Two New Names to Know in the Dallas Arts Scene: PATRON & Gaultier


November marked the exciting arrival of two new names to the Dallas arts scene: PATRON Magazine and Jean Paul Gaultier.

PATRON debuted as the voice of all things art, culture and design in our thriving Dallas community. And, what better way to prove its dedication to the flourishing arts scene than a feature in its premiere issue dedicated to the newest exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk marks the first time the DMA presents an exhibition dedicated to the art of fashion – and most of the more than 140 haute couture dresses and ready-to-wear pieces in the collection have never been exhibited. Considered one of the most important fashion designers in recent decades, Gaultier s eclectic sources of inspiration are showcased including dance (anyone remember the Madonna cone bra?), cinema, television and photography. Excerpts from runway shows, concerts, dance performances, and interviews all provide a look into Gaultier s unique and talented world. But don t expect anything ordinary in this collection of works – thirty animated, talking mannequins are placed throughout the exhibit providing spontaneous and often unexpected commentary. One mannequin even portrays Monsieur Gaultier himself who was in Dallas for the opening of the exhibit:

Dallas is the first of only two U.S. cities on this international tour and the exhibit will be at the DMA through February 12. To learn more, click here.

And, be sure to visit PatronMagazine.com for the great story about the Gaultier exhibit by writer Holly Haber. She sat down with DMA Board President Deedie Rose and Board Vice President Cindy Rachofsky to discuss what Gaultier s exhibit means to Dallas. The two ladies were also challenged with the difficult task of finding a gift for the legendary designer to be presented while he was in town for the opening. The story reveals their decision, which can only be described as perfectly Dallas.

The Ebby Halliday Companies and Luxury Portfolio International are proud to be the exclusive real estate advertisers in the premiere issue of PATRON.

Tips for Selling Your Home in the Winter


Winter Home
The holiday months translate to fast-paced shopping, fast-paced travel and unfortunately some fast-paced eating. The one thing that does seem to slow down during the winter season is the housing market – but you could actually use the holiday season to your advantage and capitalize on having less competition in the market. Here are some helpful tips for selling your home during the winter months from USA Today.

1. Remember the basics.
Maintenance, curb appeal and aggressive pricing are important no matter what season it is.

2. Think warm and cozy.
Use the winter to your advantage and stage your home to convey a cozy environment. Turning up the thermostat and having a fire in the fireplace are simple ways to portray a cozy and inviting home.

3. Neatly shoveled paths make a difference.
Keep sidewalks and driveways free and clear of ice and snow – it s safer and looks better. And if you remember our Snowmageddon 2011, you know that this tip is applicable to us here in North Texas!

4. Good lighting is essential.
The winter season means less daylight. Open blinds, drapes and shutters to let natural light pour in.

5. Tasteful holiday decorations can help.
Make your home stand out with holiday décor. But, keep decorations conservative and don’t overdo it on outdoor lighting.

For more information on how to fight the winter gloom, see the full article on USAToday.com.

And don’t forget our great list of 11 Reasons to Sell Your Home During the Holidays.

Ebby Halliday Acers: Thanksgiving in Tough Times Offers Blessings


The following op-ed piece written by Ebby first appeared in The Dallas Morning News on November 25, 2008. We thought it would be appropriate to repost today. Here s wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving from The Ebby Halliday Family of Companies.

Most of you who are reading this do not remember the Great Depression in the 1930s, but I am a product of it. It was a hard time that saw many good people flounder and fall, giving up because they could not find a job, a way to support their families or themselves.

However, many lifted themselves by trying and trying again, no matter how deep they fell. Those of us lucky enough to have jobs were not only grateful for them but learned the wisdom of thrift and the art of preserving things. It was a time when families were broken, but equally a time when families grew stronger bonds because they learned the beauty of sharing.

Many of us found that the person in rags on the corner was a former neighbor, and so we opened our rather empty pockets to help, often with uplifting words as well as material things. It was a time when children learned to play with little but their imagination.

Today, trying times are upon us again, hopefully not as deep and lasting as those of the Great Depression. But now is our time to test ourselves. Some will learn how to do with fewer comforts, and others will have even less. Many will not be able to travel this Thanksgiving.

Let s ask ourselves: Has our cup been half-full or half-empty? Are we ready for what comes next? Is our place in order? Our place may be a hut, a mansion or no dwelling at all. But how we feel about our presence our place in the world is very important.

Do we feel entitled to live carefree lives? Do we deserve to have things our way, always? Have we given enough to our communities to create an environment, a neighborhood of acceptance of our fellow human beings?

Dallas may have escaped the worst of the housing and economic storms thus far. But hidden inside our statistics are families who are in need, often not of their own making. They can be found in every neighborhood. Do we owe them any assistance?

Over 200 years ago, Albigence Waldo, a surgeon at Valley Forge, said, Mankind is never truly thankful for the benefits of life until they have experienced the want of them.

Yes, many will not travel this Thanksgiving. But did you know there are places right here that offer a meaningful way to spend your time? I suggest our own great treasure, Thanks-Giving Square, in downtown Dallas. The wise founders of this unique place chose thanksgiving as its core because it is a virtue and a tradition for people of all faiths and cultures.

Come learn about America s founders who, through thanksgiving, wrought victory out of defeat, forged unity out of diversity and healed the wounds of untold hurts while remaining true to their own beliefs. Discover how clergy in Dallas gave thanks together more than 100 years ago when others dared not even try.

Come with your family and your friends. Come, have your children and grandchildren jump and shout in the center of the Ring of Thanks. Walk up to the chapel and the breathtaking stained-glass window as it lifts you from the mundane to the sublime.

Answer challenging times with your own challenge. List all the reasons you have to be grateful and find a way to make someone else s life better. And, for those of you who can afford it, leave a token of thanks to the square, so that it will continue to bring access to a place of thought, joy, solace and gratitude all the days of the year.

Flagship Neiman Marcus Set to Light Up Downtown Dallas for the Holidays this Saturday Night


Come Saturday night, it’ll start looking a lot more like Christmas in Downtown Dallas. The annual City Lights event takes place this Saturday, November 19 with events starting at 5 pm.

This year the family-friendly holiday extravaganza will feature an outdoor market with local artisans, face painting, ornament making and live music. At 6:30 pm the holiday tree at Main Street Garden will be lit, then at 7 pm, moonwalk over to the flagship Neiman Marcus for the official store lighting, the unveiling of the 2011 holiday windows, and the opening of “Big Encounters of the Little Kind”. It’s sure to be a great time!

For full details and information, click here.

CityLights 2011 from Downtown Dallas, Inc. on Vimeo.

Third Quarter 2011 Breakfast of Champions at Dallas Arboretum


Each quarter, the top Associates from each Ebby Halliday Family of Companies office for total number of homes sold is invited to a Breakfast of Champions celebration and networking event. This morning, the winning Associates for Third Quarter 2011 were honored at the Dallas Arboretum, courtesy of Arch Foundation Repair (a special thank you to our favorite gal, Tamera Gaede!).

If you haven’t been, hurry and go before November 23 so you can enjoy Autumn at the Arboretum, which features 150,000 blooming fall flowers and foliage plantings plus more than 50,000 pumpkins, squash and gourds. It’s amazing to behold!

The breakfast was held at the Restaurant DeGolyer – The DeGolyer Mansion itself was closed to everyone except the busy elves going in and out with amazing holiday decorations for the upcoming Holiday at the Arboretum, this year dubbed “It’s a Fairy Tale World,” which opens November 25. We suggest you check that out also!

Associates enjoyed updates from various department heads at the Ebby Halliday Corporate Office, as well as an overview of the upcoming Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. It’s going to be an incredible addition to our city, you can learn more by clicking here.

To see photos from this morning s Breakfast of Champions, visit the Ebby Halliday Facebook Page.

Gingerbread Stroll in Highland Park Village benefits Women s Auxiliary to Children s Medical Center


Excitement is building about The Gingerbread Stroll in Highland Park Village, which runs now through Wednesday, November, 30! Attendees will stroll among fourteen Highland Park Village merchants and silently bid on elaborate gingerbread houses created by some of Dallas top pastry chefs. 100% of the proceeds from this inaugural event will benefit a local children s charity the 2011 beneficiary is The Women s Auxiliary to Children s Medical Center.

Stroll participants may vote for their favorite gingerbread house and support The Women’s Auxiliary to Children’s Medical Center by purchasing a Gingerbread Man Cookie at Celebrity Café & Bakery. One will be given a ballot with each gingerbread man cookie purchase. Proceeds from the cookie sales will be donated to The Auxiliary. Don t miss this soon to be Holiday Tradition sure to be enjoyed by children young and old!

Sponsors for The Gingerbread Stroll include: Event Advisor, Lynn McBee; Event Founder, Christine McKenny of Dave Perry-Miller & Associates; Digital 3 Printing; Tom Thumb; Highland Park Village; and, Dave Perry-Miller & Associates.

Participating merchants include: Beretta Gallery; Calame Jewelers; Celebrity Café & Bakery; Cole Haan; Deno s of Highland Park; ESCADA; Kiehl’s Since 1851; Marquee Grill & Bar/Village Theatre; Molto Formaggio; Robert Talbott Carmel; St. Michael s Woman s; Stephanie Anne; Trina Turk; Tom Thumb; and, SCOOP NYC.

Participating pastry chefs and bakeries include: Brook Hollow Golf Club; Celebrity Café & Bakery; Four Seasons Resort and Club, Cafe on the Green; Hilton Anatole; Hyatt Regency Dallas; Hyatt Regency DFW; Marquee Grill & Bar/Village Theatre; Northwood Club; Remington College Pastry Arts Program; Tart Bakery and Pastry Boutique; The Hospitality Sweet; The Adolphus Hotel; Tom Thumb; and, Tower Club Dallas, A Member of the ClubCorp Family.

For more information about Highland Park Village, visit hpvillage.com.

And speaking of Children’s Medical Center, The Ebby Halliday Companies will again serve as a balloon sponsor for the annual Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade, which will take place on Saturday, December 3. To learn more about the parade, click here, or stay tuned for more details.

Ebby s Lakewood Office Sponsors 35th Annual Lakewood Home Festival This Weekend


Looing for a fun event to attend this weekend? Check out the 35th Annual Lakewood Home Festival November 11-13.

Hosted by the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA (LECPTA), the Lakewood Home Festival is a community-wide event that raises funds for Lakewood Elementary School, J.L. Long Middle School and Woodrow Wilson High School. The funds directly benefit students through the purchase of school materials, computers and enrichment programs as well as the International Baccalaureate program. Last year s Home Festival raised approximately $144,000.

We are thrilled with the homes on tour this year as well as 60-plus unique local vendors at our market, said Lori Volney, 2011-12 LECPTA President. We could not make this event possible without the hundreds of volunteers that run this event.

In addition to touring the Lakewood homes, visitors can shop at the Holiday Market, sponsored by the Ebby Lakewood office, located at Lakewood Elementary. The Holiday Market will feature more than 60 local artists, a Café featuring Penne Pomodoro, and is the location of the Auction Party on Friday night, November 11. This year s Auction Party theme is a Jimmy Buffet tribute: Lakewoodville: Livin in Paradise .

Come experience a weekend full of community traditions, neighborhood support, and camaraderie. Tickets for the Lakewood Home Festival are sold at Lakewood Elementary School, located at 3000 Hillbrook, Tom Thumb (21 locations), White Rock Coffee, The T Shop, The Corner Market, and Mockingbird Florist as well as at each tour home during the event.

For more information or to purchase tickets online, click here.

Richardson Home Listed by Ebby Featured on ABC s The View


Everyone loves to browse homes for sale – even the ladies of ABC’s daytime talk show “The View”. Real estate expert Michael Corbett recently joined the talkative foursome for “What’s It Worth?”, a regular segment where he shocks the ladies (and viewers) with real estate highs and lows from across the country.

For each of the five featured homes, multiple photos were shown, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms were revealed, as well as a few other key features and details. The ladies were charged with guessing the price, but without knowing the single most important factor in real estate – location.

The four bedroom, four bath, 3,637 sq. ft. home in Richardson, listed by Ebby Associate Ann Moon was the fourth featured property. And the ladies’ guess of a $3.1 million asking price couldn’t have been farther from the actual list price of only $299,000. Needless to say, this group agreed that North Texas is a great place to live.

To learn more about 5804 Pepperridge Drive in Richardson, click here.

You can see all the homes featured on Friday’s segment by clicking here.

And it’s worth noting that the fifth featured property in this segment was the estate of actor Mark Wahlberg, listed for $13,995,000 by our fellow Luxury Portfolio International member, Hilton & Hyland.

SOLD: Luxury Portfolio International Member Sells $29.95 Million Manalapan Beach Home


High-end home sales are happening, especially for members of Luxury Portfolio International. We would like to congratulate our fellow Luxury Portfolio member Premier Estate Properties, Inc. for the recent sale of a 23,500 square foot oceanfront luxury mansion in Manalapan Beach, Florida. The property was last listed at $29.95 million.

For full details, visit the Luxury Portfolio Blog.

The Ebby Halliday Companies are proud to be the exclusive Dallas affiliates of Luxury Portfolio International.

Ebby s Debbie Carroll-Boyce Named Ms. Senior America at Annual Pageant


The Ebby Halliday Companies are proud to be comprised of some of the best Sales Associates in the DFW Metroplex. They come from almost every professional background you can think of and have been honored with numerous awards in their communities and even throughout the country. And today, we’re now proud to announce the addition of a reigning beauty queen!

Debbie Carroll-Boyce, an Associate in the Ebby Halliday Frisco office, was recently named the 2011 Ms. Senior America at the annual Ms. Senior America Pageant held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Debbie will be using this outstanding platform to promote a lifestyle of healthy living for seniors, along with raising awareness for mental and physical well-being and to raise funds for research for Alzheimer s disease and Dementia.

Debbie wowed the judges with her beauty, poise and grace, along with her singing and dancing to Stuff Like That There from the Bette Midler movie, For the Boys. Debbie s list of volunteer work and community involvements are extensive and include volunteering her time tutoring students, being an active member of the community in her hometown of Frisco, Texas, being named the Most Positive Principal by the Power of Positive Student Organization, taking the first school in her community to receive the United States national Blue Ribbon recognition at the White House in Washington, DC while she was still an active principal, being a wonderful mother and so much more. In her professional life prior to her current profession of Realtor for Ebby Halliday, Debbie was an educator for 31 years which included 17 years as an elementary school principal and 14 years as a middle and high school teacher and counselor. Debbie earned a Bachelors Degree in Communications from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Master s Degree in Education/Counseling and Mid Management Administration from Texas Women s University.

I feel incredibly honored to be the winner of this wonderful competition and will serve with proud enthusiasm for all that it represents. Just because a person reaches a certain age, does not mean you should quit pushing and challenging yourself every single day. I am flattered beyond belief and will serve with great pride to help raise awareness for all I believe in , stated Ms. Carroll-Boyce, and I look forward to the adventure that lies ahead.

The queen of Texas real estate, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday, Ebby Halliday stated,

We are so proud of our Debbie. She is such an over-achiever and hard worker and sets goals that are difficult for anyone to achieve, yet she manages to do it with poise and grace.

The philosophy behind the Texas chapter and the national organization Senior America is the belief that seniors are the foundation of America and one of our most valuable treasures. Seniors help the younger generation build self-esteem, knowledge, experience, and resources to continue building a better society for the future.

These are not simply beauty pageants for women that are 60+, these pageants re-define senior women in the 21st Century , according to Mary Frances Hansen, Director of the 2011 Ms. Texas Senior America Pageant. The Pageants are about inner beauty; these women are dynamic and talented in every way. Our goal is to encourage seniors to embrace life and foster a positive attitude about aging. We strive to enrich and empower senior women as our pageant contestants represent the positive image of aging. 1st runner up, Dr. Karen Taylor from Colorado certainly deserves a lot of recognition for her hard work, along with all of the 38 competitors, not only for their dedication, but for their belief in the Ms. Senior America principals.

The four components of the Ms. Senior America Pageant judging were: philosophy of life, personal interviews with the judges, evening gown competition, and talent. The judges were Dee Dee Sharpe, an internationally known singer, songwriter and entertainer since the late 1950 s that holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania; Loretta Finnegan, MD, former Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Thomas Jefferson University, is President of Finnegan Consulting and has authored 173 scientific publications and has given nearly 1,000 presentations at conferences worldwide; Carole Cusumano, a seasoned entrepreneur and fashion professional designing and developing product brands for more than 20 years who most recently has turned her attention to developing consumer products for the pet industry; Jim Thompson, a security expert with ADT Security Services who has been an active member of the Miss America organization for almost 40 years who has been a judge in seven state pageants.

Debbie would like to give big thanks to all of her supporters and a special recognition to endorser/sponsors Texas Governor Rick Perry; Texas State Representative Ken Paxton; Frisco, Texas Mayor, Maher Maso; Frisco ISD Superintendent Dr. Rick Reedy; Ebby Halliday Real Estate and Tom Lewis, Lewis Marketing & Public Relations. The national competition for Ms. Senior America, took place October 2-7 at Harrah s Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.