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s I was walking the other day, invigorated by the 60degree temps and warmed by a clear blue sky filled with rays of bright sunshine, I caught a whiff of a pleasant, very familiar scent in the air. Nostalgia swept over me when I realized that wonderful aroma came drifting from a neighbor’s chimney top: A fireplace with lighted logs was keeping folks cozy inside. We’re embracing fall with open arms in this issue, starting with “Fire & Function,” which presents realistic and entertaining options for today’s log styles — such as those shown on the cover by the Real Fyre Collection from RH Peterson Co. We expand on that topic with a tribute to Frank Lloyd Wright, who made fireplaces works of art and integral components of houses he designed. In fact, look for our tributes to his 150th birthday celebration with articles on Wright’s color and fabric selections, as well as furniture creations, and on his structures in his home state of Wisconsin to his only Houston project. You’ll appreciate again how Wright changed the way we build, live and design. Fall and winter mean back-to-back holidays all the way to the New Year, translating to happy gatherings of families and friends. “Spruce Up” offers great DIY ways to get ready for everyone, as well as contacts for jobs requiring professional assistance.


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“Tablescapes” helps you plan for an impressive table setting and “Pumped for Pumpkin” shares a recipe from Sweet Petites for the most delectable pumpkin cheesecake ever. And for more icing on the cake, our gardening column explores “Autumn Color,” while “Editor’s Picks” suggests some fun “Fall for Extras” decorating ideas. We’re still here with a helping hand with our “After Harvey” series, and “Pet of the Month” is back as “Pets of the Month.” Three darling furry friends — and more — are just waiting for you to take them home. Ending on a happy note: A couple in the Cherryhurst neighborhood gave a 100-year-old oak tree a big hug by centering their new house around this majestic beauty. The effect of the tree is felt inside the home, as well as on the outdoor spaces. It’s spectacular…and another reason to celebrate. Cheers, Barbara

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Watch as more than 200 artists converge on the streets of downtown Houston to create street paintings during the 12th Annual Houston Via Colori® Street Painting Festival Nov. 18-19. Photo by wheelcipher/Flickr/Creative Commons License

DESIGN/INTERIORS NOV. 2: DASH FALL MARKET, 6-9 p.m. preview party Design • Art • Style • Home starts this event with a spirited preview party at $25 per person. The show continues through Nov. 5 for plenty of shopping, and admission at $10 per person is good for the remaining market days. Enjoy workshops such as “Make It and Take It” succulent arrangement conducted by members of Hahn Gallery, as well as food, music and free parking. Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards St., NOV. 2-4: SUGAR PLUM MARKET, preview 6-10 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday “Believe in the Magic” is this year’s theme of the Sugar Plum Market presented by the Fort Bend Junior Service

League and Memorial Hermann. More than 100 vendors are on hand with a variety of merchandise, including apparel, jewelry and accessories, home interiors, children’s items and holiday gifts and decor. Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road,

and Shoppin’,” is a giant, one-stop pop-up shop featuring more than 280 merchants offering home decor, food, clothing, toys, toiletries, novelties, ornaments, pottery, pewter, accessories and more. NRG Center, 8400 Kirby Drive, 713-629-3700,

NOV. 3-4: ART@DISCOVERY GREEN, 10 a.m. opening both days The second annual show promises more than 80 fine art and contemporary craft artists selling everything from jewelry to furniture to paintings to sculptures. 1500 McKinney St., 713-4007336,

NOV. 17-19: JUNIOR LEAGUE OF THE WOODLANDS HOLIDAY MARKET, 9 a.m.6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.4 p.m. Sunday From flower arrangements to personalized gifts to ornaments, begin your holiday shopping early…and leave time to buy yourself something special at this winter wonderland extravaganza. The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, 888-746-7455,

NOV. 9-12: 37TH ANNUAL HOUSTON BALLET NUTCRACKER MARKET, open 10 a.m. daily The signature holiday fundraising event, following this year’s theme of “Rockin’

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EVENTS NOV. 11: THE TRAVIS MANION FOUNDATION’S 9/11 HEROES RUN The fundraising event, moved from September due to Hurricane Harvey, is rescheduled for Veteran’s Day. The organization is launching a TMF Service Expedition to assist in Houston’s recovery efforts, in addition to continuing its mission to serve veterans, first responders and the military. NOV. 18-19: 12TH ANNUAL HOUSTON VIA COLORI® STREET PAINTING FESTIVAL, starting at 10 a.m. both days Watch as more than 200 local and international artists converge on the streets of downtown Houston to create street paintings. Take in live music performed by local bands and entertainers on three stages, family-friendly activities and


endary drawings at The exhibit remains on view through November. 102 W. Main St., Fayetteville,

UPCOMING Don’t miss Houston Ballet’s Nutcracker Market, with this year’s signature holiday fundraising event set Nov. 9-12 at NRG Center. Photo courtesy of Commons License

delicious local food and beverages. Via Colori is a fundraiser for The Center for Hearing and Speech, a nonprofit organization that teaches children with hearing loss to listen, speak and read. 900 Smith St., 713-523-3633,

ANTIQUES/VINTAGE NOV. 19: "BESTOWING BEAUTY: MASTERPIECES FROM PERSIAN LANDS” The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents this exhibition of more than 100 works drawn from one of the most significant collections of Persian art held in private hands and rarely publicly displayed. The show highlights the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Iranian civilization from the 6th to the 19th centuries through carpets, textiles, manuscripts, paintings, ceramics, lacquer, metalwork, scientific instruments and jeweled objects. The exhibit remains on view through Feb. 11, 2018. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St., 713-6397300,

creations by the top furniture makers in Texas remains on view through Dec. 1. Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett, Kerrville, 830-8952911, NOV. 11: SMITHVILLE’S “AIRING OF THE QUILTS,” 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Celebrate the innovative spirit of the women who created this cultural heritage with quilts on display in the Historic District of downtown Smithville. Some quilts are for sale during this free event. Also, the Smithville Tour of Homes, hosted by the Smithville Garden Club, opens doors to four historic homes and a beautiful church. Cost of the tour is $10 per person.


NOV. 18-19: ANGLETON MARKET DAYS, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday Market Days at the Brazoria County Fairgrounds features 200 diverse vendors from across the state in indoor and outdoor settings. Parking is abundant, making the grounds a perfect location for accessibility.

NOV. 4: 18TH ANNUAL TEXAS FURNITURE MAKERS SHOW, 5:30-8 p.m. reception and awards ceremony Meet the artists and see their winning works at this event presented by Woodcraft, Texas Commission on the Arts and Kerr Arts & Cultural Center. The juried exhibit featuring

THROUGH NOVEMBER: “JACK UNRUH: THE TEXANIST” EXHIBIT Red & White Gallery in Fayetteville presents works for sale by the late artist, whose artwork illustrates Texans' curiosity with their state. Shop online now for Unruh’s leg-

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DEC. 1-3: 2ND ANNUAL CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA IN CONROE Cleverly dubbed “2 Girls, a Guy and a Trailer,” the event includes works by 15 talented Montgomery County artists. Check it out at three locations: Conroe Central Market Fine Art Gallery, Hillson’s Design Services and the Conroe Art League. or DEC. 1-3: POP SHOP HOUSTON FESTIVAL, preview party 6-10 p.m. Friday, shopping 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday Shop for curated handmade crafts, art, fashion and indie products as you sample bitesized tastings from area eateries and take in workshops, demonstrations and live music. The first 50 fest-goers in line Friday and Saturday get goodie bags filled with lots of handmade items by local designers. 1201 Main St., DEC. 2-3, 8-9: GONZALES WINTERFEST CELEBRATION The city of Gonzales invites you to join the celebration with breakfast with Santa, a lighted Christmas parade and historic home tours, the latter Dec. 2-3. 888-672-1095, DEC. 2-3: CHESTNUT SQUARE 44TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY TOUR OF HOMES & HOLIDAY CRAFT BAZAAR, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday Step back in time with a visit to Chestnut Square Historic

Village in McKinney. Sitting on 2.5 shaded acres just two blocks south of historic downtown McKinney, Chestnut Square includes 10 structures dating from 1854 to 1930 with docent-led tours, facility rentals, a wedding venue, living history demonstrations and more. Stop by The Pantry Restaurant for tea luncheons 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 2 and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 3. DEC. 3: FIRST HISTORIC RIVERSIDE TERRACE HOME TOUR, noon-5 p.m. Visit this historic neighborhood to see five homes never open to the public before, including former Houston mayor Otis Massey’s house. Hop on board a convertible school bus for additional touring of Riverside’s most historic streets. The Historic Riverside Terrace Civic Association presents the event. DEC. 5-8: THE HOUSTON DESIGN CENTER’S 10TH ANNUAL DECK THE TABLES & HOLIDAY TABLETOP TOUR Experience the exquisite holiday tabletop decor created by some of Houston’s best design professionals. Come celebrate the season! The popular event benefits the MAM holiday toy drive The Houston Design Center, 7026 Old Katy Road, 713-864-2660, DEC. 8-10: TOMBALL GERMAN CHRISTMAS MARKET, 6-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday It’s Weihnachtsmarkt, Texasstyle, in Tomball with 200 merchants, four music stages, a walking parade, street performers, carnival and rides and your fill of German food, beer and wine. Also enjoy the free admission, parking and shuttles.

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FREDERICKSBURG DECKS THE HALLS Head to the hills for these 60th annual events on Dec. 2 in this charming Hill Country town. You’ll find the festive day a great way to shop for one-of-a-kind items, visit homes decorated for the season and, of course, get into the holiday spirit. This year’s self-guided home tour, set 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and sponsored by Latigo, features two 1800s historic houses built by German stonemasons, plus five homes reflective of the Hill Country style of architecture. All are decorated for the season, with one house showcasing German Christmas ornaments and another with a tree adorned with more than 1,300 ornaments! Musicians provide entertainment at several of the tour sites. A booklet with a map and full descriptions of each home is provided to tour participants. Tour tickets are $30 per person (after Nov. 26, tickets are $35 per person). These passes also admit you into the market. Tickets may be purchased by calling 830-990-8441 or visiting The market features 22 boutique vendors offering jewelry, Christmas decor, specialty foods, ladies’ and children's fashions, herbal products and home decor, to name a few. Enjoy the coffee bar complete with home-baked goods, as well as a lineup of musicians for your entertainment. The gift market, sponsored by Fickle International LLC, runs 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Gillespie County Historical Society’s Sanctuary & Social Hall, 312 W. San Antonio St. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $5 per person. All gift market purchases benefit the Gillespie County Historical Society and its efforts at the Pioneer Museum and 3.5 acres of grounds to preserve and tell early German settlers’ stories with hundreds of artifacts in 10 buildings. The museum is located at 325 W. Main St. The Vereins Kirche ("Society Church") is located in the middle of the town square at Marktplatz. This replica of the first public building constructed in Fredericksburg in 1847 by German pioneers was built in 1935, the project that launched the county’s historical society. 18 house& home | November 2017 |



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design glitch can occur with even the most creative geniuses, and Frank Lloyd Wright was no exception. A good example would be one of the fireplaces inside Wright’s architectural masterpiece known as Wingspread, the 14,000square-foot Wisconsin home just outside of Racine created for Herbert F. Johnson Jr., then president of S.C. Johnson & Son. For the man who many consider the greatest American architect of all time, fireplaces or hearths were an essential part of the design; they were, in Wright’s words, “the psychological center of the home.” In Wingspread, there are four fireplaces on the first floor and a fifth vertical fireplace on the mezzanine level. The vertical design was created for 8-foot birch logs to be able to stand upright, leaning against the back interior of the fireplace, no doubt in anticipation of a slow, maintenance-free burn. Unfortunately, upon first lighting, the logs burned at the base, only to fall, embers and all, onto the adjoining floor. The family’s quick thinking to toss the burning logs onto the back porch alleviated a possible disaster, resulting in the fireplace becoming decorative rather than functional. 22 house& home | November 2017 |

TODAY’S FIREPLACES Real Fyre’s Contemporary Series, complete with spheres, geo shapes and river rock designs, would have been Wright’s perfect “psychological center.” Available in “Epic Black,” “Graystone,” “Terracotta,” “Ivory” and “Santa Fe,” the nontraditional gas logs partner with a dual-pan burner system that best reflects the mix of flame and form. Those looking for another clean alternative to wood have the option of RH Peterson’s Fyre Glass for a more contemporary design or even a modern farmhouse setting. The product is fire-tested to 1,200 degrees without melting or discoloring and is available in a variety of colors. Wright chose “Cherokee Red” brick from the Streator Brick Co. and bands of Kasota limestone for the birch log fireplace at Wingspread. Today, hand-carved fireplaces from natural stone offer versatility and endurance. Cantera stone, made from volcanic tuffs, sandstones and limestone, can resist moisture and humidity and can equally serve within any outdoor setting.


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RH Peterson’s G52 Radiant Fyre gas log system with “Charred Evergreen” oak gas logs. Photo courtesy of RH Peterson Co.

“Designers on Fire” housed on Heat & Glo’s website features the best fireplace projects from North America’s brightest architects and designers. For example, Christopher Developments’ stunning Anya Lane Home in British Columbia incorporates Heat & Glo’s “Twilight II,” a Wingspread’s second-floor birch log fireplace. Photo by Jordan Staggs/VIE Magazine model the fireplace manufacturer touts as “The world’s first see-through indoor/outdoor gas fireplace” requiring no chimney or venting. Heat & Glo’s PRIMO Direct Vent Gas Fireplace Series gives homeowners design freedom without compromise, allowing them to place a TV or artwork directly above the fireplace. The new patented SafeSurface Glass leaves no exposed seams, mesh or metal trim and stays cool to the touch. Houstonians often welcome their “winter blasts.” Thankfully, they can leave rock salt and shovels on the box store shelves, leaving more time to get comfortable by the gas logs.

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Our Coastal Plains ONLY TIME WILL TELL THE EFFECTS OF FLOODS ON REGIONAL VEGETATION BY KATHLEEN PHILLIPS Unlike people and animals, plants can’t evacuate when threatening weather approaches, and long tenures in floodwaters can take a toll. As water recedes, landscapes — and the entire coastal plains — also will need to be watched for signs of stress. “A little bit of rain is not too bad, but too much rain can be detrimental to the health of any plant,” says Stephen Brueggerhoff, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulture agent in Brazoria County. “These were extraordinary circumstances, so at this point, it is really just a matter of waiting to see what the impact is.”

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ROOT ROT Brueggerhoff says soil saturation is key. “For perennial plants, what we really are concerned with are saturated soils that create conditions for root rot,” he says. “When the rain saturates the soils causing a collection of water, plants may be standing or submerged in water.” Once saturated, there are not many options to help perennial plants, he says, except to watch for signs of stress. Stress reveals itself in plants through discoloration, often as yellowing or purplish leaves. “The roots of all plants need oxygen through the soil,” Brueggerhoff explains. “Once the soils get saturated, that creates an anaerobic environment where the roots are not getting proper oxygenation within the soils.”

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shrub responding to those kinds of environmental conditions for six months to a year,” Brueggerhoff says. He described an ash tree that stood in four feet of water near his home for two days. “The water receded quickly, so two days of saturation probably is not going to hurt that tree,” he says. “But if we have plants that are under saturation for up to a week, for some plants it can cause a decline in the long run. Sometimes those kinds of conditions can be an entry point for other pathogens to grow. And things of that nature can cause plants to decline in the long run. “At this point, it is just a matter of waiting to see how our plants respond.” 32 house& home | November 2017 |

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Drones & You FLYING ROBOTS HELP MAP POST-HURRICANE DAMAGE BY MARSHA CANRIGHT If you see flying robots circling above you in the Houston sky, don’t call your doctor about hallucinations just yet. Small airborne drones are part of the massive effort by insurers to investigate residential damages in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. These unmanned aircraft can closely examine areas that are difficult for humans to access safely, according to Mike Winn, chief executive officer of DroneDeploy, a drone-mapping software company. Imagine that an insurance surveyor climbs on your roof to detail damages and almost falls through. In addition to endangering the person, it could also delay your insurance claim. “If the surveyor was flying a commercial drone, he or she would receive results in minutes, instead of months. It would

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cost less and would pose less of a personal hazard,” Winn says. Because the recent floods affected more than 30,000 properties with at least $11 billion in property damage in Harris and adjoining counties, Winn says surveyors are obviously overwhelmed and in need of high-tech tools to complete assessments in a timely manner.

DRONES IN ACTION Mapping disaster sites for insurance companies is only one use for these tiny flying machines. While drone development is still in its infancy, multiple companies in the United States — including Amazon, UPS, the military and telecommunications firms — are investing in innovative applications, including structural inspections, storm tracking, weather forecasting, mail delivery, geographic mapping, traffic flow planning, sports photography and monitoring and modeling construction sites. Drones provide a quick method to gather and analyze data, navigate debris and help deploy rescue teams after disasters.





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Project participants and other interested parties are listening to what you say now about issues such as what has been damaged, how it was damaged, how much it is going to cost and how long you are going to be delayed. What you say now will set certain expectations at all levels of the project, and those expectations might be difficult to overcome if, down the road, your estimates prove to be low. Communication is key, but accurate as well as timely and consistent communication is what is going to be most effective in recovery and damage mitigation efforts.

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ow! It’s November already! Harvey washed away a few months of this year’s calendar, but family and guests will be arriving soon for the holidays. We all should end 2017 on a note of thankfulness, happiness and good cheer. It’s time to celebrate. If you don't have the time or money to spruce up the entire house before loved ones ring the doorbell or knock on the door, focus on a few key details to help make the rest of your holiday entertaining fall into place. Here are some easy and inexpensive ways to be the hostess — or host — with the most. 42 house& home | November 2017 |

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THE KITCHEN & FOOD The kitchen is the heart of the home, and especially during this time of year when everyone is cooking, baking and enjoying one another’s company. Add an attractive backsplash for an updated look. Visit your favorite neighborhood store for a shiny new faucet or updated hardware, such as drawer pulls and knobs. Change out everyday kitchen towels with special holiday-themed versions. And light delicately apple-, orange- or cinnamon-spiced candles to waft tempting aromas throughout your home, like something yummy is always in the making.

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If Harvey damaged your stove or oven, replace it now. If these appliances are out of your budget, call today to reserve delivered or to-go full and delicious holiday meals. An inexpensive microwave can warm to-the-top-filled plates aplenty. Or, forget cooking all together with dining out at some of Houston’s best restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day. Reservations are going fast at these establishments, so make your call soon. You can always come back afterward to your lovely “new” home for cocktails or hot chocolate, your preference — and dessert!


THE DINING ROOM Even if you’ve secured restaurant reservations for Turkey Day, you know here’s where meals happen at home each and every day: The dining room. If setting the stage with flowers is out of your budget, no worries! Consider placing single stems of flowers on a napkin or on each plate. “Try arranging fresh and/or dried fruit as your centerpiece,” says Sandy Chilewich, designer and home entertaining lady extraordinaire. “A gorgeous tart can be the centerpiece if served on an oversized marble plate. Don’t bring out everyday cake plates for a special occasion.” Remember, less is more. “For me, most always,” Chilewich says. 44 house& home | November 2017 |

Buy or build a plate rack for your most attractive plates, bowls and glasses you use for parties. The rack presents a decorative feature, as well as lets guests know where to “grab a plate,” instead of politely and repeatedly asking permission to rummage through your cabinets. No matter how many times you might tell them, “Make yourself at home,” some visitors may feel more comfortable helping themselves to obvious choices.

GUEST BEDROOMS & BATHS Make sure your guests feel special and are comfortable with a few extra touches to these rooms. In bedrooms, make the best beds you’ve ever done: Pretty, inviting and snug-as-a-bug. Accent pillows add a splash of color without changing your linen sets, duvets or bedspreads. A luggage rack is always nice for short-term visitors carrying minimal luggage, such as just a backpack in tow. Make room in the bedroom closets for extended-stay visitors, with easy access to extra blankets and pillows. In the bath, body towels at hands’ reach, with the addition of a few holiday-themed hand towels for accents, help create a spa-like experience for family and friends. Candles, lotions and extra toiletries set out are appreciated, too.


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LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! Replace nonworking or missing light bulbs so when anyone flips a switch, there’s light. Chandeliers, especially those above a dining room table, should be checked, even if you plan on using the dimmer switch for a more intimate affair at home. Speaking of lights, hand out sparklers to the young and young-at-heart and create your own bright-night celebration. Rather than rushing to untangle and hang outdoor lights, invite everyone to participate in after-dark festivities with longstemmed safety sparklers. The Original Sparkler Co. ( is just waiting for your order.

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hether you are entertaining with a formal sit-down dinner with your best china and crystal or hosting a casual muffin bash with mixed coffee mugs just for gal pals, your house is on parade. Get your creative juices flowing with tablescaping.

TABLESCAPES The first engaging tablescape I saw was a holiday dining table at Cornelius Nursery Interiors where lime green plates were topped with red napkins tied with faux artichokes. Tall festive glass vases filled with glittering leaves flanked a toy rocking horse festooned with Christmas ribbons and berries. Kay Stephens, Cornelius Nursery Interiors manager, says holiday tablescapes usually work best with a theme — perhaps one that matches your Christmas tree — and an unexpected showpiece like a vintage toy or a real Thanksgiving pumpkin A hard-carved rocking horse decorated with ribbons and berries serves as the centerpiece on this table. Photo courtesy of Cornelius Nursery 48 house& home | November 2017 |



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with a topper of vivid wired ribbons in mixed fall colors. Her other tips include: • Don’t be afraid to mix plates and cups from different sets of dishes, as long as the tones blend or complement. • People love favors, especially if they are functional or edible. Consider small, framed photos of each guest instead of place cards, or striped candy canes doubling as napkin rings tied with ribbon. • Dress a table like you dress yourself. Start with something big, like a damask cloth or runner, and then add accessories that reflect your personality. • Wreaths aren’t just for doors. Set that punch bowl in the middle of a fresh or faux holiday wreath at one end of your tablescape. Parade smaller wreaths up and down the table around festive candles…and don’t forget to light the candles before guests arrive.

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The talented team at Bering’s brought inspiration to its Thanksgiving table with distinctive china, placemats and stemware by Juliska and added glorious clear-glass pumpkins by Simon Pearce, silver pumpkins by K&K Interiors piled in a woven basket and stately glass candlesticks by Abigail’s and Arte Italica. Wine stopper favors and tortoise napkin rings carry the autumn theme, punctuated with unexpected blue dinner plates. For Christmas or Hannukah, Bering’s fun napkin ring tip is natural twine tying a sleighbell or a mega-glass tree ball favor with a simple “Enjoy!” gift tag. Bernardaud salad plates, Waterford stemware and SARO placemats and napkins keep the tablescape elegant.



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t’s that time of year, and we’re pumped for everything pumpkin. From inventive drinks to sweet treats, there’s a cornucopia of pumpkin-inspired creations to sample in Houston. When you are ready to make your own, try the pumpkin cheesecake recipe we’ve included. It’s sure to please your family this Thanksgiving and is easy as pie!

PUMPKIN DRINKS Love or hate them, pumpkin-spiced lattes are back for the season. Of course, you can score them at Starbucks (, but why not go local and get your “PSL” fix at Common Bond Café & Bakery (1706 Westheimer Road, 713-529-3535,

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By roBin Barr SuSSman This version is creamy, rich with autumn spices and not as sweet as the “chain gang’s.” For a pumpkin drink stiffer than coffee, sip the seasonal Pumpkinator craft beer at local Saint Arnold Brewery Co. (2000 Lyons Ave., 713-686-9494, Imperial Pumpkin Stout is big and bold and is brewed with black malts, Cascade and Liberty hops, pumpkin, molasses and spices. It tastes like your mom’s kitchen smells after she bakes pumpkin pie — and some say it makes the relatives more enjoyable to be around. Buy it at retailers (22-ounce bottles) all over town until they run out. Kiran’s Houston (2925 Richmond Ave., 713-960-8472, www.kiranshouston) is shaking up its annual pumpkin martini this fall. It might sound gimmicky and sweet (especially for an upscale Indian spot), but the silky-smooth concoction is a winner. This golden beauty is made with pumpkin butter, a kiss of warm autumn spices and splashes of apple and orange juices and Stoli vanilla vodka. Oh, and for good measure…freshly grated nutmeg on top.

PUMPKIN DESSERTS Petite Sweets (2700 W. Alabama St., 713-520-7007, has rolled out its annual pumpkin cheesecake — and it’s downright wicked. Also stop in for pumpkin-spiced latte macarons or whole pumpkin pies for the holidays. Urban Eats (3414 Washington Ave., 832-834-4417, market and cafe in the Heights sells freshly baked pumpkin bread, gingersnap and pumpkin mini-cheesecakes, butterscotch pumpkin cookies and moist buttermilk pumpkin bars. Enjoy with a cup of caramel pumpkin latte. Sprinkles Cupcakes (4014 Westheimer Road, 713-8719929, is baking pumpkin-spiced cupcakes slathered with cinnamon cream cheese frosting. The boutique cupcake shop also scoops creamy pumpkin-spiced ice cream blended with chunks of pumpkin cake and cinnamon-crunch swirl served in a large waffle cone — oh my, better than pie! Common Bond, the world-class bakery and cafe in Montrose, is serving seasonal pumpkin treats, including pumpkin bread, pumpkin macarons, muffins and whole pumpkin pie.


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PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE WITH GINGERSNAP CRUST Houston-based Petite Sweets makes this decadent cheesecake for the holidays, but it’s easy to make at home. You can use any cookie for the crust (like graham or chocolate) and serve it with a dollop of whipped cream, instead of a fancy cream cheese frosting, if you prefer. Gingersnap Crust 12 ounces gingersnaps ½ cup pecans, finely chopped 6 tablespoons salted butter, melted 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar Dash of kosher salt In a food processor, grind the gingersnaps until fine. Pour into a bowl and stir in the pecans, melted butter, brown sugar and salt. Press into the bottom and sides of a 10-inch springform pan and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake the cookie crust for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and slightly cool before filling. Cheesecake Filling 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened 1 1/2 cups sugar 3 eggs, plus 1 egg yolk 2 tablespoons pumpkin spice 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree Combine ingredients in an electric mixer with the paddle attachment and whip until there are no lumps. Pour into the pre-baked crust and bake for 1 hour on a rimmed baking sheet. Remove from the oven and cool for 15 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours before slicing. Yield: 8-10 servings

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ure you can celebrate 12 days of Christmas, but why not do it up in a Texas-sized way with a whole month of festivities? That's an easy wish to fulfill in the Hill Country, where shops, courthouses and historic sites welcome travelers with a show of spectacular lights and seasonal cheer.

BOERNE For over 30 years, Boerne has kicked off the holiday season with the “Weihnachts Parade,” a lighted night procession on the first Saturday of December. That weekend, “Oma’s Christmas Fair” at the Kendall County Fairgrounds showcases handcrafted items. Then on Dec. 10, “Boerne Market Days” fills the Main Plaza with crafts and music. And on Dec. 9 and 16, stroll the streets of Bethlehem during “Christmas at the Farm,” an event that also includes hayrides, a gingerbread forest and plenty of family fun.

BURNET The first two weekends of December transform Burnet’s historic district into “Main Street Bethlehem.” Enter the gates of Bethlehem and see costumed townspeople bartering, baking bread and tending to livestock. Historic holiday fun also takes place Dec. 9 during

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“Christmas at Ft. Croghan.” Step back to 1849 at homesteads where costumed reenactors craft pioneer ornaments and welcome visitors with refreshments served before frontier fireplaces. That same day, the city illuminates the Burnet County Courthouse during “Christmas on the Square,” complete with a parade and Santa’s arrival.

FREDERICKSBURG While other Hill Country communities offer a journey to Bethlehem or the Old West, Fredericksburg transports visitors to Germany with more than a month of Old World holiday fun. On Nov. 24, the lighting of the Main Street Marktplatz showcases a hand-carved, 26-foot-tall, wooden Christmas pyramid — and kicks off “Eisbahn in Fredericksburg,” an outdoor ice skating rink. On Dec. 1, one of the largest Hill Country events, “Light the Night Christmas Parade,” processes along Main Street, followed the next day by the 60th Annual Christmas Home Tour and Market, a peek into homes lavishly decorated for the holidays. Fredericksburg also provides a taste of the season, whether that’s sampling the fruits of the Texas Wine Trail at the “Christmas Wine Affair” from Dec. 1-17, enjoying a relaxing


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They’re leaving on the lights — more than a million of them — for you in Johnson City during its annual “Lights Spectacular” display featuring the Blanco County Courthouse, the Pedernales Electric Co-Op Headquarters and more. Watch for the “Lighted Hooves and Wheels Parade” on Nov. 28, but every night you’ll find lighted art displays at the pet-friendly lighting event. The days before electrical lighting are recalled with lamplight tours of the nearby LBJ Boyhood Home. President Johnson’s legacy is also evoked at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site in nearby Stonewall, which celebrates its 48th Annual LBJ Tree Lighting on Dec. 17.

LLANO Santa makes an early visit to the Hill Country during “Starry Starry Nights” in Badu Park starting the night after Thanksgiving. Reflecting off the waters of the Llano River, the lights create a walkway of Christmas colors. The park becomes a winter wonderland on the second Saturday in December with “Snow Day in Badu Park,” a rare snow-filled day of fun and games.

MARBLE FALLS “Starry Starry Nights” in Llano. Photo courtesy of Llano Chamber of Commerce

Kicking off with the “Light-Up Parade” on Nov. 17 that processes from downtown to Lakeside Park, the “Christmas Walkway of Lights” features more than two million lights, all beautifully reflected off the waters of Lake Marble Falls. Take a self-guided walk to view light sculptures and a spectacular light tunnel, all open through Jan. 1, 2018.

WIMBERLEY This year Wimberley is celebrating its 20th Annual Trail of Lights at EmilyAnn Theatre's “Trail of Lights.” With 100-plus displays spread across eight acres, the walking trail invites visitors to grab a complimentary cup of cocoa and to stroll the grounds, where they’ll also enjoy live entertainment on most nights. The popular lighting trail runs Nov. 25-Dec. 28. “Christmas Walkway of Lights” in Marble Falls. Photo courtesy of Marble Falls/ Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce & Convention and Visitors Bureau 60 house& home | November 2017 |

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irthdays may come and go, but for some, the remembrances never end. Wisconsin began 2017 with a yearlong celebration honoring the 150th anniversary of the birth of their native son, Frank Lloyd Wright, demonstrating the man that changed the way we build, live and design is far from forgotten. The Frank Lloyd Wright Heritage Trail, a selfguided, 200-mile driving trek across southern Wisconsin, includes more than 40 WrightLeft: Frank Lloyd Wright. Photo courtesy of The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, N.Y.) All rights reserved. Right: Wright’s original palette compiled by Frank designed sites, including Taliesin in Spring Green, Lloyd Wright for PPG Paints. Photo courtesy of PPG Paints the SC Johnson Administration Building and in one of his homes. The grouping included a line of furniture Research Tower constructed with 43 miles of Pyrex glass tubing in designed by the architect for Heritage Henredon, a paint collection Racine, Wingspread in Wing Point and the story-filled Monona of Wright-selected colors produced by Martin-Senour Paints, fabrics Terrace in Madison. Permanent highway trail markers were also creand wallpaper conceived by Wright for F. Schumacher & Co. and ated that will continue to guide visitors long after the celebratory rugs by Karastan, along with accessories by Minic. year has come to an end. And though Wright was praised for the genius of Taliesin — his 800-acre estate, home, studio and school of architecture; and Wingspread, with its “Romeo and Juliet” balcony cantilevering over the landscape, just a few of his over 1,000 projects — he was intrigued with the idea that his designs could become part of everyone’s home. Encouraged by former “House Beautiful” editor Elizabeth Gordon, Wright partnered in 1955, at the age of 86, with five home furnishing manufacturers to produce the “Taliesin Ensemble:” A line of home furnishings for those who did not live 62 house& home | November 2017 |

THE WRIGHT PAINT “The Voice of Color” program by PPG Paints™ brings colors that beg to be discovered, allowing easier decision-making for consumers in a variety of formats. PPG has even added color choices that work well for a particular style inspiration as in the architect’s color palette. In celebration of Wright’s 150th birthday, PPG and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation teamed to recreate the “PPG Paints Frank Lloyd Wright” color palette that is historically accurate to the

original 1955 “Taliesin” color palette of 36 hues prepared for Martin-Senour Paints. “At PPG, we find inspiration everywhere, but especially in nature, just as Wright did,” Dee Schlotter, PPG senior color marketing manager, says in a press release. “Even the colors chosen more than 60 years ago stand strong today and coordinate with modern textiles and materials, a true testament to Wright’s timeless design sense.” PPG’s “Fallingwater®” color palette also debuted this year, featuring the colors used at Wright’s most widely acclaimed work. Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, the conservator of Fallingwater and the surrounding 1,543 acres, authenticated the Wright-inspired palette. Since 2003, PPG Paints has partnered with Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to provide innovative coating and sealing solutions for Fallingwater, what is considered by some as the greatest architectural triumphs of the 20th century. Wright’s signature and favorite color, “Cherokee Red,” is used to coat many of the steel surfaces, while “Covered Wagon” is used for the exterior walls.

THE WRIGHT FURNITURE In 1955, Wright designed three lines of furniture for Heritage Henredon — dining room, bedroom and living room — each stamped with his iconic signature. In fact, the entire November 1955 issue of “House Beautiful” magazine was devoted to Wright’s furniture. Prior to the collaboration, Henredon did not produce upholstery, hence the union with Heritage, an upholstery company. Simple in nature and free of elaborate trim or hardware, the pieces often incorporated geometric combinations. Expandable sofas were featured with triangular seats, while a hexagonal coffee table fit perfectly into the room. Wright’s dining room hutch often doubled as a room divider. Multi-purposing was a common thread, as were his ever-visible geometric designs. Unfortunately, the Heritage Henredon furniture line was unsuccessful, and production was ceased after less than two years.

THE WRIGHT FABRIC A revival of Wright’s geometric-inspired fabric designs was also part of the historic birthday year, a collaboration of F. Schumacher & Co. and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Schumacher’s original “Taliesin” line of decorative fabrics and wallpaper included designs hand drawn by Wright for the fabric house in 1955. The 2017 release highlights the original 26 designs plus new patterns, a total of 50 products that include upholstery fabrics, sheers and decorative trims.

Clockwise from top: A perfect palette for Wright’s signature elements of design. Photo courtesy of Travel Wisconsin. Price House Print, Schumacher’s Applied Architecture Collection. Frank Lloyd Wright Trail signs stretch across 200 miles of southern Wisconsin. Photo courtesy of Travel Wisconsin

Creative director Dara Caponigro discovered Wright’s collection when she joined Schumacher in 2013. “When I first laid eyes on the Frank Lloyd Wright designs in our archive three years ago, it was my dream to bring them back for everyone to enjoy. Anyone who loves design will appreciate their integrity and originality,” says Caponigro in a press release. “They have Mr. Wright’s indelible signature all over them, and marry substance and style in a thoroughly unique way.” The fabrics, all part of Schumacher’s Applied Architecture Collection, are available only to the trade through Schumacher.

THE WRIGHT TRAVEL Wisconsin’s welcome mat stretches far beyond this year’s birthday celebration. Travelers can access the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail app to see and learn more about the man and his works or opt to enjoy the full Frank Lloyd Wright experience with a stay in one of the architect designed homes, several of which are located in Wisconsin.

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HOUSTON’S “GOOD BUILDING” Ceiling height, noticeably low in the foyer and halls, encourages guests to join in the higher-ceilinged living room for conversation.

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he chance to own a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright rarely comes along, particularly in Houston. Yet, to have the opportunity for the same house to become available again, and this time, beautifully refurbished to Wright’s original 1955 design, is even more of a rarity. Add to that uniqueness, an 8,000-square-foot-plus, six-bedroom and seven-bath addition, meticulously orchestrated by the owners and an award-winning architect firm, and you have a new paragraph for the history books. William L. Thaxton Jr. was a successful insurance executive in 1954 with a keen eye for property. What is now Bunker Hill Village looked quite different back then, an area that in December of that year became incorporated with a mayorcouncil form of city government, establishing restrictions to prohibit businesses. What better location for Thaxton to consider what would become his home than a wooded plot of land that would marry with the Wright structure, each unobtrusive to the other? 64 house& home | November 2017 |

THE THAXTON HOUSE The Thaxton House at 12020 Tall Oaks St. is Usonian, a terminology created by the architect defining the affordable homes he would design and make available to middle-income families. Garages would be replaced with carports, while formal dining rooms would be dismissed and reduced in size and folded into a more generous living area. Private spaces such as baths and sleeping areas would be small. And room for a housekeeper would be nonexistent or in the case of the Thaxton House, almost miniscule. Wright once commented, “The good building is not one that hurts the landscape, but one which makes the landscape more beautiful than it was before the building was built.” Ceiling height, noticeably low in the foyer and halls, would encourage guests to make their way into the larger, higherceilinged living room where they could converse and, as in the Thaxton House, take in the expansive view through the floorto-ceiling windows.

A view of the angular pool as seen through the floor-to-ceiling windows in the original house.

The entryway to The Thaxton House shows natural light via windows, perfectly balanced with darker tones in the knotless redwood paneling. 65

Throughout the original home, including in the kitchen, Wright used 60-degree angles — even with the triangular skylights.

The view of the courtyard from the living room is understandably the favorite of the current preservation-minded owner, Dr. Allen Gaw. “It’s almost a Zen-like atmosphere,” explains Gaw. “The natural light, the balance of colors and the feeling of calmness that comes together are so unique. It’s hard to believe we are just blocks away from major thoroughfares, yet sitting here and also in the courtyard, you find a peacefulness and quiet that is unique.” Gaw purchased the dilapidated home in 1991, a sale that potentially saved the structure. A prospective developer, given the prime location of the 51,727-square-foot lot, was considering the purchase for teardown. “The built-in furnishings had been disassembled, and the concrete walls and knotless redwood paneling had been painted over in multiple layers of paint,” says Gaw regarding the condition of the house at the time of his purchase.

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BACK TO THE ORIGINAL It took five years of construction and many dollars to breathe “Wright” back into the design. In 1995, the homeowner sought the expertise of Bob Inapa with Kirksey Architecture to design the U-shaped addition that would, in Gaw’s words, “complement, not copy” Wright’s original design. The stunning three wings include expanses of wood and glass and serve as the primary residence for the family, leaving the Wright property in almost museum-like quality as a tribute to the American architect many deem a “creative genius.” Greenwood King Properties’ Greenwood King Properties Sharon Ballas has the prestigious Sharon Ballas, realtor listing, being able to offer the


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n the end, it was all about that oak tree. Almost 100 years ago, someone planted a live oak in the city’s right of way, and Trevor and Shirley Jeffries wanted it to continue living and growing on their property. In order to build their new Cherryhust neighborhood house, variances had to be requested and made to build on a corner lot on Haver Street. With a little give-and-take by the city, homeowners’ association and the Jeffries, the home was created around this live oak tree, which provides natural filters for light and sound with its long branches covered in ferns and moss and extending in three directions. The effect of the tree is felt inside the house, as well as on the outdoor spaces. “It’s almost like a tree house, with the wood siding,” says Trevor. “We really wanted to preserve that feeling.” The Jeffries started planning their 4,300-square-foot house in May 2014, began construction in October 2015 and moved in last December. The house was part of the AIA Home Tour in October.

KEY FEATURES The house, a modern three-story structure with sloping rooflines and windows everywhere, is divided inside: Living space downstairs, with bedrooms and private areas upstairs. The downstairs is basically one large room, joining the kitchen, dining and living rooms unencumbered by walls. To define the spaces, architect James Evans, AIA, with Collaborative Designworks, transformed the ceiling heights, 68 house& home | November 2017 |

first by lowering them in the dining area and covering them in ipe wood (a sustainable Brazilian hardwood) to match the exterior of the house. The kitchen, although tucked away in the front of the house, is bordered with dark walnut cabinets and has large crystal chandeliers and fixtures hovering above the long island and Calcutta avalanche stone breakfast bar. The living room’s high ceiling and wall of windows take in the tree and an outdoor green space with a long table and fire pit, as well as a water feature with a bright “Ferrari” red backsplash — matching the front door of the house.

WALK THROUGH Upon entering the house, visitors encounter a decorative brick screen-type partition in the vestibule, erected for privacy and to separate the area from the rest of the house. The durable glossy-white terrazzo floors covering the entire downstairs space heighten the brightness of the house. But visitors are immediately attracted to a face-to-face encounter with an imposing 8-foot-high 1873 painting of a British military gentleman, Jeffries’ great-grandfather Capt. Henry Augustus “Sugar” Candy, attired in a full-dress uniform of the 9th Lancers. He commands your attention! Nearby in the dining room, designed to accommodate 10 at the table but extended to seat 25 for a family feast, floor-toceiling windows border one side with a row of smaller glass boxes under the stairs to let in a cross breeze and additional light. The 10-foot-long table, created by the Phillips

A brick wall surrounds the house, and the upper level is covered in ipe wood. The door is painted “Ferrari� red and makes a statement to visitors. 69

The living room is set off behind a brick partition, allowing for privacy and carving out a small vestibule.

Collection, is a natural Chamcha wood slab with deep grain lines and natural knots shown on its surface. And, the Jeffries note, the acoustics in the housework work great for the majestic grand piano, situated between the living and dining areas.

UPSTAIRS Up a floating staircase of cork steps is a large room for mixed uses: Relaxing, watching television, working out, practicing yoga or just sitting. Another glass wall leads out to a large terrace, tucked into the tree’s canopy with frequently used comfortable chairs and a sofa. “It is always noticeably cooler out here, with the breezes,” the Jeffries agree. “And although we are outside, it is private. The outdoor space joins the indoors.” The bedrooms in the house are noticeably smaller than the other rooms in the house, and this was by choice, says Evans. “The trend now is for smaller bedrooms but larger living spaces, and that just makes more sense,” he says. “Everything in the house is easy to access and functional and operates well for the homeowners.” A third level of the house includes a large pool table and walls adorned with sports memorabilia. Because of the three 70 house& home | November 2017 |

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ENERGY EFFICIENT Evans says although many of the house’s walls are windows, it is constructed to be extremely energy efficient. The walls were sprayed with foam insulation, which he says is better than the fiberglass batts or rolls, and the windows are all high performance. Additionally, the Jeffries are able to control all of the technology in the house from their smart phones: Air conditioning, lights, music and alarm system. Because of all the luminous and bright interiors, the house feels much larger than it is. “The design here was flexible. The light colors (gray palette) make the space look open and is a blank canvas,” says Evans.

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hether you call it fall or autumn, you know it’s here: Cooler temps, shorter days and stores filled to the

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Priced from $26.99 Raise your flag to autumn with a cheerful welcome. This style features cardinals and other birds perched on limbs and berry picking in a fall landscape design. House flags are 29 by 43 inches. Available at C&D Hardware and Gifts, 314 E. 11th St., 713-8613551,

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$80 Architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed in concert with Nature (with a capital “N,” he insisted), and this Wrightinspired bird feeder follows his lead. Made of durable, stained cedar with side panels sporting an art glass pattern from Wright's Darwin D. Martin house, it brings sublime design to feeding your feathered friends. Handmade by Drew Kelley in Buffalo, N.Y., the feeder is 12 inches high, 7 inches in length and 10 inches in width. Available through UncommonGoods, ORNAMENTS!


$89.99 This handcrafted magnolia leaf wreath is enlivened with slices of quince, orange, cinnamon sticks and dried flowers, making it a perfect addition to your decorations. Whether for the front door or in the kitchen, this might be your new favorite wreath with its fruit and spice notes. Dimensions are 20 inches in diameter and 5 inches thick. Available through Harry & David, “TURKEY ON THE TABLE”

$39.99 for kit A Thanksgiving activity and tabletop decor all in one, “Turkey on the Table” is an adorable knit turkey that comes with a booklet and sturdy paper feathers to be filled out each day leading up to Thanksgiving with the family's thankful sentiments until the turkey is “fully dressed.” With each purchase, “Turkey on the Table” gives back 10 meals to those in need through its partnership with Feeding America, also an affiliate of the Houston Food Bank. 74 house& home | November 2017 |

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h, the days of lower humidity translate to cooler temperatures and our first sign that fall is here. Low-humidity fronts act like outdoor air conditioning and get us excited about the season. These days are as much mental relief as well as physical relief, and not only for us, but for our plants and garden spaces, too. Our northerly neighbors experience “Indian Summer,” but here, we experience “Indian Fall.” This terminology means we get some cooler days as a sampling, but the temperatures can climb back up to summer mode — and we start sweating again! So what does that mean for our gardens and container plantings? We are itching to dress our garden in its finest fall color, but with the continuing likelihood of hot days and lack of cool nights, we don’t know what to do. To start, walk through your garden and do a mental inventory on what looks great and what needs to be removed. No doubt your yellow lantana and blue plumbago look the best they have all year, so complement the colors that are thriving in your garden. What plants thrive with temperature fluctuations and bloom until we settle into consistently cold or the first hard freeze? The fall transition could last 30 days or three months, so what colorful plants should we use?

FALL TRADITIONALS Chrysanthemums are instant fall color and come already budded. They’re available in small, medium and large pot sizes and in burgundy, bronze, yellow, orange, pink and white. You can use them in containers as fall decorator plants and enjoy their blooms until after Thanksgiving. Add a pumpkin or two with some corn or milo, and you have a festive seasonal display.

includes celosia or “Cock’s Comb.” The “Amigo” series with red foliage looks great with orange or yellow marigolds. There are two groups of marigolds, those with large flowers (African) and those with small flowers (French). The small blooming varieties produce more flowers that last longer, especially with lots of rain. By the way, spring and fall are the only times marigolds do well in Southeast Texas.

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