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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.

Gifts For The Book Lover: Love Me Back

Perhaps you’ve read some things about local author Merritt Tierce’s debut novel, Love Me Back. People far smarter than I have given their two cents on the book, and I’m not going to do that here. This is a post about consumption, people! So I’m going to encourage you to buy this very dark book for the friend who loves to talk about books as much as she loves to read books. It’s a very fast read—I read it in a single night—and there’s plenty here to discuss. Like, she could talk about it for days and days! Actually, if you could include my email address with the book, I would very much appreciate having more people to talk to about this book. So in the end, by buying this book, you would actually be giving me a holiday treat.

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Friday Fun With Jim Williamson

So let’s just get right to it today shall we? I have shipments to track and schedules to keep. Last night, the party of the night was at the Goop pop-up shop in Highland Park Village with none other than Gwyneth Paltrow herself in attendance. I have to say, it is a great looking space designed by our own design diva, Michelle Nussbaumer, in collaboration with Goop. I would be remiss if I failed to mention the custom modern leather dining chairs we had Cowden Bell make exclusively for the event.They turned out great. Thanks, Cowden!

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Friday Fun With Jim Williamson

We have our first taste of winter—and it’s a big ol’ Texas-sized serving. Are you stoked? I am on the fence about the cold. I do like a change of season, which also means a change of closets, even though I have exactly three pairs of winter pants. Pants and I are having some issues. In my search for new ones, I tried on a lot—all marked as my size—but somehow, they all fit quite differently. Some I couldn’t get past my ankles, others dropped to my ankles, and the final pair required deep breathing exercises to zip. I gave up. I’m thinking of switching to kilts instead.

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The 2014 Arc Award Winners

Do you like winners? Well, you’ve come to the right place. D Home was a proud sponsor of the Dallas Builders Association’s annual Arc Awards. Each year, the best custom builders, remodelers, and trade associates in Dallas come together to celebrate the best accomplishments in the business. After pursuing the list of winners, which you will find below, you should send these notable folks some baked goods (or at least some congrats).

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So long, PegasusAblon. Hello there, Dunhill.

Jennifer Smart over at dallasdesigndistrict.com has a post entitled “A Bittersweet Farewell to the Design District.” The time has come for Dunhill Partners to “realize their own vision” for the Dallas Design District. Here’s what we would like to see: corny dogs, a puppy store (full of rescues!), and a place where you can buy unlimited Beyonce everything. I guess what I’m saying is, give us a call if you need us, Dunhill Partners.

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Friday Fun With Jim Williamson

It is not only Happy Friday—it’s also Happy Halloween! All you fans of the holiday who plan months in advance, I hope you win best costume, or at the very least see the Great Pumpkin. I am not one of those planners of costumes or for Halloween. My craftiness has its limits, and I can’t bring myself to wear one of those costumes whose content label reads “highly flammable” in a very large font. I can scheme the hell out of a room, make a beautiful arrangement, and even cook you a delicious meal, all while chilling your martini glass and stuffing an olive with your favorite cheese and ordering drapery hardware components for an entire house. But when it comes to craftiness, anything past a glue gun and industrial stapler is best left to the professionals.

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Friday Fun With Jim Williamson

“Couldn’t fresh feed” pretty much sums up this week. I keep hitting the reset button, and nothing is happening. What else is happening? I could be suffering from desert withdrawals, as it has been one year since I was in Marfa. I am pretty sure some of you probably read that at first as “dessert,” which is okay because I could definitely do have some issues in that area as well.

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