Ready or not, Christmas is just days away. Among the many trappings we associate with Christmas, such as gifts, traveling, ugly sweaters and more, we also bring into the house a variety of plants.

It seems that in 2020, numerous families re-discovered that there are outdoor spaces.

Choosing the proper flooring for your home can be an overwhelming process. I reached out to Mark Ferden, owner of Carpets by Curiosity, to get a few answers regarding luxury vinyl and laminate flooring.

Historic downtown Lufkin has certainly experienced an age of reformation over the past decade. New retail and dining options abound, and as more lofts become available along First Street — thanks in large part to Hicks-Co Real Estate Development, downtown living has become more attractive than ever.

Living in Texas, where no one meets a stranger, we know the the value of making your front porch inviting. It’s the extension of hospitality that beckons friends, family, neighbors and strangers alike. It welcomes barbecues, birthday parties and a glass of cool iced tea on a hot day. It’s filled with memories past and present. It’s a place to kick back, relax and enjoy life from your perspective. It provides a reflection of you and what’s important in your life.

“Out with the old; in with the new.” That used to be the saying, but more recently, we have loved all things retro, especially if we can revitalize it. From businesses to individual fun, breathing new life into something that really needs it has become quite the trend.

Why is it that we feel the need to leave town in order to see beautiful places? It really isn’t all that necessary. Staying in our ecoregion, you can witness some of the best gardens you’ll ever see.

Looking for ways to social distance this fall, while also creating some distance between yourself and the stress of the real world? Camping may truly be one of the best ways to do that. If you’re not interested in all of the packing, planning and traveling, why not set up camp in your own backyard.

Did you know you can make glow-in-the-dark lanterns using just a glass jar, glow sticks and lots of glitter? There is just something about cracking glow sticks that makes me feel like a kid again. It would be awesome to line these DIY lanterns down a sidewalk or patio railing for a party. Be sure to wear protective gloves, because the glow stick substance is toxic.

This time of year has everyone itching to get outdoors. These do-it-yourself waterproof matches are a fun way to keep your kids busy while you pack up for your next camping adventure; and they can save your fire in a pinch.

Did you know that around your house, in the vacant lot down the street, and in the woods, there are a number of edible plants? Learning what plants are edible and maybe a little history behind them can be a fun “get outside and try it” kind of activity.

Southern charm meets East Texas elegance in this breathtaking three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath custom home in the Spring Creek subdivision in Nacogdoches. A split bedroom layout offers both functionality and privacy in the 3,400-square-foot plan. Special features include extensive crown molding; plantation shutters; plenty of large, open windows; and beautiful dark wood accents throughout. The property extends to the pond and also includes an attached two-car garage with a 250-pound capacity attic lift.

San Francisco Giants’ first baseman and Hudson High School all-star Brandon Belt and his family moved into their new spacious modern farmhouse this summer.

Mosquitoes are the worst. Here’s a simple DIY to help you enjoy being outside on these hot summer nights. And because this homemade bug repellant not only works well, but also looks pretty, these make great centerpieces for any back-to-school bashes you might be hosting.

Stacks of cookbooks and baskets. Rows of fluffy pillows. Shelves lined with vases, containers and fun knickknacks. Tables stacked high with cheeseboards and serving trays. Large pieces of artwork hang from the walls and chandeliers set a homey tone.

4-H is the largest youth development organization in the state with more than half a million kids enrolling each year. No matter what county you live in or what you like to do, 4-H is something that lets you be better.

Home Theater Concepts created a world-class audio, video and automation system in the Belts’ new home.

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.