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High-End Home Theater blends Aesthetics of Fine-Art, Fine-Architecture, and Fine-Entertainment
Among the features in an O?Neil Ford-designed home (1956-57) ? part of Preservation Dallas?s 2002 Mid-Century Modern Homes tour ? is a 21st-century, state-of-the-art home theater. Finding such a cutting edge entertainment system in the context of an historic home, a recipient of the 25-year Preservation... [more]

Creating the Garden Room
Morning-glory Blossoms and Lilies of the Valley Are Bells of Spring The urge to create your own scenic garden can strike at any time of the year. But in the midst of azaleas and Bradford pear, while watching for bluebonnets and looking to smell the lilacs, an especially gorgeous spring afternoon... [more]

French Doors can add a new room without adding space
French doors have opened up a new vista of design inside the country French chateau of Paula and Bob Fleming, who live with their three young daughters, Vivaldi their cat, and Spartacus, their three year-old komondor. Since the summer of 1997 when the Flemings moved to the 3200 block of Dartmouth... [more]

Trends in Kitchens
Dawn on the 21st century wakes up to a kitchen with growing pains. "A lot of people want computers in their kitchen," says Sharon Flatley, certified kitchen designer, ASID. "They want phone and fax machine. They want space for the children to sit, space for entertaining, incorporation... [more]

Building a House for Organ and Harpsichord
John Bradfield plays the organ in his spare time. He also plays his harpsichord and grand piano, and his keyboard at the office. Since he and his wife Barbara moved into their new home three years ago, John has often found himself sitting in front of his tracker organ in the music room. Designed... [more]

Dream Dining Tables
A dream dining room table adds a touch of romance to every meal. Purchased individually, without a set of dining chairs, the table can be a work of art. Likewise, searching for a dream table to accommodate Thanksgiving and holiday entertaining, can almost evolve into an artistic experience. ... [more]

Water Gardens
The water gardens at the home of Linda and Steve Love started out as a swimming pool?built by the homeowners, themselves. ?There was nothing here but flat ground,? Steve said. ?We?ve done it very primitively; a shovel, a pick, a wheelbarrow, and a hoe. That?s how we built it. The rock... [more]

Koi Ponds versus Water Gardens
?Koi ponds? are appearing on more and more home properties these days. Yet many people, who see koi ponds and water gardens such as those on the upcoming tour presented by the Koi and Water Garden Club of North Texas on September 21 and 22, think the two are interchangeable. Not so, according to... [more]

Xeriscape Gardening
The annual Xeriscape Tour of gardens, sponsored by the City of Dallas Water Utilities, during the first weekend in June took on anew dimension this year with the implementation of the new summertime water restrictions for Dallas residents, which states that sprinkler systems can not run between... [more]

Sport Court Outdoor Playroom
Pickle Ball can be played on a badminton court (20 by 44 ft) with the net low to the ground like in tennis. First trademarked about 20 years ago in the Puget Sound of Washington State, the racket game of Pickle Ball is played by two to four players using solid wooden paddles and a perforated... [more]

Outdoor Wood Decking
Judging by the growing number of elaborate wood decks in the area a new design concept is evolving in outdoor decking, one that could be described metaphorically as Designing the Backyard (W)hole. ?It?s like adding a room on the house without the tremendous cost of a total room,? said Butch... [more]

Well Done Garage Conversion
Garage conversions can provide a solution to many home expansion problems. But because such projects, too often, eliminated the carport or any sort of protection for the cars or were constructed poorly, the garage conversion developed somewhat of a bad reputation, and homeowners began looking for... [more]

Growing Kitchen Ideas
Dawn on the 21st century wakes up to a kitchen with growing pains. "A lot of people want computers in their kitchen," says Sharon Flatley, certified kitchen designer, ASID. "They want phone and fax machine. They want space for the children to sit, space for entertaining, incorporation... [more]

Digital Television
Digital television (DTV) makes TV a veritable window on the world with images of breath taking clarity. And it's revolutionizing the home entertainment industry. Still less than two years old, since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mandated the transition from analog television... [more]

Classics in Children's Rooms
Adding classics to children's rooms Heirlooms in children's rooms creates a sense of timelessness, according to Margaret Chambers, A.S.I.D. "I think of it not just a child's room," says Chambers. "Why not pick out pieces that they can use forever. If you buy good stuff, classical stuff... [more]

The Garden Flowers
Morning-glory Blossoms and Lilies of the Valley Are Bells of Spring The urge to create your own scenic garden can strike at any time of the year. But in the midst of azaleas and Bradford pear, while watching for bluebonnets and looking to smell the lilacs, an especially gorgeous spring afternoon... [more]

Backyard Haven for Birds
Perched in a magnolia, on a chimney, or soaring in flight, the mockingbird sings rapturously repeating each phrase several times before going on to the next one. His ?whisper song? is soft and tender. Yet, this Texas state bird is most famous for his mimicry--39 species songs and 50 call notes... [more]

Wine Cellars
Building custom wine cellars has grown into a booming business for Tim Smith who keeps three full-time employees working overtime to stay abreast of the demand. ?We?ve really seen a change, say, in the last ten years,? said Jasper Russo, spokesman for Marty?s, a wine retailer since 1943... [more]

Murals in Children's Rooms
Painting on the wall, especially in children?s rooms these days, is not just child?s play. Interior designers, retailers, artists, even parents and grandparents are finding a lot of freedom of expression in creating the child?s room. ?You can kind of do anything in any color in a child... [more]

The Exercise Room
Adding big-screen TV and surround sound stereo to a home gym just might transform your couch potato into a cycling tomato. TV is a major source of motivation in health clubs, according to Carla Sottovia, trainer at the Cooper Fitness Center on Preston Road. And she recommends a wall-mounted... [more]

Landscaping the Garden
Out beyond the flagstone bridge, a stream of water rushes over the Pacific Northwest garden rocks, and you lean back into the lush tranquility of the spring; only, you?re seated in the heart of your own backyard in Dallas. Here, as if in a cocoon, your private backyard can transport you to... [more]

Libraries
Libraries are about books. Designated home libraries are about the ambience of books. Before the family room came into existence, large homes in the 19th century had a room called the library that may or may not have held a few books but was used as an informal living area apart from the... [more]

Outdoor Kitchens
Posh outdoor kitchens have opened up a new chapter in the story behind barbecuing, which could very well be America?s oldest native form of cooking, according to John Henry Abercombie (who goes by John Henry), a teacher of culinary at Houston Community College and author of Backyard Grilling... [more]

Powder Room Bowls
Closet drama is found in powder rooms these days, not from the inside of a book, but from the dramatic outlay of new high-style lavatory basins. Call them sinks when the ceramic lavatory sits on top a ceramic pedestal; call them bowls or vessels when the basin sits on top the counter; or call them... [more]

The Open Shower
Pull off the curtains and take away the doors for a refreshing surprise in the shower. Variations on the no-shower door approach, which has been in use for about 5 years, are getting more and more requests these days, according to Helene Terry with BentWood Kitchens, Solutions for... [more]

The Kitchen Stove
The heartbeat of the kitchen often simmers on the kitchen stove?an appliance that can be as rugged as industrial stainless steel and as luxurious as a Rolls Royce. The fact is people are putting lots of money into their kitchens like they do luxury automobiles. ?Kitchens are becoming absolutely... [more]

Sunrooms
Genesis of the sunroom came from the greenhouse, according to J.P. Bains, general manager at Four Seasons Sunrooms. Long before the solarium and sunroom industry and the green house industry, there was glass--a clear substance that?s been in use for 5,000 years yet only recently revolutionized... [more]

The Dressing Room
In the closet comes the latest fashion?the dressing room. Recently, the proposal for a 400-square-foot addition to go on an 84-year-old home in the Swiss Avenue Historic District, approved by the Dallas City Council, made controversy because of its modifications to the home?s exterior. But the... [more]

The Home Theater
Little by little, the home theater is finding a comfortable niche in the home. By definition, home theater is the electronic processing of the audio signal in conjunction with the video presentation, according to Tom Kessel, co-owner of Hillcrest High Fidelity. But, it is also the total experience... [more]

Outdoor Yard Conversions
The water fountain, a bronze and stone sculpture set over a scalloped shell basin and encircled by water pool, cools off an outdoor corner nook that, although elegant today, was once a hidden repository for old tires and bicycles, according to Shirley Flabiano, A.S.I.D with SAS Interiors. This... [more]



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