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11 Mar

Buying at Auctions for your Home is the Best Thing Ever!

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I’ve been on the hunt for hidden treasures for our home for over 20 years. I’ve always been interested in antiques, and good deals – shopping like a boss is in my DNA! But I really got serious about finding furniture and other home goods when I married Jason. Filling a new home is no easy task, especially on a newlywed budget. That’s when I discovered the magic of auctions.


I grew up in a diversely furnished home, and naturally, I fell into the habit of, well, furnishing diversely. Walking into a store or a showroom and coming out with an entire roomful of furniture has never been my jam, and it shouldn’t be yours either. There’s nothing creative about matchy-matchy, IMO. I love and appreciate all of the different things I’ve collected over the years in my home. From my great grandmother’s curio cabinet in our bathroom to special pieces from our travels – some of it fun and funky, some of it basic but essential, but all of it representing a beautiful memory.


I’ve found that auctions are the best way to shop for one-of-a-kind finds. I’ve also been able to score some sweet deals over the years. There’s always something for everyone – and I always find plenty of things that need to come home with me. And sometimes, they do!

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I have developed quite an effective strategy for scouting, bidding and buying at auction, one I am going to share with you (for free!). Here, revealed for the very first time, are my Top Five Tips on How to Win Big at an Auction

Five Tips on How to Win Big at an Auction

1. Try to attend the auction preview. However, if you cannot see an item in person thoroughly read the condition reports. You can also speak with someone over the phone for more pictures and information.

2. Only pre-bid if you will not be available during the live auction. Otherwise, you will receive alerts each time someone outbids you, but as long as your MAX bid is programmed, you won’t miss out on the item.

3. If you are going in with a budget be sure to do your math. A little reverse math will save you a headache. Factor in the Hammer Fee, taxes and possible shipping cost for larger items.

Sample: Budget – Hammer Fee – Taxes = Actual Bidding Amount

Example: $2000 – 28% – 8.25% = $1,321.20

4. Don’t bid if you’re not sure you want to buy. If yours is the winning bid, you’re committed to the purchase. You can’t change your mind once the auction is closed.

5. During a live auction I always wait until the very end to place my bid. Literally “going once…going twice…” BID.

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And speaking of, I was excited to pop over to J. Garrett Auctioneers in Dallas last week. The reason for my visit was a benefit for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra that offered a sneak peek (before the public preview) at the firm’s latest high-profile auction: The Loyd-Paxton Collection. Oh Em Gee, y’all, it was amazeballs!


The Loyd-Paxton name has exuded glamour and exclusivity throughout the antiques and interior design world for over five decades. The creative forces behind the name, Lloyd Taylor and Paxton Gremillion, earned international renown by fusing unparalleled talent and taste with extraordinary décor. Their approach was to create a total environment rather than just putting pretty stuff in rooms. Among the duo’s most distinguished clients: Sir Elton John, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and Versailles (yes, that Versailles!).

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When it came time for Taylor to downsize, he chose J. Garrett Auctioneers to rehome his prestigious pieces, including rare 18th and 19th-century antiques and art. I may or may not be purchasing something this go around, but I always love to look, and some of the lots at the Loyd-Paxton Collection are serving inspiration for days.


If you aren’t following me on Instagram, you are missing out on ALL the behind-the-scenes fun from this incredible auction (you can find it in my highlights), but below are a few of my favorite pieces.

Favorite Pieces from Upcoming J. Garrett Auction

Religious Oil Paintings on Canvas Est. $1k - $1500
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Religious Oil Paintings on Canvas Est. $1k - $1500
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Louis Vuitton Trunk, Rare Vintage Custom Est. $32K - $35K
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Chanel Purse Pink Est. $1K - $1200
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Hermes Kelly Bag Est. $16K - $20K
Oversized French Carved & Painted Setter Est. $750 - $850
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Exceptional Rare 18c Carved Court Scene Est. $17K
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Extraordinary Pair of Rare Massive Jadeite Vases Est. $40K - $60K
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Louis XIV Style Consoles Est. $12K - $15K
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Reticulated Decanters Est. $1500 - $2500
Silver Trays Est. $600 - $800
Columbian/Brazilian Emerald Ring 8 carats Est $20K - $30K
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Upcoming J. Garrett Auction Details


Preview: March 15th-19th (10am-5pm)

Jewelry Preview: March 18th and 19th (10 am-3 pm)

Auction Start Times: March 20th and 21st (11 am CST)

9203 Diplomacy Row Dallas TX 75247


Peep for yourself here, and while you’re at it, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra is offering the chance to win a fabulous gift basket valued at $5650. Your chances of winning are spectacular. To participate in the raffle, email


If you have been decorating your home for some time, you know how difficult it can be to find that perfect piece. Auctions are a great way to find special pieces that really enhance a home. J. Garrett does auctions twice a year, so if nothing fits the mold this time, check back in the fall for some more treasures. You can also visit their sister company, Legacy Antiques, in the Design District in Dallas for some everyday retail fun.

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16 Dec

Holiday Staycation: Epic Helicopters, GRACE & The Sinclair Hotel

Ho! Ho! Ho! And Merry Christmas! For my final holiday giveaway, I have teamed up with some of my favorite Fort Worth businesses on Instagram and we are bringing to you THE MOST FABULOUS romantic post-holiday escape.

ONE lucky winner and their holiday crush will enjoy this experience on Saturday, December 26th, which includes:

–       A one-night stay for 2 in a suite at the newly opened Sinclair Hotel in beautiful Downtown Fort Worth.

–       A 30-minute EPIC Helicopters Holiday Lights Tour on Santa’s Sleigh from Meacham Airport.

–       A romantic dinner at renowned restaurant GRACE in Downtown Fort Worth.

–       A champagne gift basket compliments of me, Christy Dunaway Smith.

To enter this fabulous giveaway valued at $1000, click HERE!

Terms and Conditions:
~ Giveaway starts on December 16th and runs until midnight December 22, 2020.⁣
~ 1 lucky winner will be contacted via direct messaging on December 23rd.⁣
~ Winner must reply back within 3 hours, or another winner will be drawn.⁣
~ We will announce the winner on IG by 5:00 PM on December 23rd.⁣
~ Private IG accounts will not be selected. ⁣
~ Winner must agree to post photos of their Hotel stay, Helicopter ride and Dinner experience tagging all 4 brands on IG. ⁣
~ Hotel stay, Helicopter ride & Dinner experience must be redeemed ON December 26th and cannot be rescheduled.⁣
~ Prizes not redeemable for cash. ⁣
~ Only open to DFW residents. ⁣
~ Must be over 21 years of age. ⁣

Staycation Itinerary

EPIC HELICOPTERS @ Meacham Airport – 3951 Lincoln Avenue 76106

30-minute Santa’s Sleigh Ride Holiday Light Tour for 2

Saturday, December 26th, 2020

Arrive by 5:30 PM

Departure at 6:00 PM

Seat weight capacity must be less than 300lbs per person

You will need to fill out a quick survey before departure

Rescheduling unavailable

Value: $418.00

GRACE Restaurant @ Downtown Fort Worth – 777 Main Street 76102

Saturday, December 26th, 2020

Dinner reservations for 2 at 7:30 PM

Gratuity not included (Please tip your server)

Value: $150

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holiday staycation

The Sinclair, a Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel @ Downtown FW – 512 Main Street 76107

1 Night stay in a gorgeous suite

Check-in Saturday, December, 26th, 2020 @ 4pm

Check out Sunday, December 27th, 2020 @ 11am

Value: $350

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holiday staycation

SoFortWorthIt Champagne Gift Basket

It’s A Surprise!!!

Value: $100

22 Nov

SoFortWorthIt’s Holiday Gift Guide

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Welcome to my FIRST annual Holiday Gift Guide, a curated collection with something for EVERYONE on your list. In the spirit of full disclosure, this list began with me shopping for you, but it quickly turned into me shopping for me! I literally have, want or I’m about to buy each one of these amazing items on this list.

Gifts for Her

From me time to bee time, these gifts are sure to delight any lady in your life.


I am a huge fan of the three beauty brands on this list: Origins, Kiehl’s and Tata Harper. These travel-sized kits are a perfect way to test out a new skincare routine without going all-in just yet.


I recently purchased The Mexican Home Kitchen and Holy Cocina, y’all! It’s the best! Start off with the salsas – you’ll never open another jar again. Also, I can’t get enough of The Defined Dish. My family goes gaga for the healthy Whole 30 recipes.


Staying healthy isn’t just about what you eat, it’s also about your environment. I’ve been mindful about this for years, and this holiday season, I am hoping Santa brings me a set of clean and green ceramic pots and pans from GreenLife. (Did you get that, Santa Jason?)


If you love your fancy with a dash of awkward – and really, who doesn’t? — then Gwyneth Paltrow’s vagina candle is for you. And yes, I already own this and trust me, it’s a real conversation-starter!


There’s been a lot of buzz about this gift; a… wait for it … a personal beehive kit! I have dreamed of raising bees and harvesting my very own organic honey, but the process and responsibility seemed daunting. Enter the FlowHive, a genius kit that simplifies the entire process, making it easy and fun to host a hive.

Gifts for Him

It can be a challenge to find perfect gifts for guys. I kept my husband in mind when I compiled this list of must-haves for the man in your life. 


The Otto Wilde Griller will make your man embrace his inner carnivore. A game-changer for grillers, it makes grocery store steaks taste like they came from a big-bucks steak house in five minutes flat.


Who doesn’t need an electronic docking station? We keep ours in the kitchen, and it holds all of our devices, keeping them organized as they charge. Remember to buy an extra pack of cords to go with it — trust me, you’ll need them!


These On Cloud shoes were the #1 seller on my Father’s Day Gift Guide, which didn’t surprise me. Our whole family has become obsessed with them ever since my brother Scott gifted them to all the guys for Christmas last year.


And speaking of obsession, this Mark & Graham waterproof roll-top backpack has been on my mind ever since our good friend Warren brought one to our lake house. Fill it with ice and beverages and you’re good to go for the entire day!

MIZZEN + MAIN is officially my husband’s very favorite shirt brand in his entire closet. They don’t wrinkle, and you can wash and wear without ironing. The website does a great job of walking you through their sizing chart, too.

Gifts for Tweens and Teens

Your teen or tween may not say thank you IRL, but they’ll definitely share their appreciation with their Instagram and followers. These post-worthy presents are sure to please even the pickiest Gen Z-er.


The Apple Airpods Pro doesn’t suck. Enough said!


Growing up with Mrs. Pac-Man in my childhood game room, I have an affection for arcade machines. This tabletop version has all the feels of the arcade version, without the crazy price tag – or the coin slot.


You won’t have to worry about too much screen time with these Razor rides. They’re the ultimate in grab-and-go outdoor fun! (Accessorize with a helmet and pads so you don’t end up swapping screen time for scream time.)


My kids have gone BAPE for Stockx, an online marketplace for streetwear like sneakers and hoodies. From standard gear to the most exclusive collabs, it’s the SUPREME site to pick up anything that’s dropped.

But wait there is more…

These are the gifts that you never knew you needed! I hope they bring you as much joy as they brought me.

Just remember, when in doubts: gift cards for subscription services, food, and clothes will please anyone on your list.


I know it’s super easy and convenient to buy everything over the internet, but if you can shop local as much as possible, I know our Fort Worth retail business sure could use your support for this holiday season.


Also, in case you missed it, I just published my Ultimate and Best Christmas Events and Activities in DFW AND the best dang Advent Calendar List you have ever seen.


Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and remember, Jesus is the Reason for the Season! Enjoy shopping for you and your loved ones! xoxox