Archive for December, 2012

Sequoia Santa Fe makes its way to Dallas

Posted by    |    December 21st, 2012 at 10:34 am

There’s a reason Santa Fe is one of the most sought after art destinations in the country. The magical combination of mountains, dessert and incredible sunsets is undeniably conducive to artistic inspiration. Unfortunately all art lovers can’t spend their lives drinking in the natural beauty and art of the mountains, that’s why I am thrilled to annouce the opening of Sequoia Dallas, right here in the Design District.

Sequoia is a luxury home-furnishing showroom and gallery run by the remarkable designer, Sequoia Madan, now open on Dragon Street. You may have caught their soft launch at the beginning of this month, but if not, I’m sure the friendly gallery associates would be thrilled to have you in any day.

Madan opened the original Sequoia gallery in Santa Fe a few years ago and began creating his distinctive pieces made from exotic, re-purposed wood from around the world.  The response to Madan’s designs was tremendous and now Dallasites can peruse the showroom and purchase his pieces right here in town.

Artisans trained by Madan himself, many of them in Santa Fe, create the exquisite pieces of furniture and more that you’ll see when you enter the store. All of Madan’s pieces are “inspired by nature’s beauty” and certainly embody a Santa Fe aesthetic — warm, earthy and contemporary. Apart from their work with re-claimed hardwoods, Sequoia Dallas also exhibits beautifully designed and handcrafted iron furniture, lighting, mirrors, decorative accessories and fine art. Sounds like a one-stop shop to me.

Although I’ve yet to stop by the store, I’ve done some “window-shopping” on Sequoia Dallas’ recently launched website as well as their image-stocked Facebook page. Here are just a few pieces that caught my eye. Peruse the pictures, check out the website and make plans to swing by 1403 Dragon Street next time you’re in the neighborhood.


Five Ways to Ring in the New Year in the Design District

Posted by    |    December 20th, 2012 at 3:18 pm

This year, the Design District is lighting up for New Year’s Eve, with a number of different parties and dinner specials put together to usher in 2013. Here are five reasons you should turn off Ryan Seacrest, throw on your dancing shoes, and hit one (or all) of these neighborhood hotspots:

A Fresh Start 2013. With two open bars, a dance floor, nine different DJs, electro-pop band Mystery Skulls, a green screen photo booth, local art installations, and warehouse atmosphere, A Fresh Start has all the makings of an awesome New Year’s Eve party. It starts at 9 p.m. on Dec. 31st and will keep the party going until 5 a.m. the following morning. Tickets are $40-$50 and can be purchased here. Goodyear Retread Plant, 960 Dragon Street.

Electric Soul New Year’s Eve. Green Bandana Group, who has been throwing eclectic underground parties around Dallas for the better part of 2012, is keeping the tradition going through the year’s end. Their Electric Soul party will feature local hip hop artist -topic, “lip gloss agro-pop” quintet The Chloes, acoustic soulstress Chanise Condren, and DJ sets by Lady Chase and DJ Killtron. Artwork will adorn the walls and there will, of course, be an open bar. Presale tickets are $35. 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Dec. 31st/Jan. 1st. Red Arrow Contemporary, 1130 Dragon Street.

FT33. Tables are filling up quickly for Chef Matt McCallister’s two New Year’s Eve dinner seatings. The first, from 6 to 7 p.m., will feature at four course menu for $75 per person, with an optional $40 wine pairing. The second, from 8 to 9 p.m.,  features five courses and a champagne toast for $90 per person, $50 for wine pairings. To reserve a spot, call the restaurant at (214) 741-2629 or email 1617 Hi Line Drive, Suite 250.

“Last Supper of 2012″ at the Meddlesome Moth. Chef Dave McMillan over at the Meddlesome Moth has prepared a five-course Last Supper to be served to lucky diners on New Year’s Eve. The menu features items like crispy pig trotter, salt and pepper quail, Larry Hagman’s steak tartar, shrimp and truffle grits and ice cream topped with a champagne-poached peach. A $65 seat includes a champagne toast, and an additional $20 provides beer or wine pairings. Make reservations by calling (214) 628-7900. 1617 Oak Lawn Ave.

Oak. Oak, recently names one of the “50 Coolest New Businesses in America” by Business Insider, is offering its own prix fixe menu on the last day of the year. For reservations, call (214) 712-9700 or email 1628 Oak Lawn Ave.

Holiday Gift Guide: Aimee & Dudley Simms from Highgate House

Posted by    |    December 20th, 2012 at 7:00 am

Upon seeing on the well curated collection of antiques and art at their Design District showroom, it’s clear that Aimee & Dudley Simms are one stylish couple. So, it was only natural to invite them to contribute to’s second annual holiday gift guides series.

What’s this dynamic design duo’s favorite part of the Christmas holidays? “Our family candle light service on Christmas Eve,” says Dudlee. “We all take turns reading from the Gospel of Luke, sing carols and look at classic paintings of the events surrounding the birth of Christ.”

“A close second is no school and homework for the kids,” he adds.

Check out these five gift-worthy suggestions for your last minute holiday shopping:

  • Dallas Symphony Christmas Celebration Tickets – We love taking the boys to the symphony for the Christmas show. Dallas at it’s best. A great experience for all. Available at
  • Gothic Surrounds – Old English Terra Cotta Gothic Candle Surrounds help set the perfect Christmas table top. Available at Highgate House.
  • Caven Miller Jewelry – Antique & vintage items refashioned into beautiful jewelry for today. Available at Highgate House.
  • Nellie’s Scottish Shortbread – Made in Tyler, Texas but inspired by the old country. Available at
  • Adopt A Family – Give the gift service this Christmas. There are many great community service projects to get involved with. Voice of Hope Christmas Gift Drive is a good one. Contact





Wall to Wall Shine: Innovations Introduces New Versailles Wallcoverings

Posted by    |    December 18th, 2012 at 10:18 am

There’s something about the holidays that makes me want to add more sparkle to my life! Be it in my interiors or my wardrobe, I just can’t seem to avoid purchasing (and pinning) pretty things that sparkle and shine! My latest shiny obsession comes from Innovations. The showroom recently announced its new collection, Versailles, a line of wallcoverings that features several elegant patterns in metallic colors.

Versailles wallcoverings are constructed from non-woven polyester and glass beads, which give a three-dimensional shine to the patterns. The texture is reminiscent of a velvet flocking, where the velvet has been replaced with the sparkle of glass.

Versailles collection offers five distinct patterns, including damask, medallion, scroll, ligne and stripe. The stripe and the damask are my personal favs.

The release of Versilles marks a new addition to Innovation’s Innvironmentsline of environmentally friendly commercial wallcoverings. That’s right. Not only are these wallcoverings gorgeous, they’re sustainable too!

The products in this collection are permeable, to aid in the reduction of mold and mildew, are free of chemical additives, PVC, Chlorine, heavy metals and Urea Formaldehyde. Also, only water based inks and coatings are used.

To see the entire collection, visit Innovations’ new Dallas Design Center showroom.

A Wedding, Anniversary, & Grand Opening in One Evening

Posted by    |    December 14th, 2012 at 10:04 am

Peticolas knows how to kick off the new year in style: with the ultimate combination of anniversary, wedding (to a beer), and grand opening party at their brewery in the Design District.

On Dec. 30th from 1 to 4 p.m., the brewery will celebrate the one-year anniversary of brewing the first batch of Velvet Hammer, which won this year’s Best Beer in Dallas award from the Dallas Observer. Since then, one of its many fans has created a Facebook page dedicated to the brew, and local band Fish Fry Bingo has even written a love song about it.

Also in love with the brew is Velvet Hammer’s fiancee, Ali Kay, a beer and cheese connoisseur at Scardello Artisan Cheese.  The “hoppy” couple will be getting married the night of the event, to the sound of Fish Fry Bingo’s romantic ode.

To top it all off, guests will also get to tour the newly-expanded Peticolas facilities, located at the corner of Farrington and Pace Street in the Design District.

Tickets are $15 each and include a commemorative glass and 3 drink tokens to fill that glass with the Peticolas beers of your choice. There will also be food trucks outside in case you get hungry. Tickets are going quickly, though, so get yours while you still can!

Now Hiring: Two New Showroom Sales Jobs in the Dallas Design District

Posted by    |    December 14th, 2012 at 9:35 am

Now Hiring in the Dallas Design District

Today we’ve got two new job openings from two showrooms coming soon the the DDD. More on the stylish offerings of these design savvy showrooms will be coming to the blog soon, but, for now, help them staff up by submitting your resume or sharing these opportunities with your friends!

Showroom Manager & Salesperson, Gracie

Polished, friendly sales people needed for our gorgeous, new to-the-trade only showroom opening in the Dallas Design Center late Winter/early Spring 2013. High end residential sales experience preferred. Our family owned and operated firm, in our fourth generation, specializes in custom handpainted scenic wallpapers, lacquer furniture, and Asian art and antiques. Our new showroom will feature amazing one of a kind pieces and numerous installations of our wallpapers. You will work with designers to plan and create beautiful interiors featuring our designs and antiques. Constant contact and support from our New York location will be available. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who excel at fantastic customer service. Detail oriented a must.

Now hiring for two positions: showroom manager and salesperson. Salary for both positions is negotiable and based on experience.

Submit all inquiries via email to

Interior Designers/Architect with Sales Experience, Ornare
This job was originally posted on 10/19/12. The position is still open and Ornare seeking qualified candidates. 

Ornare, a high-end kitchen and closet showroom coming in March 2013 to the Dallas Design District is looking for a professional who has experience working for kitchen companies, preferably Italian or German brands with a minimum of 5 years of experience.

The Sales Associate/Designer will be responsible for sales of Ornare closets, wall units, kitchens and bathrooms.  This position is responsible for building relationships with designers and architects, determining their needs, creating a sales strategy, designing projects, coordinating with the factory, preparing, reviewing and revising shop drawings, closing sales, and follow up.

  • Desired skills, experience and qualifications:
  • At least an AA degree in interior design or equivalent from a technical school
  • Minimum 5 years experience in interior design, ergonomics, construction or related field with proven track record in sales
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from clients
  • Ability to apply math skills to calculate discounts, proportions, percentages, dimensions
  • Ability to define problems and determine solutions; interpret technical information in diagram form
  • Proficient with MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point), internet software and design software (AutoCad)
  •  Must be multi-tasking to handle several projects at a time
  • Able to hand draw sketches in front of client
  • Excellent communication skills and team player
  • Builds relationships based on trust
  • Resourceful – knows who to call for what
  • Organized
  • Proficient with English. Bi-lingual English/Spanish/Portuguese a plus

Please email resumes to Olavo Faria at

Get more updates on job opportunities in the Dallas Design District and network with other local professionals by joining the Dallas Design District LinkedIn Group. Over 500 professionals strong, it’s the neighborhood’s #1 destinations for networking! 

The party that only comes once every 100 years

Posted by    |    December 12th, 2012 at 9:35 am

December is undoubtedly the month of celebration, but this December there are more excuses than usual to throw a party! The obvious one this year comes on December 21, 2012, the date the Mayans have predicted will bring the end of the world. Obviously, the end of the world is the best reason anyone can think of to engage in raucous celebration, but the folks at Circuit 12 Contemporary have found another great excuse to throw a party — the last tri-numeral calendar date of the next 100 years.

That’s right, 12-12-12 won’t roll around again until 2112, so, this Wednesday, Circuit 12 Contemporary is very fittingly commemorating the occasion with a number 12-themed party featuring art, music and cocktails.

Pay $12 to get into 12-12-12 and you’ll presumably consume as many cocktails and drinks provided by the party sponsors such as Brooklyn Brewery and Perrier. As far as entertainment, and to continue with the theme of the number 12, the party will pay homage to the 12 inch vinyl record with a couple of all-vinyl DJ sets.

The action kicks off at 7:00 p.m. and naturally winds down at 12:00 a.m.

While you’re drinking and grooving you’ll also be able to explore Circuit 12’s current show, “White Noise,” which I wrote about upon it’s opening and, as with everything Circuit 12 puts together, highly recommend.

In the exhibit the work of four contemporary artists is used to explore what silence looks like in a world that is never silent and how artists use painting as a method of using and misusing public information.

For more information on the exhibit visit Circuit 12 Contemporary’s website and to RSVP for the party on 12-12-12, click here.

12-12-12 at Circuit 12

Posted by    |    December 11th, 2012 at 11:00 am

With all the buzz surround 12-21-12, people seem to have forgotten its inverted counterpart, 12-12-12, the last tri-numeral calendar date for the next 100 years. Circuit12 Contemporary, however, is not one of those people, and is celebrating the number 12 in true Circuit12 fashion.

This Wednesday starting at 7 p.m., the Dragon Street gallery is charging $12 at the door to listen to 12″ vinyls spun by DJs JT Donaldson, A1 and Tyrone Smiley and sip on complimentary cocktails, beer and wine until the clock strikes 12.

RSVP for the party of the century on their Facebook page.



Three Design District Events You’ll Only Get One Weekend to Experience

Posted by    |    December 9th, 2012 at 5:50 am

Most of the time when I talk about exciting events going on in the neighborhood I get to follow my event details with a “don’t worry, the show lasts until the end of the month,” or some such reassurance. This weekend however, there are several wonderful events you only get one chance to enjoy, so make it count! Here are three Design District events that are in town for one weekend only:

Banks Fine Art

This Saturday, December 8, Slocum Street mainstay Banks Fine Art is hosting a one-day only showing of new work from Marty Ricks, an artist they’ve been representing for many years. Ricks paints beautiful scenic landscapes and admits that nature is the single largest influence on his work. He will be on hand at Banks from 12  to 5 p.m. on Saturday to speak with visitors and show several of his newest works. Visit the Banks Fine Art website for directions and more information.

Dallas Contemporary Pop-Out Shop

Dallas Contemporary regulars will already be familiar with the gallery’s somewhat regular Pop-Out shops and this weekend the winter edition is back, just in time for holiday shopping. If you know the Dallas Contemporary you know the selection of art, books, furniture, design pieces and more will be well-curated and exclusive. The Pop-Out shop is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday but it’s strictly “get it while it lasts” so I recommend you start early or run the risk of the best stuff getting snatched up.

Dallas Marathon comes to the Design District

You may have noticed Kendall’s post earlier in the week letting you know about all of the exciting things going on in the Design District this weekend now that the neighborhood is in the middle of the Dallas Marathon route. If you’re not running the race, join fellow Design Districters bright and early on Sunday morning to cheer on runners coffee, breakfast and signs. As anyone who has run the race can attest, the cheerleaders on route are one of the few things that make the race go by faster!

DC’s Pop-OUT Shop: The Antidote for Generic Gift-Giving

Posted by    |    December 8th, 2012 at 5:50 am

For one weekend only, the Dallas Contemporary is pulling together its best artwork, furniture, fashion and “other awesome treasures” for a unique “pop-out” shop.

Collected from board members and friends of the museum as well as from DC’s own collection, sale items will include clothing, prints, photography, and one-of-a-kind gifts for even the hardest-to-please friend or family member.

The shop will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7th  through 9th, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds will go to the Dallas Contemporary.