Seven years ago, Allison Bonifay moved from New York with her husband. After just a few minutes chatting with her it will suddenly hit you. Hey, wait a second, you’re not from New York … “No, no, I’m from Atlanta and my mom is as Southern as they come,” she says with the slightest and sweetest Southern drawl.

Back in New York, she worked in fashion and when she got to Dallas, she assumed that would continue, but she just wasn’t feeling it.

Instead she turned her attention to decorating her then recently purchased Lower Greenville home. She was feeling a little sticker shock with all the big digit price tags for home furnishings so she started shopping secondhand. That’s where that fashionable eye came in. It was easy for Bonifay, and she had so much fun stocking her little charmer that she actually overbought and that’s when Modified Home was born.

It was a slow build, Bonifay said. She’d sell a piece here or there on Instagram, but two and a half years ago she decided to get serious. She officially officially created Modified Home with an LLC and everything.

Cut to present day where she now has a shoppable warehouse in the Design District and while it’s currently by appointment only, there are big plans to start holding holiday hours in December and beyond.

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In the 60s, split-level homes were all the rage. Like a ranch style, but stacked. Today’s buyers are harkening back to this style that’s been called “the minivans of the architectural world” and digging the unique midcentury vibe of split-levels that offer some needed separation that open floor plans lack. This week’s High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans is an outstanding split-level home in North Oak Cliff listed by Diane and Vinnie Sherman of David Griffin & Company Realtors.

“Timbergrove Circle offers a great mix of ingredients,” says Sherman, who specializes in historic, architecturally-significant homes, and midcentury homes in Oak Cliff. The 1960-built midcentury modern home at 1808 Timbergrove Circle is HUGE with 3,416-square-feet. It’s set on 0.3 acres with three bedrooms, two full baths, and three half-baths. If there are only three bedrooms, where’s all the square footage? In the one, two, three… four living areas. Each one is better than the next.  (more…)

mid-century capsule

Fix yourself a cocktail at the smoked glass bar and come take a look at this part-time capsule, part-updated home in the heart of Irving listed by Blaine Soileau of Dallas City Center Realtors for this week’s Thursday 300.

Working on last week’s Suburb Sunday featuring Irving, I came across this stunning mid-century style home at 309 San Mateo Court that is fabulously priced at $398,000. This 3,168 square-foot four-bedroom, two and half-bath home has a striking front entrance with amazing angles that hint at its unique inside. I debated between featuring this and another MCM home, and went with the latter, but someone has jumped at the chance for this 1967-built home in Irving’s University Hills because it’s now listed as pending.

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You never know what you're going to get

4013 Clayton Road East in Ridglea Hills is like a box of chocolates (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

To paraphrase from the great Forrest Gump:”Some homes are like a box of choc-o-lates … you never know what you’re going to get.” 

(Side note: how did Gump beat out Shawshank Redemption for Best Picture in 1994 … preposterous!)

Truer words could not be spoken when referring to this week’s Tarrant County Tuesday home located at 4013 Clayton Road E in the Ridglea Hills neighborhood of Fort Worth.

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