The sixth annual Gingerbread Stroll offers a chance to ogle and bid on delectable architecture sprinkled through Highland Park Village.

One of our absolute favorite holiday events starts tomorrow, and we could not be more thrilled! The sixth annual Gingerbread Stroll, where you can shop Highland Park Village and bid on beautiful works of confectionary architecture, runs through tomorrow, Nov. 17, until Friday, Dec. 1. This year’s gingerbread houses are crafted by 12 of Dallas’ best pastry chefs, while all proceeds from the even will go to the Clayton Dabney Foundation for Kids with Cancer.

“The Gingerbread Stroll has become a wonderful tradition during the most wonderful time of the year,” said Allie Beth Allman agent Christine McKenny, who founded the Gingerbread Stroll in 2011. “People of all ages gather with their family and friends to attend, and it’s always exciting to see how the chefs express themselves creatively. Everyone loves a gingerbread house!”

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It’s an annual holiday tradition that shows off some of the truly stunning estates in Heath, all while benefiting a great cause: keeping kids sober and off the road on prom night. And this year’s Heath Holiday Home Tour doesn’t disappoint, with five fabulous estates sure to impress on Dec. 1.

“We are very excited about the array of homes on this year’s tour,” said Tour Co-Chair Tracee Lamberth. “It’s a great reflection of our community, and we really appreciate the support of each homeowner.”

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Lakewood Home Tour

Photos: Jenifer Baker Photography

The 41st annual Lakewood Home Tour is almost here, and we’re giving away tickets! Read on to find out how to win!

Next weekend, six beautiful homes will be featured as part of the Lakewood Home Tour, and we have a sneak peek into one of them — a gorgeous modernized Lakewood Tudor at 6708 Lakewood Boulevard.

“My husband calls this the ‘Mullet House,’ ” owner Julia Buthman said. “It’s all business up front and a party in the back!”

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The AIA Dallas Tour of Homes will feature a custom design by Maestri Studio.

It’s the only architect-curated home tour in Dallas, and if you are eager for inspiration, these eye-catching, trend-making, and heart-stopping designs on the AIA Dallas Tour of Homes this weekend will do the trick. Personally, we can’t wait to see the gorgeous Texas Hill Country contemporary in Forest Hills designed by Maestri Studio. Of course, there are six more beautiful, ground-breaking designs and renovations that show off the diversity of architectural design in our city. We’re certain that you’ll fall in love at least twice. 

If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet for this weekend’s tour, AIA Dallas has graciously given us two pairs of tickets to give away to our readers. Your chance to win is after the jump!

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While the home that Dallas City Center Realtor Tony Nuncio is sponsoring for the Heritage Oak Cliff Fall Home Tour is far from old, he won’t hold that against it. An Old Oak Cliff Conservation League (now Heritage Oak Cliff) member since 2007, a founding member of the Oak Park Estates Neighborhood Association, and now a proud resident of the Kings Highway Conservation District, Nuncio has long been dedicated to the area. 

In fact, he and his partner of 21 years, Terrance Nichols, opened their remodeled 1920s bungalow for the 2015 home tour — a sacrifice on the altar of neighborhood fundraising that all home tour participants know too well. Though we are in love with his adorable house, this year, Nuncio is proud to sponsor the gorgeous, modern take on the glass house at 804 Kessler Woods Trail. Trust — there will be no stone throwing coming from us, as we’re completely in awe with not only the house itself, but with the views. 

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There are many reasons why I love 1545 W. Colorado Blvd, aka the Kessler Park House With The Blue Tiled Roof. There’s the step-up from the street, so very majestic. You’re on top of the world every time you walk up, and you rev your quads to boot.

The front porch!  Balcony!

The front door. The foyer. The sweeping staircase and bannister. The rich, dark hardwood floors. The mosaics over the windows. The tiles. The bathrooms. The woodwork and moldings — check out the square door panels, rounded door moldings and hinges. All straight from 1927 when the Spanish colonial home was first constructed. The plaster walls. The master bath: huge vessel tub, two wall-mount sinks, two art deco white chests for storage, walk-in shower, did I say the tile?, wood floors in the master bath, kitchen, library, living and dining room. Progressive preservation is alive and well in Kessler Park, a neighborhood unlike any other in Dallas. Architectural Digest has figured this out, too, which is why they are taking a serious look at this home …

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Ward House (2004) on Farquhar Lane – Patron Tour House sponsored by Becky Frey Real Estate Group (Photos: Charles Davis Smith, AIA)

By Donovan Westover
Special Contributor

We are honored to attribute an entire Preservation Dallas home tour to Frank Welch on October 28.  I was fortunate to meet Frank many many moons ago and develop an alliance with him, as everybody in his life did.  What’s not to like?  He was intriguing, he did not pass up a drink, he had linguistic flair (he cussed, like me) and I enjoyed his colorful observations.  In his later years, I recollect shuttling him around for a project when Frank dropped another classic:

“I have the worst vision, but I can tell you that house is Goddamn ugly.”

Linguistic.

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Designed by Maestri Studio, this stunning contemporary in Forest Hills offers bright and open entertaining. (Photos: Aaron Dougherty Photography)

When it comes to residential architecture, our city is just lousy with incredibly designed homes thanks to our stacked lineup of talented Dallas architects. And like any house porn addict, we here at CandysDirt.com look forward to the annual AIA Dallas Tour of Homes with excitement, as there’s no faster way to induce heavy breathing among us than with high design and risk-taking concepts come to life. 

This year, the sole architect-curated home tour doesn’t disappoint. With seven incredible houses ranging between 2,700 and more than 6,000 square feet, you can get a taste and feel for the modern and contemporary residential architecture of Big D, from Forest Hills to Preston Hollow and beyond. 

One of our hands-down favorites on this year’s tour, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 28 and 29, is a beautiful, warm contemporary with a touch of the Texas Hill Country vernacular on a beautiful lot in Forest Hills from Maestri Studio. Unlike many more traditionally styled homes in the neighborhood, Santa Clara offers front yard living with huge glass walls that open the home’s interior to the neighborhood. 

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