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IT WAS AN emotional afternoon for Lynn Wyatt. The doyenne of Houston society, dubbed "the original influencer," was the honoree at the Downtown Rotary Club's luncheon at the Bayou Place ballroom, and she didn't hold back the tears as she accepted an array of accolades from the group, including that Rotary's national Paul Harris Fellow Award, whose past winners have included Mother Theresa, Bill Gates and Bob Hope.

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In Praise of Front Porches

Like long leisurely walks, loving your porch was all the rage back in the spring. Will it return for fall? We hope.

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For some 42 years, Carol Adatto Nelson and her husband Eric have lived in their wonderfully rambling 1920 Craftsman-style house — the inside walls of which are laden nearly baseboard-to-ceiling with dozens, or hundreds, of family photos dating back generations — in the Winlow Place section of Montrose. Nelson knows almost everybody on the block, maybe everyone for a few blocks in either direction. She adores her home and her neighborhood and could talk for hours about her environs and her neighbors and years of memories in her beloved little corner of the country's fourth-largest city.

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Dad's Home!

A father of four starts fresh — and funky — at the Astoria.

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Up on the 16th floor of the Astoria, a luxury high-rise building in Uptown, a 3,010-square-foot, four-bedroom condo is a newly single father-of-four's perfect place to start over. Excited to reclaim what he jestingly calls “the bachelor's dream," he quickly enlisted award-winning interior designer Teri Pugh to make his vision come to life.

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