05/29/19 9:00am
Dallas ISD

Outgoing Dallas ISD trustees Audrey Pinkerton, left, Lew Blackburn, right (photos courtesy Dallas ISD).

Dallas ISD leadership past and present, as well as community members, teachers, and principals,  gathered to fete outgoing district school board trustees Lew Blackburn and Audrey Pinkerton May 23.

Blackburn represented District 5 for 18 years before announcing he would not seek re-election this year. Pinkerton served District 7 for three years, and announced she would not seek re-election earlier this year as well. (more…)

Everything is bigger, and definitely more glamorous, in Texas. This iconic Dallas contemporary is proof of that. In fact, it puts the “star” in Lone Star State because, in the 1980s, scenes of RoboCop were filmed here. Since then, its stardom has continued by appearing in a myriad of other TV shows, books, and magazines. Gazing at its pristine white exteriors, clean lines, and bright spaces, it’s easy to see why so many people have been drawn to it and surely will continue to be now that is on the market.


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05/27/19 9:30am


Juli Black recently joined Keller Williams.

If only we all had the energy, dedication, and tenacity of newly minted Keller Williams Premier Realtor Juli Black. Could you even imagine? A powerhouse such as Black brings such exceptional energy to a brokerage, that we aren’t surprised about this particular case of “like attracts like.”

“The culture is a natural fit for me at KW, and KW has made me feel like family since Day 1,” says Black of her new brokerage family. Considering the level of talent that Dallas Keller Williams is attracting right now, it would appear that the brokerage is poised for explosive growth in the market.

But back to Juli, who is not only a native Texan, but was also a media executive, with a resume that boasts stints at NBC Universal and TiVo. She’s parlayed that experience into what could only be considered an incredible real estate career. At her previous brokerage, Black was the top sales agent in 2018 by gross sales volume and has been a consistent top producer as a luxury real estate professional. (more…)

05/27/19 9:00am

OutdoorEditor’s Note: We have a three-day Memorial Day weekend, so we’re looking back at our library of stories about outdoor living in North Texas. In 2013, CandysDirt.com Executive Editor Joanna England got the dirt on how to make an outdoor space you use all year long from Margaret Chambers of Chambers Interiors.

Every spring I face a dilemma: What do we do about our back deck? We’ve tried a lot of different things to make it more inviting — having a corner bench built, putting up a Coolaroo shade, adding plants, putting down an all-weather rug — and still, when the summer starts to peak, we head inside.

It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Margaret Chambers, the founder of Chambers Interiors, has some great tips for making your outdoor space a spot you’ll gravitate toward all year long:


Outdoor living spaces have become more popular in the last ten years. If you are fortunate enough to have a covered patio, balcony, or deck, there are many clever ways that you can turn these spaces into exciting outdoor entertaining rooms. Whether you already have an outdoor area or are planning on building one, keep these helpful hints in mind.

A fireplace and small, inconspicuous heaters on the ceiling can add warmth in the fall and winter months. For the spring and summer months, ceiling fans are a must. If the budget permits, you might want to install misters in the ceiling.

Consider an outdoor grilling area, a small refrigerator, and an ice maker in your outside kitchen for entertaining a large group. You can also ice down drinks using galvanized aluminum tubs. An old pine armoire on a covered porch can be handy for storing your party accessories, games, and extra towels. (more…)

05/27/19 8:45am


05/26/19 9:15am
Outdoor kitchen

Photos courtesy Capital Distributing

Editor’s Note: During the three-day Memorial Day weekend, we’re looking back at some of our great stories about outdoor living in North Texas. Enjoy this great piece by personal chef and freelance writer Rachael Abrams as you contemplate upgrading that lonely grill to an outdoor kitchen.

By Rachael Abrams

When it comes to outside dining, there’s nothing quite as clever as an outdoor kitchen. If you have the space, and you live in the South — where the sun shines most days — an outside kitchen is worth the investment.

“Almost without exception, every custom home or remodel we work on today, the owner or builder either includes or plans for a future outdoor kitchen; at a minimum, [he plans for] a nice outdoor living space,” says Mike Davis, President of Capital Distributing.

In agreement with Davis, here are a few things to consider before building an outdoor living space:


05/26/19 8:45am