Fill Your Yard, Home With Color This Season

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Last year, I didn’t think too much about floral in my garden. But between gorgeously-colored strains of basil, an existing hibiscus, and the few flower seeds I did toss in the ground, I had fresh-cut decor all over my home throughout nearly the entire year.

This growing season, I didn’t fool around. Spring bulbs went into the ground last December and alluring floral seeds were ordered; my planting strategy factored in plenty of cuttable color, frill, and scent.

Here’s what’s great about cultivating your own floral decor:

① Your own fresh-cut flowers last much longer than store-bought. Without travel or preservation methods, lifespan is greatly increased.

② Budget! Depending on variety, a pack of 10-800 seeds is just a few dollars.

③ Ease of availability. Arrangement looking a little droopy? No problem, immediate replacement is available from your yard!


Furry Friends Inspire Interiors

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(Courtesy Sarah Pickard)
Sarah Pickard

Sarah Pickard

Those who know me know that I am a huge animal lover — all animals no matter what breed, shape, or size. In recent weeks while working with several clients, I have noticed that their interiors have taken on characteristics of their dogs… colors, shapes, and personalities. We love them to death so why not get inspired by them? From gray, white, black and white, to chocolate, our favorite pooches are definitely the rage in color and design trends.

BLACK AND WHITE
Black and white rooms exude energy and sophistication. They are timeless, classic, and chic. Add further dimension to your space by adding pops of color to your palette. Be daring and paint your base, door trim or crown molding glossy black. Black and white tile is also all the rage today and reminiscent of homes in Europe, where it has been installed on floors, walls, and ceilings for centuries. Your guests will not want to leave these spaces!


Sisterhood is Flower-Fresh in Snider Plaza

Sisters Rachel Omundson and Anna Gilmore opened Three Branches Floral in 2014. (Photo: Laura Buckman) 0
Sisters Rachel Omundson and Anna Gilmore opened Three Branches Floral in 2014. (Photo: Laura Buckman)

They say when you marry in June, you’re a bride all your life. Maybe that’s why sisters Rachel Omundson and Anna Gilmore (née Slaton) are so busy this season.

The Park Cities natives are growing a fresh floral business in a cozy second-floor workspace above Bandito’s Tex Mex Cantina in Snider Plaza, and as they approach their two-year anniversary, they have found themselves in high demand.

After college, the sisters went in separate directions; Omundson to Chicago, where she started a family, and Gilmore to Birmingham, Ala., where she worked for Southern Living as a stylist. They always talked about starting a business together if they ever came home.

“It was like a jokey dream, the idea that we would do this together,” Gilmore said. 


East Hampton Is Coming to Preston Hollow

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9/13/12: The turkey, bacon, and avocado sandwich at the East Hampton Sandwich Co.

9/13/12: The turkey, bacon, and avocado sandwich at the East Hampton Sandwich Co.

As of early August, Jesuit students will have a new place to grab a bite. Award-winning restaurant East Hampton Sandwich Co. will open one of its two newest locations at 12300 Inwood Road, in addition to a Southlake spot.

“Our team is thrilled to continue growing the company through these new locations,” founder Hunter Pond said in a press release. “It’s humbling to know our gourmet sandwiches have been so well received.”

East Hampton’s menu consists of a range of sandwiches, including the popular lobster roll, fried chicken + jack, and balsamic tenderloin, which can be paired with the business’s homemade chips.


Find Your Ohm at Home with Yogis on the Go

Matt Sanderson founded Yogis on the Go in 2015 after earning his teaching certification. Yogis on the Go has catered to organizations such as Cinemark and the City of Plano. (Courtesy Photo) 0
Matt Sanderson founded Yogis on the Go in 2015 after earning his teaching certification. Yogis on the Go has catered to organizations such as Cinemark and the City of Plano. (Courtesy Photo)

Finding an outlet can help relieve the stress that comes from being over-worked. For full-time practicing lawyer and Preston Hollow resident Matt Sanderson, that outlet was yoga, a hobby that later gave rise to Yogis on the Go.

In September 2015, Sanderson founded Yogis on the Go with the idea of bringing the studio to the client. Whether it’s practicing among coworkers in the office, one-on-one at home, or at a park with a significant other, Yogis on the Go caters to everyone, regardless of age.

In 2009, Sanderson realized work was getting the best of him, and couldn’t escape the office even when on vacation. He wanted to find a way to enhance his workouts, so he decided to invest some of his free time in taking yoga classes at a studio.

“At the end of the class we got into Shavasna, the resting phase at the very end,” Sanderson said. “And I felt this certain peace that I had never felt … ever.”


Recent Grads Make Dallas Bucket Lists

Ellie Bush, William Caldwell, Renee Smith, and Emily Reese recently graduated high school. (Courtesy photo) 0
Ellie Bush, William Caldwell, Renee Smith, and Emily Reese recently graduated high school. (Courtesy photo)

Before they head off to colleges across the country, recent Preston Hollow high school grads shared with us what they’ll miss most about Dallas and what they absolutely must do before they leave town.

Ellie Bush
School: The Hockaday School
College: University of Richmond, major undecided
William Caldwell
School: St. Mark’s School of Texas
College: Vanderbilt University, majoring in economics
Renee Smith
School: Greenhill School
College: Texas Christian University, majoring in communications
Emily Reese
School: Ursuline Academy
College: University of Texas Austin, majoring in business

1. Before you leave Dallas and move on to your next adventures, where is a must-go place?

EB: “My friend Allie Charlton and I were sifting through our bucket list one night, and we both wanted to take a trip to Galaxy, the drive-in movie theater in Ennis, TX. The idea of road tripping to the destination (while listening to Allie’s “good vibes” playlist) as well as being outside while watching a movie combines our interests the best.”

WC: “I think one place that I’ve never been before but definitely plan on going to this summer is Pecan Lodge down in Deep Ellum. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard how delicious their barbecue is.”

ER: “I have never been to Reunion Tower, but I want to take some pictures of Dallas from that view to hang in my dorm room for next year. I would also really like to go to the thrift store Buffalo Exchange to hopefully find some trendy and inexpensive clothes that I can wear to college events.”


Blatt’s Bringing the Brews

Blatt Beer & Table opened in April, featuring 32 indie and local beers on tap. (Courtesy Photo) 0
Blatt Beer & Table opened in April, featuring 32 indie and local beers on tap. (Courtesy Photo)

Preston Hollow Village continues its recent run of restaurant openings with the recent arrival of Nebraska import Blatt Beer & Table, a German-inspired tavern with chef-driven pub fare.

The restaurant-bar, which opened in April, boasts a spacious bar in the center of a bright, wood-accented dining room with garage door-style partitions opening up to a sprawling patio.

Blatt’s menu befits its theme, featuring dishes that pair wonderfully with beer: think sausages, fried chicken, burgers, and mac and cheese. The menu is a complete contrast to that of Blatt’s sister concept, Blue Sushi Sake Grill, which also has a location in Preston Hollow Village. Flagship Restaurant Group CEO Nick Hogan, the restaurants’ parent company, says having both eateries at PHV is terrific.


Iron Rangers: Jesuit Claims First State Title

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Jesuit defeated San Antonio Johnson 6-2 on Saturday in Round Rock to win its first UIL baseball title. Rangers pitcher Jacob Palisch was named the title game MVP. (Photo: Thao Nguyen)

Jesuit defeated San Antonio Johnson 6-2 on Saturday to win its first UIL baseball title. Rangers pitcher Jacob Palisch was named the title game MVP. (Photo: Thao Nguyen)

By Mike Schoeffel / Special Contributor

ROUND ROCK – For the first time in its history, Jesuit is ending its season as a UIL state baseball champion.

The Rangers captured the Class 6A state title on Saturday with a 6-2 victory over San Antonio Johnson. Jesuit used a five-run bottom of the second inning that last nearly a half-hour to bury the Jaguars in front of 1,900 fans at Dell Diamond.

The program’s inaugural state title comes one year after the Rangers were ousted in the 6A state semifinals.

Jesuit starter Jacob Palisch was named the game’s MVP. He struck out six batters and allowed two earned runs in 6.1 innings, laboring through temperatures that rose well into the 90s.


Muller Leads Jesuit to 6A Title Game

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Jesuit's Kyle Muller pitched a shutout on Friday as the Rangers topped Houston Langham Creek 2-0. Jesuit will play for a state title on Saturday.

Jesuit’s Kyle Muller pitched a shutout on Friday as the Rangers topped Houston Langham Creek 2-0. Jesuit will play for a state title on Saturday. (Photo: Thao Nguyen)

By Sean Shapiro / Special Contributor

ROUND ROCK — Less than 24 hours after getting drafted by the Atlanta Braves, Jesuit’s Kyle Muller delivered a 2-0 victory on Friday against Houston Langham Creek in a Class 6A state semifinal at Dell Diamond.

The 6-foot-5 senior limited the Lobos to three hits and struck out nine in the shutout, including a called third strike to end the game.

“I don’t think I could have imagined a better three-pitch strikeout to end my high school pitching career,” Muller said.

The Rangers (35-8) will play for their first UIL state title at 11:30 a.m. Saturday against either San Antonio Johnson or Amarillo.