This weekend, November 11-13, the not-to-be-missed Lakewood Home Tour and Festival returns to East Dallas.
Those of you who read this column regularly know that this tour is one of my all-time favorites. Not only is the tour set in the picturesque Lakewood neighborhood on the west side of White Rock Lake, it highlights real homes – yes, real homes with authentic homeowners – not pristine, artificially decorated residences owned by people who live 6 months in Dallas and 6 months at their second home in Aspen.
Filled with genuinely creative décor and resourceful, flexible design, the homes range in style from New England cottage to sleek art deco, from English Tudor to Mediterranean. While there are signs of designer influence here and there, the homes ooze the personality of their owners, illustrating elements of authentic lives and families.
Each home is infused with character. You’ll see stained concrete floors and steel railings, vintage iron grillwork and beamed ceilings, stained glass windows and antique light fixtures. Most of the homes on the tour were built in the late 1920’s and 1930’s. Newer homes, though architecturally updated, illustrate the same classic flavor.
Oh yes – make sure you check out the grounds surrounding these homes. You might just find that landscaping inspiration you’ve been seeking.
A festival market and café accompany the tour. Sponsored by the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA, the tour and festival raise funds for Lakewood Elementary School, Long Middle School and Woodrow Wilson High School.
Below are the details. For more information visit the tour website.
The festival begins Friday November 11 with a candlelight tour begining at 5:00pm and auction party at 7:00pm. It continues on Saturday, November 12 from 10:00am to 5:00pm and on Sunday, November 13 from 11:00am to 5:00pm. Tickets may be purchased in advance online or at select Tom Thumb locations as well as on the day of tour at each home or at Lakewood Elementary School 6900 Hillwood Drive, Dallas.