It’s not often you see a single-story residential property with an MU-3 zoning classification (Multi-Use). But then again, 2292 Vantage is just west of the Anatole and a smidge further along I-35E in the Design-ish District. It’s at the end of a small street next to the un-glamourous tail of Turtle Creek and the Trinity Strand Bike Trail (nifty).

Like most semi-industrial property, there’s a lot of space, but unlike a lot of places in warehouse areas, not a gigantic amount. It’s a more practical 2,500 square feet with two bedrooms and two bathrooms listed for $699,995 with Paige Whiteside from Coldwell Banker Residential (also the property’s owner). Sure, you can work here, setup an office or showroom, but as you’ll see, whyyyyyyyy?

Very private, very quiet, very park-like. I remember a time when I’d have pulled out my checkbook for a home like this. I remember touring old fire stations to renovate in Chicago (as all gay boys do) and I even had my eye on a three-quarter acre parcel in the Design District – 25 years before I moved here!

What makes this property great is the mix. It’s industrial, but it’s very residential with a pool, grassy backyard, and borders Turtle Creek. It’s for someone who wants to be near everything but with ghost town emptiness in the evenings and weekends.


There is nothing I like better than a bargain, unless it’s a design bargain. Or a real estate bargain.

Thus I hit jackpot Monday when I walked into Jan Showers Interior Design showroom at 1308 Slocum Street, in the Dallas Design District, and found out about her fabulous February sale. Amazing fabric rolls selling for… are you sitting down? I want proof, tell me you are sitting down.

Okay, you are sitting down.


Branson on Horse

The Dallas real estate community was out in force to greet Sir Richard Branson Monday evening in the sizzling Dallas Design District, and Sir Richard lived up to his reputation of an innovator who would never consider doing anything ordinary.

Branson rode into the parking lot, future site of the state’s first Virgin Hotel at Hi Line Drive and Turtle Creek Boulevard, on a white stallion with Miss Texas astride, wearing a Virgin red cowboy hat and red cowboy boots.

“He told me he wanted to arrive one of three ways,” said Dunhill Partners founder Bill Hutchinson, owner of the 33 acres where the new hotel will be located. “By hot air balloon, on a Texas steer, or a white horse.”

Hutchinson says he called his insurance broker, who advised the horse as having the least amount of risk.

And so in Sir Branson rode on a hot Texas evening, posing for photos with Mayor Rawlings, City Councilwoman Monica Alonzo, Dirk Nowitzki, and the Dallas-based development team of Gatehouse Capital CEO Marty Collins, The Crossland Group founder Luke Crossland, and Virgin’s brand CEO. Everyone grabbed a gold shovel where the dirt met the asphalt parking lot that will be the sprawling lobby of the first Texas Virgin Hotel come fall of 2018. Dirt was flying everywhere!

Branson’s nod to Texas culture — hat, boots, and a beauty queen — along with his signature red and stagger, impressed. He danced to a little C&W — great dancer, obviously an athletic man at age 66. He spoke briefly, too, saying the last time he was in Texas was to write a love letter to the City of Dallas to get his Virgin Airlines a slot at Love Field, what he called “Love City”.  That visit also included body surfing at The Rustic in Uptown.

“If you write a love letter, and your entreaty is accepted, the next thing you need is a hotel,” said Branson.

5 Virgin



Dwell With Dignity Thrift Shop Vignette Designed by IBB Design (Photo: Lance Selgo at Unique Exposure Design)

Dwell With Dignity Thrift Shop Vignette Designed by IBB Design (Photo: Lance Selgo at Unique Exposure Design)

There’s nothing we love more than a great deal, unless of course we can grab a bargain and help a wonderful cause at the same time. Both will be possible when Dwell With Dignity hosts their annual Thrift Studio at the Dallas Design District April 8 through May 7.

Dwell With Dignity presents fully furnished home to Shared Housing family (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

Dwell With Dignity presents fully furnished home to a Shared Housing family (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

We fell in love with this organization when they decorated a new home for a Shared Housing family in December. No detail was missed, including stocking the pantry, Christmas trees for the kids, and this Lifestylist’s favorite — they got the family a double stroller after researching to make sure that it fit on public transportation. What a difference they made in this young family’s life, and shopping at the Thrift Studio will make it possible for them to help other families like this one. Their goal is to do over 18 homes a year, and considering how much “sweat equity” they invest in each home, that takes a lot of volunteers and generous sponsors.


Photo: Dwell Magazine

The Monogram Modern Home pre-fabricated modern home has made four stops in American cities so far. It will be in the Dallas Design District Aug. 21-22. Photo: Dwell Magazine

If modern design makes you merry, then the Monogram Modern Home Dallas event is a must-attend Aug. 21-22.

Popping up for one weekend in the Decorative Center Dallas at 1617 Hi Line Dr., the Monogram Modern Home is a pop-up, pre-fab modern home, host to a series of events, including culinary tastings, product demonstrations, and Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) for accredited industry professionals.

The event is part of a partnership between Dwell Magazine and Monogram Appliances that takes them on the road to six U.S. cities in six months: Portland, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Austin, Dallas, and Boston.

“The goal of the Monogram Modern Home is to get the Monogram brand in front of as many design-oriented consumers and professionals as we can—that’s why we decided to take it on the road,” said Michael Mahan, General Manager for Monogram. “We’ve partnered up with Dwell to offer CEU credits at each of our locations so designers can come in, get their certifications they need for the year, and enjoy a great day with the Monogram brand.”


Summer Sale

HUGE sale at Bernadette Schaeffler Collection in the Dallas Design District going on this weekend! Some of the floor models and samples will be priced up to 50 percent off, so go to the showroom and pick out that amazing, one-of-a-kind piece that you’ve been pining for.

This beautiful cabinet is 50 percent off at the Bernadette Schaeffler Collection!

This beautiful cabinet is 50 percent off at the Bernadette Schaeffler Collection!

Not only can you stop by the Hi Line Drive spot to shop, but you can also enjoy fresh-pressed juice from The Juice Bar. And if that’s just too much for you, did you know that you can now peruse all of the amazing wares inside the Bernadette Schaeffler Collection showroom online?

What are you looking forward to snatching up during this amazing summer sale?

Sir Branson

The Branson-Hutchison team Dallas

And they are creating 35 cutting edge residences on the top floors of the new Virgin Hotel in the Design District. Says Luke Crosland:

Rumor has prices in the $600 a square foot-ish range.

More to come on the more to come, stay tuned.


Virgin Hotels dressing room

I wish Miami had a Virgin — making reservations there for NAREE (which starts tomorrow yeah!) was a little cray cray. But it looks like we rate even more than Miami, because Florida-based Virgin Hotels has decided to open the state’s first Virgin Hotel here in the Dallas’ Design District. The first Virgin Hotel is taking reservations in Chicago, and others are on the books for New York City, of course, and Nashville.

We had heard back in 2013 that the company, a hospitality brand that combines service, value, and a seamless hotel experience, is an offshoot of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, which brings us the same stuff on Virgin Airlines. The company was looking at downtown and Uptown. The Dallas Design District was a no-brainer. What started as an industrial, warehouse area that became home to one of the busiest design district in the country — the hot spot for wholesale sales to interior designers and exclusive furniture manufacturers — is now one of the hottest places to live in Dallas. There are more restaurants, apartments, and even some retail. Come six p.m. everyone is out walking their dogs. I still remember Jim Lake, Jr. telling me how he found bullets in the walls of a crummy warehouse he bought that was holding women brought here as sex slaves. To say it was a rough neighborhood is an understatement, but then, everything in Dallas seems to be getting rough.  (more…)