Interior design fails

Published July 31, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

As we all know, sometimes people fail so hard, they win. I love interior design, and I think it dovetails so naturally with my job that I spend a lot of time working on my "amateur interior design" degree (which basically means that I've never met an interior design magazine that I don't love). I do love when good intentions turn into interior design horrors. Enjoy this gallery of epic interior design fails. I mean, the toilet skirt might actually be my favorite!

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Crown molding ideas

Published July 30, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

Crown molding can make such a difference in a room. It adds that touch of elegance and style that truly finishes off a home. There are, of course, limitless styles of molding from which to choose, but I particularly like the options featured in this gallery. Crown molding can actually be a surprisingly easy do-it-yourself project as well.

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How to repaint your metal mailbox

Published July 28, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

The temperature extremes can really do a number on a once-shiny mailbox. It can be more costly than you would expect to hire a professional painter for such a small job, so don't be afraid to take matter into your own hands. In just a couple of hours, you can restore your mailbox to its former state of letter-collecting glory. This article explains step-by-step how to get a pro painting job on your own.

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Best home ice cream makers

Published July 27, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

Nothing tastes better in the summer than a bowl of delicious ice cream. After the Blue Bell scare, many people have decided to simply make their own ice cream at home. It's surprisingly easy, and the flavor combinations are as limitless as your imagination. You don't have to spend a fortune to get a great machine that will keep your house screaming for ice cream. Here are five of the best-rated ice cream makers on the market.

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Beat summer boredom

Published July 24, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

The newness of summer has worn off, and many kiddos are hitting that antsy, bored stage with a month still to go before school starts. If you are running out of ideas (and out of money for camps!) these ideas may help you infuse some fun back into the final weeks of summer.

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How to help your home beat the heat

Published July 24, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

There's no question that we have entered the truly brutal phase of a Texas summer. 100+ degree days have become the norm, and if your house is like mine, the air conditioner is struggling to keep up. Here are some good tips for keeping your house cool during the dog days of summer.

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How to help your wood fence go the distance

Published July 16, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

Upgrading to a nice board-on-board fence can make a dramatic difference in the appearance of your backyard. Keeping it looking nice is another matter entirely. It is surprising how quickly a newly-stained, beautiful fence can begin to look weathered and gray. While it's impossible to completely protect your wood from the elements--particularly in a part of the country with temperature extremes like in Texas--but regular maintenance can keep it looking great for many years. Here is an article...

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Delicious recipes for hosting a summer gathering

Published July 16, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

Our palates tend to naturally shift in the summer to lighter, fresher fare to help our bodies combat the stifling heat. Accordingly, your hosting menu will look quite a bit different than it will in just a few short months. If you feel like you have exhausted your list of go-to summer goodies, here is a list of delicious light and refreshing dishes sure to please your guests-and your family.

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Best portable wireless speakers

Published July 14, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

Having a reliable and great-sounding method of playing music from your iPhone while hosting an outdoor gathering is a must! Many newer homes come equipped with a built-in bluetooth stereo system. The wired speaker systems in older homes are often cumbersome with today's technology, requiring add-in gadgets to make them compatible. I am all about easy and cost-effective solutions, so I am a big fan of investing in a good portable wireless speaker that puts out great volume and sound so all you...

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Getting rid of poison ivy

Published July 9, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

Poison ivy is the mosquito of foliage. So annoying, hard to get rid of and seemingly everywhere in the summer. But you don't have to surrender your garden to this pest. While getting rid of poison ivy without winding up itching from head to toe (or killing the plants you DO want) can be challenging, this guide helps you know how to say goodbye to poison ivy and hello to a beautiful yard and garden.

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De-clutter your home today!

Published July 7, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

It's so hot outside that it's a great time to shut yourself indoors and start to de-clutter your home. I am on the path to minimalism, and few things bring me greater joy than bagging up stuff I know we do not need and sending it on to greener pastures. It can be very difficult to even know where to begin such a mission, so this great guide walks you through tips on de-cluttering each room in your home.

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How to paint like a boss

Published July 6, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

Many a realtor have suggested a fresh coat (or color) of paint for one or many rooms to help prepare a home for sale. Many a client has decided to undertake that task themselves. Many a realtor has cringed at the thought, because let's face it--professional painters are professionals for a reason. A DIY paint job often looks like, well, a do it yourself paint job. But these great tips can help you get the professional results you are looking for without paying a professional to do the job for...

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Basements in Texas?

Published July 3, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

If you are moving from the midwest, it can be quite a surprise to find that Texas homes generally don't have basements. For those of you who fully expect one or more of your children to live in your basement until middle age, you may want to get cracking on building a basement in your next home! This article explains in good detail why Texas homes have not traditionally had basements but also why if a basement is your fancy, it can be done!

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Should you opt for a three-car garage?

Published July 2, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

In Dallas, lot sizes are often at a premium, and when you upsize your garage, you may have to downsize your downstairs floor plan. Whether you plan to use the third car area for storage or for your new driver's first car, a 3-car garage definitely has its benefits. If you are considering building a home or adding on to an existing garage, this article will help you think through the considerations of a larger garage, including what you may be able to get back on that investment when you ultimately...

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How to know if it is the right time to upsize your home

Published June 30, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

While you may have your dream home in mind, it can still be a daunting proposition to take on the additional mortgage and logistics of a move to a larger home. The reality is that if your current home isn't suiting your family's needs, it may be time to think of a move. Here are some of the prevailing factors that drive a move to a larger home. If you are thinking along those lines already, this article may help you decide whether now is the right time for you or not. Of course, if you do decide...

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Custom Bunk Beds

Published June 26, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

Now that I have two boys, I have resurrected my dream of a room with custom built-in bunk beds. I love the idea of them sharing a room, at the very least for the negotiation skills they'll be forced to develop! Even if they don't, I think custom bunk beds look awesome and are definitely highly functional when it comes to sleepovers or guests. Check out these custom bunk bed ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

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Kitchen storage hacks

Published June 24, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

While we are on the topic of household storage ideas, I will always fondly remember my first apartment, complete with a tiny kitchen where I learned to boil water. A few cooking lessons later and I could confidently make a meal for someone else without having them sign a medical release form. I learned to live-and cook-in that tiny space and love this article about making the most out of every inch.

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Shoe storage ideas

Published June 23, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

We all dream of that incredible custom-built closet with a perfect home for every gorgeous pair of shoes we own. However, in reality many of us have somewhat limited storage space and wind up with shoes piled up on our closet floor. I am always on the lookout for fun home and closet organization and storage ideas, and I like this list of ways to store and organize your shoe collection.

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Heat tolerant flowers for your summer garden

Published June 17, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

Despite the rain, it's getting HOT in Texas. If your yard is anything like mine, those lovely spring flowers are looking pretty peaked by now. As you decide what flowers to plant for the summer months, take a look at this list to help know what budding beauties can go the distance when July and August turn up the heat.

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How often should your roof be inspected?

Published June 17, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

It's easy to forget about your roof until there's a problem. Don't wait for a leak to stay on top of the thing that is your home's first line of defense against the elements. Whether you decided to pull out the ladder and get up there yourself (please be careful if you do!) or whether you leave it to the professionals to diagnose and repair any potential issues, be sure to have it inspected annually, or at the least every 2-3 years. This article explains why roof inspection is so important and...

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Open House Today!

Published June 14, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

10811 Stone Canyon
Listed for $529,900
Open Sunday, June 14 1-3 pm

This new listing by The Provenzano Group has been extensively updated throughout. From new A/C units to new carpet, new hot water heaters and a new roof in 2012, the property boasts a long list of upgrades sure to attract a buyer.  Featuring an open floor plan and an abundance of natural light, the property enjoys a seamless flow from room to room that's ideal for entertaining with two living areas and two dining. Generous guest...

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Bad listing photos

Published June 11, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

I am such a sucker for real estate comedy (and no, that is not an oxymoron!). I love hearing horror stories of bad showings, nightmare negotiations and the like. I count myself very fortunate to work with wonderful clients. While I wish I could pony up my own tales of real estate comedic gold, I have to live vicariously through other agents for that. Here are some great (horrible) MLS listing photos to add some humor your (MY) day. :)

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How to create a cozy home

Published June 10, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

While my personal style for home decor tends to trend toward minimalism, I always love going into homes that instantly make you feel cozy. Here are some great decorating tips to strike the perfect balance of cozy without clutter. I am definitely going to incorporate some of these into my personal design.

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Housing trends in 2015

Published June 9, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

It can be hard to keep your finger on the pulse of what's hot in the world of home interior and exterior decisions. Open floor plans? Stainless appliances? Granite countertops? Hand scraped hardwoods? Trends seem to come and go so quickly that it can leave your head spinning as you try to sort through how to finish out your home. This article hits the highlights of what is hot in housing trends for 2015. 21 Hot Housing Trends for 2015

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The best time of year to buy everything

Published May 27, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

We all know that the best time to buy a car is at the end of the month and that you will save money if you buy your ski gear in July instead of January. But there is actually a "best time of year" to buy, well, everything! I love being a savvy shopper, so I really enjoyed perusing this Business Insider article that outlines the best times to save on your purchases, both big and small.

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Water damage on wood floors

Published May 26, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

The flash flooding over the weekend caused more destruction in Texas than I think anybody could have imagined. Our hearts go out to the families who have suffered losses in the floods. Property damage of, course pales, in comparison to the safety of the individuals living inside. Whether from flood damage, washer leaks or spills, there are few more unpleasant feelings than staring at standing water on your beautiful hardwood floors. While there is a good chance that wood floors that have gotten...

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Racial diversity in US counties

Published May 24, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

Having hailed from the northeast, it was definitely a bit of a change to discover how different racial and ethnic diversity is in Texas. I think it's always interesting, particularly as a real estate agent, to explore how racial diversity plays out in different areas. This article examines various areas in the US in terms of the racial diversity and what that means for its residents. I would love to see Dallas move to a place of greater diversity within neighborhoods. And I would love your opinions...

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The big green egg: worth it?

Published May 24, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

So the big green egg has been at the top of many grill masters' lists in recent years, and as father's day approaches, it may be on your favorite dad's list! Before you buy one, here's a good look at the pros and cons of the big green egg! I'd love to hear from you if you have one--do you love it? Would you buy one again?

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Top rated home security systems

Published May 24, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

There have been so wonderful advances in home security in recent years that it can be hard to keep up with all your options! From being able to remotely lock your doors and turn on your lights to being able to keep an eye on your front porch from your office, it's easier than ever to keep things secure when you cannot be there. This article reviews some of the most popular electronic home security systems to help you know what type of system may be best for you.

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Housewarming party ideas

Published May 24, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

So you have moved into a new home, and you are looking forward to meeting your new neighbors and sharing your hew house with friends and family. What better way to kick off a new abode than a housewarming party? This article from The Nest outlines a surefire way to through a perfect bash in your new house!

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Summer home decor

Published May 15, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

It's always fun to usher in the new seasons with a change in home decor. Keeping up with the calendar doesn't have to mean big or expensive changes.  I love these ideas for bringing that perfect summer touch to your home without breaking the bank!

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Great and easy party appetizers

Published May 13, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

If the floods ever stop, we will finally be able to enjoy the first hints of summer! It's such a fun and socially active time of year, and I know many of us love to host parties. I am always on the lookout for some simple, easy crowd-pleasing appetizers for summer gatherings. This great Southern Living article has excellent ideas and recipes for treats sure to please! 

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Keep your grass looking great

Published May 13, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

This incredibly wet spring has been a blessing and a curse for many yards. While the wet conditions have allowed for great root growth, it unfortunately also provides a perfect environment for lawn fungus. It starts as small discolored circles in the lawn and can quickly take over if it isn't stopped quickly. This article outlines what to do to keep your lawn fungus-free - and to stop an existing outbreak.

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She Sheds

Published May 12, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

In the last decade, the "man cave" became a must-have for many buyers. The ladies are now evening the score with a funny new concept--the "she-shed." It's a nice little back yard escape to indulge your favorite "me-time" - from crafting to painting to pottery to just a silent place to sit and read, many ladies are building she-sheds. This article shows some great uses for this new trend.

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Contesting your property tax assessment

Published May 6, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

Clients often have questions about their property tax assessments, particularly if there is a particular jump in tax appraisal value from one year to the next. It is possible to successfully contest the appraisal, and now is the time to do it, as the 2015 assessments have begun. This article walks you through first how property tax assessments are made and then the rough outline of how to successfully contest them.

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Mosquitos be gone!

Published May 4, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

Mosquitos are just the worst. Nothing ruins a great summer evening quite like being swarmed by those annoying (and potentially dangerous) pests. People go to great lengths to try to rid themselves of bites--from sprays to bracelets to spending hundreds to thousands on having mosquito repellent systems installed. In my book, if a mosquito misting system is effective, it just may be worth every penny. This Article by the Environmental Protection Agency provides great information about these systems...

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Streamline your kitchen

Published May 1, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

While I love all the conveniences that modern technology has to offer, I also hate clutter. These two sentiments come to a head on my kitchen counters, as the latest and greatest gadgets threaten to drown out the calm, clutter-free environment in which I try to live. I loved this article that helps you distill down your appliances to those which actually deserve a place on your coveted counter space.

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Storing your child's artwork

Published April 29, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

Now that Aiden is of the age where he is creating all sorts of "art" on a daily basis, it's hard to figure out what to do with all of his masterpieces. This article is a great resource for helping you to sort through the wonderful creations and display them well in your home.

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Home staging tips

Published April 28, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

I always love to read home staging advice articles, as the importance of staging a home well cannot be understated. When I work with a client on preparing a home for sale, I have a team of experts at my disposal to help make sure the house is able to put its best foot forward for listing. While nothing can compare with a staging checklist tailored for your individual home, I believe this article serves as an excellent starting point for things to do to make your house listing-ready.

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Tony Horton - A Dallas Wood Magician

Published April 27, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

The Provenzano Group team had the pleasure of being invited to the Tony Horton Collection's gallery near downtown Dallas. We absolutely loved our private tour of the incredible works of art that Tony has created out of all types of wood. From wall installations to desks, coffee tables, dining tables and more, it was very easy to fall in love with so much of what his collection has to offer. If you are looking for a new statement piece for your home, you won't be disappointed by what Tony has...

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Effective organic weed killers for your lawn

Published April 22, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

Now that spring is in full swing, not only are our yards thriving, but often our weeds are as well. My idea of a fun afternoon does NOT involve crawling around my yard pulling out weeds. We have made the decision to stay away from chemical pesticides, even though the thought of zapping those little suckers with a squirt of Round Up can be tempting. But there really is a better-and almost as easy-way to rid your yard of unwanted visitors. This article outlines 8 great homemade weed killers sure...

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Create a home gym on a budget

Published April 22, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

It can be tricky to get to the gym if you are a working parent of small children (or even if you're not!). You don't want to spend precious time outside of work at the gym when your little ones are awake, and you can't very well leave them at home alone after they fall asleep. Many stay-at-home parents would love the option to work out during a child's nap time. This makes a home workout environment a very attractive option for many people. Plus, you save the time on the drive to and from the...

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Pool toys for big kids

Published April 20, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

When we think of pool toys, we generally envision water guns and dive rings. But this summer the fun in your pool doesn't have to be limited to the kids. Here are some great ideas for adult-friendly pool toys and gadgets. They would make a great pool warming gift or could be a fun summer birthday gift for a pool owner.

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Design mistakes to avoid

Published April 16, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

One of the most fun elements of my job as a realtor is getting to see my clients' personalities come out in the decor that they choose for their homes. While I am not an interior designer, I have learned a great deal from the wonderful stagers and designers I have worked with over the years. This article sums up some of the key things I have learned in terms of design mistakes to avoid, without having to sacrifice your individual flair.

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Fun DIY home decor and organization ideas

Published April 16, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

I am always on the lookout for great DIY ideas for keeping our home organized and looking good. I love these 58 creative and fun ideas for repurposing items you likely already own to help whip your home into shape! I'd love to hear from you with your own DIY ideas, and I'll feature my favorite next month!

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Are energy-efficient windows worth the cost?

Published April 14, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

If you are choosing windows for a new home or are thinking of upgrading your existing windows, you have likely thought about installing energy-efficient windows. While the initial investment is significantly higher than traditional single-pane windows, the comfort and energy bill savings may make it a worthy investment in the long-run. This article will help you think through the advantages and disadvantages of energy-efficient windows to help you decide whether they are right for your home.

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Welcoming new neighbors

Published April 13, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

It's definitely the peak season for real estate in Dallas, and you stand a good chance of having new neighbors move in next to you soon. While times have changed, a welcome to the neighborhood gift never goes out of style. You don't have to spend a lot of time or money to find the perfect way to welcome your new neighbors. Even though moving is a hectic time, they will greatly appreciate the thoughtfulness and will remember it for years to come. Check out these great welcome gift ideas.

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Allergy-Proof Your Home

Published April 10, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, the trees are all turning green. 80% of the Americans are rejoicing at these first signs of spring. The rest of us are an itchy-eyed, stuffy-nosed allergy-ridden hot mess. While you can't shut out Spring, you can help to shut out allergies in your home by following these fantastic tips from the Mayo Clinic.

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Keep electric bills low this summer!

Published April 8, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

Now that the thermometer is starting to rise as summer approaches, it's time to start thinking of ways to make your home as energy-efficient as possible to save on your bills--and to help be a wise steward of our Earth. These great tips from myenergy will help you start good habits now to really save when the Texas summer heats up!

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Relaxing on the porch

Published April 7, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

Relaxing in a rocker on a pretty front porch is a southern rite of passage. In recent years, homes have begun to return to once again embrace the front porch as both a beautiful aesthetic and as a way to slow down and connect with neighbors. If your home is porchless, it does not have to stay that way. This gallery shows a variety of before and after photos of homes who have had porches added on. Take a look and think about adding your own slice of southern charm to your home.

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Made in the shade

Published April 6, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

As summer approaches, images of backyard barbecues and iced tea on the patio come to mind. Don't let too much sun ruin your fun. There are a wide range of pergolas, patio covers and awnings that can help you make sure your outdoor gatherings are made in the shade. Not only will a good covered outdoor entertainment area help you enjoy your yard, but it will also help make your space more attractive to future buyers. Here is a great Landscaping Network article that links to many options in all...

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Make your home (birthday) party central

Published April 2, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

The idea of hosting your child's birthday party in your home can seem daunting, but some of the most original, fun and memorable parties we have been to have been in-home theme birthday parties. You don't have to break the bank to pull off fun, creative decor, games and treats. Here are some great ideas to host a great party at home--without breaking the bank!

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Sectional vs. Sofa?

Published April 1, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

I used to be very anti-sectional, as I thought they just couldn't hold a candle to the style of a sofa-and-chairs combination for seating options. In recent years, some of my favorite listings have boasted stylish sectionals that buyers have actually wished to negotiate to keep with the house. It really all boils down to the space you are trying to decorate. In the right room with the right shape and flow, a sectional can be the perfect choice--and with endless configurations, styles, colors...

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Wine storage and display for your home

Published April 1, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

Whether you are an occasional wine drinker or a frequent enthusiast, adding an attractive and functional wine storage feature to your home can not only help you make the most of your wine, but it can help to make the most of your home's resale value. There are a variety of levels and budgets in which you can operate when deciding what type of wine storage is right for you. This Zillow blog post will take you through a number of options to consider

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Bonus rooms: bonus or bogus? You decide!

Published March 26, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

The bonus room--one of the great real estate mysteries of our time. I have seen many a house with a bonus room in my time, and one thing has become clear--many people don't really know what to do with them. Often too small to be a bedroom or a game room, they tend to default into a makeshift on-site storage facility. Well, take back the reins and make that bonus room a true bonus for your home. Whether it's a well-designed additional office space, a small guest room, a movie room or just a cool...

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Preston Center-the new Dallas hip

Published March 25, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

Preston Hollow and the Park Cities. When most Dallas-ites think of those areas, many positive adjectives come to mind, but "cutting edge" and "hip" aren't necessarily on the list. Those are typically reserved for Bishop Arts, Trinity Groves and the like. Well, that has begun to change. While it's true that there is generally a more traditional vibe to the establishments that Preston Hollow and the Park Cities seem to draw, some pretty awesome new eateries that will satisfy the hippest "foodie"...

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Don't forget to stage your . . . laundry room(??)

Published March 23, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

We all know the importance of curb appeal and staging when you list your home for sale. The rooms that come to mind with staging don't often include the laundry room, but believe it or not that is becoming a very important differentiating factors for buyers. When you prepare your home for sale, leave a little room in the budget to give your laundry room a facelift--it will likely be a featured room in your online photo gallery. Check out these great staged laundry rooms

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Refresh the look (and functionality) of your master bedroom

Published March 20, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

When budgeting for home renovations, we typically tend to spend in the most high-traffic areas (think kitchen, living room, outdoor living spaces). While it makes sense to focus first on those areas, they often require a relatively high spend to make a difference (countertops aren't cheap.) Your master bedroom is actually the area of your home in which you spend the most time (albeit a lot of that with your eyes closed.) But you start and end your day there, and you deserve to love that space...

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Dallas Blooms

Published March 18, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

Now that Icemageddon 2015 is finally in the rearview mirror, our next stop is the Dallas Arboretum to check out the Dallas Blooms (over 500,000 gorgeous blooms) and Children's Garden. If you haven't been yet, steal a Spring afternoon with your crew and enjoy all that the Dallas Arboretum has to offer.

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2015 Early Real Estate Trends

Published March 17, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

2015 is coming in with a bang for sellers--February showed home prices up 9% in North Texas over the February 2014 levels. Inventory is relatively low and prices are high, creating an ideal market to list your house for sale. If you are thinking of selling, I would definitely encourage you to strike while the iron is hot. The low inventory can be discouraging to buyers, but The Provenzano Group has a solid network of hip-pocket listings, so not only are we poised to help you gain top dollar on...

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Perfect Housewarming Gifts

Published March 17, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

When friends move into a new home, it's always fun to pop by with a great gift that they will use and remember. Think beyond the simple bottle of wine and take a look at some of these unique, useful gifts that will be sure to keep you on the guest list for years to come. 

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DJ Doorbell

Published March 10, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

Every once in a while I stumble across a product that I think simply belongs in every single home. No, it's not a Sub-zero freezer, a Viking range or a particularly comprehensive home security system. It's a DJ doorbell. Imagine having a spontaneous dance party every time a package delivery man or a neighbor rings the doorbell. You can program this MP3-based baby to play just about any tune you can think of. While I cannot personally vouch for this product (nor do I know anybody who actually...

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Pantry Organization

Published March 9, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

Pantry organization/beautification is such a surprisingly effective way to not only make your pantry look better--but to eat better as well.  When you look through photos of well-organized and pretty pantries, you will find more bulk foods and whole foods and less Cheetos and Chips Ahoy. Creating a visual display for your kids of nuts, grains and dried fruits can actually help to program them to eat what their bodies craft rather than what brand messaging wants them to believe they crave....

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Listing of the Week!

Published March 7, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

Our firm has a great new listing at 5615 Meadowcrest Drive in Preston Hollow, listed by Debbie Sherrington. Priced at $599,000 and featuring almost a half acre, the home is an ideal fit for a remodel or new construction. Meticulously maintained by only two owners since 1959, the home is immaculate and features a 100x179 foot lot with mature towering trees.

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Solar power for your home

Published March 5, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

In the last decade, residential solar power has moved from a pipe dream to a reality. The early reviews are in, and consumers who have elected to go "off the grid" seem to be pleased overall with their choice. If you are potentially interested in harnessing the power of the sun to power your home, this article discusses the costs, the savings, and the overall pros and cons.

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Gardening 101

Published March 4, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

Now that we are nearly at the end of Icemadeggon 2015, it's finally time to start thinking about a spring garden. Growing your own fruits and vegetables is such a fun, healthy and educational thing to do with your kids. I spent many years thinking that my total lack of a green thumb meant that I had no hope of maintaining a garden, but as I learned from friends in recent years, it's actually surprisingly easy to get a garden started and to keep it going. This great article takes you though Gardening...

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Best way to organize your refrigerator

Published February 26, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

I am all about organization, but when I come home from the store with a million bags and an impatient toddler, organizing the foods according to "zone" in my refrigerator is not exactly high priority. Until now--I did not realize that the different areas of the refrigerator are actually designed to hold different things-not just for the sake of organization, but for the sake of the safety and longevity of your food. A nice fringe benefit is having a pretty, well-organized refrigerator.  ...

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DIY: how to make new concrete match old concrete

Published February 26, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

One of the more frustrating things for an OCD homeowner is needing to replace portions of old concrete with new concrete. The two ages of concrete will not match. Not even close. And it's so painful! But this helpful blog post from Do it Yourself Divas provides a solution to get all your concrete to look (roughly) the same.

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How to hang (and de-wrinkle) new curtains

Published February 24, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

Window treatments are incredibly transformative. They can also be an incredible pain in the rear to hang, especially if they just came out of the package. Ironing new curtains isn't a great option, as they often get as creased and wrinkled by having to move them so many times over the ironing board as they did when they were crammed in the package. This informative blog post not only goes over the process of installing a new hanging rod, but also shares a secret for a no-iron de-wrinkling of...

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DIY: replace a can light with a hanging fixture

Published February 23, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

Most builders in decades past have relied heavily on the recessed or "can lighting," particularly in kitchens and bathrooms. This can look a bit dated and is fairly restrictive in terms of the type of lighting you can provide for a room. But you can easily convert a can light into a chandelier or other attractive fixture yourself. This HGTV article gives a step-by-step of how to make that transition. (Note: since this does involve some basic electrical work, make sure your breaker is OFF!)

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To stage or not to stage?

Published February 19, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

Staging conversations with clients can be tricky. The vast majority of my clients have great taste and lovely homes, so it can be difficult to understand why even a gorgeously-decorated home can need to undergo staging in order to list and photograph for sale. The bottom line is that it is nearly impossible to live in a home and have it look the way you need it to look to sell. We like to have pictures of our friends and family on display. Our kids have toys. Our rugs have stains. Life isn't...

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Hardwood flooring trends

Published February 18, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

For those building or remodeling, one of the toughest but most important choices is what color/style/finish of hardwood flooring to install. Ideally, you want to get at least a decade out of your floors before needing to refinish them, so the choices you make now need to involve a little forecasting into what is coming up with hardwood trends. This article discusses the popularity of various hardwood options so you can make the best decision to help your love your floors today--and tomorrow.

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Unique Lighting Fixtures

Published February 17, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

For those with more of a minimalist decorating style, you will want to make your statement with more of the nuts and bolts type of decor (i.e. wall colors, lighting fixtures, furniture design, etc.) rather than with an abundance of wall decor or other decorating accouterments. One of my favorite "wow" factors in the homes that I sell is often the use of bold and creative lighting fixtures.  Changing your fixtures can make a dramatic difference in a room without a full-on remodel. Here are...

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How to maintain a white area rug

Published February 16, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

I am in love with the rugs (and, well, everything else) in our listing of the week (6038 Waggoner Dr.). I love the clean, bright look of the decor, but it can seem really daunting to incorporate white rugs into your decor--especially if you have kids and/or pets. But it's actually not as hard to maintain as you might think. This great guide provides some good tips to make sure your rugs don't go down with the first wine spill/pet accident/spaghetti-o disaster.

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Listing of the Week: 6038 Waggoner Dr. (Preston Hollow)

Published February 13, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

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Your front door is a window into your style

Published February 12, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

It's amazing how much of a statement you can make with your front door. In decades past, you could describe a home by its front door rather than its exterior paint color or landscaping. The "statement door" era went dormant as the Home Depots of the world outfitted builders with cookie cutter doors. Bold doors are beginning to make a comeback, and these gorgeous designs are enough to get the creative juices flowing in selecting a door that makes a statement about what lies behind it!

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Pantone Color of 2015

Published February 11, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

While I don't always love the Pantone "color of the year" selections, I do love the 2015 "Marsala," and it's not just because I love a good glass of red wine. I have started to see this color cropping up in homes, and while it may be a little bold for my personal taste, I can definitely see incorporating Marsala accents. It's a timeless, classic shade that works well in virtually any room in the house. Check it out!

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Mismatched dining chairs

Published February 10, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

While I love to keep up with trends in home decor, I am personally fairly hesitant to adopt anything that I expect to be a passing fancy. One trend that has caught my eye in recent years is opting for mismatched dining chairs. While I tend to be super practical (thinking, for example, "when this trend abates, how will I sell a set of dining chairs that aren't, well, a set?!"), I can't help but gush every time I enter a home with an artfully-mismatched dining area. Here are some photos that inspire...

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Room-By-Room Lighting Tutorial

Published February 9, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

You will read a lot of posts about lighting, because my job has taught me how absolutely essential it is to have the right lighting in every area of your home. I used to be a "one size fits all" gal when it came to purchasing my light bulbs--and light fixtures. But now I understand so much more about the interplay between natural and artificial lighting and the mood you want to create in each room of your home. I love this Better Homes & Gardens room-by-room tutorial about what light works...

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Keep your granite looking its best

Published February 5, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

Granite is such an easy surface to keep looking nice that it can be difficult to remember that some maintenance IS required to keep it at its best--especially for the long term. Here is a great refresher course on how to help your granite look great on a daily basis and to make sure it goes the distance!

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Real estate humor

Published February 5, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

Working as a realtor can truly generate comedic gold. While I have been incredibly lucky to represent clients who take pride in putting their homes' best feet forward, not all agents are so lucky! Here is an awesome list of truly, truly horrific real estate listing photos. Enjoy this mid-week humor break. And just know that I will never photograph your home for sale from my moving vehicle. And I promise to try and refrain from posing any creepy, life-sized dolls (or partially-nude gentlemen)...

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Cleaning Green

Published February 4, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

I wish I could say that I was an early adopter of the green cleaning product movement, but I was still bleaching with the best of 'em--until Aiden came along. When I saw him put EVERYTHING in his mouth, especially when he was able to get to every surface by crawling and pulling up, I realized I needed to get a lot picker about what cleaning products I was allowing in my home. I wasn't willing to sacrifice clean for green, so I knew I needed the right products to satisfy my OCD tendencies while...

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Whip those drawers and closets into shape

Published February 3, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

As you may have noticed, I love all things organization. This is NOT to say that I am always organized--I assure you, I am not. But I am all about finding great tips for marching toward a more organized home and office. This article has some great tips and hacks for keeping your drawers and closets in ship shape.

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Listing of the Week: 4810 Purdue

Published January 30, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

This 2006 construction in the heart of Briarwood features 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, a game room and an open floor plan with all the amenities for today's discriminating buyer. The large kitchen is open to the breakfast nook and family room and leads to formal dining through an elegant butler's pantry. With numerous windows and tall ceilings, the home is flooded with natural light and complimented by neutral styling that can easily fit either modern or traditional decor. The master suite is located...

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Valentine's Day Decor

Published January 29, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

The season of love is upon us, and it's time to start getting your home ready to feel the amore.  The older Aiden gets, the more I enjoy making our own crafted decorations. Pinterest is definitely my go-to for inspiration, though we don't always wind up with Pinterest-worthy replicas. (One of my favorite places to go for a laugh is Pinterest Fail - Where Good Intentions Come To Die because it definitely reminds me of, well, ME. That being said, here is a link to some great Valentine's...

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Wallpaper is making a major comeback

Published January 28, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

Wallpaper. It still elicits a shudder from me, as I can't tell you how many homes I have toured in my years as a realtor that are covered in truly hideous wallpaper. Nothing screams "dated" like floral print bathrooms and striped kitchens. For a while, decorators were having clients shy away from wallpaper completely. Now, more and more, wallpaper is coming back as an interesting way to provide an accent wall in a dining room, entry way or even (gasp) kitchen. My favorite use of wallpaper is...

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Upgrade your pool (on a budget)

Published January 27, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

It can be disheartening for prospective home buyers to find a home that they love but to look in the back yard and see a dated, ugly pool. There are a handful of creative things you can do to give your pool a facelift without breaking the bank. A renovated pool will not only be more enjoyable for your current use, but will be more attractive to future buyers. This article runs through 14 ideas ranging from $500 5- $5,000 (and up) for upgrading your backyard oasis.

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Outdoor gas fireplaces

Published January 27, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

Nothing can quite replicate the homey smell and sound of crackling logs on a wood-burning fire, but they are definitely a bit of a pain--from getting it lit to keeping it burning to cleaning up and disposing of all the ash afterward.  The convenience and beauty of gas fireplaces made them a very popular fixture in many homes in recent decades. Now that convenience has made its way into the great outdoors. Gas outdoor fireplaces have greatly increased in popularity in recent years and are...

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Sale of the Week: 9521 Leaside Dr.

Published January 23, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

Congratulations to our client Walker Drewry on the purchase of this renovated ranch in Lake Highlands. Extensively updated in 2014, this property enjoys an open floor plan, rich hardwood floors, decorator tile and lighting selections, a chef's kitchen with granite, stainless steel appliances and custom cabinets, and an impressive master suite with two closets and an amazing bath. Ideally situated, this home was a great investment opportunity in one of Dallas' hottest neighborhoods. 
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Exterior Illumination

Published January 23, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

We spend so much time, effort and money making sure our home puts its best foot forward during the daytime hours, but many of us don't give our houses the opportunity to show off when the sun goes down. Growing up, we had a porch light and a street light, and that was about it in terms of exterior illumination. Now the options for landscape and house lighting are nearly limitless, so our homes and gorgeous landscaping can still shine when the sun goes down. Here are some gorgeous ideas for outdoor...

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Winter tree and shrub pruning

Published January 21, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

It's easy to forget about our trees and shrubs while they lie dormant in the winter, but the winter months are actually the ideal time to assess what needs trimming and pruning and to get it taken care of before spring brings the blooms. Whether you are ready to pull out those shears and take care of business yourself or whether you have a go-to trimming service, now is the time to make sure you show your favorite oxygen-providers some love to keep them healthy for years to come. This helpful...

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Wow with your windows

Published January 21, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

The trend seems to be "less is more" when it comes to window treatments. Gone are the days of the long, heavy, ornate curtains that adorned so many windows in decades past. Now we are all about maximizing natural light, but that doesn't mean windows should be naked, even with the beautiful plantation shutters that have made quite a comeback in recent years. Here are some great, current ideas for window treatments that still let your windows do their thing.

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Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Published January 19, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

The Provenzano Group would like to express its gratitude and respect for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and all those who followed in his footsteps to move our country toward a place of peaceful equality.

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Sale of the Week: 4902 Thrush St.

Published January 16, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

This gorgeous property was just purchased by clients of The Provenzano Group as an off-market sale. As part of our network of hip pockets, our buyers Mike and Sarah were the lucky first people to know about this opportunity. This 3-bedroom, 2-bath house features approximately 1600 square feet on a prime corner lot. Totally renovated from top to bottom, the home enjoyed an open floor plan with an abundance of natural light and a clean, modern finish with numerous upgrades and amenities.

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My (dream) cabin in the woods

Published January 15, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

I want a cabin in the woods. I want one for many reasons--a restful retreat, a place to bond with my family, a perfect location for a girls' getaway, a chance to breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the view. But, honestly, one of the biggest reasons I want one is so I could DECORATE IT. How fun to get to just play around with styles that I wouldn't necessarily want to live with every day, but would love to have in my little dream cabin. Here are some fun "rustic chic" design ideas to help you...
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Should I pay cash for my house?

Published January 15, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

While it seems like a fantasy to some, a fair number of people actually find themselves in a position where they could pay cash for a new home (particularly if their old home was mostly paid off.) It seems so tempting to have no mortgage to worry about, but there are actually a few key considerations to mull over in deciding whether paying cash for a house is the right financial move for you. Here's an article that helps to weigh the pros and cons of paying cash for a home.

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Reupholster that dated chair

Published January 13, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

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Open your home to natural light

Published January 12, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

One of the most-discussed aspects of a home by prospective buyers is its light. "It was a little small, but it had such great natural light" and "I like the layout, but it just seems so . . . dark" are things I frequently hear when taking clients home shopping. While it's easy to believe that you are simply stuck with the windows and/or lighting setup that your home was built with, a few fairly simple (though not necessarily inexpensive) changes can make a dramatic difference in the way your...

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Whip your pantry into shape

Published January 8, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

If you're like me, you have made some New Year's resolutions for your eating. A primary way to support that resolution is to make sure the foods you are trying to avoid no longer have a place in your pantry. Having a pantry that is well-organized and that stores healthy options in an easily-accessible way is a great foundation for better long-term eating habits. Here are some examples and tips for making your pantry work for you.

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Transform your home office

Published January 8, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

In this age of total connectivity, the notion of leaving work at the office is somewhat antiquated. Whether your primary work hours take place away from home or in your own home office, giving your home office a facelift can make your time spent plugging away at home far more enjoyable--and productive. Here are some great tips for creating the ideal home office space for you.

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Can I cut out my pool service?

Published January 6, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

I am always looking for ways to spend smarter, and I have often wondered whether it make sense to attempt to care for your own pool. If you can get a handle on it, it's a great way to trim $100-$150 off your monthly budget, but if you don't manage it well, it's a recipe for a green, swampy backyard disaster. If you are thinking about taking the reins on your pool, here's an article that will help you think through what is involved. I'd love to hear from those of you who do maintain your own pools--post...
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DIY: How to refinish an old dresser

Published January 5, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

I love to look at pictures of rejuvenated old furniture pieces--there's something really cool about having a piece that has an old story and repurposing it to fit into your new story. But it seems so daunting--I've never known what tools I would need or what techniques to use to make sure I don't end up with a hot mess on my hands. I've made it a goal this year to find an old piece--whether at a yard sale or in my own attic--to refinish to fit with my current style. Here's a great tutorial from...

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Is a home organizer right for you?

Published January 1, 2015 by Julie Provenzano

As we enter the new year, we all begin to think about changes we would like to make in our lives. One of the best gifts you can give yourself is the gift of an organized home--you will be amazed by how much time and energy you will save once you have a good system in place. And how much more effectively you will be able to relax and unwind when you are free from clutter and mess. It can be very tough to know where to start, especially if you are living with years--or even decades--of disorganized...

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What to look for in a realtor

Published December 31, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

Just because an agent has passed their credentialing courses does not mean all agents are created equal. While there are many great realtors out there, there are a few important things to consider when trying to sort through the clutter to find the perfect agent for YOU (and your house.)

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New Year's Resolutions for your home

Published December 30, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

When we make our New Year's resolutions, we tend to focus on our bodies--lose weight, drink less, exercise more, etc. What if you take this year to make some resolutions for your home as well? Your home is your greatest investment--it's time to treat it right! You don't have to spend (much) money to pull off the great home resolutions in this article.

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Why you shouldn't wait until spring to list your home

Published December 30, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

There has been a long-believed myth that you should wait until spring to list your home for sale. While it's true that some of the less-serious buyers and "just want to browse" lookers may hibernate during the winter months, listing in the winter can actually be a great time to sell your house fast and for top dollar. The reasons are simple: (1) only those truly looking to buy now are out there; (2) the inventory is reduced, thereby giving your listing a competitive advantage and (3) staging...

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Merry Christmas

Published December 26, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

Merry Christmas from all of us at The Provenzano Group. May your holiday be filled with peace, joy and love. 

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One in, one out: make room for new toys

Published December 23, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

If you are like me, you like to keep the toy chaos at a relative minimum. One great way to teach your kids generosity while also keeping the play room under control is to take a couple of hours after Christmas to have your children select one old toy to donate for each new toy they received. Here are some good tips for selecting toys for donation. 
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One-in, one-out: make room for new toys

Published December 23, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

If you are like me, you like to keep the toy chaos at a relative minimum. One great way to teach your kids generosity while also keeping the play room under control is to take a couple of hours after Christmas to have your children select one old toy to donate for each new toy they received. Here are some good tips for selecting toys for donation. 

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How to stay sane this week

Published December 22, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

It's go time. Christmas is upon us. This week brings the chaos (and fun) of extended family, meal preparations, gift wrapping and more. Here are some tips to stay sane and enjoy the week.
1. Let go of the idea of perfection. Seriously. You do not need to buff every scuff out of your wood floor, have the perfect appetizer spread, create the ideal holiday music play list and make yourself and your children look like you stepped out of the pages of a magazine. Let go of the image of holiday...
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Listing of the Week: 7619 Spring Valley Rd.

Published December 21, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

JUST SOLD in Northwood Hills.  This gorgeous, spacious ranch-style home was sold this month by The Provenzano Group's Rebecca Brown.  As a former resident of Northwood Hills for over a decade, Rebecca knows and sells the area well.  Named one of the best neighborhoods in Dallas by the Dallas Morning News, Northwood Hills offers a convenient location to schools, shopping, parks, bike trails, and major roads.  In addition, the neighborhood features large lots, established trees,...

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Resurrecting the fruitcake

Published December 18, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

The fruitcake has gotten a terrible rap in recent decades as one of the worst, most cliche'd gifts to give. But there is such a thing as an easy to make and truly delicious fruitcake, and this recipe captures it perfectly.  Connect with ancient generations this holiday season as you dazzle your friends and family with homemade fruitcake. You just may find yourself surrounded by fruitcake converts! 

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Why it makes sense to downsize your home after you empty your nest

Published December 17, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

Buying and selling a home is one of the most emotion-laden transactions in which you will ever engage. Our memories are made in our homes. It's our safe haven where we can unwind at the end of the day. It's the place where we raise our children. It can be very hard to let go of a home that you have lived in for many years. However, there are some pretty compelling reasons to downsize once you empty your nest. This article discusses why you may find a number of financial--and practical--reasons...
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How to part with sentimental things

Published December 16, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

I have been on a mission to de-clutter and de-own for several years now, as I like to keep my living space as functional and stress-free as possible. A large stumbling block for many people in a mission to de-clutter is figuring out what to do with the many sentimental items that have been collected over the years. From jewelry to furniture to artwork to trophies, the things that hold memories can be very hard to part with. This guide helps you determine for yourself what is truly worth saving,...

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Thinking of buying a second home?

Published December 15, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

Let's face it: Texas summers are brutal. Wouldn't it be great to ease on out of town the first day of summer and spend the whole season in, say, Oregon? Or perhaps you travel to the same destination a lot for work and are thinking of just buying a second home so you can feel like you are "home" no matter where you land. Or maybe you are considering a lake house? There are many upsides, of course--you can keep your second home furnished and stocked the way you like it. You don't have to worry...

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Listing of the Week: 4327 N. Hall St.

Published December 13, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

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Family Holiday Traditions

Published December 11, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

My husband Frank and I both had our own holiday traditions growing up, but now that our son Aiden is a year and a half, we have decided to make some holiday traditions for our own family. We are striving to make the holidays a meaningful time, trying to find the balance between embracing all the commercial craziness and distilling down to things that have a more lasting significance. Here is a great list of ideas to start your own family holiday traditions. 

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Lawn Care in the Winter

Published December 10, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

We live on our lawns. Our kids love to run and play in the spring and summer, and we do everything from host picnics to football games on our lawns. Spring and summer keep our yards top of mind. It's easy to forget about your lawn in the winter--it doesn't grow, so you don't mow. But your yard still needs some TLC during its dormant months to come back strong and hearty in the spring. Here are some great tips to keep your yard healthy this winter. 
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Great Family Holiday Events in DFW

Published December 9, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

The holidays are such a magical time for kids and parents alike. It's a great time to live in the city--there are so many wonderful things to do and see. The DFW area does not disappoint around the holidays. Here's a great list of things to do this holiday season. Enjoy! 

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Fresh Market Opens in the Arboretum Village

Published December 9, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

East Dallas welcomes a great new grocery store--Fresh Market in the Arboretum Village (corner of Gaston and Garland Rd.) I got to check it out on opening day, and it did not disappoint. It's truly a place where you can do your weekly shopping. They have it all. The produce, bakery and deli are fantastic, as is the bulk food section. It is definitely a specialty grocery store, but unlike Whole Foods, you can still find some of the brands you grew up with (think Cheetos, Jif and Mrs. Baird's bread!)...

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Listing of the Week: 5706 Boca Raton Dr.

Published December 5, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

5706 Boca Raton Drive, Dallas 75230
Preston Hollow Contemporary
Listed for $1,595,000
This designer contemporary from Nolen Homes & Interiors is slated for completion in January 2015. With an emphasis on clean lines and an open floor plan flooded with natural light, the aesthetic harmony between indoors and out is the primary focus. With abundant windows and a seamless flow from room to room, this home will feature five bedrooms, each with private baths and walk-in...
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How to make your home smell fantastic

Published December 4, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

We always want our home to make a good impression on our guests. Reducing clutter, decorating well and keeping it clean are, of course, ways to make a good visual impression. But having your home smell great creates a multi-sensory impression that will stay with your guests after they leave—and will make walking in the door after a long day more enjoyable. Here are a few quick and easy tips to make sure your house smells great.
·      Vanilla TrickPut two capfuls...
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Keep your Christmas tree alive longer

Published December 3, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

It’s hard to believe that the Christmas season is upon us! If you select a live tree, it needs to stay fresh for a month. With the proper care, you can keep your tree looking and smelling great until Santa comes. This great article provides easy tips to help your live tree go the distance.
If you are looking to visit a local farm to cut down your own tree, I strongly recommend Trail Creek Tree Farm in Lindale. Just over an hour outside of DFW, it is a beautiful farm that provides...
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How to make a small room feel bigger

Published December 2, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

A small living room can feel cramped and claustrophobic, especially when you have guests. Before you decide to blow out walls to expand the space, think about reworking the existing space you have.  Designers have a variety of tricks and tips to create the illusion-and feeling-of a much larger space by using the right colors, fabrics, furniture pieces and decorative items.  And you don’t have to spend a small fortune to get there. Here are a few easy tips to make your...

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Fast and Delicious Crock Pot Meal

Published December 1, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

I am always on the lookout for quick and easy meals to make when I need something fast but don’t feel like fast food. I have become a big fan of the crock pot. Here’s one of our family’s go-to’s for a delicious meal in the winter.
Crock Pot Taco Soup:
·      1 package lean ground turkey
·      1 can corn (drained)
·      1 can black beans (drained)...
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Listing of the Week: 3313 Bryn Mawr

Published November 21, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

3313 Bryn Mawr (Not in MLS)
5 bedrooms - 4 full and 2 half baths - 2 car garage - 4,575 square feet
Taken to the studs and beautifully renovated, this house is situated on a large 70x160 lot with a pool. The home boasts a casual elegance with gorgeous whitewashed floors and a style that perfectly blends traditional architecture with a clean-lined sophistication. The chef's kitchen is complete with white marble counters, an antique island, custom built-ins, and vintage pantry...

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Make Sure Your Mail Follows You to Your New Home

Published November 20, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

The logistics of moving can feel overwhelming, and as always, the devil is in the details, such as making sure your mail finds you in your new home. The obvious first step is to complete the United States Postal Service online change of address form (link below), but here is a checklist of other things you need to remember to manually change:
1. Update Amazon and other online default address forms for orders.
2. Notify friends and family (a great idea is to have a photo session taken in your...
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DIY: Paint (or Re-paint) Your House Number on the Curb

Published November 19, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

It's important to keep your house number visible from the street--even at night. Whether it's for a delivery, a visit from new friends or, heaven forbid, emergency services, people need to be able to quickly and easily determine your house number. You don't need to pay a painter to come and paint or refresh your house numbers. You can do it yourself quickly and affordably with some tape, paint, enamel and stencils. If you live in a neighborhood with an HOA, be sure to check the guidelines before...

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How to Simplify Your Laundry Routine

Published November 18, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

Let's face it. Doing laundry stinks. (sometimes literally). But like death and taxes, it is just one of life's inevitabilities (unless you are one of the lucky few who has a laundry service.)  Here are a few tips to reduce the amount of time you spend doing laundry--and to reduce the laundry clutter in your home.
1. Reduce the amount of laundry you do. There is no reason to wash your jeans every time you wear them. There is no reason that kids need to sleep in a different set of pajamas...
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How to Keep Your Inbox Under Control

Published November 17, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

Now that virtually all of our communications and transactions happen, well, virtually, maintaining control of your inbox is every bit as important as maintaining control of your physical paperwork. Here are a few tips for keeping your inbox organized:
1. Control what comes in: it can feel impossible to stop the tide of unwanted emails from hitting your inbox, but thanks to genius programs like, you can all but eliminate junk mail. ( captures all mass-sent emails,...
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The Provenzano Group Listing of the Week: 5018 Westgrove

Published November 14, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

Exclusive hip-pocket listing in the Lakes of Bent Tree!  This well-maintained gated townhome community is situated in a prime North Dallas location.  Convenient to major roads, shopping and restaurants, this community offers amazing views of the Bent Tree golf course and fantastic amenities, including a beautiful pool and tennis court.  5018 Westgrove boosts the largest floor-plan in the community at the lowest price per square foot.  The home features two fireplaces,...

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DFW: The Shining Star in the Economic Recovery

Published November 13, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

DFW Economy
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Redesigning the Dallas Design District

Published November 12, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

East Dallas has been on a major development kick, which has already translated into increased property values and an influx of young families into the East Dallas/Forest Hills area. The downtown and uptown areas have exploded with new condos, restaurants and bars that keep the young business crowd swarming. Deep Ellum has undergone its own revolution in the recent decade, transitioning from an area best avoided after dark to a vibrant area of great barbecue, bars and more. Next up for Dallas...

Dallas Design District
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Awesome Attic Conversions

Published November 11, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

As your family grows, so does your desire for space--whether you are seeking an additional bedroom for a new addition, a guest room, or a man cave, you don't have to leave the home you love to achieve the house of your dreams. And you don't have to "build out" to get it--especially if you live on a small lot and don't want to sacrifice extra yard space for the footprint of your home. And since you are using the "bones" of your existing structure, you will save a...

Attic Conversion
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Is Artificial Turf Right For You?

Published November 10, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

Caring for a lawn in a hot, dry place like Texas is a tremendous user of resources, both natural and financial. Drought-related watering bans often turns the most law-abiding citizens who wouldn't dare run a yellow light into subversive, code-violating criminals as they run their sprinklers on "off days" in the middle of the night--hoping not to awaken that ever-vigilant neighbor who dutifully sacrifices her St. Augustine for the greater good. We collectively burn...

Artificial Turf
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How to Stop Clogged Pipes Before They Start

Published November 7, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

When a pipe clogs in your home, it can seem like it happened suddenly, but often the clog has been building for many months--or even years--before you notice the backup! Here are some tips to help stop clogs before they start!

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Take Charge of Your Garage

Published November 6, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

Here are some great tips for organizing some of the peskiest items in your garage.

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Know the Codes

Published November 5, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

Few people are aware of the common City of Dallas codes that impact homeowners. Here's a link to make sure you are up to code on everything from garage sales to leaf blowers.

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How to Keep Your Favorite Pet From Ruining Your Favorite Floors

Published November 4, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

Dog ownership is just the best. You have a fun, lovable companion, a loyal protector, and a constant source of entertainment all rolled into one. You also have a potential destroyer of your beautiful wood floors. Here are some tips to help your floors and your fido peacefully coexist.

dog on hardwoods
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The Outdoor Fireplace - A Backyard Staple

Published November 3, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

There are few things better than cozying up in front of a fire with a glass of wine on a cool evening.  More an more, homeowners are electing to have this awesome moment outdoors. Here are some great inspirations if you are thinking about an outdoor fireplace/living space.

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How to Prepare to Show Your House!

Published October 31, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

Getting your home ready to show can be a daunting task, especially if things have fallen into disrepair and if clutter abounds. But you CAN do it. Help your home put its best foot forward to maximize appeal and sale price with these tips:

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Flatscreens Over Fireplaces?

Published October 30, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

While it seems to have become the norm to mount flat screen TVs over the fireplace, here's an article explaining why that might not be the best idea!

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Give Your Fireplace a Facelift!

Published October 29, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

I am a huge believer in the power of paint to transform a room. This is especially true of homes that have dated, dark-colored brick fireplaces. Check out these ideas for how to bring your fireplace up to date with a coat (or three) of paint! :)  If you see something you like, visit this easy DIY tutorial for how to paint your fireplace!
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Fabulous Fall Foliage!

Published October 28, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

I love to refresh my planting areas with great fall-friendly foliage. Here are a few ideas for plants and vegetables that are best to plant in the fall!

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Awesome No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas!

Published October 27, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

Not a fan of the ick-factor and hard work of pumpkin carving? Don't let that stop your pumpkins from having their moments of glory this week! Take a look at these great no-carve pumpkin ideas!

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Perfect Playrooms

Published October 24, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

I am always on the lookout for fun ideas for Aiden's playroom. Here are a few (thousand) of my favorite play room design and organization ideas.

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Hardwood vs Laminate

Published October 23, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

When building a home or replacing existing flooring, homeowners are faced with the decision of whether to opt for hardwood or laminate. There are pros and cons to both, and this discussion can help you discover the best option for your lifestyle:

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Don't Crack Up This Winter!

Published October 22, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

When cooler weather finally arrives and the grass goes dormant for the season, it's easy to forget to water the most important thing in your yard--your house! Your foundation needs water throughout the winter months to avoid shifting and cracking, and this simple guide tells you the best approach to make sure you don't crack up this winter!



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Published October 21, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

I love to cook and have been known to sign up for Central Market's cooking school whenever the opportunity presents itself, so I can throw down in the kitchen. But as two full-time working parents, Frank and I find there are nights when that magnificent at-home meal is simply not meant to be. So out we go. While there are definitely times you will find us up to our eyebrows in a delicious greasy hamburger, we generally try to gravitate toward places where we can have a healthy meal without...

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The Real Deal on Home Warranties

Published October 20, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

We've all heard our friends complain about the times a home warranty has let them down--in fact, home warranty companies are often on the hot seat with consumer protection agencies and are categorically very poorly rated on Angie's List. Here's a discussion about why they get such a bad rap--and why you probably want one anyway. And the reasons may surprise you!

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Home Theater on a Budget

Published October 17, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

Having a media room can be a life-changer, especially with young kids. It can be tough to make it to the movies--at least without spending a small fortune--once the kids come along. From the ticket prices to the snacks to the cost of a sitter, going to the movies can fall by the wayside. And forget about being able to get away to a sports bar to watch the big game! More and more families choose to remedy this situation by creating a media room at home. It's a great place for the kids to watch...

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Live clutter-free!

Published October 16, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

I love this simple guide to achieving (and maintaining!) a clutter-free home.

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DIY: How to Easily (and cheaply) replace a broken window screen

Published October 15, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

A torn window screen is such an annoyance-it makes an otherwise pretty window look run-down and shoddy. It's hard to know who to call to fix one, and the price for fixing it usually runs around $150. There is a much easier and cheaper solution--do it yourself. I am not exactly what one would call a "handy" person, but I was very surprised to learn how easily I could take care of a torn screen myself--all in about an hour's time and for under $20. Here's how:

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Good Fences Make Good Neighbors--And So Do These Important Tips!

Published October 14, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

You've finally found your dream home in the perfect neighborhood. You expect to begin your "happily ever after," but your neighbors dogs-or teens--may have other plans. If you've ever been part of a neighborhood message board, you know how fast simple disputes can escalate into full-blown neighbor wars. Here are some great tips for how to befriend--or at least peacefully coexist--with your neighbors and enjoy many years of drama-free dwelling!

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Go East, Young Man! (Why Forest Hills is so hot right now)

Published October 13, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

It's no secret that the real estate market is on a serious uptick. Houses are moving fast--many are sold before they even list. One of the hottest areas in Dallas is the East Dallas/Forest Hills area. While the gorgeous homes and generous lot sizes have always been lovely, you had to prepare yourself for a relative restaurant and grocery store desert. Over the last 18 months, things have really started to change for East Dallas, and the momentum continues to grow. Far West moved out, Cane...

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Halloween Costume Ideas

Published October 10, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

This week has been all about fall, and Halloween will be here before we know it! Having a kid definitely breathes new life into the costume aspect of the holiday. From funny to scary to downright offensive (if my husband made me dress as a roll of Charmin toilet paper, I would kill him), here's a great sampling of costume ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

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Pumpkin Beer Bread

Published October 9, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

One of my favorite things about fall are the myriad of delicious breads. Beer breads bring such a hearty, delicious take on baking--and are very easy to make! Here's a great recipe for a pumpkin ale bread that is simple to make and great to serve at your next gathering or to simply enjoy with your family dinner.

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Falling for Great Autumn Looks

Published October 8, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

There are few better feelings than that first perfect, crisp morning after an endless Texas summer. We love to celebrate the fall with our bodies--boots, sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, and delicious breads.  There are endless ways to help your home ring in the fall season as well. Here are 72 great fall decor concepts from Southern Living to get you in the spirit of the season!
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Be the Master of Your Master Bath!

Published October 7, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

It can be hard to think about investing in a master bath remodel since few people see this room besides you. But most people start and end their day in the master bath, and adding a little luxury and increased functionality in there can actually make a big difference in the way that you experience your home. If you are thinking of a remodel--especially if you are brave enough to become a DIY'er, you will want to check out these 9 important thinking points for your new bath!

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Sweep your blank wall space under the rug!

Published October 7, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

I love a good rug--I think they can totally transform a room. It's a great way to play with modern colors or trends without having to commit for the long haul. Your statement doesn't have to end on the floor! More and more homes are beginning to show off their favorite textiles on the wall-so think about sweeping your plain walls under the rug:

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Bigger Isn't Always Better . . .

Published October 3, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

I have become fascinated by the concept of micro-dwellings (i.e. generally considered to mean homes that are 800 sq ft or less.)  There is something attractive about the notion of throwing our consumer-minded culture to the wind and living in and with only that which is completely essential. While I know it's possible to live in a tiny house with kids, I'm not sure it's my cup of tea at this stage. But it's still fun to look and mentally challenge myself to think of what I would be prepared...

Mirco Home
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Doin' the Robot

Published October 2, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

Roombas aren't new, and they seem absolutely incredible in terms of the time and headaches they can save with sweeping and vacuuming--particulary if you have pets and toddlers! The prices (while still high), have come down since the Roomba's invention, so it seems like these buggers would be in every home! But I don't actually know anybody who owns one. Do you?  Is it all it's cracked up to be?  If you or someone you know owns one, I'd love to hear your personal review!

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Droning On . . .

Published October 1, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

I like to stay abreast of the latest and greatest technology to help my clients put their property's best foot forward--or upward, as the case is with drone technology. I love what drone photography and videography can do for showing a property, particularly those on larger acreage, online. Here's a series of drone photos I recently used with a listing in Dalworthington Gardens. Check it out:

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Open Sesame . . . Or Not

Published September 30, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

In the early 2000’s, the open first-floor layout became the rage. The benefits are obvious—it makes your house seem larger, it enables you to cook without being closed off from your family and guests, and it creates a great flow. But the longer homeowners have lived with the open floor plan, the more they are realizing it isn’t necessarily the “must-have” they thought it was. So if you live in a less-open home and are considering a remodel or are searching for your...

Wall demo
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Rewrite Your Toy Story

Published September 29, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

My son Aiden is now over a year old and has officially entered what I lovingly refer to as, "the toy bomb phase." He has the ability to enter the playroom that I meticulously clean up every night and, within 37 seconds, manage to scatter every single toy he owns (and seems to teleport toys that we don't own-think Barbie shoes) all over the entire downstairs. Now I am not a total neat-freak, but trying to cook dinner while simultaneously dancing around a litany of cars, dinosaurs, blocks, and...
Hot Mess
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To Pool or Not to Pool?

Published September 26, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

I frequently have clients ask me what putting in a pool will mean for them in terms of the resale value of their homes. It’s a tough decision in Dallas, because on one hand it seems like crazy talk to make it through an endless Dallas summer without constant and unfettered access to total aquatic submersion. On the other hand, in many areas of our city, yards are small, land is expensive, and there are many country club and fitness club...
Dream Pool
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Objects of Desire: Indoor Swings for Flights of Fancy

Published August 18, 2014 by Julie Provenzano just posted this wonderful article on the increasing use of chairs, benches and hammocks suspended from ceilings and incorporated into your design plan. I am never more comfortable than when I'm lying in a hammock so the sheer idea of this has me bookmarking the page for "New House Ideas". 

Read the full article here. 

Flights of Fancy
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Home builders' confidence in housing market up for third month in a row

Published August 18, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

Home builders gained more confidence in the housing market in August, the third consecutive month of gains in an index measuring current sales and expectations for the future.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index rose 2 points to 55, its highest level since January. Any number over 50 indicates most builders view conditions as good. The Northeast was the only region where the number was below 50.

Give the improved jobs market some credit...

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The Sounds of Silence, for a Price

Published July 17, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

How developers and home owners are bringing down the volume in noisy homes

July 10, 2014 6:31 p.m. ET

The problems started the first night Bob Morris and Ira Silverberg moved into their West Village co-op apartment in Manhattan.

"Almost immediately, there was a thundering sound above us," Mr. Morris said. The footfalls of the family upstairs were so heavy they could feel the vibrations, he said. And while he was complaining...

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Glam Home Offices for Go-Getters (

Published July 17, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

If you work from home, having an inspiring home office to call your own is something you may wish for — but have you ever considered that it may help your career, too? Whether or not you have client meetings at home, a workspace that is not only functional but beautiful might just inspire and motivate you to go the extra mile. (After all, who wants to show up to work in sweatpants when your office looks like a million bucks?) Ready, set, let’s get to work! Read the full article on...

Home Office
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Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends

Published May 29, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

Interesting article from


Gen Y comprises the largest share of home buyers at 31 percent, followed by Gen X at 30 percent, and both Younger (16 percent) and Older Boomers (14 percent) at 30 percent. The Silent Generation has the smallest share of home buyers at nine percent.

Gen Y has the largest share of first-time buyers at 76 percent. The share of first-time buyers declines as age increases. Among the Silent Generation only two percent of buyers are first-time buyers....

Home Buying and Selling by Generation
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Glass Doors That Welcome — and Protect Your Privacy Too

Published May 7, 2014 by Julie Provenzano
May 6, 2014
Fred Albert 

I don’t consider myself a paranoid person. But as someone who occasionally parades around the house in a towel or cuts loose when a favorite song plays on the radio, I am very conscious of passersby (or delivery people) catching me unawares. 

A solid front door would solve the problem, but I appreciate the illumination and sense of welcome created by a glass door or sidelights. That’s why I’m drawn to front doors that manage to provide...

Glass Door
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No Entry Hall? Create the Illusion of One.

Published May 7, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

May 6, 2014 

Many of us have a front door that opens unceremoniously and without any apology directly into the living area. While this certainly saves on square footage, it does not give us much opportunity for a proper entry. So how can you create entry ambience?

Create an entry hall with your furniture placement. In this case the back of the sofa effectively produces the feeling of an entry hall. You could gain the same effect with a pair of chairs.


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Real Estate News

Published February 18, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

The National Association of Home Builders’ Remodeling Market Index shows remodeling activity at its highest reading since the first quarter of 2004. The index was at 57 in the fourth quarter of 2013. Any reading above 50 indicates more remodelers report market activity is higher than those who report lower. The index’s future market conditions rose to 58, the highest reading since recording of that measure began in 2005. "Steady existing home sales, historically favorable interest...

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The 5 Kitchen Spots You Can Organize Today

Published February 15, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

Whether you have just 10 minutes or a full 30, you can tackle your kitchen's messiest spots in a few simple steps.
This piece originally appeared on

1. If you have 10 minutes: 
Clear off the countertop.
Find a new home for any appliances you don't use daily (or close to it). If you hand-wash dishes, dry them on a rack like the Siliconezone by Karim Sink Roll ($50); it rolls up for easy storage when not in use.

2. If you have 15 minutes: 
Sort out the...

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The CEO and the Second Home

Published February 15, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

Homes That Invite Shop Talk

Wall Street Journal 
February 13, 2014 

For business leaders, vacation homes become places to hold conferences, strategize and make deals.

Martin Puris, an advertising veteran, invited a Sony Corp. 
marketing executive for a summer weekend last year at his second home in the swank hamlet of Sagaponack in Long Island's Hamptons.

The men relaxed by the 75-foot outdoor pool, dined in the adjacent airy sunroom—and struck a deal. Mr. Puris, former chief...

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How to Add a Kitchen Backsplash

Published February 15, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

The options for kitchen backsplashes are pretty much limitless in terms of material, color, size and cost. Ultimately, you’ll have to decide what’s best for you and your lifestyle. Knowing how to navigate the process of installing a new backsplash can help ease some of the stress. Here’s what to expect.

Project: Adding a new backsplash.
Why: A backsplash can act as a focal point in the kitchen, creating interest and balance between the other materials and elements. ...

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5 developments in Dallas to look forward to in 2014

Published January 3, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

 — Late December is a great time to look back and think of the best restaurants, most scandalous moments or any other excuse to make a "best-of" list for Big D. And why stop now? But for something different, let’s focus on the year ahead and think about some very important transportation, infrastructure and real estate developments that’ll take Dallas to the next level. From projects...

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Skip the brick for a statement-making chimney

Published December 8, 2013 by Julie Provenzano

This new article on looks at alternative materials for chimneys from metal to concrete or masonry for a dynamic architectural element.

While their main function is to provide ventilation, chimneys do double duty when they’re elegant architectural statements. Standing tall and prominent on the exterior, they add visual interest to a home and — when covered in a complementary material — can provide a provocative contrast to the other volumes in the structure. Click...

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Overdoing a trend

Published October 24, 2013 by Julie Provenzano

I love the look of Chevron but I would have serious concerns if a client wanted to commit to this tile pattern on a more permananent basis. It's one thing to swap out a pillow down the road but this is really putting a ring on it. 

Chevron Tile
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Staging bathrooms.How to get that “spa” look.

Published October 20, 2013 by Julie Provenzano

By Avril Brown

Bathrooms are a big deal for homebuyers,so if yours is a little lackluster you need to up the glam factor.

Removing all the clutter and all of your personal items is a given when prepping your home for sale .Buyers don’t want to see your hair brush,tooth brush or your cat’s litter.Now is the time to sort through what you really need to keep,give away,sell or throw out. Recycle where you can.Counter tops should be clear with the exception of a few accessories. Read...

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Housing Boom Bigger in Texas as Home Bidding Wars Erupt

Published October 9, 2013 by Julie Provenzano

After losing his third bidding war for a Dallas-area home, Johnny Tseng offered the winner $10,000 to walk away. The buyer declined.

“I thought I made an attractive offer,” said Tseng, a 31-year-old financial analyst for a Dallas-based commercial bank. “But if I were under contract right now and somebody came along and offered me money, I would be hesitant. There just aren’t that many options out there.”

Read the complete article on Bloomberg here

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New Home Owner's Manual

Published September 22, 2013 by Julie Provenzano

This is a great article from on regular, do-it-yourself maintenance items that every homeowner should make a habit of.

Home Maintenance Calendar

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Buying a House: The Cost If You Waited

Published September 5, 2013 by Julie Provenzano

Agents often talk about the potential cost of waiting to buy a home. Today, I want to look at the actual cost for someone who waited over the last year. I used a 10% increase in house values as prices have gone up by double digits in some Dallas neighborhoods.  I looked at approximate mortgage rates last year compared to this year. Here is the impact on a monthly mortgage payment (principal and interest).

Buying now has the advantage of having a mortgage with a sub-5% interest rate in interest...

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Outdoor Rooms ~ A Photo Tour

Published August 23, 2013 by Julie Provenzano

The traditional line of thinking is that the kitchen is the most important room in a house on the "selling" meter. So long as it's open to the living room in today's market, that continues to be a major button for buyers. 

However, in today's market, the growing importance of the outdoor living area shouldn't be ignored. This doesn't typically factor into price per square foot value but it does weigh heavily on whether a buyer connects to a space. Here's a tour of some of the most impressive...

Outdoor Living
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Condo and townhouse sales catch fire in Dallas area’s surging market

Published August 23, 2013 by Julie Provenzano

Today in the Dallas Morning News:

As hot as the Dallas-Fort Worth home market is this summer, there’s one housing sector that’s even more blazing. Condominium and townhouse sales are on fire this year in North Texas.

Through the first seven months of 2013, condo purchases are running almost 40 percent ahead of 2012 levels. And condo sales prices in July were 17 percent higher than in the same month last year. Continue reading here

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Does Home Staging Pay Off?

Published July 28, 2013 by Julie Provenzano

Even though we're in a seller's market, home owners still need to go the extra mile if they're attempting to command top dollar prices for their properties. Committing to pre-listing work, such as painting, new carpet and staging is a step that should not be skipped due to overconfidence. 

While this article from the Wall Street Journal discusses the costs associated with staging and possibly renting furniture, home sellers need to remember that staging can often be accomplished with exactly...

To Stage or Not To Stage...?
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How To Make Your Bed (When Selling...)

Published July 6, 2013 by Julie Provenzano

You do not have to live like this 24-7 but if you have your house on the market to sell, remember that your home needs to be a showplace for prospective buyers. Bedrooms, especially the master suite, are important rooms for buyers and you want them to shine. Making sure they're uncluttered, filled with natural light and centered around a beautifully made bed are key to the impression you'll make. 

As someone who's re-made a lot of beds during my real estate career, this is how it's...

How to make your bed
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Your Guide to Decor Styles

Published July 4, 2013 by Julie Provenzano

This awesome infographic from starfurnitureblog breakes down furniture styles and interior decor in a clever way. Check here to see their graphic. 

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July Checklist for a Smooth-Running Home

Published July 4, 2013 by Julie Provenzano

This is a great article from on good homeowner tips for summer maintenance. 

July is a great time to tackle outdoor chores, like pepping up that curb appeal before the Fourth, and to lighten up your home, from clutter to energy bills. With Independence Day right around the corner here in the States, it's also a great time to show some patriotic spirit and give back to your community by supporting local businesses or donating items to charity. Here are 12 to-dos to consider putting...

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Bathed in Color: When to Use Black in the Bath

Published June 23, 2013 by Julie Provenzano

This great article from takes a look at how to use black paint in a sophisticated and stunning way. Read the full article here. 

Dare to bring black in for a dramatic and elegant bath that's different from all the rest
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Dallas Arboretum Summer Concert Series

Published June 16, 2013 by Julie Provenzano

Every Tuesday and Thursday through July 4th the Dallas Arboretum will host a summer concert with beautiful views of White Rock Lake. Voted Best Concert Venue by D Magazine, the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage hosts some of DFW’s best bands including Emerald City, Asleep at the Wheel, A Hard Night’s Day and many more. 

For more information, visit the Arboretum's website and concert schedule.

Concert Schedule
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Not So Fast...

Published June 15, 2013 by Julie Provenzano

The Nasher Sculpture Museum and Garden has declined Museum Tower's offer to replace the noted Oculi roof at their expense. Back to square one in the Arts District. 

Read Candy Evan's article here

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The Most Pampered Pooch

Published June 13, 2013 by Julie Provenzano

Got this from my friend and colleague Brady Moore at Dave Perry Miller & Associates. This is definitely THE most pampered pooch in Texas. 

Pampered Pooch
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Breaking News About Museum Tower

Published June 13, 2013 by Julie Provenzano

Just got this from Candy's Dirt regarding the lawsuit between Museum Tower and the Nasher Sculpture Garden in the Dallas Arts District. 

Comes word a few minutes ago that the Board of Trustees of the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System, which owns Museum Tower, has found and presented a solution the the reflective glare issue that has been a subject of a sometimes contentious debate now for more than a year.

That solution is changing the roof, notably the oculi, of the Nasher to a...

Museum Tower
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De-Cluttering. I Wouldn't Even Know Where To Begin Here

Published May 15, 2013 by Julie Provenzano

If I were a cartoon strip, "Eeeeekkkk" would be in my thought bubble upon seeing this house. This is a tale of two properties -- beautifully sleek, contemporary and clean on the outside and then "Whoa Nelly" on the inside. I like a little bohemian element here and there but this is just over the top!

De-Cluttering Olympics
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How Housing Is Leading Us Out of the Great Recession

Published April 30, 2013 by Julie Provenzano

It is often asked if the housing market can truly rebound if the all-round economy remains sluggish. The answer is that the housing market is not dependent on the economy but rather the economy is reliant on the housing market. Mark Zandi, Chief Economist at Moodys.comaddressed this issue in a recent report.

 “Historically, housing has always led the U.S. out of recessions. It is the most interest rate-sensitive part of the economy, and as rates fall during recessions,...

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Zen Living in the Real World: Using the Elements to Create an Outdoor Sanctuary

Published April 10, 2013 by Julie Provenzano

They form the basis for all life- earth, wind, fire, and water.  The four major elements are often taken for granted, barely even noticed amid the hustle and bustle of modern life.  This spring as the weather warms and new life blossoms, bring the elements to life by creating outdoor living spaces that enhance the unique energy of each one. 


Spring means a turning over of the old and a bursting forth of the new.  Before the trees bud and the flowers bloom, clear away...

pool and fire pit
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Saddest MLS Photo. Ever.

Published April 4, 2013 by Julie Provenzano

This is courtesy from my friend Cody Baker who came across this jewel today. How could you photograph this for a listing and what exactly, is this supposed to convey?

Sad Sad Photo
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Park Cities People: Real Estate Remains Hard to Come By

Published March 26, 2013 by Julie Provenzano

I met with a writer from the Park Cities People last week to chat about the low inventory in our market and what a feeding frenzy it's creating. It has been about a decade since I've seen anything like this and we were chatting about the imbalance in the marketplace and what land mines to watch out for. 

Here's a link to the complete article and the 2013 vs 2012 comparison.

Park Cities Real Estate
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Zen Living in the Real World: Kids, Clutter and Calm

Published March 15, 2013 by Julie Provenzano

It goes without saying- kids equal clutter.  Is there an effective way to calm the chaos of a houseful of children without sacrificing your own sanity? 

Good news, there is.  Its feng shui for kids-  10 tips for small spaces

1.  Children should be seen and heard.  Throw the old adage out the window and get your child’s input on how he or she would like the space to look and feel.  Resist the temptation to “match” your child’s room to...

zen kids room
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What Higher Mortgage Rates Mean For Your Monthly Payment

Published March 12, 2013 by Julie Provenzano

Rates on the Rise
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Dallas Morning News' Home of the Week: 3230 Bryn Mawr

Published February 24, 2013 by Julie Provenzano

The Dallas Morning News has recognized my listing at 3230 Bryn Mawr as their "Home of the Week". Candy Evans, of the famed Candy's Dirt real estate blog, has described it as "a perfectly proportioned Georgian fit for a president" but being "full of surprises" inside. 

The home was built by Gage Homes and the current owners purchased the property as new construction in the summer of 2010. Featuring nearly 6400 square feet, the home perfectly captures the sought-after transitional style that...

3230 Bryn Mawr
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Zen Living in The Real World; The Feng Shui Trinity

Published January 29, 2013 by Julie Provenzano

Bed, bath, kitchen.  Its no coincidence that these bare necessities join together to form a trinity of life enhancing energy.  Much of life is lived among these rooms and the layout and design of each has the potential to deplete or enrich our lives at a most basic level.  In all spaces, traditional feng shui calls for reduction in clutter, the use of soothing neutral materials and proper placement of furniture to both anchor the room and maximize the flow of chi (energy). ...

Feng Shui Bath
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3629 Wooded Creek: Dallas Morning News' Home of the Week

Published January 10, 2013 by Julie Provenzano

My gorgeous listing in Dalworthington Gardens was just selected by the Dallas Morning News' as their Home of the Week. If you're in the mood for 9,400 square feet, a cabana that can easily house 100+, barn, pond, pasture -- oh, and 14 acres! -- it doesn't get any better than this. 

Click here for the DMN Home of the Week

3629 Wooded Creek
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Zen Living in the Real World- the perfect entrance

Published January 6, 2013 by Julie Provenzano

The designers make it look so easy-  perfectly arranged furniture groups, color palettes that seem to breathe deeply on their own, the right amount of accessories to compliment and enhance living spaces dedicated to work, play, food, and relaxation-  browsing the internet or paging through an interior design magazine for inspiration on zen- like living can make one feel decidedly un-zen like when it comes to real life.  How can we take those pristine photos of serene living spaces...

A Perfect Zen Entrance
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Interior Decorating Made Simple

Published December 29, 2012 by Julie Provenzano

This is a great post from the Lashes Love and Leather Blog that breaks down the most important rules when designing a space. They're simple and completely true for anyone looking to freshen up their home in 2013. Click here

Interior Decorating Made Simple
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CNN Money: 5 signs to watch for housing in 2013

Published December 28, 2012 by Julie Provenzano


The bust of the housing market five years ago created one of the cheapest times to buy. Across many parts of the U.S., even in some of the priciest markets including New York and Honolulu, it has become cheaper to purchase a home than rent, according to Trulia's Rent vs Buy report. Record-low interest rates on mortgages have also made buying more affordable. 

That's changing, however. In 2012, prices hit bottom. Finally! While that tells us the market is healing,...

5 signs to watch for housing in 2013
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Gorgeous Estate in Dalworthington Gardens

Published December 17, 2012 by Julie Provenzano

This custom home, built by Tommy Grimes and completed in 2011, features 9,371 square feet and enjoys ultimate privacy on approximately 5.5 acres with an adjacent 8 available for separate purchase. The property has a four car garage, port-a-cochere, separate guest quarters and a stunning cabana built in 2007 with 2,824 square feet of covered patio ideal for large scale entertaining. The asking price on this estate is $2,850,000 with an additional 8 acres available for separate purchase at $500,000....
3629 Wooded Creek, Arlington, TX 76016
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Here's What My Friend Brady Would Refer To As "A Little Gem"

Published December 11, 2012 by Julie Provenzano

I have to give credit to my anonymous source for this beauty. This is a 30 acre horse ranch that's on the market for sale for just under $900,000 in Van Alstyne. (I had to check the spelling on that one carefully since I've never heard of it). 

Anyhow, aside from it being described as an overall "rancher's paradise", I have to say this is one of the more unusual main photos I've ever seen for a property for sale. This is not just one of the photos. It's THE main image on all websites for...

Rancher's Paradise