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Executive editor Laura Kostelny is not the best photographer—something you are sure to notice right away. On her way to becoming the next Annie Leibovitz (complete with the financial woes!), she spends time browsing home decor shops, talking about deep (and not so deep) things on the patio of the Old Monk, and watching the worst reality programs you can name.

Dallas Designers: Submit Your Colorful Rooms to the Life In Color Contest

Hi, what are you doing? You should stop doing that right now and get to work thinking about the most colorful rooms you have created in the past year or so. Once you’ve made your splashy selects mentally, go here to electronically submit photos and enter our annual Life in Color contest, sponsored by Texas Paint & Color and Benjamin Moore. Got more than one or two colorful spaces? Not a problem. We want them all, and we’re taking entries the entire month of April. Winners get their rooms published in the July/August 2015 issue, a personalized paint color, product discounts, and more!

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Friday Fun With Jim Williamson

I am recovering from the flu, so I’m not going to dilly dally. I’m turning things over to my friend Jim Williamson right this very minute. I hope the yellowish-green pollen that seems to cover everything from my car to even objects in the house has not thrown your allergies into overdrive. (Note to self: maybe keep all the doors closed during beautiful spring days.) On the plus side, yellow is supposed to be in this year.

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Book Club: On Garden Style

Honest minute: I do not have an estate with grounds and gardens and gardeners. I don’t even have a single bit of ground nor a single garden. This is probably a good thing because I am not a person who is capable of caring for—or paying someone to care for—a beautiful outdoor space. So I go running in pretty neighborhoods, and I enjoy the beautiful landscaping while trying to look like I belong there and avoid getting run over by people who roll through stop signs. Sometimes, though, I don’t want to run. Many times, I just want to eat candy and look at pretty things. That’s why I’m currently very excited about my new book, Bunny Wlliams on Garden Style. Here’s what the book promises: “Just as Bunny has taught us, in her many books, how to think about style in the rooms of a house, so, too, in this volume we learn how to fill the rooms of our gardens with character, nuance, and real personality.” Rooms of our gardens! Gardens have rooms? I can’t wait to get my own outdoor rooms someday. In the meantime, I love looking at the beautiful gardens in Connecticut, New York, Maryland, and other East Coast havens. And the tips are the best. On the topic of container gardening, Bunny says, “I think the humble container deserves another audition.” Me, too, Bunny; me, too.

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We Want You For The Life In Color Contest

Actually, we want your super colorful rooms for our annual Life In Color Contest. Here’s how it works: You go here and upload some snaps of the most fabulous vibrant, color-filled space you’ve designed. Have you created more than one stunning room? Can’t choose which is your favorite? No problem. Give us everything you’ve got. We’ll be accepting submissions through April 31—so you don’t have to get down to business today, but you probably should. Because on May 1st, we’ll work with our friends at Texas Paint & Wallpaper and Benjamin Moore to select five lucky winners. The rooms will be published in the May/June issue and the winning designers will get all kinds of glory and prizes. So get to work.

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Book Club: True Grit

Are you the kind of person who hates doing anything alone? I think you should talk to someone. But before you do, why don’t you join a city-wide book club and check out this year’s Big D Reads’ selection, True Grit. Even if you’ve read it before (or seen the movies), you should read it again because there are a ton of fun events around the city planned for the month of April—all centered around this book. I’m talking line dancing, movie viewings, cooking classes, art openings, book discussions, and a whole lot more. Think of all the friends you’ll make. You may never have to do anything alone ever again! Go here for a full rundown of everything you need to know.

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Friday Fun With Jim Williamson

It’s always good to try new things—or so I thought. I decided to try a new dry-spray deodorant I purchased at the drug store. I honestly didn’t think they made spray deodorants for men anymore. I was hoping this one wouldn’t cause those weird stains on my white shirts. I’m certain I only sweat Fiji or Topo Chico and nothing else could possibly be causing those, right? Unfortunately, it turns out that both my new deodorant and hair mousse come in very similarly shaped tall metal cans that both spray. All I can say is my scalp is cool, dry, and comfortable. It smells fresh yet manly. My underarms are slightly sticky, but they have lots of volume.

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Book Club: Saturday Night Live, The Book

I am so excited about Taschen’s Saturday Night Live. The Book. If it’s not raining tomorrow, you will likely see me walking the streets of downtown on my way to the Joule to buy it. Will I be dancing? I don’t know. Will I be singing? Probably. Like pretty much everyone in the world, I am a super fan of all things Saturday Night Live. My sister and I are the Sweeney Sisters. I could read Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests over and over and over again. I continue to hold out hope for the show even when it disappoints because wonderful things like this happen.  So it’s no surprise that I have to own this coffee table tome filled with more than 2,300 images. That’s a lot of pictures, guys. And it’s only $50. You should get one, too. This a coffee table book that all of your guests will actually want to look through, which I guess is kind of a bummer if you don’t like people touching your things. Maybe just stop having people over.

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Friday Fun With Jim Williamson

The date could also explain why the recently repair roof is leaking in not one but four different locations. I just really want to crawl back in the bed. Of course, the fact that my new super soft and luxurious bed linens just arrived from my friend and founder of Tribute Goods, Karen Pulaski, has pretty much everything to do with the urge to return to my bed. These linens are as beautiful as Karen is, and she is pretty stunning. She is also super nice and does a lot of good things for other people. I, on the other hand, am not super nice. I know it’s hard to wrap your mind around that fact. It’s kind of like believing that any kitchen remodel will finish on time, all network shows are well-written, or that Downton Abbey will last forever. But I swear, I was once a nice person. At least I realize that I am less Ellie Goulding (universally acknowledged as a very nice person) and more Ariana Grande Latte.

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