How-To: Interior Lighting


Did you know that lighting is one of the most important elements in your home? When natural light isn’t available, due to lack of windows or time of day, the mood and brightness of your home is dictated by interior lighting. Additionally, light fixtures are a large part of design and personal style.

 

Following are a few tips to get the most out of your interior lighting:

 

Diversify

Use multiple sources for light so that the ambience is just right. Think about a mix of recessed ceiling lights, chandeliers, sconces, floor lamps, table lamps, and under mounted lighting solutions. A combination will throw light in different directions and create a more generalized glow.

 

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5730 County Road 471 | McKinney | $648,000

 

Focal Points

Use task lighting and directed light to highlight desks, plants, art, and unique decor.

 

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4428 Greenbrier Drive | Dallas | $1,750,000

 

Dimmers

Consider installing dimmers in entertaining spaces like dining areas, media rooms, and living areas. Being able to set the mood for a meal, movie or cozy night by the fire makes all the difference.

 

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6436 Sudbury Road | Plano – Kings Gate | $2,399,900

 

Read the Room

Different rooms call for different light fixture heights, sizes, and illuminations. For example, overhead lighting makes more sense in a kitchen than it does in a bedroom. Smaller lamps, sconces and delicate chandeliers are better suited in bedrooms than large living spaces.

 

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5330 Pebblebrook Drive | Dallas – Russwood Acres | $1,569,000

 

Wattage

Always follow the instructions on your light fixture for maximum wattage, but don’t be afraid to take it down a notch. If the light fixture is more for decor than actual illumination, consider using low-wattage bulbs, which use less energy. Typical wattages range from 40 (for reading) to 80 (for putting on make up). However, utilizing multiple fixtures will allow for something in between.

 

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4340 Shenandoah Street | University Park | $1,450,000

 

Decor

The fixtures you choose have a visual impact on your space. Make sure to keep the overall look and feel of the room in mind when selecting fixtures, but don’t be afraid to go bold. Statement floor lamps or chandeliers are the perfect way to add a punch of style with just one or two pieces.

 

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3804 Villanova Street | University Park | $2,675,000

Fresh Listing Friday: Midway Hollow Marvel


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Happy Friday (and day after Thanksgiving), all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday takes us to the popular Midway Hollow neighborhood of Dallas – an area loaded with high-quality, 1950s construction. This emerging neighborhood provides large lots, great architecture and an overall vibrancy. The home at 4314 Willow Grove Road is no exception, offering a generous-sized yard and an abundance of updates.

 

Need to know details:

– Updated ranch home, listed for $1,298,000
– 4,564 square feet: 4 bedrooms and 5 baths
– Hardwood flooring, crown molding, decorative lighting, abundance of windows
– Two-car garage, workshop area, Koi pond

 

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Front Exterior

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Formal Living Area

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Formal Dining Area

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Great Room

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Reading Area

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Fresh Listing Friday: Preston Hollow Perfection


Fresh Listing Friday

Happy Friday, all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday takes us to Preston Hollow — one of Dallas’ most coveted neighborhoods. Here, architecturally significant homes sit on some of the most beautiful acreage, and the home at 6739 Lupton Drive is no exception. This elegant residence was established in 2007 and offers extensive custom features and plenty of specialty finishes.

 

Need to know details:

 

– Classic French-type home listed for $2,575,000
– Five bedrooms, five bathrooms, two half-baths — 7,275 square feet
– Hand-scraped hardwood flooring, tray ceilings, plantation shutters
– Wine closet, study, gourmet kitchen, large outdoor entertaining area, three-car garage

 

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Formal Sitting Area

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Fresh Listing Friday: Preston Hollow Perfection
Downstairs Study

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Gourmet Kitchen

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Secondary Sitting Area

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Outdoor Living Area

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Rear Exterior

 

To see all of the homes that were new to the DFW housing market this week, click here.

Get Inspired By Spring Curb Appeal


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A short drive around town will tell you that spring has sprung in the front yards of DFW. Tulips are in bloom, hedges are trimmed, and homeowners are getting down and dirty to spruce up their curb appeal. Everyone must have read last week that curb appeal is one of the best investments you can make.

 

Curb appeal comes in many forms, but at its core it’s all about making your home feel welcoming and fresh. Whether that comes in the form of landscaping, porch furniture, or a general exterior cleaning is up to you!

 

Take a look at the ways homes on the market right now are taking advantage of spring to look their best. They might just inspire you to join the movement.

Get Inspired By Spring Curb Appeal

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^2616 Polo Lane, PlanoGet Inspired By Spring Curb Appeal

^7301 Trianon Court, ColleyvilleGet Inspired By Spring Curb Appeal

^700 Seeport Drive, AllenGet Inspired By Spring Curb Appeal

^5529 Saint Andrews Court, PlanoGet Inspired By Spring Curb Appeal

^5614 Boca Raton Drive, DallasGet Inspired By Spring Curb Appeal

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Love Where You Live: Walk-in Closet


It’s no secret that walk-in closets are are on the dream-home-wish-list for many home buyers. People love the idea of an organized, open space where their clothes and accessories can be beautifully displayed. Well, today’s feature has all of that and more.

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This walk-in closet, part of the master suite at 6326 Lakehurst Ave. in Dallas’ Preston Hollow, is a sight to behold. What is it missing? Nothing. There’s open storage and covered storage, rows for shoes and rows of drawers, big shelves and little shelves, an island with even more storage and hardwood flooring. If you can dream it, this closet has it.

 

Beyond the closet lie five bedrooms, five bathrooms, two half-baths and 11,000 total sq. ft. of living space. In addition, this Mediterranean-style home also features archways, high ceiling, balconies, a circular driveway, a tile roof, and a three-car garage. Check out all of this and more, here.

 

For more praise-worthy closets, click here.

 

Previous posts from the Love Where You Live series:  Day 1- Master Bathroom, Day 2- Living Room, Day 3- Dining Room, Day 4- Outdoor Space, Day 5- Master Bedroom, Day 6- Breakfast Area, Day 7- Media Room, Day 8- Home Office, Day 9- Kitchen

 

For more Valentine’s ideas, click here

 

Love Where You Live: Home Office


Working from home can be harder than one might think. Family members, TV’s, and a bed just down the hall are only some of the added distractions that come with having a stay-at-home job. So, as part of our Love Where You Live series, we’re featuring a home office that seems to be the perfect place to stay focused and get down to it. And, of course, it’s also beautiful.

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This space appeals to us largely because of the duality of masculine and feminine decor. The wood walls, dark tones and rich leather couch pair very nicely with with the softer notes of the pillows, rug and glass work. The sliding glass doors and large-pane windows bring an airiness to this home office, which may otherwise feel slightly heavy. We also love this room because of its proximity to the covered porch and distance from the busier parts of the home.

 

This beautiful office is part of an equally stunning home at 6414 Deloache Ave. in Preston Hollow. It has five bedrooms, five bathrooms, two half-baths, and 6,215 square feet of living space. On top of that, there’s a formal living room, an open family room and kitchen, an outdoor kitchen, a heated pool and spa, and a putting green. Obviously there’s much more we could say about this listing, but the pictures, here, will tell you more.

 

For more home offices, click here.

 

Previous posts from the Love Where You Live series:  Day 1- Master Bathroom, Day 2- Living Room, Day 3- Dining Room, Day 4- Outdoor Space, Day 5- Master Bedroom, Day 6- Breakfast Area, Day 7- Media Room

 

For more Valentine’s ideas, click here

Love Where You Live: 13 Romantic Rooms


Ok, everyone, there are only two weeks left until Valentine’s Day! No matter your current relationship status, we believe that you should always have a love affair with your home. It’s your own space that should be a sanctuary away from everything else.

 

Over the next two weeks, we’ll have 13 rooms to inspire you to “love where you live,” and get you in the mood for a blissful Valentine’s. Check the Ebby Blog for our daily romanic room and feel the love in the air!

Love Where You Live: 14 Romantic Rooms

We’ll start with the luxurious master bathroom at 6205 Del Norte Lane in Preston Hollow. It’s crisp, clean and feels like a modern spa right off your bedroom. This space is just one feature of this four-bedroom, 4 1/2-bath home, which also includes walls of windows and a large modern kitchen. Just see for yourself by following the previous link.

 

If you need suggestions for Valentine’s, check out our board.

 

Or, to see more bathrooms, click here.

Luxury Living in Big D


 

 

 

Looking for a beautiful new home with an ultra-prestigious Dallas address?

 

The welcoming look and feel of the Texas Hill Country is an obvious expression of the 9,481-square-foot luxury home at 9226 Hathaway, offered by Ebby Halliday’s Linda Jordan Hobbs. Hathaway Street — in beautiful Old Preston Hollow — offers towering trees and a sense of privacy rarely found in a major American city, and is just minutes from downtown Dallas and the Arts District.

 

This exceptional property features limestone walls, a standing-seam metal roof plus an additional 1,400 square feet of covered verandas, terraces, and patios that masterfully merge the indoors and the outdoors.

 

In addition to five bedrooms, 6 ½ baths and three living areas, defining features of this 1.74-acre property include a tennis court, a pool with waterfall, a four-car garage, a large media room and extensive landscaping.

 

Even if you’re not in the market for a new luxury home, we hope you’ll enjoy a few photos of this spectacular Ebby Halliday Realtors listing. If you are, please click here to learn more about this exceptional buying opportunity in prestigious Preston Hollow.

 

 

 

 

 

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