Thursday, April 29, 2010

Design Districts Meddlesome Moth Now Open!

The Dallas Design District is definitely in an upswing with the highly anticipated opening of one of the first restaurants in the district, Shannon Wynn's Meddlesome Moth off of Hi Line and Oaklawn. Designers have complained for years there is a very limited selection of avenues to choose from without having to leave the district to schmooze with clients. Margeaux's in the International on Turtle Creek remains a favorite while also the Blue Artichoke in Found Antiques boasts a wonderful lunch menu, but now the Design District welcomes with open arms another addition. Wynn is also famed for Flying Fish and Flying Saucer and has an extensive wine and beer menu featuring over 40 beers on tap.

The restaurant is housed in the old Artemide and Ann Sack showrooms, one cool touch being that they kept the flooring samples that were shown in Ann Sacks showroom installed in the floor and stained glass panels brought in from the old Hard Rock Cafe where they are installed at an angle so they could fit in the space. The Moth also features art by Dmitri Vail from another Design District favorite, Griffin Trading Co. off of Howell. One touch is the walled in patio with a gravel pit and seating niche. You can read more about it here and check out their full menu. Welcome to the Design District Meddlesome Moth!

1621 Oak Lawn
Dallas, TX, 75207Phone:

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Technorati - iPhone Apps Made to Make Life as a Designer Easier

My "ex" phone was called "The Laptop" - without officially penning the name it seemed as if everyone I came across who came in contact with my cell phone dubbed it so. A Sprint Motorola Q9 that at the time was capable of functioning as my third arm, however was seemingly large in a world of thin touch screen phones and especially so when the iPhone was launched. I was leery of hopping on the bandwagon, any one at that, but soon succumbed when I was told I could be three times as productive while still maintaining the same monthly bill. I have never looked back! And while most phones as outdated as soon as they hit the store shelves, the iPhone can simply reinvent itself in a single production of a new app, with hundreds being programed daily. So here is a short list with the help of House Beautiful on my favorite iPhone apps meant to make our lives a little easier...

The camera on the iPhone is by far, bar none, the most effective however. Great resolution and lighting with a couple vices being there is no zoom or flash, really?? - I hear the new update this summer will solve the zoom problem however. I am looking for an app to file the photos per client, occasion, person, if anyone know of one let me know!

Ben Color Capture
Take a picture or upload an image and Ben will suggest the matching Benjamin Moore paint. Click "Strip" for six similar colors or "Harmony" for four complementary colors. FREE

Ever wonder how your bedroom would look in pink? Take a photo and then "paint" the walls—floors, ceiling, trim—any color you can imagine. Then you'll know! $2.99

ColorSnap (Sherwin-Williams)
Looking for paint that matches a color in your upholstery? Focus your camera on the spot and ColorSnap will find a match—and suggest two complementary colors. FREE

The entire world of Craigslist in the palm of your hand, with all gazillion listings: antiques, real estate, job openings. Not just for shoppers—you can place ads, too. $0.99

Browse, bid, sell, and win while away from your computer. Pop-up alerts tell you when you've been outbid, so you don't have to lose an auction when you're on the move. FREE

iHandy Carpenter
The picture hanger's dream: Levels to straighten horizontally and vertically. A touch-sensitive protractor to plot any angle. And a ruler to measure small objects. $1.99
And just for fun of course...

Pick a favorite song or artist and Pandora will create an infinite playlist of related songs. It's radio, reinvented, to play the songs you want to hear. FREE

You love that song, but who sings it? Let your phone listen to the tune for 15 seconds and it will tell you the title and artist. One more click to download it. FREE

Courtesy: House Beautiful

Daily Dose - Lucky Duck

Diligence is the mother of good luck.”

– Benjamin Franklin

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Kravet Hosted Book Signing Featuring John Phifer Marrs

The Dallas Design Center Kravet showroom will be host to a book signing event to launch "Designers Here and There" by Michelle Keith and includes a complication of some of the country's best designers - including Dallas' own award winning designer John Phifer Marrs. Marrs has been published in such notable publications such as Architectural Digest, and his design studio on Lovers Lane is chock full of the most elegant furnishings and accessories. If you are a designer please try to make it to the event...RSVP below

214) 761-9131

1025 North Stemmons Fwy., Suite 720
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 761.9131

Friday, April 23, 2010

Anew with Antiquity

New antiques have arrived at two of Slocum Streets most revered antique shops - Pittet Co. and Le Louvre. Stop in and peruse the collections of finely edited wares for a much needed dose of eye candy...

Top Three Photos - Pittet Co.
Pittet Co.
1215 Slocum St .
Dallas , TX 75207
O 214- 748-8999
F 214 – 760-8519

Bottom Three - Le Louvre
Le Louvre French Antiques
Dallas, TX

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Design Trend: Bold & Beautiful Ikat

Perhaps the hottest trend in the fabric world that is au courant is the bold ethnic print of the ikat, with its cross between an organic but graphic pattern it can transpose from a contemporary to a traditional setting with a toss of a pillow...

Gucci rocked the ikat on the spring runway -

Gucci clad model

And my super cute coworker, Christina Garcia who is probably the best dresser in the building combing through new fabrics in her ikat inspired frock. I love the orange and brown combo!

New fabrics brought by one of my favorite reps, Jana McCurdy who reps Kravet and Lee Jofa showed off the new goods featuring this gray and yellow ikat, a hot color combination right now.

Lee Jofa Fabric

Kravet Fabric

Kravet Fabric

Marham Roberts

Rob Southern design from House Beautiful

Rob Southern dipped this lounge chair in a bold, large scale ikat

David Easton rug

You can even eat on it...

Oscar de la Renta had the trend down years ago at his Punta Cana home

Lee Jofa Fabric
Photo Credits:
Elle Decor
Lee Jofa

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Globalview Reps Barbara Barry @ High Point

With High Point market going on right now, I am hearing that they are busier than ever, with the pre market registration at its highest ever, showrooms packed and anticipating high sales volumes. Great news for everyone in the design industry! A new trend to breach the home decor sector at the mid price point level includes liscensing by the industry's most recognized designers, including a new partnership by Globalviews and Barbara Barry. Barry whom boasts lines with Kravet, Baker and even commercial flooring company Bluridge to name a few has been at the forefront of brand liscensing. Here are a few new items her line at Globalviews will be featuring - they have stayed within her clean lined, classic realm and would fit in in with a variety of decor settings. Above she is pictured with Globalviews CEO David Gebhart.

A couple other images from the showroom...
Love this rug! Available in the charcoal version as well!

Photo Credit: ALL Globalviews

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