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.

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_Del Roy

5614 Del Roy DriveInwood Estates | $1,649,000

 

2_Strait

11340 Strait LaneHockaday Square | $1,550,000

 

3_Purdue

3315 Purdue Avenue | University Park | $1,435,000

 

4_Armstrong

49 Armstrong Drive | Frisco | $1,224,900

 

5_Forest Grove

5104 Forest Grove Lane | Plano | $1,150,000

 

6_Prestwick

5735 Prestwick LaneCambridge Place | $998,000

 

7_Hallmark

4549 Hallmark Drive | North Dallas | $959,000

 

8_Malabar

7533 Malabar LaneJan Mar | $875,000

 

9_Spanky

17110 Spanky Place | Far North Dallas | $825,000

 

10_Cape Coral

4915 Cape Coral DriveBent Tree North | $789,000

 

12_Les Jardins

10740 Les Jardins | Preston Hollow | $659,000

 

13_Kickapoo

5159 Kickapoo Drive | Frisco | $625,000

 

14_1651WhiteTrailDrive-16

1651 White Tail | Prosper$598,000

 

14_Creekwood

1129 Creekwood Drive | Garland | $464,500

 

15_Far Hills

14050 Far Hills Lane | Dallas | $374,000

 

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

Add Beauty & Value to Your Home


1_Braewood

25 Braewood Place | $6,750,000 | The O’Gorman Group

 

Trees don’t ask for much — dirt, water, sunlight. Yet they provide many benefits for you and your home: They add beauty and value to your property, cut your energy bills with the shade they provide, serve as a home to wildlife, and improve the air you breathe.

 

2_Waller

10121 Waller Drive | $5,950,000 | Mary Poss

 

To get the full benefits from your trees, choose the right one and plant it in the right location. Planting a tree that sheds its leaves annually on the west side of your house provides cooling shade in the summer. In winter, after it loses its leaves, the same tree will let in sunlight that cuts heating bills.

 

3_Point de Vue

1901 Point De Vue Drive | $2,900,000 | The O’Toole LeVan Group

 

If you’re planting a new tree, think about its fully grown size and shape before you dig. Roots too close to your home could damage the foundation or block sewer lines. The wrong tree in the wrong place could actually lower your home’s appraised value.

 

4_Valencia

2022 Valencia Cove | $2,695,000 | The Marcontell & Gilchrest Group

 

To learn more about trees and how you can improve the environment while improving your property value, visit arborday.org, where you’ll find a wealth of useful information about trees. To learn more about the beautiful homes featured in this post, as well as all of the homes currently available for purchase in North Texas, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

Enhance Your Home’s Curb Appeal


Idyllic Home With Covered Porch

 

Although we’ve been told to do otherwise, people often judge homes based on curb appeal. Enhance your home’s exterior with these five tips.

 

Front Door

Wash your front door and polish hardware — replace if necessary. If the sun has faded the paint or you want a change, consider repainting with a bold new color that brings you joy.

 

Windows & Gutters

Remove debris from gutters and drain spouts before cleaning. Wash and repair windows or hire a professional. Clean or replace window treatments inside your home that are visible from the outside.

 

Landscaping

Mow, fertilize and water your lawn. Tidy up gardens; remove dead plants and branches; plant colorful flowers along any path or walkway; and add potted plants by the entry.

 

Porch

Sweep the porch; clear cobwebs from fixtures, railings and corners. Store toys, yard equipment and garbage cans. Clean patio furniture or consider updating worn pieces; add a swing or seating if space allows.

 

Exterior Touches

Check for missing or damaged shingles. Power wash and repair walkways and driveway. Clean or update light fixtures. Repaint shutters; repair, paint or replace mailbox. Check that house numbers are visible from the street; replace if needed.

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


modern kitchen

 

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.

Endless Summer: 10 Luxury Lake Homes


With a few weeks left to savor the sweetness of summer, many North Texans are drawn to pools and lakes alike.

 

These amazing waterfront properties will have you wishing for one last lake trip before heading back to school. Better yet, make yourself at home and enjoy an endless summer.

 

1_Palm Drive

4370 Palm Drive | Caney City | $7,580,000

 

2_Island Drive

6 Island Drive | Mabank$2,999,000

 

3_Waterside Drive

13300 Waterside Drive | Malakoff$1,995,000

 

4_Blackfoot Trail

123 Blackfoot Trail | Lake Kiowa$1,595,000

 

5_Nautical Point

114 Nautical Point | Mabank$1,399,999

 

6_Pleasantview Road

488 Pleasantview Road | Winnsboro | $1,399,000

 

7_Hide A Way Lane

530 Hide A Way Lane E. | Hideaway$995,000

 

8_Lynn Dell Drive

2944 Lynn Dell Drive | Tool | $995,000

 

9_Jackson Circle

265 Jackson Circle | Kerens$969,000

 

10_Medina Court

1217 Medina Court | Whitney$880,000

 

To view all the extraordinary lake homes for sale in North Texas, visit Ebby.com and enter ‘lake’ in the advanced search keyword field.

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

6515 Pemberton Drive |Preston Hollow | $1,850,000

 

2

488 Pleasantview RoadWinnsboro | $1,399,000

 

3

1351 Hamilton GreenAllen$979,000

 

4

3893 Mashpee StreetFrisco$939,900

 

5

3133 Seneca DriveFrisco | $925,000

 

6

5400 Widgeon Way | Frisco | $734,000

 

7

704 Wilford WayHeath$617,500

 

8

4310 Buena Vista Street, No. 9Knox Park$579,000

 

9

104 Enchanted Isles CircleMabank$539,000

 

10

1925 Lewis Crossing DriveKeller$475,000

 

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