Architecture and Design

The Coolest Homes to Shelter in Place in Dallas

Rawlins Gilliland's place is a work of art.
Rawlins Gilliland's place is a work of art. Rawlins Gilliland
Even the most loyal of homebodies are sick of being inside their own homes these days. Many of us have yet to learn that when we need a change, we should redo our places instead of butchering our own bangs, even if that means switching the furniture around.

Since we are all coveting our neighbors' homes, we put together a collection of the coolest and most unique homes in Dallas for maximum quarantine envy.

Rawlins Gilliland, poet, former national sales director of Neiman Marcus and commentator for KERA,  lives in a space inspired by Henri Matisse. He discovered the painter at a young age and has been planning his dream home since. 

“I decided at 9 I wanted to create rooms where I felt like I was living INSIDE a painting room,” he says of his decor.

The mid-century home is a couple of blocks away from the Great Trinity Forest. Every square inch of the property has been thoughtfully embellished with Asian, African and Expressionist art since Gilliland purchased it in the 1980s. Even his Christmas tree is one of a kind, so there's no reason to take it down.
click to enlarge We are green with envy for Rawlins' home office. - RAWLINS GILLILAND
We are green with envy for Rawlins' home office.
Rawlins Gilliland
click to enlarge Even the dog looks good. - RAWLINS GILLILAND
Even the dog looks good.
Rawlins Gilliland
click to enlarge The coral walls, reds and greens make a Matisse dream. - RAWLINS GILLILAND
The coral walls, reds and greens make a Matisse dream.
Rawlins Gilliland
click to enlarge Gilliland's tree fits with his worldy decor. - RAWLINS GILLILAND
Gilliland's tree fits with his worldy decor.
Rawlins Gilliland
The home to the Rosegarden Funeral Home band members has been a backdrop to many legendary guest-only parties and a hub for music fans, artists and photographers. The large Dallas house is between Garland and Mesquite, in the middle of your Goth-rock dreams, and is a stylish extension of the group's aesthetic.
click to enlarge The Rosegarden Funeral Home is famous for its parties. - LEAH LANE
The Rosegarden Funeral Home is famous for its parties.
Leah Lane
click to enlarge The red, blue and black hallway is peak Rosegarden. - LEAH LANE
The red, blue and black hallway is peak Rosegarden.
Leah Lane
click to enlarge Punk-Goth goddess Leah Lane in her staircase. - VERA "VELMA" HERNANDEZ
Punk-Goth goddess Leah Lane in her staircase.
Vera "Velma" Hernandez
click to enlarge An elegant setting for poisoned tea. - LEAH LANE
An elegant setting for poisoned tea.
Leah Lane
Dallas artists Brian K. Jones and Brian K. Scott have been partners for close to 30 years as the art duo Chuck & George, noted for their playful, fantastical and humorous work. Their Oak Cliff home is a place where boredom would be a sin. Artist Preston Pannek is known for filling Deep Ellum's walls with pop culture scenes and for celebrating local heroes with his mural art. Pannek's home is covered by nine different murals, even on the outdoor dumpster. With music and art studios, arcade games and a bar, Pannek's 3,000-square-foot Deep Ellum loft is an ideal party house. The bathroom says it all. Literally.
click to enlarge You meet all sorts at Pannek's house. - ALFONSO APODACA
You meet all sorts at Pannek's house.
Alfonso Apodaca
click to enlarge If you run out of games to play, you can always make good use of the pole. - ALFONSO APODACA
If you run out of games to play, you can always make good use of the pole.
Alfonso Apodaca
click to enlarge What we wouldn't give for some color on our boring-ass walls. - ALFONSO APODACA
What we wouldn't give for some color on our boring-ass walls.
Alfonso Apodaca
click to enlarge Lucky dog is more entertained than we are. - ALFONSO APODACA
Lucky dog is more entertained than we are.
Alfonso Apodaca
click to enlarge Some people like having things to read in the bathroom. - ALFONSO APODACA
Some people like having things to read in the bathroom.
Alfonso Apodaca
Michael Roos is a long-time DJ, and his house is a thirst trap for music lovers with a colossal collection of vinyl, an adjoined music studio and walls lined with memorabilia. Roos' place is more like a Hard Rock Cafe than a house, though it probably has better food. 
click to enlarge Holy vinyl. - MICHAEL ROOS
Holy vinyl.
Michael Roos
click to enlarge Roos' music studio. We forgot to ask what he was watching. - MICHAEL ROOS
Roos' music studio. We forgot to ask what he was watching.
Michael Roos
click to enlarge Stevie Ray's signature AND part of the helicopter in which he crashed. - MICHAEL ROOS
Stevie Ray's signature AND part of the helicopter in which he crashed.
Michael Roos
click to enlarge Can't touch this jacket. Because it was once MC Hammer's. - MICHAEL ROOS
Can't touch this jacket. Because it was once MC Hammer's.
Michael Roos

In Dallas' Lakewood neighborhood, you'll find the home of Polyphonic Spree's and Tripping Daisy's Tim DeLaughter, and his family, who moved into the space in 2006.

DeLaughter's wife Julie Doyle says they added a second story to the house, and redesigned the landscape until the place looked like a "mid-century modern treehouse” —  as it sits up on a hill. The property is sleek, and full of music history. "We are a family of musicians," Doyle says... "and much music has been written in the studio looking over trees."

click to enlarge We just want to run up the DeLaughter house outdoors stairs and make that our daily cardio. - JUST SHOOT2SELL
We just want to run up the DeLaughter house outdoors stairs and make that our daily cardio.
Just Shoot2Sell
click to enlarge And here's another angle. - JOSH JORDAN
And here's another angle.
Josh Jordan
click to enlarge The living room is something out of Nick-at-Nite. - JOSH JORDAN
The living room is something out of Nick-at-Nite.
Josh Jordan
click to enlarge How groovy is this sh—? - JUST SHOOT2SELL
How groovy is this sh—?
Just Shoot2Sell
Jeremy and Kelsey Turner are hella nostalgic and know how to transport us right back to our childhoods. The '80s-themed "The McFly" draws inspiration from John Hughes movies. But, if the '90s is your era, the couple has another property, "The Slater," inspired by '90s sitcoms like Saved by the Bell. Both places are in Lower Greenville and feature a cereal bar and video games. The best part is you can rent both on AirBnB. So make a whole night of calling your crush and watching Winona Ryder movies.
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Eva Raggio is the Dallas Observer's music and arts editor, a job she took after several years of writing about local culture and music for the paper. Eva supports the arts by rarely asking to be put on "the list" and always replies to emails, unless the word "pimp" makes up part of the artist's name.
Contact: Eva Raggio