Love This Listing: Stunning Starwood Home

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Situated in the gated and perfectly located Starwood community, this Frisco home will not disappoint. From the remodeled kitchen to the custom master closet, the extensively updated residence features luxurious finishes, such as the iron front door, LED lighting throughout, security camera system and a wine grotto, perfect for your fine collection. You’ll enjoy relaxing in the resort-like backyard, complete with a sparkling pool and spa, fire pit, outdoor kitchen and a covered patio with electronic screen. Watch the video to learn more about why we love this listing.

Need-to-Know Numbers:

6017 Haley Way
• $1,100,000
• 4 bedrooms
• 4 baths, 1 half-bath
• 5,330 square feet

Love This Listing: True Mid-Century Modern

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Built in 1954 by architect Robert Perry as his personal residence, this Mid-Century modern home has been updated with careful attention to preserving its original architecture, while adding Santa Barbara flair. Amenities include a lush entry courtyard, stunning designer finishes, a Zen library with floor-to-ceiling bookcases and a sparkling waterfall pool. You’ll enjoy a spacious master suite with dual walk-in closets, while guests delight in a private suite with a fireplace and full bath. Watch the video to learn more about why we love this listing.

Need-to-Know Numbers:

3837 Fairfax Avenue
• $1,175,000
• 2 bedrooms
• 2 baths, 1 half-bath
• 2,667 square feet

Love This Listing: Deep-Water Retreat

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Situated in one of the most desirable neighborhoods on Cedar Creek Lake’s west side, this home is a deep-water, move-in ready retreat. Enjoy lakeside entertaining year-round with three outdoor living areas, including the spacious boathouse with a party deck and lifts. Inside this waterside paradise are hardwood flooring, granite countertops, a wet bar and woodburning fireplace. Watch the video to learn more about why we love this listing.

Need-to-Know Numbers:

325 Winding Shore Drive
• $625,000
• 5 bedrooms
• 3 baths, 1 half-bath
• 2,894 square feet

Fresh Listing Friday: Outdoor Delight

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Happy Friday y’all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is a beautiful custom in Celina on open country land. 1537 Brook Lane is situated on a heavily treed 1-acre lot and offers floor-to-ceiling windows, custom built-ins, a game room, and newly upgraded carpeting.  Take a virtual tour below to see all the beautiful amenities throughout.

Need-to-know Details:

• Priced at $635,000
• 4,303 square feet: 4 bedrooms, 5 baths
• Master suite with a gas-log fireplace and bath with a jetted tub, dual vanities and a walk-in shower
• Game room with a spacious balcony overlooking the backyard and pond
• Outdoor living area with two separate seating areas, an outdoor kitchen and patio fans
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To view this listing, contact the Cindy Peters at 214. 564. 7886 or

Designing and Furnishing Your Backyard Oasis

Outdoor living is huge in Dallas-Fort Worth. Taking the time to design a thoughtful and beautiful space will pay off when it comes time to sell your home.


Designing and Furnishing Your Backyard Oasis


Color Palette

In North Texas, outdoor living areas are extensions of our homes. To create flow from the interior of your home to its exterior, tie the color palette together. You can opt to use one color from inside your home or continue the entire scheme.


Designing and Furnishing Your Backyard Oasis


If you love color, punch those hues up a bit in your backyard for brighter contrast with the natural elements and landscaping. If you prefer that your pool or landscaping take center stage, use a more neutral palette for your home’s outdoor furnishings.


Furniture layout

Many backyards are segmented into areas. Yours may have a cabana or lounging area, an outdoor kitchen and dining space, and seating near the pool. When designing your layout, think about how you will utilize each of these spaces.


Designing and Furnishing Your Backyard Oasis


Do you want chairs to swivel, providing multiple views of the yard, or change direction depending on TV viewing or conversation? Either way, be sure to provide plenty of space to maneuver around your furnishings so you and your guests may easily transition from one area to another.




Ask your landscape architect or pool builder for a set of plans in ¼-inch scale so your designer can help you properly place the furnishings for your backyard resort. If possible, complete your furniture-space planning prior to construction so your designer can offer suggestions for tweaking your decking or sitting areas to accommodate the furnishings you want to include.


Form and Function

In addition to assisting with colors and layout, a designer can help you work through decisions and recommend brands that will withstand the Texas summer heat. It’s imperative that you use outdoor fabrics and cushions. Woven fabrics are typically the most durable and will have less fading from the sun.


Designing and Furnishing Your Backyard Oasis


Your outdoor furnishings should not only look fabulous, but feel fabulous, too. Since you’ll most likely be spending many hours on weekends and evenings sitting in these spaces, comfort should be a top priority.


This article appeared in the Summer 2016 edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine. To view the magazine, click here.


Shay Geyer, partner and designer of IBB Design Fine Furnishings, has passion for interiors and interior products that makes creating beautiful spaces for clients a true dream job. Her vibrant personality and personal approach to design often land her high-profile and lifelong clients who trust her not only with their primary homes but also vacation homes across the country. Shay has served as the design expert for WFAA’s “Good Morning Texas” since 2006. Her design segments may be seen on the show every Friday morning. To contact Shay, e-mail


Pool, cabana and landscape design by AquaTerra Outdoors


Outdoor furnishings and design by Shay Geyer. @designershay, IBB Design Fine Furnishings,


Photography by Dan Piassick

Fresh Listing Friday: Outdoor Oasis


Happy Friday and happy first day of spring, everyone! In celebration of the new season, this week’s Fresh Listing Friday brings us to a home with gorgeous landscaping and a backyard that is ready for warm, sunny weather. The property at 2260 Bluff Court in Cedar Hill is elegant and made for entertaining.


This is a contemporary home with 4 bedrooms, 5 1/2 bathrooms, 7,755 sq. ft. listed for $1.2 million.


There are so many amenities and amazing features in this home, we couldn’t just put them all in a list like we normally do. Come with us on a tour as we layout all the reasons why this home is so deserving of being this week’s feature.

Fresh Listing Friday: Outdoor Oasis

^Front exterior showing the stone construction, circular driveway, layered and mature landscaping and covered front doorsFresh Listing Friday: Outdoor Oasis

^The covered front porch to the left of the front doors features huge, arched double doors with access to the library/office and the living roomFresh Listing Friday: Outdoor Oasis

^The front entrance features a two-story ceiling, tile flooring, thick molding and a set of beautiful, light wood, arched front doors that bask the space in natural lightFresh Listing Friday: Outdoor Oasis

^To the right of the foyer is the formal dining room with stunning, oversized windows, thick crown molding and an elegant brown, cream, and green color scheme
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^The formal dining room is located to the right of the front entry. It has a two-story ceiling in additional to a fireplace and access to the backyardFresh Listing Friday: Outdoor Oasis

^The library/study/office is a dreamy space thanks to large, contemporary windows and walls of books complete with a sliding ladder. It is situated off the formal dining roomFresh Listing Friday: Outdoor Oasis

^The kitchen is light, open and airy. Situated off the main living room, dining room, and breakfast area, it features a combination of light and dark cabinetry with ample storage, granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, light hardwood flooring, pendant flighting, a butler’s pantry, a walk-in pantry, two sinks, and two dishwashersFresh Listing Friday: Outdoor Oasis

^The serene, first-floor master suite has a sitting area, a wall of windows with backyard views, a tray ceiling, a fireplace, and backyard access. The large bathroom features dual vanities, a soaker tub, a large glass shower with dual heads, and a walk-in closet

Fresh Listing Friday: Outdoor Oasis

^Let’s get to the outdoor oasis you’ve been waiting for. It begins with this covered patio located off the master suite and the formal living room. It has a stone fireplace and looks out onto the poolFresh Listing Friday: Outdoor Oasis

^The pool is the centerpiece of this area of the yard, with a flowing shape surrounded by lush landscaping and open patio spaceFresh Listing Friday: Outdoor Oasis

^Off to one side you can see a dining space with a pergola and a barbecue area with a built-in grillFresh Listing Friday: Outdoor Oasis^The most private part of the yard is seen above. Find your zen in secluded sitting areas amidst a koi pond with a small bridge and gorgeous gardens


How incredible is this? And we didn’t even show you the den, four total fireplaces, the stunning master bathroom, the other three bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, or the media room. You need to take the full tour for yourself by clicking on any of the photos above.


To take more tours of home that were new to the market this week in DFW, click here.

Feature We Love: Covered Outdoor Entertaining

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Covered outdoor space, whether for dining, lounging, cooking, or all three, is a priceless commodity for the homeowner who loves to entertain. While any outdoor entertaining space is good outdoor entertaining space, covered space is best for maximum year-round use. While you won’t be protected from all of the elements, a roof over your head is a sure way to stay dry and lock in the heat so that you can enjoy your space throughout the year.


Check out the fun ways in which this feature can be outfitted to meet all of your hosting needs.

Feature We Love: Covered Outdoor Entertaining

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^4818 Irvin Simmons Drive, DallasFeature We Love: Covered Outdoor Entertaining

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^6230 Prestonshire Lane, DallasFeature We Love: Covered Outdoor Entertaining

^4710 Junius St., DallasFeature We Love: Covered Outdoor Entertaining^6797 Reims Court, Frisco

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Harold Leidner Talks Outdoor Living

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Stunning outdoor living areas create an ideal backyard spot for dining al fresco, lounging poolside, enjoying conversations and cocktails, or indulging in quiet time. The layout and features of an outdoor space are as unique as any home, however each one shares a common thread: they were created to be comfortable, functional, relaxing retreats that bring the indoors out.


In the brand-new summer edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine, the luxury home publication of the Ebby Halliday Companies, we sat down with renowned landscape architect Harold Leidner to learn about current trends in outdoor living, and how to design the perfect space. Leidner’s comments offer insight into how landscaping and outdoor amenities will often distinguish a property from others and allow it to sell faster.


GV: In your opinion, what does the perfect outdoor living space include?


HL: Whether it is a simple patio for outdoor dining or an elaborate pool and cabana, if it attracts friends and family it will likely be considered a great space and will add value to your property. Sure bets for Texas would be a shade structure with an outdoor kitchen and dining area adjacent to a luxury pool with mature planting and trees.


GV: What tips do you have for someone designing an outdoor living space?


HL: We would suggest taking a realistic look at your lifestyle and how you would like to use the garden and outdoor space. Find the things that will draw you and your family into the outdoors for both active and relaxing times.


To read more of our recent conversation with Harold Leidner, click here.


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