Those purveyors of the best contemporary furnishings in town, Scott & Cooner, have a great present for all of us: a holiday SALE just in time to outfit the house for the holidays. It’s at the warehouse location, 2150 Irving Blvd. 10 am to 4 pm until Friday. We told you all about it last week but here is  reminder.

For a handy-dandy map, click here.

What you (and I) will find:

Rugs by Yerra: fabulous hides and stitched hides, by Moooi: bright pallettes and unusual creations, like this Delft round rug whose original art design was hand-painted on a ceramic plate, and by Nanimariquina, a Barcelona rug designer and manufacturer. I’m actually buying a rug now so you might catch me down there. Rugs are impossible, I think, to buy on the internet. 

Furnishings: a selection of Giorgetti sofas, Cassina chairs, tables and more, and a variety of Paola Lenti indoor/outdoor and outdoor furniture. I mean, with temperatures this temperate, go ahead and have Christmas dinner outside! (more…)

Stacy Brotemarkle remembers when she was a 12-year-old, tagging along with her parents while house hunting. For most kids, hours and hours of showings and trekking through home after home can be boring and tedious, but Brotemarkle remembers it all fondly. 

“I said, ‘Mom, I want to be an interior designer,’ ” Brotemarkle recalled. “She said, ‘Yeah, sure, and last week you wanted to be a singer.’ ”

But unlike her musical ambitions, interior design stuck with her through high school and onward. Right after graduating high school, Brotemarkle went to work for Hawkins-Welwood Homes, later graduating from the University of North Texas with a BFA in interior design. Today, Brotemarkle is the vice president and lead interior designer at Bella Custom Homes, one of the foremost luxury custom builders in North Texas. 


Let’s start with a Maestro Color from Allied Stone, shall we?

Calacatta Riviera.

It’s an awesome color featuring naturalistic veining that looks like the real deal of marble. But it performs like a champ! No sealing is required EVER!!!

Today everyone wants the marble look, but no one wants the hassle and maintenance. Natural marble is soft, prone to etching and staining in it’s natural state. Maestro Quartz, available at Allied Stone in Dallas, is a beautiful alternative.

“We sell it by the square foot, you don’t have to buy whole slab quantities,” says Matthew Collins, brand and marketing manager. “It’s perfect for design flexibility and price.”

Allied Stone is a leader in fabrication and installation of natural stone. The company specializes in unique and customized granite kitchen countertops and bathroom vanities for new homes and remodels, crafting designs from only the highest quality natural stone such as granite, marble, onyx, and soapstone.

Allied Stone is the only granite fabricator in DFW that actually owns and stocks as much inventory and range of selections as the local granite distributors. Allied’s selection of exotic stones is conducted completely in-house.

More than 45,000 pieces of beautiful, exceptional stone slabs are available in more than 500 colors.

Allied also has the largest number of CNC machines among local DFW fabricators, giving them the unique ability to assure high precision and a streamlined production produce. With four Texas locations and a store in Durant, Ok, only Allied can offer a stunning inventory of natural stone, serving its customers with elegance and efficiency.

Allied Stone has partnered with CandysDirt to bring you a beautiful Stone of the Week. For questions you may have about putting glorious stone in your home, 855-861-6388 or email here. 

This new custom home by Avida Homes featured un-lacquered faucets and hardware for an authentic look, which makes it feel more luxurious. (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

What’s in a name? Everything, especially if you are talking about home design. Our Dallas housing market is robust right now, and it made us think about the words and names that builders and Realtors use to describe their homes. One of the most overused terms is “luxury,” and it’s used to describe everything from a large bath in a $100,000 home to the lifestyle that’s offered in a $10 million home.

When we heard that ROHL was coming to Dallas with their Auth Lux Summit, we were anxious to hear what they had to say.


Kneif & Company’s K-Stone Pride Bathtub. Soup’s on!

Even before Lady Gaga popped out of an egg at the 2011 Grammy’s, I was over the plethora of egg-shaped bathtubs.  I realize that bathtub shapes are limited by what is placed in them … namely people. But men, always enjoying a little manspreading (it floats, you know), would rather not have a bathtub that narrows at the legs.  So speaking for all men, the recent fad of egg shapes has tired us out.  It’s time to crack some eggs and see what else is out there.


JEE-O’s Pure wall mount faucet

“There are two things that Jack Bauer never does. Show mercy and go to the bathroom.”

Kiefer Sutherland

In light of Hurricane Harvey, I thought we’d explore some of the better, less overwhelming aspects of water.  The first (OK, second) place we encounter water each day is our bathroom faucets. It should be functional, sure, but it should also be a beautiful way to kick off the day.

Faucets have long been my weakness since seeing Kallista ads in Architectural Digest in the 1980s (yes, I was that kid). Since then, as I renovate homes, I take special fun in picking really great faucets.  Sometimes I buy them in strange and exotic places like eBay, but I always get a deal.


Viyet sells all sorts of spendy furniture. Giorgio USA is among the priciest and most popular.

Bargain hunters (with taste), start your engines. Recently I’ve been in a decorating mood.  It all started with a pair of bedside tables I stumbled upon at Mitchell Gold that were on the sale rack.  I spiffed them up by adding quartzite tops. It’s been weeks and I still smile when I see them.  While I was looking for remnant stone, I found marble baseboards that match my bathroom floor.  From there I decided to finish a hall closet that had been junk storage.

Note: Another reason high-rises are good.  When you need someone to install a small amount of baseboard, you can knock on doors of renovating neighbors and see if their tile guy wants a small side job. The perfect solution for tiny jobs that are notoriously difficult to get done these days.

Finally, I decided to design my own media cabinet, end tables, and a built-in shelving unit/bar. I visited the Design District to see all the styles I love, but am too poor to afford, for inspiration. Quite ambitious of me.

Of course the day after I’d sent the plans to the carpenter, I opened my browser bookmarks and found listed in a 2014 Huffington Post article.  (Yes, I’m that anal.)

Not just furniture and lighting. Fabric for drapes and upholstery too.

For those who don’t recall the 2014 article (ha!), Viyet (a play on “vignette”) is a virtual consignment shop opened in 2013.  But it’s more.  They only take the cream of the design district crop.  Furniture must retail for over $1,000, lighting over $500 and knickknacks over $100.   In any of these categories you’ll be hard-pressed to find much approaching these minimum standards.

The stuff comes from showrooms who don’t want to sully themselves by selling sample pieces to consumers, plus rich folks jettisoning treasures while remodeling. Viyet staff evaluate, photograph and measure each piece (so you know the real condition of a piece and that their judgement is consistent). They document and photograph any boo-boos. “Gently used” likely being the worst condition they sell. There is a “revive” category for restoration work, but it’s usually reserved for antique pieces. Scratches are the most common fault. They also help sellers set prices.  But prices are not hard with all items having a “make an offer” button. And like any consignment store, DO make an offer.

Because items are personally inspected, Viyet only receives items from certain areas like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, etc.


Granite in a non-white kitchen (for commenter “JT”)

Back in 2015 I wrote a pair of columns on countertops, and specifically issues I’d been having with mine. Based on new information, I thought a revisit was in order. In Part One I wrote about some of the more unusual countertop options like paper, wood, and glass before diving into the varieties of stone.  In this column, I’ll finish up with the rest of the stone landscape.  As with any list, it’s by no means exhaustive.  New stones are being mined all the time and new materials are being pressed into service (who’d have thought about lava rock 20 years ago?).

Regardless of the type of countertop you select, understand that there are different things that impact overall pricing.  Each material has different grades, which equate to different prices for the raw material.  Often it’s based on rarity or difficulty in manufacturing the product.  From a fabrication perspective, complicated shapes, cutouts, and edge treatments can add cost depending how complicated you get (complication equals time/money). Finally, there’s installation.  How easy will it be to get the countertops into the building?

That said, let’s talk about marble …