Create a Coastal Retreat


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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
 
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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

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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
 
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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
 
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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
 
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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
 
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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
 

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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
 
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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


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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


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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
5700 Arcady Place | $2,375,000 | Plano
7218 JOYCE WAY
7218 Joyce Way | $959,000 | Dallas
5604 FAIRFAX DRIVE
5604 Fairfax Drive | $945,000 | Frisco
5217 SOUTHERN HILLS DRIVE
5217 Southern Hills Drive | $825,000 | Frisco
6 COLONIAL COURT
6 Colonial Court | $800,000 | Frisco
4433 N Hall Street
4433 N Hall Street | $755,000 | Dallas
16717 VILLAGE LANE
16717 Village Lane | $675,000 | Dallas
6526 CHEVY CHASE AVENUE
6526 Chevy Chase Avenue | $1,189,000 | Dallas
 
To see all the wonderful homes open this weekend, visit EbbyOpenHouses.com.

Mortgage Minute: Be Patient During Underwriting


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It’s natural to want the home buying process to begin and end quickly, however, it’s important to be well-versed in the mortgage process. Our friends at Home Team Mortgage are here to help you every step of the way. Check the Ebby blog often to familiarize yourself on a variety of mortgage topics.

 

Keep your finances as boring and steady as possible between the time you apply for a mortgage and the time you close on the loan.

 

That sounds simple in theory, but it’s sometimes difficult in practice, especially for first-time homebuyers. What it means is this: Don’t charge up your credit cards and don’t apply for new credit while the mortgage is going through the underwriting process.

 

When you apply for the mortgage, the lender looks at your credit report and your credit score. Then, shortly before closing, the lender surveys your credit again. If there’s a substantial change — say you maxed out your credit cards to buy furniture and appliances, or you got a loan to buy a car — the lender might have to delay your mortgage closing. In drastic cases, you could torpedo your mortgage and have to apply all over again.

 

Considering purchasing a home? Home Team Mortgage Company, Ebby Halliday’s affiliated mortgage company, has a track record of building long-lasting relationships by providing exceptional service with competitive rates. With an office in each Ebby Halliday branch, Home Team Mortgage loan officers offer the convenience of one-stop shopping, coupled with expertise to ensure peace of mind for borrowers and agents alike.

 

For all your mortgage questions and needs, contact Home Team Mortgage Company.

Weeknight Meal Planning Made Easy


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Many of us are hoping to stay organized in the New Year, and what better place to start than in the kitchen. Planning your meals ahead of time can not only help your weeknights run smoothly, but can also help you stick to a budget or diet. Read below to find out tips on how to make your weeknight meals a breeze.

 

Plan Ahead
 

Avoid last-minute trips to the grocery store and stick to a schedule by planning your meals in advance. Use our printable menu planner to stay organized throughout the week and even keep track of your grocery list. Download it here! Consider making one night a week a “clean out the fridge” night, and do your best to eat any leftovers or use items that are nearing the end of their shelf life.
 

Use Your Leftovers
 

If you don’t want to eat your leftovers exactly as they are, do your best to repurpose them into new dishes. It may seem challenging at first, but after a while, you’ll find the perfect shortcuts that work for you.
 

That roasted chicken from yesterday? Pull apart the remains and throw in a homemade chicken noodle soup or chicken tortilla soup.
 

Leftover sautéed vegetables? Use in a quiche or frittata and voila! Breakfast OR dinner.
 

Stale bread? Make breadcrumbs to use for meatloaf, chicken tenders, or an oven-baked mac and cheese. You can even make bread pudding or croutons to use in a salad or French onion soup.
 

Leftover pork loin? Say hello to pork fried rice! You’re bound to have some eggs and rice handy.
 

Prepare in Advance
 

If assembling or heating up a meal is virtually all you have time for, consider preparing in advance. In fact, some recipes will taste even better the second day! Freeze leftover soups, stews and sauces to take out and defrost at a later date. Freeze diced onion, celery and carrot, and you always have a mirepoix at your disposal. If your goal is to stay away from the freezer, then simply chop or marinate everything the night before or the morning-of, and you’re already on your way to a faster meal.
 

Get Your Groceries Delivered
 

Don’t have time to get groceries? Check with your local grocer to see if they offer a delivery service. Or, choose another delivery service like one of the ones below.
 

1. Instacart
 

One of the most popular options for grocery delivery is Instacart. For orders over $35, deliveries are $6, or $8 for one-hour delivery. Not only can you order from multiple stores, but you can also schedule deliveries for days in advance. The company services a wide area and delivers perishable produce, which some services do not. Be aware that delivery costs, an additional optional fee, and a tip for your deliverer do add up. However, you can get $10 in groceries when you sign up and use our promo code on your first purchase: EMARKETING1CF169.
 

2. Amazon Fresh
 
If you’re an Amazon Prime member, Amazon Fresh is a great option for you. For $10, have deliveries under $40 delivered on the same day or the next day. You can even set specific two- to three-hour delivery windows to ensure your groceries don’t wait around for you to return. If you pay $15 a month, you can get unlimited free deliveries on purchases over $40. Keep in mind, these fees are on top of the annual $99 Amazon Prime membership, but Amazon makes it easy for you to shop around and compare prices. For those of you with Amazon Echo products, try asking Alexa to place your next order.
 

3. Shipt
 

With an annual fee of only $99, Shipt is cheaper than yearly subscriptions to Instacart or Amazon Fresh. You can pay the yearly fee, or choose to pay $14 per month for unlimited deliveries for orders over $35. For orders under $35, the delivery fee is $7. Shipt also allows you to set substitute preferences, so in case the store is out of your preferred item, you’ll be sure to have your second choice delivered.
 

Happy weeknight meal planning!

 

Love This Listing: New Construction in Coppell


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Those of you with an eye for style know that herringbone parquet hardwood flooring is a hot commodity. You can have your cake and eat it too at this Drees Custom home in Coppell that combines these trendy design elements (including sleek pendant lighting) with traditional elements like tiered ceilings and slate-colored cabinetry. And the location of this home is perfect for the jet-setter – it’s just north of DFW Airport and less than 30 minutes from Dallas, but still remains true to its community-based roots.
 

Need-to-Know Numbers:

501 Oak Grove
• $849,000
• 5 bedrooms
• 4 full baths
• 4,211 square feet
• 1 fireplace

Decorate With Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year


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Pantone® recently unveiled its Color of the Year, which it describes as “a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade” that “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”

 

This year’s color selection? Pantone 18-3838, otherwise known as Ultra Violet.

 

Described by Pantone as “complex and contemplative,” Ultra Violet “symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries though creative outlets.”

 

Embrace your creativity and personalize your space by adding this blue-based purple shade throughout your décor.

 
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1. Le Creuset® Enameled Classic Tea Kettle in Cassis – $99.99
This classic whistling tea kettle is made from ultra-strong enamel-coated steel and features a heat-resistant handle. Plus, it’s safe for use on all heat sources, including induction!

2. Cashmere Lounge Chair and Ottoman – $2,489
This Mid-Century modern-style chair is functional artwork for the home. It’s hand-stitched and made from the softest cashmere for relaxing, comfortable seating.

3. Moroccan Purple Runner – $43.99
Brighten up any long space with this colorful Moroccan-style runner. Measuring 2’6″ by 14′, this richly colored rug is a no-brainer way to add some color to your home.

4. Violet Glass Table Lamp –  $117
Add some whimsicality to your space with this eye-catching table lamp. Use it as an accent piece on either side of a room to add depth and a pop of purple.

5. Stemless Flute Glasses, set of 6$34.95
These stemless flute glasses are a fun and unique twist on classic stemware. Plus, they are dishwasher safe and feature a chip-resistant rim.

6. Tocca Voyage Marrakesh Candle, 3 oz. –  $22
This patchouli and amber-scented candle is rich, spicy and reminiscent of exotic bazaars. Transport your senses or gift it to a friend with a serious case of wanderlust.

New Year, New (Home) Resolutions


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The new year always serves as a catalyst for personal resolutions and goals: be healthy, save money, volunteer, get organized, etc. Essentially, the same objectives could be set for your home.

 

We’ve transformed Time magazine’s Top Ten Commonly Broken New Year’s Resolutions into the top list of what the resolute homeowner should accomplish in 2018 and beyond.

 

Don’t worry, you’ve got this!

 

1. Cut Your Energy Use (lose weight)
2. Purify Indoor Air (quit smoking)
3. Budget for Improvements (get out of debt)
4. Educate Yourself on Home Finances (learn something new)
5. De-clutter (get organized)
6. Support Your Community (volunteer)
7. Slash Your Water Use (drink less)
8. Share Home Improvement Projects (spend more time with the family)
9. Exercise Your DIY Skills (get fit)
10. Use Maintenance-Free Materials (be less stressed)

 

Happy New Year!