Cool Stuff We Love

Minimal looks, secret gardens, high-rises, and more.

Cool Stuff We Love


White Hot >>
Lately we’ve embraced a “less is more” attitude. Be gone, boring baubles. Ta ta, tired trinkets. Hasta la vista…well, you get the picture. We’ve even cleaned our kitchen counters, ridding ourselves of decorative clutter and fussy gadgets we’ve never used. (KitchenAid mixer in tangerine, anyone?) Still, you have to make your morning coffee and burn some toast occasionally. That’s why we love the minimal good looks of designer Jasper Morrison’s kitchen appliance line. They’re innovative, too. The 12-cup coffee machine inconspicuously houses filters, a measuring spoon, and a water tank in its simple design. The single-slot, two-slice toaster features a silent motorized operation with photosensor technology to keep your bread from burning. Plus, they just look darn sexy in their own simple way. Coffee machine, $150. Toaster, $138. At Design Within Reach, 4524 McKinney Ave., Ste. 103. 214-521-0100.


<< The Secret Gardens
Shhh … they’re some of the best kept secrets in Dallas. And now they are yours to wander in amazement. Six beautiful private Dallas gardens will be on tour Saturday, Sept. 24 as part of The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program. Highlights of the day include: the Robert Bellamy compound, consisting of four inner city lots that have been transformed over the past 20 years into a private oasis; the Wolford garden, with a design reminiscent of a Brazilian resort complete with tropical plants, a covered pavilion, pool, and Asian spirit hut; and the Cullivan-Schadegg garden, a certified wildlife and butterfly habitat. A Fort Worth tour will follow on Oct. 9. Admission to each garden is $5. For more information, call 1-888-842-2442.


Style for Sale >>
Modernists, make haste. Some of the best classic designs from the 20th century are available for purchase at Preservation Dallas’ annual Dallas Modern Expo, from September 23 through September 25 at the Decorative Center Dallas, 1400 Turtle Creek Blvd. Look for furniture, art, photographs, jewelry, decorative objects, and products designed by architects and designers. Some of the items offered are a custom-designed sofa by Milo Baughman, a coffee table with a Carpathian elm burl top by George Nakashima, and a desk by Ante Farm. Guest speakers will present lectures and seminars on modernism, and a preview party will be held Friday, September 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the exposition and $40 for the preview party ($30 for members). Both benefit Preservation Dallas. Contact Preservation Dallas at 214.821.3290, or visit


<< Minimal Mira
Designer Stephanie Odegard’s latest collection takes its inspiration and name from Miami-based artist Mira Lehr. Her spare, Eastern-influenced art blends effortlessly with Odegard’s tropical color palette and use of simple natural elements and geometric cutouts. The collaboration of these two artists has lead to a series of sumptuous rugs that create a harmonious space in any home. The collection debuts this December in Miami during Art Basel 2005. Odegard. 1525 Slocum St. 214-573-7644.


The past few months have seen the demise of some of our favorite stores, including the shabby-French finds of Sanctuary and Rue No. 1 and Bishop Arts antique store B. Gover. Now we hear that Calvin Klein will be leaving Highland Park Village in December. Alas, our shopping paradise is a little less heavenly now. Sniff.


The South Will Rise >>
No doubt about it: Dallas is high-rise happy. The Ritz. The W. From Azure to ZaZa, everyone is getting their heads in the clouds. But leave it to historical Oak Cliff to say, “Been there, done that.” Built in 1926, Lake Cliff Tower has served many purposes over its long history: luxury hotel, retirement center, and even the original home of radio legend KLIF-AM. (Owner Gordon MClendon ran the station out of the tower’s basement.) Now Evergreen Realty Partners is returning the long vacant jewel to its former glory. With unobstructed views of downtown Dallas and the wooded hills of North Oak Cliff, Lake Cliff Tower will feature 60 luxury loft-style condominiums complete with concrete floors, exposed beam ceilings, gourmet kitchens, concierge service, private wine lockers, and more. Add to that the nearby Bishop Arts District, five-minute access to downtown, Uptown, and Deep Ellum, as well as the forthcoming Trinity River redevelopment, and you have a sky-high lifestyle minus the normal hefty price tag (units range from one bedrooms for $185,000 to penthouses for $600,000). And best of all, there’s an El Fenix right across the street. Cheese enchiladas and the splendor of Oak Cliff? Now that’s luxury living. For more information, visit