OTD: Contemporary & Modern Marvels


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48 Oak Hill, Brownwood

 

 

6536 Lake Circle, Dallas

 

 

5706 Over Downs, Dallas

Clean lines and crisp materials are the hallmarks of contemporary and modern design, and, while these design styles may not be everyone’s thing, they’re not going anywhere soon.

 

More and more homes, like the three shown above, are leaning toward this aesthetic. They continue to come onto the market everyday, and they never cease to take our breathe away. Even if it’s not up your alley, you’ve got to appreciate the thoughtful design and attention to detail that goes into making these homes works of contemporary & modern art.

 

Homes (from top to bottom): 48 Oak Hill in Brownwood ;  6536 Lake Circle in Dallas5607 Over Downs in Dallas

Of The Day: Terrific Tudors


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Have a thing for adorable Tudor-style homes? So do we! We’ve done this post once before, and we’re at it again on today’s OTD, but with all new listings. We’ve got five wonderful Tudors on the market right now, three in Dallas and two in McKinney. They’re not always easy to find, so if you’re in the market check these out (links below)!

5410 Mercedes Dallas\5410 Mercedes Ave., Dallas

 

5410 Ridgedale Dallas5410 Ridgedale Ave., Dallas

5507 Vickery Dallas5507 Vickery Blvd., Dallas

508 N Tennessee McKinney508 N Tennessee St. B, McKinney, TX

508 N Tennessee McKinney508 N Tennessee St. A, McKinney

 

 

What To Do in D-FW


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When you find time away from celebrating Valentine’s, or if you’re not a fan in the first place, take advantage of the great weather that’s forecasted and check out one or a few of these great events in D-FW this weekend!

 

Try a new Italian restaurant: Live in Addison and love Italian? Head to Arezzo. It’s casual, healthy, build-your-own, and quite tasty!

 

Go to an open house: Corelogic has reported that Dallas-Plano-Irving single-family housing price growth ranks No. 7 among the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the country, at 9.8%! Go take advantage of this thriving market by checking out some of the fabulous homes hosting open houses this weekend.

 

Buy tickets for Edgefest 2014: Tickets go on sale for Frisco’s annual music festival this Friday, Feb. 14. (hint, hint Valentine’s gift). This year’s line up will include the Avett Brothers, Bastille, Beck, and more.

 

Have a boozy coffee: Try out what CultureMap describes as an official trend, collaborations between local beer and coffee breweries resulting in coffee beer. It’s now offered by Rahr & Sons Brewing Company/Avoca Coffee, Deep Ellum Brewing Company/Oak Cliff Coffee, and Community Beer/Ascension.

 

Do a food truck taste test: D Magazine has produced a list of food truck vendors that will be at Truck Yard, in Lower Greenville, this week and weekend. On Friday, there will be an event promoting the new Pompeii Movie during which free movie passes will be given out and you can buy food from the Pompeii DFW Food Truck.

 

Snoop Dogg at HOB: Tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 12, “Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion” (aka Snoop Doggy Dog aka Snoop, etc.) is playing a show at the House Of Blues. Doors open at 8, the show starts at 9, and tickets are still available.

 

Death and the Powers: Showing at AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Winspear Opera House from Feb. 12-16, this original Dallas opera is a combination of science fiction and family drama. The sunday performance with be simulcast to locations around the world!

 

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike: See the winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play at Kalita Humphreys Theater, beginning Feb. 14 and going until Mar. 9, 2014. For tickets, click here.

 

Shop LAFCO and support a great cause: Sunday, Feb. 16, 15% of sales from LAFCO will go to support The Family Place. Treat yourself to some new stuff and give back to your community!

OTD: Save On Home Repairs & Improvements


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It’s inevitable, when you own a home, there’s going to be a time when repairs are needed or improvements are wanted. Whether it’s fixing a leaky toilet or replacing your roof, there are certain precautions you should take and certain information to which you should be exposed. Check out the points on this Of The Day to get started.

 

It depends on how handy you are, but chances are you’re going to need some advice. If it’s something small, which means different things to different people, you can always turn to the internet for help. There are tons of how-to videos and step-by-step guides on the internet. We’d suggest starting with your favorite search engine and going from there. If you do a little homework on your problem or project you’ll find peace of mind. Plus, you could discover that you can handle it on your own.

 

Try not to get overwhelmed. If the project is bigger, consult professionals and realize that it may to take some time to get your repair/project completed. It’s always smart to get an opinion from multiple professionals and then to spend a little more time on the internet checking out the person or team you’ve chosen. Take your time and find someone you’re comfortable with, a good relationship could mean a better price in the end. If your project can wait longer, ask your professional if they have a preferred timing and negotiate a possible discount for booking at that time.

 

Study up on your project by learning the lingo and typical pricing for your project by turning, again, to the internet. Moneypit.com and diynetwork.com can be very helpful resources for this. You’re less likely to get scammed if you know what you’re talking about when dealing with your professional.

 

Request the use of recycled or salvaged materials. If you spend some time searching home rebuilding centers you could save a good chunk of change. It depends on your project, but it’s almost always cheaper to use these materials than to buy new. If you don’t want to scrounge through a center or a salvage yard, you can still look out for sales at your home improvement store.

 

If you’ve taken these precautions, you’re less likely to be coerced into needlessly expensive solutions and additional fixes that your professional could suggest in order to get you to spend more money. 

 

When you’re finished with your repair or improvement, consult this final checklist!

Of The Day: Southwest adds 15 nonstop flights from Love Field


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Nonstop Love: Post—Wright Cities Announced

 

Today’s OTD has big news for Dallasites who love to fly Southwest, and who love to fly it out of Love Field. For many, the convenient location of the airport and the great flight rates and free checked baggage deals are almost too good to be true. Well, things are about to get even better later this year. Southwest just announced that it will be adding 15 new nonstop destinations from Love Field- bringing the total nonstop count up to 31 destinations.

 

All of this comes after the appeal of  Wright Amendment and its federal flight restrictions. This amendment limited the area in which airplanes of more that 56 seats could fly nonstop from Love Field. Here are the new cities and the days on which you can begin to fly nonstop to them…

 

5 cities will have nonstop service beginning Oct. 13, 2014:

-Baltimore/Washington (BWI)

-Denver

-Las Vegas

-Orlando

-Chicago Midway

 

10 additional cities will have nonstop service beginning Nov. 2, 2014:

-Atlanta

-Nashville

-Washington, D.C. (Reagan National)

-Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood

-L.A. (LAX)

-New York (LaGuardia)

-Phoenix

-San Diego

-Orange County/Santa Ana

-Tampa

 

Flight schedules and fairs will be announced in May.

 

Who’s excited!? This will be pretty life-changing for many who enjoy this airport and airline!

Image from blogsouthwest.com

Throw a Super Bowl Party to Remember


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Who’s ready for some football?! While the Cowboys didn’t make the cut this year, there’s still a lot of fun to be had watching this Sunday’s Super Bowl game! It’s always filled with great commentary, hilarious commercials, and it’s an excuse to get together and have a good time with friends and family. If you’re throwing the party this year, or you need to bring something to the host’s party, we’ve got a Pinterest board full of ideas. Check out our Super Bowl board for themed recipes, drinks, decorations, DIY’s, crafts and more!

1. 37 Super Bowl Snacks Better Than Hot Wings 2. Throw A FootBall Party 3. 17 Amazing Super Bowl Party Decorating Ideas 4. Super Bowl Popcorn Bar 5. Super Bowl Eats: Pretzel Dog Bites With Beer Cheese Dip

Of The Day: Fort Worth’s Sundance Square


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We’re sure everyone’s heard the hype surrounding Sundance Square in Fort Worth, but, just in case you haven’t, today’s OTD will give you the lowdown. It’s “widely acknowledged as the most exciting downtown area in Texas,” comprised of 35 blocks of entertainment and shopping that “attracts millions of visitors each year.” Are you one of them? If not, you should check it out!

 

The square has amazing restaurants, bars, shopping, hotels, and much more. The plaza, which lies at the center of everything, is a sight to see thanks to four 80×80 foot umbrellas, a stage, and three fountains, including one with 216 jets. This 55,000-square foot space is the perfect gathering place for concerts, parties, the arts, and just about any type of public entertainment you can imagine. It’s being called “the new centerpiece of downtown Fort Worth,” and, by the looks of these pictures, there’s no question about why everyone’s so excited about it.

 

There’s always something going on, and thanks to two apartment complexes, you can live right in the heart of it all! To see what’s happening there this weekend, click here.

Of The Day: This Week’s Most Repinned


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1.23 most repinned

We just hit 800 followers on Pinterest! If you’re one of the 800, a huge thanks to you! If you’re not, you’re really missing out on some fun!

 

To celebrate this, and to give you a look at the home photos people are drawn most to, we thought we’d show you this week’s most repinned pins. If you’re not familiar with Pinterest, a repin occurs when someone shares something we’ve put on our Pinterest page.

 

Our followers sure know how to pick ’em- two of these homes are already under contract! Thanks for joining us on OTD!

1. 1115 N Clinton Ave., Dallas, TX 2. 50 Balmoral, Richardson, TX 3. 5804 Cox Farm, Parker, TX 4. 2701 Clublake Trail, McKinney, TX 5. 7117 Langmuir Drive, McKinney, TX

Of The Day: Weekend Round Up


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Stuck in a rut doing the same things over and over again every weekend? Branch out and change things up! Check out this list of things going on in D-FW this weekend. Who knows, you could stumble into a new go-to weekend activity.

 

1. The Dallas Stars: Thursday, cheer on our team as we take on the Boston Bruins at American Airlines Center!

 

2. Elvis Lives: Thursday, experience “an unforgettable multimedia and live musical journey across Elvis’ life” at Bass Performance Hall. It’ll be like a night with The King himself!

 

3. Improv Comedy: Every Friday and Saturday, pull up a seat at the Dallas Comedy House and enjoy a night of laughter at the hands of amateur comedians.

 

4. Brian Regan: Comedian Brian Regan will have you laughing all night on Friday at Musical Hall at Fair Park. He’s starred on Comedy Central and is said to be one of the best comedians performing today.

 

5. Community Beer: The local brewery is celebrating its 1 year anniversary this weekend starting with Dinner at Cook Hall on Friday, and then an Anniversary Open House with 15 beers on Saturday.

 

6. Blue Man Group: If you haven’t seen them yet, you’re missing out! They’ll bring you music and comedy at Bass Performance Hall throughout this weekend.

Of The Day: Dine Under The Perfect Light


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There’s no shortage of amazing decor out there these days, contemporary, modern, traditional, retro, you name it. It seems that there’s a never-ending supply of fabulous and surprising new home products to keep us on our toes. On today’s OTD, we’re looking specifically at light fixtures. While doing a little pinning, we began to notice some awesome light fixtures in our homes. Inspired by this, we went on a hunt for dining room and breakfast room light fixtures. What we found was both fun and beautiful. Check it out below!

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A. 3517 Chimney Rock Drive, Flower Mound, TX B. 4053 Lomita Lane, Dallas, TX C. 117 Blue Heron Drove, Kemp, TX D. 8209 Gallery Way, McKinney, TX
1. Two-Tier Chandelier 2. Wrought Iron Tiered Chandelier 3. Chrome Multi Light Pendant 4. Bubble Glass Pendant  5. White Flower Pendant 6. Mod Euro White Supernova 7. Cyrus Pendant 8. Chrome Pendant

Pretty great, right? Though these light fixtures aren’t perfect matches (well, #5 might be), they do show some important trends in home decor right now. People are having fun and playing with lighting in a whole new way, and we love it! Thanks for joining us for today’s OTD!