design & inspiration today: delicious home for the holidays

Think back 15 months ago and you probably hadn't even started gift shopping for last Christmas yet. But the team at Biscuiteers in London were already hard at work on this gingerbread replica of Waddesdon ManorWaddeson Manor commissioned by the UK National Trust.

After all, building a model of a famous estate filled with detailed furnishings and paintings doesn't happen overnight — it takes more than 500 hours. But it didn't just require a serious time investment: The six-foot-long gingerbread house also required 240 eggs, 66 pounds of butter and sugar, and 480 pounds of icing. But that's because the replica only contains gingerbread and icing — no wood or cardboard filler required.
If you think this Neo-Renaissance manor looks familiar, that's because it's quite famous. Waddesdon Manor was originally built for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild and today is known for being used in movies and TV shows. In recent years, the interiors were used for The Queen and the exterior was used for season 2 of Downton Abbey.

If you want to see the details for yourself, it'll be on show at (where else?) Waddesdon Manor until January 2 — but no eating! After watching these cookie creators at work, you'll have far too much respect for the artists to even think about breaking off a piece for a snack.
From: House Beautiful

Design & Inspiration : Be a Heights Local

( HHA 2016 Brochure imagined and designed by Angela DeWree of Design&Inspiration )

Be a Heights Local!  
Annual Houston Heights Association Business Showcase

On Monday Night, November 14th at the Heights Fire Station at 12th and Yale.  Doors open at 6:30pm.
Meet Your Local Business Owners and experience the abundance of services and shopping right in your Neighborhood.
From physicians to plumbers, food to footwear, designers for home, web and business, decor for home or party, artisans of gifts to garden — it’s all in the Heights!
Everyone is invited to this popular evening, come hungry — refreshments from local eateries will be served!  

HHA Board Candidates for 2017 will be announced.

The annual HHA Business Member Showcase is free and open to all HHA Business Members. To sign-up for November 14th, email
To learn about the vibrant business community visit the HHA online business member directory, and published twice a year in the HHA Newsletter.

Design& Inspiration Today: Join Sophia on her journey of Hope

 Learn about my amazing neighbors and good friends on their Journey of compassion and love..... 

To Support The Marcontell Family to 
Train Zeus, Sophia's Service Dog and Get Her Healthy to Return to College!

Design & Inspiration Today: The best time to plant a tree is 30 years ago!

Trees along Yale in Heights given special protection

Hundreds of live oaks along Yale part of city's first 'green corridor'

September 18, 2016 Updated: September 18, 2016 7:28pm
More than 500 live oaks planted nearly 30 years ago along Yale in the Houston Heights received special protection Sunday.
The trees, which line a 1.6-mile stretch of Yale between 6th Street and 19th Street, officially were proclaimed part of Houston's first "green corridor," a move by city leaders intended to protect the mature trees from developers and others who may want to cut them down. In a ceremony at a former fire station in the Heights, local political leaders said they hoped other tree-laden areas of Houston would be similarly set aside for protection.
"We're very excited about where this will go," Houston City Councilman David Robinson said.
Houston City Council in June voted to grant the Yale designation to protect trees measuring 15 inches or more in diameter. Commercial property owners who want to remove any protected trees would have to get approval from the city first. Volunteers collected signatures from commercial property owners along the 1.6-mile length of roadway who OK'd the special protection.
The day was a long time coming for Donna Bennett, who has lived in the Heights for 23 years and was one of the volunteers who established the green corridor. Bennett said she admires the green canopy overhead every day as she drives down Yale.
"The neighborhood is changing," Bennett said, referring to increased traffic and new apartment construction on the stretch of land that combines ramshackle houses and empty storefronts with new townhouses.
Debbie Broman, a founding member of Trees for Yale, got involved in the tree planting project when she bought a house on Yale in 1985. At the time, she said, the street was barren.
"We wanted a reflection of the neighborhood, not as a major thoroughfare," said Broman, who got choked up as she made her presentation to the small group sitting on folding chairs at the old fire station.
With the help of Trees for Houston and the Greater Heights Chamber of Commerce, volunteers raised enough money to buy seedlings and plant them on both sides of the four-lane road in 1986. Volunteers kept them watered and fought city efforts to expand the roadway, which would have eliminated many of the trees. Over the years, only about 30 of the live oaks perished, Broman said.
As the Heights neighborhood was considering ways to protect the trees, civic leaders discovered a 1991 ordinance regarding the designation of green corridors as part of a larger effort to beautify the city and improve quality of life in neighborhoods. Until then, the ordinance never had been used.
As part of the celebration on Sunday, Trees for Houston and the Houston Heights Association gave away about 120 trees to residents, including pines, sycamores and crape myrtles.

L.M. Sixel

Business Writer, Houston Chronicle

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