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I have had a love affair with this Preston Hollow French chateau at 5939 Deloache Avenue longer than I can remember. It began a couple of years after it was built in 1985. I was a photography stylist scouting locations for Neiman Marcus. The directive was to find the most beautiful French estate possible for a Christmas catalog shoot. We were advertising, of all things, bright red trash bags with the Neiman’s logo emblazoned on them — in which to ostensibly dispose of your Christmas wrapping paper. A uniformed butler was to hold the bag gingerly on the steps of the chateau. So off I went to scout.

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And the picture above might have been the last word on the long Neiman Marcus Fort Worth romance, a relationship dating back to the mid 60s.  Ridgemar Mall is a pretty sad place these days, almost a ghost town under one roof. And rumors have been rife for years that private equity owners  Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Ares Management have contemplated closing the  Fort Worth location for some time.The Ridgemar store was an anomaly edifice in stark contradiction to the city’s current explosive growth and prosperity.

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3624 Wentwood DriveWe have a triple treat for you today. A gorgeous two-story residence with professionally designed interiors, and in one of the best locations Dallas has to offer. This University Park custom home at 3624 Wentwood Drive is another masterpiece from one of our CandysDirt.com approved buildersTatum Brown Custom Homes.

Like all of their homes, there is practicality built into the beauty and it all reflects the homeowner’s personality. Of course, that process is made a bit easier when your client is a principal in AvreaWagner, one of the hottest young interior design firms in Dallas, and when you have William S. Briggs drawing up your architectural plans. Talk about your dream team!

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Their clothing and shoes (and jewelry! yes jewelry!) make us happy, but a little doom and gloom is hanging over Neiman Marcus after the retailer’s Tuesday morning earnings call this week. And if you are in the business of pushing luxury products, like million dollar homes or vacation homes, you pay attention. The take-aways: it’s been a challenging Q2, lowest oil prices in a decade definitely impacted Texas, home to Neiman’s largest volume stores, and more of their customers are turning to the internet to shop. Other factors that kept people from spending and challenged holidays sales were the skiddish stock market and strong U.S. dollar limiting international tourists in key store markets.

First of all, Neiman’s fiscal year ends in July. The company has been struggling. In October, Neimans announced layoffs for 500 employees, or 3 percent of its workforce.

Also in October, Neimans said it would delay the initial public offering it filed for in August, 2015.

For the all important 13 week period that ended Jan. 30, which includes the shop-rich cha-ching Christmas shopping season, Neimans experienced a 2.3 percent dip in revenue. Cyber Monday shopping on November 30, their highest volume day, was 9% higher than 2014. And when comparing fiscal 2015 to recent sales for the first half of this fiscal year, things are looking down. The company reported total revenues of $2.65 billion for the 26 weeks ended Jan. 30,  a 2.1 percent decrease over fiscal 2015. Clearly, low oil prices are taking their toll on the luxury shopper’s paradise. (more…)

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Listing Photos: Shoot2Sell

I met up with Elizabeth Mast at 5803 Swiss Avenue, the beautiful brick home where Neiman Marcus founder Carrie Marcus Neiman lived her last days. This home built by Carrie Marcus and her then husband, Abraham Lincoln Neiman, which sits at the corner of Swiss Avenue and Skillman, may not have the columns and beams of some of the other Swiss Avenue estates, but it has its own subtle presence that melds very well with the brand of its original owners.

The home was purchased by its previous owner from the estate of Carrie Marcus, Mast told me, and now it’s being sold by that person’s estate. So if you’re keeping track, that means that this four-bedroom, four-full-and-one-half-bath home with more than 5,100 square feet has only had two owners. Isn’t that incredible?

The home has seen some renovations over its 93 years, most of them during the 1950s. Mast, who specializes in the Swiss Avenue Historic District and has another fabulous listing at 6243 La Vista (the Stubbs Home, if you recall), does a ton of research on all of her listings, and was able to dig up some old photos of this home’s interiors.

Jump to take a look back in time!

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Need more proof that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree? Then you’ll appreciate this lovely write-up of legendary Dallas interior designer Emily Summers in Architectural Digest.

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Snavely Front

What do go-go boots, big hair, and color-coordinated appliances have in common? They were all popular in the 1960s. You’ll only see one of these things in our Midcentury Masterpiece of a Friday Five Hundred, though. We already talked about this amazing home during the legendary estate sale in January, when Janelle Stone Estate Services helped liquidate the incredible collection of designer bits, bobbles, and furnishings that Alice Snavely, personal secretary to Neiman Marcus founder Stanley Marcus, had amassed.

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Now Snavely’s incredible time warp of a home at 6540 Cliffbrook Drive is on the market, listed by Coldwell Banker Park Cities Realtor Sandra Melmed for $575,000, a steal considering how many amazing architectural details this home has. As you can imagine, Snavely had an eye for quality, and that is absolutely reflected in this 1962 ranch. It has four bedrooms, three and a half baths, and more than 3,500 square feet.

Some wonderful details you’ll be enamored with include Asian-style carved wood screens, stained glass panels featuring bamboo motifs. But the kitchen is where you’ll be truly amazed, with incredible Midcentury Modern cabinetry, unique hardware, bright orange Formica, and the coolest color-coordinated wallpaper made to look like a woven reed chair bottom. It’s just fantastic!

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This incredible home was also featured on Retro Renovation with all of the photographs from Shoot2Sell.

Yowza, another stunning time capsule house: This  1962 Dallas, Texas mid century modern home, listed for sale by Realtor Sandra Melmed, features stunning Asian-influenced decor throughout, most all of it in untouched original condition. The house has an interesting provenance. The original owner was longtime executive assistant to Neiman Marcus chairman and family heir Stanley Marcus, and it’s clear she had fabulous taste.

We actually recall sharing the link to the estate sale for this house on our Facebook page — it was quite something to see all the designer decor, not to mention the fantastic clothes and shoes.

With amazing light fixtures, dramatic fireplaces, a true Japanese-style garden with an incredible water feature, and an oasis of a pool, this home should be preserved, and I hope the new owners will keep as much of it intact as possible.

 

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I call dibs on the couches! Look at those beauties!

Seriously, this is a not-to-be-missed estate sale in Northwood Hills, folks. Just from glancing at the photos on the Janelle Stone Estate Services website, I can see that there are tons of great antiques and furnishings on offer in the estate of Alice Snavely, personal secretary of Neiman Marcus founder Stanley Marcus.

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I guess good taste is a prerequisite when you work for one of the best-known luxury retailers in the world. Antiques and jewelry whose designs span the globe, with a significant stop in Southeast Asia with all of the gilded Thai Buddhist figures, there are just tons of fabulous finds in this estate. As Janelle Stone put it, “The quality and quantity are unequaled. She only bought the best of the best. Neiman’s was her playground.” You can tell. This incredible woman, who was loyal and driven and trusted, has some of the most beautiful things. She will certainly be missed!

Alice SnavelyThe furnishings are high-quality midcentury-modern style couches, chairs, and setees from Baker and Henredon. Gorgeous fabric and upholstery. The lime green ones with the rust-colored piping are just fantastic. I have a serious case of the wantees for those couches, and they’re in immaculate condition. Snavely also had an enviable collection of fabric and clothes. You will have to pick your jaw up off the floor when you see the list of what’s on offer. AMAZING!

The home is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today (Friday 1/31) and tomorrow (Saturday 2/1). There will be plenty of security, and the home is not handicap accessible. Bring your own paper and boxes for wrapping up your treasure!