The Best of Big D: Home and Garden 2012

Our editors have sorted through all the top products and services to spruce up your house.

photography by Alex Ham

BEST EUROPEAN ANTIQUES | East & Orient Company

East & Orient not only offers the finest in 18th- and 19th-century French, English, and Continental antiques, it shows them off in elegant room settings fit for a king. But instead of royal attitude, you are greeted warmly and made to feel at home the second you enter through the ivy-covered courtyard.

READERS’ PICK: COUNTRY FRENCH INTERIORS

photography by Alex Ham

BEST GARDEN SHOP | North Haven Gardens

Green thumbs on the hunt for azalea soil, a rare Japanese maple, and/or some urban chicken gear call North Haven their go-to. The nursery is staffed with knowledgeable garden wonks happy to guide you through the array of flora and fauna on offer. The shop also has free classes on everything from proper watering to canning and pickling.

READERS’ PICK: NICHOLSON-HARDIE NURSERY & GARDEN CENTER

photography by Maxine Helfman

BEST STATIONERY STORE | Paper & Chocolate

Owner Vicki Petersen is knowledgeable, tasteful, and a stickler about etiquette—all things that come in handy when you’re choosing just the right invitation for your wedding day, birthday party, birth announcement, and everything in between. Even better, the shop has a host of options for thank-you notes, gifts, and—as the name attests—chocolates, too.

READERS’ PICK: PAPER & CHOCOLATE

photography by Alex Ham

BEST GIFT SHOP | Grange Hall

When the editors of D Home recently interviewed some of Dallas’ most prominent art collectors, more than a few named Grange Hall as their favorite local place to shop. Little wonder. Though the store has an impressive array of cool coffee table books, letterpress note cards, and unusual floral arrangements, you can find stuff like that at lots of places. But try finding taxidermy, tripetal ceramic vases, and titanium flatware under the same roof anywhere else in town.

READERS’ PICK: THE GYPSY WAGON

photography courtesy of vendor

BEST MOVER | Curtis Specialized Moving & Storage

Once upon a time, the D Home team inherited some very cool—and very expensive—items. The good news? We loved those things. The bad news? The cool stuff was damaged during transit to photo shoots. Enter Curtis, a specialized mover that services local showrooms and residences alike. We haven’t had a problem since.

READERS’ PICK: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK

photography courtesy of vendor
BEST LINENS | Yves Delorme

Finding the perfect Baltic quilted bedspread can be stressful. But the peaceful, elegant environment of Yves Delorme will put you at ease. Soothing music, beautiful chandeliers, an array of fluffy robes, and the aroma of bath products are sure to help you make the right commitment to a set.

READERS’ PICK: PEACOCK ALLEY

Comments