Window Treatments: Designs to Consider


Decorating your home is all about choices but, while choices are great, they can also be a little overwhelming. In an effort to make your choices easier and more informed, we’ve put together a few style options that you have for window treatments.

 

Once you know which style will best fit your needs, you can customize to any texture or pattern you desire.

Window Treatments: Designs to Consider

Roman Shades: Roman shades allow you easy, vertical light control. Additionally, they add a multilayered look and can be fitted to any window height or width, as seen with the two windows above. (Pictured property: 2224 Gatsby Way, Carrollton)

 

Window Treatments: Designs to Consider

Multiple Panels on a Single Rod: The image above demonstrates a great way to bring a unified look to a wall of windows. Hanging multiple panels on one rod makes the windows feel like they’re one, which in turn makes your room feel larger. (Pictured property: 5410 Royal Crest Drive, Dallas)

 

Window Treatments: Designs to Consider

Valance: Hanging your curtains beneath a valance, whether it is wooden like the one above or made of fabric, makes any type of window treatment feel like an innate part of the room. Above, the valance mimics the room’s crown molding, therefore making the panels look as though they’ve always been there. (Pictured property: 2933 Shenandoah Drive, Frisco)

 

Window Treatments: Designs to Consider

High Hanging: Hanging your curtain rod just beneath your crown molding or ceiling makes for a dramatic look and feel. Above, the additional height of the curtains draws the eye up and makes the windows and room appear larger. (Pictured property: 6202 Eagle Nest Drive, Garland)

 

Window Treatments: Designs to ConsiderSheer Panels: If you already have great blinds or simply want to maintain the natural light you have, sheers are a great way to go. They add color, life, and a finishing touch to windows and the room as a whole. (Pictured property: 9929 Elmada Lane, Dallas)

 

Get Your Fireplace Ready For Winter


Colder days are here to stay and it’s time to get your fireplace roaring again. Before you fill your home with the warmth and smell of a cracking fire, though, there are some precautions you should take.

 

1. Check the Chimney: Have you called a chimney sweep recently? Experts recommend you have your chimney cleaned once a year. A fireplace is only as good as its chimney, so make sure you have it cleaned and inspect the exterior structure to make sure there are no obvious issues there as well.

 

2. Open the Flue: Ever started a fire and had the room fill with smoke? If you’re new to fireplaces, you may not realize that this happens when the flue is closed. Many people close them in order to keep out small animals when their fireplaces aren’t in use. Simply look up and reach for a chain or lever to open it back up.

 

3. Vacuum: A quick vacuuming of the flue, smoke shelf, and the surrounding hearth is the last step to preparing for fabulous fires for many months to come.

 

If you’re about to be without a fireplace in the upcoming winter months, we have plenty of homes that could have you curling up by the fire in no time!

 

Get Your Fireplace Ready For Winter

^6313 Biltmore Lane, McKinneyGet Your Fireplace Ready For Winter

^6650 Aintree Circle, DallasGet Your Fireplace Ready For Winter

^3923 Ridgecrest Drive, Flower MoundGet Your Fireplace Ready For Winter

^2108 Grayson Road, McKinneyGet Your Fireplace Ready For Winter

^1258 CR 132, Whitesboro

Get Your Fireplace Ready For Winter

^4508 Oxbow Drive, McKinneyGet Your Fireplace Ready For Winter

^9034 Maple Glen Drive, Dallas
Get Your Fireplace Ready For Winter

^1229 Homer Johnson Lane, GarlandGet Your Fireplace Ready For Winter

^2108 Meridian Way, RichardsonGet Your Fireplace Ready For Winter

^1027 Countryside Drive, Cedar Hill 

Feature We Love: Glass Tile Backsplash


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One of the hottest trends in kitchen design today is an amazing backsplash. Gone are the days of boring paint and plaster. There are plenty of options out there, but one of our favorites is glass tile.

 

Many of our listings have taken to this designer trend in their kitchens. From basic white to a myriad of colors, glass tile brings a luminescence and shine to an otherwise forgotten space. These backsplashes don’t just look great, they’re easy to clean, too!

Feature We Love: Glass Tile Backsplash^1512 Pembroke Court, Keller

Feature We Love: Glass Tile Backsplash^5418 Deer Brook Road, Garland

Feature We Love: Glass Tile Backsplash^4818 Irvin Simmons Drive, Dallas

Feature We Love: Glass Tile Backsplash^7955 Enclave Drive, Dallas

Feature We Love: Glass Tile Backsplash^1131 Clermont St., Dallas

14 Ways to Add Value to Your Home


Whether you’re selling now, planning to sell in the future, or just want peace of mind, there are always things you can do to improve the value of your home.

 

Check out this list of 15 items that will attract buyers and make the place you call home that much more special.

14 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

^Home Office: Technology has made it possible for more and more people to work out of their homes. By updating your home office or designating a space to a new one, you show your homes full potential.

(Pictured: 9226 Hathaway St., Dallas)

14 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

^Master Suite: A master bedroom with its own bathroom has become an expected amenity these days. If you don’t have one, try to find the budget and space to create a master suite. If you do, focus on amplifying storage space.

(Pictured: 3210 Carlisle St. 51H, Dallas)

14 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

^Family Room: Everyone’s looking for a comfortable, open space to fill with family and friends. Make sure your room looks this way by drawing attention to windows and natural light. A fireplace is almost always a plus.

(Pictured: 9029 Broken Arrow Lane, Dallas)

14 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

^Kitchen: This space can make or break your home. As long as you stay reasonable with materials and design, you’re going to get your money back and then some on a kitchen remodel.

(Pictured: 6601 La Cosa Drive, Dallas)

14 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

^Bathroom: Have you ever heard of a home having too many bathrooms? How about too few? If your home has fewer bathrooms than bedrooms or no bathroom on the main floor, think about adding another full or half-bath. Additionally, if you have an old, dingy bathroom, consider an update that is simple and clean.

(Pictured: 5418 Deer Brook Road, Garland)

14 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

^Windows: Did you know that, on average, 30% of your home’s energy is lost through its windows? If your windows are in bad shape or you’re looking to impress buyers, upgrade to energy efficient windows that will last and save the future owners money for years to come.

(Pictured: 9836 Gooding Drive, Dallas)

14 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

^Basement: Though it’s not the most common feature in DFW, a basement can add a major value to your home. If the ceilings aren’t too low a basement can be the ideal space for an office, playroom, media room, or spare bedroom.

(Pictured: 12541 Renoir Lane, Dallas)

14 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

^Deck: Outdoor space is at a premium these days. On average, the addition of a deck brings a 76% return on investment. Typically, they’re not too expensive to build and they create an entirely new living space.

(Pictured: 11120 FM 678, Whitesboro)

14 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

^Landscaping: An overgrown and poorly maintained yard isn’t appealing to anyone. Liven things up with some color, height, and possibly a designated seating and/or entertaining space.

(Pictured: 3612 Villanova St., University Park)

14 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

^Paint: A few coats of paint is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to update your home. If you’re selling, keep things light and neutral so that buyers can easily image their things in your space.

(Pictured: 1314 Cardinal Creek Drive, Duncanville)

14 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

^Flexibility: Your house is yours to make your own, but if you think you may sell in the future try not to over-customize. Again, buyers need to be able to see themselves and their things working in your home, so try not to pigeonhole your spaces.

(Pictured: 9629 Whitehurst Drive, Dallas)

14 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

^Blending: When adding an addition, choose materials that blend well with the existing house. Carry over design elements from the original house in order to create a flawless transition.

(Pictured: 9610 El Patio Drive, Dallas)

14 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

^Exterior: Though we’ve been told to do otherwise, people do judge homes based on curb appeal and first impressions. Put the best foot forward by sprucing up your home’s roof, exterior paint, siding, and garage doors.

(Pictured: 5715 Wortham Lane, Dallas)

D-FW Continues to Win Awards


D-FW Continues to Win Awards

Will the accolades ever stop rolling in for North Texas? It’s highly doubtful since our cities continue to rack up awards. This time around, Grand Prairie, Plano, Irving, Garland, and Fort Worth are all making news.

 

Grand Prairie (No. 2), Plano (No. 9), Irving (No. 12) and Garland (No. 14) all ranked in the top 15 of WalletHub’s 2014’s Best and Worst Places to Retire. Though retirement and financial security are a common dream, the study reports that “a fifth of American workers approaching retirement age haven’t saved for it.”

 

In order to establish these rankings, the 150 largest cities in the U.S. were analyzed based on 25 key metrics. These included everything from cost of living to job prospects for workers 65 or older to the availability of recreational activities. Click the link above to see the full list of city rankings and to find out why our four cities are so impressive.

 

In other great news, Fort Worth’s Sundance Square won the International Downtown Association‘s “Downtown Pinnacle Award” for Downtown Leadership & Management. Here’s a basic summary of why it beat out the 10 other entries in the category:

 

“Sundance Square has added a remarkable, innovative lifestyle element to downtown Fort Worth: an extremely flexible, comfortable, and active space…literally on Main Street. Sundance Square Plaza makes downtown a more appealing residential option, a better hospitality offering and a more enjoyable office choice.”

 

So there you have it, people, living in D-FW is just the gift that keeps on giving!

 

Image via Sundance Square Plaza website

North Texas Cities Rank High For Working Parents


North Texas Cities Rank High For Working Parents

Plano (No. 2), Garland (No. 6), Arlington (No. 19), and Fort Worth (No. 24) all ranked in The 25 Best Cities For Working Parents by Business Insider.

 

“Located in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, Plano is home to the corporate headquarters of Dell Services, Toyota Motors, J.C. Penney, and Siemens PLM Software. NerdWallet found that Plano has a high median income, average childcare costs, and high quality public schools.”

 

Three additional Texas cities, El Paso (No. 7), Laredo (No. 13) and Corpus Christi (No. 23), also made the top 25 list.

 

“The Southwest snagged a total of eight of the top 10 spots on our list largely because of the relatively low cost of living.”

 

The rankings, published earlier this morning, are based on affordability (median income and housing costs), childcare costs, school quality, and the community (percentage of households with children) in the 100 largest U.S. cities. Click the link above to learn more.

 

Image via businessinsider.com

Fresh Listing Friday: Gorgeous In Garland


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Happy Friday, everyone! On this week’s edition of Fresh Listing Friday, we’re headed to a wildly gorgeous home in Garland, TX. It has five bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths and 4,496 square feet.

Located at 714 Winterwood Court, this home is like the ultimate combination of a traditional brick home and a stunning castle right in North Texas. It has rich hardwood flooring, arched doorways, soaring ceilings, and is filled with lovely windows. There is no detail left undone, starting with the two-story entry and lovely home office.

The living room continues to impress with beamed ceilings, views of the backyard, and an open floor plan that flows seamlessly. It also has a wonderful fireplace, which is set next to a flawless wall of dark wood built-ins. The kitchen, dry bar, and breakfast room are just steps away.

A huge island, stainless-steel appliances, two-tones of wood cabinetry, and granite countertops make up this stunning kitchen. The breakfast room lies to the right, just through an archway, and is surrounded by windows that bathe the area in natural light.

The first floor master suite is no less detailed than the rest of this home, with a vaulted ceiling, crown molding, a wall of windows, a fireplace, dual sinks, a walk-in shower, and a walk-in closet. On the second floor, you can find the remaining four bedrooms and an oversized media room.

Head back downstairs and outside the French doors, and you’ll find a fenced-in backyard and a wonderful covered patio with a built-in grill. Heard enough but want to see it for yourself? Lucky for you, this home will be open this Sunday, the 5th, from 2 to 4 p.m. Stop by and see how fantastic this home really is!

Thanks for joining us for this week’s Fresh Listing Friday!