Tuesday, April 21, 2015


A friend sent me this article about Houston neighborhoods got their names.   As a native Houstonian, it was fascinating to read the history of how the neighborhoods we live in got their names.  I knew the Memorial Villages were at one time ranchettes-5-20 acres mini ranches so the residents that lived in the city would have a country place on the weekends.  Kinkaid purchased the last ranchette in 2014! It was the property adjoining the school. I hope you enjoy this little history lesson.


Thursday, March 12, 2015

What's Hot on the Housing Market 

The Top 12 Trending Design Elements 

Low Profile Landscaping- Since interior design has headed into a time of more modern trends, it is important that the exterior of a home follows suite. Low boxwood shrubbery that border and frame neatly arranged flowerbeds have replaced tall scrubs and trees.  
Parking Area- Brick circle driveways are a little too traditional and take up way too much space for what is happening in the modern housing market today. Instead, gravel parking areas have become increasingly popular because they leave room for lots of green to grow in the front yard and are made of natural materials. 

Flat Walls- Crown molding has become a thing of the past. In the majority of new construction these days, smooth, non-textured walls are used because they give a home an effortlessly elegant feel. Less is more trend. 
Steel Framed Front Door- The front door of a home is an extremely important design element because it immediately sets the tone for the rest of the interior. Glass doors with steel frames communicate a quite elegance from the moment you step in. 

Kitchen Cabinets- Eliminating upper cabinets and leaving kitchenware on display with open shelving was a big trend in 2014 and has continued on this year. It’s a super chic way to update your kitchen and make it feel more spacious. 
Wood Beams- Wood beamed ceilings create a special wow factor, giving any home a sense of character and charm. 

Gray Wall Color- Using a slightly gray color rather than traditional white is a great way to create a classic yet refreshing look. Light gray walls make a home feel bigger and brighter. Design tip: Ceilings, baseboards and walls should all be painted the same color.
Marble- It’s no secret that white Carerra marble has been a sought after interior element for ages but keeping it consistent throughout the entire home is a new design trend. 
(Floors, counter tops, backsplashes, bathtubs and showers) 

Wide Openings into rooms- Large entryways give the illusion of higher ceilings and more spacious living spaces. 
(Pantry Door)
Antique Doors- Using reclaimed items in a home, such as antique doors, has become increasingly more popular and is an easy way to enhance the ambiance of a room. Chateau Domingue

Bunk Bed Nook- Since desktop computers have been replaced with iPads and laptops, there is no need for a built in computer desk. Instead, opt for a bunk bed nook that can be as extra space when the kids have sleepovers. 
Sisal Carpeting- Using sisal instead of traditional carpet is a modern way to create the feel of simple elegance in a living space. Design tip: Decorative rugs look great over sisal carpeting.