Maybe you’ve followed Caitlin Wilson since she started blogging about her design business and travel adventures in 2009. Maybe you recently found her through her popular Instagram account (@caitlinwilsondesign), where she documents her life as a designer, mother, product developer, and shop owner. But, if you haven’t discovered her yet, you will at her new store, aptly named Caitlin Wilson Design Shop, on Henderson Avenue. Not only did Wilson decide to open up a second location for her eponymous line (her first brick and mortar is in San Francisco), she’s moved her family and design business from Portland to Dallas full time. “We’ve always known that this was one of our top markets, and that’s why we chose Dallas,” she says. “It’s a great community and a great place to raise kids.”
The 4,200-square-foot space opens up to a flower shop that offers arrangements and floral bouquets wrapped in brown paper. Housed in a former antique store, the layout lends itself to a vignette feel, with five rooms designed in Wilson’s signature wallpapers, fabrics, rugs, and furniture pieces, as well as accessories and lighting. Look for children’s and tweens’ products in late 2018. The designer and her team will take on local design projects, as well—her studio is located in the back of the store, where fans can see the designer at work. “For me, it’s all about the experience—the music and ambiance. Shoppers can come experience the brand and style and the aesthetic and the way it makes you feel,” she says.
Scout Design Studio has long been one of the best places to dig for finds in Dallas, and now the Design District showroom is giving locals even more opportunity to discover their refurbished pieces—and at even better prices. Across the street from the Crate & Barrel Outlet, Scoutlet is open 10am-5pm every Saturday, offering deep discounts on Scout’s cool art and vintage finds, along with chip-and-dent pieces.
From Down Under to Dallas
Australian skincare brand Aesop has opened up locations on Knox Street and in the Bishop Arts District—with a third planned for NorthPark in 2018—where you can shop their hair products, body cleansers, soaps, and fragrances. Since 1987, the company has aimed to formulate high-quality products that are safe, researched, and sourced from reputable suppliers across the world. Not to mention, the packaging is a beautiful minimalist design.
The Cool Cats
It’s not hard to find Beatnik. The building housing the Oak Cliff lifestyle shop is marked by local artist Courtney Miles’ massive black-and-white mural of ’50s beatniks. It’s also not hard to see why it’s a dream project for owner and longtime Gypsy Wagon employee Lindsey Munchrath.
Upstairs, shoppers can find vintage Moroccan rugs, one-of-a-kind jewelry, leather baby moccasins, and Munchrath’s own designs for pillows and poufs brought to life by Moroccan artisans, a collaboration facilitated by a family friend in Marrakesh. On the first floor, women can shop from a curated collection of vintage tees, Levis, and jewelry, along with popular Australian labels and boho brands including Flynn Skye.
Plus, it’s all wrapped up in an airy (and beatnik-approved) black-and-white interior, complete with a patio and fire pit. We dig it, man.
Bouquet All Day
For anyone who fretted over the absence of Todd Fiscus’ fine florals in Highland Park Village, they don’t have to travel far to find them once again. Avant Garden’s new space, which assumes the form of a dramatic but sophisticated dining room in The Shops at Highland Park, debuted this fall. The storefront includes flowers, of course, but also find luxe lines such as Rosenthal and Alexa Pulitzer, antique discoveries, and customized containers.
Two Become One
First, there was Talulah Belle, a charming lifestyle shop that opened in the Lakewood Shopping Center 15 years ago. In 2012, Talulah Belle owner Elizabeth Mast opened home decor and furnishings shop Hess next door. This fall, everything came together as Talulah and Hess just down the road. “We wanted to take it to the next level with more space,” Mast says.
That next level includes better parking and a more open shopping experience. “People didn’t realize we had this many things,” she says. “They were always there; people just couldn’t see them.” Now, the shop’s extensive collection of Taschen and Assouline coffee table books, Jan Barboglio and Michael Aram home accessories, Niven Morgan scents, Sarah White bags, and furniture by Robin Bruce and Rowe are arranged in vignettes so shoppers can quickly grab and go or peruse for hours. “Many women tell me this is their happy place,” says Mast.
A Grand Arrival
This fall, IKEA expanded its Texas presence with a new 290,000-square-foot location in Grand Prairie—the second in the Dallas area. Built on 30 acres along State Highway 161 and Mayfield Road, the sprawling new location includes 1,100 parking spots, three EV charging stations, 50 inspirational settings, a 450-seat restaurant serving up their classic Swedish meatballs on sight, and one of the largest solar rooftops in Texas.