Southlake BrownstonesThe brownstones of New York City are iconic, representing classic, elegant urban living. In the Garden District of Southlake Town Square, a new housing development is bringing that feel to North Texas.

Designed by architect David M. Schwarz—designer of The Ball Park in Arlington, Bass Performance Hall, and Sundance Square Plaza in Fort Worth—The Brownstones at The Garden District at Southlake Town Square are in a charming, tree-lined residential neighborhood just steps to the vibrant of Town Square in Southlake.

These brownstones are total luxury, based on the idea that now is the time for a smarter home. In the 25 brownstones, smart-home features and convenient high-end amenities go hand-in-hand.

“Our Meeting Street and Park Ridge brownstone homes offer home automation with seamless indoor-outdoor living with bi-fold doors that open onto courtyards that are created using our buyer’s vision ,” said Sales Director Nancy Holloway. “Top-of-the-line appliances, home automation, open floorplans, limestone baths, 10-foot ceilings, and wide-plank hardwood flooring are all standard offerings in our homes. Our Park Ridge homes offer five-car underground garages with elevators to conveniently connect each floor of these 5,000+ square foot homes. We also offer our buyers the opportunity to customize, create, and put a personalized touch on a home that will reflect their taste and style.”

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jan showers

All photos courtesy of Jan Showers

One of the best-known names in the Dallas interior design community is Jan Showers. Her aesthetic of “glamour without pretense,” as Veranda magazine dubbed it, is sumptuous and refined, an impeccable marriage of elegance and function.



Jan Showers

Jan Showers

During regular trips to London, New York, Paris, and Venice, she scouts genteel antiques for her showroom in the Dallas Design District. These show up in her designs alongside pieces from her own luxury line, the Jan Showers Collection. The resulting spaces are sophisticated and dazzling, yet imminently livable and comfortable.

“I get bored with everything in a room or house being of the same period or style,” Showers said. “It is so simple to mix periods and styles—that is what my look and the antiques and vintage pieces in my showroom reflect. It comes very naturally to me.”

As New York fashion designer Michael Kors writes in the foreword of her first book, Glamorous Rooms (now in its eighth printing), “Design like Jan’s fuses great taste and an expert eye with the reality of life as it is actually lived. That’s why people are always so astonished at her glamorous touch—because it’s built into designs that are functional and comfortable and fun.”

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At the tip top of Museum Tower, 42 stories high in the air, is a 9,350 square foot space I was privileged to see about two years ago with a friend who was then considering a Dallas condo. The view is unlike any other in town, more special if you have lived most of your adult life in Dallas, as I have. On a clear day, it’s as if you can see forever — downtown Dallas and Love Field, of course, but also the SMU campus and places frequented over the years with family and friends, even Fort Worth! I recall thinking, at the moment I was up there — a very different time in my life — living here would be like living with a 360 degree road map of my life in Dallas surrounding me every single day.  From the hour I arrived in Dallas for the very first time via Love Field to find my first place to live, to the top-heavy car trip from Chicago through downtown en route to our apartment, to having two babies at Presbyterian Hospital. Then raising those babies, educating and watching them become adults and parents of their own. Celebrating the extreme joys and tragedies that are, I have come to understand, a steep price-tag of life.  It was like living with Vladmir Gorsky’s famous Tapestry of the Centuries, only customized to the eyes and life of the viewer.

I realized that this could well be the most valuable dirt in Dallas, not just the highest. The value was in all the dirt you could see, as far as the eye could take you.

Now Museum Tower has announced its vision and yes, the pricing, for this unique Penthouse opportunity.

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Iris Hollow

The living room of the Iris Hollow model home, built by Sharif & Munir Uncustomary Custom Homes. All photos: Danny Piassick 

Luxury homebuilder Mickey Munir is no stranger to the Preston Hollow area—he’s been building remarkable houses there and all over Dallas for 35 years.

As founder and CEO of Sharif & Munir Uncustomary Custom Homes, Munir is spearheading another development in the area, Iris Hollow. The eight houses in Iris Hollow, which start at $2.35 million and range in size from 5,300 to 6,200 square feet, are built on land with a Texas-sized story and are perfectly suited to one of Munir’s fastest-growing buyers: the empty-nester.

The 3.5-acre estate at Hillcrest and Forest lanes belonged to Charles Elmer Doolin (and later his widow), a legendary Texas businessman and the inventor of the Frito corn chip and Cheeto.

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Combining interesting patterns and shapes with jewel tones over a gray backdrop is a classic combination for fall, says Bernadette Schaeffler.

Fall is a huge season for freshening up your decor, and using a few new color can add that bit of seasonal pop you’re looking for. Of course, gray is still the neutral of choice, from dark to light and from warm to bright, this do-everything color is a great base from which to play. But what colors should you use to bring your fall palette to life? Bernadette Schaeffler took a short break from designing her new sofa collection in Italy to tell us what we should look for this fall.

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