Stores may be selling off their summer wares - from clothing to home décor - to clear shelves for new designs sure to come for fall, but that doesn't mean there aren't a few new things to freshen up our summer.

New collaborations bring designer touches to home décor

The Galveston Historic Homes tour showcases nine houses 

2016 Galveston Historic Homes Tour showcases preservation community

The second-floor great room in this Beachtown home in Galveston has a living room on the beach end, a dining area in the middle and a kitchen with a massive island on the street side. Photo: TK Images

Coastal chic making waves

LONG AND NARROW: The second-floor great room in this Beachtown home in Galveston has a living room on the beach end, a dining area in the middle and a kitchen with a massive island on the street side. The windows make the space feel larger.

Beachfront homes in the Beachtown community in Galveston feature in-ground heated pools on the ground floor. Photo: TK Images

Coastal chic making waves

Beachfront homes in the Beachtown community in Galveston feature in-ground heated pools on the ground floor.

Houston interior designer Courtnay Tartt Elias nurtured a coastal vibe in this beach home, using soft neutrals, accents of blue and pops of orange. Photo: David Schutts

Coastal chic making waves

Houston interior designer Courtnay Tartt Elias nurtured a coastal vibe in this beach home, using soft neutrals, accents of blue and pops of orange.

Several walls were moved to reconfigure this Memorial-area home to its owners' liking.

Memorial-area kitchen gets a makeover to maximize space

Stunning kitchen with Restoration Hardware Clemson Pendant in tray ceiling over distressed kitchen island with black marble countertop.

Here's a look at some of Houston's most stylish homes.

Most stylish homes of Houston

Houston interior designer Courtnay Tartt Elias nurtured a coastal vibe in this beach home, using soft neutrals, accents of blue and pops of orange. Photo: Courtesy Photo

Coastal chic making waves

Houston interior designer Courtnay Tartt Elias nurtured a coastal vibe in this beach home, using soft neutrals, accents of blue and pops of orange.

The severe angles of Johnson's structure would be softened with colors such as fuchsia, crimson, butterscotch and a paint color dubbed "Menil Gray."  A curvy modern banquette, 18th-century Spanish furniture, art hung gallery style and African sculpture all fit together in their dining room, for example.  In the living room, a bar closet held miniature works of art, rows of colorful glasses and at least a few taxidermied birds who met an untimely death when they ran into the home's huge…

New book explores the decorating sense and sensibilities of 15 trendsetting women

Dominique de Menil at home, on Charles James couch, circa 1951 Gorgeous use of tufting across a small section of the sofa.

Reggie Van Lee stretches his long legs out from a plush chair in his spacious Wharton home to talk about his home and his life.  A grand piano shares space with artwork just off the foyer, capped with a glittery Hudson chandelier dripping with strands of gold chain.  To the other side is their banquet hall, a giant dining area usually set up with a table for 24.  A huge living room filled with curvy Christopher Guy chairs and sofas arranged in several small groupings is the center of the…

Family compound: Man builds luxurious home for tight-knit brood

Reggie Van Lee stretches his long legs out from a plush chair in his spacious Wharton home to talk about his home and his life. A grand piano shares space with artwork just off the foyer, capped with a glittery Hudson chandelier dripping with strands of gold chain. To the other side is their banquet hall, a giant dining area usually set up with a table for 24. A huge living room filled with curvy Christopher Guy chairs and sofas arranged in several small groupings is the center of the…

Ceiling treatments give homeowners a wealth of options"I have a champagne taste on a beer budget." -  When homeowners plan remodeling projects and new home construction, they consider floors, walls and finishes.  From a simple tray ceiling to more complicated vaults, barrels and groins, ceiling treatments are getting attention from homeowners, remodelers and builders right now.  Newton and her husband, Mark, have a vaulted ceiling with beams in their master bedroom and another vaulted…

Sky's the limit on home ceiling options

Ceiling treatments give homeowners a wealth of options"I have a champagne taste on a beer budget." - When homeowners plan remodeling projects and new home construction, they consider floors, walls and finishes. From a simple tray ceiling to more complicated vaults, barrels and groins, ceiling treatments are getting attention from homeowners, remodelers and builders right now. Newton and her husband, Mark, have a vaulted ceiling with beams in their master bedroom and another vaulted…

[...] reduced to a pile of construction debris, the 17,000-square-foot home that once stood at 2945 Lazy Lane originally was considered some of the finest work of John F. Staub, one of Houston's early notable residential architects.  Businessman Matthew B. Arnold is the current owner of the property that sits across the street from another Staub design - the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, once the home of philanthropist Ima Hogg.  While the 2945 Lazy Lane home already had veered greatly…

Staub-designed house was home to power brokers

[...] reduced to a pile of construction debris, the 17,000-square-foot home that once stood at 2945 Lazy Lane originally was considered some of the finest work of John F. Staub, one of Houston's early notable residential architects. Businessman Matthew B. Arnold is the current owner of the property that sits across the street from another Staub design - the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, once the home of philanthropist Ima Hogg. While the 2945 Lazy Lane home already had veered greatly…

Small bungalow transformed into a contemporary property

Home highlight: Houston architect Scott Ballard's 3-bedroom house on Colquitt

Artist Dan Phillips hopes to change the lives of low-income families by bringing new life to trash.

Texas-based organization builds unique homes out of trash

Artist Dan Phillips hopes to change the lives of low-income families by bringing new life to trash.

Built in 1934, this East End Revitalized bungalow is nestled on a 5,750-square-foot lot in the thriving Idylwood community.

Before & after: Historic Texas bungalow sees stylish makeover

Built in this East End Revitalized bungalow is nestled on a lot in the thriving Idylwood community.

This is what it's really like to be on HGTV's 'Fixer Upper' - Houston Chronicle

This is what it's really like to be on HGTV's 'Fixer Upper'

Waco couple Rachel and Luke Whyte got the Gaines treatment on their "Fixer Upper" and dished about what it was like to be on the show.

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