Our first edition of Let’s Talk Shop in 2020 shows that the year has been anything but boring. We’ve seen Mecox relocate while Carolyn Isler and Chad Dorsey have opened new storefronts. Read on for details about these three developments (and allow us to introduce a fourth that serves as the perfect post-shopping treat).
It might have shiny new digs in Inwood Village, but the shop’s mission remains the same: “The local layer is still a really big focus,” says assistant manager Jason Snider. Almost every corner of the light-filled home goods haven features pieces by Dallas-based artists and artisans. Among the one-of-a-kind vintage furnishings and exclusive Mecox Collection pieces, look for lamps by Paul Schneider Ceramics, Lucite accessories by Sawyer Collection, onyx vessels by Connie Chantilis, jewelry and decor by Times Two Design, and geometric abstract paintings by artist Laurie Lindqvist.
As the owner of Isler Homes, general contractor Carolyn Isler is known for constructing and renovating luxury residences from Highland Park to Preston Hollow. Now, with the debut of Twelve Twenty—her newly opened Design District home furnishings store—she’s helping decorate the city’s most stylish digs, too.
A mix of continental and English period antiques, as well as vintage finds, Twelve Twenty’s inventory is a wow-worthy collection of items Isler amassed over 20 years of staging her projects, combined with a steady stream of incoming pieces she sources from across the country.
Isler has an especially keen eye for midcentury-modern treasures, evidenced by the who’s who of design masters represented throughout the store. Milo Baughman, Adrian Pearsall, Hans Wegner, Edward Wormley, and George Nakashima are just a few of the superstar names sharing Twelve Twenty’s floor.
“Everything is one of a kind,” she says. Also one of a kind is the contemporary art that graces nearly every wall of the 5,000-square-foot space, including graphic artworks by Dallasites Mason Deal and Debbie Daise, as well as Impressionistic pieces by New Jersey–based artist Lisa Palombo and Little Rock–based abstract artist Lori Deymaz.
“We tried to search out people who didn’t have representation in Dallas,” says the shop owner. With art, furniture, lighting, rugs, and accessories—plus adjacent offices for her construction company—Isler’s new address has your home covered inside and out.
Le Bon Temps
One bite of a Le Bon Temps beignet and you’ll be transported to a French Quarter state of mind—while never leaving Deep Ellum. And what a stroke of Big Easy luck for us! The beignet shop brings home the NOLA bliss with just the right amount of dough, grease, and powdered sugar finish, delivered steaming hot in a paper sack. Pick up a café au lait for the ultimate carb-caffeine rush.
Chad Dorsey has brought his signature aesthetic—cleanly designed rooms with an air of understated luxury—to his own Slocum Street studio and retail showroom. It’s part office, part treasure trove of fine product, and all parts covetable. Dorsey, founder of Chad Dorsey Design and co-owner of MORE Design + Build, opened the space next door to Jan Showers last October. Brands on offer include Lacanche ranges from France, Society Limonta Italian linens, The Wooden Palate serving pieces, Moroccan rugs, and more. The store is also a “little piece of our vision: relaxed luxury, bespoke, handcrafted, timeless,” Dorsey says. “That’s what we bring to the table in Dallas. Luxury can be many things—a soft piece of fabric or traveling to a different place in your mind. It doesn’t have to be expensive.”
New Kitchen Classics available through Chad Dorsey Design
Tab Napkin in “Bianco”/Society Limonta
Cluny 1800 Classic Range Cooker in Ivy/Lacanche
Salad servers/The Wooden Palate