I’ve come to realize that blogging is a lot like going to the gym – it’s really easy to miss a day, which suddenly turns into a week, and then two. The only difference is when you’re a lazy blogger you’ll probably lose a few instead of gaining… followers that is. 😉
Last week I tagged along on one of Garrett’s work trips to Dallas/Fort Worth. After cramming seven presentations and half as many installations into the last month I found myself buried in paperwork and starting to feel a bit tapped creatively.
A change of scenery was exactly what I needed, and thankfully Dallas has a Design Center (the one thing I find myself sorely missing in Raleigh!) so I was able to make it a working visit. I packed a ton into a short visit and left feeling re-inspired so I thought I’d share my highlights.
Ceylon et Cie: the Dallas design district is filled with gems, but Michelle Nussbaumer’s Ceylon et Cie is truly like walking into Aladdin’s cave. From blue and white porcelain, to stacks of suzanis, and all manor of curiosities from across the globe, it’s an expertly curated collection. My stop here alone left me feeling re-energized and excited to get back to work. I picked up a huge gouache painting of an original textile design from a postwar artist turned textile designer that I’m planning to frame for our bedroom.
Madre: this children’s boutique initially caught my attention on Instagram thanks to its covet worthy snow leopard and coral lantern. Though there may not be any little ones on the way for us just yet (much to my parents’ chagrin), it didn’t stop me from basking in the adorableness within.
Cabana: right next door to Madre you’ll find Cabana, another boutique I’ve been known to Insta-stalk. Go for the Ulla Johnson (these are my pick) and stay for the chic setting – Madeline Weinrib galore!
Mashburn: Speaking of chic settings, oh what I would give to chat with the interior designer responsible for Sid and Ann Mashburn’s eponymous shops. I visited the new Georgetown location last month in DC which is stunning, but the Dallas outpost also doesn’t disappoint. I debated between adding these and these to my espadrille collection but am still undecided – any tie breaking votes?
Mecox: I’ve now visited 4 of the 7 Mecox Gardens locations and love that each has its own flavor. Their buyers have the best eye and I always discover something new just begging to be incorporated into a project. Their selection of accessories for styling, art, and case goods are especially good.
The Modern: I spent a morning at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and am so glad I paid a visit. The collection was more impressive than I was anticipating (sorry for underestimating you Ft. Worth!) and filled with pieces by new-to-me artists I was all too happy to be introduced to–like the stunner above by Joan Mitchell. There’s just something so restorative about wandering through a quiet museum and getting lost in the artists’ color palettes.
The Sixth Floor Museum: the history nerd in me couldn’t leave Dallas without a visit to The Sixth Floor Museum which documents President John F. Kennedy’s 1963 assassination. The museum is on the sixth floor of the building Lee Harvey Oswald fired the fatal shots from (allegedly depending on who you talk to)–you can see a recreation of “the sniper’s nest” in the southeast window. All visitors receive an audio headset and you’re guided through the exhibit via short 1-2 minute clips recorded by a reporter who covered the assassination back in 1963. I found it to be exceptionally well done and not at all dry.
Ellerbe Fine Foods: in 2010 Ellerbe Fine Foods made Bon Appétit‘s list of Best Restaurants in America and it’s easy to see why. We grabbed an early dinner and enjoyed the inventive farm to table menu, gracious service, and relaxed ambiance.
Shinjuku Station: another Ft. Worth fan favorite, this izakaya style restaurant didn’t disappoint! We loved the pork buns, seared baby octopus, and the super fresh sashimi. We stopped in just fifteen minutes before closing and the atmosphere was still lively.
P.S if you find yourself on Magnolia Ave. (where the two restaurants above are located) and looking for a spot for pre-dinner drinks check out Proper and The Usual.
Toulouse: grab an outside cafe table for moules frites at this French inspired bistro after shopping at Mashburn across the street.
Mi Cocina: we stopped by the Highland Park Village location after reading about it on a few blogs. Maybe I ordered poorly, but we found the margaritas to be more memorable than the food.
Torchy’s: normally I try to avoid chain restaurants, but this seemed to be a local favorite. Worth a stop for a quick, no-frills bite.
Buda Juice: fun fact: Michelle Nussbaumer’s husband owns this green juice company. I wandered into their headquarters (which happens to be across the street from Ceylon et Cie) in need of a pick me up and found it in their Blue Lemonade.
The Dallas/Fort Worth area has so much to offer I just barely scratched the surface, but hopefully these recommendations will be a good jumping off point for anyone planning a trip. I’d love to hear favorites in the comments!