A mid-century built home in Dallas is a rare thing as Dallas is known for tearing down older housing and rebuilding monstrous homes as big as zoning and lots will allow. This particular John Astin Perkins designed home, built in the early 1950's, had become virtually obscure as it's sloped roof, originally built to shield the structure from the Texas sun, had become lost in 50 years of tree maturation and growth. A young family of five asked architect Mark Domiteaux to breathe new life into this mid-century gem. Photography by Jack Thompson.
The fireplace (originally brick) was rebuilt in black granite and steel. Oom barrel chairs are covered in a Triffid (man-eating plants from the sci-fi classic) damask chenille.
Despite the home's modern lines, it originally had small doors and hallways. Domiteaux took every opertunity to open up walls with floor to ceiling windows and pop out parts of the ceiling replacing it with upper windows to draw in even more light. In the family room, desinger Nancy Leib used Charles sectionals from B & B Italia and a Walter Knoll red Oscar chair and ottoman.
A view of the slate tile and venetian plaster fireplace from the kitchen with a glimpse of the television wall in the family room.
The 1950's kitchen needed some major updating. Today, we like to integrate cooking with the rest of the household so Domiteaux took down walls seperating the kitchen, butler's pantry, and breakfast room to reveal one open space.