TexAppeal March 2013
Tex Appeal Magazine March 2013
3 march 2013 Tex Appeal co n t ents features 21 Inter ior s that Inspire 26 Get Mean Gre e n at Ho me home 42 30 Tradition al and Time l e ss style 38 S leep Retreats travel 56 A Tex as Trea sure Hunt, Fir s t Monday Tra de Days i n Canton health & fitness 60 Is Glu ten- F ree Right Fo r Yo u? 63 Sp in It! TexTalk 10 12 14 16 19 calendar scene spotlight Salado Glassworks well fed head neighbor 26 in every issue 6 editor â€™s letter 66 t h erapy 4 march 2013 Tex Appeal 48 T editor’s letter he home should be a treasure chest of living. —Le Corbusier Welcome HOME sunshine! March always gives me Spring Fever. I’m ready to start digging into the garden and new flower bed projects this year; as well as doing some serious spring cleaning. It’s also time to pull out the paintbrushes and give the house a refreshing little face lift. Thankfully, we’ll soon be springing forward with daylight savings time and this means a couple extra hours every evening to spend on projects outdoors. The patio and yard have to be ready for all of the summer BBQ festivities! Home is where the heart is, and this month—Tex Appeal LOVES everything about the home. Learn all about the latest design trends and styles for 2013 in our Interiors that Inspire article on page 21. You’ll be surprised to see what is making a huge comeback this year! And get a sneak peek at some wonderful Sleep Retreats on page 38. Get ready to tackle your energy bill and start saving more money every month. Discover 15 easy ways you can get Mean Green at home and make your home more energy efficient and better for the planet on page 26. Hitch up the trailer and load up the wagon, it’s time to head to Canton for the First Monday Trade Days, page 56. You’ll enjoy a full weekend of treasure hunting for things old and new, sure to inspire a new style that will pep up your place! And Kactus Kate has the right prescription for you when it comes to junking on page 66. I’d also like to apologize for a misprint and add a retraction to our Countdown to 2013 article in the December issue. All of the fabulous Gold Rush décor was inspired and styled by Karson Butler Events of Washington D.C. You’ll discover it’s all about the little details when it comes to styling a spectacular celebration or wedding, check out their portfolio at www. karsonbutlerevents.com. Give your home a little Tex Appeal and enjoy re-decorating your home and life this spring! Best wishes, Teresa K. Hernandez Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org 6 MARCH 2013 TEX APPEAL your voice Hello Teresa and Teresa, I finally got a chance to look through the February issue of Tex Appeal. Another wonderful issue! I really enjoyed the couples you highlighted in Mastering Marriage and the fashion spread. Nice agerange and great photography! —Heinz and Lynn Reichl Hi Teresa, WOW!!! That is all Patsy and I can say about the magazine and article! We were blown away! Absolutely loved it! —Laura, Treehouse Cottages Teresa, I understand that you are responsible for the article Rekindle the Romance, thanks so much for a great article! —Debbie Weicht Loved it, loved it, loved it!! So glamorous, so sleek. I appreciate knowing that all of the products are available locally. Can’t wait for the next issue. —Hdcowan Enjoy reading Tex Appeal? Tell us about it. We hope you enjoy reading this issue of Tex Appeal Magazine. Please let us know what you think about our monthly publications by sending your comments to email@example.com. Find us on Facebook facebook.com/texappealmagazine Tex Appeal Life & Style in Central Texas Published by Frank Mayborn Enterprises, Inc. Killeen Daily Herald 1809 Florence Road, Killeen, TX 76540 Temple Daily Telegram 10 S. Third Street, Temple, TX 76504 Publisher Sue Mayborn Magazine Director Teresa L O’Brien 254.774.5264 firstname.lastname@example.org Editor Teresa K Hernandez email@example.com Account Executive Ashley Pauley 254.774.5265 firstname.lastname@example.org Graphic Designer Christeen Clark 216.407.2777 email@example.com Photographers The Master’s Image Photography Priscilla Z photography Cover Home Mary Jane & Blair Williams of Belton Photography by Priscilla z photography Tex Appeal Magazine is available by subscription for $24 a year. If you would like to have each month’s edition delivered to your home, please mail a check with your address and contact information to: Tex Appeal Magazine, PO Box 6114 Temple, TX 76503-6114. texappealmag.com 7 8 march 2013 Tex Appeal alk ex TT WELL FED HEAD pg 16 S P OT L I G H T: M A RC H E V E N T S pg 10 Salado Glassworks pg 14 C A L E N DA R S C E N E S P OT L I G H T W E L L F E D H E A D N E I G H B O R TEXAPPEALMAG.COM 9 2013 Palm Sunday CENTRAL TEXAS MASTER N AT U R A L I S T C L A S S 2 0 1 3 March 1-15 (Registrat i o n p e r i o d ) March 26, 7-8:30p m Or i e n t at i o n Become a Master Naturalist and join the Central Texas Master Naturalist Chapter in Bell County. Classes begin Saturday, April 6 and continue each Saturday until June 8th. Registration is $125. For application or more information contact Zoe Rascoe at 254.913.1013, or MaryAnn Everett at 254.721.0931; www.txmn.org/centraltexas or www. txmn.org/heartoftexas. 1605 N. Main St., Rm 102, Belton F I R S T F R I DAY- A RT A F T E R DA R K March 1, 6-9pm Join us for an evening of art, wine, food & fun. Downtown Copperas Cove TA K E 1 9 0 W E S T, K I L L E E N S A L U T E S T H E A RT S March 2, 10am-4pm A weeklong salute to the arts includes: book signings by local, state and nationally-recognized authors; a sculptor contest featuring professional sculptors from Texas and beyond; and the KISD Student Art Show. Free to the public. For more information contact 254.501.3888 or visit www.take190west.com. Killeen Civic & Conference Center 1 7 T H A N N UA L T E X A S W E S T E R N S W I N G S H OWC A S E March 2, 12pm-Mid n i g h t Join us for an afternoon of great music with our stage band featuring 5 award winning fiddlers. Concert is 12pm–5pm. Tickets are $20 purchased at the door. Catered meal at 5:30pm, $10 dinner reservation only. Then don your western finery and join us for a great evening of dancing to the music of Bobby Flores and the Yellow Rose Band. 254.939.8390. Bell County Expo-A ssembly room O L I V E R ! AU D I T I O N S March 3-4, 6-9pm St. Patrick’s Day 31 March 24 March March C A L E N DA R March March 10 TexTalk 17 Daylight Savings Time Change Easter Sunday www.vlakilleen.org. Vive Les Arts Theatre 3401 South WS Young Dr., Killeen SAN GABRIEL WINE TRAIL M a r ch 2 - 3, 1 1 a m - 6 p m Visit 6 wineries in Central Texas, all within a 30-minute drive of one another. Cost is $30 and includes 3 tastings as each winery, a souvenir glass, and small munchies at each Winery. Purchase tickets at www.sangabrielwinetrail.com 8060 E. U S HWY 190 Rogers C E N T R A L T E X A S O RC H E S T R A L S O C I E T Y P H I L A D E L P H I A V I RT U O S I C H A M B E R O RC H E S T R A M a r ch 10 , 4 p m String Orchestra of 17 with conductor and piano virtuoso soloist. Strasburger Hall reception at 3 pm. 254.773.9926. Cultural Activities Center. 3011 N. Third Street, Temple B E LTO N M A R K E T DAYS M a r ch 16 Every third Saturday in downtown Belton, come out and enjoy some BBQ and stroll along Central Avenue shopping for antiques, handmade jewelry, and other unique items. For more information contact the Downtown Belton Merchants Association at 254-939-2661 or visit downtownbelton.com. Penelope Street and Central Avenue Belton BOB SCHNEIDER M a r ch 16 The amazing Bob Schneider has a huge following and his show sold out last season. You don’t want to miss him, so get your tickets early. 254.773.9926. Cultural Activities Center 3011 N. Third Street, Temple S P R I N G B R E A K A RT & M U S I C C A M P M a r ch 18 - 2 2 , 9 a m - 3 : 3 0 p m Draw, paint, sculpt and sing, laugh and learn about musical Come out and audition for Oliver! For more theater. Grades 3-5. Deadline to register is March 4. For information contact 254.526.9090 or visit us at more information contact the CAC for more information, 10 MARCH 2013 TEX APPEAL 254.773.9926. Cultural Activities Center 3011 N. 3rd St., Temple EASTER EGG HUNT M a r ch 23, 8am-2pm Easter egg hunt at City Park-Fester’s House. This event is free to the public. For more information please contact the Parks and Recreation at 254.542.2719. Copperas Cove Cit y Park W I L D F L OW E R A RT S & C R A F T S S H OW M a r ch 23-24, 9am-5pm Visit a variety of artists, artisans and crafters along the banks of the Salado Creek. For more information, contact 254.947.5040. Creek side, South Main Street and Stagecoach Salado SMOKIN’ SPOKES BIKE RIDE M a r ch 30, 8am This Texas bike ride is sponsored by the Salado Volunteer Fire Department. Expect challenging hills, scenic views, well-manned rest stops, friendly. Sponsors and a great meal at the end of the ride. Contact us at 254.947.8961 or www.saladospokes.com. Pace Park, Salado L O C A L FA R M E R S M A R K E T B E LTO N S at u r days, 8am-1pm Downtown on Water Street in front of The Gin C O P P E R A S C OV E Mo n days, 3-6pm & 10 a m -2pm Saturdays VFW 1506 Veterans, Ave. KILLEEN Tu e s days, 2-6pm; Fridays, 3-6pm; S at u r days, 3-6pm 717 N. 2nd Street, downtown Killeen T ROY S at u r days, 9am-1pm Troy Community Center 201 E. Main St. TEXAPPEALMAG.COM 11 TexTalk S cene Temple Community Clinic Caring Ball 12 march 2013 Tex Appeal Helping Hands CANstruction, Belton Revive Red Carpet Event, Killeen texappealmag.com 13 Photos by The Master’s Image Photography Have you been searching for unique and inspiring lighting accents that offer intimate and mesmerizing shades of self-expression, as well as timeless elements of beauty, style, and elegance? At Salado Glassworks, the possibilities are beautiful, bright, and endless. Using the old world art form and techniques for blowing glass, Salado artisan, Gail Allard, can turn a lump of molten glass into a brilliant work of art. Gail can help you bring your vision to life by capturing it in glass to create stunning custom pieces for your home or ofﬁce. Unsure where to begin? Allow Gail to custom-design a new lighting concept especially for your space. “With glass, the imagination is limitless.” Light up your room–and life, with the rich, vibrant colors and shapes of hand-blown glass. At Salado Glassworks, we can help you replace the plain glass shades on your current ﬁxtures with stylish new designs, or install all new ﬁxtures, chandeliers, pendants, sconces, or lamp shades. From a concept sketch to the ﬁnal installation, Salado Glassworks can assist architects, builders, designers, and homeowners with all of their needs in residential and commercial lightening and installations, as well as other custom glass artwork. For more information, please c o n t a c t 2 5 4 . 9 4 7 . 0 3 3 9 or visit us at www.salado g l a s s w o r k s . c o m TexTalk S P OT L I G H T Captured by its mystique and beauty, Gail fell in love with glass-working over 12 years ago. The affair intensiﬁed when he became an apprentice under Bob Rynearson of Rynoglass in Temple. Over the years Gail has studied and worked in various aspects of glass-working, including: creating custom glass countertops, fusing, and blowing. All of his pieces are created with his own hands, and each has its own story to tell. Located in the downtown historic village of Salado, Salado Glassworks is located on Peddler’s Alley. Gail encourages visitors to stop in and browse the gallery, or step out back and watch him work in the studio. Follow Salado Glassworks on facebook.com/saladoglassworks for the latest news and events–including dates and details on upcoming classes. Classes provide each participant with an opportunity to make a traditional glass piece such as a beer mug or bowl, or gifts such as: glass pumpkins, holiday ornaments, Valentine’s Day hearts, and Easter eggs during the seasonal classes. Classes ﬁll up fast—and reservations are required. Salado Glassworks # 2 Pe d d l e r s A l l e y Salado, TX 76571 To feature your business or event as the Spotlight, please contact your advertising sales representative or Teresa O’Brien at 254.774.5264. W ell F e d H ea d – H ome E d ition Boo k s The Things that Matter By Nate Berkus 16 march 2013 Tex Appeal Decorate: 1,000 Design Ideas for Every Room in Your Home By Holly Becker and Joanna Copestick In Decorate, the world’s top designers and leading decor experts including Kelly Wearstler, Amy Butler, Jonathan Adler, and many others come together to share over 1,000 professional tips, ideas, and solutions for every room and every budget. Written and compiled by Holly Becker, founder of the hugely popular design blog Decor8, and Joanna Copestick, acclaimed lifestyle writer, this intensive home decor program combines beautiful inspiration with nuts-and-bolts how-to for stunning results. More than 500 gorgeous color photographs provide motivation while line illustrations, checklists, shortcuts, and floor plans make it easy to get started. For those looking to make the most of their home and create stylish interiors, Decorate is the startto-finish resource to keep on the bookshelf for years to come. Does your home tell the story of who you are? In The Things That Matter, Nate Berkus shares intimate stories from his life, introduces us to people who influenced him and helped him forge his sense of style, and opens up about the remarkable experiences that have left him forever changed, all of which find expression in how he lives today. From his most cherished flea market finds, to his beloved books and photos, to the many extr aordinar y mementos he’s collected in his travels, every piece defines who he’s become and what endures in his world. Berkus invites readers into his own home as well as into twelve others, including a sleek steel-and-glass high-rise that soars above Chicago, a rustic cottage in the Hudson Valley, an ultra-chic atelier that maximizes every inch of space, a Greenwich Village townhouse that holds multiple art collections, and a study in meaningful minimalism in Marfa, Texas. The distinctive interiors beautifully displayed in this book offer revealing portraits of their owners’ lives and the inspiring choices that have made them who they are today. The Things That Matter convincingly lays out Nate Berkus’s philosophy that things do matter. Our homes tell our stories, they reflect the places we’ve been and the people we’ve loved along the way—and there can be no more beautiful design for living than that. Named one of the best books of the year by the Seattle Times. Create a beautiful, modern home with oneof-a-kind DIY furniture--beds, organizers, Adirondack chairs, a play table, and more! It’s easy to build inexpensive, quality furnishings with this indispensible collection of woodworking projects from Ana White, the popular blogger who has inspired millions of homemakers with her stylish furniture plans and DIY spirit. As a young mom on a tight budget, Ana learned to make her own welldesigned pieces inspired by the styles in her favorite stores—saving thousands of dollars in the process. A book for woodworkers of all skill levels, Ana shares everything she has learned along the way. Hardcover, 336 pages Published November 6, 2012 by Spiegel & Grau Hardcover, 192 pages Published October 9, 2012 by Potter Craft Hardcover, 288 pages Published April 20, 2011 by Chronicle Books The Handbuilt Home By Ana White TexTalk Inspired You: Breathing New Life into Your Heart and Home By Miss Mustard Seed Some girls get giddy over a new pair of shoes. Marian Parsons gets giddy over room makeovers. With a lot of ingenuity, a little bit of effort, and a tight budget, she has transformed her home into a beautiful space and filled her heart with a lot more contentment. Thousands have found inspiration at Marian’s blog, missmustardseed.com, and now she shares dozens of new projects, ideas, and DIY adventures in the pages of Inspired You. Marian will remind you that homes don’t have to be magazine material to be special, comfortable, and inviting. The goal you’re working toward is home. Not a perfect home. Not an “impress the neighbors” home. Just home—one whose walls and rooms tell the story of the family who lives there. Beautiful homes start with inspiration and a willingness to try. So uncover your God-given creativity. Be encouraged, be willing, and be inspired. Hardcover, 240 pages Published November 6, 2012 by Thomas Nelson The Painted Home by Dena By Dena Fishbein and John Ellis Photographer Dena Fishbein believes that putting a paintbrush in someone’s hands opens up the imagination to a new world of color and design opportunities. The woman behind internationally acclaimed merchandise company Dena Designs shows how her handpainted style combines vintage and traditional elements with a modern twist. Here she walks the reader through her own home, room by room, and discusses her inspirations and methods for encouraging creativity. The Painted Home features simple DIY projects, useful design tips, and personal stories from one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the textile and design business. The book also includes a custom stencil so that readers can launch into the DIY projects themselves. Hardcover, 208 pages Published September 1, 2012 by Tabori & Chang BLOGS AND WEBSITES Mary Janes Farm www.maryjanesfarm.tv/FarmRomance.asp Join the Farmgirl movement-- it’s spreading faster than a prairie fire. Learn more about simple solutions for everyday organic. Enjoy articles about gardening, urban farming, canning, recipes, crafts, and decorating tips that will bring a little old-fashion country style to the city. Join Mary Jane’s Farmgirl Sisterhood and network with thousands of farmgirls around the world and earn cute Farmgirl Sisterhood merit badges at farmgirlsisterhood.org. Sassy Trash sassytrash.blogspot.com Discover how to recycle and restore the beauty of old lost treasures. The real fun begins with the hunt—exploring barns, flea markets, and yard sales to find unique and vintage pieces. Learn how to make some beautiful projects at SassyTrash—but beware, junking can become quite addictive! Katies Rose Cottage Designs Blog www.katiesrosecottageblog.com Yesterday, Today and Forever…Timeless Vintage. If you’re a hopeless romantic and love farmhouse and cottage style designs and anything Victorian, you’re going to love Katie Rose Designs! Flea Market Gardening www.fleamarketgardening.org Real people. Real gardens. Real projects. At Flea Market Gardening, you’ll find inspiring gardens and beautiful ideas for creative landscaping. Lots of easy to make DIY projects, learn how to add character and style to your outdoor spaces using a variety of planters, fountains, and art–all created from cheap flea market finds. You’re guaranteed to have a whole new outlook on junk after you visit this website! TEXAPPEALMAG.COM 17 18 march 2013 Tex Appeal Deep Roots TexTalk NEIGHBOR For over a hundred years, the Messer family has occupied an office space on either the downtown Belton square or inside the Bell County Courthouse. Practicing law has been a long-standing family tradition for the men in Bill Messer’s family, as well as serving in public offices. His grandfather served as a Bell County District Judge and County Attorney, his brother John now serves as the Belton City Attorney, and Bill was elected and served four terms as a Texas State Representative. Today Bill Messer is a lobbyist with Texas Lobby Group, and throughout his successful political career, he has been named one of the “Ten Best Legislators” four times by Texas Monthly Magazine, and the Dallas Morning News named him as one of the “Ten Best Lobbyists,” and “#1 Lobbyist” by Capitol Inside. When Bill isn’t working inside the Texas Capitol, his favorite thing to do is to be outdoors on his ranch in Bell County. Bill’s Texas roots run deep in Bell County, in fact his family has lived here since the 1850’s. “I love to be out in the woods—hunting, fishing, or doing anything outdoors,” says Bill. “I’ve lived in the country all my life and I’ve spent a lot of time outdoors playing and working.” His love for the outdoors led Bill to join the Central Texas Master Naturalists Chapter, where he became a certified Texas Master Naturalist. “Throughout Bell County we have some tremendous natural resources available to us, nature trails, very diverse habitats, and an abundance of different species of birds, mammals, and insects. I wanted to learn more about our By Teresa K. Hernandez ecological system and how it all functions.” Photo by Priscilla Z Photography The Texas Master Naturalist organization is a state-wide program, jointly sponsored by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas AgriLIFE Extension, and is designed to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers who can provide education, outreach, and services for the management of natural resources within their communities. Certification involves taking 40 hours of classroom and field instruction and completing a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer service, and each subsequent year members must complete a minimum of 8 hours of advanced training and provide 40 hours of volunteer service in approved project activities. “I have really enjoyed it. The field instruction and training by some of the state’s best biologists and researchers has been very enlightening; and even though I’ve lived in the country all my life, there were so many things I never knew about our native species, plants, and habitats and how they all contribute to our ecological system. I highly recommend it to anyone who truly loves the outdoors.” In Bell County, the Central Texas Master Naturalists Chapter is now accepting registrations for the Class of 2013. All applications must be submitted no later than March 26, 2013 and an orientation class is scheduled for March 26, 7-8:30pm at the AgriLIFE Building in Belton. Classes are scheduled to begin on April 6 and will run through June 8 on Saturdays. For more information on this program or registration, please contact: Zoe Rascoe at 254.913.1013 or MaryAnn Everett at 254.721.0921; or visit www.txmn.org/centraltexas. TEXAPPEALMAG.COM 19 20 march 2013 Tex Appeal Inspire fe ature Interiors that By Teresa K. Hernandez texappealmag.com 21 patterns Inspiring colors and wallpaper with bright, bold patterns that are quirky and whimsical are all the rage for 2013. The key to creating a beautiful and uniquely “you” space is to use a layering technique. Choose pieces and patterns that inspire you, and incorporate them all together in your space. Don’t be afraid of mixing your patterns and colors—floral, stripes, designs, or geometrics can all be combined and will compliment one another, if you layer them properly. earthy According to local designer, Sandee Payne of Buy the Hour Interiors, we can expect to see a lot of earthy, natural tones and textures, and emerald green this year. Green is the new neutral shade; it provides the perfect background for accents and patterns in a variety of colors. “Shades of orange--from coral to melon are also very hot this year. Adding a few bright pieces of orange will really make a room pop,” she says. “We’re also seeing a lot of bold geometric patterns, wallpaper, accents in gilded gold tones, and shades of blue are huge this year.” 8 22 MARCH 2013 TEX APPEAL unique Bring out the character of your space and express your true sense of style and personal interests by creatively adding old, or recycled pieces, accents, or heirlooms. No room should have a cookie cutter shape or appear as if it came straight off the floor of the furniture store’s showroom. Add contrast, personality, and a sense of depth by mix-matching your end tables, coffee table, even the couch, loveseat, and chairs. Don’t be afraid to incorporate old things, contrasting fabrics, colors, patterns, or textures. This helps to establish a creative, but well-balanced look. Blending a combination of antiques, or distressed and rustic pieces with more contemporary and traditional pieces and adding a host of other interesting accessorizes--lamps and accents, can create an inspiring and inviting room that will express your unique character and style with comfort. accent Photo by Priscilla Z photography Using a darker shade of paint, or wallpaper with a bright pattern on one wall will create an interesting focal point in your room. “If you rent, or don’t want to commit yourself to a pattern, you can always paint or wallpaper a light, thin board that matches the size of your wall, then simply attach it to the wall for an instant new look. This way you don’t have to worry about sanding down the texture on the wall, because textures aren’t wallpaperfriendly and make it impossible to get a smooth finished look. Plus, when you’re ready to move, simply take it down and go,” says Sandee. 8 TEXAPPEALMAG.COM 23 colorful When adding color, start small and see how it makes you feel first. A space with a neutral palette can quickly transform from boring and dull to energizing and refreshing by just adding a couple of accents with color. Combining brighter colors with the traditionally darker, more serious shades adds a complex, yet refreshing balance to a room. For instance, adding several pillows in patterns and solids, and a vase of blossoms all in various shades of fuchsia and pinks to a room of muted tones of gray, brown, or mossy green will help snap the room awake. Photo by Priscilla Z Photography 24 MARCH 2013 TEX APPEAL LIVE EVERY DAY WITH A HIGHER STANDARD OF COMFORT eÉ~í=mìãéë Authorized Dealer Call (254) 773-1733 Federal Tax Credits Up to $300 on specified models HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING HVAC • Geo-Thermal • Refrigeration • Ice Machines Serving The Greater Temple - Killeen Area • 24 Hours • www.LockeyAir.com texappealmag.com 25 Get at home and keep more green in your pockets Green is the official color of 2013—and we don’t just mean in interior design and paint. Make this the year you become a mean green money-saving machine. After all, being environmentally-friendly is just good economics. Going green does not require a total lifestyle transformation, nor does it require any expensive investments. In fact, green practices are generally the more frugal option and just make good sense. There are lots of little things we can do every day within our own homes that can help decrease landfill waste, clean the air, conserve water, and make our homes more energy efficient. A little effort can make a major impact, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, if every American home replaced just one light bulb with a light bulb that’s earned the Energy Star, we would save enough energy to light 3 million homes for a year, save about $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to those from about 800,000 cars. Families that team up together can double their efforts, so get your game ready with these 15 easy steps for tackling unnecessary expenses and waste and start living mean green today. Fluorescent Start switching out all of your light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL). These bulbs last six times longer, produce 75% less heat— so they are not only safer to use, but they can help cut your energy cost associated with cooling your home, and each bulb saves about $6 a year in electricity costs and more than $40 in its lifetime. Look for CFLs with the Energy Star label. Get unplugged Go Digital A digital, programmable thermostat is a true money saver. Using preprogrammed settings to manage your HVAC while you’re away from the home during the week can save about $180 a year. Also, be sure to change your air filter regularly, a dirty filter prevents air flow and makes your system work harder, which wastes more energy. Inexpensive filters should be changed monthly, while the higher-end pleated filters should be changed every three months. Lower your thermostat by just one degree and save as much as 10% of your heating bill. Experts claim that residential electricity is sapped by devices that stay plugged in for 24 hours a day—even when they are not turned on. However, some of these electronics consume more energy than others and should be unplugged when not in use. Items such as desktop computers, laptops, televisions, DVD players, various modems, stereos and radios, coffeemakers, lamps, toasters, and various plug-in transformers for iPods and other electronic gadgets. Instead of unplugging each of these items daily, invest in a $10 power strip. Power strips have a switch that will shut off the electricity to any device plugged into it. Keeping your computer shut down completely can help you save $50 or more a year! 26 MARCH 2013 TEX APPEAL Insulate Inside, help your home stay cooler or warmer with insulated curtains. Thermal curtains with lined backs can help stop chilly drafts and block out the hot sun—blocking out up to 99% of outdoor light, which can help lower your utility bills. Outside, solar screens can help block up to 90% of the sun’s heat and glare and reduce the heat transfer through your windows. Seal it up A typical household spends about $350 a year from air leaking in or out of the house. Get your house sealed up tight. Sealing and insulating ducts can help improve the efficiency of your heating system by as much as 20%, maybe more. Seal up around recessed lights that vent into the attic, weatherstrip all doors, including pull-down attic stairs, use spray foam to seal in medium size gaps in the attic, around pipes, windows, door frames, etc. and use caulk to seal in the smaller gaps that are less than ¼" wide. Lights out Dry Naturally Save up to $85 a year by using a clothes line. Clothes dryers account for over 6% of the total electricity used in homes. Sunlight is the best disinfectant and can make your clothes smell extra fresh. Jeans, towels and other heavy items are best dried on the line—as these items require a longer drying time and consume more energy. Keep the lights off when you’re not in a room—and even if you are! Take advantage of all the natural lighting from your windows. Only turn the lights on when you absolutely have too, when the sun goes down. Did you know that plastic shopping bags can take anywhere from 15-1000 years to decompose when compressed in a landfill? The U.S. alone uses approximately 100 billion new plastic bags a year, and the average person goes through 250–800. It takes approximately 12 million barrels of oil a year to produce all of these bags! Bag it smart when shopping, bring your own reusable bags— not only are they easier to carry, less likely to bust open, and can hold more, but one reusable bag can replace over 700 disposable bags in its lifetime. Bag it smart feature Go low fl ow Reduce hot water usage and conserve water by replacing your shower heads with low-flow fixtures. For maximum water efficiency select a shower head with a flow rate of less than 2.5 gpm. This can help you save 25%-60% in water savings. Also, repair a leaky faucet, fixture, or pipes. A leak of one drip per second can cost $1 a month. Native Roots According to Energy Star, almost 90% of the energy consumed by a washing machine goes to heating the water. Switching to cold water saves energy and the Sierra Club reports that households that make the switch to cold-water washing eliminate about 1,600 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions a year. New cleaning agents are chemically formulated to work with cold water, and these cold-water detergents work just as well, or better than the traditional detergents for hot water according to Consumer Reports. In fact, P&G’s Tide Coldwater is ranked higher than many regular detergents when it comes to cleaning power. Cold-water detergents cost about the same as traditional detergents, however they reduce energy by over three-quarters. Wash in cold water can add up to substantial savings for your household budget annually. Always wash only full loads, don’t waste a full cycle of water on just a few pieces. Cold water wash Conserve water this summer by converting your lawn into a natural landscape that requires less water. Look into landscaping with more native plants that are heat-hardy and require less watering. TEXAPPEALMAG.COM 27 HOME One of best ways to save big is to stop buying bottled water. Not only will it stop contributing to the 60 million plastic bottles that end up in landfills each year, and can reduce your risk of ingesting BPA and other chemicals found in the plastic, but it keeps more money in your pocket. Tap water cost less than one cent per gallon, while spending a $1 on a 16 ounce container adds up to about $8 a gallon. Invest in a water filter for your facet or a pitcher. Between the cost of the filter or pitcher and its replacement filters youâ€™re looking at spending $80 a year, but $80 of bottled water will only serve about 11 gallons. On tap An inch of rain puts about 600 gallons of water on top of a 1,000 sq. ft. house and rain gutters capture it all. Placing a rain barrel or a cistern below your gutter system can catch all this water and is a great way to maintain your lawn and garden without consuming city water. And itâ€™s better for your plants! Rainwater does not contain all the harmful chloride and chemicals in tap water that can burn plants. Rainwater is softer and better for the plantâ€™s roots, and provides the ideal pH balance for our alkaline soil here in Central Texas. Plants and vegetable gardens are much more productive and healthier when watered with rainwater. Store up the water through the wet and winter season and have plenty of water for your lawn or garden all summer! Collect free water Recycle Reduce waste in the landfills; conserve our natural resources and sustain the environment for future generations; prevent pollution; reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change; and help create new jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industry in the United States. Recycling benefits everyone in the world. 28 MARCH 2013 TEX APPEAL Composting Instead of filling up landfills with plastic trash bags full of old food scraps (not to mention making your trash can reek!) make soil that is rich with nutrients and perfect for using on your lawn and in your garden and flower beds. Dump your food scraps into a composting bin, some of the best items to use are fruits, vegetables, egg shells, old grass clippings and leaves (no need for the large black trash bags to bag these up anymore!) shredded newspapers, and fireplace ashes. You can make your own composting bin for about $15â€”using an inexpensive plastic garbage can and drilling approximately 2025 holes in the sides, bottom, and lid for air circulation. Simply dump all of your scraps into it and every couple of days, roll it around the yard to mix and blend the contents. TEXAPPEALMAG.COM 29 h ome 30 MARCH 2013 TEX APPEAL Timeles less and Traditional B y Te r e s a K . H e r n a n d e z P h o to s b y P r i s c i l l a Z P h o to g r a p h y Contemporary in design, this large home offers many extraordinary architectural features that are perfect for showcasing Mary Jane and Blair Williams timeless and traditional design style. The homeâ€™s interior design includes magnificent archways with graceful curves, large columns, hand-painted dome ceilings, crown molding, granite counter-tops, and craftsmen wood and iron work. Large and spacious, each room flows effortlessly into the next with an old world grandeur style. The Williamsâ€™ home features a unique blend of beautiful antiques, modern, and traditional furniture with an eclectic mix of art and accents, creating an elegant and ultra-comfortable living space. A large backyard features a beautiful patio and large outdoor living space, complete with a large grill and full kitchen and a stunning view of the pool. TEXAPPEALMAG.COM 31 32 march 2013 Tex Appeal R i c h c o l o r s, fa b r i c s, and textures add a host of interesting and i n v i t i n g e l e m e n t s to t h i s l a r ge h o m e . T h e w h i t e c r ow n m o l d i n g a c c e n t u at e s t h e l i g h t a n d d a r k wo o d to n e s and black scrolled i r o n wo r k t h a t i s s e e n throughout the home. A n t i q u e s, l e a t h e r, t a p e s t r i e s, a n d a n a s s o r t ment of unique accents and art combine to c r e a t e t h e p e r fe c t b a l a n c e a n d s h ow c a s e t h e h o m e ow n e r s â€™ fine traditional design style. TEXAPPEALMAG.COM 33 34 march 2013 Tex Appeal N a t u r a l l i g h t i l l u m i n a t e s t h i s l a r ge, c h e f i n s p i r e d k i t ch e n , wh i ch a d j o i n s t h e m a i n l i v i n g a re a . L at e n i g h t s n a c k s, o r s m a l l q u a i n t d i n n e r s c a n b e e n j o y e d r i g h t a t t h e b r e a k fa s t b a r ; w h i l e t h e fo r m a l d i n i n g r o o m o f fe r s t h e p e r fe c t s e t t i n g fo r e n t e r t a i n i n g l a r ge g a t h e r i n g s o n s p e c i a l o c c a s i o n s a n d h o l i d ay s . TEXAPPEALMAG.COM 35 36 march 2013 Tex Appeal AB OV E : E n t e r t a i n i n g w i t h c o m fo r t a n d s t y l e i s e a sy in this beautiful custom outdo o r k i t ch e n . S u m m e r n i g h t s a re s p e c t a c u l a r underneath this magnificent ch a n d e l i e r. Nat u ra l wo o d b e a m s c re at e a u nique star design and the outdo o r c e i l i n g fa n s c re at e t h e p e r fe c t b re e ze to cool down those hot Texas n i g h t s. LEFT: E l ega n c e a n d l u x u r y c o m b i n e to c re at e t he perfect place for pampering i n t h e m a s t e r b at h . T h e re c e s s e d d o m e c eiling over the Jacuzzi tub adds a t r u e s e n s e o f gra n d e u r to t h i s p r i vat e e s cape. A captivating chandelier c re at e s a s o f t a n d s e n s u a l a m b i a n c e fo r t hose long, leisure soaks in bubb l e b at h s. TEXAPPEALMAG.COM 37 p e e l SRetreats 38 march 2013 Tex Appeal style texappealmag.com 39 40 march 2013 Tex Appeal Raise Your Glass to Creativity! • • • ® Regularly Scheduled Classes (see our schedule online) 2-Hour Classes $35/Person 3-Hour Classes $45/Person 716 Indian Trail Suite 220 Harker Heights 254.393.0182 paintingwithatwist.com/harker-heights texappealmag.com 41 42 march 2013 Tex Appeal texappealmag.com 43 Photo by The Masterâ€™s Image Photography Home Profiles Real Estate Covington Real Estate, Inc. 2324 N. Main Street, Belton 254.939.3800 GoCov.com EVERY home is important to Covington Real Estate, Inc. First time home buyer or seller? We can help you through the complicated process. New home buyer? We can represent you in working with a builder. Experienced buyer or seller? We can help you manage details and minimize risk. Lincoln LogsÂŽ? We have a 2 year old for that! Protect your investment, call one of our professionals: Paula Golden, GRI Rowena Miller, Broker Assoc Tanya Cosper, ABR Tina Smith Loraine Goode, CNE Sonya White LaVerne Pick Tiffani Foxx Debbie Lufburrow Gordon Wiggers, Broker Assoc Scott Brookshire Jim Covington Dave Covington Terri Covington, Broker/Owner 44 march 2013 Tex Appeal 254.541.1100 254.718.7719 254.742.8707 254.718.0718 254.541.3900 254.721.3777 254.760.1588 254.421.1000 254.931.4000 254.718.8444 254.718.4859 254.760.1300 254.541.5420 254.541.2900 Top: Custom home for all ages. Middle: Historical home for the romantic. Bottom: Contemporary home for the busy family. Home Profiles Custom Home Builder Vale-Irvin Homes 1131 Redleaf, Nolanville 254.630.3996 valeirvinhomes.com In the last couple of years, one builder has moved to the forefront of the local custom homebuilding industry. Vale-Irvin Homes has experienced tremendous success creating and building over five-hundred unique and beautiful homes since its startup in 2005. Vale-Irvin primarily specializes in open concept plans that optimize all the space within a home, thus achieving strong value for the dollars spent for construction. From an architectural design standpoint, ValeIrvin has a keen focus and grasp of Tuscan, contemporary, and transitional styling. Last year, Vale-Irvin unveiled the Tuscan Estates series of fine upscale homes featuring elements such as barrel tile roofs, extended height walls, extensive stone and masonry work in the exteriors and interiors. Built to invoke the feeling of being in the “old world,” the Tuscan Estates series of homes has quickly become an enormous success for Vale-Irvin Homes. Vale-Irvin Homes takes a design-build approach to its custom home building process. Edwin Vale and his buyer specialists work directly with clients to help them design their custom dream home. In addition to the plans design process, the Vale-Irvin buyer specialists work closely with each client throughout the building process to ensure every preference is included and the perfect design choices are made to fit the buyer’s lifestyle and needs. At Vale-Irvin Homes, it is their mission to bring the client’s dream home to reality. Above: Living Room Right: Master Bathroom Vale-Irvin Homes is currently building in Harker Heights at the Ridge and Stagecoach Valley, Belton at The Springs of the Escarpment, Nolan ville at Bella Charca and Wildwood Estates, Killeen at Andalucia, Georgetown at Berry Creek and Cimarron Hills, and Liberty Hill at SundanceEstates. texappealmag.com 45 Home Profi les ERA Colonial Real Estate Real Estate Dennis DewineReal Estate ERA Colonial 777 Indian Trail Dr., Harker Heights 254.698.4300 colonialrealestate.com There is a story behind every picture! ERA Colonial Real Estate has many story opportunities from its 5 award winning sales offi ces in Central Texas. Each offi ce actively participates in charity events for their communities including MDA, Habitat for Humanity, Santa Pals, blood drives and our local food pantries. Harker Heights is the corporate sales offi ce from which Dennis DeWine, Broker & CEO, has expanded sales offi ces to Georgetown, Austin, Buda and San Antonio. Our Agents live the 12 Principles of Real Estate ExcellenceÂŠ and are driven to serving our clients and creating a fi ve star experience. Tom DeWine, President & COO is focused on leading our sales development team. Our experienced leadership, strategies, systems and technical support are just a few of our standards of excellence. As a CARTUS Relocation Company, we assist our clients in settling in many destinations around the world. As a USAA MoversAdvantageÂŽ preferred broker, we take pride in serving our active and former military families. Visit ERA Colonial Real Estate on our website: www.colonialrealestate. com for more information and how to fi nd a sales offi ce near you. If you are looking for a career change in real estate sales, contact us at any of our fi ve sales locations. Service excellence and professional success is our goal for each of our sales associates. 46 MARCH 2013 TEX APPEAL Above: Harker Heights Offi ce Right: Georgetown Offi ce Photo by The Master’s Image Photography Home Profiles Drafting & Design Great House Plans 206 FM 1237, Troy 254.228.7817 gr8houseplans.com Building a custom home can be a daunting task. The best place to start is with an experienced custom home designer. Frank Pendleton at GREAT HOUSE PLANS has 30 years experience in the construction industry and eight years as a designer. He has a working knowledge of current building codes, architectural concepts and firsthand knowledge of building practices. When working with a designer, Frank suggests bringing along sketches, pictures, and anything else that would be instrumental in making your dream home a reality. GREAT HOUSE PLANS provides customers with complete building plans. These will include: elevations, floor plans, electrical plans, roof plans, and foundation dimensions. In addition, optional drawings can include site plans, cabinetry and details. Furthermore, GREAT HOUSE PLANS has 3D design software that allows the customer to view a fairly accurate rendering of the proposed design. The customer can choose trim colors, roof type/color, window/door styles, stone / brick styles & colors to apply to their custom home design. GREAT HOUSE PLANS has designed custom homes that have been featured in the Temple Area Parade of Homes for the past four years. Frank Pendleton is also a member of the Temple Area Builders Association, Texas Association of Builders, NFIB, and current President of the Temple CBA. He is proud to say that he gets to work with fine builders such as: Riley Scott Custom Homes, Wright Builders, ICF Builders, R.M. Rodriguez Construction and many others. Tell your builder you don’t just want good house plans, you want “GREAT HOUSE PLANS.” Top: Wright Builders Above: Wright Builders Inset: 3D Rendering Right: Private Builder texappealmag.com 47 Home Profiles D.R. Horton Home Builder Donald R. Horton D.R. Horton D.R. Horton Killeen | Harker Heights | Copperas Cove | Temple Donald R. Horton 254.778.8500 Killeen | Harker Heights | Copperas Cove | Temple drhorton.com 254.778.8500 drhorton.com There’s no place like home to show off your Central Texas style! New D.R. homes for your modern There’s noHorton place like homeareto designed show off your Central TexasTexas style! lifestyle. Open, versatile spaces, gorgeous granite countertops, state-of-the-art kitchens luxurious suites will makemodern you feelTexas at home like New D.R. and Horton homesmaster are designed for your lifestyle. never before. Open, versatile spaces, gorgeous granite countertops, state-of-the-art kitchens and luxurious master suites will make you feel at home like Innovative interior architecture and the stunning curb appeal of rock never before. and brick exteriors showcase D.R. Horton’s signature design inside and out. With convenience in mind, D.R. buildscurb new appeal homes in Innovative interior architecture and Horton the stunning of carerock fullybrick selected locations throughout Central Texas, which offerinside shopping, and exteriors showcase D.R. Horton’s signature design and dining andconvenience highly acclaimed schools at your doorstep. out. With in mind, D.R. Horton builds new homes in carefully selected locations throughout Central Texas, which offer shopping, Communities are acclaimed located inschools many growing areas throughout Central dining and highly at your doorstep. Texas, which include Harker Heights, Temple, Killeen and Copperas Cove. From locations with easy access to Interstate and Highway 190 Communities are located in many growing areas 35 throughout Central to homewhich sites nestled Stillhouse Hollow LakeKilleen and Lake D.R. Texas, includenear Harker Heights, Temple, andBelton, Copperas HortonFrom defines the cutting edgeaccess of realtoestate in this and growCove. locations with easy Interstate 35 vibrant and Highway 190 inghome region. to sites nestled near Stillhouse Hollow Lake and Lake Belton, D.R. Horton defines the cutting edge of real estate in this vibrant and growNewregion. homes are ready now for quick move-in and can close in as little as ing 30 days. Building a new home from the ground up takes approximately five months. Homes from approximately 1200 more 3300 New homes are readyrange now for quick move-in and can to close in than as little as square 30 days.feet. Building a new home from the ground up takes approximately five months. Homes range from approximately 1200 to more than 3300 Experience square feet. D.R. Horton’s unique style and close attention to detail by visiting the new Texas Tuscan model home, located at 3210 Vineyard Trail, HarkerD.R. Heights. Experience Horton’s unique style and close attention to detail by visiting the new Texas Tuscan model home, located at 3210 Vineyard For more information Trail, Harker Heights. please visit drhorton.com or call 254-778-8500. 48 For more 2013 information please visit drhorton.com or call 254-778-8500. march Tex Appeal Above: SIMPLY GRAND: D.R. Horton’s new Texas Above: Tuscan model home in SIMPLY Harker GRAND: Heights isD.R. open Horton’s new Texas seven days. Tuscan model home in Harker Heights is open seven days. Home Profi les Home Builder Real Estate K B Home - Village of Sage Meadows Shine Team Realtors® Jean Shine If quality, value and choice are important to you, then the answer lies in KB Home’s community, Village of Sage Meadows. Four beautifully decorated models are available for tours daily. The community features walking trails, a picnic pavilion and children’s playscape. The community is an easy commute to Fort Hood, Scott and White and other local employers. To know Jean Shine is to be her friend and if there is one thing Jean loves it is fi nding the ideal home for her friends. Getting her real estate license was an opportunity for Jean to expand her reach and help more families discover the great places and people in Central Texas. Today, Jean has a dedicated team of real estate professionals appropriately called Shine Team Realtors that includes her husband, 2 sons and nephew as well as an “adopted family” of real estate professionals. The team has become an industry leader by developing innovative systems that allow them to create unique customer experiences at the highest level. 9011 Lonesome Oak, Temple 254.780.9037 kbhome.com Located in Temple, Village of Sage Meadows offers 16 one-and-two-story fl oorplans ranging from 1315 up to 2,561 square feet with up to 5 bedrooms and three baths. Prices for new homes at Village of Sage Meadows range from the $120s to the $140s. There are currently four homes available for immediate move-in. Like all KB homes, the homes built at Village of Sage Meadows are ENERGY STAR® certifi ed, which may help homeowners save money on their utility bills when compared to other new or resale homes. The power of choice is another compelling reason why today’s homebuyers are choosing to build a new home. Built to Order is KB Home’s signature home buying experience, during which customers choose their home’s lot location, fl oor plan and many of its interior and exterior design features before construction begins. The KB Home Studio offers buyers the services of professional design consultants to help buyers select the countertops, cabinets, lighting and other options to personalize their home. 100 W. Central Texas Expy. Suite 302, Harker Heights 800.900.1018 ShineTeam.com When the Shine Team says they know the Central Texas area, they mean it! The Shine family tree has roots dating back to the 1870’s when the family settled in the Temple area and they strive to continue the “no outsiders” attitude that is unique to the Central Texas community. Service to the community runs deep in the Shine family and they consider it both their duty and their purpose to give back. Members of the Shine family can be found serving the community on school & civic boards, supporting their church, being heavily involved in military activities, establishing cancer research projects and founding the Wreaths for Vets organization. If excellent customer service, unparalleled knowledge of real estate and the community is what you are looking for in a home buying or selling experience then call the Shine Team Realtors today! To visit Village of Sage Meadows, from IH-35 exit W. Adams Ave/FM 2305 and head west 5 miles. Turn left on Cedar, right on Tarver and left on Tumbleweed Trail. For additional details, visit www.kbhome.com or call 1-888-KB-HOMES. TEXAPPEALMAG.COM 49 Home Profiles Real Estate Swimming Pools Wildflower Meadows Ramirez Pools Our Community Wildflower Meadows is a new kind of community combining the ease and convenience of apartment living with the luxuries and privacy of an independent home. We offer a relaxed lifestyle, peace of mind, tranquility, privacy, security, independence and convenience. Located in a serene Central Texas setting, nestled just minutes from Scott and White Hospital with award winning Belton ISD. The Ramirez Family has always had one priority in business and that is “the customer always comes first!” The company was started by the late Mr. Joe R. Ramirez with his wife Helen in 1968. He trained his three sons and his daughter to be experts in their own specialties including personal consultations, innovative pool design, top notch pool construction, and their award winning “service after the sale!” Luxury Duplex Living on Kegley Road in Temple Thiele Real Estate 254.300.1615 wildflowerleasing.com Our Homes Kick back and relax in style and comfort. Our unique garden homes provide all the space you need for any lifestyle. Each home features: • Three bedroom plans with walk-in closets • Berber carpeting in bedrooms and closets • Tiled bathrooms, laundry and kitchen areas • Resilient hardwood styled flooring in the living, dining and hallways • Meticulously maintained private gated yards • Full-sized Washer and Dryer connections • Full Security System • Custom kitchen cabinets with granite countertops • Unique architectural built-ins throughout • Energy efficient upgraded lighting package and appliances • Low-e3 energy efficient vinyl windows We have taken great pride in crafting a new kind of community to fit today’s lifestyles. Stop by and take a look. We think you’ll be calling Wildflower Meadows home too. Call: Twila Thiele Thiele Real Estate 50 march 2013 Tex Appeal 5206 S. General Bruce Dr., Temple 254.773.0765 ramirezpools.com This family prides themselves on quality and integrity. They have built over 1400 beautiful custom in-ground swimming pools in the central Texas area alone earning them a reputation for outstanding personal service. A Ramirez family member is readily availably through all phases of Construction. Along with pool construction, Ramirez has installed, Spas, Water slides, Pool Fountains, water falls, Fire Pits, Outdoor kitchens and fencing to complete your backyard make over. Such as the pool featured above for Mike and Marlo Magana giving them a Recreational family fun pool. The Ramirez family is known in Central Texas for their flawless pool designs and constructions as well as their outstanding customer service that leaves many Ramirez Customers feeling as though they are part of The Ramirez Family. Come by Ramirez Pools today and speak to any family member; Paul, Joe Eddy, Ralph or Virginia. Let them show you the ease of getting started on your new pool and backyard oasis today! Lucy or Christina are available to set up your free back yard analysis, a service call or ready to answer any of your pool questions. The Ramirez Family will have you swimming in no time! Photo by The Master’s Image Photography Home Profiles Custom Home Builder Home Remodeling Wright Builders Advanced Specialty Construction Services At Wright Builders - Customer Satisfaction is our #1 Priority! Advanced Specialty Construction is a locally owned interior and exterior remodeling company. The company was founded in 2008 by general manager Justin Hernandez and was built on the principals of trust, loyalty, unsurpassed quality and first-class customer service. 5640 Kegley Place Lane, Temple 254.778.4495 wrightbuilders.com Our goal for all our clients is not only a beautiful, well designed home, but a smooth, hassle free experience throughout the process. Having been in business in Bell County for 36 years, we have developed long term relationships within the community, including a very talented and professional subcontractor base that provide additional expertise, support and pricing options for all your project wish lists. Client interviews with attention to detail during plan development aids our ability to evaluate and maintain budgets while delivering the highest level of craftsmanship and customer satisfaction. A close working relationship with our clients throughout the building process assures your new home will not only meet your needs and your budget, but also deliver a unique home, individually tailored to your family and lifestyle. We believe our clients deserve an incredibly talented and experienced team with high levels of construction knowledge and skill. The Wright team has a combined total of over 90 years building experience. Our goal is the delivery of extraordinary craftsmanship and creativity in each and every project. We welcome the opportunity to help transition your vision and goals into a home you will enjoy for years to come. Call to make an appointment today and let’s talk about your dream home! P.O. Box 162, Temple 866.447.8574 firstname.lastname@example.org Advanced Specialty Construction has a team of highly qualified specialist that can help you with any remodeling project. They specialize in: roofing, painting, home additions, kitchen and bathroom remodels and any other interior or exterior project. In addition, they can help you create a backyard oasis complete with pergolas, fire pits, decks and screen rooms. Advanced Specialty Construction utilizes the latest industry-specific technology and equipment. They can provide you with a free on-site consultation along with computerized estimations based upon local economic trends. Estimates are always fair and accurate. The company has earned several awards for their service and expertise. They received the “Super Service Award” on Angie’s list for three straight years in 2010, 2011 and 2012. They can also be found on Home Depot’s RedBeacon program with an “A” rating. Justin and his team can provide valuable references from some of the area’s most recognized professionals and prestigious residents. Justin is married to Nikki Hernandez and is the father of the two beautiful girls pictured above, Carly and Meredith. Advanced Specialty Construction is now serving Waco, Killeen, Temple and surrounding areas. texappealmag.com 51 Realtor Kitchen Design Lisa Jay, REALTOR® Central Texas Kitchen Center Lisa Jay is a Texas REALTOR® working in the real estate world for over 12 years, starting from the bottom up, learning from the best in the business. Central Texas Kitchen Center was established in 1996 by owner, Robert Ray. Robert started his kitchen design business at the corner of 57th Street in Temple, but due to the I-35 highway expansion he had to relocate his showroom to downtown Temple at 11 North Main Street. Central Texas Kitchen Center offers cabinet design for all rooms in the home featuring KraftMaid Cabinetry as well as other cabinet lines to meet any budget. They also offer all types of countertop surfaces like granite and quartz. HB Sheppard, LLC 412 Lake Road, Belton 254.493.2101 JayRealtors.com “It’s All About You!” I strive to give each of my clients the individualized service that they deserve. Watching out for your best interests, I will do everything in my power as Texas REALTOR® to make your home sale or purchase go as smooth as possible. I believe in moving and changing with the market, thinking outside the box, and aggressive marketing that is sure to get your home noticed! Also, as a military wife, I understand the needs and challenges of the military family. I am here for you! - Lisa Lisa Jay is a proud member of the Ft Hood, Temple/Belton and the Austin Board of Realtors, e-PRO, RCC, Certified New Home Specialist and Accredited Luxury Home Specialist. 11 North Main St., Temple 254.742.1425 centraltexaskitchencenter.com Visit our showroom and get inspired! Their experienced consultants are on hand to answer all of your questions and help you bring your dream to life! Robert is very hands on and personally involved from start to finish with every project to make sure the design is the right fit for every homeowner. Come see your dream kitchen on display or brought to life by computer design. Photo by Priscilla Z Photography Photo by The Master’s Image Photography Photo by The Master’s Image Photography Home Profiles Interior Designer Laura White Interior Design 1023 Canyon Creek Dr #105, Temple 254.773.1075 laurawhiteinterior.com In business in Temple since 1980, Laura received her degree from the University of Texas in Austin in interior design. She was joined full time by husband George as business manager who assists in selections and installations of products. She has been an allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers since 1973 and has been awarded “Simply the Best” in the Temple area for 13 years. Laura White Interior Design is a hands-on consultative style interior design company that assists in sourcing and selection of materials, product applications, and installations to achieve the best results. Their services include residential and commercial design consulting, area rugs, wall coverings, faux finishing, custom bedding, slipcovers and upholstering, fabrics and trim source, and custom drapery hardware. They are a Hunter Douglas showcase dealer specializing in custom window treatments from shutters, blinds, shades to soft fabric treatments including cornices, all soft valances, and the layered fabric panels. Solar roller shades are a must for Texas windows and they also provide motorization installations for their products. Let Laura White Interior Design give you that “finishing touch”. 52 march 2013 Tex Appeal Photo by The Master’s Image Photography Home Home Profiles Profiles Cleaning Service Custom Window Treatments Design Center English Maids The Blind & Shutter Gallery 2314 W. Adams, Temple 254.773.9890 tbsgallery.com Surface Source Design Center 675 W. Hwy. 190, Belton 254.939.6464 surfacesource.net English Maids offers professional, personal and dependable cleaning services to Temple residents and businesses. Mother and daughter, Kay and Lauren English own and operate English Maids. Kay founded English Maids in 2006 and Lauren joined the company after graduating from Texas A&M University in 2008. Becoming more energy efficient doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style! At the Blind & Shutter Gallery we have the latest in state of the art products that can help reduce consumer energy costs. Surface Source Design Center in Belton is a complete home center showcasing and installing all the products for your new home or home remodel. 1610 N. 31st St. Ste. 102-278, Temple 254.231.0583 englishmaids.biz English Maids is bonded, insured and carries workers’ compensation. Every employee is screened with a national background check and participates in an ongoing training program. Together they build trust and create long lasting relationships with their customers. English Maids offers a complimentary in home consultation to create a personalized cleaning plan that meets the customer’s needs. Customers can schedule personalized cleanings on a weekly, biweekly or monthly basis. English Maids also offers move in/out, one time and on call cleaning services as well as gift certificates. Call English Maids today for your complimentary in home consultation and more information about their many services. “We will sweep you off your feet!” Hunter Douglas is the leading custom window treatment manufacturer with innovative designs that are both energy saving and beautiful. The Duette® Architella® Honeycomb Shade features a honeycomb within a honeycomb design, reducing energy loss by up to 50%. With an extensive selection of fabrics, colors and designs, this is a fashionable way to save money without compromising style. In addition to several interior solutions, we carry money saving exterior options as well. From beautiful Hunter Douglas Designer Screen & Patio Shades, to our exterior solar screens, we have energy saving options for every budget. Call or visit today to let our knowledgeable staff help you find the custom window treatment that best fit your needs! Locally owned by Alan and Kelly Brooks, Surface Source Design Center has been serving the Central Texas area for over 16 years and has evolved from just a countertop supplier to the most extensive design showroom and installation service! Their newest showroom, located at 675 W. Hwy. 190, displays many options for cabinets, countertops, flooring and other home products – you are sure to find the perfect look for your home. Cabinets can range from a rich cherry wood to the newest star in our area – rustic hickory! For your countertop, they offer Quartz material (maintenance free and durable), Granite (many natural colors), solid surface and laminate. Do you need new flooring? Their selection of tile, wood and carpet will surely meet any lifestyle and design preference! Surface Source Design Center invites you to visit their showroom and let them help you coordinate all the products for your home! texappealmag.com 53 Photo by Priscilla Z Photography Photo by Priscilla Z Photography Home Profiles Home Profiles Real Estate RealCharter Estate Real Estate Charter Real 3000 S. 31stEstate Street, Suite 500, Temple Purifoy & Company Insurance 4 South 9th Street, Temple A leader in the real estate community, CharEstate is the largest locally A leaderterin Real the real estate community, Char- owned service estatelocally company in Central ter Realfull Estate is thereallargest owned Texas. Charter in hasCentral focused its effull service realHistorically, estate company forts on quality investment management and Texas. Historically, Charter has focused its efbrokerage. However,and the growth forts on commercial quality investment management of thebrokerage. Temple and Belton the areagrowth has prompted commercial However, the expansion of Charter’s of the Temple and Belton area hasresidential prompteddivision. Charterofnow offersresidential buyer anddivision. seller representhe expansion Charter’s tationoffers for residential real estate transactions. Charter now buyer and seller represenTeal, licensed Texas Realtor, will guide tation forKelsey residential real estate transactions. prospective and sellers Kelsey Teal, licensedbuyers Texas Realtor, willthrough guide a successful lease, and/or purchase. prospective buyers andsale sellers through a successful lease, sale and/or purchase. Kelsey has experience in a variety of real estate transactions. Kelsey has experience She in a provides variety of the realbest estatein service to herSheclients by offering transactions. provides the bestthorough in serviceinformation and and partnering with them to her clients by resources offering thorough informathrough every step of their transaction. tion and resources and partnering with them With background in marketing and With communicathrough aevery step of their transaction. tion, Kelsey will keep up-to-date in the a background in marketing andyou communicaever-changing market the tion, Kelsey will keep real you estate up-to-date in utilizing the best marketing She is anthe aggressive ever-changing real estatestrategies. market utilizing agent, with provenShe results. best marketing strategies. is an aggressive agent, with proven results. For information about the real estate services Charter offers, contact Kelsey Teal or anyCharstaff member For information about the real estate services our office. forward to assisting ter offers,incontact KelseyCharter Teal or looks any staff member you and your family with all your real estate in our office. Charter looks forward to assisting needs. you and your family with all your real estate needs. Purifoy & Company Insurance located in has been dedicated to Purifoy downtown & CompanyTemple, Insurance located in serving clients the Central Texastoarea for downtown Temple, hasinbeen dedicated over 80inyears! Purifoy & Company serving clients the Central Texas area for was esin Temple in 1928.wasMack over 80 tablished years! Purifoy & Company es- joined he joined began his intablishedthein agency Templeinin1982 1928.when Mack surance career. has earned the agency in 1982 whenMack he began his in- the Acin Insurance surancecredited career. Advisor Mack has earned theandAc-the CertiInsurance Counselor creditedfied Advisor in Insurance andDesignations. the Certified Insurance Counselor Designations. The employees of Purifoy & Company Insurance of have over 120 years of Incombined The employees Purifoy & Company Theyyears striveoftocombined provide you with suranceexperience. have over 120 the most experience. They comprehensive strive to provide insurance you with needs global providers’ at the most the mostfrom comprehensive insurance needscompetitive prices. Theyatspecialize in insurance for from global providers’ the most competiall your including: business, tive prices. They needs, specialize in insurance for home, andincluding: life insurance. all yourauto needs, business, home, auto and life insurance. Purifoy & Company your Trusted Choice! Purifoy & Company your Trusted Choice! 3000 S. 254.778.6775 31st Street, Suite 500, Temple charterres.com 254.778.6775 charterres.com 54 Insurance Agent Insurance Purifoy & Agent Company Insurance march 2013 Tex Appeal 4 South 254.773.6844 9th Street, Temple purifoyinsurance.com 254.773.6844 purifoyinsurance.com texappealmag.com 55 t ravel A Texas Treasure Hunt First Monday Trade Days in Canton 56 MARCH 2013 TEX APPEAL o you consider yourself a hard-core shopper? Always on the hunt for the D best deals and the most unique and rare finds? Then pack up the most comfortable pair of walking shoes you own and head to Canton, Texas for the First Monday Trade Days. Despite its name, this monthly event is no longer held on the first Monday of the month, it’s on the Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday before the first Monday of every month. And you can bet your boots that every month, come rain, sleet or shine, holiday or no holiday, the booths in Canton will be open from 7am to 6pm–or dark. First Monday Trade Days first began back in the 1850s, when the circuit judge would make his monthly stop in Canton to hold court. People from all over Van Zandt County and the surrounding counties would come to Canton to watch the court proceedings and to take care of business–bringing their own goods to sell or trade. Back in those days, it was common for people to barter or trade for the things they needed—livestock, produce, and other handmade goods exchanged hands more often than money. Wild horses were rounded up and brought to Trade Days and Canton soon earned a reputation as being the best place to buy good horses in Texas. For more than a century, First Monday Trade Days has continued to attract both buyers and peddlers. Today, First Monday Trade Days is known as a mecca for treasure hunters. If it exists…you’ll find it in Canton. Imagine over 7,000 vendors with antiques, handmade crafts, quilts, fine art, home décor and furniture, clothing, jewelry, candles, handbags, shoes, electronics, iron and wood works, outdoor décor, plants, tools, even pets and livestock all spread out across 450 acres! That’s right, four-hundred-and- fifty acres. The true fun is in the hunt itself, and no matter how many times you shop at First Monday Trade Days, no two visits will ever be the same. You’re G-U-AR-A-N-T-E-E-D to discover something new and exciting every time. Whatever you do, DO NOT forget to load up all of your reusable shopping bags and a wagon or empty baby stroller… to help you haul all of your treasures around as you shop. In fact, true treasure hunters advise the newbies to bring a truck texappealmag.com 57 and trailer---because you just never know what you might find at First Monday Trade Days. Although you can expect to find a shoppers’ paradise in Canton, there is also plenty of other great entertainment for the whole family. Enjoy car shows, tractor swaps, fashion shows, quilt shows, cook-offs, old west gun fighting shows, karaoke, and even musical entertainment. During the summer, you can cool down after a long day of shopping at Splash Kingdom Water Park or enjoy some wine at a local winery. Every season is special in Canton. Other things you don’t want to miss are the Twin Lakes Golf Course, rated as one of the top ten golf courses by the Dallas Morning News, the Gator Wildlife Park, and for the true adventurer, the Wired Zip Line—which has the tallest towers and longest zip lines in Texas! 58 march 2013 Tex Appeal texappealmag.com 59 hheea al lth th Is Gluten-Free right for you? By Brenda Cox, PhD Although I am sure that Chelsea Clintonâ€™s gluten-free wedding cake was delicious, was it really necessary? Many people are beginning to choose the gluten-free lifestyle, but does medical research reveal any health benefits of living gluten-free? Except for the small exception of people who have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, research does not actually support living a gluten-free lifestyle. What is celiac disease? It is an autoimmune condition that affects numerous systems in the body, mainly in the digestive track. Gluten sensitivity is much less serious. Sensitivity generally implies there is some type of immune reaction occurring as a result of gluten in the diet. This sensitivity can be detected by certain types of antibodies in the serum, stool or saliva. The primary difference between celiac and sensitivity is the risk of intestinal damage. Those who have celiac disease may endure intestinal damage, while those with gluten sensitivity do not. The side-effects of eating gluten causes serious abdominal pain and side effects for those who have celiac disease; and even a trace amount of gluten can cause damage to their small intestines as well as other long-term health effects. Celiac sufferers must work hard to ensure they get the proper nutrition and vitamins they need in their diet due to their dietary restrictions. Additionally, many gluten-free products often have high incidents of crosscontamination. Examples of foods that are likely to be stored or shipped with other gluten containing products are oats and grains. Food labels are not always required to warn you of the risks of cross-contamination. The United States Food and Drug Administration, classifies gluten as 60 march 2013 Tex Appeal GRAS (generally recognized as safe,) so gluten may not always be listed on the labels of many foods. Traveling abroad can also be risky for celiac sufferers, because other countries do not have the same labeling standards as the United States. For instance, in the United Kingdom, only cereals must be labeled, and labeling other products is strictly voluntary. Cross contamination can also occur in homes where foods and utensils are shared, and gluten can be hidden in food additives and preservatives. Many celiac sufferers follow the safe path of sticking to beans and nuts in unprocessed forms, along with fresh eggs, and meats without marinades or coatings, fresh fruits and vegetables, and raw dairy products. People with celiac disease must commit to an absolutely gluten-free diet; but even a completely gluten-free diet does not always alleviate the symptoms of celiac for these individuals. Celiac sufferers who eat foods with gluten increase their risks of osteoporosis, infertility, and certain cancers; in addition to worsening their short term discomfort. If you are gluten sensitive, the rules are not as clear cut. But unlike celiac disease, gluten sensitivity has not been linked to intestinal damage and long-term health problems. Most experts recommend that you eat only as much gluten as you can handle without becoming sick; however, some people do have sensitivities so severe that they must remain on a gluten-free diet. The best way to determine if you have any lingering undiagnosed gluten sensitivities is to cut gluten out of your diet for a few weeks. However, to be on the safe side, you should work with a dietitian to ensure you avoid all hidden sources of gluten, and that you donâ€™t miss out on any key vitamins that wheat products provide. If you do have gluten sensitivity, there are some things you can do outside of dietary restrictions. Research has shown that the digestion of proteins found in gluten requires an enzyme known as DPP IV (dipeptyl dipeptidase IV). This enzyme is normally found in the intestinal cells and is known to be deficient in celiac patients. In nonceliac patients, if there is any damage to the intestinal walls, DPP IV, can be decreased, causing an increase in susceptibility to gluten and therefore damage. Many gluten sensitive individuals take a capsule of a supplement containing DPP IV daily. What is gluten? It is a composite form of many different types of proteins, most commonly found in wheat and grains. But it is also used in a variety of common foods to help thicken FREE ASSESSMENTS 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by a qualified clinician. TEXAPPEALMAG.COM 61 and enrich the flavor. For example, many Stefano Guandalina, M.D., Director soups, broths, gravies and sauces use gluten of the University of Chicago Celiac to add more flavor. Most ketchups, salad Disease Center confirms this view point. dressings, and marinades also contain Guandalina says, “People think that glutengluten in varying amounts. Gluten gives free diets are healthier. This is not the case. our food texture and helps to create that In fact, the diet is hard to follow and may chewy feeling we find in foods. For the pose nutritional drawbacks when people small percentage of people who have gluten have no medical reason to be on it.” Even sensitivities so celebrities and celiac, like Oprah TH E R E’S N OT H I N G M AG I CA L it can be Winfrey and difficult to Gwyneth A B O UT A G LU T E N-F R E E D I E T avoid gluten, Paltrow have T H AT’S G O I N G TO H E L P YO U because it is reportedly cut L O S E W E I G H T. a common out gluten to — S H E L LY C A S E , R . D. ingredient “detox,” there in processed is nothing foods. But did inherently you know that gluten can also be lurking in healthier about being on a gluten-free diet. In unusual places outside of the food realm? fact, some of the many gluten-free products One such unusual location is the back of on the market may even be unhealthy for envelopes. Gluten acts as a stabilizer, so it you, because the manufacturers add extra is commonly used in adhesives. Gluten in sugar and fat to simulate the texture to foods also uses these adhesive properties satisfying fluffiness that gluten imparts. to bind the ingredients together. Many Gluten-free products are also generally vitamins and medications also use gluten less fortified with iron and vitamins B and because of this binding agent. Other D. Dr. Mark DeMeo, M.D., director of unusual sources for gluten are Play-Doh, gastroenterology and nutrition at the Adult chewing gum, and beer. Gluten is also a Celiac Disease Program at Rush University common ingredient in breakfast cereals and Medical Center in Chicago adds, “There’s baked goods, as it is prevalent in barley, rye, nothing magical about a gluten-free diet and wheat products. that’s going to help you lose weight. “ Shelly Case, R.D., author of Gluten-Free Diet: So do you really need to be on a glutenA Comprehensive Resource Guide and free diet? We know it’s fashionable when a medical advisory board member of the Oprah Winfrey does it, but is it safe? We Celiac Disease Foundation agrees, “Glutenknow it is for those who have celiac disease free dining can seriously limit the number and the 10-15 percent of the population of foods you eat. With fewer choices, you who have gluten sensitivity, but maybe not are a lot less likely to overeat.” for everyone else. Although this was once dismissed, according to Katherine Kam, Giving up gluten may sound as easy as a feature writer for Web MD, it is being cutting out bread or eating less pasta, but recognized by the medical community as a this diet is not just another version of the legitimate medical issue. This 11-16 percent low-carb craze. For those of us without of people (either with Celiac or gluten gluten sensitivities, experts recommend sensitivity) are the only ones who gain any we continue to eat sensibly and enjoy the health benefits from being on gluten-free delicious offerings of gluten in moderation. diets. “ “ 62 MARCH 2013 TEX APPEAL Spin it! fitness B U R N 70 0 C A L O R I E S B E F O R E B R E A K FA S T By Jessie Oestreich, Certified Personal Trainer Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, 10k, 5k.... The list of running races you can train for in Central Texas goes on and on, but so does the list of possible injuries associated with long distance running. Plantar pfasciatis, IT band issues, patellar tendinitis, heel bruising, arch pain, hip and sciatic nerve issues are all common injuries that plague runners on a regular basis. So what’s an athlete to do when an injury strikes while training for an event? Spin it, of course! When was the last time you looked to your bike for a hard core workout? We’re not talking about those recumbent bikes on which you sit lazily pedaling as you watch the Oprah show, but high-intensity indoor or outdoor cycling done in a class or on your own. Replacing one or two of your weekly running workouts with a serious ride on a bike will provide you with a laundry list of benefits; including: improved cardiovascular fitness, a mega calorie burn (about 700 per hour, based on a 130 pound woman) and an increase in lower body strength and definition. Intrigued, but don’t know where to start? Central Texas is full of ways to give your joints a break and step-up your cardio endurance with spinning and cycling. Know Your Bike Unlike the regular stationary bikes that you may see next to your treadmill at the gym, indoor-cycling bikes are usually designed with a fixed gear and heavy fly-wheel to increase the efficiency of your ride. “Each pedal stroke produces more work and, therefore, more results over time,” says Shannon Derby, a Spinning Master Trainer and managing partner at Mountains’ Edge Fitness in Boulder, Colorado. These cycles also tend to have more areas that can be adjusted to get you into your optimal ride position. Gentle on Joints, Tough on Fat More results sound great, but what kind of results? For starters, a boost in cardiovascular fitness and a calorie-burn spike without the joint stress that accompanies high-impact exercises. Dialing up the bike’s resistance will help you TEXAPPEALMAG.COM 63 bang out killer calves, thighs, and glutes; while also allowing you to tailor your workout to your own fitness level. Cycling is a great way to start a new fitness program. Men and women who are overweight may want to begin with cycling in order to help lessen the pain on muscles and joints that are new to exercising. A common statement that women say is: “I don’t want to take spinning classes because I don’t want my legs to bulk up.” Increasing the resistance on your bike is intended to simulate riding up a hill. This is a great way to build strength; however, the climbs do not last long enough to build big bulky leg muscles, nor do women have enough testosterone in their bodies to “bulk up.” During spinning, you will shed fat off your thighs and gain lean muscle, which will make your legs appear sleeker. And all research supports that building lean muscle helps us burn even more calories after the spin class is over. Anyone can benefit from spinning or cycling of any kind. You do not have to be in great shape because you can go at your own pace and you can set the bike’s resistance to a level that is right for you. Cycling is also a great way to explore more fitness options and have fun with your family. There are so many great “bike-friendly” parks in Central Texas full of nature trails and woods to explore. With the growing obesity rate in the United States, it can be the answer to families searching for fun outdoor activities for safe, healthy fun! The next time you’re searching for a calorie-scorching workout that will be a little kinder to your over-worked joints, consider getting on two wheels to get your “sweat on.” Learn the Lingo Gear: Refers to the resistance on your bike, usually controlled by a knob or lever. “Gear up” or “add in” means to increase resistance; “gear down” or “back it off” means to decrease the resistance. Out of the Saddle: Lifting your butt off the seat so you’re no longer sitting on the bike. Cadence: Your pedaling rate or speed. Sprints: Cycling at a fast pace with increased intensity, as if sprinting to win a race. Jumps: Alternating between standing and sitting in the saddle/seat, sometimes performed at a brisk pace; only utilized in spin classes not outdoor workouts. Hills: Adding resistance and sometimes coming out of the saddle as if climbing a hill outdoors. Flats: Usually performed at a faster RPM than hills. Refers to simulated cycling on a flat terrain. RPM: Stands for “revolutions per minute.” If your bike doesn’t show this number, count the amount of times that one knee comes up in 15 seconds and multiply by 4. Watt: Amount of energy you are expending at a given time. The higher the output of energy the more calories you are burning. 64 march 2013 Tex Appeal Join a Cycling Group Scott and White Community Cycling Club Waco Bicycle Club Brazos Valley Cyclists www.sw.org/cycling-club/cycling-club-landing Tuesday 6pm and Saturday 7am @ Lions Park, Temple wacobicycleclub.com Mountain and Road Bike events all over town. www.brazoscyclists.org Social and competition rides all over East/ Central Texas. Great for beginners and competitors. Texas Bicycle Clubs texbiker.net/blog/clubs-and-associations A great resource to find your perfect cycling event or group. No Road Required Ready to ride, but nervous about getting on the road? There are many gyms in town that offer great indoor spinning classes that anyone can try out. TEXAPPEALMAG.COM 65 therapy Slightly Shar p & Tw i s t e d By Kactus Kate Art by Trudy Brainard Collier “W hat did you say....third-stage hoarder? WHOA now, watch out! Them is fightin’ words!” That’s right; nothing sets me off faster than somebody insulting my junk. And for the record wise guy, YES, there is a difference between “trash” and “junk.” One happens to be useless—and the other is not!” For years, I’ve had to endure some pretty unrelentless torment and at the hands of the fruit of my very own loins no less. Yes, sadly enough, my lovely children find it quite entertaining to accuse and insinuate that I have inherited a disturbing family trait—hoarding. Never mind the fact I know full well, all of their accusations are completely unfounded and unsubstantiated. But it still gets me all riled up. Especially since everything I own fits neatly inside a modest size home and a small 20”x15” storage building. Heck, I wouldn’t even need the storage building if I had a garage for all of my Rubbermaid containers full of holiday decorations. Could a real hoarder say this? The truth shall set you free. I am not a hoarder. I believe the evidence stipulated above, duly supports this fact. However, I will confess to being a junkologist. I hold a doctorate degree in junkology from a reputable self-paced program— called Life. And going junking is one of my favorite things to do. But keep in mind, there is an art to junking. The phrase, “going junking” refers to the actual “hunt,” and junking is all about hunting for those old rare and unique treasures that can serve some sort of creative function or purpose, such as for home and garden décor, or as materials for a DIY project. The art of junkology is very beneficial to the planet. It involves recycling and reusing perfectly good items that otherwise, would have ended up in a landfill. Junking can be addictive; however, when practiced properly and in careful moderation, it is completely safe. Junking 101: the key to successful junking is to only bring home 66 MARCH 2013 TEX APPEAL items that truly “speak” to you, or that have true potential for creative and logical purposes. The most important rule in junking: use it or lose it, but never hoard it. One man’s trash is truly another man’s treasure. So don’t hate me, because I have a beautiful patio that’s decorated with a hanging chandelier made out of recycled wine bottles, barb wire, and a string of solar lights; bright flowers blooming out of unique planters made from old crocks, pots, and an antique wash basin; and a patio table made from an old recycled farm table-- turned fabulous with a fresh coat of bright funky paint. As a doctor of junkology, I’ll give you the prescription for happiness: Don’t be wasteful. Be creative. Be frugal. Be resourceful. Be green. Be interesting. Be stylish. Be unique. Be YOU. So go find the nearest flea-market today (Canton or Bust!) and go fill your junking prescription—it’s the perfect therapy for fun!