Ticket Giveaway: ABPA Homes For The Holidays Home Tour on Friday

4205 Lakeside is a gorgeous Anton Korn original on one of Highland Park's most picturesque streets. It is the bonus home and site of the ABPA Homes for the Holidays home tour market.

4205 Lakeside is a gorgeous Anton Korn original on one of Highland Park’s most picturesque streets. It is the bonus home and site of the ABPA Homes for the Holidays home tour market.

There are just two days until the highly anticipated ABPA Homes for the Holidays Home Tour, which showcases some truly amazing Highland Park homes that will have your brain buzzing with ideas for your own casa, and we have an early Christmas gift for our dear readers!

Thanks to the amazing sponsors, of which we are beyond proud to be counted as a Platinum-level sponsor with this year’s tour, CandysDirt.com is able to give away TWO PAIRS of tickets to the Homes for the Holidays Home Tour, which raises money for the teachers and programming that make Highland Park ISD schools great.

Jump to find out more about the home tour sponsors and how you can win tickets to the Friday event!

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Rachel Stevens and her family outside their Georgian Revival home on McFarlin, which is featured in the 16th Annual ABPA Homes for the Holidays Home Tour on Dec. 8. (Photo: Kate Ward)

Rachel Stephens and her family outside their Georgian Revival home on McFarlin, which is featured in the 16th Annual ABPA Homes for the Holidays Home Tour on Dec. 8. (Photo: Kate Ward)

Update 11/22: The ABPA home tour is December 5, 2014.

The Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association puts on one of the best holiday home tours, and this year’s stroll through Highland Park will be a tremendous one! The Homes for the Holidays Home Tour is in just two weeks, and you can get your tickets for the Friday, Dec. 5 fundraiser for this active early childhood PTA right here. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the tour, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Of course, you have to go to this year’s tour if you missed out on last year’s thanks to the insane ice storm that shut down North Texas. Don’t miss out!

In the lead-up to the home tour, we’re chatting with a few of the homeowners who have graciously opened their doors to all the folks who want to ogle and gawk at their beautiful abodes for a good cause. Today we have Rachel Stephens on the blog, whose home on McFarlin was teased by Candy just a short while ago. Rachel, who has always had a passion for design, enlightens us on what to look for when you tour her gorgeous traditional. Jump for more!

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3705 Haynie Front

Looking for a place with personality that can easily showcase a diverse collection? You should consider 3705 Haynie in University Park. This four-bedroom, four full and one half-bath home is full of windows and skylights, making the entire home a more than inspiring vessel for your antiques and art.

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It’s listed by Ebby Halliday Realtor Ashley McRae-Ross for $1.295 million, a fitting price considering this home’s ample size at 3,943 square feet. A soft contemporary built in 1979 and updated for today’s modern family, you’ll love the details and personal touches that make this home a wonderful and imaginative substitute for your bland, everyday McMansion.

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This is a wonderful home for a family, considering how close it is to University Park’s Goar Park and of course, Highland Park ISD schools. This home feeds into Armstrong Elementary, a fabulous campus with a wonderful parent group in the Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association.

If you’re security oriented, you’ll love this house’s proximity to the University Park Fire Department and University Park Police station. Of course, it’s adjacent to the town hall, which does draw a bit of a crowd during city council meetings, so you can expect some congestion every other week, but not enough to detract from this amazing property.

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I am absolutely over the moon with this home’s kitchen, which is open to the breakfast area and family room, has tons of storage, upgraded stainless steel appliances, and the most beautiful shade of green lacquer on the cabinets. You’ll adore the unique fireplace that is open on three sides, which will definitely heat this area come another icepocalypse or similarly tragic storm that knocks out power regardless of zip code.

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Now, you’ll probably consider the master bath a bit polarizing, and it could use a few updates. I do like the peninsula-style double vanity, but I would like it even more if there were mirrors separating the two sides instead of making me put my glasses on to see my reflection across the room. Still, it has steam and plenty of room to avoid anyone who happens to cross your path in the morning (just ask my husband how important that is!). Still, the closets are huge and there’s tons of stone. Good assets for any bathroom.

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But what really makes me swoon is the gobs and gobs of windows, which, along with the soaring ceilings, gives this home a feeling of lightness and airiness that you swear this home just might float away. Buy it before it floats away with someone else!

 

 

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D’Andra Simmons hopes you’ll get a glimpse at her and Jeremy Lock’s personalities when you tour their incredibly chic Highland Park contemporary during the Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association Homes for the Holidays Home Tour.

The eclectic two-story modern has an open floorplan with a global vibe injected with a shot of old-Hollywood glamour. And Simmons, founder of the Hard Night Good Morning line of cosmetics, knows a thing or two about glamour. The 6,600-square-foot home is both a home base and a showcase for these two world travelers. Lock is an award-winning war photographer, and Simmons, who admits she feels more relaxed on safari in Africa than anywhere else, have assembled their collections in a way that reflects their travels and tastes.

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“A lot of contemporary homes are choppy, but right when you open the front door you can see right through the home to the pool and on to the backyard,” Simmons said of her home, 3501 Lindenwood. “I wanted flow and openness and room to breathe.”

And that’s exactly what she got in this custom home, completed in 2011. The huge windows and tall ceilings give this home warmth from light that reflects off of the gorgeous pine wood floors and soft museum-style paint. It’s like a blank canvas for Simmons and Lock, an empty gallery to showcase their treasures collected from across the globe and throughout history.

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Dotted with animal skins and African art, as well as icons and statues from Asia, you’ll also find walls and rooms filled with Lock’s photographs. The images, taken in Mongolia, Haiti, India and other far-flung locales, are striking and evocative. They offer a look inside Simmons’ and Locks’ travels, history, and personalities, that’s for sure.

Take the incredible Jeffery Bigelow acrylic four-poster bed in the guest bedroom. The vintage bed is a whimsical and glamorous piece, suiting D’Andra’s personality to a tee. There’s also a huge gate from a Tibetan Buddhist temple used as a headboard in the master bedroom, evoking the couple’s well-traveled pedigree and global tastes.

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In fact, 3501 Lindenwood, designed by Marc McCollum, was on the AIA Dallas Tour of Homes earlier this month, so Simmons and Lock are ready for the ABPA home tour. What they really gained was watching the reaction tour-goers had to their home, which does a stunning job of bringing outdoor elements inside through balanced composition.

“I was here the whole time to see people’s reactions. We travel a lot, so it looks like the United Nations. It’s very artsy and personal,” Simmons said. “They really saw our personalities shine through, that it was a warm, relaxing environment.”

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It’s a place to put your feet up and get cozy, Simmons added. “Our lifestyles are very comfortable, which is unlike a lot of contemporary homes.” We definitely agree.

Of course, she is glad to have the opportunity to support the Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association, which provides funding and programming for Armstrong and Bradfield elementary campuses inside Highland Park ISD. The home tour, ABPA’s main fundraiser, has contributed more than $40,000 to help improve instruction and teacher retention.

“I feel kind of guilty, living in this great school district and not having kids to send to the schools!” Simmons said with a laugh. “If I can do this to give it a little boost, that’s great, that’s what we’ll do.”

You can buy tickets to the Dec. 6 ABPA Homes for the Holidays tour from ABPA members, at Tom Thumb stores, or online at armstrongbradfield.com.

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(Photos: Jeremy Lock)