Holiday Decorating Has Begun!

It's true - holiday decorating seems to start earlier every year, and this year is no exception. We started seeing artificial trees, lights and ornaments in the stores in July which is crazy! Even though we are still having 70 degree days in Texas we've decided it's time to join in and start pulling out our favorite decorations and recipes - maybe this year we'll even take the tree down before February!

The State Fair of Texas

We love the State Fair of Texas. It's everything we love about living in Texas in one location - food, rides, creative arts, livestock competitions... and of course great people watching.

This photo is one of our favorites from this year - nothing comes between a girl and her steer when she's a member of FFA.

The Future of Housing

There are some great innovations happening in housing, especially in factory built housing. Many of the leaders of this sector have gathered in San Diego to network about what the future should hold. We are honored to have been asked to be part of this very prestigious group.

Preserving Summer

Labor Day is what seems like the last hurray of Summer.  Fall doesn't officially arrive until the 23nd but people pack up their vacation homes, enjoy this 3 day weekend and get ready for what's ahead.

We've had such a great Summer we don't want it to end here, especially when it comes to enjoying all of the fresh, locally grown produce we've been enjoying.

After another trip to the Farmers Market we are ready to see how we can make some of this goodness last - we already have berries and peaches in the freezer, and we are using tomatoes to make a marinara this morning. We'll be sharing recipes and ideas on our Lifestylist page and with Thermador.

Enjoy every minute of this beautiful day!

Fall is Coming to The Home Idea Factory

It's been a busy year, and this Lifestylist® has spent quite a bit of time traveling to visit clients and homeowners. Because of that I haven't spent as much time at The Home Idea Factory, but today I got to make up for that and experience again why I love living and working here.
Visiting The Workroom yesterday really got me inspired and I looked at what was around me with different eyes. Things I would have thrown away are now going to be recycled - just wait until you see what I am planning on doing with the two birds nests I found!
It may be Fall and we are almost to the middle of November, but things are still blooming. Daisy - my rescue dog helped me explore - take a look at some of the special finds we made today.

Rebuilding The Gulf Coast After Hurricane Katrina

It's hard to believe that's it's been 10 years since Katrina set her eye on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. So much of the media was focused on New Orleans, but the entire Gulf Coast especially in Mississippi has yet to fully recover from her wrath.
When it became obvious that here was going to be extensive loss of housing , the Manufactured Housing Institute and the manufactured housing community sprung into action to make sue that people would have a place to live that was safe.
A few years after the storm MHI's magazine: Modern Homes had an article written by Lifestylist® Suzanne Felber with photography by Lisa Stewart Photography that shared what progress had been made, and what an important part of the rebuilding process manufactured housing played.
You can read a copy of the article here.

Mardi Gras In Dallas

Oak Cliff dwellers know how to party, and the Mardi Gras parade is always one of the best parades of the year.

This year the Winnetka Heights neighborhood stole the show with their Wizard of Oz floats: There's No Place Like Home. We agree - why would you want to live anywhere but Oak Cliff?

Lifestylist Wedding Ideas

Are you looking for ideas on how to plan the perfect wedding? Our Lifestylist Weddings page is full of helpful information. You can also check out our Pinterest page for more easy, inexpensive ideas.

Trend Tracking in 2015

The holidays have come and gone, and now we are busy getting ready to attend the International Builders Show and to learn about all of the new ideas and products that will be available to consumers this year.

We can't wait to share everything with you here, and in our social media sources. To find out what we find as we find it, follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter. Be sure and "like" us on these - we'll be uploading all day long so you won't want to miss a thing.