The bad news: Antiques Roadshow won’t return your emails. The good news: There’s another option for appraising your antique finds and hand-me-downs. This weekend, the Dallas Woman’s Forum will host their third-annual Antiques at the Alexander event at the Alexander mansion on Ross Avenue.Full Story
A few years ago, tired of throwing money away on rent, I bought my own place. I was a twenty-something single girl at the time, but I decided that I didn’t need or want to wait for a man to have a mortgage (let me hear you, Beyoncé). It was the best decision I’ve ever made.
I love having my own home to do with what I please. A place where I can host friends and family comfortably. I’m so glad I gave myself the experience of living alone. It’s something I think everyone should do, at least once in their life.
When Margaux asked us to share our personal favorite spaces, I considered a few different areas within my home, but I finally settled on my guest room/office. It might seem funny that my favorite room is the one that typically gets used least often. I’ll tell you the truth: A big reason for that is it’s simply the project I finished most recently, so we’re still in the honeymoon phase. But honestly, since I gave this room a makeover, I find myself spending more time in here—and not just when I’m working.Full Story
Maybe it’s the Texas in us, but we can’t resist a good cowhide rug. They look great in any room of the house, whether on their own or layered with other rugs. They’re just the right mix of rustic charm and modern sophistication. And they never go out of style.
Fortunately, you don’t have to go to Hereford to get one.Full Story
The 86th Annual Academy Awards are this Sunday, and if there’s anything I like more than watching the ceremony and critiquing the nominated films (and the nominees’ fashions), it’s hosting an Oscar-watching party for my fellow movie-loving friends. It’s become a tradition of mine. Each year, I plan a party menu based on the Best Picture contenders. Three years ago, for instance, the menu included True Grits and shrimp, Winter’s Bone-less Buffalo Wings, and dream bars (in honor of Inception). Last year, it was Life of (Lemon Meringue) Pi, Zero Dark Birdie (AKA white-meat chicken nuggets), and fudge (for a PG-ified version of the insult Alan Arkin utters in Argo).
I’m keeping my menu for this year’s shindig a secret for now, but for those of you looking for inspiration for an Oscar Party of your own, here are a few of my favorite ideas.Full Story
As any red-blooded woman’s Pinterest page can attest, gallery walls are a beautiful way to display photos and sentimental items. But real talk: They can be suuuuuuch a nightmare to put up. I’ve probably pinned more pins about tricks and tips for hanging gallery wall frames than anything else.
A few months ago, I decided that I wanted to hang a gallery wall in my bedroom, because I am a glutton for punishment. I spent weeks collecting frames and finally amassed a group—and pictures, prints, and collectibles to go in them—that I felt was worth showcasing. The only problem was that one of my frames (the gold metal one in the foreground of the photo above) was meant for a tabletop. The plastic backing provided no way to attach a screw-in hanger of any kind.
So I visited Aaron Brothers and asked the framing experts there what I could do. “The only thing I could suggest would be the 3M hangers,” said the helpful associate/angel from heaven. Only having used 3M’s line of stick-on hooks before, I wasn’t sure what he was talking about, so I asked him to show me these magical little devices he spoke of. If only I’d realized how my life would change that afternoon.Full Story
As my friends know, I love to host a party. It’s become an annual tradition, for instance, for me to throw a watch party for the Oscars, which is my most favorite of my favorite events. Unfortunately, the din of party chatter inevitably drowns out some of the presentation, which can be frustrating for a film fanatic like me.
Which is why I think I should host a Super Bowl party. You know why? Because I couldn’t care less about the Super Bowl. Watch grown men hurt each other, gladiator-style, for my “enjoyment?” Blech. No thank you. All the more reason to have friends over to catch up, animatedly discuss current events—heck, they could even perform dramatic readings of their diary entries. I really don’t care to see anything that will be happening on the television that evening.
But I will want to eat.Full Story
Oral Fixation is a live storytelling series that takes place monthly at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. (You may have read a story about founder Nicole Stewart in the Dallas Morning News this weekend.) Participants, who audition and are chosen from a group of hopefuls, share short tales from their lives that all relate to a theme. The theme for this month’s performance, which will be held next Monday, Jan. 27, is “Silver Lining.”
Those of you who scored tickets to next week’s show are in for an extra-special treat: Our darling online editor, Margaux Anbouba, will be one of the featured performers. She’ll be sharing a story about her mother’s battle with cancer. We generally know her to be pretty fearless and just all-around awesome, but her willingness to stand up in front of a group of people and share a story — much less one so personal — pretty much has us in awe.Full Story
This morning, I was doing a little “research” and checking out the pictures of Kourtney Kardashian’s home in the latest issue of InStyle. As I was oohing and ahhing over her bold use of black-and-white stripes and her touches of boho-chic (this room just single-handedly inspired a color palate for my in-progress master bedroom), something in her dining room caught my eye: the fabulous gold ram table base.
Not only is it a stunning and unusual foundation for a dining table, it looked strangely familiar. Then I remembered seeing a nearly identical set at Morgan Allen Designs, the new home furnishings shop in the Design District. If you, like Kourtney, are an Aries with an eye for design, or you simply love having oversized animal renderings supporting your furniture, get ready to pony up: They’ll set you back $20,000.Full Story
In case you hadn’t noticed, stones and minerals are hot at the moment. Seems like every store you wander into has agate coasters, crystal embellishments, and stone accents galore.
One of our favorite uses of these natural elements is on decorative boxes, which is the perfect way to blend form and function. Got some spare change or a pile of receipts uglying up your beside table? Throw them in one of these three fabulous catch-alls, and voila! Your home looks fabulous and clutter-free. The best part is, even if your budget is more cubic zirconium or Hope Diamond, there’s a beautiful option in area stores that you can afford. Here are three of our favorites.
New Year’s Eve is all about reinvention and renewal. So this year, instead of serving your guests just plain ol’ Veuve Cliquot and Ace of Spades (read: Cook’s and Andre), why not spice things up with a new twist on the standard Champagne toast? There are a million Champagne cocktail recipes out there—this one, for instance, looks pretty tasty, but who has the time or energy to make your own ginger syrup? Let’s be honest: On nights like New Year’s Eve, you want as few steps as possible between you and your first hangover of 2014.
Herewith, I bring you a simple but delicious Champagne cocktail recipe. In addition to bubbly, it involves upscale ice cream, so I really don’t see any room for complaint.Full Story