High-end Looks from Ikea


 

Ikea is known for its affordability as much as it is for streamlined, Scandinavian design.

 

Whether you’re searching for a trendy statement accessory for the season or in need of minimalist pieces, the Swedish retailer is one spot you shouldn’t overlook. Ikea’s much-anticipated 2019 catalog was recently released and includes bold graphics, natural fibers and solid birch staples that will make you rethink its affordable products.

 

We’ve selected 10 pieces from the 2019 catalog that are inexpensive yet extremely stylish  — no hacking required.

 

High-end Looks from Ikea

Stockholm 2017 Sofa | $1,699

 

High-end Looks from Ikea

Strandmon Wing Chair | $279

 

High-end Looks from Ikea

Tobias Chair | $79

 

High-end Looks from Ikea

Lovbacken Side Table | $59.99

 

High-end Looks from Ikea

Snidad Basket | $27.99

 

High-end Looks from Ikea

Nordmarke Wireless Charger | $17.99

 

High-end Looks from Ikea

Rundlig Serving Bowl | $14.99

 

High-end Looks from Ikea

 Osternas Leather Handles | $14.99 for two

 

High-end Looks from Ikea

Fascinera Chopping Board | $12.99

 

High-end Looks from Ikea

Stelna Mug | $0.79

 

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Poolside Accessories for On-the-Go Adventures 

Outdoor Furniture for Cool Summer Nights

Must-Have Designer Collaborations

Poolside Accessories for On-the-Go Adventures


 

A siesta by the pool, lake or beach is always a necessity when escaping the summer heat.

 

We’ve curated six items to have on hand when impromptu adventures to the water are calling your name.

 

Poolside Accessories for On-the-Go Adventures

Frontgate Oyster Shell Float | $129

 

Everyone deserves to feel like an ethereal mermaid every once in a while. Whether you’re living out your “Little Mermaid” dreams, seeking the perfect Instagram shot or just lounging, this elegant oyster shell will help you achieve your goals.

 

Poolside Accessories for On-the-Go Adventures

Basil Bangs Love Rug Waterproof Outdoor Blanket | $109

 

Don’t settle for an ordinary picnic blanket when you’re at the pool or beach. The Love Rug is a water-repellent blanket that won’t get damp from too many trips in and out of the water. It’s easy to pack and go in a flash, too. The blanket, 6 feet in diameter, folds into an attached carrying case for compact storage.

 

Poolside Accessories for On-the-Go Adventures

JBL by Harman Clip 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker | $59.95

 

No pool party is complete without a soundtrack. Take your tunes on the go by clipping your bluetooth speaker to your pool bag or underneath your umbrella. JBL’s Clip 3 speaker comes in 11 colors and packs a powerful sound to keep the party going.

 

Poolside Accessories for On-the-Go Adventures

The Little Market Palm Shopper | $50

 

Tote all your poolside accessories in this oversized market basket, handmade by women artisans in Ghana. The basket is woven from palm fronds and trimmed in cognac leather — the perfect sartorial combination.

 

Poolside Accessories for On-the-Go Adventures

Fair Seas Charleston Turkish Towel | $44

 

Forego heavy beach blankets for a Turkish towel made of organic cotton. Fair Seas’ Charleston towels are 39 inches by 71 inches — large enough for drying off and snuggling, but lightweight enough that you don’t feel overheated in the summer sun. The towel is also versatile, easily transitioning into a stylish sarong or scarf in a pinch.

 

Poolside Accessories for On-the-Go Adventures

Aqua Pacific Acrylic Tumbler Glasses | $5.98 for a set of two

 

What’s a getaway without a fun drink? Whether you prefer a lemonade or a cocktail, these festive tumblers will do the trick. Made of acrylic, the tumblers are easy to pack away and won’t leave you fretting in the hands of little ones.

 

Read more about summer living on our blog:

10 Pools to Stave Off the Summer Heat 

Make New England Your Next Summer Getaway 

Outdoor Furniture for Cool Summer Nights 

The Art of the Xeriscape


 

The Art of the Xeriscape

 

An English garden may be the classic choice for residential landscaping, but lush greenery and dewy roses may be difficult to maintain — especially under the sweltering heat of the Dallas sun.

 

A beautiful yard is always possible with the low-maintenance and weather-proof method of xeriscaping.

 

What is xeriscaping?

 

Derived from the Greek word “xeros,” meaning dry, and “scape,” meaning view, xeriscaping is landscaping that intentionally chooses plants and design native to their environment to reduce the use of excess water.

 

The term doesn’t mean a yard overflowing with cacti — especially if those prickly plants aren’t part of your aesthetic.

 

Texas possesses an abundance of wildflowers and native grasses to provide color and fit the xeriscaping needs of various styles.

 

Plan and design

 

As with any landscape, careful design should be considered when starting a xeriscaped yard.

 

While wide expanses of St. Augustine lawns reign Texas yards, grassy knolls aren’t an ideal feature of water-saving yards.

 

Experts recommend limiting turf and compensating the rest of your space with equal parts native and adaptive plants and walkways or a patio area.

 

To use water efficiently, group plants with similar water needs together. Many xeriscaped yards also use in-ground drip irrigation systems to prevent excess water usage and to efficiently penetrate the soil and roots of the plants.

 

For full-bodied soil, mix organic compost with the native dirt.

 

Mulch is an excellent way to reduce evaporation underneath the beating heat of the sun. Stones are a beautiful alternative to wood mulch and complement the minimal look of a succulent garden.

 

Color and composition

 

Prickly pear cacti do produce beautiful bright blooms, but here are other options for a xeriscaped yard.

 

  • Grasses such as buffalo, blue gamma and needle
  • Succulents, such as aloe or agave
  • Bluebonnets, lantana, echinacea, daisies, thistles
  • Willows, such as desert willow
  • Reeds, such as horsetail reeds

 

Read more about sustainable practices on our blog:

On the Leading Edge

How to Start Composting 

How to Grow an Herb Garden 

Outdoor Furniture For Cool Summer Nights


 

A fabulous outdoor entertaining area needs stunning accessories to match the space.

 

Impress guests and have fun with these chic pieces for your outdoor living area.

 

Outdoor furniture For Cool Summer Nights

Modani Callisto Outdoor Sofa | $3,490

 

Sleek lines and built-in platform side tables make this outdoor sectional a breeze to coordinate with. Seat plenty of friends and family and relax with a bottle of wine at the end of the day.

 

Outdoor furniture For Cool Summer Nights

Anthropologie Poolside Indoor/Outdoor Daybed Cushion Set and Daybed | $2,696

 

Deep-blue cushions juxtapose beautifully with delicate white wire for design reminiscent of the Amalfi Coast. The daybed and cushion set (sold separately) is the ideal spot for a mid-morning or afternoon siesta by the pool.

 

Outdoor furniture For Cool Summer NightsWest Elm Modern Outdoor Five-Piece Dining Set | $1,199

 

Made of solid acacia wood, this five-piece dining set is perfect for small gatherings or on master-suite balconies. Geometric patterns on the seat backs provide a visual interest and contrast beautifully with backyard landscapes.

 

Outdoor furniture For Cool Summer Nights

 

Wayfair Take Me to the Sky Hand-Woven Hammock | $313.99

 

Move effortlessly with the wind with this cotton hammock, hand woven and ethically made. Crocheted borders and playful pom poms add a touch of whimsy to this sophisticated design. The cotton material expertly cools and wicks away moisture for those particularly warm days.

 

Outdoor furniture For Cool Summer Nights

Ban.do Sunnylife Lux Lie-On Rainbow Float | $56

 

Venturing into the pool will be all the more fun with this bright and fun rainbow pool float. At nearly 6-feet long, there’s plenty of space to luxuriously soak in rays or take a rest from a boisterous swim.

 

Read more on our blog:

10 Must-Have Spaces for Summer Soirees

Take a Dip in a Saltwater Pool

10 Peaceful Gardens

Must-Have Designer Collaborations


 

In the world of design and art, creativity breeds creativity, all the more evident in numerous collaborations for interior design released each year.

 

Artistic collaborations are ingenious ways to introduce artist and designer partnerships in unlikely productions.

 

We’ve chosen five of our favorite home design collaborations released this year that will make worthy additions into your home.

 

Arlo & Jacob x Kitty McCall

 

Arlo & Jacob x Kitty McCall

 

United Kingdom-based design house Arlo & Jacob partnered with graphic print designer Kitty McCall to produce limited edition statement chairs upholstered with McCall’s playful Canary print. The 1960s silhouette fits right into Mid-Century modern homes, while jewel tones and adventurous graphics make for a perfect focal piece in any living space.

 

The custom-made chairs start at $857 and are available to ship internationally. Shop the pieces here.

 

Andy Warhol x Calvin Klein

 

Must-Have Designer Collaborations

 

For part of its four-year collaboration with the Andy Warhol Foundation, Calvin Klein will be releasing a four-piece dining set featuring Warhol’s prints of late Vanity Fair Editor Sandra Brandt and renowned actor Dennis Hopper. The range also extends to pillows and throws, available in bold hues that showcase Warhol’s trademark graphics.

 

The dining set starts at $200, and home accessories are $350 to $450. Preorder the collection here.

 

Le Creuset Disney Collection

 

Must-Have Designer Collaborations

 

Disney favorites are transformed into sophisticated and beautiful works of cookware art in Le Creuset’s ongoing series of Disney-themed kitchen staples. The premium French brand has released several designs to coincide with landmark occasions for the storied production studio, including several for Beauty and the Beast. The collaboration’s latest release last fall includes a commemorative apple-shaped cocotte to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ debut.

 

The collection includes a $20 silicone trivet and ranges to the $350 red Mickey Mouse dutch oven. Shop the collection here.

 

Goop

 

Must-Have Designer Collaborations

 

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s keen eye and refined taste for home goods, as well as health care and beauty products, jewelry, clothing and more has formed her lifestyle brand, Goop, into a collaboration darling. Goop consistently partners with artisans — small and large brands alike — to form curated, luxury collections with Paltrow’s seal of approval.

 

Browse the website to see an entire pantry set offered in her work with Blisshaus, cookware with Staub, drinkware with Snowe and cozy blankets with Spanish brand Espanyolet. Products start at $5. 

 

CB2 x Fred Segal

 

Must-Have Designer Collaborations

 

Hollywood’s favorite clothing store joins forces with modern furniture store CB2 for a fun yet sophisticated collection. Their latest release of the Pool Party Collection combines a solid mix of indoor and outdoor furniture, along with fun accessories to feature poolside and beyond.

 

Pieces range from patriotic red, white and blue washi tape at $2 to streamlined sofas at $2,700. Shop the collection here.

 

Read more design inspiration on our blog:

Home Offices for Summer Vacation

5 Modern Pieces for the Playroom

Luxury Homes in the U.S. Under $1 Million

9 Kitchens That Aren’t White

Setting the Stage with George Bass


 

 

Setting the Stage with George Bass

 

Selling a luxury home involves more than selling an expansive property — it’s about imagining a luxury lifestyle. For many Realtors, that task can only be accomplished with the expertise of home stagers like premier Dallas stager and designer George Bass.

 

Setting the Stage with George Bass

With more than a decade of staging experience and over 1,200 properties in his portfolio, Bass knows what catches a buyer’s eye and what it takes to sell a home.

 

For Bass, the keys to creating a luxury lifestyle is to make potential buyers “fall in love in the foyer” and continue that experience throughout the home.

 

Each element of design is placed to not only highlight features of the home but allow prospective homeowners the chance to envision where their own pieces could be placed.

 

“Staging is … like putting your best foot forward on the red carpet of real estate show business — all the world’s a stage,” Bass says.

 

Read more about Bass’ favorite projects and his unique history with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate in our Spring/Summer 2018 Fine Home Collection, available at DPMmagazine.com.

 

See more of Bass’ work for the iconic Hal Thompson home at 4412 Lakeside Drive, which sold in 66 days, on our blog:

Hal Thompson Home Newly Listed in Park Cities

 

Read more about our Spring/Summer 2018 Fine Home Collection on our Blog:

Meet Our Clientele

The Art of Movement with Dallas Arboretum

The Past, Present and Future of Plaster

Spring/Summer Home Collection Now Available

Chic Staples for the Home Office


 

Working from home can be a slippery slope of sleeping in and all-day pajama wear.

 

Make the most of your home office and stay on task with a few accessories to keep your mind focused.

 

We’ve selected five pieces that create a sophisticated style but remain functional for optimal productivity.

 

Fashionable Office Accessories

Conway Electric Jax Touch Smart USB Task Lamp | $390

 

With just a touch, you’ll instantly get on task with Conway’s smart lamp. Components of brass and black leather will seamlessly coordinate with any decor, while the angled neck rotates on an easy pivot creating a multifunctional lamp. Two USB ports and two sockets allow for additional sources of energy.

 

Fashionable Office Accessories

Native Union Dock Collection | $89.99

 

Dock your iPhone and Apple Watch on this weighted Native Union duo, which provides a chic resting station and charging dock for your essentials. The simple design reduces the look of clutter and keeps your gear in one place, so you’ll never waste time questioning where you last left your phone.

 

Fashionable Office Accessories

West Elm Marble Cloud Bookends | $79

 

Add a touch of whimsy to your workspace with these cloud-shaped bookends. Each cloud is made from handcrafted, solid marble to keep books from tipping over haphazardly. Its neutral tones add a touch of sophistication to the playful design.   

 

Fashionable Office Accessories

Paper Source Custom Note Pads | $35 for one set of five mixed sizes

 

Whether you work for yourself or a large company, custom notepads are an excellent way to express personality at work. Quick jots on the notepad will look put together, even if your handwriting is unreadable. Paper Source has more than 200 to choose from.

 

Fashionable Office Accessories

The Container Store Acrylic Office Drawer Organizers | $2.49 to $9.99

 

Items stashed away in drawers should be organized, too. Section off drawers with acrylic drawer organizers. Different compartments mean there’s a place for everything, while clear containers beget a polished aesthetic.

 

For a space to furnish your new desk accessories, read:

Home Offices for Summer Vacation 

Take a Dip in a Saltwater Pool


 

Consecutive days of triple-digit temperatures can only mean one thing — summer pool season has officially arrived in Dallas.

 

This summer, consider cooling off in a saltwater swimming pool, a luxurious alternative to traditionally chlorinated pools. While avoiding chlorine in swimming pools is virtually impossible, a saltwater cleaning system is a gentler approach to pool maintenance.

 

Rather than directly depositing pure chlorine into your pool system, saltwater systems use salt cells and a chlorine generator to form a chemical reaction that produces chlorine. In doing so, the saltwater system reduces the creation of chloramines, an ammonia derivative present in traditional pool systems.

 

Without chloramines, you’ll notice less irritation on your skin and eyes. For asthma sufferers — and those with a general disregard for the smell of chlorine — there won’t be a smell at all, because chlorine created by the salt is less concentrated than regular chlorine used in pools.

 

And don’t worry if you think that every dip will feel like you’ve taken a trip into the Pacific. Saltwater pools use just enough salt to clean, but not enough that it’s detectable to the human tongue.

 

If you need more enticing, we’ve selected five saltwater pools that will make summer swims all the more glamorous.

 

Take a Dip in a Saltwater Pool

5431 Ursula Lane | Preston Hollow | $5,495,000

 

Take a Dip in a Saltwater Pool

10115 Waller Drive | Old Preston Hollow | $3,750,000

 

Take a Dip in a Saltwater Pool

6941 Gaston Avenue | Lakewood | $2,895,000

 

10 Must-See Open Houses

4348 Taos Road | Bluffview | $2,140,000

 

Take a Dip in a Saltwater Pool

7238 Lakewood Boulevard | Lakewood | $1,995,000

 

For more luxurious swimming pools and other outdoor entertaining spaces, visit daveperrymiller.com.

Father’s Day Gift Guide


 

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 pieces that’ll bring out the man in him.

 

Father's Day Gift Guide

Jonathan Adler Op Art Dartboard Set | $395 

Sometimes, men need to indulge themselves with a classic game of darts that evokes memories of college bar nights of years past. With this hand-finished luxe lacquered set, gloss up your father’s office or man-cave the right way.

 

Father's Day Gift Guide

Away The Everywhere Bag | $325

Whether on a business trip or a quick weekend getaway, the perfect duffel to accompany ensures the perfect experience. Let dad travel in style this year with a premium saffiano leather bag with a modern silhouette and thoughtful features that keep what he needs at hand.

 

Father's Day Gift Guide

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.

 

Father's Day Gift Guide

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

Shaving can be tedious and monotonous. 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.

 

Father's Day Gift Guide

All-Clad Stainless Steel Barbecue Tool Set | $119.99

It might be about time to retire the old, worn-out grilling accessories. A meticulously crafted stainless-steel collection that includes a two-pronged fork, boar’s head brush, locking tongs and slotted turner ensures a cleaner, more pleasant family grilling experience. After all, the Fourth of July is right around the corner. Let dad grill in style.

10 Peaceful Gardens


 

Warm weather has arrived. Enjoy it with a stroll or lounge around your private gardens.

 

We’ve chosen 10 of our finest homes that showcase the versatility of gardening and the true peace of the outdoors.

 

10 Peaceful Gardens

4655 Meadowood Road | Old Preston Hollow | $6,475,000

 

10 Peaceful Gardens

3816 Miramar Avenue | Highland Park | $5,200,000

 

10 Peaceful Gardens

5635 Yolanda Circle | Preston Hollow | $4,999,950

 

10 Peaceful Gardens

6941 Gaston Avenue | Lakewood | $2,895,000

 

10 Peaceful Gardens

7238 Lakewood Boulevard | Lakewood | $1,995,000

 

10 Peaceful Gardens

4404 Greenbrier Drive | University Park | $1,825,000

 

10 Peaceful Gardens

2429 Pickens Street | Lakewood | $1,399,000

 

10 Peaceful Gardens

5307 Ambergate Lane | North Dallas | $1,150,000

 

10 Peaceful Gardens

8358 San Fernando Way | Forest Hills | $1,050,000

 

10 Peaceful Gardens

2702 Alden Avenue | Kessler Plaza | $365,000

 

Visit daveperrymiller.com to view more beautiful gardens.