NY Times Says Oak Cliff is Place to Be During Super Bowl XLV

They say it's all about location, location, location, and I love that the NY Times had an article today about the place to be seen during Super Bowl XLV is Oak Cliff! The Home Idea Factory has been located in this historic district for over 10 years, and we couldn't agree more. The Bishop Arts District of Oak Cliff is truly a neighborhood and we love living and working in this diverse community.

Part of the Lifestylist® movement is about buying local, and there's no better place than in Oak Cliff. Dude Sweet Chocolate is a must visit destination for anyone with a sweet tooth - their artisan chocolates are the best I've had anywhere in the world. Great live music? Check out Jack's Backyard - a little bit off the beaten path but still in Oak Cliff. They have a wonderful "backyard" with fire pits where you can enjoy great food and great local musicians in the company of friends. And a little known fact is that they have one of the best brunches in town with bottomless mimosas - the perfect way to start game day!

We will be sharing as many of our local favorites as we can here before the game. If you need a referral just for you, feel free to email our Lifestylist Advisory Services at: info@lifestylist.com

See you at the game!

Design Trends to Say Hello or Goodbye to in 2011

Every year Lifestylist Design has put together a list of the top design trends we see moving forward, but this year we are going to do something a little bit different.

One of our favorite editors - Jenny Sullivan with Builder Magazine has put together two great lists - 10 Design Trends for 2011 and 10 Residential Design Trends You Won't See in 2011. We love the fact that Jenny has quoted us about the fact that formal spaces are becoming a thing of the past, and we are looking forward to sharing how our new homeowners Tim and Alison re-purpose these spaces in their new home.

One thing that Jenny mentions that is particularly exciting to me is how positive she is about modular housing. As you know this is something I am especially passionate about, and it's looking like this form of housing is about to become more widely accepted.

I'll be leaving for the International Builders Show in a few days, and I'm looking forward to revealing some of the great ideas we used in The New American Home 2011as well as other ideas and products I'll be able to find and share.

Here's to a great 2011!