Houzz

Photography: Michael Hunter

Remember when we kept track of things we loved by tearing out magazine pages and putting them in a binder? It was an idea book for our future homes. The digital age changed everything and brought us the ultimate idea book with the launch of Houzz.com in 2009. Houzz founders Adi Tatarko and Alon Cohen were remodeling their own home. They wanted an easy way to communicate ideas to their team, and they also wanted to be able to find skilled professionals.

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Early Adopters of Houzz include Karen Eubank of Eubank Staging (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

Early Adopters of Houzz include Karen Eubank of Eubank Staging and Design (center). (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

It’s hard to remember what life was like before Houzz.

Clients bringing in huge folders of magazine clippings, trying to describe what they wanted their new home to look like, wanting this but not that, and always saying that “I’ll know what I want when I see it.”

Thanks to Houzz, those days are just an unhappy memory and now clients can browse through millions of photos and ideabooks on the site and share exactly what they are looking for.

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Robert Raymond

Photo: Michael Palumbo

In our ongoing series, Interview with an Architect, we speak with leading voices in the North Texas architecture community and learn about their work, development issues in our community, and good design practices and principals (you can read the last one here).

Robert Raymond

Robert Raymond

Robert W. Raymond, AIA, moved to Dallas in 1981 after completing his Masters in Architecture at the University of Michigan. He has never lived more than a few blocks from White Rock Lake in East Dallas, where he built his family’s home and made the transition to residential architecture in 2000.

“The house turned out great and my wife and daughters are still speaking to me,” he said.

With his firm, Raymond Design, he has built houses in neighborhoods ranging from Preston Hollow and the Peninsula, to Richardson and Southlake.

He was named Young Architect of the Year in 1989 by the Dallas chapter of the American Institute of Architecture, served on the board of trustees of the Dallas Architectural Foundation from 2004 to 2006, and has served on the board of trustees of the White Rock Lake Conservancy from 2008 to present.

CandysDirt: You spent 20 years working on big buildings, like hotels and hospitals, moving into residential design in 2000 by designing and building your family house. What appeals to you about residential architecture?

Rob Raymond: There are two main reasons. First, the ability to work from beginning to end on a project, from the initial concept to final construction.

Second, and most rewarding, is working so closely with the client on projects that are near and dear to them. With corporate clients building hotels or hospitals, it’s a business transaction and commercial architecture, in a big firm, is more specialized and compartmentalized. You rarely get the chance to go from inception of idea to ribbon cutting.

With residential architecture, I’m usually working with couples and I joke that it’s part residential architecture and part marriage counseling. It’s fun to get to know people, understand them, and connect with them.

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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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Photo courtesy Greico Modern Homes

Photo courtesy Greico Modern Homes

The homebuilding market in DFW is super hot, and with a new year comes new trends. Candy already mentioned the emergence of the skullery, but there’s more!



We’ve asked the best and brightest North Texas homebuilders to look into their crystal balls and make predictions about homebuilding trends for 2015. They’ve also given us some sublime photos that illustrate those trends in action in their own work. You won’t want to miss this—jump to read the whole story!

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By Lifestylist® Suzanne Felber

Everybody knows if you want to get noticed, all you have to do is feed them
and you can get their undivided attention. That’s why the kitchen has become the heart
(and theater) of the home more than ever, and tonights Houzz event at Capital
Distributing proved that.

The event was so popular that with more than 400 attendees they had to hold two sessions, and if you were lucky enough to get an invitation it was well worth it. With something this important, CandysDirt.com had to be a sponsor, and not only did we share our name, we shared our love of sweets — everyone got a cookie to take home with them (if it lasted that long!).

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Capital Distributing has just added some new displays that will make you want a new
kitchen even if you just remodeled, and from the statistics I’ve been hearing, if you are considering selling your home, luxury appliances are a very wise investment. Thermador and Bosch were also sponsors of the presentation, and between the new Thermador kitchens in Capital Distributing and the innovations that Bosch has coming, I’m not sure which one I’ll choose for my new kitchen!

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One of the smartest things I ever did was to buy my “Home Idea Factory” more than 10 years ago in Oak Cliff. Others saw it as a teardown as quickly as possible, I saw it as a home I’d never have to add on to. Yes, it was a factory and I love living in a historic space — if only these walls could talk.

Houzz shared some staggering statistics that let me know I’m not the only one who
appreciates owning their own home in Dallas. More than 89 percent of the people who visit Houzz.com from Dallas own their own homes, and 83 percent are considering redecorating, 38 percent are considering remodeling, and 13 percent are considering buying a new home, which is much higher than the national average.

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When I left tonight I had questions … many ask why you should own your own home but
my question is why wouldn’t you? Dallas is the poster child for achievable housing and
a great quality of life — my friends in other markets wish they could get as much home
and value as we do here. And the best news? We can use what we save buying a home
in Dallas and have a kitchen everyone else will envy.

Suzanne FelberSuzanne Felber is a design and branding expert who runs the website Lifestylist.com. An Oak Cliff resident and lover of all things design, keep up with Suzanne by following her on twitter.

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By Lifestylist® Suzanne Felber

Everybody knows if you want to get noticed, all you have to do is feed them
and you can get their undivided attention. That’s why the kitchen has become the heart
(and theater) of the home more than ever, and tonights Houzz event at Capital
Distributing proved that.

The event was so popular that with more than 400 attendees they had to hold two sessions, and if you were lucky enough to get an invitation it was well worth it. With something this important, CandysDirt.com had to be a sponsor, and not only did we share our name, we shared our love of sweets — everyone got a cookie to take home with them (if it lasted that long!).

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Capital Distributing has just added some new displays that will make you want a new
kitchen even if you just remodeled, and from the statistics I’ve been hearing, if you are considering selling your home, luxury appliances are a very wise investment. Thermador and Bosch were also sponsors of the presentation, and between the new Thermador kitchens in Capital Distributing and the innovations that Bosch has coming, I’m not sure which one I’ll choose for my new kitchen!

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One of the smartest things I ever did was to buy my “Home Idea Factory” more than 10 years ago in Oak Cliff. Others saw it as a teardown as quickly as possible, I saw it as a home I’d never have to add on to. Yes, it was a factory and I love living in a historic space — if only these walls could talk.

Houzz shared some staggering statistics that let me know I’m not the only one who
appreciates owning their own home in Dallas. More than 89 percent of the people who visit Houzz.com from Dallas own their own homes, and 83 percent are considering redecorating, 38 percent are considering remodeling, and 13 percent are considering buying a new home, which is much higher than the national average.

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When I left tonight I had questions … many ask why you should own your own home but
my question is why wouldn’t you? Dallas is the poster child for achievable housing and
a great quality of life — my friends in other markets wish they could get as much home
and value as we do here. And the best news? We can use what we save buying a home
in Dallas and have a kitchen everyone else will envy.

Suzanne FelberSuzanne Felber is a design and branding expert who runs the website Lifestylist.com. An Oak Cliff resident and lover of all things design, keep up with Suzanne by following her on twitter.

Mud Room

Guys and gals, it’s going to rain pretty much straight from today to Thursday, so if you haven’t organized your mudroom, it’s time to take a good, long look at this important, versatile space inside your home.

When it rains like this, I am so grateful for my mudroom, which gives me a place for my umbrella to dry out, to shake off my wellies, and to throw my shirt in the dryer between errands. Of course, keeping organized is key — a messy mudroom isn’t a very functional mudroom, is it?

Stainless steel and beadboard are all over my mudroom, which has a separate entrance to my home — a great idea to keep from trampling leaves and mud all over the house. A great mat to wipe your feet is important, too. Here are a few mudrooms on Houzz.com that will make your mouth water, and hopefully send you running for the Container Store!