Contain Yourself–It’s Back-to-School

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smarttiw, FreeDigitalPhotos.net

When I was a kid, I almost always took my lunch to school. Between the mystery meat and puzzling menu match-ups (my sister is still wonders why pizza always came with a side of canned corn), it was the only way to survive. Continue reading

Achin’ for Bacon

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bhg.com

Last night, I realized that my love of cooking -and eating- is pretty much wrapped up in bacon.

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Practically Perfect Porch Living

Max Kim-Bee, Veranda.com

Max Kim-Bee, Veranda.com

Here in Texas, we spend a lot of time outdoors so a great patio, porch or deck is a must. And, guess what?  Hanging around outdoors is more than a Texas thing. According to a survey by the Hearth, Patio & Barbeque Association, homebuilders from coast-to-coast list a deck among the top three features most requested by new home buyers. Continue reading

5 Things Every Cool Cook Needs

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PerpetualKid.com

Recently, I fell into a mealtime malaise. The thrill was gone, the joy was lost. Visions of pricey take-out loomed large. Then I stumbled across these quirky finds that serve up the perfect mix of form, function and fun.  Continue reading

Add Some Green To Your Scene

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ponsulak, FreeDigitalPhotos.net

This weekend, my yard arose from its long winter’s slumber. Grass is sprouting, trees are leafing and my wisteria trellis has beautiful buds from top-to-bottom. That makes my yard -and me- very happy. Amazing what a touch of green can do. Continue reading

At Home with Robert Edsel of The Monuments Men

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MonumentsMenFoundation.org

I’ve called Dallas home for over two decades.  I’m drawn to its bigger-than-life swagger and can-do spirit.  Yet, much as I adore this city’s focus on the future, I’ve also lamented its tendency to replace the old with new faster than you can say, “How do I get to Neiman Marcus from here?” Although I like shiny, bright as much as the next person, there’s much to be said for homes with history because of the stories they tell and the design integrity they reveal.  Continue reading

4 Stylish Ways to Warm Up Fast

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Carla Jordan

Snow scenes like this one outside my window are more rare here in Texas than in Kansas City where I grew up.  But right now, despite my long-time Lone Star status, winter has its icy grip on me, myself and I.  Like you, I’m looking for ways to keep warm while waiting for the Polar Vortex (such a dramatic name!) to take its leave.  However, I’ve found that there’s no need to give style the boot while donning my boots and dressing my home in its frigid weather-fighting best.  Here’s how to make haute and heat to meet in ways that’ll warm your stylish senses.  Continue reading