Modern French Farmhouse

Photography by Costa Christ

I set the bar pretty high when it comes to properties I think are worthy of our readers. I try to think a lot like the French, who we know are supremely selective. A home has to have historical or architectural value, or a great story. Or, it has to be so beautiful that even a French woman would love it, like our Inwood Home of the Week, a gorgeous University Park modern French farmhouse at 2708 Daniel Avenue.
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Sometimes total luck is involved when searching for our Inwood House of the Week. When this 1953 Preston Royal Midcentury Modern popped up on Realtor.com, practically in Candy’s backyard, I had one of those OMG moments. I just knew there was a big story behind this home, and I was right.

This Preston Royal Midcentury Modern at 11339 Royalshire Dr. was your simple one-story Leave It to Beaver home when Leslie Ezelle decided to put her HGTV Design Star All Star touch to it. Ezelle is a Dallas treasure. She is a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, a rock star interior designer, owner of Leslie Christine Designs, and she competed on season six of HGTV’s Design Stars. She was such a fan favorite that HGTV invited her back to be on the  HGTV Design Star All Star competition, and of course, she became the first All Star winner.

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If you are a nature lover, you will fall hard for our Inwood House of the Week at 9744 Van Dyke Road. This reinvented transitional ranch home in Old Lake Highlands is our pick for the perfect perch.

When Walter Hetherwick of Hetherwick Construction and Hetherdell Homes found the original 1950s house on a third of an acre, he knew it was in a perfect location for a young family.

Boy, was he right.

transitional ranch

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It takes a bit of magic to snag a house in Fort Worth’s historic Berkeley Place. Most homes trade hands by word of mouth, and people stay put in the neighborhood. They simply up size or downsize as their lifestyles change. So, we were thrilled to discover our Inwood Home of the Week, a gorgeous, recently renovated Berkeley Place Colonial Revival at 2012 Ward Parkway. (more…)

updated midcentury modern

Greenway Parks is one of the hottest neighborhoods in Dallas. It’s a favorite here at CandysDirt.com and this particular updated midcentury modern, at 5539 Montrose Drive, is one of the hottest properties in town right now.That’s why we chose it as our Inwood Home of the Week!

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Nestled among towering pecan trees, one Lakewood home feels like a treehouse, offering midcentury style, gracious living, and celebrity owners who personally helped design it. 

This week’s Inwood Home of the Week, sponsored by Inwood National Bank, is at 7128 Wildgrove Ave., a stone’s throw from the southwestern shores of White Rock Lake. Owners Tim DeLaughter and Julie Doyle are musicians and co-founders of Polyphonic Spree, as well as owners of hip East Dallas joint Lounge Here and local faves Good Records and Good Pagoda. 

When they built this house in 2006, it was the first of its kind in the neighborhood. DeLaughter and Doyle were sensitive to that and worked with many of the materials of the existing midcentury house, from re-using the original foundation and bricks, to featuring its Roman brick fireplace and colorful porcelain sinks inside. The couple worked hand-in-hand with architects and designers at W2 Studio in downtown Dallas. 

“This was our ideal home — we were into contemporary design and if we maintained [aspects of the] design of the original home, we thought we could fit in the neighborhood,” said DeLaughter. “We were fans of [W2’s] work prior to this and we contacted them because we were going to need a home with more square footage.” 

The pink brick and tropical pine cladding contrast pleasingly with towering pecan trees and lush landscaping — the aesthetic is both sleek and organic.

The main house has 2,712 square feet on two stories and a studio offers an additional 432 square feet, totaling 3,144 square feet of living space. A central courtyard features a steel catwalk connecting the two spaces and moving between stories, DeLaughter’s idea. 

“There’s a massive pecan tree in the center of what is now the courtyard, which cemented the idea of it — we worked around it with landscaping and design,” he said. “We added about four-and-a-half feet [to the original foundation] on the south side of house then went up two floors.”  

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English Arts and Crafts
Our Inwood Home of the Week is an English Arts and Crafts movement stunner at 5816 Swiss Avenue, and it has a pretty serious fan base. Before all of you jump on me and say this is an Eclectic Tudor, yes, absolutely it is. But let’s learn a bit, shall we?

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classic Colonial Revival
It’s so nice to see historic homes take on a new life. Our Inwood Home of the Week is a classic Colonial Revival at 4501 Lorraine Ave. that has had a total facelift, and it’s gorgeous.
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