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.

10 Most Beautiful: 10 Nonesuch Rd.

Sometimes I forget that I am old—probably in itself some form of senility. But then something happens—maybe I find myself thinking something looks cute in a Chico’s commercial or perhaps I simply realize that this is my seventh year to be a part of the 10 Most Beautiful House. Whatever the case, I remember that I am not young. But I still love doing this thing because it’s the basest of contests—we really don’t care about anything other than how the house looks. We just run the roads and pick out homes we like without a care as to who lives there, what interior design travesties may or may not be going on inside, and /or who built it.

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Friday Fun With Jim Williamson

When I woke up this morning, I almost thought I was in another city. What a relief to have a cool breeze in mid-July! And speaking of a cool breeze,I was at dinner last night to catch up with my “cousin”—in town from San Francisco along with other assorted friends and family—and I felt like I was under the actual Polar Vortex because that AC must have been set on the Ice Age setting. Maybe they set it so low to keep the margaritas from melting? It didn’t work on mine. But whatever the reason, you have to eat fast before the cheese gets hard. There’s nothing worse than cold Tex-Mex.

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Friday Fun With Jim Williamson

It’s time to get real up in here and give you the lowdown on what has been going on since we last spoke. First, we had my birthday. Yay! Another year old and wiser, but hopefully, I’m still just as fun. I think the fun part might be doubtful but certainly hopeful. I kept it low key with dinner at Kitchen LTO with just Max since we had just finished hosting the annual 4th of July party. More on that in a minute.

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Friday Fun With Jim Williamson

The week started out okay. It was much like any other except that I had to go to Houston via a one-way ticket. My return trip was via U-Haul. But more on that later. We arrived at the airport at 12:15 p.m., ready to board our flight. But our flight wasn’t ready for us. It had been cancelled and rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. I had no intention of waiting for five hours in an airport just to get to Houston, so we tried for standby on the next available flight. The attendant said, “It doesn’t look promising, but hang loose.” We did, and we got on the next flight.

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Friday Fun With Jim Williamson

My roof deck is, for the most part, complete. It still needs to be re-stained, but at least I can walk on it. More importantly, I can nap on it. When it was done, I was so excited that I did a tap dance routine I learned when I was 6. It was originally choreographed to “In Your Easter Bonnet,” but it also adapts quite well to “Best Friend” by Foster the People. I am happy to teach this routine at any time, but instruction comes with a warning: Don’t ever do it in front of someone you think you may want to make out with at any point in time. You can’t un-see some things.

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Friday Fun With Jim Williamson

Hello, good people! I’m so happy it’s the weekend, aren’t you? I’m going to turn things over to Jim Williamson while I figure out something delicious I should eat for dinner. It’s Friday, and I have just finish walking the Oz for an hour in our much loved Fair Park. That’s right. I am not physically at work. I’m writing this in my kitchen while wearing sweaty jogging clothes. I was gong to mention the brand, but I don’t want to polarize anyone. That just gave it away, didn’t it? It sounds kind of gross but it feels great.

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Friday Fun With Jim Williamson

Hello. We have just finished a magazine. I am very tired. So I am going to turn things over to our friend Jim Williamson who will tell you about his European adventures. Part Due is late. I was desperately trying to get my happy on last Friday so I could share some happy with you, but it was not happening. This could be due in no small part to what a designer and I have now nicknamed “those damn sconces.” By Monday, they had pretty much become “f’ing sconces.” But I am happy to report that as of today, I think we have reached a happy place and proper wattage.

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Friday Fun With Jim Williamson

I know. I promised on a stack of shelter magazines that I wouldn’t talk about, you know, bodily stuff anymore, but does flying international make anyone else gassy? No? Now on to the highly anticipated recap of my spring adventure or what could also be called “The Great Grappapolloza,” as I was introduced to this sweet nectar from various regions and of varying ages by our ever-so-pleasant host for the holidays. They say a grappa a day keeps the doctor away. It also does wonders for jet lag by making you completely forget you have it. I just wanted to point this out now because my recollection of certain events might be slightly altered. We will also have to make this the first of a two-part series or Laura might decide to beat me with a gondola.

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Click It Now: Texas Paint and Wallpaper’s New Website

Get ready to add a new site to your list of favorites. Texaspaint.com is the new destination for design enthusiasts by both trade and hobby who are looking for inspiration and expertise. Danna Lockett, owner of Texas Paint and Wallpaper, worked with Dallas content marketing agency, D Custom, to create a new site that provides different experiences and content for three different audiences: home owners, trade professionals, and paint contractors. So whether you were born with a paintbrush in your hand or you have never been around an open can of paint, this site is for you. It’s super easy to navigate, and thanks to informative takes on trends and photo galleries, a splash of color will become palatable to even those who previously feared anything other than beige. But it’s not all pretty pictures. The site is also home to a ton of industry knowledge and everything you need to know about the great products the store offers.  The good folks at Texas Paint and Wallpaper answer questions about how to shop for paints and hues that will suit your every need. They also recommend folks you need to add to your Rolodex. “Our new logo and website signify a new chapter in Texas Paint and Wallpaper’s history. Of course, we’ll continue to maintain the great customer service and quality products that we have become known for,” Danna says. “I’m so pleased to have an interactive site where customers can go and find information on everything from color selections to a list of quality painters they can hire.” So stop what you’re doing, and click here already to check it all out.

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