Fiona Richards, Teri Cox, Susan Baldwin, and Candy Evans honored Allie Beth and Pierce Allman at the annual Flora Awards Gala.

From Staff Reports

Allie Beth and Pierce Allman were honored with the 2018 Flora Award for their years of service to the Dallas Community on Oct. 25, the jade anniversary of this prestigious Dallas occasion. The Allmans join the circle of Flora honorees including Peggy and Carl Sewell, Senator Kay Baily Hutchison, Dee and Charles Wyly, Lady Bird Johnson, Laura and President George Bush, Gloria Vanderbilt and Margaret and Trammell Crow. This year’s host committee consisted of honorary chairs and 2017 honorees, Bettye Slaven, Janet Smith and Marilyn Waisanen, 2018 co-chairs Laura Chancellor Black and Kelly Cantu Dees and an extensive list of generous committee members including Former First Lady Laura Bush.

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Laura Chancellor Black, Allie Beth and Pierce Allman, and Kelly Cantu Dees

On September 20, supporters of Texas Discovery Gardens gathered to applaud the 2018 Flora Award honorees Allie Beth and Pierce Allman at the Highland Park home of Stephen Jones (son of Jerry Jones), and his wife Karen, whose house is listed with Allie Beth Allman & Associates

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Real estate magnate Allie Beth Allman and her husband, Pierce, will be honored by Texas Discovery Gardens with the 2018 Flora Award at the annual gala.

Allie Beth and Pierce Allman will be honored with the 2018 Flora Award for their years of service to the Dallas Community on October 25, the jade anniversary of this prestigious Dallas occasion. Since its inception in 1982, The Flora Award has been presented in support of Texas Discovery Gardens, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The honor serves to recognize outstanding citizens who have demonstrated a commitment to community service, natural resource education, protection of the environment and quality of life.

“If there is a worthy cause in Dallas, chances are the Allmans have supported it in a meaningful and generous way,” said Dick Davis, Executive Director of Texas Discovery Gardens. “While the Allmans don’t seek recognition, those of us in the nonprofit world seek every public opportunity to show our gratitude. That they would allow us to honor them for their decades of philanthropic efforts is gratifying beyond words. Yet, we plan to find just the right words at the 2018 Flora Award Gala.”

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Sweet American Colonial

The Hollywood Home Tour is coming up this weekend! We thought we’d offer you a sneak peek at a sweet American Colonial that has grown up, and out, and the adorable couple that had a clear vision of how to turn this home into the stunner you will see on tour.

Katie Arani

Katie and Shawn Arani have what we think is a storybook life. They started dating in high school, got married when Katie turned 21, finished college, built their first home, and then they got really lucky!

“Toyota arrived and our neighborhood exploded,” Katie said. The Aranis realized there would never be a better time to capitalize on their first home in Carrollton, and they put it on the market.

“That first house was new and almost too perfect,” Katie said. “So, I ended up filling it with old things to give it charm. Building that first house gave me the fever to find a house to restore.”

With friends in the neighborhood and longing to be closer to the heart of Dallas, they started their search in Hollywood Heights. When they found this sweet American Colonial on Santa Monica Drive they knew their search was over.

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Not that many years ago, stone mosaic tile was out of reach for all but the most hefty-budgeted of renovations.  I remember seeking a few small scraps of flair for shampoo niches only to be easily contemplating over $100 per square foot. My, how things have changed.  I think the proliferation of the water laser for cutting large quantities of stone has really helped bring a new price point to mosaics, particularly stone. Two Dallas showrooms worth a look that sell direct to consumers are Floor and Décor and The Tile Shop – and we’re going to do just that.

I’m going to get into trouble almost immediately and make a broad statement. While both offer a very large selection of patterns to choose from, I’d say The Tile Store has more swirly, girly, deco-type options. Floor and Décor has more geometric designs that appeal to my boyishness. As I said, very broad statements that alert you to my bias towards boxy, straight lines being more masculine and circular lines with softer-colored materials being more feminine. Barf on me all you like in the comments. Bucking my own buckets, I personally like stronger lines but softer colors – go figure.

If you’re visiting their showrooms southwest of LBJ and I-35E, you can hit both as they’re within blocks.

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As our readers know, there’s nothing we love more than house porn than making a weekend of touring actual homes, complete with brunch! If you’re in love with North Texas real estate like we are, then you’ll also love to know that this year’s spring home tour season is going to be a spectacular one, featuring some of the best in architecture all over Dallas and Fort Worth. 

To help you get your schedule in order, today we offer a round-up of upcoming spring home tours so you can buy your tickets and make your brunch reservations. This list is by no means comprehensive, so if we missed one of your favorite spring tours, shoot us a line in the comments!

Turtle Creek Association Tour of Homes

April 7, 2019, from 1 to 5 p.m.; After Party from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Purchase tickets here.

The Turtle Creek Association, a non-profit organization whose primary focus is to enhance, preserve, and protect Dallas’ 87-acre Turtle Creek Corridor, provides a special look inside three high-rise residences and one single-family home with their 2019 Tour of Homes on Sunday, April 7, from 1 to 5 p.m. Following the tour will be a separately ticketed post tour reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

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MoMA Extension New York City (53 West 53rd Street)

French architect Jean Nouvel began designing buildings in the late 1960s with his first global success being the Arab World Institute building in Paris in 1981. That building captured the geometry inherent in Arabic architecture by using a lattice of multi-sized mechanical lenses on the exterior. The lenses’ job is to manage light entering the building by opening and closing depending on exterior light levels. Pretty ingenious.

Nouvel continues to work in the Arab world, crafting buildings denoting the region’s specific historical context and modern requirements. Nouvel has said buildings have a specific place and time. He would not design the same building for Doha, Qatar, that he would for New York, New York. Each location required connection and context. Looking over Nouvel’s work, it’s easy to see a focus on texture and light. He layers both with dramatic effect. Nouvel won the Pritzker Prize in 2009 and today his firm employs over 140 in Paris with satellites in Rome, Geneva, Madrid, and Barcelona.

But let’s look at New York City first …

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