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A Midcentury Masterpiece in University Park

Sotheby’s power couple Eve Reid and Warren Weitman allow us to bring in a little Mad Men while we play house in their amazing University Park midcentury modern.



The patio affords views of multiple rooms, including the dining room. Ellman chose art from Scott + Cooner, a Hans Wegner dining table and a set of four Italian chairs from Collage 20th Century Classics, and a bowl from Lula B’s Antique Mall.


Dallas has its share of Midcentury moderns. University Park does not. But on a wooded lot on Airline Avenue, tucked among commanding Georgian, Mediterranean, and Colonial manses, a midcentury treasure has managed to avoid demolition, thanks in part to the efforts of owners Eve Reid and Warren Weitman. Even before they bought the house, Reid had admired it from afar. “I used to pass this house and dream about it. I always wanted to discover what was inside,” she says.


(left) Stylist Cliff Ellman created the perfect little phone nook with a Hans Wegner chair from Collage 20th Century Classics, pillow from Lula B’s Antique Mall, side table from Century Modern, and a floor lamp also from Collage Collection. The painting is from Eve Reid’s personal collection. (right) Stylist Cliff Ellman designed a space where one might enjoy a home-cooked meal after a hard day at the office. A Hans Wegner dining table, set of four Italian chairs, C . Jere brass butterfly wall hanging, and Italian chandelier are all available at Collage 20th Century Classics; bowl available at Lula B’s Antique Mall; vases available at Vinya.

It was a discovery well worth it. Dallas architect Glen Allen Galloway carefully planned every inch of his personal 2,004-square-foot residence. “Every detail was planned, considered, and executed to perfection,” Reid says. “From the notchings around each door to the streamlined kitchen design to the cabintery surrounding the fireplace.” When the couple bought the house in 2007, they planned to lovingly restore it. “I have the original plans and drawings, which even included placement of the furniture,” she says. They worked closely with architect Thomas Krakenbuhl. “We studied the original design and intent of the residence, and my ideas were consistent with the sensibility of the original plans,” she explains. “Ultimately, I wanted to awaken the house so that its full potential could be realized 40 years after it was built.”


What could be finer than sipping martinis and smoking cigarettes in the living room? Ellman chose white leather Nanna Ditzel chairs, a Florence Knoll sofa, Carl Aubock magazine stand, Edward Fields area rug, and Brueton coffee table, all from Collage 20th Century Classics. The side table is available at Smink,Inc., and the bar cart and table under the art is from Vinya. The sculpture and painting are from Eve Reid’s personal collection.

The midcentury modern exterior.

Unfortunately, life happens, and due to hectic schedules and personal commitments, Reid and Weitman decided not to move into the house. Enter D Home, our friend and stylist Cliff Ellman, and our shared obsession for all things Mad Men. We took one look at the empty residence and knew what we had to do: play house. Ellman was the obvious choice; he lives in a midcentury modern. “I was inspired immediately. I obviously like the lines, structure, cleanliness of the design,” he says. “This house is all about symbiosis. The outside comes in. It’s very open. I tried to choose items that were true to the era and maintain the vibe of the place.” Mission accomplished.


In the living room, Cliff Ellman brought in a Florence Knoll sofa, Brueton coffee table, floor lamp, and Kurt Østervig bookcase from Collage 20th Century Classics. He scoured the city for just the right finds for the bookcase. The blue and pink vases and the ashtray are available at Vinya, the purple bowl and birds are available at Collage 20th Century Classics, and the planter with succulents is available at Installation Floral. The side table is from Smink, Inc., and pillows are from Century Modern. 


(left) The outdoors is very much part of the aesthetic of this award-winning house. On the patio, a Van Keppel-Green table and chair set from Collage 20th Century Classics and the vase with succulents is from Installation Floral. For the bedroom, Ellman chose a Gibbings headboard and side table and a Pinocchio lamp from Collage 20th Century Classics. The pillows, throw, area rug, and ottoman are all available at Smink, Inc. The painting is from Eve Reid’s personal collection. (right) The hour gets a whole lot happier with a bar cart from Vinya.


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