Jason & Denise's Warm and Bright Ranch

Jason & Denise's Warm and Bright Ranch

Micki Howl
Jan 4, 2011

Name: Jason, Denise, & Owen
Location: Midway Hollow — Dallas, Texas
Size: 1,200 square feet
Years lived in: 4 years — owned

Denise and Jason's 1952 ranch style home is an excellent testament to resisting the tear-down movement now common in the surrounding areas of Dallas. Rather than remodeling, they used basic design aesthetics to complement the 1950's charm: clean white walls, pops of color, and no clutter. Accented with some stellar local flea market finds, this home is the perfect mix of old and new.


Using the adjectives "warm and bright" when describing their home doesn't do the natural light that pours into the home justice; evident in the photos which needed no color correction. The space flows naturally from one room to the other and it's layout makes for an intimate feeling, perfect for a family of three!

In the kitchen, the original Tappan oven — with, as Denise boasts, all of it's working parts — is a superb nod to the days where one may have actually made a rotisserie chicken at home (although the homemade pie eyeing me on her counter looked just as good!). The only other Tappan oven like theirs that Denise and Jason have seen was at Elvis's Graceland home.

While the house is only 1,200 square feet, the lot is large and has a separate workspace and garage, outdoor smoker, pathways and gardens. Jason's workspace attached to the garage is a tribute to the work he did on race cars with scattered mementos and pieces of the cars he used to work on. Male readers be warned: serious Man Cave envy ahead!

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: A few: "Shabby Classicism" and I guess I would say that I'm omnivorous. I like a lot of periods and styles and I like to mix them.

Inspiration: Vicente Wolf, he puts old and new together; very simple with all sorts of artifacts.

Favorite Element: The many large windows that allow for an abundance of natural light. Fresh air is a must!

Biggest Challenge: Finding a dining room table that was functional in such a small space.

What Friends Say: Warm and inviting, relaxed and simplistic.

Biggest Embarrassment: 2 actually, no dishwasher and the old fixtures (ceiling fans), which are all circa 1980's.

Proudest DIY: Owen's clothes rack which Jason made. We have such limited closet space and didn't have any room for his clothes. The wooden hangers from the Container Store add that special touch.

Biggest Indulgence: Owen's room. We wanted it to be a unique space and one that he could grow in to

Best Advice: Buy pieces that you truly like, they don't have to match or even be from the same period. It makes it more personal and "your style". It's all about trial and error. Have fun with it!

Dream Sources: A cottage in the South of France.

Resources of Note:


    • The entire house is in Behr ultra pure white interior flat, walls. Doorways and doors are in Behr ultra pure white interior semi-gloss enamel.
    • Owen's room, one wall is aqua that I had Sherwin Williams make to match a piece of pottery.


    • Side table and coffee table: local antique stores
    • Bench in front of window: replica of a George Nelson bench sold to me at a bargain from a friend.
    • Sofa: Pottery Barn
    • Shelf above sofa, local flea market. Pottery on shelf: Klein Reid.


    • Table and benches: The Sample House
    • Bowl on table: Avant Garden made by Abigails
    • Blue pot on shelf with olive topiary: Bauer pottery
    • Highchair: Baby Bliss (Nano from Bloom highchair)
    • Light fixtures: Pottery Barn. Light bulbs: Edison bulbs


    • Oven: original Tappan electric rotisserie oven with all it's working parts!
    • Utensil holder and papertowel holder both Jan Barboglio
    • Retro diner napkin holder: eBay


    • bedding: Rachel Ashwell for Target
    • Wreath: Stephanie Anne
    • Night stand and dresser, both about 15 yrs. old: Broyhill from Haverty's
    • Rug: Pottery Barn
    • Shelf: local flea market. Pottery on shelf: Klein Reid


    • Shower curtain: Restoration Hardware
    • Shelf: local flea market


    • Crib: made by Oeuf, Robin crib; Baby Bliss
    • Rug: IKEA
    • Clothes rack: custom-made by my husband Jason
    • Changing table: local antique store. Shelf above changing table: local flea market.
    • Animal heads above crib: Anthropologie.
    • White chair: Pottery Barn
    • Canvas toy bin on rollers, (it's really a laundry bin): steel website
    • Canvas animal bins: 3 sprouts organic
    • Cubby wall shelf: local antique store

Thanks, Jason & Denise!

Images: Micki Howl

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