Liven Up Your Living Room


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A little refresh goes a long way in any room, but there’s definitely an art to a living room redesign. Follow these simple steps for a well-designed living room.

 

Beautiful living room interior with hardwood floors and fireplace in new luxury home.

Furniture

Determine the best furniture placement based on room traffic, taking into consideration fireplaces, TVs and outdoor views. Start with upholstered pieces like a sofa or sectional, followed by chairs, ottomans and benches.

 

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Rugs

Based on furniture and upholstery, select a rug to serve as a foundation for the space. Consider rug-to-room size ratios, and that upholstered items should sit on the front of the rug.

 

Table lamp next to comfy sofa in modern style living room

Tables

Now that seating and rugs are placed, it’s time for tables. Most rooms require end tables and a cocktail table, while a credenza is perfect for below the TV.

 

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Lighting

When tables are situated, good lighting comes into play. Choose the scale and style of lamps based on both natural and necessary light.

 

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Décor

Complete your room with art and décor. Add color and character with glassware, trays, books, candles and art of all forms.

10 Great Weekend Getaways


Valentine’s Day may land on a Tuesday this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get away to celebrate at a later date. Here are some of the best weekend getaway destinations that are perfect for a quick trip with your special someone.

 

Weekend Getaways
1. Broken Bow
This Oklahoma city may be known for its booming timber industry, but the tourism is growing too. Broken Bow is home to Beavers Bend Resort Park, Hochatown State Park, and two museums that house Native American artifacts.

Weekend Getaways
Photo courtesy of the City of Fredericksburg

2. Fredericksburg
The charming town of Fredericksburg is a romantic destination in the Texas Hill Country with tons of German colonial heritage and culture. You can find Bavarian-themed restaurants, beer gardens, and beautiful natural parks. The city is also the epicenter of over 20 local vineyards and wineries, offering the opportunity to taste and tour until your heart is content.

Weekend Getaways3. Glen Rose
Just a short drive southwest of Fort Worth, the city of Glen Rose offers outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, and mountain biking. Visit Dinosaur Valley State Park and explore tracks of animals from thousands of years ago, or take a trip to the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center and take a tour to see threatened and endangered species.

Weekend Getaways
Photo courtesy of Forever Lawn

4. Magnolia Market
Situated in Waco, about halfway between Dallas and Austin, the Magnolia Market is one of those destinations that is relatively newer to the getaway scene. Created by the couple behind HGTV’s Fixer Upper, the Magnolia Market is 2.5 acres of warm and welcoming stores and restaurants amidst huge grain silos and a barn.

Weekend Getaways
Photo courtesy of Paul Joseph/CC 2.0

5. Marfa
This quaint town in the middle of West Texas is a hub for arts and culture enthusiasts. Check out sights like the famous Prada Marfa, the Marfa Book Company, or a variety of other museums and galleries. Stay at the bohemian-style El Cosmico campground and enjoy the communal atmosphere, wide-open spaces, and scenic views.

Weekend Getaways
Photo courtesy of Nicolas Henderson/CC 2.0

6. Possum Kingdom Lake
Situated less than 90 miles west of Fort Worth, Possum Kingdom Lake offers over 18,000 acres of water, cliffs, and rolling hills. Camp or rent a cabin to enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, boating, and fishing.

Round Top
Photo courtesy of Round Top Texas Antiques

7. Round Top
If you’re a fan of antiquing, this is the destination for you. Located southeast of Austin, Round Top is a small city (one of the smallest incorporated in Texas) that hosts some of the largest and most celebrated antique sales in the country. Stay at a shabby chic cottage inn or bed-and-breakfast and head out to explore the city and maybe find a treasure or two.

Weekend Getaways

8. San Antonio River Walk
This quintessential romantic Texas getaway is the perfect destination for a wide variety of entertainment options. Not only can you explore the historic San Antonio Missions and the Alamo, but you can also enjoy romantic restaurants, a zoo, and botanical garden.

Weekend Getaways9. Waxahachie
Anyone interested in architecture should put Waxahachie on his or her “must-see” list. Situated south of Dallas, the town features one of the most beautiful Texas courthouses as well as a many examples of Victorian architecture and gingerbread homes. You can also find plentiful state parks and wildlife in the surrounding area.
Weekend Getaways10. Wimberley
Situated on the banks of Cypress Creek and the Blanco River, Wimberley is a beautiful city surrounded by the Texas Hill Country. You can find a variety of outdoor activities as well as art galleries, shopping, and additional activities such as glass-blowing demonstrations at Wimberley Glass Works and herb classes at the Rough Creek Lavender Farm.

 

How to Style a Bar Cart


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If you’ve been keeping up with home décor trends, then you’re likely aware of the resurgence of the bar cart.

 

Originating as tea trolleys in the Victorian era, these beverage carts became a home for alcoholic elixirs after Prohibition ended. It wasn’t until the 1950s that these carts gained popularity, when entertaining and cocktail hours became a cultural norm.

 

When home architecture began to include built-in wet bars and spaces for entertaining in the 1970s, the bar cart became an image of the past.

 

But alas! Bar carts have made their way back into mainstream homes, pleasing cocktail lovers, Mad Men fans, and home décor enthusiasts alike.

 

Bar carts can not only be used to display your apéritifs, but also as a side table, nightstand, art easel, and more.

 

Want one in your own home? All it takes is a little creativity and a few must-have items.

 

1. Liquor
A variety of classic cocktails can be made with just these items:  vodka, gin, rum, tequila, whiskey, and bitters. Vermouth should also be at the top of your list: dry is a must for martini fans, while sweet allows you to make other drinks, like Manhattans. If you still want more variety, brandy and Aperol are great additions, as well as any flavored liqueur you enjoy (i.e. Cointreau, Frangelico, St. Germain).
 
2. Mixers
Must-have mixers for your bar cart include tonic water, club soda, ginger beer, and cola. In fall and winter, you may consider adding apple cider to the mix. These mixers give you the ability to create a drink for virtually any taste preference.
 
3. Citrus
A few lemons, limes, and oranges in a bowl are both a functional and decorative addition to a bar cart. Use them to make drinks, garnish, and add a pop of color to your cart.
 
4. Barware (glasses and tools)
A bar cart is nothing without the tools. You’ll need a cocktail shaker, measuring unit (like a jigger), stirring spoon, strainer, bar board, pairing knife, corkscrew, and a variety of glasses. Additional options are an ice bucket, muddler, zester, and cocktail picks. Bar tools come in a variety of styles, so you can easily find something that fits the aesthetic you’re aiming for.
 
5. Plants
Adding a plant or flower is another way to bring an air of freshness to a bar cart. A simple clear or white vase never fails, but you can also pick something colorful or quirky.
 
6. Trinkets
If your cart isn’t too crammed by now, it’s time for the fun stuff. Adding a random object that speaks to you is the best way to complete your bar cart. Books, clocks, candlesticks, artwork, etc. are all great pieces to add that finishing touch.
 
Feeling inspired to decorate your own bar cart? These ones are the perfect blank canvas.
 
Bar Carts
1. Velma Mirrored Serving Cart – $134.99
2. Victoria Serving Cart – $115.99
3. Dante Bar Serving Cart – $292.99
4. Metal, Wood, and Leather Bar Cart – $129.99
5. Renee Bar Cart – $499
6. Wood and Gold Bar Cart – $129.99
7. Healy Acrylic Kitchen Cart – $195.49
8. Hobbs Bar Cart – $269.00

 

DFW Weekend Round Up (4/9-4/12)


DFW Weekend Round Up (4/9-4/12)

From fashion to film, this weekend is all about the arts. See where to get your fill of local, national, and international creativity in DFW.

 

Thursday, April 9:

7th Annual Dallas Art Fair: This year’s fair, taking place in the Arts District through Sunday, will feature more than 90 national and international art dealers and galleries showcasing everything from works on paper to installations.

 

9th Annual Dallas International Film Festival: Movie buffs unite through April 19 for more than 160 films from 32 countries.

 

Main Street Arts Festival: The annual festival in downtown Fort Worth is taking place at Sundance Square through Sunday. Enjoy live music, art, culinary arts, and more.

 

Friday, April 10:

Eli Young Band: The country stars and Denton natives will be at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie to kick off the Lone Star Series.

 

Iolanta: The Dallas Opera performs Tchaikovsky’s fairytale romance at the Winspear through April 18.

 

Ranger’s Opening Series: The first series of the 2015 season goes through Sunday at Globe Life Park.

 

Saturday, April 11:

Atomic Music Festival: The first festival presented by the reopened Bomb Factory is an all-day event featuring Between Buried and Me, Animals as Leaders, Entheos and more.

 

Forty Five Ten’s 15th Anniversary: In celebration of 15 years, the store is holding a pop-up shop at the Dallas Museum of Art. Fifteen designers have created exclusive products in limited quantities that will be sold at the Art Ball. All proceeds benefit the Dallas Museum of Art.

 

13th Annual Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society Historic Home Tour: Tour four homes an support the preservation of history, architecture, aesthetics, and cultural traditions of the Park Cities.

 

Sunday, April 12:

Turtle Creek Association Tour of Homes: Tour six unique homes via complimentary shuttles. You’ll also learn about the homes’ art collections, builders, architects, designers etc.

 

Images via Dallas Art Fair Facebook Page

D-FW Weekend Round Up (8/7-8/10)


Weekend Round Up (8/7-8/10)

This weekend is big for live music, tax-free deals, and all forms of art and entertainment. Whether you’re looking for a show to catch with friends or a way to spend time with the kids, we’ve got something on the list for you.

 

Tim McGraw: One of the most well-known artists in country music will be joined by up-and-comers Kip Moore and Cassadee Pope at Gexa on Friday, August 8. If you missed Tim when he was here for the March Madness Music Festival, be sure to catch him now.

 

Monte Montgomery: If you like Eric Clapton and/or John Mayer, check out Monte Montgomery at Granada on Friday. He’s an Austin native and is said to be one of the most energetic performers in Texas.

 

Frisco Rough Riders vs. Tulsa Drillers: From Friday to Sunday, the Rough Riders will be taking on the Drillers. Plus, Friday night is Craft Beer Night at Dr. Pepper Stadium. Get friends and family together to cheer on our team.

 

Oak Cliff Cultural Center Block Party: Saturday, August 9 , join in on the celebration of the Center’s fourth anniversary. The event will have live music, face painting, art booths, food, and dancing.

 

Family Yoga: Get the family together for some outdoor activity and zen on Saturday. The Crow Collection will host a class beginning at 10am at Klyde Warren Park.

 

2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival: If you don’t make Friday night’s show at Gexa, you can still catch live music there on Saturday. 20 rock and metal bands, including Korn and Avenged Sevenfold, will play on four different stages.

 

Target Second Saturday: The Latin Cultural Center is offering up fun for the whole family Saturday with music by Grammy Award-winning artist Mr. Blue Shoes. Kids can enjoy Latin dance lessons, an early exposure to blues music, and a lesson in history.

 

Metalachi: Do you love metal? Do you love mariachi music? Then Metalachi is the band for you. This one-of-a-kind band will be singing classic hard rock songs while playing traditional mariachi instruments Sunday, August 10 at Trees in Deep Ellum.

 

Dogfight: Addison Theatre Centre is holding the first performance of Dogfight outside of New York through August 16. The story is set on the eve of the Kennedy assassination and follows a newly inducted marine before he’s set to ship off to Vietnam.

 

Ringling Bro’s and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Have you heard the word? The circus is in town! Now through Sunday, August 10 get your seats to see clowns, tigers, a human canon and all the circus classics at American Airlines Center.

 

The Phantom of The Opera: Through August 24, experience one of the most famous Broadway plays at the Winspear Opera House. With a cast and orchestra of 52 people, this is one of the largest shows currently on tour.

 

Tax-Free Weekend: The kiddos will be going back to school before we know it and it’s time to get them ready by taking advantage of tax-free weekend, which lasts from Friday to Sunday. Generally, clothing, footwear, and school supplies under $100 are all tax free.

 

The World’s Largest Dinosaurs: Have a kid who loves dinosaurs? Are you a dinosaur-buff yourself? Looking for a great indoor activity? Check all the boxes at the Perot Museum this weekend at this exhibit that displays Earth’s inhabitants as the were 140 million years ago.

 

Summer Dollar Days: The Trinity River Audubon Center is offering $1 admission while summer lasts. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore this thriving part of Dallas and spend a day in the great outdoors.

 

Family-friendly Summer Movie Series: Five theaters around D-FW are featuring special series that are fun for the whole family. Ticket prices range from free to just $2.

 

August Dollar Days: Admission is just $1 at the Dallas Arboretum all month long. It may be hot, but the gardens and water pads help keep temperatures down.

 

Water Parks: Take advantage of the free time your kids have during the summer to visit one of D-FW’s many water parks.

 

Weekend Round Up: Music, Art & Bacon


Weekend Round Up: Music, Art, and Bacon

-Tony Award-winning vocalist Bernadette Peters joins the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in a celebration of American song

 

-Check out these meatiest of the meaty restaurant suggestions from CultureMap. Sample all things extremely meaty and bacon wrapped.

 

-Eat the new buttery cornbread sandwiches at Dickeys and vote for your favorite- sweet or spicy. They’re only around for a limited time.

 

-Make reservations for Valentine’s at one of these nationally rated Dallas hotels. The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, and the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas all recently made U.S. News & World Report‘s best luxury hotels in the USA.

 

-Treat yourself to one of our most fabulous local getaway.  D Magazine produced a line up of The Most Fashionable Dallas Getaways, so you can find a getaway right in your own backyard.

 

-See Picasso and Matisse at the Kimbell Art Mesuem in Fort Worth. It’s the largest loan of its kind, with nearly 100 modern masterpieces, which have travel from the art Institute of Chicago. Additional artists include Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, Man Ray, and Constantin Brancusi.

 

-Experience one of the concerts coming to the area this weekend,  including Paul Simon and Sting, Deep Shade, Yuck, and more.

 

-Dine at one of Dallas’ downtown restaurants. Savor is getting a lot of hype, CBD is written up weekly by one Dallas publication or another, and Mot Hai Ba has gotten rave reviews.

 

-The Dallas Black Dance Theater Presents: Cultural Awareness Series, three new works that you’ll love.

 

Photos from Dallas News and D Magazine

Dallas Continues to Add Art


We’ve got two exciting new things to tell you about the art scene in Dallas today!

Rachel Nash Gallery Opening- Deep Ellum

1. On February 8, Deep Ellum steps it up by adding a brand new art gallery to its scene. The Rachel Nash Gallery will host its grand opening party from 8-10 p.m. at its location at 2646 Main St. in Deep Ellum. This space will be “dedicated to connecting emerging artists with the local Dallas community.” Deep Ellum, probably due to it’s dedicated support of local breweries and business owners, has seen major growth over the past few years. We feel it’s safe to assume that the addition of an art gallery will only further this positive growth. To learn more about the Rachel Nash Gallery, click here.

 

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2. The Nasher Sculpture Center has 18 new works of art! We talked recently about the Eye, and we’re sure everyone’s heard about the Nasher’s big Xchange program. These were two big ventures for the center in 2013, but they’re not the only newsworthy things that happened last year. The Nasher was also the recipient of 18 pieces of art by various artists that are now part of the permanent collection. We feel that it’s a true gift to live in a city with such a love for art, and we can’t wait to see what the center has  planned for these recent acquisitions. We know for certain that two of the new pieces will be included at an overview of David Bates’ career at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth that begins next week.

 

Have you heard any other art news or experienced some of our art scene for yourself recently? We’d love to hear your comments!

An Eye on Dallas Art


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Many of you may have heard buzz about, or even seen, the latest art installment that currently resides in a temporary exhibition space across from The Joule. It’s certainly “eye” catching. The 30-foot eyeball, simply titled “Eye,” is a result of a partnership between The Joule, Nasher Sculpture Center, and contemporary artist Tony Tasset.

 

In the words of the Nasher, “the enormous scale of the sculpture strives to change everyday experience by effectively miniaturizing its surroundings as well as by creating a spectacle that draws attention to the simple act of looking and to the instrument through which we take in and understand our world.” If this statement only makes you more curious, you have a great opportunity to hear more about it and its artist this weekend.

 

This Sunday, Jan. 19, Tony Tasset will host a free forum at 2.pm. at The Joule, presented by Nasher Sculpture Center. There is a special valet price for attendees and RSVP is required.