PinterestAlthough Houzz and other options for curating ideas for decorating and designing a home exist, Pinterest, the granddaddy (albeit a youthful one) is still the go-to for many when it comes to cataloging inspiration.

So for the fifth year in a row, the social media platform has released its Pinterest 100 — a data-driven collection reflecting what is being pinned, divided into categories.

“Pinterest is its own positive corner of the internet, where more than 250 million people around the world come to discover new ideas to try,” the company said in an explainer for the list. “The way we know an idea is trending is by looking at what all those people are searching for.”

“If an idea keeps getting more and more searches each month? And that upward trajectory holds steady for 6+ months? That’s how we know it’s a trend.”

The list is curated by categories — Travel, Health and Wellness, Hobbies and Interests, Celebrations, Food, Home, Men’s Style, Women’s Style, Beauty, and Kids and Parenting. You can see the entire board here, and an entire downloadable report with more details here.

Since we know our readers are interested in all things home trends, we took a look at that category. (more…)

Photo: Dallas ReStore

All photos: Dallas ReStore

If you’re DIY aficionado or planning a home renovation project on a budget, then you’ve got to be jazzed about the Feb. 21 grand opening of the newest Habitat for Humanity ReStore Resale Outlet in DFW. The store will be located in Lake Highlands at the southeast corner of Skillman Street and Abrams Road in the space formerly occupied by Big Lots, which closed last year.

This location is the eleventh in the DFW area, all of which are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers selling new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at steep discounts (like 20 to 70 percent off retail prices). Each store is operated by local Habitat chapters, and proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity homebuilding efforts around the world.

The range of items at a ReStore is always surprising and it varies tremendously by location: I’ve seen everything from front doors to front-loading washing machines. And for the creatively inclined, this place is a mecca. The Dallas area ReStore knows what’s up: they’ve got their own Pinterest page with 25 boards featuring everything from Dallas ReStore sales and fab finds to inspiration for specific rooms around the house and upcycling ideas. I’ve already repinned a thrift store lamp makeover, projects using pallets, and a DIY furniture re-do from their pages. Jump to read more!

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Photo courtesy Greico Modern Homes

Photo courtesy Greico Modern Homes

The homebuilding market in DFW is super hot, and with a new year comes new trends. Candy already mentioned the emergence of the skullery, but there’s more!



We’ve asked the best and brightest North Texas homebuilders to look into their crystal balls and make predictions about homebuilding trends for 2015. They’ve also given us some sublime photos that illustrate those trends in action in their own work. You won’t want to miss this—jump to read the whole story!

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(Photos: Shoot2Sell)

(Photos: Shoot2Sell)

I can say that, besides maybe doing a slightly different kitchen island (I’d go for something that blends with the hardwood floors instead of white) this is exactly the transitional style home for me. Not only does it have a fantastic layout thanks to an open living/dining/kitchen area right when you walk into the home, but it is staged so well, with just the right amount of color and style to make the spaces feel clean and open without feeling cluttered.

And boy, does this cutie have some serious curb appeal! Just look at that welcoming orange front door and that lovely stone and rock pathway!

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Pinterest is a cruel mistress to the person planning a remodel. That person is me, and my current source of indecision is lighting.

I’m planning on pretty much gutting our hall bath, opting for a more transitional style with a modern double-bowl vanity sink, wainscotting, a rustic wooden mirror, apothecary-style cabinetry, and gooseneck barn lighting above the vanity.

Of course, the lighting is what is causing the most indecision, thanks to the recent boon in American-made light fixtures modeled after old-time gas station lights. They’re built to stand up to the toughest conditions, and often come in a wide array of colors with a decidedly industrial feel.

Here are a few of my most recent favorites:

1) Restoration Hardware’s warm white 10-inch Vintage Barn Sconce — $209

Vintage Barn Light Resto Hardware

2) Barn Wall Urban Outdoor Wall Sconce from Lamps Plus of Dallas — $79.99 (Bargain!!!)

Barn Wall Light Lamps Plus

3) Wheeler Dino Wall Sconce from Barn Light Electric — $208 (Comes in a host of bright colors!)

Barn Light Electric Wheeler Dino Yellow

4) Mini Derby Warehouse Shade Wall Light from Barn Light Originals — $168 (Also comes in tons of great colors!)

The Derby Mini Wall Light Red

5) Barnard Solid Brass Indoor/Outdoor Sconce — $189 each, $339 for two (Has adorable seeded glass cover!)

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Which one is your favorite?

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So, Jenni Stolarski is kind of my hero. Not only is this amazing Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s VP a business powerhouse, but she just flipped the most amazing home that had me pinning just about every single room (OK, every single room, no lie) to my Pinterest pin boards. Yes, y’all, it’s that beautiful.

Stolarski, who is so awesome she plants trees in her spare time, bought this house from a little old lady five years ago, and it was pretty much in its original condition, she said. At the time, 806 N. Windomere was a steal — a property like that, with great bones and tons of charm, was becoming rare in Oak Cliff. Young couples and investors who were looking for great investments were snapping up properties all over North Oak Cliff like $200 iPads at a Black Friday sale. This one, in the up-and-coming Kings Highway Conservation District, was kismet.

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“I actually tried to sell it a few years back,” Stolarski said over the phone yesterday. It’s a good thing it didn’t sell before she and her partner could gut the thing and make it the supermodel it is today. Don’t believe me? Check out these amazing “after” pictures!

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Bye-bye, ugly siding and purple trim! Hello, sexy gray paint! With 10-foot ceilings throughout it’s 1,588 square feet, a gorgeous custom finish on the hardwood floors reminiscent of whitewash, and Carrara marble just about everywhere, it’s no surprise that this home went under contract just as soon as it hit the market.

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It was listed at $319,000, and honestly, this two-bedroom, two-bath stunner is worth every stinking penny. Built in 1906 and fully modernized for today’s needs, this home pretty much fulfills everything on my dream home list. Apron sink? Gray cabinets? Commercial appliances? Tons of windows? Yes to all of that.

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The hall bath is the perfect mix of traditional and modern elements, with a claw-foot tub and plank walls with chrome sink stand and luxurious tile floors. I love all of the details, especially the outdoor light fixtures that look at home flanking the bathroom mirror. These women have an eye for style, that’s for sure, and Stolarski can swing a hammer with the best of them.

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The master bath will make you swoon. The marble everywhere, the incredible shower, the dual vanity, the pocket door that leads to the wall of wardrobes in the hall (love that!). Well, I am just impressed.

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The screened in back porch is amazing, and a wonderful feature for anyone who appreciates our spring and fall temperatures but could do without the bugs. (That is pretty much everyone, right?)

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Stolarski said she worked with an outstanding general contractor, Gary Roberts, who did a fantastic job. We couldn’t agree more. Congratulations on the incredible transformation, Jenni, and we can’t wait to see what you do next!

 

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I guess I fall in to the 60 percent of Americans who will be renovating their homes this summer. We’ve already had some work done on our back deck, as well as some landscaping. Sure, it’s no tear-down, but it makes us happy!

What Zillow discovered during its Zillow Digs Summer Home Improvement Trend and Spending Survey, is that 60 percent of homeowners plan to make a home improvement or addition this summer. That includes areas both inside and outside of the home.

Of those surveyed, 40 percent planned to add some panache to their patios or outdoor spaces, while 14 percent had bathroom renovation planned.

Interesting stats, but what’s even more interesting to me is the new Zillow Digs web app. It’s scarily similar Houzz.com and Pinterest, allowing you to favorite rooms and decor.

What do you think of Zillow Digs? Will you be using it for inspiration for your summer renovation?

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