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City seeks input on spending CDBG funds for community programs

VICTORIA, Texas -- Residents can review the City’s proposed 2022 annual action plan and provide input on how the City should distribute federal community development block grant (CDBG) funding to help low- to moderate-income residents. Under the CDBG program, the…

Luxury home sales see biggest decline since the start of the pandemic

Sales of luxury homes plummeted 17.8% year over year during the three months ending April 30.

Originally Published: 12 JUN 22 16:28 ET By Ramishah Maruf, CNN (CNN) -- Even the wealthiest Americans are starting to feel the effects of economic uncertainty, as sales of luxury homes saw their largest decline since the start of the…

Colder temperatures and the effects they have on local farmers

"It's not by choice. We'd like to have all our corn done and through before the first of March, but temperatures of just halted us for now," says Calhoun County Corn famer Jimmy Hays.

CALHOUN COUNTY, Texas -  Jimmy Hays is a farmer in Calhoun County who grows corn and says that he likes to have all his corn seed…

Ways to preserve electricity during cold weather

Weekend power saving tips

VICTORIA, Texas - There are some ways to help preserve electricity, as temperatures are expected to get colder. First, plan beforehand if there's an expected activity requiring a lot of energy use. Secondly, use natural light during the day. In…

Feral hogs causing destruction in south Texas

It's estimated that the feral hogs cause nearly $52 million in damages to Texas farmers

    LAVACA COUNTY, Texas - Feral hogs have been wreaking havoc in parts of South Texas for decades now, but the hogs seem to be gaining a stronghold…

How to Paint the Perfect Accent Wall

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Fill your home with fresh flowers

Enter any luxury hotel, and you’ll see a large centerpiece of professionally arranged flowers, or at least a lovely bouquet on the front desk. While seemingly a simple touch, having fresh flowers displayed in your home creates a touch of splendor in addition to adding a lovely scent and visual focus. You could head every week or so to the nearest florist or grocery store, but we like to make things as simple as possible, so we’re endorsing BloomsyBox (prices vary, bloomsybox.com), a flower subscription service. The service includes hand-picked flower bouquets delivered from sustainable farms around the globe, with weekly and monthly plans available across a few different cost categories.

Feel like you’re walking on air

Skip the classic hotel slippers that are flimsy, thin and far too slippery when walking on tile. We think the perfect pair of house slippers are easy to walk in, feel like you’re walking on a cloud and are warm and cozy on the inside. The UGG Coquette slippers are some of the highest rated on Zappos. Expect soft shearling lining, a sheepskin cuff, moisture-wicking lining to keep feet dry and Treadlite soles for traction control. You may never want to wear real shoes again.

Sleep in a pitch-black room

Even if you choose to sleep with an eye mask, nothing can create a dark, sleep-inducing environment better than blackout curtains. Most luxury hotels, like the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa, know the importance of pitch-black sleeping conditions and ensure not even a crack of light makes it into your hotel room once shades are pulled. If you want to do the same in your home without spending a fortune, the NICETOWN Thermal Insulated Grommet Blackout Curtains for Bedrooms ($35.95, amazon.com) are the way to go.

Drink from fancy glasses

The minibars in midrange hotels likely have a couple of cans of soda, domestic beer and plastic bottled water. Yawn. Minibars in luxury hotels pull out all the stops with full-size wine and liquor bottles, locally made granola and candy, and kits for a romantic night, plus gorgeous crystal glasses for a sophisticated touch — like at the stunning Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York. Follow their lead. No matter if you’re sipping a whiskey Old-Fashioned or hydrating with tap water, using a crystal glass will have you feeling like you’re drinking in a classy hotel bar. Available on Amazon, the Marquis by Waterford Markham Double Old Fashioned Glasses ($41.79, set of four, amazon.com) is a chance to own famed Waterford crystal at a value price.

Get cozy with a new throw blanket

We love things that can serve multiple functions, and a cozy, luxurious throw blanket can do just that. It acts as a cozy wrap when it’s chilly and as an elegant decoration when draped across a chair or edge of the bed. Whether you’re using it while curling up with a book or displaying it as a statement piece, the Connecticut Home Company’s Luxury Faux Fur with Reversible Sherpa Throw Blanket ($23.99, amazon.com) is the perfect home addition. It’s affordable, it’s large, and it has 4.7 stars and more than 2,000 ratings on Amazon, plus there are a dozen colors from which to choose. Go full white or faux fur for a glam luxury hotel look at home.

Pamper your eyes

You feel pampered at a hotel, so why not bring that same indulgent feeling to your home? One simple-yet-effective way to create a spa-like, restful ambience in your bedroom is by getting cozy with a silk sleep mask. The Slipsilk sleep mask ($50, amazon.com) is particularly popular for its reportedly anti-aging, anti-sleep-crease and anti-bedhead qualities — not to mention they look absolutely divine.

Make cocktails like a pro

Whether you’re in a hip resort room with its own cocktail shakers like the Rosewood Phuket or in a luxe hotel with a popular lounge, chances are you’ll be imbibing during your luxury hotel visit. So bring the mixologist home with a Mixology Bartender Kit ($79.99, amazon.com) that includes a cocktail shaker with built-in strainer lid, three fast pourers for liquor, a lemon squeezer, an ice tong, bottle opener, bar spoon, muddler and measurement jigger. Aside from alcohol and any added ingredients, everything you need to serve up your favorite cocktails is in the set. We suggest consulting our roundup of hotel bars where famous cocktails were invented for some boozy inspiration.

Play music on a portable speaker

Walk into any luxury hotel room these days, and you’ll undoubtedly see (and likely hear) some type of music player by the bed. Portable speakers have become the preferred swap for the previously ubiquitous radio alarm clocks. Undoubtedly the most common are Bose speakers — as seen at the Dorado Beach A Ritz-Carlton Reserve — as they offer stellar sound and easy connectivity in a small, portable and affordable package. For your house, we recommend the Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker ($129, amazon.com), which can be easily carried from room to room and even synced up with other speakers for parties.