Colorful Children Rooms’ Designs Can Be as Inspiring as the Kids Themselves


As I peruse pictures of the luxury properties we market, the rooms for children always stand out in the photo galleries.

“You can sort of push the limits in those rooms with color and make a splash,” interior designer Carrie Holland says. “Big, bold statements that you wouldn’t necessarily do in other rooms in the house.”

Here are a few examples of creatively decorated children’s rooms from our current listings:

What young cowpoke wouldn’t be ready to saddle up and attack the day after waking up in this room? It’s one of three bedrooms at 10244 Best Drive, which Karen Fry is marketing for $479,000.

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There are five bedrooms at 6038 Waggoner Drive, and there’s no doubt that these two are occupied by a boy and a girl based on their color schemes. Julie Provenzano is marketing the property for $1,350,000.

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Of course, paint doesn’t have to be applied solely through rollers. A little brushwork can add flair to a child’s room, as evidenced by 6537 Northwood Road. The house is being marketed by Martha & McKamy Tiner for $1,400,000.

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Here’s an even more elaborate example of a mural from another of one of Provenzano’s listings at 4740 Paxton Lane. The owners of this Frisco fairy tale would be willing to let it go for $859,000.

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Finally, check out the carpet used in the playroom at 3536 Villanova Street, which Jonathan Thayer is marketing for $2,675,000. Any kids growing up in this house can count on sitting on the crimson side of the Texas-OU game.

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Get the Most Out of Your Kitchen!


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Organization, decor, and storage seem to be the hallmarks of beautiful and functional kitchens. If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, you know that pleasing aesthetics and the right organization make all the difference in the world. If you’re still trying to achieve the perfect balance of beauty and function in your kitchen we’ve got three great links to share with you.

Check out this list of 23 Kitchen Organization and Storage Tips. From under the sink storage to pantry organization, this list is the ultimate guide no matter what size or type of kitchen you have. Our favorite? The fabulous in-drawer organization that is tip #9.

If you’re lacking shelf space in your kitchen or pantry, see this easy step-by-step for DIY Floating Shelves. The guide is for a laundry room, but we think it would be perfect for almost any area where you need a little extra shelf space.

We love all the ideas in this piece for 10 Unexpected Ways to Add Color to Your Kitchen. There’s so much to be inspired by in the kitchen, so why not make your decor one of them? With these ideas you’ll add pops of color and give your kitchen a breath of fresh air that might just inspire you to whip up some new favorite dishes.

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Dave Perry Miller & Associates is a premiere residential real estate firm with five locations that specialize in marketing the key areas of the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, Uptown, Lakewood, East Dallas and Kessler Park. Dave Perry-Miller & Associates is a member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and Luxury Portfolio International. For more information on luxury living, please contact Dave Perry Miller & Associates at 214-369-6000. Also visit daveperrymiller.com/blog for the latest news in Dallas real estate.

Hottest Outdoor Design Trends 2014


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The American Society of Landscape Architects recently surveyed landscape architects who specialize in residential design across the U.S. to predict the most popular trends for outdoor design in 2014. Here’s the breakdown:

94.2% believed gardens and landscaped spaces were somewhat or very popular, 92% believed outdoor living spaces- i.e. outdoor kitchens and entertaining areas- were somewhat or very popular, and, finally, spaces for outdoor recreation were seen as popular by 75.8%.

Across all categories, lighting was thought to be somewhat or very in-demand by 98.3% of respondents. In second place were seating/dining areas, at 97.7%. Fire pits/fireplaces came in third with 95.4% of the votes, and grills took fourth overall with 94.3%.

“Homeowners know that designed landscapes add value to their lives as well as their property values,” said ASLA Executive Vice President and CEO Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA. “They’re interested in livable, open spaces that are both stylish and earth friendly.”

Terraces, patios, and decks were also high on people’s lists, voted popular by 97.7% of respondents.

Lucky for you,we’ve got homes that fit the criteria of all of these trends!

Head over to www.daveperrymiller.com, and find your dream backyard.

Too see all the result of this survey, click here.

To start the search for your dream home – WITH your dream backyard – click here!

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Dave Perry Miller & Associates is a premiere residential real estate firm with five locations that specialize in marketing the key areas of the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, Uptown, Lakewood, East Dallas and Kessler Park. Dave Perry-Miller & Associates is a member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and Luxury Portfolio International. For more information on luxury living, please contact Dave Perry Miller & Associates at 214-369-6000. Also visit daveperrymiller.com/blog for the latest news in Dallas real estate.

These fabulous front doors showcase a hot trend in home design


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In one of our recent posts, we shared some of the most popular home design trends for the year, one of which is the design statement many homeowners are making via their front doors. To that end, we thought it would be inspiring to spotlight a handful of the city’s most detailed and gorgeous front doors.

Take a look at the interior and exterior detail of the front door at 4346 Park Ln., located in Preston Hollow. Framed in metal, the tempered glass front door features ornate iron sculpturing that ties in beautifully to other interior accents, such as the entryway staircase and the black diamond detailing in the Venetian tiling. The iron design is also matched with the delicate railing lining the side of the front steps.

5110 Meaders Ln. boasts double glass front doors that allow for ample sunlight to illuminate the entryway, and they perfectly complement the wall of windows at the back of the house. The rectangular gold hardware carries through the pattern of the glass, while the white door frame adds to the bright, open, airy design of this ranch-style property.

The home at 3624 Bryn Mawr Dr. in University Park features an imported antique wooden front door, complete with handsome black iron hardware and exceptional ornamentation and paneling. This oversized and unique double-door entry makes a bold yet inviting statement.

The door at 6229 Aberdeen Ave. exemplifies a study in mixed materials. The top of the door is designed with tempered glass and swirling black iron detailing, while the bottom half is solid wood embellished with carved paneling. The black and tan coloring of the door flows through the interior with the staircase’s patterned carpeting as well as the railing, accented with black iron swoops.

Is there a front door in your neighborhood that you’re especially fond of? Share your thoughts in the comment box below.

Home Design Trends Present in Dallas Homes


Home design evokes a mood, stirs inspiration or reflects the sign of the times. From paint colors to wood tones to accessory styles, you’ll always find something new and interesting in design trends from year to year, and 2014 is no exception.

Dave Perry-Miller & Associates brings you highlights of the year’s best home design trends, beautifully on display in some of the city’s most exquisite residences.

Fantastic front doors
Did you know that the color of your front door can offer a peek into your interior design style? From dramatic red to modern black, more and more residents are making design statements via the front door.

These two gorgeous homes, 5919 Ellsworth Ave., located near White Rock Lake, and the traditional elegance of 7826 Bryn Mawr Dr., illustrate the power of front door color.

Tile and flooring trends
Even the most discerning designers advocate mixing and matching metal, stone, glass, jewels and woods for countertops, flooring, staircases and other surfaces. The home at 5426 Royal Ln. demonstrates innovation and sophistication by juxtaposing metals, stones and textures throughout. The powder room at One Green Park Dr. is a mix of modern glass tile and stone countertops.

And just look at the gorgeous staircase at 3828 Turtle Creek Dr., where each wooden step is intricately inlaid with Mediterranean-style ceramic tile. Another tiling, flooring and countertop trend: white surfaces, particularly in kitchens. All-white rooms create a fresh and airy atmosphere.

Center stage ceilings
Ceilings can be ornate and attention-getting with on-trend molding, gorgeous pendant and hanging lighting, and paint or finishes. The dining room ceiling at 9823 Preston Rd. is detail-rich and dramatic — perfect for a traditional look.

For a study in beautiful wood-beamed ceilings, look no further than 4223 Bordeaux Ave., in Highland Park, or 6810 Turtle Creek Blvd., which features rustic detailing.

Lighting looks
Trends in lighting are one of the easiest to take on. From table lamps to floor lighting, you can move lamps from room to room to change the ambience in a snap.

This year, geometrical and faceted lamps, typically in bold colors, are in demand. Metal wall sconces are in vogue, as evidenced by 7242 Lakewood Blvd., as are metal pendant lamps, such as the one showcased in the dining room at 5866 Lakehurst Ave. For the kitchen, the striking glass chandeliers you see at 5816 Del Roy Dr. add refinement and drama.

Conquer the closet and more tips for tidiness


We’ve all been there: the mad dash to dress for an event and your left shoe has pulled a disappearing act. The frantic pantry search for that one ingredient you need to complete your signature dish. The elusive car keys, the vanishing billfold, the glove that got away.

Striving for order and organization this year? Here are a few techniques, compliments of Dave Perry Miller & Associates, to help you stay in sync.

Conquering the closet
We turned to Real Simple, the de facto publication for home organization, to help us make sense of a chaotic closet. Following this checklist, the publication’s experts recommend hanging additional rods (easy breezy to install) so you can spread out clothing and identify pieces clearly and swiftly.

Real Simple’s experts also advise using baskets to store off-season accessories, as well as installing a valet hook for dry cleaning or to plan outfits for parties.

Managing the mud room
Mud rooms are forever prone to messiness. HGTV provides “22 Storage and Decorating Ideas” to help you make the most of the typically small space.

Of importance: a bench for taking off and putting on shoes, for preparing a backpack or book bag, or for providing a place to wait for the rest of the crew. HGTV’s experts say other must-haves include hooks (for children, label each hook and make them low enough so the little ones can hang up their own coats and gear), an umbrella basket and a full-length mirror.

Another tip: have one basket for keys and wallets, and one for hats and gloves. These items often go missing so now they’ll have a cozy home — and you’ll save time and energy searching for them.

Putting the pantry in order
Get in the zone. This is one of the best ideas we’ve discovered for organizing the pantry, and it comes courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens. BH&G’s experts recommend “zoning,” or keeping your food in order by creating categories and then designating pantry real estate for each.

This way, similar items are in one area, giving you a crystal clear snapshot of what you have, so you can save time hunting for that bottle of Tahitian vanilla extract or jar of herbs de Provence.

Do you have organization tips to share? We welcome your thoughts and ideas. Please use the space below to comment.

Dave Perry Miller & Associates is a premiere residential real estate firm with five locations that specialize in marketing the key areas of the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, Uptown, Lakewood, East Dallas and Kessler Park. Dave Perry-Miller & Associates is a member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and Luxury Portfolio International. For more information on luxury living, please contact Dave Perry Miller & Associates at 214-369-6000. Also visit daveperrymiller.com/blog for the latest news in Dallas real estate.

Expert Advice to Turn Those New Year’s Home Resolutions into Reality


Look for different areas in your home to reorganize, like a bathroom. Reorganizing this contemporary bathroom at One Green Park Dr. brightened up the space.

In every nook, within any cranny, there’s a resolution waiting to be made. An area to reorganize. A chair to restore. A renovation to complete. There’s a sense of true pride when you finally finish a home project and gaze upon your masterful work.

If you’ve made your project a New Year’s home resolution, the satisfaction is even more divine. At Dave Perry Miller & Associates, we have an array of ideas on how you can turn your New Year’s home resolutions into reality.

I resolve to reorganize.
If you’ve pledged that this is the year you’ll reorganize the game room, craft room (our favorite space to store off-season extras) or even guest room, then start by devising a plan. Take inventory, decide what stays and what goes, and keep your eye on the prize.

Experts recommend creating a staging area where you place anything that’s staying, as well as a secondary area where you place anything that’s being moved out. Last but not least, buy the proper shelving and containers to store and organize your possessions that made the cut.

I resolve to restore.
Furniture restoration is an undertaking for the ambitious; however, if you have big plans for that midcentury chair or visions of artistic beauty for an antique French armoire, then do your homework, have all of your supplies, and follow advice from the experts, such as these helpful tips from TLC, The Learning Channel. Don’t forget to take before and after pictures of your restored piece!

I resolve to renovate.
You’ve long wanted to replace the hardwoods, redo the master bath with Carrera marble, or overhaul the outside kitchen and loggia. Whatever space is on your radar, home renovation takes time, patience and tenacity.

It all starts with your vision — and finding the right professionals for the job. When hiring a contractor, ask for references and check his track record. You can begin the learning process with this helpful article published by the pros at MarthaStewart.com.

Good Luck with all of your New Year’s Resolutions!

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