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Creative owner put all the right touches on this nicely priced East Dallas home

Creative owner put all the right touches on for-sale East Dallas home

2421 Springhill Dr. dining room
Textured ceilings hint at the home's midcentury roots. Photo courtesy of Dallas City Center Realtors
2421 Springhill Dr. Dallas house for sale
2421 Springhill Dr. is priced to sell at $348,500. Photo courtesy of Dallas City Center Realtors
2421 Springhill Dr. kitchen
The original galley kitchen was gutted to make room for a more open entertaining space. Photo courtesy of Dallas City Center Realtors
2421 Springhill Dr. kitchen
Now the kitchen is much more accessible. Photo courtesy of Dallas City Center Realtors
2421 Springhill Dr. living room
There's a reclaimed wood wall in the living room. Photo courtesy of Dallas City Center Realtors
2421 Springhill Dr. living room
A wall of windows lets in plenty of light. Photo courtesy of Dallas City Center Realtors
2421 Springhill Dr. guest room
The home has three bedrooms. Photo courtesy of Dallas City Center Realtors
2421 Springhill Dr. guest bath
The guest bath keeps some of the home's 1959 charm. Photo courtesy of Dallas City Center Realtors
2421 Springhill Dr. master bedroom
How's this for a larger master bedroom? Photo courtesy of Dallas City Center Realtors
2421 Springhill Dr. master bathroom
The master bath is surprisingly spacious for the area. Photo courtesy of Dallas City Center Realtors
2421 Springhill Dr. nursery
What's currently the nursery could be a second master bedroom. Photo courtesy of Dallas City Center Realtors
2421 Springhill Dr. backyard
Bonus: There's a hot tub. Photo courtesy of Dallas City Center Realtors
2421 Springhill Dr. backyard
The large backyard. Photo courtesy of Dallas City Center Realtors
2421 Springhill Dr. dining room
2421 Springhill Dr. Dallas house for sale
2421 Springhill Dr. kitchen
2421 Springhill Dr. kitchen
2421 Springhill Dr. living room
2421 Springhill Dr. living room
2421 Springhill Dr. guest room
2421 Springhill Dr. guest bath
2421 Springhill Dr. master bedroom
2421 Springhill Dr. master bathroom
2421 Springhill Dr. nursery
2421 Springhill Dr. backyard
2421 Springhill Dr. backyard

A creative entrepreneur recently put her Casa Linda home on the market, and her loss could be someone's very stylish gain. Rachel O'Connor, founder of Party Made Pretty, needs more space for a studio, from which she makes all sorts of garlands and banners. So the buyer of her home at 2421 Springhill Dr. gets the benefit of her design savvy and smart upgrades.

The 2,200-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath home still has the vintage vibe of its original 1959 construction — just look at those textured ceilings! — but an open floorplan makes it feel more livable and modern. "We changed almost every room in the house in one way or another," O'Connor says. "The way it was originally set up, we could see the potential for entertaining, but had a tiny galley kitchen."

So they gutted the kitchen and focused on creating one huge entertaining space. Dual masters continue the spacious theme, and the third bedroom is sized perfectly for guests.

While doing the renos, O'Connor slipped in rustic touches and hints of barnitechture, such as wood beams in the breakfast area and a reclaimed wood accent wall in the living room.

The backyard is big, with a nice patio off the kitchen and a hot tub. The garage has been converted into a bonus room — a negative for buyers seeking a garage, but a plus for those who just need more space.

The location is another plus; Dallas Arboretum and White Rock Lake are nearby. O'Connor says she will miss walking outside and seeing people actually talking to each other.

The house is listed for $348,500 with Kevin Caskey at Dallas City Center Realtors. Its price per square foot, $156, might seem a little high against comps, but this home is significantly bigger than most of others in the 'hood.

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A version of this story originally was published on Candy's Dirt.