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Have you ever longed for a storybook cottage, but with a clean modern interior? Well, we’ve found it!

This charming Highland Park Tudor at 4333 Edmondson — our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week — is a perfect example of how to move an adorable 1925 cottage into 2016 with style and grace.  (more…)

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D’Andra Simmons hopes you’ll get a glimpse at her and Jeremy Lock’s personalities when you tour their incredibly chic Highland Park contemporary during the Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association Homes for the Holidays Home Tour.

The eclectic two-story modern has an open floorplan with a global vibe injected with a shot of old-Hollywood glamour. And Simmons, founder of the Hard Night Good Morning line of cosmetics, knows a thing or two about glamour. The 6,600-square-foot home is both a home base and a showcase for these two world travelers. Lock is an award-winning war photographer, and Simmons, who admits she feels more relaxed on safari in Africa than anywhere else, have assembled their collections in a way that reflects their travels and tastes.

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“A lot of contemporary homes are choppy, but right when you open the front door you can see right through the home to the pool and on to the backyard,” Simmons said of her home, 3501 Lindenwood. “I wanted flow and openness and room to breathe.”

And that’s exactly what she got in this custom home, completed in 2011. The huge windows and tall ceilings give this home warmth from light that reflects off of the gorgeous pine wood floors and soft museum-style paint. It’s like a blank canvas for Simmons and Lock, an empty gallery to showcase their treasures collected from across the globe and throughout history.

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Dotted with animal skins and African art, as well as icons and statues from Asia, you’ll also find walls and rooms filled with Lock’s photographs. The images, taken in Mongolia, Haiti, India and other far-flung locales, are striking and evocative. They offer a look inside Simmons’ and Locks’ travels, history, and personalities, that’s for sure.

Take the incredible Jeffery Bigelow acrylic four-poster bed in the guest bedroom. The vintage bed is a whimsical and glamorous piece, suiting D’Andra’s personality to a tee. There’s also a huge gate from a Tibetan Buddhist temple used as a headboard in the master bedroom, evoking the couple’s well-traveled pedigree and global tastes.

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In fact, 3501 Lindenwood, designed by Marc McCollum, was on the AIA Dallas Tour of Homes earlier this month, so Simmons and Lock are ready for the ABPA home tour. What they really gained was watching the reaction tour-goers had to their home, which does a stunning job of bringing outdoor elements inside through balanced composition.

“I was here the whole time to see people’s reactions. We travel a lot, so it looks like the United Nations. It’s very artsy and personal,” Simmons said. “They really saw our personalities shine through, that it was a warm, relaxing environment.”

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It’s a place to put your feet up and get cozy, Simmons added. “Our lifestyles are very comfortable, which is unlike a lot of contemporary homes.” We definitely agree.

Of course, she is glad to have the opportunity to support the Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association, which provides funding and programming for Armstrong and Bradfield elementary campuses inside Highland Park ISD. The home tour, ABPA’s main fundraiser, has contributed more than $40,000 to help improve instruction and teacher retention.

“I feel kind of guilty, living in this great school district and not having kids to send to the schools!” Simmons said with a laugh. “If I can do this to give it a little boost, that’s great, that’s what we’ll do.”

You can buy tickets to the Dec. 6 ABPA Homes for the Holidays tour from ABPA members, at Tom Thumb stores, or online at armstrongbradfield.com.

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(Photos: Jeremy Lock)

 

This year’s Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association (ABPA) Homes for the Holidays Home Tour will feature four gorgeous Highland Park homes. Chaired by Suzi Ellis and Claudia Williams, the tour will feature a custom-built enclave on Abbott, a luxurious Beverly Drive estate, a home on Crescent with loads of Old World charm, and a “travel-inspired” eclectic on Lindenwood.

The home tour is Friday, Dec. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will cost $20 per ticket if purchased in advance and $25 at the door. You can buy tickets starting today from ABPA members, at Tom Thumb stores, and through armstrongbradfield.com. While you’re enjoying some of the most incredible homes in Highland Park, you can also shop the brand-new ABPA market, located at 3500 Beverly, one of the featured homes, where you can find gifts and other holiday treasures.

“The Home Tour has established itself as one of our community’s most treasured events to kick off the holiday season,” said Tracy Wallingford, ABPA president. “The new holiday market will be a great addition to this year’s tour as we continue to support Highland Park’s two elementary schools.”

The home tour is a significant fundraiser for ABPA, raising more than $400,000 for educational support at Armstrong and Bradfield elementary schools inside Highland Park ISD. This year’s home tour is sponsored by Baylor Medical Center at Dallas, Briggs-Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, Long Cove, Sewell and Southern Botanical.

Keep reading for descriptions of this year’s amazing homes.

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4912 Abbott – A beautiful custom Janet Bradley-designed home built in 2005 features a hallway with a vaulted brick ceiling anchored by an L. Rocca painting above an antique buffet that leads to a spacious living room showcasing Fortuny lamps and pillows, a coffee table made from pieces of an old building in Chicago and the femur of a Wooly Mammoth on the sofa table.

3500 Beverly – Despite the size of this luxurious 22,000-square-foot estate, there is unparalleled attention to every detail that make this home a standout from family monograms hidden on the custom-painted ceiling mural by Eyecon to grand European paintings by Toussaint to a custom black Saint-Louis crystal chandelier. There is something to catch everyone’s eye.

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3507 Crescent – Walk through the front doors of a grand two-story foyer with beautiful Monticello parquet floors of plain sawn oak and split finger walnut. Follow the curved staircase with wrought iron finishes upwards as a cut crystal chandelier lights your way to the top where you’re greeted by an expansive master suite.

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3501 Lindenwood – Enjoy an eclectic mix of interiors from this 2009 customer-built home filled with collections from the owner’s travels including trips to Africa. The living room exudes Mid-Century Modern with a Hans Wegner chair, the downstairs guestroom evokes Old Hollywood Glamour with vintage movie paraphernalia, and the outdoor pool area is flanked by an Indian Hindu goddess statue and Balinese pottery.