I best describe myself as an eclectic minimalist — mixing styles, textures and colors in unexpected ways while not over-decorating.

The Luces have been busy filling their house to the brim with Christmas decorations.

There’s no place like the outdoors. With that in mind, Angie and Billy Whitley built their 2,900-square-foot home in the backwoods of Huntington.

Cross Creek, the home of Diana and John Kristynik, is a hidden oasis nestled 26 miles off Highway 103 east by Lake Sam Rayburn.

Editor’s note: This 1960s modern mid-century home is now on the market. Visit this home at 1407 Brookhollow Drive in Lufkin. For more information, please contact Courtney Gould at Legacy Real Estate Group, (936) 414-5322.

Splish, splash! Someone’s taking a bath under umbrellas and rainbows.

Many have stared up at the slightly hidden staircase at the corner of the Standpipe Coffee House in downtown Lufkin, wondering what was beyond the front door. A secret garden? Giant outdoor porch? A vampire’s lair? Narnia?

Behind Larry Bruce Gardens café in Kennard sits a house owned by Larry and Sara Bruce. Most pass by without stopping to glance at the house hidden among the thick hedge, herbs and plants, but the ones who do find a hidden oasis. But it was with hard work that the Bruces’ oasis was created.

The yellow and white-trim home of Miranda and Andy Varkadoz brings a dash of springtime to the corner of Conn Avenue and First Street.

Claire Crisp is enjoying the last home she will have to herself before she marries. For now, it’s just her, her best friend, Thompson the cat, and her little abode in downtown Nacogdoches.

Walking through the Williams’ doorway reveals a world of teals, bronze and creams that creates the foundation to their “rustic chic” abode.

The leaves rustle together as dappled sunlight dances on the floor. Laughter is heard, trickling in on the leaves as they blow in across the floor.