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Contemporary in Dallas

I spent a few days last week in Dallas, Texas at the State Fair of Texas. It’s an annual event that draws crowds for the amusement rides, entertainment, fried foods and the auto show (why I was there). I wasn’t able to venture out of downtown, so I thought I’d take a look online to see what kind of beautiful mansions I couldn’t afford in Dallas. It’s been said everything is bigger in Texas and this contemporary estate fits perfectly with that saying.Euclid Avenue, Dallas 1This five bedroom, six bathroom home is on almost a half acre, which seems like a large lot for being so close to the city–it’s only minutes from Downtown Dallas. It’s 6,756 square feet and is listed for $4.95 million.Euclid Avenue, Dallas 13If you’ve read some of my other posts you know I love lots of natural light in a home, and it’s plentiful here. The floating staircase is prominent in this design and can be seen when first entering the home. Euclid Avenue, Dallas 7There is even a glass section in the upper hallway to have a look below. I love the modern design of the wine room here. I wouldn’t call it a wine cellar, since it’s on the main floor. Technically if it’s less than 500 bottles, they call it a wine closet. Since I don’t drink wine, I’d store my Tito’s Vodka in here. It’d be appropriate since it’s made in Texas!Euclid Avenue, Dallas 6

The home has a minimalist design and the listing says this is a Poliform kitchen, which is an Italian luxury modern brand. I love how the lucite stools seem to disappear into the island. CB2 has something similar which I’m sure is much more reasonable than the ones shown here.Euclid Avenue, Dallas 10 Euclid Avenue, Dallas 5How many burners are on that cooktop? It looks like seven! From the kitchen we get a peek of the den. Interesting placement of windows on the floor beneath the television. This room is surrounded by windows. I’d love to be in this room during a storm.Euclid Avenue, Dallas 3Crate and Barrel also has a leather chair similar to the one shown here.Euclid Avenue, Dallas 2 Not far from the den is the dining room with a gas fireplace. I’d love to have a dining table next to a fireplace. Gorgeous!Euclid Avenue, Dallas 4 The home is just as gorgeous on the exterior and we get a good look into the room from this view.Euclid Avenue, Dallas 9 It should be no surprise that this home has won awards for its design, according to the listing it has won three ARC awards.Euclid Avenue, Dallas 8The master bedroom and his and her baths are on the first floor. If you’re looking to spice up your bedroom you can find a similar zebra rug at Macy’s or West Elm.Euclid Avenue, Dallas 11If wonder if this is the his or hers bathroom? I’m guessing his.Euclid Avenue, Dallas 12I love the frosted glass garage doors. From here we also get a good look at the glass bridge walkway that connects the home to the game room and additional bedrooms. Euclid Avenue, Dallas 14To take a closer look at this home go to the listing here.

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Eagle Ridge

This gorgeous contemporary home is one of the six recipients of the 2013 Housing Awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The awards are in their 13th year and they were established to “recognize the best in housing design and promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit and a valuable national resource.”

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Can you even imagine calling this home? This room, and the view outside it, are sheer perfection. This island home is on Orcas Island, the biggest of Washington’s San Juan Islands.

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The design is simple and the kitchen, dining and living area are all open to each other, and to the outside.

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To learn more about all of the winners visit the AIA here, or visit Curbed.