The Smarter Living by Design Showroom Debuts at the Dallas Market Center

The Dallas design community has another first to boast about: last week The Dallas Market Center opened the first smart home showroom in North America. It is full of life-changing technology that can make anyone’s life a little bit easier – even this tech challenged Lifestylist® can’t wait to incorporate some of it in her Oak Cliff home.

Leslie Carothers moderates panel discussion on Smart Home Living

Smart home technology has been around for decades now. After attending the opening of the Smarter Living by Design Showroom and listening to an esteemed panel of experts talk about what this means for today’s homeowners, I can’t imagine buying a new home without incorporating at least some of these new products and services in it. Panel moderator Leslie Carothers, a marketing expert to the home and design industries, asked the questions we all were curious about, including when to bring in integrator to your project to make sure everything works together.

Leslie shared the results of a study that Coldwell Banker just did with CNet, and they found that homes that incorporated smart home technology sold two times faster than a traditionally built home. That alone is a great reason to invest in this!

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Chef Nikky Phinyawatana of EnjoyMint baking cookies in her new SKS Pro Range at home. (Photos: Lisa Stewart Photography)

As a Lifestylist®, I’m always curious about what appliances chefs and celebrities have in their own homes. Do they really cook, or is take-out or a personal chef their lifestyle choice?

I was recently having lunch at EnjoyMint — the newest concept for restauranteur Nikky Phinyawanta — and discovered that she was one of the first people in the country to be cooking on the new Signature Kitchen Suite Pro Range. She shared that it’s the only consumer range that has built-in sous vide. I couldn’t wait to see it in person and discover how it works.

Catching Phinyawatana at home isn’t an easy task. Between running EnjoyMint, and her two Asian Mint restaurant locations, teaching cooking classes, and keeping up with her two children, this Dallas dynamo is always on the move. She just launched Nikky Feeding Souls — a YouTube journey of Thai culture, food, and travel that will use the kitchen in her new home as its hub.

One of the fresh Thai fusion offerings at EnjoyMint.

Should I stay or should I go?

Phinyawanta was living in a home that she and her husband had remodeled, and it was just what they wanted. When their family and business was outgrowing the space that they had, it was time to make a hard decision. With as busy as this family is, they didn’t have time for another remodel or to build, but kismet stepped in, and they found the perfect new home that was ready to move in.

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Jean-Charles Boisset shares his new book “Alchemy of the Senses” Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography

Dallas scored another culinary coup last week when Jean-Charles Boisset chose Del Frisco’s for a wine tasting and the launch of his stunning new book, Alchemy of The Senses. The Boisset Collection is truly a luxury lifestyle brand and includes over 20 wineries in the US and France.  These include Buena Vista Winery — California’s first premium winery, and Raymond Vineyards in Napa that is always rated as one of the must-visit wineries in the region. His family is one of the leading wine producers in Burgundy — chances are good that you have sampled or collected one of his wines.

But now with his acquisition of Oakville Grocery — the oldest continually running grocery store in California and an essential part of Napa history since 1881 — and his relationship with Signature Kitchen Suite, we can’t think of a better person to kick off our new series about some of the most exciting kitchens in Dallas and in our homes and second shelters. This well-traveled Technicurean® gave us great ideas on what to look for and where. (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…)

Blue Agata granite-Photo courtesy of Brasigran

Home designers are singing the — coastal blues, that is — and are using this color palette in every area of the home. Lifestylist® Suzanne Felber has had a busy Spring attending many of the major trade shows including the International Builders Show and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show and discovered that using color in your home is a huge trend coming to a showroom and new home near you.

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This live Thermador kitchen in the Capital Distributing showroom is one of the multiple areas that you can “try before you buy.” (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

You never know where the research for an article idea will take you. When the CandysDirt.com editorial team started talking about doing some myth busting on how long your appliances should last and the difference in longevity between American and European appliances, it sounded right up my alley. What I didn’t expect was to be talking about technology that looked like science fiction.

When I watched The Jetsons on Saturday mornings, no one dreamed we could actually have cooking in our home be so automated, but a connected kitchen is probably in a home near you. After seeing these new trends, you will never look at kitchen design the same way again, and you’ll be wishing it was time to change out all of your appliances! (more…)

Country Dirt booth at Round Top Antique Show Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography

Something for everyone at Round Top Antique Show (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

 

One of the joys of living in an old printing factory is that you never run out of room or projects. When a friend mentioned that it was time for the Round Top Antique Fair this weekend, I decided it was time for this Lifestylist to get down to Round Top and see what all of the buzz was about, and I wasn’t disappointed. I just wondered what took me so long to take advantage of one of the best antique and vintage shows that is an easy road trip from Dallas. It truly was 26 miles of weird, wacky, and wonderful buys that offered something for everyone. (more…)

One of two new model homes at The Crossings in Wilmer, Texas

One of two new model homes at The Crossings in Wilmer, Texas (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

There’s been a lot of talk lately about affordable and low-income housing in Dallas, and we are happy to share that’s it’s still a possible dream to own a new home in Dallas County for under $100,000.  You just have to be open to a housing resource that has been around for years, but is having a resurgence as a viable form of affordable homeownership. As a Lifestylist®, I’ve been visiting some of these communities to do some mythbusting about how the “American Dream” can still be affordable. (more…)