We searched Amazon for some of the best of the Now House best and now we’re sharing it with you. Note: CandysDirt.com may collect a small commission or other compensation (Bezos hug) from the links on this page. Items are priced correctly and in stock at time of publication. 

If you’re into Jonathan Adler, but not into extravagant prices, check out Now House, a Jonathan Adler designer collection sold exclusively through Amazon.

Wait, didn’t we JUST say this isn’t about extravagant prices? We did and it isn’t. You see, Now House has all the boldness you’d expect from your boy J. Adler without commas in the price tag. It’s affordable and accessible and just as drool-worthy as anything you’d find in his retail shops. Or on his website because if you’re reading this, we knew where you’re throwing down your Andrew Jacksons.

Enough chit-chat, let’s get into it as we highlight some of our favorite pieces and believe us when we say, it was almost impossible to narrow to five. In fact, if you’d like to see it all right now, just head here.

Otto Pedestal Accent Table

Price: $198

The Piece: If you want a home that’s so hip it hurts, start with the Otto Pedestal Accent Table in White, Mint or the Palest Baby Blue. It’s stately, shapely and the perfect sidepiece for your couch. In the olden days, you’d pop a TV Guide and a three channel remote on top, but today the possibilities are endless. Add a vase, an objet d’art or some coasters for your Whiskey Sour.

What Buyers Are Saying: “Pay close attention to the size on this item – it’s small. But it’s also super cute and wildly stylish. If you have a low chair and need a cocktail table, buy this. The light blue color is perfection. Everybody who visits my home comments on this little sweetie.” –Dubious 2

Order the Otto here.

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Photo: Distinctly Modern Interiors

We checked Amazon for some of the finest interior design books we could set a settee on and now we’re sharing them with you. Note: CandysDirt.com may collect a small commission or other compensation (Bezos hug) from the links on this page. Items are priced correctly and in stock at time of publication.

When you think about Dallas interiors, you probably think cow skulls, antlers and a room full of leather, but you know what? We’re more than that. We’re also modern, contemporary, traditional and transitional. Not every home is a smaller scale Bass Pro Shop and not every home is a buy it, ship it, set it Rooms To Go style either.

In Dallas, we like fashion and big hair and accessories. Our houses are an extension of that. If you find yourself on a mission to makeover your space, but aren’t sure where to start, start right here with a list of some of our favorite home decorating books available on Amazon. We did our best to get a little of this and a little of that so pop your bunny slippers on the ottoman and dig in because it’s a fun read.

French Refreshed, Betty Lou Phillips

Price: $49.99

The Book: Simple and sophisticated, French Refreshed, is exactly that, a fresh look at Parisian décor in a modern era. Throughout the pages, author Betty Lou Phillips shows us how to pair down to the absolute elegant essentials.

What Buyers Are Saying: Who cares? Listen to this sample from Phillips herself. “And so, with gentrification nudging not only Parisians but also those living in large cities elsewhere, we open the window to a world awash in options…” AWASH IN OPTIONS. Want more reasons to love her? She lives in Dallas and SHE’S BEEN ON OPRAH.

To order the book, click here.

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Photo: Tarin Frantz

One of the hottest trends popping up this Fall season is painted case goods and that’s not according to us, that’s according to Chairish’s official, “10 Fall Décor Trends To Know NOW.” They put “NOW” in caps so you know time is of the essence.

Sure, you can find painted credenzas, dressers, nightstands, and the like at tons of big-box retailers. Beautiful pieces made to make your room pop, but what if you want something a little more personal? What if you have a piece you love that needs a little updating? That’s when it’s time to call in the pros at Llave Designs.

Blanca and Derandon Davis started Llave Designs in 2012 and they’ve been building up a steady clientele ever since.

Photo: Emery Davis

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When you start the search for wallpaper, there’s only one real way to describe it – OVERWHELMING. You search the internet, go to showrooms, then circle back to all of them on the off chance you missed something. OH NO. Not you. You will not miss a pattern or a print or a swatch. We get it. One of the best resources when you’re looking is someone with amazing taste. Lucky for us, we found three.

Their names are Callie Jenschke, Kim West, and Kristin Gish and together they own and operate SUPPLY Showroom. They have a brick-and-mortar in Austin and their online shop is always open for orders, inspiration, and a whole lot of “oh wow.”

Who are these girls? Two are native Texans and one married a Texan. Two have a design background and one is a design enthusiast. They all three moved to Austin from New York but didn’t know each other way up there. Of course, they found each other down here. United through a love of prints and patterns, they set up shop in 2014.

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Do your interiors need a nudge in the right direction? Kim Armstrong has a one-day solution for you. (Photo: Deanna Boyd)

Award-winning interior designer Kim Armstrong recently launched Day of Design, and it’s a really genius way to fluff up your space.

Let’s say you just need a lil’ help, not a full-on hand-hold, just more of a nudge in the right direction. Day of Design is the perfect solution.

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CandysDirt.com and Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove will host a panel discussion on innovation and disruption in the home building industry on March 26.

We talk a lot about disruption and innovation here at CandysDirt.com, largely in the realm of the real estate business. But we also know that the same dynamic takes place in the building and design world as well. Who are the disruptors and innovators in the building world? How do you build change into your business plan? What has changed in the past five years when it comes to energy efficiency and even what customers desire?

We’ll delve into all that and more in a forward-looking panel with some phenomenal builder experts on March 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The folks at Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove partnered with CandysDirt to talk about innovation, as well as how their showroom can be an asset for builders, realtors, and designers who want to train staff about the latest appliances, or help clients visualize what their dream kitchen looks like.

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Stacy Brotemarkle comes by her passion for homebuilding through a deep family history. Her grandfather and father were builders, her grandmother in real estate, and her uncle an architect.

“My mom has a picture of me at two years old sitting on a stack of plywood on one of my dad’s job sites,” Brotemarkle laughs. “I was 12 when I told my family I wanted to be an interior designer and I stuck with that desire and got my BFA degree from the University of North Texas, along with a minor in engineering technology.”

Stacy Brotemarkle

As vice president and lead interior designer for Bella Custom Homes, Brotemarkle offers a winning combination of knowledge, experience, and perspective to designing, building, and serving her clients. She has worked on over 200 custom luxury homes in the North Texas market, collaborating with future homeowners from day one. 

“It’s so beneficial for interior designers to be at the planning stages because we can think far down the line and ask the kind of questions that will avoid future headache — where is furniture going to go? Will the door swing into the wall? Where are those drapery panel going to stack?” she said. “The earlier in the process that you start thinking about these things, the easier the whole process is because we use a building block process and all selections are in a chronological process for our clients.” 

Bella Custom Homes’ clients get the benefit of working with a licensed interior designer to assist them throughout the whole process, from designing to building their new dream home. The designer works with the clients from designing the house plans to “specing” the project.

Once construction starts, the real fun begins. The designer is at all the on-site design meetings, takes clients to the showrooms to make decorative selections, and visits the site to make sure everything gets implemented in a way that translates the clients’ vision to reality. The results speak for themselves.

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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…)