La Belle Maison Paris TX

Paris is an excellent Texas town for your ranch getaway, as it’s a short drive from Dallas/Fort Worth, has some great shopping, and the scenery is just splendid. And you can tell everyone you have a second home in Paris! Oui oui!

Well monsieurs and madames, this lovely ranch with a total of seven — SEVEN!!!! — fireplaces is a place you can fall in love with. Check out Kathryn Roan’s writeup of La Belle Maison on SecondShelters.com today.

La Belle Maison Paris TX

Paris is an excellent Texas town for your ranch getaway, as it’s a short drive from Dallas/Fort Worth, has some great shopping, and the scenery is just splendid. And you can tell everyone you have a second home in Paris! Oui oui!

Well monsieurs and madames, this lovely ranch with a total of seven — SEVEN!!!! — fireplaces is a place you can fall in love with. Check out Kathryn Roan’s writeup of La Belle Maison on SecondShelters.com today.

3608 Overton Park Front

One of my guilty pleasures is this hilarious Tumblr blog “Catalog Living.” It follows the life of Gary and Elaine as they live in their Pinterest-worthy surroundings that are often so perfect they’re absurd.

Absurdly perfect is how I’d describe this gorgeous remodeled traditional in Fort Worth’s Overton Park subdivision. This neighborhood is so sought after that I would be stunned if 3608 Overton Park was on the market for more than a month. This beautifully remodeled six-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath home is listed by Virginia Cook Realtor Jeff Anderson for $1,085,000. Sure, it looks unassuming from the curb, but this home is packed full of “WOW!” from the entry on through.

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This home is just stunning, and as you click through the slideshow, you’ll notice that this home, which has just some ridiculously cool finish-out, feels like pages from a catalog. I could totally imagine Gary and Elaine leaning over the kitchen island, tasting the souffle Elaine just pulled from the commercial-grade oven. Or perhaps Gary is watching the Rangers rout the Mariners from his loggia, where he’s got a top-notch outdoor kitchen.

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And consider the rather plush life Gary and Elaine’s rugrats live, what with their space-themed playroom and made-for-sleepovers bunk bed room. With the pool and treehouse in the backyard, they’re probably the envy of the entire neighborhood. Add that this home is right next to a park and it just turned into a home more perfect for a family than any house ever featured in Leave it to Beaver.

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Seriously, though, the attention to detail in the finish-out of this incredible home is nonpariel. I love the cabinetry in the kitchen, the beautiful light fixtures with Edison bulbs throughout the living area, and the master bath rocks one of the coolest cast iron sinks I’ve ever seen in my life. That vanity just makes my millennium. Swoon-worthy and then some, right?

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You’ll also adore the sixth bedroom, which is a guest suite above the pool house. It’s above a living area just off the kitchen that has a separate entrance. Perfect for your 20-something that has flown back to the nest before finding their wings. Just be prepared if they aren’t ready to leave after a few years. You might have to change the locks!

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Really, the only downside I can think of to this home is the lack of covered parking or garages. Still, as Anderson’s listing tells us, with a half-acre lot, there’s plenty of room for you to find a spot to park your Land Rover.

Such a beautiful property! What do you think?

 

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D’Andra Simmons hopes you’ll get a glimpse at her and Jeremy Lock’s personalities when you tour their incredibly chic Highland Park contemporary during the Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association Homes for the Holidays Home Tour.

The eclectic two-story modern has an open floorplan with a global vibe injected with a shot of old-Hollywood glamour. And Simmons, founder of the Hard Night Good Morning line of cosmetics, knows a thing or two about glamour. The 6,600-square-foot home is both a home base and a showcase for these two world travelers. Lock is an award-winning war photographer, and Simmons, who admits she feels more relaxed on safari in Africa than anywhere else, have assembled their collections in a way that reflects their travels and tastes.

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“A lot of contemporary homes are choppy, but right when you open the front door you can see right through the home to the pool and on to the backyard,” Simmons said of her home, 3501 Lindenwood. “I wanted flow and openness and room to breathe.”

And that’s exactly what she got in this custom home, completed in 2011. The huge windows and tall ceilings give this home warmth from light that reflects off of the gorgeous pine wood floors and soft museum-style paint. It’s like a blank canvas for Simmons and Lock, an empty gallery to showcase their treasures collected from across the globe and throughout history.

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Dotted with animal skins and African art, as well as icons and statues from Asia, you’ll also find walls and rooms filled with Lock’s photographs. The images, taken in Mongolia, Haiti, India and other far-flung locales, are striking and evocative. They offer a look inside Simmons’ and Locks’ travels, history, and personalities, that’s for sure.

Take the incredible Jeffery Bigelow acrylic four-poster bed in the guest bedroom. The vintage bed is a whimsical and glamorous piece, suiting D’Andra’s personality to a tee. There’s also a huge gate from a Tibetan Buddhist temple used as a headboard in the master bedroom, evoking the couple’s well-traveled pedigree and global tastes.

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In fact, 3501 Lindenwood, designed by Marc McCollum, was on the AIA Dallas Tour of Homes earlier this month, so Simmons and Lock are ready for the ABPA home tour. What they really gained was watching the reaction tour-goers had to their home, which does a stunning job of bringing outdoor elements inside through balanced composition.

“I was here the whole time to see people’s reactions. We travel a lot, so it looks like the United Nations. It’s very artsy and personal,” Simmons said. “They really saw our personalities shine through, that it was a warm, relaxing environment.”

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It’s a place to put your feet up and get cozy, Simmons added. “Our lifestyles are very comfortable, which is unlike a lot of contemporary homes.” We definitely agree.

Of course, she is glad to have the opportunity to support the Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association, which provides funding and programming for Armstrong and Bradfield elementary campuses inside Highland Park ISD. The home tour, ABPA’s main fundraiser, has contributed more than $40,000 to help improve instruction and teacher retention.

“I feel kind of guilty, living in this great school district and not having kids to send to the schools!” Simmons said with a laugh. “If I can do this to give it a little boost, that’s great, that’s what we’ll do.”

You can buy tickets to the Dec. 6 ABPA Homes for the Holidays tour from ABPA members, at Tom Thumb stores, or online at armstrongbradfield.com.

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(Photos: Jeremy Lock)

 

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Father’s Day is Sunday, and if you’re looking for a special way to surprise Dad and house hunting at the same time, this home will make any father flip his lid!

This Southern Traditional at 6414 Deloache — one of the most coveted streets in Preston Hollow — has a private study full of rich wood paneling and cabinetry, perfect for hanging trophies and memorabilia, with French doors leading to a private porch which has the most perfect little putting green! What father wouldn’t want to come home to this spot for a bit of unwinding before family dinners?

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A private listing from Dave Perry-Miller agent Clarke Landry, this beautiful home is marketed for almost $1.7 million and has five bedrooms, five full and two half baths, a master wing and guest suite on the first floor, and more than 6,200 square feet of custom-built luxury. Every detail has been seen to, especially with the amazing backyard that is just excellent for entertaining with an instant-heat saltwater pool and a deliriously beautiful deck that has outdoor acces to the wet bar — a genius idea if I’ve ever seen one!

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The kitchen is spot on with a huge island and built-in appliances and a professional gas range with double ovens, all stainless, of course. The breakfast bar is excellent, a way to maintain cabinet space while still keeping the connection between living and kitchen spaces — a feature that families are demanding more and more these days.

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In the master suite there is plenty of room for a sitting area, making this a great room for a weekend sequester from responsibilities. The bedroom is a perfect example of the designer paint and wide-fashioned trim throughout the home — a great detail that makes ordinary layouts pop! I also love that there are tons of ceiling fans in this home.

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I am a huge proponent of ceiling fans not just to lower cooling costs, but also because I am Southern and I can’t stand to have still air in the house. However, I have rarely seen a ceiling fan in a bathroom, which isn’t a bad thing, but different. When I stayed at an old manor house in Key West there were ceiling fans in the bathrooms, which wasn’t altogether unpleasant!

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Still, I am in love with this house, right down to the mouldings and brick and gorgeous fireplaces. Especially the backyard with its amazing pool and huge deck. I just know the right buyer will come along and get bowled over by all of the details, especially that study — a total win for Dad!

6414 Deloache Front

Father’s Day is Sunday, and if you’re looking for a special way to surprise Dad and house hunting at the same time, this home will make any father flip his lid!

This Southern Traditional at 6414 Deloache — one of the most coveted streets in Preston Hollow — has a private study full of rich wood paneling and cabinetry, perfect for hanging trophies and memorabilia, with French doors leading to a private porch which has the most perfect little putting green! What father wouldn’t want to come home to this spot for a bit of unwinding before family dinners?

6414 Deloache Study 6414 Deloache Putting Green

A private listing from Dave Perry-Miller agent Clarke Landry, this beautiful home is marketed for almost $1.7 million and has five bedrooms, five full and two half baths, a master wing and guest suite on the first floor, and more than 6,200 square feet of custom-built luxury. Every detail has been seen to, especially with the amazing backyard that is just excellent for entertaining with an instant-heat saltwater pool and a deliriously beautiful deck that has outdoor acces to the wet bar — a genius idea if I’ve ever seen one!

6414 Deloache bar

The kitchen is spot on with a huge island and built-in appliances and a professional gas range with double ovens, all stainless, of course. The breakfast bar is excellent, a way to maintain cabinet space while still keeping the connection between living and kitchen spaces — a feature that families are demanding more and more these days.

6414 Deloache Kitchen 6414 Deloache Family

In the master suite there is plenty of room for a sitting area, making this a great room for a weekend sequester from responsibilities. The bedroom is a perfect example of the designer paint and wide-fashioned trim throughout the home — a great detail that makes ordinary layouts pop! I also love that there are tons of ceiling fans in this home.

6414 Deloache Master 6414 Deloache Master Bath

 

I am a huge proponent of ceiling fans not just to lower cooling costs, but also because I am Southern and I can’t stand to have still air in the house. However, I have rarely seen a ceiling fan in a bathroom, which isn’t a bad thing, but different. When I stayed at an old manor house in Key West there were ceiling fans in the bathrooms, which wasn’t altogether unpleasant!

6414 Deloache backyard

Still, I am in love with this house, right down to the mouldings and brick and gorgeous fireplaces. Especially the backyard with its amazing pool and huge deck. I just know the right buyer will come along and get bowled over by all of the details, especially that study — a total win for Dad!

Every spring I face a dilemma: What do we do about our back deck? We’ve tried a lot of different things to make it more inviting — having a corner bench built, putting up a Coolaroo shade, adding plants, putting down an all-weather rug — and still, when the summer starts to peak, we head inside.

It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Margaret Chambers, founder of Chambers Interiors, has some great tips for making your outdoor space a spot you’ll gravitate toward all year long:

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Outdoor living spaces have become more popular in the last ten years. If you are fortunate enough to have a covered patio, balcony, or deck, there are many clever ways that you can turn these spaces into exciting outdoor entertaining rooms. Whether you already have an outdoor area or are planning on building one, keep these helpful hints in mind.

A fireplace and small, inconspicuous heaters on the ceiling can add warmth in the fall and winter months. For the spring and summer months, ceiling fans are a must. If the budget permits, you might want to install misters in the ceiling.

Consider an outdoor grilling area, a small refrigerator, and an ice maker in your outside kitchen for entertaining a large group. You can also ice down drinks using galvanized aluminum tubs. An old pine armoire on a covered porch can be handy for storing your party accessories, games, and extra towels.

If your outdoor area is still in the planning stages, remember to make electrical outlets conveniently located for table lamps. Even if you don’t have electrical outlets on your patio walls, you can create lighting with hanging lanterns and candles. If your patio isn’t covered, look for a tent made out of awning fabric, possibly in a bold stripe. You can also add shade with umbrellas over tables, or place a picnic table under a shaded tree.

Exterior living spaces look best when they are an extension of your interior style and color. Decorating a large outdoor space may seem like a daunting task, but thankfully, outdoor fabrics have come a long way in the past few years. There are now a wonderful array of colors, patterns and textures for you to choose from.

Furniture that is made of teak, redwood, and rust-resistant iron is perfect for around the pool. Wicker furniture can be damaged by direct sunlight, so make sure to keep real wicker in the shade. If your patio is not covered, look for the more durable vinyl or resin wicker instead.

When I’m selecting outdoor furniture, I like to mix styles. In this Hill Country-style home that is pictured, I chose dark brown wicker furniture and twig end tables.

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In this charming chateau, notice the solid iron chairs, the custom-sized mosaic coffee table, and the cast stone supports on all four corners. At the far side of the patio, iron side and wicker end chairs surround a wood-topped dining table. The furniture is made of five different materials in three coordinating fabrics. As a general rule, the larger the space you’re decorating, the more materials you can mix and match without it looking too busy. Although larger spaces need the variety, I recommend using either all terracotta pots or all cast-stone pots for plants — using both can look disjointed.

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Accessories can really bring the space to life and give it personality. Use them to create a theme: for example, a bowl topped with seashells, a rope hammock between two trees, and party napkins with a coral or lobster design will suggest Maine’s seaside landscape. You can create many settings with your accessory choices, though— the combinations are endless. Don’t be afraid to get creative and make your outdoor spaces the perfect places to entertain!

With over 60,000 hours of interior design career experience, Margaret Chambers has received numerous awards from the American Society of Interior Design, has been named a Best Designer by D Home in Dallas for over seven years and has been a featured designer in over two dozen publications including Traditional Home, Texas Home & Living, and Dallas Modern Luxury to name a few. Chambers’ experience, innate talent, and studies of classic Europe enable her to confidently mix different styles, techniques, and cultures. You can view her portfolio at www.chambersinteriors.com.

Every spring I face a dilemma: What do we do about our back deck? We’ve tried a lot of different things to make it more inviting — having a corner bench built, putting up a Coolaroo shade, adding plants, putting down an all-weather rug — and still, when the summer starts to peak, we head inside.

It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Margaret Chambers, founder of Chambers Interiors, has some great tips for making your outdoor space a spot you’ll gravitate toward all year long:

Margaret_portrait_new-sm (1)

Outdoor living spaces have become more popular in the last ten years. If you are fortunate enough to have a covered patio, balcony, or deck, there are many clever ways that you can turn these spaces into exciting outdoor entertaining rooms. Whether you already have an outdoor area or are planning on building one, keep these helpful hints in mind.

A fireplace and small, inconspicuous heaters on the ceiling can add warmth in the fall and winter months. For the spring and summer months, ceiling fans are a must. If the budget permits, you might want to install misters in the ceiling.

Consider an outdoor grilling area, a small refrigerator, and an ice maker in your outside kitchen for entertaining a large group. You can also ice down drinks using galvanized aluminum tubs. An old pine armoire on a covered porch can be handy for storing your party accessories, games, and extra towels.

If your outdoor area is still in the planning stages, remember to make electrical outlets conveniently located for table lamps. Even if you don’t have electrical outlets on your patio walls, you can create lighting with hanging lanterns and candles. If your patio isn’t covered, look for a tent made out of awning fabric, possibly in a bold stripe. You can also add shade with umbrellas over tables, or place a picnic table under a shaded tree.

Exterior living spaces look best when they are an extension of your interior style and color. Decorating a large outdoor space may seem like a daunting task, but thankfully, outdoor fabrics have come a long way in the past few years. There are now a wonderful array of colors, patterns and textures for you to choose from.

Furniture that is made of teak, redwood, and rust-resistant iron is perfect for around the pool. Wicker furniture can be damaged by direct sunlight, so make sure to keep real wicker in the shade. If your patio is not covered, look for the more durable vinyl or resin wicker instead.

When I’m selecting outdoor furniture, I like to mix styles. In this Hill Country-style home that is pictured, I chose dark brown wicker furniture and twig end tables.

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In this charming chateau, notice the solid iron chairs, the custom-sized mosaic coffee table, and the cast stone supports on all four corners. At the far side of the patio, iron side and wicker end chairs surround a wood-topped dining table. The furniture is made of five different materials in three coordinating fabrics. As a general rule, the larger the space you’re decorating, the more materials you can mix and match without it looking too busy. Although larger spaces need the variety, I recommend using either all terracotta pots or all cast-stone pots for plants — using both can look disjointed.

Picture10

Accessories can really bring the space to life and give it personality. Use them to create a theme: for example, a bowl topped with seashells, a rope hammock between two trees, and party napkins with a coral or lobster design will suggest Maine’s seaside landscape. You can create many settings with your accessory choices, though— the combinations are endless. Don’t be afraid to get creative and make your outdoor spaces the perfect places to entertain!

With over 60,000 hours of interior design career experience, Margaret Chambers has received numerous awards from the American Society of Interior Design, has been named a Best Designer by D Home in Dallas for over seven years and has been a featured designer in over two dozen publications including Traditional Home, Texas Home & Living, and Dallas Modern Luxury to name a few. Chambers’ experience, innate talent, and studies of classic Europe enable her to confidently mix different styles, techniques, and cultures. You can view her portfolio at www.chambersinteriors.com.