Prep Your Home for Fall


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Cool breezes and colder months call for necessary upkeep. Now is a good time to be proactive about protecting your home against cooler temperatures. Follow these steps to prepare your home for fall.

 

Exterior

Roof – Inspect for missing, loose or damaged shingles. Make necessary repairs to keep cold air and precipitation out.

Gutters and Downspouts – Clear leaves and debris. Check alignment to ensure water can flow through and drains away from your home and foundation.

Plumbing – If you’ve noticed issues or leaks, get them checked. Winterize pipes that are exposed outdoors.

Trees – Inspect your property for damaged branches, and trim limbs at least 2 feet from your roofline.

 

Interior

Heat – Inspect furnace, water heater and air ducts. Fix any issues and replace air filters.

Windows – Check for cracks, gaps, damaged trim and broken glass. Caulk, weather strip and repair as needed; the same goes for doors.

Detectors – Test and replace batteries in the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that keep you safe.

Fire Extinguisher – Test your fire extinguisher and replace or recharge if necessary.

Backup – Have working flashlights and spare batteries for potential outages.

Attic – Check for moisture or leaks and repair immediately; same for basements, where necessary.

8 Feast-Worthy Dining Rooms


With winter holidays around the corner, we’re getting in the spirit with some of our favorite dining rooms on the market. No matter the size of your gathering, these dining rooms serve as the perfect backdrop for spending time with family and friends.

 

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3625 Ranchero Road | Plano | $6,750,000

 

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2204 Plantation Lane | Plano | $4,300,000

 

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5102 Montclair Drive | Colleyville | $3,450,000

 

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2221 King Fisher Drive | Westlake | $3,250,000

 

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6164 Cove Creek Lane | Frisco | $2,250,000

 

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18716 Wainsborough Lane | Far North Dallas | $1,300,000

 

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8171 San Leandro Drive | Forest Hills | $850,000

 

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2028 Burnside Drive | Allen | $534,900

 

To see more beautiful dining rooms currently on the market, visit Ebby.com.

Fall Wishes and Fireplace Dreams


As fall approaches, we’re anticipating warming by the fireplace, rather than baking under the Texas summer sun.

 

These relaxing fireplaces will leave you wishing for fall and dreaming of a cozy fireplace scene. Plus, they’re all currently on the market.

 

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25 Braewood Place | Dallas | $7,995,000

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5300 Spanish Oaks | Frisco | $1,999,000

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5516 Roberts Drive | Plano | $1,349,800

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647 Lake Point Drive | Irving | $1,175,000

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255 Whistling Duck Lane | Double Oak | $999,900

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6707 Istina Drive | McKinney | $879,400

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717 Boardwalk Way | Little Elm | $484,000

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4617 Portrait Lane | Plano | $424,900

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11543 Las Polamas Drive | Frisco | $359,000

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5816 Birchbrook Drive, No. 224 | Dallas | $279,000

 

To see more homes currently for sale, visit the award-winning, mobile-friendly Ebby.com.

Cozy Fall Fireplaces


The cooler weather approaching presents the perfect time to warm up by a crackling fire. Whether indoors or outdoors, relaxing by these fireplaces is the quintessential way to spend a cool, crisp evening. And, they’re all currently on the market. (Chestnuts not included.)


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5003 Horseshoe Trail | Dallas – Bluffview | $1,849,999
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6655 Green Knoll Drive | Dallas – Crestway Forest Estates | $1,495,000
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6204 Martinique Street | Plano | $1,324,900
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662 Chisholm Ridge Drive | Rockwall | $1,275,0006526 chevy chase
6526 Chevy Chase | Dallas – Preston Hills Estates | $1,225,000
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715 Love Henry Court | Southlake | $1,099,000
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3706 Post Oak | Corinth | $724,900

To see more homes currently for sale, visit the award-winning, mobile-friendly Ebby.com.

 

6 Feast-Worthy Dining Rooms for Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and what better way to get in the spirit than to round up some of our favorite dining rooms on the market? No matter the size of your gathering, these dining rooms will serve as the perfect backdrop for spending time with family and friends.
 
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9226 Hathaway Street | Dallas | $6,600,000

751 Amber Lane | Little Elm | $2,725,000
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4430 Taos Road | Dallas – Bluffview Estates | $3,229,000
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11805 Green Knoll | Dallas – Crestway Forest Estates | $1,595,000
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5306 Glenwick Lane | Dallas | $1,395,000
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5604 Fairfax Drive | Frisco | $975,000
 
To see more beautiful dining rooms currently on the market, visit Ebby.com.

Local Fall Etsy Finds


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There’s no shortage of talented artists and artisans in Dallas, and now, shopping local is easier than ever. Add some festive fall flair to your home this season with these Etsy products made by local sellers.
 
Item: Grateful Sign, $38
Seller: Our Signature Swag
 
This adorable sign is a perfect reminder to hang up in your home this holiday season. Place it above a door or on a wall, or prop it up on a shelf for a classy Thanksgiving (or year-round) sentiment.
 
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Item: White Calligraphy Pumpkin, $17-$20
Seller: Rachel Carl
 
These faux pumpkins with handwritten lettering are a chic and simple alternative to traditional gourds. Pick from sayings like “give thanks” or “hello fall,” or request your own phrase.
 
 
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Item: Thanksgiving Sign, 10×12 for $53, 16×16 for $63
Seller: Six Eleven Co.
 
Celebrate the season with this fun wooden Thanksgiving sign. It’s hand-built using quality wood, hand-painted with warm, orange lettering, and hand-distressed for a perfectly rustic look.
 
 
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Item: Pomegranate Cider Natural Soy Candle, 4 oz. for $11, 8 oz. for $15
Seller: The Tiny Collection
 
This small-batch soy candle blends the scent of warm spices with sweet pomegranate for a tantalizing fall home fragrance. It’s non-toxic and made from all-natural soy wax, a cotton wick, and essential oils.
 

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Item: Halloween Typography Print, prices vary depending on size
Seller: Letter B Studio
 
Add some humor to your Halloween décor with this fun print. Professionally printed on cardstock paper, this durable print can be ordered in 5×7, 8×10, or 11×13. If you’re located in Dallas, message the seller for free shipping!
 
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Item: Thankful Wood Slice Décor, $50
Seller: You Me Happily

Brighten up a tablescape or mantel with this lovely decorated wood slice. Painted with metallic gold modern calligraphy, it’s finished with a matte protective coating to ensure a spot in your home’s décor year after year.
 
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Item: Fall Farmhouse Throw Pillow, $25
Seller: Mugg + Co.

 
Whether your home’s décor is shabby chic, modern, or traditional, this charming printed pillow is a perfect addition to any cozy space. The faux-linen, zippered pillow cover is off-white and measures 18×18 inches. Pro tip: Pillow covers are a great decorating option for those tight on storage space; they fold up and can easily be stored until next year without taking up much room.
 
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Item: Spiced Pinecone & Pear Soy Candle, $20 for 8 oz.
Seller: Turquoise and Lake
 
This 100 percent soy candle smells of clean, crisp pinecone and fresh, juicy pear. Additional notes of sandalwood, vanilla, and sugared cinnamon make this warming scent perfect for fall. The small-batch candle is poured into a mason jar and features a chemical-free WoodWick that will create a slight, soothing crackling sound.
 
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Item: Fall/Autumn Dog Collar, $13.95 to $17.95 (depending on size)
Seller: Coley’s Collars
 
Customize a festive collar for your pooch on Coley’s Collars Etsy shop. Pick your choice of pattern, size, collar width, and buckle color for a one-of-a-kind collar for your furry friend.
 
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Item: Fall Wreath, $95
Seller: Tricia’s Treasures 11
 
Celebrate fall with this beautiful monogrammed grapevine wreath. Each one is handmade with care, so no two are exactly alike.
 
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Item: Velvet Pumpkins with Natural Stems, $50
Seller: Wood Drift Designs
 
Matching your existing décor with the colors of fall can sometimes be tricky. This Etsy seller has the solution to that, with these trendy fabric pumpkins. Available in a variety of colors, the handmade pumpkins have rice at the bottom to keep them upright and beautiful on any table or shelf.

 
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5 Unique Ways to Decorate a Pumpkin


The cooler weather assures us that fall has finally begun, and with it comes lots of decorating.

 

Pumpkins are tasty (especially in pie), but they’re also perfect for spicing up seasonal décor. Following are five ways to go beyond the orange, and add stylish and fun touches to your home.

 

1. Twine Pumpkins

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2. Chalkboard Pumpkins

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3. Glow in the Dark Pumpkins

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4. Typography Pumpkins

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5. Pumpkin Succulent Arrangement

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The Time is Now: How to Prepare for the Holidays


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It’s officially November! Cooler temperatures and the beginning of this new month mean it’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving and the upcoming holiday season. Lucky for us, there’s a website that allows you to organize and get ready without the mess of written lists and pages of recipes torn from magazines.

 

To get a head start, check out our Pinterest pages, where we have a collection of tips and tricks for all the great times ahead. These pages are filled with fall and winter decor, DIYs, crafts for kids, seasonal recipesThanksgiving ideas, and many other wonderful ways to celebrate the holidays. Here’s a small sampling of what you can find there…

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27 At-Home Activities for Fall Fun


Whether you live alone, with family, or with friends, it’s time to celebrate the new season! Fall has many iconic traditions, but we’re willing to bet our list will bring new ones into your home.

 

Have some fun this fall with the activities below! Free free to print out this list and check off items as you go. To see more fall ideas, head to our Fall and Halloween Pinterest boards.

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Get Your Home Ready for Fall


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Cool fall breezes and cold winter months will be here before we know it! When it comes to your home, it is always best to be mindful of necessary upkeep with every changing season. Even though fall isn’t here quite yet, now is a good time to be proactive about keeping your home protected.

 

Here’s a basic checklist to get you going:

 

Exterior Items:

-Roof: Inspect your roof for missing, loose, or damaged shingles. Repair the ones that need it to keep the cold and precipitation out.

-Gutters and Downspouts: Clear these of leaves and debris and check them for proper alignment. You want to make sure water can flow through and that it drains away from your home and foundation.

-Plumbing: If you have leaks or you’ve noticed plumbing issues, get them checked out and winterize the pipes that are exposed to the outdoors.

-Trees: Winter means snow, ice, and weight on your trees. Inspect your property for damaged branches and cut back limbs to at least 2 feet from your roof line.

 

Interior Items:

-Heat: Inspect your furnace, water heater, and air ducts. If you notice any issues, now is the time to have them fixed. It’s also a good time to switch out your air filters.

-Windows: Check for cracks, gaps, damaged trim, and broken glass. All of these can let the heat out and the cold in. Caulk, weather strip, and repair where needed. The same goes for doors.

-Detectors: Cooler months mean the heat is on and the fire is roaring, so you should check and replace the batteries in the smoke and carbon dioxide detectors that keep you safe.

-Fire Extinguisher: As with detectors, this is the perfect time to test your fire extinguisher to see if it needs to be replaced or recharged.

-Fireplace: Check for soot build-up and schedule a chimney sweep if you haven’t had one in a while.

-Stock up: Ice and snow also mean power line issues. Make sure you have working flashlights in your house just in case.

-Attic: A quick look around the attic can reveal moisture or leaks that you may not have noticed from the outside. Have these fixed where necessary.

-Basement: The same tips for the attic also apply here.