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Winnetka Heights Holiday Home Tour

WH 315 N Montclair 190 WH 315 N Montclair 480 WH 315 N Montclair 160Residents of the Winnetka Heights Historic District will open their doors to the community as part of the 28th Winnetka Heights Holiday Home Tour on Saturday, December 6th, from noon to 6 p.m. This year, Winnetka Heights is celebrating its 33nd year as a designated historic district and its 28th Holiday Home Tour. Photographer Lisa Stewart of Lisa Stewart Photography and Lifestylist® Suzanne Felber of the Lifestylist® Brands were chosen to do the photography of the homes.

In 1981 the City of Dallas recognized Winnetka Heights as the city’s sixth historic district. The neighborhood was the first such area in Oak Cliff to be designated. Two years later, the National Register of Historic Places also recognized the district, citing its significant contribution to the city’s architecture, community planning and development.

This year’s tour features six homes (Prairie School four-squares and Craftsman bungalows) and begins at the historic Turner House at 401 N. Rosemont. A seventh home and an invitation to a champagne reception will be included with all VIP tour tickets.

The Winnetka Heights Home Tour is an important event for the entire North Oak Cliff community, as it showcases beautifully how the old and the new cannot only coexist, but can in fact thrive. As our neighborhoods juggle both the growing pains and benefits of development, this tour showcases that it’s the people who live in our historic neighborhoods that truly make them what they are today. We are defined by more than a proximity to the urban center and the amenities that it brings. We choose to be neighbors to one another and to be part of a community that respects the past but looks to the future and works to make it our own.

– See more at: http://winnetkaheights.org/winnetka-heights-holiday-home-tour/#sthash.VZRt0nUX.dpuf

African Orphans Send Message of Hope to Tornado Survivors

My sister and her family live in Edmond, Oklahoma and are one of the lucky families that have a storm shelter. Tornadoes touched down near them last weekend but what happened to them was nothing like what happened to the residents of Moore, Oklahoma.

Last Summer they had an unbelievable experience – they packed up trunks and suitcases full of shoes, clothes, blankets, and other needed items and headed to Maisha International Orphanage – an amazing labor of love in Kisumu, Kenya. The stories and images they brought back are life changing, and it’s a great reminder of how a small donation or offering can be life changing to these kids.

The beautiful souls at Maisha wanted to do something for their friends in Oklahoma City and Moore, and made this video as a way of showing their love and support. What a great reminder this Memorial Day weekend how precious life is and we all need to live ours to the fullest.

Doing The Most Good: Salvation Army

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It’s heartbreaking to watch the news today and see the devastation in Moore, Oklahoma. My sister and her family live in Edmond, OK and I have clients that have land lease communities very close to where the tornado touched down. Sam – my nephew and favorite Jr Lifestylist spent the afternoon in their storm shelter a few days ago having a picnic with his pets -I’m so glad that he made sure they were safe as well as his family.
People always think that “trailer parks” or “mobile home parks” are the worst places to be during a disaster like this, but that just isn’t true. I was glad to hear that the Yes! Communities in this area only sustained hail and wind damage and no one was hurt. Their on-site managers made sure that everyone got to where they needed to be and are now busy helping them get emergency supplies and repairs. That’s one of the advantages of living in a well run land lease community – there’s always someone there to help.
If you would like to help the people of Moore that were affected by the storm, I encourage you to donate to the Salvation Army. They truly do the most good with every dollar that is donated.

The Gnome Knows

Let 2012 begin! It’s looking like a very busy year for this Lifestylist® – I’m already working on trips to Michigan, New York, Las Vegas and Florida. All of these are to work with clients, and I’m always very frugal as to where I stay when I’m on the road.
The first destination for me when I’m trying to get my travel reservations in order is Travelocity. This has been such a great time saver for me, and I’ve discovered really cool hotels I never would have known (or Gnome) about without their help. I was fortunate enough to spend some quality time with that cute little guy sporting the pointy red at the past few years at Savor Dallas, and he shared some great tips with me.
One of the best ways to save is to book everything together on their site. Not only can it save you money, it’s easier to keep up with to have your reservations  all in one place.
Thanks to their help, I discovered what I consider the best travel deal I’ve ever found. I needed a last minute room in the Tampa Bay area so I looked on Travelocity to see what I could find, and there it was – The Postcard Inn. Right on the beach, cool and funky, and amazing restaurant, Snack Shack and bar right on site, and under $75.00 a night! I liked it so much my daughter and grandkids joined me there to celebrate my birthday.
The next time you are thinking about heading out of town and experience something different, try Travelocity and trust their suggestions. Hopefully you’ll be able to find your own Postcard Inn to enjoy.

Timeless Design: Patriot Homes 2002

As a Lifestylist® I always say that design should be more about lifestyles than trends. Trendy design details and decors tend to cycle out quickly and leave the owner with a home that looks and feels dated.
In 2002 I was hired to be the Lifestylist® for Patriot Homes - an amazing factory built housing company based in Elkhart, Indiana. I had worked on factory built homes in the past, but never at this scale.  This is one of the first homes that I LifeStyled for them -it was at The Louisville show for their EnergyMate division. Jumping ahead 10 years, I’d be happy to show or live in this home again – it was well designed, the floorplan was open and perfect for entertaining, and the island was larger than anything else being shown at that time.
Be sure to notice the pendant lighting. I know we were one of the first to show them and we were ahead of our.  All of our lighting was part of a partnership I initiated with Home Depot.
When you look at this home, it doesn’t look like a factory built home, or a modular home – it just looks and feels like a well designed home no matter how it got to the site. Who knew even 10 years ago we were designing the future of housing construction? Factory built homes are definitely here to stay.