Celebrate the season of gratitude with us this year. Watch our video, “Give Thanks” with spoken poetry by E.E. Cummings. Then, now that you’re in the spirit of thankfulness, send a friend, coworker, or loved one a free thank you ecard at sendthankyous.com.
We’re all pretty familiar with “modern” and “traditional” design styles (they are pretty much synonyms after all), but what about transitional? It’s a little confusing since the title does little to clarify what, exactly, we’re seeing. It doesn’t help that designers so often swap the term “transitional” for others like “updated classic” and “classic with a contemporary flare.” Our editors answer questions often asked by design fans hoping to understand this nebulous style and how to blend its trademark look into a home.
Although most of us recognize names like Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson, we largely are at a loss as to what characterizes a mid-century modern home. To help clear up the confusion we’ve crafted a simple guide complete with lots of visuals. Plus, you’ll get a little boost of confidence before you go on the Mid-Century Modern Tour this Saturday, October 26!)
Mid-century modern key features cheat sheet:
- Embracing Nature: The design accentuates the beauty of nature through walls of windows, views of the surrounding landscape used as focal points for living areas, and multiple entrances and exits. This attempt to highlight the natural environment blurs the barriers between indoor and outdoor living, endorsing an appreciation and awe of nature. Ex. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water House
- Pervasive Flat Planes. Rigorous use of flat geometric planes, lines, and squares invade nearly every visual aspect of mid-century modern design. Even roofs buck tradition by embracing flat construction over gable.
- Expansive windows. Large glass window panes and doors flood natural light to all of the rooms. Ex. The Philip Johnson Glass House.
- Various Elevations. Split-level spaces rank paramount in mid-century moderns through a host of expressions—multiple, open staircases, partial walls, and built-ins reinforce a feeling of constantly changing elevations.
Mid-Century Modern at a Glance (from our pinterest board)
Contemporary cool is getting hot. Featuring esteemed architects, sophisticated design and uncompromising standards that easily and beautifully accommodate today’s modern lifestyles, these homes stand alone in aesthetic and excellence.
The Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty Fall Tour features open houses on Sunday, Oct. 20, throughout the area that offer a contemporary take on design and lifestyle. For more information, go to briggsfreeman.com/falltour. And to see a complete list of every open house in the Metroplex, download the free DFW Open Houses app – featuring maps, neighborhood information, house details, beautiful photos and more – to your mobile device.
The Terrace Lounge at Museum Tower is an exceptional space to gather with friends before a night at the theater.
Imagine living a lifestyle where you enjoy entertaining beautifully, and effortlessly, thanks to magnificently designed spaces and on-site staff who facilitate phenomenal events.
Cocktails in the Owner’s Lounge before the opening night of Bizet’s “Carmen,” an intimate anniversary dinner surrounded by lifelong friends, a gala event supporting a prominent charity – at Museum Tower, your home extends beyond your living space, allowing you to experience entertaining on a whole new level.
Recently, Museum Tower owners created an unforgettable evening for their supper club friends when they hosted an elegant dinner party on the 38th floor.
“Everything was just perfect—printed menus, delicious food, the lights of Dallas glimmering in the background,” said Tanya Mendenhall, Director of Resident Relations. “Their friends were in awe. They kept saying, ‘look at the life you get to live.’”
Another couple has decided to bring their entire family, 30 people scattered across the country, to Dallas for a very special Thanksgiving dinner. The gathering will take place in one of Museum Tower’s gracious entertaining venues. And to ensure that dinner is a culinary event, Mendenhall has planned an incredible “Holiday Tasting Night” in early November highlighting three outstanding chefs ready to create a custom holiday meal for owners and guests. Residents who travel during for the holiday can have their holiday dinners shipped to their favorite destination – Colorado, California, Montreal.
“I wanted to host a party for my mother’s anniversary and I knew having it at Museum Tower would be the perfect place. My guests were wowed by the incredible views and I just love seamless entertaining,” says owner Tracy Cheatham.
“Our owners live and entertain in a very sophisticated way. We create for them an ease of entertaining, because it’s like having your personal event coordinator at all times who can bring in the right outside resources and who ensures that the on-site staff helps deliver events that are flawless and very special,” says Tanya Mendenhall. “You can host an event at home, without actually disrupting your home. You don’t have to worry about rearranging your living space to accommodate tables to seat 30 guests. That’s all taken care of for you.”
Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is Dallas’ luxury real estate leader, with more than 190 agents in five offices located throughout Dallas-Fort Worth and access to the global Sotheby’s network, including more than 11,000 agents in 600 offices worldwide. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. For more information on escapes and second homes, ranch and land, and luxury homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth region and beyond, go to briggsfreeman.com.
Surrounded by trees on a rare double lot in Bluffview, this home at 4142 Crossing Lane is perfect for first-time homeowners. With three bedrooms, including a master with a balcony overlooking the pool, there’s room to grow. Listed by Janna Schick and Dixey Arterburn for $459,900. Photo / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty
With mortgage interest rates inching up from historic lows, home prices continuing to increase, and rents on the upswing, now is the time for first time homebuyers to make their first investment in real estate. So far this year, closed sales in the $500,000 and under market are up 46 percent for Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.
This region is peppered with neighborhoods that offer a range of homes at a variety of “starter” prices – University Park, Midway Hollow, Lakewood, Lake Highlands, Greenway Crest, Casa Linda, Southlake and Colleyville all are strong options. Continue reading
If you’re planning to sell your home during the fall, here are a few ideas for getting your home ready to sell in seasonable fashion:
Add Fall Flowers
Once your lawn is looking its best, spice it up with a splash of color. As your summer plants start to fade, replace them with vibrant mums or other colorful flowers.
Spruce Up the Lawn
While brilliant fall foliage can automatically make your home look more attractive for showings, that doesn’t mean you can slack off on lawn maintenance during this season. Keep falling leaves at bay with frequent raking and patch up any brown spots in the grass.
Highlight the Front Door
Making your front door the focal point of your home’s exterior is a good tactic no matter what time of year you decide to sell your home. During the fall, a simple wreath of fall foliage and flowers can add an inviting touch. A fresh coat of paint in a vivid red can also make your entrance stand out.
Light It Up
As the days get shorter, it becomes increasingly important to provide potential homebuyers with a safe path to your front door. Use decorative lights to illuminate walkways, and install flood lights or lanterns to brighten up entrance areas.
Keep It Simple
While subtle fall decor — a wreath on the door or pots of seasonal flowers — will make your home look inviting and fresh, going overboard will distract buyers from your home itself. Save your scarecrows and spooky Halloween decorations for another year.
Tips from HGTV Front Door— click here to read the original article.
It’s here at last! Fall—one of our favorite seasons–has arrived, complete with gourds a’ plenty, scarves, boots, and pumpkin spice everything! For the home, autumn is the time for warm, rich, and cozy colors. This year, we’re seeing a few unexpected blue hues along with the traditional fall shades of chocolate brown and burnt orange. Take a look and we promise our season-inspired rooms will have you craving a color transformation in your home.
Add a little punch to your front entrance with a brilliant shade of turquoise!
Add a cool tone of icy blue pillows with rich chocolates, noir, and taupe.
Embrace emerald this fall with a vibrant, new coat of paint to transform any room into a welcoming autumn enclave.
Pair striking azuls with warm neutrals to add an eye-catching focal point to any room.
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that North Texas continues to post year-over-year gains in employment and, as a result, more businesses are calling it home. Our favorable economic environment, gracious neighborhoods and vibrant city centers are making North Texas a natural destination for businesses looking to grow.
We know moving can be a stressful, anxiety-ridden process. You’re overwhelmed with questions. Which neighborhood best fits your needs and lifestyle? Which schools are best for your kids? Where do can you find a doctor, a great pizza, or even a dry cleaner?
Well we have good news! Find Your Perfect Spot is a website devoted to giving you the best info on the most extraordinary neighborhoods and cities in North Texas. From Southlake to the Park Cities, you’ll find maps, neighborhood photos and videos, area links, highlights, and news. Rest easy! Find your perfect spot will do the hard work for you.
Your kitchen’s style can be found in its tile— whether sleek and modern, country cottage, or sumptuous Mediterranean, your backsplash says a lot about your style!
If you’re looking for something new, here are some inspiring kitchen backplash tile ideas from gorgeous DFW homes with dreamy kitchens: Continue reading