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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. She’s been a professional writer for 20 years. Karen is the mother of a son who’s studying music at The University of Miami. An ardent animal lover, she doesn’t mind one bit if your fur baby jumps right into her lap. www.eubankstaging.com RESA State President Award 2015 Houzz.com Customer Service Award 2014 to 2017 MetroTex Leadership Academy 2012

03/18/19 9:55am

Bluffview soft contemporary

When you can score an award-winning home, constructed by one of the best builders in Texas, move fast. Our Monday Morning Millionaire is a gorgeous Bluffview soft contemporary that was built by Phillip-Jennings. It’s also Phillip Fristoe’s (the Phillip in Phillip-Jennings) home.

Remember how often I tell you that homes owned by a builder, architect, or designer are deal sealers?
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03/11/19 9:55am

Dilbeck Bluffview Estate

Nestled deep in the rolling hills of Bluffview lies one of the most enchanting homes you’ll ever find in Dallas. This Charles Dilbeck Bluffview estate has retained the whimsical charm that defines the architect. Built in 1935 with Dilbeck’s hallmark walk-in fireplaces, unique brick patterns, and vaulted and beamed ceilings, 4731 Wildwood Road is an architectural encyclopedia of detail. (more…)

03/11/19 9:00am

Kim Armstrong

It’s not easy being an interior designer. Everyone thinks you simply buy pretty stuff you like and create a beautiful room. But there is this one word that people tend to forget. It’s client. Kim Armstrong understands that word.

It’s why those clients flock to her award-winning company Kim Armstrong Interior Designs. One, in particular, had her dining rooms (yes, I said rooms, plural) chosen as finalists for the Life in Color competition held by D Home magazine each year. One dining room was selected in 2013, and the other just last year. Life in Color offers an opportunity for Dallas interior designers to share their best work using a color as a theme or accent.

Kim Armstrong

It’s rare that a designer makes the finals twice, especially with work for the same client, because it’s a pretty tough competition. So, I just had to get in touch with Kim Armstrong and get the down-low. (more…)

03/04/19 9:55am

Idyllic Reinvented Colonial Revival

Two famous architects, decades apart, have created an idyllic reinvented Colonial Revival home that oozes charm from every corner. Originally built by Hal Thomson in 1921, 3926 Potomac Avenue in Highland Park is one of the most beautiful homes I’ve ever seen.

As the go-to architect of the era, Hal Thomson built many significant homes in Dallas. He was a master of every style, from Spanish Eclectic and Italianate to, of course, Colonial Revival. Of all the Thomson designs I’ve had the pleasure to write about, this is my favorite. It is such a classic fairytale of a home that it appears purpose-built for a movie. If you look up the location used for the original Father of the Bride, it shares a lot of the same romantic ambiance and incredible detailing.Idyllic Reinvented Colonial Revival

As the years pass, any historic home needs a refresh. Sometimes the respect for original architecture takes a back seat when owners have specific needs. When the current owner purchased this idyllic reinvented Colonial Revival, there was a singular focus on not just bringing it back to its former glory days, but also on renovating it into a family home that children would love.

Enter J. Wilson Fuqua, one of the leading architects in Dallas.

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02/26/19 9:55am

Melshire Estates Midcentury Modern

Janelle Alcantara lives and breathes modern architecture. When she spotted this Melshire Estates Midcentury Modern at 5546 Charlestown Drive, it was one of those honey-stop-the-car moments.

Alcantara is not just an architecture lover — she’s also a senior associate with David Griffin & Company Realtors. She sees a lot of homes, and she sees a lot of them get torn down that frankly should have been renovated. She started Galaxy Modern, an architecture-driven real estate service, to make modern architecture accessible and to preserve existing modern homes whenever possible.

This Melshire Estates Midcentury Modern is an exciting example of what can be done when you have vision. It was constructed in 1964 when a lot of architect-designed homes were springing up in the neighborhood. Remember, this was an era when cool was the watchword. The Rat Pack was making headlines, the Ford Mustang appeared on the scene, and Mary Quant brought us the miniskirt. I won’t tell you what the median house price was because you’d just cry.

Dallas has a number of homes from this era that are worthy of saving, but most investors see only the dirt value and scrape away to throw up a generic McModern. Fortunately for all of us, one of the investors Alcantara works with shares her sensibility and enthusiasm for architecturally cool properties.

When Alcantara saw this Melshire Estates Midcentury Modern, she knew what she wanted to do, assembled a crackerjack team, and got to work.

Matt Dimitri Karpenko is known for bringing these midcentury gems to life again,” Alcantara said. “But this is his crown jewel! The house was painstakingly and delicately deconstructed to preserve all that is magnificent about midcentury modern architecture, then slowly and carefully redesigned.”

Melshire Estates Midcentury Modern

Melshire Estates was voted by D Magazine as one of the Top 10 Neighborhoods in North Texas. It’s a beautiful area with large tree-lined streets, deep property setbacks and that sought-after walkability we all want.

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02/25/19 9:55am

luxury Craftsman

You would have never given 3816 Miramar Avenue a second look a few years ago. It was a 1915, plain-Jane, Prairie-style home that had been remodeled multiple times. It would have inevitably faced the wrecking ball if it were not for buyers that saw the potential and knew who could fulfill their vision. They hired the architectural team of Domiteaux & Baggett to reinvent this home entirely and make it into a luxury Craftsman that takes your breath away.

Before we get into the fantastic renovation, there’s an interesting bit of history on one of the former owners.

A well-known railroad man, W.G. Crush lived here until 1943. He is credited with the establishment of the Katy Railroad’s Highland Park Station. Yes, there was a railroad station in Highland Park!

Before the transformation. Plain-Jane indeed!

“When we met with the owners, they knew they did not want to tear down the home,” Mark Domiteaux said. “They were very involved in the research and wanted this home to be all it could be. We had them look at resources like California architects Greene and Greene’s work at the turn of the century, and that inspired what you see today.”

Domiteaux worked with The Robert Hopson Construction Group to turn this home into what is now a timeless luxury Craftsman. When they got started, they quickly realized they’d have to gut not only the entire interior, but also rebuild the exterior.

Domiteaux reminded me that during the Depression era, homes were seldom built to the highest standards as money and resources were scarce. Unfortunately, the brick and mortar on this home were disintegrating.

“We stripped it all off and rebuilt the house better than it ever was,” Domiteaux said. “We got the opportunity to make the house what it wanted to be originally.”

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02/18/19 9:55am

Spanish Eclectic

When I spotted this Highland Park Modern Spanish Eclectic mansion I was, as they say in Britain, completely besotted. Although that’s a word generally used about people, we feel pretty deeply about the homes we write about at CandysDirt.com. So it’s not unusual for us to be utterly infatuated with a property like this gorgeous home at 3656 Stratford Avenue.

Entering this house is like stepping into one of the Santa Barbara Spanish Eclectics that have defined that area architecturally. Dallas has embraced this style since legendary architect Clifford Hutsell began building Spanish Eclectic homes in the 1920s. Since then we’ve seen the influence of Spanish Revival in practically every neighborhood in the city. Getting it right is another story. There are countless suburban examples of what I call “Mediterranean gone mad” that are truly awful. However, our Monday Morning Millionaire is a perfect example of the right way to design and build a modern Spanish Eclectic.
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What a way to start Valentine’s Day! Our Inwood Home of the Week is a Tealwood Square townhouse that is in the heart of everything, yet so secluded you’ll have all the tranquility you desire.

Builder Jim Williams completed this Tealwood Square townhouse at 8849 McCraw Drive in 1969. Williams is known not only for Tealwood Square, but also for his work in Caruth Homeplace and Briarwood.

So, where is Tealwood Square? It’s next door to Bluffview and about a minute from the Dallas North Tollway. It’s a private enclave of Devonshire.But you would be hard-pressed to find it without a Realtor. And that Realtor should be Dave Perry-Miller listing agent Tricia Weiner because, you guessed it, this Tealwood Square townhouse is her home!

“It’s so secluded people don’t know where it is,” Weiner said. “One of the things I’ve loved the most about living there is that it’s so tranquil and private. Those neighborhood qualities are hard to find in a bustling Metropolis like Dallas! And being on the creek, shrouded in the giant magnolias and live oaks, it’s like living in a tree house because all you see is green.”

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