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Original O’Neil Ford home gets inspiring renovation in Dallas

Alice Cottrell Hillcrest

Hillcrest House is a mid-century home that was originally designed by the late architect O’Neil Ford was recently rehabilitated by Bauhaus Custom Homes, located in Dallas, Texas. This family home was commissioned to bring a stylish update as well as an energy retrofit to the home that was originally built in 1952. The interiors are characterized by exposed brick walls, custom  Terrazzo tiles for the flooring throughout most of the living spaces and Douglas Fir strips attached to paneling on the ceilings, creating a corrugated aesthetic. Expansive windows, which are typical in mid-century design, brings in natural light as well as drawing in the surrounding exterior environment of lush greenery and mature trees. A lot of the furnishings throughout the interiors have been custom designed or are designer pieces with hand selected fabrics to get just the right aesthetic to fit the space. All the decor and furnishings are in keeping with a mid-century style, an aesthetic that seems to be a continuing trend.

Alice Cottrell Hillcrest

An open plan living and dining room feel very cozy with elements of wood and a fireplace surrounded by brick, creating a nice ambiance to the space. Light curtain fabrics helps to keep the transparency in the space while allowing some visual privacy. An area rug in the living area helps to delineate the space from the dining room and also helps to add warmth to the otherwise cool flooring material.

Alice Cottrell Hillcrest

What We Love: The comfortable, cozy interiors that welcomes the seventies back, with style and grace. Exposed brick mixed with the Douglas Fir on the ceiling adds warmth to the space, as does the highly textured furnishings and area rugs. All in all this is a beautiful mid-century renovation that preserves the original art from a notable architect of the past. What are your thoughts, do you like mid-century? Could you live in this home or is it too retro for your taste?

Alice Cottrell Hillcrest

We have showcased several mid-century modern homes here on 1 Kindesign, some notable ones not to be missed are this Stunning mid-century modern renovation in San Diego and this Modern mountain home inspired by rugged Colorado landscape.

Alice Cottrell Hillcrest

The dining room showcases a sparkling chandelier hanging from the ceiling by suspension cables, adding an element of glamour and sophistication to the space. The crystals are Swarovski, which picks up the light that shines through the windows, sourced from here. The dining chairs helps to make a statement to this room, sourced from B&B Italia with custom fabricated covers.

Alice Cottrell Hillcrest

This kitchen banquette seating was custom designed for the space, featuring channel tufting, which adds a vintage flair to this mid-century space… not to mention its very comfortable to sit on!

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Alice Cottrell Hillcrest

Fun Fact: In case you don’t know who the American architect O’Neil Ford is, let us help fill you in. He was at the height of his career in the 1930’s in Texas and was considered the top architect of the American Southwest. Interestingly enough, he was also one of the nation’s best unknown architects, with his designs merging together the modernism of Europe with early vernacular architecture of Texas. According to Wikipedia, “in 1974 he was designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Council on the Arts, the only individual to ever be given that title.”

Alice Cottrell Hillcrest

Alice Cottrell Hillcrest

Alice Cottrell Hillcrest

Alice Cottrell Hillcrest

Alice Cottrell Hillcrest

Alice Cottrell Hillcrest

Alice Cottrell Hillcrest

This cozy family room decked out in shades of gray features custom designed furnishings and a light fixture that is a reproduction of a Serge Mouille (an icon of modern lighting design) chandelier. Sold at a fraction of the cost of a vintage one, this long arm chandelier can be found at none other than one of our favorites, West Elm.

Photos: Courtesy of Bauhaus Custom Homes

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