Now Arriving: Grand Vie Luxury in Living



The spring 2015 issue of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine is out and is now being direct-mailed to 50,000 luxury homes across Dallas-Fort Worth. With this edition of Grand Vie, we are very pleased to present the addition of properties and Associates from Fort Worth’s leading real estate boutique, Williams Trew, an Ebby Halliday Company.


Grand Vie, now in its fifth year of publication, is bigger and better than ever. For this edition, we photographed two cover homes and produced two versions of the magazine (East and West) depending on which side of the Trinity River you reside.


In addition to the beautiful properties represented by Ebby Halliday and Williams Trew, we included two new special sections for farm & ranch and lake properties; Q&As with leading North Texas landscape architects Harold Leidner of Dallas and Angelynn Harvey of Fort Worth; and a new feature, “Houses of Art,” showcasing some of the area’s top cultural events of the season.


And, as if any of us needs another reason to own a Texas lake house, real estate blogger Candy Evans dishes on why a North Texas lake house may just be the perfect vacation home.


We’re confident you’re going to love the new Grand Vie. To view the digital version of North Texas’ premier luxury home publication, visit

Room Re-do: Colorful Outdoor Oasis


An outdoor room is the perfect place to spend summers grilling out with friends or having your morning coffee. If we could have an outdoor room we imagine it might look something like the space at 6967 Seabreeze Drive in Grand Prairie. It’s colorful, well designed, and looks like the perfect place to lay back and day dream. If you’re a fan too, check out the links below to recreate this look at your home.

Room Re-do: Colorful Outdoor Oasis1. Chair  2. Lanterns  3. Multicolor pillow  4. Striped pillow  5. Ottoman  6. Side Table  7. Planter  8. Yellow Pillow  9. Coffee Table  10. Rug  11. Sofa


Fresh Listing Friday: Style, Amenities, & Then Some


Another week, another reason to be thankful for Fridays! Let’s get straight to this week’s Fresh Listing Friday. The $1,895,000 home listed at 17601 Harbord Oaks Circle in Dallas is, put as simply as possible, absolutely flawless.

Fresh Listing Friday: Style, Amenities, and Then SomeFrom the gorgeous brick exterior, circle driveway, and gray shingle roof to the gated community location, incredible amenities, and fabulous backyard, this property doesn’t come up short even once.

Fresh Listing Friday: Style, Amenities, and Then SomeInside the front door are a formal and informal living room. Both have immaculate fireplaces, and the informal living room is decorated in the soothing and stylish neutral palette. Both rooms, like the rest of the home, are surrounded in windows and have rich hardwood floors. The informal living room is connected to the kitchen by way of the dining room.

Fresh Listing Friday: Style, Amenities, and Then SomeThe kitchen is a beautiful sight to see. It has an intricate backsplash, with special decoration above the range, top-of-the-line stainless-steel appliances, two sinks, and island with a breakfast bar, lovely aged cabinetry, and granite countertops.

Fresh Listing Friday: Style, Amenities, and Then Some

Fresh Listing Friday: Style, Amenities, and Then SomeThe first floor master suite has every amenity you could dream of. There’s a sitting area in the bedroom, crown molding and a vaulted ceiling, dual bathrooms, dual closets, and dual dressing areas. Go ahead and take in that sentence. Both bathrooms are done to the nines and the closets are to-die-for.

Fresh Listing Friday: Style, Amenities, and Then SomeThere is a billiards room with an onyx wet bar also on the first floor. It’s the perfect spot watching the game, playing some pool, or relaxing by the bar. Two of the remaining bedrooms as well as a spacious media room fill up the second floor of the home.

Fresh Listing Friday: Style, Amenities, and Then Some

Fresh Listing Friday: Style, Amenities, and Then SomeThe amenities and features in the backyard of this property are almost too good for words. Think of it, and this home has it, including a covered dining area next to a built-in kitchen with bar-seating and a stately fireplace, a pool and spa, plenty of space for lounge chairs and alfresco dining and entertaining, plus a yard.

Are you thinking, “ok, but it doesn’t have ___”? If so, the most likely scenario is that we forgot to mention that this house actually does have whatever fills in the black. To get all the information about this property, click here or on any of the images above.

To see the rest of the wonderful listings that came onto the market this week, click here.

Anything-But-Basic Backsplashes

A kitchen is made a special place by the people who gather in it and the food made in it, but the way it’s decorated is the first step in creating the kitchen’s feel. Much thought must go into the design of this room, from cabinetry style and flooring choices to appliances and countertops.


One of the elements that holds all of these design choices together, though, is the backsplash. It provides a stopping point for the eye and has the ability to tie multiple colors and styles together. As with everything else, the choices for backsplashes seem infinite. We’ve rounded up some of our most wonderful backsplash examples from homes currently on the market. They’re anything-but-basic or boring and sure to inspire you.

Anything-But-Basic Backsplashes^3812 Saddle Trail, Parker

Anything-But-Basic Backsplashes^1124 Marina Point Drive, Strawn

Anything-But-Basic Backsplashes^406 Monte Vista Drive, Dallas

Anything-But-Basic Backsplashes^6910 La Vista, Dallas

Anything-But-Basic Backsplashes^122 Santa Rosa Way, Irving

Anything-But-Basic Backsplashes^1798 Torrey Pines Lane, Frisco

Anything-But-Basic Backsplashes^17601 Harbord Oaks Circle, Dallas

Anything-But-Basic Backsplashes^5745 Adair Lane, Plano

Anything-But-Basic Backsplashes^2248 Forest Hollow Park, Dallas