December 17, 2014

  • Rug From ‘Downton Abbey’ Could Be Yours

    Dean Warden and Gene Kerns pose with the famous rug. (Courtesy photo)

    Dean Warden and Gene Kerns pose with the famous rug. (Courtesy photo)

    Heritage Antiques and Interiors has in its possession a rug from Highclere Castle, setting for hit series Downton Abbey. The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, who live at Highclere, commissioned a replica of the library rug for a World War One charity auction.

    The rug will be on display at the Forestwood Antique Mall through Jan. 31.

    “Antiques enthusiasts appreciate the renewed interest for many of our items that Downton has created,” Kerns said. “Some have even called this ‘The Downton Effect.’ We were fortunate to visit Highclere Castle two years ago and it was amazing. The castle and all of its furnishings are the set for the ‘upstairs’ scenes of Downton Abbey. Nothing is moved out, not even pieces like Napoleon’s desk. What you see on the screen is exactly as it is at Highclere.”

    By Sarah Bennett Dec. 17, 2014 | 12:53 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • December 8, 2014

  • Date Set For Thanksgiving Square’s ‘Festival of Faiths’

    The Interfaith Council of the Thanks-Giving Foundation will host “Festival of Faiths” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 22. Interfaith groups will dance, sing, and celebrate to entertain guests. Food trucks will also be available.

    More than 20 faiths are represented in the council, which holds regular meetings. The event is free, but donations are welcome.

    By Sarah Bennett Dec. 8, 2014 | 11:45 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 22, 2014

  • Kleinman: Let’s Name Dallas ‘Best Skyline’

    Your humble city councilman, Lee Kleinman, would like for you to help tell the world how awesome Dallas is. Namely, he wants you to vote for Dallas’ skyline.

    It’s for USA Today‘s 10 Best competition. We’re up against Abu Dhabi, Chicago, Dubai, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Las Vegas, London, New York, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai, St. Louis, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington, D.C.

    Umm, that’s a lot of cities. Couldn’t we at least break it down by continent? Also, the description of us is a little cliché (oil, banking, 1980s TV show, et cetera). But it’s an honor just to be nominated, right? Check it out — and votehere. It’s what JR would want us to do.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 22, 2014 | 11:44 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • June 30, 2014

  • Villalba Names Phil Collins ‘Honorary Texan’

    Last week, state Rep. Jason Villalba stated his wish to file a resolution naming Phil Collins — yes, the singer — an “honorary Texan.” Why, you ask? Good question. The former Genesis frontman has donated an extensive collection of artifacts from the Battle of the Alamo back to Texas. I know, right? 

    “This week many Texans learned of the extraordinary generosity – both monetary and of spirit – of Phil Collins, a legend of the music world and now in Texas history,” Villalba said in a statement.

    Collins was a fan of the miniseries, “Davy Crockett,” as a kid — as I’m sure many of you were. Naturally, then, that passion led him to publish a book in 2012 called “The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector’s Journey.” 

    The resolution will be filed during the 84th session of the state legislature. Collins will be invited to the floor. 

    By Sarah Bennett Jun. 30, 2014 | 10:08 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • June 27, 2014

  • That’s a Whole Lot of Cuteness

    I’m posting this because it’s Friday, and we could all use some peachicks in our lives.

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Jun. 27, 2014 | 3:16 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • June 20, 2014

  • Help Paint a Mural on Forest Tomorrow

    Hey, you — yes, you — do you like to paint? Then come out to Forest Lane and Midway Road tomorrow to help finish off a mural. Paint and supplies will be provided. The fun starts at 9 a.m. before it gets too hot. For full details, check out the Facebook page.

    By Sarah Bennett Jun. 20, 2014 | 12:41 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • June 9, 2014

  • Bluffview Resident Gets Rural With Chicken Coop

    These chickens have some luxe names, such as Grace Kelly and Mary Poppins. (Photo: Courtesy of Margaux Anbouba)

    These chickens have some luxe names, such as Grace Kelly and Mary Poppins. (Photo: Courtesy of Margaux Anbouba)

    Our former writer, Margaux Anbouba, who has since jumped on board at one of our affiliates, D Home, found one Bluffview resident who’s making her urban space a bit more eco-friendly with a chicken coop. Has this homeowner gone coo-coo, or is it a stroke of brilliance? Find out here.

    By Sarah Bennett Jun. 9, 2014 | 10:21 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 16, 2013

  • Villalba and Halliday: BFFs?

    OK, I’m being light with my headline here, but state Rep. Jason Villalba tweeted about meeting real estate mogul Ebby Halliday, and I thought it was really sweet:

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 16, 2013 | 5:26 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 2, 2013

  • Fight Breast Cancer With Dooney and Bourke

    You probably know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so why not help out the cause while you shop? This Saturday, stop by Dooney & Bourke in the Galleria to pick up a “pink ribbon tote” for $58. Five dollars from every purchase will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

    The bag comes in navy or light pink, with pink piping and leather handles. It’s made of “durable cotton canvas” and features the Dooney & Bourke name with a pink ribbon.

    To celebrate, there will also be pink cookies and water for refreshment. The first 25 purchasers will get a gift bag with surprises inside. As far as other merchandise, Dooney will also have a discount of 20 percent going on. So stop by from 2 to 5 p.m.!

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 2, 2013 | 12:53 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • JFK Day Folks Are at it Again

    The organizers of JFK Day have shown themselves to be very active in the community so far, and today, they’re at the Parish Episcopal School of Dallas. Check it out:

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 2, 2013 | 11:31 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
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