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.

This custom-built home by Petty Construction for Jamie and Katy Rowley features five bedrooms and three baths and carries a neutral palette, dark wood and stone installations and stained concrete throughout. The house sits on 55 acres in Alto. The laundry room is accessed through a beautiful sliding barn door; a skylight pours natural light into the kitchen; and the fifth bedroom, located upstairs, has been converted into a game room/playroom. The property also includes a large shop with two garage doors, perfect for parking a boat and tractor, or using as a workshop.

On Thursday, Dec. 5, the CASA Christmas Home Tour features beautifully decorated and specially selected homes that are overflowing with Christmas joy. The tour is from 2:30-8 p.m. You can visit the homes in any order you wish, and stay as little or as long as you like. You should allow about two hours to complete the tour.

Samantha McCoy and Sheila Wilson, holiday decorators and co-owners of the Christmas Attic in downtown Lufkin, travel all over East Texas turning people’s homes into winter wonderlands. We asked the ladies to give us a few tips and tricks for decorating the perfect Christmas tree and asked them about this year’s hot new trends.

I love creating simple and semi-homemade holiday gifts that I know people will enjoy, and these dip mix ornaments hit all of those attributes. I also like gifting and receiving food items during the holiday season, mainly because I know that it will be eaten or used! But even more so, because if you are like me, you spend most of the holiday cooking or baking to take food elsewhere and when you get home you truly do not want to cook for yourself or are too busy.

Whether you know someone who’s serving our country, or you just want to brighten someone’s day, try sending a box full of goodies. All you need to know is what to send and where to send it. Here are some tips to consider when sending your care package.

As chillier nights and more comfortable days settle in, lakeside living takes on a whole new meaning. This three-bedroom, three-bath house sits on more than two-and-a-half acres on the shores of Lake Nacogdoches in Douglass. Under the shade of established trees, the home seems to be in a world of its own.

With multiple, stunning views of one of the best golf courses in Texas, this traditional home in Crown Colony offers modern comforts and classic style.

What is the one thing that reminds you most of October? Pumpkins, of course! So if you plan to stock up this season for your front porch décor or you’re just looking for something fun to do, be sure to visit one of the many local pumpkin patches this month.

A fall tablescape can be beautiful without breaking the bank. Try finding things around the house or even in nature to artistically create dimension and interest. To round out your décor, Salt & Honey {Marketplace} has new items all the time for that perfect vintage farmhouse look that everyone seems to want these days.

Fall is here. Football season is going strong. Not too much longer until we prepare for the holidays. And I bet you don’t have vegetable gardening on your list of fall activities.