Shawn Watkins and his wife, Jalie, purchased a fully intact midcentury modern and breathed new life into it. (Courtesy Photo)

If the White Rock Home Tour ever makes a coffee table book of the homes it has featured over its 13 years, then I can say, rather unequivocally, that this year’s tour stops will have two-page spreads and thorough write-ups. That’s just how amazing this year’s tour is, complete with an epic time capsule, fantastic new builds, and a stunningly renovated midcentury modern.

Speaking of stunningly renovated midcentury moderns, we have to give you a sneak peek at this beauty renovated by Shawn Watkins of Watkins Remodeling and Repair. You might recognize it, as we featured it here on CandysDirt.com when it was still completely intact. We noted then that the home could stand a freshening up.

And you can tell that Watkins, with his keen eye for color and shape, did exactly that. The home is truly amazing, and I can’t wait to see it on April 21-22 for the White Rock Home Tour. Tickets are already on sale, and we’re sure you’re going to want to snag them once you get a glance at the bang-up job Watkins did on this beauty. Jump to find out more about this beautiful Lake Highlands midcentury modern that is ready for any party this summer can throw at it!

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midcentury renovationmidcentury renovationI’ve known Rebecca Nolen since our high school days at Ursuline Academy of Dallas. Even back then, her design aesthetic was refined—she had the best-looking bedroom of anyone I knew. She also offered me Welsh rarebit as a snack when I came over to study one afternoon, far more sophisticated than the Little Debbie Star Crunch Cosmic Snacks I was used to eating after school.

The subsequent years only improved her taste, as evidenced by the discerning midcentury renovation of the Lake Highlands home she and her husband Richard bought in 2005.

“We had visited a number of houses we loved over the years—the Eames house in Los Angeles and a Neutra house in Palm Springs, especially—and those gave us a good idea of how we want to live,” said Richard. “The Eames house looks almost like a child’s toy from the outside with its red and blue panels, but it’s filled with treasures from Charles and Ray’s travels around the world. They really lived there; it wasn’t a sterile monument to design. That’s what we’re going for.”

When Rebecca and Richard purchased “the ranchette” in 2005, it was dated and drab, but with potential: corner lot on a quarter acre, 1,341 square feet, three bedrooms, and a big kitchen and backyard.

“Honestly, we only looked at about three houses, and this was the first one,” said Rebecca. “It had a lot of problems—it was pretty much a dump, with torn up carpeting, ratty wallpaper, broken fiberglass shower enclosures, and an HVAC system that was falling apart. But it was filled with light and the kitchen was enormous. Something about it felt right. And it didn’t have a popcorn ceiling, which still ranks among my worst nightmares.”

The work they’ve done over the years is nothing short of spectacular. They took a boring, blah house and added major midcentury personality, elegant style, and thoughtful design.

“We have neighbors who get what we’re doing and raise the bar themselves—there are some serious midcentury modern remodels that are giving us great ideas,” Rebecca said. “Our next-door neighbors even went midcentury modern last summer with an outdoor update. They bought oversized aluminum house numbers, replaced their brass lantern with a giant globe pendant, and used a quirky chartreuse paint color for their trim.”

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This home just went on the market Thursday, and as of Friday morning I have received five messages and emails about this home. Something tells me that this cute Lochwood mid-century modern won’t be on the market for too long!

Everything in this 1961 split-level has been remodeled or replaced, according to listing agent Meg Skinner with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, making this four-bedroom, two-bath home really shine. Jump to see inside!

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