Homes in Abilene: 349 Marti’s Way

This week’s profile is a beautiful, newly constructed home in South Abilene near the Wylie East campuses.

Masterful design and modern luxury are uniquely embodied in this four-bedroom, two-bathroom home built by Legend Homes. The open floor plan encompasses generous living space and stylish finishes, providing you with the perfect setting for relaxing and entertaining.

Boasting nearly 1,700 square feet of living space, 349 Marti’s Way features a gourmet kitchen that will inspire your inner chef, a primary bedroom suite that ensures the perfect private space, and a large, privacy-fenced backyard that is a virtual blank canvas for outdoor entertaining – or a future pool/spa.

As you arrive at this beautiful home, your eye is drawn to the beautiful landscape, and short walkway to a covered front porch. Step through the custom front door – with glass and wrought iron inlay – and into a welcoming entryway, complete with luxury

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5 Tragic Design Fails Committed by Designers-in Their Own Homes

Think all home designers must have the most perfect dwellings imaginable? While it’s true that they’ve been trained to choose the right colors, fixtures, and furniture to make a space look amazing, they do make mistakes—even in their own homes.

“Designers often learn from their own mistakes, and our homes typically serve as personal laboratories where we experiment with new ideas,” explains Ana Cummings of the eponymous design firm.

Want proof? Check out these stories from design experts who’ve made missteps in their own homes, and consider them fair warning on what not to do in your own abode.

1. A bathroom door that doesn’t stay shut

Photo by Peace Design 

Stephanie Thornton Plymale, president and CEO of the Heritage School of Interior Design, loves the farmhouse look, so she put in a barn door that slides over the toilet area of her master bath.

“While it looks

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The story behind picture rails and why so many San Francisco homes have them

A San Francisco apartment lease typically comes with a lot of conditions. You may be required to cover 75% of the hardwood floors in rugs or prohibited from burning candles or unable to host a pet that weighs more than 30 pounds. But perhaps the most common warning of all is about putting holes in the walls, a decision which could lead to a dip in the security deposit check when you eventually move out.

But for those in older buildings, there’s usually an easy workaround you may not have even realized existed — picture rails.

What you may initially mistake for crown molding is likely actually picture rail molding running horizontally around the room. It usually sits about a foot-and-a-half down from the edge where your walls meet your ceilings, and that molding is specifically there so that you can hang artwork or whatever else your heart desires from

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London Bay Homes’ Carmela model sells in Mediterra

Inspiring its new homeowner with fresh architectural style, a seamless connection between indoor and outdoor living spaces, and stunning interiors, London Bay Homes’ lake-view Carmela model sold this month in Mediterra’s Caminetto neighborhood.

The livability of the Carmela home design, which offers three bathrooms, three full baths and two half-baths in 3,836 air-conditioned square feet, was elevated by a masterful blend of textures and finishes conceived by Romanza Interior Design.

The sophisticated Carmela home design features a gallery space that segues into the light-filled great room showcasing views of the custom pool and spa. A master vestibule and hallway create an elegant transition to a truly private owner’s retreat that offers dual walk-in closets, a bath with a graceful freestanding tub, and access to the pool area. Two guest suites provide comfortable accommodations for visiting family and friends. The outdoor living area features ample room for dining and lounging,

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