New or Flipped, 
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Originality in Their Homes

What constitutes a beautiful house? With homes, as with faces and figures, beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder, and what was considered distinguished or elegant at one time may now be seen as tacky or outdated. In this issue of Cleveland County Lifestyle, we examine which features today’s homebuyers are searching for in their ideal home, whether…

Around Town

Kicking off the May events schedule throughout the Pioneer Library System is a jazz concert on Sunday, May 1. Local jazz band Shade of Blue will present the 4 p.m. free concert in the /snak/ Café area of the Norman Library West. Beginning May 2, the whole family can learn some of the basics of the low-impact art of Tai…


The traditional model of mentoring is where a wizened professional bestows his or her wisdom and lessons from experience on an up-and-coming individual. The mentees watch, listen, learn and consult as they make their mark on the world. But for the organization Sooner Stilettos, the concept of mentoring this year included walking, even dribbling, in the other person’s shoes.

What’s Hot, What’s Not

If someone says, "I just can't seem to pull it all together" or "I am not a decorator," they would benefit from the professional expertise of a designer. A good designer will be able to listen to the client and learn how they want their home to look, feel and function. Not all clients are able to clearly express what…

Calling All Authors (Even Newbies)

The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library invites authors at all stages of their writing journey, from those just starting out to those working on a manuscript to those with multiple published works, to its free, one-day Writers Conference, on Saturday, May 7.

Flipping Houses Requires a Gambler’s Heart …

Like Realtors, house “flippers” know that “location, location, location” is a big part of the equation when selecting a home for a major renovation. But that’s just one of many factors one must take into consideration when deciding whether a structure is a good candidate for a major overhaul, says a local house flipper.

The House the Pullens Flipped

Very little of the house in west Norman that world travelers Michael and Jim Pullen bought in 2001 remains. And that suits them just fine. Michael, a landscape architect and interior designer, and Jim, who manages a Norman law firm, bought the house with the idea of flipping it themselves. Their decision on where to buy was based on several…

Arts! Arts! Arts! Draws Record Attendance

Record-breaking attendance was reported at the University of Oklahoma Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts’ 25th annual Arts! Arts! Arts! gala March 6. The event, which featured student performances and an elegant dinner, raised over $60,000 for scholarships and other opportunities to enhance fine arts students' educational and artistic development.

Oliveto Italian Bistro

Pour water into a large pot with or without salt; bring to a boil. Once the water is at a boil, cook the pasta for about 8-10 minutes. While the pasta is cooking, pour the olive oil into a medium-sized pan and heat. Add onions and pepperoni, and sauté until onions begin to soften. Add sliced mushrooms, red peppers and…

No Two Alike

If you want a cookie-cutter home, please don’t ask Curtis McCarty to build it for you. McCarty, the sole proprietor of C.A. McCarty Construction, a design/build firm headquartered in The Vineyard neighborhood in northeast Norman, specializes in designing and constructing unique homes that meet the specialized needs and desires of his customers.

Republic Bank & Trust

When you ask Republic Bank & Trust President and CEO Chuck Thompson what sets Republic apart from other banks in the region, he smiles. Then he recommends that you find out what sets this institution apart from the people who know best: their customers.

Thinking of Purchasing a House?

The Oklahoma City Metropolitan area has experienced stable growth in residential construction during the past five years. Total new construction starts provided monthly by DHARMA Inc. reflect 25,848 new housing starts from 2011-2015 and 990 year-to-date starts for 2016.