This home on Potomac features traditional architecture with midcentury flair. (Photos: Gittings)

From Staff Reports

Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association (ABPA) will host the 19th annual Homes for the Holidays Home Tour on Friday, Dec. 1. The tour will start promptly at 9:30 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. The tour will showcase four beautiful homes, allowing residents to have an inside look at some of the most striking homes in the Park Cities during the holiday season.

Look for a newly constructed contemporary French provincial on Versailles, a colorful contemporary traditional on San Carlos, a recently renovated historic home on Beverly, and a traditional Southern with midcentury modern decor on Potomac.


This home on Armstrong will certainly be a tour favorite.

This home on Armstrong will certainly be a tour favorite.

To say that we were bummed about last year’s ABPA Homes for the Holidays Home Tour getting canceled due to inclement weather is an understatement. We full-on mourned, y’all. This year, though, not only can you use your tickets from last year to see four incredible Park Cities homes (including D’Andra Simmons’ gorgeous contemporary on Lindenwood!), but you can still buy your tickets at the advance price of $20! That’s a $5 discount over the price of tickets on the day of the tour!

Or, you could stay tuned right here to for our ticket giveaway! We’ll be giving away two pairs of tickets to this year’s ABPA Homes for the Holidays Home Tour, and you don’t want to miss your chance!



We were so bummed when the Armstrong-Bradfield Preschool Association’s annual Homes for the Holidays Home Tour was shut down due to the ridiculous weather from Icemaggedon on Dec. 6. It was the first time in the tour’s 15-year history that it was canceled.

There were some AMAZING homes slated for the 2013 tour, including D’Andra Simmons’ gorgeous contemporary in Highland Park, which we profiled. It is just phenomenal, and does an excellent job of showing off an incredible collection befitting world travellers.

“We want to thank all of the home owners and the preparation they did to make their beautiful homes ready for the tour,” said home tour chairs Suzi Ellis and Claudia Williams.


However, despite the difficult decision Ellis and Williams made to cancel the tour, the fundraiser was still a resounding success. ABPA managed to raise $78,000 to principals Skip Moran and Chris Brunner of Armstrong and Bradfield elementaries.

“It was really hard to decide not to hold the tour given all the work that had gone into being ready – especially from the home owners who were so willing to offer up their homes,” said co-chairs Ellis and Williams. “We couldn’t believe that in the same week the temperatures went from 70 degrees to sleet and freezing rain.”


Still, the gift will be appreciated by the Highland Park elementary schools. ABPA has managed to raise more than $400,000 for Armstrong and Bradfield since its inception in 1998.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to gift $78,000 to our elementary schools given the extreme weather situation we faced this year,” said ABPA president Tracy Wallingford.  “We look forward to a sleet-free home tour in 2014, and hope everyone will come out once again and enjoy our community’s beautiful homes, while helping support our schools.”


We’re looking forward to it, too!

Snowy Christmas Home

Update: the ABPA Home for the Holidays Tour was cancelled. Stay tuned for any updates here at

Wouldn’t it be great if the homes for tomorrow’s tours looked like that? Still, we all need to plan for the weather, whether it turns out to be nasty or nice.

If you’ve got tickets to either the Lake Highlands Women’s League Holiday in the Highlands home tour or the Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association’s Homes for the Holidays home tour, listen up:

The Holidays in the Highlands tour will go on tomorrow, Dec. 6, regardless of the weather. Tour organizers are urging caution.

For the ABPA Homes for the Holidays tour, the tour organizers will follow the HPISD winter weather guidelines, but the tour will go on as planned. For updates on the tour, you can go to the ABPA website.