Midcentury Modern Tri-Level in Lochwood Estates is a Hip Haven

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Our Saturday Six Hundred gives a new depth to the meaning of “a labor of love.” Wes Strawn discovered this midcentury modern tri-level at 1120 Easton Road in Lochwood Estates in 2011. Built by Rick Jackson in 1959 and nestled on an acre of land, he found the home the first day it was on the market.

1120 Easton Front DoorStrawn grew up in a creative family. One grandfather, an architect and aerospace engineer, had a midcentury modern home built in Preston Hollow. His other grandfather and his father were both home builders.

“I’ve always been around creativity and always liked architecture,” Strawn said. “When I started looking for a house, I knew what I wanted and it had to be midcentury.”

This home was actually in foreclosure. Then there was a fire. Fortunately, the next-door neighbor was a firefighter and got to the house immediately. There was very little lost, but a lot of smoke damage. It didn’t matter to Strawn. “Once I walked in, I didn’t want to leave. It was my style, I saw the potential and knew exactly what I wanted to do,” he said.

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Custom oak floors with a walnut stain were done onsite on site by BC Flooring Studio.

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Strawn didn’t just slap on a coat of paint and add wallpaper, he took the house down to the studs. “It’s basically the old shell with a new house built inside,” he said. “I went back with retro design and rebuilt original features.” Strawn is not just an aficionado of the era — he goes out of his way to find vintage items, rehab, rebuild, and recreate in period style — whatever it may take. He’s a master of resourcing and somewhat of a trendsetter.

The wallpaper for instance, which can only be described as groovy, really sets the tone in the home. “I found this vintage wallpaper before it was popular then started seeing it everywhere,” Strawn said. The family room wallpaper is Trippy Orange, by Graham and Brown. It can be seen in the office set on Mad Men, has been used on Two Broke Girls, and in the movie The Nice Guys.

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1120 Easton Formal DiningStrawn’s creativity knows no bounds. Midcentury furniture pieces were put to clever use in bathrooms in place of cabinetry. He found vintage 1960s glass tiles to cover the wall in the billiards room. A glass grid pattern window in the living room is a find from a doctor’s office in Fort Worth. The dining area flooring was not worth saving so Strawn copied the pattern using new brick tiles. Everywhere you look, you can see the care and love that’s gone into the 3,898-square-foot home.1120 Easton Bar Breakfast

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Serpentine marble countertops, in Rainforest Green, capture the color palette of the era.

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That groovy wallpaper is from the German company Wallpaper from the 70s

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More bold vintage wallpaper graces gives a pop to the guest bedroom suite.
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Strain used vintage comics to cover the walls of the bathroom in the guest suite.

1120 Easton Rear ExteriorTri-level homes are a rarity. This one is entered on the middle level with three bedrooms on the upper level. The sub-level, is essentaily a completely self-contained guest suite with a huge fourth bedroom, the home’s third bathroom, a large living room and a private door to the backyard. Talk about Airbnb potential!

Stawn has moved to the coast into, of course, another midcentury modern. And yes, he’s renovating, reinventing, and reimagining again. So now’s your chance to nab style, substance, and a lot of land in an area that is getting hotter by the minute.

Kitty Ross, with Ebby Halliday Realtors has the home listed for $675,000. We know you want to see this one, and you are in luck. It’s open on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.

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Karen Eubank

Karen is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager for more than 25 years and a professional writer for over 20 years. Karen is the mother of a son who’s studying for his masters at The New England Conservatory of Music. An ardent animal lover, she doesn’t mind one bit if your fur baby jumps right into her lap.

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  1. Wesley S Strawn says

    Hello, I am the owner of this home and wanted to thank Karen for featuring our unique home! We’ve enjoyed our home so much over the last 5 plus years and learned a lot along the way. My wife and I love mid century architecture and styling. Karen mentioned some of the places we found our items, another awesome resource is http://www.retrorenovation.com, this site is run by Pam Kueber and is a wealth of info. So if you’re looking for anything midcentury check it out… and thanks again to Karen and candysdirt for featuring our home!!

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