Love Where You Live: Living Room


On the second day of our Love Where You Live series, we’re taking a closer look at the luxurious, two-story living room at 17203 Earthwind in Dallas. A living room should be stylish but cozy, inviting but clean and this space is all those things.

Love Where You Live: Living Room

We love this room for so many reasons- from the ceiling height and two-story, brick fireplace to the rich use of color and attention to detail. This room is located just off the entrance of the home but it’s also connected the gorgeous kitchen, the well-appointed wet bar, and has French door access to the back patio. It features hardwood flooring, a beautiful, cozy sectional, pops of color, and an eclectic mix of decor. The accumulation of all of these things is what takes this room over the top and makes it an obvious one to highlight in this series.

 

In whole, this home is a four-bedroom, four-bath residence that also features an updated kitchen with marble countertops, a covered deck perfect for year-round entertaining, and a pool with a water feature that backs to a wooded, creek lot. It could all be yours for just $695,000. Get the full tour here.

 

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Previous posts from the Love Where You Live series:  Day 1- Master bathroom

 

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Feature We Love: Glam Glass Shower


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Form meets function in the most beautiful of ways in today’s Feature We Love. Glass showers have become wildly popular recently because of their clean look and ability to open up a bathroom visually. This style choice enhances bathrooms of any size and design. But, why explain it with words when you can so “clearly” see the benefits of glass showers for yourself below?

Feature We Love: Glam Glass Shower^1210 N. Winnetka Ave., Dallas

Feature We Love: Glam Glass Shower

^6421 Lavendale Ave., DallasFeature We Love: Glam Glass Shower

^12105 Elysian Court, Dallas

Feature We Love: Glam Glass Shower

^4519 Cherokee Trail, DallasFeature We Love: Glam Glass Shower

^9744 Dartridge Drive, DallasFeature We Love: Glam Glass Shower

^6820 Southridge Drive, Dallas

Feature We Love: Glam Glass Shower

^3030 McKinney Ave. #202, DallasFeature We Love: Glam Glass Shower^5104 Malvern Drive, Plano

Feature We Love: Glam Glass Shower^6218 White Rose Trail, Dallas

Feature We Love: Glam Glass Shower^7034 Hillshire Lane, Sachse

Black & White Makes Its Comeback


We’ve noticed a trend in our listings that we’re very excited about: black and white design. Forget old checkerboard bathroom tile, this trend is all about sleek style and wow-factor. Are you bold enough to try to pull it off in your own home?

 

Don’t believe that this classic trend is back and here to stay? We have the proof below and we’ll start with one condo that’s really doing it right. If you want to see the full condo in person, stop by this Sunday for the open house from 2-4.

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^3030 McKinney Ave. #202, DallasBlack & White Makes Its Comeback

^3960 Davila Drive, DallasBlack & White Makes Its Comeback

^3141 Brookhollow Court, ProsperBlack & White Makes Its Comeback

^6218 White Rose Trail, DallasBlack & White Makes Its Comeback

^13450 Mill Grove Lane, DallasBlack & White Makes Its Comeback

^4710 Junius St., DallasBlack & White Makes Its Comeback^5511 Tamaron Court, Dallas

Feature We Love: Nearly Neutral


Today, we’re talking about a trend that has been sweeping across our listings recently. We’re calling it nearly neutral design. This style is achieved when neutral furniture is livened up with pops of color and/or texture. The addition of interest, to an otherwise understated design, creates an elegance that can only be truly understood when experienced visually. So, without further ado, take a look at this Feature We Love.

Feature We Love: Nearly Neutral

^801 Lighthouse Lane, SavannahFeature We Love: Nearly Neutral

^3141 Brookhollow Court, ProsperFeature We Love: Nearly Neutral

^2802 Sutters Mill Way, WylieFeature We Love: Nearly Neutral

^9109 Glen Springs Drive, Dallas Feature We Love: Nearly Neutral

^3311 Blackburn St. #124, DallasFeature We Love: Nearly Neutral

^2767 Morgan Hill Road, FriscoFeature We Love: Nearly Neutral^3960 Davila Drive, Dallas

21 Trends You’ll See in 2015


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The National Association of Realtors recently interviewed experts in home design, architecture, technology and more to predict the top trends that will characterize 2015.

 

In an effort to keep you in the loop, we decided to sum up their findings and show you where our homes for sale are ahead of the curve. It looks like 2015 is going to be an awesome year for home trends! Click here for the full article.

21 Trends You'll See in 2015

^1. Coral Hues: This bright color is youthful but sophisticated. Try using it outside or on an accent wall like the one above. (Pictured property: 4710 Junius St., Dallas)

21 Trends You'll See in 2015

^2: Open Spaces: You may think open floor plans are on their way out, but think again. Rooms, especially those connected to the kitchen, will continue to flow into one another. (Pictured property: 4818 Irvin Simmons Drive, Dallas)

3. Off-The-Shelf Plans: Homeowners aren’t springing for custom homes, but are now turning to websites for housing plans that outline blueprints, materials, and costs for a fraction of the fee.

21 Trends You'll See in 2015

^4. Freestanding Tubs: Sleek, standalone bathtubs are becoming a staple in a new style of bathroom that also features open spaces and a more seamless flow. (Pictured property: 3141 Brookhollow Court, Prosper)

5. Quartzite: Its reputation as a sturdy, heat-resistant, easy-to-clean natural stone has made Quartzite a hotter choice. Additionally, it mimics the ever-popular luxe look of marble.

21 Trends You'll See in 2015

^6. Porcelain Flooring: 2015’s affordable answer to hardwoods is porcelain, especially in bathrooms. This newly-popular tile ranges in size, color, and texture, but consistently wears well so it’s great in high-traffic rooms and areas exposed to moisture. (Pictures property: 4519 Cherokee Trail, Dallas)

7. Tech-Savvy: Home technology has become more accessible in price and usability, making it a top trend for the year ahead. You can find inexpensive ways to control your lightbulbs, thermostat and everything in between all  from your phone or tablet.

8. Charging Stations: You can’t speak about technology without thinking about how to keep it charged. Homeowners are moving away from large offices and toward small, carved-out spaces designed specifically to charge their tech.

21 Trends You'll See in 2015

^9. Multiple Master Suites: Multi-generational houses put this trend on the map. Grown children or aging parents can move in for long or short stays with ease when there are multiple master suites. Overall, though, this trend is much more welcoming to guests of all kind. (Pictured property: 2100 La Rochelle, Flower Mound)

21 Trends You'll See in 2015

^10. Fireplaces & Pits: The lure of a fire is predicted to be as popular as ever in the next year. Whether it’s woodburning, gas, electric or otherwise, expect fire features to stick around. (Pictured property: 834 Graystone Drive, Garland)

11. Wellness Systems: Air filters, water filters, and energy-efficient systems that have positive effects on the body will be worked into new homes.

12. Storage: Not just any storage, “specialized storage.” Think walk-in closets, extra-large laundry rooms, and anything that keeps clutter away from main living spaces.

13. Grander Garages: Car enthusiasts get their way with temperature controls, sleek glass doors, and car lifts. Also on the way in are big sinks or tubs for keeping the pets clean.

14. Keyless Entry: It’s not just for your car anymore. Keyless systems for you home’s doors that connect to phone apps and security systems are savvy and affordable.

15. Water Conservation: Drought scares across the country have turned homeowners more H2O conscious and made things like drought-tolerant plants, permeable pavers, and rainwater harvesting tanks all trends to look out for.

21 Trends You'll See in 2015

^16. Fashionable Wall Decor: True fashionistas will tell you anything goes in fashion, and now the same is true for your walls. Mixing and matching with frames, mountable decor, and color is all the latest. (Pictured property: 3218 Jubilee Trail, Dallas)

17. Cool Copper: Pewter and brass have had their day, according to the experts. When it comes to hardware and light fixtures, copper will usher in a new year of warmth and style.

21 Trends You'll See in 2015

^18. Sensible Scale: The oversized kitchen and the living room with multiple areas for entertainment and conversation are things of the past. Islands, seating arrangements, and overall room size will return to a more normal and comfortable scale. (Pictured property: 2131 Rose May, Forney)

19. Quality Sleep: We’re always told that a good night’s sleep makes all the difference, but now homeowners are investing in the idea. High quality sheets, high-tech mattresses, and calming scents will make 2015’s bedrooms the ultimate retreats for rest and relaxation.

21 Trends You'll See in 2015

^20. White Kitchens: If we’ve told you once, we’ve told you a million times; white kitchens are in and they’re here to stay. Varying shades of white in all materials come together to create one kitchen whose overall message is clean and crisp. (Pictured property: 9635 Lanward Drive, Dallas)

21 Trends You'll See in 2015

^21. Outdoor LivingNo surprise here if you’re an avid reader of our blog. Outdoor living, and anything that enhances, it is on-trend. Think saltwater pools, dog runs, and outdoor showers. (Pictured property 1141 Terrace Manor Drive, Prosper)

 

Images via Ebby.com & Shoot2Sell

Last-Minute New Year’s Eve Solutions


New Year’s Eve is almost here! If you’re looking for easy, last-minute solutions to make your night one to remember, head over to our dedicated Pinterest board, Holiday Cheer. Whether you’re counting down with friends, family, or both, we have fun DIY’s, activities, decor, and recipes to make this New Year’s Eve the best one yet!

 

Here are a few examples of what you’ll find:

Last-Minute New Year's Eve Solutions

The Latest in Luxury Home Trends


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In the realms of home decor and design, trends are constantly changing. Here on the Ebby Blog, we’re dedicated to keeping up with the latest trends and then sharing them with you. In a recent post, CNN Money reported on the most luxurious trends that wealthy homeowners are looking for in their next purchase. Some you may have heard of, but others may surprise you.

The Latest in Luxury Home Trends

1. Dine-in Wine Cellar: You’ve seen wine cellars, but now they’re being taken to the next level. Now, buyers want to be able to entertain guests right next to their immaculate collections of wine. (Pictured property: 3629 Wooded Creek Circle, Dalworthington Gardens)

The Latest in Luxury Home Trends

2. Parking: Common collectors items of affluent homeowners are rare and expensive cars. These high-end toys deserve spaces of their own, like designated underground parking or systems that park and organize cars themselves. (Pictured property: 9226 Hathaway St., Dallas)

The Latest in Luxury Home Trends

3. Air Purification: Whether it’s a mansion on a hill or a hi-rise above the city, the wealthy desire only the highest quality of air. Super savvy filtration systems featuring UV lights, energy-efficient fans, and humidifiers are more and more common. Water purification systems can also be found in homes like these. (Pictured property: 2555 N. Pearl St. #1402, Dallas)

The Latest in Luxury Home Trends

4. Drawn Out Driveways: It’s a common theory- the longer the driveway, the grander the house. Lengthy driveways add wow-factor and an element of suspense when pulling up to a home. (Pictured property: 2304 Lafayette Drive, Heath)

The Latest in Luxury Home Trends

5. Hobby Rooms: Love movies? Golf? Basketball? Music? All of these things can be incorporated into the interior of your home for a price. Indoor theaters, putting greens, sport courts, music stages, and more are all on the rise. (Pictured property: 5480 Buena Vista Drive, Frisco)

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)

 

How to Hang Your Lights with Care


How to Hang Your Lights with Care

Exterior lights on trees, lawns, and rooftops are going up all over DFW, but if you haven’t put yours up yet we want to make sure you do it safely! There are many things to consider in order to avoid injury or pesky bulb outages when decorating you home this year. If you’re a lighting DIY-er, take these tips into consideration before you begin your outdoor decorating.

 

1. Read Labels: Make sure you’re using outdoor lights because they have been tested to certain specifications for safety, wattage, and ability to weather the elements. This applies to extension cords as well.

 

2. Test Each Strand: Check every set of lights individually to make sure they’re working after sitting in storage over the last year. While you’re doing this, inspect each stand for frayed or bare wires, loose sockets, and bad bulbs.

 

3. Support: Use string, ties, and hooks to securely fasten your lights to your trees, walls and roof. Make sure to leave some slack when connecting to outlets so that they stay plugged in even in harsh weather.

 

4. Don’t Overload: Most lights recommend connecting a maximum of 3 strands to one another to avoid blowing a circuit. Check your box for more specific instruction.

 

5. Have a Spotter: If you’re on a ladder, have someone holding onto the bottom of it. Don’t overreach or set the ladder on an uneven surface. If you insist on getting on the roof, research adequate safety equipment and always have someone watching you. If you’re unsure, hire a professional.

 

6. Take Down and Recheck: Leaving your lights out all year will cause deterioration and shorten their lifespan, so take them down when the holiday season comes to an end. When you take them down use the same caution as when you hung them and recheck for damaged wires, lights, and plugs.

2015 Color of the Year: Marsala


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The color experts at Pantone recently revealed their Color of the Year for 2015, Marsala. As with every color honored with this recognition, you can expect to see Marsala pop up just about everywhere in the coming year. Here’s how the people at Pantone see the color working its way into your home…

 

“Add elegance to any room by incorporating this rich and welcoming hue in accent pieces, accessories and paint. Marsala’s plush characteristics are enhanced when the color is applied to textured surfaces, making it an ideal choice for rugs and upholstered living room furniture.”

 

It looks like some of our sellers are ahead of the curve this year! Check out the spaces in which this beautiful color is already being utilized.

2015 Color of the Year: Marsala

^8048 Sunscape Lane, Fort Worth2015 Color of the Year: Marsala

^6711 Northwood Road, Dallas2015 Color of the Year: Marsala

^264 SW Brushy Mound Road, Burleson2015 Color of the Year: Marsala

^12183 W FM 455, Celina2015 Color of the Year: Marsala^5480 Buena Vista Drive, Frisco