Wait, did I say a store store? Yes, I did.

Frontgate, that wonderful luxury lifestyle retailer known for its best-in-class furnishings, enhancements, and gadgets, plus the catalogue everyone receives — best patio and outdoor selections hands down, and those signature holiday decorations! —  has traditionally been a mail order retailer. With the exception of a few outlets and a bricks and mortar store/outlet in Atlanta, Frontgate has mostly enjoyed catalogue and on-line sales. 

Until last Friday. The cash registers are now flying at the new Frontgate store in Legacy West, and I was proudly their first Texas brick and mortar customer. The retailer’s flagship store is striking and huge: 22,000 square feet with 2,500 devoted to vignettes. Naturally I came away with mental plans to entirely redecorate my patio and pool area, but I also found some goodies for serving, entertaining, and some other spots inside my home.

I have long been a Frontgate customer. Go out to my pool and you will find a verdigris pool towel hanger designed for that very purpose. Or check the weather-proof storage boxes for pool toys: Frontgate. I have a couple of their lidded exterior wastebaskets. I have a couple Frontgate ladders and have had several foam floating pool loungers over the years. The Legacy store has all that practical outdoors stuff and much more: lounge chairs, swivel rockers, and patio poufs that look straight from Austin Spa. They call them heirloom pieces updated for today’s lifestyle.

Frontgate prides itself on creating items with a functional purpose — a major engineering feat is buried in every product. Their glassware is not just attractive and for drinking, it’s unbreakable and sturdy, so you can use it outside all night long without having to worry about shattered glass.  Or this luxurious outdoor lounger that goes into table mode when company rings the doorbell.

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Want to find out what inspires the talented designers of IBB? Read about them below and then meet them in person on June 17!

While we love it when a designer comes in and whip our homes into very stylish shape, sometimes we just want to pick their brains. What’s the method behind it all? And when it comes to interiors, personality is everything. Wouldn’t you want to meet the people you might put in charge of your most personal spaces?

Well, here’s your chance. IBB Design Fine Furnishings is hosting a “Meet the Designers” open house on June 17, where you can see some beautiful vignettes and learn more about these professionals and their inspired design. Wine and beer will be served throughout the day, and food will be available from Easy Slider, with dessert options from Trailercakes, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with hors d’oeuvres from 2 to 6 p.m. The first 250 guests at the event, hosted at IBB’s showroom at 5798 Genesis Court in Frisco, will receive a swag bag.

Today we’re offering you a sneak peek of the talented interior designers and their take on decor, straight from the experts themselves. Read on for four engaging Q&As with the designers of IBB Design Fine Furnishings!

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kohler

All photos courtesy of Kohler

Great news for design professionals and homeowners alike: Kohler is expanding availability of its bath and kitchen products with the opening of the Kohler Signature Store by Facets of Dallas in the Knox-Henderson neighborhood. Owned and operated by Hajoca Corporation, the new location will be the fourth Signature Store within the company portfolio.

Located at 4640 McKinney Ave., this will be the 19th signature store in the country, and the only signature store in Texas.

“Dallas has a high concentration of our target customer, both home owners and trade professionals, and home owners in the area value good design, American-made products symbolized by good quality,” said Michelle Kilmer, Kohler’s Director of Showrooms. “Knox-Henderson is a regional draw with great shopping, great brands, and great restaurants, all of which appeal to our ideal customer.”

The 3,600-square-foot Kohler Signature Store will offer the full breadth of the Kohler Co. portfolio. In addition, the Kohler Signature Store will feature their exclusive Kohler Surfaces line as well as kitchen cabinets made locally.

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Country Dirt booth at Round Top Antique Show Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography

Something for everyone at Round Top Antique Show (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

 

One of the joys of living in an old printing factory is that you never run out of room or projects. When a friend mentioned that it was time for the Round Top Antique Fair this weekend, I decided it was time for this Lifestylist to get down to Round Top and see what all of the buzz was about, and I wasn’t disappointed. I just wondered what took me so long to take advantage of one of the best antique and vintage shows that is an easy road trip from Dallas. It truly was 26 miles of weird, wacky, and wonderful buys that offered something for everyone. (more…)

Sharon Flatley

All photos: Daniel S. Flatley Photography

For Dallas interior designer Sharon Flatley, a Barbie Dreamhouse began her passion. She got it as a present when she was eight years old and knew then she wanted to design.

Sharon Flatley

Sharon Flatley, ASID, RID

“I immediately set about redecorating the interior and adding cardboard porches to the exterior—I used scraps of fabric to make drapery treatments and made rugs and cardboard furniture to add to the décor,” she said. “I would spend hours looking at catalogues for furniture and cut out the pieces to create ‘roomscapes.’ I guess it was just meant to be.”

Fast forward a few decades, and she’s still creating roomscapes and great design, but on a grander scale with her firm Sharon Flatley Design. She specializes in kitchens and bathrooms, creating classic and timeless spaces.

“If I return to or repeat any design element, it would be just that,” she said. “I want my designs to stand the test of time and in ten years, still look elegant and classic, as well as functional.”

Flatley loves the process, from concept to completion.

“I love the journey along the way and designing and then adapting that design as issues arise either because of time constraints or structural limitations that come up during the project,” she said. “No matter how well planned out a design, there will always be challenges that will need to be addressed along the way.”

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Sherry Hayslip

All photos courtesy of Sherry Hayslip Interiors

Visionary design takes a lot of inspiration, and a fair degree of risk. Playing the middle ground usually makes for unimpressive spaces.

Sherry Hayslip

Sherry Hayslip

Dallas interior designer Sherry Hayslip, ASID, IIDA, brings 30-plus years of inspiration to her work, and creates marvelous residential and commercial spaces. She knows how to walk that fine line of risk for extraordinary results.

“Being completely safe seldom results in the best design; I always want to include something a little unexpected or even outrageous,” Hayslip said. “One reason I love design is because it opens so many doors to new experiences, fascinating people, unexpected collections, and interests.”

Hayslip is the owner and principal designer of Sherry Hayslip Interiors, a firm she established in 1974. Since then, this passionate creative has dedicated herself to continuing education and learning.

“I can’t help myself! There is an endless amount of knowledge out there, and I want to absorb as much as I can before I start forgetting it,” she said. “The world of design is constantly changing, and I find it fascinating to try and see where it has been and where it is headed.”

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Traci Connell

All photos: Michael Hunter

An unlikely path led Traci Connell to great success as a Dallas interior designer.

Connell earned her degree in education and was an elementary school teacher. She enjoyed the job, but says she hadn’t found her passion.

Traci Connell

Traci Connell

“What I really loved about teaching was the creativity and structure of the classroom,” she said. “The big ‘ah ha’ moment for me came in 2000, when my good friend asked, ‘why can’t you make money doing something you love?’ And shortly after, with some careful consideration, Traci Connell Interiors was born.”

At first, Traci Connell Interiors, Connell Interiors at the time, was a helpful second income for her growing family. She spent the first ten years developing her eye for design, honing her business skills, holding leadership roles within the Interior Design Society (IDS), and completing successful client projects, as well as many charity opportunities.

Life threw her a curve ball in 2011, when she found herself a single mother with three children, and the sole provider for the household.

“Fueled with pure passion to feed my family and realize my dream, I reestablished my company as Traci Connell Interiors,” she said. “My decision to change careers is justified every time I see a client lay eyes on their newly designed space for the first time — the tears of happiness say it all.”

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Door Ideas -- How to Help Clients Choose — masonite

Sponsored By Masonite.

Masonite, one of the world's leading manufacturers of interior doors, entry doors, french doors, glass doors, and steel doors.

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“The door is like the cover of a book,” says Dallas interior designer Barbara Gilbert. “It should attract people so they want to open it.”

Doors are uniquely important pieces of architecture because we interact with them every day. But choosing the right door isn’t always easy for homeowners or professionals. Masonite’s free guide, An Inside Look at Consumer Door Buying, helps builders and design industry professionals save time and reduce frustration.

Read on for the top three tips from Masonite for how to guide clients through the door selection process and make the experience easier and more enjoyable for everyone involved.

Door Ideas -- How to Help Clients Choose — masonite

Photo: Barbara Gilbert Interiors

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