All photos courtesy Shelly Lloyd

All photos courtesy Shelly Lloyd

Shelly Lloyd took a circuitous route to her career as an interior designer, discovering along the way that her fashion acumen, passion for art, and globetrotting translated beautifully into creating sophisticated, authentic interiors with unexpected twists. And she has graced many a Midland home with her talented design. In fact, it was a Midland resident who introduced us to Shelly, who lives in Dallas but spends as much time in Midland as she can.

“What separates us is working with a variety of styles, from classic to contemporary, formal to playful,” Lloyd said. “We’re really good at mixing pieces.”

Shelly Lloyd

Her Dallas company, LeDaire Design, is in for an eventful year, expanding to a satellite office, rebranding in February, and building on an original concept called “Work the Room” that marries her professional expertise with a client’s DIY creativity. Jump to read more!


The Heritage Hill Queen Anne Victorian is owned by Joan Vandergriff.

The Heritage Hill Queen Anne Victorian is owned by Joan Vandergriff.

Thirty years! Can you believe it? The Colleyville Woman’s Club has been putting on its Holiday Home Tour for 30 years now, and we’re just amazed at its longevity! The tour, which is slated for Sunday, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature five gorgeous homes in Colleyville with halls that are decked for the season, including the gorgeous Heritage Hill Queen Anne Victorian mansion designed by American architect George Franklin Barber. This home was built for less than $2,500 in 1895, from “the finest materials.” Today it is an incredible legacy to the community, thanks to homeowner Joan Vandergriff, who had its 110 pier foundation relocated from Bonham, Texas, to Colleyville, and nary a window was damaged!

And back for its second year is Santa’s Sweet Stop at Taylor Renovations, which will help equip tour-goers for holiday cooking and decorating. Whole Foods has sponsored this stop, so look for cooking demonstrations and sweets for guests! You can visit with Santa Claus or buy a poinsettia for $10 each.

If you want to see these five beautiful abodes, you can purchase your ticket for $20 ahead of the tour at locations listed on the Colleyville Woman’s Club website. Don’t miss this fabulous opportunity!

WhittierAWe’ve found a great property that just isn’t selling, and we’re not sure why. This prairie-style, two-story house in Colleyville was listed at the end of August, and had a $25,000 price reduction in mid-October to $599,900, but still, no buyer.

Listed by Beverly Spillyards at Ebby Halliday’s Southlake office, this property at 6712 Whittier Lane is a custom-build, one of the first in the Whittier Heights subdivision in 2004. With 4,776 square feet sitting on over a third of an acre of land, this house has a lot of everything. It’s a four bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom house with a three-car garage and all sorts of luxury details. So what’s the deal?


Golfing hottie Hunter and his bride, former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Kandi  (Harris) are building a 19,000 plus square foot home in an exclusive Preston Hollow gated community. The mega mansion will not only have underground parking, it will have an underground basketball court! Hunter’s home in Colleyville, (pictured here) meantime, remains on the market at $1,499,999. The Colleyville home is just about the value of Hunter’s one-acre lot over there at Royal and Inwood. DCAD has it valued at $1.2 plus just for the dirt. He and Kandi bought it in November of 2010. Estimated taxes are $33,000 for starters… I cannot even begin to think what his property taxes will be one that puppy is complete!

Khloe & Company and Deion’s Big D have kept me so busy I forgot about the DeMarcus Ware story sitting on my desk: the Dallas Cowboys linebacker plopped his home, Castleton Manor at 6900 Rockingham Court, on the market recently with a price tag of $2.198 milion out in Colleyville. From the looks of it, Ware wants to move on up to fancier digs.

And why not? He’s the highest-paid, high-performing Dallas Cowboy ever, with a six-year, $78 million contract extension that has a $40 million guarantee. Life is good, but apparently not good enough in Colleyville. I would guess the All-Pro defensive end is eyeing larger digs in the Big D, possibly Strait Lane or Vaquero. He’s also one of the few in town who might could swing ownership of Champs D’Or, now reduced to $35 million!

The Rockingham Court mansion is on a cul de sac in a private gated community. Built in 2008, the 9300 plus square foot manse boasts six bedrooms, and seven and a half bathrooms, custom everything plus all the extra rooms one expects in these homes: four living areas, numerous bonus rooms, a wine porch — PORCH! — for heaven sakes with a suspended bed overlooking the pool, seven fireplaces, a theater room and, of course a loaded chef’s dream kitchen. TVs are everywhere, I think I counted 15, and remain with the home. The spread is on an acre and of course has all the outdoor living doo-dah plus: cushioned turf play area, ground level trampoline, private putting green, outdoor pavilion, and pool with a raised spa. Is there an outdoor kitchen? You bet your bootie. And several porch areas. About the master: it’s to-die for, with a master suite and tricked-out spa bath. Oh yes, we must not forget the guest house loaded with the same level of finish out in the home.

So agents, dust off your high end listings. Looks like the Wares do not need pre-qualification or even to sell their current home before they can start the big-time house shopping! Listed with Gale Sloan of Century 21, Mike Bowman Inc. in Colleyville.

A reader writes:

This is regarding David Bagwell. We are in love with his neighborhood, and are considering lot in Broughtonbut his behavior is causing us a lot of concern. Do you know how his bankruptcy has affected his strong hold on his communities?

A little background here: Developer David Bagwell, who once worked with Mayor Leppert at the Trammell Crow Company,¬† has super strict rules for just about every move you make if you buy a home in one of his five Colleyville developments: who builds the house, who repairs it, what you can plant, where you can plant it, even how many inches away the front door coach lanterns have to be. And when you submit your new home or remodel plans to the Architecture Control Committee, you have to pay a fee. About this time last year here’s what we were discussing on DallasDirt: “David Bagwell is working as hard at staving off foreclosure on some of his Colleyville lots as he once did being the architectural control Nazi of the neighborhood. As one reader put it, not only did he peer over fences to check for compliance, homeowners were charged repeatedly just for submitting and re-submitting requests:

“Candy, you missed one thing about submitting for approval. Not only do you have to submit for approval, if it is declined, you have to pay a fee to resubmit. Basically the entire fee structure is set up to fail to keep submission payments coming in. You have to pay a fee to submit for approval to stain your garage the SAME color it currently is.
The CCR’s are located on Bagwell’s website. If you have 10 hours to waste, go read them.”

I don’t have ten hours to waste. Last I heard, Bagwell’s lots got foreclosed on, Toll Brothers has picked up some of his mortgage notes, which ought¬† to make homeowners in three of the subdivisions perk up: If Toll bought the 26 lots in Broughton, 49 lots in Old Grove and 36 lots in Whittier Heights, they could ask for control of the development, shake things up at the HOA. Life might be groovy again.

Any of my Southlake/Colleyville readers know if the foreclosure has made these communities a more pleasant place to live? And here we thought fore-closure was a bad thing!