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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.



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


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!


Skymall magazine turns 25 with plans to focus on online sales.

RIP SkyMall. I have to admit I did leaf through the SkyMall sitting in the back-seat pocket of my last flight from San Francisco to Dallas.

Then I used hand sanitizer.



Photo courtesy Nebraska Furniture Mart

Photo courtesy Nebraska Furniture Mart

When the CandysDirt.com team got an invitation to do a early tour of the yet-to-be-completed Nebraska Furniture Mart Texas, we absolutely had to jump at the chance. There’s nothing that we love more than looking at pretty things, and besides, Nebraska Furniture Mart is a pretty interesting spot. The new Texas location of the brand is in Grandscape, a new development in The Colony. The store, which will anchor the 430-acre mixed-use development, is on 100 acres and is about the same size as 31 football fields. It is absolutely mammoth.

We walked the store (all 560,000 square feet of it!) and learned about the brand’s modest history (started in the basement of an Omaha pawn shop by Rose Blumkin in 1937) and its bright future in Texas (the only location planned for the Lone Star State). The store, which is more like five or six stores all under one very large roof, will open some time in the spring, though the marketing team isn’t ready to pin down a date yet.

After our tour, Leah Shafer and I sat down for a frank discussion about Nebraska Furniture Mart. Jump to read all about it!


Jan Showers

Dallas designer Jan Showers makes her design predictions for 2015.

We love Jan Showers. I mean L-O-V-E. This woman has some serious style, with an unparalleled ability to create glamorous interiors anywhere. She combines color and shapes in a way that makes her one of the most sought-after interior designers.

Showers, who published her “Glamorous Retreats” this year, sat down with Mecox for a little Q&A. Jump for Showers’ predictions for next year!


Family Christmas Hearth


It’s Christmas Eve Eve, as my mother likes to call it, and we are doing everything we can to prepare our home to host a few friends and plenty of magic. When you live in 1,400 square feet, cozy is easy. But how do you achieve that kind of warm atmosphere on a larger scale? It’s in the accessories, says Bernadette Schaeffler.

Her boutique in the Dallas Design District is my favorite spot to get inspired for the holidays. Thanks to Schaeffler’s German heritage, she gives her Christmas decor a fun, cultural spin that exudes elegance.


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You’ll recall that I stopped in to the Bernadette Schaeffler Collection on Tuesday of last week to see what this lovely Design District decor boutique had for Christmas. The holiday season is special for the store’s namesake, as it reminds her of the lovely traditions of her native Germany. How could I not stop in!?

“Christmas in my home country of Germany is very different from what we know here in North America,” said Schaeffler. “Even though I have to admit that I see more commercialism back home, our tradition is more the focus on the actual religious part of Christmas.”


That means beautiful and simple decorations that incorporate advent wreaths and straw figures, lovely handmade accents and simple elegance. They really make Christmas feel warm and cozy and delicious. Of course, the perfect gift for loved ones is a part of that, too.