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Learn to Trim Your Christmas Tree Like—or From—a Pro

Billy Milner wears many hats — and we’re not just talking about the one in the photo above. He’s an interior designer, a shop owner (his charming Life of Riley home decor and gift shop opened last year in Deep Ellum), and, come Christmastime, the most popular man in Dallas next to Kris Kringle. Billy trims Christmas trees for a regular stable of clients, both in town and across the country. And lucky for us, he shared with our staff his best tips for decorating your tree like a pro, which we spill in our latest issue — online now and on newsstands Nov. 5. (He also styled the beautiful tree that appears on our cover!)

But you’re a hands-on learner, you say? Have no fear: Billy will offer tree-trimming classes at Life of Riley this winter for those who need an in-person demonstration. Stop by the shop or email Billy at to check for class availability.

And if you’re just not the DIY type, Billy still has a few openings for this holiday season. Email him to inquire about his services. He’ll even come back after the season to break down the tree, if you’re so inclined.

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Nate Berkus on Work, Parenthood, and Where He Shops in Dallas

Nationally renowned designer Nate Berkus was in Dallas last week to launch his line of LG kitchen appliances at Nebraska Furniture Mart. The new LG Studio collection of refrigerators, ranges, ovens, and more features industry-leading technology, premium materials, and design innovations Berkus has spent the last two years fine-tuning with the manufacturer.

We caught up with Berkus following a rainy morning spent shopping. (On his itinerary: Forty Five Ten, Nest, Lost Antiques, and White Elephant, where he picked up a pair of candlesticks and a French chaise for his six-month-old daughter’s room.) Over coffee, Berkus shared his thoughts on Dallas style, two decades of his interiors business, and how fatherhood has changed how he views design.

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What We’re Pinning: Workspaces That Wow

Maybe it’s the endless stream of back-to-school photos dominating my Facebook feed that has me in a studious mood. Or perhaps my all-work-and-no-play mentality has been brought on by the annual autumn crunch. (That’s not the sound you make when stepping on fallen leaves; it’s a term I made up to refer to the onslaught of work that occurs during the pre-holiday months.) Whatever the case, I’ve found myself spending a lot of time at my desks, both at the office and at home. And while staring into space, procrastinating on the work I need to accomplish, it hit me: They are both dreadfully lacking in style.

So naturally, I ventured to Pinterest to draw inspiration. I’ve been pinning a plethora of cool workspaces and DIY-able desks to give you (and me) some ideas on how to dress up your desk. Click here to see a selection of my favorites, then follow us on Pinterest for more steal-worthy style.

What We’re Pinning: Brag-Worthy Bathrooms

If you were given $10,000 to spend on any room in your home right now, which would you choose? Would it be your kitchen—the heart of the home? Maybe your master bedroom—a relaxing oasis where you can unwind at the end of the day? Perhaps the living room, so the whole family can have a comfortable spot to kick back.

How many of you said your bathroom? Not many, I’d guess. Bathrooms have a tendency to get left til last, even though it’s a space you use every day. And while, sure, it’s space that has to be functional, that doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful, too. And if you think you don’t spend enough time in your bathroom to make it worth blowing the budget on, think of it this way: Maybe you’d be tempted to spend more time in there if it looked like one of the pretty powder rooms on our Pinterest page! (Jump to access the slideshow of beautiful bathroom inspiration pics!) Soaker tub + soothing surroundings + a copy of the latest D Home = a pretty good way to spend an hour, if you ask me.

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Where to Celebrate National Vinyl Record Day

Do you know what tomorrow is? (Yes, this, but that’s not what I’m referring to.) It’s August 12, aka National Vinyl Record Day! No longer just the purview of hipsters and old-timers, the LP’s recent revival has been well documented. Locally, vinyl has taken a strong foothold in the last year, with the opening of several new record shops and haunts. And though the proliferation of made-up holidays like National Vinyl Record Day is a bit tiresome, we think this is one worth celebrating regardless because who doesn’t love cool new tunes? (Also: air-conditioning, which all of the following places have.) Here are the best spots in town to mark the occasion

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IKEA Recalls Our DIY Malm Dresser

I’m still loving my hacked IKEA nightstand, the one whose transformation I detailed on this blog in one of my DIY Wednesday posts. But this week, the Swedish furniture maker announced a recall on 27 million such Malm dressers, which can tip over if not properly anchored to a wall. Sadly, this resulted in the death of two children in 2014.

Rather than bring your dresser back to the store, IKEA is offering anchor kits to anyone who has purchased a dresser. You can get a kit by visiting an IKEA store, calling 888-966-4532, or visiting

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What Should D Home Test Next?

In every issue of D Home, we road test products or services and bring you the results. We’ve gained weight in an attempt to lose weight. We’ve scoured every grocery store in town looking for the best bargain bouquets. We’ve subjected our bodies to streaky self tans—all in the name of serving you, dear reader. Because you deserve to know what’s worth your hard-earned dollar and what isn’t. In our latest issue, we tried out five clothes hangers to see which were the most functional, most cost-effective, and best performing. (Do you disagree with our results or have a favorite hanger that we didn’t test? Let us know in the comments!)

Now we want to know: What would you like to see us test? What products or services have you always been curious about but never had the time or energy to try yourself? You may see your suggestion in a future issue of D Home!

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What Your Favorite Firework Says About Your Style

As you’re watching fireworks this weekend, the thing you’re likely to hear—aside from the whistle-and-boom of the fireworks themselves and patriotic tunes piped in over your FM dial—is debate over which kind of firework is the best. Maybe you’re a Roman Candle kind of guy. Maybe you prefer the ones that look like giant, glittery weeping willows. Maybe bright colors are your thing. While there’s no wrong answer, your firework fancy does say a lot about you.

We’ve taken five commonly seen fireworks and found a local home design store to match each personality type. So whether you prefer loud and proud or subtle and timeless, you can find furnishings to suit your style. And if you still don’t know where to go for great fireworks shows this weekend, check out D’s exhaustive list.

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How To: Fix a Pulled Stitch

Playing with an energetic puppy is like sunshine for the soul. It’s also, as I learned recently, hell on your jeans. Those precious little paws boast sharp little claws that pull out stitches with amazing aplomb. As do exposed nails, if you’re clumsy enough to graze one in your favorite cardigan. Also the prongs of a ring, as you slip your arm through the sleeve of a loose-knit sweater. I’m not very graceful, is what I’m trying to say.

So what do you do when you have a snagged thread protruding nastily from your clothes?

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