Lakewood Home Festival Auction Party Features Adorable Playhouse You Can Win!


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The weather is supposed to warm up a bit for this weekend’s Lakewood Home Festival, so don’t forget to buy your tickets to the home tour if you didn’t win a pair from us! Besides gorgeous homes, including Debbie Wiggins’ incredible Charles Dilbeck at 6820 Avalon, you can also check out an adorable, quirky Kids Crooked House from Lakewood’s own Heather Guild at the auction party Friday night.


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Let’s hope we can keep the ice away from this years’s ABPA holiday home tour, because honestly, if you do not see the interiors of these homes, you will have missed out on probably the greatest Christmas gift ever! is proud to be an official sponsor of this year’s home tour, which takes place on Friday, December 5th, 2014.  As such, we have been fortunate to have toured the homes early to bring you a little sneak-peak. By the way, one home is a total bachelor pad. Park-Cities style!

You have not lived until you have seen 4000 McFarlin. Bring your smart phones to the tour, as you will load the photographs up at this house. I was blown away. Do not let that Georgian, this-is-all-about-a-traditional story look get to you. This is no “Home Alone” house. The interiors are some of the most stunning smooth art deco contemporary I have seen! Interior design by Marci Barnes. (more…) Giveaway! Win a Pair of Tickets to the Lakewood Home Festival


6820 Avalon (Photo: Jenifer McNeil Baker)

The Lakewood Home Festival is coming and we are so excited. This is one of our favorite fall home tours, and it has so many great homes that you can walk through while you daydream and get inspired for your own home.

This year’s tour features an interesting and eclectic mix of architectural styles. You saw a little tease of Debbie Wiggins’ incredible Charles Dilbeck at 6820 Avalon, and home tour photographer Jenifer McNeil Baker owns the other home on Avalon, a gorgeous Mediterranean. There’s a beautiful traditional, a completely updated post-war ranch, and a stunning modern, too. Here’s a great video from presenting sponsor Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty showcasing the different homes:

If you want to win a pair of tickets to this event, which benefits the amazing work and programming sponsored by the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA, jump for instructions on how to enter!


The moment we saw photos of this amazing Charles Dilbeck estate at 6820 Avalon, we knew that we had to feature it here on Homes like this — historic, incredible estates that have been lovingly restored and even updated — make Lakewood such a desirable area. No wonder it will be featured on next weekend’s Lakewood Home Festival Tour on Nov. 15 and 16, which benefits the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA.

Debbie Wiggins outside her studio cottage on the grounds of her Lakewood estate, which was once a potting shed.

Debbie Wiggins outside her studio cottage on the grounds of her Lakewood estate, which was once a potting shed.

Of course, Dilbecks in Lakewood are those gems that really stand out, and Debbie Wiggins’ home is a wonderful example of updating an architecturally significant property while still paying attention to the inherent character of the house. So much love and care have been poured into the almost half-acre estate, which includes a four-bedroom, four-bath main house with close to 3,800 square feet.

“The original potting shed in the back has been reimagined as a studio/office, and looks like a very small Dilbeck house,” Wiggins said. “Light finishes and the Dutch door make this area a happy getaway. My granddaughter calls it her ‘Mickey Mouse clubhouse.’ ”

Wiggins, who plans to list the home with Nancy Guerriero of Dallas City Center Realtors after the home tour, says that this house was the perfect home for her family, but she’s ready to downsize.

“After 37 years, the Charles Dilbeck house of my dreams became our treasured family home,” Wiggins said. “The past 6 years have been spent repairing, upgrading, and expanding upon his trademark French farmhouse design ideas. I am merely living here as a steward to maintain and pass along this wonderful home to someone else who understands and appreciates the happiness in this ‘Storybook Cottage.’ ”

Realtors and interested parties can preview this home on Nov. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m., that is, if they’re not going to the Lakewood Home Festival Auction Party sponsored by Dave Perry-Miller & Associates. Jump for more about this amazing historic home and it’s incredible owner.


Enter to Win a Pair of Tickets to The AIA Dallas Tour of Homes!

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This year we are upping the ante: We have THREE PAIRS of tickets to give away to the AIA Dallas Tour of Homes. This annual showcase of award-winning architecture throughout Dallas will feature some incredible homes designed by Dallas architects. The tour, which is Nov. 1-2, is one of the most popular home tours of the year. These are works of art, people, and you could win FREE TICKETS to see them all!

Find out how to enter after the jump!



The Jackson House is a classic updated English-style estate on Strait Lane by Hal Yoakum.

The Jackson House is a classic updated English-style estate on Strait Lane by Hal Yoakum.

Of course we “ooh” and “ahh” over new homes and the latest design features, but a lot can be said for homes that stand the test of time. Some estates become standard-bearers for architects and designers, evoking a time and place like no other home can.

These are exactly the types of properties that are showcased in Saturday’s “Grounds For Preservation” home tour hosted by Preservation Dallas. This home tour is an extraordinary opportunity  to see the sprawling estates of Dallas designed by well-known architects.

“Our tour this year highlights iconic historic houses in Dallas, and this tour is unique because it highlights estates and their grounds,” said Donovan Westover of Preservation Dallas.


Old Oak Cliff Conservation League Home Tour is This Weekend


The modern home at 434 W. Greenbriar is on this year's Old Oak Cliff Conservation League Fall Home Tour.

The modern home at 434 W. Greenbriar is on this year’s Old Oak Cliff Conservation League Fall Home Tour. (Photo: Shoot2Sell)

Here’s one of our favorite home tours featuring the incredibly diverse architecture of Oak Cliff. The Old Oak Cliff Conservation League’s annual fall home tour has a great schedule this year, with stops that include Arts & Crafts, contemporary, mid-century modern, and traditional-style homes. Seriously, check out some of the cool room-by-room galleries from Shoot2Sell. Amazing stuff! The tour, which is from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 18 and 19), will also include a bonus stop a the Oak Cliff Bank Tower.

Tickets cost $20 for adults and $12 for seniors in advance of the tour. You can preview all of the amazing homes on the OOCCL website, but go ahead and just buy a few tickets because it’s going to be a gorgeous weekend and we can’t imagine anything more fun that touring some equally gorgeous homes in one of Dallas’ coolest areas.


AIA Dallas Tour of Homes Features Modern Marvels From Local Architects

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It seems like every year AIA Dallas puts on its fall home tour, they up the ante of style and substance. This year’s AIA Dallas Tour of Homes, held Saturday and Sunday Nov. 1-2, is no different.

The tour, which is self-guided and open to the public, will feature the outstanding work of AIA Dallas architects. The tour will feature the recently completed shipping container home from Michael Gooden Design, PV14. The home, named for its address on Peavy Road and for the number of shipping containers the home is constructed with, has sweeping views of White Rock Lake and downtown Dallas. The other eight homes, which also include a Howard Meyer renovation, are no slouches, either.