Courtesy of The Hollywood Heights Neighborhood Association and Liz Simmons

Photos: Courtesy of The Hollywood Heights Neighborhood Association and Liz Simmons

[Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2014, but it’s just as relevant today. Have your own tips? Leave them in the comments!]

Selling your home during the holidays can be easy! The potential buyer base at this time of year is generally serious and ready to seal a deal quickly. It doesn’t have to be tricky to get your home on the market. Just keep it simple.

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Things are feeling merry and bright at IBB Design Fine Furnishings in Frisco. (Photos: courtesy of IBB)

We’re counting down the days to Christmas by featuring some of our favorite places to shop! This week we’re highlighting IBB Design Fine Furnishings, which has a Frisco showroom that is stocked to the gills with some of our favorite things.

Bold accessories featuring stone accents, bright upholstery that kicks up the drama, and fun prints that show off your wild side are all hallmarks of IBB co-owner Shay Geyer. We love opening up the latest issue of IBB At Home, which has beautiful spread after spread showcasing the trends and tips that can transform any space. But what about something underneath that expertly decorated Christmas tree? They have that, too!


Linda Fritschy

All interior photos: Michael Hunter Photography

Dallas interior designer Linda Fritschy learned early how to make good design choices. Her mom’s hobbies included updating her home and purchasing art, and she was Fritschy’s first client.

Linda Fritschy

Linda Fritschy, ASID. Photo: Robert Peacock

“She began when I was 12 or 13, taking me with her to go make purchases for the house and she would ask me my opinion,” she said. “I learned to consider what’s in the house already and what we were going to add to it, what was going to be good in the design scheme, and I learned about seeing the big picture and trusting my gut.”

Today, her expertise is honed and she is the owner of Linda Fritschy Interior Design, a firm she established in 1989. Her ability to create inspired spaces customized to each client—often using existing pieces of furniture, accessories, or art—is part of her genius. She manages the style, balance, and color of each color expertly and the end results speak for themselves.

While every space is a one-of-a-kind creation, Fritschy says she finds herself returning to certain elements again.

“I always lines that are clean and modern without being trendy,” she said. “I like to create a variety of interior styles.”


Bungalow 5

Want to make a real estate-obsessed, reader happy? Head to Bungalow 5 on Dec. 6.

Have a hard-to-shop-for, real estate-obsessed person in your life? We know just what your favorite reader wants, and we’ll be dropping hints from now until Christmas. First off is a signed copy of a regional design star’s own hardback, which you can get if you get over to Bungalow 5 on Dec. 6.

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Thanksgiving tablescapes

Photo courtesy of Homey Oh My!

Tomorrow is the big day, and if you’re like me, almost all your thinking has been about the Thanksgiving meal itself: “Who likes what?” “How long does that bake?” And “how many pans can I fit in the oven at once?”   

But a holiday meal should please the eye as well as the belly: It’s not too late to plan beautiful Thanksgiving tablescapes. Here’s a roundup of my favorite ideas; I hope it inspires you to make something lovely for your own celebration tomorrow.

A tablescape doesn’t have to be elaborate to look marvelous. Over at Homey Oh My!, blogger Amy starts with an heirloom table runner, pictured above, adding her copper-striped mini pumpkins, copper-tape candle holders, and bright floral arrangements from Trader Joe’s. The metal accents add a dash of glam without overpowering the simplicity of the overall look.


Carl Lowery

All photos: Dan Piassick

For creative-minded interior designers, one of the hardest parts of their jobs can be selling their ideas to clients and helping them “see” the vision for a space. But for Carl Lowery, it’s a natural fit.

Carl Lowery

Carl Lowery

That’s because Lowery took a circuitous route to becoming a Dallas interior designer. This Louisiana native started his career in telecommunications, eventually becoming the director of marketing for a large telecom company. But several years in, Lowery found himself growing bored and started going to antique auctions, eventually opening the Oak Lawn Antiques showroom in 1999.

“It seemed as I started to purchase the products in auctions that I was very good at selecting items that complemented each other, and as I put together the showroom, it seemed like I was good at merchandising,” he said. “So I opened three showrooms total in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Southlake to great success and the rest is history. Now, instead of the showrooms, we work out of a studio in the Design District.”

Lowery’s ability to clearly communicate his creative ideas and help clients envision the final product is one of his strongest skills as owner and founder of Wesley-Wayne Interiors. It paves the way for a relationship built on trust, with happy clients at the end of a job.

“I just love making people happy and I love improving spaces, taking full advantage of spaces, and making sure they not only function the way the client wants, but they are very aesthetically pleasing,” he said. “When the client sees the final space and they have a huge smile on their face or get tears in their eyes, that makes my day.”


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When we heard that Anteks Curated was on the move from Preston Center Plaza, we had to admit we were a little excited. It was a more tightly selected inventory of the cowboy cool home accessories and gifts Jason Lenox introduced us to in his original Design District digs. Now the collection of contemporary-rustic decor we have come to know and love has come full circle, taking residence at 1135 Dragon Street in the Dallas Design District.

Want to see the new space? Lenox is hosting a house warming with champagne and trail mix for you to peruse the offerings at the beautiful store. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, to Saturday, Nov. 19, head to Anteks to get your dose of sophisticated rustic decor and accessories!

We’ll see you there!


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I feel a bit like the White Rabbit.  I’m not quite late for a very important date, but it’s razor close.  Tomorrow Capital Distributing, Luxe Interiors, La Cornue and author Betty Lou Phillips will host a little Christmas nosh and demonstration at Capital’s showroom at 2910 N. Stemmons Freeway from noon to 2 p.m.

Phillips will also be signing copies of her two books … The Night Before Christmas in Texas and The Night Before Christmas in Paris.  You know which book I pinched a copy of … 🙂

You’ll also get to see La Cornue’s stunning ranges all fired up and in action as chefs demonstrate how to whip up things like Crab Crepes, black-eyed pea jambalaya, and the like for your upcoming holiday gatherings.

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And before you think (as I did until my super-secret preview this morning) that La Cornue’s ranges might mean selling a child or at the least selling a car, there’s good news.  There’s a more reasonable line of ranges that aren’t in the 5-figures.

I got a huge demo that I’ll be writing up later but if you want to get the lowdown as well as a light lunch, head on over to Capital TOMORROW from noon to 2 p.m.

I’d say you get to meet me, too, but unfortunately I’ve got other plans.  🙁  Maybe next time…

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