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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02/15/17 9:00am
2017 Fellows (clockwise): Marcia Ascanio, Bob Borson, John Hutchings, Lisa Lamkin, and Michael Malone

2017 Fellows (clockwise): Marcia Ascanio, Bob Borson, John Hutchings, Lisa Lamkin, Michael Malone, and Marcela Abadi Rhoads

Six Dallas architects are among the 178 American Institute of Architects (AIA) members to be elevated  to the College of Fellows. The prestigious, merit-based honor is awarded by a jury of peers to those who have achieved professional excellence and made significant contributions to architecture and to society as a whole. Dallas professionals continue to be well-represented in the College of Fellows.

“We are proud to have a higher percentage of Fellows here in Dallas than elsewhere around the country. It speaks to quality of our members, who are enhancing the quality of life through their practices – both here and around the world,” said Jan Blackmon, FAIA, executive director of AIA Dallas. “With honorees ranging from sports and education facility specialists, to accessibility experts, to communicators sharing a love of architecture with new audiences, the 2017 class of AIA Fellows highlights the diversity of talent and expertise of our Dallas architectural community.”

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02/14/17 12:04pm
The Key Team: Julie Haymann and Lauren Savariego

The Key Team: Julie Haymann and Lauren Savariego

When it’s done right, business can be personal. Very personal.

Just ask Julie Haymann and Lauren Savariego. As young mothers determined to succeed at balanced home and professional lives, the Virginia Cook Realtors formed The Key Team to share the responsibilities of growing real estate careers. What started with a chance meeting over a decade ago has grown into a dynamic business partnership and a dedicated friendship. It’s a partnership that Julie and Lauren describe as more of a sisterhood.

“It didn’t start off this way,” Julie said. “But over the course of the past 10 years of working together, our relationship is more like sisters. We work out together, we socialize together and we work together.  We probably call each other like 15 times a day.”

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02/13/17 8:26am
Klyde Warren

Thanks to Texas’ mild fall and winter and relatively low cost of living, there’s plenty of room outside for first date spots with access to food trucks, which is good news for singles on a budget.

Texas is for singles? It may be cold comfort if you’re spending Valentine’s Day alone this year, but when it comes to being single, there are worse places to live than Texas. Forty-four worse places, in fact!

A recent report by WalletHub ranked Texas the No. 6 ‘dating-friendly’ state to live. Lends a whole new twist to the Lone Star State, right?

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02/08/17 9:51am

That’s a laundry room. If you need a minute, we understand. It’s magnificent. And while we mere mortals may never wash our unmentionables in a space so utterly breathtaking, we found some dreamy laundry room design trends a little more within reach.

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02/07/17 11:04am
Nick Nordman

Nick Nordman

Realtor Nick Nordman, a top producer serving North Texas for over 15 years, has joined Ebby Halliday Realtors in the Plano/Willow Bend office. With approximately $25 million in annual sales, Nordman focuses his expertise on Allen, Dallas, Frisco, McKinney, Plano, Prosper, Southlake, Carrollton, Little Elm, Celina, and Cedar Creek Lake. Nordman’s drive for success and reputation for client service made him the number one producer in his former office.

“We are proud to welcome Nick Nordman, who is widely known for his integrity and dedication to providing clients with exceptional customer service,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and chief executive officer of Ebby Halliday Realtors.

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02/03/17 9:54am

Nancy Reagan

The moment I received an email from Realtor Nancy Reagan agreeing to an interview, I eagerly picked up the phone to call her. It rang twice and before I could speak, the voice on the other end joked, “What took you so long?”

A trained stage actress, Nancy clearly knows her way around an opening line. Raised in East Texas and educated at Stephens College in Missouri and Syracuse University in New York, she moved to New York City to study at American Academy of Dramatic Arts. As a member of the American National Theater and Academy, Nancy appeared in off-Broadway productions for several years before moving her acting career to Houston. There,  she performed at Nina Vance’s Alley Theatre. The lady’s certainly got chops!

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01/27/17 2:52pm

exterior

Y’all. By now, it’s no secret how we feel about midcentury modern architecture. The open floor pan! The vaulted ceilings! The walls of windows! Sigh. We feel it’s our sacred duty to report when one hits the market and 2615 Millmar Drive is no exception. In fact, it’s rather exceptional.

Talk about owning a piece of history. Practically untouched for over half a century, this Cliff May-designed Casa View estate gem is crying out for an architecture lover with a stout heart and an eye for midcentury detail. With original parquet floors and wrought iron fence work, it oozes vintage charm. The price point makes it even harder to resist. At $199,900, it ought to entice anyone looking to make the most of a modest renovation budget.

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