Fresh Listing Friday: Mid-Century Must-Have

Happy Friday y’all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is a stunning Mid-Century modern-style home with extensive, high-end renovations. Situated in Dallas’ vibrant Mockingbird Park neighborhood, 5338 W. Mockingbird Lane features vaulted ceilings, bamboo flooring and beautiful skylights. Take a virtual tour below to see all of the details and upgrades throughout.
Need-to-know Details:
• Priced at $799,000
• 3,045 square feet: 4 bedrooms, 3 baths
• Kitchen with custom backsplash and a breakfast bar
• Spacious master suite with a sitting area, sliding doors and a walk-in shower

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To view this listing, contact the Lopez Group at 214-769-2142 or

North Texas Halloween Weekend Roundup 2017

Two bulldogs dressed-up for Halloween.
Make your Halloween memorable this year with one of these Halloween-themed events in North Texas. 

Day of the Dead Festival
Celebrate the fall season and pay homage to the goodness of the harvest, Dia de los Muertos, and all things Halloween at a Day of the Dead Festival on Saturday, Oct. 28. This free, family-friendly event in Denton offers trick-or-treating, a pumpkin patch, games, local food and art, and activities for all ages including a salsa cook-off, street performers, coffin races, and a lantern-lit parade. The festival starts at 11 a.m. and offers events all day.
Glow Yoga Class
Put on your best ’80s and ’90s workout costume and head to this 45-minute, glow-inspired yoga class on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Hosted by the Arlington Yoga Center and taking place at the legal Draft Beer Co., enjoy an afternoon of stretching and fun music, followed by a pint of beer. Admission is $15.

Halloween Nights at the Dallas Zoo

Head to the Dallas Zoo each night until Oct. 29 to enjoy a family friendly Halloween event in a “wild” setting. Children can dress up in costume and trick-or-treat at stations situated throughout the zoo. You’ll also find bounce houses, games, frequent animal encounters, food trucks, a beer garden, and more. Admission is $10 and includes six candy coupons; parking is $7.
Halloween Skate
Get into the spirit and head to the Allen Community Ice Rink on Saturday, Oct. 28 for a Halloween-themed skate event. From 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., skate your heart out and enjoy candy, raffles, and more. If you wear your Halloween costume, you receive a free skate rental, or you can pay a $5 entry fee plus $3 to rent skates. All donations will benefit the Allen Community Outreach Program.
Howl-O-Ween Pup Social & Doggie Costume Party
Let your pup strut his or her stuff during a mini parade and costume contest at the first-ever Howl-O-Ween Pup Social in Watauga. Head over to Chef Point Cafe and enjoy live music, local rescue organizations, and pet-focused local businesses. Your pooch can enjoy “doggie beer” and a selection off of the doggie menu, while you can enjoy a refreshing Halloween cocktail or draft beer. Admission is free.
Poe in the ‘Hood
Head to Wild Detectives in Oak Cliff on Saturday, Oct. 28, for the highly anticipated return of Poe in the ‘Hood. This fun, scary literary event features the works of Edgar Allen Poe told by storytellers while guests enjoy food and drinks.
Six Flags Fright Fest
It’s the time of the year when zombies and ghouls take over Six Flags Over Texas. Taking place until Oct. 31, enjoy thrills and activities for the whole family throughout the park during the day, and extra frightening events at night, including haunted houses and scare zones. Tickets range from $61.99 to $86.99.
Sticker Treating at the Dallas Arboretum
Enjoy a twist on traditional trick-or-treating with “sticker treating.” Wear costumes and discover the spooky side of nature while exploring the gardens and collecting stickers along the way. This event takes place all day Saturday, Oct. 28, and Sunday, Oct. 29, at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.
Stranger Things Halloween Bash
Deep Ellum’s Quixotic World Magical Event Space is hosting a Stranger Things-themed Halloween party tonight from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. This 21+ event features a photo booth, a gourmet waffle bar, a costume contest, and a midnight showing of the recently released season of popular television show, “Stranger Things.”
Trick or Treat the Square
Frisco Square will host its seventh-annual Halloween event on Sunday, Oct. 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. Presented by the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, this family and pet-friendly event presents children under 12 the opportunity to wear their best costumes and trick or treat at popular restaurants, shops, and businesses in Frisco Square. Enjoy a petting zoo, face painters, balloon artists, horse-drawn wagon rides, a pooch parade/costume contest, and a dog adoption event. Admission is free.

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.
4206 Gloster Road | Dallas – Old Preston Hollow | $1,900,000499742-01Rankin3317.jpg
3317 Rankin Street University Park | $1,825,000496724-5439-castlewood-rd-dallas-tx-High-Res-46.jpg
5439 Castlewood Road | Dallas | $1,124,999474470-2.jpg
10018 Coppedge Lane | Dallas | $1,075,0002.jpg
2804 Shelton Way | Plano | $1,065,000


To see all the wonderful homes open this weekend, visit

Insider’s Glance: Grand Vie Fall/Winter Editorial

The fall/winter 2017 issue of Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier luxury home magazine, Grand Vie: Luxury in Living, recently arrived in more than 60,000 luxury homes across Dallas-Fort Worth.
In addition to featuring some of Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier luxury properties, the 24th edition of Grand Vie is brimming with interesting and festive editorial content. Take a look below to learn more about the editorial we’re thrilled to include in this edition.

Holiday Entertaining with the experts from Fearing’s
The experts at Fearing’s Restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, are well versed when it comes to entertaining, and have shared their favorite ways to make holiday gatherings special. You’ll find Dean Fearing’s favorite family recipe, entertaining tips, and wine recommendations from the restaurant’s Wine Director, Paul Botamer.


Hot Art — An interview with Michael Aram
Modern, sculptural and breathtaking are all fitting descriptors for Michael Aram’s original fine-art pieces. Working primarily in metal, Aram is celebrated for bridging the gap between artist and artisan. This November, he’ll arrive in Dallas to meet fans at Neiman Marcus in NorthPark Center and share the inspiration behind his extraordinary objects. We sat down with Aram to discuss his latest collections, holiday gifting, and what it means to be original.

The Arts Are Calling
Between the hustle and bustle of the winter holidays, it can be easy to miss all of the beauty and wonder passing through art houses in Dallas and Fort Worth. Whether it’s seeing a show on date night or wandering gallery halls with your friends, we’ve pulled together a selection of art and culture to get you through the cooler months.

At Home in Santa Fe
The oldest capital city in North America and the oldest European community west of the Mississippi, Santa Fe today is a timeless and charming city of 65,000 residents with a distinctly Southwestern character. Leading real estate blogger Candy Evans shares with us why this city continues to charm her with its abundance of art, food and nature.
Our Feature Presentation: Media Room Design
When planning a media room, there is much to consider beyond audio and projection equipment. IBB Design Fine Furnishings’ Shay Geyer shares with us how to create a media room that you will enjoy for years to come.
Sleep Tight
To help you prepare for a good night’s rest this holiday season, we consulted two local experts: high-end pillow boutique owner Merrimac Dillon and luxury linen boutique owner Joanne Walgren, to show you how to build the perfect bedroom, from pillows to sheets.
Luxury Expansions
Learn more about North Texas’ budding luxury lifestyle destinations, from the Statler Hilton’s redevelopment in downtown Dallas, to Fort Worth’s Shops at Clearfork.


Winter Hygge
When the weather cools down and holidays are on the horizon, the craving for comfy, cozy living increases tenfold. Enter the Danish concept of hygge that emphasizes comfort and delight through enjoying simple things. Inspired by the Danes, we’ve curated a selection of warm tones and soft textures will add a relaxed, welcoming vibe to your home this season.


We believe you’ll love the fall/winter 2017 edition of Grand Vie as much as we loved putting it together for you! See it all now at

7 Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipes

A parchment lined baking sheet is covered with roasted pumpkin seeds that were coated in maple syrup and spices- a delicious way to use up the leftover seeds from pumpkin carving. High point of view- looking down.
Many of us will carve pumpkins this Halloween season, but for some, the fun comes after the carving is over. The pumpkin seeds that remain can turn into an addicting, delicious snack. If you normally toss the pumpkin guts – don’t! Separate the seeds from the pulp, give them a rinse, and you’re on your way to roasting prowess. When you get your fill of all that candy, you’ll be glad to have a healthy snack on hand.
Pumpkin seeds are jam-packed with a variety of nutrients. In fact, about 2 tablespoons of shelled, roasted pumpkin seeds contain 2 grams of fiber, 8 grams of protein, and 8 percent of your daily iron value, all for only 163 calories! Pumpkin seeds also offer magnesium, zinc, copper and selenium.
Whether you like them salty or sweet, the recipes below are a perfect way to add some flavor to your pumpkin seeds. Plus — you’re bound to have these spices in your kitchen cabinet.
Asian Zing
• 2 cups pumpkin seeds
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 1 tablespoon soy sauce
• 1 ½ teaspoons ground ginger
Toss pumpkin seeds with soy sauce and ground ginger.
Spread the pumpkin seeds in an even layer on a baking sheet.
Bake at 300° for 20 minutes.

Buffalo Ranch
• 1 tablespoon butter, melted
• 1 tablespoon buffalo sauce (preferably Frank’s)
• 2 cups pumpkin seeds
• 1 ½ tablespoons ranch seasoning mix
Spread the pumpkin seeds in an even layer on a baking sheet; roast at 275° for 20 minutes.
Melt butter in microwave, mix with buffalo sauce.
Pour mixture over seeds, then sprinkle with ranch seasoning.
Bake for 5 more minutes, or until the seeds are dry.
Garlic Parmesan
• 2 tablespoons butter, melted
• 2 cups pumpkin seeds
• ½ teaspoon garlic powder
• 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan
• ¼ teaspoon black pepper
Spread the pumpkin seeds in an even layer on a baking sheet; drizzle with olive oil and salt.
Roast at 350° for 5 to 10 minutes.
Melt butter in microwave, add garlic powder, pepper and grated Parmesan.
Pour mixture over seeds until evenly coated.
Bake for 5 more minutes, or until the seeds are dry.
Spicy Garlic

• 2 cups pumpkin seeds
• ½ teaspoon salt
• ½ teaspoon garlic powder
• ½ teaspoon paprika
• ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Spread the pumpkin seeds in an even layer on a baking sheet; drizzle with olive oil.
Blend the spices in a small bowl; pour over the pumpkin seeds, making sure they are evenly coated.
Roast at 350° for 7 to 12 minutes.
Pumpkin Pie
• 2 tablespoons butter
• 2 cups pumpkin seeds
• 3 tablespoons brown sugar
• 1½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
Melt butter in microwave, add brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice.
Spread the pumpkin seeds in an even layer on a parchment paper-covered baking sheet.
Roast at 350° for 30 minutes.
• 2 tablespoons butter, melted
• 2 cups pumpkin seeds
• A few pinches of salt
Melt butter in microwave, toss with pumpkin seeds in a bowl to coat.
Spread the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet; sprinkle with salt.
Roast at 300° for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Zesty Mexican
• 2 tablespoons butter
• 2 cups pumpkin seeds
• 1 teaspoon fresh cilantro
• 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
• 1 tablespoon lime juice
Melt butter in microwave, toss with pumpkin seeds in a bowl to coat.
Add cilantro and taco seasoning.
Spread the seeds in a single layer on a parchment paper-covered baking sheet.
Roast at 275° for 20 minutes.
When finished, drizzle with lime juice.

Trick-or-Treating Safety

Three Children In Halloween Costumes Trick Or Treating

Keep your kiddos safe this year with the following trick-or-treating safety tips.


• Make sure that costumes fit well, including shoes, masks and hats to avoid trips, falls and restricted vision.
• Consider adding reflective pieces or glow sticks to your child’s costume.
• Test costume makeup on your child’s skin before Halloween night.
• Props, including swords and knives, should be soft and flexible.
• Do not use decorative contact lenses, as they can cause serious damage to the eyes.
• Have each child carry a flashlight with them when they walk.
• Keep to sidewalks as much as possible, and walk on the side of the road that faces traffic. Urge children not to cut across yards or streets, and to steer clear of alleyways.
• Remind children to use common safe-walking practices including using crosswalks, looking both ways, and no running.
• Stay alert when walking, and avoid using electronic devices.
• Children under 12 should have adult supervision at all times. Children 12 and over should trick-or-treat in groups.
• Only visit well-lit houses with porch lights illuminated.
In the Home
• Keep your porch illuminated for guests.
• Keep jack-o-lanterns and luminaries on elevated surfaces where they can’t be easily kicked over. If opting to place these decorations on the ground, use battery-powered, flameless candles.
• Clear your front lawn of any toys, bikes, or gardening equipment.
• Restrain pets so they do not come to the door.


• Be sure your child eats a full meal before filling up on candy.
• Check your child’s candy and discard anything that looks questionable, spoiled, or is not factory-wrapped.

Make the Most out of Your Dishwasher Cycle

Dish washer full of clean dishes, colorful
How you load your dishwasher makes a huge difference in how clean your dishes become. Below are some tips to help you maximize the space in your dishwasher and get the cleanest dishes out of each cycle.
Quick tips
• Rinse all dishes beforehand. If they are particularly dirty, let them soak in soap and water for a while.
• Always hand wash cast-iron items, high-quality knives, crystal, copper pans, gold-plated dishware and insulated mugs.
• Never stack items, as this will prevent them from truly being cleaned.
Top Rack
• All plastic should go on the top rack. The bottom rack is closer to the heating element, and thus, can melt these items.
• Glasses and mugs should be positioned facing downward between the tines (or prongs), rather than on top. This will prevent water spots from occurring, as well as from water collecting in the glasses.
Bottom Rack
• Flat pans and platters should go on the sides or back. If placed in the front, they can prevent the soap from reaching the rest of the dishes.
• If your silverware basket doesn’t have a slot for each individual piece, then place some facing upward, and some facing downward to prevent them from stacking together.
• For optimal cleaning results, position plates and bowls with the dirty sides facing toward the water spray. Likewise, position pots, pans, casserole and Pyrex® dishes facing downward.
• When opting to put your wine glasses in the dishwasher, be sure none of them touch to avoid breakage.

Fresh Listing Friday: Desirable in Dallas

Happy Friday y’all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is a charming and modernized Tudor in Dallas’ M streets. 5307 Merrimac Avenue offers Pella windows, expansive closets, hardwood flooring and professional landscaping. Take a virtual tour below to see all of the beautiful amenities throughout.
Need-to-know Details:
• Priced at $879,500
• 3,049 square feet: 5 bedrooms, 3 baths
• Kitchen with custom checkered tile flooring and stainless-steel appliances
• Elevated lot with private gate
• Backyard with synthetic turf grass and flagstone patio
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To view this listing, contact Mike Bates at 214-418-3443 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.
4430 Taos Road | Dallas – Bluffview | $3,229,000
1601 Carlyle Court | Westlake | $2,895,000
5003 Horseshoe Trail | Dallas – Bluffview | $1,849,999
2626 Welborn Street | Dallas | $1,205,000
2808 elmcrest
2808 Elmcrest Circle | Plano | $360,000
To see all the wonderful homes open this weekend, visit

Clean Your Upholstery in 4 Easy Steps

By: Amanda Pollard
If your living room furniture is looking a little tired and dirty, check out this guide on how to spruce up upholstery.


Photo by Sigmar

Get out the vacuum. The first step on your cleaning mission is to remove any traces of dirt and dust from the sofa or chair. Here’s where a vacuum cleaner comes in handy: Pop on the upholstery attachment, which has a soft brush that won’t damage the material. Work your way from the top of the piece to the bottom, moving from left to right in overlapping strokes. This ensures you’ll pick up all the dust particles, and it’s particularly important for fabrics such as velvet and chenille, which can easily trap dirt. If you’re cleaning a delicate fabric like silk, make sure you set the suction to a low setting.
Now switch to the crevice attachment and suck up any dirt that has found its way into the crevices. Worried you’ll pick up a stray coin? Put a piece of pantyhose over the nozzle and attach it with a rubber band.
For stubborn dust in very tight spaces, you can use a canister of compressed air to blow it out.


Photo by Coppice Guild

Spot-clean the obvious stains. Now it’s time to tackle the cleaning. Focus on small areas where dirt is visible and spot-clean them. For minor blemishes, you can use vinegar and a microfiber cloth and gently wipe.
Alternatively, make your own natural upholstery cleaner, which you can use for this phase and the next. Add a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid to a small bowl of warm water and use an electric hand mixer to whip it up until the mixture forms soft peaks.
Gently apply the soap suds to the stain with a soft-bristle brush and rub until you see some of the dirt lifting off. Use a spatula to remove most of the dirty foam, then rinse the rest away with a white cloth and a very small amount of fresh water. Once the suds have been completely removed, take a close look at the stain to see if you need to repeat the process.

Then clean everywhere. After your upholstery has been spot-cleaned, it will need a more general washing. Use the soap suds again: With a spatula or upholstery brush, apply them gently to the entire piece of furniture. Use the brush to gently clean all over, then use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe away the residue.
The key is to not get the upholstery too wet, which is why the soap suds need to be dry and foamy. In fact, you should use this method only on upholstery with a label code of W or WS; if the label says S, perform only the vacuuming and spot-cleaning steps, and if the label has the letter X, vacuum the piece but leave everything else to the professionals.

Photo by Brittany Stiles Design

Let it dry. The drying step is really key because a piece of upholstered furniture that hasn’t been allowed to dry properly can develop mildew.
It’s usually best to let furniture dry naturally, so open the windows to allow a breeze into the room and turn on the heat if it’s cool outside. For even better results, clean your upholstery on a warm day and let it dry outside in the fresh air.

Tell us: Do you have any tips for cleaning upholstery? Share them in the Comments.


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