This new custom home by Avida Homes featured un-lacquered faucets and hardware for an authentic look, which makes it feel more luxurious. (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

What’s in a name? Everything, especially if you are talking about home design. Our Dallas housing market is robust right now, and it made us think about the words and names that builders and Realtors use to describe their homes. One of the most overused terms is “luxury,” and it’s used to describe everything from a large bath in a $100,000 home to the lifestyle that’s offered in a $10 million home.

When we heard that ROHL was coming to Dallas with their Auth Lux Summit, we were anxious to hear what they had to say.

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When architect and city councilman Vernon Smith built this Oak Cliff home in 1949, much of the features were revolutionary for the time. A double carport worked well for the growing number of two-car households. The windows and lines were clean and angular. The floorplan allowed for movement throughout the space with relative ease.

And that design, while revolutionary 67 years ago, is perfect for today’s family. Thanks to sellers David and Becca Holt, both of whom are interior designers, the functional and aesthetically pleasing design of this home is updated with carefully chosen materials that stay true to its history while looking to the future.

We’re thrilled to feature this listing from David Griffin Realtor Crystal Gonzalez as our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. If you find yourself smitten with this midcentury modern home in North Oak Cliff, call Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans today to sail through your transaction from bid to closing.

Jump to find out more about the truly inspiring renovation of this lovely Stevens Park Estates home.

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Spring entertaining is perhaps the most fun you can have in your home, and there’s nothing quite like fresh embroidered linens to make your soiree stand out!

Bernadette Schaeffler Collection in the Dallas Design District is hosting a trunk show today and March 30 featuring hand-crafted Belgian and Italian linens made from the very finest materials.

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This story has since been updated here and here.

In August a dear friend was returning from weeks in Japan, stopping in Austin before returning home to New Hampshire. She alerted me and, never needing much of an excuse to bomb down to Austin, off I went for a dinner date. She’d asked me what’s the hotsy-totsy dining place in Austin these days. Ironically, I responded that it was Uchi – a Japanese inspired venue. Having been in Japan for weeks, her response was, “F that, let’s get some BBQ.” So no Uchi for me … until last night.

Aria Stone Gallery in the Design District had a fab event catered by Uchi. And before we get to the stone, I have to admit that the meal from Uchi gave my tongue a flat tire. Everything I’ve put in my mouth since then (huuush!) has tasted like dorm food.

The media event featured an intimate table-full of fellow writers and designers. Aria went to a lot of trouble and expense for this seated, multi-course dinner and yet a couple of guests were no-shows. That’s just tacky and rude. If it were my house, you’d not get invited back. It doesn’t take much to tap “reply” or to text the host/hostess of an event. For shame.

What these uncivilized no-shows missed was an 8-course tasting menu that caused “Oooooo” as each course was explained, followed by “Ahhhhh” as each was tasted. You know how these things typically go. A tattered Romaine leaf and a blade of rosemary and suddenly it’s Tuscany. Not this time.

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It’s going to be a who’s who of the highest end interior designers and their ilk at the Grand Ballroom inside the newly renovated Renaissance Dallas Hotel this Wednesday, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., as the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Texas Chapter holds its annual awards gala.

 

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The Grand Ballroom inside the Renaissance Dallas Hotel got a makeover and it is fabulous! (Photo: Renaissance Dallas Hotel/Marriott)

The 2015 Legacy of Design awards will not only celebrate the finest interior design achievements in the Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and West Texas design communities, but it will also mark the national organization’s 40th anniversary as the unified voice for interior design. Plus, attendees can expect a fabulous dinner from Chef Dean James Max.

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Every Christmas, my mother hauls out a box of vintage beaded balls made by my grandmother. Each of them is hung from the ceiling with clear fishing line, which gives the impression of several gilt and sparkling orbs floating in our formal living room. Each Christmas I looked forward to that ritual, and when I saw that Dallas artist Peyton Hayslip was creating an altogether more polished and stylish version of these beaded beauties, I was absolutely intrigued.

As it turns out, remembering those 1970s-era beaded ornaments is what inspired Hayslip to create her line of ornaments and tabletop decor.

“My beaded creations began in the mid-90s when my children were small. My mother and I were reminiscing about the little foam and sequin ornaments she’d made when I was a baby, and we both had an ‘AH-HA!’ moment,” Hayslip said. “What if those old-fashioned ornaments could be pumped up? What if they weren’t just made with sequins? What if they were made using my great grandmother’s vintage costume jewelry, and maybe some glass beads for sparkle? I set to work, and loved the results.”

We do, too! Jump for more!

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If you have friends and family with impeccable taste, you have to stop by Bernadette Schaeffler Collection tomorrow. This is the store to shop for everyone on your list, and I mean that. Gorgeous accessories, barware, serving dishes, art and decor … all of it is tremendously beautiful and meets the highest standards — Bernadette’s!

I went down to Schaeffler’s showroom at 1616 HiLine Drive today to check things out and not only did Schaeffler have delicious German treats to share, but she has a wonderful assortment of both small and substantial pieces that make wonderful gifts.  The Holiday Bazaar will run from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, so stop by and find something exceptional for everyone on your list!

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Stay tuned, because we’ll be featuring more fabulous items from the Bernadette Schaeffler Collection as we count down to Christmas!

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We know Julio was responsible for the goodness that knocked me over at 3241 Merrell Circle. Just found out that Julio also handled the renovation down at Lake Austin Spa Resort, where I am taking my daughter next weekend for her birthday. According to an article in F!D Luxe, “McAdams tapped his longtime Dallas decorator, Julio Quiñones, to redecorate 14 adjoining lake-view cottages on the lush property. The rooms are now dressed in a nature-inspired sage, teal and taupe color palette complemented by watercolor works by Dallas artist Scott Winterrowd, the curator of education at the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University. “ (more…)