Dallas is a creative hub, whether it’s for design, visual art, music or food. I’m fortunate to be so close to the best design venues and stores I could ask for. To do something a little different this week, I wanted to break down some of the most popular (and my favorite) design stores in the Dallas area.
First on the list is Arteriors, a Dallas-based home decor brand that showcases its accessories and furniture in its Dallas Design District showroom. The shop, which houses “on-trend” but not “trendy” pieces from all over the world, was founded by Mark Moussa in 1987. The craftsmanship of the store’s furniture stands out from so many I’ve seen. From lamps and chandeliers to cabinets, shelving and seating, it even houses upscale and unique outdoor furniture, showcased on its rooftop. The shop has a large selection and is definitely a designer’s playground.
Next on the list is Grange Hall, which reminds me of a shop you’d find on Diagon Alley in Harry Potter. It’s mysterious, rich in beauty and extremely unique. The combination of what the store offers creates a type of retail cocktail that anyone with warm and quality taste would be attracted to. Located on Travis Street in Dallas and owned by Rajan Patel and Jeffrey Lee, the luxury retailer displays its collection of home decor, handbags, jewelry, apothecary (candles, fragrances, bath and body), and other uncommon and exclusive items. This shop is for the eye-catching pieces you’d want in a powder room, entryway or extravagant dining area, and I’m always on the hunt for those focal points.
Dallas-based vintage home decor shop Again & Again is a rare find that has some passion behind it. Owner Leslie Pritchard takes what is considered “old” or “dilapidated” and repurposes it to be a polished vintage masterpiece. The shop, located on Riverfront Boulevard in the Design District, hosts modernized pieces from the past, taking something that was once cast aside and making it useful and even longed-after.
The next store on my list, Wisteria, is as whimsical, adventurous and beautiful as its name. Created by couple Andrew and Shannon Newsom, this shop is a collection hub for unique and grand pieces from all over the world. It’s a designer’s dream to be able to walk into a store and find things from Spain, Germany or Egypt all in one place — and all authentic. The store’s outlet in Farmers Branch gives the public opportunities to save on Wisteria furniture and decor, with new pieces being added daily. The main shop on Lovers Lane is full of antiques, accessories and furniture that you wouldn’t find anywhere else.
Lastly, I want to highlight the modern home design showroom SMINK Inc., located on Dragon Street in the Dallas Design District. The Smink sisters — Autumn, Dawn and Jennifer — merged contemporary and classic design under one roof, creating a warehouse full of the most elegant fine art, furniture, paintings, photographs and collectibles. With the best designers and manufacturers all involved, the shop is a hot spot for Dallas artists and remodelers. If anyone desires to be an innovative renovator, they’ll stop by Smink for that iconic piece their instincts have been searching for.