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Clean Home, Happy Home

Whether you’re ready to go through the fanfare of some summer cleaning or are noticing a slight decline in the normal radiance of your home, a few tips are in order to clean with maximum effectiveness.  Nationwide – which specializes in insurance but also offers general life planning – advises that the name of the game is efficiency.  Before the Clean If...

Getting that Cool Pool

When the temperature starts climbing during Oklahoma’s notable heat waves, a person’s thoughts turn to air conditioning, a vacation in cooler climates, and, of course, taking a dip in the pool. Kathy Caviness of OKC’s Caviness Landscape Design and Mike Woods of Tulsa’s Fiesta Pools and Spas offer advice on making the dream of a backyard plunge a reality. Getting Started “Prices...

The Best of the Best 2022

Each year, we ask and you respond – enthusiastically, we might add – letting us know with your votes who really is The Best of the Best. The following pages outline winners in an excitingly broad array of groups, ranging from physicians and architects to companies, casinos, fine dining restaurants, gift stores and weekend getaway locations. In short –...

The Legacy Continues

It seems only natural that brothers Corbin and Ross See would follow in their father’s footsteps to become successful interior designers in today’s contemporary lifestyle market. They grew up in a creative environment with their father, Carson See, a well-known and respected Oklahoma City designer and founder of Sees Design.  Corbin and Ross say they’ve learned everything they know about...

A Fresh Start for Spring

A Changing Industry Low interest rates and pandemic-related changes mean the public has put more emphasis on their homes, spending more there, thus creating pent-up demand.  “There have been price upticks for sure,” says Kent Hoffman, general contractor and owner of Kent Hoffman Construction in OKC. “Lumber skyrocketed in the summer of 2020, up six or seven times previous cost six...

Bringing Nature Inside

Photography by Nathan Harmon Every interior design project Kurt Barron of Barron and McClary General Contractors tackles proposes its own unique challenges. This home near Tulsa’s Edison High School was no different. “It was an older house, built in the 1970s in what was originally a vacant field,” says Barron.       To achieve the renovation the owners hoped for in this...

A Fresh Perspective

Savoring The Great Outdoors The idea of enjoying one’s home and garden to the fullest continues to drive trends this year. “After the long quarantine in 2020, clients have put a big emphasis on their homes,” says interior designer Jennifer Welch of OKC’s Jennifer Welch Designs. “Clients have added pools, remodeled pools, added and/or updated outdoor kitchens and living areas. Some,...

The Best of the Best 2021

For the last 22 years, we’ve asked Oklahomans a simple question: Who’s the best? And as always, you’ve responded with ample enthusiasm, coming out in droves to let us know your favorites. It’s been a tough year and a half, no doubt about it, but local businesses have responded to adversity with sheer Okie grit, continuing to deliver the...

The Power of Sod

When settlers came to what would become the central portion of Oklahoma, claimed land and started to build lives, they were met with a challenge. The area is primarily prairies and grasslands, with very little timber for building. Thankfully, there were other options. Pioneers in this area, and all through the central United States, built sod houses (or soddies)...

Midtown Paradise

Photography by Nathan Harmon It took Palmer Johnson and his partner, Johnny Callison, about a year to find the perfect midtown Tulsa home, where Johnson could truly flex his long-time love and interest for interior design.  “Even as a child, I liked to rearrange my bedroom furniture constantly,” says Johnson. “I guess you could say my love of interior design is...