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Look at this beautiful woman. She is Shay Geyer, owner & designer at IBB Fine Furnishings in Frisco.

This past winter, Shay was nominated amongst some of the country’s best design talent for the 2016 New Trads Rising Stars of Design by Traditional Home. 

Now she has been nominated as a finalist for CultureMap Dallas’s Style Maker awards.  Yes, our CultureMap. Shay needs our votes to make it to the next round: only the top 6 will move onto the next level and there are just a few days left to vote — until September 23. So go on over to this link:  http://dallas.culturemap.com/poll/stylemaker-awards-2016-semifinals-dallas/. Look for this beautiful photo of Shay, click on vote and vote for her!

In case you don’t know IBB Fine Furnishings, Shay is known for her highly individualized approach in fashioning rooms that speak to the personal taste and lifestyle of each client.

“It’s my job to translate their tastes and utilize things they love to create a backdrop for memorable moments for years to come,” says Shay.

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CultureMap will take over Hudson News kiosks in both Houston Airports. (Rendering: CultureMap/The Dallas Busines Journal)

CultureMap will take over Hudson News kiosks in both Houston Airports. (Rendering: CultureMap/The Dallas Business Journal)

It’s a stunning blow to print media, as the Dallas Business Journal has announced CultureMap’s takeover of Hudson News shops at both Bush Intercontinental and Houston Hobby airports.

CultureMap, a regional news brand founded in Houston, was recently purchased for $15 million by ViewMarket, a Dallas interactive media brand. The transaction has added a new wrinkle to the news and media landscape in both Dallas and Houston, so expect to see more video and visual. But this is, by far, the most interesting development.

As fewer and fewer people are reading magazines and newspapers while they travel, news stands have become almost obsolete. This takeover will transform these pop-up kiosks to concierge services, where hungry travelers can grab a bottle of Fiji and a snack and find out the best places to have dinner, the best sights to see, and what bands might be in town upon their arrival.

To me, I think it’s a brilliant idea, and a fantastic advertising opportunity for hotels and convention-related businesses, as well as for Realtors who serve the jet-set. Before, these businesses would have to buy pricey ads in city guides produced by newspapers and regional magazines. This offers convenience and cost effectiveness.

 

6508 Old Gate Front

Of course there’s no minimum bid in place for this gorgeous 14,000-square-foot mansion in Plano’s Kings Gate community. Originally purchased for $6.5 million, 6508 Old Gate Roadis an incredible property on more than two gorgeous acres could go for sky-high prices considering our brisk luxury market.

6508 Old Gate

 

It’s definitely a runner-up in my book to the three properties Candy featured in her CultureMap Dallas column on Gatsby-esque mansions Daisy Buchanan would die for. With five bedrooms and five and one half baths, this room is great for large families who want room to move around and plenty of privacy, too. This house has tons of fabulous wood and stone trim, and a backyard that is amazingly opulent. Perfect for a flap in the Roaring ’20s.

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While it’s no Champ d’Or, this auction could fetch a pretty penny and some interesting buyer, I’m sure. How much do you think this Plano mansion will go for?

6508 Old Gate Front

Of course there’s no minimum bid in place for this gorgeous 14,000-square-foot mansion in Plano’s Kings Gate community. Originally purchased for $6.5 million, 6508 Old Gate Roadis an incredible property on more than two gorgeous acres could go for sky-high prices considering our brisk luxury market.

6508 Old Gate

 

It’s definitely a runner-up in my book to the three properties Candy featured in her CultureMap Dallas column on Gatsby-esque mansions Daisy Buchanan would die for. With five bedrooms and five and one half baths, this room is great for large families who want room to move around and plenty of privacy, too. This house has tons of fabulous wood and stone trim, and a backyard that is amazingly opulent. Perfect for a flap in the Roaring ’20s.

6508 old gate cellar

While it’s no Champ d’Or, this auction could fetch a pretty penny and some interesting buyer, I’m sure. How much do you think this Plano mansion will go for?

Kari LehtonenMy house of the week for my CultureMap Dallas column was goaltender Kari Lehtonen’s University Park shocker over on Bryn Mawr: very “presidential” Georgian on the outside, a total knock-your-socks-off contemporary stunner on the inside complete with a huge glossy pea green desk! Turns out the Finns are going gaga over the listing, or maybe Kari! In any case, Jennifer Chininis at CultureMap Dallas tells me traffic for the story is coming in from Finland like crazy. Who knows, maybe we can sell them some MORE Dallas homes: I sure would like to know what they are saying about us!Kari Lehtonen ext Kari Lehtonen int foyer Kari Lehtonen study pea green desk Kari Lehtonen kitchen

This is one of Julie Provenzano’s “Star” listings at 3230 Bryn Mawr Dr. Built by Gage Homes in late 2009, the home is 6,400 square feet of pure, clean lines and classic floor plan: foyer, sweeping staircase, living on the left, dining on the right, and kitchen and den straight ahead. A well-done layout sure lets in the light, and the lot is a UP hefty at 70-by-106. There is a bar with wine grotto, full butler’s pantry that is practically a pastry kitchen, and an enormous and well-engineered kitchen. The study off the living room with that pea green desk is connected by three glass doors for optional entertainment flow and streaming sunlight.

The bedrooms, including the huge master suite with breakfast bar, are all upstairs. Each of the three guest bedrooms has its own bathroom, plus there’s a game room over the garage. The third floor has been finished out as a fifth guest bedroom. And in case Kari is ever caught by an errant hockey puck, there is a shaft for a future elevator. This puppy is only $2,395,000 and turns out it was styled by the same interior designer spruced up Loui Eriksson’s baby’s-butt smooth contemporary in Preston Hollow.

About that designer: I am hunting her down, even if I have to go to Finland to find her. My furs are in need of a good work-out!

 

 

Kari LehtonenMy house of the week for my CultureMap Dallas column was goaltender Kari Lehtonen’s University Park shocker over on Bryn Mawr: very “presidential” Georgian on the outside, a total knock-your-socks-off contemporary stunner on the inside complete with a huge glossy pea green desk! Turns out the Finns are going gaga over the listing, or maybe Kari! In any case, Jennifer Chininis at CultureMap Dallas tells me traffic for the story is coming in from Finland like crazy. Who knows, maybe we can sell them some MORE Dallas homes: I sure would like to know what they are saying about us!Kari Lehtonen ext Kari Lehtonen int foyer Kari Lehtonen study pea green desk Kari Lehtonen kitchen

This is one of Julie Provenzano’s “Star” listings at 3230 Bryn Mawr Dr. Built by Gage Homes in late 2009, the home is 6,400 square feet of pure, clean lines and classic floor plan: foyer, sweeping staircase, living on the left, dining on the right, and kitchen and den straight ahead. A well-done layout sure lets in the light, and the lot is a UP hefty at 70-by-106. There is a bar with wine grotto, full butler’s pantry that is practically a pastry kitchen, and an enormous and well-engineered kitchen. The study off the living room with that pea green desk is connected by three glass doors for optional entertainment flow and streaming sunlight.

The bedrooms, including the huge master suite with breakfast bar, are all upstairs. Each of the three guest bedrooms has its own bathroom, plus there’s a game room over the garage. The third floor has been finished out as a fifth guest bedroom. And in case Kari is ever caught by an errant hockey puck, there is a shaft for a future elevator. This puppy is only $2,395,000 and turns out it was styled by the same interior designer spruced up Loui Eriksson’s baby’s-butt smooth contemporary in Preston Hollow.

About that designer: I am hunting her down, even if I have to go to Finland to find her. My furs are in need of a good work-out!

 

 

M Mansion exterior grass M Mansion exteriorHey, Valentine’s Day isn’t over yet. I like to stretch it out into the the WHOLE MONTH! I teased this house in last week’s round-up for CultureMap Dallas, but here is a little more on the story of a home I have wanted to bring to your attention for several months. The M Mansion (or Mmm 5540 North 40 Place) is in far north Dallas, and because my precious son got married there, I think it is the most romantic home in Dallas right now.

Well, I have always loved those white columns at Mt. Vernon. Sigh. My very first boyfriend lived in a home with white columns and a black and pink tiled powder bath in Barrington Hills, Illinois — I have wanted both ever since. As for him, not so much.

You’ve heard of the hairdressing chain Toni and Guy? This is the Guy Mascolo family who commissioned this mansion to be built way up in the North Dallas Forty in 2007. The North Dallas Forty is an enclave of estates off Frankford Road, in between Preston and the tollway, north side. Very wooded, secluded and private. The area has a casual gate and security code to get in, so you get a ranchy feel. Legend has it Flora and Guy Mascolo, founders of Toni & Guy salons, built the M Mansion as their dream house, pouring love into every nook and cranny, from the red Baccarat chandelier to the arches, columns, and many fireplaces and Juliet-type balconies.

The 15,000 square foot plus home was built by Ventura Custom Homes, fabulous home builders who also constructed a notorious spec home you may recall at 3415 Beverly Drive beginning in 2008 that took awhile to sell, since it was conceived and birthed during the housing bust. But sell it did with Erin Mathews on October 21, 2010 for $6,995,000, which was the lowered asking price. I think Ellen Terry started with it at $9,750,000. Those were the days when no one blinked at a $12 million listing…

Which is what they are asking now for the M Mansion: $12 million cool and easy.

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3415 Beverly

3415 Beverly Drive master bath hers

3415 Beverly

Comparing that, 3415 was sure a bargain for almost 12,000 square feet on one-third of an acre on Beverly Drive… someone sure got a steal! There was a courtyard with loggia and fireplace, full spa room, security room, theater with sitting area, game room, wine cellar, and the most beautiful “her’s” master bath in Dallas.

I show you this so you can appreciate the universal fine craftsmanship of Ventura. The French chateau-inspired M estate took seven years to complete. You get 3.29 wooded acres with a secret garden, fenced soccer field covered in turf, and stone waterfall pool with hidden grotto in the pool. (I am told there is a hidden grotto, I never dove in to check it out!)  Inside there are nine bedrooms, nine baths, powders, offices and wine cellar lower level. The home actually has four levels. Ventura is famous for their ground floor/basements: this one has bedrooms, the theater and the bar/wine cellar which came in very handy during the wedding. Plus there’s an outdoor pizza oven and bar and patio oasis with multiple gardens. There is a small fortune here in masonry. I love the cobblestones and stonework, which evokes a Granada like feel from the very moment you drive up.

There are also several balconies, including the romantic portico where the wedding ceremony took place. Then there’s the Secret Garden in the front where photos are taken in the perfect setting. My son’s precious in-laws treated him to a beautiful wedding chez M last fall, and more than 100 people spilled out on the grounds and throughout the house, ohhing and ahhing. The Pennsylvania crowd was blown away, and the Cali crowd was salivating. A home like this would list for $30 million on the Peninsula.

Why are they selling? The end of the love story is tragic, sad to say, as most love stories often are. Flora lost her precious Guy, and the Mascolos have multiple homes, so it is perhaps time to part with their beloved M Mansion and let another family take over for many more years of romantic, loving Mmmemories.M Mansion patio M Mansion fountain M Mansion master M Mansion pool m mansion family m mansion kitchen m mansion library m mansion master bath M Mansion wine cellar M Mansion DR M mansion study M Mansion portico

 

Candy and her crack legal team from Friedman and Feiger: Jason Friedman and James Bell

 Our embattled Candy has been on blog-lite these past few days, thanks to the Maloufs’ attempts to chill her free speech down at Dallas County Court at Law No. 3 in Malouf vs. Mary Candace Evans, Byron Harris and WFAA-TV and Laura Wilson.

Now that Candy and WFAA agreed to a temporary injunction wherein they cannot step foot on the Maloufs’ property, the parties are not scheduled back in court until September, when the trial is set to begin.

Several Dallas media outlets have been covering the temporary injunction hearings over the last few days. Claire St. Amant, managing editor of Culturemap Dallas, was down there for at least two days and we think she did the best overall reporting of facts. Anna Merlan of the Dallas Observer gets the prize for her description of Mrs. (“Lady”) Malouf and her husband: “Dr. Malouf is a tall, beaky man, who looked both weary and pissed off …” However, we think she missed the entire point of star attorney James Bell’s cross-examination, most likely because she wasn’t in the courtroom over the past few days.

In any case, both reporters missed the best line of the day: Dr. Malouf, a millionaire who owns a 30,000 square foot home on Strait Lane and a couple of private jets, claims he has suffered from the collective reporting on his backyard waterpark, saying he cannot get a job or rent office space because of it.