Re-Decorating Your Home

I recently wrote an article for the Great Southwest Home Show that had some easy and inexpensive ideas that might help you.

You can be frugal and still have a beautiful home -the key is to really put together a plan with what you want to accomplish and how much you want to spend before you start shopping.

When a start on a Lifestylist® Designed home, the first thing I do is think about the homeowners lifestyle, and how they’ll be living in it. Do they have kids? How Old? Pets? Are sports important? Do they like to entertain? Do they enjoy spending time in the kitchen or would they rather share “Take-In” with their guests?

Making over your home can be as simple sometimes as just moving some things around -by giving the room a different “flow” and feel, you might end up with just the experience you were hoping for!

Lifestylist® Advisory: BEE – Fast and Fresh

Oak Cliff, Texas is a great place to be right now if you are a foodie. We’ve had some amazing restaurants open in our area recently – everything from BBQ to fine dining. My favorite of them all right now though is BEE – Best Enchiladas Ever.

Restaurateur Monica Greene – well known for her legendary Monica’s aca y alla and Ciudad restaurants has decided to combine fast with fresh. At BEE you get to write down which main choices you want, then after it’s assembled you tell the chefs what vegetables and extras you want on them. You can then “BEE Gone” with your creations, or enjoy them in the bright, sunny dining area or on the patio – this Lifestylist’s favorite. favorite. The patio is pet friendly as well so it’s a really fun place just to hang out. Check out our Lifestylist Designed Media video to get an idea of why we love to BEE there.

I rarely eat meat, but when I was LifeStyling a photo shoot at BEE recently I got to sample the brisket, and I am hooked! It was lean and moist, and the perfect compliment to my favorite sauce – the Chipotle Crema. You get your choice of one or two enchiladas, so now I just get one cheese and one brisket!

BEE was chosen by a lot of national publications during the Super Bowl this year as the place to be seen – stop by and see for yourself why .

They are located at: 202 W. Davis Street, Dallas, TX 75208 and they are open 11am – 10pm 7 days a week. Tell them The Lifestylist® sent you!

Lifestylist® Advisory: Savor Dallas

It’s hard to believe that Savor Dallas is less than a week away! This will be the 7th year that I’ve attended and styled the shots for photography – each year seems to be better than the last. As a Lifestylist®, I appreciate the fact that Savor Dallas is all about Living your Life with Style, and eating well as you do it!

With over 200 chefs, mixologists and winemakers typically bringing goodies that always not only look good enough to eat, but to shoot as well. I have to get with their team, style the item on a pretty plate that I bring along or a beautiful glass, then hand them off to photographer Lisa Stewart of Lisa Stewart Photography. We only have a few hours on each day to accomplish this so I’m always amazed at what Lisa is able to get photographed.

Today I pulled some of my favorite shots and made a video with them -great memories and inspiration on what I want to accomplish this year. Which is your favorite?

For more information on this fantastic event, contact Jim and Vicki at: www.savordallas.com

Most of the photography on the site is shots that Lisa and I did as well, so enjoy!

Verrines: Big Tastes in Small Packages

It’s a small world after all: verrines, a French concept that layers ingredients in a small glass or clear container has been seen in restaurants and high end parties, and now it is making it’s way to suburbia.

Verrines are as pretty to see as they are to eat, and it’s a great way to cut calories by making portions smaller but still appealing to the eyes and the palette. These bites can be sweet or savory, and can add a touch of elegance to any event.

Pier 1 Imports has a great assortment of mini cordials, dessert bowls and shot glasses complete with coordinating spoons that are perfect for making your own verrines at home.

If you don’t want to make these yourself, Seasons 52 Fresh Grill calls these their Mini Indulgences, and it’s hard to only sample one. Choices include Key Lime Pie, Old Fashioned Carrot Cake, and Mocha Macchiato – yum! I recently went there with the owners of The New American Home for a celebration dinner and we kept (and ate) the entire Indulgence presentation – now THAT was a celebration!

The verrine trend is here to stay, and we are looking forward to sharing some of our favorite recipes for these here.

Manufactured Homes by Cavco in The Texas Hill Country

I love the area near New Braunfels and Boerne – great countryside and the best BBQ!

Cavco Home Center in New Braunfels is a great place to start your search – we have done some Lifestylist® Designed homes for them and were amazed with their quality and customer service. They have a great selection of homes that would be ideal as your main or vacation home.

To see a video of some of the homes we LifeStyled for them, check out our Lifestylist Channel on You Tube, and to get more information on what homes are currently available, give the home center a call at: (830) 608-0208. Tell them The Lifestylist® sent you!

Great Deals on Manufactured Housing in Tucson, Arizona

What a wonderful week I’ve had! We are doing more product design for home companies, and fortunately last week I headed to Arizona to work on some new projects. While there I headed to Tucson – a place that will always have my heart. I was fortunate enough to live there for 9 years, and going back made me realize how much I miss that amazing lifestyle.

There has always been a question as to whether factory built housing can be “as good as” a site built home, and when I stopped by the Cavco Retail Center on I-10, I saw some great examples of how factory built homes can not only be as good as, but better than their site built competition! I have absolutely fallen in love with a home that they had in their model park, and if I just showed people the photos, I bet they would never guess that they could have this home delivered instead of built on their lot. The high ceilings, skylights and transom windows let you take advantage of the views, and as a “foodie” I’m lusting after the kitchen! Solid surface countertops, tons of beautiful cabinets and stainless steel appliances would make it hard to ever leave. I also loved the floorplan that was perfect for entertaining – the kitchen opened into the great room so the chef could be a part of the party.

I also absolutely loved the porches -not one but two! There was one off of the master suite that would be perfect to enjoy sunrises or sunsets from.

If you haven’t had the chance to take a look at the beautiful new homes that Cavco is building, now is a great time. Either visit their Marana Sales Center to see this home, visit their website or give Nick a call at: 520-744-3804. Be sure to tell them the Lifestylist® sent you so they’ll give you the full tour!