Right in our backyard, there’s a tile giant named Dal-Tile. I mean, it’s right in the name: DAL-Tile. But what if there’s some other famous Dal out there? It could happen.

Here’s something to consider though, one in three tiles sold in America is a Dal-Tile product. Isn’t that bananas? It is a little, but not when you see the seriously stunning tile they’re creating and making it all right here in the USA.

In order to stay at the top, you have to know the trends and Dal-Tile is on it like a bonnet. They’re most recent collaboration is with none other than Kristin Cavallari and while none of us fully know what exactly she does, we do know one thing. That girl has great taste.

Here are our top five picks from the Kristin Cavallari Collection for Dal-Tile.

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Grand Prairie

From the outside of 2322 Sunnyvale Road in Grand Prairie with a wrought-iron and glass door and decorative star at the apex, you’d expect a southern-styled home with Magnolia-inspired rustic decor. But walk inside and your jaw will drop.

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On May 12, I posted a column on the coming sale of my home at the Athena. On May 14, it was listed in the MLS for $530,000. The home was under contract in seven days with the first (of many) people who toured (and still tour).

Including my home, there are currently five properties in the Athena for buyers to choose from. The others have been listed between five and nine months – and for less money. Why did my home get buyers’ interest so quickly?  Renovation.

Those who toured left comments that included:

“Absolutely stunning home in the sky! Please let me know if the current contract does not work out!” “It is lovely,” and, “This is a beautiful unit with the finest of materials used on the remodel.” And specific to the Athena, of those I spoke with, all appreciated my having an open balcony.

It’s no secret that buyers want move-in homes. But buyers in the older demographic the Pink Wall trades in really want move-in ready homes.  Properties requiring six-figure renovations with their associated hassles are a lot less appealing.

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Remodeling Impact Report

The new Remodeling Impact Report from the National Association of Realtors looks at renovation “joy scores,” as well as reasons for doing remodeling jobs and which ones Realtors say get the biggest ROI. Photo: Ebby Halliday Realtors

Americans are crazy about renovations. Entire entertainment mediums are dedicated to our love of home improvement, like DIY Network and HGTV Magazine.

In the first ten months of October 2015 alone, Americans spent $326.1 billion on remodeling their homes. The big goals were to upgrade worn-out surfaces, finishes, and materials; add features and improve livability; and just because it was time for a change.

That’s according to a new report from the National Association of Realtors, the 2015 Remodeling Impact Report. It examined reasons homeowners tackle renovations, as well calculating a “joy score” from each project. The report also details Realtors’ opinions of home renos, how they add value to a property, and what projects are most likely to attract a buyer.

This report is the first of its kind from NAR, surveying Realtors, consumers, and members of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

“Realtors know that certain home upgrades and remodels can be beneficial to get more buyer eyes on a property, potentially bring in more offers or gain more equity from a home,” said NAR President Tom Salomone. “But remodeling projects are just as valuable to homeowners who simply want to get more joy out of their dwellings. Regardless of the situation, Realtors know what remodeling projects bring the biggest bang for the buck and what projects are most likely to improve a homeowner’s impression of their current place.”

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Casa Linda homeCasa Linda is one of East Dallas’ treasured neighborhoods. The houses in this area are generally on half-acre and larger lots, almost all built in the 1940s and 1950s, just east and south of White Rock Lake. You’ll find a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, lots of mature shade trees, winding roads, and close proximity to the Dallas Arboretum and the historic Casa Linda Plaza.

Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred is located at 1735 Crowberry Dr., near Peavy and Oates. It’s a 3-2 with 1,576 square feet and charm to spare. Casa Linda homeThis cutie was built in 1958 and is pretty inside and out, with lovely curb appeal, a well-appointed interior, and nice backyard. It’s less than two miles from White Rock Lake and offers easy access to downtown, too.

This home was listed last week by Kerry Slaughter with Paradise Slaughter Real Estate for $235,000. It went under contract in two days, so let’s take a look before this one is off the market.

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Pinterest is a cruel mistress to the person planning a remodel. That person is me, and my current source of indecision is lighting.

I’m planning on pretty much gutting our hall bath, opting for a more transitional style with a modern double-bowl vanity sink, wainscotting, a rustic wooden mirror, apothecary-style cabinetry, and gooseneck barn lighting above the vanity.

Of course, the lighting is what is causing the most indecision, thanks to the recent boon in American-made light fixtures modeled after old-time gas station lights. They’re built to stand up to the toughest conditions, and often come in a wide array of colors with a decidedly industrial feel.

Here are a few of my most recent favorites:

1) Restoration Hardware’s warm white 10-inch Vintage Barn Sconce — $209

Vintage Barn Light Resto Hardware

2) Barn Wall Urban Outdoor Wall Sconce from Lamps Plus of Dallas — $79.99 (Bargain!!!)

Barn Wall Light Lamps Plus

3) Wheeler Dino Wall Sconce from Barn Light Electric — $208 (Comes in a host of bright colors!)

Barn Light Electric Wheeler Dino Yellow

4) Mini Derby Warehouse Shade Wall Light from Barn Light Originals — $168 (Also comes in tons of great colors!)

The Derby Mini Wall Light Red

5) Barnard Solid Brass Indoor/Outdoor Sconce — $189 each, $339 for two (Has adorable seeded glass cover!)

Barnard Rustic Sconce Potterybarn

Which one is your favorite?