8 Must-See Open Houses


 

Enjoy your weekend with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and our amazing agents at these properties.

 

10 Must-See Open Houses

4004 Colgate Avenue | University Park | $2,449,000

 

10 Must-See Open Houses

6215 Rex Drive | Preston Hollow | $2,135,000

 

10 Must-See Open Houses

2128 Courtland Drive | Frisco | $1,500,000

 

10 Must-See Open Houses

1654 Handley Drive | East Kessler | $1,150,000

 

10 Must-See Open Houses

726 W. Greenbriar Lane | East Kessler | $500,000

 

10 Must-See Open Houses

1600 Abrams Road #10 | Lakewood | $459,000

 

10 Must-See Open Houses

9449 Hunters Creek Drive | Lake Highlands | $415,000

 

10 Must-See Open Houses

8621 Redondo Drive | Little Forest Hills | $379,000

 

To view all our open houses and discover dates and times, visit openhouse.daveperrymiller.com.

5 Beautiful Tech Products


 

Technology doesn’t just have to be functional. For a luxurious home, it needs to beautiful as well.

 

We’ve collected five tech products that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are useful.

 

5 Beautiful Tech Products

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Shape System | Starting at $4,200

 

Speakers transform into large-scale artwork in Bang & Olufsen’s BeoSound Shape System. The hexagonal tiles are completely customizable — from overall configuration and color down to the number of speakers, dampers and amplifiers.

 

5 Beautiful Tech Products

Samsung The Frame 55-inch LED SmartTV | $1,597.99

 

Speaking of art, Samsung’s The Frame TV keeps your television looking like a thoughtful masterpiece even when it’s off. Owners have access to 100 professionally curated art pieces from 10 different genres. The Frame can be further customized with wood bezel frames or golden edges. Feature it alongside your gallery wall or even sitting atop an easel.

 

5 Beautiful Tech Products

Molekule Air Purifier | $799

 

Breathe a sigh of relief with this air purifier that breaks down toxic pollutants on a molecular level to eliminate them completely from your home. Developed over 20 years, the Molekule air purifier has been determined by research scientists to destroy pollutants 1,000 times smaller than what is filtered by traditional air filters.

 

5 Beautiful Tech Products

Uma Sound Lantern | $479.00

 

Light and sound are fused into one elegant, portable lantern. A soft glow emits from the LED lantern, with its sleek, cone-shaped design and full-grain leather strap. Touch-sensitive volume controls offer 360-degree sound.

 

5 Beautiful Tech Products

Conway Electric For Home First Smart Chip Extension Cord | $149

 

Vintage aesthetic juxtaposes harmoniously with modern technology in Conway Electric’s extension cord. Conway claims that the extension cord is one of the fast-charging USB power cords available. The smart USB ports shut off once your device is fully charged, protecting it from overheating. And with a power cord so stylish, you’ll want to display it instead of hide it away.

 

Read more about our recommended products on the blog:

Back-to-School Essentials 

Poolside Accessories for On-the-Go Adventures 

Outdoor Furniture for Cool Summer Nights 

How to Style Your Bedside Table


 

How to Style Your Bedside Table

 

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.

 

Must-Have Essentials

 

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.

 

Stay Organized

 

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.

 

Final Touches

 

Add small plants, such as succulents, or a floral bud vase, to bring a little life and color to your bedside table.

 

Read our blog for more home advice:

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How to Use Bold Patterns

The Art of the Xeriscape

Back-to-School Bedtime Routine Tips


 

Back-to-School Bedtime Routine Tips

 

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.

 

Are you using your phone as your alarm? Try going analog or looking into some of the alarm clocks we’ve recommended for Daylight Saving Time

 

Promote positivity

 

There may be some struggles having earlier bedtimes, but remain patient and positive for you and your child.

 

If children — especially very young ones — see bedtime as a positive activity rather than a punishment, they’ll be less likely to resist the new schedule.

 

Counter any last-minute requests by incorporating them into your children’s new routine. Experts say that if children’s routines keep getting interrupted, the harder it will be for them to adjust.

 

Read more back-to-school advice on our blog:

Back-to-School Essentials

Chic Staples for the Home Office

Alarm Clocks for Daylight Saving Time

Back-to-School Essentials


 

Back-to-school season isn’t just for little ones.

 

Get in on the excitement of a new school year with your own back-to-school accessories — with a luxe spin.

 

Here are five items you’ll want to add to your back-to-school arsenal.

 

Back-to-School Essentials

Edison Collier Fountain Pen | $169

 

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.

 

Back-to-School Essentials

Sugar Paper Back to School Bundle | $75

 

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.

 

Back-to-School Essentials

Box Appetit Stainless Steel Lunch Box | $34.95

 

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 Essentials

Moleskine 12-Month Daily Planner | $19.95

 

Plan your year in style with Moleskine’s daily planner. Each page is a day, which means plenty of room for notes and activities for the busiest person.

 

Back-to-School Essentials

Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash | $10

 

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.

 

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Have Your Questions About Streetcars Answered at Open House on Thursday


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The streetcar could be rolling as early as next month.

Residents of Oak Cliff and Downtown may have questions about the streetcar that will soon connect those two neighborhoods. When will service start? What will the hours of operation be? How many stops will there be along the route? What do I need to know about riding the streetcar safely?

Those topics will all be addressed during an open house that DART and city officials will host from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Hitt Auditorium at Methodist Dallas Medical Center.

Oak Cliff’s Bishop Arts District to Host Annual Celebration of Bastille Day


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Cars won’t be able to drive down Bishop Avenue tonight, because the street will be temporarily covered by a “petanque” court. Photo by Elliott Munoz (elliott-munoz.com) via Go Oak Cliff’s Facebook page.

If you were thinking of having dinner in the Bishop Arts District tonight, but you’re not in the mood for a festival celebrating the French version of Independence Day, change your dinner plans.

But if you’d like to have a good time and get a preview of what makes North Oak Cliff such a vibrant neighborhood, then you should attend Bastille on Bishop. There will be French cuisine such as crepes and ratatouille, French games such as petanque, and live music.

Bastille on Bishop is one of four annual events put on by the organization Go Oak Cliff. Their other big festivals are Mardi Gras Oak Cliff, Brew Riot, and Blues, Bandits & BBQ. This group of go-getters has really strengthened the sense of pride people in that neighborhood have. They don’t live in Dallas, they’ll tell you; they live in Oak Cliff.

And if attending tonight’s party makes you want to live in Oak Cliff, one of these properties could be your next home.