Not that many years ago, stone mosaic tile was out of reach for all but the most hefty-budgeted of renovations.  I remember seeking a few small scraps of flair for shampoo niches only to be easily contemplating over $100 per square foot. My, how things have changed.  I think the proliferation of the water laser for cutting large quantities of stone has really helped bring a new price point to mosaics, particularly stone. Two Dallas showrooms worth a look that sell direct to consumers are Floor and Décor and The Tile Shop – and we’re going to do just that.

I’m going to get into trouble almost immediately and make a broad statement. While both offer a very large selection of patterns to choose from, I’d say The Tile Store has more swirly, girly, deco-type options. Floor and Décor has more geometric designs that appeal to my boyishness. As I said, very broad statements that alert you to my bias towards boxy, straight lines being more masculine and circular lines with softer-colored materials being more feminine. Barf on me all you like in the comments. Bucking my own buckets, I personally like stronger lines but softer colors – go figure.

If you’re visiting their showrooms southwest of LBJ and I-35E, you can hit both as they’re within blocks.

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One of the most beautiful Tudor homes in Lakewood just hit the market Friday. If you’ve ever lusted after one of these gorgeous original houses, this is a rare opportunity to own a grand 1927 beauty that has all the classic elements intact. Nancy Johnson of Dave Perry-Miller & Associates has listed 6907 Lakewood Blvd. for $1,699,900. The three-bedroom, two-full-bath-and-one-half-bath home has 3,449 square feet and it’s chock full of charm at every turn. (more…)

1548 Eastus Front

The frost is still on the ground this morning, and while I’m cozy in my 1950s post war in East Dallas, I know my husband wants to live the Midcentury Modern life in Oak Cliff. So, in 2013, we might find ourselves with a new address on the other side of town.

That means I’m starting the hunt, I guess. We haven’t even started getting our house prepped for the market, but that doesn’t mean a girl can’t look, right?

That brings me to today’s Thursday Three Hundred, which is on the very high end of the price range at $399,000. I can see why the owners are optimistic about 1548 Eastus Drive, though. It’s a beautiful Midcentury Modern in East Kessler Park, which is close to everything a family like mine wants to be near while still benefiting from the privacy of larger lots and mature trees that North Oak Cliff offers.

1548 Eastus Kitchen

I know that this home is beautiful, but I wish that the photos reflected the care and planning the owners put into renovating this 63-year-old home. Sorely lacking is a decent photo of the home’s exterior, which really sells curb appeal and lot size.

1548 Eastus Living

Still, this three-bedroom, three-bath home is gorgeous. It’s been completely repainted with museum-finish walls. The floors have been restored, too. There’s a new offset fireplace in the living room, featuring gorgeous mosaic tile. While each room gets decent light from the large windows, I’m kind of put off by the cheap mini blinds.

1548 Eastus Den

That’s not enough, however, to keep me from imagining my furniture in this 2,300-square-foot home. I am also fantasizing about entertaining in the kitchen, which features a gigantic island with bar seating and a really cute mosaic glass backsplash.

The bedrooms and bathrooms, well, they’re kind of typical of what you’d find in any home, which is a bit of a letdown when you consider this house’s potential.

So what do you think: Should I keep it on the list?

I think Tudors are growing on me. It wasn’t too long ago that I got hives just looking at the walled-in rooms and steep-pitched roofs. It all seemed so confined. Now, however, it all feels so cozy. The brick exteriors, the stained glass accent windows, and the lovely archways are all alluring to me, as is 1049 Turner Ave.

While traditional decor isn’t my thing, I love just about everything about this Kessler Highlands home, which is on the market for $349,900. It clocks in at a not-too-small 1,777 square feet with three bedrooms and two baths. This home was built in 1925, so don’t be shocked if there’s a deficit of closet space. The parts of this home that have been renovated were done with resale in mind, too.

A perfect example of this is the kitchen, with the custom vent hood coated in mosaic tile, the backsplash with a pot filler mounted above a Wolf range. It’s a thoughtfully designed kitchen, too, with cabinetry that harmonizes with the wood floor. The glass cabinet doors are perfect to show off china, and hang over a modest-but-functional spice rack. And boy is there plenty of storage!

The master bedroom, while not exactly small, feels a little cramped. I think that’s more a symptom of the owner’s furniture and paint choice rather than the actual size of the room.

The master bath, well, it has A LOT of tile. This can either be an asset or a little overwhelming in the space. I guess that’s up to the prospective buyer. I feel, though, that this bathroom is a bit of a missed opportunity. Wouldn’t it be the perfect candidate for a claw-foot tub? I think so!

The backyard is supremely private, as it’s one of the only ones in the neighborhood with a brick fence. You also have an outdoor fireplace, too, which only ups the cozy factor. This is a particularly friendly neighborhood, too, so expect to have friends to sit around the fire with!

So, what’s your opinion? Are Tudors claustrophobic or cozy?