Recently while in Dallas for business meetings I had the opportunity to sprint through the interior design side of Dallas with my pal Courtney Price.The last time I’d been in Dallas was in 1984 when my boyfriend (now husband) was living there and because of a teacher strike at college, I left school for the week of Labor Day and went back with him from Michigan to where he lived in Dallas. We hid out , until his mom called, “Do you know were Lisa is?” Time to fess up. I remembered three things from my short visit: the sweltering heat; count to three before you go at a green light; and only people with money had green lawns and plants.
My how things have changed. There is a vibrancy I didn’t recall, an energetic city less about jeans and cowboy boots and offering a clean and sophisticated sense of style in both fashion and interior design. First stop was the newly redesigned Sub-Zero/Wolf showroom. Whoa, if you want to be inspired in terms of kitchen design, this is a must see. Interesting to note, the kitchens we saw were similar to the new trends in kitchen design we noticed last January at the show in Cologne, Germany. So to all those nay-sayers: it wasn’t just in Europe! Today’s kitchen is smooth, sleek, clean, modern and void of all that dated dust-catcher goopy molding. Dallas get’s it. Just say’in…I found these cool Hermes Kelly bag decorative books at one of the most vibrant showrooms bursting with interior decor items which evoke the feeling of happy, Bernadette Schaeffler Collection in the Design District. Bernadette provides a carefully curated cornucopia of decorative furnishings which are fresh, light and timeless. I could move in.Visiting an Ann Sacks showroom is always on the list for the tile obsessed.
Then I fell in love.
If you have a wardrobe fetish, what better way to enjoy your wares than in a beautiful closet. Ornare creates the most scrumptious closets I’ve ever seen. The Brazilian made closets offer superior quality and design for the most discriminating clotheshorse, male or female. Of course there will be a post in the future but for now, check out Courtney’s post.
One of the big design trends for lamps and tabletop design objects are minerals and fossils. Though I can’t give away the super top secret source, for a minor rockhoud – a tour of their warehouse and showroom has my mind spinning with ideas.Another place I could have moved into was Ralph Lauren. My earlier post on Black, White & Gray , the new fall color palette is even better in real life. Mecox Gardens, a favorite Palm Beach haunt, proved equally delightful in Dallas. One can always find something at this oasis of home decor. From vignettes bursting with cheerful colors to an upholstered bookcase which has taken over my dreams, we didn’t want to leave. We’ll end with a design store who gets it, they get all of it: what is new, enjoyable and comfortable. Blue Print is housed in a charming old house whose rooms make a sublime backdrop for an interior design store. Courtney is right, this is a must see when interior design shopping in Dallas. Thank you to Courtney for a wonderful time. I’m sad to wave goodbye to Dallas, I’ll be back soon, much sooner than before.