02/18/17 3:44pm

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Nothing says home quite like a classic, all-American, Cape Cod cottage.

Originating in 17th century New England, they became popular again in the 1930s. It’s during this time period when architects began to take a bit of license with the look, increasing the size, adding a full second story, and using stone as an embellishment, which made them even more appealing. (more…)

02/17/17 1:25pm

6938-casa-loma-ave-dallas-tx-1-MLS-1Some things never go out of style, and we count the quaint brick cottages of East Dallas on that list. This one in the Lakewood-area enclave of Gastonwood is a perfect example. Red brick, classic black shutters, and tidy traditional architecture is a dream from the curb.

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02/17/17 1:05pm

Lost Creek

Want all of the must-have frills at an affordable price point? You might want to check out the golfing community of Lost Creek. Part of the extensive 7,200 acre Walsh Ranch development (more to come on that subject next week) it is a mere 15 minute drive from town, off the West Freeway, near Aledo. Perched atop the development is the new listing (only five days on the market) at 4532 Knoll Ridge. With its tasteful maturing landscaping and restrained but pleasing façade of stone and antiqued brick, the 2006 new build doesn’t lack curb appeal.

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02/17/17 10:04am
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Candy Evans files her paperwork to run for Dallas City Council’s District 11 seat with Bilierae Johnson, Assistant City Secretary.

[Editor’s Note: Candy Evans is the founder and publisher of CandysDirt.com and is now running for Dallas City Council in District 11. The opinions expressed in this column are her own.]

I am excited to announce that I have completed the process to run on the ballot for Dallas City Council District 11 in the May 6, 2017 election.

The balloting process is fascinating, and actually made me a little tear-y: You swear to uphold the Constitution of the United States, a tremendous and serious responsibility. That Constitution has been protected through thick and thin, a whole lot of sacrifice spanning 241 years. Our visit to Pearl Harbor flashed across my mind. I know the political climate on the national scene is stressing a whole lot of us out, which the American Psychological Association confirms: Americans are more uncertain than ever about things taken for granted, and the economy ranks near the top of the stress list.

Starting at a grass-roots level, I want to do something about it.

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Interior Designer Ashley Bell's Lakewood Austin Stone Home is what renovation dreams are made of.

Interior Designer Ashley Bell’s Lakewood Austin Stone Home is what renovation dreams are made of.

Get ready to say the words, “Is it available fully furnished?”

You know what they say about the devil being in the details? Well, every detail of interior designer Ashley Bell’s Lakewood home feels like a guilty pleasure. Though the house itself features meticulous updates, we guarantee you’ll be just as taken with all of the trappings as you are with the home’s beautiful bones.

One of the stars of last year’s Lakewood Home Festival Tour, 6934 Meadow Lake Avenue is 2,770 square feet of serendipity.

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02/16/17 2:09pm
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The Natural Grocers at Casa Linda Plaza was once home to a three-screen theater, one of the first to be integrated into a shopping center back in 1945. It closed in 1999, much to the chagrin of the neighborhood. 

East Dallas keeps on truckin’ up the list of the most popular parts of the city, and its neighborhood Casa Linda is no different. If you haven’t been around this little area of the land for awhile, you may be surprised at the growth and increasing coolness.

Fairly recently, the Casa Linda area has acquired new bars, restaurants, and shops. Goodfriend Package (an extension of the big guys across the street), 20 Feet Seafood Joint, Steel City Pops, and Savor Patisserie (for macaroons) are among the newbies.   (more…)

02/16/17 2:08pm

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I love Cody Ellison. You know he and business partner Ken Valencia own Home on BishopDwell on Davis, Bishop Ranch and the Bishop Street Market all down in Bishop Arts. Though they started out with the perfection that is Home on Bishop, business was so darn strong the duo opened a second store in November, 2014, Dwell on Davis: bedding plus art, jewelry, clothing and accessories. Which are the mainstays of all their fabulous stores.

“Buyers crave our locally crafted goods, sold by locally owned stores,” says Ken Valencia, who previously worked for Neiman Marcus and Donna Karan. Cody was in textile and also National Sales Director for Rose Tree Corporation based here in Dallas.

“We do not replenish anything, it lives here one time, when it sells we bring in something as unique and special to replace it,” adds Cody. “Always something new to see everyday!” 

Well we have something new to TELL YOU Saturday night!

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Designing a house is lot like writing music, and architects bear a close relationship to composers. William S. Briggs designed this stunning University Park transitional at 3200 Purdue Avenue, our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week, with these thoughts in mind. (more…)