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The micro manor | How to decorate a tiny space

Does the 18th-century French barometer work? It’s a reasonable question to put to John Bobbitt, longtime Dallas interior designer, antiques dealer, Maple Terrace resident and collector of superb curiosities. Well, it could work, Bobbitt says, but first he’d have to replace the original glass tubes with new ones custom-made by the one man in the country who restores old barometers, in Maine. Then he’d have to figure out how to safely buy and install the

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Beauty, Dallas, Open Houses, Preston Hollow

Fall Open House Tour: More Than 200 Open Houses in North Texas

1 Glen Abbey Court | Mansfield. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Doors will open across North Texas this Sunday, making it easy to see outstanding homes for every phase of life. Thinking of moving to a great school district? Considering downsizing now that the kids have left the nest? Looking for a smart investment in a growing neighborhood? Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty agents will be on-hand at open houses to discuss the best options and opportunities across D-FW.

Last year, some homes had as many as 50 prospective buyers stop by during the Fall Open House Tour – and many made offers. Don’t miss your chance to find the perfect place to call home.

To see a full list of homes and open times throughout the day, visit briggsfreeman.com/falltour.

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Beauty, Just Listed

Just Listed in North Texas 9.26.2016 {Video}

Photos and video / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

2815 Simondale Drive | Bellaire Estates | Fort Worth | Listed by Ilene Christ 

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5601 Banister Court | Plano | Listed by Gina Lester 

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6720 Greenwich Lane | Preston Brook Estates | Dallas | Listed by Trey Bounds 

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6048 Meadow Road | Preston Hollow | Dallas | Listed by Amy Detwiler 

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9642 Hathaway Street | Preston Hollow | Dallas | Listed by Christy Berry and Jonathan Rosen 

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3813 Bryn Mawr Drive | University Park | Listed by Penny Cook 

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3821 Southwestern Boulevard | University Park | Listed by Jonathan Rosen and Christy Berry 

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1999 Mckinney Avenue #404 | Uptown Dallas | Listed by Missy Woehr and Ilene Christ  

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3510 Turtle Creek Boulevard #18AB | Oak Lawn | Dallas | Listed by Bryan Crawford 

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3401 Lee Parkway #3A | Turtle Creek | Dallas | Listed by Ilene Christ  

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3505 Turtle Creek Boulevard #18C | Turtle Creek | Dallas | Listed by Penny Cook 

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5526 Ridgedale Avenue | Greenland Hills | Dallas | Listed by Kyle Baugh and Gia Marshello 

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8326 Garland Road | Forest Hills | Dallas | Listed by Lauren Valek Farris 

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Explore these neighborhoods and more. Visit the Best Neighborhoods Site in DFW.

For more luxury homes throughout North Texas, see briggsfreeman.com. President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices in  Dallas,  Fort Worth Cultural District,  Fort Worth-Mira Vista,  UptownLakewoodSouthlakeThe North, Ranch and Land, Ranch and Land West, and The Ballpark.  

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Staycation in North Texas? Absolutely! 

Sure, it’s nice to travel during summer break … but, sometimes, you just want to enjoy what you can find close to home. So we’ve compiled a list a great things to do in North Texas that’ll take only a short car ride. (Or even a short walk!) When you live in a state as great as Texas, there’s no need to go far for a great vacation! – By Susan Haney
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A Few Good Men Spreading Holiday Cheer in Dallas

The men of Bill Fant’s Sunday School class serve 1,000 children and their parents at the Brother Bill’s Helping Hand annual Christmas Celebration.

For the past 12 years, the men from Bryan Fant’s Sunday school class at Park Cities Baptist Church have spent the second Saturday of December in West Dallas helping to decorate for the Brother Bill’s Helping Hand annual Children’s Christmas Celebration. The crew wraps presents, blows up soccer balls, puts together bikes, decorates the tree, hangs garland and wreaths—whatever needs to get done before the main event.

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Holiday Decoration Inspiration for Your Extraordinary Home – Merry Pinterest

With Christmas and New Year’s gatherings just around the corner, here are some simple ways to infuse some last-minute holiday cheer into your home. Continue Reading…

Beauty, Just Listed

Just Listed: Luxury North Texas Homes {Video}

Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

5947 Desco Drive | Old Preston Hollow | Listed for $995,000

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3403 Queensbury Way | Colleyville | Listed for $486,000

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6251 Danbury Lane | Lovers Lane East | Listed for $425,000
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2802 S. Country Club Road | Garland | Listed for $699,000
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4301 Potomac Avenue | Highland Park | Listed for $2,388,000
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4301 Saint Andrews Boulevard | Irving | Listed for $1,350,000
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0 FM 2164 | Denton | Listed for $5,764,692
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0 CR 150 | Buffalo Gap | Listed for $467,600
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0 Highway 70 | Bitter Creek Ranch | Listed for $33,861,275
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To see all new listings from Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty: http://bit.ly/1wQgqv0

For more luxury homes, see briggsfreeman.com. Click here to see the latest in real estate news. President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with seven offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land,The Ballpark and Southlake

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Evening Fireworks Extravaganza – Where to Watch in North Texas!

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Only two more days till the Fourth of July fireworks displays light up the night skies across North Texas. Do you know where you’re going to oohh and ahhh Thursday and Friday night? No worries. We compiled a list for you.
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A Winning Year for HPISD and Highland Park High School

 (l to r) Swimmer Kate Boyer, runner Natalie Rathjen, wrestlers Stephen Dieb and Connor Creek and the HPHS tennis team all celebrated  championships in their sports.

It’s been a year of championship wins for student/athletes at Highland Park High School

HPHS sophomore Stephen Dieb won the individual state championship in the 145-pound division at the UIL 4A wrestling championship meet Feb. 14-15 in Garland.

HPHS junior Connor Creek was the division champion at 160 pounds.  The Scots took second place as a team at the state meet.

Junior Kate Boyer claimed the UIL 4A championship title in both the 50- and 100-freestyle events at the state swimming and diving meet Feb. 21-22 in Austin. Boyer also set a new 4A state record in the 100-freestyle with a time of 50.85 seconds.

Senior Natalie Rathjen won the UIL 4A girls cross country individual state title Nov. 9 in Round Rock. Rathjen posted a time of 17:41.78, 46 seconds faster than the second-place finisher. The girls team finished in second place.

The HPHS tennis team won its sixth consecutive 4A state title and broke its own state record with its 15th title overall. Despite rain delays and relocations, the Scots defeated San Antonio Alamo Heights 10-3 in the semifinals and Montgomery High School 10-1 in the finals to win the championship Nov. 6 in Waco.

Those hoping for a title next year should note that the HPHS trainers will sponsor athletic physicals for all incoming seventh- through 12th-grade athletes and prospective athletes May 17 at Highlander Stadium. Students must have physicals on file before tryouts, practices or competitions in middle school or high school athletics. Local doctors and nurses will conduct the exams, assisted by the trainers. The cost is $20, and payment by cash or by check payable to HP Sports Medicine will be accepted at the event. Go to HPISD.org to schedule.

For more beautiful homes, see briggsfreeman.com. Click here to see the latest in real estate news. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.

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The Best Easter Egg Hunts and Activities for the Whole Family in Dallas and Surrounding Cities!

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Looking for an Easter Event or an Egg Hunt in Dallas or surrounding areas? See what’s hopping this year in the metroplex!

Going on an Egg Hunt

Taking the kiddos on an Easter egg hunt is always a joy. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden features members-only egg hunts. Surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of tulips and spring blooms, participants are divided into age-appropriate groups, so everyone has a fair shake at egg-gathering. (We hear tickets are going fast, so reserve your spots today.)

Pooch Parades

You know the Easter season is officially upon us when you see Dallas pooches flaunting their Sunday best! The annual Easter in Lee Park and Pooch Parade is a must-attend event. In addition to the pup parade, participants enjoy music, food and vendors.

Neighborhood Eggstravaganza

Some of your favorite neighborhoods sponsor egg hunts — and you need only show up with enthusiasm and an egg-collecting basket. One of our favorites is the University Park Eggstravaganza, which takes place this weekend in Goar Park. Additional activities at this annual event include photos with the Easter Bunny, face painting, bounce houses, snacks and music.

Easter Eats

Many of the chefs at your beloved restaurants are preparing seasonal offerings for Easter brunch. Some of the restaurants we recommend include FearingsLark on the ParkToulouse Cafe and Bar, and Oak. Be sure to make your reservations now, because tables fill up quickly. (- From Culturemap.com )

Here are some Easter Event Highlights in our area:
Highland Park – Easter Egg Hunt
Uptown – Easter Brunch!
Lakewood – Easter Weekend at Dallas Arboretum
Southlake –Easter in the Park
Colleyville Easter Egg Hunt
Dallas – Easter in the Park
Easter Events by City / Neighborhood
Allen – Eggcellent Family Adventure
Aubrey – 15,000 Easter Egg Drop & Family Picnic
Bedford – Easter Egg Celebration in Bedford (click on Easter tab)
The Colony – Spring Eggstravaganza!
Coppell – EGGstravaganza
Dallas – University of Dallas Alumni Easter Egg Hunt
Denton – Easter Eggstravaganza
Flower Mound – Easter Egg Scramble
Fort Worth – Fort Worth Stockyards – Texas Sized Easter Celebration and Egg Hunt
Frisco – Aqua Egg Hunt + Easter Eggstravaganza
Garland – KidFest at Fire Wheel Town Center
Gainesville – Frank Buck’s Zoo Extravaganza
Grand Prairie – Egg-Stravaganza Egg Hunt +  Easter Egg Hunt at Kirby Creek Indoor Pool
Grapevine –Easter Egg Hunt at Historic Nash Farm
Highland Village – Easter Egg Hunt
Irving – Spring Egg Hunt and Easter Celebration +  Underwater Easter Egg Hunt
Keller –Tree-Mendous Spring Egg Scramble
Lewisville – 25th Annual Funny Bunny Festival
McKinney – 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Individuals with Special Needs and their Families +  Easter Egg-Stravaganza
Midlothian

– Easter Round Up at Hi View Ranch – (214) 564-5573

Oak Lawn – Easter Egg Hunt on the Village Green
Plano – Easter Egg Hound Hunt
Richardson – Spring Fling: An Eggstravaganza
Rockwall – Easter Egg Hunt
Rowlett – Eggstraordinary Egg Hunt
Round Rock – Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt (registration required)
Wylie – In Synch Exotics Easter Egg Hunt

Stay updated on everything fabulous happening this Easter on Pinterest! Visit hoppypinterest.com for more info.

Click here to see the latest in real estate news. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.