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Weekend shopping guide

This weekend will be full of great sales and fantastic finds! Both the Semi-annual Street-wide Antique Sale and LHO’s Closing Sale will be going on, so trek over to the Design District this Saturday, Oct. 22, for some fab home furnishings, vintage books, rare art and antique collectibles.

It’ll be a beautiful day for strolling, so park your car and walk around! There will be a sale on the street early in the morning, and then shopping inside each store until 5 p.m. Word on the street is that the participating stores have restocked their vignettes especially for the event!

Here are the stores that will be participating in the Street-wide Sale:

City View Antique Mall 

Lost… and Found…Antiques

Country Garden Antiques

Uncommon Market 

Again & Again

Big Mango Trading Company

Both the Riverside antique sale and LHO Consignment’s Closing sale will begin at 9 a.m., so come early!

Slocum Street Style 2011

Cocktails + food trucks + shopping = Slocum Street Style 2011, brought to you by Design Guide, Delivery Limited and Dwell with Dignity. The event, as its name suggests, will take place on Slocum Street in the Design District on Oct. 13 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Food will be available for purchase from Ssahm BBQ,  City Street Grille and  The Tamale Company.

Here is the full list of showrooms and shops that will open their doors this Thursday evening:

You can RSVP for the event here.

14th annual Design on Dragon

Dragon Street in the Design District will be shutting down to traffic Saturday, Oct. 1, for an evening of art, design, live music, food and wine. The event will run from 5 to 9 p.m. — make sure you stop by!

Art galleries and design showrooms will have their doors open for the event, so you can enjoy art and home decor from participating businesses such as Joel Cooner, Jacques Lamy Gallery, Yangs Double Happiness, Art of Old India, Anteks Home Furnishings, Cohn Drennan Contemporary, Glasshouse, Crandale Galleries, Antique Floors, Samuel Lynne Galleries, The Cameron Gallery, The Source, Galerie Zuger, D. Fadal Designs and many others. Presenting sponsors include FD Luxe, Audi Dallas and Texas Security Bank.

Check out their flyer for the full lineup.

Pop-up Thrift Studio benefits Dwell with Dignity

Dwell with Dignity is launching their bi-annual pop-up shop, “Thrift Studio,” on Oct. 1, allowing shoppers to scoop up great designer finds for half the price, all while benefiting a great charity!

The studio will be open through Oct. 29, and will feature overstock of donated, gently used furniture and accessories, both from the Dwell with Dignity warehouse and from high-end designer showrooms, as well as vignettes from area designers, including Pulp Design Studios, Studio Ten 25, Style/SWOON, William Baker and Emily Johnston Larkin from the Material Girls blog. These contributors have designed their vignettes around items pulled from the Dwell with Dignity warehouse, as well as from their own donations.

Other donated items in the shop will include pieces from Peacock Alley, Jan Showers, David Cadwallader, David Sutherland and others — all heavily discounted, of course!

Join Dwell with Dignity for the Thrift Studio preview on Fri., Sept. 30, from 6-9 p.m. It will be $25 to enter, all of which benefits Dwell with Dignity. The official launch of the shop is Sat., Oct. 1st, opening at 10 a.m. From then until Oct. 29, the studio will be open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The pop-up is located at 1616 Hi Line Dr., in the old Central Hardwood Showroom.

Rob Key Designs opens its doors at the International

The Tulsa, Oklahoma-based ironwork creators, Rob Key Designs, will soon open their doors in Dallas at the International on Turtle Creek. The showroom will feature Rob Key’s hand-forged iron doors, windows, gates, balconies, stair rails, beds and artworks, as well as his wife Melissa’s paintings and photography.

Join Rob Key Designs on Thursday, Sept. 22, for their Grand Opening Party from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at their new International on Turtle Creek location — 150 Turtle Creek Blvd, Suite 105. Rob and Melissa Key will be there to introduce their work to attendees, and Shannon Smith will be presenting her jewelry designs.

The event will include wine, music and prizes. Be there for the grand prize drawing at 7:45 p.m. — rumor has it that Rob will be giving away a custom-made iron Victorian bed from his collection!

Here are some of Rob and Melissa Key’s signature designs:


LED lighting in home design

Usually thought of in conjunction with tacky, colorful lighting for outdoor fixtures, building facades or large-scale venues, LED lights are now making a classy and contemporary debut in the home.

Besides its aesthetic benefits, LED lighting also has many practical benefits as well. First of all, LED lights are environmentally friendly in that they emit no hazardous mercury or UV radiation, making them great for lighting artwork or sensitive display items.

Secondly, LED lights emit minimal heat, reducing air conditioning costs, and have a very long lifespan, lasting 50 to 100 times longer than conventional lighting. They also reduce costs because they are tax deductible (an added incentive to promote energy-efficient lighting).

The diversity of LED lighting also gives it a hand up from other methods. It can emit any color light without the use of color filters, can range in size and shape from the size of a large wall to a tiny pinpoint, can easily replace halogen or incandescent bulbs in traditional lighting systems,  and illuminates faster than fluorescent lamps.

Here are a few modern LED designs for the home:

Learn more about LED lighting at the BuyLEDS showroom, 2522 Irving Blvd.

HGTV looks for their next Design Star

HGTV is looking in the Dallas Design District for designers or designer-lovers to come to their open casting call for Design Star’s seventh season in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 9.

The HGTV representative I spoke with said expertise is a plus, but what they’re most looking for is personality, character and a passion for design. So don’t let a lack of experience get you down– go out there and become the next Design Star!

The casting call will be held at the Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Rd.

All you need to bring is an application (available here), two photos of yourself, a portfolio of your work and a resume.

Good luck!

HGTV’s Design Star 7 Austin Flyer


Luxe Metals for Fall

We’re loving the natural metal trend going on in design, whether it be elegant delicate metals like rose, yellow or white gold, or more industrial metals such as steel, iron and copper.

Metal accents can at time have paradoxical affects —  sleek or rugged; refined or elemental; delicate or rough. Whatever look you’re going for, you can probably find a metal and a finish to match it — or to contradict it.

Check out what these Design District designers have done with the trend:



BoConcept Semi-Annual Sale runs through Aug. 31

BoConcept’s Dallas showroom is in the midst of making room for their new collection with their semi-annual floor sample sale, which offers shoppers a chance to scoop up their modern urban designs for a fraction of the price.





Here are some of the great deals you can find through Aug. 31st:

The Trento Swivel Chair: Now $1,137 (Was $1,895)
The Mata Rug: Now $625 (Was $1,249)
Cream Leather Sectional: Now $4,439 (Was $7,399)


Check out the rest of the sale at BoConcept, 1628 Oak Lawn Ave., Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., or at the showroom’s Dallas web site