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10 Most Extravagant Christmas Light Decorations in Neighborhoods Near you!

by The Laura Swearingen Team

As Christmas is quickly approaching, you may notice your neighbors start to put up their lights. Use a few of these photos as inspiration to possibly out do your Christmas light competition with a few photos of the nation's most extravagant Christmas lights. 


10 of our Favorite Ways to Deck the Halls

by The Laura Swearingen Team

As Thanksgiving has passed, we can all look forward to the fact that Christmas is quickly approaching. But, with Christmas comes holiday parties, family gatherings, opening presents under the tree and the fact that the house has to get decorated and quickly! So, we will give you a few quick tips and ideas to deck your halls for the upcoming holiday season. 

1. Glitter 

2. Glass Ornaments 

3. Think Red, Green and White

4. (Or Don't) - Not so Traditional Colors Work, as well! 

5. Non-Traditional Tree 

6. Light It Up! 

7. Christmas Scents

8. Display Holiday Cards 

9. Hot Cocoa Station 

10. Feathers


5 Tips to Successfully Hosting a Stress Free Holiday Gathering

by The Laura Swearingen Team

With Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years all right around the corner, many of you may be feeling the stress of preparing your home, meals, and members of the family for company. So, with that in mind we decided to collaborate and create list of 5 things you can do to put your mind at ease and focus on enjoying friends and family during the holiday season. 

1. Keep it Clean! Anyone would be more likely to feel overwhelmed if they do not have their home cleaned up neatly. You will appreciate your cooking, dining, and entertainment space more if you go the extra mile to make it shine. Making sure things are where they belong is vital in helping you keep your cool. 

2. Prioritize with a List! 

Keeping a list will help you visualize all you have done and everything else that still needs to get done. This not only keeps you on task but helps you feel accomplished and driven to complete all the items on your list. From groceries to decor pieces left to buy, keeping a list will minimize the stress. 

3. Start Cooking ASAP! 

Getting as much cooking out of the way as early as you can will free up time when it comes to doing all the last minute things on your to-do list. Anything you can set up early in the Crockpot, do so! You'll be glad you did! 

4. Get Everything You Need, and then some! 

The most panic-y, stressed out feeling as a host during the holidays is when you have ran out of sweet tea, cranberry sauce, cookies for the little ones, etc and all grocery stores are closed for the day. So, stock up when you do go! Follow your list and prepare a little bit more than what you normally would. Because hey, who doesn't love leftovers? 

5. Deck the Halls! 

What a stress reducer twinkling Christmas lights, a beautiful tree with sparkling ornaments and some Christmas songs truly are. They will work such magic for you in your home space. Add as many special touches to make your space a truly memorable and enjoyable one this holiday season. 



We wish you all the luck, and a Happy Thanksgiving! 

This Fall's Top 10 Trends

by The Laura Swearingen Team


As we transition from hot summer pool days to cool breezy evenings, we become more familiar with the fact that fall is on its way! So, we designed a post with everything to help you stay on top of this fall's trend forecast for your home. 

1. White on White 

2. Pop in Some Bright Colors

3. Vintage Accents

4. Warm Colors

5. Cozy Fireplace 

6. Velvet

7. Quilts

8. Dark Walls 

9. Making the Most of the Outdoors, even in the cold!

10. Wood or Tile? Both! 

15 Fire Pits You Will Want in Your Backyard this Fall!

by The Laura Swearingen Team

As summer is somewhat coming to a close and labor day is quickly approaching, there is nothing that says "Fall" in Texas like an evening backyard barbecue party with a lovely fire pit centerpiece. We have searched out what we feel to be the nicest fire pits just to provide you with some "design-spiration." 


Travel: The Hamptons Most Desireable Getaway Homes

by The Laura Swearingen Team

Travel with us to a place that boasts of amazing dishes, amazing beaches, celebrities and of course the beautiful homes. The Hamptons are a destination that many New Yorkers, and many others, find themselves traveling to when they are looking for an escape.

Bon Voyage! 

15 of the Most Grand Foyer's You Will Ever See!

by The Laura Swearingen Team

They say you only get one first impression so make it good, right? Well, think of your foyer as the first impression to the interior of your home. With massive staircases and large chandeliers, we have found some of the most luxurious foyer's you will ever get the chance to preview. 


10 Marble Bathrooms You Will Fall in Love With!

by The Laura Swearingen Team

Nothing says luxury like marble, especially marble bathrooms. So, we set out to find the most impressive marble bathrooms. After browsing, you're most likely going to consider marble in your home! 



Best of Dallas: Ice Cold Treats

by The Laura Swearingen Team

Most can agree, there is nothing more refreshing than biting into an ice cold creamy ice cream cone, or that perfectly shaved snow cone. Either or, we can all agree they sure to provide relief on these hot Texas summer days. So, our team has picked some of our favorite places to grab a cold treat and cool off. 


1. Steel City Pops - Located in Dallas and Fort Worth, Steel City Pops have amazing flavors that you can chose between fruity or creamy (we recommend one of each.) Be sure to "pop" in from time to time as their menu can feature fun seasonal items. 

2. Sprinkles Ice Cream - Apart from having a Cupcake ATM, Sprinkles Ice Cream will put your favorite cupcake flavor topper on whatever flavor of ice cream you choose. They have anything from red velvet to cap'n crunch. Located in Dallas and Plano. 


3. Bahama Buck's - Not your typical snow cone stand, with many locations throughout DFW, Bahama Buck's is the perfect place to meet your need to escape to a beach. Their ice cream is literally shaven carefully and tastes as creamy as ice cream. They have a plethora of flavors to chose from and you can get anything from a simple snow cone, to a fresh fruit smoothie and even fruit cups with your favorite drizzle on it. 


4. Chills 360 - A Thai - Styled Ice Cream made, or should we say, rolled, right here in Dallas. Chose between many flavors and many toppings and the employees will roll up your treat right in front of you! Ice cream with some entertainment is our favorite kind.



5. Pokey O's - We guarantee you will fall in love with this special ice cream sandwich shop. Their flavors are creamy and sweet and the cookies are extra special when a glob of your favorite ice cream is slowly melting between them. Located off Mockingbird Lane, you can even order an "Ice Cream Taco." Does it get any better than that? Didn't think so. 



Travel: New York City's Most Exclusive Apartments

by The Laura Swearingen Team

Travel with us to New York City, the city that never sleeps, to view some of the most beautiful lofts that come in a quite "lofty" price range. These exclusive residences are truly breathtaking and may inspire a little re-amp to your property. 


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