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Valspar’s Angelic Blue is one of 12 colors it said would trend in 2019 (photo courtesy Valspar).

Before you head to the home improvement store or meet with your painter, you might just want to check out the trending paint colors for the year — which will probably make anyone liking blues or terra cotta colors supremely happy.

While every purveyor of paint has their own take, one thing we noticed right off the bat was that most either had a signature blue or a signature orange this year.

Hale Navy (Photo courtesy Benjamin Moore)

Take, for instance, Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy, which can complement almost every other 2019 Benjamin Moore color, which is light on the orange but does include a pink (Head Over Heels). (more…)

popularDuring the holidays, we’ve been sharing our best stories of 2018. But as Director of Audience Engagement, I was curious — what stories were the most popular this year?  We took a look at the most popular stories based on comments and social media likes and shares. Have a favorite of your own? Share it in the comments!

January: The Lakewood Porch Pirate Nabbed

While we started covering this story during the holiday season in 2017 (in fact, we were the first news organization to bring you the story of the Lakewood Porch Pirate and the box of poop she stole), that coverage continued into 2018, when Kelli Russell was arrested. (more…)

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Photo courtesy Pexels.com

We all have our own list of things that are on trend, but maybe don’t excite us. Shiplap. Inspirational phrases on walls. Soaking tubs. But when one writer said she hated her kitchen island, we decided to ask our readers if they harbored similar disgruntlement against the fairly ubiquitous feature.

Realtor.com writer Cathie Ericson said:

“Kitchen islands are so popular, in fact, that most homeowners fall into one of two camps: those who have a kitchen island, and those who wistfully wish they did.

I fall into the former. But after years of hosting countless dinner parties with guests gathered round, perched on barstools, pouring out their hearts over glasses of merlot, I have a confession to make.

I hate my kitchen island.”

She lists several reasons — guests linger at the island instead of mingling throughout other parts of her home, the island is a magnet for clutter, it brings people to the food before you’re done preparing it, and that it invites people barstool quarterback your cooking technique.

All of these things, however, don’t sound much to me like it’s the island’s fault. Why not set out appetizers and drinks in another part of the house, or provide some kind of activity that is nowhere near your kitchen. Or, you know, just simply say, “I’m sorry, the food’s not quite ready yet, but feel welcome to have Joe mix you a drink over at the bar cart?”

We took to Facebook and Instagram to ask our readers what they thought. (more…)

Dallas Based Global Views debuted their new showroom and collections at the Dallas World Market Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography

The dogs need to be walked. The pool needs painted. Brunch at Parigi sounds sooo good. It’s easy to find excuses to not leave your routine, but this Lifestylist decided it was time to step out and revisit the Dallas Market Center during the recent Total Home and Gift Market. I am so glad that I did!

I discovered that there’s a reason my east and west coast designer friends have started traveling to Dallas twice a year for these markets and realized we have some fantastic resources and companies that are proud to call Dallas home. (more…)

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Do you really know how important the doors in your home are?

Join us tomorrow evening, June 23, to get inspired by the latest trends and discover how the door — yes, the DOOR —  can be the most dynamic element of every home design. I will be moderating a savvy Lifestyle Panel of area trend experts and you are invited!

You have heard us harp on about the importance of the front door being the first introduction to your house. Well, tomorrow you can learn all about front doors and interior doors with the trending styles we are seeing in DFW. Come hear a thought-provoking panel discussion on how doors impact our design, get one-on-ones with area design experts and experience inspirational vignettes showcasing door design possibilities.

>>Event Registration<<

Thursday, June 23, 6-9 pm

Networking & Cocktails

Panel Discussion

Door Design Possibilities

Level 2

Dallas Design District

1250 Slocum St. Suite 758

Dallas, TX 75207

DFW Trend Experts: (more…)

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Like many mundane things that have been made “cool” these days (from Haute Dogs to Lobster Mac & Cheese), it’s now possible (as Candy wrote)  to have cool bunk beds. I don’t know about you, but if I had the ceiling height, it would be soooo fun to have half the set pictured above in my bedroom. Every night I’d be thinking, “Hmmm, do I want to sleep up or down tonight?”

… and then I could post naughty “pin-up” pics to the underside of the upper bed like when I was younger. (OK, perhaps I’ve grown up at least that much since then … but not much.)

Alder and Tweed is run by sisters Lynsey and Heather Humphrey who come by their design chops naturally with parents who founded the largest lighting company you’ve never heard of.   Their firm specializes in creating memorable interiors (translation: house porn) for big-time vacation homes. Many of their clients fall out of the pages of Fortune and People. Their work results in the kinds of interiors most of us slobber over in hopes of finding some trinket we can use in our more modest homes. The Utah-based sister-designers get around with projects and offices in California, Mexico, and of course Utah.

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