Spruce Up Your Home for Spring

CM Spruce Up Spring lg

After spring cleaning is done, many people get the itch to change things up. Flowers are blooming, birds are singing and the time is right to implement a fresh, new look in your home. There are a lot of ways to go about this, but we have found that the simplest changes can make the biggest impact without costing a fortune. Here are our favorite ideas for breathing new life into your home this season.


Spruce Up Your Home for Spring

1. Pillows: Decorative pillows on couches, chairs, or beds add pops of color, texture, and layered interest. Try purchasing pillows that allow you to change their covers throughout the year. (Featured property: 4005 Rosa Road, Dallas)


Spruce Up Your Home for Spring

2. Accessories: If you’re someone who likes decorative details, change them out. Spray paint some ordinary bookends for a pop of color, pick up some fun new coasters, or switch up the books you have on display. Simply exchanging items between rooms can have a big impact visually. (Featured property: 2615 Brookside Court, McKinney)


 Spruce Up Your Home for Spring

3. Art and photos: Switch out old photos, paint or buy new pictures frames, rearrange art from one room to the other- all of this will enliven your home. (Featured property: 10106 Caribou Trail, Dallas)


Spruce Up Your Home for Spring

4. Plants: Bring new plants into the house and change up the ones outside. A small pot of basil in the kitchen or new planters on the front porch add color and interest. (Featured Property: 4708 Crooked Lane, Dallas)


Spruce Up Your Home for Spring

5. Outdoor: Freshen up your front door mat, address numbers, patio cushions, or add a floral wreath to the front door. All of these will brighten your curb appeal and make coming home feel like a new experience. (Featured property: 211 Rio Grande Drive, Irving)


Spruce Up Your Home for Spring

6. Paint: If you want to stick to a budget, keep it simple. Paint the front door a bright color, put some chalkboard paint on a small section of one wall, spray paint a lamp or a few bar stools. Paint is a moderately cheap way to update that can be changed with your mood. (Featured property: 4161 Shady Valley Drive, Arlington)

Interior Lighting: How To Do It Right

Did you know that lighting is one of the most important elements in your home? We’ve talked about the importance of natural light, but interior light is just as important. When natural light isn’t available, due to lack of windows or time of day, the mood and brightness of your home is dictated by interior lighting. Additionally, light fixtures are a large part of design and personal style. Here are a few tips to get the most out of your lighting:


1. Diversify: Use multiple sources for light so that the ambiance just right. Think about a mix of recessed ceiling lights, chandeliers, sconces, floor lamps, table lamps, and under mounted lighting solutions. A combination will throw light in different directions and create more generalized glow.


2. Focal Points: Use task lighting and directed light to highlight art, plants, dining tables, and unique decor.


3. Dimmers: Consider installing dimmers in entertaining spaces like dining rooms, media rooms, living rooms, and bedrooms. Being able to set the mood for a meal, movie, or cozy night by the fire makes a high difference.


4. Read the Room: Different rooms call for different lighting heights, sizes, and illuminations. For example, overhead lighting makes more sense in a kitchen than is does in a bedroom. Smaller lamps, sconces, and delicate chandeliers are better suited in bedrooms and bathrooms than large living spaces.


5. Which Watt?: Always follow the instructions on your light fixture for maximum wattage, but don’t be afraid to take it down a notch. If the light fixture is more for decor than actual illumination, consider using low-wattage bulbs, which use less energy. Typical wattages range from 40 (for reading) and 80 (for putting on make up), but this wattage can be achieved with multiple fixtures.


6. Decor: The fixtures you choose have an impact on your space visually as well. Make sure to keep the overall look and feel of the room in mind when selecting fixtures, but don’t be afraid to go bold. A statement floor lamp or chandelier is the perfect way to pack a big punch of style with just one piece of decor.


DFW homeowners clearly know the importance of interior lighting, just look at great examples found in our homes for sale. From modern to victorian and floor lamps to recessed lighting, there’s a lighting solution that will “brighten” your home and mood in just the right way.

Interior Lighting: How To Do It Right

^6838 Stefani Drive, DallasInterior Lighting: How To Do It Right

^9427 Monteleon Court, Dallas (For Lease)Interior Lighting: How To Do It Right

^1412 Teaberry Court, PlanoInterior Lighting: How To Do It Right

^12744 Hawktree Road, FriscoInterior Lighting: How To Do It Right

^2411 Laguna Lane, ArlingtonInterior Lighting: How To Do It Right

^6316 Caroline Drive, FriscoInterior Lighting: How To Do It Right

^12744 Hawktree Road, FriscoInterior Lighting: How To Do It Right

^1412 Teaberry Court, PlanoInterior Lighting: How To Do It Right

^1823 Canyon Court, AllenInterior Lighting: How To Do It Right

^5055 Addison Circle #204, AddisonInterior Lighting: How To Do It Right

^8000 Choctaw Lane, McKinneyInterior Lighting: How To Do It Right^7022 Pasadena Ave., Dallas

Images via Ebby.com & Shoot2Sell

Kids Only!

CM Kids Only lg

Childhood dreams are coming true all over DFW! We’re seeing an influx of homes for sale with kid-friendly spaces that are just waiting to be filled with laughter and new memories.


From a pink princess room to the perfect game room, we tracked down 7 spaces that any kid would be lucky to call their own.

Kids Only!

^6865 Lorna Lane, DallasKids Only!

^6865 Lorna Lane, DallasKids Only!

^6312 Falcon Ridge Lane, McKinneyKids Only!

^6406 Mountain Lake Court, ArlingtonKids Only!

^9109 Glen Springs Drive, DallasKids Only!

^3109 Ridge Trace Circle, MansfieldKids Only!^3109 Ridge Trace Circle, Mansfield

Feature We Love: Open Floor Plan

CM Open Floor Plan lg

The transition into open floor plans is one of the biggest changes we’ve seen in housing trends over the past few years. While some still prefer a traditional layout, with divided rooms, the open floor plan has been widely adopted because it offers an entirely new way of living.


Homeowners and builders love this trend because it’s ideal for entertaining, allows for seamless design and an incorporated style throughout, provides panoramic views, and it’s great for keeping an eye on family members in other rooms. Additionally, open floor plans have an easy flow and can make a home feel much larger.


Check out the various ways people are making use of this popular trend all over DFW.

Feature We Love: Open Floor Plan

^7304 Park Lane Drive, DallasFeature We Love: Open Floor Plan

^6838 Stefani Drive, DallasFeature We Love: Open Floor Plan

^8139 San Leandro, DallasFeature We Love: Open Floor Plan

^621 Pelican Hills, Fairview

Feature We Love: Open Floor Plan

^4519 Cherokee Trail, DallasFeature We Love: Open Floor Plan

^978 Rockport Drive, AllenFeature We Love: Open Floor Plan^2411 Laguna Lane, Arlington

Images via Ebby.com & Shoot2Sell

What $500k Gets You in DFW

We’re always curious about what you can get for the money in different areas around D-FW. So, today we’re exploring five homes that can all be yours for less than $500,000.


Take a look at these beautiful listings in Denison, McKinney, Arlington, Richardson, and Southlake.

What $500k Gets You in DFW



What $500k Gets You in DFW



What $500k Gets You in DFW



What $500k Gets You in DFW



What $500k Gets You in DFW


Photos via Ebby.com & Shoot2Sell

Beautiful Beds: 8 Defining Styles

In the bedroom the key piece of furniture is, of course, the bed. So, it should come as no shock that this design decision necessitates careful consideration of all of your options. While it may be easy for some, the range of choices out there for beds and headboards can be a little overwhelming, especially when you can’t see what the bed looks like in an actual room.


In an effort to make your choice a little easier, we’ve compiled photos of some of the hottest styles from rooms that are part of homes currently on the market in DFW.
Beautiful Beds: 8 Defining Styles

^Wood Slats: 1705 Quarry Lane, McKinneyBeautiful Beds: 8 Defining Styles

^Solid Wood: 1812 Foxborough Trail, Flower MoundBeautiful Beds: 8 Defining Styles

^Wingback: 3804 Furman Court, Fort WorthBeautiful Beds: 8 Defining Styles

^Tufted: 4136 Prescott Ave., DallasBeautiful Beds: 8 Defining Styles

^Upholstered and Studded with Wood Trim: 6820 Southridge Drive, DallasBeautiful Beds: 8 Defining Styles

^Double Upholstered: 3508 Villanova St., University ParkBeautiful Beds: 8 Defining Styles

^Wall Mounted Fabric: 2001 Misty Creek Drive, ArlingtonBeautiful Beds: 8 Defining Styles^No Headboard: 10164 Timber Trail Drive, Dallas

Fresh Listing Friday: Romantic Getaway


Happy Friday, everyone! This week on Fresh Listing Friday we’re taking a closer look at the palatial paradise at 2001 Misty Creek Drive in Arlington. This home has been refurbished from top to bottom and is decorated in romantic colors and materials. Comfort and style are at the forefront in every single room.


Here are the important specifications you need to know:

-4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 3 half-baths, 4,162 sq. ft. and a 3-car garage listed for $550,000

-First floor: hardwood flooring, large glass windows, gas fireplace in the living room, formal dining room, master suite

-Second floor: media room with a fireplace, game room with a balcony

-Outside: pool with water features, covered and open patios, full outdoor kitchen


For more details on this incredible home, click any of the photos below:

Fresh Listing Friday: Romantic GetawayFront exterior with porte cochere

Fresh Listing Friday: Romantic GetawayFormal dining room

Fresh Listing Friday: Romantic GetawayKitchen with white cabinetry, light granite countertops, an island with seating, and stainless-steel appliances

Fresh Listing Friday: Romantic GetawayBreakfast room right next to the kitchen

Fresh Listing Friday: Romantic GetawayLiving room with gas fireplace

Fresh Listing Friday: Romantic GetawayFresh Listing Friday: Romantic GetawayFirst-floor master suite with sitting area, floating dual vanities, walk-in shower, and walk-in closet

Fresh Listing Friday: Romantic GetawayMedia room with gas fireplace and built-in storage and wine fridge

Fresh Listing Friday: Romantic GetawayOne of the upstairs bedrooms

Fresh Listing Friday: Romantic GetawayBackyard with pool, open and covered patio, and full outdoor kitchen


To see all the homes that came on the market this week in D-FW, click here.

Feature We Love: The Arched Entry

You know something is a housing trend when you see it in homes in not just one or two cities, but all across the Metroplex. That’s exactly the case with arched entries, the latest feature we’ve noticed popping up in our available inventory.


There’s not much to say that these pictures don’t say for themselves. These archways are both beautiful and inviting, and they create stunning curb appeal for the homes and doorways that they frame. This architectural feature has made a lasting mark on North Texas homes, and we only expect that it will continue to rise in popularity.


Feature We Love: Arched Entry^2212 Stanford Court, McKinney

Feature We Love: Arched Entry^8501 Cross Timbers Road, Flower Mound

Feature We Love: Arched Entry^607 Naples Drive, Allen

Feature We Love: Arched Entry^467 Ridge Point Drive, Heath

Feature We Love: Arched Entry^2700 Regency Place Court, Arlington

Feature We Love: Arched Entry^7000 Mills Branch Circle, Plano

Feature We Love: Arched Entry^12269 Pecan Forest Drive, Dallas

Property photos via ebby.com & Shoot2Sell