Today we are featuring a fellow East Dallas resident, Courtney Esposito. Courtney’s love of gardening and her neighborhood led her to start Bee Contained, which specializes in providing seasonal, customized, fresh flowers in outdoor container gardens for your home. She and her husband and two daughters live in the coveted Greenland Hills neighborhood in the M-Streets.

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They chose their neighborhood for its charming Tudor homes, tree-lined streets, and convenience and walkability
to all Dallas has to offer. The Esposito’s are always on the go, so one of the first things that attracted them to their 1920’s Tudor home was the mudroom, where they can easily pack up for their next adventure. They enjoy walking to the restaurants on Lower Greenville and recently participated in one of their favorite neighborhood traditions, the Greenland Hills Halloween Parade down Glencoe!

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Courtney started her business out of a love of gardening. After years of changing out planters and pots in her own home, she decided it was time to take her talent and energy to the homes of her East Dallas neighbors. “East Dallas inspires my designs,” Courtney says. “I feel lucky to live in a place with beautiful architecture from classic 1920 and 30’s tudors and bungalows to mid-century with new build homes embracing clean lines and recently, the addition of
modern farmhouses. Each neighborhood, street, block, and house adds to our unique and beautiful neighborhood. Bee Contained appreciates our unique spirit and adds seasonal floral touches to enhance the individuality of each home and its owner.”

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Bee Contained has a unique approach to gardening. Customers can use existing planters or she can help create a whole new, customized look! Planters are easy to maintain and add an instant pop of style and color to your home. Fresh planters are the easiest and most cost-effective way to add curb appeal to your home. To get started, Courtney will meet you at your home to discuss your needs and style, next you’ll receive a proposal and then she returns to transform your home.

For more information on Bee Contained, or to book an appointment:
Instagram @beecontained
phone: 303-500- 9175

“Helping people is what I feel I do best.  I’m excited to launch my real estate career with a team of people whose focus on client service is evident in everything they do and who love and are equally committed to the success of East Dallas as I am. The Heather Guild Group is the perfect opportunity for me.”

A third-generation Dallas native with a passion for helping people, Valerie has been assisting friends and family with their home searches in a non-professional capacity for years!

After spending 15 years as a nurse in the healthcare industry, Valerie decided to put skills and talents to use in a new way.  Valerie’s love of all things real estate, combined with her considerable knowledge of Dallas neighborhoods are qualities that will greatly benefit her clients.

Valerie is excited to partner with the Heather Guild Group at Dave Perry-Miller – providing her clients with the benefits of a team that has a combined 35 years of real estate experience and in-depth market knowledge.  

Valerie lives in Lakewood with her husband, Jay, and their two children, Callan, who attends Travis Vanguard, and Georgia, a student at Solar Preparatory School for Girls, as well as their friendly, faithful chocolate lab, Deluxe. In her free time, you’ll find Valerie at the soccer field cheering on her daughters’ teams, volunteering with Girl Scouts, helping with the many activities at their schools, and spending time with family and friends in East Dallas.

Behr’s 2018 Paint Color of the Year: In the Moment

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Photo Credit: Behr

Colors evoke mood. And paint manufacturers are telling us that we want to be enveloped in coziness this year through their paint trend forecasts for 2018. Maybe it’s the uncertainty in the world that has us craving a comforting hug from our interiors. Or maybe it’s just a transition from the ultra-light, neutral interiors that have been so popular the last few years.

Whatever the reason, the 2018 Colors of the Year will provide what we are craving; including darker, more saturated colors that promote a peaceful feeling through undertones of blues, greens and grays.

In the Moment is the lightest of the 2018 Colors of the Year. The other major paint companies all chose darker more saturated colors. But Behr chose this color for its soothing quality. This is the perfect example of combining blue, gray and green for a calming effect. According to Behr, this color “evokes a sense of sanctuary and relaxation amid our busy, always-on lives. In name and color, this hue speaks to our desire to take a break, be present and recharge.” It works well for both exteriors, as seen on that perfect door and interiors.

PPG Paints 2018 Color of the Year: Black Flame PPG Paints 2018 Color of the Year: Black Flame

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Photo credit: PPG Paints

PPG Paints owns Glidden. So it’s not surprising that their Color of the Year is very similar. Where Deep Onyx is a very dark charcoal, Black Flame is actually a combination of black and navy, so it can work as both. According to their website, the “black creates the silence we crave in an information-heavy world, while the navy offers possibility and a deep hopefulness.” Sounds good to me! I can see this as a beautiful front door, interior doors, or as an accent wall in a room with a lot of whites and neutral colors.

Sherwin Williams 2018 Color of the Year: Oceanside

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Photo credit: Sherwin Williams

According to Sherwin Williams, the forecasted colors for 2018 will speak to our desires for sincerity, unity and connectivity. Oceanside is the perfect mix of blue and green. It is both deep and complex, while balancing those two universal and familiar colors. Their website states that it is a “multi-dimensional, marine-inspired look” that will look wonderfully for creating a welcoming front door. It would also work well in a home office to “boost creative thinking and clarity of thought”. Or even in a bedroom or reading nook to “invite meditation and introspection”. This beautiful shade of teal is my favorite color and will be used as a feature wall in my dining room this year. I am just in love with this color! It would also be beautiful in a high- gloss paint on built-ins or furniture.

Benjamin Moore’s 2018 Color of the Year: Caliente

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Photo credit: John Bessler, Architectural Digest

Benjamin Moore did not hold back when it came to their color selection this year. While red may appear to be the opposite of cozy, Caliente is a warm, comforting red that does not shock, but comforts and lures you in. Benjamin Moore’s director of strategic design intelligence, Ellen O’Neill, said it perfectly in an interview with Architectural Digest when she said, “We discovered examples of the comfort red brings—the cocooning; the assuredness. If you’re out there and you’re afraid to turn the television on at night because you don’t know what’s coming, you’re in this secure red space in a way that’s grounding and enveloping.” I’ve seen this trend coming. I think it might take a little longer to catch on that the more “safe” choices other paint companies made this year. But all you have to do is look at the runways and notice all the red that’s being shown this year. Design tends to follow fashion, so if we are seeing everywhere in fashion, and now Benjamin Moore has legitimized it for home, you can believe it will come back. I would suggest using it for a classic, but fun front door. It would also work well in a high gloss on a beautiful cabinet.

Olympic Paints 2018 Color of the Year: Black Magic

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Photo credit: Olympic Paints

Another dark, moody black, Black Magic by Olympic Paints was chosen to convey a sense of calm and sanctuary in our lives. Contrary to the open and airy interiors that have been so popular, Olympic says, “consumers often feel uneasy, restless, or like their privacy is being invaded, so they crave deep, comforting colors that offer a welcomed escape from the chaos of daily life.” This is another one that would be perfect for exterior or interior doors, accents, or even a ceiling in an otherwise white/neutral room.

Glidden’s 2018 Color of the Year: Deep Onyx

Deep Onyx is a really deep charcoal that is almost black. Glidden calls it “a classic, deep rich black.” But it does not read as a true black to me. This is the perfect color for exterior or interior doors or as an accent color most anywhere. It has enough of a gray undertone to keep it from being too stark.

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Photo credit: Glidden

So there you have it, from light to dark to bold, the 2018 Colors of the Year speak to our desire for comfort and security in this uncertain world. What are your favorite choices?

You can follow Angela on Instagram @angeladecorates

Leaves are falling, the State Fair of Texas is in full swing and you’ve ordered Halloween costumes…surely all of this means that fall weather is right around the corner (we hope!).  Before the cold weather moves in, it’s important to get your home ready for fall and winter.  We’ve put together a fall home maintenance checklist to help you get started.


  1. Hire a chimney sweep to clean and inspect chimney – Make any necessary repairs and understand how to properly light and vent your fireplace.
  2. Service HVAC – Texas homes typically run on electric air and gas heat.  It’s important to have the heater checked and serviced prior to turning on the heat this winter.East Dallas Real Estate Experts, the Heather Guild Group, provide tips for preparing your home for fall
  3. Test and change batteries in smoke detectors
  4. Replace bulbs in outdoor light fixtures – it will soon be dark when you get home from school and/or work.  Consider setting one or two lights on timers or motion sensors.
  5. Test carbon monoxide detectors
  6. Consider installing a gas detector.
  7. Clean Gutters
  8. Adjust your sprinkler system settings to take the cooler weather into consideration.
  9. Winterize any mosquito misting systems you may have
  10. Trim trees, remove any dead limbs prior to first snowfall
  11. Prepare an emergency “power outage” kit!  We like to include a hand coffee grinder, french press, candles and matches, book lights and flash lights!


By Christian Johnson, Branch Manager, Caliber Home Loans

At some point all homeowners face this conundrum: You love your location. You love your neighbors and neighborhood. But your home is old or too small or both. What to do?

Let’s start with: Are you willing to endure the trials and tribulations of a renovation project? Depending
on the scope of your project, you and your family may be displaced for months at considerable expense.
A renovation is a stressful process that requires a lot of your time and energy. Beyond interviewing
contractors, architects, and the bidding process, you will be making daily decisions about where the
project is headed and how to overcome problems. On the flip side, selling your current home, finding
another, and then moving is also a stressful process. Which one seems less stressful to you?

Next, explore your financial options: Seek the advice of your loan officer. How much home can you
afford and what payment are you comfortable with? Do you have the extra cash to deal with unforeseen
complications? Renovation mortgages are different and more complicated than regular mortgages. Does
your loan officer have the skills, expertise, and experience required to see the project through or can
they refer you to an expert in the field?

Once you have a budget, talk to your trusted Realtor: What price do renovated homes fetch in your
neighborhood? Is it worth the headache of renovating or would it be smarter to buy an already
renovated home in your neighborhood? Will your renovated home be the most expensive in the
neighborhood? If so, are you going to live there long enough for the rest of the neighborhood to catch

These are not easy questions to answer. Both renovating and moving are some of the most stressful
events in anyone’s life. But the improvement in your quality of life is worth the stress. Whichever
direction you choose, surround yourself with professionals. The right choices will make the process a
little easier.

About Christian Johnson

Christian Johnson is the Park Cities-Kessler Park Branch Manager for Caliber Home Loans.  He has more than a decade of mortgage experience in listening to customers’ needs and determining the right path for present and future financial success.

Christian is widely considered the “go to guy” in the mortgage industry.  His attention to detail and tenacity in today’s financing world to provide a hassle-free loan acquisition and closure reveal why he has been chosen as one of the Best Mortgage Professionals in Dallas year over year.

You can contact Christian by email at or by phone at 214.763.8767.



$825,000 4 BEDS 3.1 BATHS 3,236 SQFT

Lakewood home with beautiful updates. Main living areas are surrounded by a wall of windows allowing the light in. Kitchen opens to a cozy living area which opens to the outside with multiple windows and atrium doors. Spacious entry opens to the dining area, kitchen which opens to family area and downstairs study. The kitchen is complete with granite, island, stainless appliances, and a breakfast bar. Great floor plan in Lakewood Elementary.

LISTING AGENT: Susan Blackburn

BROKER: Allie Beth Allman & Assoc.


$819,000  4 BEDS, 3 BATHS, 3,040 SQFT

Major renovation in 2014 with recent freshening make this beautiful one-story, 4-bedroom, 3-bath home perfectly move-in ready. Open floor plan with bright white open kitchen. Wonderful F. Bertazzoni gas cooktop and convection oven. Second living area-playroom just off breakfast room. Separate guest suite behind the kitchen. The 2014 renovation added an enormous master bathroom and closet featuring statuary marble and Marmara marble. The master bedroom opens onto the covered patio which is well-protected from the Texas summer heat. A rolling gate across the rear driveway greatly expands the usable backyard space. Sought after Lakewood Elementary with its new expansion space is just around the corner.



$799,000 4 BEDS 3 BATHS 2,551 SQFT

Wonderful ranch cottage, with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and 3 Living Area’s, deep in the heart of Lakewood, on one of the area’s most sought after streets and blocks. This updated home boasts 2 bedrooms up with delightful play area and 2 bedrooms down, including the master suite and fabulous bath! Complete with formal living and dining and sought after open kitchen family room, this home has it all. Additional amenities include pristine hardwood flooring throughout, crown moldings, built-ins, landscaped grounds and board on board privacy fenced-in backyard, as well as a two car attached garage with side entry, Lakewood elementary, and all of this in one of Dallas’s premier urban neighborhoods!

BROKER: David Bush Realtors