The dogs need to be walked. The pool needs painted. Brunch at Parigi sounds sooo good. It’s easy to find excuses to not leave your routine, but this Lifestylist decided it was time to step out and revisit the Dallas Market Center during the recent Total Home and Gift Market. I am so glad that I did!
I discovered that there’s a reason my east and west coast designer friends have started traveling to Dallas twice a year for these markets and realized we have some fantastic resources and companies that are proud to call Dallas home.
As a working designer with clients all over the country, it’s essential to keep up with trends and new resources. These are challenging times for the design industry, especially since consumers can buy from many of the same sources that designers can. Why should you pay a designer to help you with your design projects? Relationships with manufacturers and companies are a huge reason. My clients never know that I’m up at 2 a.m. making sure that their sofa will arrive in the right fabric, and that representatives have moved heaven and earth to make a room come together. Shopping at the Dallas Market reminded me of how vital those local resources can be to making my client’s dream room a reality.
It’s hard to choose, but here are my favorite showrooms and trends from the recent home and gift market.
Pops of Color
I’m sure that you have heard about this trend ad nauseum, but it’s an essential ingredient in today’s home design. Everything has become so neutral, without these accents a room can be dull, and the drama lost.
Turquoise, indigo, coral, and organic greens continue to steal the show.
Technology has made it possible to have permanent botanicals that are almost as beautiful as a living plant without having to worry about watering and feeding it. I’m in love with The Botanical Mix and owner Shane Friesenhahn. He came over to see why I was taking so many photos of the new Shay Geyer Collection, and after I shared that it was one of the reasons I was attending this market, we bonded. They are using 3D printing to create the orchids in this new collection, and you have to touch them to know they aren’t real.
Shane is a magician at incorporating natural materials like geodes, saguaro ribs, moss, sea urchins, and butterflies into works of art.
The Shay Geyer Collection was a perfect example of “Pops of Color.” Her hydrangeas in a beautiful vase and, of course, her orchid arrangements have me rethinking if I want to nurture live plants or go maintenance free? Whatever my clients choose, it will be coming from the Botanical Mix. Such driven, creative people that we want to support and spend more time with.
Currey and Company have always been one of our favorite lighting companies, and when we saw this natural coral chandelier, we couldn’t see anything else. If you wanted a personality piece for your home, this is it.
Their use of natural products has always been something we remember them for, and this charming oyster shell enhanced birdbath is one of the many reasons why.
We also were crazy about the new ways that colored glass is being used to add color and drama to a room. These lighting fixtures by Galilee Light felt fresh and exciting – multiple pendants are a trend that we think we’ll be seeing for awhile.
Incorporating pieces into your home that have a story and personality is one of the fastest growing trends that we have been seeing. Having everything new isn’t desired as much as it used to be, and finding those perfect accents and mixing them in with what you have is something that a knowledgeable designer or Lifestylist is great at.
CandysDirt.com founder and publisher Candy Evans was fortunate enough to meet the iconic Iris Apfel during the USA Film Festival a few years ago, and this pillow by Huger Memories would be perfect in her home. This company will also do commission works of your dogs, family members, ex-husband … almost anything you can dream of they can do.
This table made out of an old bicycle — shredding tires included — by Classic Home was one of our favorites as well. It would be perfect in an outdoor kitchen or man cave.
There were so many great Dallas companies represented at the Dallas Market Center it would be impossible to mention all of them, but Peacock Alley really changed the design world’s view of luxury linens, and we are proud to have them call Dallas home. The bedroom continues to be a place where color is minimal, and the soothing muted creams, crisp whites, and dreamy neutrals make this space you never want to leave. Investing in your home and environment is always an excellent investment.
All 15 floors of the Dallas Market Center are open only to the trade, but CandysDirt.com looks forward to sharing more of these trends and trendsetters with you in the future.