I grew up in the ’80s, wallpaper’s verifiable heyday. It seemed like anyone who was anyone had wallpaper in pretty much every room in their house, even the laundry room. That was when you could decorate any room in any theme you wanted and the chances of you getting side-eye from your friends was slim.

That’s not the case today, though. Paper went out of fashion in the late ’90s along with pegged jeans and neon accessories. But just like the questionable styles of the ’80s, wallpaper is making a comeback, too. That’s what Texas Paint and Wallpaper’s Marcey White-Pillow claims in this feature on the Coldwell Banker Blue Matter blog.

Wallpaper is a great investment for Metroplex homeowners, [White-Pillow] says, but with a modern twist.

Home buyers aren’t going for the look that their grandmas had. “People aren’t necessarily doing the whole room,” she said. “They pick a great pattern and create an accent wall.”

I totally agree about that. You won’t seen four walls clad with busy floral prints nowadays, but according to White-Pillow (what a name, right? Love it!), Midcentury Modern and “Mad Men” inspired graphic prints like chevrons are finding their way into tastemaker’s homes.

Ceiling Wallpaper

Refrigerator WallpaperI also agree with Marcey that “greige” — a neutral grey — is the best color for homeowners looking for a palette that will attract potential buyers but won’t feel too blah. And if you think that wallpaper is just for walls, well, I’ve seen some pretty fabulous applications on furniture and appliances, too!

While I have yet to try my hand at hanging wallpaper, I spend an awful lot of time on Houzz.com looking at all the fabulous accent walls (and ceilings, too!). Do you think that wallpaper is making a comeback, or are there some decor trends that are better off dead?

We get four more years of President Obama, so in celebration, I pulled this four-bedroom, 4848 square foot home in Hunters Creek in Frisco for your post-election viewing comfort. Did you get that connection there, 4848 square feet?

First of all, this home is one of the most attractive Tudor mini mansions I have seen — nice blend of brick and stone. Built in 2004, it’s as loaded as a Capitol Hill lobbyist. And it’s a handsome home, with a huge foyer, soaring ceilings, and a sweeping, curved stairway upstairs. There are the formals, gourmet kitchen with Butler’s pantry, granite counters and TWO KITCHEN SINKS, four large bedrooms, three and a half baths including a master spa bath, double walk-in closets, trowelled walls, family room, media/game room with wet bar, exercise area and a rear entry three car garage on .5 of an acre. What more do you need? Even the laundry room has a laundry sink. In other words, thoughtfulness, style and space galore.

All for $419,700.

No, that is not a mis print. This is why the suburbs remain the fastest growing part of this area, growth here in Frisco way beyond Dallas. At the current price, you are getting the world for $86 a square foot. 6475 Basilwood is the addy, near 121 and Independence, listed with Barbara Eardley.







I know, I know, we are way overdue for the second installment of “Building With The Boys.” The house is practically graduating from high school. I’ve been bogged down with my own fun plumbing issues: my Groehe faucet in my laundry room blew a gasket and flooded, THANK GOD for water bug sensors. Though I wasn’t home, the alarm company called and the fire department came over: water, water everywhere! Not too happy with the Groehe folks, and they will be hearing from me! Meantime, let’s hear how the pride of Azalea Lane is faring:

It’s been a fast and furious four months since the grim reaper passed down Azalea Lane off Preston and took with it the 1950s mini rancher that we bought last    .  Instead of May flowers resulting from April showers, we saw loads of dirt (Candy’s favorite thing on earth!) moved and the foundation forms tracing the future foot print of our dream home.  Where the half-dead sweet gum tree once stood is now the vicinity of the master bedroom door way.  Good thing it’s gone or getting to bed would have been tricky!  Not an ounce of concrete was poured and we were debating how the sofa configuration would play out in the formal living room.  We like to put the cart before the horse!  But hey… that’s the fun stuff part of building from scratch and having everything “your way”

June’s first big milestone:  a foundation.  As the mercury rose, so did a bunch of sticks. Or as the builders put it, we were vertical. It took just a few days to see what we were getting ourselves into. And thank Saint Joseph the patron of all-things real estate we LOVED what we were seeing.  Side note: how the framers know how all those toothpicks fit together according to the blueprints is mind boggling,  especially with that extreme Texas heat working against them.  (Um, if it were US behind those hammers, there’d be signs of heat-induced delirium in every wall, doorway and rafter.)  Hats off to the unsung framing geniuses out there.

Now put your hat back.  UV rays are dangerous.

July saw the process of pipes, wires, heating/AC (lots of AC please!), and roofing.  Each week was like a [very expensive] birthday… what do we get this week!?  In the last few days, the windows arrived and now the neighbors can start the tongue wagging: will they or won’t they like the new neighbor?  We are now in the heat of deciding cabinetry, brick color, plumbing fixtures, and flooring.  Next time: more on what we discovered and learned during the first 3 months.

In building a house from the ground up, many have asked us if we are about to strangle one another.  In other words, is it stressful? Marriages have been known to dissolve over the stress of building a new house. Have we banged our heads repeatedly against a nail-ridden 2×4?  Do we pine for our last house?  Wish we were in the Virgin Islands drinking margaritas and mojitos?  Yes.  But, only to the latter.  Otherwise, the experience is educational and, more often than not, fun.  We credit our builder, Mark Hayes.

That leads us to the questions we get at every single  cocktail party no matter what is served: would we build new again?  Will we venture back to remodels?  Or buy something already done and just chill?  While our crystal ball is currently out of service, we weigh the pros and cons of each:



A reader writes:¬† “What is your professional opinion of having a washer dryer in a master suite closet? I have had people either love it or hate it, so I had my architect draw up a separate utility room that would be accessible from the kitchen in my home at Westlake. I also have a full size stackable area with a pocket door upstairs so it is not the only W/D area in the home. BTW, great homes, less than $500,000…

Gosh, I’m torn on this. This is like the question, is it better to have the laundry room up or down? (I’m bad: I say, both.) I tend to be a “downstairs laundry” off the garage door type-gal, but when we’ve stayed in vaca homes (like the gorgeous one last weekend, at Cinnamon Shores) where the laundry room was off the master, I loved it. I mean, this is where all the laundry ends up: clothes, towels, sheets. In my perfect home world, I would have the laundry in or off the master and then have a small stack unit in the kitchen for kitchen towels only. I have this thing about laundering kitchen towels (“toallas de cocina”) separately from any other items in my household because I’m so OCD. But others worry about leaks from the machine that might destroy your clothes, or make the closet smell damp. I don’t know, what do you think?