Design-Inspired Easter Eggs


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If you’re looking for a fun twist on classic egg decorating, these design-inspired Easter eggs are the perfect DIY weekend project — and if you’re lucky, delicious egg salad come Monday.

 

Gold Leaf — Paint boiled eggs evenly and let dry (try two coats of craft paint or spray paint for a smoother finish). Using a gold leaf kit, apply random strokes of glue for an abstract look, wrap egg in a sheet of gold leaf, rub away any excess and voila!

 

Contemporary — Boil cleaned avocado pits and skins to create your desired pink hue and mix black ink with 1/4 cup of water for the grey shade. Carefully dip boiled egg into one color and let dry before dipping into the second dye, overlapping for a graphic pattern effect.

 

Happy Easter rustic background with copy space. DIY dyed various shades of blue Easter eggs and vintage wooden picture frame mock up.

Ombré — Mix one color of dye and create different shades by leaving boiled eggs in colored water for different amounts of time. Start by dropping the first egg in for 30 seconds, try one minute for the next one, then a minute and a half for the third and so on until you achieve the variety of shades desired.

 

Pantone — Stand boiled eggs vertically in small cups of dye, type up and print labels on temporary tattoo paper (remember, text backwards) and apply to the white area. If perfectionism is your thing, match the color numbers using a chip book.

 

Marbled — Mix food coloring for desired palette of dyes, color boiled eggs and let dry. Blot egg with rubber cement and dip it into the dye for a second coat. Once it dries, gently wipe away rubber cement and repeat until you’ve reached your desired aesthetic.

 

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Wax-and-Dye — The traditional Ukranian pysanky technique calls for hollowed-out eggs, a kistka (styling tool for drawing with melted wax), dyes and beeswax. Use the kistka to draw a design with the heated wax and allow it to fully harden before dipping into dye for five to 10 minutes. After the egg has fully dried, carefully remove the wax, wipe clean and seal with shellac.

 

Keep in mind that despite their beauty, some designs require non-food safe materials and should not be consumed.

Love This Listing: Contemporary Estate


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Situated on 4.4 acres in Southlake, this luxurious smart home is an interior designer’s dream with an open floor plan and attention to every detail. The backyard oasis features an infinity pool and spa, firepit, covered patio and an outdoor living center to enjoy with family and friends. This modern home includes a six-car garage and a fully functional four-stall horse barn. Impeccably maintained, this property is a must-see! Watch the video to learn more about why we love this listing.

Need-to-Know Numbers:

920 S. Peytonville Avenue
• $3,600,000
• 3 bedrooms
• 3 baths, 2 half-baths
• 5,175 square feet

Love This Listing: Oak Lawn Townhome


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Situated in an 8-unit townhome project, this three-story, modern walk-up features clean lines and upgraded amenities. The contemporary-style residence offers a non-traditional layout and an attached garage with ample storage. From shopping and dining to nightlife and entertainment, enjoy a pedestrian lifestyle in the Oak Lawn area. Watch the video to learn more about why we love this listing.

Need-to-Know Numbers:

2706 Throckmorton St. D
• $549,000
• 2 bedrooms
• 2 baths, 1 half-bath
• 1,919 square feet

Love This Listing: Coppell Contemporary


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This three-story, industrial-contemporary home is truly one-of-a-kind and features a first-floor master suite, custom smart lighting and a four-car garage. Interior amenities include an island kitchen with Mennonite cherrywood cabinetry and concrete countertops, a corrugated-metal and wood-beam ceiling in the family room, three glass-rock fireplaces, two laundry rooms, surround sound, a walkout basement and built-in storm shelter — to name a few. Situated in Coppell’s North Lake Woodlands community, the backyard paradise is sure to delight with an outdoor dining area, diving pool with raised-glass fountains and lush landscaping. Watch the video to learn more about why we love this listing.

Need-to-Know Numbers:

• 413 E Bethel School Road
• $1,995,000
• 5 bedrooms
• 5 full baths, 1 half bath
• 6,148 square feet

Which Kitchen Countertop is Right for You?


Considering a kitchen remodel? Not all countertops are created equally.

 

With so many options on the market, it can be hard to decide what countertop material is right for your kitchen. While it may be tempting to choose a countertop based on aesthetic alone, it’s important to consider the pros and cons, durability, cost, and maintenance before making a decision. That’s why we’ve created a list of some popular options as well as some need-to-know details about each.

 

GraniteKitchen CountertopOnce only found in high-end kitchens, granite has made its way to the heart of more and more homes. This durable, natural stone comes in a vast array of colors such as beige, black, brown, red, white, and green. Because of its porous nature, granite must be sealed on a yearly basis. Even when properly sealed, it’s important to wipe up oils, wines, acids, and sodas immediately, as well as use a stone cleaner for routine cleaning. Cost varies depending on color and complexity, but has become more affordable with granite’s increase in popularity.

 

QuartzKitchen CountertopQuartz, often resembling granite or marble, is an engineered mix of mineral and resin. This extremely durable, low-maintenance material is a great alternative for busy kitchens. Quartz is harder and less porous than granite, thus, it does not require sealing or polishing. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns and looks great in both traditional and contemporary kitchens. Quartz is scratch, stain, heat, and acid-resistant.

Note: Because quartz is manufactured, it doesn’t have natural color variations and vein. When shopping, looking at a small sample rather than a big slab will suffice.

 

MarbleKitchen CountertopMarble is a timeless and stunning option for a traditional or contemporary kitchen and is usually the most expensive option. Carrara and Calcatta marble are synonymous with luxury and instantly give your kitchen an elegant look. However, marble is very porous and has a high probability of becoming stained. If you choose marble, it’s important to seal it frequently and properly. Also be wary – chips and scratches may occur.

 

WoodKitchen CountertopThose opting for a warm, traditional cottage kitchen may gravitate toward butcher-block-style wood countertops. These countertops do require regular maintenance in order to maintain the wood’s natural beauty, so it’s recommended that you oil the surface with a mineral oil every four to six weeks. If not properly cared for, wood countertops will warp and crack. On the plus side, properly sealed wood countertops are sanitary and you can cut directly on the surface without damaging knives. Wood is also heat-resistant, which means you can place hot pots and pans directly on the surface.

 

TileKitchen CountertopTile countertops are a great choice if you want something inexpensive that’s easy to maintain. Tiles come in a variety of different colors and styles and may be mixed and matched. In addition, you can install tile yourself. Make sure to use tile that is rated for floors or countertops, as wall tile is too thin and will crack easily.

 

LaminateKitchen CountertopLaminate is perhaps the most cost-effective option available. Not only is it durable, it’s also low-maintenance. Laminate is a great selection for those on a budget or those who want to keep up with trends. Laminate comes in far more options than the familiar wood copycat – both neutral and bright colors are available. Laminate countertops are water resistant but susceptible to scratches and heat damage, so be sure to use cutting boards and trivets when preparing and serving food.

 

ConcreteKitchen CountertopConcrete counters are growing in popularity, as they are now available in a variety of stains and colors. Concrete is a suitable choice for those with a tight budget and interested in self-installation. Cast concrete counters are stain resistant when properly sealed, but may develop small cracks. If you’re a perfectionist, concrete counters may not be for you; even when professionally installed, minor inconsistencies in color and texture may occur.


Need even more guidance? Take the quiz below to find out what countertop material is best suited for your taste, budget, and lifestyle.


Fresh Listing Friday: Corinth Contemporary


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Friday has arrived and we are so excited about this week’s Fresh Listing Friday! The residence at 3706 Post Oak Trail is located in Corinth just south of Denton and offers cool, contemporary living in one single story.

 

Need-to-know Details:

• Custom contemporary, priced at $897,000
• 5,359 square feet: 4 bedrooms, 4.2 baths
• Open floorplan, sunken living room, stainless-steel appliances
• Outdoor cabana with gas hookup

 


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To view this listing, contact Karen Sefcik at KarenSefcik@Ebby.com or (972) 880-8464.

Fresh Listing Friday: Eclectic Find


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Happy Friday! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday takes us to Dallas’ Stevens Park neighborhood – one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in Oak Cliff. The contemporary-style residence at 2007 Timbergrove Circle provides exceptional natural light that highlights its eclectic and unique design.

 

Need-to-know details:

• Contemporary-style home, priced at $689,900
• 3,021 square feet: 3 bedrooms and 3 baths
• Hardwood flooring, decorative lighting, stainless-steel appliances, abundance of natural light
• Loft-like space, backyard oasis, fire pit

 


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To view this listing, contact Susan Terrill at 214-493-1818 or SusanTerrill@Ebby.com.