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City changing idea? Campaign to build Houston its own perfect swimming hole picks up steam

By Barbara Kuntz

It may sound like a chilly idea right now, but when Houston's temps start to rise again — and keep on rising — it sounds like a great idea. Houston Needs a Swimming Hole! Ye ...

Houston's Tiniest Park

Houston's tiniest park: City's first parklet rises from one converted asphalt parking space

By Barbara Kuntz

A parking space converted into Houston's first parklet brought a mini-media frenzy — and fun street party — to 19th Street in the Heights, where New Living artisans, city ...

New Living

Salvaging historic trees and crafting unique furniture redefines business as usual at this unique Houston store

By Barbara Kuntz

"Let's Build Together" is the motto at Made at New Living, where local artisans work hand-in-hand with customers to create one-of-a-kind tables, chairs, planters, whatever the desire, ...

New Living

Two eco-friendly Houston stores are rebranded and changed: It's all about organic beds, furniture now

By Barbara Kuntz

Driving down 19th Street in the Heights, you'll see a familiar storefront with a bit of a facade change about it. Welcome to New Living Bedroom, recently rebranded with a streamlined v ...

Destroyed tree re-emerges

100-year-old tree destroyed by developers is transformed into handcrafted furniture

By Tyler Rudick

While Heights activists were unable to spare it from developers, a century-old tree that once shaded the corner of Oxford and 23rd Streets is getting a second life — thanks to eco-f ...

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Pioneering co-working and art studio space closing: Shooting unrelated — this move's driven by real estate

By Tyler Rudick

After five years as one of the city's leading co-working and art studio spaces, the Caroline Collective will be closing its doors for good this September. With Thursday's unrelated ...


New Living unveils its eco-friendly approach to nursery design and a new Heights-area store

By Tyler Rudick

"We kind of start where Whole Foods stops," says New Living's Jeff Kaplan on a tour of the eco-friendly home store's new nursery department. To his left is a rocking cha ...

Stellar surfaces

A New Year's resolution for a more beautiful kitchen: Weighing in on countertop options

By Tarra Gaines

I already exercise daily and eat lots of veggies, so when it comes to New Year's resolutions, I'm resolving in 2013 to get my home into shape — starting with replacing my tiled kitche ...

Wood work

"Finishing School" workshops at New Living use reclaimed wood to create furniture treasures

By Barbara Kuntz

Leave the upturned pinkie behind for a different take on “finishing school” now being held at a local green institution. Gather that now-wobbly and scratched wooden rocker you’ve ...

New Living

Houston Re-Market brings new life, turning recycling into a habit-forming street party

By Tyler Rudick

It’s almost 100 degrees at the corner of Fannin and Drew (just below McGowen) and it’s not quite 10 a.m. Nevertheless, the Houston Re-Market is bustling with customers. With vendors sel ...

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