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Hoppy Pinterest – The Best Easter and Spring Ideas on Pinterest {Video}

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Quick! Grab your phone, your tablet, your mouse and get pinning this holiday with our Hoppy Pinterest campaign throughout the month of April. You’ll find all the best things that Spring and Easter have to  offer, including delicious recipes, Easter activities, the best photo-shoot spots, Spring wreaths, eye-catching Easter decor, and much more!

Here are some of our Favorite Easter Boards:
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Hoppy Pinterest – The Best of Easter Ideas on Pinterest

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Easter’s Table: Dining Rooms, Recipes, Decor, Drinks, and more
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Great Yards for Easter Egg Hunts

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Spring Wreaths and Entryways
Stay updated on everything fabulous happening this Easter on Pinterest! Visit hoppypinterest.com for more info.

Click here to see the latest in real estate news. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operatesBriggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.

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The Backyard Lab: Outdoor Exploration Makes Happier, Smarter Kids

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In an age where most learning is done in front of a screen, it’s easy to forget that a great learning tool lays right off the back porch.

Many recent studies have suggested that playing outdoors actually makes children smarter. Author and professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Kay Redfield Jamison writes, “Children need freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.”

Studies show that children who play outside have less anxiety, are less likely to struggle with obesity, are more advanced in their communication and listening skills, have an increased attention span and are more prone to become leaders.

Most importantly, children who play outside have been shown to be more creative and more imaginative than children who only play indoors.
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Great Tips for a Green Home

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Just because one of the greenest days of the year has passed us by, there’s no reason we can’t keep thinking green.

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In fact, Jenni Stolarski of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty recently offered her advice on going green for an article in Dallas Voice. Here’s an excerpt:

For home sellers, Realtor Jenni Stolarski with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty recommends “greening up their home to put it on the market, without spending money that won’t pay them back.” She suggests cleaning HVAC system and filters, as it not only improves functionality, but can save the seller money. When it comes to lighting options, Stolarski points out that switching to CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulbs can also be a money and energy saver as they use one-fifth to one-third the electric power, and last eight to 15 times longer than incandescent lamps.

For homebuyers, Stolarski says start with an insulation check. “If the home doesn’t have the proper amount of insulation, it’s fairly cost efficient to add.” She also recommends switching the most-used water fixtures to low-flow options, starting with commodes and sink faucets.

Click here to read the entire article in Dallas Voice.

Click here to see the latest in real estate news. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with five offices in Dallas, Uptown, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.

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Celebrating Angles and Inspirations: Richard Drummond Davis Architects

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Note: This piece first appeared in PaperCity as part of Celebrating Angles and Inspirations. In it, we ask some of the most talented and innovative architects in the area to showcase their premier properties that continue to expand Dallas’ reputation for beautiful living.

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American Country House, Dallas, Texas: Richard Davis, Richard Drummond Davis Architects 

Designed in the relaxed Louisiana country house style of A. Hays Town, an architect admired by the clients, this house is all about comfortable living.

Entry Exterior

The gracious entrance features a stylized portico with flanking verandas. Saltillo Mexican tile is the perfect complement to the brick and stucco facade. Floor to ceiling windows and French doors allow for ample natural light.

Living Room

The bricks in the round columns supporting the living room fireplace mantel were individually cut by hand. Patterned stone tiles in the entrance hall contrast and complement the wide plank wood floors used throughout the downstairs. A diamond coffered ceiling adds visual dimension to the living room off the entry hall.
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Spring Means Festivals, Fun in North Texas

2014 Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival 

The Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival March 27-30 honors the distinctive nature of Fort Worth cooking, food, beverage and culinary traditions in a multi-day festival. fortworthfoodandwinefestival.com

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2014 Deep Ellum Arts Festival 

Deep Ellum transforms into one enormous street festival April 4-6 featuring 200 decorative and visual artists, 100 bands, singer/songwriters, the renowned Pet Parade, and food and drink. deepellumartsfestival.com

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Klyde Warren Park Young Dragons with the Crow Collection of Asian Art

Experience ninja games and activities that teach kids and adults how to think and move like a real ninja with lessons on ninja tools, ninja balance and more; Saturdays in March and April from 10-11 a.m. klydewarrenpark.org

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Dallas Museum of Art Spring Break Activities

Enjoy a fun-filled week of art-making activities, family tours, storytimes and gallery activities for families. Spring Break programs are held daily March 12-15. dallasmuseumofart.org

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The Dallas Opera’s Spring Gala, Friday, April 4, 2014 

Gala Chairs Betty and Stephen Suellentrop invite you to be mesmerized by internationally renowned Texas-born tenor Jay Hunter Morris in a private recital followed by a gala dinner on stage at the Winspear Opera House. dallasopera.org 

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The Kimbell Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection

Discover the life, culture and pageantry of Japanese samurai warriors February 16-August 17 through more than 100 remarkable objects from one of the largest collections in the world. kimbellart.org

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Perot Museum’s Spring Discovery Camp

Spring Break Discovery Camp combines hands-on exploration with stimulating scientific concepts to keep young minds sharp over spring break. March 10-14; children grades K-6. perotmuseum.org

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Dallas Blooms: Birds in Paradise   

Enjoy the 30th anniversary of the Dallas Arboretum’s major floral festival Dallas Blooms February 22-April 6, with the theme “Birds in Paradise.” dallasarboretum.org

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Plano Symphony Orchestra Grand Finale: Lucille & Alessio

Hector Guzman and the Plano Symphony conclude the 2013-2014 season with internationally acclaimed piano team Lucille Chung and Alessio Bax. 8:15 pm April 5 at St. Andrew United Methodist Church. Planosymphony.org

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Savor Dallas

Savor Dallas brings together over 60 great chefs and delicious cuisine March 20-23. Events will take place in the Dallas Arboretum, the Dallas Arts District, the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas and Main Street Garden. savordallas.com

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Dallas International Film Festival

The 8th-annual Dallas International Film Festival will be held April 3-13. During the past seven years, the Festival has featured the finest in U.S. and international cinema. Dallasfilm.org

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Frisco Arts in the Square 

Arts in the Square 2014 takes place March 29-30 and features over 120 local and regional artists selling their handmade creations. friscosquare.com

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Texas Discovery Gardens Native Plants for Dallas Landscapes

Discover Metroplex-worthy plants for your garden 10 a.m.-noon March 29 and take home a native plant. Register in advance. texasdiscoverygardens.org

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Trinity River Audubon Center’s Celebrate Birds Festival

The Celebrate Birds Festival will showcase the power and diversity of birds at the Trinity River Audubon Center April 5. trinityriver.audubon.org

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Fort Worth Botanic Garden 

The butterflies of Asia will be featured in Butterflies in the Garden exhibit held in the glass Conservatory through April 6, 2014. fwbg.org

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Click here to see the latest in real estate news. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with five offices in Dallas, Uptown, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.

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Celebrating Angles and Inspirations: Russell Buchanan, Buchanan Architecture

Mockingbird Property, Dallas, Texas: Russell Buchanan, Buchanan Architecture

Note: This piece first appeared in PaperCity as part of Celebrating Angles and Inspirations. In it, we ask some of the most talented and innovative architects in the area to showcase their premier properties that continue to expand Dallas’ reputation for beautiful living.

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Designed for a young family in the stone import and fabrication business, the residence is a 4,410 square-foot-home located on Mockingbird Lane. The main building is a simple rectilinear shape, designed in plan using five equal squares.  Adjacent to the main building is an entry vestibule clad entirely in onyx slab.  Completing the composition is a polished black stone wall which provides privacy and security from the busy street.
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Celebrating Angles and Inspirations: Paul Turney of Turney & Associates

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Note: This piece first appeared in PaperCity as part of Celebrating Angles and Inspirations. In it, we ask some of the most talented and innovative architects in the area to showcase their premier properties that continue to expand Dallas’ reputation for beautiful living.

Willis Property, Dallas, Texas: Paul Turney, Turney & Associates

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When Dave and Betsy Willis made the decision to move from Calgary to Texas, they hired architect Paul Turney to work with them on the design of their new home.  Having previously lived in the South, their desire was to have a Louisiana-style house.

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One of the main features of their new home is a deep porch with French doors across the entire front of the house, along with a second floor balcony supported by 20-foot tall round, Doric columns. The porch also has a narrow exterior stair accessing the balcony, something characteristic of the Louisiana houses of the late architect A. Hays Town. The family room, kitchen, and guest house all look out onto a brick courtyard with a fountain. Some of the interior design features include large double hung windows to the floor, a freestanding curved stair in the entry, and wide plank pine flooring. turneyarchitects.com

For more beautiful homes, see briggsfreeman.com. Click here to see the latest in real estate news. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with five offices in Dallas, Uptown, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.

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Celebrating Angles and Inspirations: Domiteaux + Baggett Architects

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Note: This piece first appeared in PaperCity as part of Celebrating Angles and Inspirations. In it, we ask some of the most talented and innovative architects in the area to showcase their premier properties that continue to expand Dallas’ reputation for beautiful living.

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Kessler Woods Property, Dallas, Texas: Domiteaux + Baggett Architects 

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Kessler Woods is the manifestation of an owner’s vision to create an oasis tucked away from urban life. Located along a nature preserve, the house engages the adjacent wildlife and creates a shield against its urban surroundings.

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The design is expressed through two reductive forms: one provides an open living space with a strong visual connection to the reserve, the other is a two-story volume that organizes one’s private life and creates a barrier against the site’s eastern edge. Uniting the home is an entryway defining the progression through the space into the oasis beyond.

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Sustainable strategies include a ventilated rain screen wrapping the roof and façade and an orientation that maximizes indirect light while deflecting the Texas sun. As a composition of wood, concrete, and metal, the materials seek to reinterpret the pristine white box into a warm, livable space to raise a family. doba-arch.com

For more beautiful homes, see briggsfreeman.com. Click here to see the latest in real estate news. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with five offices in Dallas, Uptown, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.

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Dallas Architecture Forum Lecture to Feature Carlos Bedoya of Mexico City

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The next event in the Dallas Architecture Forum’s Lecture Series features Carlos Bedoya, principal of PRODUCTORA in Mexico City.

The lecture begins at 7 p.m. Feb. 20. Lectures are free for Dallas Architecture Forum members; general admission is $20; and full-time student admission is $5. Tickets are available at the door of The Magnolia Theatre, West Village, the night of the lecture.

Via the Dallas Architecture Forum:

Carlos Bedoya Ikeda, a native of Mexico City, studied architecture and urbanism at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, and received his master’s in architecture from the ETSAB in Barcelona. After practicing in the office of TEN Arquitectos and serving as a project manager at LCM, he and three other partners from Mexico, Argentina and Belgium founded the architectural firm PRODUCTORA in Mexico City.

The work of PRODUCTORA is characterized for a precise attention to geometry, a profound aesthetic ambition and a concern with timelessness in its materialization and programmatic solutions. The studio has produced a variety of residential, public and corporate projects in Mexico and abroad, including Asia and South America. www.productora-df.com.mx

Click here to read the full article at the Dallas Architecture Forum.

For more beautiful homes, see briggsfreeman.com. Click here to see the latest in real estate news. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with five offices in Dallas, Uptown, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.

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More Than Dinner: Five Ideas to Woo Your Sweetie Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day Chocolate Cravings Tour, presented by Dallas by Chocolate

This chocolate Valentine’s tour is filled with chocolate wherever the private luxury bus stops. The stops will include CocoAndre Chocolatier, Nib Chocolatier and Village Baking Company for chocolate pastries and other temptations. Price includes bus, tour guide, food samples and beverages (and you can also bring your own).
When: Friday, Feb. 14, 1 p.m.-4:15 p.m.
Where: Central Market CafeDallas, TX
Cost: $37
More info: http://www.dallasbychocolate.com/

Valentine’s Day at Reunion Tower

Turn a night on the town into a night above it. Visit the all-new GeO-Deck, offering a 360-degree view of Dallas. Choose from Reunion Tower’s Toast Package, Carriage Package and Overnight Package.
Visit reuniontower.com for details and reservations.
When: Friday, Feb. 14, beginning at 4 p.m.
Where: Reunion Tower Dallas
Cost: Packages vary – $45 per couple, $175 per couple, $415 per couple
More info: http://www.reuniontower.com/home

KLUV Valentine’s Day Party

Grab your valentine and come party, dance and romance all night long to the Greatest Hits of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s at KLUV’s Valentine’s Day Party at the Hilton Anatole. Attendees will be treated to an open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, DJ, music and dancing.
When: Friday, Feb 14, 8 p.m. to midnight
Where: Hilton Anatole Hotel
Cost:  $109.87 per person. Party and Stay packages starting from $329.74.
More info: https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_ei_new&eventID=10935920
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