Sunday Streets where a few blocks of a selected neighborhood become a pedestrian oasis where you can walk, bike ride, or glide along the city streets without a car in sight. Mark your calendar for Sunday, November 1, from 12-4 pm, for a power walking session, family bicycle ride, or maybe just a leisurely stroll in the Museum Park area. Here are some ideas for a full day of explorations in the Museum District.

I suggest starting with Sunday brunch at Lucille's for southern classics (their chili biscuits are to die for) or Danton's for fresh gulf seafood paired with a live blues band.

After you've done the Sunday Streets circuit, nearby attractions to check out in the Museum Park area include the Houston Museum of Natural Science (be sure to view their exquisite gem collection) and the delightful Cockrell Butterfly Center. If you still have energy left to burn, take a walk along the reflection pool in Hermann Park where you might catch a sighting of couples posing for their engagement photos or a QuinceaƱera photo shoot.

My son, Jean Luc, is a big fan of the Health Museum and its interactive exhibits like the Debakey Cell Lab where kids can don a lab coat for fun with DNA and mystery microbes. And the Children's Museum is always a big hit with the younger set!


See you on the streets!

Kathlyn

Thursday, October 15, 2015

How You Can Use Lighting to Dramatically Change a Room


Proper lighting isn't just about creating functional spaces; it can also add interest to an area. As a realtor who regularly hosts open houses, I know that lighting is essential to making a positive first impression on potential buyers. Rooms can feel bigger, brighter and more beautiful with the right lighting techniques. Take your home from dreary to dramatic with these simple lighting tricks from the pros.
Use Ambient Lighting for Overall Feel -- Choose fixtures that provide sufficient brightness for the room's basic activities, like watching television, eating dinner or relaxing. Does the room have significant natural light? If the area is primarily used during the day, take advantage of that sunlight and complement it with other sources, like recessed lighting, if more is needed. Browse for statement-making fixtures at Brown, a quaint shop in Upper Kirby. 
Install Dimmer Switches for More Control -- The lighting required in the family room when you're watching a movie is different from the lighting needed to work on a puzzle or kick back with a book. Use dimmer switches in rooms that serve multiple purposes to vary the lighting quickly and easily. Instead of the big box stores, support neighborhood shops like Southland Hardware in Montrose aka, "The store that has almost everything," or Berings in West U where you can pick up gourmet coffee too. 
Add Accent Lighting to Highlight Features -- Accent lights draw attention to a room's focal point, such as a fireplace, artwork or feature wall. Options for accent lighting include recessed spotlights, track lights, sconces, uplights, and even some decorative table and floor lamps. Two local resources for fun and practical lighting projects are Light Bulbs Unlimited in Montrose and the Light Bulb Depot in the Heights. 
Optimize Task Lighting for Specific Lighting Needs -- Supplement ambient lighting with task lighting designed to provide light for a specific activity. Common places for task lighting include above the stove and countertops, on bedside tables and computer desks, and over bathroom mirrors.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Open Houses and Listings

211 E. 22nd St., Heights, Houston


Open Houses

Why I Love Houston Properties is hosting the following Open Houses this coming weekend, Oct. 10-11. 

Saturday, October 10th 2-5 pm (Heights)

211 E 22nd St., Heights: Beautifully renovated large home in this desirable location.

425 W 21st St., Heights: Charming bungalow with a cute front porch and large yard.

Saturday, October 10th 2-4 pm (Westbury)

6018 Hummingbird St., Westbury: Immaculate mid-century modern ranch home.

Sunday, October 11th 2-5 pm (Heights)

211 E 22nd St., Heights: Beautifully renovated large home in this desirable location.

425 W 21st St., Heights: Charming bungalow with a cute front porch and large yard.

Get to know the Heights neighborhood with window shopping on 19th Street!

Current Listings

102 Lanai, Tiki Island: This is must see property, with amazing, unobstructed waterfront views of Galveston Island.  

211 E 22nd St., Heights: Beautifully renovated large home in this desirable location. 

425 W 21st St., Heights: Charming bungalow with a cute front porch and large yard. 

2124 White Oak Dr., Heights: New construction to be built. Great lot location with scenic view. 

1922 Ebony Ln., Oak Forest: Priced at lot value, this property offers a huge corner lot in the booming Oak Forest neighborhood. 

6018 Hummingbird St., Westbury: Immaculate mid-century modern ranch home. 

13935 Grafton Bridge Ln., Brunswick Lakes: Lovely 4 bedroom, single-story open floor plan home.  




Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Why I Love Houston: Seasonal Celebrations!


Welcome to my Why I Love Houston Series, where I share my favorite Houston experiences and excursions. My goal is to make my hometown of Houston more accessible to the ever-changing mix of folks adopting our amazing city as their home base and reminding natives of the hidden gems throughout H-town.

Why I Love Houston...Fall means cooler weather, Halloween, and Day of the Dead celebrations 

With October's arrival, I plan on spending quality time with my family in the great outdoor spaces of Houston with a nod to the approaching Halloween season. 

Fall is perfect for enjoying Buffalo Bayou Park. This Houston green space is even better with all the recent improvements, including hike and bike trails, public artwork, and a dog park. It's also home to the Waugh Drive Bat Colony, a family favorite. There's nothing quite like witnessing the bats emerge from under the bridge and early fall is prime bat-viewing time. A bit of wildlife in the city!   

As a fifth-generation Houstonian, I'm an avid fan of learning about the city's beginnings. With our city's stunning skyscraper-filled skyline as a backdrop, Founder's Cemetery on 1217 West Dallas is a great introduction to Houston history. The cemetery is Houston's oldest burial ground and the final resting place of John Kirby Allen, a co-founder of Houston. After exploring this designated "Texas Historic Cemetery," I plan for an early Italian dinner at nearby Nino's down the street which has been open since 1977! 

I also look forward to partaking in the many festive Halloween celebrations with my son. The ArBOOretum is a fun family outdoor event hosted by the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. Jean-Luc loves the hay rides, pumpkin decorating and the Trick or Treat Trail! Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 24th, 12-4 pm. 

In my Heights neighborhood, Mexican folk art gallery, Casa Ramirez, on 19th Street holds free classes every Saturday in October that explain the traditions of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) so you can build your own personal altar to memorialize loved ones. Be sure to join in a long-standing Heights tradition when the owners invite the community to celebrate the Day of the Dead with an outdoor procession and Aztec dancers.
Happy Fall Outings! 

Kathlyn