When the time comes to build your ideal home, there are a plethora of factors to consider — from choosing the best tile to deciding what the best course of action is when building in a floodplain. While there are some decisions you can tackle on your own, expert advice — such as renowned local design studio M Gooden Design — is always welcome.
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Clear your mind and get a good night’s rest with a clean and organized bedside table.
We’ve gathered experts’ advice on what you need on your bedside table for a restful sleep.
For a well-balanced nightstand, outfit your bedside with a lamp that has a yellow-based light. A good book to read will help your mind slow down and calm your eyes from staring at screens all day. Experts recommend reading books that aren’t too thrilling or engrossing, which will also keep you up later than you’d like.
Keep hydrated with a glass of water next to your bed. Keeping water close will prevent you from heading to the kitchen, where late-night snack temptations exist.
A pen and paper are essential for any last-minute ideas for tasks and thoughts you have.
An alarm clock separate from your phone will wake you up on time without having your phone screen be the first thing you look at in the morning.
Keep a small jewelry dish or tray on your nightstand for any rings, bracelets or earrings.
A storage basket underneath the nightstand, or a nightstand with drawers, is key for keeping too much clutter from piling onto the tabletop.
A small tray or basket for hand cream or a calming lavender spray is a necessity for keeping skin hydrated throughout the evening. Keep your lip balm nearby, too.
Scents and Sounds
Just as the smell of coffee helps you wake up in the morning, so too do certain scents help you fall asleep at night.
Lavender, vanilla and jasmine are experts’ recommendations to calm the body and mind. Burn the scents through your favorite candles or essential oil diffusers.
If ambient noise is a distracting factor for you, drown them away with a sound machine evoking dreamy beach waves or a rainstorm.
Add small plants, such as succulents, or a floral bud vase, to bring a little life and color to your bedside table.
A new school year is upon us, which means readjusting summer sleep schedules.
Experts recommend prepping for school-year routines two weeks in advance but, sometimes, the bittersweet end of summer vacation catches many of us unawares.
Here is some helpful advice to help little ones adjust quickly to new routines.
Make slow changes
Neither adults nor children adjust to changes that are made in one fell swoop.
When adjusting bedtimes, move them earlier only by 5 to 15 minutes at a time, every two or three days. This will help you and your children feel less groggy in the morning.
Children under 12 years old need between 10 to 11 hours of sleep, while older children need eight to nine hours.
Work together as a family
Children will feel better going to sleep early if they have an example to follow. That doesn’t mean your bedtime should be as early as 7:30 or 8 p.m., too.
Finish up any homework soon after dinner, and get ready for the next school day together. Having backpacks and lunches packed and any parental forms signed will help the next morning’s rush go much smoother.
Start having more calming family activities an hour before your children’s intended bedtimes. Avoid the TV and smartphones and together choose a book to read, or help them with a calming bath.
Turn off your devices
Blue light from electronics can stimulate the mind too much before bedtime.
Turn off the TV or smartphones and dim bedroom lights an hour before to start calming the mind down. Try having a charging station in the kitchen or another shared space where everyone can store their devices for the evening.
Those with a fondness for the written word will love writing with a fountain pen. A changeable ink cartridge allows for mess-free writing, while an option of three nib sizes allows for different writing styles. Use the pen for artistic calligraphy or making note writing more luxurious.
One-stop shopping is simple with Sugar Paper’s Back to School Bundle. The set includes file folders, notebooks, a notepad and a pen — all coordinated in Sugar Paper’s signature gold accents. This set will make organization and planning a breeze.
Forego plastic sandwich bags for this stainless steel lunch box, which includes its own fork and a removable divider. The steel allows you to store a variety of food without it leaking or leaching into the container. With the removable divider, pack a multitude of snacks or your lunch with a special dessert.
Back to school means it’s almost time for cold and flu season. Get a head start and stave off germs around you with Aesop’s elegant hand sanitizer. Made of mandarin rind, rosemary leaf and cedar atlas, you’ll feel refreshed even without water.
Beautiful gardens and grounds designed by acclaimed landscape architect David Rolston create a lush backdrop for this 2005 two story in the Preston Hollow area. Offered for $1,585,000 by top-producer Karen Fry with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, 11134 Lawnhaven Road features 5,823 square feet (per appraisal) with elegant formals, large family room, five bedrooms, four full bathrooms, powder bath, study, game room, media room, and 27-foot screened porch.
“This home features beautiful interior and exterior spaces,” Fry says. “While the open floor plan is designed for comfortable living and entertaining, there are distinctive zones for relaxing and entertaining outdoors, as well.”
The entry sets the tone with a soaring ceiling, scrolled-iron staircase and stone flooring. It is flanked by formal living and dining rooms with hand-glazed walls, custom millwork, and large windows overlooking the front lawn. A richly paneled study with an idyllic view of the garden offers a refined workspace.
Just beyond, an archway opens to the heart of the home—a two-story family room with a vaulted, beamed ceiling, fireplace, hand-scraped hardwood floors, and expansive windows that overlook the backyard oasis.
It connects seamlessly with the casual dining room and updated gourmet kitchen with an island, breakfast bar, granite countertops, stone backsplash, stainless steel appliances and walk-in pantry. The adjacent wine center makes entertaining easy with wet bar, icemaker, wine cooler and beverage center.
The first-floor master suite features a large sitting area, windows overlooking the back yard, and spacious master bathroom with dual sinks, granite surfaces, jetted tub and large walk-in closet. An additional en-suite bedroom completes the first floor.
Upstairs, three bedrooms—along with separate game, media and exercise rooms—provide plenty of space for everyone.
Outdoors, the screened porch opens to the grassy lawn and gardens. Tucked beneath a pergola, the outdoor entertaining center features a seated bar, built-in grilling station, sink, refrigerator and beverage center. A separate open-air lounge area with fire pit is perfect for sunning or stargazing.
For more information, please contact Karen Fry at 214-288-1391 or email@example.com.
So many of our lifetime memories have to do with “home.” Of course, there’s the first house we bought. Where we lived as newlyweds. Where we brought our first child home from the hospital, adding a few more over the years. And then there’s the neighborhood. The families we became friends and had block parties with, borrowed lawn tools from and joined on the porch to watch the kids play in the sprinklers over a glass of lemonade. The local shopping center where we went at least three times a week for groceries and what-nots. And finally the schools where we experienced some tearful first days and a few joyful graduations. It’s your own little world for awhile and when the time comes, it’s hard to leave. But when you do, you want others to understand and appreciate all the wonderful ways you and your family benefitted from it all.
The owners of 11031 Lawnhaven Drive, just on the outskirts of Preston Hollow in North Dallas, are in the position to leave. But rather than just let all the marketing and promotion of their home fall on their listing agent, Angela McCants, they are eager to help out by providing insights prospective buyers don’t often get. In addition to the concrete facts — like that it’s four bedrooms, three baths and 2,665 square feet set on .35 acres along a greenbelt — they are shedding light on what it’s actually like to live there.
“We fell in love with this house in 1993. It was an easy drive to our business, six miles away in the Park Cities. We loved being surrounded by and having the option to attend numerous public and private schools for our kids, Pre-K through High School. It is convenient to our favorite restaurants and stores in the Preston Royal and Preston Forest Shopping Centers. And quick access to 75/Central and the Dallas North Tollway makes this neighborhood central to the entire city.”
“The split bedroom house plan proved to be ideal for us as our kids grew older. We enjoyed the peace and quiet of the master bedroom separated from the rest of the house. The large sitting room that adjoins the master, with the huge picture window, was the perfect place to watch the kids play in the backyard while riding our exercise bike or working at the desk. And, when the kids left for college it was easy to convert one bedroom to a hobby room, and another for house guests without disrupting the ambiance of the master.”
“With the open floor plan, large family gatherings and meals were easy to accommodate as we could set up to three dining areas within earshot of each other.”
“French doors leading to the covered patio and large backyard makes this a great house for entertaining.”
“The green space behind the house, now known as the Northaven Trail, is a favorite place to throw a frisbee, walk the dogs, and bike with the kids. The neighboring elementary school, George Bannerman Dealey Montessori Academy occasionally shows family friendly movies on the Trail just a half a block away [near the Little Free Library]. The Neighborhood Crime Watch is rated one of the best in the city, and the Association hosts seasonal events throughout the year. St. Marks School of Texas is also walking distance.”
McCants says of this property, “I really appreciate their willingness to express how much this home has meant to them, as they prepare to let the next owners take over. It’s priced to sell at $639,900. It has great character and solid bones, so all someone needs to do is renovate/expand and personalize this home for the next generation to start making memories.”
For more information on this home, please contact Angela McCants at (214)207-4218.