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FEBRUARY 2020 PUBLISHER

Andy Patel | andy.patel@lifestylepubs.com EDITORIAL COORDINATOR

Nadine Parker | nadine.parker@lifestylepubs.com

Curating Creativity FEBRUARY—IT’S THE SHORTEST MONTH OF THE YEAR, BUT THERE’S DEFINITELY NO SHORTAGE OF EXCITING THINGS HAPPENING HERE IN MEMORIAL. When thinking of ideas for our Art & Soul issue, we were inspired by

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the talented local creatives who beautify our community with their work. Whether it’s local theater performances, the Memorial arts scene or handmade goods from local artisans, we were inspired by the creative culture our city is bursting with. Some of our favorite arts-related things to experience around the area include Bayou City Arts Festival, Houston Symphony and Ballet and Alley Theatre. We love enjoying everything there is to find at the multiple local art and farmers markets. And if you’re on the hunt for some locally-made Valentine’s Day gifts for your sweetie, we recommend checking out Sawyer Yard for something unique they’ll always remember. With our own bustling creative scene—from artists and musicians to dancers and actors—we hope you find inspiration in these pages and come to appreciate our unique perspective here in Memorial. Consider this issue your guide to all things

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INSIDE THE ISSUE FEBRUARY 2020

FEATURES 12 Houston School of Art & Design "Every artist was first an amateur" Ralph Waldo Emerson

16 Art in All Shapes and Forms Art Comes in Many Different Forms, All Found Here in the Houston Area

22 More than Tiaras and Tutus The Houston Ballet Offers Far More than Entertainment to Our Community

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32 Berry Delicious Cream Cheese Puffs Date Night or Friends Night, Check Out These Pastries from the urbanCHEF

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Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Local Limelight

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Artist’s Palette

22 Back Stage 26 Renovate & Refine 30 Lifestyle Calendar 32 Culinary Creations


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AROUND TOWN Photos by MarieAndrée Lemire / Costumes Dominique Lemieux / Cirque du Soleil 2019

HARRISON’S HEROES “Comforting Kids, Creating Smiles” is Harrison’s Heroes mission with events like: themed parties

Beloved by fans around the world, Alegría

at Children’s Memorial Hermann; underwriting

is returning to the Big Top once more to share

an extensive art studio and 6 mobile art carts;

its timeless story of resilience and hope. The

delivering toy-filled bags to every child at Texas

classic power struggle of old-meets-new has

Children’s on Thanksgiving Day; transforming a

been reinterpreted through today’s lens. Carried

treatment room from drab to whimsy at Shriner’s;

by an intangible wind of change, an emerging

and hosting the annual Polar Express PJ Party in

movement strives to shake the established

the Child Life Zone at TCH with holiday crafts,

order, instilling hope and renewal to bring light

cookie decorating and cocoa!

and harmony to their world. With its joyful spirit,

THE ART COLONY ASSOCIATION, INC. (ACA), MIDDLE SCHOOL ART COMPETITION ACA, the producer of Bayou City Art Festivals, will announce the top 30 finalists for its 8th Annual Middle School Art Competition February 8,

Alegría is a vital, energizing force driven by a thirst for a brighter world. Find more online at cirquedusoleil.com/alegria 

SECOND SATURDAY OPEN STUDIOS AT SAWYER YARD

2020. The Middle School Art Competition is

Sawyer Yards is a creative community thriving

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Association, Inc. (ACA). Students in grades

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schools, charter schools, and public independent

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into built- for-purpose studios are now home to

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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL ALEGRÍA, IN A NEW LIGHT

schedule of special events.

Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park on March

On the second Saturday of each month, the

27-29, 2020. The finalists’ artwork will also be

artists of The Silos, Silver Street, Winter Street,

posted for web-based voting to determine the

Sabine Street, and Summer Street Studios open

“People's Choice Award”. Online voting will take

their studios to the public. Stop by for an ever

place Wednesday, February 12 through Tuesday,

changing selection of art in its many forms. Find

February 25, 2020, at artcolonyassociation.org.

out more at sawyeryards.com

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LOCAL LIMELIGHT

HOUSTON SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN

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"EVERY ARTIST WAS FIRST AN AMATEUR" - RALPH WALDO EMERSON

ARTICLE NADINE PARKER | PHOTOGRAPHY C BARON PHOTOGRAPHY, NADINE PARKER

TAP INTO YOUR CREATIVE SIDE AT THE HOUSTON SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN (HSAD). Whether it’s your first class or you’re a seasoned artist they have something for you. Amber Cleveland, Owner, has always been surrounded by art as many of her family members are accomplished artists. She often talks about living in her father’s shadow artistically until recently coming into her own as an independent artist. Her love of teaching began at the early age of 12 when she taught her first class at the school, then owned by Charlie Brown. She realized she had a talent to teach and inspire and continued working at the HSAD in various capacities until 2004. She then went away to college to get a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and join the corporate world. She worked in the oil and gas industry for a period before realizing it did not provide the fulfilment she experienced with art. In 2016 the opportunity presented itself and she took over the school making it her own. It continues to thrive inspiring many upcoming artists. The school teaches all mediums: pastels, acrylics, oils, pen and ink, watercolor, clay sculptures, etc. offering group and private lessons. The education team use various teaching methods to cater to each student’s needs and learning styles. Having an artistic and scientific background herself, Cleveland can relate to all students and help select methods to ensure all can succeed. Work is broken into steps to help you to understand not only what you are doing but why. This promotes retention of concepts and provides the ability to build on learning. “Art is like biology or any other ‘ology, it is the study of subjects (drawing and painting those subjects), light and dark, values and textures…both left and right brainers can be artists…breaking down images into angles and using math…“ In addition to teaching art, Cleveland’s team often works with students to help build portfolios for professional use and for CONTINUED >

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college applications. Beaming with pride she shares the many competitions her students have won along with other student successes. She is so proud of her students and it is clear she gages her success by their accomplishments. “I teach my students to not only make beautiful art, but to have a message they are trying to communicate with the viewer.” She takes her talents beyond the walls of the school teaching classes at senior centers, schools and churches to include teaching art projects to senior citizens with Alzheimer and Dementia. She is the Curator of artist Gary Eyster and she serves on many Boards such as Houston Art Society and Origins Learning Community. You can also spot her around town painting faces at parties and corporate events. She rarely has time for her own paintings as she is always working to help her students with entries into competition and building portfolios. But recently her “Be

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Someone” landscape painting was displayed in the Art Car Museum in December 2019, alongside work from two of her students, and was also the subject of a mural in the Marriott hotel downtown. “I truly believe everyone should try to Be Someone they want to be, and I want to Be an Artist and inspire others to be as well.” Accomplished artist or a novice, Cleveland’s team has the skills and know how to help you be the best artist you can be. Sign up at artschoolhouston.com. 

BENEFITS Benefits art therapy can have on mental and physical health

SELF-DISCOVERY: Creating art can help you acknowledge and recognize feelings that have been lurking in your subconscious.

SELF-ESTEEM: The process will give you a feeling of self-accomplishment which can be very valuable to improve your self-appreciation and confidence.

EMOTIONAL RELEASE: The greatest benefit of art therapy is giving you a healthy outlet for expressing and letting go all your feelings and fears. Complex emotions such as sadness or anger sometimes cannot be expressed with words. When you are unable to express yourself, but you desire emotional release, making art may help you to do it.

STRESS RELIEF: Fighting anxiety, depression or emotional trauma can be very stressful for you both mentally and physically. Creating art can be used to relieve stress and relax your mind and body.

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ARTIST’S PALETTE

ART IN ALL SHAPES AND FORMS ART COMES IN MANY DIFFERENT FORMS, ALL OF WHICH CAN BE FOUND HERE IN THE HOUSTON AREA

MY DEFINITION OF SUCCESS... PERFORMING AND GROWING AND LIVING AS THE MEMBER OF A RESIDENT COMPANY..."

CHRIS HUTCHISON

Photos by Lynn Lane

ALLEY THEATRE RESIDENT ACTING COMPANY MEMBER, CHRIS HUTCHISON HAS A LONG LIST OF SUCCESSES WITH SIXTY PLAYS AND THIRTEEN YEARS AS A MEMBER OF THE RESIDENT ACTING COMPANY. But his definition of success… “success is this odd and wonderful artistic life - performing and growing and living as the member of a resident company. There are ups and downs as in all things, but I am thankful for my good fortune and my home here at the Alley.” Hutchison has an undergraduate degree in English from Lafayette College, and an MFA from The University of Washington.  He has served as Adjunct faculty at the University of Houston for seven years, teaching in the BFA and MFA programs.  He has also served as a visiting Lecturer and Director at Lafayette College and Cornell College in Iowa, as well as the Breadloaf School of English at Middlebury College in VT. Chris is a proud member of Actor’s Equity and the Screen Actors Guild/AFTRA. You may have seen him in one of his many roles: Ratchett in Agatha Christie’s  Murder on  the Orient Express, Roland in  Constellations, and Dr. Irving Baer in  Quack. Other favorites: (Padraic)  Lieutenant of Inishmore, (Mervyn) A Behanding in Spokane, (Orsino) Twelfth Night, and (Michael) Good People. Off-Broadway/NY credits include: EST Marathon and revivals with Obie award-winning Keen Company. Chris’s solo show  TRIP  was selected for production by HERE Arts Center. Regional: Guthrie, Pasadena Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, Capital Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Pittsburgh Public, Hartford TheaterWorks, and six summers as a member of the Ensemble at Bread Loaf/Vermont, where he played Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Names PHOTOGRAPHY JENNY ANTILL, JEFF FITLOW, LYNN LANE, CLAIRE MCADAMS, NADINE PARKER

Desire, among others. Film/TV: Rose Garden, Kill the Poor, “Ed,” “Chappelle’s Show,” “All My Children,” “Guiding Light,”  Confessions: Two Faces of  Evil, and Precious Victims. Proud member- Actor’s Equity and SAG/AFTRA.

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DONNIE HENRY

Photos by Nadine Parker

Known as “The Raconteur of Art”, he was inspired to

surrounded by one-of-a-kind treasures of art. This is more

follow his passion of becoming an artist in 2017 after los-

than a working shop, it is a magical space where people

ing his mom to a long battle with Alzheimer’s. His gallery,

can escape their regular routine and find a warm place

The Hotel Regina, was named in her memory. He takes

to reconnect and enjoy the fusion of art, music, cuisine

people’s memorabilia that would otherwise be sitting in

and friendship. It truly is a knot of people gathering that

a corner collecting dust and turns them into stunning

reaches into all the senses creating a peace that allows its

masterpieces to be shared for generations.

guests the total artistic experience.

Always “embracing the out there”, he recently teamed

For your own private showing or event, join him on

up with Bob Vogt “Q” who is a master at the application

his journey at hotelreginamtme.com on social media

of electronics and chemical processes on an artistic

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to create stunning large installations for discerning home buyers and high-end establishments, this will certainly tie

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...HOTEL REGINA WILL CONTINUE TO COMPEL THE WONDERFUL SPIRIT OF REGINA...” February 2020 | Memorial Lifestyle

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Photo Courtesy of Houston Symphony

YOONSHIN SONG

Photo by Jeff Fitlow

Acclaimed as “a wonderfully talented violinist…whose sound and technique go well beyond her years,” violinist, Yoonshin Song was born in South Korea, where she began her musical studies at age 5. Making her solo debut with the Seoul Philharmonic at age 11, she has since built a successful performing career throughout Korea, the United States, and Europe. In April 2019, the Houston Symphony named Yoonshin as its new concertmaster beginning in August 2019. From 2012 to 2019, she was the concertmaster of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, where she has enjoyed close collaborations with inspiring guest artists such as Gil Shaham, Joshua Bell, and Jamie Laredo. Yoonshin has earned many prestigious prizes throughout her career, including top prize awards in the Lipizer International Violin Competition in Italy; the Lipinski & Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Poland; the Henry Marteau International Violin Competition in Germany; and first prize at the Stradivarius International Competition in the United States. In her native South Korea, Yoonshin has won virtually all the major violin competitions. As a soloist, she has performed with many orchestras

...A CONCERTMASTER’S LIFE IS EXTREMELY RICH IN MUSICAL EXPERIENCES...”

around the world, including the Houston Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Utah Symphony, the New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, the Paul Constantinescu Philharmonic Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and the KBS Philharmonic Orchestra. She has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in numerous music festivals, including the Marlboro, Deer Valley, Great Lakes, and Aspen music festivals in the United States; the Miyazaki Chamber Music Festival in Japan; and the Verbier, Lucerne, and Bayreuth festivals in Europe. Her engagements as a soloist throughout next season include concertos by Beethoven, Mozart, Shostakovich, and Bruch. 18

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Photo by Jenny Antill


THERE WAS NEVER A QUESTION. I KNEW I WAS GOING TO DANCE.”

Photos by Claire McAdams

SOLOIST JACQUELYN LONG Long began her ballet training at age six under the direction of her

Long has been featured in numerous roles with Houston Ballet

mother Suzanne Lownsbury Long, a former Cleveland Ballet dancer,

such as the Russian lead in George Balanchine’s Serenade; Snow

and Janina Michalski Bove and Pat Sorrel. Jacquelyn attended sum-

Queen and Lead Flower in Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker;

mer programs at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB), American

Carabosse in Ben Stevenson’s The Sleeping Beauty; Miranda

Ballet Theatre (ABT) and Houston Ballet. She left her home studio,

in Stanton Welch’s Romeo and Juliet; Elke in Jiri Kylian’s  Wings of

Ballet Virginia International, at age 16 to join Houston Ballet II (HBII),

Wax; Stanton Welch’s Tapestry; Jorma Elo’s ONE/end/ONE; Stanton

after attending three summer intensives in Houston on scholarship.

Welch’s Paquita; Hungarian Princess in Stanton Welch’s Swan Lake.

In HBII she got opportunities to tour across America. After two years

Long has also been a part of world premieres with the company

with HBII, Jacquelyn joined Houston Ballet as a Corps de Ballet mem-

including Stanton Welch’s Romeo and Juliet,  Zodiac  (lead Leo),

ber in 2012. Long was promoted to Demi Soloist in 2016. Long has

Giselle, The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, The Rite of

taken on increasingly difficult roles, most recently that of Valencienne

Spring; Garrett Smith’s Return; Melissa Hough’s ...the third kind [is]

in The Merry Widow – Long’s most challenging and emotionally com-

useless; and Azsure Barton’s Angular Momentum. Learn more about

plex role to date. But, the Russian Girl in Serenade, marking Long’s first

Long and other Houston Ballet artists at houstonballet.org

promotion, will always hold a special place in her heart.

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Self Portrait of Mohammad Ali Bhatti

PROF. DR. MOHAMMAD ALI BHATTI M.A. Bhatti is an art professor and an accomplished portrait painter, who has spent the last few years concentrating on themes inspired by the American southwest; specifically, the cowboy and ranch lifestyle. He earned an MFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Arts from Ohio University. For the last

THE REAL ENJOYMENT OF ART IS THE PROCESS OF MAKING IT.”

30 years he has painted and exhibited around the world, resulting in 35 solo exhibitions and numerous juried shows. He is represented by a few selected art galleries worldwide; his artwork can be found in both public and private collections. For the last few years, he has lived in Houston, Texas, and has become captivated with the cowboy heritage. He has a deep desire to capture on canvas the beauty of the southwest lifestyle, ranches, and rocky landscapes. Mr. Bhatti’s compositions are dramatic; he captures the mood, excitement, vitality, and dynamic movement of each scene. He focuses on every detail of the cowboy lifestyle; horses, livestock, dusty jeans, cowboy boots, and cowboy hats. Every detail is painted with keen observation in a painterly style. His compositions are vibrant in capturing the color, excitement, and vitality of the characters and rich cultural heritage of the Southwest. Mr. Bhatti’s distinctive style, combination of subject matter, energetic compositions, and intense color is instantly recognizable and collectors throughout the United States and abroad value and prize his work. Currently, he is associated with the Watercolor Art Society of Houston, AO5 Gallery in Austin, and artist-owned Archway Gallery in Houston. He also teaches a variety of art classes, using a combination of demonstration and hands-on instruction, and has a large committed following of students. Learn more at artistmohammadali.com

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MORE THAN TIARAS AND TUTUS

THE FIRST THING THAT COMES TO MIND WHEN YOU THINK OF MATHEMATICS, PHYSICS, SELF-ESTEEM, SOCIAL AWARENESS AND DISCIPLINE  MAY NOT BE BALLET, BUT THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT THE HOUSTON BALLET (HB) PROVIDES TO THOUSANDS OF INDIVIDUALS. Community engagement has been an important component of HB from the beginning. With eighteen formal education and community outreach programs they are much more than a performance troop. I had the opportunity and honor to experience firsthand two of the programs, Dance for Parkinson’s and X3 (Explore, Extend, Excel): As students arrived for the Dance for Parkinson’s class, excitement filled the room as friends meet and greet. No, they are not your typical ballet students, there were no leotards or point shoes. A few exhibit signs of tremors or unsteadiness, there are walking canes and some need assistance but for the next hour they are dancers. They are free from disease, doctors and drugs and are given the chance to feel normal. The class begins with a sitting warm up routine removing dancers’ worries of maintaining balance. Each dancer is encouraged

THE HOUSTON BALLET OFFERS FAR MORE THAN ENTERTAINMENT TO OUR COMMUNITY

to introduce themselves with a combination of sound and movement. They are then guided by the teacher through a series of movements to exercise mind, body and voice. Suddenly calmness and peace fill the room as they become lost in music and motion. “Movement is life, dance provides cognitive & physical challenges and social engagement…engagement with brain, body

ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY NADINE PARKER

and other human beings is special” - Jen Sommer Once warm-ups are done, the class moves to the barre and then progress to the center of the studio where they perform increasingly challenging exercises working both sides of the body to get both sides of the brain working, promoting balance and strength. The entire class incorporates sound and real dance exercises and movement. The X3 (Explore, Extend, Excel) class was a whole other experience. I am greeted by 40 or so third graders who are so excited to be in the room maintaining order is challenging. But when the class gets started, Ms. Lauren pulls it together as CONTINUED >

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W H E R E YO U R D O N AT I O N G O E S . . .

educational performances Full performances for students with added educational intermission and supplemental learning

career tours Exposure to different kinds of jobs in the arts beyond dancers

educational learning Use of dance and movement to help students learn math, geometry and physicsÂ

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they only have another couple of practices before showtime. Soon the class is moving to the music in harmony. The X3 Program is an on-campus program for 3rd to 5th graders where two Houston Ballet teaching artists and a musician travel to selected campuses to work with students for a series of classes that culminates in a themed performance for the school community, family & friends. These eight-week programs are typically held during school hours to ensure everyone has a chance to participate and is an all-inclusive program for the selected grade. HB education programs extend far beyond X3. HB strives to have a diverse menu of programming to ensure they have something for everyone. They work with over seventy-thousand kids per year making HB accessible to those who may not otherwise have the opportunity. Programs are funded through donors allowing 88% of programming to be free of charge to participants. HB works with schools to develop customized programs using dance and movement to build social and emotional skills and other competencies. Kinetic perspectives learning helps math and science teachers to incorporate movement integration to teach angles and lines in geometry. Student Matinees provide the full ballet experience with added educational intermission and supplemental guides. This program benefits all by providing exposure to the arts for kids, helps teachers and schools meet Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), provides experience to the ballet academy students through performance opportunities, and creates new audiences. The Chance to Dance Scholarship Program for low income students partners with schools where 75% of population are economically disadvantaged as identified by the Texas Education Agency. This program is the entry point for high quality training for those who may not have had that opportunity otherwise. Partnering with nine schools over each academic year with 25 first and second graders. Students are bussed to HB once per week for eight sessions. At the end of the eight-week period they are assessed for acceptance into the academic scholarship program. Approximately 10 percent of participants  are offered scholarships. Not everyone will be interested in pursuing dance, but they will have the opportunity. Career in the Arts Tour teams with TEKS to provide students career planning knowledge. Students learn about dancing careers along with other skills and professions that go into putting on a production:  marketing, direction, choreography, general management, stage management, costume design, teaching, and others. HB contributes the success of their programs to having the right combination of qualified teachers, live music to accompany each class and proper facilities. They could not provide the breadth and depth of these programs without sponsorship and fundraising.  Learn more about these and other programs and how you can help at houstonballet.org. February 2020 | Memorial Lifestyle

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RENOVATE & REFINE

OUT WITH THE

NEW IN WITH THE

old WE’RE SHARING TIPS, TRICKS + UNIQUE WAYS TO INCORPORATE YOUR ANTIQUE ITEMS INTO YOUR HOME

ANTIQUES ARE MAKING A COMEBACK. Whether you’re an antique aficionada, a thrifty thrifter or new to the whole concept of vintage revival; whether it’s a hand-me-down, a thrift-store-find or just something cool you stumbled upon at an estate sale; endless opportunities exist to effortlessly incorporate retro, vintage, antique or whatever-you-want-to-call-them items into different parts of your modern home.

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STYLE IT Coffee Table PRO TIP Revive solid-wood pieces with little actual value by refinishing the

item

WHAT IT IS Antique Chest

wood to your liking.

Don’t be afraid to do something different, and don’t take things too seriously. If the piece you’re working with doesn’t have any real value, you have so many options to liven it up, including paint, finish and hardware.

Make your piece multi-purpose by turning the lid into a game table or by storing your cocktail accessories inside for an easy-access mini bar!

Spread the vintage love. Use antiques strategically and as accent pieces to keep your overall aesthetic from coming off as too dated.

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WHAT IT IS Vintage books + tchotchkes

Bookends + Paperweights PRO TIP Display vintage books (or vintage-looking books!) as a visual focal point on nightstands, shelves + coffee tables.

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Repurpose old tins, mugs, teacups

Create the most impact by displaying

Make it art. Don’t be afraid to display

or storage containers into succulent

(not hiding!) items that carry the best

unique pieces as wall art. Consider cre-

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stories or sentimental value. We love the

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shallow root systems, they can sur-

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rines as bookends and paperweights.

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JAN 24-FEB 9 HOUSTON GRAND OPERA PRESENTS DONIZETTI’S BEL CANTO DRAMA LA FAVORITE Wortham Theater Center

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CULINARY CREATIONS

B e r ry D e l i c i o u s C r e a m Cheese Puffs

DATE NIGHT OR FRIENDS NIGHT, THESE PASTRIES FROM THE URBANCHEF ARE EASY TO MAKE AND SCRUMPTIOUS

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LOOKING FOR A FUN AND UNIQUE IDEA FOR DATE NIGHT, FRIEND’S NIGHT OUT OR TEAM BUILDING EVENT? Look no further. The urbanCHEF offers a variety of cooking classes for one or an entire team. You will be walked through every step and then enjoy your spoils family style in the dining room. urbanCHEF was born of Chara Gafford’s love of cooking and the joy and camaraderie preparing meals together brings. The passion is still alive and well … and a little contagious. Thank you Chara and team for sharing this easy and delicious recipe.

berry delicious cream cheese puffs I n g r e d i e n ts + 1 8-ounce package cream cheese (softened) + 1/4 cup white sugar + 1/2 teaspoon vanilla + 1 package Puff Pastry + Berries (pick your favorite)

D i r e ct i o n s 01 Preheat oven to 400 degrees 02 Mix all ingredients together, set aside 03 Cut puff pastry into squares 04 Fold each square into a triangle, then cut slits down the 2 sides without cutting through the entire pastry 05 Unfold then turn 90 degrees and unfold each corner allowing them to crisscross 06 Dollop cream cheese mixture into the center and put a berry on top 07 Repeat for all other squares 08 Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 mins or until pastry is golden brown and flaky

Learn more about urbanCHEF at urbanchefhouston.com

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p a s t r y s t y l i n g t i p s "Fold each square into a triangle, then cut slits down the 2 sides without cutting through the entire pastry. Unfold then turn 90 degrees and unfold each corner allowing them to criss-cross" Learn more about urbanCHEF at urbanchefhouston.com

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