Home & Garden

The Best of Big D: Home & Garden 2016

Make your house a home with the help of the top shops, showrooms, and services in the city.

Spotlight: Home

Best Place to Buy a Lamp

bobd_homeArteriors Too
Those who love the finer things have Arteriors. Those who appreciate fine things for a steal have Arteriors Too. Situated in a charming West Lovers cottage, the outlet offers shoppers deep discounts on furnishings and the company’s bread-and-butter: lamps.

Best Traditional Furniture

Coco & Dash
Mom Teddie Garrigan and daughter Courtney fill their Henderson Avenue store with antiques, contemporary art, and one-of-a-kind furnishings. It’s the kind of place that inspires you just by walking through the doors. You can also peruse the Garrigans’ assortment of gift items to find local trinkets.

Best Place to Buy Bedding

Peacock Alley Design Studio
Peacock Alley specializes in all things comfort. You may know them for their sheets, but this decades-old Dallas staple is great for pillows. Customize an order with piping and monogramming, or choose a ready-made cushion from the storefront. While you’re at it, pick up a soy candle, too.

Best Hardware Supplies Store

Elliott’s Hardware
Even the most bumbling wannabe handyman will feel at ease in Elliott’s laid-back atmosphere. If the thought of a chain store makes you start to sweat, you will appreciate the shop’s knowledgeable, friendly staff and easy-to-navigate space.

Best Kitchen Accessories Store

Set & Co.
Interior designer Jennifer Littke and her husband, Adam, are the heart and soul behind this artisanal home and kitchen store located in Oak Cliff. Inside a picturesque 1922 brick mercantile building at the corner of Davis and Tyler, you’ll find handmade ceramics, cutlery, textiles, and more. The shop also offers design services.

Best Appliance Store

Sub-Zero Wolf
When you want your kitchen to “wow,” think Sub-Zero Wolf. The sleek Lemmon Avenue showroom for this household brand-name (get it?) is filled with striking, fully functioning vignettes for design inspiration and helpful experts who let you test-drive any high-end appliance, no pressure added.

Best Window Treatment Resource

bobd_home2The Shade Store
When the Texas heat strikes, it’s time to throw some shade. Do it in style with The Shade Store’s hundreds of swatches, including fabrics from collaborations with Jonathan Adler, Diane von Furstenberg, and Novogratz, in the company’s largest Texas showroom to date.

Best Contemporary Furniture Store

Scott + Cooner
For over two decades, Lloyd Scott and Josy Cooner Collins have upgraded Dallas homes with a mix of traditional and modern European furniture. They have expanded beyond their 15,000-square-foot Design District home with an Austin location.

Best Vintage Furniture Store

Collage 20th Century Classics
Owners Abby and Wlodek Malowanczyk first opened Collage 20th Century Classics in Laguna Beach in 1986, but they added a Dallas location in the Design District four years later. The 3,500-square-foot space houses comfortable seating pieces as well as inventive fixtures and furnishings.

Best Hardware and Design Materials Store

Pierce Fine Decorative Hardware & Plumbing
Pierce Hardware has been a “fixture” in Dallas since 1937. Flush and rinse displays to your heart’s content at their large Love Field-area showroom.

Best Garden Shop

Nicholson-Hardie
Besides providing garden, home, and living decor, the team at Nicholson-Hardie offers knowledge. They believe the best garden should have four components: mind, body, heart, and soil. The 16 Texas-certified and master-certified nursery professionals are probably a hit at cocktail parties-turned-plant-trivia nights. Go ahead: Ask them to explain “crepe murder”.

Best Home Accessories Store

Laura Lee Clark
From decorative mirrors to detailed fireplace screens, this Design District showroom provides the details that really make a house a home. With more than 20 years of experience, shop owner and interior designer Laura Lee Clark Falconer works closely with her clients to build a space’s character. We can’t get enough of her Asian antiques.

Best Outdoor Furniture and Accessories

Janus et Cie
Forget any preconceived notions you may have about patio furniture: the sleek selection at this Design District showroom defies all expectations. Iroko wood tables look like works of art, and stainless steel lounge chairs are almost too pretty to sit on—almost. Peruse their eye-catching inventory now, and guests at your next garden soirée are sure to be impressed.

Best Gallery or Art Space

Ash Studios
This past year, the Dallas arts scene found its political voice. From advocating for more artist funding and launching challenging discussions to organizing voter drives and staging off-the-record conversations about power, race, profit, and access, Ash Studios was ground zero for a vocal and engaged cultural grassroots. You can thank local sons turned studio founders Fred Villanueva and Darryl Ratcliff for that.

Best Kitchen Design Resource

Poggenpohl Dallas
Poggenpohl can do a project “anywhere there’s a cabinet.” With its history dating back to Germany in 1892, the brand’s showroom can outfit libraries, bars, kitchens, and much more. For second homes, single-family abodes, and multiunit spaces alike, their sleek designs lend well to top trends, like rough materials with smooth ones for a textured finish.

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