Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Upcycle Old Furniture Into Something New

How to Add Upcycling Into Your Home Decor

Got an old dresser gathering dust in your attic? Or maybe you inherited your mother's Mason jar collection but not her love of canning? Instead of trashing it, try upcycling hand-me-downs into something new. There are a million options for turning one person's trash into another person's treasure. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Vintage Dressers -- Transform an old wooden dresser into a charming bathroom vanity, a television stand for your guest room or a storage bench for the front entryway. All it takes is a little bit of paint and some DIY know-how!
Window Shutters -- Give old wooden window shutters new life as a room divider, shabby chic sideboard, succulent planter, wall-mounted magazine holder or a cottage-inspired armoire.
Posts and Railings -- Turn those architectural elements into functional furniture. Used wood stairway posts are useful as legs on a children's desk. Just add a wooden top and a fresh coat of bright paint, and you have a colorful place for the kids to study.
Old Doors and Windows -- Repurpose old doors and windows into beautiful furniture pieces with a touch of history. Turn doors into kitchen tables, nightstands, room dividers, headboards and coffee tables. Repurpose windows into picture frames or a chalkboard calendar.
Mason Jars -- Convert Mason jars into fun, functional home accessories. From wall-mounted bathroom storage to patio lanterns, here are a few DIY projects you can tackle over the weekend.
If you need some help with your upcycling, Houston has many resources for beginners who want to tackle repurposing projects. Houston Makerspace, located in an EADO warehouse, offers classes and memberships where you can master a variety of skills from woodworking to ceramics to metalsmithing.  Texas Art Asylum, also in EADO,  is a craft warehouse meets thrift shop where they host a schedule of classes geared toward creative re-use. Check their website for the 2016 schedule. Adkins Architectural Antiques in Midtown maintains a wood shop on their premises to assist in renovation projects that go beyond DIY. 

Monday, December 21, 2015

Why I Love Houston: Christmas Traditions

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...Christmas Traditions!

Our House Decked Out In Christmas Cheer!

As a native Houstonian, I'm still carrying on the Christmas traditions I enjoyed as a child with my husband and son. Here are a few of my favorite ways to celebrate the season in Houston along with some new holiday traditions I can't wait to experience with my family!

The Zoo Lights are a must-see Houston event. Over two million lights decorate the zoo grounds, including the African forest exhibit along with a walk-in snow globe that's guaranteed to be on everyone's Facebook page!

Visiting family and friends are always impressed by a ride through River Oaks to view the lights adorning the mansions and grand grounds of Houston's stateliest homes. 

My son, Jean-Luc, will be joining many other Houston children for his first trip to see The Nutcracker at the majestic Wortham Center. We recently attended a performance of the excellent musical version of The Little Prince so my son is on his way to becoming a theater regular! This year's performance is bittersweet as the Houston Ballet will be debuting a new production of The Nutcracker next season featuring totally different sets and costumes but we look forward to seeing what the 2106 version brings to the stage. 

A new holiday ritual that's very popular with Jean-Luc is our wooden Advent Calendar filled with chocolates in each drawer. Although Jean-Luc has already investigated the contents of each drawer, he only partakes in the assigned chocolate for the day. He must know Santa is watching! 

On Christmas Eve, we make the rounds visiting family and always come bearing kolaches for a holiday treat. Then it's off to Midnight Mass at Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Church where we arrive early so we can join in for the caroling before the service. 

Christmas Day feasting at our house includes Texas staples, chili and tamales, paired with Christmas cookies from Moeller's Bakery and French Gourmet Bakery pastries. 

We hope to cap off 2015 with a visit to the live Penguin Encounter at Galveston's Moody Gardens, which is also decked out in holiday lights. The penguins will be making appearances through January 3, 2016.

Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Kathlyn 

Friday, December 18, 2015

Current Listings and Open Houses: December 18th

Current Listings


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.

814 E 28th St., Sunset Heights: A well-maintained gem nestled in Sunset Heights. 

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

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

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.

3908 Spring Circle Dr., Pearland: Gorgeous 4-Bedroom home with a huge backyard on a cul-de-sac lot.

Open Houses


Why I Love Houston Properties is hosting the following Open Houses this coming weekend, Dec. 19-20. We hope to see you there! 

211 E 22nd St., Heights: Beautifully renovated large home in this desirable location.
  • Saturday, December 19th 2-5 pm
425 W 21st St., Heights: Charming bungalow with a cute front porch and large yard.
  • Sunday, December 20th 2-5 pm
6018 Hummingbird St., Westbury: Immaculate mid-century modern ranch home.
  • Saturday, December 19th 2-5 pm
  • Sunday, December 20th 2-5 pm

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Why I Love Houston...Lights in the Heights


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...Lights in the Heights!
Lights in the Heights Sneak Peek - Norhill Esplanade

Lights in the Heights is a yearly tradition in my Woodland Heights neighborhood where we roll out the welcome mat to our fellow neighbors and the entire city to celebrate holiday decor in all its megawatt glory - from LED spectacles to luminarias lining the driveways. Whether you're attending a house party like me or simply admiring from the sidewalk, there's no better way to get into the holiday spirit! So mark you calendar for Saturday, December 12, from 6-9 pm. Be on the lookout for the towering palm trees decked out like candy canes on the corner of Michaux and Woodland, along with the glowing dinosaurs on the Norhill Esplanade.

Candy Cane Palm Trees 

Pterodactyl Sighting on Norhill Esplanade


Practical tips for enjoying Lights in the Heights: This year's route is on Euclid and Woodland, from Studewood to Houston Ave. Please be mindful if parking in the neighborhood as you will not be able to park on closed streets which are barricaded around 5 pm and re-opened at 9 pm. There are port-o-lets located on the Norhill Esplanade and along the route.

If you need a break from all the festivities, the Red Dessert Dive on Studewood is open until 10 pm and you can enjoy a glass of cocoa or wine with their decadent dessert selections. Be aware seating is limited in their cozy space. Antidote Coffee, also on Studewood, is a great spot for refueling during the festivities, especially for their cajeta latte!

Here's to making spirits bright!

Kathlyn

Friday, December 4, 2015

Current Listings: December 4, 2015

Current Listings


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.

814 E 28th St., Sunset Heights: A well-maintained gem nestled in Sunset Heights. 

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

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

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.

3908 Spring Circle Dr., Pearland: Gorgeous 4-Bedroom home with a huge backyard on a cul-de-sac lot.