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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.

Book Club: The Perfect Letter

Are you the kind of person who would spend two hours on a Monday night and an additional hour on a Tuesday night watching a documentary program called The Bachelorette? Have I got the book for you! Master of The Bachelor/Bachelorette Ceremonies Chris Harrison has written a romance novel called The Perfect Letter. I confess, I have not read it because 1) I do not believe in true love and 2) I do not have a copy yet. But from the reviews—okay, I only read this one—it doesn’t sound bad! I will be getting a signed copy on Thursday night (brag alert!!), and I will read it over the weekend if anyone would like to form a book club with roses and rose water and Rosé and discuss.

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Friday Fun With Jim Williamson

And now it’s time to hear from our friend Jim Williamson. It’s recap time, and you know you love some recaps because something almost always happens. I will try and do a quick recap as I have to pull drapery fabrics for a client in Austin; select some new pieces from our awesome new furniture line, Powell & Bonnell, that will arriving soon; and I also have to talk to my real estate agent about listing my condo. (My NYC friends would say “Oh no, darling! You simple must say ‘apartment’ or ‘townhome.’ Please don’t be gauche.”)

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Book Club: The Light of London

I bet you have exciting plans for Memorial Day. I don’t. Don’t worry about me, however. I will probably watch a Real Housewives/Southern Charm marathon. And speaking of marathons, did you know that I signed up for the London Marathon lottery? I did. London is my favorite city in the whole world, and I figure if I’m going to run 26.2 miles again, I should do it in a place that I really love. I don’t find out until October whether I got in, but in the meantime, I will place The Light of London on the treadmill at Fancy Gym (aka Equinox), and train in mind and spirit. If you see me there next weekend, it couldn’t hurt to speak to me in an English accent. Ta.

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Book Club: The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind The Original Film

If you read the internet you have surely seen “May the fourth be with you” a whole lot today. You might be over it. Too bad. I’m here to tell you about a young girl from the mean streets of Beaumont, Texas, who was OBSESSED with the Star Wars movies. She saw Empire Strikes Back about eight times when it came out. Remember, this is the early 1980s. You had to go to the movie theater to see movies back in those days.  In her spare time, she worked on a screenplay that was about 1,000 times better than Return of the Jedi. (Her story focused on a new character, Princess Leia’s hilarious, smart-talking junior-highish-age sister, played by a young ingenue/writer/actress from Beaumont, Texas but living in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia.) This young lady also had a feeling that George Lucas was following her around to make sure that she was right for his films. (She also had some ideas for some Raiders of the Lost Ark sequels.) This girl wore this for several Halloweens (and a lot of other days, too) and was sad when NO ONE knew who she was. Okay, that weirdo was me. My sister and I have probably watched Star Wars 1,000 times, and even today we can make ourselves laugh and laugh when we speak in Carrie Fisher’s bad British accent: “Governor Tark, I should have expected to find you holding Vader’s leash. I recognized your foul stench when I was brought on board.” Anyway, that’s all a really long way of saying, Star Wars was a huge part of my childhood, and  I want this book right now.

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Friday Fun With Jim Williamson

Sorry about not posting last week. Mr. Jim was in the guestroom (aka: the infirmary) with a not-very-nice-respiratory thing. I’m on the mend and working but this thing is still lurking around like a Hollywood stalker and making me sound like Jessa from Girls after a particularly rough night of smoking and drinking combined with a very elderly person with pneumonia. Yes, it is just that attractive. However, I can now do a great jazz number with my new husky voice. I’ll take requests after 5 p.m.

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Book Club: The Best of People Weekly/The First Decade

Did you know that actress-singer Ronee Blakley and German film director Wim Wenders married in Caldwell, Idaho in 1979 and their marriage only lasted 12 months? Do you know who actress-singer Ronee Blakley is? I’m betting the answer to both of those questions is a resounding “No.” But if you had The Best of People/The First Decade you could learn about that, read about Miss Piggy, check out covers featuring C-3PO and ET, and read long articles about Patricia Neal and Irene Gubrud. It really is a super fun book for any Gen Xer who grew up with a mom who got a subscription every week. It was published in 1984 (around the time most of the D Home team was born—aside from sad old me. Yay!), and it’s full of good stuff about Alan Alda, Jane Fonda, Michael Jackson, Liz Taylor, Ed Asner, and so many more folks that maybe you haven’t thought about in a while. Whenever I have company, they are drawn to this book (as well as Glamour’s Big Book of Dos and Don’ts, also vintage) because it’s hilarious. So that’s my recommendation for the day: Go check out that vintage coffee table books at Half Price Books, get some that make you happy, and then mix them in with your fancy Tom Ford book.

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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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