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Letting you in on an inside secret here at CandysDirt.com. We “nickname” our weekly Monday Morning Millionaire postings the MMM.

When I created CandysDirt, I wanted to post homes on humdrum Mondays that would REALLY  wake readers up. Because, you know, it’s Monday, and you deserve to be blown away. (Come to think of it, we need a Hump Day house, too.) I’ll never forget the reader who told me that when he gets antsy at work he reads my MMM’s or wanders over to SecondShelters.com to check out vacation homes. That’s enough inspiration to make him go back to work, full force, and KILL IT so he can buy his own MMM someday.

Well, according to our analytics, 10770 Inwood Road was the most well-read MMM in 2014. Had we made Deion Sanders place a MMM, that might have beaten it. The Downton Abbey-esque estate at the corner of Inwood Road and Royal Lane in Dallas went on the market but not into MLS last spring. It officially hit MLS in October. Not only did our story on this house get thousands of hits, it had 200,000 shares on Facebook. And oh yes, it’s still available for a mere $6,399,000 reduced for quick sale from $7 million. Which was reduced from $7.7. Get it?

If you have lived in Preston Hollow or the Hockaday Royal/Inwood area for any length of time, you know this house. It is at the southeast corner of Royal Lane and Inwood Road. Kind of looks like Downton Abbey.  Built in 1991 by a physician (Ophthalmologist) and his attorney wife, the home is known for having been completed in stages because the owners said, at the time, (in a Dallas Morning News article I cannot locate) they incurred no debt in buying or building this house. Which is pretty amazing considering that most folks in 1991 wanted it all RIGHT NOW if not a second ago.
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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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Trust us: Not all Christmas shopping is fun. A lot of it is an anxiety-fueled race to the finish line and that is the opposite of fun. So if you’re looking for an excuse to enjoy yourself while doing some legitimate Christmas shopping, look no further than the Bernadette Shaeffler Collection showroom in the Dallas Design District.

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A solid oak reach hook allows the attic ladder to be pulled down and closed easily.

A solid oak reach hook allows the attic ladder to be pulled down and closed easily.

The Dallas market is no stranger to great inventions, from frozen margaritas and ATMs to corny dogs and convenience stores. We have another homegrown success to call our own: Attic Ease. It’s a simple product designed to solve the problem of ugly dangling attic strings. This has filled a big need, because since the product was launched in February 2012, it has sold thousands of kits online and in stores around the country.

Attic Ease was imagined and invented by Dallasite David Jones. He was challenged by his family in 2011 to come up with “something better” than the unattractive and obtrusive attic cords on recessed attic doors that exist in an estimated 80 million homes.

That “something better” offers what Jones calls a simple, efficient, and fashionable solution to an unsightly problem, allowing homeowners to access and stage recessed residential attic stairways. Each Attic Ease kit is a complete system that includes a fashion pull ring to replace the existing cord; a solid oak reach hook that allows the attic ladder to be pulled down and closed; and a fashion storage hook for storing the reach hook when not in use.

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A storied property near the Dallas Design District that fell from a swinging night spot and hotel for rock stars in the 1960s to housing for county prisoners and sex offenders in the 1980s and 1990s may be on the rise again.

According to this Dallas Morning News story first reported by Robert Wilonsky, the Dallas County Commissioners Court sold the old Cabana Motor Hotel / Decker Detention Center yesterday to Lincoln Property Company, the third largest residential property manager in the U.S. The property, located at 899 N. Stemmons Freeway, is 399,000 square feet sitting on 3.275 acres of prime real estate northwest of Downtown Dallas. Lincoln paid $8.7 million (half a million less than the county paid for the place in 1985).

While no one from Lincoln or the county will confirm plans for the property, rumor has it that Lincoln intends to create a residential tower and data center. (more…)

 

Denise McGaha went trend spotting at High Point Market. See what's hot for home decor this season!

Denise McGaha went trend spotting at High Point Market. See what’s hot for home decor this season!

By Denise McGaha
Special Contributor

I have been attending High Point Market for more than five years. High Point Furniture Market is the world’s largest furniture market held twice a year in High Point, N.C., and has over 75,000 attendees. It’s like Fashion Week for the furniture industry, and with all of the manufacturers sharing their new introductions, hosting events and hosting world-class speakers, the excitement level is ultra-high.

I spent 7 days in High Point this trip, so I had a chance to see over 75 showrooms.  I was also honored to be a High Point Style Spotter.  Style Spotters highlight their top 25 “picks” from showrooms. To be “Spotted” is an exciting opportunity for manufacturers because their spotted items are pinned to a High Point Market Pinterest Board and each of these pieces are showcased at the Style Spotters “Live” breakfast as part of the trends presentation each market.

Three distinct trends stood out from the crowd this market. Some were a carryover of trends we saw the last few markets, like gold and brass. But as usual, we see a new color trend every six months without fail. Jump to find out more!

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The Calligaris Studio at Cantoni_shot by David Deleon

Calligaris Studio at Cantoni (Photo: David Deleon)

Last week Wednesday we were hopping all over town, from open houses to D Magazine’s Best Doctor at ZaZa to Cantoni, the modern furniture retailer and design studio, on Alpha Road in North Dallas.

Cantoni threw open their doors to honor the nonprofit Dwell with Dignity and host its highly anticipated fundraiser, ThriftStudio.

Guests indulged in Italian wines, cocktails by Deep Eddy Vodka and VIDA Tequila with bites by Spice of Life Catering, all while enjoying music by DJ Lucy Wrubel. As part of the evening, we got a first look at the new Calligaris Studio at Cantoni, a 1,600 square foot showroom featuring contemporary furnishings, lighting and accessories from the iconic Italian line, which is exclusive to Cantoni in Dallas. It’s a stunning collection, go see it.

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A little luxury on a budget can be achieved with careful design, says Bernadette Schaeffler.

A little luxury on a budget can be achieved with careful design, says Bernadette Schaeffler.

We’re all looking for ways to maximize our style on a budget, but for those who want high-fashion interiors on a dime, it takes some thought and care to do it right.

Interior designer Bernadette Schaeffler says that beautiful rooms don’t have to pull on your purse strings. She offered several great tips to achieving a stylish bedroom on a budget.

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