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.

Being human can be messy sometimes. There are seasons in our lives we find ourselves spinning due to overcommitment, being stretched too thin and end up drained.

My wife was able to join me at a conference I attended in Galveston last month. While I was in meetings, seminars and luncheons, she was on the beach and visiting a local garden. Everywhere we went, she asked, “Why can’t we grow this around our home?”

Once upon a time, we sat out back in our playhouses made of trees, cardboard boxes and abandoned sheds. We built forts out of sheets and pillows and dreamed of what our houses might one day look like.

This gorgeous farmhouse-inspired home in Hudson is a custom-built dream. The four-bedroom, three-bath house sits on 3½ acres and includes an office, walk-in pantry and walk-in closets in every bedroom, a playroom and designated “man cave.” Even the dog has its own space with a room under the staircase and its own shower in the garage.

We all want our kids to develop patience, learn responsibility, learn to plan and organize. We’d love for them to advance in their science and math skills all the while learning about the environment. And to put a pretty bow on this wish list, lets do it all while enjoying some quality family time.

In the small community of Linwood, just a few miles west of Alto, sits a piece of Texas history. Owned by the same family since 1836 and situated on 190 acres that includes a private lake, abundant wildlife and a pine plantation, sits an adorable custom-built country home.

It doesn’t get any more summery than a drink that’s topped off with a cute cocktail umbrella. Simply use cardstock and wooden skewers to make this DIY that is perfect for all those fruity drinks your guests will be sipping on poolside.

Nestled in the pines of the Settlement neighborhood on the south side of Lufkin, this charming 3-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home is the perfect place to entertain guests or just get away from it all. Brittany and Justin Jensen made several updates to their modern farmhouse while maintaining the house’s original character.

Located on Caspers Cove Road in Hudson, this custom-built home draws from the natural beauty of the Pineywoods to combine rustic style with the relaxing enjoyment of country living.