We asked 10 creative Houstonians to tell us where they seek ideas and boosts of inspiration in their hometown.

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RYAN GUILLEN

35, a managing consultant at IBM, Ryan grew up outside Chicago and moved to Houston after being wowed by “how friendly people are here.”

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Ryan furnished his home with purchases from Westheimer Road’s antique shops.

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Ryan adores the enchiladas suizas at Café Adobe.

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CHRISTOPHER BUSH

40, an entertainment lawyer turned oil-and-gas “land man” who was born in Louisiana and lived for several years in France.

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Christopher gets his high-culture fix at Houston’s renowned Museum of Fine Arts.

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TICO HANNAN

A 28-year-old IT entrepreneur and networking consultant from an Irish-Mexican mining family, is working to rehabilitate property in the Third Ward.

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TICO HANNAN

One source of inspiration for Tico: the Menil Collection art museum.

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ASHLEY AND RYAN SMALL

25 and 27, respectively, met at Texas Southern University and now own a branding consultancy.

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Ashley and Ryan brainstorm on Discovery Green (they were photographed at the site where Ryan proposed) and at Hermann Park, pictured here.

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Vintage fan Ashley finds other kinds of inspiration at the Montrose store Fashion Plate.

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Ryan prefers light-rail trips to hit happy hours at downtown bars.

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MICHAEL PARKER

35, a firefighter and an EMT, is a Houston native who went to Lamar High.

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Michael recharges with visits to Houston’s zoo (“I got kids. You got to like the zoo”)...

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MICHAEL PARKER

...and with Sunday worship at his church, Fallbrook Baptist.

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FRANCISCO LO

29, a counselor at the Houston Area Women’s Center and a freelance film reviewer, is from Macau.

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Francisco hosts screenings in the backyard of the café/bar Brasil.

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Francisco photographs Houston’s refineries for their unusual beauty (“So interesting, but they kick me out”).

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Francisco refuels at one of the city’s many Vietnamese eateries.

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CESAR INSERNY

33, an audio engineer, belongs to a band called the Watermarks.

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Ironically, perhaps, Cesar cites the usually silent Rothko Chapel as a place that inspires his songwriting.

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JORDAN SMOTHERMON

29, joined Teach for America after a stint in the Navy. He teaches fourth grade at Frost Elementary in south Houston.

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In Jordan's downtime, one of his haunts is the eclectic Domy Books.

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JESS BRAND

28, is the University of Houston’s social-media coordinator.

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Jess seeks offline peace at the Houston Arboretum.

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Then Jess feeds her own urban garden with grounds from Catalina Coffee.

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