time capsuleWe’ve all seen the homes that time forgot, and we’ve all seen the vintage homes that have been updated. But have you ever seen a Midcentury Modern that was an intentional time capsule?

As we’ve said before, sometimes what we find in the Wednesday WTF is a WTF because there are whips and chains in the basement. And sometimes, like this week, the WTF is in the fact that someone has done an impeccable job of preserving and restoring a listing that you’re hard pressed to see where the vintage parts of the home end and the restored elements begin.

I showed this week’s WTF pick in Palm Springs to the CandysDirt.com staff yesterday, and everyone fell in love pretty much immediately.

“OH MY GOD I LOVE IT,” Jo England said.

Karen Eubank, our resident taste doyenne, summed up her feelings in one word: “Perfection.”

Want to see what we’re talking about? Jump with me, won’t you? (more…)


This gorgeous Malibu view once belonged to Frank Sinatra and it could be yours for $12.9 million.

Whether you want a beachy retreat or a swank pad you can pick out in episodes of Mad Men, Frank Sinatra hung his hat in two homes that are on the market at the same time, for nearly identical price points.

If Malibu is your bag, one estate was designed by architect Ted Grenzbach and Sinatra and his wife, Barbara in 1992. When the Sinatras lived there, a veritable who’s who of Rat Pack era celebrities visited, from Dick Martin, Jack Lemmon, Gregory Peck, and Dick Van Dyke, and more.


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Keynote speaker Leo Marmol is an expert on the Kaufmann House by Richard Neutra in Palm Springs, considered one of the most important residences of the 20th century. Photo: David Glomb

If you swoon over Frank Sinatra’s style, and you marvel over Mad Men‘s Midcentury Modern, then you won’t want to miss the next Dallas Design Symposium, presented by the Dallas Architecture Forum.

Titled Modernism, the focus of the symposium is the best of Midcentury Modern architecture and design. It will be held Oct. 4 from 2 – 5 p.m. at the Nasher Sculpture Center.

Keynote speaker Leo Marmol, FAIA, is one of the world’s leading authorities in the restoration of iconic Midcentury Modern and International Style residences, including the 1946 Kaufmann House by Richard Neutra in Palm Springs, and restorations of works by Cliff May, Rudolph Schindler, John Lautner, Minoru Yamasaki, and E. Stewart Williams. Marmol will overview his firm’s landmark restoration projects, as well as discuss how the firm integrates Midcentury design elements into their new construction and pre-fab projects, producing award-winning residences.

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An interior photo of the Kaufmann House in Palm Springs. Photo: David Glomb

Also speaking at the symposium is Sidney Williams, curator of the Palm Springs Art Museum.  Her father-in-law, E. Stewart Williams, designed Frank Sinatra’s famous Twin Palms residence in Palm Springs, his first residential commission. She will share inside stories about Twin Palms, the homes of other movie stars, and the design history of the area.


7723 Northaven Front

How is this incredible home still on the market? I have no idea, to tell you the truth, especially considering how hot Midcentury Moderns are, and this incredible location. Janmar is a fabulous, quiet enclave. We totally love this area, as we’ve said many times before. Big lots, great architecture, and a treasure trove of amazing homes that make this an incredible neighborhood inside 635.

7723 Northaven Living

This particular home — 7723 Northaven Road, just west of North Central Expressway — is just a lovely home. I am seriously swooning over this three-bedroom, two-bathroom Mid-Mod, and considering the huge lot (.35 acres with a great lawn) and 2,685 square feet, it’s a great value. This 1954 modern marvel is marketed by Virginia Cook agent Kyle Rovinsky for just $350,000.

7723 Northaven Dining

I love the mix of flooring textures, too, which include hardwoods, parquet, stained concrete, and brick. Everything is open, with tons of windows and vaulted ceilings. Of course, check out that cool fireplace with that gorgeous brick work and the clerestory window above. The living room is definitely a high-impact space, and it flows well to the kitchen, which has been wonderfully preserved.

7723 Northaven Kitchen

While it has great drive-up and landscaping in the front, the side yard is a blank slate, including the shaded area just outside the huge sunroom off of the living area. I’m already imagining the cool furniture the new buyer is going to put in this great home. Of course, I am totally wondering if the buyers will remodel the kitchen or keep it as it is. What would you do?

7723 Northaven Bedroom 7723 Northaven bathroom 7723 Northaven Backyard

618 Tiffany Front

I’m not sure exactly what date range qualifies a property to be a “Midcentury Modern,” but we’ll let in 618 Tiffany Trail in Richardson regardless because, come on, this home is amazing!

618 Tiffany Dining

Marketed by Ed Murchison, this modern stunner in Richardson is on the market for just $225,000! Built in 1977, this home is after the “Mad Men” era but still features details such as clerestory windows, open floor plans, huge stone columns and fireplace, and soaring ceilings. There are tons of skylights, which makes this home feel light and airy even though you can’t spot a single window from the front of the house.

618 Tiffany Living


The only real gripe I have on this home is the carpet. It looks a little dingy in some spots. I would think that the next owner would do well to put in some hardwood floors that would really show off a modern carpet. Still, even with taking that renovation into account, this home is very affordable for what you get: four bedrooms, three baths, 2,600 square feet, a great pool, and Richardson ISD schools.

618 Tiffany Kitchen

The kitchen is modern and spare, and has an a great little breakfast nook that has views of the pool (more on that, later.) I do like that the cabinets appear to have been updated with oversized drawers. There are stainless steel appliances, too. It’s roomy without feeling overly large, and blends seamlessly with the rest of the home. I see the current owner put in laminate flooring in the kitchen/breakfast area, but I really wish they’d put it throughout the living areas, too. Carpet isn’t as popular as it used to be, and buyers are looking for low-maintenance floors that won’t have to be shampooed every year.

618 Tiffany Master

What really makes this home a Midcentury Modern despite it’s age is all of the amazing atomic-era and modern furniture throughout the house. Everything is woodgrain with clean lines and spindle legs. Gorgeous.

618 Tiffany master Bath

The master bath is just so cool, with the soaking tub in the center of the room, unanchored by a wall. It sits directly under a skylight, which gives plenty of light without letting neighbors peek in. Genius!

618 Tiffany Backyard

There’s a pool in the backyard that is great for summer entertaining, too. I love the the covered porch that leads to the pool, which will be great for grilling. There’s another porch just off the master bedroom, which has a courtyard-type feel. It’s a great spot for a small bistro table and chairs or maybe even a lounge.

What do you think of this home?

3310 Fairmount 11D Living

Or you could keep it as is, but the wallpaper would need some freshening up. Unit 11D in the Park Towers Condominiums is a time warp. Everything looks to be from the 60s, when this building was constructed.

3310 Fairmount 11D Dining

The owner was obviously a big fan of green, as you can see from the wallpaper in the living room that matches the swag curtains just so. Still, it doesn’t distract from what I consider to be the best selling point for this unit — the huge floor-to-ceiling windows and an amazing view.

3310 Fairmount 11D Kitchen

As the listing tells us, there are no load-bearing walls in this unit, so you can completely upend this two-bedroom, two-bath condo to whatever kind of high-rise vision you have. I think this property, which is sandwiched by the Katy Trail and Turtle Creek, would look amazing as a Mad Men homage with cream shag carpet, a sunken living area that is open to the kitchen and dining areas, and a large master bedroom and spa-like bath.

3310 Fairmount 11D Master

With more than 2,000 square feet of space, you can definitely accomplish your dreams of living like Don Draper. Of course, for $345,000 you will have to have a remodeling budget because there is no way you can live with that cloistered kitchen or that hideous bath!

3310 Fairmount 11D Master bath

Still, I love looking at the photos of this listing. It’s really amazing to see how much home decor has changed in 50 years. Does this unit send you back in time, too?