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PARRISH AND COMPANY, A LOCAL FAMILY OWNED BUSINESS For over 40 years, the driving forces behind Parrish & Co, Dan and Susan Parrish have grown the business as their family has also grown. This family own company prides itself with the finest manufacturers and the most innovative and reliable home products for their clients.

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IS A COLOR GREEN A LIFESTYLE? In the 1930's, Green was once the preferred color for kitchens and bathrooms but for today's homeowner, green is associated with sustainability. Juan Fernandez of CVF Constructions is combining the two meanings of green in his home designs and buildings.

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IN THIS ISSUE

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PUBLISHER Adaku Okoro

ZOE'S KITCHEN

ART DIRECTOR Elisa Giordano

EXECUTIVE EDITOR Kim Young

ASSISTANT EDITOR Chinyere Okoro

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IT BRINGS US GREAT PRIDE TO HAVE OUR FRIEND AND CLIENT PARRISH & COMPANY ON OUR COVER FOR THIS ISSUE. Founders Dan and Susan Parrish continue to drive the spirit of the business that supports and encourages this family owned business. For the last 40 years, Parrish & Co have provided and served both builders, remodelers and residents with the best manufacturers and the most innovative products that satisfy their very savvy clients. Parrish designs kitchens with the best quality to fit each family lifestyle from traditional to the most modern look! PROUD MEMBER OF: The son and daughter of Dan and Susan, BretteParrish and Kelly Parrish Walker, along with their highly trained staff, designers and installers all ensure that the family's vision to be passionate in providing complete customer satisfaction with their service and products is lived out each day. Parrish & Co designs go beyond Kitchen specialization. The company is like a one stop place for everything home where one can find quality cabinets, appliances, counter tops, fireplaces, garage doors, outdoor kitchens, and windows. We invite you to read our cover story and find out more about how they can best serve you for your next building or remodeling project. At NHOME Texas, we are always thinking about articles that are of interest for you, our valuable readers! Therefore, we hope you will find our other articles not only interesting but also informative. Our aim is to please, inform and inspire your next home project! Enjoy and be sure to let us know which was your favorite! Sincerely In Appreciation,

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FOUNDED BY DAN & SUSAN PARRISH in 1972, Parrish & Company is

family owned and operated today alongside children Brette Parrish, who is Vice President of Sales and Kelly Parrish Walker, Vice President of Marketing, in addition to a management team with over 200 years of combined experience. With locations in North and Downtown SA, Austin, Corpus and the Rio Grande Valley, Parrish services, from design to installation, are available all over Texas. Their beautiful showrooms feature 3D cabinetry renderings so you can see what your project will actually look like. Product offerings include appliances, cabinetry, countertops, fireplaces, garage doors, bbq grills, outdoor kitchens, windows When planning your next home project, remember Parrish & Company’s 4P promise: Personal, Professional, Prideful & Present!

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contributors

BONNIE HUDSON

Bonnie Hudson, the Regional Director for South and Central Texas for Decorating Den Interiors, has been serving the home furnishings industry for over 30 years. Her many roles in the 45 year old franchise system have included Franchisee, Sales Coordinator, Divisional Manager and Regional Owner. She is responsible for placing franchises in the region and providing training and support to the franchisee in her region. Her purpose and goal is to help others find the career best suited to their talents and lifestyle in the creative environment of interior design. She gets great satisfaction from interviewing and counseling people about their professional goals. In the process of creating awareness for her region, she greatly enjoys making presentations to groups and organizations about design trends, career opportunities in the design field and the benefits of franchising for women. For the past 45 years Decorating Den Interiors has been creating beautiful rooms. For over 30 of those years, Bonnie has been showing women how to turn their passion for decorating into an exciting career through the various opportunities Decorating Den offers. If you have a passion for decorating, you owe it to yourself to talk with her about Decorating Den’s business model, which includes professional training, advertising and social media support, a vendor network of over 100 suppliers, and business management systems. Bonnie heads up a team of women-owned franchises throughout the Central Texas area. From concept to completion, these professionally trained decorators come to your home or business providing unique ideas and custom products for every style and budget. Products include window treatments, wall and floor coverings, custom furniture and accessories.

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RITA ZENZEN HECK

In her hometown of Chicago, Rita Zenzen Heck was a newspaper and magazine editor and TV copywriter. She currently lives in San Antonio and volunteers with the Majestic Theatre, the San Antonio Sports Association, the San Antonio Conservation Society, the San Antonio Council for International Visitors and the San Antonio Downtown Residents Association. Heck has worked for Stars and Stripes, Overseas Weekly and Made In Europe magazine, as well as in advertising and PR, before opening her own Creative Overflow. She added The Green Connection in 1995, also producing green building showcases and her own green building and education magazine and events. Since 1995, she has hosted and produced The Green Connection television show on digital cable channel 20, which airs Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.

ANGELA CLACK

Few people will confess a love of eating, but Angela Clack lists eating among her hobbies. She believes life is best experienced in the enjoyment of great food with family and friends. Her tastes range from casual street foods to exotic selections and fine dining. Clack enjoys traveling and uses it as an excuse to immerse herself in the local cuisine and culture. Raised on highly seasoned traditional Southern fare, she seeks out authentic food and dining experiences and documents her discoveries for other food lovers.

ELLIOT CRUMPLEY

Elliot Crumpley is the editor for 55places.com and neighborhoods.com. Elliot’s experience includes working for institutions that ranged from universities to international publications to journals about beer. He currently resides in Chicago.


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advisory board

PEGGY ZETTNER

MIKE HOLLAWAY

BELINDA VELA-REYNA

Mike Hollaway enjoys a well-earned reputation as one of the San Antonio area’s most prestigious builders of fine custom homes since 1992. One of his many well-earned awards was the 2008 Builder of the Year. He is a past president of the Greater San Antonio Builders Association; he holds graduate master builder (GMB) and certified green professional (CGP) designations from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB); and he is a voting director of the Texas Association of Builders and the NAHB. Hollaway currently builds throughout San Antonio, as far north as Austin and Horseshoe Bay and as far south as the Eagle Ford Shale. Some of his community involvements include being a past member of Rey Feo court, and was chosen to build the 2015 St. Jude’s Dream Home.

Belinda Vela-Reyna is originally from Corpus Christi, Texas. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master of Science degree in Educational Guidance and Counseling from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. She retired from an 11-year career as a U.S. probation officer for the Western District of Texas San Antonio Division to stay home with her two beautiful daughters, Alexandria and Mia. She also has two amazing stepchildren, Danielle and John, and a wonderful husband. She has always had a passion for design, and she recently enjoyed renovating her new home with the help of Trent Hultgren.

KRISTAL POWELL

DALE PONDER

TRISH NAJIM

San Antonio native Peggy Zettner has been in the wholesale interior design industry for more than 21 years. As president of Interior Trade Cartel Inc. (ITC) for the past 17-plus years, she has seen many changes in the local interior design market. And business has never been better. Zettner has always felt there was a need to bring more design product to the trade in San Antonio. ITC currently represents more than 100 lines of product. ITC is an ASID industry partner, and it is very involved in the community. As a wife, mother, daughter, sister and aunt, Zettner stays pretty busy. She loves entertaining family and friends, and her newest passion has been getting involved personally in the community. Her two biggest passions are CASA and Wounded Warriors.

Kristal Powell is the cofounder of CKC Custom Homes who serves as the driving force behind the beauty and elegance that is evident in the company’s finished homes. She uses a hands-on approach, personally assisting clients in the selection of paint, tile, cabinets and all aspects of design. Much of CKC’s success can be attributed to Powell’s passion for perfecting the unique style of CKC Custom Homes.

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Dale Ponder is the owner and operator of Cozy Outdoor Escapes, an outdoor living retail center focusing on customer service and high-end equipment. His career started in the electrical trades, where he held various positions in a large, nonunion shop in San Antonio, where he was raised. He later entered the international market, project managing the construction of drug interdiction radar sites throughout South and Central America and owning and operating a telecommunication construction service company in Caracas, Venezuela. Ponder left the business in 2010 to pursue his passion for the outdoor living retail sector. He developed a business plan, and Cozy Outdoor Escapes opened to the public in March 2011.

As a realtor and certified luxury home marketing specialist, Trish Najim prides herself in providing her clients a service to best assist them with their real estate needs regardless of whether they are sellers or buyers. Najim is with Keller Williams Realty Luxury International in San Antonio, and she is also a certified staging consultant and an interior design consultant. With her design background, she is able to work with buyers to visualize themselves in the home of their dreams, and to help sellers make their homes appealing to buyers. 


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OUT TO LUNCH // BY: ANGELA CLACK

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Just because you don’t have a lot of time for lunch doesn’t mean you have to settle for something ordinary. Not every day. You’ve no doubt had your fair share of busy days where the best you can do is make it down to the company cafeteria. Or perhaps you’ve settled for reheating yesterday’s dinner, or if you’re committed to being well behaved, a Lean Cuisine. Every once in a while though, you deserve to get out of the office at midday. Here are four restaurants that can help you turn your lunch hour into a happy hour. Tarka Indian Kitchen transports diners into a flavorful tour of India. You know you’re in for a treat when you enter the restaurant, like an authentic Indian kitchen, and are greeted with enticing aromas that make it difficult to decide what to choose from their extensive menu. Although my spirit is adventurous, I sometimes limit my selections to those items that I can actually pronounce. What I can pronounce and love is naan. Like Oprah, I love bread and Tarka’s naan does not disappoint. My recommendation for the less adventurous that want a tasty treat: the lamb kabobs. Their kabobs, which they also have in a chicken variety, are served with vegetables and wonderful basmati rice. You’ll also love their curries; there are five to choose from. Don’t visit without

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trying a freshly whipped lassi. It’s a yogurt based treat with pureed fruit. What you can count on from Tarka is a satisfying, highly seasoned meal that will have you coming back for more. Zoe’s Kitchen resonates with me because I love the Mediterranean. Zoe’s promotes a healthy, happy lifestyle with menu items prepared, in a healthy way, from fresh ingredients. Nothing at Zoe’s is fried. Nothing. Their website touts their commitment to use fresh produce, lean proteins and olive oils. You feel good (earthy good) about eating at Zoe’s. You’ll also feel satisfied. Portions are generous, the menu is extensive and the selections tasty. My favorites are the Quinoa Salad and the Gruben, their take on a Ruben made with grilled turkey on rye. It’s worth the trip just to get their hummus and I’ve gone in just for a bottle of their Greek salad dressing. Another plus: Zoe’s has a cool app that offers rewards when you scan your receipt. Presentation matters to me almost as much as taste, and Picnikins Patio Café is a hit on both fronts. The lunch menu offers a variety of sandwiches (gourmet and classic), soups and salads. You’ll appreciate the minimalist environment and the imaginative way that they plate. They make a beautiful Greek salad, and an excellent roast beef sandwich aptly called “The Fabulous” that expertly marries sweet red onions, cream cheese and horseradish. What I have not tried, but intend to

on my next visit, is their Lemon Posset, a British dessert served with ginger crisps. The restaurant transforms from a casual lunch destination to a chic dinner spot. The dinner menu includes pork chops, mushroom and leek meatloaf, salmon piccata and chicken marsala. When I was first introduced to Salata, it was described to me as Subway, but for salad. That’s so wrong. It’s head and shoulders above a Subway. The great advantage of Salata is that they are completely customizable. It’s a delightful experience for folks like me who want what they want the way they want it. Salad lovers would be hard pressed to come up with a topping or salad dressing that Salata doesn’t have. Salata boasts 50 different toppings including several proteins, soups, a variety of breads, cookies and brownies and flavored teas. Be warned, if you’re going to get in that line during the lunch rush, you do need to know what you want. The line can get really long, so the time spent pondering whether you want to add jicama or not may be too much to bear for the patrons behind you. A great plus of Salata is that their menu fully discloses calories. If you plan ahead you can know exactly the calorie count of your salad. And, you can place your order online so that it’s ready when you get there. If you’re going to get away from the office, make your venture out an adventure. Visit one of these special restaurants. You’re sure to return to the office refreshed and ready to tackle your responsibilities. ■ KABOBS

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arrish & Company, a local family-owned business, has served Texas homeowners, home builders and remodelers for over 40 years. The business has grown from a fireplace distributor in 1972 to one of the best-in-class providers of appliances, cabinets, countertops, fireplaces, fire pits, garage doors, outdoor kitchens and windows. Founders Dan and Susan Parrish continue to drive the spirit of the business with their knowledge and hard-working values. As the business has grown and prospered, so has the family. Son, Brette, is now Vice President of Sales and daughter Kelly Parrish Walker is Vice President of Marketing. Because it is family owned and operated, Parrish & Company handpicks the finest manufacturers to offer their clients the most innovative and reliable home products on the market. The Parrishes have also cultivated an exceptional team of highly trained sales staff, expert designers, professional installers and managers. The Parrish family pledge is to “personally ensure our clients are completely satisfied with our people, our

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products and our service every day. Your vision is our family’s passion and we sincerely appreciate the opportunity to earn your trust.” According to one client testimonial, they did just that: “Every single Parrish employee we encountered was positive, helpful, extremely polite, and genuinely friendly and demonstrated a “can-do” attitude. Parrish & Co., in my estimation is in very capable hands. Following the conclusion of our total kitchen makeover, we are lightyears beyond delighted with the design and the results.” Kelly Parrish Walker, Vice President of Marketing, explains that today’s clients are very savvy when it comes to styles and trends. “The proliferations of design websites like Houzz and Pinterest, and television programs [shown on] HGTV provide a lot of ideas about how to create the home of your dreams. Our job is to turn that dream into reality taking into consideration functionality and family needs. “Clients are encouraged to bring in pictures of their ideas when they meet with the designer. After taking into account all the factors involved, including budget requirements, clients are provided with dimensional line drawings to see exactly how their project will look. Ideally, Parrish wants to operate as a concierge service; at the client’s

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BECAUSE IT IS FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED, PARRISH & COMPANY HANDPICKS THE FINEST MANUFACTURERS TO OFFER THEIR CLIENTS THE MOST INNOVATIVE AND RELIABLE HOME PRODUCTS ON THE MARKET.


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degree of ownership in the finished product is virtually unheard of in this marketplace. This is what “value-added is all about and it is significant.” to the kitchen or bath market. Kitchen design has become one of the most important parts of home products industry. This room is no longer just functional but part of the overall “design statement” of the home. Because of the wide array of home products Parrish offers, it’s a challenge to describe the innovations that are available to make that statement. Open concept kitchens make the kitchen a gathering place for family and friends and often the center of the home. Following the open layout trend, cabinets are losing their doors and opening up for displaying cookware and dishes as art. “Transitional is the

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assistance from initial idea to completed project satisfaction. An example of that type of service is related by a previous client: “The 11-year-old home we purchased required a kitchen makeover that we knew would require a professional kitchen designer; Parrish & Co. was recommended by an architectural firm. From the first meeting, it quickly became apparent that we were in the hands of an experienced professional who really listened to our input and who consistently articulated an understanding of that input both verbally and in the design. After the final design was approved, she made a point of coming out to check on the progress of the work and to inspect the finished results. That the individual responsible for the design would take such a high


new traditional”, says Kelly Parrish Walker. “Floating shelves are popular and fit well into the transitional and modern designs we see more of these days.” In the last 40 years, cabinetry, appliances, accessories and materials have changed dramatically for the better. Operational performance, such as smooth drawer glides, sturdier joinery techniques, such as dovetail, and soft close drawers are important considerations when choosing cabinetry. Besides innovation in functionality, manufacturers are making aesthetical improvements with a range of possibilities for cabinet door inserts from glass and metal to fabric. Paint is hot again, rather than wood tones, especially in shades

of white and grey. Homeowners are painting island cabinets in a different but coordinating shade with the surrounding cabinetry. “At Parrish we carry the very best in these product enhancements,” says Walker. “The choices can get overwhelming. Our certified kitchen designers assist clients in choosing the right aesthetical touches for that “design statement” as well as the functions best suited to the family’s lifestyle needs. Appliance advancements have been made to coordinate with the open concept look of today’s homes. Most are made to blend into the cabinetry so as not to disturb that transitional flow. Appliances are extremely low profile without visible controls or handles. Many manufacturers are launching artistic lines that

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One kitchen area we haven’t talked about is the outdoor kitchen. This popular home enhancement is the perfect place to relax and enjoy entertaining friends and family. Parrish and Company can customize your outdoor space and make it uniquely yours with a complete outdoor kitchen to a more efficient barbecue pit or grill. Already feeling overwhelmed? That’s where Parrish & Company comes in; they have two beautiful showrooms in San Antonio for you to visit and see their work in three dimensions. The original corporate location and main warehouse offers appliances, cabinetry, countertops, fireplaces, garage doors, win-

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provide sleek, retro looks with minimal lines and modern hardware. There are all types of technology available in the newer appliance lines depending on the types of bells and whistles a client desires. Parrish can provide it all. Baby boomers aren’t into all the excess, but the young professional thinks it’s essential. One GE product line, the Café Series French Door refrigerator provides in-door hot water with a Keurig enhancement to brew that favorite blend of coffee. Whether choosing cabinetry, appliances or nifty gadgets, think sleek lines and practical functionality. These are the components of a well-designed modern kitchen.


dows and outdoor kitchens. All products are on display including 25 live fireplaces. Parrish on Main is an upscale experience of appliances, cabinetry and countertop showroom with a full working kitchen for events. Speaking of events, purchase a complete appliance package (see store for details) from Parrish & Co. and you will be treated to an in-home cooking experience. Chef Bryan will come to your home and cook a complete meal for you along with a bottle of wine. If you like, he’ll show you how to put your new appliances to their best use.

Don’t know where to begin? Start with Parrish & Company’s website. Browse through their gallery and start collecting ideas. Then come to one of the showrooms and talk with one of the designers and you’re on your way from dreams to reality. ■

For more information, visit www.parrishandcompany.com, call (830) 980-9595, or visit 26995 Hwy 281 N, San Antonio, TX between the hours of 8 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday or 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday.

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A TYPICAL TEAR-OUT FOR CVF HOMES IN HISTORICAL LAVACA/KING WILLIAM HOMES TURNED INTO A CLASSIC ENERGY EFFICIENT BATH LUXURIOUS ENOUGH FOR ANYONE. WHAT’S MORE, SAVING EXISTING HISTORICAL STRUCTURES AND REVISING THEM TO SUIT TODAY’S LIVING IS THE MOST SUSTAINABLE YOU CAN GET.

detector faucets and lights are more sustainable and further lower utility bills. It's also important to repair any leaky faucets or toilets for maximum energy/water efficiency. Toilets in the 30s used gallons of water per flush (GPF); today’s most efficient models use from 1 to 0.8GPF. Fernandez recommends gas tankless water heaters. If the hot water runs are longer than 20 feet, install an on-demand or programmable hot water recirculation system. In the kitchen, Fernandez prefers FSC certified wood formaldehyde-free cabinets, low- or zero-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paints and sealer that have the Green Seal or are

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n the 1930s, green was the color of choice in luxury bathrooms and kitchens, and homeowners weren't thinking green in terms of sustainability. However, over the past few years, builder/designer Juan Fernandez of Casas Verdes Fernandez Construction has been restoring historic homes in the near-downtown King William and Lavaca areas; these neighborhoods are among San Antonio's oldest, dating back to the early 1900s. German and Mexican middle class working families built sturdy homes in the area, but the neighborhood changed in 1968 when many of the homes were moved to HemisFair Park and were re-purposed for exhibits and restaurants. Now, 85 years later, Fernandez has expanded the green factor, in some cases with recycled glass tiles in the kitchen and bath, but mostly by adding sustainable features to reduce water and energy usage. These renovations enable the homes to meet or surpass local and national green standards while being restored cosmetically to their original charm. Fernandez has also added new structures designed to meet Historic District standards, including front porches and driveways. Passionate about historical preservation and sustainability, Fernandez has combined the two in many of his projects, including a construction that received the 2012 San Antonio Green Building award for its sustainability. It includes a unique grey water system recycling water from the bathroom shower and sink to all toilets; tankless water heaters strategically placed for instant hot water; solar panels (invisible from the street) to meet neighborhood standards and electric vehicle recharge systems. “Kitchens and baths use the most water and energy so those rooms need special attention,” Fernandez explains. “In the early days, sustainability was not a common concern, so retrofitting systems in these rooms has been an exciting challenge.” For new construction or big remodels, Fernandez suggests installing short hot water runs (20feet or less) from the water heater, which is more energy efficient and user friendly in the kitchen and bath. Faucets and showerheads should be 2GPM to 1.5GPM (gallons per minute). Motion


A 1930s EAT-IN KITCHEN USUALLY HAD A SEPARATE DINING ROOM. GAS COOKING AND SOME OF THE FIRST REFRIGERATORS WERE INTRODUCED. WATER, GAS AND ELECTRIC WERE INEXPENSIVE AND THE MAIN ENERGY SOURCE WAS WOOD. THERE WAS A TOUCH OF GREEN IN MOST ROOMS OF THE PERIOD. A 1930s LUXURY BATH INCLUDED EVERYTHING TODAY’S BATH HAS AND ALL GREEN. FROM THE COLLECTIONS OF THE HENRY FORD

Green Guard Certified. Stainless steel, high quality quartz or recycled materials are his choice for sustainable countertops that are non-porous and scratch resistant. Energy Star appliances and updated lighting complete the green kitchen picture. Energy efficient lighting is important in every room of the house. Choosing light bulbs can be confusing, but the right ones will provide both better light and reduced utility costs. Compound Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) take a little more time to turn on but use about 30% less energy and are now available in a variety of warm-to-bright tones, last up to fifteen times longer than standard incandescent bulbs, are reasonably priced, but are not dimmable. They should be considered to brighten up every room in the house for a variety of moods from warm to cool. Also available are Tungsten Halogen bulbs, which are between standards bulbs and CFLs in terms of energy usage. Tungsten Halogen bulbs use approximately 70% of the energy that standard bulbs do, are dimmable, and light up instantly. Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) could become the most energy efficient bulb lasting longer but are more expensive ($40-$100). Since they contain no mercury, LEDs can be thrown in the trash. Overall, adding any or all of these sustainable green features will help to make your kitchen and bath not only more eco-friendly but more luxurious because they represent the green generation incorporating green in their high style of living. ■ JULY//AUGUST 2016 NHOME /

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Designing the right children’s playroom can be a tricky affair at times. There are several different ingredients that you need to get right to create the perfect playroom. Obviously, every parent wishes to create that magical setting that they can proudly call the world’s best playroom. The playroom is a lot more than just a place where kids spend a few hours; it is a space that allows them to tap into their energy, creativity and imagination. Playrooms are full of activity, but playroom decor should also encourage quiet time. Whether you wish to create a dedicated playroom space, or do double duty with a multipurpose room, encourage quiet time with a reading nook complete with space-saving playroom decor. Storage benches or window seats can help maximize space, while beanbags, cushions, and pillows can be stacked away when not in use. There are a variety of themes that you can choose for the playroom. These can vary from a cool nautical approach to a Disney astronautthemed room that your little one would adore. Rocky Rocket is the perfect armchair for kids to play with their toys. Connecting two different eras, parents can see Tintin references at this piece; and their kids can be inspired on “Toy Story” the movie, especially by “Buzz Lightyear” and his belief of being a true space ranger, protecting the Universe CIRCU built this piece for the little astronauts. Kids are passionate about adventure and superheroes, so CIRCU captures that essence and plant it in their souls. Rocky Rocket is a masterpiece all made by hand. The body is made in fiberglass, with mask

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PLAYROOMS ARE FULL OF ACTIVITY, BUT PLAYROOM DECOR SHOULD ALSO ENCOURAGE QUIET TIME.

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THE PLAYROOM IS A LOT MORE THAN JUST A PLACE WHERE KIDS SPEND A FEW HOURS, IT IS A SPACE THAT ALLOWS THEM TO TAP INTO THEIR ENERGY, CREATIVITY AND IMAGINATION. paint, to reproduce the squares. The interior is made of red velvet upholstery. It has a light and sound system incorporated. The light and sound system are controlled by a mobile app (iLight) with several options: choice of music, light effects, and sleep time. The engines are made in fiberglass and their interior is made with a new velvet flocking technique. What you can see as engines and staircase, are in fact shelves with a very important storage solution. With easy access, this is the perfect place to keep your kid's favorite toys safe. Marrying beautiful themes with smart storage solutions, the perfect playroom is a space that both adults and kids appreciate. â–

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MARRYING BEAUTIFUL THEMES WITH SMART STORAGE SOLUTIONS, THE PERFECT PLAYROOM IS A SPACE THAT BOTH ADULTS AND KIDS APPRECIATE.

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uying and selling property can be an overwhelming task. There are forms, financial considerations, inspections, legal implications and so much more that goes into a real estate transaction. But a trained and professional REALTOR® can make this daunting task simple because they have the experience required to navigate the process. In fact, each year, nearly 10,000 REALTORS® in San Antonio and surrounding areas help thousands of prospective buyers and sellers meet their real estate goals. This year is particularly notable for REALTORS®; 2016 marks their 100th anniversary. While real estate agents have been around since before 1916, the Code of Ethics to which REALTORS® must adhere was not introduced until 1913. Two years later, Minnesota practitioner Charles Chadbourn suggested that agents who adhered to the highest ethical standards should have a professional title of their own. By 1916, the term “REALTOR®” was adopted by the National Association of REALTORS®, paying Chadbourn one dollar for the rights. The San Antonio Board of REALTORS® (SABOR) quickly adopted the term, setting in motion an industry that would forever change the economic landscape of the San Antonio and surrounding areas. When the term was adopted, the city was still decades away from the tourism boom brought on by the addition of the Riverwalk. The military presence, so central to the city today, was still in its infant stages, and the population was less than a tenth of what it is now. As these industries developed, so did the need for housing as more and more people and businesses relocated here. REALTORS® often provided the first impression to newcomers, explaining the perks of living in the area and connecting them to proper-


ties they could call home. As time marched on, home prices and styles changed to reflect the times and tastes of each generation and REALTORS® have continually worked closely with their clients; whether they were families looking for their next suburban home or military personnel needing short-term housing. By providing the care these individuals and families needed during a time of transition, and by keeping the supply and demand steady, the local economy continued to grow and people continued to buy and sell with confidence. Not only have REALTORS® consistently provided expert assistance to their clients over the past 100 years, but they have also played a crucial role in protecting private property rights. Even as early as the 1920s, REALTORS® were participating in local civic organizations, City Council and city commissions to maintain a finger on the pulse of the developments happening in the region and offering a voice for home buyers and sellers when it came to decisions affecting them. More recently, in the 1990s, REALTORS® were instrumental in requiring sellers of residential property to fill out property disclosure forms, both protecting the buyer and those in the real estate industry. In addition, REALTORS® have worked to keep sales taxes down on real estate transactions, established a statute requiring the licensing of all mortgage brokers, and promoted HOA reform bills to grant homeowners more rights, just to name a few accomplishments. Today, the San Antonio area is fueled by continued job growth and affordable housing compared to other large metropolitan areas around the state and country. These factors combined with the warm weather and vibrant cultures make San Antonio an ideal place to call home. REALTORS® diligently market the advantages of this beautiful area to prospective buyers and provide a welcome face to those moving here, and it is these essential actions that continue to support the staggering growth of our city. ■ JULY//AUGUST 2016 NHOME /

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Exchanges Of The Presidents IMMEDIATE PAST, CURRENT AND FUTURE PRESIDENTS OF GSABA JOINS FOR A SUCCESSFUL PANEL DISCUSSION HOSTED BY THE YOUNG PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE (YPLC) // BY: ANN MARIE LOPEZ

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he Greater San Antonio Builder’s Association has a new committee—the Young Professional Leadership Committee (YPLC). This committee is only in its second year and is already doing amazing things. They had their second annual Presidents Panel, organized by Chair Amy Marie Lopez and Co-Chair Erika Ramon, where Frank Sitterle (immediate past president) Steve Louis (current President) and Wayne Moravits (future president) of GSABA were featured and spoke to the committee. The mission of the Young Professional Leadership Committee

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is to establish an environment for educational, philanthropic, networking, and career growth opportunities. These young professionals ages 45 and under are affiliated with the development, remodeling and homebuilding industries. YPLC strives to distinguish themselves as a young professional’s organization by and for young professionals that combines networking, professional development and community involvement. All of this is in an effort to find and cultivate the future leaders of GSABA. YPLC was founded by Amy Marie Lopez, with help from Christian Finke, in January 2015. ■


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oday, help for your home’s issues are as close as your computer, where you can find sites for anything and everything imaginable. Whether you need to know how to build a new deck or find the best way to clean tile floors, someone has a website that can give you directions on the subject. The most difficult part is finding a reputable site that gives good and accurate information that is truly helpful. The staff at 55places.com – the leading resource on active adult and 55+ communities – spends a lot of time researching helpful tips for homeowners. Here are five of our favorites.

KEEPING YOUR HOME GREEN: SustainableBabySteps.com

Keeping your home eco-friendly can be a challenge but there is help at Sustainable Baby Steps. Here you will find tips on green living that will help you inside your home and out. There are articles on living a healthier lifestyle, how to reduce waste, edible landscaping, and other ideas for green living all in one place.  

MAINTAINING YOUR HOME: HomeTime.com

HOME REPAIR:

If you need plumbing, electrical, air conditioning repair, flooring installed, or any number of other home repairs, a good place to start is at HomeAdvisor. This free site is your link to home repairs and will connect you with local contractors who can complete them. It’s as easy as telling them your need, location, details of your repair, and whether it’s an emergency or a project. After inputting your information, you will get a list of contractors and their quotes to choose from.  

KEEPING YOUR HOME CLEAN: GoodHousekeeping.com

A reputable name in the Baby Boomer lexicon, Good Housekeeping has had a monthly publication since 1885. They have served generations of homeowners with tips for housekeeping, cooking, and advice for the modern family. The advent of the internet has brought their sage advice to your fingertips and you can find help with cleaning and other household issues from their extensive database of information.  

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As one of your most valuable assets, maintaining your home properly will help to retain its value. You can perform some maintenance and home improvement projects yourself, and Home Time has videos and articles covering many home projects that will help you along the way. If you need a new fence, tile repaired, or instructions on how to lay out a new kitchen, Home Time has the information you need for your project.  

LANDSCAPING: BHG.com

Unless you live in a villa or condominium, your yard will require maintenance beyond a mowed lawn. Better Homes and Gardens has a feature on their website that will help you plan a garden that will make the outside of your home as beautiful as the inside. The site is loaded with decorating, landscaping, and homemaintenance tips that will help point you in the right direction when working on your home projects.

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GSABA Network Mixer and Presidents Panel at The Tile Shop // PHOTOGRAPHY: JASON ROBERTS

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