Tips for Enhancing Your Master Retreat


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6614 Brookshire Drive | Preston Hollow

 

A home is an ever-evolving project. As our styles change and years go by, it’s easy to get the itch to update your home. Buyers and sellers alike often pay more attention to kitchens, master bathrooms, closets and outdoor spaces than they do to the vital space where they will usually spend more than a third of their 24 hours each day. If you’re looking for a change or wanting to fall back in love with your master bedroom, follow these tips.

 

Choice Spot

The bed should be set away from the room’s entrance to keep it out of the main circulation path. Place it in a spot so occupants can enjoy the best view — whether that’s inside (maybe toward a fireplace or favorite piece of art) or outdoors (with views of trees or water where possible). Personalize it by pairing the bed with a headboard and dressing it up with decorative pillows, a duvet and a throw.

 

Window Treatments

Minimal is the design mantra when it comes to much of the standard room décor today. But while no coverings in some rooms, such as kitchens and living rooms, allows for more light and views, some amount of treatment in a bedroom is needed to block outside light and provide privacy – think shutters, electric shades or curtains.

 

Right Lighting

Installing recessed cans is discouraged. They tend to chop up a ceiling and aren’t too attractive to look at while in bed. Task lighting from lamps on night tables or wall-mounted sconces are preferred.

 

Conceal or Banish Electronics

For years, scientists and health professionals have known about the danger of the blue light that comes from certain electronic equipment and how it adversely affects melatonin production. Homeowners might consider making the master bedroom an electronics-free zone, without TVs and other technology to help train the brain that the bedroom is primarily a place to sleep rather than stay awake.

 

Soothing Palette

Colors that are less bold are more restful. A palette of pale blues, greens, beiges, grays and whites create a calming environment. In addition, bedding in white and light creams make for a soothing sight to the eye.

 

Creature Comforts

If the room’s size allows, consider adding a chaise, chair and ottoman, and night tables. Also, a large area rug or wall-to-wall carpeting can help deaden noise and provide warmth underfoot. If the room is located so it opens directly to the outdoors, play this up. Real access to idyllic scenery can contribute to a sense of tranquility.

Fresh, Welcoming Curb Appeal


You know what they say, there’s only one chance to make a good first impression. Curb appeal is all about making your home look fresh and welcoming — the ideal introduction.

 

These eight homes make curb appeal look simple. They may inspire you to refresh your home’s first impression.

 

1 Miramar

4012 Miramar Avenue | Highland Park

 

2 Watson

5706 Watson Circle | Preston Hollow

 

3 Kingsbarns

7201 Kingsbarns | The Colony

 

3 Catamaran

5321 Catamaran Drive | Plano

 

4 Woods Edge

17503 Woods Edge Drive | Dallas

 

6 Ridgelea

8402 Ridgelea Street | Bluffview

 

7 Casa Grande

11894 Casa Grande Trail | Frisco

 

8 Saint Michael

6316 Saint Michael Drive | McKinney

 

To see more spectacular curb appeal and view all of the North Texas homes currently on the market, visit the mobile-friendly ebby.com.

15 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend


If you’re in the market for a home in North Texas, you’ve come to the right place. Enjoy your weekend with Ebby Halliday Realtors at these exceptional properties.

 

1_Deloache

5300 Deloache Avenue | Old Preston Hollow | $3,495,000

 

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5609 Willow Bend Court | Plano | $2,895,000

 

2_Watson

5706 Watson CirclePreston Hollow | $2,290,000

 

3_Forest

6243 Forest Lane | North Dallas | $2,199,000

 

4_Tate

10127 Tate Lane | Frisco | $1,495,000

 

5_Wortham

5715 Wortham Lane | Far North Dallas | $1,125,000

 

6_Elmridge

7229 Elmridge DriveFar North Dallas | $869,000

 

8_Copperhill

5003 Copperhill Circle | Parker | $825,000

 

7_Terlingua

13002 Terlingua Creek Drive | Frisco | $814,900

 

9_Middle Town

2296 Middle Town Court | Allen | $775,000

 

10_Cypress

1 Cypress Point Court | Frisco | $750,000

 

11_Cottonwood

1221 Cottonwood Valley Drive | Irving | $625,000

 

12_Macrocarpa

408 Macrocarpa Road | Allen | $619,900

 

13_Willow

1406 Willow Lane | Rockwall | $585,000

 

15_Livorno

1234 Livorno Drive | McLendon Chisholm | $415,000

 

To view all the wonderful homes open this weekend and discover dates and times, visit EbbyOpenHouses.com.

13 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend


If you’re in the market for a home in North Texas, you’ve come to the right place. Enjoy your weekend with Ebby Halliday Realtors at these exceptional properties.

 

1_Tate Lane

10127 Tate Lane | Frisco$1,585,000

 

2_Armstrong Drive

49 Armstrong Drive | Frisco$1,224,900

 

3_Blackhawk Drive

5221 Blackhawk Drive | Plano$1,099,000

 

4_Woods Edge

17503 Woods Edge Drive | Far North Dallas$1,049,000

 

5_Silver Leaf

9191 Silver Leaf Court | Little Elm$995,000

 

6_Hamilton Green

1351 Hamilton Green | Allen$979,000

 

7_Camden Circle

2201 Camden Circle | Southlake$924,900

 

8_Hawks Ridge

108 Hawks Ridge Trail | Colleyville$799,900

 

9_Oakcrest Road

5920 Oakcrest RoadFar North Dallas$730,000

 

10_Lorion Drive

4309 Lorion Drive | Rockwall$675,000

 

11_Pecan Point

1512 Pecan Point Drive | McKinney$665,000

 

12_Carmel Street

2980 Carmel StreetBryan Place | $599,999

 

13_Swift Avenue

8474 Swift AvenueWhite Rock Hills$395,000

 

To view all the wonderful homes open this weekend and discover dates and times, visit EbbyOpenHouses.com.

3 Must-Have Home Amenities


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Some amenities that homebuyers once considered “nice-to-have” are moving into the “must-have” category. Below are three that experts say have grown in demand among home shoppers:

 

Smart Homes

More and more homes can be controlled via smart phone or tablet. Appliances and home systems can be turned on, off, or programmed via mobile devices. Some smart refrigerators have built-in apps that can create grocery shopping lists and smart ovens can be remotely controlled to start dinner or check on the status of what’s cooking.

 

Stainless-Steel Alternatives

Stainless-steel appliances have long dominated but some homebuyers are seeking alternatives. White ice and slate are increasingly growing as options to stainless-steel. Slate is being touted as an easy choice to blend in with other black, white or stainless-steel finishes. It can resist fingerprints and washes easily, too.

 

Energy Efficiency

Many homebuyers place a premium on finding a home with energy-efficient, cost-effective appliances. Energy Star-qualified appliances use 10 to 50 percent less energy than their older counterparts. Also gaining popularity are smarter appliances, including dishwashers with sensors that can determine the appropriate cycle length and water temperature and washers that can extract more water from laundry during the spin cycle so the dryer has less drying to do.

7 Smart Homes Worth Studying


We live in a digital age, and many new homes now include different forms of automation. 

 

From thermostats and light switches to vacuums and speakers, enjoy a new level of comfortable living with simple devices and the tap of your smart phone. Here are some of our favorite smart homes on the market.

 

1_2104 WILLOW BEND

2104 Willow Bend Drive | Plano | $5,999,000

 

2_2021 GRANADA

2021 Granada Trail | Westlake | $2,799,950

 

3_4818 IRVIN SIMMONS

4818 Irvin Simmons Drive | North Dallas | $2,750,000

 

4_1271 SHELBY

1271 Shelby Lane | Celina | $2,100,000

 

5_6301 THERESA

6301 Theresa Lane | Colleyville | $1,899,000

 

6_455 TOSCANA

455 Toscana Circle | Gordonville | $1,100,000

 

7_3663 BRIAR TREE

3663 Briar Tree Lane | Frisco | $790,000

 

To view all the incredible smart homes available across North Texas, visit the mobile-friendly Ebby.com.

Luxe Eco-Friendly Laundry Accessories


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Laundry is a dirty subject when it comes to waste production. High energy and water usage, coupled with plastic waste and byproducts make the task even more of a chore.

 

When laundering your clothes, there are small actions that make the job a little cleaner and greener. Opt for a cold-water wash on full loads to save energy from heating up the water. And, as much as possible, forego machine drying clothes. Both actions will save on the utility bills and make your clothes last longer while helping the environment.

 

We’ve selected nine products to keep your laundry routine more eco-friendly and luxurious simultaneously.

 

Luxury Eco-Friendly Laundry Accessories

XL Whimsical Hamper | The Little Market | $218

Hampers may hide dirty clothes, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be beautiful, too. This hand-woven hamper is made from cattail stalks and recycled plastic and was made by the Wolof Weavers of Senegal. The unique shape would enhance any space.

 

Luxury Eco-Friendly Laundry Accessories

Pennsylvania Woodworks Clothes Drying Rack | Amazon | $139.99

Air drying clothing saves clothes, especially delicates, from the rough and tumble of a machine. This hardwood drying rack is made in America and is made to last a lifetime. Plenty of space is available for the family’s entire wardrobe.

 

Luxury Eco-Friendly Laundry Accessories

European Wooden Ironing Board | Williams Sonoma | $129.95

Who knew you could feel like a chic European while ironing? This ironing board is made of FSC-certified solid beech and pine wood, meaning the wood is responsibly sourced from managed forests.

 

Luxury Eco-Friendly Laundry Accessories

Chi Steam Iron | Amazon | $99.99

Chi, a leader in prestige hair care, has transitioned its ceramic technology to make your clothing just as polished as your coif. The titanium-infused ceramic, along with 400 steam holes, ensures a perfect press upon first pass. A quality iron will last years and eliminate the need for buying lower-quality replacements.

 

Luxury Eco-Friendly Laundry Accessories

Signature Detergent Gallon | The Laundress New York | $56

Pods may be convenient, but so are economy sizes. The Laundress’ cult-classic Signature Detergent is available in a gallon size for up to 256 washes. One pump is enough for one load, so no need for exact measuring.

 

Luxury Eco-Friendly Laundry Accessories

Rowenta Handheld Garment Steamer | Amazon | $50.99

If you don’t want to deal with the multi-step task of ironing, opt for a handheld steamer. Steaming is a great alternative to dry cleaning, which can sometimes use harmful chemicals to sanitize your clothes. The Rowenta steamer kills 99.9 percent of germs and dust mites on different fabric types.

 

Luxury Eco-Friendly Laundry Accessories

Guppyfriend Washing Bag | Patagonia | $29.75

Plastic may not be apparent on clothing, but with each wash microplastic fibers can be washed away into rivers and oceans. Place any synthetically-made garment (nylon, rayon, polyester, acrylic, acetate) inside the Guppyfriend and watch the microfibers collect inside the recyclable polyamide bag. Toss the waste into the trash and away from water sources.

 

Luxury Eco-Friendly Laundry Accessories

The Unscented Company Wool Dryer Balls | goop | $19

Seemingly innocuous, dryer sheets are often made of polyester and create a lot of waste for a single-use product. Forego the sheets entirely and use wool dryer balls instead. Wool dryer balls cut down on wrinkles, static and drying time, because they create air pockets between your clothes as they tumble in the dryer. The wool lasts for over 500 loads and can be backyard composted at the end of its lifecycle.

 

Luxury Eco-Friendly Laundry Accessories

Bumerang Hanger | Ikea | $4.49

What better way to end your laundry routine then by hanging your wardrobe on matching hangers. Ikea’s wooden hangers are not only inexpensive and durable, but the wood is sourced from sustainably managed forests in Poland, Lithuania, Sweden, Germany and Russia.

10 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend


If you’re in the market for a home in North Texas, you’ve come to the right place. Enjoy your weekend with Ebby Halliday Realtors at these exceptional properties.

 

1_preakness

5608 Preakness Lane | Plano | $2,990,000

 

2_3513 POTOMAC

3513 Potomac Avenue | Highland Park | $1,699,000

 

3_5614 DEL ROY

5614 Del Roy Drive | Dallas | $1,675,000

 

4_COTTONWOOD

1809 Cottonwood Valley Circle S. | Irving | $1,485,000

 

5_13842 SPRUCEWOOD

13842 Sprucewood Drive | North Dallas | $815,000

 

6_3215 SPERRY

3215 Sperry Street | Lakewood | $659,900

 

7_3420 MADISON

3420 Madison Court | Grapevine | $649,900

 

8_6514 COVECREEK

6514 Covecreek Place | North Dallas | $599,000

 

9_480 DRY CANYON

480 Dry Canyon Drive | Frisco | $439,950

 

10_5605 BIG RIVER

5605 Big River Drive | The Colony | $394,500

 

To view all the wonderful homes open this weekend and discover dates and times, visit EbbyOpenHouses.com.

Kitchens Worth Crushing On


Dinner reservations are often one of the best parts of Valentine’s Day, but cooking at home with your honey can be even sweeter.

 

Not only are these seven kitchens worth crushing on, they’ll have you wanting to stay in for a romantic meal.

 

1_Willow B

2104 Willow Bend Drive | Plano | $5,999,000

 

2_KING

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

 

3_Forest

6243 Forest Lane | North Dallas | $2,345,000

 

4_Cedar

2222 Cedar Elm Terrace | Westlake | $1,949,900

 

5_Sea Side

537 Sea Side Lane | McKinney | $1,795,000

 

6_Dowling

1607 Dowling Drive | Irving | $995,000

 

7_Lincoln

1315 Lincoln Court | Allen | $860,000

 

To view all of our extraordinary listings, visit the mobile-friendly ebby.com.

Love This Listing: Hill Country Flair


Situated on 26 acres in Bartonville, this exquisite property features a 2-acre lake, a living area with views of a resort-style pool and spa, an adorable guest house and five additional buildings offering space for the hobbyist or car collector. The modern interior showcases the latest in upscale decor, solid zinc doors, a spacious kitchen and large windows providing fabulous views. This property is a must-see! Watch the video to learn more about why we love this listing.

Need-to-Know Numbers:

•  261 Hunter Court
• $6,400,000
• 8 bedrooms
• 8 baths
• 6,641 square feet