8 Ultra-Chic Bookends

Come wintertime, we often find ourselves curling under a blanket with a good book. A bookshelf can be both functional and stylish with just the right additions. Here are a few chic bookends that can add a touch of personality (and organization) to your space.

WEB_COR_Alison Book End Blog1. Elephant Bookends – $78.99
These white resin bookends are perfect for elephant lovers, or simply adding some charm to your bookshelf. The bottom is lined to protect furniture, and these will match both rustic and modern décor.
2. Sapphire Agate Bookends – $99.95
Made of natural agate, these one-of-a-kind bookends are semi-translucent and striking. Add them to a shelf that begs for a pop of color.
3. Cubed Bookends – $49.95
Keep your library organized and add contemporary flair with these geometric bookends. Made from white wood and gold metal cubes, these are sleek and are perfect for chic décor.
4. Live Edge Wood Bookends – $19.99
Bring a hint of nature indoors with these live-edge wood bookends. Sold individually, the rustic bookends look great alone, or as a pair.
5. Coral Bookends – $39.99
Give a nod to the beach with these faux coral bookends. Placed on clear acrylic bases, these bookends are a great way to add a fresh, bright element to a stack of books.
6. Pig Bookends – $227.70
These quirky pig bookends are made of silver-finished pigs on black marble plinth. They come in gold, too!
7. Acropolis Bookends – $49.99
These gold-foiled marble bookends are a beautiful blend of natural stone with luxe gold edges.
8. Hand Bookends – $25.99
Draw attention to your bookcase with these conversational hand bookends. They also come in white and silver.

Love This Listing: Prestigious in Prosper

Situated just north of Frisco, Prosper is all the talk in North Texas (and beyond) these days. This rapidly growing suburban area is home to beautiful neighborhoods, like the prestigious Whispering Meadows, and spacious homes like this one. This completely renovated one-story residence checks every box on so many homeowners’ wish lists: an open floor plan, hardwood flooring, high ceilings, a pool in the backyard. But the features don’t stop there. You’ll also find a gourmet kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, double ovens and a Sub-Zero refrigerator, a media room with a wet bar and a backyard with mature trees, a spa, fire pit and an outdoor grill. Have we piqued your interest yet? Watch the video below to see more!

Need-to-Know Numbers:

• 2240 Willow Bend Drive
• $1,180,000
• 5 bedrooms
• 5 full baths
• 1 half-bath
• 5,117 square feet
• 0.87 acres

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.
4552 Belfort Avenue | Highland Park | $1,479,000
6722 Vanderbilt Avenue | Dallas – Lakewood | $1,175,000
5660 Prestwick Lane | Dallas | $1,049,000
mill haven
2904 Mill Haven Court | Plano | $999,900
oakgrove501 Oak Grove | Coppell | $849,990
santa barbara
6924 Santa Barbara Drive | Lakewood | $839,900
To see all the wonderful homes open this weekend, visit EbbyOpenHouses.com.

Burleson Among Top Real Estate Industry Execs

Mary Frances Burleson Among Top Industry Execs


Mary Frances Burleson, president & CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors, ranks No. 15 on the just-released Swanepoel Power 200 “Top 20 Women Leaders in Residential Real Estate 2018” list. Ms. Burleson also placed No. 65 on the “Most Powerful People in Residential Real Estate” list. The Swanepoel lists are widely considered the most comprehensive compilation of influential CEOs, thought leaders and senior executives in the residential real estate brokerage business. To view the Swanepoel Power 200 list, visit swanepoel.com/power200.


The Swanepoel rankings are based on such criteria as personal influence, industry tenure, the office held, the decision-making power of said office, the financial resources of the company or organization, the company or organization’s significance and contribution to the industry, the company’s geographic reach, and the executive’s activities, growth, and potential.


Congratulations to Mary Frances on another honor very well deserved!


To see the full Swanepoel Power lists, click here.

Love This Listing: Mid-Century Modern Stunner

Designed by well-known architect Arch Swank, this completely remodeled home in Dallas is a must-see for any Mid-Century modern enthusiast. From terrazzo-like tile and beamed ceilings to a freestanding Malm fireplace and a wall of windows, this home is chock-full of phenomenal details reminiscent of one of our favorite design eras. The master bath offers dual sinks, a walk-in limestone shower with dual heads and a large soaking tub, but the pinnacle point of this home is the stylish outdoor space. From an impressive deck and fire pit to a sleek pool, the backyard has all you need to fulfill your retro-inspired life. Watch the video below to see more!

Need-to-Know Numbers:

• 6216 Town Hill Lane
• $795,000
• 3 bedrooms
• 3 full baths
• 2,161 square feet



10 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.

2300 Wolf
2300 Wolf Street Unit 14D | Dallas | $1,899,000
7419 Colgate
7419 Colgate Avenue | Dallas | $1,645,000
4623 Ridgeside
4634 Ridgeside Drive | Dallas | $1,525,000
1625 Wicklow
1625 Wicklow Lane | Keller | $1,399,900
7723 Midbury
7723 Midbury Drive | Dallas | $1,295,000
62 Dunrobin
62 Dunrobin | Richardson | $1,250,000
5560 Prestwick
5660 Prestwick Lane | Dallas | $1,049,000
7218 Joyce Way
7218 Joyce Way | Dallas | $959,000
5809 Portsmouth
5809 Portsmouth Lane | Dallas | $899,000

5017 Hummingbird
5017 Hummingbird Lane | Plano | $799,900


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



Create a Coastal Retreat

If you’re yearning for a trip to the beach, why not bring the beach to you? Coastal-inspired home décor is the ultimate way to create a light and easygoing atmosphere where you can relax and recharge. With that in mind, we’ve brought you some tips on how to create the perfect coastal retreat in the comfort of your own home.
• Choose light and breezy linens
White or light-colored bed linens and window treatments are quintessential for re-creating a cozy, beach cottage feel. Thin, breezy fabrics and mismatched textures give you a laid-back, soft aesthetic. We love this sophisticated blue-trimmed sheet set from Serena & Lily made from soft, crisp percale.  Add a waffle-weave quilt on top, and you’re on the way to beach-inspired bliss.

• Mix and match dark, white and reclaimed wood

A key component of beach décor is wood furniture. It doesn’t all have to match, though. Consider mixing darker and lighter pieces, and even reclaimed wood for a balanced (and not overly white) composition. This bed from Pottery Barn features a subtle sleigh-curved headboard and timeless aesthetic that would work in any coastal-style bedroom.
• Create a cozy glow
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Warm-hued lighting is the optimal way to make your coastal space the coziest it can be. We love these Robin’s-Egg blue lamps from One Kings Lane for symmetrical side tables.
• Pick your paint palette carefully
A coastal retreat wouldn’t be one without its soft pastel color palette. Choose muted or dusty blues, sea foam greens, beiges and even pastel yellows to evoke feelings of a seaside oasis. These Behr colors are a great starting place, but you can find a wide array at your local home improvement store.

• Collect and display your coastal finds
From conch shells and coral to anchors and miniature boats, find pieces that speak to you and place them throughout your space. This faux coral from Pottery Barn is modeled after natural spike coral and lends itself perfectly to any coastal décor.
Find the right foliage
Adding foliage is a must for any beach-inspired space. Bring the freshness of the outdoors inside with faux palm trees, ornamental grasses, or philodendron leaves.
• Add texture with wicker, straw or rope
Nothing says “beachside retreat” more than wicker, rope or straw baskets, rugs or furniture. Mix and match dark, light, thick and thin-woven items for the ultimate coastal look. This tote basket from Pottery Barn is a perfect way to store throw blankets and pillows or hold a large potted plant.
• Add some artwork


You can keep the rest of your décor fairly simple if you stick to a beachy color scheme and add some artwork. We love this misty photo and the antiqued white frame from World Market.
• Think outside the box
While the word “coastal” typically evokes thoughts of a classic beach cottage, consider stepping outside the box. Not everything in your coastal décor has to be rustic, shabby chic or traditional. You can add bright pops of color for a more tropical (yet still coastal) look.


Texas Homeowner? Don’t Miss the Opportunity for Savings

Texas Homeowner? Don’t Miss the Opportunity for Savings


It’s the beginning of another new year, and we want to remind you that Texas law includes the Homestead Exemption, which allows a partial exemption from local property taxes for your primary residence.


Applications for property tax exemptions are filed with your local appraisal district. The general deadline for filing an application is April 30.


The Application for Residential Homestead Exemption is available here. A list of appraisal district addresses and phone numbers is available here.


If you have any questions regarding residential real estate, Ebby Halliday Realtors and our respected Associates are ready to serve you. To find just the right professional for your real estate needs, visit the award-winning, mobile-friendly ebby.com.

Love This Listing: Front Porch Darling


We’re already itching for warmer weather so we can relax outside on a charming front porch like this one. A cool breeze, a glass of iced tea … doesn’t that sound nice right about now? But this Coppell home has more to offer than its darling front porch. Situated on a quiet cul-de-sac lot in the old Main Street community, this residence offers hardwood flooring and a master suite with a walk-in shower, under-counter lighting and a spacious closet. Watch the video below to see more!

Need-to-Know Numbers:

805 Cameron Court
• $436,900
• 3 bedrooms
• 2 full baths
• 1 half-bath
• 2,324 square feet

To view this listing, contact Rick Akin at 972-443-1411 or rickakin@ebby.com.

8 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 ositors this weekend and may serve as the perfect inspiration for your next home search.
5700 Arcady Place | $2,375,000 | Plano
7218 Joyce Way | $959,000 | Dallas
5604 Fairfax Drive | $945,000 | Frisco
5217 Southern Hills Drive | $825,000 | Frisco
6 Colonial Court | $800,000 | Frisco
4433 N Hall Street
4433 N Hall Street | $755,000 | Dallas
16717 Village Lane | $675,000 | Dallas
6526 Chevy Chase Avenue | $1,189,000 | Dallas
To see all the wonderful homes open this weekend, visit EbbyOpenHouses.com.