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How To Reimagine Your Space In the Dallas Design District

Known worldwide as a leader in design resources, the Design District is where those in the know buy everything required to transform a room.
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The year 2020 has taught us many things. Among them, home is our sanctuary and much more than a place to retreat at the end of a busy day. Home is now where many of us also work, teach, exercise—and decorate and redecorate. Soon enough, our homes will regain their role as a destination for entertaining and welcoming friends and family. Thanks to the Dallas Design District, you’ll be ready. There has never been a better time to elevate your space, whether to repurpose a few rooms or to create a refreshed and updated look. Whatever your design goals, the Dallas Design District has every resource available. In fact, the Dallas Design District has experienced a refresh itself and is open and ready for you to explore and safely shop.

Known worldwide as a leader in design resources, particularly the complex dubbed the Dallas Design Center which house some of the most notable local and national names in the industry, the Dallas Design District is where those in the know source coveted furnishings, antiques, art, textiles, hardware, lighting, rugs—everything required to transform a room…or an entire home.

“Now more than ever, our homes are our sanctuaries, and designers are working with clients to refresh their interiors. The District is a sourcing destination like no other.”

James Arsin, Arsin Rug Gallery

The Dallas Design District has carved out an identity all its own and has become a critical asset in the cultural fabric of Dallas. When you shop the Dallas Design District, you feel as if you have discovered your own little secret—a special place filled with endless treasures. It is one of Dallas’ most beloved, historical, and stylish enclaves, where you will find namesake interior design showrooms, art galleries, fine dining, luxury urban apartment homes, and the long-awaited Virgin Hotels Dallas.

Bill Hutchinson, founder and president of Dunhill Partners and general partner of the Dallas Design District, says one positive thing that emerged from the pandemic is a reminder of the importance of home. “We got the opportunity to reacquaint ourselves with our immediate family members and our homes,” he says.  “We have been living such fast-paced lives, especially here in Dallas, that we forgot to stop and smell the roses. We did not have time to sit in the various rooms in our homes and actually look at them—seriously look at them as if for the first time—and enjoy them. We now realize how much our homes make us happy—not only as in comfortable and cozy or as in the roof over our head clichés—but as the place we want to be. Our nest.”

For these reasons, Hutchinson says, Dallas is fortunate to have the Dallas Design District. “Just to reflect for a minute on the abundance of home furnishings, fabrics, fixtures, materials, lighting, art, and the presence of so many talented designers to bring it all together right here in our backyard is shocking,” he says. “With so much time spent thinking about our next room project, expansion, remodel, redecoration, or our next move, thank goodness the Dallas Design District is just minutes away!”

Showrooms in the Dallas Design District have placed a strong focus on safety, from sanitation efforts and social distancing regulations to limiting the number of shoppers and other safety policies. Showrooms, by nature, are rather large and expansive, which is good news for shoppers who are ready to venture out. “The mere fact that they need so much room to display all their beautiful products ensures a safe browsing and shopping environment,” Hutchinson says. “The design showrooms, art galleries, restaurants, and hotels in the Dallas Design District have been and remain open for your convenience and pleasure. With our homes now taking center stage in our lives, now is a great time to visit the Design District and bring that wish, thought, vision, or plan to life.”

“The Dallas Design District is a great community of high-end brands and craftspeople. It is well developed, and convenient access allows homeowners to shop in an easy-to-navigate and safe environment.”

Christopher Peacock

The Dallas Design District still offers its longtime,  go-to showrooms and entertainment destinations, with a few new surprises added to the mix. Right in the center of the Dallas Design District is the new Virgin Hotels Dallas, a beautiful, artistic creation of local architects, designers, builders, and artists. Hutchinson says it was designed to be an immersive experience with sensory overload, where you can go for a cocktail or meal at The Commons Club, or for a luxurious staycation. Not to be missed is the new Molteni&C showroom in the Decorative Center, specializing in contemporary Italian furniture and textiles, and Accessory Concierge, which relocated from its longtime spot on Lovers Lane. Brown Jordan recently completed its new 11,500-square-foot outdoor furniture showroom near the hotel, and co-working office, WorkLodge, is now open on Dragon Street and ready for entrepreneurs in search of a cool environment to do business. The Dallas Design District remains a coveted dining destination in Dallas and will soon claim  Carbone, conceived by New York’s Major Food Group. Conveniently located in the Decorative Center, it has long been recognized as one of the finest restaurants in the Uinted States with longtime locations in New York and Las Vegas—and now Dallas.

“The Design District is one of the most significant and important neighborhoods in Dallas, because it consists of hundreds of furniture, fixture, material, and appliance showrooms that bring thousands of visitors and millions of dollars into the Dallas economy every year,” Hutchinson says. “The people who own the showrooms, galleries, and businesses have a true passion for the work and beauty they create and sell. The cool art galleries, trendy restaurants, and world-class museums have drawn thousands to the district, which is not duplicated anywhere else. Dallas is so fortunate to still have a thriving and successful design district, and it’s imperative we continue to support it.

Where to Shop

A quick-reference guide to some of the Design District’s most beloved shops. Click here to view these shops on a map.