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.

Friday Fun With Jim Williamson

We’re on deadline over here, so I’m going to turn things over to our friend and mentor, Jim Williamson. Last night, I discovered Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter Cups. This is probably not a good thing going into spring/summer. I started with just one, but (isn’t there always a but?) I couldn’t resist the urge for more. I made the trip down those three flights of stairs to the kitchen for another one. Okay, it was really three more. But if no one is there to see you eat something, did you really eat it? It would probably be easier to just keep them near me at all times, say in a decorative Gucci bag marked “For Emergency Only,” but I have convinced myself that the trips up and down the stairs to retrieve the chocolate-and-peanut-butter goodness is helping to burn the calories I am consuming. Perhaps it works even better if I eat and climb the stairs at the same time? Alas, I probably need to do lots more flights of those dang stairs to equal things out in the caloric intake department.

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We Want You (and Your Projects) for Life in Color

Take a  moment and think to yourself about the lovely rooms that you’ve created that feature color. Are you smiling? Are you proud? You should be. Now stop patting yourself on the back and start snapping some photos. Then fill out this so-simple-it’s-ridiculous form and upload those snaps so that you can be a part of the 2014 Life in Color contest, sponsored by Texas Paint and Wallpaper and Benjamin Moore. Contest winners will get their work published in the July/August issue of D Home and a platinum-level discount card to Texas Paint and Wallpaper. And let’s not forget about the glory. One can never forget about the glory.

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Friday Fun With Jim Williamson

It’s Friday. You know what that means. I’m turning things over to my friend and soul mate, Jim Williamson. Sorry I haven’t blogged for awhile. You can blame that on my day job, which I also blame for all this premature gray hair. I could also be suffering from a dreaded case of writer’s block, especially after hearing these amazing lyrics from MTKO on the drive to work,” …Living in a world gone plastic. Baby, you’re so classic.” I mean, how are you going to compete with that?

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Enter the Life In Color Contest Now

April marks the kickoff of our second annual Life in Color contest. Here’s how it works: You are designer who has created a colorful room (or two. Or three!) that you’re dying for the D Home team to see. You will go here to read some contest rules and then you will tell us a little about you and your room and upload some photos for us to have look at. You’re thinking, “Man! I don’t have time to get that room professionally photographed.” Turn that frown upside down,  silly person. Just snap a few shots with your iPhone and send them our way. You have until April 31 to get us the goods. Now you’re asking yourself, “What’s in it for me?” (It’s weird how I can read your mind, right?) Well, you could win the contest and have your work show up in the July/August issue. You’ll also win a special treat from contest sponsors Benjamin Moore and Texas Paint and Wallpaper—a platinum level discount card (with no expiration date!) to Texas Paint & Wallpaper. Okay, now start submitting!

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Friday Fun with Jim Williamson (Saturday Edition)

I have not had a spring break, and if I build up any more stress, I could break. I have been so wound up and under so many deadlines; I think if you touched me, I could break like a porcelain cup dropped on a concrete floor. I am so stressed people ask if I am visiting from New York. But my spring break will come soon enough, and it also happens to coincide with the third anniversary of the first time I met my mate. If you ask my mate how we met, he will most likely say, “He just happened to walk into my living room one day. And I’ve been trying to get him to leave ever since.”

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Friday Fun With Jim Williamson

It’s Friday. I’m sure you’re getting your green outfit together for the big St. Patrick’s Day Parade tomorrow. But take a breather and spend some time with Jim Williamson. I’m I hope everyone has adjusted to the time change. I’m not quite there yet. Forget rise and shine. It has been more like duck and roll back under the covers for me. I do love the extra sunshine, and so does the dog. He gets to have extra playtime at Fair Park. The multitude of blisters on my sockless feet may not have loved it quite as much as the dog, but this, too, shall pass along with a few extra pounds, I hope.

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Bill Booziotis Pays Tribute to AIA Honoree EG Hamilton

EG Hamilton is to receive the AIA Dallas Lifetime Achievement Award at tonight’s Celebrate Architecture event at Klyde Warren Park. His friend and colleague Bill Booziotis has some nice things to say about Hamilton. So without further ado, here he is. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing EG Hamilton for more than 50 years. He started Harrell + Hamilton (which is now OMNIPLAN) 57 years ago, I joined the firm several years thereafter, and we have been friends since.

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Friday Fun with Jim Williamson

Hi. It’s Friday. It’s a beautiful day, and our office is closed. So I’m going to turn things over to your friend and mine, Mr. Jim WilliamsonHello and happy Friday, people. I just returned from LA. I went there to view the new collections from Osborne & Little. They’re really great, but more about those later. Since I am still under a press embargo until the 17th, let’s talk about air travel and then some Valentine’s Day.

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