Local Fall Etsy Finds

There’s no shortage of talented artists and artisans in Dallas, and now, shopping local is easier than ever. Add some festive fall flair to your home this season with these Etsy products made by local sellers.
Item: Grateful Sign, $38
Seller: Our Signature Swag
This adorable sign is a perfect reminder to hang up in your home this holiday season. Place it above a door or on a wall, or prop it up on a shelf for a classy Thanksgiving (or year-round) sentiment.
Item: White Calligraphy Pumpkin, $17-$20
Seller: Rachel Carl
These faux pumpkins with handwritten lettering are a chic and simple alternative to traditional gourds. Pick from sayings like “give thanks” or “hello fall,” or request your own phrase.
Item: Thanksgiving Sign, 10×12 for $53, 16×16 for $63
Seller: Six Eleven Co.
Celebrate the season with this fun wooden Thanksgiving sign. It’s hand-built using quality wood, hand-painted with warm, orange lettering, and hand-distressed for a perfectly rustic look.

Item: Pomegranate Cider Natural Soy Candle, 4 oz. for $11, 8 oz. for $15
Seller: The Tiny Collection
This small-batch soy candle blends the scent of warm spices with sweet pomegranate for a tantalizing fall home fragrance. It’s non-toxic and made from all-natural soy wax, a cotton wick, and essential oils.


Item: Halloween Typography Print, prices vary depending on size
Seller: Letter B Studio
Add some humor to your Halloween décor with this fun print. Professionally printed on cardstock paper, this durable print can be ordered in 5×7, 8×10, or 11×13. If you’re located in Dallas, message the seller for free shipping!
Item: Thankful Wood Slice Décor, $50
Seller: You Me Happily

Brighten up a tablescape or mantel with this lovely decorated wood slice. Painted with metallic gold modern calligraphy, it’s finished with a matte protective coating to ensure a spot in your home’s décor year after year.

Item: Fall Farmhouse Throw Pillow, $25
Seller: Mugg + Co.

Whether your home’s décor is shabby chic, modern, or traditional, this charming printed pillow is a perfect addition to any cozy space. The faux-linen, zippered pillow cover is off-white and measures 18×18 inches. Pro tip: Pillow covers are a great decorating option for those tight on storage space; they fold up and can easily be stored until next year without taking up much room.
Item: Spiced Pinecone & Pear Soy Candle, $20 for 8 oz.
Seller: Turquoise and Lake
This 100 percent soy candle smells of clean, crisp pinecone and fresh, juicy pear. Additional notes of sandalwood, vanilla, and sugared cinnamon make this warming scent perfect for fall. The small-batch candle is poured into a mason jar and features a chemical-free WoodWick that will create a slight, soothing crackling sound.
Item: Fall/Autumn Dog Collar, $13.95 to $17.95 (depending on size)
Seller: Coley’s Collars
Customize a festive collar for your pooch on Coley’s Collars Etsy shop. Pick your choice of pattern, size, collar width, and buckle color for a one-of-a-kind collar for your furry friend.
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Item: Fall Wreath, $95
Seller: Tricia’s Treasures 11
Celebrate fall with this beautiful monogrammed grapevine wreath. Each one is handmade with care, so no two are exactly alike.
Item: Velvet Pumpkins with Natural Stems, $50
Seller: Wood Drift Designs
Matching your existing décor with the colors of fall can sometimes be tricky. This Etsy seller has the solution to that, with these trendy fabric pumpkins. Available in a variety of colors, the handmade pumpkins have rice at the bottom to keep them upright and beautiful on any table or shelf.



Frisco Golf Tournament Supports Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

Ebby’s Frisco Office held its 9th-Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Stonebriar Country Club on Monday, September 18, to raise money for the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Frisco. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go to Texas Scottish Rite’s new ambulatory care center in Frisco, currently being built at the corner of Lebanon Road and the Dallas North Tollway.
Participants enjoyed a fun-filled day of golfing followed by dinner and a silent auction.


“We are so incredibly pleased with the event and the results of this year’s charity golf tournament, our most-successful one to date,” says Kristi Davis, sales manager of Ebby’s Frisco Office. “We’re proud to support the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, and help aid in the care of children in Frisco and beyond.”
Shown, with Ebby Frisco Sales Manager Kristi Davis, left, and team sponsor and Ebby Chief Financial Officer Ron Burgert, are members of the 1st Place Team: Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents Jason Saucedo, Kathy Hewitt and Christopher Miller. Not shown is team member Zach Mrusek.
The tournament saw approximately 300 attendees and raised $107,500 for Scottish Rite.
“This year we raised record-breaking proceeds to benefit one of our favorite charities,” says Katie Gallivan, an agent in Ebby’s Frisco office and a longtime tournament volunteer. “We anticipate next year will be just as fun for all involved.”
We applaud our Frisco Office’s committment to serving their neighbors in Frisco and beyond.
Shown, front row, from left, are Kam Gill, Iga Njagi, Chris Hartley of Dunhill Homes, Bethany Hart and Wanda Charles. Back row, from left, are Alexis Brausa, Angel Willeford, Katie Gallivan, Shelley Limbaugh, Tonya Cain, Stephanie Ferguson and Tami Frazier.

Fresh Listing Friday: Breathtaking in Bluffview

Happy Friday y’all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is a contemporary masterpiece in Dallas’ Bluffview neighborhood. 5007 Horseshoe Trail offers hardwood flooring, a study, a game room, and professional landscaping. Take a virtual tour below to see all of the beautiful amenities throughout.
Need-to-know Details:
• Priced at $1,700,000
• 4,422 square feet: 4 bedrooms, 5 baths
• Kitchen with quartz countertops and Thermador appliances
• Heated flooring in the master suite and downstairs bathrooms
• Backyard with a covered patio and a pool

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To view this listing, contact Elissa Sabel at 214-533-9196 or ESabel@Ebby.com.


New Cedar Creek Lake Office Celebrates Grand Opening


New Cedar Creek Lake Office Celebrates Grand Opening


On October 11, Ebby Halliday Realtors hosted a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting and celebratory barbecue lunch at its new Cedar Creek Lake Office, located at 314 W. Main St. in Gun Barrel City, Texas. The new office serves the residential real estate needs of the Cedar Creek Lake area, an approximately 1-hour drive from Dallas County.


New Cedar Creek Lake Office Celebrates Grand Opening

“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.


New Cedar Creek Lake Office Celebrates Grand Opening

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.


New Cedar Creek Lake Office Celebrates Grand Opening

“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.”


New Cedar Creek Lake Office Celebrates Grand Opening

“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.”


New Cedar Creek Lake Office Celebrates Grand Opening

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.


New Cedar Creek Lake Office Celebrates Grand Opening

Ebby’s new Cedar Creek 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 have launched our new Cedar Creek Lake Office with experienced local agents dedicated to outstanding service and exceeding clients’ expectations.”


New Cedar Creek Lake Office Celebrates Grand Opening

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


New Cedar Creek Lake Office Celebrates Grand Opening


New Cedar Creek Lake Office Celebrates Grand Opening


New Cedar Creek Lake Office Celebrates Grand Opening



6 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.
10010 Lennox Lane | Dallas – Taylor Estates | $2,999,000
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11 Windsor Ridge | Frisco – Stonebriar | $1,900,000crookedtree
10964 Crooked Creek Drive | Dallas | $1,849,000

3317 Rankin Street | University Park | $1,825,0002492saintlaurentplace
2492 Saint Laurent Place | Frisco | $1,399,900dunrobin62
62 Dunrobin | Richardson | $1,250,000

To see all the wonderful homes open this weekend, visit EbbyOpenHouses.com

The State Fair of Texas’ Food: ‘Batter’ Than Ever

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Chances are, if you have heard of the State Fair of Texas, you have heard about the — always outrageous, always delicious — food. Each year, State Fair concessionaires debut their latest edible innovations to the public in hopes of winning the Big Tex Choice Awards.
The judges have spoken. Here are your 2017 Big Tex Choice Award Winners.
Best Taste-Savory/Most Creative
Funnel Cake Bacon Queso Burger
Best Taste-Sweet
Gulf Coast Fish Bowl
Here are your 2017 Big Tex Choice Award finalists competing for the titles of “Best Taste – Sweet,” “Best Taste – Savory,” and “Most Creative.”
Savory Finalists
Deep Fried Chicken Noodle Soup on a Stick
Texas Fajita Fries
The Tamale Donut
Surfin’ Turfin’ Tator Boat
Sweet Finalists
Deep Fried Froot Loops
Pinot Noir Popcorn
Fried Texas Sheet Cake
Fat Smooth
Tickets to the 2017 Big Tex Choice Awards Judging/Tasting are now on sale. It’s never too early to make a list of your must-try unique foods!

Picking the Right KitchenAid® Stand Mixer

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So you’ve had your eye on a KitchenAid® stand mixer for a while now, and finally decided it’s time to make the investment. With so many colorful options available, and the notable longevity of the piece, deciding on just one can be difficultLet this be your guide.
The iconic KitchenAid® stand mixer graces the kitchen countertops of both professional and amateur chefs alike. While it seems like a no-brainer addition to a baker’s countertop, it still deserves its place in a busy family kitchen.
Whether you’re practicing grandma’s cookie recipe or whipping up large batches of cupcakes for school birthdays, a sturdy stand mixer is a great investment piece to have for any mixing needs life may throw at you. And they’re one of those kitchen items that, if treated properly, can last a lifetime.
One of these mixers will generally set you back anywhere between $299 to $599 depending on size, but they have grown to be incredibly versatile. Attachments sold separately can transform your mixer into a juicer, pasta maker, sausage stuffer, spiralizer, and more.
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When choosing KitchenAid®, you want to put some thought into the color. Here are a few things you may want to keep in mind:
• If you are buying an entire set of appliances (i.e. blender, food processor, etc.), consider picking a neutral color. If one item breaks, it can be easily replaced if it’s in a neutral color. If it’s a limited-release color, you may not be able to find the exact appliance again.
• Will you get tired of a bright color? Will you be bored with a neutral color?
• As a general rule, scratches and dents are more apparent on darker appliances.
• If you don’t plan on redoing your kitchen any time soon, you can pick the one that matches the current décor perfectly.
• If you plan on replacing your stand mixer frequently, by all means go for that baby pink that’s really in right now.
• The term neutral has many meanings. Matte black, slate and dark brown are all neutral colors, but a little more exciting than say, black or stainless-steel.
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The KitchenAid® stand mixer comes in a few different sizes, so you can be sure to find one that best suits your kitchen size and culinary needs.
Artisan® Mini 3.5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer – $399.99
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This mini model is 20 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than the full-sized mixers, but still offers all the strength and speed of the others. Don’t let the small size fool you – this model can make up to 5 dozen cookies in one batch!
Artisan® Series 5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer – $459.99
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Dubbed by many as the classic stand mixer, this model can mix, knead, and whip ingredients with ease. This version has 10 speeds and can make up to 9 dozen cookies in one batch.
Artisan® Design Series 5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer – $379.99
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The Artisan® Design mixer is virtually identical to the classic stand mixer, but comes with a glass bowl with a pour spout instead of a stainless-steel bowl.
Pro 600 Series 6 Quart Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer – $599.99
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If you plan to mix heavy, dense mixtures, this is the model for you. This model is a little over 2 inches taller and 3 inches wider than the 5-quart models, but can make up to 13 dozen cookies in a single batch.
Pro 600 Design Series 6 Quart Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer – $629.99
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The mixer is identical to the Pro Design mixer, but is equipped with a glass bowl with a pour spout instead of a stainless-steel bowl.

Peek Inside: Fall/Winter Grand Vie


The fall/winter 2017 issue of Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier luxury home magazine, Grand Vie: Luxury in Living, is out and is now arriving in more than 60,000 luxury homes across Dallas-Fort Worth.
Grand Vie is the luxury home publication of Ebby Halliday Realtors and the newest member of the Ebby Halliday Companies, Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate. It’s the only magazine that covers the full breadth of the luxury home market in North Texas and includes two beautiful versions: East and West, depending upon which side of the Trinity River you reside.

In addition to featuring some of Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier luxury properties, the 24th edition of Grand Vie offers a plethora of interesting editorial content, including “Holiday Entertaining,” offering tips from the experts at Fearing’s to make the most of your holidays; “Hot Art,” an interview with artist Michael Aram; “Media Rooms,” highlighting wired and inspired design with partner and designer of IBB Design Fine Furnishings Shay Geyer; “Houses of Art,” showcasing some of the area’s top cultural events of the season; a special section for farm & ranch properties; and LuxeTrends, showcasing a collection of the latest luxury lifestyle must-haves. Also in this issue: Real estate insider Candy Evans’ take on the distinctly Southwestern city of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
We hope you love the fall/winter 2017 edition of Grand Vie as much as we loved putting it together for you. See it all now at grandviemagazine.com.

How to Refinish Floorboards for a Brand New Look

By: Laura Wheat
If you live in a property benefiting from wood floorboards, you can save a tidy sum on carpeting and make a style statement by incorporating them into your décor. Wood floors are easy to maintain, and wood that has already been in place for many years is unlikely to warp or shrink (provided you treat it correctly). Bare floorboards are also a practical choice, requiring only a quick vacuuming and mopping to keep them looking their best. There are numerous techniques to consider for finishing your floors — here are some favorites.

Soap them Scandinavian-style. For a subtle whitewashed finish on pine or oak floors, take a tip from the Scandinavians and soap your boards. Typically wood lye is used on sanded boards to lighten them and remove warm tones. After further sanding, a white-tinted wood soap is applied, which has an oily finish and acts as a protective sealant.

Soaped floors need to be maintained with frequent reapplications of the soap solution. Look for products by companies such as Woca.

Paint them white. For homes in need of a brightness boost, nothing matches the light-reflecting powers of white painted floors. Instantly transformative, white floors add contemporary flair to period homes where the boards may be in poor condition or mismatched.

Select a specialty floor paint to avoid a slippery surface, and be prepared to mop weekly and repaint occasionally if you don’t like scratches or worn areas to show.
Opt for elegant gray. When black might be too dark but white feels stark, try painting the floorboards in a midtone, such as gray or pale gray-blue. A warm gray floor paired with pastel walls adds depth to a room and highlights attractive period trimwork.

Consider varnished boards. For a hard-wearing, fuss-free finish, try a varnish for your wood floors. Most contain polyurethane, which coats wood with an impermeable, plastic-like seal. Finishes vary from gloss to matte, and companies such as Bona are pioneering innovative formulations for more natural-looking wood.

The downside of a varnished finish is that once the surface is damaged — by repeated wear or furniture scratching the surface, for example — it’s very difficult to spot repair; the best option is to sand and revarnish the entire room.
Try tone on tone. Take a leaf out of interior designer Abigail Ahern’s style pages and match your floor and walls for a tonal effect. The difference in the paint finishes of each surface will create textural interest, and you can add punchy hits of color with accessories in shades from the opposite end of the spectrum — this room contains a bright red floor lamp, for instance.

Go back to black. If your property is already flooded with natural light or you’re keen to embrace a dark and moody hue, black painted boards could be for you. Black floors add drama and make it easy to introduce dark-toned wood furniture and luxe textures on fabrics and upholstery.

Choose your finish carefully, as black gloss floors are notoriously difficult to keep in top condition. And remember that dark boards will highlight animal hair, so beware if you have a pale-colored dog or cat.
Work a waxed finish. Fans of traditional wood floors may prefer to alter the appearance of their boards as little as possible. Hard wax products contain a mixture of natural oils, such as linseed and sunflower, as well as waxes to protect timber and highlight its natural grain. Clear hard wax will turn wood the same color as it is when wet. For a paler tone, white-tinted wax products are available from companies such as Osmo. Finishes include matte, satin and gloss.

Wax is applied with a roller and left to set. After two coats your floor will have a hard-wearing finish that can easily be maintained with top-up treatments. The downside is that it will need top-ups fairly frequently.
Learn how to go over to the dark side. To get a dark finish that also shows off the grain of the wood, your first step is to stain your floorboards. This is not a straightforward process and requires patch testing various stains on sanded boards to see which one creates your desired final color (so find a discreet spot destined to be under a piece of furniture).

You will also need to experiment with diluting your chosen stain to get the correct strength of color and may even need to mix several tones together. The final stain must be allowed to dry completely overnight before you finish with at least three coats of clear varnish.

Don’t be tempted to skip the staining and go straight in with a dark-toned varnish, or every scratch will reveal the original pale wood underneath.

Distress to impress. If you’re partial to the patina of well-worn boards and can’t wait for them to acquire a few scuffs and scrapes, you could experiment with a distressed finish. You can try similar techniques as those used to distress furniture, including applying wax in some areas to prevent paint from adhering, or adding several layers of paint and scraping off sections to reveal contrasting colors beneath.

I’d recommend trials on spare boards or scrap wood to see which finishes you prefer. There are various workshops around the country that teach techniques for using paint and wax in this way.