As seen on HGTV Design Star, Bex Hale’s design in this dining room pays homage to this ranch's rich cultural heritage that spanned from Mexico to West Texas. The arches were created from limestone quarried locally and the floors were fashioned from reclaimed barn wood. The home showcases antiques that Bex hand-selected in South-Central Mexico and Northern Africa.
HGTV Smart Home 2019 is located in Dallas, Texas: a city bursting with activities for the whole family, like the Dallas Zoo. The Dallas Zoo opened in 1888 with two deer and two mountain lions; now it has 2,000 animals and a million visitors a year. There’s a lot to see and do at this popular Dallas attraction.
Large custom wall art with local flavor by artist Celery Jones sits over a leather bench that provides an easy way to change shoes or casually store a handbag or hat. “I love the look of those older homes on the flat lands of Texas,” says designer Tiffany Brooks. “Celery captures that moment perfectly.”
Give your version of midcentury style a more personal look by letting your home’s geographic location influence the design. For this house in Austin, Texas, for example, designer Christen Ales, chose colors and motifs that nod to the southwestern site—and yet still have a midcentury look. “The décor mixes fun bohemian patterns and textures, like this wallpaper from Cavern Home, with modern and more traditional Mexican style furniture silhouettes for a clean, but eclectic look,” she says.
HGTV Smart Home 2019 is located in Dallas, Texas: a city bursting with activities for the whole family. Dallas has plenty to do for its younger visitors and residents. Educational, creative and just plain fun are all on the agenda, with some kid-approved food to help us power up (or power down).
For this project in Texas, Chip and Joanna Gaines, hosts of HGTV's Fixer Upper, knew they had an opportunity to change someone's life for the better. A new home would not only put this single mom in an area near loved ones but also would allow her and her son the opportunity to grow together and create new memories.
As seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna removed the brick from the home's original fireplace and replaced it with Texas limestone and installed a simple, wood beam mantel to create a focal point in this elegant space. To create a cleaner look, the trim around each of the doors was removed and the walls were painted a modern beige to warm the space.
HGTV Smart Home 2019 is located in Dallas, Texas: a city bursting with activities for the whole family, like the Perot Museum of Science and Nature. A top Dallas attraction, the Perot Museum of Science and Nature is a huge space—11 permanent exhibit halls, a traveling exhibit hall and a 3D theater—but it is so well-designed that it’s easy to navigate and never seems that crowded.
HGTV Smart Home 2019 is located in Dallas, Texas: a city bursting with activities for the whole family, like the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection. The Samurai Collection features an array of samurai objects—helmets, masks, weapons and full suits of armor—dating as far back as the 7th century and amassed over the last few decades by the Barbier-Mueller family.
HGTV Smart Home 2019 is located in Dallas, Texas: a city bursting with activities for the whole family, like the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. The award-winning Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens on White Rock Lake is considered one of the top arboretums in the world and is a “must-visit” on parent lists and travel sites. The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden is awesome for younger ones, offering exhibits where they can play and learn.
Though it would make for an ideal tiny home, this Container Guest House in a San Antonio, Texas backyard functions as the perfect accommodation for visitors. As is the norm with container homes, environmentally friendly practices were top-of-mind, explaining why Poteet Architects kept its original blue color, along with the exterior text. There are plenty of other green features as well. The addition of a floor-to-ceiling window adds natural light, while sliding doors provide plenty of fresh air. The roof garden is watered by grey water (runoff water from the sink and shower). The bathroom contains a composting toilet, and recycled soda bottles are part of the deck’s building materials. If that’s not enough, the exterior light fixtures are local tractor blades, and the foundation consists of — you’d never guess — recycled telephone poles.
HGTV Smart Home 2019 is located in Dallas, Texas: a city bursting with activities for the whole family, like the Dallas Museum of Art. The Dallas Museum of Art has something for every young art lover. Older kids will enjoy the museum’s Contemporary and American Art permanent collections, with cool pieces by Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg and Gerald Murphy, among many others. Check the website for current temporary exhibitions. Those individuals who get testy slow-walking galleries (e.g., kids 8 and younger) have their own retreat areas in Arturo’s Nest and the Young Learners Gallery in the Center for Creative Connections.
HGTV Smart Home 2019 is located in Dallas, Texas: a city bursting with activities for the whole family, like Klyde Warren Park. Klyde Warren Park is a hugely popular central-Dallas spot, great for family entertainment. It generally has something going on—from morning yoga and public exercise to evening concerts and films—and it’s all free. Children’s Park is a dedicated play space, with playgrounds, fountains and more. For example, there’s Tuesday morning storytime and Imagination Playground where kids can build together using enormous foam blocks. With a couple of onsite cafes and daily food truck offerings, you have plans through afternoon naptime.
HGTV Smart Home 2019 is located in Dallas, Texas: a city bursting with activities for the whole family, like the Dallas World Aquarium. With its monkeys and chameleons, flamingos and penguins—even ocelots, for cryin’ out loud—the Dallas World Aquarium isn’t your typical hometown aquarium (well, unless you live in Dallas). Check out the rainforest exhibit for beautiful birds and unusual sloths. The 20,000-gallon cenote exhibit walks you through the shark habitat, and South Africa is cool for its penguins. With a conservation focus, the aquarium has several endangered animals such as the Antillean manatee. Check out the website or call ahead to plan your visit around scheduled animal feedings and talks.
An hour north of Los Cabos, the artsy, under-the-radar (for now) town of Todos Santos is a hub of art, creativity, surfing and culture including a Hotel California name-checked in an Eagles song that draws tourists like flies to honey, plenty of galleries and a gorgeous 18th century church. Home to Texas hotelier Liz Lambert's Instagram-hip Hotel San Cristobal, one of the more under-the-radar local treasures is the indie art gallery La Sonrisa de la Muerte, filled with original — and affordable — contemporary prints from Mexican and South American artists. There are also cool T-shirts with Mexico-inspired graphics that make great souvenirs. The paradisiacal farm to table restaurant Jazamango close to downtown is a chance to linger over sustainably-sourced food in a gorgeous setting.