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…)

Huge crowds at the recent Design and Construction Week in Orlando, Florida Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography

Huge crowds at the recent Design and Construction Week in Orlando, Florida Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography

This year is off to an exciting, fast-paced start! This Lifestylist® has spent the month traveling coast to coast in search of design and construction trends that we’ll see a lot of in 2017. After attending the International Builders Show, Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, Design and Construction Week, The Dallas Home and Gift Market, and the winter Las Vegas Market we’ve got a lot to talk about! Here are our favorites that we can expect to be see in a home near you. (more…)

The New American Home at the International Builders Show Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography

The New American Home at the International Builders Show Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography

Happy New Year everyone! This year is starting off at a record pace — people are building a new home at record levels. There’s something about getting to be the first one to live in a home, and having the opportunity to choose your own tile, cabinets, etc., that’s like nothing else. But are all home building experiences the same? Unfortunately not.

As a Lifestylist® who has owned her own construction and design company, I’ve spent lots of time working with builders constructing new model homes, and helping clients build their homes. Recently we helped a client work with a builder and realized there were things that could have made the process easier if she had known about them beforehand.  We’ve come up with a series of articles listing things you need to do so that you can really enjoy this exciting time in your life, and end up with the home of your dreams.

The first step, of course, is finding the perfect builder and location. And it can be one of the most challenging.

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The Low Country by Clayton Photo: Clayton

The Low Country by Clayton (Photo: Clayton)

Never say never. Part of being a Lifestylist® is that I am a curator of things I love and want to share. Usually, that’s an unusual vintage plate, a quirky chair, or a book that I can’t put down — I need a lot of space to store all of these treasures. After seeing the stunning Clayton Designer Series Tiny Home that debuted at the Cashiers Historical Society Designer Showcase, I’ve now fallen madly in love with a tiny home, and one may be in my future.

For the first time, I’m actually thinking about letting go of some of my many collections and really thinking about what is important. Besides changing my outlook on how I want to live, this home also changed what I thought a manufactured home looks like. Architect Jeffrey Dungan of Jeffrey Dungan Architects called this home “a whole game changer” and we think you’ll agree — this home will change everything that you thought you knew about manufactured housing, and show why a manufactured home may be in your future as well. (more…)

Tiny Homes Unlocking at Hickory Groves

Mayor Rawlings joined with city leaders and the people who made the dream of homes for some of Dallas’ chronically homeless a reality. Photos: Lisa Stewart Photography

At today’s unlocking of the Cottages at Hickory Crossing, Mayor Mike Rawlings stated that “The answer to homelessness is homes.” It’s such a simple-sounding statement that, in truth, could not be more complex.

The Cottages at Hickory Crossing are being billed as “the first of its kind housing community,” and will provide 50 tiny homes designed to shelter some of Dallas’ most chronically homeless. A lofty goal, but what are its chances of succeeding? This Lifestylist® took a close look at this community and had some thoughts of her own.

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One of the many natural areas at Fair Park Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography

One of the many natural areas at Fair Park Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography

The drama, intrigue, calls for transparency and social media campaigns are escalating this weekend. For something I knew very little about until the Candy’sDirt #DecisionFairPark meeting on Thursday, it seems like I’m now becoming a source. As I said in my post about giving Walt Humann a Chance, I hadn’t seen any of the documents related to this.

Today the Friends of Fair Park were kind enough to post links to what is being discussed tomorrow at City Hall. We are passing these along – here are The Fair Park Texas Foundation Preliminary Budget, Agenda, and Proposed Management Agreement With Fair Park Texas Foundation.

I haven’t had a chance to read them yet – Candy wanted to be sure that I shared these with our readers first.

Hope to see you tomorrow at City Hall – I’ll be the one with the State Fair of Texas Tshirt on!

People have asked about the details if you would like to come and experience this in person (also provided by Friends of Fair Park):

WHEN
Monday, August 29, 2016
1 p.m.
(Please allow plenty of time to park, walk, and pass through the main security entrance on City Hall’s north side)

WHERE
Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla, 75201 | Map: goo.gl/maps/ZuiGWQ5Zo8t
Enter the main entrance on the north side of Dallas City Hall. This entrance is closest to the large, round reflecting pool with its two, red floating sculptures.

PARK
Metered parking is available in the lot immediately south of City Hall. It is also available along Young and Browder Streets on the north and east sides of City Hall. Additional paid parking lots can be found south of City Hall.