Fresh Listing Friday: Front Porch Delight


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Happy Friday, y’all! To finish out 2016, we’ve selected the darling custom residence at 2317 Sir Belin Drive as this week’s Fresh Listing Friday. Situated in Castle Hills, a highly sought-after community in Lewisville, the home offers a darling front porch, high ceilings, and plentiful windows. Take a virtual tour below and see all the delightful details this home has to offer!

Need-to-know Details:

• Priced at $449,900
• 3,210 square feet: 4 bedrooms, 2.2 baths
• Island kitchen with granite countertops, slate backsplash, and stainless-steel appliances
• Master suite with wood flooring, crown molding, and French doors
• Spacious game room

 

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To view this listing, contact Lesa Stuart at 214-986-8859 or Lesa@Ebby.com.

How to Style a Bar Cart


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If you’ve been keeping up with home décor trends, then you’re likely aware of the resurgence of the bar cart.

 

Originating as tea trolleys in the Victorian era, these beverage carts became a home for alcoholic elixirs after Prohibition ended. It wasn’t until the 1950s that these carts gained popularity, when entertaining and cocktail hours became a cultural norm.

 

When home architecture began to include built-in wet bars and spaces for entertaining in the 1970s, the bar cart became an image of the past.

 

But alas! Bar carts have made their way back into mainstream homes, pleasing cocktail lovers, Mad Men fans, and home décor enthusiasts alike.

 

Bar carts can not only be used to display your apéritifs, but also as a side table, nightstand, art easel, and more.

 

Want one in your own home? All it takes is a little creativity and a few must-have items.

 

1. Liquor
A variety of classic cocktails can be made with just these items:  vodka, gin, rum, tequila, whiskey, and bitters. Vermouth should also be at the top of your list: dry is a must for martini fans, while sweet allows you to make other drinks, like Manhattans. If you still want more variety, brandy and Aperol are great additions, as well as any flavored liqueur you enjoy (i.e. Cointreau, Frangelico, St. Germain).
 
2. Mixers
Must-have mixers for your bar cart include tonic water, club soda, ginger beer, and cola. In fall and winter, you may consider adding apple cider to the mix. These mixers give you the ability to create a drink for virtually any taste preference.
 
3. Citrus
A few lemons, limes, and oranges in a bowl are both a functional and decorative addition to a bar cart. Use them to make drinks, garnish, and add a pop of color to your cart.
 
4. Barware (glasses and tools)
A bar cart is nothing without the tools. You’ll need a cocktail shaker, measuring unit (like a jigger), stirring spoon, strainer, bar board, pairing knife, corkscrew, and a variety of glasses. Additional options are an ice bucket, muddler, zester, and cocktail picks. Bar tools come in a variety of styles, so you can easily find something that fits the aesthetic you’re aiming for.
 
5. Plants
Adding a plant or flower is another way to bring an air of freshness to a bar cart. A simple clear or white vase never fails, but you can also pick something colorful or quirky.
 
6. Trinkets
If your cart isn’t too crammed by now, it’s time for the fun stuff. Adding a random object that speaks to you is the best way to complete your bar cart. Books, clocks, candlesticks, artwork, etc. are all great pieces to add that finishing touch.
 
Feeling inspired to decorate your own bar cart? These ones are the perfect blank canvas.
 
Bar Carts
1. Velma Mirrored Serving Cart – $134.99
2. Victoria Serving Cart – $115.99
3. Dante Bar Serving Cart – $292.99
4. Metal, Wood, and Leather Bar Cart – $129.99
5. Renee Bar Cart – $499
6. Wood and Gold Bar Cart – $129.99
7. Healy Acrylic Kitchen Cart – $195.49
8. Hobbs Bar Cart – $269.00

 

Santa Cops Drive Assists Victims of Crime


Santa Cops Drive Assists Victims of Crime

 

Ebby Halliday Companies employees and sales associates donated over 300 toys, 250 books and 33 bikes and helmets to the 2016 Santa Cops toy drive.

 

Santa Cops Drive Assists Victims of Crime

 

Santa Cops, created and developed by Dallas police officers, assists members of the community who have been victims of crime. Members of the department identify families in need and a selection committee determines whether each family meets the criteria of the program. Those that are selected, based on officers’ observations and comments, are prioritized by need.

 

The next step is the best part of the process: watching the children’s faces when officers bring toys to their home just before Christmas. The Santa Cops program has assisted over 10,000 families throughout the years.

 

PHOTO 1: Ebby President and CEO Mary Frances Burleson and Executive Vice President and Director of Sales Offices Betty Misko are shown among hundreds of items donated to the 2016 Santa Cops drive.

 

PHOTO 2: Dallas Police Officers Stephen Prince, Jim Leakey and Lance White load gifts donated to the Santa Cops program by members of the Ebby Halliday Companies.

 

 

Fresh Listing Friday: Las Colinas Charm


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Happy Friday all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is situated in the Cottonwood Valley neighborhood of Las Colinas. The gorgeous residence at 2179 Hogan Drive offers a charming conical roof and proximity to the Four Seasons Sports Club and Resort. Take a virtual tour below and see the open floor plan, spacious living areas, and custom details.

Need-to-know Details:

• Priced at $820,000
• 4,577 square feet: 3 bedrooms, 3.2 baths
• Gourmet kitchen with a wine cooler, stainless-steel appliances, and plentiful storage
• Master suite with with steam shower, sauna, and spacious closet
• Media room, study, and three-car garage

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To view this listing, contact Ruth Edmonds at 972-443-1452 or RuthEdmonds@Ebby.com.

Decorate with Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year


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Pantone® recently unveiled its Color of the Year, what it describes as “a symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.”

 

This year’s color selection? Pantone 15-0343, otherwise known as Greenery.

 

Described by Pantone as “a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade,” Greenery is reminiscent of the outdoors and is supposed to inspire consumers to “take a deep breath, oxygenate, and reinvigorate.”

 

While it’s never a bad idea to decorate your home with fresh plants, here are some alternative green options that will bring life into your décor.

Pantone Color of the Year1. Modern Green/Chrome Dining Chairs – $110.99
These modern dining chairs feature a forest-themed cut-out and are a great way to bring fun and functionality to a dining area.

 

2. Interlock Greek Key Pillow Cover – $129
This 100 percent cotton pillow cover features a classic embroidered key pattern. Use it to instantly add a hint of brightness to any seat, sofa, or bed.

 

3. KitchenAid® Stand Mixer, Green Apple – $329.99
We’re green with envy for anyone who adds this stand mixer to their kitchen countertop.

 

4. NEST® Lemongrass & Ginger Liquid Soap – $22
The only thing better than this soap’s bright and sleek packaging is its crisp, herbal scent.

 

5. Stemless Wine Glasses (Set of 4) –  $37.95
Who says stemless wine glasses should only be used for wine? We love the white dotted design on these elegant and durable glasses.

 

6. Fiddle Leaf Tree – $299
Fiddle leaf fig trees are on-trend right now due to their ability to add sophistication and a contemporary feel to any décor.

Holiday Gift Guide for the Home


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Drawing a blank on what to get your friends or family this holiday season? Here are a few gift ideas that are perfect for the homebody. Plus, you can expedite shipping to make sure everything is here in time for the holidays.


1. Cast-Iron Round Dutch Oven – $169.95

A versatile dutch oven is a must for anyone who loves to cook. With proper care, a dutch oven can last a lifetime.

2. Aluminum Ice Cream Scoop – $17.99

Shopping for someone with a sweet tooth? This Zeroll ice cream scoop has been used in ice cream parlors since 1935 and many believe it carves a perfect scoop of ice cream.

3. Marled Basketweave Throw – $79

Who doesn’t love cuddling under a soft blanket in the depths of winter? This chunky knit comes in a variety of multi-hued colors to match any home décor.

4. Natural and Silver Agate Trivet – $195

This trivet is perhaps the most glamorous way to protect countertops.

5. Antique Olive Print Set – $40

These antique French olive illustrations might just be as charming as whoever would appreciate them.

6. Fragrant Oil Diffuser – $34

A candle is always a great gift, but a diffuser is a fun alternative.

7. Portable Bluetooth Speaker – $134.99

This water-resistant speaker offers hours of play time for the music, podcast, or audiobook lover and will even charge a phone.

Fresh Listing Friday: Katy Trail Transitional


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Happy Friday, all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is a stunning transitional condo in the highly sought-after Katy Trail area of Dallas. This home offers an abundance of amenities including an open floor plan, plentiful natural light, and a balcony overlooking the trail. The residence at 4419 Buena Vista St, No. 14 provides urban living in a relaxed setting.

Need-to-know Details:

• Beautifully updated, priced at $625,000
• 3,149 square feet: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and 1 half-bath
• Living area with a two-story ceiling
• Sleek master suite including spacious bath and walk-in closet


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To view this listing, contact Victoria Barr at 214-213-2593 or VictoriaBarr@Ebby.com.

MetroTex Event Showcases Industry Leaders


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Ebby Halliday was extremely well represented at last night’s MetroTex Association of Realtors Annual Installation & Awards Ceremony.

 

Ebby Halliday Preston Center Associate Johnny Mowad was presented with the Lois Hair Bernays Award as the MetroTex Salesperson of Year. Nominees for the award included James Martin of the Dave Perry-Miller InTown Office.

 

Ebby’s Little White House Associate Sandy Donsky was presented with the MetroTex Ebby Halliday Community Service Award, which was named to honor one of the Association’s most active community service volunteers – our founder Ebby Halliday, who passed away last year at the age of 104. Nominees for the award included Marilyn Frederick of Ebby’s 190 – Richardson Office.

 

The 2017 MetroTex Association Officers include President James Martin from Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s InTown Office and Vice President Linda Callicutt, office administrator of Ebby’s Little White House Office. Directors serving a two-year team in 2017-18 include Johnny Mowad of Ebby’s Preston Center Office, Alicia Schroeder of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s InTown Office, and Kristin Smith of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Park Cities Office.

 

Congratulations and thank you to each award winner, nominee, officer and director. Your service to the real estate industry makes all of us proud to be part of the Ebby Halliday Family of Companies.

 

7 Wine Cellars for the Wine Enthusiast


Tis’ the season for holiday festivities and warm gatherings with friends and family. If you’re a wine enthusiast, you may even be thinking about opening that special bottle you’ve been saving for ages. No matter how big or small your collection may be, here are seven gorgeous wine cellars currently on the market. Who knows, maybe you will be inspired to start your own collection…

 

Wine Cellar
5947 Park Lane | Dallas | $2,250,000
Wine Cellar
5206 Monterey Drive | Frisco | $2,495,000
Wine Cellars
6524 Old Gate Road | Plano | $2,495,000
Wine Cellars
17615 Cedar Creek Canyon Drive | Dallas | $1,849,000
Wine Cellars
2222 King Fisher Drive | Westlake | $6,200,000
Wine Cellars
5816 Versailles Ave | Frisco |$1,100,000
Wine Cellars
4429 Lena Lane | Irving | $1,249,000

Happy Hill Farm Choir Spreads Holiday Cheer


 

Happy Hill Farm Choir Spreads Holiday Cheer

 

Members of Ebby’s corporate office recently enjoyed a visit from the Happy Hill Farm Choir. Each year during December, the choir makes the rounds to spread holiday cheer to the farm’s corporate supporters. The multi-talented choir treated the audience at Ebby Corporate to spirited renditions of holiday songs — and even provided surprise visits from a spot-on Elvis impersonator and Santa himself.

 

Happy Hill Farm Choir Spreads Holiday Cheer

 

“The Ebby corporate team always looks forward to its annual visit from the Happy Hill Choir,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors. “Over the years, Ed Shipman, who passed away earlier this year, and his talented staff have helped so many young people grow into happy, productive adults. At Ebby Halliday, we are thrilled to be a part of that effort.”

 

Happy Hill Farm is a 500-acre farm that is home to North Central Texas Academy, an independent, accredited, coeducational and interdenominational college-preparatory day, boarding and international school near Granbury. Boys and girls ages 5 to 18 live, work and study at Happy Hill Farm, which accepts no federal or state funding.

 

Traditionally, more than 90 percent of North Central Texas Academy’s budget has come from donations within the private community from caring individuals, corporations and foundations. The Academy seeks out underserved students and provides scholarships in order that these highly motivated boys and girls receive the opportunity to learn, commit, grow, and eventually assume positions of responsibility and leadership in society.

 

For many years Happy Hill Farm has been near and dear to Ebby Halliday Realtors. The Ebby Halliday Library is located at Happy Hill’s academic complex.

 

To learn more about Happy Hill Farm or to donate, visit happyhillfarm.org.