We searched Amazon for some of the best of the Now House best and now we’re sharing it with you. Note: CandysDirt.com may collect a small commission or other compensation (Bezos hug) from the links on this page. Items are priced correctly and in stock at time of publication. 

If you’re into Jonathan Adler, but not into extravagant prices, check out Now House, a Jonathan Adler designer collection sold exclusively through Amazon.

Wait, didn’t we JUST say this isn’t about extravagant prices? We did and it isn’t. You see, Now House has all the boldness you’d expect from your boy J. Adler without commas in the price tag. It’s affordable and accessible and just as drool-worthy as anything you’d find in his retail shops. Or on his website because if you’re reading this, we knew where you’re throwing down your Andrew Jacksons.

Enough chit-chat, let’s get into it as we highlight some of our favorite pieces and believe us when we say, it was almost impossible to narrow to five. In fact, if you’d like to see it all right now, just head here.

Otto Pedestal Accent Table

Price: $198

The Piece: If you want a home that’s so hip it hurts, start with the Otto Pedestal Accent Table in White, Mint or the Palest Baby Blue. It’s stately, shapely and the perfect sidepiece for your couch. In the olden days, you’d pop a TV Guide and a three channel remote on top, but today the possibilities are endless. Add a vase, an objet d’art or some coasters for your Whiskey Sour.

What Buyers Are Saying: “Pay close attention to the size on this item – it’s small. But it’s also super cute and wildly stylish. If you have a low chair and need a cocktail table, buy this. The light blue color is perfection. Everybody who visits my home comments on this little sweetie.” –Dubious 2

Order the Otto here.

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cookbooksWe checked out Amazon for Texas (or Texas-inspired) cookbooks perfect for the person who loves hitting the kitchen. Note: CandysDirt.com may collect a small commission or other compensation from the links on this page. Items are priced correctly and in stock at the time of publication.

Whether it’s a new kitchen (or new to them) kitchen, one of the best housewarming gifts you can give the person whose eyes glaze over when they hit Sur le Table and can’t pass a Wusthof display without slowing to a stop is a cookbook. And when that kitchen is in Texas, what better way to say welcome than a cookbook conceived in the Lone Star State?

While there are many, we found a few that are already on our bookshelves. Do you own any of these? If not, it might just be time to treat yourself, too. (more…)

fallWe scoured Amazon for things that will make your home or office (or both) look and smell like fall, even if it doesn’t feel like it. Note: CandysDirt.com may collect a small commission or other compensation from the links on this page. Items are priced correctly and in stock at the time of publication.

Yes, we know. It doesn’t feel like fall in Texas. In fact, it will remain bikini weather through Halloween most likely, and we all know it. Raise your hands if you eat Thanksgiving on a patio, or otherwise al fresco.

Yeah, we feel your pain.

So maybe it’s not the best weather for drinking hot mulled cider and snuggling by a fire, but we can at least feel like it’s fall if our houses look and smell like it, right?  (more…)

We scoured Amazon for the best and the coolest Midcentury Modern finds, and we hope you agree. Note: CandysDirt.com may collect a small commission or other compensation from the links on this page. Items are priced correctly and in stock at the time of publication.

Have Don Draper tastes but a pre-promotion Peggy budget? Not feeling the idea of scouring North Texas for the perfect finds for your 1960s decor aspirations? Did you know that you can satisfy that yen without ever leaving your couch?

Now ya do, because we found five Mid-Mod decor items to give your home that Sterling Cooper Draper Price feel. And bonus, they’ll totally go with that American Leather chair you’ve entered to win(more…)

amazonYou can order groceries, arrange for a house cleaning or handyman, do all your school supply shopping, and try on clothes before you buy them on Amazon. And now the nearly ubiquitous company has dipped its toe into the real estate world with a new collaboration with Realogy Holdings.

And if that doesn’t sound familiar, the companies under the Realogy umbrella probably do — thanks to brands like Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Century 21, Coldwell Banker, ERA, and Sotheby’s International Realty, Amazon’s TurnKey can hit the ground running in 15 U.S. cities, including Dallas-Fort Worth.

The collaboration between the two companies combines Realogy’s Realtors and their expertise with Amazon’s tech-driven convenience. 

Robbie Briggs

It’s news that excited Robbie Briggs, president and CEO of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty in North Texas. 

“Since 1960 and counting, no brokerage has taken better care of its clients than Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. I’m so proud of that,” he said Wednesday. “And I’m proud we’re affiliated with the only global brokerage that could achieve such an innovative collaboration with Amazon. There is nothing like it.”

“For our participating colleagues, it’s a one-of-a-kind experience for their clients, especially their sellers, who may benefit from more leads to great buyers — many of whom will be in North Texas,” he added.

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s, as well as local Century 21, Better Homes and Gardens, and Coldwell Banker brokerages will benefit from TurnKey.

“When we designed TurnKey, we recognized that ‘closing’ on a home is really just the beginning of the homebuying journey,” said Eric Chesin, senior vice president and head of strategy for Realogy. “We are proud to team up with Amazon to extend the value we bring to buying a home beyond the moment you first unlock your new front door.”

But what is TurnKey?

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Amazon Prime Day began at midnight PST (actually, there have been deals all weekend, but the big ones are supposed to be over the next two days), and if you were thinking you might check out some of the deals and find some items to upgrade or spruce up the house, we’ve taken a gander for you.

We’re nice like that. It has nothing to do with the fact that we were also looking for the same thing. At all.

At any rate, if you’re not the type to sit and refresh for the deals that continually update all day (and let’s face it, none of us actually have the time, we just get sucked in and make the time), the first thing you can look at is the handy list that Amazon provided of all of their deals to be had. (more…)

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From staff reports

There was a time where shoppers may not have cared if Amazon was slightly more expensive than big-box retailers — the convenience outweighed any slight differences.

But now that the two biggest of the big boxes have upped their game when it comes to online shopping, LendEDU looked to see where the bigger savings really were: Amazon, Walmart, or Target?

“While Amazon has long been considered the most convenient option for buying practically anything online, Walmart and Target are getting competitive,” writes Ted McCarthy. “The latter two both offer free two-day shipping on orders of $35 and over without any membership required.”

Amazon offers free shipping (and several other amenities) with its Amazon Prime, which costs $12.99 a month or $119 a year.

LendEDU compared 50 nearly identical items from Amazon, Walmart, and Target to see what the pricing difference was. To qualify for the comparison, the items had to be available for shopping on all three sites. The comparison looked at home goods, food and beverage, kitchen/appliances, technology and entertainment, and miscellaneous items. (more…)

Matt Templeton of Keller Williams Urban Dallas regularly educates Realtors on how to make the most of the current market. (Courtesy Photo)

By Matthew Templeton
Managing Principal
KW Urban Dallas

It feels like there have been fundamental shifts in the real estate industry within the last few months. Technology is the buzz word, money is being thrown around, and CEOs of just about every top real estate-related company are out. The last few weeks’ news sums up that feeling.

September 2018: Compass closes another funding round for $400 million — money used to build more software and buy more agents.

And then …

February: Rich Barton (billionaire co-founder of Expedia and Zillow) takes the reins from Spencer Rascoff, who was CEO at Zillow for nine years.

February: Keller Williams rolls out the first artificial intelligence and data-driven platform in the real estate industry — others have been clamoring to follow

February: RE/MAX says [sic] “Our amazing technology is coming, and it will be best in class,” and makes a technology acquisition, Booj.

Last Week: Data-driven Opendoor will now show listings from rival brokerages and offer Redfin-like rebates.

Last Week: NTREIS Board holds a vote on whether to sell greater data access to Zillow. April will be a reckoning month for North Texas Realtors and their data.

We’ve moved into a new real estate era that is faster paced and increasingly powered by technology and data — more than ever before. But there’s something else afoot. It’s eerily similar to what happened with the dot-com bust. Real estate technology companies are flush with capital — in fact, 2018 was a banner year for real estate technology investment.

And yet many of the top “technology” or “platform” companies in the industry are not profitable.

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