Interior Lighting: How To Do It Right


Did you know that lighting is one of the most important elements in your home? We’ve talked about the importance of natural light, but interior light is just as important. When natural light isn’t available, due to lack of windows or time of day, the mood and brightness of your home is dictated by interior lighting. Additionally, light fixtures are a large part of design and personal style. Here are a few tips to get the most out of your lighting:

 

1. Diversify: Use multiple sources for light so that the ambiance just right. Think about a mix of recessed ceiling lights, chandeliers, sconces, floor lamps, table lamps, and under mounted lighting solutions. A combination will throw light in different directions and create more generalized glow.

 

2. Focal Points: Use task lighting and directed light to highlight art, plants, dining tables, and unique decor.

 

3. Dimmers: Consider installing dimmers in entertaining spaces like dining rooms, media rooms, living rooms, and bedrooms. Being able to set the mood for a meal, movie, or cozy night by the fire makes a high difference.

 

4. Read the Room: Different rooms call for different lighting heights, sizes, and illuminations. For example, overhead lighting makes more sense in a kitchen than is does in a bedroom. Smaller lamps, sconces, and delicate chandeliers are better suited in bedrooms and bathrooms than large living spaces.

 

5. Which Watt?: Always follow the instructions on your light fixture for maximum wattage, but don’t be afraid to take it down a notch. If the light fixture is more for decor than actual illumination, consider using low-wattage bulbs, which use less energy. Typical wattages range from 40 (for reading) and 80 (for putting on make up), but this wattage can be achieved with multiple fixtures.

 

6. Decor: The fixtures you choose have an impact on your space visually as well. Make sure to keep the overall look and feel of the room in mind when selecting fixtures, but don’t be afraid to go bold. A statement floor lamp or chandelier is the perfect way to pack a big punch of style with just one piece of decor.

 

DFW homeowners clearly know the importance of interior lighting, just look at great examples found in our homes for sale. From modern to victorian and floor lamps to recessed lighting, there’s a lighting solution that will “brighten” your home and mood in just the right way.

Interior Lighting: How To Do It Right

^6838 Stefani Drive, DallasInterior Lighting: How To Do It Right

^9427 Monteleon Court, Dallas (For Lease)Interior Lighting: How To Do It Right

^1412 Teaberry Court, PlanoInterior Lighting: How To Do It Right

^12744 Hawktree Road, FriscoInterior Lighting: How To Do It Right

^2411 Laguna Lane, ArlingtonInterior Lighting: How To Do It Right

^6316 Caroline Drive, FriscoInterior Lighting: How To Do It Right

^12744 Hawktree Road, FriscoInterior Lighting: How To Do It Right

^1412 Teaberry Court, PlanoInterior Lighting: How To Do It Right

^1823 Canyon Court, AllenInterior Lighting: How To Do It Right

^5055 Addison Circle #204, AddisonInterior Lighting: How To Do It Right

^8000 Choctaw Lane, McKinneyInterior Lighting: How To Do It Right^7022 Pasadena Ave., Dallas

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Love Where You Live: Entry


We’re only two short days away from Valentine’s Day! If this Love Where You Live feature doesn’t get your heart pumping, we’re not sure what will. Today, let’s talk about your home’s entry. It’s the first impression that guests get when they step inside, and it sets the the tone for look and feel of the rooms that lie beyond it. An entry doesn’t have to be dramatic, but it should be warm and welcoming.

Love Where You Live: Entry

The entry we chose comes to use from the listing at 12541 Renoir Lane in Dallas. It does have a little flare for the dramatic, but we think it’s just the right amount. The staircase seems to be pulled like clay right out of the ceiling. It has a lovely, slow curve that perfectly accentuates the gorgeous chandelier that hangs at its center. The colors and materials used in the space and the open feeling that draws you into the home all add instant charm and an inviting feeling. We love the plantation shutters flanking the wood and etched glass front door, the thick crown molding, the rich hardwoods, and the fine ironwork.

 

Of course, this entry is just the beginning of a wonderful 5-bedrooms, 5 1/2-bath, 6,414 sq. ft. home. The home features three stories with elevator access from the basement with a wine cellar, to the kitchen, to the bedrooms upstairs. If we could see this one in person, we know we would be wowed! Lucky for us, and for you, there’s an open house this Sunday, Feb. 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. If you can’t stop by, you should still take the digital tour, here.

 

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Previous posts from the Love Where You Live series:  Day 1- Master Bathroom, Day 2- Living Room, Day 3- Dining Room, Day 4- Outdoor Space, Day 5- Master Bedroom, Day 6- Breakfast Area, Day 7- Media Room, Day 8- Home Office, Day 9- Kitchen, Day 10- Walk-in Closet

 

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Love Where You Live: Breakfast Area


Happy Saturday! Today’s feature is one of our favorites because it represents great memories with great people over great food. The breakfast area is the perfect informal space to get together before the work/school day begins and it’s an ideal spot for eggs and bacon on a Saturday morning.

Love Where You Live: Breakfast Area

This breakfast room comes to you from a beautiful home at 732 Lexington Ave. in Coppell. We love the bright colors, eclectic decor and designer touches. It is such a happy space, plus it’s open to the gorgeous kitchen. Whether you household is small or large, it’s always important to have a place to gather around and be together, even if it’s just for a quick meal at the breakfast table.

 

On the whole, this listing is a four-bedroom, four-bath, and three half-bath home with 6,442 sq. ft. of living space. The home boasts indoor-outdoor living areas, hardwood flooring, high ceilings, a pool and spa, a three-car garage…the list could go on and on, so you should really just take the tour, here, for yourself! You’ll be glad you did when you see how much this home has to offer.

 

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Previous posts from the Love Where You Live series:  Day 1- Master Bathroom, Day 2- Living Room, Day 3- Dining Room, Day 4- Outdoor Space, Day 5- Master Bedroom

 

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Love Where You Live: Dining Room


You can feel the love that went into designing the dining room at 2626 Marvin Ave. in Dallas. We have no doubt that this space has heard its share of laughs and been the setting of many meals among family and friends.

 

Love Where You Live: Dining Room

 

The reason we chose to feature this particular dining room as part of our Love Where You live series of tri-fold- it’s beautiful, it’s functional, and it’s perfectly situated between the home’s kitchen and living room.

 

Let’s start with why it’s beautiful. We love the combination of feminine and masculine and the juxtaposition of rustic and chic used in furnishing this space. From the raw metal chairs and the pink and white upholstery to the wood and metal table and the delicate glass orb chandelier, this decor hits all the right marks.

 

Functionality and position work hand in hand here. Easy access to the kitchen and living room mean this dining room is at the heart of it all. It’s a part of the action and definitely plays a part in the homeowner’s daily routine, making it an ideal spot for congregating with loved ones. If time with family and friends around good food and drink is something you value, this dining room is ready to meet all of your needs.

 

Today’s room is part of a two-bedroom, 1-bath home with an open floor plan, hardwood flooring, granite kitchen countertops and a large sunroom. This home also offers an ideal location for those seeking convenience to some of Dallas’ most thriving areas- downtown, the Bishop Arts District, and Trinity Groves.

 

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Previous posts from the Love Where You Live series:  Day 1- Master bathroom, Day 2- Living room

 

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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: 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)

 

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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)

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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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