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JULY Towne Lake hosts its fifth annual Fourth of July celebration on Thursday, July 4, from 7:30-9 p.m. on the banks of the community’s namesake lake. This free event is open to the public and will feature live entertainment and family-friendly activities. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. For more information, visit or call 281-256-2772.

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CYPRESS CREEK NATURE TRAIL OPEN With the nearly one-mile extension of the Cypress Creek Nature Trail and introduction of a new mountain bike trail, the master-planned community of Bridgeland continues its efforts to make the Cypress Creek Corridor accessible to residents. The eventual 6-mile Cypress Creek Nature Trail winds through the historic corridor, a 1,000-acre nature area and creek system bordering Bridgeland’s northern boundary. A mix of pathways defines the trail, with paved sidewalks leading to the main path, which features decomposed granite. Secondary trails composed of rustic wood chips weave through densely wooded areas. With the extension, approximately 2.5 miles of the main trail will be available for resident use. The mountain bike trail runs parallel to the nature trail and Cypress Creek, extending for nearly one mile. It connects with the main trail in several areas.



JULY EVENTS AT BARBARA BUSH BRANCH LIBRARY The library will host the Summer Traveling Series at 2 p.m. on July 1 featuring Argentina, and July 15 featuring Norway. Visit the wonders of Argentina or Norway without ever leaving your seat. Learn how to use HeritageQuest and at the Genealogy Research Database Demo on July 5 at 11 a.m. in the Computer Lab. These classes are popular and registration is required. A Kindle E-Book Demo is set for 11 a.m. on July 9 to learn how to download E-Books to a device. The Kindle demo will be held in the 2nd floor Computer Lab. Bring cables, your Amazon password and user name if you have an Amazon account. A library card is needed to borrow a book from the Digital Catalog. This class is now offered on the second Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. Registration is required. The Harris County Public Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program runs through Aug. 10. Read any five books this summer to become eligible for prizes. Linda Popinski, a certified yoga instructor and a member of the Yoga Association of Houston, will teach a free Restorative Yoga Class in the Earl Elliott room every Thursday from noon-1 p.m. Men and women are welcome. The class will teach breathing and meditation techniques, and a relaxing form of yoga designed to relieve stress, create flexibility, and calm the mind and body. No registration is required. Bring a yoga mat. Senior Computer Help Sessions are held the first and third Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m.-noon. No registration is required. Practice Spanish on Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. in the WCR conference room. Senior Classic Movie Morning is held the first and third Friday of each month at 10 a.m. Volunteer-led yoga classes are held every Friday from 2:30-4 p.m. in the Robin Bush Activity Room. To register for a class, call 281-376-4610 or go to

CYPRESS SYMPHONIC BAND REHEARSALS, TUESDAYS The Cypress Symphonic Band has begun rehearsals for its 2012-13 concert season. The band is a nonprofit organization comprised of community members whose mission is to provide amateur musicians with life-long learning opportunities and the pleasure of playing to improve musicianship and performance skill. Bring your instrument and play with the band Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at the Lone Star College University Park Campus in the Nebula room. New members are encouraged to meet the conductor. For information, visit

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H A P P E N I N G S THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES OFFERS COUNSELING SERVICES The Center for Children and Families is a Cy-Hope Counseling Clinic that opened in January to offer counseling, training, and consultation on a variety of topics to anyone working with or raising children. The Center includes work with children as young as 18 months, and also offers counseling for adolescents and families. The Center has counselors trained in play therapy to help children work through their life struggles. Play therapy allows children a chance to play out their feelings in a safe place, while building a safe relationship with the therapist. This relationship, along with expressing feelings through play, gives them the opportunity to build confidence and not be tied down by what has happened to them. Adolescents are counseled with an honest, compassionate approach to create a strong therapeutic relationship with each teenager. Sometimes therapy needs to involve the entire family. Family group therapy helps people form a bond, work on managing conflict, and learn new ways of communication. Additionally, The Center offers speakers to groups that want information on parenting skills, discipline, working with special needs children, teenage issues, or family stress. Speaking engagements are typically 1-3 hours long, and are used to help educate, train, and support those working with or raising child. For more in-depth educational programs, The Center has programs for parents, families and teens that provide more than just an overview of a topic. The Center is currently not accepting insurance but is willing to give clients a form to submit for reimbursement. A sliding scale is available on a case-by-case basis. For more information, call 713-466-1360 or visit

ADULT/SENIOR GAMES, WEDNESDAYS Senior citizens can take a mid-week break at the Bush Library to enjoy games and conversation. Adult Game Mornings are held in the Earl Elliott Room on the first floor from 10:30 a.m.-noon on Wednesdays. Domino games are ongoing, or you can bring your own games. Meet new friends or bring a friend. The library is located at 6817 Cypresswood Drive in Spring. For information, call 281-376-4610.

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The award-winning Houston Family Arts Center (HFAC) concludes its 2012-2013 Mainstage Season with the Tony Award-winning musical Fiddler on the Roof, a celebration of life and its challenges. The musical JULY opens July 12 and runs weekends through July 28 at the Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress. In Czarist Russia in 1905, Tevye the dairyman’s life is a struggle — everything from a lame horse to five headstrong daughters threaten the careful balance of family tradition. No other musical has woven music, dance, drama and laughter into such an electrifying and unforgettable experience, and captured the hearts of people the world over. Fiddler on the Roof first appeared on Broadway in 1964 and swept the Tonys with nine "Best" awards including Best Musical for a score that features "Matchmaker, Matchmaker," "If I Were a Rich Man," "Sunrise, Sunset," and "Do You Love Me." Tickets may be purchased by calling 281-685-6374 or online at

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On the second Sunday of each month, JULY stop by Bridgeland for its monthly Farmers’ Market. More than a dozen vendors will sell items from 12:303:30 p.m. on July 14 at 16902 Bridgeland Landing near the Lakeland Activity Center. Fresh produce is a staple at the market, which also features baked goods, herbs, nuts, honey, preserves, farm eggs and meat from pasture-fed animals. Live music often adds to the festive nature of the market. Open to the public, the market is organized by the Bridgeland Homeowners Association and a group of resident volunteers.



HABITAT FOR HUMANITY RESTORE IS OPEN Habitat for Humanity Northwest Harris County has opened its ReStore, a home improvement thrift store, located at 13350 Jones Road. Hours are Wednesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The ReStore provides a new outlet for the recycling and reuse of used and surplus materials. It is a cost-effective outlet for home improvement projects that is open to the public. Quality used and surplus building materials are available at reduced prices. Profits from the Restore help fund the mission of Habitat for Humanity Northwest Harris County by providing affordable housing in the greater Houston area. Homeowners, contractors and businesses who donate items will receive a tax-deductible receipt. To volunteer, donate or find out more, call 281-890-5585 or visit

CY-FAIR KIWANIS CLUB MEETINGS The Cy-Fair Kiwanis Club meets on the first, second and third Tuesday of each month at 12:15 p.m. for lunch and informative programs at Hearthstone Country Club. The group sponsors children’s activities that develop leadership and good citizenship in the youth of the community. Membership is open to persons of good character who adhere to the standards of good conduct in their community, and believe in and subscribe to the objectives of Kiwanis International. For more information, visit, or call John Carroll (Copperfield and Hearthstone areas) at 281-463-0373; George Crowl (Jersey Village area) at 832-467-1998; or Peggy Presnell (Fairfield and CyRanch) at 281-304-7127.

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP, THIRD WEDNESDAYS The Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital offers a new support group for people with diabetes. It is open to the community and will help provide people with diabetes, their family members and caregivers with emotional and educational support. The support group is offered the third Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. at the Joslin Diabetes Center located in Cy-Fair Professional Building 1, 11302 Fallbrook Drive. For details, call 281-517-9700 or visit

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H A P P E N I N G S THE METHODIST CENTER FOR SPORTS MEDICINE SCHOOL SPORTS PHYSICALS The Methodist Center for Sports Medicine at Willowbrook is offering School Sports Physicals for all school activities on the Willowbrook Campus Aug. 3 from 8 a.m.noon. ImPACT Concussion Testing will also be available. The Center is at 13802 Centerfield Drive, 3rd Floor (behind Methodist Willowbrook Hospital). For more information, call an Outreach Athletic Trainer at 281-737-2120.

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BOOK CLUBS AT BARBARA BUSH LIBRARY, DURING JULY The Evening Book Club will meet July 9 at 7 p.m. to discuss The Good House by Ann Leary. The book club meets the second Tuesday of each month. The Great Books Discussion Group will meet July 15, 7 p.m. in the WCR Conference Room. The title this month is Symposium by Plato. The new study involves a different reading each month. The group meets on the third Monday of each month. For information, contact Ed Boran at 281-353-1450. The Afternoon Book Club will meet July25 at 1:30 p.m. or July 26 at 2:30 p.m. to discuss Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver. The book club meets the fourth Thursday of each month. The August selection is Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.

AMERICAN BUSINESS WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION, SECOND THURSDAY The Tomball Charter Chapter American Business Women’s Association will hold its monthly meeting on the second Thursday of the month at Lone Star College Elmer Beckendorf Conference Center, 30555 State Highway 249 in Tomball. Networking begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Men are also invited to attend and join. The cost is $15 for members; and $18, non-members. To RSVP, call Katherine at 713-206-5557 or email The mission of the American Business Women’s Association is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition.

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H A P P E N I N G S CY-FAIR REPUBLICAN WOMEN’S MEETING, JULY 9 The CFRW guest speaker for the Tuesday, July 9 meeting will be State Rep. Patricia Harless. Rep. Harless was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. She is currently serving her fourth term representing District 126, which encompasses Northwest Harris County. Coffee social begins at 10:30 a.m., program begins at 11 a.m. Lunch is served at noon for only $10. Please note their new meeting location: Longwood Golf Club,13300 Longwood Trace, Cypress.

NWHC AGGIE MOM’S CLUB SUMMER MIXERS, BEGINNING JULY 11 Northwest Harris County Aggie Mom’s Club is an organization for all former, current, and new Aggie Moms. Regular meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month (August through May) at 7 p.m. at Houston Distributing Company Inc., 7100 High Life Drive and Cutten Road near SH 249. Attend one of the informal Summer



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NAM KICKS OFF BACK TO SCHOOL DRIVE Every year, NAM hosts a Back to School Drive to purchase supplies for local children in need. The drive benefits students in

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CYPRESS-TOMBALL DEMOCRATS MEETING, JULY 16 The Cypress-Tomball Democrats meet the third Tuesday of every month at Rudy’s Grill and Cantina, 11760 Grant Road in Cypress. A meet and greet begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the general meeting at 7 p.m. All are welcome to join this growing club. For information, contact Olga Moya at

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BRIDGELAND OFFERS SUMMER CAMPS Bridgeland is hosting a plethora of interactive and engaging day camps for both resident and local youth. Children ages 3 and up can participate in camps taking place mornings and afternoons throughout the summer at the Lakeland Activity Center, 16902 Bridgeland Landing. One camp, Kids in the Kitchen, will focus on building children’s basic cooking skills by having them participate in ageappropriate activities like recipe-building games and food tastings. For the crafty adolescent, the Fun in the Sun camp introduces basics to painting, sculpting and other visual arts, while the Building Brains workshop is designed to improve elementary students’ math and science skills through the construction of simple machines made out of gears, levers and pulleys. Kids can also choose from drama, soccer or nature camps, all of which are held within the community. While the camps are open to the general public, Bridgeland residents will receive preferred pricing. For a detailed listing of the camps offered or to register a child, visit

KNITTING/CROCHETING MEETS AT BUSH LIBRARY ON FRIDAYS The knitting, crocheting and conversation group meets every Friday from 2:304:30 p.m. in the Earl Elliott meeting room at the Bush Library. Help make lap blankets for veterans and chemo caps for MD Anderson Cancer Center patients. Bring items for a soldier in Afghanistan including playing cards, books, toiletries or hard candy. For more information, call 281-3764610. The library is located at 6817 Cypresswood Drive.

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H A P P E N I N G S CANES SUMMER SOCCER CAMP SERIES, THROUGH JULY 19 The Canes Summer Soccer Camp Series is comprised of two camps: Skills & Drills Camp and Fundamental Skills Camp. Camps are led by some of Texas’ finest coaching professionals. The professional staff has extensive camp experience, hold Youth and National Coaching licenses, with many having coached in the South Texas ODP and possess a professional playing background. There are options for players of all levels and genders. Camps are uniquely designed so that every level of player has an opportunity to advance their knowledge and develop skills in the proper environment. Camps are AHFC Canes Skills & Drills Soccer Camp (10-16), Katy Park, July 15-19; AHFC Canes Fundamental Camp (5-9), Katy Park July 1519; AHFC Duchesne Skills & Drills Soccer Camp (10-16), July 15-19; and AHFC Duchesne Fundamental Camp (5-9), July 15-19. Register online at For additional questions, email or call 281-856-6279.

THEATRE SUBURBIA PRESENTS LITTLE NELL, THE ORPHAN GIRL, BEGINNING JULY 19 Theatre Suburbria presents Little Nell, The Orphan Girl with performances Fridays and Saturdays July 19 to Aug. 24 as well as Sunday matinees July 28, Aug. 4, Aug. 11, and Aug. 18 at 3 p.m. Amanda Tillinghast, a wealthy aristocratic, and her handsome son Trelawney do not suspect that Daryl Blessingham, Trelawney’s closest friend, is an evil scoundrel. Unbeknownst to all, Daryl is conspiring to gain possession of the Tillinghast family fortune and the cheese factory as well! Beautiful orphan Nell Noble was hired as a maid in their home, but she and Trelawney experience love at first sight. The odds are stacked against the love birds with Daryl and Amanda’s secretary conspiring to undermine them. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Tickets are $14, adults; $13, students and seniors; and $12, Sunday matinees. For reservations, call 713-682-3525 or visit


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H A P P E N I N G S NUNSENSE AT TEXAS REP THEATRE, THROUGH JULY 28 The Texas Rep Theatre Co. continues its tradition of Summer musicals with Dan Goggin’s classic musical, Nunsense. The production will run four performances a week through July 28. The Little Sisters of Hoboken have a problem. Their convent cook has accidentally served a bunch of the sisters a tainted batch of soup, and several of the sisters have met their maker. Prayers are nice, but the surviving sisters need to raise some dough for the burials. For tickets or more information, call 281-583-7573 or go to



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Tickets are now on sale for the 2013 Jeans & Jewels Raffle to benefit Northwest Assistance Ministries.This year’s prize is a trip to the “Castle in the Rockies,” the Fairmont Banff Springs in Alberta, Canada. Located in the heart of Banff National Park, this majestic resort has been providing legendary hospitality to guests for 125 years. The winning trip for two includes round-trip airfare, five days/four nights at The Fairmont Banff Springs, breakfast each day, and all room-related taxes. The trip is valued at approximately $4,800. Raffle tickets are $20 each or six for $100. All proceeds benefit NAM’s services to help Neighbors in Need. To purchase raffle tickets, contact Ryan Barnes at 281-885-4608 or

SLHV GIFT SHOP SEEKING VOLUNTEERS St. Luke’s Hospital at The Vintage is seeking volunteers to serve in its Premier Gift Shop. Volunteers will greet patients, family members and staff, handle sales, inventory and price merchandise received, and assist with inventory replenishment. Any retail experience would be preferred but training is also available for those without experience. Volunteers are needed for the following schedules: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1-5 p.m. For more information, email Janna Stanford at

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H A P P E N I N G S CRIMSON CADETTE DRILL TEAM DANCE CLINIC, AUG. 14-16 The Cy-Woods Crimson Cadettes Drill Team will host its 8th annual dance clinic for K through 12th-graders from 8:30-11:30 a.m. on Aug. 14-16. This is a major fundraiser for the cadettes and enables them to participate in activities throughout the 2013-14 school year. Register by July 3 to receive the pre-registration price of $55, which includes dance technique, specially choreographed routines for each age group, a T-shirt, drinks and snacks each day, and a picture for each participant. Showoffs will be held the last day at 11:30 a.m. For information, email or go to

HFAC SUMMER PERFORMING ARTS CAMPS, THROUGH AUG. 24 Houston Family Arts Center’s 2013 Summer Performing Arts Camps includes 25 different camps for grades 1-12. HFAC camps run through Aug. 24 for one week or three weeks and feature acting, singing and dance instruction as well as performance opportunities in musicals, dramas, and comedies. The HFAC Actors Academy three-week Musical Theatre Performance Camps are designed for grades 1-6 and 4-8. HFAC has numerous performance opportunities for teens in grades 7-12. Dance classes will also be offered this summer. There will be eight Ballet 1, Ballet 2, Pointe, Jazz 2 and Tap 2 classes taught Tuesday evenings through Aug. 6.The HFAC Royal Academy of Dance program is offering an Alice in Wonderland Ballet Camp Monday and Wednesday evenings through Aug. 24.

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The Voice Winner Visits Cypress Ranch HS Former student Danielle Bradbery gives a live performance

he Voice winner and former Cypress Ranch High School student Danielle Bradbery visited her old campus for a special pep rally in the gymnasium that was filmed for an episode of the show. At the time of her visit she was one of the final contenders in the popular singing competition, before winning the Season 4 title during the live NBC-TV broadcast on Tuesday, June 18. At 16, Danielle is the youngest singer and first country artist to win The Voice, and was a member of coach Blake Shelton’s team. She won $100,000 and a record deal. For her hometown visit, Danielle was greeted by students and staff holding a “welcome” banner. Hundreds of cheering fans enjoyed her live performance of her single, Mean, during the pep rally. Following the pep rally, she signed autographs for students.l




Former Cypress Ranch High School student Danielle Bradbery gives a live performance during the pep rally. v Danielle signs autographs for Cypress Ranch students following the pep rally. v Danielle and Cypress Ranch students walk down the hallway of Cypress Ranch High School toward the gymnasium, where a pep rally awaits the former Mustang. v Members of the Cypress Ranch Classics greet Danielle at the school. v Danielle arrives at the school where she is greeted by a crowd of Cypress Ranch students and staff.

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Cy-Fair Schools in the Spotlight at the Tommy Tune Awards

Klein Oak’s Morgan Starr was nominated for best leading actress as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Ryne Nardecchia advanced to the national competition by winning best actor in a leading role at the 11th annual Tommy Tune Awards for his performance in the title role of Sweeney Todd, which was Klein Oak’s spring musical.

By Don Maines n July 1, Ryne Nardecchia will perform on Broadway, just a month after graduating from Klein Oak High School. “Just going to New York City, that’s good enough for me,” said Nardecchia, who is being sponsored by Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) at the National High School Musical Theater Awards, also known as the Jimmy™ Awards. The final night will find Nardecchia onstage at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre in competition with top high school performers from throughout the United States, all vying for the honors, which are named after Broadway theater owner and producer James M. Nederlander. Nardecchia advanced to the nationals by winning best actor in a leading role at the 11th annual Tommy Tune Awards for his performance in the title role of Klein Oak’s spring musical, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. “There were many people I wanted to




thank, like my sister, Grace, and my mom,” said Nardecchia, “but it was really cool to tell them in that situation.” Nardecchia recalled that he was 10 when he quit the swim team and baseball to pursue musical theater. “I honestly don’t know what to expect in New York City,” he added. “I’m looking forward to being able to meet all these really talented people and to be able to work with them, see what they do.” A Winning Day for Klein Oak The Tony Awards-style ceremony was held April 16 and taped for broadcast at noon-2 p.m. Sunday, July 9 on ABC Channel 13. The crowd of more than 2,500 people also saw Klein Oak High School win its first Tommy Tune Award in a category other than for an individual performance when Sweeney Todd won best musical direction. The honor was a tip of the hat to the school’s band director Todd Clearwater,

choir director Michael Goede and both singers and musicians who collaborated on the difficult score. “The musical, being by Stephen Sondheim, is not your typical ‘Let’s do a little scene, then stop and sing a song,’ ” explained Clearwater. “The music is very integrated, much more like opera. The plot was carried by the music.” “This was the most challenging show I have ever worked on, and to see students perform is a memory I will carry throughout my career,” added Goede. With 14 nominations in 15 categories, Sweeney Todd led all 44 schools that entered the 2012-2013 Tommy Tune Awards competition, which TUTS sponsored to honor excellence in Houston-area high school musical theater programs. Theater teacher Matt Robinson, who directed Sweeney Todd, called it “very exciting” that the awards recognized how well Klein Oak’s band, choir, dance and theater departments worked together to put on the show.

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Klein High School reaped nine nominations for its production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. Both schools were nominated for best musical, so each got to perform a production number that will be shown on the Channel 13 telecast. Klein High’s other nods were for best direction, musical direction, orchestra, scenic design, costumes, lighting, ensemble/chorus and leading actor Nathan Eggen as The Baker. Nardecchia and Eggen performed a medley with their fellow finalists for best leading actor. Likewise, Klein Oak’s Morgan Starr, who was nominated for best leading actress as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, performed in a medley of finalists in that category. Starr, who won best supporting actress at last year’s Tommy Tunes for her performance as Smitty in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, was crowned the winner of the Ruth Denney Scholarship, named in honor of the legendary Houston high school drama teacher whom the award’s namesake, Tommy Tune, described as his mentor.

Klein High earned nominations for best musical, best direction, musical direction, orchestra, scenic design, costumes, lighting, ensemble/chorus, and leading actor Nathan Eggen as The Baker.

Lance Cremona and Brita Domino (Klein), and Danielle Gonzalez and Alex Shrode (Klein Oak). Nardecchia, who also won a college scholarship from TUTS, said he will study musical theater at Texas State University in San Marcos. Starr was accepted into a

new acting program at the University of Texas in which the 20 students will spend their final semester in Los Angeles, completing their course work while auditioning for professional roles. Visit for more information or call 713-558-2600. l

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ouston’s top 20 interior designers combined their creative capacity in Riverstone for this year’s only ASID home tour to design a house like no other for owners Rodney and Tiffany Winkler. While it’s always challenging for more than one designer to integrate their designs into a cohesive vision, this challenge was a little more difficult. Typically, the ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) show homes showcase designs and trends in builder homes or model homes where no owner’s influence must be considered. Imagine how that challenge is multiplied when there are 20 designers working together who now also are obliged to consider the new homeowners’ tastes and lifestyle in their collaboration on this immense project, not only majestic in scale, but magnificent in scope. The 6,682-square-foot Italian villa, Vista Fontana, was built by Teramor Custom Homes. The designers, all affiliated with the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter of ASID, combined their prodigious talents to illustrate the latest trends, designs, technology and more in an innovative fashion, while adhering to a unifying theme — the Italian farmhouse, where (in this case) every room has a fountain/water view. The Winklers decided on the area because of its central location to work, friends and family, and chose Riverstone because of its beauty and the lot they found.




“We had toured Riverstone and thought the community was beautifully developed,” Rodney said. “The lake is larger and grander than any other community lake we saw, and we also didn’t want any neighbors behind us. This was a perfect choice.” After eight months of working with Patrick Berrios of Berrios Design, the couple’s dream home was on paper and ready to go to Teramor Custom Homes, which the Winklers selected after touring another of the builder’s Riverstone homes. The Winklers’ vision is evidenced in every room of the home, but especially in the kitchen where the ceiling soars 27 feet high. “When I told Rodney I wanted a two-

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PREVIOUS PAGES: Vista Fontana, this luxurious Tuscan-style villa by Teramor Homes, serves up Old World splendor on a grand scale and serves as a showcase for local craftsmen. Ú Utilizing warm travertine tile, designer Kelly Gale Amen unifies the outdoor spaces in this backyard. The loggia, pergola and pool area are defined by mixed pebblestone borders, and Kelly’s Art Furniture is displayed throughout the space. The large poof, the focal point of the loggia, is complemented by Kelley’s signature “V” pillows. Floaties stored in pottery provide appealing pops of color. Ú The family room, designed by Sharon Staley and divided from the kitchen only by the 18foot stone archway, reflects a rustic ambiance found in elegant Italian country homes. The exposed wooden trestle beams and the stone columns provide perfect contrast for the tailored sectional sofa and clean lines of the cocktail table. THESE PAGES: Jason Broughton designed the stairwell and connecting spaces with the concept to take typically under-used spaces and incorporate them as functional parts of the home. Here you’ll find a place to greet guests warmly, a family art and photo gallery, and even a spot for the grand piano. Rug by Pride of Persia; lighting by Ferguson Lighting Company. Ú The Italian farmhouse architectural tone of the home is set at the front door. This 17-foot wrought iron door by Tim Buchanan boasts a beautiful handmade embellishment designed by the homeowners, which is duplicated in the stairs and balcony. Landscaping by South Coast Landscapes. Ú With an entry spanning 22 feet skyward, the chandelier and ceiling accent are standouts. Lighting from Ferguson Lighting Company and décor from J. Broughton Design-Home Collection. Ú This kitchen is any cook’s dream and the heart of this home, emphasized by its massive scale, the stonework, the beams, the hammered copper farmhouse sink, hand-scraped oiled wood floor, custom plaster oven hood and exposed wooden beams. Custom cabinets by Benedettini Cabinetry; appliances by Sub-Zero/Wolf; stone work by South Texas Stone; design by Vining Design Associates, Inc.



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The Winklers believe the ASID designers embraced their ideas and brought them to life with style, ingenuity and valuable solutions to their list of “wants” for the home.

story kitchen, he thought I was crazy,” Tiffany shared. “But I love the openness it affords the space, and to me, the kitchen is the gathering spot in the home. The architect designed the entire home around the kitchen.” The kitchen is adjoined to the family room and the spaces are divided only by an impressive 18-foot stone archway. Tying them together are beautiful Castle Combe smoked, oiled and pegged wood floors and immense wooden exposed beams carved and built on-site. Adjacent to the family room is a downstairs lounge/game room, which was another non-negotiable for this family. Tiffany explained, “I think it makes more sense to have this space downstairs, especially while the kids are young, so they can be nearby.” The couple incorporated nice soft flooring for the kids to play on, comfortable seating conducive to conversation and pocket doors to keep the clutter out of sight. Another remarkable can’t-miss feature of this home is the 17-foot custom-designed wrought-iron door, another reflection

of the homeowners’ tastes. Rodney designed the iron-work, which is duplicated indoors on the stairs and balcony. “I was on a flight to London with a pad and pencil and just kept sketching and sketching,” Rodney said. “Tiffany liked my rendering and the builder and iron craftsman made a few suggestions. I was able to come up with something unique and we really love these great doors.” The Winklers believe the ASID designers embraced their ideas and brought them to life with style, ingenuity and valuable solutions to their list of “wants” for the home. Rodney explained, “For instance, I wanted built-ins along one wall in my study, but we have these three high windows, so how do you do that? Designer Teena Caldwell, who owns boutique furniture store Twenty-Two Fifty Interiors, devised a shelving and cabinet design that was just perfect.” Though a bit dazed with the pace of building a show home, the Winklers report that seeing their dream take shape has been exciting, while demanding. The builders, D.C. Peterson



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THESE PAGES: This fabulous dining space, by Debra Sabrsula, is a mixture of Old World Italian and contemporary design. The barrel-vaulted ceiling clad in timeless brick complements the smooth plaster finish on the walls. The long, smooth natural slab dining table from John Brooks seems to float above the high tech molded Chinese red chairs. Chairs and antique Italian sideboards from Roche Bobois. Ú In this midlevel study, Teena Caldwell combines antique furnishings with new interpretations of embossed leathers, linens and patterned fabrics to create an inviting workspace. The coffered ceiling with exposed wood beams incorporates hand-painted torn paper.



and Ken Alexander, agree. They faced their own set of challenges with this design, even though they have built several other ASID show homes. “Our goal is to always provide the ultimate in design and convenience for our home buyers, but the extraordinary quality associated with ASID Show Homes sets the bar even higher.” To do that, the builders chose to focus on local builders, most of whom are based in Fort Bend County. The aforementioned dazzling front door and the sweeping stair were a collaborative effort of the homeowners and wrought-iron wizard Tim Buchanan, and the kitchen and bathrooms were crafted by Benedettini Cabinetry, a high-end tech shop in Rosenberg. The interior and outdoor design of Vista Fontana was influenced by the home’s interactive spaces geared towards entertaining, along with five bedrooms and even more bathrooms, as well as the Winklers’ memories of their travels throughout Europe and Africa, and the growth of their family, which now includes their 5-month-old daughter. And, as the name Vista Fontana (fountain view) suggests, the designers also strived to take advantage of the array of fountains which can be seen from every single room in the home. Legendary Houston designer Kelly Gale Amen speaks of the home as “layers of spaces, visible immediately from the front door, through the foyer, living room and beyond, including the pergola, loggia and bar, infinity pool and lake.” The outdoor spaces (designed by Amen) are canvassed in neutrals and incorporate the concept of dimensional rooms without walls. To accomplish this, each space is surrounded by a 12-inch border of pebble stones around travertine pavers set in a herringbone pattern. The spaces also incorporate Amen’s functional, famous art furniture as well as designs by students from the Zina Garrison Academy. The master bedroom, designed by Diana Walker with cues taken from the lake view and the Winklers’ desire for a dark and dreamy suite, is embellished with elegant materials and architectural elements such as the stained glass window and the two-story bell tower with Tableau Faux Iron detailing above the tub. Also noteworthy are the tufted headboard which was formerly a gate and the framed wedding dress in Tiffany’s closet, which

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Designed by Blake Woods, the family lounge is the space where the floor is soft enough for kids to play and the furniture is comfortable enough for friends to sit and chat. The sheer window treatments allow the perfect amount of light and the tangerine accents provide a fresh pop of color.

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Deborah Rivera designed this guest suite with the overnight guests’ comfort in mind. The tall upholstered headboard provides scale to the room and balance for the other luxurious elements. The neutral colors allow for flexibility in using accents and textures for seasonal changes. Ú A whimsical mural of a tree with soft pink flowers provides the inspiration in this nursery, designed by Angela Lee, where white-framed vintage pictures hang gently from the branches. The soft pink and sage green color palette allow for easy transitioning as this baby girl grows into a beautiful young lady. Ú In this guest room, designed by Lynne T. Jones, the homeowners’ world travels served as the design inspiration. Abstract art by Stacy Hosrich; quilt by Perfect Quilt; window treatments by G&S Custom Drapes.

was an idea she found on Pinterest. Though rustic in design, the technology in this home is far from antiquated. Incorporating products to control lighting, temperature, audio and video distribution and security is the work of cutting edge company Echo Workshop. A Lutron system utilizes multiple keypads to activate whole-home or single-room lighting scenes — with a single “welcome home” touch button near the garage entry, the entire home is illuminated, while the “goodbye” button has the opposite effect. The same system controls the temperature and shades in the house, while the homeowners can access most of the electronics in their home from any iOS device (iPhone, iPad or iTouch). Vista Fontana is spectacular in its detail and design, and setting the stage for it all is the Ivy Bend neighborhood, a gated community of 10 properties along expansive Lake Riverstone. “Ivy Bend is one of the most coveted neighborhoods and a fitting backdrop for the grandeur of an ASID show home,” said Christen Johnson, marketing director of Riverstone. Proceeds from this year’s home tour benefited the ASID Foundation, an organization that supports interior design research, education and scholarships. For more information, visit l



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Kitchen Winners! Outstanding kitchens from the 2013 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show


“Raise a Glass” is the winner of the Best Kitchen and 1st Place Large Kitchen awards. It features a blend of woods, stainless steel, concrete and glass. Photo by Dennis Martin.




lass in all its glory—hand-cut, hand-blown and LED-lit — was creatively used by the winning designers in both the Best Kitchen and the Best Bath in the 2013 Design Competition sponsored by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). The category winners in this annual contest were revealed on April 18th at an exclusive Design Competition Awards event at the Republic in New Orleans, during the 2013 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS). The KBIS winners’ circle encompasses six categories — small, medium and large kitchens, small and large bathrooms, and powder rooms. In addition, the NKBA Design Competition recognizes Specialty Awards for Before and After Kitchens and Baths, Budget-Friendly Kitchens and Baths, Green Design and Universal Design. “We take great pride in announcing to the public the topnotch


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This year’s winning designs excel in the creative use of glass in all its glory — hand-cut, hand-blown and LED lit. kitchen and bath designers that our industry has to offer,” said 2013 NKBA President John K. Morgan. “Hundreds of entries are received every year, and our designer members continue to impress. The competition this year boasted of innovative concepts, creative expressions and cutting-edge designs.” This year’s 400+ entries from across the U.S. and Canada were judged by a panel of eight certified industry experts. Each was either a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer (CMKBD) or both a Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) and a Certified Bath Designer (CBD). The entries were scored on safety and ergonomics, elements and principles of design, design planning, creativity and presentation. In addition, approximately 16,000 consumers voted for the People’s Pick Kitchen


(Above) “Grab Your Mackintosh” is the 3rd Place Large Kitchen winner, reflecting the owners’ love of the Arts and Crafts movement and reminiscent of the Rennie Mackintosh style, but with all of today’s modern conveniences. Photo by Eric Hausman. (Below) “Step Back in Time” is the People’s Pick choice and also the 2nd Place Large Kitchen winner. It features antiqued finishes and a large antique Chinese print over the stairs. Photo by John D. Smoak III.





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and Bath on Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the National Kitchen & Bath Association, a nonprofit trade group that owns the KBIS, has conducted a design contest since 1965. That year, the winners were Danish Modern and Spanish-style projects, and a kitchen with lavender blue cabinets accented by wallpapered soffit and ceiling. This month, Lifestyles & Homes features the professionally designed, prize-winning kitchen winners. Next month the bathroom design awards will be showcased. 2013 KITCHEN DESIGN WINNERS Best Kitchen and Large Kitchen - 1st Place Wendy F. Johnson, CKD, CBD Designs for Living Manchester Village, Vt.



(Above) “Beach Ball” is the 2nd Place Medium Kitchen and also the winner of Budget Friendly Kitchen. It has a Gulf Coast color palette, with white glass-front cabinets featuring turquoise backs that keep plates and glasses in the limelight. Photo by Greg Riegler Photography. (Below) “Copper Elements” is the 3rd Place Medium Kitchen winner. Fanciful swirling metal pulls, fun red wall elements and copper backsplash offer wit and whimsy. Photo by Cabin 4D Images.




“Raise a Glass” — This kitchen translates into some serious cooking and baking for her, and also a computer center and sevenstool raised bar area. With the focal point being the glass wall and views of a private golf course beyond, a large center island forms the heart of the space, open to an elaborate wall of cooking, refrigeration and storage. Not to be missed is a small second island providing an intimate dining space for two. The combination of warm linear rift oak and cool stainless steel cabinets of varying heights provides a serene balance to the interior, and the floating LED-lit glass bar, colorful cabinet glass, recycled glass tile backsplash and pendant lights add the right amount of drama. This visually interesting, yet functional space serves up a blend of woods, stainless steel, concrete and glass – perfect for that weekend escape. PRODUCTS: Cooktop: Wolf; Dishwasher, Miele; Ovens: Wolf; Microwave Oven, Miele; Refrigerators: Zub-Zero; Ventilation: handcrafted metal with custom copper finish; Cabinetry: Bentwood, St. Charles; Countertops: Dex, ThinkGlass, Grothouse Lumber;

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“Snow White Sparkles” -Meticulously designed to optimize natural lighting, storage and comfortable seating, this kitchen accommodates multiple people working at the same time. The peninsula with strikingly dramatic legs seats four and still has room for prep space and a prep sink. The dark floor is the perfect counterpoint to the white kitchen, which gets even more light from an eight-foot door leading to the back porch. Custom planked walls add to the serenity with their horizontal lines. PRODUCTS: Dishwasher: Asko; Garbage Disposal: InSinkErator; Microwave Oven: Wolf; Range/Oven: Wolf; Refrigerators: Sub-Zero; Ventilation: Best; Cabinetry: Pennville; Countertops: Marble; Faucets/Fittings: Rubinet; Flooring: Saulnier; Sinks: Dawn; Windows: Marvin.

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“The competition this year boasted of innovative concepts, creative expressions and cutting-edge designs.” Architectural restoration of rare 1940s plywood, a two-bay breakfast area, the “alkalizer” water niche with mini-sink, refurbished “boat-cabinets,” and a modernism-inspired sculpture contribute to the kitchen’s vintage “wow” factor. The shiny beverage center with drawer refrigerators and wine rack is topped with a glass shelf. The bouncy cork flooring invites visitors to step into the 1950s. PRODUCTS: Cooktop: Miele; Dishwasher: Miele; Refrigerator: Miele; Oven: TurboChef; Disposal: Franke; Drawer refrigerators: U-Line; Ventilation: Vent-A-Hood; Cabinetry: Serrao, Columbia; Countertops: Matrix

Granite and Silestone; Faucets/Fittings: Kohler; Flooring: Cork; Lighting pendants: Cleveland Art; Lighting sconces: Lamps Plus; Sinks: Custom; Tile: Ultraglas. Before & After Kitchen Richard Ourso, CKD, CAPS Ourso Designs Baton Rouge, La. “French Country Flair” — Rough hewn finishes and salvaged wood planks help recreate the Old World French décor the clients truly desired. A custom hood was created, using copper, copper rivets, forged-iron strap-

ping and an old beam, and the finish was left with a naturally dark patina. The island top is made from longleaf yellow pine boards, tied together with forged-iron strapping, while the island itself was faux-finished in a shade of bluish gray. Open shelving, made from longleaf yellow pine and then sandblasted, projects the look of beautiful old wood, set off with black metal supports. Perimeter countertops in the kitchen and the dining room console feature 3cm black granite with a Tuscan finish and a chiseled-edge treatment. Whitewashed, old-wood flooring and old beams in the kitchen ceiling and





(Above) “Change of Scene” is the 2nd Place Small Kitchen winner. A custom-built hood, recessed niche and carved corbels are lovely focal points. Muted tiles and light granite countertops add simple elegance. Photo by Phoenix Photographic. (Left) “Not At All Retiring” took the 3rd Place Small Kitchen award. The owners live in a retirement community and wanted built-in flair and function for years to come. It features stainless appliances, gray flat-panel cabinetry with sleek long handles, thin slate counters and a painted-glass backsplash that pops against the neutral palette. Photo by Anice Hoachlander.

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“Snow White Sparkles” is the 1st Place Medium Kitchen winner. The white walls, cabinets and table are perfectly complemented by the dark floor. Photo by Evan White.


“In Retrospect” took the 1st Place Small Kitchen award. A dash of charcoal, turquoise and red formica, plus linear cooktop arrangement take inspiration from the good old days, then kick it up a notch to the 21st century. The shiny beverage center with drawer refrigerators and wine rack is topped with a glass shelf. Bouncy cork flooring steps back to the 1950s. Photo by Suki Medencevic.


dining room unify the areas and recreate the feel of a French farmhouse kitchen. A French door added to the kitchen exterior wall allows more daylight to flow through. The kitchen was co-designed by Vickie Mire, CKD, CAPS; and Michelle Livings, AKBD, CAPS, LEED. PRODUCTS: Cooktop: Jenn-Air; Dishwasher: Bosch; Disposal: InSinkErator; Microwave: GE Advantium; Oven: GE; Refrigerators: Jenn-Air; Ventilation: Vent-a-Hood; Cabinetry: Medallion; Countertops: Soapstone; Faucets/Fittings: Kohler.

Budget-Friendly Kitchen Cheryl Kees Clendenon In Detail Interiors Pensacola, Fla. “Beach Ball” — Here’s a perfect rendition of a contemporary twist on a classic beach cottage. This kitchen in a rental was designed for the easy navigation of a large number of guests. The island offers generous seating areas and plenty of counter space aptly crafted to serve multiple cooks. This open kitchen plan reflects the Gulf CY-FAIR LIFESTYLES & HOMES / JULY 2013


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“French Country Flair” is the Before/After Kitchen winner. Rough-hewn finishes and salvaged wood planks help recreate Old World French decor the clients desired. The custom hood is made of copper, forged-iron strapping and an old beam. Countertops are black granite with a Tuscan finish. Whitewashed flooring and old ceiling beams recreate the feel of a French farmhouse kitchen. Photo by Chipper Hatter.



Coast color palette and creates a cheerful coastal atmosphere for guests to enjoy. High ceilings, balanced neutrals and pops of turquoise mirror the freshness of unobstructed water views from the adjacent living areas. White glass-front cabinets feature turquoise backs that keep plates and glasses in the limelight. The porcelain floors, black walnut counter section with prep sink, vibrant backsplash and aluminum swivel stools make the space a cool, modern beach retreat. The kitchen was co-designed with Stacy Snowden. PRODUCTS: Clothes Dryer: Maytag; Dishwasher: KitchenAid; Microwave Oven: GE Advantium; Range/Oven: Jenn-Air; Refrigerators: KitchenAid ; Washing Machine: Maytag; Ice Maker: KitchenAid; Cabinetry: In Detail; Countertops: Hanstone and Black Walnut; Faucets/Fittings: Hansgrohe; Flooring: Tile Cobsa USA; Lighting: lsland .


“A Family Affair” took the Clay Lyon Honorary award for Best Builder/ Remodeler. The remodel by Angela Victoria Rasmussen catered to the client’s long-time desire to have space for entertaining. The custom cabinetry has spacious work stations, allowing for cooks to interact with guests. A dual-purpose baking center with ample counter space is the perfect buffet platform. Light and airy finishes combine with dark wood floors for a warm and inviting space. Photo by Dean J. Birinyi Photography.



People’s Pick Kitchen Bryan Reiss, CMKBD Distinctive Design Mt. Pleasant, S.C. “Step Back in Time” — This renovated kitchen in an historical home features antiqued, hand-painted finishes and a large antique Chinese print on the soaring wall over the stairs – a step into historic modernity! Oversize cabinets contrast with dark countertops and the hefty details on the island. The original heart pine floors, large arched windows and exposed brick and beams add to the unique character of the soaring space. The copper hood becomes another focal point. A custom walk-in cooler is

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housed under the staircase. The kitchen was co-designed with Susanne Csonger and Diane Murphy. PRODUCTS: Cabinetry: Premier Custom Built – custom milk painted finish in revere pewter grey and black; Granite countertops: Matrix - 6cm laminated; Refrigerator/Freezer: Thermador; Range: Wolf; Hood: custom copper Abbaca. Universal Design Sandra Tierney, CMKBD, CID Cabinets by Design Escondido, Calif. The kitchen in this 1920s Storybook Mission home was designed to make the space more accessible to a client who uses a wheelchair. The design enables the client and two friends, also wheelchair users, to access all the appliances comfortably and move freely between the cooktop and sink. A custom-designed, versatile soapstone sink, with a shallow end as well as a deep end, allowed for a garbage disposal unit. The cabinetry features maple and quarter sawn oak with three different finishes, and the appliances are carefully placed at the right height, with all doors dropping down to provide the easiest access. A solid kitchen table on casters furnishes dining space in front of the TV, enabling the client to prep large dinners while also entertaining. Glass doors above the refrigerator feature a cable box and a stereo, which can be operated with a remote control. Functional, practical and ready to serve! PRODUCTS: Cooktop: Jenn-Air; Dishwasher Bosch; Disposal: InSinkErator; Microwave: GE Advantium; Oven: GE; Refrigerators: Jenn-Air; Ventilation: Vent-a-Hood; Cabinetry: Medallion; Countertops: Soapstone; Faucets/Fittings: Kohler. l

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PATIO 1 Create a stunning outdoor appearance with their beautiful and quality patio furniture, umbrellas, cushions and accessories. With more than 30 years of being Houston's premier outdoor furniture style-leader, Patio 1 showcases the largest variety of designer looks in outdoor fashion, ready for immediate delivery. 713-977-4455 3 locations


THE BILLIARD FACTORY The Billiard Factory is a family owned company that remains committed to offering customers a large, diverse product line from the top manufacturers in the home game room industry. They continually search for ways to best serve the needs of their customers through diversity and quality products, as well as superior service. Save 20% on service. 281-444-5740

The Design Firm is considered one of the top interior design firms as well as a truly unique home decor store. Their focus is to create a custom design that represents the client's personal style. The Design Firm's affordable services will allow your budget to go further than expected. 281-494-4433



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“Architectural Remnants” is a new laminate flooring collection from Armstrong that captures the distinctive look and texture of reclaimed wood. The floor shown above is Antique Structure - Milk Paint.

Flooring Trends From hardwood to carpet to tile, what’s new and fabulous underfoot




high-tech lifestyle, subculture movement and über conveniences are just some of the aspects of today’s lifestyle that are influencing the products that we are drawn to. The newest floor products are delivering on these changing needs and demands. Scouts and experts at the World Floor Covering Association (WCFA) have scoured Surfaces, one of the home market’s top international trade shows, and have been working hand in hand with manufacturers from around the world to deliver the latest and greatest new products and trends in flooring.

HARDWOOD TRENDS Classic staples such as dark mahogany and cherry stained floors were seen across the show, but floors in dozens of shades of muted greys, vanilla tones and whites were standouts. One manufacturer offered a “Crème de la Crème” assortment of hardwood in five gradients of white. In addition, following up a great showing last year, weathered and worn looks in wood continue to gain ground and grow in popularity. There were no limits when it came to treatments in wood. Hand-sculpted and scraped planks, multi-toned weathered

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HHI finishes, rolled edges and ends, recovered, distressed and timeworn looks were seen everywhere. New to market is a hardwood floor with air-purifying properties. Titanium dioxide is baked into the surface of the wood. When exposed to light, it decomposes organic compounds, including dirt, dust and oils. The treated surface also becomes hydrophilic, meaning that a thin layer of moisture prevents dirt adhesion. To allow for greater definition of the wood grain — not seen in traditional presentations — many companies continued manufacturing wide planks spanning four to seven inches across. In addition, companies are now packaging hardwood flooring in boxes with pieces of varying widths and lengths to add further dimension to rooms. Reclaimed wood from buildings built centuries ago achieves extended life in living rooms across the country. During these uncertain times, people are looking for simplicity and comfort and a place to retreat. Worn and unfinished looks with exposed seams and distressed surfaces remind us that age can do wonderful things to materials. This “antiqued” finish works to increase the durability of the wood and allows the product to withstand the high traffic and heavy wear of large families and/or pets without issue. As we’ve seen in years past, all of the manufacturers are offering eco-friendly product options and corporate promises. Many hardwood companies are addressing consumer demand for eco-friendly with commitments to replace every tree cut from carefully managed forests with protected saplings. In addition to a renewal commitment, many companies are offering products with extended warranties and enhanced lifespan promises with new stains that run throughout the entire wear layer of the wood. The result is a highly durable floor that offers everlasting beauty that can be enjoyed for practically a lifetime. Bamboo maintained its popularity as a highly durable, eco-friendly hardwood flooring solution. One company debuted a bamboo floor resembling walnut that is achieved through a hi-tech digital imaging process that imbues a photo-real image of the wood much like the way laminate is made.


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Daltile’s Slimlite Slate & Quartzite™ offers the beauty of stone applications in a thin, lightweight stone facade surface designed for easier handling.

Classic staples such as dark mahogany and cherry stained floors were seen across the show, but floors in dozens of shades of muted greys, vanilla tones and whites were standouts.

Anderson’s Southern Vista™ Collection of engineered hardwood flooring is rich and exotic. Shown in Clay Hollow.



CARPET AND AREA RUG TRENDS As in years past, carpet and area rugs are all about definition and texture — from leopard print shag to pony hair to braided manmade fibers. Growing consumer demand has also led to supersoft and easy to clean wall-to-wall carpet. Some companies tout luxuriously soft manmade fibers that are so stable they can be cleaned with bleach and water, and they come with lifetime stain warranties. Along with the traditional New Zealand and British wools, area rugs made from some of the softest fibers found in nature were seen at the show. Commonly associated with warm weather clothing, mohair fiber and merino wool are some of the oldest textile fibers known to man. Mohair, which is unique to a particular goat species, is notable for its high luster and silk-like sheen. Due to its nearly microscopic diameter, mohair offers extremely smooth surface texture as it lacks the “scales” associated with wool fiber. Like wools, mohair is naturally insulating, durable, elastic, non-staining, longlasting and flame-resistant. Together with the long-haired and shag rugs made from goats and sheep, another trend projected fragmented digital imaging from computer screens directly on area rug designs. Rugs with pixelated designs looked like they jumped right off your desktop. Leaving the structured repeat patterns of traditionally designed rugs in the dust, the high-tech flooring borrowed their eye-popping color schemes directly from the runway with shades of super bright primaries and shocking neon. Contrasting with this trend and equally beautiful were collections of hand-crafted rugs that borrowed from traditional Incan and Ikat designs. The beautiful tribal patterns offered a low-tech, simpler look in muted greys and pastels. Weathering, a recurring trend in the hardwood category, was also seen in the soft surface sector in the form of new rugs made to look old, and deconstructed fibers reassembled into ornate area rugs. In response to a yen for classic aged looks, manufacturers presented “new” rugs with foot-worn weathering and patterns that appeared to have been faded due to time and wear. Other companies showcased glorious shimmering antique silk designs for the floor made from repur-

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posed clothing such as neon bright Indian silk sari dresses, which were deconstructed then reassembled. TILE TRENDS Over the past few years, engineered stone commonly reserved for kitchen and bathroom countertops has been making its way to the residential floor. A composite material made of reconstituted natural crushed stone bound together by a polymer resin or cement mortar, it offers nearly the same performance as sandstone, marble and limestone. Engineered stone is great for indoors as well as outside as it is extremely non-porous, effectively making it resistant to corrosion from water, materials, ocean air, and air pollution. The engineered variety is more uniform and more stable than natural stone, and an additonal perk, it’s more affordable. It’s available in the same formats as natural stone, and enhanced imaging techniques bring it even closer in appearance to its natural cousins. Porcelain, thanks to recent digital imaging advancements, can reinterpret stone, hardwood, leather, even linen. Rich coloring, veining, stratification and surface texture are achieved and lend to the realistic look. Unlike hardwood and real stone, the wood and stone-look porcelain and ceramic tiles and planks of today offer the desired appearance without the high maintenance and price tag. For those looking for something a little less traditional and safe, manufacturers offered punk-styled graphics like graffiti on porcelain. The eye-popping “tagged” looks appeared as paint-splattered planks and tiles that looked as if they were plucked off a subway wall. Other manufacturers offered more “urban” looks in the form of tiles that resembled oxidized metals such as rusting iron and chiseled designer concrete. LAMINATE TRENDS The phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” comes to mind with regard to the laminate category of today. Thanks to tremendous enhancements in digital imaging and surface texturing, laminate products are as close to “nature” as they’re ever going to get. Photo-real hardwood, stone and porcelain looks were seen across the show. The glassy, smooth surfaces of yesterday’s products gave way to CY-FAIR LIFESTYLES & HOMES / JULY 2013


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highly textured, naturally finished products that may as well be the real thing. Authentic wood grain surfaces, chatter marks, pocking, chiseling, knots and saw marks took the floors to the next level. Speaking of “levels,” advancements in noise reduction have helped to level the playing field between this category and hardwood and vinyl. New introductions are imbued with cork and other soundabsorbing materials to reduce echoes commonly associated with this type of floor. VINYL TRENDS Not everyone knows, but luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is the leader of the pack in the resilient category. In fact, it follows closely behind reigning flooring stars: carpet (No. 1) and hardwood (No. 2.) The reasons for its success are plain and simple — affordability, durability, second-to-none style and performance. Most everyone today leads busy, stressful lives and with free time at a premium, the last thing consumers want to do is deal with anything that is high maintenance,



especially their floors. Unlike other popular flooring choices, LVT is extremely resistant to dents, scratches and stains; it’s easy to install and even easier to maintain. Through the use of computer assisted design and surface treatments, LVT can echo the look of nearly every other flooring surface out there. Whether hardwood, travertine, limestone, concrete or slate, it can even be made to look like antiqued, reclaimed woods complete with saw marks, holes and color variation. New advancements in LVT include products backed with cork and other sound-absorbing materials, bringing the product even closer to the natural thing. Installation of LVT is a breeze thanks to drop-lock, floating designs that allow for easy, glue-less and affordable installation. Some products can even be lifted directly off the floor and reinstalled or donated when renovating a room. “Consumers are looking for great-looking products that are easy to maintain and are available at affordable prices,” said Scott Humphrey, Chief Executive Officer

of the WFCA. “With all of the new and existing products on the market, our goal is to facilitate the research and buying process for the consumer. The website provides all of the information necessary to make informed purchasing decisions.” The WFCA’s website offers detailed information and practical tips on every flooring category available, including carpet, hardwood, laminate, ceramic, porcelain, resilient, vinyl, cork, stone and area rugs. An overview of each category provides the pros and cons, trends, varieties and styles available, things to consider before purchase, maintenance tips and how to prepare for installation. In addition, information on flooring trends and new products can also be found on WFCA’s blog, When it’s time to buy flooring, offers a searchable database of reputable WFCA retail members around the country. All a user needs to do is enter their zip code to get a list of retailers in their area. l

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EZ FLOORS EZ Floors has the flooring and countertops to finish any remodeling project. Luxurious carpet in the bedroom. Elegant hardwood flooring in the living and dining rooms. And timeless tile in the kitchen, bath and entry. They highly value your complete satisfaction with their products and service. Their philosophy is very simple; if you are pleased with your shopping experience, they are confident you will share it with others and continue to use EZ Floors for all your floor covering needs. 1557 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. N, #110 713-465-6741 24150 Hwy. 290, #270 281-758-2980 16945 N. Eldridge Parkway, #100 281-257-5955 17111 West Road, #105 281-656-2224 5015 FM 2920, Suite A 281-288-2300 20680 Westheimer Parkway, #150 281-647-0777

Specializing in hardwood and laminate flooring, New Century Floors carries most major brands. They listen to their customers’ expectations and provide their expert opinion and judgment on each project. No job is too small or too large. Their certified installers make sure your expectations are met, and back that with their 100 percent money-back guarantee. Call today to set up a free in-home estimate. When it comes to hardwood and laminate, you can count on New Century Floors — it’s their specialty! 832-460-5480


PIAZZA SIGNATURE POOLSCAPES Chris Piazza has been in the swimming pool industry since 1991. His background as an artist enables him to create unique pools with a true signature design. From waterfalls to landscapes, Piazza Poolscapes has contracted the industry’s finest tradesmen to create the most beautiful and structurally sound poolscapes in Houston today. Let them add Splash to your backyard! Their association with the Better Business Bureau and a long list of satisfied customers has helped them maintain their excellent reputation. 281-320-1996 Office

JOE THE PLUMBER Whether you need home plumbing maintenance and repairs, bathroom remodeling, or a commercial plumbing contractor for your building project, Joe the Plumber can provide you with the most dependable service available. Founder Jose Villarreal has worked in the plumbing industry since the early 1970s and received his Master Plumber license in 1982. They provide the highest quality service no matter how small the job. 281-256-2239

The goal of owners Chris Piazza and John Hagy is to consult with each potential customer about their desired project, help educate the customer on the proper construction, and provide ideas that can help with design and material decisions. They explain the different costs of different materials to better fit your desired budget. During construction, they will be supervising the project to assure that what was decided upon is being done; for this reason, they believe the customer should always be able to directly contact them by calling, texting or emailing. 281-631-8888 office



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MIRROR LAKE “Architects of the Garden Lifestyle.” With over 30 years of experience in landscape architecture and design, Mirror Lake has been creating outdoor garden spaces that become extensions of your home. Whether for entertaining or relaxing, grilling or swimming, Mirror Lake continually achieves and surpasses clients’ expectations for garden living. Reclaim your outdoor spaces through Mirror Lake’s award-winning designs and installations. 281-350-0515

THE POOL MAN The Pool Man was established in 1981 to provide quality swimming pool service and new pool construction to customers in the Houston, Tomball, Magnolia and Cypress areas. They are a family owned business that strives to give each customer what they deserve...the very best. Custom Designed Pools, and Service. Visit the Pool Man on Facebook. 19111 Cypress Rosehill Rd., Tomball 281-351-2577 phone; 281-351-2565 fax

TEXAS CUSTOM PATIOS They custom design and build patio covers (attached and freestanding), outdoor kitchens, screened porches, room additions, decorative patios, decks and more. The latest trends and products will transform your backyard but maintain your home’s original architecture and add value, beauty and function all year. Well known for their exceptional professionalism, seamless construction and excellent workmanship. Texas Custom Patios is a BBB Gold Star winner. Call for a free consultation or view their project portfolio online. 281-265-1994

ABA POOL SERVICE AND REPAIR CRESTWOOD CONSTRUCTION Crestwood Construction received the 2012 Award for Excellence from the Better Business Bureau. This Award recognizes businesses and non-profits for their achievements and commitment to overall excellence and quality in the workplace. Crestwood has vast experience in developing beautiful kitchens and luxurious bathrooms for clients. They will work with you to come up with a design that brings your dreams to life. You will work directly with the owner from start to finish to ensure that your design and quality is always on point! Call for a FREE consultation. 832-388-5371



For over 15 years, ABA Pool Service and Repair has provided the highest quality service and repairs to the Cy-Fair area.They specialize in Tile Cleaning, Plaster, Heaters, Pumps, Filters, Lights, Salt Systems and Weekly Maintenance. ABA Pool Service and Repair always provides professional, prompt and affordable services. Call today to schedule an appointment for all of your pool needs. 281-924-7724

KEECHI CREEK BUILDERS Keechi Creek Builders is a nationally recognized, award-winning design/build, remodel and custom home building company. Their objective is to partner with you to create a home that improves your quality of life. With over 25 years of combined experience and serving Cy-Fair since 2007, they have quickly become one of the most reliable companies in Houston. Owner Brandon Lynch, CGB, CGP, CAPS serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Houston Builders Association. Texas A&M Class of ‘01. 281-914-4951 21175 Tomball Parkway, Suite 328

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CYPRESS CUSTOM POOLS, INC. Cypress Custom Pools is dedicated to upholding the highest quality standards in the Pool and Spa industry. Their motto, “Built to the Highest Standard,” exemplifies an approach to doing business that has built a sterling reputation over the past 17 years with clients and the area’s leading builders. Call Cypress Custom Pools for information or to schedule an appointment to visit their showroom and display pool. 281-351-6113

BACKYARD POOL SPECIALISTS Now is the perfect time to get that swimming pool you have always wanted. Backyard Pool Specialists has specialized in designing and constructing swimming pools in the CyFair area for over 30 years. They will turn your backyard into the beautiful resort of your dreams. The owners believe in a hands-on approach to creating pools, patio covers, summer kitchens, landscaping, etc. that blend with your home and lifestyle. Call for a complimentary in-home consultation or visit them on the Web. 281-890-3040 11115 Mills Road, Suite 102, Cypress

DESOLA GLASS, ART & FRAME GALLERY Shower Yourself In Luxury...with the hottest trends in shower enclosures. Heavy frameless glass enclosures lend a clean, upscale look that is easy to maintain while greatly enhancing the look of your bathroom and therefore adding to the value of your home. DeSola Glass has become the Houston area’s #1 source for glass shower enclosures. Their beautiful showroom located at 7770 Louetta offers the customer a huge variety of glass and hardware styles to choose from. 281-712-1080 7770 Louetta Road, Spring

HOUSTON HOME IMPROVEMENT Houston Home Improvement Construction has been building patio covers for more than 20 years. This company will transform any backyard into a cool, shady retreat while adding value to any home. This entertaining addition will be designed to keep the home’s original architecture and made to look like it was in the original planning of the home. Fully insured and a member of the BBB. Houston Home Improvement Construction was awarded the Gold Star Award in 2005. Rated A1+. 281-686-9059

RICHARDS TOTAL BACKYARD SOLUTIONS One of today’s hottest trends is outdoor living areas! Envision your dream and watch it evolve. How much entertaining do you do? Imagine the atmosphere at your next gathering in your new backyard! Richards takes pride in their approach to accommodate your wants, needs and desires, while incorporating them into a design, offering their knowledge and still keeping your budget in mind. 713-777-POOL (7665) 1701 Highway 6 South, Houston

SIGNATURE POOLS OF TEXAS Designing and building custom pools is their passion. With over 20 years of experience, the knowledge they have obtained can be clearly seen through the beauty of their designs, craftsmanship and customer service. They are committed to the industry by maintaining high building standards, and pledge to their clients to construct an exceptional swimming pool. Building your new backyard lifestyle would be their pleasure! Call or visit the website to schedule your appointment. 281-970-6538



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Arts & Antiques by Dr. Lori Vintage Swimsuits on the Market was one of those little kids who were often called “a fish.” You know the type — a pint-sized 3 or 4-year-old who could swim like a champ and would rather spend all day playing under water in a swimming pool than doing anything else. My Mom nearly drowned as a teenager and while she never learned to swim herself, she was adamant about giving me and my sisters swimming lessons. To her credit, all three of us are excellent swimmers today. My swimming abilities even helped pay for school. I swam competitively through my teens and early 20s and today, I enjoy swimming as my favorite form of exercise. It follows that investigating the history of the bathing suit is a topic of interest for me. It brings back happy memories of days at swim team practice and now relates to my work evaluating vintage objects. In the early years of the 20th century, there were strict laws that required women to be fully clothed when taking a swim. The bathing suit requirements of the day included a non-form fitting costume that consisted of a dress, pantaloons, cap, and shoes. Most women obliged and frolicked in the waves in full-length swimming attire while others took their chances with a more revealing bathing suit. Most woolen – yes, that reads woolen as in wool -- swimsuits of the early decades of the 1900s were basic black. All of that changed in the summer of 1905 when Australian swimmer Annette Kellerman announced her desire to become the first woman to swim the English Channel. She attempted the feat amid controversy over her bathing suit. Kellerman sparked an international stir when she was arrested for wearing a one-piece woolen swimming suit. She omitted the pantaloons, cap, and shoes and started a tidal wave of talk. Obscenity laws aside, Kellerman started a swimsuit revolution. Roaring Twenties By the 1920s-’30s, bright colors, synthetic fabrics, and a more feminine shape emerged in the style of swimsuits. The famous Jantzen swimsuit manufacturing firm made the diving girl logo a beach blanket image and everything from billboards to bumper stickers donned the famous logo. In the 1940s, convertible straps which could be unfastened were introduced in part to prevent tan lines. Today, vintage swim suits bring high values on the vintage couture market. High-end swim suits from the 1950s like those designed by Christian Dior command $1,000 to $2,000, while more mainstream brands like Catalina dating to the mid-1900s are worth $50 to $350 per suit. The 1950s emphasized the hourglass figure with a “bubble suit” featuring cotton material and low-cut top. The 1960s swimsuits saw an interest in show-



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Actress Pamela Anderson’s famous red swimsuit from her role on TV’s Baywatch sold for $275.

ing off the midriff, too. Two-piece polyester bathing suits of the era were still conservative and covered up one’s belly button. By the 1970s, swimsuits were a far cry from the cover-upeverything style bathing suits of the early 1960s. Later, Speedo swimsuits from the 1980s featured Lycra materials and straightforward styles. On the market, vintage swim suits in good condition always bring interest from collectors and celebrity suits are all the rage. A prominent example of the interest in the vintage swim suit market is celebrity suits. For instance, Pamela Anderson’s one piece red Speedo lifeguard bathing suit from her starring role on the widely popular hit TV show, Baywatch, recently sold for $275.l

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Facelift Fervor When injectables and fillers aren’t enough

By Elizabeth Anthony n just 15 years, the number of cosmetic surgeries has exploded — from 2 million to 9 million — and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports a 77 percent increase in the number of cosmetic procedures that were performed over the past decade. Americans now spend just under $11 billion per year on cosmetic procedures, and many are facelifts. In fact, in 2012, more than 126,000 facelift procedures were done, up 6 percent from 2011. Much of what’s driving the rising trend has much to do with the unrealistic standards of youth and beauty as seen on TV where everything is possible in a digital world of make-believe. More and more people, men included (over 12,000 facelift procedures were done on men in 2012 — also up 6 percent from 2011), are buying in to the “forever young” mentality. As the procedure is not typically covered by health insurance, you might think that the hefty price tag may be a deterrent. Obviously not, as the previous 2012 statistics indicate. When investigating facelift surgery and its cost, keep in mind the adage, “You get what you pay for!” To be performed well, facelift surgery requires advanced surgical skill, and for this highly visible, complex surgery, you should definitely invest in a very experienced surgeon. Facelift cost is made up of three fees: the anesthesia fee, the facility fee and the surgeon’s fee. The surgeon’s fee is the majority of the cost, and the hardest to predict without first knowing the extent of the procedure and the surgeon’s qualifications. The total average cost of facelift cosmetic surgery ranges from $6,000 to $15,000. The cost for anesthesia ranges from $1,000 to $1,300. The facility fee (or hospital fee) ranges from $500 to $2,000. The rest comprises the surgeon's fee. Cost also varies with the extent of the procedure. For instance, if the skin is dry

facelift is considered to be less durable than facelifts employing muscle tightening.


Traditional Facelift (SMAS Facelift) Like a cutaneous facelift, a traditional facelift addresses the lower face and neck, and it involves the same incision. The surgeon dissects the skin from the underlying fat and muscle and will then use sutures to lift and reposition the muscle layer (“SMAS” – superficial musculoaponeurotic system) toward the ears. This muscle tightening is thought to provide longevity to the surgical result. Excess skin is removed and the incisions are closed.

and stiff from overexposure to the sun, the facelift procedure will be more difficult and time-consuming than for more elastic skin. Cost can only be accurately quoted after the surgeon has performed an examination and developed a surgical plan. TYPES OF FACELIFTS A variety of different types of facelifts and facelift techniques are performed today. Your surgeon will discuss with you which type of facelift is right for you. Cutaneous, or Skin Only, Facelift A cutaneous facelift addresses the lower face and neck and involves an incision made in the hairline, starting above the ear, continuing behind the ear, curving around the ear and ending in the hairline behind the ear. The surgeon dissects the skin from the underlying fat and muscle, stretches it back, trims excess skin, and closes the incisions. The oldest type of lift, this procedure poses little risk to underlying facial muscles and nerves, yet this

Deep Plane Facelift During this type of facelift, the surgeon dissects to a deeper plane of the patient’s face before lifting and repositioning the muscle. Additionally, the surgeon will separate certain muscle layers from deeper muscles and/or other facial structures. Proponents assert that it offers advantages over the traditional facelift, including a more natural result and improved rejuvenation of droopy skin; however, this technique has a higher risk of facial nerve injury and many surgeons disagree that it offers any significant advantages. Temporal Facelift This type of lift targets the eyebrow area. Surgeons will use this type of lift to address patients with slightly drooping or lowered eyebrows since this procedure gives the eyebrows a lift without having to perform a more extensive full brow lift. During this procedure, the surgeon will make an incision and lift the skin on the sides of the brows. Midface Lift The midface lift is a relatively new procedure soft tissues in the cheekbone area CY-FAIR LIFESTYLES & HOMES / JULY 2013


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BASU PLASTIC SURGERY Basu Plastic Surgery is proud to announce that we are now offering Ultherapy! Ultherapy is the only FDA-approved procedure to lift skin on the neck, chin and brow! Ultherapy is a new type of non-surgical, non-invasive procedure that uses ultrasound and the body’s own natural healing process to lift, tone, and tighten loose skin on the brow, neck, and under the chin. With Ultherapy, there’s no downtime, no foreign substances, no incisions, and no needles. Ultherapy uses the safe, time-tested energy of ultrasound to stimulate the deep structural support layers of the skin—including those typically addressed in a surgical facelift—without disturbing the surface of the skin. With Ultherapy, you can go about your day after a single, 60-90 minute in-office procedure. You may notice a short-term “boost” but the natural process of creating new, more elastic, collagen builds over time. Call our office today to schedule your complimentary consultation at 713-799-2278. Gift Cards are available for purchase. Visit our Aesthetics Center at our Katy Location for Spa Treatments, Botox, Juvederm, and Radiesse. 713-799-2278 Texas Medical Center: 6400 Fannin, Ste. 2100 Houston Cypress: 21216 Northwest Freeway, Ste. 210 Katy: 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd, Ste. B200

NORTHWEST DIAGNOSTIC CLINIC Sun exposure is the biggest cause of melanoma and other skin cancers. Prevention is the best way of minimizing one’s risk of melanoma, but if exposure has already occurred, then early diagnosis and treatment can increase the survival rate. Dermatology is the medical specialty devoted to diseases of the skin, including skin cancers, and Northwest Diagnostic Clinic dermatologists Tri Nguyen, M.D., FAAD, FACMS, FACPh and Neil Farnsworth, M.D., FAAD are board-certified and offer a comprehensive array of services, from skin cancer surgery to cosmetic procedures. Dr. Nguyen is Fellowship trained in Mohs’ micrographic surgery, a technique to remove potential skin cancers in a manner that leaves as much healthy tissue in the surrounding areas as possible. Dr. Farnsworth focuses on general dermatology issues. Many patients will ask their primary care physician for a referral to one of the Clinic’s dermatologists, but depending on their insurance plan, they may be able to refer themselves for an evaluation appointment for any lesion that causes them concern. Please call for dermatology appointments. For more information about Northwest Diagnostic Clinic, visit their website. 281-943-6640



are lifted, alleviating the appearance of nasal labial folds and hanging skin in the middle of the face. Sometimes the midface lift is combined with traditional facelift, and other times cheek implant surgery or fat transfer surgery is performed to achieve a similar result. Subperiosteal Facelift The subperiosteal facelift is performed at the very deepest layers of the facial structure — deeper than a deep plane facelift. Many surgeons question whether this technique offers any advantages to the traditional facelift given the technical difficulty and prolonged recovery and risks associated with this technique.

In the right hands — and for the right patients — a facelift should provide beautiful, natural results that rejuvenate your appearance and boost your self-confidence. Mini Facelift Although there are many types of mini facelifts, generally speaking, this procedure makes use of smaller incisions than traditional facelifts, making healing and recovery times respectively shorter. For patients with extensive skin looseness or skin wrinkling, this procedure is a poorer choice because surgeons can’t dissect the skin and tissue as extensively as with a traditional facelift. The best candidates are usually younger patients with good skin elasticity. S-Lift An S-Lift is a type of mini facelift which has been modified such that the incision is made in an “S” shape. The Slift has the advantages of quick recovery and short incisions, but is only a good choice for those with mild looseness along the jawline. MACS Lift, Quicklift The MACS lift and QuickLift are similar to the S-Lift technique. Their risk, recovery, and invasiveness are greater than the S-Lift, but less than a traditional facelift.

They can be a good choice for mild to moderate aging changes of the face, and are often combined with other procedures. ➝ Lifestyle Lift® The Lifestyle Lift® is a type of mini face lift and also a branded procedure. The procedures are performed in the Lifestyle Lift centers by surgeons who specialize only on face/neck and involve an incision made along the temple hairline and continuing down around in front of and behind each ear. The deeper muscle or SMAS tissue is pulled up and back (and possibly trimmed) and sutured into place. Excess skin is trimmed off and the incision is closed. Liposuction may be used to reduce fat from under the chin. In addition, the muscle bands in the neck may be sutured together to lessen their appearance. Thread Lift, Feather Lift A thread lift uses sutures beneath the skin to pull it up. There are a variety of sutures on the market today used for this purpose, which differ in how they hook into the facial tissues. The technique used is generally the same, and results are generally subtle at best, with questionable durability. Fusion Facelift In the fusion facelift, incisions are hidden in the hairline and extend from slightly above the ear traveling down around the earlobe and ending right behind the ear. The subcutaneous layers of the face are tightened and facial skin is redraped and lifted. Excess skin is removed. Laser liposuction is then performed to the neck removing excess fat and tightening overlying skin. The fusion facelift moves the entire face as a single unit. Recovery is said to be faster due to the use of shots of epinephrine given before surgery to reduce blood flow and bruising. Making the decision to get a facelift is no trivial matter. It can be a magic potion or a Pandora’s Box, so be careful that you set realistic goals and expectations and that you are generally happy with yourself before the surgery. In the right hands — and for the right patients — a facelift should provide beautiful, natural results that rejuvenate your appearance and boost your self-confidence. l

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Basu Plastic Surgery Dr. Bob Basu Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bob Basu has been recognized as an HTexas magazine Top Doc in Plastic Surgery for the past several years. His vast experience with cosmetic breast augmentations, lifts and mommy makeovers makes him one of the busiest cosmetic plastic surgeons in the region. Most importantly, his before/after galleries speak volumes about his experience and outcomes in cosmetic plastic surgery. Visit them and learn more at his website.

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he love story of Amy Barker and Austin Richards was complicated by timing, personal loss and a few surprises. Their poignant journey began at Taylor High School and eventually led to a dazzling wedding featured by the Houston Bridal Extravaganza. A deep commitment to family, faith and one another has led them to a milestone — a third anniversary celebration observed on July 17.


First Date Although they attended the same high school, Amy and Austin didn’t connect until they enrolled at Texas A&M, which just happened to be the alma mater of Amy’s parents. They became friends but didn’t date until after graduation, when

Amy looks stunning in a Kenneth Pool gown set off by a bouquet of flowers in her favorite bright colors. • Bridesmaids Jessica Dostal, Lesley Philipp, Hollie Bowen, Courtney Plank and Rebekah Elliott stand by Amy's side. • The couple poses for an engagement photo. • The groom's attendants enjoyed a game of pool before the ceremony. • The bride-to-be spends a quiet moment with her mother before her walk down the aisle. •Amy tied her father’s A&M ring and picture into her bouquet.



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fate and mutual friends intervened. “Austin’s best friend married my best friend and college roommate,” says Amy. She and Austin were attendants in the wedding, which generated a bit of matchmaking. When friends suggested they go out on a date, Austin jumped at the opportunity. “Thankfully, he was persistent,” Amy says. Her calendar was full — not with social events, but with family obligations. At the time, both of her parents were battling cancer and Amy, an only child, set everything aside to care for them. After Amy had to cancel eight dates — yes, eight — she and Austin finally met at Cyclone Anaya’s, a Mexican restaurant that was supposedly at a midpoint location easily accessed by them both. Amy recalls, “After we left, I saw him pull in to his apartment only a few blocks down the street, which meant our ‘mutually convenient’ meeting involved me commuting 30 minutes, and him only five!” She forgave him, and Austin was smitten. He embraced her family and stepped up as a support system for them all. "During that trying time, Amy really showed how caring and selfless she is,” says Austin. “She may think I saw her at her worst, but I think I saw her at her best, and I knew God put her in my life for a reason."

Courtship & Proposal Amy and Austin dated for two years while witnessing the remarkable 28-year bond between her parents. Austin

Amy poses in the sun-drenched splendor of Paraiso Maravilla for her bridal shoot. • An imprinted stone displays the couple's wedding invitation and wedding rings. • The bride-to-be eagerly opens a pre-wedding gift from her groom. • Austin was surprised by his gift from Amy — a cherished watch. • Amy prepares for the big moment. • Amy dyed her shoes a signature pink.



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supported Amy after the loss of her father, Dan Barker, to brain cancer and together they rejoiced as her mother Debbie overcame breast cancer. “It was far from a normal courtship,” says Amy, who wasn’t able to spend a lot of “alone time” with Austin. But he always managed to bring her cupcakes, a favorite treat, and the couple also spent family time with Austin’s parents, Jamie and Francis Richards. With the phrase “through sickness and in health” as their example, Amy and Austin became inseparable. Austin arranged a special proposal complete with a romantic dinner and a surprise knee-drop. When he presented the ring, Amy burst into tears. Over the next year and a half she excitedly planned her dream wedding.

The Wedding Amy envisioned a meaningful, heart-tugging ceremony followed by a reception filled with food and fun for family and friends. Most importantly, their vows meant a lifetime commit-

Flower girl Emma walks with ring bearer Caden. • The couple adds to their “sweet” love with a midnight candy bar for their guests. • Mr. and Mrs. Richards are beaming as they head into the reception. • The four-tiered wedding cake features four themed layers and a bow. • The groom’s cake demonstrates Austin’s true Aggie Spirit. • Amy’s Uncle Tommy and Uncle David walk her down the aisle.



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ment between herself, Austin and God. Austin surprised her with an exquisite pearl ring, presented just before the ceremony. Tears nearly ruined her makeup, and Austin was equally moved by a gift from his bride-to-be. He always wanted to buy a nice watch “once he made something of himself and achieved some goals.” He wore his pre-nuptial gift down the aisle to commemorate their biggest goal: a life together. Style: Amy’s favorite hot colors, including orange, purple and yellow, were set against the rich brown and cream hues of her Texas rustic chic theme, which complemented her personality and perfectly captured the warmth of a July wedding at Briscoe Manor in Richmond. The couple designed a wedding monogram, which lit a wall and also appeared in an ice sculpture, at each place setting, as well as other strategic locations. Attire: Amy wore a Royal Duchess Satin gown by New York designer Kenneth Pool featuring crystal beading at the sweetheart neckline and hipline. The full ballgown skirt and chapel-length train fell softly beneath a low dropped waist. A custom-made veil completed the ensemble. “Lover” shoes by Stuart Weitzman featured big bows on the back, and according to Amy, nearly gave her mother a heart attack when she dyed them hot pink — Amy’s signature color. During the reception, Amy replaced her veil with a vintage headpiece, which served as her “something borrowed.” Her matrons of honor and bridesmaids wore Dessy Collection by Vivian Diamond dresses in a driftwood color. The A-line tea-length dresses featured box pleats and raw silk sashes tied into bows. The dress pockets came in very handy when reapplying lipstick. Each bridesmaid wore her choice of shoes that matched the dress. The groom wore a Calvin Klein tuxedo with an all-white vest and tie. The best men and groomsmen wore traditional Calvin Klein tuxedos with black ties and vests. Floral Décor: The bridal bouquet, overflowing with the brightest colors, was modeled after a special flower arrangement Amy’s father frequently sent to her over the years. “I wanted it to appear that I had just walked out into a summer field and gathered flowers,” says the bride, who carried her father’s picture and his Aggie ring tied to her bouquet. Flower arrangements and bridesmaids bouquets included hot pink Mokara

orchids, purple hydrangea, hot deep pink peonies, orange spray roses, orange pin cushions, blue delphinium, fern curls, mango-colored mini calla lilies, yellow fresia, green berries and lime green cymbidium orchids with root and bear grass to tie in the brown hues of her wedding colors. The flower girl carried a composite rose. Magnolia leaves and garlands were interspersed throughout the decor as a tribute to her father who referred to Amy as his “Steel Magnolia.” The Cake: The four-tiered wedding cake was flavored in butter raspberry and a raspberry torte filling with amaretto butter cream icing. Each layer had a different theme: the first in a scrolled pattern matching the bride’s dress; the second adorned with the bridal monogram; the third quilted and accented with pearls; and the fourth embossed with lace with pearls, topped by a large bow. The groom’s cake was chocolate with chocolate icing, and had a caramel pecan filling. Chocolate-covered strawberries surrounded an A&M logo. The Bridal Party: Matrons of honor included Rebekah Elliott and Hollie Bowen, whose wedding originally brought Amy and Austin together. Bridemaids included Courtney Plank, Lesley Philipp and Jessica Dostal. Justin Richards and John Paul Meijer served as best men and stood with groomsmen Rhett Bowen, Chad Owens and Matt Hoelsher. Flower girl Emma Barker and ring bearer Caden Pogue were adorable and performed their duties flawlessly. Amy’s two uncles, Tommy Barker and David Barker, walked her down the aisle. The ceremony was officiated by Adam Jungeblut, the son of family friends. Special Touches: From the time she was a little girl, Amy dreamed of her father giving her away. They frequently talked about her big day, and in his honor she incorporated those memories. As guests entered the chapel, they were greeted with pictures of her father, grandmother and cousin arranged on an armoire amidst flowers, candles and a special pillow embroidered with the words, “When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.” Behind the Scenes: Amy’s main goal was to provide great food and music for her guests, plus lively entertainment on the dance floor. She jokingly told the sound technician to keep the fes-

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The bride and groom dance to When You Got a Good Thing by Lady Antebellum. • Amy and Austin seal their vows with a kiss. • The couple’s custom monogram lit the back wall of the reception venue at Briscoe Manor.

tivities going even if the power went off. As luck would have it, about 10 minutes into the reception a two-minute power outage dimmed the lights and music. “Our turntable DJ was fabulous and didn’t miss a beat,” says Amy. Houston Bridal Extravaganza: The wedding planning, romantic ceremony and reception was chronicled by Bridal Extravaganza, which included footage of the couple sampling and selecting their cakes,



choosing attire, and attending to the details. Separate bride and groom interviews showed two people head over heels in love. Beautiful videography of the ceremony and reception captured the joy and showcased the emotional and physical effort put into their exquisite wedding experience. “When I looked into Austin’s eyes as we danced for the first time as husband and wife, it was a moment I’ll remember forever — just per-

fect,” says Amy. Austin agrees and adds, "I told her from the start, this is forever. I will always be here to listen. Or just to love her." The Honeymoon: They honeymooned for a week in Cabo San Lucas, choosing the relaxing destination for its warmth and beautiful scenery. The couple bought a home and now live in Katy with their Labrador Retriever, Matten.l

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Linger Longer Southern classic Reynolds Plantation puts Georgia on your mind

The Ritz-Carlton Lodge Entrance

By Bill Anderson and Elizabeth Anthony nly once before have I vacationed in Georgia — as a child with my parents and my sister on a family trip to the Georgia coast. It was awesome. The other time I spent there was simply driving through on my way to elsewhere. Always captivated by the lush green landscapes, lofty hills and Southern charm of Georgia, when I received an invitation to spend some time at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge at Reynolds Plantation on Lake Oconee, I jumped at the chance.


Southern Charm and Tranquility On the drive in from the world’s busiest airport, I was transported to another place altogether. Just 75 miles from Atlanta, stunning 19,000-acre Lake Oconee shimmers in tranquility. This place has country roads embraced by lush, green hills. Here, towering pines pierce the sky. Above the trees, eagles glide gracefully, and things become unhurried and uncomplicated. I literally felt serenity close in on me. When I was told that the people born to this land called it “Linger Longer,” I knew immediately why. As soon as I arrived, I knew leaving would be difficult. Reynolds Plantation is situated on 10,000

acres between the equally stimulating Southern cities of Atlanta with its trendiness, and Augusta with its tradition. Reynolds Plantation is a thriving country club community where members from every state and more than a dozen foreign countries enjoy not only an amazing lifestyle in an amazing locale, but also an ever-evolving roster of exhibitions, performances, lectures, author meet-and-greets, dinners and instructional events, including the very popular “Linger Longer Living” cultural series.

wood-burning fireplace and is the essence of Southern luxury. The sunsets over the lake were stunning. Another tantalizing feature of staying in the cottages afforded me the opportunity to learn the fine art of Southern grilling from the property’s BBQ Butler who assisted me in the selection of meat cut, complementary woods, specialty sauces and sides and then prepared the ultimate made-to-order cookout for my group. Other options at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation include:

Puttin’ On the Ritz I was researching Southern resort properties when I found this place. The RitzCarlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation (2013 AAA Five Diamond Lodging and 2013 Forbes Four-Star resort award recipient) was promoting “Discovery Packages,” providing a gracious introduction to the Reynolds Plantation lifestyle to help prospective members experience the lifestyle first-hand. The legendary service of The RitzCarlton was only highlighted by Southern hospitality at the hotel’s Lakeside Cottages where I completely enjoyed the secluded beauty of my surroundings. Each cottage features a living room, Butler’s pantry and

• 251 well-appointed guest rooms and hotel suites, with views of the resort and Lake Oconee • One three-bedroom and five two-bedroom golf cottages • 5,400-square-foot Presidential House • 30 acres of picturesque shoreline property on Lake Oconee • Championship golf • A 26,000-square-foot, full-service spa and fitness center REYNOLDS PLANTATION ON LAKE OCONEE My experience didn’t stop there, though. Beyond the hotel, I relished in an abundance of world-class amenities at Reynolds Plantation. The Lake Club Wellness Center CY-FAIR LIFESTYLES & HOMES / JULY 2013


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Hole #2 The National Bluff

is the nexus of social activity in this community. A member-only club, this facility offers an indoor and two outdoor pools, an award-winning tennis center, fitness center and more, along with a beautiful location overlooking Lake Oconee. Six golf courses complement a range of outdoor activities along more than 374 miles of shoreline. Members of Reynolds Plantation enjoy a caliber of golf that few communities can match. With 117 holes draped across natural rolling hills and designed by some of the most respected golf architects in the game, there is an endless variety and a rewarding challenge for any golfer at every fairway and green. • The Landing — Bob Cupp, 1986. The Landing at Reynolds Plantation was the first golf course on Lake Oconee and has hosted the 2006 Georgia Open and the 2008 PGA Professional National Championship. • The Plantation Course — Bob Cupp, 1988. This course set the stage for Reynolds Plantation to become the golfer’s mecca it is today, garnering several coveted spots among the nation’s top rankings. • Great Waters — Jack Nicklaus, 1992. Site of the Andersen Consulting World Championship of Golf from 1995 to 1997, Great Waters is a Nicklaus signature course, and has been ranked among the “Ten Best New Courses” by GOLF Magazine. • The National — Tom Fazio, 1997. Fazio took maximum advantage of the site



when designing Reynolds National, creating holes with drama as unique as the setting. An additional nine holes were added to the course in 2000, bringing the total number to 27, and allowing three different course options for members. • The Oconee — Rees Jones, 2002. This incredible Jones design has captured the attention of the golfing industry, hosting highly visible tournaments like the 2007 PGA Cup and the Chickfil-A Bowl Challenge. • The Creek Club — Jim Engh, 2007. Reynolds Plantation’s first-ever private golf course. “As impressive as all that is, it’s what

Hole #17 The Oconee Course

takes place on our golf courses that sets this community apart,” said Reynolds Plantation president Rabun Neal. “Hundreds of youngsters hit their first ball at one of our driving ranges, every day friendly bets take place between regular golf groups and thousands of dollars have been raised through member golf tournaments for their favorite charities.” I sensed that spirit while I was visiting: community side by side and equally as important as competition. Though I’m not an avid golfer, I must say my visit to The TaylorMade Kingdom at Reynolds Plantation — a favorite stop for PGA Tour professionals — was more than

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Guests at the Cottages can experience the BBQ Butler

interesting. Here, with the help of cutting edge-technology, I had my golf swing analyzed and enjoyed a lesson from Top 100 Golf Instructor Charlie King at the Reynolds Golf Academy. Club fitting and on-site club building is available as well. Pre- and post-golf, I enjoyed some of the state’s best fishing, swimming, boating, water skiing and picnicking. I frolicked in and around four marinas, five clubhouses, six world-class restaurants serving casual to elegant fare, 16 tennis courts, miles of walking trails and beautiful natural scenery. I can easily see why Reynolds Plantation would make the perfect place for a second home or exceptional primary residence.

The Landing Golf Course

number of ways to enjoy what the lake lifestyle is all about. The selection of vacation packages is flexible and covers every sense of the word “vacation.” No matter if you are an avid golfer looking to build the dream golf vacation for friends, a mom or dad wanting to impress the kids with the ultimate family vacation, a couple planning a destination wedding or a husband wanting to plan a romantic weekend getaway in a tranquil, lakefront setting, the agents are pleasant to work with and will find the best way for you to enjoy your stay. Within this engaging Georgia backdrop, Reynolds Plantation on Lake Oconee elegantly sits in the heart of nature, providing guests impeccable service right alongside gracious southern hospitality. It is infectious; it is charming; it is heavenly. I most definitely wanted to “linger longer.”

Activities Abound Outside of the property gates, I was able to find a range of conveniences less than a mile away. At Lake Oconee Village, an upscale Publix grocery store and the eight-screen Spotlight Theatres complement a variety of restaurants, shops, clinics, banks, pharmacies, salons, boutiques, gift and antique shops. Charming, historic small towns like

Greensboro, Madison and Washington are just a hop, skip and jump away providing even more unique shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities. The buzz when I was visiting was all about the improvements the community is enjoying. I met Janice Sharp, Chairman of the Reynolds Plantation Board of ‘Advisors, at a community social. She shared, “Since MetLife acquired Reynolds Plantation last summer, the excitement and energy is everywhere and everyone is beaming about how great everything looks.” Neal added, “The residents and members aren’t the only ones taking notice. Sales in everything from a $300,000 cottage to a $900,000 premium lake lot are up 50 percent. Plus, we are about to release our new exclusive lakefront properties, some of the finest lake views we have offered in a while.” Property ownership is a requirement for membership at Reynolds Plantation and comes with a one-time initiation deposit. Membership types vary and members enjoy significant discounts on a variety of services and amenities. Outside property ownership, there are a

For more information about Reynolds Plantation, call 800-800-5250 or visit For the RitzCarlton Lodge, call 706-467-0600 or visit l

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‹Matthew Wells Cypress Lakes High School science department chair and teacher Matthew Wells has been named vice president of the Science Teachers Association of Texas for the 2013-14 school year. Wells will commence his duties on Aug. 1, serving as a driving force behind an organization advocating the advancement of science teaching and learning. Wells has served as the science department chair at Cypress Lakes since 2008. Prior to that, he was a science teacher at Cypress Lakes from 2003-08 and at Lee High School in Houston ISD from 2001-02. He has served as the president of the Texas Association of Biology Teachers and been an active member of STAT for six years. He has also been active in representing Texas teachers to the State Board of Education, providing public testimony regarding the need for a comprehensive K-12 science curriculum adoption. In 2012, Wells won the TMA Ernest and Sarah Butler Award for Excellence in Science Teaching in the high school category. As a result, Wells was inducted into the 2012 CFISD Wall of Fame class for his statewide services to education.

‹Irene Ruiz Irene Ruiz, an assistant principal at Moore Elementary School, was named the new principal for M. Robinson Elementary School. Ruiz replaces Kathy Dickson, who retired on June 25 following 40 years in education and 32 years in CFISD. Ruiz served as an elementary bilingual teacher in Northside ISD and as a kindergarten and second-grade teacher in Arlington ISD. She also served as an assistant principal at Wimbish Elementary School in Arlington ISD. Ruiz joined CFISD in 2010 as an assistant principal at Moore, serving three years in that position. Ruiz graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. She received her Master of Education in Leadership and Policy Studies with Principal Certification from the University of Texas at Arlington.



Since adding a second da Vinci® Surgical System, Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is now the only hospital campus in Northwest Houston with two robotic surgery platforms. This advanced medical technology is used to treat heart disease, uterine tumors and fibroids, prostate and other cancers, as well as obesity and many common conditions prevalent in today’s society. “We were the first hospital in our area to offer robotic surgery and are now able to provide even more readily available, convenient access by offering a second robotic surgical system,” said Beryl Ramsey, chief executive officer at Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and senior vice president of The Methodist Hospital System. “Since we have a number of doctors who are trained and proficient in a wide range of robotic surgeries, our goal is shorten the wait time for physicians and their patients who are candidates for this type of surgery.” The da Vinci Surgical System provides patients with a less invasive surgical option that can improve surgical outcomes and overall standard of care, as well as reduce recovery time. This advanced medical technology gives surgeons a magnified, threedimensional view of delicate organs and tissue that allows precise maneuvering in the operating field. Fine instruments controlled by physicians from the state-of-theart robotic platform provide pinpoint accuracy and create much smaller incisions and less obtrusive presence for some of the most complex and delicate procedures. Visit to watch an informative video about robotic prostatectomy.

CFISD principals celebrate their graduation from the Rice University Education Entrepreneurship Program.

CFISD’s REEP graduates are Michelle Rice, Copeland Elementary School principal; Crystal Romero-Mueller, Fiest Elementary School principal; Dr. Karen Stockton, Lieder Elementary School principal; Pam Redd, Dr. Carrie Marz, Willbern Elementary School principal; Susan Brenz, Yeager Elementary School principal; and Sarah Harty, Cypress Lakes High School principal. Classmates selected Romero-Mueller to speak during the graduation ceremony.

‹Cy-Fair ISD Seven CFISD principals graduated from the Rice University Education Entrepreneurship Program (REEP), a one-year business training program from the top-25 nationally ranked Jones Graduate School of Business. The 13-month program, which was part of the Houston Endowment Foundation, targeted highly motivated educators committed to leading public schools by applying business theories to the public school setting. According to the REEP website, graduates who complete the business fellowship program are ready to run K-12 schools as effective CEOs.

(L-R) Cy-Fair HS head basketball coach Barry Townley, scholarship recipient Miriam Miles, and Chris and Mary Brandon, longtime family friends of David Boatright.

‹Cy-Fair Educational Foundation The legacy of the late Cypress Falls High School custodian David “Boat” Boatright will live on in the form of the David Boatright Memorial Scholarship. To perpetually fund the scholarship through the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation, a David Boatright Memorial Scholarship Auction was held in June.

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Boatright, who passed away on Dec. 31, 2012, following 18 years as a custodian at Cypress Falls, was a lifelong sports fan and memorabilia collector. His extensive collection, including authenticated autographs from sports legends and thousands of sports cards, figurines and bobbleheads, was sold off through Magnolia Gardens Auction House. Cy-Fair High School head boys’ basketball coach Barry Townley, a friend of Boatright’s since college, helped organize the event as a way to honor a man who always took time to honor those around him. Townley said the goal is to raise $20,000 over the next seven years in order to make the scholarship perpetual through the CFEF. Due to advance memorabilia sales, the fund has already generated more than $9,500. The scholarship will be awarded annually in the amount of $2,000 to a graduating senior from Cypress Falls who exemplifies the servant heart that Boatright was known for. The first annual David Boatright Memorial Scholarship winner is Cypress Falls senior Miriam Miles.

‹Cy-Fair ISD Cypress-Fairbanks ISD is the No. 1 school district in the state for academic and financial performance, according to an annual report conducted by the Education Resource Group. CFISD ranked atop the list in the ERG’s Education Productivity Index (EPI), which awards a cumulative score for both Academic Performance Index (API) and Financial Performance Index (FPI). CFISD ranked 25th in the API, based on TAKS test performance, four-year graduation rates and college admission tests. The district also ranked third in the FPI, an operating efficiency rating based on all funded expenditures for instruction, leadership, student support services and non-student support services. The district’s EPI rating jumped from ninth in 2011 to first in 2012. CFISD also made dramatic increases in the API (59th to 25th) and FPI (seventh to third) ratings.


BRIDGELAND TOWNE LAKE Towne Lake, Caldwell Companies’ northwest Houston community connected by water, offers residents an outdoor, recreational lifestyle situated on a 300-acre lake. The community features homes by prestigious builders surrounded by beautiful Hill Country landscaping, and residents are zoned to award-winning Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. Visit their Welcome Center to see why Towne Lake was named “2012 Master Planned Community of the Year” by the Greater Houston Builders Association. For more information, please call or visit the website. 281-256-2772

Bridgeland is moving into the next phase of development for the live-work-play community, with pre-leasing under way for its first retail component, Lakeland Village Center. The initial phase of the project, located along Fry Road, will include 60,399 square feet comprising retail, office and restaurant space. The center should begin construction later this year. Lakeland Village Center is the first of four mixed-use village centers for the 11,400-acre community. A larger Town Center also is planned. Lakeland Village Center is adjacent to Lakeland Heights, a traditional neighborhood development that encourages pedestrian activity.



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(Far left) Mike Watford and Rob McLaren cut the ribbon for the new Joanne Watford Nutrition Center joined by (l-r, front row) Carole Little, president and CEO of NAM; Julie McLaren; Jason Watford; and Amanda Watford.

NAM HOSTS OPENING OF JOANNE WATFORD NUTRITION CENTER. Northwest Assistance Ministries held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Joanne Watford Nutrition Center. Located in NAM’s main building at 15555 Kuykendahl Road in Houston, the Center is a Choice Food Pantry that operates like a grocery store. Clients choose their own food from designated categories, including fresh produce, meat, dairy and frozen items. It’s the latest thinking for food pantries across the nation, and NAM is the first in north Harris County to implement this model. “This has really changed the way we provide food to our Neighbors in Need — and people love it,” said Carole Little, president and CEO of NAM. “We all have different dietary needs and cooking styles. The Joanne Watford Nutrition Center empowers people by allowing them to choose foods that best meet the nutritional needs and tastes of their family.” The expansion and conversion of NAM’s food pantry was made possible by gifts from Ultra Petroleum and the Watford Family in memory of Joanne Watford, who volunteered her time to NAM for many years. Rob McLaren, a NAM volunteer and congregational representative, also made a significant gift to the project.

Paper lanterns line the lake at Towne Lake’s Lantern Launch.

TOWNE LAKE HOSTS MEMORIAL DAY LANTERN LAUNCH. Towne Lake hosted its second annual Memorial Day Lantern Launch. Attendance doubled at this year’s event where residents and community members dedicated 1,000 paper lanterns in memory of loved ones who have passed away.

(L-R, front row) Dolly Boyd, Kathy Creel, Peggy Roscoe; (back row) Lisa Davidson, Cheryl Foust, Chris Rigamonte, Gail Foster, Diane Brown and Jill Dewbre.


Foundry United Methodist Church opens its newest location in Bridgeland.

FOUNDRY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OPENS SECOND LOCATION IN BRIDGELAND. After nearly a year of construction, Foundry United Methodist Church’s newest location opened in Bridgeland, the first of many worship centers expected to be built within the master planned community. The congregation’s new campus, 10203 Fry Road, is strategically placed in the Cypress area and offers a preschool, mother’s day out program and upcoming sports complex. Foundry’s Fry Road site will be the second location for the church, which has a congregation of close to 5,000 between the new and founding campuses’ members. Foundry Faith Academy, a ministry of the church, will offer Bible-based, developmentally appropriate mother’s day out and preschool programs for the Cypress community, as well as Upward Sports, a program geared toward improving children’s basketball or cheerleading skills while also building character and self-esteem.



a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of seniors, children and families in the community, announced the election of a new executive slate. Penny Powers, past president, passed the gavel to Kathy Creel, president, at a recent installation luncheon. Creel will be joined by president-elect Gail Foster and the following elected officers: Cheryl Foust, vice president membership; Chris Rigamonti, vice president service; Charlotte Burns, vice president community outreach; Lisa Tucker, vice president financial resources; Diane Brown, vice president public relations; Peggy Roscoe, vice president development; Jill Dewbre, recording secretary; Dolly Boyd, treasurer; and Lisa Davidson, treasurer-elect.

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Hamilton Elementary students (l-r, back row) Kylie West, Brielle Calvo, Xan Perlmutter, Macy McClosky, Rheagan Leopard, Katie Gray, Sara Kuykendall, Emma Ruland and Addyson Graley; and (front row) Avery Stubbins and Hope Pate with award-winning author Nick Bruel.

AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR MAKES IMPRESSION ON STUDENTS - Two-time Children’s Choice Book Award-winning author Nick Bruel spent three weeks visiting CFISD elementary schools including a stop to read to second- and third-grade students at Hamilton and A. Robison elementary schools. The New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of the popular Bad Kitty children’s book series also visited with students from Emery, Warner, Birkes, Duryea, Jowell, Black and Lee elementary schools. “Not every children’s author does school visits, but every one of them should. I don’t think my books would be what they are if I wasn’t experiencing this kind of interaction with students,” Bruel said. “It’s an amazing opportunity to get to see as many as 5,000 of my readers in one week. That doesn’t happen to many authors of adult genres.”

Robert Partin (center) with (l-r) teachers Christina Getschmann, Joel Palomares, Shanna Barger, Kelsey French, Melissa Smith, Lindsey Nelius and Lisa Clark.

STONE GATE ADOPT A SCHOOL PROGRAM SURPRISES CY FALLS THEATER PROGRAM - Cy-Fair ISD business partner Stone Gate Home Owners Association showered five schools and a districtwide fine arts program with a total of $28,719.05 during a string of check deliveries through the SG Adopt-a-School program. Stone Gate HOA vice president Robert Partin delivered the funds to Cypress Falls High School and Rennell, Lamkin, Postma and Birkes elementary schools, as well as the elementary music department. The SG Adopta-School program targets and fulfills teacher and student needs among the CFISD schools that its communities feed into. After giving a $3,751 check to the Cypress Falls theater program to renovate the school’s black box theater, Partin presented a $4,788 check to teachers at Rennell, who used the funds to purchase 12 iPads that are used daily in each grade level. The SG Adopt-a-School program also delivered a $7,563 check to Birkes principal Carla Brosnahan for iPads and a sound field system for deaf education teachers. Postma principal Kim Freed received a $6,017 check to purchase six iPads, four document cameras, transitional trade books for small guided reading groups and counselor intervention tools, books and resources. Lamkin principal Gale Parker received a $5,600 check that was used to purchase a multimedia laptop with video-editing software and a Sony HD camera that students use to create daily video announcements.

Cypress Creek High School senior Haley Deakins and head girls’ basketball coach Jennifer Alexander celebrate at the Touchdown Club’s Spring Sports Scholarship Athlete Dinner.

CYPRESS CREEK SENIOR NAMED OUTSTANDING FEMALE SCHOLAR ATHLETE - Four CFISD student athletes were named Touchdown Club of Houston 2013 Scholar Athletes in their respective sports, while one of them — Cypress Creek High School senior basketball player Haley Deakins — was named the Outstanding Female Scholar Athlete of the Year at the Touchdown Club’s Spring Sports Scholar-Athlete Dinner. Haley, who was also a star runner on the Cougars’ cross country and track and field teams, is the valedictorian for the Class of 2013. She plans to study biomechanical engineering at Texas A&M University in the fall. Three other CFISD student athletes were winners in their respective sports. Judges considered candidates using a subjective scale that included criteria for academic and athletic performance and citizenship, and winners in each sport received a $500 scholarship: Cypress Ranch High School senior Brett Allison won the Male Track and Field Scholar Athlete award; Cypress Woods High School senior Alyssa Gullo won the Female Track and Field Scholar Athlete award; and Cy-Fair High School senior Hannah Dauzat won the Female Soccer Scholar Athlete award. CY-FAIR LIFESTYLES & HOMES / JULY 2013


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Tori Collet, a 2012 Jersey Village High School graduate, helped the University of Central Oklahoma win the NCAA Division II national softball championship.

to pass out a giveaway item to fans at the Rockets home opener this season. The Key Club also volunteered at the Rockets BlackTop Battle and has helped for years at the post-race party at the annual Rockets Run. For the second year in a row, the club has been chosen to be a part of the Houston Astros promotional giveaway program. Club members, faculty advisors, and parents spent time at two weekend games passing out umbrellas and tote bags to fans entering Minute Maid Park.

JVHS GRAD LEADS TEAM TO DII NATIONAL SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP - Tori Collet, a 2012 graduate of Jersey Village High School, completed a successful first season at the University of Central Oklahoma by leading the Bronchos to an NCAA Division II national championship in Salem, Va. Tori, the starting catcher for UCO, was selected to the Division II All-Tournament team following her 2-for-5 effort in the Bronchos’ 5-2 championship game win over Kutztown. She started all 62 of UCO’s games this season, carrying a .294 batting average and a .991 fielding percentage. Tori started three years for head coach Bruce Beets’ Jersey Village varsity softball team from 2010-12. Beets called her one of the best players he has ever had.

Maryam Ali

Jeleny Solorzano placed third in the Yearbook Academic Photo category of the NFPW High School Writing Contest for his photo.


Members of the Cypress Ranch Key Club hand out umbrellas at an Astros game.

CY RANCH KEY CLUB “TEAMS” UP WITH HOUSTON PROFESSIONAL SPORTS TEAMS - Members of the Cypress Ranch Key Club volunteered with both the Houston Rockets and the Houston Astros. Club members and their parents passed out huge foam fingers to fans entering Toyota Center for one of the final Rockets’ games of the regular season. The club was invited back a week later to hand out towels to fans at the Rockets first playoff game. A highlight of the Key Club’s year was being asked



Babb placed third in the Live Interview category of the Student Television Network National Spring Contest. The STN hosts contests for student-produced programs several times throughout the school year, and adheres to professional guidelines for student-produced work, thus ensuring that students are equipped with real-world knowledge during their education. Zachary was also a finalist for the Youth Journalism International Student of the Year in the 2013 Excellence in Journalism competition. He placed second in the Sports News category at the competition, and also took home an honorable mention award in the Multimedia Opinion category. Cypress Falls senior Leah Lebeau won a first-place award in the Multimedia Opinion category of the YJI competition, and earned an honorable-mention award in the Features – Individual category.

ism students won a series of national awards in writing, video and photo competitions. Jersey Village High School sophomore Jeleny Solorzano placed third in the National Federation of Press Women High School Communications Contest in the Yearbook Academic Photo category. Jeleny placed for her photo of senior Dylan Golvach, who was participating in a hands-on experiment in the physics lab. Cy-Fair High School senior Carly Wood received an honorable mention award in the NFPW contest in the Opinion category for her submission “Shakespearean Stupidity.” Jersey Village junior Monica Garcia was selected to attend the Asian American Journalists Association 2013 Journalism Camp this summer. Garcia is one of only 42 students selected from among hundreds of applicants to attend the all-expense-paid summer workshop in Washington, D.C. Cypress Falls High School senior Zachary

CY LAKES STUDENT PLACES SECOND IN TEXAS HISTORY DAY COMPETITION - Cypress Lakes High School sophomore Maryam Ali won second place in the Individual Interpretive Web Site category of the Texas History Day competition. The name of Ali’s project was The Internet: A Powerful Changing Force of the World. By placing second in the statewide competition, Ali advanced to compete in the National History Day competition at the University of Maryland – College Park campus. Additionally, Cypress Lakes students Kelley Fairman, Amanda Guerra and Veronica Leal won a distinguished achievement award in the Group Exhibit category. More than 1,000 students participate in the state-level History Day contest, which is the culmination of a year-long education program for students in grades 6-12. The program provides an opportunity for students to develop their knowledge of history, critical thinking, analytical reading, writing, presentation, media design and public performance skills through creative and original papers, performances, documentaries, websites or exhibits.

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Nico Scala.

CY-FAIR STUDENT’S EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT BENEFITS ARNOLD MS Cy-Fair High School sophomore Nico Scala renovated the PE field in front of Arnold Middle School during a day-long service project to earn his Eagle Scout rank. Nico, a member of Boy Scout Troop 519, raised $6,000 from local businesses to fund the project. He began his Eagle Scout project last fall by seeking donations from businesses including the Stone Gate Home Owners Association, Lone Star Provisions and H-E-B, eventually generating money, food, T-shirts and time amounting to $6,000. Representatives from Stone Gate HOA and Land Tejas presentED Nico with a $3,500 check prior to the groundbreaking. He also arranged for Hou-Scape to donate equipment and machine use for the job. He had about 10 friends, including fellow troop members and football teammates, assist him with the project. The workers spread dirt along the uneven terrain of the area and constructed a track around the perimeter.

(L-R) The Cypress Springs High School 4x100meter relay team members Tyra Blake, Kelsey Monroe, Trameceia Sample and Samiyah Samuels.

THREE CFISD ENTRIES WIN MEDALS AT STATE TRACK MEET - Six CFISD student athletes and three entries won medals at the 2013 UIL Track and Field State Meet in Austin. Cypress Creek High School senior Daina Harper placed second in the 400-meter run with a time of 54.4 — only .05

seconds behind the winner. Langham Creek High School senior Skylar Ross Ransom placed third in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.9. The Cypress Springs High School 4x100meter relay team, consisting of sophomore Trameceia Sample, junior Tyra Blake, sophomore Kelsey Monroe and freshman Samiyah Samuels, placed third with a time of 46.24. The Cypress Springs girls’ track team was the highest CFISD finisher at the state meet, placing ninth overall with 16 points. Six additional CFISD athletes had top-five finishes in their respective events at state: Cy-Fair High School freshman Amber Ivey placed fifth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.38; Langham Creek High School sophomore Erin Derrow placed fifth in the 300meter hurdles with a time of 43.37; Cypress Falls High School senior Keon Roberson placed fifth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:14.26; Cypress Springs’ 800-meter relay team, consisting of Trameceia Sample, Samiyah Samuels, Tyra Blake and Kelsey Monroe, placed fifth with a time of 1:38.99; Cypress Springs senior Sam Williams placed fifth in the 400-meter run with a time of 48.58; and Cypress Springs junior Isaac Samuels placed fifth in the discus with a distance of 155-03.

GRADUATING SENIORS APPOINTED TO SERVICE ACADEMIES - Two graduating seniors from CFISD have received appointments to attend United States service academies. Cy-Fair High School graduate Jake Davis was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. “Cy-Fair High School is extremely proud of Jake Davis for earning an appointment to the United States Naval Academy,” said Cy-Fair principal Mike Smith. “Jake has shown strong athletic ability, high academic achievement and superior leadership skills. He was a member of our varsity baseball team and maintained high academic standard while attending Cy-Fair High School. These outstanding characteristics are the foundation that helped him achieve this appointment.” Cypress Woods High School graduate Jacob Davies was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. “It has been an honor to have Jacob as part of the Wildcat family,” said Cypress Woods principal Gary Kinninger. “His honor, work ethic and commitment to doing the right thing has earned him a spot amongst the elite high school graduates in the entire United States.”

(L-R) Cypress Woods High School junior Guarav Lalsinghani with Cypress Woods teacher George Villamagna.

CYPRESS WOODS STUDENT PLACES SECOND IN TEXAS CITIZEN BEE - Cypress Woods High School junior Guarav Lalsinghani finished as the runnerup in the Texas Citizen Bee held in Austin. Guarav previously won the Houston Regional Citizen Bee to qualify for the state competition. The Citizen Bee is a social studies academic competition sponsored by The State Bar Association of Texas that requires students to show understanding of the United States Constitution, key documents throughout U.S. history, key Supreme Court decisions and current events.

CYPRESS WOODS TAKES THIRD AT STATE ACADEMICS MEET - Cypress Woods High School scored 63 points to finish third in the state among all schools in the University Interscholastic League (UIL) 5A Academics Spring Meet. Cypress Woods also claimed CFISD’s only state championships in two events: the Computer Science team, comprised of seniors Nikoli Cartagena, Ben Lin and Luke Tseng and junior Andrew Liu placed first with a team score of 1212; and junior Ian Echols placed first in Accounting. Other CFISD schools scoring points at the state academics meet were Cy-Fair High School (20), Cypress Falls High School (12) and Cypress Ranch High School (6). The following CFISD students also placed in the top six of their respective events at the state meet: Cypress Falls senior Amy Cunningham placed second in Editorial Writing; Cy-Fair senior Carly Wood placed second in News Writing; Cy-Fair senior Joshua Freed placed fourth in Persuasive Speaking; Cypress Woods senior Leslie Zhang placed fourth in Ready Writing; Cypress Woods senior Ben Lin placed fifth in both Computer Applications and Computer Science; Cypress Woods’ Andrew Liu placed fifth in Computer Science; Cypress Ranch freshman Lindsay Collier placed fifth in Feature Writing; and Cypress Woods’ Thomas Lam placed sixth in Computer Applications. CY-FAIR LIFESTYLES & HOMES / JULY 2013


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OLD GLORY PROUDLY WAVES By Jane Ledbetter new flag pole flying the American flag was erected in May at Cypress Top Historic Park (26026 Hempstead Road). Located between the old Dance Hall and Juergen’s Store in the park, the flag is clearly visible from the road in front of the park as well as to visitors in the park. As the flag proudly waves in the breeze, it reminds us of the history of our nation from the time of 13 colonies and states to 50 states today. Even the colors of the flag are symbolic: Red symbolizes hardiness and valor, White symbolizes purity and innocence and Blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice. A State of Texas Historical Marker has also been recently erected in Cypress Top Historic Park near the flag. This marker recognizes the area known as Cypress for its role in the settling and growth of this part of Texas. It includes not only the “town” of Cypress, but the “region” of Cypress which encompasses over a hundred square miles within the Cypress Creek and Little Cypress Creek watersheds. Cypress began as a preRepublic settlement and has become one of the Houston area’s largest and fastest growing suburban areas. The application for state recognition of the Cypress area was worked on and submitted jointly by the Harris County Historical Commission and Cypress Historical Society. Cypress Top Historic Park and the Cypress Historical Society work to preserve memorabilia from the Cypress region’s past. We invite you to come visit the park to see the flag and the State Historical Marker. Also, the museum buildings in the park are open 9 a.m.-noon and 1:15 p.m.- 4 p.m. on Tuesdays for dropin visitors and small group tours. Cypress Historical Society docents conduct large-group tours Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. To schedule a tour for a different day and time, please call the Precinct 3 office at 281-357-5324. The Cypress Historical Society, housed in the bright yellow depot building in Cypress Top Historical Park, is open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. For information about CHS, you may contact a representative by telephone: 281-7580083; email:; or website: l

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For more than 200 years, Old Glory has been a prominent icon in our national history. ❖ The Historical Marker notes that Cypress has been, and still is, an integral force in the development of this area of Texas.

Historical facts courtesy of Cypress Top Historic Park & Cypress Historical Society: Preserving Cypress History for Posterity. 72


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