Archive for January, 2012

Zany Zig Zags: Pindler & Pindler’s Introduces Rhythmic

Posted by    |    January 31st, 2012 at 5:50 am

Chevrons have been on the rise for several years now. From rugs to fabrics, wall treatments to accessories it seems that no one can get enough of these zany zig zags! Even I am the proud owner of a chevron rug.

Today, I was delighted to see a new take on the chevron pattern in my inbox from Kelli at Pindler & Pindler. Rhythmic, their new signature exclusive print, brings a softer look to the edgy chevron pattern, adding zig zags to their zig zags!

The print comes in several fresh color ways, including periwinkle, lilac, sky, stone, natural, and citron.

Have you joined in on the chevron craze? How do you like to incorporate this geometric print into your home or wardrobe?

Rhythmic is available at Pindler & Pindler showroom in the Dallas Design Center.

Christopher Martin Studio opens on Dragon Street

Posted by    |    January 27th, 2012 at 5:50 am

There’s a new kid on the block over on Dragon Street. Though already established in Victory Park, Los Angeles and Aspen, Christopher Martin Gallery’s new studio space will be opening its doors to the Design District this Saturday.

Christopher Martin exhibits his own work at his galleries, and has gained national recognition for his abstract acrylic-on-canvas paintings. You can read more about the artist and see some of his work at

You can also, however, go to his 1533 Dragon St. studio and check it out for yourself. The new studio will be having an opening party Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served, and wonderful artwork will be on display!

Help welcome Christopher and his new studio to the ‘hood!

Photo: “Sedona” by Christopher Martin, 48″ x 96″, acrylic on acrylic

Oak Restaurant Review Round Up

Posted by    |    January 27th, 2012 at 5:50 am

Inside Oak in the Dallas Design District

Word is out; Oak is open, and the reviews are pouring in! Elegant, sexy, sophisticated, and perfect are all words that have been used to describe the ambiance and food of the Design District’s newest eatery. And not only is Oak wowing food critics in the press, it’s winning among patrons, garnering an impressive four out of five stars on Yelp.

Read a sampling of the reviews and check out the beaucoups of stunning photos of their food and space brought to you by a handful of Dallas’ premiere publications:


Have you tried out Oak yet? Leave your first impressions in the comments below!

Photography by Desiree Espada via D Magazine Side Dish Blog

Put a Halt to Hording at Green Living’s E-Waste Collection Drive this Saturday

Posted by    |    January 25th, 2012 at 5:50 am

Hey you! Yes, you. Know that stack of old electronics you have piled up in the (Insert: corner, closet, garage, attic, etc.)? It’s time to get rid of them for good! Do you really think you’ll ever have a need for that computer monitor that weighs almost as much as you do? Or the printer for which they no longer make cartridges? Admit it; you won’t. It’s time to move on.

Helping you halt your hoarding tendencies is Green Living in the Dallas Design District. This Saturday, January 28 from noon to 5pm they will be hosting their quarterly E-Waste Collection drive, collecting your old electronics and sending them to greener pastures. All electronics collected will be recycled and put back into the manufacturing process to make new products instead of being dumped in landfills.

As a reward for being green, Green Living will offer 10% off anything in their showroom when you recycle. Also, Velvit Oil, Safecoat, and other furniture finishes will be offered at a whopping 50% off.

For more information on what types of electronics you can bring, visit this helpful E-waste flyer at

First keg of Peticolas beer to be tapped at the Meddlesome Moth Tuesday

Posted by    |    January 24th, 2012 at 9:34 am

Today is the day. The first keg of Peticolas’ Brewing Company’s Velvet Hammer Imperial Red Ale will be tapped Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 5 p.m. at the Meddlesome Moth.

According to the Peticolas website: “A tribute to our favorite Brewmaster, Greg Matthews, the Velvet Hammer appears as a dark, ruby reddish-brown ale beneath a sheath of protective off-white foam. It is malt-forward with elements of caramel and the sweetness of light brown sugar, balanced nicely by a combination of floral hops and a noticeable alcohol bite. It’s a sturdy brew with a smooth character which belies both an inner strength and a slightly full body, along with a moderate bitterness to round out the taste.”

Taste it for yourself at the Moth tonight!

Photo Credit: Peticolas Brewing Co. Facebook Page

Grand Opening: LED Source makes its Dallas Debut Today on Glass Street

Posted by    |    January 20th, 2012 at 5:50 am

Need a bright idea for today? Stop by LED Source, the Dallas Design District’s newest lighting showroom, and share in their grand opening celebration! LED Source, a franchised LED lighting concept that specializes in full-scale evaluations and retrofits in the commercial and residential sector, has been operating in the Design District since last summer, but just recently completed renovations on their 4,500 square foot showroom on Glass Street.

“We’ve really hit the ground running since entering the Dallas market,” says Daniel Ocasio, vice president of franchise development for LED Source. “We’ve been working with several area businesses and plan on continuing to work with a good mix of large and small entities. We’ve positioned ourselves in the Design District for that reason. There is great design in Dallas and we are excited to be a part of this truly innovative and forward thinking community.”

Today LED Source will host their official grand opening celebration with an open house from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. They will be serving Jason’s Deli for lunch and celebrating with a ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. Guests are invited to stop by to say hi, browse the showroom, meet their team of LED lighting experts, and see the latest fixtures and lamps from LED manufacturers such as Philips Color, Kinetics, EcoSense, Toshiba, Cree, and Lighting Science Group.

The LED Source showroom is now open at 154 Glass St., Suite 108 in the Dallas Design District. (more…)

‘Melancholy Play’ at the Green Zone won’t leave you melancholy

Posted by    |    January 18th, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Melancholy Play is a self-proclaimed “farce” written by contemporary playwright Sarah Ruhl and put on by Dallas’ Upstart Productions. The play features a sad, young girl named Tilly to whom every other cheerful, happy character is inexplicably drawn. The play will run through Feb. 4 at The Green Zone, 161 Riveredge Dr. in the Design District.

So far, the play has been received with mixed, though mostly positive, reviews from a number of Dallas publications; here are some of the theater-goers comments:

Melancholy Play (appropriately) has everything to do with gravitas and how it works as currency in the pursuit of attachment and romance. If that sounds pretty dry, don’t fret. Melancholy Play is unapologetically, drop-deadpan silly, and just loves to tickle you. Emotionally, spiritually and cerebrally.” – Pegasus News via Examiner

“Things go way off the rails in Ruhl’s weird world, and director Jonathan Taylor is comfortable enough there. The tone is spot on, silly, surreal, and yet just grounded enough.” – D Magazine

“Melancholy Play is from 2001, early in the Ruhl oeuvre but a clear indicator that she is ham-handed at writing humor. It’s not a “contemporary farce,” no, not at all. If it’s something label-able, it’s absurdist. Sloppy, unpolished, excruciatingly unfunny absurdism. With a cello.” – Dallas Observer

“Giddy as it is, Melancholy Play actually affords considerable psychological insight. Vulnerability, even sorrow, can be a powerful aphrodisiac.” – Dallas Morning News

If those reviews intrigue you, you can buy tickets here, and even watch the trailer beforehand. If they didn’t do the trick, then perhaps this refreshing quote from Director Jonathan Taylor will: “Plays need to stop competing with film and television, which is a losing battle. Enough realism already, give me magic!”


Snag Designer Furnishings for Steal at the Dallas Design Center Sample Sale Showroom

Posted by    |    January 18th, 2012 at 5:50 am

The Design Center Sample Showroom features 20,000 square feet of designer offerings at sale prices.

The Dallas Design Center is home to some of the design industry’s most adored showrooms and brands, both national and local. Offering custom designer furnishings in styles ranging from traditional to contemporary, the center represents a wide array of design options.

In the spirit of cooperation and to make room for new inventory, several Design Center showrooms have teamed up to fill an ongoing sample sale showroom, offering their furnishing and accessories at drastically reduced prices. Spanning over 20,000 square feet of space, the sale features sofas and seating, rugs and tables, accessories, and more.

Ruth Woodling, Leasing Director for PegasusAblon, has been active in helping the tenants take the sample showroom from dream to reality. “The Design Center tenants have been extremely proactive with the sample sale and we truly appreciate all the time and effort they’ve put towards the project. The sample sale allows for instant gratification and immediate access to Dallas’ finest luxury furnishing brands — a very rare and valuable opportunity,” says Woodling. (more…)

Introducing Kay Agnew’s New Bridge Bistro in the Dallas Design District

Posted by    |    January 14th, 2012 at 5:50 am

Kay Agnew at her new Bridge Bistro on Riverfront BoulevardKay Agnew at her new restaurant, Bridge Bistro, on Riverfront Boulevard

They say change is a good thing, and that is certainly the case with Kay Agnew’s new Bridge Bistro in the Dallas Design District. Formerly operating as Margaux’s in the International on Turtle Creek on Irving Boulevard, the Bridge Bistro is sporting a new address as well as an updated menu. Kay Agnew, proprietress and restaurant darling of the Design District, is thrilled to finally be opening in her new space. (more…)

Katharine D. Interiors opens a new Design District studio: 92nd Street Designs

Posted by    |    January 12th, 2012 at 5:16 pm

DSC06400Katharine Merritt and her husband, Kareem, have been running their design business out of their home since 2004. Now, they have a brand new showroom in the Design District, 92nd Street Designs, where clients can come in for consultations, browse the fabric samples, or sip champagne on Friday afternoons.

In the studio, “you have access you wouldn’t have at an in-home consultation” Katharine said, and I could see what she meant — when I walked in, I was immediately impressed by the clean, artistic way that her designs were presented. Walls were adorned with samples of drapes, upholstery and bedding, and the crystal chandelier, throw pillows and white candles gave me a sense of the elegant but hip style that 92nd Street Designs is all about.

“We want to be lively and interesting and fun,” Katharine said, emphasizing that her designs tend to be “more fresh” than most.

The idea for the studio’s new name came from some advice Katharine heard from Tom Ford: that a brand is most successful when it stays in line with who the designer truly is. That said, what way to stay closer to home than to name her studio after the street she grew up on in Kansas — 92nd St. (more…)