Archive for November, 2011

Artists of Texas: Learn to register your artwork with BlueLabel

Posted by    |    November 29th, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Wednesday night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Dallas Contemporary, you can hear Museum Development Assistant and BlueLabel Representative Clare Chadwick speak about the newest way to register your artwork: BlueLabel.

A perennial problem in the artworld, said Chadwick, has been  inaccuracy in the information surrounding works of art. Museum archives, gallery directories, auction catalogues, books and even artists’ own records frequently provide inconsistent details concerning a work’s title, date, dimensions and materials.

BlueLabel aims to solve that problem by providing an electronic platform for artists to register and permanently lock details of their artworks. That way, the information comes straight from the source and collectors, gallery owners, museum curators and art aficionados can be confident that the information they find within the database is legitimate.

Because of Dallas Contemporary’s partnership with BlueLabel, Texas artists have the opportunity to create its own regional directory and statewide registry — there currently is no other authoritative artist registry in Texas, though BlueLabel has gained significant popularity overseas.

The database offers a number of other features, such as sharing labels, creating labels for estates, and building virtual collections, all of which you can learn about at

Chadwick’s presentation will be geared mostly towards the ways BlueLabel can benefit the artist, particularly how important it is to appear organized to collectors and curators, to have a comprehensive archive of works and to be proactive about self-promotion.

So, if you’re an artist, collector, curator or just a lover of art, stop by the Contemporary Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. to learn more about registering artwork and using the BlueLabel platform! The event is free for museum members and $10 for non-members. Artists and students can join for $35 here, and come to workshops for free for the whole year.


Take your holiday pictures in the Design District

Posted by    |    November 24th, 2011 at 5:50 am

Avoid the awkward family photo this year and put it into the hands of a professional. Here are some of the many photographers and photography studios in the Design District that can prevent a little holiday stress — and a lot of future embarrassment.

The name says it all — at A Cool Studio, you can choose from a variety of backdrops and lighting for a professional-looking photo, or even use their photo booth to take silly candid photos of you and your loved ones. They also offer up their space for events and will take videos and “casual party pics” as well.

Marty Perlman is known for his event and PR photography, but can also do personal family photos as well, either in his studio or at the location of your choice.

Scott Keith does lifestyle, industrial and personal photography. Check out his recent work here.

Rachael Laine hails from New York and has shot for magazines such as Victoria’s Secret Catalog, TIME, Marie Claire and ESPN.

Lucky for us, world-traveling photographer Gustav Schmiege has his home base right here in the Design District.

Take advantage of Tim Boole’s move from California to Texas — you can check out his work here.


Disclaimer: the above photo wasn’t taken at any of these studios. We got it here.

New Simple Pleasures Trim Book from Pindler & Pindler

Posted by    |    November 24th, 2011 at 5:50 am

I love how trim can transform a boring pillow or drab drapery. Pindler and Pindler’s fabulous new Simple Pleasures Trim Book is just the ticket! The new collection includes a wide array of trim selections that are classic, yet elegantly decorative with simple designs but beautiful attention to detail in the constructions and color blending. They combine elegance and simplicity, both in styling and in color.

Colored in traditional colorations as well as colored neutrals and warm hues, this set of trims comes at exceptional price points. Plus, all styles come in 9 colorways.

Pindler & Pindler Simple Pleasures TrimsHere are a few selections from the trim book as well as a sample of how they look when applied to a few lovely pillows. The trim really makes the pillow, right?! To view the entire collection please visit the Pindler & Pindler showroom in Suite 715 or visit their website at

Peace, Love and Pie: Order in Time for Thanksgiving

Posted by    |    November 22nd, 2011 at 5:50 am

Mama's Daughter's Pies

Oh me, oh my it’s time for pie!

Can you believe Thanksgiving is just around the corner? We’re down to only three days to finish turkey day preparations for food and company. Since I’ve started working in the Dallas Design District, Mama’s Daughters pecan and pumpkin pies have become Shiffler family tradition. Wednesday I’ll swing by the Design District’s favorite diner and pick up the pies which will, carefully placed in the front seat, make the trek down I-35 to my parents home in Austin. After a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, we’ll all dig in!

Be sure to put your orders in today to ensure you’ll have pies for Thursday! Cause Mama’s Daughters pies are one turkey day tradition worth starting in your family!

Weekend Photo Roundup

Posted by    |    November 21st, 2011 at 9:44 am

Check out these photos from, the Dragon Street Art Walk, on Saturday night:

Michael Berman's photography at Galleri Urbane

Oak restaurant hires two new sous chefs

Posted by    |    November 20th, 2011 at 5:50 am

Spotted: Oak Restaurant looking pretty snazzy over at 1628 Oak Lawn Ave. – the patio is up, the benches are in place and “Now Hiring” signs dot the windows.

But, word on the street is that Oak has already hired two new sous chefs to assist Executive Chef Jason Maddy– Sarah Green and Brian Zenner.

Check out the press release:

Oak, a new restaurant opening soon in the Design District, is pleased to announce that Sous Chef Brian Zenner (formerly of The Mansion on Turtle Creek) and Sous Chef Sarah Green (formerly of The 2nd Floor Restaurant and Bar) have been hired as Sous Chefs to round out the kitchen team at Oak alongside Executive Chef Jason Maddy.

Sous Chef Brian Zenner began his culinary career in Austin, Texas in 2003 at the Driskill Hotel and graduated from the Texas Culinary Academy in 2004. After working at The Paggi House and Café Caprice in Austin, he moved to Portland, Oregon in search of new ingredients and inspired food. In Portland, Oregon he helped open Fenouil, a French brassiere, as a Sous Chef under Chef Pascal Chareau. Fenouil quickly became a star of Portland cuisine. From Fenouil Chef Zenner went on to open Matchbox Lounge as the Executive Chef and boasted a menu of organic and sustainable foods with a focus on small, elegant plates offered in a relaxed lounge setting. Returning home to Dallas in the summer of 2010, Chef Zenner took a position at the highly esteemed Mansion on Turtle Creek under Executive Chef Bruno Davaillon and Chef de Cuisine Jason Maddy. (more…)

Sale Alert: Deals & Steals at Ceylon et Cie and Scott + Cooner

Posted by    |    November 20th, 2011 at 5:50 am

This weekend two great sales are taking place in the Dallas Design District! First off, Dragon Street fav Ceylon et Cie is hosting a surprise sale starting today and lasting through next Wednesday, November 23. Their first sale ever, the chic and worldly showroom will be offering major markdowns on pillows, furniture, art and textiles. Have you seen Michelle Nussbaumer Textiles pillows (pictured below)? They are so adorable, and included in the sale!

Modern maven Scott+Cooner is also hosting a MAJOR sale at both their Design District showroom and warehouse. To make space for all their new orders being delivered to Dallas, they will offer deep discounts on a wide selection of furniture, lighting, and accessories from all their top lines, including Cassina, Flexform, Moooi, Tom Dixon, deSede, and more.

The S+C warehouse is located at 2150 Irving Blvd., between Wycliff & Turtle Creek and the showroom is located at 1617 Hi Line Dr. inside Decorative Center Dallas.

Both shops are open Saturday, so plan on adding a little sale shopping to your weekend plans!

Design District Holiday Shopping Extravaganza

Posted by    |    November 18th, 2011 at 5:50 am

If you’ve ever wanted to combine your holiday shopping with parties and philanthropy, this is your week to do so. The Kitchen Source, Pettigrew & Associates and the International Interior Design Association are all hosting back-to-back holiday shopping and auction events starting Nov. 17.

The Kitchen Source will be hosting its Holiday Shopping Soiree on Nov. 17 from 2 to 8 p.m., during which shoppers can mingle, eat and drink while perusing gifts from dozens of vendors. Vendors include Arbonne and Mary Kay cosmetic products, Paparazzi  and Stella & Dot jewelry, Margaret Miller Designs dresses and tunics,  Scentsy Wickless Candles, and many others. The event is free, but donations will be collected for local charities.

Catholic Charities of Dallas is hosting their Hope for the Holidays event at Pettigrew and Associates on Nov. 18 from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person ($40 at the door) and include wine, scotch and cocktail tastings, food, sweets, and live entertainment. As far as shopping goes, the event will feature more than 25 local vendors, holiday gift ideas and themed table-top Christmas trees designed by top Dallas designers. Vendors at the event include Southern Hippie traveling boutique, Deborah Gaspar belts and jewelry, The Preppy Debutante, and Enchanted Interiors, among others. You can purchase tickets for the event here. Proceeds benefit Catholic Charities of Dallas. (more…)

New Dallas bridges secure necessary funds

Posted by    |    November 16th, 2011 at 5:50 am

You’ve probably already seen the beautiful white Santiago Calatrava-designed bridge looming West of the Dallas skyline (opening on March 2), but did you know that two other “signature” Dallas bridges were in the works?

One of the bridges, also to be designed by Calatrava, will replace the current I-30 bridge, and the other, designed by another architect, will replace the I-35 bridge.  Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins reported that $853 million is now available for construction of the bridges from federal, state and local sources.

The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, the white, arched Calatrava bridge that is currently under construction, will extend Woodall Rogers Freeway over the Trinity River into West Dallas. You can read about the opening day festivities here.

You can also see the full article on the new Dallas bridge project from NBC DFW here.

Sale Alert: Hermitage Antiques Closing its Doors

Posted by    |    November 16th, 2011 at 5:50 am

Hermitage Antiques

After ten wonderful years in the antiques business, Hermitage Antiques on Slocum Street will be permanently closing its doors. They plan to wrap things up by the end of the year, so they have marked most items down 50% or more off retail pricing.

Though we’re sad to be losing such a great shop, over the next few weeks there will be some amazing deals to be had! All of their sale prices have been noted on their website,, so you can check out their stock online or come into the store.

Hermitage is still maintaining our regular business hours Monday thru Friday, 10am to 5pm.