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Discover local backyards that are breathtakingly blissful and learn more about the creepy critters you should be looking out for this spring.

HOME & GARDEN APRIL 2019 VOL XXIII, ISSUE 11 $3.00
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BEYOND THE BALLOT MEET YOUR LOCAL CANDIDATES
SPRING IN TEXAS STOP AND SMELL THE TULIPS

BACK YARD OASIS ENJOYING THE GREAT OUTDOORS

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THE BIG STORY

THE FEATURE STORY On Page 34 ON THE COVER:
Backyard Bliss
By Allie Spletter Texas Tulips in
Pilot Point, Texas
Spring has sprung in Texas, and here in Frisco, we are chasing those winter blues away
as quick as we can by getting back outside, enjoying the sunshine and bringing life to the Cover by Gabriela Gilstrap
outdoor spaces of our homes!

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CONTENTS

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and Legacy of
Vivian Estelle Stark Get to Know FRISCO STYLE GIVES BACK
McCallum Your Candidates
By Christine Perrenot By Lisa Ferguson Frisco STYLE Magazine proudly sponsors Boys &
58 Stop and Smell the Girls Clubs of Collin County, Camp Craig Allen,
Tulips Clothe-A-Child, Frisco Arts, the Frisco Community
By Christine Perrenot Parade, Frisco Family Services, Frisco Freedom
70 D id You Know Fest, Gary Burns Fun Run, the Frisco Rotary Club
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FROM THE PUBLISHER

I must admit, April is one of my favorite NEXT MONTH

months and, it always has been. After all, my parents’ Next month, don’t miss the
wedding anniversary is April 14. annual Best of Frisco issue of
In the Roman calendar, the fourth month is spelled Aprilis, meaning "to open." Frisco STYLE Magazine. Learn
This makes sense, as April is the month when trees and flowers begin to bloom and all about some of Frisco’s finest
flower. people, places and spaces,
Growing up in Indianapolis, winter weather did not typically end until the first meet a local veteran and venture
week of April. While football is everything here in Texas, basketball reigns supreme through one of Frisco’s newest
for Hoosiers (inhabitants of Indiana). It was common to watch NCAA March Madness, events in Frisco Square.
bundled in blankets and still having to navigate snow-packed roads to reach homes of
friends and family to cheer on our favorite college teams. But, sometime during the SHOUT OUT
first week of April, a magical transformation began to take place. Even when winter
was stubborn to give up its frigid stronghold, flowers would pop up through the snow, Thank you to the local families
and we knew warm weather activities were right around the corner. This revolution who graciously welcomed
of nature happened quickly, such that by mid- to late-April, the ugly cocoon of winter Frisco STYLE into their homes
was all but faded away into a beautiful rainbow of color. and backyards for this month’s
For me, this signaled the beginning of little league baseball and the planting of my feature. These families really
dad’s family garden, which we kids called the “farm.” Each of these activities produced know how to make the most of
countless memorable moments and learning experiences I take with me to this day. patio weather during springtime!
Truly, just the smell of fresh-cut grass takes me right to April and the beginning of
baseball season. FSM APRIL PLAYLIST
There are a number of other reasons to celebrate April that perhaps you have never
known or considered. For example, William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564, With warmer weather coming up
and died on or about his birthday at the age of 52 in England in 1616. this April, we have the perfect
Noah Webster copyrighted the first edition of his dictionary in April. Mr. Webster playlist for you … whether you
was a bit of an April fool in that apparently, he wanted to reform spelling for Americans, are taking a jog in the sunshine,
to make it simpler and more obvious. His ideas included removing all double vowels. laying by the pool or hosting a
“Bread” would be spelled “bred;” “friend” would become “frend;” “tuf” for “tough,” backyard barbecue!
“laf” for “laugh,” “kee” for “key,” and, “speek” for “speak.” He also wanted us to spell
“machine,” “masheen,” and “pique,” “peek.” (I don’t know about you, but had I known There’s always more on
these were possibilities, I would have obtained better grades on my college term
papers and fared better in Scrabble).
Additionally, the diamond is the birthstone for people born in April. (You’d think it
would be February to coincide with Valentine’s Day, but no one asked me). Adding to
this, April is said to be named after the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite. What’s not
to celebrate about a month rooted in love and diamonds?
By the time you’ve read this, we’ll have only two games left in the hunt for a 2019
NCAA National Basketball Champion – the “Final Four®.” And, one of the teams will
have yet another reason to celebrate April.
As so many things show the process of rebirth this month, we hope you enjoy our
small part of ringing in spring, the expiration of winter and the settling in of warm
weather. From butterflies to tulips, we’ve got you covered.
Play ball!

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SCENE AND BE SEEN

Cathy, Craig, Christy, Chloe, Riley, Chelsea, Michelle, Mark and Kim Winkler celebrating a birthday.

Susan Lewis and Cotis Evans at the March Ladies Who Launch event.

Sunitha Cheruvu and Priscilla Burg supporting the Ladies Who Launch Heather Bowers, Christine Jurgensen and Christie Hutchinson support-
event. ing the Ladies Who Launch event.

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THINGS to DOAPRIL

FRISCO FAIR FRISCO ROUGHRIDERS VS. FRISCO ROUGHRIDERS VS.
April 1-7, daily MIDLAND ROCKHOUNDS MIDLAND ROCKHOUNDS
Frisco Fresh Market April 5, 7:05 p.m. April 7, 4:05 p.m.
friscofreshmarket.com Dr Pepper Ballpark Dr Pepper Ballpark
This 11-day family event will feature ridersbaseball.com ridersbaseball.com
rides, food and entertainment for all
ages. TRINKETS TO TREASURES
RESALE EVENT
LADIES WHO LAUNCH April 6, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
April 2, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Plano Event Center
CREST Infiniti jlcollincounty.org
friscoarts.org Gently enjoyed items are collected
Business and arts collide at this from Junior League of Collin County
90-minute luncheon featuring special members and businesses throughout
guest speakers. the community to be recycled for
shoppers.
FRISCO ROUGHRIDERS VS.
MIDLAND ROCKHOUNDS THE SALVATION ARMY: MOST FRISCO UNCORKED
April 4, 7:05 p.m. GOOD 5K April 6, 12-5 p.m.
Dr Pepper Ballpark April 6, 8 a.m. Frisco Square
ridersbaseball.com The Star friscoarts.org
thestarinfrisco.com
DAY OUT WITH THOMAS All proceeds from this race go to Enjoy live bands, food from
April 5-7 and 12-14 support programs and services of The local restaurants, wine tastings,
Grapevine Salvation Army.
historictrains.org shopping, a play zone for
OM WELL: HEALTH AND kids and the must-see grape
Day Out with Thomas is a WELLNESS DAY
partnership between the April 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. stomping competition.
Museum of the American Frisco Public Library
Railroad and the Grapevine friscolibrary.com FRISCO ROUGHRIDERS VS.
Vintage Railroad. Proceeds Local experts will teach how to eat CORPUS CHRISTI HOOKS
benefit museum operations and better, start exercising and practice April 8, 7:05 p.m.
mindfulness to gain peace-of-mind in a Dr Pepper Ballpark
historic preservation. chaotic world. ridersbaseball.com

MUSIC AND LAW FRISCO ROUGHRIDERS VS.
April 6, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. CORPUS CHRISTI HOOKS
Frisco School of Music and Performing April 9, 7:05 p.m.
Arts Dr Pepper Ballpark
fsmfspa.com ridersbaseball.com
Musicians and songwriters can learn
more about protecting their work at “LITTLE ITALY” PRESENTED BY
this interactive workshop. THE WOMEN OF ST. FRANCIS
April 10, 10:30 a.m.
FRISCO ROUGHRIDERS VS. St. Francis of Assisi Parish Hall
MIDLAND ROCKHOUNDS wosf.org
April 6, 7:05 p.m. This annual fundraiser, fashion show
Dr Pepper Ballpark and silent auction will feature spring
ridersbaseball.com fashions from local retailers.

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FRISCO ROUGHRIDERS VS. FRISCO ROUGHRIDERS VS. FRISCO ROUGHRIDERS VS.
CORPUS CHRISTI HOOKS MIDLAND ROCKHOUNDS MIDLAND ROCKHOUNDS
April 10, 7:05 p.m. April 19, 7:05 p.m. April 20, 7:05 p.m.
Dr Pepper Ballpark Dr Pepper Ballpark Dr Pepper Ballpark
ridersbaseball.com ridersbaseball.com ridersbaseball.com

THIRD MONDAY TRADE DAYS MUSIC IN THE CHAMBER EASTER BUNNY BRUNCH IN
April 12-14, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 19, 8 p.m. THE GARDENS
McKinney Council Chambers, George A. Purefoy April 21, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
thirdmondaytradedays.com Municipal Center Venue @ Frisco Town Center
friscotexas.gov venueatfriscotowncenter.com
ERIC CHURCH IN CONCERT This concert will feature John Wynn
April 12 and 13, 8 p.m. and Carlo Pezzimenti. THIRD SUNDAY OPEN HOUSE
American Airlines Center, Dallas April 21, 1-4 p.m.
americanairlinescenter.com EASTER AT THE MARKET Frisco Heritage Museum
April 20, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. friscoheritage.org
TEXAS BIG STAR HALF Frisco Fresh Market Fun for all ages! Kids’ crafts and
MARATHON AND 5K friscofreshmarket.com games, entertainment, live animals,
April 13, 7 a.m. Don’t miss a photo opportunity with working blacksmiths and more.
Collin College – Preston Ridge baby chicks while shopping at the
Campus market. BUSINESS OF SPORTS: THE
runtexasbigstar.com IMPACT OF THE PGA
The North Texas Community Giving April 24, 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m.
Foundation presents this fourth annual friscochamber.com
event for charity, followed by a Finisher Moderated by WFAA’s Joe Trahan,
Fest. panelists will discuss why the PGA
chose Frisco, the scope of the
NORTH TEXAS SC VS. EASTER economic impact, workforce and more.
FORWARD MADISON FC April 21
April 13, 9:20 a.m. RED CARPET CONCERT SERIES
Toyota Stadium 2019 CCMGA SPRING PLANT April 24, 6:30 p.m.
fcdallas.com/northtexassc SALE The Lincoln Experience Center
April 20, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. friscoarts.org
FRISCO STAR PARTY Myers Park and Event Center, Don’t miss an unforgettable evening of
April 13, 6 p.m. McKinney world-class music and art.
Frisco Commons Park ccmgatx.org
texasastro.org Local gardeners can find the best TEXAS SPORTS CARD SHOW
plants for North Texas at the largest April 26-28, daily, Comerica Center
FC DALLAS VS. PORTLAND plant sale in Collin County. visitfrisco.com
TIMBERS Check out sports card memorabilia, an
April 13, 7 p.m. TEXAS REVOLUTION VS. DUKE autograph show and browse more than
Toyota Stadium CITY GLADIATORS 200 tables.
fcdallas.com April 20, 7 p.m.
The Ford Center at The Star FRISCO ARTS FEST
TEXAS REVOLUTION VS. texasrevs.com April 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
AMARILLO VENOM friscoarts.org
April 14, 1 p.m. This event will feature local artist and
The Ford Center at The Star musicians in a family-friendly festival
texasrevs.com setting with live music, booths and
food.
FRISCO ROUGHRIDERS VS.
MIDLAND ROCKHOUNDS FC DALLAS VS. SAN JOSE
April 18, 7:05 p.m. EARTHQUAKES
Dr Pepper Ballpark April 27, 2:30 p.m., Toyota Stadium
ridersbaseball.com fcdallas.com

Major Events Provided by

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BY LISA FERGUSON

Beyond the Ballot Election Day is May 4, 2019.
How well do you know this
Get to Know year’s candidates? This year,
Your Candidates five candidates are vying for Places
2 and 4 on the Frisco City Council,
and six are attempting to make their
way onto the Frisco ISD’s Board of
Trustees in Places 1, 2 and 3.

FRISCO CITY COUNCIL ELECTION ther property tax relief for homeowners,” as well as improve roadways
and public safety infrastructure. “And I want to see us make progress
SHONA HUFFMAN – SHONAFRISCO.COM, PLACE 2 on the community arts facility -- that is one area where there is a de-
mand that we have yet to meet.”
Incumbent Shona Huffman was elected to the Frisco City Council in
2016 and currently serves as Mayor Pro Tem. She works as the com- JEANNE WEISZ – PLACE 2
munity relations manager for MTX Group Inc. and was president of
the Leadership Frisco Class XVI. Ms. Huffman was involved in the Jeanne Weisz worked in the radiology field for more than four de-
2015 Citizens Bond Committee; chaired Frisco’s Legislative and Arts cades. For a dozen years, she was an ultrasound technologist at Medi-
Facility committees; and was a member of its Governance Com- cal City in Plano, and also worked at its Frisco location before retiring
mittee, as well as the Mayor’s Youth Council and the FISD’s Long- in 2018. The Panther Creek resident volunteers with local and national
Range Planning Committee, among others. She is also a member of charitable organizations and is an active member at Frisco First Baptist
the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary and mentors students in the Church and the Frisco Senior Center. The city’s tax burden “is taking
FISD’s Independent Study and Mentorship program. If elected to a a toll on our residents, and many people feel that large corporations
second term, she would like to “see (the council) do more in bringing and special interests take precedence over the people who live in Fris-
jobs and commercial investment to Frisco, allowing us to provide fur- co,” she says. “I feel the City Council is not representing the residents

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of Frisco as much as big business, special interests and outside inves- has led committees focused on veterans’ issues. When it comes to
tors. The everyday, hardworking citizens need a voice, and someone tackling traffic troubles, “There is no one-size-fits-all solution for a
to champion their concerns, and someone who is not conflicted about city as diverse and spread out as Frisco. I think we are going to have to
who they represent. I will be a voice for the people.” look at a solution in layers,” she says. “I would like to see a combination
of an inter-city transportation system such as a trolley that hits major
MUKESH PARNA – MUKESH4FRISCO.COM, PLACE 2 areas, attractions and neighborhoods, and maybe the scooters/bikes
for concentrated areas like downtown, the ‘live, work, play’ commu-
Mukesh Parna is a founding member and 2020 president-elect of the nities … and the new UNT campus.”
Dallas North Indo Centennial Lions Club. He supports a variety of
local charitable programs benefiting shelters for homeless, low vision BILL WOODARD - BILL4FRISCO.COM, PLACE 4
kids for studying and endeavors benefitting impoverished children in-
ternationally. After 20 years, he left the corporate world, made Frisco Incumbent Bill Woodard was elected to the City Council in 2016 and
home and started a small business. He would like to see more stability previously was a member of the Frisco Planning and Zoning Com-
in small businesses and help sustain jobs brought to Frisco by maxi- mission. He also served on two Charter Review Commissions and
mizing returns on incentives that were provided to big developments, chaired the 2010 Census committee. The executive vice president and
reduce property taxes and resolve traffic congestion using technology. chief credit officer at Titan Bank, N.A., he has been involved with the
“We need a person who has the passion to give back and sustain small Panther Creek Homeowners Association; served as president of the
business jobs – someone who has experience to measure returns on Shawnee Trail Cycling Club; and is a graduate of Leadership Frisco
big incentives, maximize returns on taxpayers’ money and who has Class XIII. Balancing resources is one of the biggest issues facing the
knowledge of utilizing corporate and commercial to increase overall city. “With Frisco’s growth, we are seeing residential, commercial
tax base and reduce resident taxes. That has been my strength.” and retail development. The emphasis of where we should focus can
change in a very short amount of time, depending on a variety of fac-
STEPHANIE CLEVELAND – STEPHANIE4FRISCO.COM, tors. Council and city staff have performed admirably in balancing
PLACE 4 these various projects. It takes a talented group of people to go from
looking at residential developments, to big projects such as The Star,
Stephanie Cleveland leads the Global Strategic Pursuits Team for Dell Frisco Station and the PGA, and then to commercial redevelopment,
Technologies. A U.S. Navy veteran, she advocates for “vulnerable” such as the mall or Hall Park.”
members of the community, including the homeless population and

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FISD SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION and secondary levels, as well as special education. At Vandeventer
Middle School, she co-chaired the family and community involvement
NATE ADAMS – NATEFORFRISCOISD.COM, PLACE 1 committee. The mother of two also served as a member of the district’s
Priorities-Based Budget Committee, which analyzed district spending
Nate Adams is the owner-operator of FullSec Solutions, which provides and was on the District Improvement Team. “I want to bring an educa-
physical and cybersecurity systems to nuclear power plants. The U.S. Air tor’s voice to the boardroom. Public education is vital to the livelihood
Force veteran served in the Iraq War and founded the Airman’s Leader- of our community. We have a shared responsibility to ensure that the
ship Council, an organization that provides leadership opportunities to needs of every single child are met every single day. The end goal is to
junior service members. The father of a pre-teen son who is autistic, Mr. establish a team that works together to foster the potential each student
Adams says, if elected, he would work to help the district attract and possesses, while also addressing the needs of the staff to ensure their
retain “the best teachers,” boost student safety, spend funds more wisely full professional and personal development,” she says. Also, “Frisco
and advocate for special-needs students. “Education is the foundation for continues to struggle with the fast-paced growth of our community
a peaceful and prosperous society. I want to ensure all our students en- while maintaining the level of student opportunity. Until Texas comes
ter the world prepared to thrive in today's economy. We need a board up with an effective plan for school-finance reform, the FISD will con-
diverse in skills including corporate finance, strategic goal-setting and tinue to be forced to derive innovative ways to fund our school district
measurement, with experience in large organizational management. I to the level of excellence that our community expects.”
can bring these missing skills to the board, as well as unique perspectives
from being a security expert and a special-needs parent.” STEVE NOSKIN - STEVENOSKIN.COM, PLACE 2

GOPAL PONANGI – GOPALFORFISD.COM, PLACE 1 Incumbent Steve Noskin, whose company manufactures and installs
playground safety surfacing, was elected to the FISD Board in 2016.
The father of two daughters, Gopal Ponangi is a program and project A member of the West Frisco Homeowners Association, the father of
manager for Tata Consultancy Services. He founded and is president four founded the nonprofit Fury Basketball and Flag Football Leagues
of the Shubham Foundation, a nonprofit that provides scholarships and has coached several local youth sports teams. Formerly the presi-
to FISD high school seniors and supports the GDAS Cancer Clinic in dent, vice president and a trustee of the Half Hollow Hills School Dis-
Richardson. A member of the FISD’s Long-Range Planning Commit- trict in New York, he chaired its School Board Facilities Committee.
tee and the Frisco Education Foundation’s advisory board, he volun- On his campaign website, he lists among his goals “establishing trans-
teers with Young Entrepreneurs Academy, a collaborative program of parency and fostering community participation in all decision making,
the Frisco Chamber of Commerce and the FISD. “One of the biggest so every member of our district has access to critical information and
issues facing the FISD is addressing the growth challenge,” he says. The the opportunity to contribute to the process,” and “demonstrating fis-
district’s “strong academics and outstanding opportunities for students cal responsibility in the allocation of our tax dollars as we implement
continue to make the FISD a destination school district for families cutting-edge programs.”
moving to or relocating within the Dallas/Fort Worth area.” Growth
“needs to be handled by having a keen eye on the growth patterns and MUNIRAJ JANAGARAJAN – MUNIFORFISD.COM,
new registrations and by tweaking the plans to build new schools and PLACE 3
re-configure existing schools without impacting class sizes.”
Muniraj Janagarajan is an information-technology specialist for a For-
NATALIE HEBERT – NATALIEFISD.COM, PLACE 2 tune 500 company. The father of a teen daughter, he has served as a
volunteer crossing guard for Vandeventer Middle School; is a member
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of the Richwoods Homeowners Associa-
tion board; and is a graduate of the Frisco
Citizens Police Academy. Improving the
district’s “fiscal discipline” is among his
top priorities. “We are collecting huge
property taxes from each and every home-
owner, along with bond debt (and) other
state funds to spend on top-class education
for our children. We have good opportuni-
ties to improve our financials.” Also, “The
FISD should expand its current mission
statement to include all stakeholders such
as taxpayers, teachers and parents, along
with students. This will guarantee prudent
decisions by trustees and (that) every tax
dollar collected is well-spent with high re-
turn on investment.”

CHAD RUDY – CHADRUDY.COM,
PLACE 3

A certified financial planner with Retire-
ment Investment Advisors, Inc., incum-
bent Chad Rudy was elected to the FISD
Board of Trustees in 2015 and for two years
has served as its vice president. The father
of three daughters was on the 2014 FISD
Bond Committee as well as the Frisco Sun-
rise Rotary and Leadership Frisco Advisory
Council boards. “I am proud to have been
a part of so many solutions and advances
that have been implemented (within FISD)
since 2015, but I also see how much more
we have to do,” he says. “I am running for
re-election because our district is constant-
ly changing. It is different today than when
I first ran in 2015. We have 10,000 more
students, 12 more campuses and 600 more
educators. We have added new programs,
new technology and new outreach to par-
ents. Our senior leadership team has gone
through some changes, and we are work-
ing with new regulations and requirements
from the state legislature.”

Visit friscotexas.gov/1490/2019-general-
election to learn more about Frisco’s 2019
General Election and view the City Coun-
cil candidates’ ballot applications. For the
FISD Board of Trustee candidates’ cam-
paign notices, visit friscoisd.org/about/
board-of-trustees/board-elections.

Lisa Ferguson is an award-winning freelance
writer whose work has appeared in publica-
tions nationwide.

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BY RACHEL BEAIRD

Twin sisters Heather Fujikawa and Heidi
Andrews have done everything together,

including professional enterprises.
Provided by Heather Fujikawa.

the more. Being constantly immersed in the
industry, the twins developed an eye for
design that grew to influence every step
they took.

Design After attending Brigham Young Uni-
versity to study communications, the girls
moved to Los Angeles to pursue careers
in the fashion industry. Ms. Fujikawa be-
gan at a startup hair accessories company,
Twins but quickly realized she wanted to take
ownership of what she was doing and start
a brand. “Heidi and I are very project-
From a young age, twin sisters Heath- together or styling newlywed apartments oriented. We love to always be creating
er Fujikawa and Heidi Andrews or first homes and people started asking something together, and at this startup, I
have done everything together, us to consult with them on decorating and fell in love with the idea of embellishing
headbands or making jewelry. We made
including professional enterprises. From where to find inspiration,” Ms. Fujikawa the move to launch True Birds, our fash-
lemonade stands to launching an accesso- explains. “For all these years, we had been ion accessories business,” Ms. Fujikawa
ries line out of college, the girls are un- working on other stuff, but at the end of says. “Any time we do something, we re-
deniably serial entrepreneurs. They found the day, my heartbeat and passion has al- ally like to go big and scale it as quickly
great success throughout their twenties ways rested with interior design.” as possible … and there was a really hot
with various business ventures, but, in re- Growing up in Salt Lake City as the market for hair accessories at the time.”
cent years, have been able to bring their daughters of a successful interior de- Their pieces rose in popularity and
true passion to life in their latest endeavor signer, they were constantly brought were soon being worn by celebrities like
with Joyful Living, a successful interior along by their mother on her various ap- Kelly Clarkson and Taylor Swift, which
design company. “Our whole lives, we pointments, meetings, floral arrange- led to major retailers TJ Maxx® and Nor-
were either designing our college dorm ment classes, remodel walkthroughs and dstrom carrying the line. Taking it one

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We are very different in our unique Design Twins is a 10-episode series that
premiered on February 14, with new epi-
viewpoint that design is telling someone’s sodes airing Thursdays at 7 p.m. central.
The show is about designing for families. It
story. So, that is kind of where you merge is a mix of the families finding joy through
our design and writing backgrounds their chaotic daily schedules, while also

together. working on a project and managing cli-
ents. “Our entire brand is about inspiring
day at a time, they were always looking for Market, then Joyful Living, located in Ce- people to have joy in their homes, through
what they could do next. For Ms. Fujika- lina, in 2018, the same year Ms. Fujikawa products, textures and interior design.
wa, that included an unexpected move to gave birth to healthy twin boys. “We had The things you put in your home are really
Italy with her husband, Tyson, for his job. a pretty great immediate response! We a story you tell,” Ms. Fujikawa says. “We
While Ms. Andrews remained in San Di- were featured by Good Homes Magazine and are very different in our unique viewpoint
ego with her husband, the girls still man- Pottery Barn® did a feature with my fam- that design is telling someone’s story. So,
aged to continue working together, even ily,” Ms. Fujikawa details. “I feel like Fris- that is kind of where you merge our design
continents apart. “I have always had a pas- co is such a great area for any business be- and writing backgrounds together.”
sion for writing, so I was always writing, cause people are excited and supportive of In addition to their show and design
whether it be through freelancing for Sev- small businesses. There is a really strong services, the twins released a new book in
enteen Magazine or Celebrity Hairstyle Maga- community. People talk about things on- early 2019 aptly titled Joyful Living that is
zine, and that led to us deciding to write a line and share recommendations, so we all about inspiring thoughts on joy in ev-
children’s book,” Ms. Fujikawa says. just got so lucky to be in this area.” ery aspect of your life. On their website,
As Ms. Fujikawa and her husband grew Over the years, production companies joyfullivingco.com, they also sell home
their family in Calif. and began having had contacted the girls on more than one accessories, candles, clothing, fashion ac-
children, they faced infertility problems, occasion to see if they might be interested cessories, art collections, custom pieces
something Ms. Fujikawa learned to work in doing a television show, but the timing and more.
through by writing. “We loved doing had simply never been right. That is, until “At the end of the day, we really just
fashion accessories, but we wanted to do they were approached by cable network want to celebrate life to the fullest and en-
something that had more depth to it, so UPtv pitching a show that was both fam- courage those around us to do the same,”
we wrote a book all about fairy godmoth- ily and design-oriented. “They were really Ms. Fujikawa says. “Being able to connect
ers and where they came from. It teaches entranced with us being sisters and entre- with others and help them bring joy into
kids Christ-like attributes through these preneurs. Plus, not only are we twins, but their homes is an absolute dream come
stories. Feeling like I was able to connect my husband is a triplet! I have my twin true, and I cannot wait to see where Joy-
with children on some level really helped boys and Heidi has twin girls!” Ms. Fujika- ful Living goes from here.”
me cope with my fertility struggles at the wa exclaims. “Additionally, I have another
time,” Ms. Fujikawa shares. son and Heidi now has three other girls. Rachel Beaird is a University of Arkansas grad-
After a few years in Italy, Mr. Fujikawa’s So, in total, we have eight kids, all under uate, travel enthusiast and public relations afi-
job brought them to Frisco, in 2013. After the age of seven.” cionado.
more than a decade of jet setting around
Italy and keeping up with the fast-paced
Los Angeles lifestyle, Ms. Fujikawa found
she struggled to fit in to suburbia. “Every-
where I looked, there were pregnant bel-
lies or mamas shopping with their kids. It
was really hard for me to find my place in
such a new setting,” she says. “One thing I
did notice, though, is that there are houses
everywhere. So many people were either
moving here or building their dream
home. I began to focus my energy on de-
signing our dream home.”
Ms. Fujikawa was able to connect with
the community around her through de-
sign and started getting requests from
friends and neighbors to help them design
their homes. She immediately called Ms. In addition to their show and design services, the twins released a book in early 2019 that is all
Andrews and the sisters launched A Home about inspiring thoughts on joy in every aspect of your life. Provided by Heather Fujikawa.

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BY CHRISTINE PERRENOT

FCourntriysViintctleosRight Here The Chicken and Waffles dish
features chicken tenders on top of

a large, fluffy waffle.

Here in Texas, we love fried chick- sity. Now, Frisco residents will not have anticipated ever since it was announced
en and often take the “art” of to make the long haul to the Park Cities what would be taking over the space. Of-
preparing, frying and cooking area to enjoy some of the best fried food in fering breakfast, lunch and dinner, Bubba’s
it very seriously. A nearby Dallas dining North Texas. Cooks Country is a great place to drive-th-
destination for this staple southern dish ru on nights you just cannot bring yourself
has always been Bubba’s Cooks Country, The opening of the Frisco location to stand over the stove cooking or to stop
located by Southern Methodist Univer- (which is in the previous location of the by with the family for a quick meal.
Preston Road PDQ) has been highly-

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The restaurant first opened in Dal- The fried catfish at Bubba’s is one of the many comfort foods cooked up for diners to enjoy.
las based on the idea that, traditionally,
southern families are big fans of fried desserts and family packs (served in We went for a piece of the Apricot Pie
chicken … and everything that usually quart sizes to complete a family meal). to share, which I assure you did not dis-
comes with it! Think Grandma’s home- We were lucky to arrive around 10:30 appoint. It tasted like a pie my grandma
made fried chicken and sides for days. a.m., which turned out to be the perfect would have made. The crust was cooked
Owned by the Vineyard family, the fam- time, since I wanted breakfast and she to flaky perfection and the fruit flavor
ily that also opened Dallas/Fort Worth wanted lunch! She went a little more tra- infused in each bite was outstanding and
Babe’s Chicken Dinner House locations, ditional with her meal and ordered the so sweet. It may go without saying that
the first Bubba’s location was inside a Chicken Fried Steak, which comes with we left nothing on the plate.
1929 Texaco service station that was two vegetables and two rolls. She de-
converted into an art deco-style diner. cided on mashed potatoes and gravy and The next time I return to Bubba’s, I
Recipes were based off old family favor- green beans for her sides. You cannot go may go for dinner. I want to try the fried
ites from West Texas. It did not take long wrong with that! catfish or chicken and dumplings! Other
for the restaurant to gain many die-hard delicious menu items you should taste
fans and followers. After ordering, we grabbed our cups, test include the breakfast Biscuit Sand-
went over to the soda machine to get our wich or the Cobbler, for tradition’s sake.
As with the original destination, the drinks and took a seat right in the middle Be still my heart!
new location serves up combinations of the main room. It was surprisingly
the entire family will love, including crowded, which actually reassured me Options for families include orders
dishes like mashed potatoes, fried cat- that the food was going to live up to its consisting of fried chicken or chicken
fish, chicken-fried steak, green beans, reputation and all the hype. strips (you choose how much you need)
rolls and delicious fried chicken. Bubba’s and rolls. This great, quick and conve-
chicken is always super fresh and comes The Chicken and Waffles I ordered nient dinner option is made easy, espe-
with the best southern comfort sides came out and the whole presentation cially since there is a drive-thru.
with the bold, traditional flavors we was great! The smell of the food made
know and love. my stomach growl and mouth water! The Bubba’s Cooks Country is located at
dish features chicken tenders that are 4585 Preston Road. You cannot miss the
The atmosphere in the new Frisco very tender (as the name would suggest) unique white building on the corner that
location is very casual, but extremely and moist on top of a large waffle. I cov- is trimmed in red. The restaurant is open
comfortable and inviting. It will imme- ered the plate in syrup, as I am all about daily from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Get more
diately remind you of a classic diner, only savory and sweet flavor combinations. information by calling 214.436.4455 or
it has a newer, more elegant vibe. The check out the menu at bubbasdallas.com.
red booths and chairs pop against the The Chicken Fried Steak in all of its Frisco STYLE Magazine dining reviews
black and white checkerboard floor and golden-brown glory looked amazing are not scheduled with or paid for by
old-fashioned sugar-shakers and napkin from across the table. Morgan said the the featured restaurant. All reviews
dispensers add a fun, nostalgic look to steak was piping hot and dipped every are completed for the purpose of help-
the tabletops. White walls are trimmed bite in the gravy. She said the breading ing readers know and enjoy local din-
with black and offer ambiance with the was perfect and the mashed potatoes and ing options.
unique lighting. The space is very unique green beans added the perfect hint of fla- Christine Perrenot is the editor of Frisco
and different from restaurants we are vor to the main attraction on the plate. STYLE Magazine and an outdoor enthusiast
used to around here. The environment who loves creative writing and going on week-
immediately offers a great destination for Since we had already failed at starting end getaways.
brunch, lunch or dinner. the day on a healthy note, we decided to
splurge and order dessert once we had
We were at Bubba’s for Saturday cleared the plates of the main attraction.
morning breakfast. I saw a few icing-
covered cinnamon rolls and fluffy stacks
of pancakes in front of several people as
we walked to the line to order our food,
but I knew immediately that I wanted the
Chicken and Waffles.

We approached the counter and my
best friend, Morgan, and I placed our
order. Upon looking over the menu, you
quickly see it consists of breakfast foods
(served from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. every
day), main dishes (served from 10:30
a.m. to 10 p.m. every day), vegetables,

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BY ALLIE SPLETTER

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S pring has sprung in Texas and here in
Frisco, we are chasing those winter blues
away as quick as we can by getting back
outside, enjoying the sunshine and bringing
life to the outdoor spaces of our homes!
From outdoor firepits, kitchens and theaters
to treehouses, pools and ziplines, there is no
shortage of creative ways Frisco homeowners
use their beloved outdoor spaces.

Spring has always been a time of renewal
in so many facets, and it is also a time when
we are able to reconnect with nature, take in
the fresh air and spend time with those who
are important to us, all while doing things we
love – outside. It can be a very busy time of
year, which is why it is important for families
to make their home somewhere they truly love
to be. The backyard is very much an extension
of the home that is largely utilized in the
warmer months, and here in North Texas, we
might not have a sandy beach with turquoise
water in sight, but that does not mean that we
cannot create our very own backyard retreat.
And, some of our neighbors have some pretty
stunning ones!

FRISCOSTYLE.COM This local yard has been transformed into a lush oasis of
color and wildlife that attracts exquisite butterflies, as
well as other unique creatures.

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RIGHT IN YOUR BACKYARD in the middle of the yard (which is now admits there are few things in this world
While the Texas weather might be home to a very healthy Chinese wisteria) sadder than an empty expanse of lawn. “It
and install a 900-gallon koi pond with is simply depressing,” he says. “Now, in
admittedly finicky, we are blessed with waterfall. Gradually, wildlife began Melissa’s backyard, where once there was
many warm days that allow us to venture showing up. Butterflies arrived first, and only grass, there are hundreds of plants.
into the outdoor spaces we love. Dependent then bumblebees every time the wisteria It seems almost counterintuitive, but now
on the homeowner, those spaces serve as bloomed. Not long after that, dragonflies that the garden is established, it takes far
places to entertain, watch kids play, relax discovered the pond.” less time to maintain. Most people really
with a good book, take a dip in the pool or have no idea how much time they spend
host a barbecue with friends. Ms. Wardell admits it was the bareness mowing and weeding a lawn. There
of the backyard that first made her want are virtually no weeds in the backyard
One Frisco resident’s backyard has to transform it into a butterfly garden. because the plants I selected choke them
taken the art of displaying nature’s She recalls, “There was nothing there. out. They do not have a chance!”
beauty to the next level. This yard has The patio was tiny. There was no shade.
been transformed into a lush oasis of Nothing but grass. It was not the least The focal point of the yard is a
color and wildlife that attracts exquisite bit inviting. The kids would rather stay 900-gallon pond and waterfall that is home
butterflies, as well as other unique inside than spend time there.” to butterflies, koi and 15 colorful goldfish.
creatures. Homeowner Melissa Wardell All the plants surrounding it were selected
explains, “My ex-husband, Tim, is the Mr. Wardell and his green thumb for their role as pollinators and hosts to
one with the green thumb. He has been joined Shades of Green, a Frisco-based various butterflies and bees. The back fence
gardening since he was very young. garden center, a year ago as a sales is covered by passion vine – the food source
We had a large water garden at our old associate and now pulls double-duty for two species of fritillary butterflies.
house. I moved here after a divorce and as their marketing coordinator. He Milkweed has re-seeded itself throughout
the backyard was just a 40-foot by 40- explains, “I started shopping at Shades of the yard over the years and is the only type
foot patch of Bermuda grass, without so Green not long after Melissa and I moved of plant monarch butterflies lay their eggs
much as a dandelion. He offered to plant to Frisco in 1996. I appreciated their on. Native Texas perennials were selected
a small butterfly garden so our kids could commitment to only selling plants that because of their heat and drought tolerance
interact with nature, and it just evolved will do well in the heavy clay soil of Collin and low maintenance. “I started collecting
from there. Over the course of seven County. After years in the entertainment daylilies about 10 years ago, and over time,
years, he expanded the garden to take up industry, I was seeking a career change, the yard has become home to 18 different
the entire backyard. I hired professionals and decided to pursue my life-long varieties,” Mr. Wardell says.
to triple the size of the patio, add an arbor passion for gardening.” Mr. Wardell

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Frisco couple Jim and Robin Hall transformed their back- functional for large groups. To accomplish
yard living space and are more than happy with the space that in a large characterless rectangle
was a daunting task. The Halls requested
that was created for their family’s quality time. lots of color, attracting butterflies and
hummingbirds, and wanted to soften the
From outdoor firepits, kitchens and theaters to hard lines that fencing had created. “They
treehouses, pools and ziplines, there is no shortage of worked in a soothing waterscape and a
creative ways Frisco homeowners use their beloved stone wall that helped with seating and
outdoor spaces. definition of the space,” Ms. Hall explains.
“The outdoor barbecue area defined the
In addition to the uniqueness of the the patio on a pretty morning, drinking way the patio could be used. Privacy was
backyard space, Ms. Wardell’s backyard has coffee and reading a book. The kids have achieved, even though we have five homes
been certified in a few areas that recognize witnessed all kinds of wildlife. They have that overlook our yard, through the careful
it as a space for butterflies to flourish. had koi eat out of their hands, watched placement of trees and outdoor living
“Tim got a bit carried away once he got birds build nests and hatch their young in areas. The design and execution of the plan
going,” she says.“As he researched butterfly the arbor and had dragonflies land on their were accomplished in a matter of weeks.
gardening, he became aware of several fingertips,” she explains. “They have seen The team worked long days to create a
programs promoting wildlife in suburban bees, wasps, butterflies and caterpillars up metamorphosis that is now a great source
areas. Instead of picking one, he opted close. I do not know that they could have of relaxation and pride for us, the dogs and
to tackle all of them. When he finished, had such experiences anywhere else. It is a our friends. The yard is now an extension
he had gotten the garden registered as very calming and relaxing place. The sound of our living space, making our home
a Certified Butterfly Garden by the of the waterfall drowns out external noise feel much more gracious. Plants quickly
North American Butterfly Association, a to the point you can forget you are sitting matured, and the space is now colorful and
Monarch Waystation by Monarch Watch, a in the middle of a city of almost 200,000 relaxing.”
Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National people.”
Wildlife Federation and a Certified Urban Frisco resident Samantha Baird and her
Wildlife Sanctuary by the Humane Society Frisco couple Jim and Robin Hall utilized husband, Travis, sought out to transform
of the U.S.” Shades of Green for the transformation of their backyard into a place where they
their backyard living space and are more could flourish as a family. Ms. Baird grew
The transformation of her backyard has than happy with the space that was created. up in a family where gardening and making
positively impacted Ms. Wardell’s home Ms. Hall explains, “Jim and I are retirees outdoor spaces wonderful was important,
environment in a big way, as it has become who opted to move to a one-story home, which has carried over into her home
a popular place for both she and the kids but one with a large yard for our dogs. and outdoor space now. “As long as I can
to spend time together. “It became a place We entertain frequently, and wanted a remember, my dad and step-mom would
everyone wanted to be. I love sitting on backyard that would be beautiful, as well as spend weekends working in the yard –
pulling weeds, planting flowers, trimming
trees, etc., so ‘curb appeal’ has always been
important to me!” she explains. “At the
age of 18, my husband, like a scene from
‘Office Space,’ up and left his corporate job.
The very next day, he started his landscape
business. He started by knocking on doors
and pushing a mower. Now, nearly 20
years later,and with lots of hard work, his
company continues to flourish and is very
present across Texas.”

With his experience in the landscaping
and construction industry, having an
amazing outdoor oasis has long been
something their family has held of high
importance. “When we purchased our
home, our backyard was merely weeds
and dirt, and pretty much an entire
over-haul was needed. Ironically, our
backyard was also the very reason we
purchased the house. We have an oddly
large lot for Frisco!” Ms. Baird says.

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The Bairds sought out to transform their
backyard into a place where they could
flourish as a family.

“There was no shade, and it was hard heaters in the vaulted ceiling and a dining The kids love all the wildlife that inhabits
to play outside with our kiddos for area with outdoor grill/kitchenette our backyard. After our transformation
extended periods of time in the summer. space. Talk about an overhaul! was complete, inviting friends and family
After our first summer in our home over was easy! We created an inviting and
without being able to host cookouts Ms. Baird says their renovation was relaxing space to fellowship with friends
or gatherings, we knew our outdoor inspired by their love for traveling to or just watch our children play. With the
remodel needed to take priority.” Mexico, which is where their tropical addition of the heated pool feature and
oasis/resort vibe for the space originated. outdoor heaters, it truly is one of our
Within about one year of living in their While the pool, patio and outdoor favorite places to be year-round.”
home,the family added a beautifully- kitchen are all amazing facets of the whole
designed pool and spa by Foley Pools, design, Ms. Baird admits that landscaping Mr. Baird, the owner of All Around
sod in the front and back grass areas and and lighting are the game changers when Landscape and Construction, agrees
entirely new landscaping in both the working to complete an outdoor space that landscaping is an integral part of
front and back yards. The transformation and achieve an oasis-like atmosphere. the overall design. “Landscaping is what
included three Shumard Red Oak trees, She explains, “Without a doubt, I would completes the picture you have in your
five palm trees, an endless amount of say the most important feature to an mind. If you want to feel like you are at a
bushes, foliage and seasonal flowers outdoor space, that will make the biggest high-end resort, on a tropical vacation or
(banana plants, Mexican fan palm, rose of impact on the ambiance, is landscape and like clean cut lines, you can achieve any of
Sharon, ice plant, abelia and red yucca are lighting. Our pool is wonderful, but the that through the right landscape install.”
some of their favorites) and three Little lush and living scenery that landscaping CREATING YOUR OWN OASIS
Gem Magnolia trees to their backyard provides truly brings your outdoor space The backyard, for many, is very much the
landscaping scheme. They added outdoor to life! In the summer time, our pool is livelihood of the home during warmer
lighting to all the landscaped areas, an surrounded with a rainbow of vibrant months, and also a space that is perfect
outdoor sound system, a television, a flowering plant life which also attracts for making memories, entertaining
fireplace lounge area with remote control beautiful butterflies, insects and birds.

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guests and spending important quality As homeowners and professionals advise, figure out
time with family. For many, a backyard what you want for your space, decide how you want to
is a place where kiddos are able to kick have it done and just go for it!
the soccer ball, swing, climb and play
on a swing set, jump that energy out on is that it is easy to layer the project and build While the task might seem daunting,
a trampoline, whip up an amazing meal, onto it at different times.” Mr. Baird encourages readers to get a
watch the big game or float the day away good idea of what you want your outcome
in the pool. What makes a backyard Mr. Wardell explains, “Too many to look like. “Be patient with the process,
perfect is that it is yours to customize. people get ‘analysis paralysis’ and never giving the new install time to take root
begin something because they fear making and bloom,” he says. “It goes without
Understanding your “why” is vital when a mistake. I made several mistakes along saying, taking proper care of your plants
making the determination of how you the way, but I corrected them. There is no will be beneficial to their longevity.”
want your backyard oasis to look and what mistake you can make in gardening that
purpose you want it to serve. Regardless cannot be fixed with a shovel. Start! Give
of space, remember that you can have yourself time. It will not happen overnight.
a relaxing environment no matter how Certainly, you can hire professional
small the space you are working with. landscapers to do some or the entire
project, but do not deprive yourself the
Mr. Baird encourages homeowners, satisfaction of taking on part of the work
saying,“If you think your outdoor space yourself. It feels good to look at a flower
needs a fresh start, it probably does. It can in bloom and know you planted it there.”
easily transform your entire property. Be
mindful of cost. Your wish list has to match
your budget. Be prepared to possibly do it in
phases. The great thing about landscaping

Ms. Baird adds, “If you are looking to
re-vamp your outdoor space, first you
should figure out what is important to
your family. Create your space to fit
your needs. We wanted a tropical oasis,
but also a large enough grass area for our
kids to run and play. If outdoor cooking
is not your jam, then skip the kitchenette.
If your kids are grown and do not play
outside as much, then maybe add that
extra decking for larger lounge space.”

Frisco has many well-qualified
businesses that are ready and willing to
help you make your backyard space your
dream oasis.
WHO CAN HELP
When dreaming of the perfect backyard
happy place, our minds tend to go directly
to pools and breathtaking landscaping.
There is even more fun to be had for
the kids if your outdoor space allows
the installation of playsets, treehouses,
trampolines or forts that provide hours of
entertainment.

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Backyard Fun Factory manufactures and
installs custom, high-end, 100 percent
redwood playsets. Provided by Backyard
Fun Factory.

Alechia Lamm serves as the marketing jobs that customers have had a key part the backyard. From driveway basketball
director for Backyard Fun Factory (BFF), in designing. The addition of unique and hoops and batting cages to volleyball
a local family-owned business established popular accessories like the Chin Up Bar courts and home gyms, this North Texas
in 2004. They manufacture and install Station, Tree Mail and Gaming Package company offers a little bit of everything in
custom, high-end, 100 percent redwood help make the ultimate play space for any order to incorporate everyone’s hobbies.
playsets. “Each playset is built in North fort. After all, there is nothing like a little
Texas with a lifetime warranty and friendly competition to bring the family
is designed with safety, your family, Tree Frogs Swingset Factory in together.
budget, space and fun in mind,” Ms. Fairview sells top-of-the-line play sets,
Lamm explains. “We not only offer new all fully-customizable with swings and Spring and summer are centered
playsets, but we maintain, service and rockwalls to slides to rope ladders, around all things outdoors, and there is
move existing playsets, and refurbish so customers can create whatever no reason not to get outside, even if your
old sets! Our playsets are designed so configuration best fits their yard and space is not quite what you want it to be
they can easily grow with your children. family needs. Aside from Tree Frogs’ … yet! As homeowners and professionals
Safety, fun and family time are our top swing sets, the company also sells Ryval advise, figure out what you want for your
priority.” Basketball Hoops and Jump Sport® space, decide how you want to have it
Trampolines to really round out a yard done and just go for it! We all deserve
For local families thinking about and make it an amazing place for kids and a little haven to call our own. After all,
adding an amazing play set to their families to make memories. there’s no place like home.
backyard space, Ms. Lamm advises them Allie Spletter is proud to call Frisco home.
to decide what they are wanting out of the Many families find that Nexcourt She loves being able to share Frisco with others
space. “Are you wanting a place for family multi-sport courts are a great option for through writing.
to come together to relax, play, burn off families that want athletic equipment or
energy … or all of the above? Are you fitness-related options incorporated into
interested in a custom set to incorporate
a tree or would you like a pre-designed Nexcourt multi-sport courts are a great option for families
playset? Decide on a budget, which helps that want athletic equipment or fitness-related options
both us and the homeowner create the incorporated into the backyard. Provided by Nexcourt.
custom design,” she explains. “We like to
know things like the age of children who
will be using the space and what kinds of
things are important to you,” Ms. Lamm
says.

The time frame from purchase to
installation is typically within a two-
week period … which gives you plenty
of time to start a project that can be
completed by the time kids are out of
school this year! The average installation
time is only four to six hours. For larger,
custom sets this may take up to two to
three days. BFF is well-known for their
tree forts, treehouses and other custom

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Top Dollar BY CAROLYN CAMERON

Luxury kitchens should include light spaces
with neutral palettes to increase the appeal for
as many tastes as possible.

As the Frisco housing market con- “The landscape of the homebuyer has realtor.com, “Americans spend more wak-
tinues to evolve, properties are changed immensely over the past several ing hours in the kitchen cooking, eating
taking longer to sell and the de- years. Many current buyers have wait- and socializing than ever before.” Of all
mographics of those purchasing homes ed to buy a home, so they are living in the homes listed for sale on their site, 69
is shifting. Taking on the often-daunting apartments much longer,” explains Linda percent tout the kitchen as a selling point
project of placing a home on the market Pardue, a licensed real estate agent and within their descriptions, compared with
can be overwhelming, and many wonder partner in the Pardue Group at The As- 49 percent which mention the bedrooms
where to begin and how to get the best sociates Realty. “Consequently, they are and 21 percent that talk about the living
price for a property. accustomed to very high finish-outs and room areas. As one of the most focused-on
definitely do not want a home project. areas of the house, it is truly the showpiece
Instead, they want a move-in ready home of the home.
with very little if anything to do on it.”
John Todd, local owner of Elite Re-
However, a few new projects and select modeling, notes, “Kitchens are social ar-
touchups can go a long way towards leav- eas. Many families place kitchens in the
ing a favorable impression with potential centers of their lives, so it needs to work
buyers -- and maybe even cinch the deal. with their lifestyle and habits. A kitchen
To get the best price for a property, home- should host current appliances, have a
owners can consider a few important items great look and feel and be functional for a
before putting their house on the market. homeowner, meaning both the layout and
efficiency make sense for what they do on
KITCHENS ARE KING a day-to-day basis.”

Without a doubt, the most important Today, luxury kitchens include light
room a potential buyer will look at in a spaces with neutral palettes to increase
home is the kitchen. In fact, according to the appeal for as many tastes as possible
because buyers must be able to visualize
themselves living in the home. “When
someone is selling their home, you want
prospective buyers to walk in and experi-
ence the ‘wow’ factor,” says Dee Frazier,
owner of Decorating Den. “Really, the
key is knowing what to update and what
to leave as is. If a homeowner has cabi-

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Lighting can dramatically change the
interior and exterior presentation of a home.

nets in very good condition, then those bang for a seller’s buck comes from en- impact on prospective buyers, so an un-
are typically fine to not replace, as long as hancing curb appeal. cluttered area will make closets appear
they are an updated stain or color. Many spacious and streamlined. “Ultimately, a
buyers like painted cabinets. I am seeing Making changes to a home does not homeowner wants the future buyer to see
this trend everywhere. It is an easy, inex- have to cost a fortune. “Lighting can dra- the property as their own. So, de-clutter-
pensive update that can liven up a kitchen matically change the exterior of a home,” ing and taking personal items out of the
and make a lasting impact.” advises Ms. Hudson. “Beautiful design by space only furthers the potential sale abil-
day and ambience by night -- you cannot ity,” notes Ms. Frazier. “Maintenance of
Other facelifts within the kitchen in- go wrong! Coach lights, landscape lighting a house is critical and must occur all the
clude updating cabinet hardware and fix- and step lighting can have a huge impact.” time for the successful sale of a home.”
tures, installing new appliances (stainless
steel), upgrading countertops (quartz is Improvements to landscaping can also While these items help enhance the
the new favorite) and adding interesting make a difference. Refresh the mulch selling of a home, certain “green” design
lighting. “Homebuyers today are much around flower beds, trim shrubs and plant materials and environmentally-friendly
more educated and have a better under- seasonal, colorful plants to create an en- features may not appeal to all buyers or
standing of what they are looking for than chanting outdoor look. In fact, according perhaps deter the sale. Solar panels can
ever before -- whether it is special features to several realty sites, evidence indicates a be tough sell, and according to one bro-
and functionality, a design aesthetic or a homeowner will receive more than a 100 ker, caused a buyer to walk away from the
specific price point,” advises Kelli Hudson percent return on investment for money home because they did not want to take on
of Ferguson Enterprises, a distributor of spent on landscaping. the seller’s lease for the panels.
plumbing supplies, HVAC products and
building supplies to professional contrac- DECEIVING DETAILS Mr. Todd adds, “While solar panels
tors and homeowners. seem to be the wave of the future, it is still
As a homeowner, it is critical to keep a fairly expensive to get into, as the payback
PAINT PREP AND FIXED FLOORING property in tip-top shape. Simply put, a can be 15-20 years, at least. Until it is
well-cared-for home shows better. Small more economical for homeowners, espe-
One of the most cost-effective ways to things such as leaky faucets, broken han- cially with the expense outlay and power
upgrade the inside of a home is to add a dles or squeaky drawers cause potential aspect, I do not expect it to take off.”
nice coat of neutral paint throughout the buyers to wonder if the property has larg-
house. Paint colors should be transitional er issues elsewhere. More importantly, a Whether your family is planning to
and appeal to a larger pool of individuals. little routine maintenance can help home- place a home on the market this year or
“Paint makes such a difference to buyers owners avoid a catastrophic problem down you are simply reviewing options for fu-
and helps keep the home maintained,” the line, such as critters in an attic, roof ture possibilities, sellers can jump in proj-
continues Mrs. Pardue. “Make sure to leaks or burst pipes, all of which could de- ect mode and implement changes to sell
paint both the walls and molding because, value a property and de-rail a future sale. their home with confidence … and maybe
often, the trim around a room is the first make an extra buck in the process!
to become chipped and worn. New paint Additionally, a tidy property is a wel- Carolyn Cameron is an online writer and mar-
instantly brightens a room.” coming and warm property. Keep coun- keter who fancies coffee, her family, random cre-
tertops clean and clear and try to have as ative endeavors and finishing a home project in
Flooring also makes a distinct and im- few appliances as possible showing in the her off time.
pressionable impact in how a house is pre- kitchen. Windows should be clean. This
sented to buyers, and upgrading it makes makes a huge difference in the showing.
all the difference. “Wood is a very popular A home’s closets will also have a major
choice, whether in the living room, family
room, kitchen or all of the above,” contin-
ues Mrs. Frazier. “There are some great
engineered wood options, which are du-
rable and clean looking, but look expen-
sive and high-end. Add it to a room and it
can totally change the look.”

ONE CHANCE FOR A FIRST
IMPRESSION

A homeowner has one chance to make a
positive impact when a buyer pulls up to
the home. Many realtors believe the best

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BY DRU BICKHAM

EKnneowmYoiuer s

The time of year for creepy, crawling bugs is officially area that can collect water when it rains and remain without
here. As spring continues, weather changes come with evaporating immediately. Something everyone can do to prevent
seasonal critters we all have come to regretfully expect a mosquito infestation around their home is to do a simple as-
… and run away from. Every year, insects come out of their long sessment of your yard every few days to make sure none of these
winter slumber and grace us with their presence throughout the areas exist. Without a place for the eggs, there is a greater chance
warmer months, which can be especially long here in Texas. It is the mosquito population at your house will not get out of control.
helpful to know which creatures you should put your guard up
against before we really get into the sweltering middle of it all. If you would like to take more advanced measures to ensuring
you have a safe, comfortable warm season, you can always call a
When covering bugs in Frisco, it is appropriate to start with service like Mosquito Authority to come to your property and
everyone’s favorite summertime guest: the mosquito. These set up extra safeguards. There are specialty mosquito control ser-
blood-sucking nuisances hang around from the moment it starts vices out there, so when it comes to the most annoying and top
getting warm until it finally dips into chillier, blustery fall and disease-carrying insect out there, they are the experts to turn to.
winter months. But, what is tricky about mosquitoes, is their “We start in mid-March and will treat houses all the way through
ability to survive. Not only do the fully-grown, flying and biting mid-November,” says the owner and expert of Mosquito Author-
mosquitos have a lifespan of 21 days, but the eggs adult females ity, Jeremy Holland.
lay can survive freezing temperatures, bad weather and years of
dormancy. After all that, they still hatch into larvae and begin to Mosquito Authority provides regular checks and treatments to
mature. These eggs are laid in standing water like in bird baths, your property. An expert comes out to assess your home, then
plant saucers, puddles, small children’s overturned toys -- any sprays mosquito larvicide and adulticide in areas that most need it.
They are bee-friendly and steer clear of pollen-producing plants

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that could attract bees, though their solu- highest priority and monitors the mos- the wound before moving on. If their fe-
tions are diluted to a level that is generally quito situation carefully. The City regu- ces gets rubbed into the wound, disease
harmless to bee-size insects. They return larly treats areas with standing water with can enter the body. It has recently been
every 21 days (that important time frame larvicide, as this is the most effective way reported that around 50 percent of kiss-
that is the lifespan of the average mos- to keep the mosquito population down. ing bugs are infected with Chagas disease
quito) to make sure you are mosquito-free The City also performs a mosquito sur- and can therefore transmit it. Chagas is a
through the season. “If you can get on top veillance program by trapping mosqui- disease which can be quite mild and treat-
of them early, you will have much better toes and sending them off for testing by a able, causing swelling around the bite,
control than if you wait until June or July contracted entomologist. These traps are possible fever, lethargy, aches and swollen
to address an issue. If you start soon, you tested every week -- a positive West Nile glands when the patient exhibits symp-
could really see a significant difference lat- result leading to increased monitoring ef- toms. However, if left untreated, Chagas
er in the season,” Mr. Holland says. “We forts that could include treating with lar- disease can cause lasting heart issues in
believe in the importance of making your vicide and adulticide. the patient. Early detection is critical, so
property safer and more comfortable, if you think you or a loved one could have
so your living room can extend out onto And speaking of insect-carried dis- been bitten by one of these bugs, head to
your back porch,” says his wife and busi- eases, one of the most recent develop- your doctor and ask them about a simple
ness partner, Megan Holland. ments in this realm has been the arrival blood test they could administer to check
of the Chagas disease through Triatomi- for the disease.
An important reason to protect your nae, also known as “kissing bugs.” These
home from mosquitoes is their ability to insects are also blood suckers but are Typically, these insects are not going to
carry diseases to humans. As they are the larger in size (somewhere between a dime be found in the house, though they could
top disease-carrying insect in the world, and a penny). They do not fly, are noc- be. The best way to make sure your house
this is something most people are aware turnal and can mostly be found outside is clear and safe of these critters is to check
of, and why it is good to be mindful of near animal dwellings or under debris, pets when they are coming in from the
the viruses that these insects could bring. piles of wood, rocks, brush and porches. outdoors and keep their areas and beds in
West Nile and encephalitis are the most They bite victims on the face, close to the the house regularly cleaned. Make sure
common in North Texas. Frisco consid- mouth or eyes, and suck their blood like a any damaged weather stripping, window
ers the health of its citizens to be of the mosquito might. They then defecate near screens or cracks to the home are repaired

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