7 Lavish Living Rooms


The living room is the energy hub of a home. It’s a place to gather with loved ones for board game night, catch up on your favorite streaming shows or relax with a book by the cozy fire. With all of us spending more time at home, this space is becoming more important (and utilized) than ever.

 

These 7 living rooms could be a delightful backdrop for quality time, new memories and future gatherings.

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4827 Kelsey Road | Preston Hollow | $2,595,000

 

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6908 Kenwood Avenue | Lakewood | $1,695,000

 

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4300 Lomo Alto Drive #4 | Highland Park | $1,595,000

 

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4 Braemore | North Dallas | $824,900

 

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10465 Sinclair Avenue | East Dallas | $719,000

 

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8922 Fenchurch Road | Lake Highlands | $649,000

 

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1376 Arch Place | The Cedars | $548,000

 

To view more exceptional properties, visit daveperrymiller.com.

Diy Home Decor For Spring


There’s no better time than now to revamp your home. Replace old decor with updated and more lively designs. Instead of shopping for a new item, you can make your own. Enhance your home decor with these easy DIYs.

Painted Pine Cone Flowers

Painted Pine Cone Flowers

You will need clean and dry pine cones, spray paint, acrylic paint, paintbrushes, scissors and a large bowl. Start by removing the pieces from the top of the pine cones using scissors until you’re halfway down. Spray paint the pine cones with your choice of color and use acrylic paint for extra details. Once the paint is dry, place the painted pine cones in a large bowl and make it your new centerpiece.

Rustic Wooden Flower Box

Rustic Wooden Flower Box

Materials needed are silk flowers, paint, paintbrush, box cutter, scissors, pliers, OASIS foam block and a wooden box. First, paint any word you like on the wooden box. Then place the foam block inside the box – you may need to cut the foam into pieces to fit perfectly inside the box. Grab your silk flowers and place them into the foam.

Painted Mason Jars Containers

Painted Mason Jar Containers

You’ll need mason jars, chalk paint, paintbrush, fine sandpaper and jute twine. Be sure the mason jars are clean before you start. Paint the mason jars with one coat of the chalk paint. Once the jars dry completely, use the sandpaper to lightly sand over the paint. Now you have a rustic-style mason jar. Complete the look by wrapping the jute twine around the mason jars and placing whatever you choose inside.

Wooden Wall Sign

Wooden Wall Sign

Grab a wood canvas panel, pencil and a paint pen to create the perfect wall sign. Before using a paint pen, start with a pencil to create an outline of the word you’re going to use. Then, work the paint pen over the outlined word. Once you are done, hang the sign on your wall.

Living Local: Supporting North Texas Small Businesses


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Over the past few weeks, we’ve experienced a major shift in how we approach our daily lives.

 

With Shelter-in-Place orders in effect in North Texas, we’re limited to essential trips only and social distancing is a must. That’s left many of us wondering how we can rally together to support the locally owned businesses we love while abiding by CDC guidelines and Shelter-in-Place orders.

 

Below are a few ways you can show support while protecting the health and safety of yourself and others:

 

Say Something Nice

How great is it that we live in a digital age that makes it so easy to spread a little positivity? Leaving a positive review can go a long way for a business at times like this, and you can do it all from the comfort of your own home.

 

Spread Word of Mouth (digitally, of course)

If you’ve picked up a takeout order or just placed an online order, take a moment to share it on social media. Not only does this let others in our community know a business has pivoted their services at this time, but studies have also shown the impact word of mouth continues to have on a business’ success.

 

Don’t Cancel, Reschedule

Rescheduling an appointment can do wonders for boosting morale. This shows that no matter how long it takes for this situation to clear up, you’re a loyal customer who’s excited to see them later.

 

Purchase Gift Cards

If a business offers digital gift cards, consider buying one for a friend (and, maybe one for you while you’re at it). It’s a great way to practice social distancing while supporting businesses you love.

 

#TakeOutTuesday

Take a break from the leftovers and order takeout. Most bars and restaurants are still open for orders to-go, many with curbside service.

 

And there you have it – five easy ways to show locally-owned North Texas businesses some love.

 

Please remember to practice social distancing, only make trips out for the essentials and stay home if you’re not feeling well. We’re in this together.

 

For additional information regarding COVID-19 and food safety, please refer to the CDC and FDA.

D-Fw Market Likely To Emerge Healthy From Covid-19


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Texas’ largest markets, including Dallas-Fort Worth, are among the U.S. metros least likely to experience a major housing shakeout from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research reported here by Dallas Morning News real estate reporter Steve Brown.

 

The research, by analysts at Attom Data Solutions, found housing markets that will be most negatively affected by COVID-19 and the resulting economic challenges are mostly in the Northeast and Florida.

 

Researchers looked at almost 500 home markets around the country and rated them based on foreclosures, homeowner equity, wages and other factors.

 

“It’s too early to tell how much effect the coronavirus fallout will have on different housing markets around the country,” said Attom Data’s Todd Teta. “But the impact is likely to be significant from region to region and county to county. What we’ve done is spotlight areas that appear to be more or less at risk based on several important factors.

 

“From that analysis, it looks like the Northeast is more at risk than other areas,” Teta said. “As we head into the spring homebuying season, the next few months will reveal how severe the impact will be.”

 

Attom Data estimates the major housing markets most at risk from the virus include four in New Jersey and the New York area, three in Connecticut and 10 from Florida. Only one was in California, and none were located in other West Coast states.

 

“Texas has 10 of the 50 least vulnerable counties from among the 483 included in the report, followed by Wisconsin with seven and Colorado with five,” according to Attom Data. “The 10 counties in Texas include three in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro (Dallas, Collin and Tarrant counties).

 

Click here to read the full article by Steve Brown of The Dallas Morning News.

 

How Housing Markets Fare with COVID-19

Major U.S. Counties Ranked from Worst to Best out of 483 Metros

Worst

8. Ocean, N.J.

9. Essex, N.J.

10. Prince George, Md.

11. Broward, Fla.

12. Bergen, N.J.

13. Cook, Ill.

14. New Haven, Conn.

15. Polk, Fla.

 

Best

479. Harris, Texas

477. Dallas, Texas

468. Denver, Co.

463. King, Wash.

457. Travis, Texas

449. Tarrant, Texas

441. Santa Clara, Calif.

439. Collin, Texas

 

Source: Attom Data Solutions

Local Easter Meals To-Go


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While others are in search of Easter eggs, you may be on the hunt for dinner ideas. 

Save the feast prep and let some of your local favorites save the day, as many restaurants are offering holiday meals for carryout. Browse these five to-go options and remember to order ahead.

 

Dakota’s

It’s never too early to enjoy a meal. Dakota’s is serving a three-course menu, starting with a fruit plate, salad or smoked salmon mini bagels. Their second course offers cinnamon apple French toast, corn beef hash and more. End brunch with some chocolate mousse, coconut cream pie or key lime pie.

 

Dragonfly

Dragonfly is offering delicious starters like blue crab deviled eggs and entrée options from smoked salmon avocado toast to roasted halibut. Don’t forget to save some room for the cinnamon roll bread pudding.

 

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

Enjoy a four-course meal from the comfort of your home. Eddie V’s Prime Seafood created a special Easter menu consisting of shrimp cocktail, salad, herb-roasted tenderloin and dessert towards the end.

 

Fearing’s Restaurant

Searching for just the right Easter brunch to-go? Fearing’s offers a variety of options. Get started with Alaskan king crab and roasted Nova Scotia halibut for your main dish. Top it off with either carrot cake or warm chocolate fondue.

 

Parigi

Celebrate the holiday with a delightful and fulfilling meal. Through Parigi, you can start out with your choice of a salad. The three-course meal is followed by the main dish and two sides, including short ribs or roasted chicken, and dessert.

Statewide Essential Services Notice To Our Clients


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The safety and well-being of our clients, employees and agents is always our top priority. Per the Executive Order issued by Governor Abbott on March 31, 2020 with an effective period of April 2nd through April 30, we are providing the below information with respect to our businesses and services. Our goal is to meet the needs of our clients while doing our part to take proactive measures to help keep all of you safe.

 

Can the Ebby Halliday Companies perform their services at this time?

 

* Yes, per the Governor’s Executive Order, real estate services have been deemed an essential service within the State of Texas.

* For the health and safety of our workforce, we have executed our remote-work plan.

* In addition, our Core Services partners Prosperity Mortgage, Texas Premier Title, HSTX Title and Home Team Insurance also remain fully operational. These companies are classified as Essential Businesses as Financial Services.

 

What does this mean for my current listing?

 

* Your listing will continue to display 24/7 across all our websites (ebby.com/daveperrymiller.com/williamstrew.com). Prospective buyers can still view all information about your property and connect with your listing agent directly through the website and over the phone to request additional information.

* Per the Executive Order, if you permit, showings may still take place with adherence to the CDC and local health officials’ hygienic and social distancing guidelines, including the wearing of masks by all agents and prospective buyers. However, this is a decision all sellers will make based on their

individual circumstances.

* We are advising against Open Houses at this time due to the difficulty in enforcing CDC social distancing at such events.

* Together, with our Core Services departments, we have streamlined the process for you, allowing:

– All contracts to be executed electronically;

– Complete online and over the phone loan application and approval process;

– Online insurance review and coverage; and

– Enhanced closing process between our mortgage and title partners, allow more documents to be signed online, and the rest can be signed in our title offices or via a mobile notary closer from your home or place of convenience.

* Your agent will continue to promote your home through our websites, social media channels and via video.

 

What does this mean for my current home search?            

 

* All listings across North Texas will continue to appear on the websites of the Ebby Halliday Companies.

* Showings may be conducted, if allowed by the seller and if handled under the standards set by the CDC and local health officials for hygienic practices and social distancing, including the wearing of masks by all parties.

* In the event you choose to write an offer on a property, you can:

– Sign all contracts and forms electronically;

– Complete online and over the phone loan application and approval process;

– Complete your insurance review and obtain coverage; and

– Shorten the closing process by partnering with our mortgage and title partners, allowing more documents to be signed online, and the rest can be signed in our title offices or via a mobile notary closer from your home or place of convenience.

 

What if I have a pending contract?

 

* The Executive Order allows us to continue to service your contract all the way through closing.

* Our Core Services partners remain open and operating. Your lending, title and insurance needs will be fully met and your agent can continue to guide you through the process.

* Mobile Closings offer you the opportunity to sign necessary documents from your home or other convenient location. In addition, you will still be able to close in our title offices.

* In the event a party cannot close due to the circumstances presented by the COVID-19 crisis, your agents have access to the appropriate forms to extend the closing if agreed to by all parties.

 

Stay healthy and be well!

6 Wfh-Worthy Home Offices


Working from home has its challenges. Like getting the right tech gear and office supplies at home, one of those obstacles might just be finding the perfect space in your house to be the most productive.

While many people are making the switch to work remotely, we’ve gathered 6 home offices that will make you never want to leave your desk seat.

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4955 Wedgewood Lane | Preston Hollow | $6,595,000

 

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5020 Park Lane | Preston Hollow | $6,395,000

 

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2555 N Pearl Street #1704 | Ritz Carlton | $2,975,000

 

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11516 Royalshire Drive | North Dallas | $2,600,000

 

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5849 Versailles Avenue | Frisco | $1,425,000

 

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6174 Vickery Boulevard | Lakewood | $928,000

To view more exceptional properties, visit daveperrymiller.com.

Thank You


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All of us at the Ebby Halliday Companies would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to those who are working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic – in North Texas and across the world. We are forever indebted to everyone who is working tirelessly during this unprecedented situation.

 

Thank you to health care workers, police officers, firefighters, grocery store workers, delivery drivers and countless other individuals who continue to work so bravely during this time. Your daily sacrifices allow us to have a well-functioning society and bring us hope for a brighter future.

 

Thank you to those in leadership positions, including the many individuals who are working day and night to do everything you can to help us through this time of crisis. As we are aware, the worst may be yet to come, so we are appreciative of your leadership in the days ahead.

 

Thank you to teachers, who almost overnight became online educators. And thank you to parents, many of whom are now are not only coordinating children’s education but also working from home for the first time.

 

Thank you to our neighbors, friends and family members – and our many valued clients who entrust us with your real estate needs. The worst of times has the potential to bring out the best in us – and across North Texas and around the world, we have witnessed neighbors helping neighbors, and those who have extra reaching out to those who do not have enough.

 

The Ebby Halliday Companies are rooted in North Texas and it has been our honor to serve this great region for 75 years. We have seen the good times and the bad times. We believe strongly that we will reach the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic a stronger and more compassionate region. Be safe, put your own and your family’s health as your first priority, and continue to help our neighbors and communities. We are in this together.

Home Office Essentials


Working from home provides plenty of advantages, such as being able to freely decorate your entire workspace. Enhancing your desk area makes it look aesthetically pleasing and can help boost your productivity.

The following desk accessories will allow you to work with confidence and style in the comfort of your accommodation.

 

desk

Moroccan Inlay Desk | $1,598

chair

Mid-Century Swivel Office Chair | $399

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Orchids in Gold Mercury Containers | $214

diffuser

Vitruvi Essential Oil Diffuser | $119

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Codify Pencil Holder | $48

planner

2020 Planner & Pen Set | $34

lamp

Ranarp Work Lamp | $33

organizer

Tosca Desk Organizer | $30

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Gilded File Holder | $25

storage

Desktop Organizer Storage Rack | $25