Preston Hollow EstateWow! That’s the word everyone says when they walk in the front door of this Preston Hollow Estate at 9820 Meadowbrook Road. “It’s like nothing you’ve seen before,” Allie Beth Allman listing agent Alex Perry said. He’s absolutely right.


Live Laugh LoveGet ready for yet another fun show on WFAA-TV Channel with Susie McAuley and Linda Cooper, who just happens to be the wife of Dallas home builder Simmie Cooper. Among other modern and Mediterranean homes he has built, Simmie (who’s from South Africa) built the home that Shawn Marion bought off Strait Lane on Isabella. He also built a striking modern on Inwood (just north of Walnut Hill, east side) for a physician, and is working on another signature contemporary on Royal Lane. Meantime, his adorable wife Linda, a California girl, is one of my favorite peeps: she shops for her cardio, and loves champagne:

Dallas, Texas – Cooper/McAuley Productions announced the premiere of the new lifestyle show, Live Love Laugh Today with Linda Cooper and Susie McAuley, scheduled to debut in Dallas/Fort Worth on the ABC Network (Channel 8) on September 15th. The show hosts, Linda Cooper and Susie McAuley, have combined their national brands, Shopping Is My Cardio and Susie Homemaker, respectively, to bring viewers a refreshing new lifestyle show designed with them in mind.

Live Love Laugh Today with Linda Cooper & Susie McAuley will feature quality programming that informs and entertains in a fun, “between us girlfriends” delivery. The show’s topics will include travel, health and cooking, as well as feature special segments, including Shopping Is My Cardio, Susie Homemaker, Modern Living by Cantoni, Ticket to Hollywood with Movie Tavern, The Grilling Guys, Build It With Bruce, NuSkin Beauty and The Gaylord Buzz.

The show hosts are no strangers to broadcast television. Cooper’s signature TV segment, “Shopping Is My Cardio” has been featured on several TV shows and is also the namesake of her blog. Cooper has been a featured host on a variety of television shows, including Designing DFW with Jocelyn White, Good Morning Texas, Hot! On Homes, Inside DFW and Home and Lifestyle Television. A native of Los Angeles, Cooper earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcasting from California State University Northridge.

McAuley brings more than 20 years of television broadcasting experience to the show, along with her national brand, Susie Homemaker, that aired on HSN. McAuley has appeared regularly on the Fox 4 Good Day TV Show, Good Morning Texas and Designing DFW TV shows. She is best known for conducting and featuring home makeovers and also wrote a column called Ask Susie Homemaker in Home Improvement Magazine.

For more information, visit the show website at:

A few Simmie Cooper homes…

And for good reason, too, due a serious illness in the family of one of the three players being honored: Lamar, Vince Carter and Delonte West. (I’m not saying who out of respect for the family, and we hope hope hope the ailing party gets well very soon!) The bash set for this Thursday, given by Mavericks Player Shawn Marion and Linda & Simmie Cooper, has been rescheduled to early February at Shawn’s 12,000 square foot home on Isabella Lane. Yep, that’s the one with the big bathtub I was frolicking in a long time ago! The home was built by Simmie Cooper, one of the areas hottest builders, and I had the priviledge of touring it when it was listed by Kari Schlegel now Kloewer. Full disclosure: I squatted there. Listed originally at $5,995,000 it was reduced to $4,999,000 and sales price “Z’d” out but I heard Shawn paid less than 75% of the original list price. He’s a sharp one, that Shawn Marion, when it comes to real estate! Here I am frolicking in Shawn’s bathtub…


It’s 20,000 square feet under one roof, about 13,000 to 14,000 of living space, a highly contemporary mega mega manse under construction by builder to the stars Simmie Cooper, interior design by my dear friend Joanie Wyll. But to give you a little preview, consider this: Simmie was the *speculative builder on this 12,220 square foot home at 4512 Isabella, now owned by Shawn Marion.

4512 Isabella Lane was, at least to me, a refreshing change from the boring McMansion hum drums: there are, don’t faint, no turrets, no rock, no Country-French pickled cabs. Well, unless Marion has added them, and we can see all this Sunday morning at 11 am on  Designing DFW with my precious friend Jocelyn White, tune into Channel 8. (Jocelyn, I am dying to see this show!) I recall the huge windows viewed the 1.07 acre lot without dust-catching mutton bars.  South-African-born Simmie calls it “transitional”; the house just rocks and is sexy to boot — can I please have a few hours alone with my husband in that master tub? Porcelain floors and shoe molding/wall trim, even both stairways are porcelain, as I recall. There’s a humidor/wine room all visible, show-offable, a knock out theatre and ballet/exercise room upstairs, upper and lower laundry rooms, venetian plaster walls, lacquered mahogany, and a huge, cool kitchen I’ve seen east of the Rockies: lacquered striped mahogany, stainless steel, double everything — microwaves, ovens, fridge, dishwashers. Miele coffeebar — doesn’t everyone have one? Naysayers of course ridiculed the home, saying it was a pariah amongst a swea of flat, one-stry ranches. Well I say that exterior glass-mosaic pool, huge travertine entertainment area with fireplace and grill MORE than made up for it.

Anyhew, I’m dying to get inside this new one and can hardly wait to see what Simmie at al cooks up. It’s a custom build for the owner, a young Korean physician who heads up a minimally invasive surgery center and is probably a member of the Lucky Sperm Club. I guarantee you he does not take Medicaid!

*Speculative builders were once considered, well, not quite up to snuff to private commissioned builders. However, they are now such a faint memory of our past, such a twinkle in our eye’s memory, I predict that having been a speculative (rather than “spec”) builder will be a title most of these wonderful builders from the boom will wear with pride.