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The TV series Mad Men started it all by introducing a new generation to an era of style that defined “cool,” placing midcentury modernism squarely back into mainstream consciousness. Dallas has an excellent collection of ‘mid-mod’ homes by a range of iconic architects that include Harwell Hamilton Harris, Glenn Allen Galaway, O’Neil Ford, and Howard Meyer, but finding one of these retro homes that’s been remodeled to perfection is like discovering the proverbial needle in a haystack. (more…)

The Park Cities home at 12101 Madeleine Cir. is one of five we're featuring in our open-house roundup this week.

The Park Cities home at 12101 Madeleine Cir. is one of five we’re featuring in our open-house roundup this week.

The Dallas housing market this week offers some particularly beautiful homes, many of which have open houses this weekend.

We’ve rounded up five that would make for a great visit. They range in price from $217,000 to $949,000, and include everything from a stately traditional Prairie in Munger Place to a Lakewood Contemporary by Durham Builders. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

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These photos are of the Durham Builders home at 6924 Santa Barbara Dr., one of three modern houses now available in the new Santa Barbara development. Photos: MetroplexHD

East Dallas has a new modern enclave near White Rock Lake, with three houses built, and four more planned.

The Santa Barbara development, near Mockingbird Lane and W. Lawther Drive, creates a style that fuses native Texas materials with California-style architecture. The result is marvelous, something that’s being called “this-century modern.”

“When we were doing the original modeling, we were doing was more Midcentury Modern [style], but I felt  a Texas modern house would go better with the community,” said builder Miles Durham of Durham Builders. “It seems like the people around the lake and in Lakewood are open to this type and style of house.”

Durham’s father, Robert Durham, is the architect for the Santa Barbara development.

“He has modernist influences, and Frank Lloyd Wright,” Miles said. “He does all of the floorplan layouts and all of the elevations, I do all the finish selections and more. We’ve done a lot of houses and we work well together.”Durham Builders

The Santa Barbara houses are priced between $810K and $825K, and are around 3,200 square feet with four or five bedrooms. The designs include an abundance of large windows, open floorplans, fireplaces clad in Carrera Marble and wood, designer tile, concrete floors, and chef’s kitchens with high-end KitchenAid stainless steel appliances and Silestone quartz countertops.

“It’s extremely affordable by Lakewood standards, and that was important to us,” Miles said.

The photos throughout this post are of the home at 6924 Santa Barbara Dr. listed by Jennifer Baldwin with Clay Stapp + Co. for $810,000. It is a 5-4 with two living areas and 3,137 square feet.
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dallas open housesWhat’s more fun on a weekend afternoon than walking though beautiful open houses and seeing what’s on the market?

This Saturday and Sunday, there are dozens of Dallas open houses, and it can be hard to choose from all the properties. So we’ve picked five that look exciting, representing neighborhoods like Shannon Estates, Oak Cliff, Lakewood, and Wilshire Heights. The prices range from the low $200s to $899K.

Lots of these houses offer on-trend amenities, like bathroom “wet areas” with bath and shower inside, gorgeous renovated kitchens (one even has an outdoor kitchen), and energy-efficient design. Check out our selection!

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Karen Eubank of Eubank Staging and Design is one of many locals who won a Houzz award this year. Photo: Shoot2Sell.

Karen Eubank of Eubank Staging and Design (and a Candy’s Dirt contributor) is one of many locals who won a Houzz award this year. Photo: Shoot2Sell.

We love to boast about how ingenious and imaginative the housing construction and design pros are in North Texas. So when Houzz announced their winners of “Best Of Houzz 2015” awards, it was no surprise that Dallas-Fort Worth made quite a splash.

Houzz is an online home remodeling and design site that showcases the work of architects, homebuilders, interior designers, landscape pros, and other residential remodeling professionals. Their Best Of Houzz awards come in two categories: customer service and design. Customer service honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews from 2014. Design winners’ work ranked most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on the site.

I’ve spent the better part of the last five days combing through the champs, savoring the superb photos, and picking a few of my favorites to share with you today. Candy already mentioned Tatum Brown Custom Homes’ win yesterday, but I’ve got a few others that caught my eye.

First, all five of the designers I wrote about at the beginning of the month in 5 Dallas Interior Designers to Watch in 2015 were Houzz winners (bam!), so a huge shout-out to these five:

Here are seven other DFW Houzz winners that will impress you with their discerning style and exquisite work.

 

1. CAROLINA V. GENTRY, RID: DESIGN AND SERVICE AWARDS

Photo courtesy Kevin Dotolo

Photo courtesy Kevin Dotolo

Photo courtesy Kevin Dotolo

Photo courtesy Kevin Dotolo

Photo courtesy Kevin Dotolo

Photo courtesy Kevin Dotolo

Carolina V. Gentry is a principal interior designer at Pulp Design Studios in East Dallas and her aesthetic is fluid and elegant. What I loved most about her interior designs was the clean, almost architectural feel, and details that feel high-end without being fussy. Many of the photos in her Houzz portfolio feature mirrored or silver accents that lend a midcentury vibe to the overall modern look.

But there’s nothing sterile about her the contemporary ambience—her work is warm and welcoming. She has more than one hundred photos on Houzz that will inspire you. Jump to read about six more winners!

 

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Why not combine two birds into one feather or whatever that saying is. I saw this house Tuesday and just cannot get it out of my mind. Probably one of the most amazing conversions of a 1950’s ranch I have ever seen! It’s in Midway Hollow, good side of Lenel, and even better for you has just been reduced by ten C-notes. This dream pad is at 3942 Davila, near Midway and Northwest Highway. (Great shops at Midway Hollow and hello, Fernandos!)

It is an 1850 square foot soft-contemporary cottage redesigned and rebuilt from the studs in 2008 by Durham Builders. How do you get soft contemporary out of an orange brick 1951 cottage? You open her up. The open floor plan sports rich finishes of oak, cedar, Austin stone — I kid you not! — quartz, and mosaic tiles. Using a divider, they created a light-filled entry with two storage closets that opens to the fully-equipped stainless steel gourmet kitchen that is so clean, I don’t think the girl who lived there ever much as boiled water, with a walk-in pantry.

Let me tell you, there are about 3 of those in this neighborhood. Nice large living and dining areas with great drum chandeliers, a split bedroom plan places the guest with adjacent bath in the front of the house,  the oversized master bedroom with spa bath (and commode in a separate room, thank you Jesus) in the back. Off this is a little porch that was made into a third child’s bedroom. Off this, a library office nook.

The pergola patio is a sanctuary with views of lushly landscaped yard and new fencing. Three bedrooms, two full baths, and a laundry room, plus one car attached garage. The exterior brick was that orange color so popular in the 1950’s; what the heck do you do with it?  Durham slurried over it with mortar, resulting in a stucco-like look to the exterior walls. Inside everything is new, clean, sleek and beautiful. Clearly a house for sleek, beautiful people who look wonderful 24/7. Just like the house. Asking $349,000 and I’m telling you, February blows in here, this one blows out!