Clean it up and store it

When you’re selling your house, what do you do with all the “stuff”? Karen Eubank has solutions.

Getting ready to sell your house can be overwhelming. The first word your Realtor is going to mention is “declutter.” Then the stager will come in and remark that items need to be stored because it’s hard to see the gorgeous architectural details with your beautiful furniture blocking the columns and impeding the view.

What all of this really means is that selling your home will be a challenge unless you get rid of some stuff. But where do you turn? The general consensus is Craigslist can be hit or miss, eBay takes patience and time, and garage sales require energy and organization. You’ll probably be short on at least two of these if you’re about to list your home.

But it doesn’t have to be a headache. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite resources to help you get your house whipped into shape so you can move on down the road to your next adventure. (more…)

photo (26)My name is Candace Tharp, and I’m addicted to Dallas.

I was born here and grew up loving the classics — Keller’s Drive-In, the Dallas Arboretum, and DMA. My love for the area amplified as I started raising my own little family in East Dallas.

After studying Journalism and Child Development at Ouachita Baptist University, I began writing. My personal blog, The Junk Foodie, exposes the hidden gems of Dallas; the tucked away, amazing finds that make our city so unique. In 2008, I began producing restaurant reviews for Advocate Magazine because food is a passion of mine. From Barbec’s to Fearing’s Restaurant, I love it all.

I provided readers with a raw and honest approach to the quality of food and the experience surrounding it. The environment and décor in which food is presented greatly affects the experience. Take Acme in Highland Park for example. Their farmhouse industrial interior features lamps made of meat grinders, which makes it the best place to have chicken and dumplings in my opinion. In 2010, I created the website Know It All Housewives which is a small collection of SAHMs (stay at home moms, for those not in the business) with opinions on everything from SPANX to bubble making.

And now, after years of being food-obsessed, I have switched gears to real estate. My passion for historical homes landed me on Swiss Avenue. I am an avid estate sale shopper with interests in a home’s complete story, current and past residents, quirks, and decor. I religiously volunteer for the Swiss Avenue Home Tour, but spend most of my time chatting with the homeowners about paint colors and interior designers.

With two homes in Dallas and an East Texas lake house while in my 30s, I’d say I am real estate obsessed. Needless to say, after meeting Candace Evans and Jo England, I am ecstatic to be working with CandysDirt.com sharing my “30-something’” perspective on real estate in the Big D.

Have tips on historic homes, estate sales, and home decor? Email me at candacetharp@hotmail.com.

Stubbs House

6243 La Vista

A former Vaudeville performer and showgirl who rubbed elbows with Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, and Lawrence Welk, Willetta Stellmacher led a colorful life. Besides being known as an astute businesswoman, Stellmacher was hailed as a tough-as-nails landlord at the apartments she owned — and as the Lakewood/East Dallas Advocate says, a “pistol-packin’ mama.”

While we’re terribly sad to hear of such a wonderful and amazing person passing, we are so intrigued to see the estate sale organized by Attics to Basements. It’s advertised as containing “Fine art work, Ivory, Jadeite/Jade, Asian Antiques, French Antiques, 6,000sq feet of quality collectibles and antiques!”

Willetta Stellmacher

Stellmacher kept a sizable collection of memorabilia from her showbiz days, so it would be interesting to peruse the photos and clippings from her time as a performer and model. Stellmacher’s estate is located inside 6243 La Vista Drive, an incredible five-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath historic property at the eastern end of Swiss Avenue, caddy-corner to the Lakewood post office. This amazing property was listed in the 2009 collection of D Magazine‘s Most Beautiful Homes. 

Listed as the home of paving mogul Robert Stubbs and his wife, Marie Stubbs (nee Henke), this Tudor — purchased by Stellmacher in 1987 — is a registered Texas Historic Landmark:

His business success led to the construction of this house in the fashionable Swiss Avenue neighborhood. Completed in 1926, the Stubbs House may have been the work of Dallas architect Otto H. Lang. The design drew upon features of England’s Tudor manor houses, a style popular in American residential architecture between World Wars I and II. Hallmark features of the style, including the steeply pitched roof, half-timbered gables, distinctive chimneys and low pointed-arch entry, are present in the house, which was home to Robert and Marie Stubbs and their two children. A separate two-story garage and staff quarters also reflects Tudor characteristics. Following R. C. Stubbs’ death just one year after the house was completed, Marie continued to live and entertain here until 1940. The house subsequently was converted into apartments, but was returned to single-family use in the 1970s.

Stubbs House

6243 La Vista

A former Vaudeville performer and showgirl who rubbed elbows with Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, and Lawrence Welk, Willetta Stellmacher led a colorful life. Besides being known as an astute businesswoman, Stellmacher was hailed as a tough-as-nails landlord at the apartments she owned — and as the Lakewood/East Dallas Advocate says, a “pistol-packin’ mama.”

While we’re terribly sad to hear of such a wonderful and amazing person passing, we are so intrigued to see the estate sale organized by Attics to Basements. It’s advertised as containing “Fine art work, Ivory, Jadeite/Jade, Asian Antiques, French Antiques, 6,000sq feet of quality collectibles and antiques!”

Willetta Stellmacher

Stellmacher kept a sizable collection of memorabilia from her showbiz days, so it would be interesting to peruse the photos and clippings from her time as a performer and model. Stellmacher’s estate is located inside 6243 La Vista Drive, an incredible five-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath historic property at the eastern end of Swiss Avenue, caddy-corner to the Lakewood post office. This amazing property was listed in the 2009 collection of D Magazine‘s Most Beautiful Homes. 

Listed as the home of paving mogul Robert Stubbs and his wife, Marie Stubbs (nee Henke), this Tudor — purchased by Stellmacher in 1987 — is a registered Texas Historic Landmark:

His business success led to the construction of this house in the fashionable Swiss Avenue neighborhood. Completed in 1926, the Stubbs House may have been the work of Dallas architect Otto H. Lang. The design drew upon features of England’s Tudor manor houses, a style popular in American residential architecture between World Wars I and II. Hallmark features of the style, including the steeply pitched roof, half-timbered gables, distinctive chimneys and low pointed-arch entry, are present in the house, which was home to Robert and Marie Stubbs and their two children. A separate two-story garage and staff quarters also reflects Tudor characteristics. Following R. C. Stubbs’ death just one year after the house was completed, Marie continued to live and entertain here until 1940. The house subsequently was converted into apartments, but was returned to single-family use in the 1970s.