01/23/13 6:14pm

guest bath_after

I need some advice, folks. I live in a quaint little 1950s home in Casa Linda, and I’ve spent the worst better part of 4 1/2 years remodeling it. It’s come a long way, people, believe me. But today, I ran into one of my most perplexing decisions while trying to finish up the guest bath before our house guests come in for the weekend. Where the hell should I hang the toilet paper holder?

This is what it looked like before I took a sledge hammer and crow bar to it.

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This is after.

The guest bath isn’t spacious by any means, so I don’t really have room for a stand. Before I demoed the bathroom, the tp holder was between the toilet and tub, but it felt a little cramped and made for an awkward exchange. I might ad that I’m also about to install a pedestal sink, so I have misgivings about putting my tp on display. Since I went cheap doing a lot of the work myself, I splurged (for me) on all Moen faucets and accessories, but still, it’s a toilet paper holder, right? Who wants to see that?

So this is where you come in, our all-knowing CandsyDirt followers…where do I put this damn thing?

01/23/13 6:14pm

guest bath_after

I need some advice, folks. I live in a quaint little 1950s home in Casa Linda, and I’ve spent the worst better part of 4 1/2 years remodeling it. It’s come a long way, people, believe me. But today, I ran into one of my most perplexing decisions while trying to finish up the guest bath before our house guests come in for the weekend. Where the hell should I hang the toilet paper holder?

This is what it looked like before I took a sledge hammer and crow bar to it.

guest bath_before

266137_10151818905460391_6083695_o

This is after.

The guest bath isn’t spacious by any means, so I don’t really have room for a stand. Before I demoed the bathroom, the tp holder was between the toilet and tub, but it felt a little cramped and made for an awkward exchange. I might ad that I’m also about to install a pedestal sink, so I have misgivings about putting my tp on display. Since I went cheap doing a lot of the work myself, I splurged (for me) on all Moen faucets and accessories, but still, it’s a toilet paper holder, right? Who wants to see that?

So this is where you come in, our all-knowing CandsyDirt followers…where do I put this damn thing?

08/29/12 4:25pm

I’m taking some classes over at UTA, so I thought I’d throw Arlington some love today. First of all, the house is HUGE. This jewel is 4,627 sq. ft. with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 2 half baths, so let’s just say you’ll have plenty of places to hide if you some “me time” away from the fam.

Listed at $725k by Nathan Neely and located inside a gated community with a private pond, pool, cabana AND dry sauna in the master, 2642 Hemingway Ct is like having your own mini resort.

There’s an amazing view onto the property from the living room, but I can’t tell because I’m just too distracted by that enormous Christmas tree. Oh, and the purple couches. Yikes. And if you’re like me and you don’t dig purple or the rest of the color palette from the early 90s, hold on to your hats.

Did I mention this place is beautifully landscaped and has a pond and a sauna?

Despite what the decor is screaming, this home was built in 2002. However, it’s nothing some paint and Z Gallerie can’t fix to bring you back into this decade. It’s been reduced from $799,000 to to $725,00 and is listed on TAD as being valued at $971,800. That’s a steal! So take your savings and go crazy—hire someone to decorate it for you. Meanwhile, you can always enjoy the view or a nice cold Mojito in the suana.

08/22/12 2:08pm

I’m mixing it up a little this week, mostly because I’ve been inspired. While driving home from White Rock Coffee a few weeks ago with my pal Joanna England, we passed this amazing house on East Lake Highlands. I don’t know if you’ve realized this about me yet, but I kinda dig mid-century modern design, and this place is THE perfect mid-century model without having to pour in all the money of updating an older home.

It’s listed by David Collier at David Griffin and Company Realtors for $550,00. There’s no pictures listed yet, but you can see plans online. Turns out, it was designed by architect extraordinaire Cliff Welch. I went to his website and checked out his design portfolio, and folks, this guy is kind of a badass.

According to Art House Dallas:

“His firm’s focus is modern architecture, concentrating on residential, interiors, and small-scale commercial work. He has been a leading resource and proponent for the restoration and preservation of post-war modernism in Dallas.”

Look at all those clean lines…I’m in heaven!

A Tyler, Texas native, Cliff has local and national design accolades coming out the wazoo. And this is how I know this guy is cool: he also designs tree houses. Cliff, meet your new biggest fan.

08/15/12 2:04pm

Guys, I’m in love yet again. Sitting on almost a half acre with a park view, 3860 Shorecrest Dr.–listed by Ebby’s Linda Jordan Hobbs–is just a hop, skip and a jump from Bachman Lake. Built in 1948, this gorgeous early mid-century modern feels like a livable work of art. Every time I went back through the property photos, I noticed another unique detail that I hadn’t before.

Linda mentioned that this home was also formerly owned by a famous singer/songwriter, but I waiting for confirmation on that little tidbit.

I’m digging the funky-shaped windows above some of the doorways.

The first of two living areas has high, wood ceilings , skylights and gallery-style lighting to draw attention to your personal collection. The flooring in most of the house is cork, but I love the contoured steps leading to the kitchen/dining areas, which are floored in polished concrete.

The second living area provides more space for all of your priceless collectibles.

The kitchen has unique concret countertops, plenty of work space, a walk-in pantry and lots of built-ins for storage. And look at all those windows! It also has a built-in icemaker and refrigerator.

The 20×16 master bedroom has lots of natural light and its own fireplace. How romantic!

The master bath is equipped with a walk-in shower and a spa-inspired bathtub, as well a beautiful view of the backyard … and a sculpture that is just human-shaped enough to scare the hell of you at night or any other time you forget it’s there.

This master bathroom is rounded out by COMPLETELY separate his/her vanities…for those mornings you’re just not ready to look at each other.

With three patios, this place has more than enough room to entertain. The backyard also features a Koi pond with waterfall.

I really would have liked to see this home staged, but with so many unique features, the home speaks for itself, particularly with the most stylish carport I’ve ever seen. The owner lives in Florida, so I’m sure that where the furniture is as well. Linda said most of the yard art will stay with the house, so in that case, I would relocate the piece in front of the master bathroom window. Just a suggestion.

Listed at $589,000, this home is currently under option. But just in case the deal falls through, I’d put Linda on speed dial.

Photos by Shoot2Sell

 

08/01/12 3:19pm

Speaking of mayors, former mayor Woodall Rodgers’ home at 5750 Swiss Ave is on the market, and this place has some serious history. It’s in need of some restoration, but with a little TLC, you can own a piece of Dallas history for under a million bucks.

Mayor Woodall Rodgers lived here with his wife from 1938 to 1959, during which time he served as the mayor of Dallas. From 1969 to 1973, while the home was owned by Norman Cook, it served as a home for unwed mothers. Listing agent Frank Hayward of Virginia Cook said soccer hall of famer Kyle Rote Jr. (son of Kyle Rote who had a successful football career at SMU and with the NY Giants) used to hang his cleats at the corner of Swiss and Skillman.

Almost 90 years later, the landmark home is still in good and workable condition. It has beautiful hardwood floors, beveled glass sunroom windows and a large garage and carriage structure in the back. Hayward said its just needs cosmetic improvements to bring it back to its former glory.

“This house was probably a real showplace back in the day,” he said. “It’s a historic property and is poised to be a very grand home once again. It’s in good, stable condition and very true to its original structure.”

Equipped with a Riverbend Sandler pool and a putting green, Hayward said the back of the property has an intimate resort feel.

Hayward also said that there has been “quite a resurgence on Swiss Ave” and that 3 or 4 homes have sold in the last 90 days. With all of the history inside these walls, it could be worth the investment. Maybe there’s something about this place that propels people into greatness. For just $950k, YOU could be the next mayor!

 

 

 

 

 

07/30/12 6:01pm

Tom Leppert’s place at 9525 Alva Court (once listed by Eleanor Sheets) will be up for grabs on MLS tomorrow morning. Mary Poss of Ebby Halliday will be the listing agent.

Mary describes Leppert’s home as “an absolute masterpiece.”

“It’s luxury in a very comfortable, calm setting located in the heart of old Preston Hollow.”

Candy is on her way home from vacay, so stay tuned for more details…

 

07/18/12 11:30am

I started writing about this house for the July 4th edition of Wishlist Wednesday, but due to the lack of WiFi on a West Texas excursion followed by a week in the Colorado mountains, I’ve been unable to share. But this three bedroom, two bath, 1,886 sq. ft. home at 4065 Beechwood Lane listed by Rogers Healy is definitely worth mentioning. A few weeks ago this house was listed at $395,000 but has now been reduced to $389,500!

I almost passed this listing by, but the orange door was calling my name. At first click, I thought, “This is cute.” But once I saw what all this home had to offer, I was ready to put my own house on the market and grab this one up.

The inside of this house was a total surprise. It has an open floor plan and a vaulted ceiling in the living room. Built in 1951, this recently remodeled home features brand new beautiful wood floors, a wood burning fireplace and plenty of natural light. It also includes a large 21×10 study.

I absolutely love the globe pendants lights over the dining area. You can pick up a set of three to jazz up your own place at West Elm for only $270…I checked because now I want some. And take a look at that snazzy room divider!

The kitchen is completely updated with modern cabinetry–with under-cabinet lighting–and a contrasting island.

If you’re not drooling already, this home also has a detached 2-car garage, a huge backyard and a beautiful gazebo, perfect for hosting a lazy Sunday brunch.