Wednesday, July 27, 2016

How to Create a Master Bedroom Retreat

Since we spend about a third of our lives sleeping, we should place high importance on the look and feel of the master bedroom. Follow these tips to transform one of the most important rooms of your home into a relaxing sanctuary.
What to Bring In
  • Neutral Colors -- Light, neutral hues like creams, taupes, grays and blues provide a tranquil atmosphere. Use soft, coordinating colors for your bedding and walls.
  • Soft Lighting -- Overhead lighting can sometimes be harsh or too concentrated. Create a soothing mood with soft, balanced lighting throughout the room. Add lamps to brighten dark corners and illuminate each side of the bed.
  • Window Treatments -- A sense of privacy is essential to any sanctuary. Window treatments offer coverage from the outside world and can be a beautiful design element. If outside lighting disrupts your sleep, consider blackout curtains.
What to Take Out
  • Outdated Bedding -- A relaxing bedroom begins with a comfortable bed. Most experts recommend replacing your mattress every eight years. Pillows should be replaced every two to three years or every six months if you have asthma or allergies.
  • Excess Furniture -- Get back to basics by paring down your bedroom to just the essentials. Most people require little more than a bed frame, a couple of matching nightstands and a dresser or chest of drawers. Anything more can quickly become clutter.
  • Unnecessary Electronics -- From more sleep to better family relationships, there are numerous benefits of having a technology-free bedroom. Reserve your master bedroom for rest and relaxation, and keep electronics out.
Make over your master bedroom into a serene space you look forward to at the end of a long day. 
Kathlyn's Recs: Check out these local shops to get you started. Biscuit Home in Montrose for 100% cotton sheet sets, shams and duvets sewn in the USA. Shop for organic mattresses and pillows in the Heights at New Living Bedroom. Looking for a new bedroom set? Browse The Amish Craftsman's showroom on Washington Ave. where you can select the wood, stain and hardware for a handmade creation made just for you. 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Why I Love Houston: White Linen Night!

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....White Linen Night in the Heights!

Most Houstonians seek the shelter of indoor A/C during the month of August. But the Heights embraces the swampy days of summer by donning white linen and lots of libations to keep cool while carousing the neighborhood during White Linen Night scheduled for Saturday, August 6, 2016, 6-10 pm along the 200 and 300 blocks of 19th Street. White Linen Night has its origins in New Orleans where the city turns out for art openings in their white linen best. The Heights version, celebrating its 10th year, functions as an open house to the 'hood for the whole city to enjoy with local businesses hosting bands in their parking lots and plenty of people-watching too! The evening serves as a reminder that you can find a close-knit community in the big city. 

Highlights for this year's White Linen Night include:
  • Shop and sip along 19th Street with live music serenading White Linen revelers
  • View the #BlissfulFlowerWall created by artist Lisa Chow at Blissful Indulgence Spa 
  • Head to Fitzgerald's on White Oak for a lineup of local bands on 3 stages at 6 pm
  • Redbud Gallery and G Gallery on 11th Street host art openings                                                             
Have fun! 


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Two New Great Listings!

Don't miss this picture perfect one-story in sought-after Post Oak Manor in Willow Meadows area. All four bedrooms and three baths, as well as entire interior and exterior were remodeled and updated within the last 2 years, including roof and HVAC! Large back yard with private pool - perfect for grilling and entertaining. Retail and restaurants close by put everything within easy reach. Quick commutes to Houston Medical Center, Galleria, and Downtown. 

Stop by the Open House this Saturday (7/16) & Sunday (7/17) from 2-5 pm.

This Walnut Bend charmer is a must-see! Spacious and tastefully updated with gleaming hardwood floors throughout, granite counters in kitchen and bathrooms, and freshly painted with designer paint throughout. Plantation shutters on all windows and an automatic driveway gate offer security and privacy for your family. Recent fridge, washer & dryer included! Sellers completed all foundation work with lifetime transferable warranty - great opportunity to make your home in Walnut Bend worry-free!

Stop by the Open House this Sunday (7/17) from 2-5 pm.

Visit the Listings tab for all my current listings.  

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

10 Ways to Deter Burglars with Landscaping

In 2014, just over 1.7 million individuals fell victim to burglary according to the FBI. Sometimes deadbolts and alarm systems just aren't enough to deter thieves. But there are outdoor security measures you can take to prevent property loss at the hands of a burglar. Here are 10 ways you can help protect your home with a well-planned landscape design:
  1. Use plant deterrents. Thorny shrubs and bushes like holly or roses help thwart would-be burglars.
  2. Prune vegetation regularly. Unkempt hedges provide hiding spots where perpetrators can lurk.
  3. Trim the trees. Leave sufficient distance between tree branches and the roof or second-story windows to limit intruder access.
  4. Leave a clear line of sight to windows or doors. Blocking these views leaves your home more vulnerable to break-ins.
  5. Invest in accent lights. Illuminate your yard to eliminate potential hiding spots.
  6. Install additional lighting. Don't just rely on the porch light. Consider adding motion-sensitive lighting to help ward off possible intruders.
  7. Put gravel beneath ground-floor windows. Burglars rely on silence; stepping on gravel can be a startling repellent.
  8. Protect the back door. Many thieves try this less obvious point of entry first.
  9. Replace solid privacy fences. Solid fencing helps intruders go undetected. Partial privacy fencing is a more secure option.
  10. Lock all gates. It seems obvious, but it's still worth a mention. Keep front and back gates locked at all times.
While pleasing to look at, landscaping does more than enhance your home's outdoor aesthetic. Consider whether your current setup promotes security or makes your home appealing to thieves. Use these landscaping security tips to help prevent your home from becoming the target of a burglary. 
Kathlyn's Tip: To implement your new landscape plan, shop for new shrubs and bushes at the lovely Cornelius Nurseries and stop by Southland Hardware for locks, lighting, and fence supplies. 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Why I Love Houston: Frozen Treats to Beat the Heat!

Friohana Shave Ice, Hank's Ice Cream, Cloud 10 Creamery 
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....the hotter it gets, the better the ice cream tastes! 

There's no better way to beat the summer heat, than a scoop of ice cream. Take a trip around the city for frozen fare from gelato to New Orleans style snoballs.

In the Heights, line up at Fat Cat Creamery on 19th Street and Shepherd for an after dinner scoop, soft-serve, push-up pop, or ice cream sammie. Mam's Snoballs on W. Cavalcade has a variety of flavors, specialty combos, toppings and sizes (small to mammoth!) along with Doggie Cones to keep your fur babies cool too. Pose in front of the Greetings from Houston postcard mural on the side of Gelazzi on White Oak where you can also indulge in Chicago deep dish pizza.

Follow the Friohana Shave Ice Truck for Hawaiian-style snowcones. Check their calendar for locations which often include Buffalo Bayou Park. 

Montrose is home to Sweet Cup Gelato which also has refreshing sorbets like Basil Watermelon. It's a great pit stop before heading to the Museum District or Miller Outdoor Theatre.

In Rice Village, ice cream chocoholics will find plenty to choose from at The Chocolate Bar. Cloud 10 Creamery features a menu of traditional and experimental flavors from vanilla to matcha green tea. 

Hank's Ice Cream on South Main, a family owned business for over 30 years, has an old school ice cream parlor feel and their banana pudding flavor is to die for! 

Head to Houston's Asiatown along Bellaire Blvd. for authentic Asian food paired with dessert at Nu Cafe where you can build your own frozen Taiwanese Snowflake Ice masterpiece. There's also a location at Westheimer and Fountainview.