Saturday, July 21, 2018

More EXCELLENT Advice for Organizing Guru Donna Malone with Pretty Simple Organzing


Hello PRZADA TEAM Clients & Friends!!  We hope you are well this fine day!  

We have the second part of our wonderful Q & A Interview with professional organizer, Donna Malone of Pretty Simple Organizing.  You can find the rest of her FAB advice in our newsletter, which comes out tomorrow!  Make sure to find, like, and follow us on our facebook fan page, THE PRZADA TEAM, www.facebook.com/theprzadateam for the newsletter!  Until then, here is a sneak peek into her very organized and well-thought out advice!  

You can find Donna on the web at www.prettysimpleorganzing.net or call her at 469-213-0032

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Q & A with Donna Malone, professional organizer with Pretty Simple 



Q-What advice would you give someone who wants to make over their Pantry? 

A-What is it about those Pinterest Pantries? One Word....containers!  Picture-perfect Pinterest pantries are notorious for cereals, baking items, snacks, and etc. all in clear matching containers.  Getting rid of all the multicolored mismatched sized boxes not only makes it more aesthetically pleasing to look at, but creates additional space as well.  Clear stacking bins for snacking items, tiered shelving for canned items, Lazy Susans for bottled items all contribute to achieving that "dream pantry".  Wanting to really have fun?  Add peel and stick wallpaper in a bright or bold pattern to the back wall to make you smile every time you open the door. 





Tuesday, July 10, 2018

What Was The Name Of That Place????

*Scratching Head* Does that ever happen to you? A once familiar place from your past, maybe even a treasured place, comes up in memory, in image, in your mind, but you can't, for the life of you, remember the name of it? Well, this happened to me just last week. 





"Now, if I could just remember the name...Il Mulino...no, that's not it, Il Trattoria, nope, not even present in Dallas in a google search. I can see it, the gondola, the palm reader, who greeted you with a smile upon entry, the silver bread boxes, the roving band of of musicians, the staff who brought you unending quantities of bread. Hmm.  What is the name of that restaurant!!??  Mom and Dad took me there as a youngish person and I fell quite fully entranced with it, my husband and I went back, much later as newlyweds..."

This wasn't a place that we frequented, all THAT often, but it sure made an impression on me, and not being able to recall the name of it has driven me nuts for about a week!!!  Enter google and the return of my memory!!!  Volia!!!!  Il Sorento, a classic Dallas Italian restaurant. This gem opened in 1950 and closed in 2003. Its vibrant owner passed in 2014. Why do I post about it? Well, I guess I was overjoyed today, that the name randomly, returned to me. Poof, just like that, with a quick search and the Dallas Morning News, I learned this about the owner...

What a fascinating life! What a fun little trip down memory lane. What a joy it was to visit that restaurant and get to enjoy some good food and a bit of magic. With the decor and the ambiance that Mr. Messina strove so hard to create, it made this young girl feel as though she had been whisked away, magically, to another land. Such fun!

That's kind of how it goes around here...so much change, so much progress. Old, historic, or charming, these are the adjectives that sometimes give way to new, progress and construction. Here's three cheers to google, for being able to keep a record of so very many things, and those of us that can remember places of long ago.

Note, we happen to LOVE progress, but we also happen to LOVE history, even some personal history, too! That's it, isn't it, to really know a city, a community, you must know and love some of its past, while appreciating its progress and change, too!

Check out some of the images I found of Il Sorento in a google image search. See if they bring back any memories for you!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

North Texas Area July 4th Fireworks Celebrations

Happy almost-4th of July!  Have you made your plans to watch fireworks yet? In case you are still nailing down your celebratory fun, here is a round up of local firework displays!  



Addison- Addison KaBoom Town!  July 3rd @ 4pm Addison Circle Park
Allen- Market Street Allen USA Celebration June 30th @ 4 pm Celebration Park
Carrollton- Patriotic Concert July 3rd @ 12 noon Keller Springs Senior Center  and Fireworks display at Josey Ranch Lake July 4th @ 9:15pm Celina- Splash & Blast June 30th @ 5pm
The Colony- Liberty by the Lake July 4th @ 4pm Stewart Creek Park
Dallas- Red, White and Blues Music July 1st-July 4th @ 2pm Dallas Arboretum and Red, White and Boom on the Bridge July 3rd @ 6pm Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge and Fair Park Fourth July 4th @ 12 noon Fair Park and Old Fashioned Fourth July 4th @ 10am Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park
Farmers Branch- Independence Day Celebration July 3rd @ 6:30pm Farmers Branch Historical Park
Frisco- Frisco Freedom Fest July 3 & 4th @ 4pm Frisco Square
Garland- Star Spangled Spectacular July 4th @ 4pm Firewheel Town Center
Lewisville- Freedom Festival & Fireworks July 4th @ 5pm Castle Hills Village Shops & Plaza
McKinney- Red, White & Boom, Parade in Downtown McKinney July 4th @ 10am- Yankee Doodle Block Party and Fireworks July 4th  @ 5:30pm Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch
Plano- Lions Independence Day Parade July 4th @ 9am Plano ISD Admin Building and
All American Fourth Fireworks July 4th @ 5pm Oak Point Park
Prosper- Pride in the Sky July 3rd @ 5pm Frontier Park
Richardson- Family 4th Celebration July 4th @ 6:15pm Breckenridge Park
Sachse- Red, White and Blue Blast July 3rd @ 6pm Heritage Park

Thursday, May 31, 2018

I am going to remodel my_________.





Now what???


Well, that can be a sometimes daunting question, especially if you have not had much experience with remodels or renovations before.  There are a few options to get started.

  1. Do It Yourself- If you are the handy sort, and this specific task is in your wheelhouse, then gather your supplies and work your magic!
  2. Hire a contractor-  A contractor will bring his or her own subcontractors to the job and coordinate the timetable and the work, but all of this comes with a price.  Some contractors will charge a flat fee, while others charge a percentage of each component of the job. If you are in a position to do this, then it may help you save your sanity! Ha!
  3. Find a trade specific vendor to complete each component of the remodel- For example, if you are planning to remodel your kitchen, then you would find a vendor to do the tile and stonework and counter-tops, an electrician for any lighting, a carpenter or cabinet maker to handle the cabinets, and shop appliances at big box stores or appliance vendors, while you manage each of the vendors and the timeline of the project. If you are in a position to do this, then it may save you money. 
A few words to the wise...all vendors and contractors are not created equal.  
  • A wise woman (my mom, one half of THE PRZADA TEAM) once told me, use the rule of 3, meaning, get three estimates from vendors or contractors.  That way, you can get a feel for who is the most knowledgeable, whose rates are the most reasonable/outrageous, and whom you feel that you would work well with.  
  • Also, researching vendors and contractors online with the help of the Better Business Bureau, Angie's List, Google Reviews, Facebook Reviews are all good options to learn more about the potential person you hire.  
  • A remodel is an undertaking, even if you are hiring every single bit of it out.  Depending upon the scope of the work, there will be inconvenience at the very least, all the way up to completely changing your living arrangements during the job.  Timetables shift, as do budgets.  Be prepared for the job to take longer and cost more than the original estimate.  That is not always the case, but if you know it is a possibility, you are less likely to be shocked. 
  • Ask THE PRZADA TEAM for vendor suggestions.  YOU, of course, are under no obligation to use anyone we suggest.  It is up to you.  We do have a Vendor List that we curate routinely.  To make "the list," a vendor, contractor, or service provider must either come highly recommended to us from a very trusted source, or have personally worked with us and given us great service, and or a wonderful product. We revisit our list over time, so we certainly remove those that fall below our high standard, and we add new vendors that we discover.  
Happy Remodeling! 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Barn Door, Y'all!

Barn Doors are all the rage, aren't they... or are they? It seems like at this point, they are part and parcel of the modern American home renovation.  According to Realtor.com, this trend was on its way out in 2017, but alas, being one to buck the system, I opted to go ahead and add one to my home...even though we are well into 2018 and all! ;) To me, the point of trends is to be aware of them, and then decide for yourself, if this is something you like and want to commit to, long-term. So, on the barn door question, I committed whole-hearted y'all!

My reasoning for a barn door...we have a game room space upstairs that sits mid-way between a media room and a bedroom.

Two concerns:
1. Noise travels well in that area, and the occupant of said bedroom likes to come out of his room and hush his parents' TV watching habits. 2. During the inspection process, we lost a portion of drywall, sort of a hallway header in front of our attic access, due to a space/configuration goof.  Needless to say, I always felt that the hall needed "something..." that visually it was missing an element.  After mulling this over and over for quite a while, we finally took the plunge.  There are so many kits and DIY-How-Tos all over the internet, but we ultimately decided to hire a carpenter to create this for us.  We were NOT disappointed AT ALL.  It is truly a beautiful work of art...something that has made me fall even more in love with our upstairs now that it is a reality.  We hired Shannon & Joshua MacWilliams of Ingenious Wood by J-MAC.  They came highly recommended by many of our neighbors.  Why? Well, for starters, they can DO ANYTHING, and do it well, plus they are reasonably priced, and super-professional. Please see their Facebook page for a collection of the work they have done.  I am already thinking of the next project for Ingenious Wood by J-MAC!

Now on to the "eye candy"!!!

Before



After

My furry shadow wanted to get in on the action, I suppose...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

It's Definitely That Time of Year Again!!!

Spring Cleaning, Spring Cleaning, welp, it's that time of year, isn't it? I think I spent a good chunk of my day yesterday "arguing" with and sorting the massive amounts of paper one seems to accumulate these days!  Between mail, bills, schoolwork, flyers, agendas from volunteer meetings, receipts, magazines, junk mail...a gal could almost literally be carried away in a sea of paper!  No matter how many baskets, or inboxes, or filing procedures I may implement, it never seems to become an organized habit.

ENTER Donna Malone with Pretty Simple Organizing. She is THE organizing guru with so many fantastic tips.  You know those Pinterest-worthy pins and photos that make those of us want-to-be-organized-and-put-together-types aspire to create system after system to KEEP us from drowning in "stuff" again and again, well, I think Donna is THE ANSWER.  She is featured, in all of her cataloged and systematized wonder,  in an interview for THE PRZADA TEAM's newsletter this month.  Watch for it THIS week!  Until then, please enjoy browsing her site!  She has so much to offer!  From advice, to her professional organizing services, to a consultation.  If you desire a way to find what you are looking for fast and to keep clutter at bay, call Donna.

Watch your inbox for THE PRZADA TEAM's newsletter this week, or find our newsletter on facebook, THE PRZADA TEAM.  Not currently subscribed and receiving our newsletter? Well, you are missing out on TONS of great real estate data, expert information and tips.  We can fix that!  Just email curban@kw.com with the subject line, newsletter, and we will add you to our distribution.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

To Roomba or Not To Roomba?

Yes, that is THE question we had been asking ourselves.  We have a SERIOUS dog fur problem, and when I say serious, I mean it.  We have these two cuties...Tucker & Lola!
Tucker Blue
Lola Bug
Everyone seems to wear their fur...residents and visitors alike!  I love to vacuum, I really do, and we have a great OLD Dyson vacuum that takes care of the fur brilliantly, but....in order to make a difference in the war against fur balls, I would have to vacuum EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. That is not happening people!  I mean, who has time to do that? Well, enter the Roomba, or "UrbanSnoopy" as we have renamed her.  She is amazing.  When some of my friends told me that they purchased a robotic vacuum, I thought they were crazy.  I mean to each his own and I totally supported the freedom to choose how to make your chore load a bit lighter, #noneofmybusiness, but.... I always thought I had more impactful ways to spend our household budget.  Fast forward to a few weeks ago, when I was sitting on a dear friend's floor playing with her son.  I was so impressed with how clean and dust/fur free her floors were.  I remarked as such, privately thinking about what amount of fur be stuck to my pants if we were on my floors, enough to make a new dog???? Probably. I mentioned this to the Urban-Mr. off offhandedly, and voila, Snoopy came into our lives last weekend.  She has already proven to be a worth-while investment and a fun new pet!!! 

UrbanSnoopy

No promotional consideration was given by iRobot for me to author this blogpost.  I simply purchased the product and enjoy it. 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Look Who is Featured on Voyage Dallas!!

Wow!  We are so grateful for this opportunity!  Voyage Dallas is an online magazine highlighting the influencers, small businesses, and artists of Dallas and its surrounding communities. Their mission is to feature entrepreneurs, and local risk-takers.  We are honored to be one of them!!

Meet THE PRZADA TEAM


From Voyage Dallas
"We love small businesses, mom-n-pops, and hole-in-the-walls. 
We’re not snobs, but we aren’t fond of most chains.  
We think independent entrepreneurs, freelancers and other risk takers make our cities exciting 
to live in.  We cherish the rebel spirit, we don’t think just a handful of large 
corporations should control all of our commerce and we think smores with vegan 
marshmallows are better than normal marshmallows. We respect people and 
organizations that take the path less traveled.  We root for the underdogs and we almost
 never say no to pizza.
And finally, we want the stories we share to help give our big city a little bit 
of that small town community charm, where people know each other and 
their stories at a deeper, more personal level."









Thursday, March 1, 2018

Legacy Food Hall- YES PLEASE!!!

So, if you are loyal facebook TEAM-PRZADA fans and follow us on both North Texas Lifestyle and our TEAM-PRZADA fan page, you might have seen me post that I was "doing research," AKA eating EVERYthing at Legacy Food Hall in preparation for a blog post!  Well, here it is!  Currently, my number of trips to this oh-so-fun establishment stands at 3!  Come spring break, I think it is safe to say that my visit count may increase!

Detour, Freshfin Poke Co., Forno Nero

Good To Know: 
  • There is literally something for EVERYone!  From pizza to banh mi, donuts to macaroons, to Peruvian Rotisserie Chicken, to Soul Food, charcuterie to lob'sta rolls to poke bowls, THIS place is sure to please. My son even loves it! There is really such a wide variety here.  So much more than even mentioned! They bill themselves as "Chef Inspired.  Foodie Favored. Drink + Dine + Discover" It is certainly a fun and flavorful adventure!
  • There are three levels.  The first floor has the widest variety of cuisine. The second floor is home to a few more, along with a brewery and outdoor eating space.  On floor number three, sits a full scale bar.  
  • They do not take cash, well, sort of.  In accordance with health code, the servers do not handle dollars and change.  Only cards...credit and debit, as well as a reverse ATM set up.  If you have cash, you can find the kiosk entitled "Fill Up Your HallPa$$," and feed it your cash.  This machine will spit out a hall pass with the same amount you preloaded. That way, you can present this hall pass/Legacy Food Hall debit card as your form of payment. 
  • Parking can be tricky, but....the parking garages have a digital solution for that!  Each level show the number of spaces in "real time" that are available. But, beware, go ahead and wear your "cute shoes," but make sure they are your "cute WALKING shoes." 
  • If you want to avoid crowds, this urban-mama suggests going at off-dining times, such as prior to 11 am and after 2pm. 


Everett and Elaine, Glazed Donut Works, Press Waffle Company, BerryNaked and Haute Sweets Patisserie

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Home Decor Trendwatch 2018

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images courtesy Houzz, from left to right Interiors by Odette Design Group Sea Pointe Construction Suzi Appel Photography Carl Mattison Design




Welcome back TEAM-PRZADA Clients & Friends to our Annual Home Décor Trend Watch!  2018 is now in-full swing, and so are the décor trends.  Here at TEAM-PRZADA, we tend to skew more towards moderation in all things, especially trends, but it is nice to know what they are. YOU can decide whether or not you wish to let this year’s trends be inspiration or to fully embrace those new ideas and replicate them in your abode.  Whichever manner you wish to proceed, TEAM-PRZADA considers it a privilege to keep you up to date on all things real estate…trends, décor, real estate stats, homeowner questions, you name it...call us! 
We surveyed a variety of sources and found from HouseBeautiful to Pinterest  to Elle Décor to HouzzThe Wall Street Journal, to Deringhall Décor, 2018’s buzz words create a feeling of home, coziness and warmth.  When researching for this article, a few adjectives popped up over and over..comfortable, rich, textured, lived-in, bold, warm, layered, curved and natural. Let’s take a look at the trends, grouped by category. For more information and visual examples of 2018’s Home Décor Trends, be sure to click on the links above!
Kitchens- Gone are the days of the all-white kitchens with lots of stainless steel.  What’s next to take center stage? Color, think gray/blue, navy and 2018’s Pantone Color of the Year…Ultra-Violet, these colors appear in cabinetry and accents.  Warmer wood is also on trend, and shows up in cabinetry, flooring, and even countertops.  Also big for countertops, are details and practicality, such as dedicated chopping blocks, baking stations, even antibacterial finishes from K-Life.  2018 also ushers in the rise of the open-floorplan-yet-defined-kitchen, meaning, the home's floorplan is open and flows from one area to the other, but the kitchen area remains defined structural elements such as columns or a half-wall. More kitchen trends up for 2018, gorgeous fish-scale patterned backsplash, and using the ubiquitous subway tile, but in a larger format to give it an unexpected punch.  Darker countertops, quartz rather than granite, trough and bucket sinks round out this updated liveable kitchen feel. 
Bathrooms- Lush, Luxury, Lived-In...aesthetic seems to be more important than ever in today's master bathrooms and guest bathrooms. Designers are using wallpaper-like tile, rich colors, concrete accents, high contrast marble, just to name a few.  
Take a walk through a new builder's model homes and you are likely to see many of these trends on display. One trend we come across is the wallpaper-like tile. Think of tile with a textured finish, it's subtle, but makes a powerful statement.
Woven textures and natural elements can make for high-impact bathroom accents.  You can create a spa-like feel is by opting for a frameless-glass insert for your tub/shower combo rather than a shower curtain. Dark hues for walls, can add drama and depth.  Pair those dark hues with the right lighting and you have a perfect space- drama AND good lighting= bliss! 
Finishes, Fixtures & Color- Finishes in the kitchens and bathrooms are trending toward mixed metals.  Designers are talking matte black for fixtures and well-worn brass. According to Elle Decor, Pinterest users searched and pinned “mixed metals" 423% more than last year!  Talk about a sky-rocketing trend.  You can see this trend beautifully on display at Plano's newest Granite Park Boardwalk addition, Union Bear Brewery. Vintage Lighting is the crowning jewel in home design.  Many of these fixtures serve as art.  Pros are seeing a trend in copper. Warm, dark, moody hues are setting the tone for that comfortable, lived-in vibe.  Check out Pantone's Color of the Year 2018! 
DECEMBER 2017 STATS-
RATES 4.00% TO 4.25% 30 yr. loan, good credit DATA 1/26/18
ALLENHomes‐
172 DOM‐ 66, Inventory‐ 1.4
CARROLLTON/FBHomes‐
183 DOM‐ 40, Inventory‐ 1.0
CELINAHomes‐
165, DOM‐ 100, Inventory‐ 4.1
NORTH DALLASHomes‐
277, DOM‐ 85, Inventory‐ 3.2
FAIRVIEW/LUCASHomes‐
72, DOM‐ 60, Inventory‐ 2.2
FRISCOHomes‐
742, DOM‐72, Inventory‐ 2.1
GARLANDHomes‐
253, DOM‐36, Inventory‐ 1.3
McKINNEYHomes‐
680, DOM‐67, Inventory‐ 2.7
MURPHY/PARKERHomes‐
50, DOM‐ 66, Inventory‐ 1.6
PARK CITIESHomes‐
274, DOM‐103, Inventory‐ 3.4
PLANOHomes‐
511, DOM‐43, Inventory‐1.6
PROSPERHomes‐
337, DOM‐93, Inventory‐ 4.1
RICHARDSONHomes‐
138, DOM‐29, Inventory‐ 1.2
SEDENTONCO/LEWISVILLEHomes‐
614, DOM‐41, Inventory‐1.6
THE COLONYHomes‐
56, DOM‐35, Inventory‐ 1.1
WYLIEHomes‐
165, DOM‐59, Inventory‐1.4
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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Need a Vendor?

Just today y'all, this happened!  I grabbed the front door knob to open the door and the knob came right off in my hand.  Now I know I am a strong urban-mama, but we are not talking "hulk-strength" by any stretch of the imagination.  After an attempt or two at trying to screw it back on myself, it was time, and clear, that it needed to be replaced.  So my first stop was the web, no, not for yelp or google, but TEAM-PRZADA!  That's right, www.teamprzada.com features a Vendor List.  Bet you dollars to donuts that what you are looking for is already on the list!  From home repair to remodel, to personal trainers to veterinarians, check out our list...Just another way TEAM-PRZADA can serve you in all of your real estate AND home owner needs!

 Vendor List