Bookmatched Beauty

Bookmatched Beauty

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In August a dear friend was returning from weeks in Japan, stopping in Austin before returning home to New Hampshire. She alerted me and, never needing much of an excuse to bomb down to Austin, off I went for a dinner date. She’d asked me what’s the hotsy-totsy dining place in Austin these days. Ironically, I responded that it was Uchi – a Japanese inspired venue. Having been in Japan for weeks, her response was, “F that, let’s get some BBQ.” So no Uchi for me … until last night.

Aria Stone Gallery in the Design District had a fab event catered by Uchi. And before we get to the stone, I have to admit that the meal from Uchi gave my tongue a flat tire. Everything I’ve put in my mouth since then (huuush!) has tasted like dorm food.

The media event featured an intimate table-full of fellow writers and designers. Aria went to a lot of trouble and expense for this seated, multi-course dinner and yet a couple of guests were no-shows. That’s just tacky and rude. If it were my house, you’d not get invited back. It doesn’t take much to tap “reply” or to text the host/hostess of an event. For shame.

What these uncivilized no-shows missed was an 8-course tasting menu that caused “Oooooo” as each course was explained, followed by “Ahhhhh” as each was tasted. You know how these things typically go. A tattered Romaine leaf and a blade of rosemary and suddenly it’s Tuscany. Not this time.

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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?

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Though they’ve been living in their 23rd-floor penthouse at The Warrington only six months, it didn’t take Stephen and Jane Lerer too long to realize that they were totally and completely in love with their immense, luxurious, and freshly renovated unit inside this Turtle Creek highrise.



“I really loved the structure of it, the design,” said Jane. “Light comes in from three directions — north, east, and west — and we get the sunrise and sunset, and every room has these floor-to-ceiling windows.”

She’s so smitten that she’s opening her three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath, 4,100-square-foot home to the Turtle Creek Tour of Homes on April 12. The tour, which benefits the Turtle Creek Association, will feature a beautiful historic Tudor at 4011 Turtle Creek and five more luxurious units at some of the most sought-after buildings in the neighborhood. The tour runs from 1 to 5 p.m., with an invitation-only afterparty from 6 to 8. Tickets are $50 for Turtle Creek Association members, and $60 for non-members. You can purchase tickets on the website, or you can stay tuned to CandysDirt.com for your chance to win a pair of passes.

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Anteks Curated not only has a gorgeous selection of gifts, but it will host the Friends of Wednesday's Child luncheon kickoff Jan. 27.

Anteks Curated not only has a gorgeous selection of gifts, but it will host the Friends of Wednesday’s Child luncheon kickoff Jan. 27.

Surely you’ve heard of the amazing nonprofit Friends of Wednesday’s Child. This group does such important work for children who are lost in the shuffle of foster families, looking for a permanent home where they can thrive. They work to improve the lives of these children through education, enrichment, and support, and they do such a wonderful job!

If you’re considering supporting an area nonprofit that is proven to change the lives of children who need it most then you’ll want to support Friends of Wednesday’s Child at their luncheon kickoff Jan. 27. Anteks Curated inside the Plaza at Preston Center will host the reception, which will have wine and hors d’oeuvres, along with the opportunity to shop the beautiful accessories and gifts inside Jason Lenox’s Park Cities outpost of his well-known store in the Design District.

So go, shop, celebrate the great work Friends of Wednesday’s Child does the with luncheon chair Cachet Weinberg and honorary luncheon chairs Amanda and Brint Ryan at Anteks Curated. All you have to do is RSVP to rsvp (at) wedchild (dot) org.

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Every Christmas, my mother hauls out a box of vintage beaded balls made by my grandmother. Each of them is hung from the ceiling with clear fishing line, which gives the impression of several gilt and sparkling orbs floating in our formal living room. Each Christmas I looked forward to that ritual, and when I saw that Dallas artist Peyton Hayslip was creating an altogether more polished and stylish version of these beaded beauties, I was absolutely intrigued.

As it turns out, remembering those 1970s-era beaded ornaments is what inspired Hayslip to create her line of ornaments and tabletop decor.

“My beaded creations began in the mid-90s when my children were small. My mother and I were reminiscing about the little foam and sequin ornaments she’d made when I was a baby, and we both had an ‘AH-HA!’ moment,” Hayslip said. “What if those old-fashioned ornaments could be pumped up? What if they weren’t just made with sequins? What if they were made using my great grandmother’s vintage costume jewelry, and maybe some glass beads for sparkle? I set to work, and loved the results.”

We do, too! Jump for more!

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The Renaissance Collection Official Shot

The Renaissance Collection (Photo: Bret Redman)

With its trademark shape and fantastic location, the Renaissance Dallas Hotel has been a landmark venue since 1983, however, it was showing its age a bit. Thanks to a fantastic multi-million dollar facelift, the hotel is now LEED Silver certified and boasts 30,000 square feet of meeting and event space, with a 16,000-square-foot grand ballroom, a 10,000-square-foot rooftop terrace, and breathtaking views of downtown.

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Trust us: Not all Christmas shopping is fun. A lot of it is an anxiety-fueled race to the finish line and that is the opposite of fun. So if you’re looking for an excuse to enjoy yourself while doing some legitimate Christmas shopping, look no further than the Bernadette Shaeffler Collection showroom in the Dallas Design District.

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Denise McGaha went trend spotting at High Point Market. See what's hot for home decor this season!

Denise McGaha went trend spotting at High Point Market. See what’s hot for home decor this season!

By Denise McGaha
Special Contributor

I have been attending High Point Market for more than five years. High Point Furniture Market is the world’s largest furniture market held twice a year in High Point, N.C., and has over 75,000 attendees. It’s like Fashion Week for the furniture industry, and with all of the manufacturers sharing their new introductions, hosting events and hosting world-class speakers, the excitement level is ultra-high.

I spent 7 days in High Point this trip, so I had a chance to see over 75 showrooms.  I was also honored to be a High Point Style Spotter.  Style Spotters highlight their top 25 “picks” from showrooms. To be “Spotted” is an exciting opportunity for manufacturers because their spotted items are pinned to a High Point Market Pinterest Board and each of these pieces are showcased at the Style Spotters “Live” breakfast as part of the trends presentation each market.

Three distinct trends stood out from the crowd this market. Some were a carryover of trends we saw the last few markets, like gold and brass. But as usual, we see a new color trend every six months without fail. Jump to find out more!

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