Cole Smith is a True Renaissance Man: Architect, Artisan, and Painter

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The beautiful new home of Joyce and Larry Lacerte was the scene Saturday evening for a private showing of the prolific and quite talented works of architect Cole Smith. He designed and recently completed this house for the Lacertes, even as he designed and helped them built their former $20 plus million estate at 5323 Park Lane in Dallas, now owned by Kelcy Warren. The house is stunning. But the center of attention Saturday was several paintings, A LOT,  all painted by Cole himself. The spectrum of his talented art eye is everywhere, from Antarctic scenes to the beach to mechanical machines with moving parts to pastoral. This was Cole’s very first painting show, but his love of brush and canvas has been long-lived. The paintings are available through Sherry Hayslip’s Boutique — Sherry  being Cole’s beautiful wife. My favorite: the beach scenes and the fabulous penguin!  Cole Smith paintings

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Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for Forbes.com, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature CandysDirt.com, and SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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