7 Thanksgiving-Ready Island Kitchens

As Thanksgiving prep begins, you may be dreaming of a kitchen that can do it all. Whether you’re an expert chef or only cook on Turkey Day, these seven island kitchens currently on the market are the perfect place to prepare your next meal.



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



2321 Silver Table Drive | Lewisville | $2,199,000



6634 Aberdeen AvenuePreston Hollow | $2,100,000



5209 Limestone Court | Richardson | $1,180,000



7736 Goforth CircleLake Highlands | $1,049,000



218 Wimberly Street | Fort Worth | $425,000



702 Wildgrove Drive | Garland | $329,000


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9 Thanksgiving-Ready Island Kitchens

As Thanksgiving prep begins, you might be dreaming of a kitchen that can do it all. Regardless of whether you’re an expert chef or only cook on turkey day, these nine island kitchens currently on the market are the perfect place to prepare your next meal.
1601 Carlyle Court | Westlake | $2,895,000
6331 northwood
6331 Northwood Road | Dallas – Preston Hollow | $1,895,0006655 green knoll wiw6655 Green Knoll Drive | North Dallas | $1,495,000
K_6142 shady oaks
6142 Shady Oaks Drive | Frisco | $1,324,9007723 midbury kitchen7723 Midbury Drive | Dallas | $1,295,0005609 glenbrook5609 Glenbrook Circle | Plano | $995,0004150 fallbrook4150 Fallbrook Drive | Frisco | $799,9001227 woodlawn1227 Woodlawn Avenue | Dallas – Kessler Park | $725,000
JL 8615 thorbrush
8615 Thorbrush Place | Dallas | $549,900
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Which Kitchen Countertop is Right for You?

Considering a kitchen remodel? Not all countertops are created equally.


With so many options on the market, it can be hard to decide what countertop material is right for your kitchen. While it may be tempting to choose a countertop based on aesthetic alone, it’s important to consider the pros and cons, durability, cost, and maintenance before making a decision. That’s why we’ve created a list of some popular options as well as some need-to-know details about each.


GraniteKitchen CountertopOnce only found in high-end kitchens, granite has made its way to the heart of more and more homes. This durable, natural stone comes in a vast array of colors such as beige, black, brown, red, white, and green. Because of its porous nature, granite must be sealed on a yearly basis. Even when properly sealed, it’s important to wipe up oils, wines, acids, and sodas immediately, as well as use a stone cleaner for routine cleaning. Cost varies depending on color and complexity, but has become more affordable with granite’s increase in popularity.


QuartzKitchen CountertopQuartz, often resembling granite or marble, is an engineered mix of mineral and resin. This extremely durable, low-maintenance material is a great alternative for busy kitchens. Quartz is harder and less porous than granite, thus, it does not require sealing or polishing. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns and looks great in both traditional and contemporary kitchens. Quartz is scratch, stain, heat, and acid-resistant.

Note: Because quartz is manufactured, it doesn’t have natural color variations and vein. When shopping, looking at a small sample rather than a big slab will suffice.


MarbleKitchen CountertopMarble is a timeless and stunning option for a traditional or contemporary kitchen and is usually the most expensive option. Carrara and Calcatta marble are synonymous with luxury and instantly give your kitchen an elegant look. However, marble is very porous and has a high probability of becoming stained. If you choose marble, it’s important to seal it frequently and properly. Also be wary – chips and scratches may occur.


WoodKitchen CountertopThose opting for a warm, traditional cottage kitchen may gravitate toward butcher-block-style wood countertops. These countertops do require regular maintenance in order to maintain the wood’s natural beauty, so it’s recommended that you oil the surface with a mineral oil every four to six weeks. If not properly cared for, wood countertops will warp and crack. On the plus side, properly sealed wood countertops are sanitary and you can cut directly on the surface without damaging knives. Wood is also heat-resistant, which means you can place hot pots and pans directly on the surface.


TileKitchen CountertopTile countertops are a great choice if you want something inexpensive that’s easy to maintain. Tiles come in a variety of different colors and styles and may be mixed and matched. In addition, you can install tile yourself. Make sure to use tile that is rated for floors or countertops, as wall tile is too thin and will crack easily.


LaminateKitchen CountertopLaminate is perhaps the most cost-effective option available. Not only is it durable, it’s also low-maintenance. Laminate is a great selection for those on a budget or those who want to keep up with trends. Laminate comes in far more options than the familiar wood copycat – both neutral and bright colors are available. Laminate countertops are water resistant but susceptible to scratches and heat damage, so be sure to use cutting boards and trivets when preparing and serving food.


ConcreteKitchen CountertopConcrete counters are growing in popularity, as they are now available in a variety of stains and colors. Concrete is a suitable choice for those with a tight budget and interested in self-installation. Cast concrete counters are stain resistant when properly sealed, but may develop small cracks. If you’re a perfectionist, concrete counters may not be for you; even when professionally installed, minor inconsistencies in color and texture may occur.

Need even more guidance? Take the quiz below to find out what countertop material is best suited for your taste, budget, and lifestyle.

Feature We Love: Marble

Marble has long been a durable, well-loved material. It’s sleek look and smooth lines can be used in every room around the house- entryways, kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms, you name it and a surface can be covered in it. Marble comes in a wide variety of colors, and sizes range from itty bitty tiles to huge countertops.


Though granite countertops and hardwood floors have gotten their fair share of attention from homeowners and home builders, there’s no question that marble is still a favorite.  Check out where we’ve found marble popping up in our listings…

Feature We Love: Marble^2208 Huntington Lane, Fort Worth

Feature We Love: Marble^5323 Swiss Ave., Dallas

Feature We Love: Marble^4524 Westway, Highland Park

Feature We Love: Marble^1508 Nelson Drive, Irving

Feature We Love: Marble^5808 Falls Road, Dallas

Feature We Love: Marble^2208 Plantation Lane, Plano

Feature We Love: Marble^11734 El Hara Circle, Dallas

Fresh Listing Friday: Must-Have Marble


Happy Friday, everyone! We hope you’re all planning a fun weekend ahead, but if you’ve got a minute on Sunday, you have to stop by this week’s Fresh Listing Friday. This property has been renovated and has gorgeous details that pretty much speak for themselves.


The home at 7201 Dye Drive has beautiful finishes like hardwoods and marble surfaces just about everywhere, so you can’t blame us if go a little overboard on photos this week.


Fresh Listing Friday: Must-Have Marble Fresh Listing Friday: Must-Have Marble

This home is a cute one-story with a brick and gray exterior, amazing, red, French front doors, a slate path, and many tall, mature trees.

Fresh Listing Friday: Must-Have Marble

Inside, rich hardwoods cover the majority of the flooring in the home. The living room, above, is just one great example of this, as well as the abundance of natural light that fills this property. A lovely white brick fireplace and walls outfitted with molding, built-ins, and storage make this room the perfect place for family and friends.

Fresh Listing Friday: Must-Have Marble Fresh Listing Friday: Must-Have Marble

Remember the marble we were talking about? Take a look at the master bathroom above. It has dual sinks and all the counter space and storage one could need.  Were you disappointed when we said hardwoods covered most of the flooring, but not all of it? You’re probably not having that thought anymore looking at this gorgeous tile floor. And how about that shower? That looks like the perfect place to wash away any care in the world.

Fresh Listing Friday: Must-Have Marble Fresh Listing Friday: Must-Have Marble

If you’re craving more delicious finishes, you won’t be disappointed by the kitchen. Gray cabinets, which are all the rage right now, marble countertops, stainless-steel appliances, sleek cabinet pulls, stunning glass light fixtures, a breakfast bar, a full breakfast room, and tons of natural light make this kitchen essentially flawless. This space has cabinetry and storage for days and a great view of the backyard. Plus, it has a great open feel thanks to the expanded doorways between it and the living room.

Fresh Listing Friday: Must-Have Marble

A study, a dining room, and a sunroom are also worth noting in this home. We can so easily picture spending time on the sunporch year-round with that wall of windows seen above. Outside, also seen above, there’s a covered patio and a spacious, fenced in backyard.


Like we said, there will be an open house Sunday, June 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. so stop by and scoop this one up before it’s too late!


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