Here's my map to help guide Santa's sleigh. And his real estate agent.

Here’s my map to help guide Santa’s sleigh. And his real estate agent.

I grew up in North Dallas and have lived all over Dallas and the ‘burbs, but when I finally landed in East Dallas in 2007, I knew I had found my happy place.

East Dallas has a culture unlike anywhere else in the city (although North Oak Cliff feels like its cousin). I could spend hours walking or biking through neighborhoods like Little Forest Hills, Buckner Terrace, and the Peninsula. So many beautiful houses! So many trees! And friendly neighbors everywhere!

Circumstances and a new baby moved me to Plano this year, and I have pined over my favorite neighborhoods in East Dallas ever since. I go out of my way to get back to East Dallas as often as possible, and because I’ve been very good this year, I’m asking Santa for a token of his appreciation for Christmas: A midcentury house east of White Rock Lake. With original hardwoods. And mature trees.

That’s not too much, is it?

I’ve got a few ideas for Santa, in case he’s stumped. This Casa Linda cottage has just the kind of curb appeal I love: big trees, tranquil setting, and an expansive yard. Located at 1422 Tranquilla Dr., it’s listed at $348,500 and is a 3-2 with 1,857 feet. That’s not quite large enough for my family of four, so we might have to sell the teenager before we move. But I’m OK with that.

1422 Tranquilla Dr

Looks at those gorgeous original hardwoods! And the built-ins! And a wood-burning fireplace! So much character from when it was built in 1945.  (more…)

Family Christmas Hearth

 

It’s Christmas Eve Eve, as my mother likes to call it, and we are doing everything we can to prepare our home to host a few friends and plenty of magic. When you live in 1,400 square feet, cozy is easy. But how do you achieve that kind of warm atmosphere on a larger scale? It’s in the accessories, says Bernadette Schaeffler.

Her boutique in the Dallas Design District is my favorite spot to get inspired for the holidays. Thanks to Schaeffler’s German heritage, she gives her Christmas decor a fun, cultural spin that exudes elegance.

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Every Christmas, my mother hauls out a box of vintage beaded balls made by my grandmother. Each of them is hung from the ceiling with clear fishing line, which gives the impression of several gilt and sparkling orbs floating in our formal living room. Each Christmas I looked forward to that ritual, and when I saw that Dallas artist Peyton Hayslip was creating an altogether more polished and stylish version of these beaded beauties, I was absolutely intrigued.

As it turns out, remembering those 1970s-era beaded ornaments is what inspired Hayslip to create her line of ornaments and tabletop decor.

“My beaded creations began in the mid-90s when my children were small. My mother and I were reminiscing about the little foam and sequin ornaments she’d made when I was a baby, and we both had an ‘AH-HA!’ moment,” Hayslip said. “What if those old-fashioned ornaments could be pumped up? What if they weren’t just made with sequins? What if they were made using my great grandmother’s vintage costume jewelry, and maybe some glass beads for sparkle? I set to work, and loved the results.”

We do, too! Jump for more!

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Bernadette Schaeffler Collection Accessories

I am already kvetching about Christmas. I worry about what to get friends and family, those near and dear to me, and those I’ve just met. Sometimes I buy something that speaks to me and sometimes I let the recipient do all the speaking. And sometimes, I am so busy that I just want a great gift that everyone is sure to love.

Most of my friends love great design, and every single one of them would be impressed by these gorgeous vases and glassware hand-selected by Bernadette Schaeffler. Thanks to the new website, though, I can peruse all of the amazing finds in Schaeffler’s Design District showroom from the luxury of my own room.

Glassware

With color and plenty of punch, the Bernadette Schaeffler Collection is the best place to find a stylish gift for your friends and family. Want something a little more soft with loads of texture and style? Check out the chic pillows! Or dress up your holiday table with the amazing selection of tableware and candleholders. I am in love with the collection of figurines and metallic bowls assembled by Schaeffler, too.

Pillows Linen Ombre

While the website is a great way to check out what’s in store, there’s no better way to shop than heading down to the Bernadette Schaeffler Collection in the Dallas Design District. See, feel, and experience Schaeffler’s amazing style at 1616 Hi Line Drive, Suite 100.