Kessler House. Dallas, Texas. Image license: RG/D+B, Inc and Gayla Interiors Inc. © Copyright 2017 Benjamin Benschneider 

When Rene Gracia bought his Kessler Parkway home, everything was completely wrong with it. The floor plan didn’t work for modern family life, and the home itself didn’t take full advantage of the hilltop lot and treetop views it afforded. Not wanting to throw the baby out with the bathwater, so to speak, Gracia enlisted his firm, RG/D+B, and set to work to make the tired 1950s-era ranch into a modern home fit for family life.

The results speak for themselves, as Gracia’s work has netted his family’s home a spot on this weekend’s AIA Dallas Tour of Homes, the only citywide tour in Dallas curated exclusively by architects. The tour, which is slated for Saturday and Sunday, October 20-21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will include seven residences in neighborhoods all over the Dallas area. Oak Cliff, the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, Lake Highlands, and East Dallas will host the stops of this two-day, open-to-the-public tour highlighting the work of some of the city’s most talented architects and the area’s most innovative and outstanding residential design. 

Want to win one of two pairs of tickets courtesy of Keep reading!


lavishLast week, we told you about Lavish 2018, a bi-annual event held by the International Interior Design Association’s Dallas City Center council.

The event, which will showcase neighborhoods in Dallas this year, is part art installation (design teams create vignettes that represent the neighborhood they’ve chosen) and part silent auction (all the items in the vignettes are up for grabs).

The event will be held at 6 p.m. on May 11 at the 2616 Commerce Events Center.

For more information, and to purchase tickets (which range in price from $30 and up), click here. But if you’d like to try your luck, jump with me!

707 Cordova is a storybook Tudor on this year’s Hollywood Home Tour.

You know that Hollywood Heights is flush with some of the cutest cottages in all of Dallas. Thanks to the neighborhood’s well-thought-out conservation overlay, the homes in this popular East Dallas enclave still retain the charm of bygone eras. And your best bet to get an eyeful of that charm is attending the annual Hollywood Home Tour. This year is no exception, especially with 707 Cordova — pictured above — on the tour.

Of course, we’d love for you to experience this storybook Tudor cottage — as well as the other beautiful homes on this year’s tour — for free! Organizers with this annual fundraiser have generously given us two pairs of tickets to give away to our fans and readers, and we could not be more thrilled to give four lucky people the chance to see the amazing homes showcased on April 21-22. 

Now, if you don’t win, we hope you’ll still attend this year’s tour and the “Art in the Park” market at Lindsley Park on both Saturday and Sunday. Home tour passes $15 in advance (available online or at Curiousities Antiques in Lakewood) and $20 on the day of the tour.  There’s also a themed auction party on Friday, April 20, at the Dallas Arboretum. 

Ready to enter to win one of two pairs of passes to this weekend’s Hollywood Home Tour? Jump!


The 13th annual White Rock Home Tour is a not-to-be-missed event this year. The tour offers a look inside some incredible midcentury modern and modern homes, including one worth the trip out to Garland to see! (Photos: Angela Flournoy)

There’s a reason why the White Rock Home Tour is one of the most well-attended tours in all of Dallas — the focus on the East Dallas location and showing off the area’s stout inventory of modern properties is a magic formula. There’s no other tour like it, and its success hinges on the well-organized volunteers who make sure that every tour-goer has a great experience. 

We know that we say that we don’t play favorites with home tours, but this is definitely one of our very favorite ones! And this year, well, the Hexter Elementary PTA has outdone itself. Not only do you get an inside peek at some of the coolest houses in some of the most sought-after neighborhoods surrounding White Rock Lake, but you also get a chance to wander through one of the most amazing midcentury modern homes in all of North Texas. Grab your Tom Collins set, because this time capsule in Garland is worth the price of admission. Don’t have tickets yet? You can still purchase tickets to this year’s White Rock Home Tour, slated for April 21-22 from noon to 5 p.m., for $15 each. Tickets are $20 on the day of the tour.

Or, you could be one of the lucky winners of our ticket giveaway and see these incredible homes FOR FREE! White Rock Home Tour organizers have given us four pairs of tickets to give away to this year’s event, so your chances of winning just got a lot better.

Want to win? Find out how to enter after the jump!


Bonnie Pitmans lovely unit inside the Howard Meyer-designed 3525 Turtle Creek will be on the April 8 Turtle Creek Tour of Homes.

Our dance card is filling up with this spring’s bevvy of beautiful home tours, but there’s no way we’d miss this particular event on April 8. The only home tour that focuses on the luxury high-rise buildings that line the picturesque urban neighborhood of Turtle Creek offers something special: A chance to view our city from new angles and perches.

If you’re not familiar with Dallas’ Uptown neighborhood, then this tour is a great way to get acquainted. And if you’re lucky, you can attend this year’s Turtle Creek Tour of Homes benefiting the Turtle Creek Association for free! We have a pair of tickets we are giving away to the 17th annual Turtle Creek Tour of Hoemes, which will offer walk-throughs from 1 to 5 p.m. of one single-family home on St. Johns Drive in Highland Park, as well as units inside The WarringtonThe Vendome, and 3525 Turtle Creek. There’s an additional after party at the home of Dallas’ cheese queen Paula Lambert, too, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Want to attend both? Advance tickets are available through the Turtle Creek Association website for $150. Even if you don’t win our giveaway, you can purchase home tour tickets for $50 per person for Turtle Creek Association members, and $60 per person for non-members. 

Want to win? Jump to find out how to enter!


4098 Royal Lane (Photos: Aaron Dougherty)

The third annual Modern Mile Home Tour kicks off on Saturday, highlighting some of Dallas’ most fantastic modern architecture in a single square mile. Get a preview of these modern marvels here and here. And today we’re making it really, really easy to see these amazing homes for free. See how after the jump!


The annual Turtle Creek Tour of Homes will feature this stellar Park Towers condo.

The annual Turtle Creek Tour of Homes will feature this stellar Park Towers condo.

High-rise lovers won’t want to miss this year’s Turtle Creek Tour of Homes benefiting the Turtle Creek Association. The April 9 tour, which highlights some of the classic and luxurious buildings that line the neighborhood’s eponymous thoroughfare, is also a great event for design hounds craving inspiration.

To me, no unit on this year’s tour is more inspiring than Mike Wilkins Park Towers unit. The sleek, modern interiors with a distinct midcentury vibe are absolutely stunning. And if you’re lucky, you could win tickets to see Wilkins’ home — and the other units, too — for free.



Ready to flex your mental muscle and win a pair of tickets to this weekend’s fabulous home tour? Just answer this trivia question and they’re yours.

Question: Who were the architects for Highland Park Village?

The first two correct answers in the comments section will each receive a pair of tickets, courtesy of the Park Cities Historic Preservation Society. You must use a valid email when leaving a comment. Good luck!