Bridge Hollow Residence (Photo: SHM Architects)

If you’ve been looking for an event where you can hold a cocktail in one hand, mini quiche in another, and listen to some of the best modern designers in Dallas talk about some of the best modern homes — first of all, that’s oddly specific and second of all, The Dallas Architecture Forum’s got you. It’s time for their 365 Modern Living Cocktail Series beginning Tuesday, May 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. Three evenings, three houses, and three opportunities to discreetly wipe the drool from your lower lip.

This year’s theme is “I want that.”

JK. It’s Modern Living Every Day of the Year. And we should all live modernly all year long.

If you’re saying to yourself, “CandysDirt.com, should I attend these evenings?” The short answer is yes and the long answer is heck yes.

P.S. This majestic series sold out last year, so get on it if you love clean design, thoughtful architecture, own cocktail attire, are a bubbly conversationalist, or if you have ears. 

“Ears?”

Yes, ears.

Each evening there will be a short presentation from the actual designers of the homes. Which is even more exciting than you’re imagining right now. The creativity and attention to detail that goes into every inch of these homes will inspire you and open your mind to possibilities you never dreamed of. Maybe you’ll apply them to your own home or maybe you’ll just worship at the altar of what’s in front of you, either way, this year’s line-up is a can’t miss.

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JanMar Midcentury Modern

I think we all want to see a return to groovy, don’t you? So, when I was looking for the perfect Inwood Home of the Week, this Janmar midcentury modern at 7405 Kenshire Lane popped up and I thought it is just about the grooviest pad we’ve seen in a very long time.
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classic midcentury modern reinvented 7406 Currin Drive 1

All photos courtesy of Shoot2Sell

The classic midcentury modern home has become one of the hottest properties in America right now. They are highly sought after by a broad demographic, and you can find them in a wide variety of price ranges and locations — if you’re lucky that is. They go fast! Our Monday Morning Millionaire at 7406 Currin Drive is the best of both worlds. It’s classic midcentury modern, but it’s been taken down to the studs and completely reinvented by the talented team at Bernbaum Magadini Architects. (more…)

Chris-Craft-House

The Chris Craft House, designed by architect Vince Snyder, at 22 Vanguard Way in Urban Reserve, the brainchild of Dallas developer Diane Cheatham.

Dallas developer Diane Cheatham is a dedicated modernist and committed environmentalist.

As CEO of Urban Edge Developers, Ltd., Cheatham has brought those values to her work in multiple settings, from small infill condos and townhomes that won multiple design awards, to her masterpiece at Urban Reserve, a signature modern neighborhood that uses sustainable features creatively.

Diane Cheatham

Diane Cheatham

It’s a trend she’s happy to say is showing up more in North Texas.

“I see more developers and builders responding to consumer demand by building modern and green,” Cheatham said. “The style is much more accepted in Dallas now, and a growing segment of homebuyers are interested in green building and a more modern aesthetic. I’d like to see more developers thinking out of the box, providing more options at all price levels.”

Cheatham envisions and creates enclaves that are both eco-friendly and people-friendly. At Urban Reserve, for example, a reservoir that gets neighborhood run-off water is used to irrigate common spaces and individual lawns. Every house is required to have LEED-H certification. Her own house at 1 Vanguard Way, which she shares with her husband Chuck, has geothermal heating and cooling, energy-saving windows, and an 18,000-gallon cistern that collects rain runoff from the roof. Homeowners in the community are encouraged “not to do the standard Dallas fences,” and many of the homes feature indoor-outdoor living spaces that encourage interaction with neighbors and passers-by.

These efforts have not gone unnoticed. Urban Reserve has earned multiple recognition and awards, like the 2007 Dallas AIA Excellence in Sustainable Design, 2007 CLIDE Award (Celebrating Leadership in Development Excellence), and a 2009 award from Eco-Structure Magazine, where Urban Reserve was distinguished as one of seven innovative projects.

All this took rule-breaking by Cheatham as she customized street widths to slow traffic, created rain gardens and retention ponds, and made the basic infrastructure and layout of the development conducive to her overall vision.

“It’s taken longer than expected, but there are only six lots of the 50 left and work is proceeding on six homes with eight more in various stages of design,” she said. “The realization of Urban Reserve has been the hardest [of all my projects], and as it nears completion, it is also the most satisfying. Being out there on the cutting edge proved to be more complicated than I anticipated.”

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