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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Architecture 360: The Making of RTKL’s Retrospect Exhibit

This April we’re celebrating Architecture Month with AIA. Every Wednesday and Friday I’ll be introducing you to a guest blogger who will tell us all about whats happening in the Dallas architecture world. On this lovely Friday we’ve got Clemente Jaquez-Herrera, a designer at RTKL Associates, talking about AIA Dallas’ Retrospect event. 

As designers and architects, it is essential that we consider the significance of the decisions we make in our work. Through AIA Dallas’ Retrospect event, we were given the opportunity to make a social and environmental impact. Our idea for RTKL’s 2014 Retrospect exhibit is to show the connection between architecture and people, the theme for this year’s event, by raising awareness about the use of recyclable materials. We designed an installation of interconnected cardboard modules that create spaces for graphics and live plants. The biodegradable modules could easily be disassembled and then recycled.

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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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Pucker up! The scent of citrus is in the air.

As I stepped out onto my patio this warm and sunny afternoon, I was almost knocked back by an intense fragrance. No, it’s not the backyard chickens, it’s the Meyer lemon. Remember that homemade limoncello I mentioned in last week’s post? Yep, this is the culprit. Here’s a how-to on caring for your own citrus plants. . . so you can make your own limoncello, of course.

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From the Pages of D Home: Treasure Hunters

Costly and chic do not always go hand and hand. If you need evidence to support this statement, Jamie Laubhan-Oliver and Elizabeth Lavin’s “Treasure Hunters” series in D Home should suffice. They’re turning up plenty of chic home pieces, without the price tag.

This month they created lamps out of Home Depot concrete blocks that cost $2.28 each. True story. I’ve got the behind the scenes (iPhone, sorry) photos from their strategy meeting with David Wood, the lamp maker who helped their concrete dreams come true.

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Designer Emily Johnston Larkin’s Favorite Things

Today’s tastemaker Emily Johnston not only has, well, good taste, but she’s a busy gal about town who runs her own successful interior design company as well as the design-inspiration blog Material Girls. She’s also contributed to this blog before in our popular Love It and Leave It series. And that’s not all: She was recently named to our Best Designers list in the current issue of D Home. I asked Emily to carve out some time in her very busy schedule to tell me what she’s loving right now, what inspires her, and where she likes to shop. Here is her list:

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Like Home Tours? Then April is Your Month.

Spring has sprung, the flowers are blooming, and we’re ready to go snooping in some super cool houses thanks to a few home tours this month. We’ve got four big tours scheduled in April, so those who love contemporary design, classical design, or both, will certainly have something to do. Park Cities Historic and Preservation […]

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