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_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.

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.

Beautiful Backyards for Summer Soirées


Planning your next barbecue? There’s no better backdrop than your own gorgeous backyard.

 

From lush landscaping and sparkling pools to incredible patios and outdoor kitchens, these stunning backyards will have you ready to host weekly summer fêtes.

 

1_5540 N 40

5540 N. 40 PlaceFar North Dallas$6,999,000

 

2_10121 Waller

10121 Waller DrivePreston Hollow$5,950,000

 

3_6326 Carrington

6326 Carrington DriveFar North Dallas$2,249,000

 

4_696 Garden

696 Garden CourtSouthlake$1,624,900

 

5_11340 Strait

11340 Strait LaneNorth Dallas$1,599,999

 

6_1739 Bison

1739 Bison Meadow LaneHeath$1,590,000

 

7_7020 Eudora

7020 Eudora DriveNorth Dallas$1,575,000

 

8_11219 Shelterwood

11219 Shelterwood LaneNorth Dallas | $1,280,000

 

9_5710 Bent

5710 Bent TrailFar North Dallas$1,090,000 

 

10_7704 Masters

7704 Masters CourtMcKinney$929,900

 

11_1005 Navarro

1005 Navarro DriveAllen$783,000

 

18_611 Colt

611 Colt Trail | Lucas$775,000

 

12_501 Saint Gabriel

501 Saint Gabriel WayMcKinney | $750,000

 

13_5914 Flintshire

5914 Flintshire LaneFar North Dallas | $749,000

 

14_230 Twin

230 Twin Lakes CourtDouble Oak$677,000

 

15_205 E Chapel

205 E. Chapel Downs DriveSouthlake$649,000

 

16_7128 Underwood

7128 Underwood Drive | Plano$644,900

 

17_2983 Bainbridge

2983 Bainbridge Lane | Frisco$575,000

 

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

Perfect Pools for Summer


Ready to make a splash? Summer officially begins Friday, and there’s no better way to refresh than by taking a dip in your own backyard.

 

Whether you’re hosting a pool party or low-key lounging, these homes feature some of the most stunning pools in North Texas.

 

1_10121 Waller

10121 Waller Drive | Preston Hollow | $6,400,000

 

2_9121 David Fort

9121 David Fort Road | Argyle$5,500,000

 

3_3405 Rambling

3405 Rambling Way | Plano$4,275,000

 

4_1820 Beam

1820 Beam Drive | Southlake$2,425,000

 

5_6808 Mulhouse

6808 Mulhouse Court | Plano$2,395,000

 

6_639 Stratford

639 Stratford Lane | Coppell | $1,798,000

 

8_488 Pleasantview

488 Pleasantview Road | Winnsboro$1,399,000

 

7_4009 Preston

4009 Preston Lakes Circle | Celina$1,125,000

 

9_4549 Hallmark

4549 Hallmark Drive | North Dallas$985,000

 

10_4833 Cypress

4833 Cypress Point | Frisco$800,000

 

11_13 Brae Loch

13 Brae Loch | Garland$799,000

 

12_7992 County

7992 County Road 2584 | Royse City$684,900

 

13_2201 Amherst

2201 Amherst Circle | McKinney$599,000

 

14_922 Fairway

922 Fairway View Drive | Mansfield$479,900

 

15_1013 Sundrop

1013 Sundrop Drive | Little Elm$439,500

 

To view all the homes with sparkling pools available across North Texas, visit the mobile-friendly Ebby.com.

Treat Dad to a Father’s Day Feast


Filet mignon with potato fondant in port reduction

 

Celebrate dad this Father’s Day by treating him to a hearty, mouthwatering dinner. Between roasted prime rib, truffle mac and cheese and double chocolate mousse, we know what dad likes. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite spots offering special Father’s Day menus to show him how much you care.

 

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Table 13 – Addison

This Father’s Day, Table 13 will be offering a special menu with selections, including pan-seared Texas redfish with mushroom risotto and roasted prime rib with horseradish cream sauce. Enjoy your delicious meal while listening to a combination of pop and jazz by Mike Nicosia from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

 

Del Frisco’s Grille – Dallas, Plano and Southlake

Modern. Upscale. Stylish. Dad deserves the best. Del Frisco’s Grille is offering a Father’s Day special all day, including artichoke beignets, roasted prime rib and truffle mac and cheese. Top it off with a slice of coconut cream pie, nutella bread pudding or molten chocolate cake.

 

PINSTACK – Allen

Looking to have some fun on Father’s Day? PINSTACK is right up your alley. Celebrate dad this Sunday with a 35 oz. Tomahawk bone-in ribeye, truffle mac and cheese and grilled asparagus for just $35. PINSTACK will also throw in a 20-point game card, too!

 

Morton’s The Steakhouse – Dallas

Not only is Morton’s The Steakhouse opening early at noon this Father’s Day, it is also offering a special three-course menu for $59 per person. Selections include baked five onion soup, miso-marinated sea bass and double chocolate mousse.

 

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille – Frisco

What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than treating dad to one of the country’s premier, award-winning steakhouses? Savor a three-course dinner, including a selection of salads, Perry’s famous pork chop and a dessert trio to finish it off for $34.95 per person.

 

Gorji Restaurant – Addison

Enjoy a three-course meal for $83 per person at Gorji Restaurant, the first and only no-tipping, fine dining restaurant in Dallas. Selections include a caesar salad with marinated Spanish anchovies, bone-in pork chop, butter-seared shrimp and flourless chocolate cake.

 

The Oceanaire Seafood Room – Dallas

It doesn’t get any fresher than The Oceanaire Seafood Room. Treat dad to a 10 oz. center-cut filet with a whole steamed lobster, jumbo shrimp scampi or crab cakes for $75 per person. Check out the bar for $1 oysters all day!

 

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar – Plano

Enjoy a three-course prix fixe dinner at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, a restaurant specializing in “blending the signature smoked BBQ flavors of Texas with inspiration from culturally diverse cooking styles.” Delicious offerings include lobster bisque, 35 oz. prime Tomahawk, three-layer carrot cake and a premium bourbon tasting.

 

Steve Fields Steak and Lobster Lounge – Plano

From noon to 8 p.m., Steve Fields Steak and Lobster Lounge is serving a special Father’s Day menu, including bronzed salmon salad, hand-carved roasted prime rib of beef and macadamia nut-crusted pacific halibut. Dad will even receive a special gift from the staff!

 

Corrientes 348 Argentinian Steakhouse – Dallas

Step out of your comfort zone and treat dad to a sophisticated Argentinian steakhouse meal in the heart of Downtown Dallas. This Father’s Day, Corrientes 348 Argentinian Steakhouse is offering a special $115 family-style Parrillada, including a New York strip, grilled boneless chicken legs and polenta fries served on a sizzling hot parrilla.

A Pop of Coral


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Perfect for Your Wardrobe and Your Home

From fashion week runways to home décor and luxe lifestyle accessories, it’s no wonder Pantone’s Living Coral is the 2019 Color of the Year.

 

This dreamy hue, in shades of orange and pink, looks stunning anywhere and everywhere, so we’ve pulled together some of our favorite coral must-haves this season.

 

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Mask III + IV framed print

 

5_Vienna sofa

Vienna sofa in velvet blossom

 

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The Shay Geyer Collection des fleurs pillow in Shay blue & coral

 

7_candle

Diptyque roses damascena scented candle

 

Floral Bouquet

Ranunculus and tulips in vase

 

See the full story in our spring/summer issue of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living.

Luxe Eco-Friendly Laundry Accessories


Eco friendly clean

 

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.

Tips for Picking the Perfect Paint


Sophisticated pastel bedroom interior

 

If you’ve ever had to pick a paint color, you know one thing to be true – the options are endless. Choosing the right color can be an overwhelming task, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow these 10 tips to take on the paint aisle with confidence.

 

Bring inspiration – Take along an existing pillow, piece of fabric or photo of your space. This will help you make more informed decisions.

 

The right light – Make sure to view your paint or paint chips in natural light to ensure you’re seeing the color correctly. Paint looks different under artificial light, so try holding the chip near a window or painting a sample on your wall first.

 

Take home testers – All major paint retailers now sell paint in small, tester sizes. These are perfect to take home and try out before committing to a full gallon of paint. The small amount will provide enough paint to give you an idea of what it would really be like to live with the color.

 

Try multiple shades – If you’re having trouble choosing, buy multiple testers and paint side-by-side squares on your walls. Live with them for a few days to see how the colors look morning, noon and night. Make sure to mark them with identifiers so you’ll remember which ones you liked best.

 

Choose your drama – Take a look at the color wheel for inspiration. Colors close together will make a room calm while those farther apart add drama.

 

Do what you love – Start with a color you love, even if it’s not popular at the moment. Doing this assures you’ll love the color for years to come. Just remember, your favorite color comes in a range of hues.

 

Lighten up – If you’re afraid a hue may be too dark, ask the mixer to do a 50 percent tint of the color to lighten it up. Custom colors can also give a room a designer look, but make sure to jot down the specifics of your color for future touch-ups.

 

Room to room – If you have rooms that are open to one another, avoid choosing radically different colors, which will make the spaces feel chopped up and small.

 

Go bold – Small rooms that are not visited often, like a library or half-bath, can be done in stronger colors that make a statement.

 

Spraying vs. rolling – Rolling may be the most popular choice, but it’s also the most time consuming and requires touch-ups more often. On the other hand, spraying results in a more high-end, professional look that cuts painting time in half. You can rent high-volume, low-pressure sprayers at most home-improvement stores. With both options, make sure you properly cover the areas you don’t want painted.

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.