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A plumber who found stacks of checks and cash inside an area of the celebrity preacher Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church last month has been given $20,000. The money was arranged by Crime Stoppers of Houston.
The envelopes were found behind an unfinished toilet by the plumber as he was working on repairs at the Houston church on the morning of Nov. 10, 7 years ago, the same day that the parish had reported that $600,000 worth of cash and checks were taken from the safe.
“Evidence from the recovered checks suggests that the discovery of was connected to the March 2014 theft,” Crime Stoppers of Houston announced in an announcement. It is believed that the Houston Police Department is still conducting an investigation into the incident.
In the past, Crime Stoppers of Houston offered the possibility of cash rewards up to $5,000. Lakewood Church added a supplemental reward of $20,000 making the total $25,000 for anyone who had the information leading to the arrest of. After a long time of no news regarding the case, Lakewood turned that sum into a donation to Crime Stoppers of Houston.
In the wake of the revelation of the money of the wall behind the church, Crime Stoppers CEO Rania Mankarious contacted for the Crime Stoppers Executive Committee if Crime Stoppers could donate $20,000.00 towards “that “Good Samaritan” who turned into the cash and received the approval in the report.
“In 2014, Lakewood Church gave us $20,000 to work on this case. In 2016, they chose to gift us those funds for operations,” Mankarious wrote in his statement. “Today, we are gifting that same [amount] of money to this Good Samaritan and wishing he and his family a wonderful holiday season.”
“Crime Stoppers of Houston is a public safety organization that thrives on the public safety of all communities. We believe that it takes all of us, working together, to keep Houston safe and thriving,” she added.
The plumber who made the discovery, Justin Cauley, said, “This money is going to help tremendously.”
“Bills are stacking up,” he declared. “I’m trying to make the best of it, and today, the light shined through.”
“In 2016 Lakewood Church made a $20,000 donation to charity Crime Stoppers of Houston to assist in solving this case and also to help them with all the work they provide to the community. We appreciate the plumber’s generosity and hope that he will pay the donation forward.”
The Houston Police Department said in the last release last week “an undisclosed amount of money was inventoried, documented and left in the custody of Lakewood Church since it was property found on its premises.”
A beach wedding in Miami comes with different privileges: crystal blue ocean waters, stunning beaches, and year-round warm weather. It’s no wonder why Miami is one of the most favorite destinations for weddings. Although there are other places that may offer the same, Miami is something special. It is a cosmopolitan destination with fabulous restaurants, great shopping malls, the world-class nightlife of South Beach, exceptional hotels, etc.
Enjoy The Miami Tropics
A wedding ceremony on the beach with fine sand can be simple yet glamorous. Choose some of the currently available wedding catering Miami service, and the sky is the limit when it comes to arranging your wedding in Miami.
Couples who are looking to keep things simple and smooth can opt for holding the ceremony on the beach and treat their guests at one of the many outdoor restaurants.
Covering The Details
A Miami beach wedding is a truly unforgettable way to start a life journey with your spouse and an unforgettable trip for your guests and family. Share your excitement and joy with all your dear people, but don’t forget to take care of them with Catering companies Miami. Every memorable wedding starts with seriously delicious food and fantastic decoration.
Ignite their senses with the freshest cuisine and breathtaking presentation. From seriously delicious hors d’oeuvres to decorated desserts, your guests will be pleased.
Miami Is Easy And Quick To Reach
What makes Miami so great? Its location. Not only is it an easy city to reach from almost all spots across the country, but there are also plenty of affordable airlines. Your guests can score reasonable tickets, and certainly, they will enjoy visiting this city.
It’s Beyond Worthy
Miami is also known as a Magic City. With its bustling art scene, greenery, colorful decor, and flourishing skyline, Miami is definitely the number one wedding destination. Miami is also offering a lot of activities for your guest.
Logically, the very next thing that comes after the wedding is the honeymoon. Miami is the gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean. So once the wedding festivities are done, you can head to Mexico or the Caribbean in less than two hours.
Food & Drinks Are Just Important As The Venue Itself
Last but not least. Sometimes brides are more focused on the overall ballroom design than the beverage and food itself. Do we have to remind you what your guests will talk about once the food is served? Miami is a huge culinary scene, so delight your guests with wedding catering Miami services.
Make the wedding of your dreams a reality – that’s how we would describe a Miami. Whether you are tight on a budget or have a blank check, don’t worry – there are always different ways to get what you are looking for. As an amazing international wedding destination that has a lot to offer, it might be a bit overwhelming. But as this is your biggest day, we truly hope you are going to enjoy everything Miami has to offer.
Caution: However small or large your bee problem is, always let a professional bee control company handle it. Look only for licensed bee removal services and prevent your home and garden from the dangers of bee infestation. Did you just see a beehive at a corner of your porch, or on a tree in your garden? You might be wondering whether you should let it be or have it removed. While bees are great friends of the environment owing to their pollination capabilities, they can be a nuisance when they make themselves at home where you live. But before you call an exterminator, read on to know more about honey bees.
Castes of Bees
Honey bees live in colonies, as you may have guessed when looking at beehives. They have specific tasks designated for different castes within that colony. A honey bee colony typically comprises a queen bee, several worker bees, and some drone bees. Here is what each of them brings to their respective colony.
The queen bee is visibly larger than the other bees. She is the on responsible for laying eggs and communicating with the other bees about their roles and responsibilities. She is the only female bee that can produce eggs, while all the other female bees are worker bees. Based on the structure of the other bees, the queen decides their job, for instance, whether they are fit for bringing back nectar or building the honeycomb.
Countless worker bees are found in a beehive. They are the smaller ones who pollinate flowers, gather nectar, build the hive, take care of the larvae, and protect their borders. They are usually female but cannot lay any eggs. If the beehive you are looking at has been there for some time, it will not be surprising if there are more than 50000 worker bees in there. They work from dawn to dusk at their respective jobs and keep the colony strong.
Drones are male bees and are larger than worker bees. They are fewer in number because they do not perform any of the work done by worker bees. Instead, their only job is to mate with the queen bee of the hive. Drone bees do not get out of the hive because they have no stinging power. They are also unable to fend for themselves. It is again down to the worker bees to feed and protect the drones until the queen has been raised.
Most honey bees originated from the European continent but one species came from the cross-breeding of European and African bees. Although they produce excellent honey, they get the bad name of “killer bees” because they tend to be more aggressive than European honey bees. If you try to disturb a beehive built by Africanized bees, they may attack you violently. This kind of bees are commonly seen in Florida, so if that is where you live, you may have come across several beehives built by this species.
Getting Rid of Bees
No matter how good bees are for the environment, they can be dangerous if they have made themselves a hive within your premises. Bees can sting and can be harmful to kids and pets. Having said that, you should not attempt to get rid of bees by yourself. While there is an eco-friendly option to remove and relocate beehives, sometimes, especially in the case of killer bees, eradication is the only option.
Starting a garden at home is not easy, but with the right methods and discipline, you can reap the fruits of hard work in no time. Everything is now possible with gardening tools and the right gardening products, from floral gardens to vegetable farming. As a beginner, you can struggle to find the right methods to start gardening. But when you break down your gardening project into small tasks, it will ease your backyard gardening. If you are planning to start your backyard gardening today, it is only a matter of time that you can get good results when you follow these steps.
Know what you are planting
Decide what plants you want to and can grow in your backyard, from vegetables to flowers and herbs. Based on your choice of plants, you should see whether your garden meets the requirements to grow them. Understand your backyard’s topology to make sure that it is suitable for the type of plants you want to grow. One easy way is to start small, and then make changes in your gardening based on your results.
Pick a spot
Are you planning to covert your entire backyard into a vegetable garden? Or you want to use only a space of it to try out your hobby? You need to make sure that the spot you choose for gardening has at least 6-8 hours of sunlight that most of the vegetables and flowers will require. It is not a problem if your garden is shady. You can still grow herbs such as ferns and hostas that can grow without sunlight. Take the help of a local gardener to pick the right place for your garden.
Clear the ground
When you are ready to dig, check that everything around is cleaned properly and has a designated boundary. Clean up the weed and unnecessary sod that is covering the gardening area. Slice under the sod and create slices to make it easier for them to be removed. You can use this for creating compost later. When you are starting early, cover the entire garden area with five sheets of newspaper and cover it with compost at least five months before. Wait for the newspaper to decompose to give you a rich bed ready for gardening.
Treat the soil
The vegetables can use as much fertile soil as possible. Sometimes the soil can be too acidic, alkaline, wet, or just poor quality. You can add more organic matter to it and fill at least 2-3 inches of layer (leaves, dry grass, old manure, and compost products). If you do not want to dig the bed to add the organic matter, simply spread it over and wait for it to settle down and become one with the soil. Earthworms will do most of the mixing of compost with the soil. Take samples from your soil for testing to find out how good it is for gardening.
Fashion is about clothing, but it’s also about conveying ideas, attitudes and personal style. The same can be said of our homes. In fact, when perusing fashion magazines, we often focus on the furnishings that set the stage, because every great outfit deserves a great interior. With those backdrops in mind, we looked to our friends in fashion—jewelry, clothing and accessories—for a little design inspiration. The result is a vanity room with sparkling walls, a tweedy lounge and a dark chocolate dressing room with a glamorous edge.
Wall Covering Maya Romanoff, available to the trade through Jane Piper Reid & Company. Box, Vanity, Chair available to the trade through Baker Knapp & Tubbs. Wall Mirror New Dimensions Frame & Mirror. Pendant Light Lighting Universe. Scarf, Nude Pearls Butch Blum. Pewter Cup Stuhlbergs Fine Home Accessories. Mirror, Tableware, Beauty Products Essenza. Home Perfume Anthousa Home Ambiance, Great Jones Home. Gold Rings Kimberly Baker Jewelry. Panel Ribbon Taffeta, Gretchen Bellinger, available to the trade through Trammell-Gagné. Cocktail Ring, Watch, Glass Pearls Fini, (206) 443-0563.
Coat Rack Retrofit Home. Jacket, Tie Butch Blum. Sneakers Gems Sneakershop. Scarf Mario’s. Chair, Pillow, Table Inform Interiors. Martini Glass Area 51. Bowl, Tray, Top Book Velocity Art & Design. Books, Coffee Press, Mug, Light Seattle Art Museum Shop. Rug Diva.
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL
Curtain, Rug Diva. Mirror, Tables, Boxes available to the trade through Michael Folks Showroom. Screen Newman Studio, available to the trade through Trammell-Gagné. Lamp Base Piano Nobile. Lampshade Lit Shades. Ottomans, Tray Revival Home & Garden. Feather Wall Ornament Whimsy Home Décor & Unique Gifts. Women’s Fashions Mario’s.
Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend
Our elegant vanity was inspired by an ongoing fascination with lace, the popularity of the Swarovski Kiosque bag and other crystal embellished designs—mixed metals, dusty pinks and the return of classic glamour. Fashion loves these things, and we do too.
One of the best parts of going out is enjoying the ritual of getting ready. Barbara Barry’s ultrafeminine dressing table celebrates the experience with pure 1940s glamour, and her curvy tufted chair adds a perfect touch. Flexible glass-bead wall covering from Maya Romanoff’s Bedazzled collection in “Pearlie” echoes the quiet luster of beautiful nude pearls, while a Geode pendant light from the Geometrix collection by Schonbek shines with Strass crystal by Swarovski in rosy taupe. It’s a brilliant match with a glittering cocktail ring and the glow of gold. Reflected in a silver-framed mirror, Gretchen Bellinger’s ribbon taffeta reveals the rosiest point of view. Baker Knapp & Tubbs’ mosaic bone box offers a perch for an antique mirror, pretty bottles and other vanity-top decorations. For the finishing touch, Anthousa Home Ambiance Perfume graces the space with a fragrant infusion of vanilla, grapefruit and blood orange.
Classically inclined lines are a dominant and growing trend in menswear, albeit with a brand new twist of cool—tailored attire with sneakers—or a dash of unexpected color. Men.Style.com defines it as “Trad and True.” We just call it good-looking.
With menswear on our minds (and a Luciano Barbera car coat in our garment bag), the tweedy texture of Kvadrat’s Hallingdal upholstery by Danish designer Nanna Ditzel was irresistible—especially on Arne Jacobsen’s iconic Egg Chair, originally designed for the lobby of the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen in 1958. With a nod toward a traditional wing chair, the Egg’s molded shell offers a cocoonlike respite with a tilt mechanism that swivels.
For our haberdashery theme, pillows in British fashion designer Paul Smith’s “Bespoke Stripe” for Maharam look tailor-made. A Kasthall “Esther” rug completes the ensemble with a great-looking marbled effect in linen and wool. Combining ancient weaving methods with modern yarn techniques, the Kasthall ethos celebrates tradition while constantly moving in new and exciting directions. It’s the same attitude found in the snazzy pair of PF Flyers at the foot of the chair. This classic American sneaker brand is going on 70, but it isn’t standing still: Japanese houndstooth keeps it fresh—and we painted the walls to match the crinkled patent goatskin.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Will Never Die
In 2008, designers referenced everything from haute bohemian influences to refined rock ‘n’ roll. Whether in Paris, Milan or New York, embellishment was big: feathers, fringe and studded detail. And the most chic of the fashion flock wore brown with black.
For this sumptuous dressing room, our muse was a print dress by Dolce & Gabbana, its palette of chocolate, black and white inspiring layers of rich visual texture throughout, including a dramatic black fringe curtain by Ado and the beautifully mottled tonal variation of a hand-tufted linen rug by Kasthall working wonders on the floor. We love the play of color with the ceruse oak “New York” screen by Newman Studio. A Cortez mirror, supported by a pair of Carioca end tables, anchors the room with a handsome focal point. Studded ottomans complement the mirror’s embellished frame, adding a pop of bright white for visual punch.
Our final accessory? A feathered wall adornment for a fanciful flourish. After all, when your décor is inspired by fashion, there’s always room for a little fun.
Jenna and Jonas Sylvester moved into their 1951 Magnolia home in 2004. Eighteen months later, they had developed some clear ideas of what worked and what didn’t—and because they were expecting their first child, they knew they needed to expand their living space beyond the two-story home’s 2,300 square feet.
“We loved the house but never enjoyed the experience of being outside,” Jonas recalls. Even when he put time and energy into mowing and yard work, he says, the lawn still didn’t look good.
“We’re outdoor people,” Jonas says. “We wanted outdoor spaces we could really use.” For Jonas, that means being able to watch sports on TV without the guilt of being inside on sunny days: “When you have good days [in Seattle], you have to make the most of it.”
When they brought in landscape designer Scot Eckley, the Sylvesters had a lengthy wish list that included a modern, fresh design aesthetic (Jenna is a graphic designer), “straight edges and clear definition” (Jonas didn’t want to mow around meandering garden edges), and what Jenna calls a “lounge element.”
In addition, they needed a yard for their children; daughter Zoë is now 3 and son Chase is 9 months. “Zoë loves to play soccer, [so] we had a good grass requirement,” Jonas says. And they also needed to stay within a budget.
The Sylvesters had recently finished a kitchen remodel when they hired Eckley, and he says that project gave him a good appreciation for their bold use of color and modern sensibilities. “The renovation of the house really helped to set the tone for the garden,” Eckley says. In addition, he says the backsplash of narrow horizontal Small Zen Weave tiles from Ann Sacks inspired his decision to incorporate horizontal, linear elements in the landscape design. Another influence was a residential garden in San Francisco designed by California modernist Thomas Church that Eckley remembered from studying landscape architecture at the University of Washington.
Eckley managed to fit all of the couple’s desired elements into less than 1,800 square feet, including a trellised seating pavilion with a window to hold Jonas’ television, a spacious patio for barbecues and a 20-foot square of green grass.
To satisfy Jenna’s desire for a place for backyard lounging, Eckley created an 18-inch-high rectangular concrete platform with a recessed natural-gas fireplace. On sunny days, the fire pit can be covered with ironwood planks, and custom Sunbrella fabric-covered cushions turn the platform into a perfect spot for sunbathing.
An existing rockery that angled across the northwest corner of the property posed another challenge. To eliminate the expense of removing the rocks and excess earth, Eckley designed around them. “We turned the garden on the diagonal, so we could nestle the pavilion space and the patio space in and didn’t need to move the rockeries,” he explains. “That allowed us to shift the focus of the garden, and everything became about looking toward the lawn and the views outside the garden.” It also introduced the straight lines Jonas wanted.
“Scot created more energy by turning it on a 45-degree angle,” Jenna notes. “That gave it a more dynamic feel.”
Staying within a budget led to several other creative decisions. A new wooden fence panel at the west side of the lot masks the rockeries and serves as a backdrop for the patio, fireplace–lounger platform and lawn. A fiberglass planter painted vibrant red sits at the end of the lawn against the fence, serving as a focal point from the window above the kitchen sink. Rather than replacing an old wooden fence along the south side of the property, Eckley covered it with metal panels that have rusted to a rich reddish brown. Subtle, raised horizontal ribs on the panels continue the lines that keep the eye moving around the garden.
Instead of excavating the backyard, Eckley’s construction crew built up about 6 inches for the new patio and lawn area. They jackhammered the old concrete patio and took the pieces to Bedrock Industries to be recycled.
Eckley’s crew built a panel to cover the electrical meter, cable box and downspout on the back of the house so it blends with the garden’s architecture. A large, custom-painted fiberglass pot holding a silk tree (Albizia julibrissin) and Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ also helps buffer the house. Recycled glass in the fireplace is from Bedrock Industries.
Though the yard is relatively small, the family has hosted outdoor parties for as many as 50 people, and most of their friends are as excited about the design as the Sylvesters are. “Almost everyone comments on it,” Jenna says.
“The project came off almost to the inch what we had planned,” Eckley says. “We were really careful with our initial measurements and dimensions for the site. It doesn’t always happen this way, but there weren’t any big surprises.”
In September 2008, the landscape earned Eckley first place in the Outdoor Living category in the 2008 Northwest Design Awards from Seattle Design Center. More importantly, the designer couldn’t have been happier with his working relationship with Jonas and Jenna. “They were dream clients,” he says. “It was so cool that they trusted me and the whole process.”
It is thrilling to receive a gift that feels truly special, wrapped just so and tied with a bow. We cherish memories of past presents chosen for us with thought, love and care. And wouldn’t we all like to treat our friends and family to gifts just as grand?
In that spirit, we looked to the unexpected for inspiration, from the warm glow of a Macassar ebony-wood oil lamp to the exquisite delicacy of a hand-sculpted Klimenkoff porcelain flower. We gathered ideas to delight the discerning, the dear—and even the downright difficult-to-buy-for people. Our motto: fewer fruitcakes, more fabulous.
Armed with eclectic holiday opulence, our gift-giving expectations are great and slightly outside the box. We hope you’ll have fun wrapping up some of these unexpected gifts.
In 2007, interior designer Jann Placentia was brought in to do a partial remodel of a 1947 Magnolia home, focusing on the family room. “We needed a conducive area for enjoying ourselves,” homeowner Lana Davies says. The space had no identity, and Placentia wanted to convert it into a relaxed eating and entertaining room that maintains a sense of continuity with the adjacent kitchen.
To improve flow between rooms, Placentia created a double-sided fireplace with a travertine hearth on the nook side. “It opens up visually to the kitchen but also integrates the kitchen and eating area,” Placentia says.
For maximum light, multiple lighting fixtures, including a pair of sconces and a pendant, bathe the room in warm gold hues. A custom L-shaped banquette upholstered in Perennials “Origami” all-weather fabric sits atop the new exotic hardwood floor. Its easy-to-clean surface is ideal for the homeowners’ young daughter and also for occasional “grown-up messes” such as spilled wine.
Side chairs covered in sumptuous chocolate Ultrasuede provide additional seating, and the expandable wood table allows the owners to comfortably seat as many as 10. “We needed to utilize more of our living space,” Lana recalls. Instead of a single-purpose family room, the Davies now have a room for everything from doing homework to dining to entertaining.
Placentia chose a hand-blown pendant by Steven Dale to complement the sconces.
A floor-to-ceiling fireplace draws the eye up to the vaulted ceilings, making the room feel spacious.
Lee Industries armless dining chairs allow for more mobility and make the seating area feel open rather than restrictive.
“The bathroom is much more than a place where we clean our bodies,” writes Alberto Alessi in the concept statement for Stefano Giovanni’s Il Bagno Alessi One, a tub and fixture collection defined by sensuous curved forms. As Alessi describes it, the bath is also a room that belongs to dreamtime and play.
Captivated by the idea of an oasis for the imagination, we look to faraway destinations for creative design ideas for the bath: a royal suite in Ubud, Bali; an urban hotel “pod” in Rimini, Italy—featuring Il Bagno from Alessi; and a spa room in Paris, France.
While these hotel bathrooms differ dramatically in style, all of the designs embrace simplicity, and every aspect appears considered with care. Although we couldn’t jump on a jet to test the tubs ourselves, we did call on local design experts for materials, fixtures and furnishings similar to some of the design elements shown in these sumptuous spaces.
Get the Balinese Retreat Look
At Shambhala Estate at Begawan Giri in Ubud, Bali, the Royal Suite of the Umabona residence (House of the Earth) beckons with a luxurious stone tub with a hand-carved pergola arching gracefully above it. Designed by interior architect Koichiro Ikebuchi, the room displays an artful mix of Asian and European influences. Earth-toned paint and tile accented with the warmth of wood are perfect in an atmosphere made for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. According to Shambhala Estate owners, the COMO Group, Ikebuchi took inspiration from the Majapahit palaces of ancient Indonesian kings.