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Lakewood Home Tour 2012

The Lakewood Home Tour is consistently a unique design excursion, and this year’s event didn’t disappoint. With its reputation for unusual homes and sometimes even more unusual décor, it’s no wonder design aficionados from around the Metroplex made the pilgrimage November 9-11 to the toney East Dallas neighborhood.

A contemporary oval tub sits atop natural stones in a spa setting.
A contemporary oval tub sits atop natural stones in a spa setting.Nancy Baldwin
Contemporary art in dramatic lipstick red tops a fireplace of rough hewn stone.
Contemporary art in dramatic lipstick red tops a fireplace of rough hewn stone. Nancy Baldwin

Bordered roughly by Abrams Road on the east, Mockingbird Lane on the north and Gaston Avenue on the south, Lakewood hugs the west side of White Rock Lake. The neighborhood boasts a ménage of residential architectural styles including Craftsman, Spanish Colonial, mid-century modern, Tudor and eclectic bungalow.

Even better, the homes vary from two-bedroom, zero-lot-line bungalows to massive estates on acreage. Each tells the story of its owners through its architecture, interior design and landscaping.

This year’s event deftly illustrated trendy looks in color and fabric.

Texture, Texture
Texture was everywhere. Linen, burlap and nubby cotton led the way with woven, burn-out and embroidered fabrics adding to the mix. Rough-hewn stone and wood adorned walls and fireplaces, and scored concrete enhanced floors and counters. Multi-dimensional art decorated walls.

Color, Color
Bright colors created pizzazz in almost every home. This year’s color of the year, Tangerine Tango, was omnipresent making an appearance in almost every home. It was joined by lipstick red and flame yellow with accents of black. Monaco Blue, Pantone’s top color for spring 2013, made an early debut in bedding and upholstery fabric.

Not to be outdone, gray was clearly present. This new neutral was a popular wall and bedding color frequently joined by navy and lavender as accents in window and floor coverings.

Metal and Mosaic
Metals, especially copper, iron, brushed steel and chrome, made themselves present in lamps and bath and kitchen hardware. Mosaic glass in windows and kitchen backsplashes added visual interest.

The homes of Lakewood were confirmation of both emerging design trends and designs ideas just in their infancy. The latter will no doubt be seen next year.

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