home tourBuying a ticket for the Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association’s Homes for the Holidays home tour  is not only a chance to tour some of the most beautiful homes in Highland Park ISD, it’s also a chance to support things like kindergarten Spanish program, instructional materials, books, teacher workshops and more with every step you take through the gorgeously decorated homes.

And it stands to reason that since the tour is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the annual event has also become one of the must-dos of Dallas, just like the Trains at NorthPark, lighting the tree, and queuing up for Santa.

But for the initiated, the ABPA is a nonprofit that supports current and future families of Armstrong and Bradfield elementary schools, through social, community outreach, and fundraising programs. That fundraising supports the kindergarten and first-grade classes at the two schools.

More than 400 member families take part in the association, too. And the ABPA Home for the Holidays Home Tour is the main fundraiser — 97 percent of all the money raised goes to the two schools.

Last year’s tour raised $75,000 for kindergarten and first-grade classes at both schools, with half the funds going to support the kindergarten Spanish program at Armstrong, and the other half purchasing instructional materials, books, technology, math manipulatives and teacher workshops for Bradfield.

This year’s co-chairs are Chelsey Baker, Nina Sachse, and Jane Wallingford. This year’s tour is Friday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, and $30 at the door. 

This year five amazing homes have been chosen for the tour, and we’re going to give you teeny sneak peeks at four of them, and a bigger look at another one (and the family that lives there), next week. Ready?
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Junius Heights

The historic Junius Heights Church is just one stop on the Junius Heights Historic District’s Home Tour, which will be held Sunday Nov. 4, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The 180 acres that make up the Junius Heights Historic District are rife with brick and mortar exemplars of Dallas history — and its annual home tour is always popular because of that. This year’s tour, which will be held next weekend, is no exception.

The tour will boast two homes that are on the National Register of Historic Places, a former hippie commune, a church, and a busy arts and crafts fair for anyone looking to get a jump on their holiday shopping by supporting local artists. The tour will be held Sunday, Nov. 4, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (more…)

707 Cordova is a storybook Tudor on this year’s Hollywood Home Tour.

You know that Hollywood Heights is flush with some of the cutest cottages in all of Dallas. Thanks to the neighborhood’s well-thought-out conservation overlay, the homes in this popular East Dallas enclave still retain the charm of bygone eras. And your best bet to get an eyeful of that charm is attending the annual Hollywood Home Tour. This year is no exception, especially with 707 Cordova — pictured above — on the tour.

Of course, we’d love for you to experience this storybook Tudor cottage — as well as the other beautiful homes on this year’s tour — for free! Organizers with this annual fundraiser have generously given us two pairs of tickets to give away to our fans and readers, and we could not be more thrilled to give four lucky people the chance to see the amazing homes showcased on April 21-22. 

Now, if you don’t win, we hope you’ll still attend this year’s tour and the “Art in the Park” market at Lindsley Park on both Saturday and Sunday. Home tour passes $15 in advance (available online or at Curiousities Antiques in Lakewood) and $20 on the day of the tour.  There’s also a themed auction party on Friday, April 20, at the Dallas Arboretum. 

Ready to enter to win one of two pairs of passes to this weekend’s Hollywood Home Tour? Jump!

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The 13th annual White Rock Home Tour is a not-to-be-missed event this year. The tour offers a look inside some incredible midcentury modern and modern homes, including one worth the trip out to Garland to see! (Photos: Angela Flournoy)

There’s a reason why the White Rock Home Tour is one of the most well-attended tours in all of Dallas — the focus on the East Dallas location and showing off the area’s stout inventory of modern properties is a magic formula. There’s no other tour like it, and its success hinges on the well-organized volunteers who make sure that every tour-goer has a great experience. 

We know that we say that we don’t play favorites with home tours, but this is definitely one of our very favorite ones! And this year, well, the Hexter Elementary PTA has outdone itself. Not only do you get an inside peek at some of the coolest houses in some of the most sought-after neighborhoods surrounding White Rock Lake, but you also get a chance to wander through one of the most amazing midcentury modern homes in all of North Texas. Grab your Tom Collins set, because this time capsule in Garland is worth the price of admission. Don’t have tickets yet? You can still purchase tickets to this year’s White Rock Home Tour, slated for April 21-22 from noon to 5 p.m., for $15 each. Tickets are $20 on the day of the tour.

Or, you could be one of the lucky winners of our ticket giveaway and see these incredible homes FOR FREE! White Rock Home Tour organizers have given us four pairs of tickets to give away to this year’s event, so your chances of winning just got a lot better.

Want to win? Find out how to enter after the jump!

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Shawn Watkins and his wife, Jalie, purchased a fully intact midcentury modern and breathed new life into it. (Courtesy Photo)

If the White Rock Home Tour ever makes a coffee table book of the homes it has featured over its 13 years, then I can say, rather unequivocally, that this year’s tour stops will have two-page spreads and thorough write-ups. That’s just how amazing this year’s tour is, complete with an epic time capsule, fantastic new builds, and a stunningly renovated midcentury modern.

Speaking of stunningly renovated midcentury moderns, we have to give you a sneak peek at this beauty renovated by Shawn Watkins of Watkins Remodeling and Repair. You might recognize it, as we featured it here on CandysDirt.com when it was still completely intact. We noted then that the home could stand a freshening up.

And you can tell that Watkins, with his keen eye for color and shape, did exactly that. The home is truly amazing, and I can’t wait to see it on April 21-22 for the White Rock Home Tour. Tickets are already on sale, and we’re sure you’re going to want to snag them once you get a glance at the bang-up job Watkins did on this beauty. Jump to find out more about this beautiful Lake Highlands midcentury modern that is ready for any party this summer can throw at it!

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This midcentury modern is so fabulous that White Rock Home Tour organizers want you to drive to Garland to see it. (Photos: Angela Flournoy)

This year, organizers of the White Rock Home Tour — East Dallas’ premiere modern home tour — are asking tour-goers to go the extra mile (actually six miles if you’re counting). The reason? An amazing time capsule of a home located in Garland that has received only the pickiest of updates.

But Garland?

White Rock Home Tour chair Alyson Black assures me that this home is so spectacular that it’s worth the trip. “This home was built in 1965 by commercial architects Craycroft Lacy & Assoc. for a prominent TV news man in a scenic area of old Garland, and was lovingly restored a few years ago,” Black said. And after getting a sneak peek at the photos of this particular home, I have to agree: IT IS FABULOUS! In fact, it’s so fabulous that we’re sure that once people get a gander at this stellar midcentury modern and the other five epic tour homes, they’re going to want to score tickets lickety split! And here’s the best news, tickets just went on sale for the April 21-22 home tour!

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It’s time for another ticket give-away! This time, we’ve got two pair of tickets to this weekend’s Northaven Home Tour. The first two correct answers (in the comments below) to either question win! Hint: look for answers on the tour’s Facebook page.

Question One:

What is the exact street address for Arthur Kramer Elementary? It also happens to be the location for the tour’s check-in at 9:30 a.m.

Question Two:

How many Texas Education Agency distinctions did Kramer Elementary earn in 2016?

 

JamesFarmer

The Park Cities Historic Preservation Society is busy, busy, busy this spring and we’ve got the skinny on two events you won’t want to miss. They’re coming up quickly, so get out your calendars!

6th Annual Distinguished Speaker Luncheon

On March 29, James Farmer (pictured above), editor-at-large for Southern Living magazine, will speak at a luncheon chaired by Liz Farley. Farmer is a renowned garden and interior designer as well as an all-around lifestyle expert. Registration for the event begins at 11:15 at the Dallas Country Club. Grab your tickets here!

15th Annual Historic Home Tour

We don’t have to tell you how we feel about a good home tour! This next event is definitely on our to-do list.

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