25 In Inspiration


Jane and I have decided to move into Dallas proper.  With Carol gone, and my days of carpooling over, there isn’t much left for us out here in the country.  We want to find an older home with lots of character.

Tudor style homes built in the 20’s and 30’s are numerous in Dallas–but the problem with these homes is, unless you really start knocking out walls, they tend to feel a little like a funeral home.  We love 50’s mid-century  moderns with low slung roofs too, but after looking around a bit, Jane and I have our heart set on finding a 40’s ranch style home.  Something like the ranch they visit in New Mexico, in the movie, Leave Her to Heaven. (on a more modest scale)

My opening picture is a home by Charles Dilbeck.  Dilbeck was a prolific architect in Dallas  through the 30’s up until the 60’s.  He is credited with building the first Texas Ranch House.  He often used quirky details, and had a love of recycling.  I wish someone would publish a coffee table type book of his work.  Here are a few more of his homes.






Below are a few pictures of a home that Jane and I are admiring.


Very cute.  We should be in Dallas soon!

Ugh Oh!  It just occurred to me that Carol might learn about this move via my blog!  I haven’t been able to reach her lately.  So Carol, if you read this, don’t worry.  We will pack all of your belongings and move them to Dallas with us.  (Except maybe some of your books from the 5th and 6th grade.  Can I donate those?  Thanks honey!)

  • Leonie
    August 31, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Great pictures! It is always so exciting to be on the hunt for a new home. The house Jane and you are admiring is amazing – I love those green walls and the brick walls outside. Good luck with searching and finding a new place!

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  • Hillary
    August 31, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    I grew up in a Tudor in L.A. and it did sort of feel like a museum or something. I agree with you, but I loved that house! Anyway, the place you’re looking at seems gorgeous. Good luck!


  • Hilary Inspired
    August 31, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Very best of luck with your search!! (i love house hunting… and especially for old ones!)

  • jessica
    August 31, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    that entryway in the new place is beautiful with those white pillars. what an exciting thing to do: look for a new home. a whole new canvas to work.


  • Sam
    August 31, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    L-O-V-I-N-G IT. You know I’m a sucker for a good ceiling treatment. woohoo!! Fun!!!

  • Kecia
    August 31, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Wow! I can’t see what you do to your new home! I admire your current home’s style so the new place is surely to be as fabulous!

  • Tonia (@ChicModern)
    August 31, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Great! We’d love to have here in Dallas. I’m sure there’s tons of inventory to choose from. My home was built in the 50s and I love it!

  • william
    August 31, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    It’s exciting to think of you guys redecorating, your current home looks like quite the oasis so I can only imagine what you will do with a blank canvas.

  • Pomeline
    September 1, 2011 at 12:01 am

    I hope you and Jane find the home of your dreams 🙂 I hope Carol won’t miss her grade 5 and 6 books too dearly!

  • debbie
    September 1, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    You just redid your existing house and it is decorated so cool!! Won’t you be sad to leave it?

  • Atlantis Home
    September 1, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Debbie–I am so sad to leave my house. Some days I don’t know if I can.

    • debbie
      September 1, 2011 at 5:22 pm

      Maybe you can move your exisiting house onto a lot in Dallas!!! You have so much neat stuff in your home now-do you foresee your mid-century things fitting into a ranch house?

  • Patsy Ann
    September 1, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    I’m going to love following you guys on your search! And I love the the mid-century ranch homes. BUT, please be careful when looking into any home built during the 1940s. World War II created a scarcity of materials and skilled labor, and most homes built during this time are of poor quality. Sorry to be such a Debbie Downer.

  • Atlantis Home
    September 1, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Thanks Patsy Ann. :))

  • Francesca
    September 1, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Have fun on your move! Your current home is gorgeous but I’m sure you will be able to find a home just as beautiful! Good luck! 🙂

  • Gina Briley
    September 1, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Looks quite a bit like the house we are in right now. I’ve never lived in a ranch house before, and I’m liking it more than I thought I would.

  • lise
    September 2, 2011 at 10:43 am

    but you’ve just finished to redecorate you house!!! it’s insigne

  • Atlantis Home
    September 2, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Debbie–I would love to move my house and live in it forever. Not happening! :((

  • Sam
    September 2, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    But you just redid your house? It’s so cool!

  • Amy Lambert Lee
    September 3, 2011 at 2:32 am

    Love your existing home, but so look forward to seeing the new one and the style you stamp on it!!

  • Athena
    September 3, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Hunting for a new home is always exciting. Once you and Jane find a new home that is “comfortable” to you both, it will make it that much easier for you to settle in and make it homey. I live in North Carrollton, so you will not be far off. Wishing you much luck on your search! 🙂

  • style odyssey
    September 3, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Over the years, I have developed am appreciation for ranch houses, having lived in them for most of my life. One thing I like is that the ranch can take a wide variety of interior decor and alterations; it’s a very versatile design for a home.
    Good luck with your search!

  • Lucinda
    September 6, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    If it’s Dilbeck you like the Lakewood area of Dallas should be on your radar! Good luck!

  • Sally Kate
    September 8, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    These Cochran Heights Dilbeck’s are small and in need of love, but the Deco style is a fab house!


  • Camille
    September 15, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    The Sample House sells a Dilbeck book.Go get it.