Luxury Portfolio Affluence Forum Provides Insight

Luxury Forum Provides Insight



Several key members of the Ebby Halliday Realtors Marketing Department recently attended the 2017 Affluence Forum at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago. The two-day invitation-only event, hosted by Luxury Portfolio International, the luxury marketing arm of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, gathered leaders in home, design and luxury real estate to network, share ideas and gather valuable information from industry experts on current and upcoming trends.


“At Ebby Halliday Realtors, we are proud to be a founding member of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World network and an advisory board member of Luxury Portfolio International,” said Randall Graham, vice president and director of marketing for the Ebby Halliday Companies. “Gatherings such as the Affluence Forum provide the opportunity to learn about the latest trends in the luxury segment and, as a result, better serve our luxury clientele.”


Luxury Forum Provides Insight


The Affluence Forum agenda included insights on the global luxury real estate market, a review of industry innovations and networking opportunities for attendees from such markets as Chicago, San Francisco, New York City and Vail. Speakers included Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Chief Economist Marci Rossell, who spoke about the economic factors influencing affluent consumers and former DWELL Media CEO Michela O’Conner Abrams, who provided insight on the power of good design in business. The forum also featured representatives from the home, design and real estate industries to speak about the latest trends in home technology, customization, restoration and wealth management.


Forum attendees also enjoyed enrichment opportunities, including visits to the Monogram and Waterworks showrooms in Chicago’s famed Merchandise Mart.


Luxury Forum Provides Insight


Luxury Portfolio International is the largest global network of premier residential real estate companies, including many of the world’s most powerful independent luxury brokerages. Luxury Portfolio is truly luxury, with more properties priced at $1 million and above than any of its competitors.


Luxury Portfolio International, and its website,, attract a global audience of visitors from over 200 countries/territories every month and marketed over 50,000 luxury homes to over 3 million high-net-worth visitors last year. To learn more and to discover many of the world’s most-remarkable properties currently for sale, visit




Where to Find Antiques in North Texas

Close up of various handmade Persian carpets in a shop
For those of you seeking to decorate your home with one-of-a-kind pieces, North Texas is home to a variety of stores that specialize in antique furniture and accessories.
While it takes an effort to peruse through vast selections, your efforts may pay off when you find the perfect piece for your décor.
With the hopes of inspiring some second-hand shopping, we’ve rounded up local antique and consignment stores trusted by some of North Texas’ best interior designers.
Prefer shopping at home? Many of these stores update their website galleries and Instagram pages with photos of their selections, so you can browse online before you make the trip. Check back often, though, as things go quickly.
If estate sales are more your scene, there are great online resources to help you find unique items near you. Check out Attics to Basements for information about estate sales near you, or visit Everything But The House to browse the online marketplace of estate sale-type items.
Each store we’ve included has a different speciality, so read below to learn where you should go to find your home’s next statement piece.
Again & Again

This high-end vintage furniture warehouse offers upholstery, repainting and custom furniture services. They specialize in rare, unique Mid-Century 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s furniture pieces ranging from velvet chairs to brightly colored dressers and side tables. Pieces only stay for 120 days, so act quickly if you see something you like!
Phone: 214.746.6300
Instagram: @againdallas
Antiques Moderne

Owner John Bacile takes great pride in knowing the story behind each of the vintage pieces in the store, and he’ll be sure to pass the story along to each new owner. He continually makes room in the store for new finds, meaning you get frequently refreshed stock and reasonable prices.
Phone: 214.746.6300
Instagram: 214.215.9600
Big Mango Trading Co.

Okay … so this store isn’t technically an antique shop, but it’s a go-to location for unique items, so it deserves a spot on this list. This company specializes in importing handcrafted home furnishings from Indonesia, and these one-of-a-kind Asian-style pieces cannot be found elsewhere.
Phone: 214.752.4755
Instagram: @bigmangotrading
Cooper Street Antique Mall

With over 53,000 square feet, this antique mall is the largest in Arlington. Sort through the vast selection of furniture, vases, mirrors, and more, or sit down for a bite at its Tin Tulip Tea Room.
C & W Antiques
This Grand Prairie store specializes in English and French antiques, as well as original fine art from Italian, French, Russian, English, and American artists. Search for one-of-a-kind 17th, 18th, and 19th-century antiques, crystal chandeliers, and Iranian hand-woven carpets at the spacious showroom. Call ahead — you will need an appointment. You can also find their items at the Montgomery Street Antique Mall in Fort Worth.
Phone: 817.637.7637
DFW M’Antiques
This Bishop Arts District store specializes in the “rougher side” of antiques. Enjoy a beer while perusing the industrial antiques, re-purposed items, advertising items, small furniture, and more.
Phone: 214.680.4960
Instagram: @dfwmantiques
Ancient an obsolete objects in Flea market in Madrid (Spain)
Legacy Antiques
If you’re looking for 18th and 19th-century European antiques, Legacy Antiques is the ultimate destination. Choose from their selection of antique lighting, mirrors, chests, commodes, and more. Shipments arrive regularly from France, Italy, and Spain.
Phone: 214.748.4606
Montgomery Street Antique Mall
With 61,000 square feet of space, this Fort Worth antique mall is home to a large selection of unique treasures. Here you will find everything from old Coca-Cola machines and old gas pumps to glassware and animal wall mounts.
Phone: 817.735.9685
Nick Brock Antiques
Situated on North Henderson Avenue in Dallas, Nick Brock Antiques offers a wide array of 17th-century through mid-century furnishings. Here you’ll find paintings, porcelain, lighting, accessories, and more.
Phone: 214.828.0624
Pinterest: nbrockantiques

On Consignment

Situated in Uptown Dallas, On Consignment offers a beautiful array of fresh finds such as Persian rugs and ornate chandeliers. On Consignment receives daily shipments of art, furniture and more, and is frequented by Dallas’ top interior decorators.
Phone: 214.720.1818
Instagram: @onconsignmentdallas
Uncommon Market Dallas
This store specializes in European and vintage antiques from France, Belgium, Holland, England and the United States. Browse their large assortment of furniture, accessories, architectural salvage, collectibles, light fixtures, and sconces. From Victorian to Art Deco and beyond, you will find exactly what you are searching for. If not, they promise to help get it for you.
Phone: 214.871.2775

White Elephant Antiques

This antiques mall offers three warehouses and over 25,000 square feet of everything from antiques to Mid-Century. Here you’ll find personable staff and a wide array of accessories and gifts.
Phone: 214.871.7966
Instagram: @whiteelephantantiques

Hurricane Harvey: How You Can Help Now




After making landfall Friday night, Hurricane Harvey has settled over the Texas Gulf coast where it is dropping an unprecedented and catastrophic amount of rainfall. Tens of thousands of our fellow Texans have been impacted by the storm, whether by the initial landfall or the deluge of rain that has fallen in the days afterward.


Watching all of this may make you feel helpless, but there are ways you can get involved now:



American Red Cross To donate, visit, call 1- 800-RED CROSS or text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.


The Salvation Army is accepting financial donations. To donate, visit or call 1-800-725-2769.


The Dallas Foundation has started a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Donate at



For people interested in helping set up the mega shelter at the Dallas Convention Center, Dallas County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster member Trusted World is accepting new underwear, new socks, new warmups for men, women, children and infants, toiletries/hygiene products, baby formula and baby wipes, bottles, diapers and the Graco Pac n’ Plays for babies to sleep in. Drop off is at 15660 N. Dallas Parkway, just north of Arapaho on the north side of the Parkway. The donations center will open daily from 3 to 8 p.m. daily.



Carter BloodCare will send blood donations to its partners affected by Hurricane Harvey. 1-877-571-1000. Text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999



SPCA of Texas is expecting 300 cats and dogs to come to North Texas. The agency is asking for donations of cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, treats, toys and newspaper. Donations can be dropped off at SPCA of Texas Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas and the SPCA of Texas at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney. Monetary donations can be made online at



Volunteer your rental home or room at through rental site, which is connecting evacuees in the path of the storm with free, short-term lodging. Airbnb hosts are able to volunteer their rentals through a sign-up program at



The Red Cross and Salvation Army will be involved with disaster relief efforts, providing shelter, fresh drinking water, food, toiletries, clothes, bedding and other necessities. They also are involved with rebuilding efforts once the storm has passed and will send trained volunteers to help with the recovery. The Red Cross and Salvation Army also need volunteers to help at the shelters set up to house people who fled the coast.

Red Cross:


Salvation Army:





Catholic Charities USA: Visit to donate.


GlobalGiving: Visit Donors can also text HARVEY to 80100 to donate $10 to GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund


Save the Children: Visit Save the Children’s emergency response team is on the ground in San Antonio working to meet children and families’ immediate needs.


Apple: The multimedia giant has set up a donation link directly on iTunes and App Store. Visit for more information. Donations will go directly to the American Red Cross.


Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established this fund administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation to accept tax-deductible flood-relief donations. Donations can be made at


These are just a few of the ways you can help our fellow Texans. Please act now to help our neighbors in need.

Fresh Listing Friday: Radiant in Richardson

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Happy Friday y’all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is a gorgeous new build located in the heart of historic downtown Richardson. 214 E. Kaufman Street is a three-story home that offers an open floor plan, hardwood flooring, a custom staircase, and walk-in closets. Take a virtual tour below to see all the amenities throughout.


Need-to-know Details:

• Priced at $370,000
• 2,359 square feet: 3 bedrooms, 3.1 baths
• Kitchen with granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, a gas stove and custom cabinetry
• Master suite with a sitting area, balcony and custom bath
• Office and game room


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To view this listing, contact the Bryant-Reyna Group at 214-450-4101 or

5 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend

If you’re looking for a home in North Texas, you’ve come to the right place! Even if you’re not, these properties are all open to visitors this weekend and may serve as the perfect inspiration for your next home search.

1GreenKnoll11805 Green Knoll Drive | Dallas – Crestway Forest Estates | $1,595,000Ridgeside4634 Ridgeside Drive | Dallas – Hyde Park Estates | $1,535,0002GreenKnoll
6655 Green Knoll Drive | Dallas – Crestway Forest Estates | $1,495,000WindingLake
5 Winding Lake Drive | Dallas | $1,390,000NelsonDr1504 Nelson Drive | Irving – Cottonwood Valley | $845,000

To see all the wonderful homes open this weekend, visit

8 Ways to Personalize Your Front Entryway

By: Becky Harris
Those special spots around the home that make you pause and smile are design moments. In this series, we’re looking at these powerful features room by room and considering why we love them. The entryway is a place where a great design moment can make a big impact. The front entry sets the tone and foreshadows what awaits inside. It’s your best opportunity to welcome visitors and delight passers-by.

Extend your personal style down the walkway. This fabulous black and white front walk acts like an inviting tile rug. It suits the crisp white home with its glossy black door and wrought-iron fence. I don’t know about you, but it makes me eager to see the inside of the house.

Add a bold color. On this 8-foot-deep porch, there’s ample room for Adirondack chairs and two buckets of potted flowers. Note that matching the buckets to the door reinforces the design moment.
This is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to transform a home’s facade. At the same time, it makes your home feel more welcoming and personable.
Door paint: Agave, Benjamin Moore
Door: Therma Tru
Lights: Sausalito, Forecast Lighting

Add a charming screen door. This door in Maine celebrates the local fresh cuisine while letting the breeze blow through the house. It gives the coastal home personality, while inviting folks to relax and get casual.
Screen door: Wooden Screen Door Co.

Punch up a portico. Those large stone columns, that gracefully curved roofline — this portico is welcoming and offers shelter from bad weather to anyone fumbling for keys or waiting to be ushered inside.
Adding a portico is a great way to dramatically change the look of your house without breaking the bank. There are so many design opportunities with this one move — rooflines, columns, the material underfoot. Use the ceiling to hang a light fixture, or paint it an accent color like haint blue.

Treat your entry like a gallery. This sculpture makes a big statement next to the pivot door. Its scale is just right for the height of the overhang, and the white behind it provides the stark backdrop it calls for.

Frame the door. Here, playful topiaries add a formal French garden touch to the modern farmhouse simplicity of this home. They also reinforce the pleasing symmetry of the sidelights.
Whether it’s ferns, edibles or fanciful topiaries, flanking the door with potted plants adds life to an entry. You can also make your style mark via the pots you choose. Give a midcentury preview by using bullet planters, show your love of classic gardens with urns, or choose rectilinear vessels for a clean-lined contemporary look.

Try a unique door style. This wood and glass custom pivot door has a large presence thanks to its 5-foot width and floor-to-ceiling height. The fact that it pivots is an unexpected treat — entering a home through one is an unusual experience.
Door: custom design by Moore Architects, made by TruStile
Lights: Rutherford, Restoration Hardware

Get creative with your house numbers. A friend of the homeowners designed this unique house-number panel for them. The numbers were cut into bead-blasted stainless-steel. They add a graphic architectural touch.
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Ebby’s Cedar Creek Lake Office Now Open

Ebby's Cedar Creek Lake Office Now Open


Ebby Halliday Realtors recently opened a new office to serve the residential real estate needs of the Cedar Creek Lake area, an approximately 1 ½ hour drive from Dallas County. The office is located at 314 W. Main St. in Gun Barrel City, Texas.


“This new, approximately 3,000-square-foot office greatly enhances our ability to serve the needs of the area’s growing number of home buyers and sellers for many more years to come,” says Ron Burgert, chief financial officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies, which includes three real estate brands, as well as core-service companies Texas Premier TitleHome Team Insurance and Home Team Mortgage Company.


Ebby's Cedar Creek Lake Office Now Open


Ebby’s Cedar Creek Lake Office is co-managed by respected industry veterans Malinda Brownlee Howell and Ginger Gill and will ultimately be “home” to approximately 20 Cedar Creek Lake-area residential real estate specialists.


“Our location on Main Street features a highly visible location and the latest in technology,” says Howell. “It offers an ideal setting for Associates and clients to meet to discuss residential real estate needs, whether that’s a primary home, a frequently visited second home or an occasional weekend retreat. The lake lifestyle is unique, and whether you are buying or selling, we have found the perfect setting from which to serve the entire Cedar Creek Lake area.”


Ebby's Cedar Creek Lake Office Now Open


“We are assisting clients with one of the most significant transactions of their lifetime,” says Gill. “It is important that we utilize all of the resources we have at our disposal so we can provide the absolute best experience for our valued clients.”


Gill adds that Cedar Creek Lake-area sellers who list with Ebby benefit from expanded exposure for their properties. In addition to being listed in the local MLS (NAVICA), Ebby Cedar Creek listings are also in NTREIS, the North Texas MLS. Simply put, Gill says, Ebby’s listings reach more potential buyers – in particular residents of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, who make up the majority of Cedar Creek Lake buyers.


Ebby's Cedar Creek Lake Office Now Open


Ebby’s newest office is already “home” to a stellar team of experienced Cedar Creek Lake agents, according to Howell. “Buying or selling a lake home can be complicated,” she says. “We are thrilled to launch our new Cedar Creek Lake Office with experienced local agents dedicated to outstanding service and exceeding clients’ expectations.”


For more information on Ebby’s Cedar Creek Lake Office, call 903-340-8590 or visit


Ebby's Cedar Creek Lake Office Now Open

Ebby's Cedar Creek Lake Office Now Open

Ebby's Cedar Creek Lake Office Now Open

Ebby's Cedar Creek Lake Office Now Open

Fresh Listing Friday: Tranquil Traditional


Happy Friday y’all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is a beautiful and tranquil traditional in Sunnyvale, just east of Dallas. 454 Calais Court is situated on a 1.5-acre cul-de-sac lot and offers an open floor plan with a grand foyer, vinyl plank flooring, and an abundance of trees. Relax on either of two patios while enjoying your morning cup of coffee while overlooking the beautiful pond. Take a virtual tour below to see all the amenities throughout.


Need-to-know Details:

• Priced at $514,900
• 3,700 square feet: 5 bedrooms, 3 baths
• Island kitchen with custom cabinetry, granite countertops, stone backsplash, and two pantries
• Master suite with a sitting area and dual closets
• Game room and balcony

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To view this listing, contact Dawn Redmond at 972-689-8424 or

5 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend


If you’re looking for a home in North Texas, you’ve come to the right place! Even if you’re not, these properties are all open to visitors this weekend and may serve as the perfect inspiration for your next home search.

6655 Green Knoll Drive | Dallas | $1,495,000
1812 MacGregor Drive | Plano | $1,149,000MontreauxDrive
5684 Montreaux Drive | Frisco- Villages of Stonebriar Park | $1,099,900
6207 Royal Crest Drive | Dallas – Preston Royal | $895,000 SeaPines
5107 Sea Pines Drive | Dallas – Bent Tree North | $799,500


To see all the wonderful homes open this weekend, visit

Prepare Your Home for a Storm

Emergency preparedness supplies. A large pile of supplies to be used in case of a natural disaster (hurricane, flood, earthquake, etc.) including: flashlight, backpack, batteries, water bottles, first aid kit, lantern, radio, can opener, mask. No people.
Hurricane season is heating up, and even though we are far from the coast, North Texas is still susceptible to drenching rains and flooding. It’s important to take necessary precautions to prepare your home for any natural disaster. Read below to find out what you should do before a storm, and be sure to share this disaster preparedness information with friends and family.

*Gather disaster supplies

Include the following:
*Water: One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days (drinking and sanitation)
*Food: At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food (canned meat, milk, fish, fruit and vegetables)
*Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
*Extra batteries
*Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
*First aid supplies
*Medications (both prescription and non-prescription)
*Personal identification
*Non-electric can opener and utility knife (like a Swiss Army knife)
*Local maps
*Most towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties (for sanitation)
*Bar soap/toiletries
*Blankets or sleeping bags
*Change of clothes for each family member (rain gear, sturdy shoes)
*Paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils
*Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
*Whistle (to signal for help)
*Special items for babies/young children/elderly
*Copies of your critical information:
– Wills, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, and investment information
– Passports, social security cards, immunization records, and medical/emergency information
– Bank account numbers, credit card account numbers
– List of valuable household goods
– Family records and photos (e.g., birth, adoption, and marriage certificates)
– Pet records (vaccination records and medical information)
– List of accounts with log-in information and passwords
Click here to download an Emergency Supply List from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
*Stay updated
Pay attention to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio, a smart phone, or a portable radio for updates and weather information. Staying in-the-know will allow you to be proactive if a storm suddenly changes direction, speed, or intensity.
*Protect important documents
Valuables and important documents should be stored in a safe deposit box on the highest level of your home.

*Prepare your refrigerator/freezer
Turn your unit to the coldest setting, and only open it when absolutely necessary. Fill plastic Ziploc bags with water and stick the bags between items and in open spaces in your freezer.
*Store drinking water
Use clean bathtubs, sinks, and plastic bottles to store drinking water.
*Unplug major appliances
This will help reduce the power surge when electricity is restored.

*Fill cars up with gas

*Bring outdoor objects inside (i.e. lawn furniture, hanging plants, etc.)
*Trim or remove limbs from trees

*Prepare your doors/windows
Close all interior doors; secure and brace external doors.

*Go over evacuation plan

– Select a place to meet if your family becomes separated
– Decide what route you would take to get there
– Bring your disaster supplies
– Keep a list of emergency contacts
– Plan ahead for pets
*Evacuate if advised
Make sure to bring your disaster supplies and let an out-of-town contact know where you are going.
Keep in mind…
Do not wait simply for the “eye” of the storm to pass over. After the eye of the storm passes, wind will blow from the opposite direction, and conditions will be worse.

Stay away from flooded areas. If coming up on flooded roads, turn around and take another route. If water levels are rising, get out of your vehicle and seek higher ground. If this is not possible, roll down your vehicle’s windows all the way, so if you can’t open your car doors, you can escape your vehicle.


For more information, visit:

American Red Cross
Ready.Gov (Official website of the Department of Homeland Security)