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.


Does this look familiar? Every Spring the elements wreak havoc on satellite dishes

If you have lived in North Texas for any period of time you know what happens to your satellite dish when the weather takes a turn for the worse.  It’s neither fun nor pretty.

When the rains come, wind blows, and hail makes its way to North Texas, it’s a guarantee that your Internet will stop working and favorite television show will turn into a fuzzy screen. Nothing can be more infuriating when watching your show or playing your game and the TV and Internet signal are interrupted or lost.

Furthermore, a satellite dish are an eyesore.  That is, until now.


Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography

It’s hard to believe that another year has flown by, and in less than two weeks this Lifestylist® will be in Las Vegas covering Design & Construction Week for Before we get to take a look into the future and see what innovative products and trends we’ll be seeing in 2016, we thought we would revisit 10 of our favorite trends from last year and see which of those made it into a home near you.

This is the third year that the International Builders Show, Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, International Window Coverings Expo and the International Surface Event (flooring) have been held in the same location during the same week. Imagine more than 2,500 exhibitors in over 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space and over 110,000 attendees – I’m already exhausted just thinking about it! But being able to see the best and brightest in one location has made it so much easier to spot trends and see things that I normally wouldn’t have the opportunity to see and share.

Entertainment room in The New American Home 2015 (Photo:Lisa Stewart Photography)

Entertainment room in The New American Home 2015 (Photo:Lisa Stewart Photography)