Sure, schools are important components in educating and forming the personalities and tastes of children. And it’s common wisdom that Mommy and Daddy shouldn’t argue or smoke in front of the kiddies. It seems wisdom needs an add-on.  Apparently you shouldn’t decorate in front of the little buggers either.

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I love Cody Ellison. You know he and business partner Ken Valencia own Home on BishopDwell on Davis, Bishop Ranch and the Bishop Street Market all down in Bishop Arts. Though they started out with the perfection that is Home on Bishop, business was so darn strong the duo opened a second store in November, 2014, Dwell on Davis: bedding plus art, jewelry, clothing and accessories. Which are the mainstays of all their fabulous stores.

“Buyers crave our locally crafted goods, sold by locally owned stores,” says Ken Valencia, who previously worked for Neiman Marcus and Donna Karan. Cody was in textile and also National Sales Director for Rose Tree Corporation based here in Dallas.

“We do not replenish anything, it lives here one time, when it sells we bring in something as unique and special to replace it,” adds Cody. “Always something new to see everyday!” 

Well we have something new to TELL YOU Saturday night!

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RH Modern: Jonathan Browning Chandelier $3,695 cribbed from Browning trade-only model at ~$15,000.

RH Modern: Jonathan Browning Chandelier $3,695 cribbed from Browning trade-only model at ~$15,000.

Expo and the Great Indoors whetted our appetites for cool kitchen and bathroom showrooms we mightn’t have been able to afford, but could crib ideas from.  Their bankruptcies left a hole in our collective Sunday afternoons. Even at a fraction of their size, Capital Distributing and Perch sate our inner renovation voyeur.

In the meantime we also saw Restoration Hardware, always more tease than happy ending given that much of the “good stuff” isn’t in stores but ordered blindly via their catalog. Then last summer came RH Modern, a new line moving away from their chipped-paint-chic and weathered, splinter-friendly wood comfort zone and into the realm of reinterpreted midcentury modern and “reclaimed” vs. “antique” wood.  RH Modern seems to compete with Mitchell Gold, Bob Williams. Of course the tease continues with just one free-standing RH Modern store in Los Angeles, (natch) and some dedicated space in NYC, Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Tampa and Austin that parcel out a teensy weensy portion of the 300-page, mailbox-bending catalog.

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Dean Fearing signed copies of his "Texas Food Bible" at Anteks Curated during the Park Cities Quail reception.

Dean Fearing signed copies of his “Texas Food Bible” at Anteks Curated during the Park Cities Quail reception.

Dean Fearing is becoming a regular at Anteks Curated where store owner and friend of Fearing’s, Jason Lenox, houses his latest cookbook.

“We had a fall ’15 event where Dean autographed The Texas Food Bible and generously mingled with the guests. The good time convinced us that we should do it again.” Jason shared.

When Park Cities Quail showed an interest in gathering at our space in The Plaza at Preston Center Dean Fearing’s involvement made perfect sense. Dean’s auction item is a big attraction for the 2016  annual Quail Dinner event where the T. Boone Pickens Lifetime Sportsman Award is presented.

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C.P. Hart; Texas tub in King Arthur’s Court.

C.P. Hart; Texas tub in King Arthur’s Court.

“Sir, if you wish to have a just notion of the magnitude of this city [London], you must not be satisfied with seeing its great streets and squares, but must survey the innumerable little lanes and courts.”

Samuel Johnson, 1777

As you may imagine, traveling with me is likely to be a different experience. On my first trip to London just after college, I visited the Tower of London to see the crown jewels. I recall standing next to a woman who asked where I was from. When I said “Chicago” she shrieked that she and her mother were from Milwaukee. It was that moment that I thought, “I didn’t travel 5,000 miles to see YOU.”

From that point forward, I take the roads slightly less traveled. Sure, I go to Harrods and Selfridges, but I live at 300-year-old cheesemonger Paxton and Whitfield, Borough Market, Camden and the design areas of Kings and Fulham Roads. I pick a new direction and try new things. I don’t do tours.

This past trip I crept into Liberty’s attic to rummage wallpaper, visited Beardmore for drawer pulls and investigated internet find C.P. Hart. I also dashed into Linley to drool over jaw-dropping bespoke cabinetry and furniture. Oodles of ideas later, here we are.

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Like many mundane things that have been made “cool” these days (from Haute Dogs to Lobster Mac & Cheese), it’s now possible (as Candy wrote)  to have cool bunk beds. I don’t know about you, but if I had the ceiling height, it would be soooo fun to have half the set pictured above in my bedroom. Every night I’d be thinking, “Hmmm, do I want to sleep up or down tonight?”

… and then I could post naughty “pin-up” pics to the underside of the upper bed like when I was younger. (OK, perhaps I’ve grown up at least that much since then … but not much.)

Alder and Tweed is run by sisters Lynsey and Heather Humphrey who come by their design chops naturally with parents who founded the largest lighting company you’ve never heard of.   Their firm specializes in creating memorable interiors (translation: house porn) for big-time vacation homes. Many of their clients fall out of the pages of Fortune and People. Their work results in the kinds of interiors most of us slobber over in hopes of finding some trinket we can use in our more modest homes. The Utah-based sister-designers get around with projects and offices in California, Mexico, and of course Utah.

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It happens only twice a year: more than 75,000 people from the design & home furnishings industry flock to High Point, North Carolina to explore nearly 11.5 million square feet of space to get the first look at the newest, latest and greatest product designs for the home. Think of it as fashion week for interior designers. This is where the serious retail home furnishings buyers go to scan merchandise because if you can’t find it in High Point…it probably doesn’t exist. And get the layout: 180 buildings to walk through, 11.5 MILLION square feet of show space, more than 2000 exhibitors, and 100 plus countries represented.

No wonder Shay Geyer, co-owner & interior designer at IBB Design Fine Furnishings in Frisco, says going to High Point Market always rejuvenates her and fills her with fresh ideas to bring back to the design staff at IBB and her fabulous clients. We asked Shay to share the wealth of info she learned in High Point with CD:

Shay Geyer

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Marc Lake, Lisa Robison

Marc Lake and Lisa Robison (Photos: Bob Manzano)


After a getting a new brand, the antique emporium in the Dallas Design District formerly known as Donald J. Embree Antiques celebrated its new moniker with a soiree benefiting Dwell With Dignity last month. The interior design community fell in love with the store, now Embree & Lake, all over again inside its beautiful digs at 1115 Slocum Street. The shop, which just turned 54, hosted the biggest names in Dallas design, including Kenneth Craighead, Loyd Taylor, Sherry Hayslip, John Phifer Mars, David Salem, Peggy Levinson, and Lisa Robison.

To highlight the evening, shop owner Marc Lake toasted Donald J. Embree, who founded the namesake business. With Don’s passing and his grace, Marc committed to carrying on the well-known collection and keeping it current. The whole bash not only shed light on Embree & Lake’s stunning selection of furnishings and unique accessories, but also highlighted the great work that nonprofit Dwell With Dignity is doing.

Jump for more photos of this fabulous event!

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