Field Trip Friday #7: The DeGolyer House at the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Welcome to the weekend! Today’s field trip is actually one I took back in the Fall, but I only showed you the “Fall-ish” parts then.



Click to see the original post: For the love of pumpkins


Today you get to peek behind that gorgeous door!


Built in 1940, the 21,000 square foot DeGolyer House is an amazing example of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. Everett DeGolyer was a very successful petroleum geologist who worked extensively in Mexico, so it’s understandable why he and his wife, Nell, had a love for the style. Of course, “revival” styles tend to get interpreted differently by different people.


According to DeGolyer himself, his home was


a Beverly Hills architect’s idea of what a Texas oilman thinks a Texas hacienda should look like.


Long ago incorporated into the expansive grounds of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, the DeGolyer estate is a beautiful location for weddings, private garden dinners, and executive meetings. It is not a house museum but still very much alive and functioning!


I could have stayed in that library all day!




It takes a lot of details to fill 21,000 square feet, but the DeGolyers managed!




They also had a lot of storage. The closet below is the most impressive, but it’s just one of many!




The formal dining room was set with the DeGolyer-monogrammed china and simple linens.




When it came to dishes, though, this was my favorite room! They had me at “blue and white”… but the gorgeous woodwork was the icing on the cake!




The vintage linens I saw were pretty, but I really was surprised there weren’t more. Some of them needed a quick soak in Mama’s Miracle!




I’ll leave you with another exterior shot of pumpkins. Before we know it, they’ll be back!


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In the meantime, keep enjoying your Summer—and please don’t wish it away!