8 Easy Ways to Improve Your Entry


The entry is a place to drop everything from keys to coats, but it’s also the first impression your guests get when they come into your home. Staying organized while also making this area warm and welcoming can feel difficult to accomplish.

 

Make your entry functional and inviting by trying out 8 easy tips.

8 Easy Ways to Improve Your Entry

1. Storage: If you don’t have a coat closet in your entry, implement storage solutions in other creative ways. Shelves, coat hooks, baskets, and/or a small table can all help you stay organized. (Pictured property: 4189 Valley Ridge Road, Dallas)

 

2. Door Mats: A simple door mat on either side of your entry door is an easy and effective way to keep dirt out of our home. Plus, they come in a variety of sizes, colors, and seasonal themes that add a touch of warmth for your guests. Make sure to change them out or hose them off when they get too worn or dirty.

 

8 Easy Ways to Improve Your Entry

3. Declutter: Make a routine out of decluttering. Coats and boots can pile up, especially during colder months, so it’s best to clean up every few days. If your entry is small, remove any excess furniture that may make the area feel cramped. (Pictured property: 3831 Turtle Creek Blvd. 12E, Dallas)

 

8 Easy Ways to Improve Your Entry

4. Light: If you don’t have abundant natural light, consider adding a mirror to make your entry feel larger and brighter. If you have the space, add a few table lamps and/or a ceiling light. (Pictured property: 6933 Vista Willow, Dallas)

 

5. Door: A fresh coat of paint on your entry door can work wonders. A crisp white or a pop of color is an easy way to change it up and achieve a cleaner look both inside and outside.

 

8 Easy Ways to Improve Your Entry

6. Outdoor Lighting: Illuminating the exterior of your entry instantly makes your home warm and inviting. A sconce or two by the door or a pendent light on the front porch make a huge difference. You can also find a variety of solar powered options for an easy fix that brightens your walkway or any other uncovered space. (Pictured property: 7563 FM 1567, Lone Oak)

 

7. Numbers: Go online or to your local hardware store and pick out new address numbers for the front of your home. If you have numbers you already love, try adding a spotlight to highlight them. Allowing guests to find your home easily is the first step in making them feel welcome.

 

8 Easy Ways to Improve Your Entry

8. Front Porch: If you have front porch space, adding a potted plant, a small bench, or seasonal decor gives it personality. A touch of decor also makes the area feel finished. (Pictured property: 6153 Ellsworth, Dallas)

 

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‘Tis The Season to Get Decorated


It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holidays are just a few weeks away and it’s time to get your house decorated. However you celebrate in your home, decorations are the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit and express your joy.

 

Our Holiday Cheer Pinterest board is dedicated to inspiring you with DIY decorations, recipes, crafts and more. Below is a sampling of what we have to offer, but if you click over you’ll discover so much more.

 

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Feature We Love: Plantation Shutters


What’s not to love about plantation shutters? They’re versatile, beautiful, and they work well with almost any design style. These shutters are well-loved by owners and designers alike because they can fit any window or door size and they allow for maximum control of light and privacy.

 

Plantation shutters can be found all over DFW, from massive mansions to one-story cottages. Check out the images below to see the myriad of ways that this feature is being used in homes today.

 

Feature We Love: Plantation Shutters

^5508 Cavendish Court, PlanoFeature We Love: Plantation Shutters

^1724 Wisteria Way, WestlakeFeature We Love: Plantation Shutters

^12541 Renoir Lane, DallasFeature We Love: Plantation Shutters

^4167 Lomita Lane, Dallas
Feature We Love: Plantation Shutters

^2209 Stanford Court, McKinney Feature We Love: Plantation Shutters

^1866 Sunset Court, AllenFeature We Love: Plantation Shutters

^421 Wyndemere Blvd., Heath  Feature We Love: Plantation Shutters

^6922 Forest Glen Drive, DallasFeature We Love: Plantation Shutters

^2212 Forest Creek, McKinney

Feature We Love: Farmhouse Sink


The farmhouse sink came onto the interior design scene a few years ago and it seems like it is here to stay. We are seeing them pop up in our listings’ kitchens more and more these days and we have to say, we are big fans.

 

Also referred to as an apron sink, this style is characterized by an exposed basin on the front, meaning it is not dropped into the counter like other sinks. This hot trend is most commonly seen in traditional white porcelain or modern stainless steel.

 

Take a look at the great ways in which these sinks add character and style to the kitchens currently on the market in DFW.

 

Feature We Love: Farmhouse Sink

^2224 Gatsby Way, CarrolltonFeature We Love: Farmhouse Sink

^5055 Addison Circle #705, AddisonFeature We Love: Farmhouse Sink

^9903 Coppedge Lane, DallasFeature We Love: Farmhouse Sink

^601 Isleworth Lane, McKinneyFeature We Love: Farmhouse Sink

^4432 N. Hall St., DallasFeature We Love: Farmhouse Sink

^2 Green Park Drive, DallasFeature We Love: Farmhouse Sink

^3508 Villanova St., University Park

Beautiful Beds: 8 Defining Styles


In the bedroom the key piece of furniture is, of course, the bed. So, it should come as no shock that this design decision necessitates careful consideration of all of your options. While it may be easy for some, the range of choices out there for beds and headboards can be a little overwhelming, especially when you can’t see what the bed looks like in an actual room.

 

In an effort to make your choice a little easier, we’ve compiled photos of some of the hottest styles from rooms that are part of homes currently on the market in DFW.
Beautiful Beds: 8 Defining Styles

^Wood Slats: 1705 Quarry Lane, McKinneyBeautiful Beds: 8 Defining Styles

^Solid Wood: 1812 Foxborough Trail, Flower MoundBeautiful Beds: 8 Defining Styles

^Wingback: 3804 Furman Court, Fort WorthBeautiful Beds: 8 Defining Styles

^Tufted: 4136 Prescott Ave., DallasBeautiful Beds: 8 Defining Styles

^Upholstered and Studded with Wood Trim: 6820 Southridge Drive, DallasBeautiful Beds: 8 Defining Styles

^Double Upholstered: 3508 Villanova St., University ParkBeautiful Beds: 8 Defining Styles

^Wall Mounted Fabric: 2001 Misty Creek Drive, ArlingtonBeautiful Beds: 8 Defining Styles^No Headboard: 10164 Timber Trail Drive, Dallas

Welcome Buyers with Seasonal Decor


When it’s time to sell your home, your agent will likely advise you to get organized and remove excess items around your home. This is a smart tip because when you remove the clutter and personal items it allows buyers to more easily picture how they’d live in the space.

 

That being said, staging your home with some tasteful seasonal decor can be very welcoming, especially during this time of year. A pumpkin on the front porch, bright flowers on the mantle, or a warm blanket on the couch is the perfect way to show how cozy your home is when the weather is chilly.

 

Here are a few pictures from homes on the market to get you inspired:

Welcome Buyers with Seasonal Decor^7 Parliament Place, Dallas

Welcome Buyers with Seasonal Decor^9620 Colquitt Road, Terrell

Welcome Buyers with Seasonal Decor^6012 Winton St., Dallas

Welcome Buyers with Seasonal Decor^1525 Bellnap Drive, Allen

Welcome Buyers with Seasonal Decor^9734 Windledge Drive, Dallas

Welcome Buyers with Seasonal Decor^6855 Gaston Ave., Dallas

Welcome Buyers with Seasonal Decor^2009 Wellinton Drive, Mansfield

 

Feature We Love: Statement Staircase


We can’t help but love a staircase that makes a statement. As one of your homes largest design elements, why not add a little drama and make it something to admire? Just because stairs are functional doesn’t mean they can’t also be beautiful.

 

Check out these homes on the market that definitely agree with us.

Feature We Love: Statement Staircase^17623 Cedar Creek Canyon Drive, Dallas

Feature We Love: Statement Staircase^6230 Prestonshire Lane, Dallas

Feature We Love: Statement Staircase^12541 Renoir Lane, Dallas

Feature We Love: Statement Staircase^9 Rue du Lac St., Dallas

Feature We Love: Statement Staircase^12105 Elysian Court, Dallas

Feature We Love: Statement Staircase^17316 Club Hill Lane, Dallas

Photos via Ebby.com and Shoot2Sell

The Time is Now: How to Prepare for the Holidays


The Time is Now: How to Prepare for the Holidays

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…

The Time is Now: How to Prepare for the Holidays

The Time is Now: How to Prepare for the Holidays

The Time is Now: How to Prepare for the Holidays

The Time is Now: How to Prepare for the Holidays

The Time is Now: How to Prepare for the Holidays

The Time is Now: How to Prepare for the Holidays

6 Methods to Makeover Your Master


A home is an ever-evolving project. As our styles change and the years go by, it’s easy to get the itch to update your home and bring it up to speed. If you’re looking for a change-up or a way to fall back in love with your master bedroom, take a look at the tips below.

6 Methods to Makeover Your MasterAdd Seating: A little extra seating can go a long way, visually and practically. Even just adding a bench or a single chair brings new style and an additional function to the room

Pictured: 10427 Lennox Lane, Dallas

6 Methods to Makeover Your MasterChange the Bedding: Some colorful pillows or a new duvet can be inexpensive ways to get a fresh new look

Pictured: 1117 Gannon Drive, Plano

6 Methods to Makeover Your MasterHeadboard: Adding or changing your headboard completely changes your bed. Plus, they come in every color, shape, and size, and style

Pictures: 1008 Colony St., Flower Mound

6 Methods to Makeover Your MasterNew Rug: Whether you have carpet or hardwood flooring, a rug really works to tie a bedroom together, especially if your master is large.  A rug adds texture and focus

Pictured: 5543 Morningside Ave., Dallas

6 Methods to Makeover Your MasterPaint: A fresh coat of paint is another relatively inexpensive way to give your room a reboot

Pictured: 1915 Cresson Drive, Southlake

6 Methods to Makeover Your MasterLighten Up: New lamps and lighting add ambiance to a master bedroom. Be bold and explore new colors and shapes, not everything has to be matchy-matchy.

Pictured: 3805 Sonya Drive, Plano

 

The Best of Halloween 2014


The countdown is officially on for Halloween! Whether you’re getting dressed up, decked out, or just waiting for adorable trick-or-treaters, there’s something for everyone to get excited about this year.

 

We’re rounding up all of the hottest trends in costumes, home decor, recipes, DIY’s, and more on our Pinterest board so that you can have the best Halloween yet! Click here to see it all.

The Best of Halloween 2014