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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.

Friday Fun With Jim Williamson

It’s Friday! You know what that means: It’s time to hear from my friend and yours, Mr. Jim Williamson. Every week (okay, almost every week), I try to bring you some humor, happenings, and helpful hints on living a well-designed life. Today, I thought I would start out with some of my favorite lines from this week’s thought provoking and highly intellectual conversations I’ve witnessed.

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Add Whimsey With Cole & Son’s Whimsical Collection

“Whimsical” is not a word that people generally use to describe me, and I’m okay with that. But I really do love Cole & Son’s new Whimsical collection. It’s pretty and romantic and fun. Take this Paddy & Louis border that features two super cute cats hiding in the molding. How fun is that? And you don’t even have to invest in a litter box.

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Picnic In Style With An Upscale Mobile Bar

You guys, this weather is the best. I just came back to the office after touring some properties, and I was trying to think of reasons to go back out when I came across this item on Outsideonline.com about New York designer Brad Ford and his super cool mobile bar. If I were a lady of leisure, I would organize a fancy picnic, and I would have my personal assistant hitch this mobile whiskey trailer to her Toyota Prius (I like to think that my imaginary personal assistant cares about the environment a whole bunch), and bring it to the empty plot of land I have on reserve solely for picnicking. You would obviously be invited. But I’m not a lady of leisure, so you’re on your own.

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At Home With Tracy Martin Taylor: New Year, New Update

The month of January brings gym membership specials, weight-loss program offers, and the magical Elfa sale to help us organize. This is the time when we want to start fresh. I love to look at my stash of favorite finds and attack one or two. There are many reasons to hold on to certain pieces—maybe the too-small headboard was in the room you grew up in. Maybe you can’t part with your husband’s dad’s well-traveled uncle’s favorite chair from who-knows-where. Maybe you have a steal from the Wisteria sale three years ago that you had absolutely no place for but couldn’t leave the warehouse without. The Salvation Army will not be getting these kinds of items. So what to do? Let’s make a little happy happen—you will be so glad that you did. I can always identify the pieces in a home that have a story, and that’s a good thing. Vow to create a couple new tales to go along with your 2015 Pilates commitment. The stories (and firmer body) will make you smile.

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Bring Your Room Into The Woods

A lot of things make me nervous: live music, plays, overly earnest people, and people who wear hats to name but a few.So you can see why I thought I would hate the newish film Into the Woods. I LOVED IT. Apparently, I’m the only one, as it received basically no love from the Academy. (Thank God for Meryl!) Anyway, in protest, I am thinking of turning my bedroom into an enchanted forest with this mural by Rebecca Rebouche. And then I will sing Lilla Crawford’s part on this. I will, however, remain hatless.

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Friday Fun With Jim Williamson

The end of the first full work week of the year is just hours away. You can all let out a collective, “Ah!” Like many of you, I was not quite ready to return to work after those lovely days off during the holidays. There is something kind of nice about not knowing or caring what time or even what day it is—as long as it is just from a holiday-induced coma and not from an actual or medically-induced coma.

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What Else Would You Do With $50,000?

Once again, let’s pretend that you stumbled across an extra $50,000 that you forgot all about. And let’s say you wanted to devote all of that cash to getting your house up to snuff to maybe put it on the market. What would you do? This week, I’m posing the question to some of Dallas’ top real estate agents, and they give their two cents about your fifty grand.

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