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Shelby Skrhak

Shelby is Associate Editor of She's a journalist and podcaster turned full-time freelance writer based in Plano. She comes to after 12 years with SUCCESS magazine as digital content director. After hosting two top-rated iTunes Top 200 podcasts, she launched her own podcast called the Secret to My Success. She's a Lake Highlands native and graduate of UT-Dallas.

12/05/19 10:30am

Candlelight Christmas

Home tour fanatics have been dreaming about this weekend, when four popular holiday-themed home tours take place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in locations across the Metroplex, including Fort Worth’s Ryan Place, Northeast Dallas’ Lake Highlands, the Park Cities, and Winnetka Heights in Oak Cliff. Grab your comfy shoes, charge your phone to take plenty of pictures, and consider bringing a little jot notebook for all the ideas that’ll come your way while touring these 20 homes.

Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association’s Homes for the Holidays

The 21st annual Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association Homes for the Holidays Tour features a home built in 1928 by the renowned architect Anton Korn for his family, a classic Greek Revival, and more.

When: 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6

Where: Highland Park and University Park (more…)

East Dallas Modern

We’re big fans of East Dallas Modern, the husband and wife team of Stesha and Daniel Gearner, who left corporate America several years ago and turned their attention full-time to renovating midcentury homes. They’ve got a knack of turning around dated homes with style and time-period touches as they’ve done with more than a dozen homes in East Dallas. So when Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans let us know this hip couple recently completed a new renovation for sale, we agreed this is a perfect High Caliber Home of the Week.


12/01/19 9:00am

Texas has the third-highest number of billionaires in the United States, behind New York and California of course, and more than our fair share of millionaires live in North Texas. While Westlake and Southlake are known as cities with some of the highest average incomes among us, the Collin County cities of Plano, Frisco, and McKinney have been long known for their impressive estates on prime (often golf course) real estate.

For this Suburb Sunday, we took a look at the most expensive active listings on MLS within Collin County right now. And before you start turning a shade of envious green, remember their estimated property taxes could feed a small village. Look and enjoy, and be thankful you don’t have the house payment.


Chateau Lumier

Address: 1201 Gray Branch Road, McKinney

  • 8 bedrooms, 9.5+ baths
  • 14,665 square feet
  • 15.8 acres
  • $9.995 million
  • Listed by Debra Brown of Compass RE Texas

Chateau Lumier is an impressive 15.8-acre estate in McKinney, listed by Debra Brown of Compass RE Texas. “Enter the heavily treed world of beautiful Chateau Lumier through 22-foot wide gates over a quaint former country bridge, and arrive at the circular drive and picturesque fountain,” Brown writes in the listing. Couldn’t have said it any better myself. This French- and Southern-inspired estate was built in 2011 by Sharif & Munir Custom Homes with interior design by vice president of Dallas Design Group, Tracy Rasor, our intrepid Karen Eubank reported earlier this year.

Rasor spent three years on the home, hunting down everything from the fixtures to the floor and the result is a treasure trove of design and detail with provenance. Rasor tracked down an antique altarpiece carving that she built into the front of the kitchen bar. The dining room chandelier came from a historic government building in Mississippi. Plus, there are personally significant touches too, like the small house that juts out from the wall of one of the children’s bedrooms.


11/30/19 9:30am

11219 Saint Judes

A few months ago I attended an estate sale here where I was more enchanted by the house than the treasure inside. This is that house.

Albeit, it’s hard to tell behind the overgrown trees in front, this 3,466-square-foot home on a .37 acre lot is gorgeous. The four-bedroom, four-bath on Saint Judes Drive at Hillcrest and Forest sits high on a corner lot with porte cochere driveway framing the dramatic step-up entrance. Swing the ornate wooden double doors open to the Spanish tile entryway and you can tell this is a special home. A JanMar home.


Funny coincidence that this week’s Inwood National Bank Home of the Week is steps away from the long-time home office of the Dallas-based banking institution that was established in 1964. It’s also walking distance to the dining, entertainment, and shopping in Inwood Village. But we really chose to feature the Bentley Place villa on Inwood Road at W. University Blvd. because of this: the rooftop patio for al fresco dining and entertaining that’s so inviting looking from inside, you’ll be pulled by its allure.


11/28/19 9:00am

Dallas Modernist Architect Bud Oglesby knew how to do light right. For this first in a series on Dallas architects’ most magnificent homes, we’re chronicling the homes designed by Bud Oglesby and his firm, Oglesby Group Architects.

Oglesby was orn in Phoenix, Oglesby was raised in San Angelo, graduated from Cornell, and received his masters in architecture from M.I.T. His firm, Oglesby Group Architects was one of the most significant architectural firms in designing modern, distinctive homes throughout downtown, Oak Lawn, Preston Hollow, and North Dallas for years, and he influenced a tremendous number of current architects, including modernist Ron Wommack. Oglesby also studied and lived in Sweden.

The Dallas modernist architect’s homes are often fixtures on the AIA Home Tour for good reason. Well-thought-out natural light is a signature element for homes designed by the late Oglesby, who once said,

“How you deal with light is extremely important. How you let it enter a building, how you treat it on outside surfaces through trellises, shutters, courtyards, and recessed windows is crucial.”

In the 1993 Dallas Morning News obituary for Oglesby, architecture critic, David Dillon wrote the following: “Honesty in materials, simplicity of form, sensitivity to place, this was the Oglesby canon, and it changed very little over the years.”

Here are some of the fantastic homes Oglesby has designed that’ve captured our fascination through the years.

Glass-Walled Duplex on Fairfax


3727 Fairfax Ave. has two bedrooms, two baths, and 1,746 square feet.

Address: 3727 Fairfax Ave.

Last sold: Estimated $588,000 in May 2018


This architectural gem is a meticulous example of Bud Oglesby’s signature style with a seamless visual relationship between the indoor and outdoor spaces.

This home is one half of a duplex with two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half bath, two living areas, and 1,746 square feet on two stories, built in 1964. The home located near Inwood Road and Lemmon Avenue was listed for $697,000 and sold for an estimated $588,000 in May 2018. (more…)

Couldn’t you just kiss the sky with this view? Courtney Tauriac of Compass has this week’s listing for the High Caliber Home of the Week, sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans, a beautifully-designed home perched atop the rocky bluffs of Highgrove at West Kessler Heights, full of garden homes and urban loft-style villa homes in North Oak Cliff.

This three-bedroom, three and half-bath home on Stevens Bluff Lane has 2,260-square feet spread over three stories. The fourth-story outdoor living space has incredible views of the Dallas skyline.


11/24/19 9:30am

The founder and owner of Dallas-based St. Bernard Sports is downsizing from his gorgeous Wilson Fuqua-designed home in Bluffview and Highland Park Market Estate Sales is helping sell the family’s beautiful collection of home furniture and decor they describe as “nothing short of WOW!”

The home at 4704 Wildwood, listed for $3.095 million by LeeLee Gioia of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, is a specimen in great taste. Noted architect Wilson Fuqua is responsible for the undeniable Hill Country influence felt throughout this extraordinary Bluffview home. Nestled on a spacious, heavily treed lot, the home affords a generous 5,415 square feet with a bonus 600-square-foot guest cottage and 3-car-garage.