Claire and I decided somewhat spontaneously to head up to Dallas to check out their Modern Home Tour yesterday. Some highlights:
I Envy These Living Rooms:
Best Bathroom Vanities:
For the Kiddos:
Details to Die For:
Materials I’m Lusting For:
While the Austin Modern Home Tour is largely an edgier selection, there was a lot to love on this inaugural Dallas tour. I would move right into houses #3 (4311 Middleton), #5 (8627 Midway), and #7 (5706 Watson Circle) in a heartbeat. House #10 (2963 Magnolia Hill Court) had a location that was equal parts blessing and curse. Although it was within walking distance of the American Airlines Center, it was within walking distance of the American Airlines Center. Let’s face it, you’re either glad you can hoof it over there or you’re cursing traffic every day there’s an event. And while the townhouse itself seems great for entertaining, you’d have to hire a staff for every party you throw to guide guests into the neighborhood, because finding the building was super tricky. If I could take this exact home and relocate it, I would add it to the list of serious contenders, provided I could buy all of its supercool furnishings as well.
We skipped house #1 (6517 Timber Wolf Trail), because (a) it was isolated out in Plano, and (b) it didn’t look distinctive enough to warrant the drive. For the same reason, we blew off #9 (3315 Miro Place), and #12 (8637 Redondo). Wish we’d done the same with the very average-looking house #8 (4420-A Holland). These were perfectly fine houses, but they weren’t exactly tour-worthy.
By far, the house that won the Tour Gone Wrong prize was #4 (9839 Rockbrook Drive). First of all, the happy staging featured in the tour marketing materials was gone, leaving the home feeling depressing and deserted. In fact, there was such an incredibly creepy vibe to the house, I wandered through three rooms and then got the hell out of Dodge. Several other tour goers commented on having similar reactions to the house. I can’t describe it other than to say it had the taint of murder, or at the very least, foreclosure on it. In fact, the eerie powder room near the entry–all green glow and rusted metal–looked like something out of Session 9, a movie so scary I would pay a significant amount of money to do a mind erase, à la Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. In addition to the bad juju running rampant in the house, every room had a different set of stairs leading to it, giving the house an annoying lack of flow. If I’d been the tour curator, I would never have allowed this house to stay on the tour without the benefit of staging. It needed something to counteract the ick factor.
I enjoyed the min-adventure though, and look forward to Austin’s version of the tour this Saturday!
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