Touch Up Your Porch With A Unique Pumpkin


It’s the time of year when pumpkin-filled porches are seen in every neighborhood anticipating the welcome of trick-or-treaters. Adorn your stoop with something different this Halloween and draw inspiration from these unique pumpkin decorating ideas.

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Unicorn Dreams

Using a few basic craft supplies (think acrylic paint, clay, a hot glue gun), customize any pumpkin into the dreamy-eyed face of a sweet mystical creature or your favorite  pet.

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Glitz & Glam

With a little glue or paint and a lot of glitter, have fun mixing designs and colors for pumpkins that sparkle.

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Autumnal Bouquet

The easiest pumpkin you’ll ever carve requires slicing off the top, clearing the insides, inserting flowers and you have a pretty pumpkin bouquet — it even makes for the perfect centerpiece well into November.

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Chalk It Up

With a coat or two of chalk paint, you can swap out Halloween messages and spooky silhouettes for days.

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Spray It Gold

A can of spray paint and a cardboard box are all you need to make simple, chic pumpkins in any color scheme — but isn’t everything prettier in gold?

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Melted Magic

Just as it sounds, melt wax (or crayons) in your favorite color combinations for a unique work of art. A bit trickier than the rest, but worth the extra effort.

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Constellation Creation

Get creative with paint designs by doodling your favorite constellations and add a ribbon or two for good measure.

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Gorgeous Gourds

Mix and match your favorite glitter and metallic paints for stylish, hand-crafted cuteness.

Get Festive With Fall-Ready Porches


October is in full swing and fall weather can’t come fast enough. Whether you’re dreaming of enjoying the crisp air, watching colorful leaves fall or spending afternoons with coffee and a good read, consider these front porches for every autumn occasion.

 

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3816 Miramar Avenue | Highland Park | $4,295,000

 

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2908 Southwestern Boulevard | University Park | $1,375,000

 

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5255 Vickery Boulevard | Vickery Place | $1,050,000

 

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1524 Cedar Hill Avenue | Kessler Park | $995,000

 

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8914 Santa Clara Drive | Little Forest Hills | $697,000

 

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10105 Ridgehaven Drive | Lake Highlands | $580,000

 

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905 N Montclair Avenue | Kessler Park | $450,000

 

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1219 Stafford Street | Kessler Park | $450,000

 

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208 N Brighton Avenue | Kessler Park | $375,000

 

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837 Melba Street | Kessler Park | $355,000

 

 

The Latest Home Decor Trends For 2019


Whether you are looking to overhaul your space or simply change a few accents to update your favorite room, we have researched some of the hottest trends to help you modernize your favorite room. Take a look at some of our favorite home décor trends and get inspired to update your abode.

 

ANTIQUE PIECES

These pieces are trending in the design space in a big way. Incorporate an antique into your living or dining room area for an interesting conversation piece.

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ADD A POP OF COLOR

Update a space with a rich pop of color for fall. Pinks and greens are go-to colors for many but for a bold statement, incorporate rich reds in pillows, curtains or furnishings.

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EMBRACE ORANGE

Fall’s staple color orange has been an accent color for years and now, it is coming into its own. For a daring change, try orange walls or flooring in your space.

 

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BOLD BIOPHILIA

Embrace the outdoors with a biophilic design in your home. Incorporate plants or highlight your garden area to bring the outdoors in.

 

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Lavish Accessories And Furnishings For Your Dream Home


It truly is the details that make a house a home. From furniture and lighting to bedding and storage, each piece makes a statement about the space, and therefore, the people in it. It is important to take the time to make the right selections in order to bring forth your own personality and a true sense of luxury when decorating your home.

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For the Dining Room: Boca Do Lobo Soho Sideboard

This stunning piece of furniture offers a pop of bold color that will make it a certain conversation piece. Made from wood and tempered glass, the lines on this sideboard are sharp and contrasting, giving it the power to pull together an otherwise neutral dining room. The variety of shapes and colors offers an eclectic dash of personality without sacrificing the feel of luxury and style. This piece is sure to be a unique standout that can act as a guide for the rest of your decorating choices.

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For the Living Room: Restoration Hardware Ventana Rug

Nothing says luxury quite like a unique, carefully crafted rug. This stunning Ventana rug is sophisticated and suave. Its artisan construction ensures that no two rugs are exactly alike, giving you a one-of-a-kind piece to build your living room furnishings. This hand-woven rug is as versatile as it is beautiful and would be an incredible addition to your luxury home.

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For the Bedroom: Sferra Giza 45 Trina Collection

You will spend approximately one-third of your life in bed, so shouldn’t your bedding offer the most luxurious comfort available? The Sferra Giza 45 Trina collection does exactly that. Made in Italy using 100 percent Egyptian cotton, there is no finer combination of style and coziness. This collection will envelop you in softness and provide a stunning backdrop for your entire bedroom decor ensemble.

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For the Entryway: Lindsey Adelman Burst Chandelier

This breathtaking Burst chandelier from coveted designer Lindsey Adelman “bursts” with personality and would turn any entryway into a showstopper. Wow your guests from the moment they step into your home with this expressive collection of handblown glass globes and gold foil edges. Choose from clear or opaque design options to best fit your overall scheme for the home.

 

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6 Ways to Help Your Guests Feel at Home


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Here are some quick tips that will make your guests feel at home during their stay.

Cheat sheet

Create a home cheat sheet that provides your guests with the Wi-Fi code, instructions to turn on the television, garage code, and any other amenities they may need. Be sure to include your address, landline number and emergency contact information.

Spare samples

Hotel toiletries and deluxe samples placed in a glass jar look elegant displayed in the guest bathroom. Your guests will like the availability of extra products, especially if they may have forgotten something.

Fresh flowers

Plants or well-crafted flower arrangements in the guest room add brightness and freshness that anyone will appreciate.

Cozy essentials

To create the ultimate retreat for your guests, place a basket in the corner with items that will make them comfortable. Think soft throw blankets, magazines, bottled water, snacks and a reading light.

Freshen up

Make sure to leave extra towels and washcloths in the bathroom so guests can always use dry ones. An extra toothbrush is a nice touch, too.

Sense of smell

Adding a candle or diffuser to the guest suite is always a good idea. Be careful, however, because not all guests love the smell of warm vanilla. Avoid polarizing scents and use neutral fragrances, such as fresh linen. A small bottle of room or linen spray is also a great addition to the room.

Father’s Day Gift Finds Dad Will Love


With Father’s Day right around the corner, don’t miss out on providing something a little extra this year. To really light up dad’s eyes, we’ve chosen five gifts he will enjoy.

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Dunhill Hampstead Leather Travel Bag | $1,795

Whether on a business trip or a quick weekend getaway, this perfect duffel ensures the perfect experience. Let dad travel in style this year with an elegant leather bag from Alfred Dunhill.

 

 

 

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Conquer a true classic with a bright and bold acrylic chess set. This set makes for a perfect permanent display in any man-cave, or ready to play on a cocktail table.

 

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Uncommon Goods Personalized Whiskey Barrel | $85-$200

For many, the perfect remedy after a long day at the office is a nice glass of whiskey on the rocks. With this miniature, personalized oak barrel that ages spirits to peak flavor, offer dad a personal spin to his favorite whiskey brand.

 

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Black-Handled BBQ Set with Storage Case | $129.95

It might be time to retire old, worn-out grilling accessories. This tool set includes a two-prong fork, spatula, tongs, a basting brush and, not to mention, a durable steel case. After all, the Fourth of July is right around the corner. Let dad grill in style.

 

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Art of Shaving Full Size Kit with Pure Shaving Brush | $120

Shaving can be tedious. Spice up the experience with a full-size kit of handcrafted accessories and quality ingredients that makes the entire shaving process an enjoyable and seamless one.

A guide to painting brick walls


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Brick walls are an excellent way to give your interiors an industrial look, but the decor isn’t for everyone.

If the brick interior in your home makes the space feel small or dark, consider a coat — or several — of paint. Choosing a light, neutral paint color will mask the brick’s inherently urban look and make your space feel fresher. Opt for a water-based acrylic paint in a semi-gloss or gloss finish to highlight the brick’s texture and retain a bit of edge with the new appearance.

Make sure the brick and mortar are structurally sound before going ahead with your project. If there is too much moisture inside the brick, speak to a professional for guidance. Because brick is porous, moisture levels are a prime concern: too much could cause the paint to chip or cause bigger issues.

Follow these steps to update your brick walls successfully.

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Prep and clean

Move away or cover furniture with a tarpaulin or old sheets to protect your belongings during the painting process.

Then, using a stiff nylon brush, clean the brick and mortar of any loose dirt and dust, then vacuum residue. Once the larger particles are removed, scrub the bricks with a wire brush and a simple soap and water mixture.

For something stronger, clean with a trisodium phosphate mixture (a half-cup mixed with a gallon of water). For mildew, mix one part of bleach to three parts of water. Experts discourage acid cleaning solutions, which could cause paint to chip.

Let your wall or fireplace dry for at least 24 hours. If the brick feels cold, it needs more drying time.   

 

Fill in the gaps

Use spackle to fill small gaps and cracks and caulk for larger gaps. This allows for a smoother finish when priming and painting.

 

Paint with patience

Once your surface is clean and dry, apply a latex primer with a nylon polyester brush about 2- to 3-inches wide to the perimeter of the wall. Use a nap roller about half an inch to 1.25 inches in diameter to apply the rest of the primer. The rougher the surface, the larger the roller must be to push the primer into the pores and grooves of the brick and mortar.

Work in small sections starting from the top of the wall. Use your paintbrush to smooth out drips as quickly as possible.

Allow your primer to fully dry per the manufacturer’s instructions. Apply another coat of primer if needed.

Then, paint the wall with your paint roller first and follow-up with a paintbrush around the edges of the wall and between mortar joints.

Let dry for at least 24 hours.

 

Admire your work

Once you’ve completed your project, your room will feel entirely different. Exposed brick has an edge to it. When painted, it can change the tone of your room — from sophisticated to dramatic — depending on your chosen paint color.

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Make a Statement: Tech for Luxury Homes


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Smart phones have brought information and convenience to our fingertips and recent innovations in technology will soon bring this same ease to appliances in the home. Take a look at these high-tech home gadgets and bring your space into the 21st century.

 

The GeniCan

BLOG_GENICANThe GeniCan is the kitchen gadget that you never knew you needed. The device has a small, Wi-Fi-connected scanner that fits easily into most garbage bins and keeps track of products and goods by scanning their barcodes as they are discarded. The handy gadget then adds the items to a digital grocery list that users can access in the GeniCan app. For items without barcodes (fruit, vegetables or hand-boxed candies), the gadget takes a quick photo using the built-in camera and adds the product to the grocery list in the app.

 

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Wireless technology has taken the world by storm, however many users are still buried under a sea of wires when they need to charge their devices. The Grovemade Brass Wireless Charging Pad is a sleek smartphone charger that cuts down on wires and caters to users that value both aesthetics and functionality. The device allows users to charge their smart phone on a unique pad with a chic, minimalistic cork and brass design. This elegantly crafted charging station is compatible with most smartphones, including iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, 8 and 8 Plus, and all Qi-enabled devices.

 

Vivint Home Security

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Looking to upgrade your home security? Vivint is ideal for homeowners looking to incorporate smart home technology, but prefer to forgo the DIY option. Their comprehensive service enlists a trained professional to install smart locks, indoor and outdoor cameras and monitors, which are controlled using an easy to use touchscreen monitor. The service also has an award-winning human monitoring system, allowing access to Vivint staff. To monitor activity away from the home, users have access to the entire network via the app, which is available on most smartphone devices.

 

Looking for more gadgets to upgrade your home? Check out the Ring Video Doorbell Pro.

 

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Making a Statement with Wallpaper


Paper beats paint! According to Pinterest, searches for bold print wallpaper on the social media inspo-board are up 401% within the last year.

Wallpaper had its heyday between the ’70s and ’90s, but is it making a comeback? We’ve gathered a few trendy wallpaper designs that will make you think twice.

 

Keeping it Simple

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We won’t get wild with wallpaper patterns just yet. This striped platinum wallpaper is elegant and luxurious without the effort. If you look at it close enough, the wallpaper is lined by crystal beads for an extra touch.

 

 

Honoring History

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A true local! Gracie Studio has been in the wallpaper business since 1898. Today, their collections are housed in three locations, including Dallas.

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We’re loving the ‘Silver Silhouette’ design by Becky Shea & Elsa Soyars and ‘Marble Shimmer’ by Talla Skogmo.

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Gracie Studio currently has four collections, ranging from beautiful Japanese designs to landscapes. Pictured above is the ‘French Pastoral Scene’ from the Panoramic Landscapes collection.

 

 

Peel + Stick

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Need an easy fix for bare walls? Peel and stick wallpaper can be a temporary solution. This sketched floral print design is sure to brighten up any room. 

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Or if you’re already in the summer mood, give tropical prints a try.

 

 

Bold and Bright

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If you like a lot of color, Kate Zaremba Company has the wallpaper you need! Her designs are bold, fun and eco-friendly. The ‘City Plan’ design is the perfect scene-setter for a kids room.

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Or if you want to get funky, ‘Getting Handsy’ is so creative. The design was made by actual hand cutouts and is worth getting a hold of.

 

Visit the Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Pinterest for more wallpaper inspiration.

Spring Florals to Brighten Your Garden


April showers bring May flowers. Whether you’re looking to give a garden a complete makeover or add a pop of color to your porch, we’ve gathered a list of beautiful flowers that will make a scene this spring.

 

Marigolds

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Marigolds bloom in rich orange and yellow colors. They’re known for tolerating the Texas heat and repelling insects from garden plants.

 

Zinnias

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When planted in the spring, Zinnias bloom big in the summer. The flower brings a burst of color to a garden and they also attract butterflies.

 

Cosmos

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Another flower that sits well in the Texas heat, cosmos grow abundantly. They’re low-maintenance and come in a wide range of colors for a vibrant outdoor oasis.

 

Plumbago

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Plumbago, also known as the sky flower, falls in the shrub category. The bright blue flower blooms in clusters and grows well with a lot of sun or light shade.

 

Celosia

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Celosias are also called cockscomb because the flowers resemble a rooster head. The shape creates a dramatic effect to any garden.

 

For more ideas on how to improve your spring garden, visit our Pinterest board.