Weir’s proposed Knox Street frontage

Weir’s Furniture has been a fixture about town for 70 years.  Their Knox store has sat witness to the area’s ups and downs.  I think it’s safe to say Knox is on the up and up and Weir’s wants to remain an integral part of the transformation (new residents need furniture).  You may recall back in July, I reported on Restoration Hardware’s plans to transform their piddly one story.  Weir’s wants in on that action and so last night made their way to the Oak Lawn Committee.

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It was a busy evening for Cole Avenue at last night’s Oak Lawn Committee meeting. There were a pair of unrelated projects proposed on the Knox Street and Armstrong Avenue cross streets.  First up, was Restoration Hardware … oops, they’ve gone all upmarket and now just use initials … RH. Oooh-la-la.

For those not in the know, RH has been on a tear upsizing their brick-and-mortar stores. Branded RH Galleries, shoppers will finally be able to see a lot of the stuff we previously had to cross our fingers and order blindly via the catalog or website. Amen. Currently there are just nine in the country, one of which is in Austin. Being a Chicagoan, I have to say the Chicago outlet is the most stunning.  It was built in the Three Arts Club building which housed female artists — musical, performing, and visual arts — beginning in 1914.  While the National Register building had been vacant for 20 years, revitalization proposals had included a hotel and a columbarium capable of storing 1,900 funereal urns containing many a great-aunt Millie. RH was definitely an improvement.

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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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What comes to mind when you hear the words “charming” and “storybook”? A Tudor of course.

This Greenland Hills home fits the bill on every front, but it’s definitely not your grandma’s Tudor. It’s a hip mix of Southampton meets the south of France. Built in 1928, 5223 Merrimac Avenue is a two-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage oozing with charm at every turn. In fact, it’s a curated marvel that is photo-ready for the next Ralph Lauren advertising campaign. If you do some sleuthing, like we always do, you’ll figure out that the Ralph Lauren connection is spot on. Can you tell who has been living the charmed life in this adorable abode?

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Outlets get a mostly deserved bad rap from the discerning shopper. Originally intended to sell end-of-season and overstock merchandise at reasonable price, today’s outlet malls are stuffed with big names and slim bargains from cheaply-made collections sewn in Romania instead of Italy. These are lines never seen in the brand’s high-street boutiques. As oversaturated as Coach, Tommy Hilfiger, and Ralph Lauren are in these malls, it’s a wonder any label queen would touch their “real” stores with a 10-foot AMEX Platinum card.

But sometimes … sometimes an outlet is REALLY an outlet for some pretty incredible things.

I’m betting y’all didn’t know that in all the world there is ONE Baccarat and Lalique outlet store … in Orlando of all places. It’s located at the Orlando Premium Outlets between a Neiman’s Last Call and a St. John outlet.

It’s true!

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4219 Emerson extBradford, McCullough, Highland Park High School…  yes, while DISD continues to find an identity, your kiddos can be walking to and from school in the Park Cities. Best of all, you get an updated, liveable, classic home with 1936 charm and structure, but modernized to 2013 form and functionality. This was a circa 1930’s duplex the owner gutted and transformed into a 4300 square foot single family home with four bedrooms, four baths, two dining and four living areas. All is light, bright, and high ceiling’d with some rooms doing double duty. I love the third floor gameroom/playroom/study or exercise room! (Half the work-out is getting there!)

4129 LR 4129 Emerson DR 4129 Emerson kit1 4129 Emerson kit2 4129 Emerson FRYou will truly feel like you are living in the bindings of a Restoration Hardware catalog: marble countertops, rich dark hardwood flooring everywhere, Viking appliances, custom woodwork & a plethora of of built-ins. There is a covered front entry that is comfortable in the evenings right about now, and bold circular driveway in front. The lot is .16 of an acre, but the backyard still sports a large green space, a balcony and another porch. Now this home has no garage, but it has a darling playhouse the current owners use for storing bikes and play gear. There is a post-tension slab for a car port with rear gate entry to the back alley — an awning is available to make it a covered carport. Or keep it as charming back patio/play area. Asking $1,150,000, listed with Nancy Guerriero and Janelle Law at Dallas City Center Realtors, and proof that you don’t have to spend two million to live in the Park Cities.. 4129 Emerson Master 4129 Emerson Master bath 4129 Emerson gameroom4129 Emerson playhouse int 4129 Emerson playhouse 4129 Emerson side yard 4129 Emerson balcony