Archive for February, 2012

This weekend’s art openings

Posted by    |    February 26th, 2012 at 5:50 am

There will be a number of exhibit openings this weekend in the Design District. And, unlike last weekend, the weather promises to be 65 and sunny!

Here’s what you have to look forward to:

“Across America” by Marty Ricks at Banks Fine Art – Feb. 24, 5-7 p.m. and Feb. 25, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; 1313 Slocum St., Suite 103

“Open Range” by Shawndell Oliver at Galerie Zuger – Feb. 25, 6-9 p.m.; 1215 Dragon St.

“Selected Works: Group Show II” by David Connolly, Jose Cruz, Jonathan Miller, Bill Nimelman, Tom Ortega and Mary Tomas at Mary Tomas Studio Gallery – Feb. 25, 6-8 p.m.; 1110 Dragon St.

“New Works” by Maureen Womack at Gallery@1300 – Feb. 25, 6-9 p.m.; 1300 Dragon Street

“GEO*METR’IA” by Lucrecia Waggoner at Samuel Lynne Galleries – Feb. 25, 5-9 p.m.; 1105 Dragon St.

Also, be sure to stop by the newest Design District gallery, Red Arrow Contemporary, and all of the other galleries that will have their doors open Saturday evening.


Now Hiring: Showroom Support Position at Culp Associates

Posted by    |    February 24th, 2012 at 5:50 am

Today’s Now Hiring job post comes from one of my favorite showrooms: Culp Associates. Anyone would be lucky to work with their amazing team! See job and application details below:

Showroom Support Position, Culp Associates
Full Time M-F 9-5Now Hiring in the Dallas Design District, Salary + benefits

Culp Associates, an established to-the-trade interior design showroom, is now accepting resumes for an entry level support position. Responsibilities include but are not limited to maintaining sample library, maintaining display wings, expediting orders, answering telephones, and assisting designers in showroom. Strong communication skills as well as ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment are required. Knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Excel, and excellent typing skills are preferred. Interested candidates should submit resumes to Cammie Marrs, General Manager at

Please no phone calls or drop ins regarding this post.

Get more updates on job opportunities in the Dallas Design District and network with other local professionals by joining the Lower Oak Lawn LinkedIn Group!

The Butcher’s Son Food Truck Makes its Dallas Design District Debut

Posted by    |    February 22nd, 2012 at 5:50 am

The Butcher's Son Food Truck - Dallas

Packing a lunch is one more thing you can scratch off your to-do list for this evening. The Butcher’s Son food truck is making its debut in the Dallas Design District tomorrow and residents, employees and neighbors are invited to join them for lunch from 11 am to 2pm at Leslie Taylor Antiques on Slocum Street.

The Butcher’s Son, a “haute sausage” serving gourmet food truck, rolled out in Dallas in October and has been spotted around town at several prominent events, including Big D New Years Eve in Victory Park. This truck is notorious in Uptown for dishing out late night bites across from Primos on McKinney Ave. on Fridays and Saturdays until 2 am. They are also slated to take part in the upcoming Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Celebration Street Fair on March 3, 2012. (more…)

Happy hour at Bridge Bistro

Posted by    |    February 21st, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Added to my list of happy hour spots in the Design District is Bridge Bistro, who, though open since the holidays, just recently acquired their liquor license and apparently know exactly what to do with it.

Their list of bridge-themed cocktails includes the “Calatrava” sangria martini, “Pont Neuf” champagne cocktail, “Pontchartrain” with whiskey, absinthe and sugar cane, and the “Golden Gate” with tequila, agave nectar and orange juice. If you’d had a really stressful day, you can always order the “Bering Strait,” a freezing-cold 100 proof shot of Stolichnaya vodka served in an ice glass.

Happy hour starts at 3 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and Bridge Bistro has a number of bar snacks to choose from to accompany your drink selection — think gourmet cheeses, herb stuffed mushrooms and onion rings. Check out their full menu here.

Discovering the Design District Art Scene: How to Gallery Hop Like a Pro

Posted by    |    February 19th, 2012 at 5:50 am

Samuel Lynne Galleries - Dragon Open NightSamuel Lynne Galleries on a Dragon Open Night

The Dallas Arts District gets a lot of love in the press for bringing a diverse art scene to our city, but what most Dallasites do not know is that the city’s hippest art enclave truly resides in the Dallas Design District. About every six weeks, the art galleries of Lower Oak Lawn keep their doors open late on a Saturday evening, welcoming guests to mix, mingle, sip wine, meet artists and browse their latest exhibits.

Socialites and hipsters, art enthusiasts and collectors gather on Dragon Street, abandoning their cars for an evening stroll.
“Things really get hopping on Dragon Street!” explains JD Miller, contemporary artist and co-owner of Samuel Lynne Galleries. “On opening nights, there is an excitement and an energy that is remarkable. The street is full of people walking up and down going from gallery to see all the new exhibits. It reminds me of the experience of walking the length of Canyon Road in Santa Fe.” (more…)

February’s Art Gallery Exhibit Openings in the Dallas Design District

Posted by    |    February 17th, 2012 at 5:50 am

It’s that time again. The art galleries of the Dallas Dallas Design District have a fresh crop of artists and works to show off and will be staying open late this Saturday, February 18 to debut their new exhibits.

In addition to Saturday night’s festivities, two more LOL art galleries are opening new exhibits tonight and tomorrow. Tonight, Gremillion & Co. Fine Art launches their new exhibit, Illuminations by Bruce Brainard, with a reception from 5 to 7pm. Friday night, LuminArte invites guests to join them at 7pm to check out their new group show, Pursuit of Excellence, featuring three rising artists: Nicole Kallenberg of Austin, Delphi of Dallas and Patrick Soulieres of Quebec.

Tomorrow I will feature an article with tips for how to gallery hop like a pro, so print this page and prepare yourself for an excellent evening of art this weekend! 

Jackson Hammack "Peace at Caddo" 60" x 48" mixed media on canvas

Three Artist Exhibit

Craighead Green Gallery | 5:00-8:00 pm
Showing: February 18 – March 24, 2012
Artists: Leslie Tejada, Jackson Hammack and Chris Mason

Jackson Hammack, Peace at Caddo, 60″ x 48″, mixed media on canvas (more…)

Off-Site Kitchen opens for lunch

Posted by    |    February 15th, 2012 at 1:30 pm

The long-awaited hotspot from Neighborhood Services owner Nick Badovinus has finally opened for lunch. His new Off-Site Kitchen has been functioning as a commissary for his other restaurants for months, but has now opened for business at 2226 Irving Blvd.

The menu features “light industrial fare” like burgers, slow-cooked brisket and corned beef sandwiches,

The “Murph Style Burger” with jalapeno/bacon relish, American cheese and secret sauce

chicken fingers, crispy tacos, and spit-roasted ham, bratwurst and bologna. You can also enjoy pork rinds, Twinkies, Little Debbie cakes and homemade mini pies with your meal, all washed down with a Throwback Mountain Dew or can of Lonestar beer.

Guests can dine at the bar stools facing the kitchen or on   the patio outside, which is full of plants, picnic tables and umbrellas. The restaurant will open for breakfast on March 5, and will open in the evening (until 7 p.m.) shortly after.

As the tiny kitchen was already comfortably packed with customers on its second day, Off Site Kitchen is sure to be a  staple for Design Districters, or a destination for meat-lovers in search of the perfect burger or brisket sandwich.


3 Red Hot Valentine’s Day Inspired Fabrics

Posted by    |    February 15th, 2012 at 5:50 am

Let me start off by saying Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you lovely Lower Oak Lawn readers! The spirit of this heartful holiday has me absolutely inspired! Red is my favorite color and I just love seeing it all around. From ruby roses to red hot lipstick, this color evokes feelings of love, passion and romance.

Red is also one of my favorite colors to decorate with. (If you’ve ever seen my home, you’d know that!) It makes a great accent and can make a room feel colorful and vibrant, yet homey. Red contrasts well with many colors, making it an easy shade to add to any palette. I found three fiery red  fabrics that set my heart aflutter this Valentine’s Day:

Happy Valentines Day

1) Thomas Paul Prints for Duralee in Ruby (No. 20876-337)
2) Kravet Soleil Spotlight Poppy
3) Osborne & Little Oscura Stripe at ID Collection

Wouldn’t these look positively pretty as pillows? I think so. Is red your Valentine’s Day color of choice? Or are you a pink person? Share your color preferences in the comments below!

Photo via Pinterest

Valentine’s Day Dinner in the Design District

Posted by    |    February 12th, 2012 at 5:50 am

Thanks to all of these new restaurants opening up, there are a plethora of options for you and your sweetheart (or your friends!) this Valentine’s Day in the Design District. Check out the menus below to see what suites your fancy.

Bridge Bistro


Cornmeal Fried Oysters – Sherried Black Pepper Cream   8

Scallops Wrapped in Apple Smoked Bacon – Roasted Tomato  Coulis     6

Chicken Croquettes with Creole Sauce   6

Winter Vegetable Terrine- Basil Pesto  6

Soups and Salad

Granny Smith Apples, Apricots & Field Greens- Key Lime Vinaigrette & Toasty Pecans   6

Artichoke Potato Soup  6

Shrimp and Andouille Gumbo   6

Entrée Selections

Grilled Escolar – Mango Relish     26

Pan Seared Beef Tenderloin – Ancho Béarnaise  26

Deep Fried Soft Shell Crabs – Toasted Pecans and Lemon Beurre Blanc   21

Pan Roasted Pork Tenderloin- Granny Smith Apples & Marsala Sauce   19

Pan Seared Duck Breast – Caramelized Cherries   24



Warm Bread Pudding – Jack Daniels Sauce    6

Chocolate Mousse Swirl   6

Warm Apple Strudel – Caramel Drizzle  6

Fresh Market Fruit   5

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Fabric Friday: Ancient Persia Gets and Update in Clark & Clark’s Bukhara Collection

Posted by    |    February 11th, 2012 at 5:50 am

Ancient Persia might have been the inspiration for Clark & Clark’s new Bukhara collection, but there’s nothing antiquated about these prints. They’re thoroughly and beautifully current. Traditional ethnic patterns are combined with rich, bold colors, making this collection suitable for both the traditional and contemporary home.

The diverse collection includes embroidered linens, coordinated stripes, jacquard and plain fabrics in several colorways, perfect for curtains, upholstery and decorative pieces.

Duralee, which reps the brand in the U.S., sent over a bunch of lovely images that truly show off the collection and bring it to life!

Clark & Clark Bukhara Collection for Duralee in Citrus (more…)