5 Must-Have Easter Home Decor Additions


Easter weekend is just a few days away. If you’re getting ready for the festivities with family and guests, here are a few elegant pieces to catch for those last-minute touches.

GREEN HEREND RABBIT FIGURINE

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This vintage porcelain trinket will add a pop of color to any living space with its unique green design. Perfect as a centerpiece or filling in shelf spaces.

SPRINGTIME GARDEN PLATTER

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A terra bianca platter made to be the center of attraction on your tabletop this Easter. Each piece by Vietri was handmade in Italy and radish design keeps the spring look alive.

EASTER EGG NEST WREATH

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Talk about a beautiful and busy centerpiece! It’s handcrafted from California-grown oak moss, lavender, pink globes, ammobium and Santa Cruz oregano. Comes with chocolate eggs for your guests’ sweet tooth.

BUNNY RABBIT ACCENT PILLOWS

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These pillows from the ED by Ellen DeGeneres collection are subtle, yet adorable. They add a wonderful touch to any seat in the house (and there are more options if you’re looking for a year-round look.)

EASTER RABBIT TOPIARY

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Wow your guests before they walk through your doors with this lovely greenery. Made out of preserved boxwood, you can bring it indoors and keep as a timeless Easter staple.

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The Spring 2019 Fine Home Collection Is Now Available


The spring 2019 edition of Fine Home Collection magazine recently mailed to approximately 55,000 households across North Texas. Fine Home Collection is the luxury home publication of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, part of the Ebby Halliday family of companies, which is an affiliate of Berkshire Hathaway.

In addition to featuring some of North Texas’ premier luxury properties, the ninth edition of Fine Home Collection includes editorial content that spotlights local business owners, artists and neighborhoods:

  • “The Art of Choosing Art” gets experienced designer Barbara Gilbert’s thoughts on finding pieces to fill your empty spaces with joy.
  • “Sweet Success” will give you a taste of the artistic – and delectable – endeavors of local chocolatier, Kate Weiser.
  • The Typo Neighborhood” shines a light on the next hot spot in North Oak Cliff.
  • “An Organized Life” recounts a visit with Valerie Wood, owner of Neat Method – Dallas, a California-based company at the forefront of the home organization phenomenon.

Visit dpmmagazine.com to see the online version of the spring 2019 Fine Home Collection. Print copies may also be picked up at Royal Blue Grocery in Highland Park Village and at their location downtown at 1800 Main St.

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Where to Find Luxury Bedding


 

Spring and spring cleaning are upon us, and what better way to freshen up your home than with new bedding?

 

Studies say about one-third of our lives are spent sleeping — that’s approximately 33 years. Use your time wisely and invest in luxurious bedding that will help you get your maximum beauty rest.

 

Brooklinen 

Where to Find Luxury Bedding

 

New York-based Brooklinen is a direct-to-consumer luxury brand that specializes in 100-percent cotton bedding in an array of stylish colors and patterns. Brooklinen uses single-ply yarn in a 300-thread count to create soft sheets that are chemical and wrinkle free. Its down comforters and pillows are sustainably sourced from Canadian duck down to maintain high quality at a low cost to its customers.

 

Coyuchi 

Where to Find Luxury Bedding

 

Goop-approved Coyuchi is more than just linen and cotton bedspreads. The company prides itself in the work it does to ensure sustainable environmental and humane practices in its production process. The brand is not only fair-trade certified but is made with nontoxic fibers, contributes directly to environmental organization through the 1% For The Planet program and uses biodegradable packaging.

 

Leontine Linens  

Where to Find Luxury Bedding

 

Cult-favorite Leontine Linens was founded in New Orleans in 1996 with tradition in mind. The linens — which can be embroidered and customized — are meant to last a lifetime and get softer with each wash. Emblazon the products with initials for the perfect gift.

 

Morrow 

Where to Find Luxury Bedding

 

Los Angeles-based Morrow has the cool factor down for its 100-percent flax linen bedding. The textiles, which use less water and don’t require pesticides, are sourced from France and made in an ethical factory in China. Linen bedding is temperature regulating, meaning it will wick away moisture and keep you cool during Dallas’ hot summer nights.

 

Parachute 

Where to Find Luxury Bedding

 

Founded in 2014, Parachute is the ultimate conglomeration of sustainability and luxury. The brand uses 100-percent Egyptian cotton and Turkish cotton for its sheets and towels and European flax for its linen. Returned purchases are donated to Habitat for Humanity, while every Venice bedding set sold gives one bed net to families to protect against malaria.

 

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How to Make Your Bed


 

How to Make Your Bed

 

Advocates of making the bed in the morning constantly sing praises of the task’s life-changing abilities.

 

Many experts say that a well-made bed in the morning is the springboard for a productive and accomplished day. Others say that making the bed is a time-tested method of improving moods and lowering stress. And, of course, a made bed immediately makes a bedroom look put together.

 

So what exactly are the components of an ideally made bed?

 

Iron it out

 

Ironing or steaming the sheets to be wrinkle free creates a beautiful foundation for a crisp, clean bed.

 

To start, fold sheets down to a manageable size, either in half or in thirds. Fold crosswise to prevent creases from showing. Work in sections and flatten wrinkles with your hands. For stubborn spots, spray with water or set your iron to the cotton and steam setting.

 

Mitered corners

 

Otherwise known as “hospital corners,” mitered corners are an essential element for many a well-made bed. Mitered corners not only ensure a clean look and a bed you can bounce a coin on, they also help keep sheets and bedspreads in place while you sleep.

 

After placing your fitted sheet, drape the flat sheet on top, making sure that the overhang of the sheet is even on both sides.

 

Tuck the excess fabric at the foot of the bed underneath the mattress tautly. Then, starting with one corner at the foot of the bed, lift up at a 45-degree angle and place on top of the mattress. Tuck the remainder of the flat sheet underneath the mattress, drop the corner of the sheet you were holding and tuck underneath the mattress, creating a neat and angular crease. Repeat on the other side.

 

Topping off

 

Continue tucking the flat sheet underneath the mattress on either side, leaving about 1 foot or 18 inches untucked at the top of the bed.

 

Place your duvet on your bed with either side of the duvet hanging evenly. Leave enough room at the top for pillows. Fold the rest of the flat sheet over the duvet and tuck into the sides of the mattress.

 

Silky soft

 

At least two pairs of shams should match your duvet cover to pull the entire look of the bed together.

 

We also recommend using silk pillowcases for a more restful night. Not only are silk pillowcases the epitome of luxury, it helps reduce friction on hair and skin to help prevent wrinkles and split ends.

 

Throw on a throw pillow

 

Place decorative throw pillows in front of shams for a whimsical touch. Largest throw pillows go in the back, while dainty ones are in the front.

 

Remember, don’t go overboard, or you’ll be spending more time than you’d like dismantling your creation every night before you go to sleep.

 

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Seven Pristine Laundry Rooms


 

Seven Pristine Laundry Rooms

 

Laundry may not be glamorous, but everyone has it. Make the task less of a chore with a fabulous laundry room.

 

When designing a home, a laundry room can be a much-needed luxury, especially for larger families. Counter and hanging space is recommended for folding and drying clothes, and an ample storage area works best for those bulky detergent boxes.

 

To make even more use of the space, why not add a workspace in the room for a secluded office? Or place your laundry room within the closet?

 

Whatever the use of your laundry room, make sure it’s just as stylish as it is functional. Here are our seven favorite examples from our listings.

 

Seven Pristine Laundry Rooms

5635 Yolanda Circle | Preston Hollow | $3,699,500

 

Seven Pristine Laundry Rooms

8514 Chadbourne Road | Devonshire | $1,999,990

 

Seven Pristine Laundry Rooms

7314 Marquette Street | North Dallas | $1,949,000

 

Seven Pristine Laundry Rooms

6823 Northwood Road | Preston Hollow | $1,750,000

 

Seven Pristine Laundry Rooms

7702 Bryn Mawr Drive | North Dallas$1,490,000

 

Seven Pristine Laundry Rooms

4432 Bryn Mawr Drive | University Park | $1,439,000

 

Seven Pristine Laundry Rooms

6938 Briar Cove Drive | Northwood Hills | $995,000

 

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Seven Home Fragrances to Start Spring


 

Seven Home Fragrances to Start Spring

 

Refresh your home with a new scent to mark spring.

 

We’ve chosen seven fresh and floral scents to energize your spirits and make your home feel like new again.

 

Seven Home Fragrances to Start SpringFornasetti Fior Di Lina Candle | Barneys New York | $330

Notes: Ivy, lily of the valley, white rose, iris, orange blossom, jasmine, tuberose, sandalwood, musk

 

What better way to introduce spring back into your home than with a classic Fornasetti candle. House muse Lina Cavalieri is adorned with butterflies and flowers as a floral scent emanates from the vessel.

 

Seven Home Fragrances to Start SpringJo Malone English Pear & Freesia | Nordstrom | $98

Notes: King William Pear, freesia, patchouli

 

Transport your home to the English countryside with this fresh fragrance from Jo Malone.

 

Seven Home Fragrances to Start SpringPhlur Claremont Candle | Sephora | $68

Notes: Shiso leaf, white ginger, orange flower and mate

 

This clean candle from Austin-based Phlur is paraben free and Leaping Bunny certified. A portion of every purchase is donated to environmental organizations worldwide.  

 

Seven Home Fragrances to Start SpringRoses Scented Drawer Liners | Diptyque | $65

Notes: Centifolio and Damascena rose

 

Partake in a centuries-old tradition and line your furniture drawers. Diptyque’s new take on the classic rose scent will have you visiting your linen closet multiple times a day.

 

Seven Home Fragrances to Start SpringOskia Rose de Mai Massage Candle | goop | $60

Notes: Rose de Mai oil

 

The Oskia Rose de Mai candle is an ideal addition to a luxurious, at-home massage with pure Rose de Mai and coconut oil.

Seven Home Fragrances to Start SpringAgraria Lavender & Rosemary TasselAire | Neiman Marcus | $40

Notes: French lavender, Italian rosemary, bergamot, English Amber

 

Hang on doorknobs, curtains, keys, or even your purse for an unexpected burst of lavender and rosemary.

Seven Home Fragrances to Start SpringThe Laundress X John Mayer Out West | The Laundress | $35

Notes: Sandalwood, leather, amber, spice, patchouli, musk

 

Freshen up your laundry this spring with The Laundress’ collaboration with musician John Mayer. Half of all proceeds will benefit the Montana Association of Land Trusts, which protects private land and wildlife habitats.

 

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A Quick Guide to Wine and Cheese Pairings


 

A Quick Guide to Wine and Cheese Pairings

 

The perfect cheese board is an ideal introduction to an evening entertaining friends.

 

With myriad options, though, curating a cheese board to suit all your guests’ tastes as well as pairing with the best wine can sometimes be overwhelming. We’ve compiled a helpful guide when the time comes to purchase your items.

 

Follow your taste preferences: If you don’t like a certain cheese or a certain wine, pairing it with something won’t change your opinion on the flavor.

Try to match flavor profiles evenly: Avoid pairing mild cheeses with strong wines.

The bolder the cheese, the bolder the wine should be: Cheese that has been aged for a long time needs to be paired with a full-bodied wine.

 

A Quick Guide to Wine and Cheese Pairings

Fresh/Soft & Bloomy Cheeses: Burrata, Ricotta, Mozzarella, Feta, Brie, Boursin

Pairs well with: Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Moscato, Champagne

 

A Quick Guide to Wine and Cheese Pairings

Semi-Soft Cheeses: Havarti, Gruyère, Manchego

Pairs well with: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel

 

A Quick Guide to Wine and Cheese Pairings

Semi-Hard Cheeses: Cheddar, Gouda, Baby Swiss

Pairs well with: Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Côtes du Rhône, Shiraz/Syrah, Merlot

 

A Quick Guide to Wine and Cheese Pairings

Hard Cheeses: Parmigiano Reggiano, Pecorino, Aged Manchego

Pairs well with: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel, Chianti

 

A Quick Guide to Wine and Cheese Pairings

Goat Cheeses: Chèvre, Pavé, Rave de Provence

Pairs well with: Pino Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Rosé, Champagne

 

A Quick Guide to Wine and Cheese Pairings

Blue Cheese: Gorgonzola, Roquefort, Stilton

Pairs well with: Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Zinfandel, Nebbiolo, Port

 

For more tips on the perfect wine and cheese pairings, visit HEB.com.

 

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Five Must-Have Accessories for Your Bookshelf


 

Five Must-Have Accessories for Your Bookshelf

 

Gone are the days when bookshelves were home to only books — although having a love of words is always encouraged.

 

Even if you’re not a big reader, there’s no reason you can’t have a beautiful bookshelf in your home. Whether you have your own library of favorite works or a few books you’d like to display, bookshelves are the perfect place to showcase your prized possessions.

 

Here are some products and guidelines that will create a picture (and word) perfect bookshelf.

 

Five Must-Have Accessories for Your Bookshelf

Penguin Hardcover Classics | Amazon | $418.11

 

Forego the Dewey Decimal System and try ROY G. BIV instead. Arranging book spines in color order (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet) creates a major statement in otherwise neutral rooms. And who wouldn’t love seeing a rainbow in such an unexpected space as a bookshelf?

 

Five Must-Have Accessories for Your Bookshelf

Sliced Bookends | Anthropologie | $108

 

If you end up arranging your books in rainbow order, keep accessories, such as bookends, more subtle. These marble and agate bookends add a subtle touch of luxury to give your books the glamor they deserve.

 

Five Must-Have Accessories for Your Bookshelf

Cast Glass Floating Frame | Restoration Hardware | $99 to $119

 

Whether you add art or photos of your loved ones, framed pieces add visual interest and break up the verticality of the book spines. Cluster your favorite memories together to add even more depth to the small space.

 

Five Must-Have Accessories for Your Bookshelf

Melanie Abrantes Hardwood Vase | West Elm | $60

 

Add some greenery to the shelves and bring some life into an otherwise static area. Whether you opt for real plants or beautiful silk faux flowers, giving some green to the bookshelf creates an interesting contrast.

 

Five Must-Have Accessories for Your Bookshelf

Whitewashed Rattan Storage Bins | The Container Store | $19.99 to $29.99

 

Baskets are a savior in any space for those knick-knacks or loose papers that have no other place to belong. These rattan storage bins add a bit of natural texture in a neutral color. Store magazines or catalogs here or stack them upon each other like the photo for extra height and a casual touch.

 

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10 Home Accessories Inspired by New York Fashion Week


 

10 Home Accessories Inspired by New York Fashion Week

 

New York Fashion Week is in full swing, heralding the start of new sartorial trends and inspiration for the year.

 

Fashion weeks predict trends seasons — and years — in advance, guiding the avant garde and general public’s tastes alike. For this spring, fashion trends were set last September and feature unlikely textures, bursts of color and light, playful prints.

 

Taking cues from the runways can bring fresh and unexpected items into your home. We’ve chosen five trends inspired by the designs of Dries Van Noten, Oscar de la Renta, Burberry, Ferragamo and many more fashion houses for an innovative take on home design.

 

Light as a feather

 

10 Home Accessories Inspired by New York Fashion Week

 

Belgian designer Dries Van Noten has played with feather texture before and brought it back for her Spring 2019 collection. Whether the feathers are in bold hues or in muted pale pinks like Oscar de la Renta and neutrals, feathers give a touch of whimsy to what can become an otherwise utilitarian home feature.

 

10 Home Accessories Inspired by New York Fashion Week

Feather Collection Chair | Anthropologie | $998

 

10 Home Accessories Inspired by New York Fashion Week

LED Globe Pendant | Birch Lane | $518

 

Earth Signs

 

10 Home Accessories Inspired by New York Fashion Week

 

Supplement bright pops of color with neutral staples. Take note from Burberry and use neutrals as the foundation of your designs, or give neutrals a twist and get inspired by the likes of Salvatore Ferragamo.

 

10 Home Accessories Inspired by New York Fashion WeekEames Lounge Chair and Ottoman | Design Within Reach | $5,295 to $7,295

 

10 Home Accessories Inspired by New York Fashion Week

Graphic Woven Baskets | West Elm | $159 to $189

 

Seeing Spots

 

10 Home Accessories Inspired by New York Fashion Week

 

Forego the florals and bring in a fun, unexpected pattern like the timeless polka dot. Burberry and French design house Jacquemus elevate the youthful pattern by using sophisticated textures of chiffon and silk. Do the same in the home with a playful spin on your dinnerware.

 

10 Home Accessories Inspired by New York Fashion Week

Larabee Road Platinum Five-Piece Place Setting | Kate Spade New York | $165

 

10 Home Accessories Inspired by New York Fashion Week

Stoneware Teapot | Burke Decor | $33

 

Yearning for Yellow

 

10 Home Accessories Inspired by New York Fashion Week

 

Inject your home with a pop of sunshine. Bright bold yellow mixes with golden undertones to create a color statement that’s not too brash. If canary hues don’t suit your tastes, bring it down a notch with gold-brown hues in earthy fabrics like linen and cotton.

 

10 Home Accessories Inspired by New York Fashion Week

Ravi Dhurrie Rug | The Citizenry | $125 to $595

 

10 Home Accessories Inspired by New York Fashion Week

My Fusion Bowls | MoMA Design Store | $27

 

Sophisticated Scarves

 

10 Home Accessories Inspired by New York Fashion Week

 

Make a statement with vintage scarves inspired by Chloe Spring Summer 2019. The designs of silk scarves can bring an old-world touch to an otherwise modern or transitional space.

 

10 Home Accessories Inspired by New York Fashion Week

Hermes Scarf Pillow | 1stdibs | $2,545

 

10 Home Accessories Inspired by New York Fashion Week

Yellow Scarf Framed Wall Art | Pottery Barn | Set of 4 for $789

 

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide


 

Whether you spend the day with your sweetheart or your best friends, give your loved ones the perfect gift on Valentine’s Day to show how much you care.

 

From home items to sweet treats, these gifts from the heart will make your significant others, friends and family feel loved.

 

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Winemaking Kit | Man Crates | $69.99

 

Nothing is as special as a homemade treat. If your sweetie is a budding (or real) chemist, give him a gift both of you can enjoy with this winemaking kit from Man Crates. With this package, you’ll have enough to make one gallon of cabernet sauvignon at a time.

 

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

For Like Ever | Super Rural | $60

 

As seen on the covers of magazines, in movies and in the most stylish homes for over a decade, this print is a true gift of love. Rest it on your mantle or hang it in a space where it can remind you and your special someone of your commitment to each other.

 

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Sugarfina Sweet and Sparkling Bears | Neiman Marcus | $46

 

Elevate your chocolate game with these yummy champagne-flavored bears covered in dark chocolate and pink chocolate. These sweet treats are perfect for sharing with friends and family.

 

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

First Kiss Candle | Homesick | $29.95

 

Relive that magical moment when you first kissed your sweetheart with the “First Kiss” candle. Warm notes of fir needle, sandlewood, patchouli and amber mix with fresh scents of eucalyptus, orange and camphor to keep you warm and feeling loved for Valentine’s Day and beyond.

 

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Instagram Friendly Books | Artifact Uprising | $15

 

Bring life back to those photos posted on Instagram with these softcover books. Choose from eight cover designs and up to 380 pages of your best work.

 

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