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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.”

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I told you we had a rooftop unit at the Residences at the Ritz Carlton, Unit 905, with a potty pad for pups. What I didn’t tell you was that the exterior patio living room in this unit is fit for royalty with the most extensive landscaping, fountains, and furnishings I’ve seen since Tim Headington’s place a few floors… and million dollars … up. The stamp of talented designer to the stars Sherry Hayslip is all over this home, from the jewel-toned chandeliers to the patterned custom carpets. Much of the furniture is also negotiable, and I would barter away for those two etagere cabinets in the living room which were MADE for the space. Talk about knock your socks off! The millions of dollars of art inside those etageres is not, I’m told, for sale.

The real art here, I think, is the whole unit! Very rare to have a three bedroom, three and a half bath with Downtown, Uptown and Trinity River Corridor views — again, like Tim Headington’s, but for a fraction of the price. And no champagne cellar, boo hoo, but the kitchen pantry is large enough to retrofit with a cooler. Besides, there is a wine fridge in there anyhow, and I am limiting my Prosecco consumption. The extras are truly priceless — years of Hayslip’s sophisticated eye in every corner: chandeliers, sconces, wall finishings, draperies, tassels. Custom and premium finishes are way over the top, such as the imported jewel chandeliers, stunning hardwood floors, marble, stone, all windows have electric shades and Lutron lighting system. Chef’s kitchen is enhanced with granite, Wolf, SubZero, that wine chiller I need, ice maker, one of those large farm sinks, and a huge island you don’t find in every Ritz unit. Master retreat is huge– big enough for two beds and boasts a sitting area, his/her closets, jetted soaking tub, dual sinks with a makeup vanity and what I refer to as better than marriage counseling, two commodes.

But the real magic is that outside world on the huge terrace: 1620 square feet, all Lambert’s flawless design with a pergola, fountain, landscaping, irrigating watering system and, of course, a square of green turf for the pups to do their duty. All that’s needed is a once a week hose-down and voila! When the tinkle’s away, the pup will play! How much are they asking for a slice of elegant heaven in the sky? Only $2,999,999. Listed by the cutest hubby and wife team in the world, Bryan and Amanda Crawford. And really, just a drop in the bucket!

One of the most deliciously beautiful estate settings in Preston Hollow has sold. The Ginsburg, formerly Heath (as in BeautiControl) property at 4707 Park Lane closed last week. This hefty sale just may be an omen of what the Dallas spring market will be like: on fire. Actually, that’s a bad choice of words, I guess, because 4707 Park was once the stunning estate home of Dallas billionaire Scott Ginsburg, Chairman and CEO of DG FastChannel as well as Founder of Boardwalk Auto Group. Unfortunately, a devastating fire broke out and totaled the home in 2003.  The fire department had a tough time getting in because of the massive locked gates. Scott lived in an interim house, then he and his darling wife Gina bought 3500 Beverly Drive in Highland Park and the lot next door, in June of 2010. 3500 was the largest and most expensive spec home ever built in Dallas, originally listed for $17.5 million. Scott snatched it up for a wee bit over $11 million.

The 4.66 acre estate at 4707  Park Lane was originally listed at $10.25 million dollars, then reduced to $8.5, then $7.2.
Ginsburg tore down the main residence but retained the guest house (above), tennis court, pool, and 5 car garage.

Ginsburg bought 4707 Park from Dick and Jinger Heath, the founder of BeautiControl Cosmetics, on March 7 of 2000. Ellen Terry handled the sale and it was the most expensive residential sale of a home in Dallas at the time: $22 million. The record was broken, of course, when energy transfer magnate Kelcy Warren snapped up the Lacerte home a little east on Park at 5323 for just under $30 million. That home had been listed for as high as $45 million, listing agent was darling Ralph Randall. Mr. Warren has been busy naming parks and buying real estate in Roatan, Telluride CO and elsewhere, I’m told.

So I know what you all want to know: how much? Everyone around the sale is keeping quite mum, but word on the street is that the entire package went for not quite six million with maybe some other creative thingees from Mr. Ginsburg tossed into the deal — a car, other property? As one observer said: it was the most creative deal I’ve ever seen. Buyers are a lovely family from Arlington Irving who snapped up the estate to build one of their own — he a self-made man who made his fortune in the restaurant business — and to be closer to their children’s private schools in Dallas. From what I’m hearing, the plans are for a contemporary mansion.

The home that burned was a classically styled residence, designed by renown architect Cole Smith who also, of course, created the Lacerte/Warren estate with Orangerie down the street. Designer Sherry Hayslip, tells me it was an incredible moment in her career.

“I was working with an astonishing architect who led us all in understanding the nuances of creating a period building without copying anything,” she says. “It was the real beginning of my learning about classical detailing.”

Some years later, she married that architect. The clients expected excellence, she says, and it was exciting to deliver it. There was also a lot of passion and some hot tempers on all sides but in the end, the final product was a sensational classically detailed house, very elegant. A French architectural specialist, in Dallas to lecture, toured 4707 Park Lane and declared it comparable to a great Parisian residence. The view from the home gazing at the stair-stepped waterfall was one of the most spectacular ever — I’m privileged to have seen it.