Other People’s Homes – v1
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Because blogs are all about sharing ideas and thoughts with other virtual (and real!) friends and communities, I want to start our first version of ‘Other People’s Homes’. This one comes from a good family friend in Dallas, Texas. (Yep, I’m … Continue reading →
Because blogs are all about sharing ideas and thoughts with other virtual (and real!) friends and communities, I want to start our first version of ‘Other People’s Homes’. This one comes from a good family friend in Dallas, Texas. (Yep, I’m originally a Texas girl. Didn’t y’all know that?) Aunt Krissy, as I grew up calling her, was kind enough to share her before and after photos with me and an overview of their home. Hope you enjoy this inspiration!
My love affair with mid-century modern homes
I have only owned two houses in my adult life. Both of them have been mid-century modern homes. The first one was with my first husband, who was hell-bent on trying to make it a more traditional house. I still loved that house even with his changes, but I felt he was not respectful of its style.
Fast forward to my second husband and second house. This 2,100-square-foot mid-century modern had also been disrespected through the years. The house had six different types of flooring on the first floor alone, not to mention the painted wood paneling on the walls and popcorn ceiling. My husband loved it just as it was, but I could only see the potential of how the house could and should look.
After living in the house for a few years, we learned that it is a Ju-Nel home, one of about 50 in Dallas, Texas. It was designed and built by Lyle Rowley and Jack Wilson, who got their start working for famed Dallas architect Howard Meyer. Frank Lloyd was an early inspiration of theirs as well.
Rowley and Wilson, who named their company after their wives Julie and Nelda respectively, built homes in the early 1960s that were contemporary in style with open floor plans. They often chose lots that were sloped, and they custom designed the floor plans around nature and natural elevations. Early architectural plans show soffit cutouts around existing trees. They used recycled and natural materials, such as bricks from the Chicago Fire and teak.
With the help of Dallas architect Rick Carter, I finally got to live my dream of updating the house last year. My goal was to be respectful of the style of the house and intentions of Rowley and Wilson. I wanted it to be a better version of itself, open it up and refine its look with a simple, natural aesthetic.
The photographs tell the story. In the before pictures you can clearly see how the house had lost its simplicity and contemporary vibe. Through its 60 years different owners left their mark, and it was waiting for its time to come back to life.
We are living in this beautiful open space now. It feels like a better version of itself. Even my husband says, “We should have done the remodel sooner.” Really?
Kitchen After: (Wowzers! Covet the cabinets, yeah?)
Living Room Before:
(Take note of the wall behind the sofa because in the next set of photos, it goes buh-bye. and this becomes the dining room.)
Living/Dining Room After: (Hello gorgeous fireplace!)
More Living/Dining Room Before:
She said the work took about 10 weeks and they did hire an architect and builder to come in and do the work because of all the structural changes. Aunt Krissy also now does small house staging and one-day room makeovers through her business Roomagination. If you are in the Dallas area and would like to inquire about her services, please email her.
Also, we are always looking for inspiration so if you are willing to share your mid-century modern home and story, please let me know!
Filed under: Other People's Homes, Uncategorized Tagged: Brandy O'Briant, dallas remodel, ju-nel homes, MCML, mid-century modern, remodel, renovation, rick carter