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IOTC 2011

A new year has started and we leave behind 2010! I think most people are happy to start 2011 and look forward to a better year in general. After surviving all the challenges that were thrown to us last year I think we all have learned, grown and feel a bit stronger. A new year welcomes a sense of opportunity and there seems to be a stronger positive mood in people, business and the economy in general.

In these challenging times its always interesting to see what the world of color is doing as it is a true reflection of our moods, the economy and our social issues. As an ex Color Marketing Group member it is always fun to see the “it” color and the color trends to come that always start with the fabric mills and high fashion which cross over to high end home furnishings and trickle down a couple of years later to mass retail.

Luis A. Araujo

These past years we have seen a move away from the frivolous, and what has been in is an Upbeat and realistic mood inspired from all of our hard work and challenging times. Hard work reminds us of Honey Bee’s and our new color “Honey Moon”. This color is patinated and reminiscent of warm, worn leather and a fresh face on yellow.  The “it” color for this spring will be “Honeysuckle” with its dynamic reddish pink that allures and engages. This color will put a smile on you and help you face the troubles of everyday with vigor.

Other points of inspiration for spring color this year will be exotic destinations such as Africa, India, Peru and Turkey. In this economy we all want to escape our every day challenges and its trough these exotic colors that we will be transported to a happier mood! This spring we are looking at an unexpected marriage of opposite colors such as warm and cool tones to spice things up. Think Coral Rose, Lavender and Beeswax/Honey Moon. Think of a captivating  tropical Blue Curacao with warm colors such as Honeysuckle, Coral Rose or Peapod a fresh yellow –green.

Note that we will also start noticing a transition from the reign of green to blue, as blue inspires tranquility and refreshes our mind just like the ocean! The trans seasonal neutral that will ground all palette’s will be a range of the color silver which you can rely on coordinating everything your heat desires.

Now that you have an insight on what’s going on in the world of color you may want to run and get some of these great new hue’s of color which are already being displayed in your favorite showrooms in pillows, fabrics and rugs. So run out today and support your favorite showrooms in our energetic Design District and don’t forget to stop and enjoy the weather that will put a smile in your face and inspire you as well!

Luis A. Araujo
ASID (American Association of Interior Designers) board member & chair of the International on Turtle Creek Association

Grand Opening of National – Furniture with Personality

When: Thursday, October 28th
12 – 8 pm – Open House, Refreshments
5 – 8 pm – Cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres, DJ and 2 iPad drawings

Where: Decorative Center – 1617 Hi Line Drive, Suite 440 (off Oaklawn in the DDD)

Event Contact: Allison Pior, Showroom Manager |   Phone:  214.741.1514   |   Fax:  214.741.1043

National Office Furniture is pleased to announce the grand opening of its new Dallas Showroom and Design Center on October 28, 2010. Located in the Decorative Center Dallas, the new space is much more than a showroom; it’s a design center for collaboration, education, entertaining and experiencing the National brand.

Designed by Page Southerland Page, the new showroom and design center features innovative, sustainable products and design elements in space renovation and commercial interiors that comply to LEED® as National awaits an official USGBC Green Building Rating. Furthermore, every piece of National furniture being displayed is BIFMA level™ 1 or 2 certified with many also earning SCS Indoor Advantage™ certification and available with FSC® certified wood.

Join National for the Grand Opening and share in the celebration with spirits, food, fun and friends while experiencing the latest in product innovations for the ever changing spaces found in commercial, finance, government, healthcare and education environments.

National Office Furniture (Furniture with Personality®), a division of Kimball International Inc. (NASDAQ: KBALB), is a Jasper, Indiana-based manufacturer of high-quality office furnishings. Since 1980 National has built a reputation for excellence with stylish furniture of exceptional value; a dedication to personalized service; product designs that reflect a passion for the user’s comfort and productivity; and a commitment to environmental responsibility. For more information about National and its products, visit:

New Sylvan Avenue bridge to be completed by December 2012

The City of Dallas hosted a public meeting on October 7, 2010, at the West Dallas Multipurpose Center to obtain citizen feedback on the plans for the construction of an entirely new Sylvan Avenue bridge. The proposed bridge will be similar to the recently completed Hampton Bridge but will include access to the Trinity River and have wide outside lanes each direction that will accommodate vehicles and bicycles. The $38 million bridge is fully funded and construction is planned to begin in August 2011 with approximate completion by December 2012. In order to save $6 million and nearly a year of construction time, the city will be closing the existing Sylvan Avenue/Bridge in August 2011.

What’s Across from Dallas Contemporary?

Directly across the street from Dallas Contemporary, one will find a myriad of showrooms in a renovated 38,000 SF building (154 Glass) including:

Archiped Classics – Owners Richard and Shelly Stanzel create fine cast stone urns, jardiniers, pedestals and garden ornaments for interior and exterior use.  All pieces are hand cast and finished – many are cast directly from antique originals.  Each piece represents the best of design and function.

Lofty Concepts – Founders, Frank Lopez and Richard Wilson provide a line of furniture, lighting and home accessories that reflect the needs and desires of the new breed of urban settlers.  The furnishings for the Dallas Design District store have a special combination of clean modern lines, casual style, extraordinary comfort and exceptional value.


Amanda Dunbar Fine Art & Precious Metals – Amanda is an artist who was hailed as a child prodigy.  Her first art show at the Florence Art Gallery sold 60 paintings and two days later, she made the first of two appearances that year on Oprah.  When she was 19, her coffee table art book was one of the best selling art books of all time.  Later she began decorating guitars with Swarovski Crystals, which were featured in the 2008 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book.  Her showroom will be opening in November.

Art-centric – Principals Margie Cabe and Robin Walker have been working together as a powerful and collaborative force providing artwork installations of stunning visual impact since 1999.  They offer professional, client-oriented, comprehensive services including developing art collections and selecting, presenting, purchasing, framing and installing artwork.

Dallas Flooring & Design – Owned by Christy Kirk and Amy Wallace, they pride themselves on quality products and expert installation; whether you are building a dream home or transforming an existing home with the latest trends in flooring and decor.  They also offer a full suite of design services to compliment your style.  Dallas Flooring & Design will be moving to this location from their current location on Dragon Street.

Tillman’s Road House

The Friday before Labor Day, part of the JLC family decided to take a trip over the bridge and through the woods… (ok, only North Oak Cliff) to Tillman’s Road House in the Bishop Arts District.  The Bishop Arts District is located a mere 5 miles from the DDD, so it’s worth checking out – especially for the good eats you’ll get over there!

We arrived around noon and were seated immediately.  As soon as you walk in, the dining area is to your left, the bar area to your right and they have a nice patio in front of the restaurant as well.  Tillman’s has a lodge type feel – lots of warm colors and woods but mixed with some flair – like the chandeliers that line the dining area.

When we were seated, our table had chips for us to munch on, along with cute golden birds.  I ordered the Orange & Mint Lemonade (sounds interesting, huh?) as my beverage and it was so good!  Plus, they give you free refills on this special lemonade, which isn’t usually typical.  We decided to order the Trio of Fries for an appetizer which consists of Sweet Potato Fries, Purple Peruvian Fries and Parmesan Black Pepper Fries served with housemade ketchup and horseradish pickle mayo.

Our appetizer arrived fairly quickly and we all placed our orders.  While we waited on our food to arrive,  we enjoyed munching on our fries – which are so yummy!  My personal favorite are the parmesan black pepper fries.  Our food arrived shorty after and we had quite an ensemble of food on our table.

The first orders are from the Hand Helds portion of the menu.  From left to right – The Chicken Salad Sandwich with pistachio and apricot served with the soup of the day (cream corn).  Next is the Grilled Chicken Sandwich served with fresh fruit and last but not least is the Killer Grilled Cheese Sandwich served with the soup of the day.  They were all very good and filling!

The other orders were The Chicken Fried Hanger Steak (this is an ACTUAL piece of steak, fried) served with bacon braised green beans… SO good!  Next is The 8 oz. Angus Burger shown here with fresh fruit (but is also served with your choice of chips or fries) and lastly, the Chef’s Chopped Cobb Salad.

I saved the best for last – this was my number one pick of the day and it is not served regularly.

The Special of the Day was the Trout served over Orzo – and it was delicious!  I cannot even begin to describe the way the fish and the Orzo tasted… the Orzo was so good, I could have just eaten that and I would have been a happy camper!   We were stuffed, so we didn’t have room for dessert, but I totally recommend the S’mores!  They make their own flavored marshmallows (orange, maple & coffee flavor) toasted over chocolate bark served with cinnamon graham crackers.

Tillman’s offers a beautiful private dining area that can seat up to 24 people ~ the room is very magical, almost hard to describe in words, so I will let the pictures speak on the room’s behalf!

Tillman’s has a very cool/hip and eclectic ambiance.  The food is great, the people are friendly and you are in the middle of the Bishop Arts District where there are so many fun shops to walk to when you are done eating.

Just for the fun of it – check out this before and after pic of the bar area in Tillman’s!

Tillman’s has been a long term favorite of the JLC family and will continue to be.

Overall Rating:  9.1 out of 10

~ R

Oddfellows – New Restaurant coming soon to B.A.D.

A new restaurant named Oddfellows will open this November in the Bishop Arts District of Oak Cliff, Texas.  An extensive remodel of the space, located at 316 West 7th Street, is currently under way.

Aliza Shier will be the Executive Chef and is a co-owner of the new concept.  Most recently, Shier worked as the pastry chef at Local restaurant, where she spent a formative five years learning all aspects of the restaurant business.  Shier is inspiring in her passion for food, as she is a self-taught chef with no formal culinary training.  While spending several months in France, she fell in love with food in ways she had yet to experience while growing up in Dallas.

Upon returning to Dallas, Shier decided to commit wholeheartedly to developing her interest in food by reading, traveling, cooking and tasting constantly, and seeking out like-minded mentors.   This is Shier’s first role as an Executive Chef.

The restaurant will feature a seasonal menu of traditional American food with a concentration on fresh, local ingredients.  The restaurant will open with breakfast and lunch service, and a dinner menu will be added this winter.

The name Oddfellows was chosen to represent the variety of professions and walks of life of the nine founding partners.  Sharing similar passions and values, like sustainability, community outreach, and hospitality, the team of partners banded together to create a restaurant that will support and enhance the Oak Cliff community.

A mantra of “Food for All” has guided the group as they seek to create a space that is welcoming and offers quality food in an approachable manner.

The partners are Gary Buckner, Amy Cowan, Scott Griggs, Amanda Pounds, Jason Roberts, Chad Sepulveda, Chef Aliza Shier, Matt Spillers, and Shane Spillers.

Buck’s Prime … Or is it?

Buck’s is a good, casual, lunch spot serving an assortment of BBQ and Burgers. Salads and loaded baked potatoes were also available. The restaurant has a nice patio and it is located on the North side of the Dallas Design District. There was a good lunch crowd when I visited and the service was quick.

The sign on the outside of the building near the parking lot, reads ‘Best Burger in Dallas’ so I decided to order a burger. I ordered the “Mesquite Burger” with cheddar cheese and grilled onions. I also ordered a basket of onion rings. One disclaimer before reviewing this burger… I am a bit of a Burger Snob/Burger Connoisseur… I’ve eaten at some of Dallas’ finest establishments (i.e. Burger House, Angry Dog, Chip’s, Jake’s, Maple & Motor, etc.) and I grew up in Texas – so with that being said, I have a very sophisticated burger pallete.

So here goes the review of my burger…”average.”

Nhà hàng tốt nhất Việt (Best Vietnamese Restaurant)

Voted Best Vietnamese Restaurant, Reader's Choice in D Magazine

The Green Papaya

Okay, so Green Papaya isn’t exactly nestled in the Dallas Design District, but – let’s face it.  There aren’t too many restaurants in the District (yet) … and I can’t think of a Vietnamese Restaurant in the District either.  Do you know of one?  Anyhow; we decided to take a drive down Oak Lawn to The Green Papaya (located at 3211 Oak Lawn Ave).

Thankfully, because of limited parking, they offer complimentary valet.  We arrived around 12:15 and the place was already packed full of people.  Because of this, we decided to sit outside in the 104 degree weather.  The host accomodated our request to sit outside and turned on the misting fans for us.

Our drinks were ordered shortly after that (12:18 pm) and we got our drinks at 12:24 (I think the waiter was dreading having to come outside to serve us). I decided to go with the Soda Chanh Duong (Mineral Water w/Lemon & Sugar).  It’s basically lemonade, but with a lot more personality… I loved it!  Not only did I gulp it down pretty quickly, but I ordered one to go.

Our order was taken and we ordered the following (as shown clockwise below):  Cha Gio (Fried Egg Rolls), Flat Noodles with Chicken, Bun Tom Xao (Sauteed Shrimp with Vermicelli) and Hu Tieu Xao Tofu (Rice Noodles with Tofu).

Các món ăn rất ngon! (The food was so delicious!)  Everything was fresh and cooked to perfection, plus – the portions are huge!!  You can almost just order one dish and share it with someone else.  The food was so great, even the wildlife wanted us to share.  We had a bird land on our table while we were eating (it must have smelled the aroma from the food).  It did scare the living daylights out of us – but it made for a good laugh.

The Green Papaya is open 11 AM – 9:30 PM.  They have a bar located in the middle of the restaurant when you walk in with a list of ‘signature cocktails’ that looked appealing.  I’m sure they have a fun happy hour!

All in all, our experience was a pleasant one.  I enjoyed the ‘hip’ vibe of The Green Papaya and I will definitely be going back soon.

Rating:  8.5 out of 10

~ R

Davis Street in F|D Luxe ~ The Hot Issue

The Kessler Theater off of Davis Street in Oak Cliff was named a ‘Hot Hangout’ ~

“Davis Street’s Kessler Theater, renovated just this Spring, is the place to go for indie bands and poetry slams”

Bolsa was named a ‘Hot Fill Up’ ~

“Converting gritty gas stations into hip eateries has become downright du jour.  Oak Cliff’s Bolsa packs the cools kids into the Old Settles Garage on Davis Street.”