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La Maison in Midtown Huston: Urban Warmth

…Yes, the above image was our lavish suite at La Maison (LM) Midtown Houston.  Of course, we have an inside track; one of the owners,  Genora Boykin, is a cousin to my friend, Mr. K. The co-owner is Sharon Owens, and both Boykins and Owens meet the standard…

Relaxing at Home: “Gather round…”

My sister and brother/friends Denice and Tucker Lott are living their miracles.  They have navigated serious family illnesses, a thriving business, their non-profit, Soul of Santa, and, recently, the renovation of their home.  Relaxation is paramount to their well-being, and the sunroom created to harbor the healing, rest,…

Second Act: Millicent Garland Photography

I met Millicent Garland over 30 years ago, in the Shoals, and I have always been in awe of her.   At that time she was the active  President of the Black Engineers group from Tennessee Valley Authority.  Beyond working at TVA, she raised three of her nephews…

Mi Casa, Su Casa: Cooking with Copper

Ruffoni Brazier handmade in Italy with a tin lining. Copper is the fancy sports car of the culinary world. It’s flashy, sleek, racy, and beautiful. As a home chef cooking on a professional quality stove, I appreciate my copper cookware and use it often. I love the weight…

Just an Illusion: An Anniversary Tribute to Dr. Rudolph Moragne

  Earring Holder As Black History closes on this last day of a short month, I’m also celebrating my 25th anniversary of dba, Just An Illusion. When I began this journey, I had no idea that I would commemorate a silver acknowledgment. I was reminded on social media…

Bronzie De’Marco!

It started in the early ’70s.  Bronzie De’Marco saw her uncle premier as the first Black drag queen in Huntsville.  Today De’Marco celebrates her own career that spans over 50 years. Her illusions include Minnie, Patti, Whitney, and Diana to name a few, and she is an advocate…

Escape with Helen M. Bailey

  Helen Bailey is often described as innovative, impactful  and energizing …with a unique sense of style & grace. Just about the time COVID 19 sequestered society to zones of safety within homes, behind computers, and into the search of creative outlets, Facebook introduced me to Helen M….

Mi Casa, Su Casa: Editing and Curating Your Art and Collectibles

  Home with Janis Gipson Art and collectibles enhance and enrich your home in so many ways. Inherited art can contain the spirit and essence of its beloved previous owner. Art can mirror your taste, and can reflect your soul.  Art can evoke fond memories of a vacation…

Stay Tuned for @kennediekerenn:

  Wrapped in white – Kennedie Casey It runs in the family!  Kennedie Casey was born and raised in Florence, AL.  Her environment was always creative.  She was influenced by her mother, Von Etta.  As a child, Casey was always interested in what her mother wore and when…

Designs for Urban Comfort

  Designs for Urban Comforts™ is about making choices to live your best life. For Rhonda Hardy this means engaging with the people, places, and things around her. It means making the best of every situation. As an artist, Rhonda uses fabrics and form to create beautiful items…