Get the Most Out of Your Kitchen

Get the Most Out of Your Kitchen


Organization, decor, and storage seem to be the hallmarks of beautiful and functional kitchens. If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, you know that pleasing aesthetics and the right organization make all the difference in the world. If you’re still trying to achieve the perfect balance of beauty and function in your kitchen we’ve got three great links to share with you.


Check out this list of 23 Kitchen Organization and Storage Tips. From under the sink storage to pantry organization, this list is the ultimate guide no matter what size or type of kitchen you have. Our favorite? The fabulous in-drawer organization that is tip #9.


If you’re lacking shelf space in your kitchen or pantry, see this easy step-by-step for DIY Floating Shelves. The guide is for a laundry room, but we think it would be perfect for almost any area where you need a little extra shelf space.


We love all the ideas in this piece for 10 Unexpected Ways to Add Color to Your Kitchen. There’s so much to be inspired by in the kitchen, so why not make your decor one of them? With these ideas you’ll add pops of color and give your kitchen a breath of fresh air that might just inspire you to whip up some new favorite dishes.


North Texas Home Prices Rise in February



North Texas home sales prices jumped by 13 percent in February over the same month last year.


Real estate agents sold 5,495 pre-owned North Texas homes last month – a 2 percent increase from February 2013, according to data from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University and North Texas Real Estate information Systems, Inc.


February’s home sales gain comes after a 1 percent drop in January from the previous year. That was the first dip in year-over-year pre-owned home sales in the area since early 2010. Notably, the inventory of homes for sale in North Texas in February was 12 percent lower than a year ago.

Albertsons Buys Tom Thumb

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We delivered the news a few weeks ago that Tom Thumb Highland Park would be closing this year, and that the grocery chain’s parent company, Safeway, was up for sale. Now we have even bigger news, Albertsons‘ parent company, Cerberus, and Tom Thumb’s parent company, Safeway, will be merging and combining forces later this year.


Albertsons announced March 6 that it would be acquiring Safeway. This merger will create a diversified network that includes over 2,400 store, 27 distribution facilities, and 20 manufacturing plants with over 250,000 dedicated and loyal employees, the press release says.


Though there is still an option to entertain proposals from other buyers, the decision to merge with Albertsons was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of Safeway. The two grocery stores will operate separately until the merge is final, which is expected to happen in late 2014. With Albertsons’ 49 stores in North Texas and Tom Thumb’s 62 stores, the combined companies will become the largest traditional grocery chain in the area.


Though there are no closures planned, Albertsons’ parent company, Cerberus, has a history of shutting down Albertsons’ stores since its acquisition in 2006. Since then, the stores have declined in quality, selection, and overall appeal, and 26 Albertsons stores across the country were closed just three weeks ago.


There’s still some speculation about how the merge will directly affect D-FW customers. What do you think? Comment below and let us know.


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Ebby Celebrates 103rd Birthday at YW



Surrounded by friends and admirers, the First Lady of Real Estate celebrated her 103rd birthday at the site of what will soon be Ebby’s Place – the YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas’ new women’s center.


Dignitaries, luminaries and friends of both Ebby’s and the YWCA gathered Thursday night at 2603 Inwood Road, a 50-year-old building that will soon be transformed into a state-of-the-art community outreach center.


The $7.3 million “YW” will help lift economically challenged working women out of poverty. Ebby’s Place will be a gathering spot where women come to be mentored, coached and encouraged by their peers.


At the press conference preceding the party, remarks by the speakers, President & CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies Mary Frances Burleson, CEO of the YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas Jennifer Ware, Honorary Campaign Chair Anne Motsenbocker, and Dallas City Councilman Adam Medrano, noted that Ebby Halliday is the ideal person for the new women’s center to be named after. After all, Ebby has helped mentor and open doors for countless women – and men!


Happy 103rd birthday, Ebby!


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Home Prices Up Nationwide



CoreLogic reports that national home prices increased by 12% year-over-year in January. This marks the 23rd consecutive month of year-over-year increases in the CoreLogic Home Price Index.


Nationally, home prices increased 0.9% month-over-month from December. For the past 20 years, the average month-over-month appreciation for January has been 0.2%, and the January 2014 increase was the largest January increase since 2006.


Year-over-year home prices were up in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Only Mississippi showed a price decrease. Nevada led the country with a 22.2% price increase from January 2013, followed closely by California with a 20.3% increase.


In terms of monthly changes, 39 states and the District of Columbia showed increases, with Vermont (+2.7%) and New York (+2.7%) showing the largest increases and New Hampshire (-1.5%) and Iowa (-1%) experiencing the largest decreases.


Texas, Louisiana and Nebraska reached new heights in home prices, and Colorado was within a tenth of a percent of its peak. Conversely, Nevada remained at 40.1% below its peak in 2006, followed by Florida (-36.4%).


To find out the current value of your home, consult an Ebby Halliday Associate today. To get started, visit the award-winning


OTD: The Many Faces of Kitchen Cabinetry


We stumbled across an article on Houzz today that explains the three main types of cabinetry: inset, partial overlay, and full overlay. It got us thinking about all the different types of cabinetry we have in our home inventory. From black and modern to white and traditional, we’ve got a style of cabinetry perfect for everyone’s tastes on today’s Of The Day! Which style is your favorite? Comment and let us know!


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Kitchens (from top to bottom): 1. 6406 Forest Creek, Dallas ; 2. 9008 Glen Springs, Dallas ; 3. 3408 Purdue, Dallas ; 4. 8818 Flint Falls Drive, Dallas ; 5. 6536 Lake Circle Drive, Dallas ; 6. 2216 Sinclair St., Carrollton ; 7. 9527 Millridge Drive, Dallas

Ebby’s Place To Empower Dallas Women



Calling Ebby Halliday “a woman of high integrity who has devoted her life to empowering women,” YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas leaders announced plans for a $7.3 million women’s center to be named Ebby’s Place in her honor. The announcement came as an early 103rd birthday gift to Ebby, whose birthday is this Sunday, March 9.


Ebby’s Place is designed to help lift economically challenged working women out of poverty. The new center will focus upon delivering  a variety of new financial-empowerment programs, including small business/entrepreneurial and job training courses, as well as existing educational programs around childbirth and parenting, nutrition and preventive healthcare.


“Ebby is just delighted that the YW has chosen to put her name on this building,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO, of Ebby Halliday Realtors. “What an honor to know that this center will become a welcoming place where women can go to begin transformative changes that will make life better for them and their families.”


Located near the Dallas Medical District adjacent to the Inwood DART station and one block from a DART bus stop, the 20,000-square-foot Women’s Center will be housed in an existing 50-year-old, two-story building that is undergoing a complete renovation.


YW CEO Jennifer M. Ware says the need is tremendous. In Dallas County today, 286,000 women and girls live in poverty. According to experts, trends show this number will grow by nearly 100,000 to almost 400,000 women and girls by 2020.


“The stats are heartbreaking,” says Ware. “Here in Dallas County one in three single-female-led households live below the federal poverty line. The mission of Ebby’s Place is to begin changing those stats by helping women to gain financial independence.”


For more information, visit and to view the fly-through video of Ebby’s Place, click here.

D-FW Weekend Round Up: Mar. 6-9

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We’ve got the scoop on the best events in food, music, and entertainment for D-FW’s first weekend in March. If you’re fresh out of ideas for what to do with your weekend, check out this list!


We Will Rock You: The Music Hall at Fair Park and Dallas Summer Musicals present We Will Rock You, a production of songs by the band Queen that goes until March 16.


George Thorogood & The Destroyers: Tonight, Thursday March 6, the band will play live at the House of Blues Dallas. Trying to think of why you recognize the name? They’re hit single in 1982 was “Bad To The Bone.”


Dallas Stars: Tonight, Thurs. March 7, the Stars play the Vancouver Canucks at 7:30. Friday, March 8, they’ll face off against the Minnesota Wild, also at 7:30.


Dallas Mavericks: Cheer on the Mavs as they take on the Portland Trail Blazers Friday night, March 7, at 7:30. And again on Sunday, March 9, against the Indiana Pacers at 6:30.


Out of the Loop Fringe Festival: The WaterTower Theatre and Addison Conference Centre will host this year’s Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, which goes until March 16 and showcases local theater and dance companies.


Untapped Music & Beer Festival: We mentioned this event last week, which takes place this Saturday, March 8. Held in Fort Worth at the Panther Island Pavilion, there will be more than 200 beers from 65 breweries as well as nine national and local musical performances.


Dallas Blooms: The beauty of spring flowers continues this weekend at the Dallas Arboretum.


Sarah Jessica Parker: The star and fashion personality will be at Nordstrom NorthPark on Sunday, March 9, to sign autographs and publicize the release of her SJP Collection.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Sunday, March 9, and Monday, March 10, Shakespeare Dallas will present what is arguably one of the best plays Shakespeare wrote in his lifetime. It’s part of a series of by the group, and will be held in Hamon Hall at Winspear Opera House. You can also go to a “Lunch and Learn” to discuss the play at Klyde Warren Park.


Sunday Chef Mix: Don’t forget about this event on Sunday that we mentioned earlier this week. You can eat great food from North Texas chefs and give to a great cause to help a neighbor in need.

Dining Room Re-Do

On this edition of Room Re-do we’re heading to McKinney to the lovely home at 1500 Creek Crest Drive. It’s a four-bedroom, 3 1/2-bath residence with 2,740 square feet and listed for $279,900.


The subject room is the home’s dining room, which is beautifully done in neutral tones and has a dash of whimsy. We love the combination of the feminine curtains, table spheres, and mirror paired with the more masculine chairs, table, and buffet. What a great look! To get the look for yourself, just get click the links below!

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Happy Birthday, Ebby!



Happy Birthday to Ebby Halliday, who turned 103 on March 9!


Affectionately known near and far as the First Lady of Real Estate, Ebby Halliday has lived an extraordinary life that includes her rise from humble beginnings to become one of America’s most-admired entrepreneurs.


During her life, Ebby has helped shape the real estate industry, grown the Ebby Halliday Companies to become one of America’s largest and most-admired independent real estate companies, and provided never-ending community service to her beloved Dallas.


The list of Ebby Halliday’s accomplishments and contributions to society is lengthy, but what those of us who are privileged to know and work with Ebby most admire is her humility and willingness to serve her fellow travelers in this precious journey called life.


Ebby, may your birthday be filled with the greatest of joy!