photos by Danny Piassick

Meet the author as she signs copies of French Refreshed, Wednesday, October 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ralph Lauren in Highland Park Village. Ten percent of sales during the event will be donated to Children’s Health hospital. RSVP to curtis.gribble@ralphlauren.com.

Betty Lou Phillips has written 30 books, 14 of which are on French and Italian design. The prolific, award-winning interior designer’s work has been featured in countless glossy magazines and newspapers, and the Dallas-based designer has also been on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Clearly, she loves design work and loves writing about it.

Betty Lou Phillips

But, did you know, she first started her career writing about football and cheerleaders? 

That may help explain how Phillips’ latest book proves so perfectly that simplicity is the new era of design chic. Icy formality and the overly ornate are gone, passé. Far from the stuffy extravagances and opulence associated with three French kings, whose chairs none of us find very comfortable anyhow, clean beautiful design is the true reflection of the culture of French design.

Oh, how we hope so many people read her book. Required reading indeed for every high-end luxury agent!

Through stunning photography by Dallas’s own Danny Piassick, a photographic genius who has beautifully shot all of Phillips’ books, and her always clear prose, French Refreshed (Gibbs Smith, $50), focuses on clean-lined, French-inspired interiors that incorporate sumptuous colors with contemporary art and furnishings. 

“People do not respect the French when there is highly unusual taste,” says Phillips. “More-is-more no longer works. Even the grandest dames of Parisian hotels gleam now with pared-down sophistication. Rooms we are fashioning today are a lot less formal.”

Even French rooms, and even Dallas. Our city, says Phillips, is a sophisticated metropolis and we are building on tradition with a definite emphasis on pared-down decor.

 

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14112 Valleydale Drive in Hill Haven Heights Subdivision in North Dallas is currently listed for $495K by Brandon Stewart of David Griffin & Company Real Estate.

When Joanna England first covered this midcentury modern gem back in September, our readers fell in love. Since then, the three-bedroom, two-bath charmer has taken quite a price cut — a steep one in fact – from $565,000 to its current list price of $495,000! Yes, you read that right. This puppy is ready to be SOLD!

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Our Inwood House of the week is a Preston Hollow midcentury modern that encompasses the best design elements of the 1950s. The influences of Edward Durrell Stone, Bruce Goff, Phillip Johnson, and Frank Lloyd Wright are all apparent in the design of 7008 Yamini Drive. (more…)

midway hollow midcentury

Midway Hollow is a neighborhood in transition, with a lot of fabulous new construction among the 2,600 or so homes in the area. I’ve got a listing to share with you today rebuilt from the studs up in 2014, a midcentury modern design with elegant features, open spaces, and extended sight lines. This home exudes atomic-era style married with modern amenities that appeal to today’s buyers.

Located at 9831 Ontario Ln., this newly listed Midway Hollow midcentury will wow you with polished concrete floors, great flow, and high-end amenities. I think you could have marvelous parties here, especially with the backyard oasis, complete with a contemporary swimming pool and deck.

“This home feels bigger than its 2,874 square feet because of the open floorplan and higher-angled ceilings,” said listing agent Lee Lamont with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “The kitchen, in particular, is a huge selling feature with European-style flat-front cabinets and a modern, sleek look.”

This home has four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, one half bath, and two living areas, in the Glenridge Estates area of Midway Hollow. I’d love to take you on a tour!

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Dallas has its fair share of homes built by renowned architects. Some of the most sought after are those built in the 1950s and 1960s, a time when the design envelope was being pushed in every medium. Our Monday Morning Millionaire is an architecturally significant midcentury modern at 7115 Brookshire Circle in Hillcrest Havens, and it has an interesting pedigree. (more…)

11023 Pinocchio Front

No, you’re not having deja vu. You have seen this Disney Streets midcentury modern before.

Your first introduction may have been in 1954, when this George Halfin-designed, atomic-era house was featured in the 1954 Parade of Homes. After that, it’s been on and off the market several times, featured in D MagazineCultureMap, and more. And just as many times as it’s been featured, the price has been changed. Back in 2010, 11023 Pinocchio was listed for $379,900. In 2014, it was on the market for $450,000.

And today, the home — unstaged and bare save for some plants in the sunroom — is marketed by Rogers Healy & Associates Realtor Brittany Hughes for …

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