This midcentury modern is so fabulous that White Rock Home Tour organizers want you to drive to Garland to see it. (Photos: Angela Flournoy)

This year, organizers of the White Rock Home Tour — East Dallas’ premiere modern home tour — are asking tour-goers to go the extra mile (actually six miles if you’re counting). The reason? An amazing time capsule of a home located in Garland that has received only the pickiest of updates.

But Garland?

White Rock Home Tour chair Alyson Black assures me that this home is so spectacular that it’s worth the trip. “This home was built in 1965 by commercial architects Craycroft Lacy & Assoc. for a prominent TV news man in a scenic area of old Garland, and was lovingly restored a few years ago,” Black said. And after getting a sneak peek at the photos of this particular home, I have to agree: IT IS FABULOUS! In fact, it’s so fabulous that we’re sure that once people get a gander at this stellar midcentury modern and the other five epic tour homes, they’re going to want to score tickets lickety split! And here’s the best news, tickets just went on sale for the April 21-22 home tour!

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Have you noticed the oh-so-apropos retro holiday yard décor in the Northwest Dallas neighborhood bordered by Royal Lane, Midway Road, Walnut Hill Lane, and Marsh Lane in Dallas? Dozens (actually 100) of vintage-style, six-foot-tall wooden trees punctuate the low-slung midcentury modern-style homes in the Walnut Hill neighborhood, recently featured in the Modern Mile Dallas Home Tour. The holiday display is a community initiative that’s cool in its own right, but the story behind the trees is even cooler.

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Those purveyors of the best contemporary furnishings in town, Scott & Cooner, have a great present for all of us: a holiday SALE just in time to outfit the house for the holidays. It’s at the warehouse location, 2150 Irving Blvd. 10 am to 4 pm until Friday. We told you all about it last week but here is  reminder.

For a handy-dandy map, click here.

What you (and I) will find:

Rugs by Yerra: fabulous hides and stitched hides, by Moooi: bright pallettes and unusual creations, like this Delft round rug whose original art design was hand-painted on a ceramic plate, and by Nanimariquina, a Barcelona rug designer and manufacturer. I’m actually buying a rug now so you might catch me down there. Rugs are impossible, I think, to buy on the internet. 

Furnishings: a selection of Giorgetti sofas, Cassina chairs, tables and more, and a variety of Paola Lenti indoor/outdoor and outdoor furniture. I mean, with temperatures this temperate, go ahead and have Christmas dinner outside! (more…)

2849 Claudette Avenue is currently listed for $549,900 by Hans Stroble of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty Texas.

Now here’s a Friday Five Hundred you don’t want to miss! Situated minutes from the Bishop Arts District, Kessler Park, and downtown Dallas sits this three-bedroom, two-bath charmer that definitely lives up to the hype. With a 1,584-square-foot interior bursting with curated designer details modeled after European minimalism and trendy boutique hotels, you’ll want to get a jump on this one.

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So rarely does a home blend with its surroundings so well that it feels native to the land, but that’s the perfect way to describe this gorgeous midcentury modern on more than an acre in Forest Lane Estates. Designed by noted modernist architect Herschel Fisher in 1955 for a doctor and his family, this stellar example of post-war modernism was renovated and expanded in 2000 by AIA award-winning architect Russell Buchanan, adding a master bedroom suite, a pool house, and a three-car garage.

The additions, much like how the home connects with the park-like setting that surrounds it, are seamless. The attention to detail is incredible, making it an easy pick for our High Caliber Home of the Week, presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans

To many, this home, with its beautiful carpentry and huge walls of floor-to-ceiling picture windows, is a dream house. “It is rare to find a midcentury design on such a grand scale,” notes David Griffin, who is listing 11550 Wander Lane for $2.75 million. “This home is around 5,700 square feet, and that doesn’t include the guesthouse/cabana.”

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home moving

Moving a house today is largely the same process, albeit more precise and without the horses.

It’s been estimated that two acres of forest are cut down for each 1,200 square feet of house built. It’s also estimated that for every 2,200 pounds of cement produced, 1,980 pounds of carbon dioxide are released into the atmosphere. Cement production accounts for approximately 10 percent of man-made carbon dioxide emissions and over 15 percent of landfill space.  And trust me, you don’t want to know the quantity of pollutants cement kilns (factories) throw into the air.

Sure, some building materials are recycled today, but nowhere near all that can be.

On the flipside, booming development in Dallas equates to a lot of demolition of sometimes interesting structures worth preserving.  Some are architectural wonders but many are lower-density structures someone wants to McMansion, or more likely, McApartment.  Many of these smaller structures would be at home elsewhere.

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Before there ever was a pink mansion on Douglas Avenue, Mary Kay Ash and her husband, Mel Ash, conscripted modernist architect Frank L. Meier to design a home for them. The site — a private, picturesque lake in Preston Hollow — was the perfect place to craft reality from a dream.

That dream was for a welcoming, beautiful structure that was perfect for hosting all sorts of gatherings — a well-rounded home. Literally.

In fact, that’s what makes 7246 Lupton Circle — our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans — so very unique. Its design takes every advantage of the lake and lot, with a circular design that flows perfectly from one room to the next. Add in the delicious light from the glass-domed ceiling in the center of the home, and you have magic in the making.

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3229 Regent Drive (Photos: Aaron Dougherty)

The 2017 Modern Mile Home Tour is fast upon us! And to give you a little taste of what’s to come, here’s a look at the Modern Mile Bonus Home. Designed by Texas starchitect Arch B. Swank, Jr., 3229 Regent Drive is a work of art with an unforgettable history.

Once nearly lost to neglect and disrepair, a couple of caring homeowners brought it back from the brink, allowing it to become the jewel of this year’s Modern Mile Home Tour. Built to be featured in the 1959 Parade of Homes, this midcentury marvel was originally home to a NASA design engineer present at Mission Control during the moon landing. Talk about space age!

From the spot-on authentic and reproduction furnishings, to the framed iconic Time Magazine covers, the Modern Mile Home Tour’s Bonus Home proves an unending visual delight. As a lover of all things midcentury, I suspect a walk through this home feels like a spiritual journey. An architectural pilgrimage.

However, the magic of this home lies as much in its incredible inhabitants as it does its architecture. Join us after the jump for the story behind this stunning home and its charming occupants. Oh, and a few teaser photos, too.

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