Every time photographer Kimberli Smith snaps a photo, her inner perfectionist comes out and carefully preserves something that would otherwise fade away. Voted favorite portrait photographer for three years in a row by readers of the Baytown Sun, Kim's experience and skill have earned her a membership with both the Professional Photographers of America and Wedding and Portrait Photographers International. She also draws on the knowledge she gained from her psychology degree while working with children, pets, and fussy psychotherapists.
Clean By Design's professional cleaners scour the greater Houston area's residential messes with comprehensive cleaning services. During each two-hour session, cleaners stage a coup on grime, ridding homes of dust and cobwebs, vacuuming carpets, and wiping down the secret passage doors that lead to barracks filled with replacement butlers. Once bathroom tubs, showers, and latrines have been sanitized, cleaners progress into kitchens, where they scrub the outsides of appliances and the ice-cream stains inside microwaves. All countertops, kitchen-cabinet facings, and glass surfaces sparkle as cleaning crews drive off into the sunset, never to return until two weeks later to maintain the homes of guests who opted for three or five cleaning sessions. Clean By Design will not use bleach to clean any surface unless specifically requested, in which case the bleach must be supplied.
If a Houston homeowner's landscape is a family made up of verdant lawns, colorful flowers, and leafy shrubs, then the trees are the shy middle children. Unlike the lawn, trees don't get doted on with nitrogen-rich fertilizers. Unlike flowers, trees are not patiently pruned, weeded, or plucked and pinned to a grandmother's lapel. Sadly, most homeowners only pay attention to trees once it's too late; by then, their foliage has wilted to a pale yellowy complexion and they’ve started hanging out with bad crowds of bagworms or pine-bark beetles. At Texas Tree Team, arborists make sure that these gentle specimens get the nurturing they need to survive and thrive. Their services care for trees throughout their leafy life span, from planting and feeding to pruning and stump removal. The team also protects trees threatened with displacement or removal by construction or urban sprawl, preserving shade and blossoms for future residents. Along with protecting mature trees, the company also plants new saplings, dotting landscapes with trees ranging from color-sprayed magnolias, bradford pears, pecan trees, or crepe myrtles to palms hearty enough to weather even the hottest heat waves.
For more than 60 years, Maas Nursery’s green-thumbed staff has been tending to the blooming foliage, gardening supplies, and décor at the 8-acre facility. The 4-inch vegetable plants ($1.50 each) and 4-inch herbs ($2.49 each) garnish entrees, season sauces, and spice up expired milk with garden-fresh zest, and colorful 4-inch perennial bedding plants ($1.99 each to $35 for a 20 flat) and bonanza camellia shrubs ($62.99/5-gallon size) add zing to monochromatic lawns.
Time seems to stop as a glass falls to the floor, where it spills coffee, wine, or tasty, tasty dirt all over the carpet. The moment passes, but leaves behind a stain that's not going anywhere—at least not until 123 Houston Carpet Cleaning arrives for a house call. Certified technicians will pretreat that stain before firing up truck-mounted equipment and steam-cleaning the carpet until everything's like new. Their method has little impact on the environment, as all of their products are non-toxic and safe for kids and pets.
An affordable and monumental selection of sofas, beds, desks, and sarcophagi mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture’s wondrous warehouse. A Matrix Accent Chair ($219.99) commands shoppers’ attention with its sleek, contemporary design, and Kira furnishings provide stylish sites for storage, studying, or snoozing. A Sydney Accent Chair ($199.99) or Cubit ottoman set ($99.99) anticipate increasing the comfort of various human inactivities, while the Romy Accent Table Group consists of one cocktail and two end tables, creating a table cartel ruling over a home's Speed Quarters surface needs.