Archive for September, 2011

14th annual Design on Dragon

Posted by    |    September 30th, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Dragon Street in the Design District will be shutting down to traffic Saturday, Oct. 1, for an evening of art, design, live music, food and wine. The event will run from 5 to 9 p.m. — make sure you stop by!

Art galleries and design showrooms will have their doors open for the event, so you can enjoy art and home decor from participating businesses such as Joel Cooner, Jacques Lamy Gallery, Yangs Double Happiness, Art of Old India, Anteks Home Furnishings, Cohn Drennan Contemporary, Glasshouse, Crandale Galleries, Antique Floors, Samuel Lynne Galleries, The Cameron Gallery, The Source, Galerie Zuger, D. Fadal Designs and many others. Presenting sponsors include FD Luxe, Audi Dallas and Texas Security Bank.

Check out their flyer for the full lineup.

Stroll, Sip and Shop on Saturday at Design on Dragon

Posted by    |    September 30th, 2011 at 5:50 am


Dragon Street is my happy place. Located in the hearts of the Dallas Design District and known for its amalgamation of art galleries, Dragon Street is truly the intersection of art and design. An unassuming avenue of brightly colored facades, Dragon Street showrooms and art galleries house some of the most magical home furnishings and artwork in the city. (more…)

Pop-up Thrift Studio benefits Dwell with Dignity

Posted by    |    September 28th, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Dwell with Dignity is launching their bi-annual pop-up shop, “Thrift Studio,” on Oct. 1, allowing shoppers to scoop up great designer finds for half the price, all while benefiting a great charity!

The studio will be open through Oct. 29, and will feature overstock of donated, gently used furniture and accessories, both from the Dwell with Dignity warehouse and from high-end designer showrooms, as well as vignettes from area designers, including Pulp Design Studios, Studio Ten 25, Style/SWOON, William Baker and Emily Johnston Larkin from the Material Girls blog. These contributors have designed their vignettes around items pulled from the Dwell with Dignity warehouse, as well as from their own donations.

Other donated items in the shop will include pieces from Peacock Alley, Jan Showers, David Cadwallader, David Sutherland and others — all heavily discounted, of course!

Join Dwell with Dignity for the Thrift Studio preview on Fri., Sept. 30, from 6-9 p.m. It will be $25 to enter, all of which benefits Dwell with Dignity. The official launch of the shop is Sat., Oct. 1st, opening at 10 a.m. From then until Oct. 29, the studio will be open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The pop-up is located at 1616 Hi Line Dr., in the old Central Hardwood Showroom.

Gorgeous Gourds: Blown Glass Pumpkins that will Make your Garden Glitter

Posted by    |    September 27th, 2011 at 5:50 am

Cohn and Stone Glass Pumpkins at Dahlgren Duck

Last Friday kicked off the official first day of fall, and, I don’t know about you, but I spend the weekend breaking out my fall decorating boxes and adorning my apartment autumn decor! Knowing my affinity for seasonal decorating and obsession with tablescaping, Mrs. Duck over at Dahlgren Duck sent over pictures of these beautiful glass pumpkins that are now available in the showroom. (more…)

Six More Chesterfield-Inspired Seating Selections

Posted by    |    September 21st, 2011 at 5:50 am

I recently revealed my infatuation with all-things chesterfield, sharing 6 Charming Chesterfield Sofas from the Dallas Design District. In my  search for a sofa, I came across many options that, while not quite traditional chesterfields, were just as timeless and chic as the original. From the traditional to the transitional, check out these lovely chesterfield alternatives!

Though this version by Barbara Barry lacks the classic tufts that chesterfields are known for, the Paris Sofa still maintains the chesterfield’s signature shape and traditional nail-head trim.


Paris Sofa, Barbara Barry Collection, Baker

Paris Sofa from The Barbara Barry Collection, available at Baker (more…)

Fabric Friday: Lilly Pulitzer Interior Fabric by the Yard for Lee Jofa

Posted by    |    September 17th, 2011 at 5:50 am

Don’t you just love the way you feel when you wear Lilly? Bright, chic and flirty all at once! Now you can have that feeling all the time. Just released, Lilly Pulitzer’s interior fabric for Lee Jofa can transform your space, giving you the Lilly look no matter what you’re wearing.

Perfectly suited for upholstery, curtains, bedding, pillows, accessories and more, this fabric and trim collection features many of the brand’s signature prints and patterns. As with the fashion line, the word “Lilly” has been incorporated into the design of each pattern, which is the hallmark of an authentic Lilly Pulitzer fabric.

What better place to start than with Lilly’s iconic pink and green? Wouldn’t you just love to adorn a girls room in these girly picks?! I know I would!

Lilly Pulitzer® Interior Fabrics


L’art de Vivre: Join Banks Fine Art for French Fest 2011

Posted by    |    September 15th, 2011 at 5:50 am


They say, a bad day in Paris is still better than a good day anywhere else. If you’re in agreement, you won’t want to miss French Fest 2011 at Banks Fine Art. Hosted on October 22 from 12 – 6:00 pm, this free, full-day event promises to be a true European escape, featuring French food, guest lectures, and, of course, French art!

Guest Lecturer Dr. Elizabeth New-Seitz, a self-confessed Francofile and founder of French Affaires, a company celebrating French travel, culture, language, and l’art de vivre, will give a presentation entitled Living Art: A Tour of French Decorative Art Museums in Paris. Also, owner Bob Banks will present highlights from his publication How to Buy Art Wisely. 

Tasty treats will be provided by La Madeleine, Scardello Artisan Cheese and more. (more…)

Two Colorful ways to earn your CEU Credits

Posted by    |    September 14th, 2011 at 5:50 am

This month COLOR is the hot topic as the Dallas Design Center presents a spectrum of color-focused events for designers and decorators. Both courses offer CEU credits and a wealth of information on how to use color to your full advantage.

Become a Certified Color Consultant

Up first is a unique opportunity to become a Certified Color Consultant. This interactive, two-day class hosted September 26 & 27 at the Dallas Design Center promises to unlock the secrets of color and teach designers innovative ways to capture new clients. The only Color Consultation Certification program accredited by the top professional design organizations (ASID, NKBA, IDCEC ASID, IIDA, IDC, and IDEC), designers can earn  .8 CEUs or 8 credit hours.

This class provides a solid foundation for color expertise. The class features topics, including:

  • Mastering the art of combining colors and creating schemes
  • Learning how people react to color and why
  • Uncovering the secrets to infusing emotion into your designs with color
  • Discovering the color your client really wants even when she doesn’t know herself
  • Coloring your future successful with ongoing support, benefits, and education (more…)

Food Truck Friday: Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe

Posted by    |    September 11th, 2011 at 5:50 am

Ruthie's Rolling Cafe

Today Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe makes its Design District debut, serving up lunch from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm at The International on Turtle Creek. The latest gourmet food truck to hit the streets of Dallas, Ruthie’s specializes in gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. Try one of their specialties or create your own by choosing from  five different cheeses and meats, served on six different types of bread!

The weather’s great and the sandwiches are delish so treat yourself to a long lunch!

150 Turtle Creek Blvd.
Dallas, Texas 75207

September 2011 Art Exhibits in the Dallas Design District

Posted by    |    September 9th, 2011 at 5:50 am

September Exhibit Sampling

The art galleries of the Dallas Design District may have taken a few months off for summer, but they’re back in full force this month, offering an impressive and creative array of exhibits for your viewing (and buying) pleasure. This Saturday evening, September 10, galleries in the district will open their doors and host artist receptions and exhibit openings featuring a collection of some of my favorite art I’ve seen yet.

The diverse array of talent on display this month makes it hard for me to play favorites, but here are my picks for your Saturday night stroll: (more…)