Dallas Real Estate Agent for Real Housewives: Cortney Bailey

Cortney Bailey, Dallas Real Estate
As many of you know I am a licensed Real Estate agent.  My clients Tiffany, cast member of Bravo TV‘s  Real Housewives of Dallas, and Husband, Aaron Hendra wanted to document their Dallas home search for the show.  I was thrilled when they asked me to be apart of the filming.  We had so much fun during the process.  Tiffany & Aaron are such kind and generous people – I am blessed to have the opportunity to work with them.  If you missed the two episodes I was featured in watch the video below to catch me in action, doing what I do best: Making Dallas (DFW metroplex – including Plano!) a more beautiful place to live, one home at a time! 

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I’d love to hear from you! If you have a Real Estate question feel free to contact me at CortneyBailey.com or leave me a comment below. It would be my pleasure to help you Buy, Sell or Lease your next property! 

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Dorm Sweet Dorm!


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Preparing to go off to college is exciting, but it can be a little overwhelming! More-than-likely you will be living in a small space, aka a dorm room, for the next nine months and to top it off you will probably be sharing it with a roommate. Being organized in a small space is key. Most universities will provide a floor plan with measurements to help you map out your space.

If you are going to have a roommate you may consider coordinating your bedding. This does not mean the bedding must be “matchy, matchy,” however picking a color palate will help your new small space not feel cluttered. For example, if your personality is more on the sporty side and your new roommate has expressed they are more fashion oriented and like soft colors, you could choose the color palate of navy and peach.

Ideas For the Gals!

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Ideas for the Guys!

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Once you have settled on a color palate I would first choose your bedding, as your bed will be the focal point of your small space. Next, stock up on storage bins and other organizational items. Putting you bed on risers will allow you to slide extra large storage trunks under your bed since your closet will probably be smaller than you are accustom to. Extra lighting is always a great idea as most dorm rooms only provide basic lighting. A throw blanket, shower caddy, towels and a laundry hamper are just a few other items you will need. Don’t forget to bring personal items like photos, keepsakes, electronics and anything else that makes your new space feel like home!

Storage Ideas, Essentials & Other Must Haves to Make You Feel at Home in Your Dorm! 

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Bed Risers Will Allow You to Add Extra Storage Under the Bed!

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A Shower Caddy Helps You Carry All of Your Essentials to the Bath!

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Under the Bed Storage Boxes will Help You Store Your Wardrobe Overflow.

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Instead of Dozens of Frames Consider Displaying Photos of Your Life on this Adorable Photo Wall “Clothing Line”!

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Store All of Your Daily Essentials Inside this Space Saver Over-the-Door Cabinet.

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Adding Extra Light to Your Dorm Room is a Must – No Studying or Getting Ready to “Go Out” in the Dark!

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Don’t Forget to Incorporate a Punch of Your Personality into Your Space.  These Light-up Letters Will Add a Pop of Whimsy to Your Space!

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Cozy up in your Home Away from Home with a Throw Blanket.  You will be Happy You Have an Extra Blanket if You Attend a School where Temperatures Plummet.

(All Dorm Room Ideas & Photos are Provided by PB Teen, Dormify, Bed Bath & Beyond)

I would love to hear from you!  Update me on your ideas … how are you planning on organizing your Dorm Sweet Dorm?

Keep Dreaming, Designing & Dwelling…

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Cortney

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Fringe-tastic!

Kelly-Hoppens-metal-fringe-chair-510x637Fringe & Tassels – everywhere you go over the last year that’s all you see on the streets and inside boutiques! It is the fashion statement that is on trend now! From skirts & shoes to jackets & purses to necklaces & earrings, fringe and tassels have officially taken over.

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Becky Suede Fringe Sandal, Rachel Zoe Long Tassel Necklace, Prada Fringe Twin Pocket Tote Bag

It’s time to take this latest craze off the runway and effortlessly incorporate it into any room of your home! If your vibe is boho or ultra glamour you can easily mix fringe or tassels into your environment. If you just want a glimpse of tassels peeking from the corners of your pillows or a giant sparkle chandelier in your entry, there are literally endless ways to walk this statement off the pages of Vogue and into your home!

Like I said – the options are endless! Take a look at all the examples I have found for your wonderland – swooning now!!!

Glamour Chandeliers

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Fringe Chandelier Image: Bonn nuit darling, Anderson’s Silver Fringe Chandelier, 1stdibs Art Deco Glass Fringe

Tassel & Fringe Pillows

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Brown Suede Fringe Pillow,  Hot Pink Tassel Pillow Etsy, Cream & Black Fringe Pillow PB Teen, Beaded Fringe Pillow by Donna Karan

Swinging Fringe Seating

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Laura Kirar for McGuire Furniture, Velvet chair by Kelly Hoppen, Stool PB Teen, Armless Chairs Gamma International

Tassel Furniture

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Carlton Varney Tassel Side Table, Justedits Tassel Lamp, Will Merrill for Currey & Co. – Console Table, 1stdibs Italian Rope & Tassel Bar Cart

More Fringe & Tassel Ideas

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Bed from The Parker Palm Springs, Fringe Bed by Missoni Home, Leather Fringe Rug Amazon.com, Wall & Window hanging Urban Outfitters

I would love to hear from you!  Update me on your ideas to add a little or a lot of fantastic fringe or tassels to your wonderland!

Keep Dreaming, Designing & Dwelling…

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Cortney

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Let’s Go to the Movies, Inside OUT!!!

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One of the best things about summer is its nights! They are longer, carefree and in many cities the nights are warmer. Even though summer is half way over, there is still so much fun to be had! It’s time to have some intimate & creative family time or go crazy and invite the neighborhood over for “old fashion” becomes modern outdoor movie night!

Like any “event” there is a high & low way to produce it. I’ll show you how to create your perfect home outdoor movie night – no matter what your budget may be.

How to watch:

Obviously, you will need the tools to watch your movie.

  • If you have a larger budget you may consider contacting an audio/visual company that will provide the set up and break down of an oversized screen, projector and sound system. Some companies even provide outdoor seating for your backyard event at an additional cost. Since outdoor movie watching is becoming more of a trend, if you live in a large city like Dallas or Los Angeles, finding a rental company is pretty simple … just Google “outdoor movie night rental” and you will find a list of options.

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  • If you plan on having multiple movie nights on a regular basis you might consider purchasing your own oversized outdoor media screen and equipment. Large box companies like Target will have a selection.

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  • If your budget is small, you love a good DYI project or really want to capture an “old fashion” outdoor movie night, then you can easily build your own screen. You can either affix a large crisp white sheet (yes, if its wrinkled grab your iron … it will only take a few minutes to improve your movie experience) to the side of your home or staple the sheet to two plywood studs, fill two large buckets with rocks and wedge the ends of the studs into the buckets or wedge them into the ground. If you are on a tight budget you may consider renting a projector from your local library or you may choose to shop out the best-priced projector for future use.

How to stay comfortable:

  • If you own outdoor lawn or beach chairs that sit low to the ground or beanbag chairs, scatter them around your lawn for the ultimate comfy experience. If you do not own these and do not wish purchase them then go for the “old fashion” route and pull out bundles of blankets, beach towels and pillows for a great lounge feel.

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  • Depending on what part of the country you live, make sure your backyard is clear of ants and provide bug spray or set out bug away candles so that you, your family or friends do not suffer with bites. Also, if you live in the South you probably get to enjoy warm summer nights, however those of you on the coasts usually have a dip in the temperature as night falls, so make sure you set out extra sweatshirts or tell you friends to not forget theirs!

How to eat & stay merry:

  • The sky is really the limit on what you want to eat at your backyard movie night! A backyard BBQ before the sun sets always adds a festive atmosphere to your event!  Some ideas are good old fashion burgers, grilled chicken and hotdogs – the majority of people love being able to “build their own bun” and pick their sides. If you are going BIG consider hiring a food truck like In & Out or Mr. Hamburger to cater your night, however if there is an expert griller in the family or between friends why not DYI and cook at home!?! If you are waiting for your flick to start think about playing movie trivia beforehand.

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  • Next, don’t forget the beverages. Soda is always an option but if you do not intend to be up until the wee hours of the night you might opt for other ideas such as muddled drinks – think mint infused lemonade – vodka optional!  If you have kiddos in attendance and you also want to serve “adult beverages” consider having drink stations, one for the kids and one for the adults that way there is no confusion!

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  • Now for the fun part! Who can have movie night in their backyard without some delicious candy and popcorn? If you are having a large group to your movie night, a candy & popcorn bar is always fun to set up. This allows each guest to pick out their favorite sweets & corn, plus it’s an adorable touch for the night. If you are having a small group and know what sweets everyone likes, having it on hand will just make them feel special and you can pop your own corn and provide each person with their own bowl or bag!

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I hope this helps you create an amazing outdoor movie night at your home!  I would love to hear from you!  Tell me some of your ideas for movie night and what do you plan on watching?

Keep Dreaming, Designing & Dwelling…

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Cortney

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Pillows with a Punch…POW!

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Statement pillows can either make or break a room. It’s kind of like jewelry. Have you ever seen someone who is wearing a fabulous outfit and their bobbles are just wrong? Well, that’s the same with statement pillows.  When you go shopping for a sofa or chair and they come with throw pillows, please do yourself a favor and toss the square pillows aside and just look at the sofa or chair.  The fun of accessorizing comes after the “big-ticket” item has been purchased.  Only then can you think about taking it up a notch and adding some real punch aka “pow-wow”!

My sofa, seen here, is from Horchow. I searched high and low before I found the perfect fit for my space.  Then the fun began  – statement pillows! The not so easy task of finding the perfect “look” took me a few weeks.  Again, after searching dozens of sites and visiting several fabric stores I happily settled on this fabulous black & white pattern by no other than THE Kelly Wearstler and this amazing emerald-green malachite pattern. I hired a seamstress and voila my ideal statement pillows came to life and I could not be happier!

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I’d love to hear from you!  What are some of your favorite statement ideas for pillows that create a punch!

Keep Dreaming, Designing & Dwelling…

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Cortney

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Agate Wall – Seriously In Love!

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I took this gorgeous photo of a custom designed agate wall in a fabulous Palm Springs area home!  No filter was used to “doctor” the photo!  The wall is literally this fabulous.  I love when the lines of fashion and design are blurred so I wish I could have plucked one of these agate stones off the wall for a show stopping necklace!

I’d love to hear from you! Tell me about your great ideas in incorporating fashion into home design!

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Easy Tips to Help Sell Your Home this Summer!

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There are pluses to putting your home on the market every season but the summer is a great way to let your home, shine inside and out! Remember summer is a time when families like to relocate because of the break in the school schedule. June is just around the corner so if you are thinking about selling your home or if your home is already “on the market,” I hope these easy tips will help you make your home stand out from the rest of the inventory!

 

1. Two Words: Curb Appeal!

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First impressions are everything so when a Buyer pulls up to your property make sure that your home has its best foot forward, because I guarantee the last five houses the Buyers just toured sure did! Beautiful, crisp green grass is key. Make sure that your lawn is mowed weekly and take advantage of the bright summer colors by adding pops of color with either potted flowers or planted flowers in the ground – their little faces are a cheerful way to greet the Buyers as they arrive! Also, make sure your front door’s welcome mat is new and fresh and not tattered.

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2. Your Pool is Cool!

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If your home has a pool, the summer is a great way to emphasize its “cool factor”. Keep it sparkling by daily scooping out the leaves! Keep all outdoor spaces around the pool such as decks and terraces and out door furniture clean and de-cluttered!

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3. Air It Out!

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During the cooler fall and winter seasons we keep our windows and doors closed tight and fires lit to maximize the cozy feel, however if you did not air out your home during “spring cleaning” then there is never a better time than now! Throw open those heavy drapes, open your home’s windows and doors and let the summer breeze and sun flood your home! Get the stuffy smells out and let the light shine! With daylight savings providing longer days some showings may be during twilight hours so make sure the outdoor light is able to flood through the windows allowing your home to have a dream-like feel.

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4. When in Doubt – Paint!

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Perhaps you painted a room a color that looked amazing on the paint chip but after it dried it was not a hit. If you do not think it looks amazing more-than-likely neither will the Buyer. If a room or hallway has too many scuffs or wear-and-tear marks a fresh coat of paint will do your home a world of wonder! I would highly suggest using white paint – it looks fresh and clean and it does not give Buyers the chance to have an opinion about a color – they are able to use their imagination on how they would use the room for their lifestyle!

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5. Refreshing Cocktail!

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Who does not love a refreshing summer cocktail!? Non-alcoholic of course! Take advantage of the summer heat and have cold bottled water, ice-tea or a craft of lemonade sitting out for the Buyers. After looking at a string of homes it’s a kind gesture to offer Buyers something refreshing to “wet their whistle”! A summer cocktail will not sale your home, but the Buyers will leave your home with a positive feeling … which is key!

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I’d love to hear from you! Let me know your great ideas to get a home sold this summer!

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Lemonade Living Room!!!

Cheers to the Freaking Weekend!  TGIF!!!  I came across this photo today and could not resist posting this fantastic room.  I call it the “Lemonade Living Room” as it reminds me of the refreshing drink on a hot Spring or Summer day.  I love the fresh sophisticated crisp black & white room with pops of Chartreuse and Hot Pink!  What a happy room!

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I’d love to hear from you!  What colors in a room make you happy?!

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Hi Ho, Hi Ho it’s Off to College or Work They Go!

 

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Graduation is just around the corner! Soon many bight-eyed students will either be graduating high school and headed off to college or graduating from the university and interviewing for their first job! Pottery Barn Teen offers these adorable collegiate needlepoint pillows for $135 that are a perfect gift for that special graduate in your life. Looking for something a little less pricy, then PB Teen’s collegiate pillowcase, offered for $29, is a great alternative!

I’d love to hear from you!  What great gift ideas do you have for graduates this year?!

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For Like Ever!!!

photo 2Valentines Day to me is all about LOVING Your Space, everyday! Make your home your wonderland by filling it with furniture, art and items that make you feel HAPPY! In honor of “The Day of Love” here are several prints by Super Rural that will be a great addition to your space or a fabulous gift to yourself, your love, your friend, your kids or your family! As you can see the prints come in a rainbow of colors and several neutral options that will all look amazing in any space from Modern to Traditional to Collectic!

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“For Like Ever” Prints

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“& Love”, “For Like Ever” and “You + Me” Prints

What do you LOVE about your space?  Do you do anything special to your home for Valentine’s Day?  I’d love to hear from you and know your ideas so leave me a comment below or swing by one of my listed social media sites below and share your ideas with everyone!

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