Make Your Grout Stand Out

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For many years, we have seen a trend of making grout go away. Grout lines got smaller, and we used the term butt-joint to describe designs showing no grout line or as little grout line as possible. As designers and contractors, we chose colors that would blend in with the tile or stone and not take away from the tile itself. The grout color was secondary and played no part in the design. It was almost a nuisance to make the selection. I dreaded picking grout colors and was always waiting for the tile installer on job sites, screaming for the color!


Housing Inventory Increase Gives Buyers More Options

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The first half of 2016 saw a dramatic increase in the number of houses on the market. The number of active listings in the Park Cities increased 81 percent between December and June. The increase was even more striking in Preston Hollow, where active listings nearly doubled over the same time period.

According to Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty agent Tom Hughes, the usual increase in spring home sales started later than normal this year. He said that activity seems to have picked up slightly since school let out in May.

“Usually when you have a big run like we had in 2014 and 2015, sellers see opportunities for higher prices,” said Hughes. “When too many decide to list at the same time, it sometimes causes a glut of inventory.”


Police Reports: July 18-24

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18 MONDAY
At 3:55 a.m., a thief stole money from the register at the 7-Eleven in the 7900 block of Forest Lane.

20 WEDNESDAY
Between noon and 12:19 p.m., a scoundrel stole property from a house in the 6700 block of Tulip Lane.

21 THURSDAY
Between noon and 12:35 p.m., a burglar broke into a vehicle in the 5900 block of Royal Lane and stole property.


Antèks Curated To Relocate After Flood

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After the 4th of July downpour that plagued many shops with water damage at The Plaza at Preston Center, Antèks Curated has decided to relocate.

The chic, rustic accents and home decor store will move in with its 35 year-old sister store, Antèks, in the Design District by October. The new location in the 8,000 square-foot Dragon Street space will offer a one-stop-shop to gift and furniture shoppers.

The Plaza location will officially close its doors September 15. Until then, shoppers can enjoy merchandise at a 30 percent discount, with further discounts closer to closing day.

Customers who spend more than $100 will be entered into a drawing for a vacation in the U.S. and a J. Alexander nickel-silver home accessory designed by Antèks owner Jason Lenox.


The Future of Robotics Starts at Summer Camp

St. Mark's sophomore Kyle Smith will run his own robotics camp for local third- and fourth-graders during the first two weeks of August. (Courtesy Photo) 0
St. Mark's sophomore Kyle Smith will run his own robotics camp for local third- and fourth-graders during the first two weeks of August. (Courtesy Photo)

Kyle Smith has been in the world of robotics his entire life. After all, his father has a doctorate in artificial intelligence and has won multiple international flying robot competitions. But it wasn’t until Kyle was in the fourth grade that he developed a real fascination and joy for science.

Now, as an incoming sophomore at St. Mark’s School of Texas, the 15-year-old is looking forward to sparking that same interest in local third- and fourth-graders at KyleCamp, his electronics and robotics camp.

The camp will run the first two weeks in August, with a three-hour session in the morning and one in the afternoon. Smith will host the camp in his father’s lab and aims to cover simple circuitry and building a simple calculator or an AM radio transmitter.


War over the Wall Divides Neighbors on Forest Lane

Brent Herling maintains the mural on the 50-foot-wide wall on Forest Lane. (Photo: Imani Lytle) 0
Brent Herling maintains the mural on the 50-foot-wide wall on Forest Lane. (Photo: Imani Lytle)

The psychedelic mural painted along Forest Lane has seen its share of controversy over the years, from an inflammatory SpongeBob SquarePants depiction, to a car crash, a possible lawsuit, and even police intervention.

In July 2015, a pickup truck jumped the median and crashed into the wall, leaving a gaping hole about 50 feet wide, right behind the residence of Danny Scott — one of the mural’s most vocal opponents.

Scott took the wreckage as an opportunity, and launched efforts this past month to rebuild the wall using a concrete mold resembling the wall’s original brick and mortar. But it took him a year to do it.

In the meantime, Brent Herling, along with other residents fed up with seeing the wall in ruins, built a temporary wooden fence to cover the hole and painted over it to match the mural. According to Herling, Scott was not impressed.


Hope’s Door Celebrates 30 Years

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Hope’s Door will host a fashion show and luncheon to celebrate their 30th Anniversary of providing intervention and prevention services to families affected by domestic violence.

The event will be held September 16 at Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park with the luncheon starting at 11 :30 a.m.

New Beginning Center, an organization providing education, prevention, and intervention services to those affected by domestic violence, will also sponsor the event, which will be the first hosted by Hope’s Door and New Beginning Center after they merge September 1. 


Meadowbrook School Now Accepting Applications

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*Correction to print ad in August 2016 of Preston Hollow People. Meadowbrook will hold their open house Sunday, Sept. 25, 3-5 p.m.

For over 40 years, Meadowbrook has been recognized as one of the leading premier preschool and kindergarten programs in Dallas. Meadowbrook is a non-denominational school, teaching children ages 3 1/2 to 4 through Kindergarten, preparing and stimulating young minds. 


Kid Theater Brings Social Media to Shakespeare This Week

Junior Players will perform Taming of the Shrew at Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre from July 26-31. (Photo: Tanner Garza) 0
Junior Players will perform Taming of the Shrew at Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre from July 26-31. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

In 1955, a group of Highland Park moms set the stage for adolescents to produce theater “for children, by children.”

More than 60 years later, Junior Players has evolved into a much bigger project that has fostered the creative aspirations of more than 7,000 children across North Texas. The organization works closely with Dallas ISD and other school districts to get children involved in the arts through free after-school and summer workshops in drama, dance, music, media, and art.

Since the organization’s founding, it has developed more than 100 free programs for kids in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Part of the group’s legacy includes its annual Shakespeare productions, whose renditions always incorporate a twist.