Summer 2020 is your chance to shine. Take off those boring, black yoga pants that you’ve been wearing for days on end and go bold with the summer’s hot new colors.

You won’t feel like you’re in East Texas anymore upon entering this beautiful custom-built, four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath home in the Broadmoor subdivision of Nacogdoches. Built in 2016, the home’s 3,000 square feet features a second living area or media room with a bathroom upstairs, custom plantation shutters, a tray ceiling in the master bedroom and an open floor plan with simple archways in the kitchen/living area.

With the heat of summer squarely upon us (and more yet to come), let’s add one essential feature to your outside landscape. Water.

If there’s one good thing that has come out of the COVID-19 crisis, it’s the abundance of unique #quarantineDIYprojects. Check these out.

Painting rocks is one of the world’s oldest art forms, but over the past several years, a new hobby has swept social media — rock hunting. It’s simple enough — paint some rocks and then hide them for others to find — but it’s definitely a lot of fun. This is a great project to do with your kids, although I have to admit, I think I enjoyed it more than they did. It’s also a great way to get out of the house and still social distance, while also activating your creativity and imagination. It’s a win, win, win situation.

I have always enjoyed Father’s Day, and surprising my Dad with a homemade treat was always the way to his heart. Make your dad, grandpa or father figure’s day with this fun medal cookie that shows he will always be No. 1. Kids will love helping bake his favorite cookie — or any treat for that matter — and then crafting the cookie wrapper.

Small-town charm reaches its full potential in this beautiful, traditional-style Lufkin home. Sitting on just under half an acre in The Settlement subdivision, just off U.S. Highway 59 south, the property features a circle drive, a spacious covered deck and an attached two-car garage. The 2,000-square-foot plan, consisting of three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths, is large enough for entertaining guests, yet cozy enough for intimate family gatherings. Neutral tones, together with dark hardwood floors and light tiling, provide comfort and simplicity throughout.

This 2017 custom-built four-bedroom, three-bath home in Nacogdoches is the perfect East Texas mix of style and character. Calming gray tones marry with clean whites and gorgeous wood accents throughout the home’s 3,000 square feet, while exterior columns are adorned with multi-colored stone features. Plenty of windows were worked into the home’s design plan to bring natural light in and invite your view out. Three-fourths of the sprawling 31-acre property is pasture, while the rest is made up of wooded areas and a pond.

Need a place to go, to relax, that’s not far and that can be designed to fit only you?

What better way to show your love than with some flowers? Flowers that just happen to double as cupcakes that is! I do love receiving flowers, but this fun twist is something your kids could help with and everyone can enjoy.

The big, yellow cloud has already covered our homes, our cars and even us. Spring here, and it is bringing with it all of the dust, dander, pollen and other allergens possible. Not to mention all of the viruses and illnesses that leave us feeling awful.

Improve your gardening success by building up your current garden’s soil and finding a good place to put a new garden.

This custom home built by Petty Construction for Dustin Morris and Kelly Reeves beautifully captures the modern farmhouse chic trend. Dark wood is paired with clean, spa-like neutrals throughout, creating an inviting and cozy atmosphere. Tricolored hardwood floors break up the space and add interest. The master bedroom is downstairs, and two bedrooms and a game room are upstairs. A roomy balcony on the second floor overlooks the backyard, perfect for enjoying the East Texas skies.

Spring is in the air, which means festivals, markets and trade days are about to be in full swing! There is something about attending outdoor events in the spring that jump-starts my creative side. I was inspired to make these fabric Mason jar coasters while attending a market and thought they would be the perfect addition to our outdoor space. I added in blue tones to accent my new throw pillows and to brighten up our porch.

I keep honeybees. Truthfully, I simply provide a structure for them to live in and try to keep pests away so they can successfully pollinate my plants, and I can harvest excess honey. They are truly remarkable creatures.

As spring begins to descend on East Texas, the Angelina County Master Gardeners will once again host their bi-annual plant sale.

Real estate agent and interior designer Benjamin Sullivan is relatively new to the Nacogdoches area, having moved here less than a year ago. As an interior designer for more than 20 years, Sullivan has a keen eye for detail and exquisite taste. Over a cup of coffee and a couple of hours, we talked about his passion for creating timeless, beautiful homes and about his life journey, while swiping through his iPad full of photos showcasing past projects.

This gorgeous 2,200-square-foot home is a hidden gem that brings a whole new meaning to lakefront living. Surrounded by trees on just under two acres, the three-bedroom, two-bath home sits just off the shoreline of Lake Nacogdoches. Nature’s open serenity is brought indoors through the use of soothing cool tones, light hardwood floors and plenty of windows. A covered patio and pool area can be accessed through the master bedroom and the living room. The property also includes an attached three-car garage and a fire pit just a short walk from the boat dock.

This charming three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home on Saddle Trail Drive in Lufkin offers clean neutral tones to establish an open, spacious feel throughout. Nestled in the pines of a half-acre corner lot, the 3,000-square-foot floor plan creates cozy, inviting areas for visiting with guests, or spending some much-needed alone time. The property also includes a circle drive, a patio and a two-car garage with an attached workshop and garden shed.

When I was in college I couldn’t afford flowers delivered to my mom, so I bought rose bushes and planted them for her. While not all survived, some surprisingly have for decades.