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Best of Big D

D Home’s Best of 2023

We present you with the Best of Big D: the Home and Garden Edition.
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Elizabeth Lavin

Last month, D Magazine released the 2023 Best of Big D list—our picks for the best DJs, restaurants, tanning spots, and more around town. But what about the best vintage furniture? Or the best spot to find Palm Beach-inspired home decor? D Home has put together its own list of superlatives. Some names might seem familiar; some might surprise you. But the winners of Dallas’ top shopping, culture, services, and food are creators and curators in their own right—and these awards represent just a taste of what they have to offer.

Shopping

Best Local Round Top Dealer

East End Salvage

Tired of making the twice-yearly sojourn to Round Top? Skip the trip and score antique and vintage finds (some of the best of the market, in our opinion) at East End Salvage’s McKinney warehouse, open by appointment. Owners Kaci and Robert Lyford, formerly of beloved shop Patina Green, have an innate eye for beauty. 705 Greenville Rd., McKinney


Best Place for a Dose of Palm Beach Style                               

Dunbar Road

Interior design clients love Carla Fonts, founder of interior design firm Dunbar Road, for her Palm Beach aesthetic, honed after her family immigrated from their native Cuba to the South Florida city. Her retail shop—open since last September—is filled with new and vintage curiosities, furniture, and luxe wares, all of the same bright and bold variety. 5021 W Lovers Ln. 214-281-5272.


Best Olfactory Experience

The Conservatory

Treat yourself to a sensory experience like no other at The Conservatory, with their vast range of home and body fragrances. The experts here will help sniff out the perfect candle, incense, or room spray for your space, while the well-known nose of Shasa Mitcham can source a signature personal scent from their array of perfumes and colognes. 4 Highland Park Village. 972-629-9919. 


Best Place to Stock Your Bar Cart                

Blue Print

Since expanding to offer tabletop pieces in 2021, the team at Blue Print has earned a reputation as the masters of entertaining outfitting. But their expertise goes far beyond napkin rings and fine china. The Uptown shop’s selection of barware is top notch, ranging from napkins and bar sets to funky bottle stoppers and matching olive picks. They offer registry, too. 2707 Fairmount St. 214-954-9511.


Best Wallpaper

Ever Atelier

Founded by friends and creatives Ashley Leftwich and Sarah English, this locally based wallcovering studio specializes in transforming ordinary walls into captivating works of art with edgy and eye-catching murals and wallpapers. Best of all, since they design and manufacture everything in house, they can customize existing prints or collaborate to bring fresh ideas to life. everatelier.com


Best Place to De-stress

Go Easy Shop

A go-to destination for discerning CBD enthusiasts since 2020, this Oak Cliff shop offers a wide range of products—including pastel pre-rolls and infused edibles—with a feminine bent. Owner Molly Mathias is a proponent of education, catering to all experience levels, and emphasizes quality to ensure customers can relax and unwind without any unwanted side effects. 250 N Bishop Ave., Ste. 150. 214-814-2242. 


Best IG and IRL Vintage Seller

Cycle Etc. Vintage

Instagram sellers are a dime a dozen. But whereas most specialize in one arena, Kaleigh Bergstrom sources everything from clothes to furniture and home accessories. Bonus: You can shop many of her finds in person at one of several local partner shops, including vintage duds at Hey Koneko and throwback glassware sets at Bar & Garden. 


Best High-End Furniture Consignment

Vinyā

After 16 years, this Design District consignment shop—run by interior designer Debra Owens and her daughter, Tristan Owens—is still our favorite place to take much loved pieces for which we no longer have a place. If you’re in the market, source high-end, pre-owned treasures from names like Vladimir Kagan, Knoll, Christian Liaigre, and more. 1313 Slocum St., Ste. 105. 214-443-0303. 


Best Fireplace Screens

Claire Crowe Collection

The artist behind the butterfly fireplace screens that were omnipresent in Dallas a decade ago is still crafting beautiful, functional art pieces from her Design District studio. Her nature-inspired designs—think dragonflies, gingko leaves, and flowers—feel light and lovely permanently captured in iron, whether displayed on a mirror, in an art piece, or, yes, as a fireplace screen. 2242 Monitor St., Ste. 100. 214-226-6025. 


Best Curator, Laurie Ann Farrell
Best Curator: Laurie Ann Farrell Elizabeth Lavin

Culture

Best Place to Make Wearable Art

Dallas Silk Art

Grab your painter’s cap, head to The Colony’s Grandscape development, and follow along as the water-marbling experts here lead you through the process of creating your own piece of wearable art—whether that be a scarf, pair of shoes, or a hat—using diluted acrylic paints suspended in water to dye your medium of choice. It’s meditative and mesmerizing, and the results are always beautiful. 5768 Grandscape Blvd., Ste. 195, The Colony. 972-410-0382. 


Best Design Inspiration Instagram

Harris Vintage

If you’re worried your home is bordering on (gasp!) boring, a quick perusal of multidisciplinary creative Kaitlyn Coffee’s Instagram is just the RX you need. Comprising vignettes from her eclectic Lake Highlands home as well as interiors around the world that inspire her, her feed is packed with enough color, personality, and inventiveness to make you banish beige for good.


Services

Best Way to Create Ambience 

Strike by Chad Dorsey

Much is made of mantel styling in the world of home decor. But Dallas interior designer Chad Dorsey’s collection of fireplace surrounds—available in seven designs and more than a dozen materials—are so stunning on their own, they require no ornamentation. Simply strike a match and enjoy.


Best Gardening Classes

Dallas Garden School

Born without a green thumb? The Dallas Garden School’s Callie Works-Leary, a Texas Master Gardener (and regular contributor to D Home), shares her knowledge through a range of virtual classes. Topics include how to attract pollinators to your plot and which specialty flowers to plant where.


Best Prefab Pool

Plungie Pools

The Texas summer heat waits for no man—or contractor. Plungie’s compact, cost-effective, prefabricated swimming pools offer relief from triple-digit temps in a jiffy, with installation taking days instead of months, as with traditional in-ground pools.  4400 State Highway 121, Lewisville. 855-758-6443.


Best Custom Plaster Artisans

Casci Plaster

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful way to make a statement in your home than plaster—or artisans more renowned than those at Casci. For 90 years, their team has practiced the ancient art to perfection, creating custom moldings, ceiling pendants, fireplace surrounds, and more preferred by Dallas’ design elite. 2615 S. Good Latimer Expy. 214-421-3390.


Food

Best Craft Ice

Howard & Sons Ice Company

Experienced entertainers know that just as important as what you pour is what you’re pouring over. Crafted with care, Howard & Sons’ crystal-clear ice cubes melt slowly, ensuring that your drinks stay chilled without diluting the flavors. Party on. 972-514-2340. 


Best Custom Cakes

Cade’s Cakes

When it involves Sam Cade, the answer to the question Is It Cake? is always “yes.” The Dallas baker and Netflix star can turn any inspiration object into a confectionary masterpiece. Some of our favorites have taken the shape of cowboy boots and a Whataburger patty melt.


Best Cocktail Mixer                           

Tepetán Cocktail Mixers

Locally made Tepetán cocktail mixers were born as a solution to the founder’s desire to easily craft a fresh margarita. Offered in four distinct flavors—including our favorite, the cucumber-and-mint “Spa Day”—these premade, clean-ingredient mixers make concocting great-tasting cocktails a breeze.


Best Giftable Food 

Everett & Elaine

With roots firmly planted in Texas pecan orchards, Everett & Elaine creates fresh nut-based treats using high-quality ingredients and zero preservatives. Welcome a new neighbor with one of their pies or a dozen cookies, both of which you can score online, at local farmers markets, or from their storefront. Or round out a gift basket with their candied nuts and trail mixes. 8356 Thompson Rd., Northlake. 469-705-4525. 


Every Designer, Builder and Architect named to our Best lists is talented and trustworthy.

Best Designers

A Well Dressed Home

Alexis Pearl Design

Alice Cottrell 

Interior Design

Allison Seidler Interiors

Amy Gibbs Interiors

Amy’s Interiors

Angeline Guido Design LLC

Anne Williams Design

Avrea and Company

Barbara J. Vessels Interiors, Inc.

Betty Lou Phillips Interiors

Beyond Interior Design

Bobbitt & Company Interior Design

BODRON/FRUIT

Brette Jacques Interiors, Inc.

Burkle Creative

Cadwallader Design 

Cameron Drinkwater Interiors

Canon & Dean Design

Carrie Barron Interiors

Carrie Hatfield Interior Design

Cathy Kincaid Interiors

Chad Dorsey Design

Chambers Interiors 

& Associates

Charlotte Comer Interiors, Inc.

Chelsea Hargrave Interiors

Cheri Etchelecu Interior Design

Childress Interiors

Collins & Sweezey

Collins Interiors

Cheryl Van Duyne Interior Design

Dallas Design 

Group Interiors

Dana Bass Designs

Deborah Walker + Associates

Debra Stewart Interior Design

DeLeo & Fletcher Design

Denise McGaha Interiors

Dona Rosene Interiors

Doniphan Moore Interiors

Dunbar Road Design

EJ Interiors

EJM Interior Design

Emily Summers Design Associates

Erin Sander Design

Fagan White Design

Gallerie Noir

Heidi Arwine Interiors

Hillary Littlejohn Studio Design

Holly Hickey Moore Interior Design

House of Amelia

IBB Design Fine Furnishings

Ike Isenhour Inc

J. Wiley Designs  

Jan Jones LLC

Jan Showers & Associates

Janet Gridley

Jean Liu Design, LLC

Jenkins Interiors

Joanie Wyll & Associates Inc.

John Phifer Marrs Interiors

Joseph Minton, Inc.

Joshua Rice Design 

Josie McCarthy Associates

Kara Adam Interiors

Kirsten Kelli

Kristen Fegale Interiors

Kristin Mullen Designs

Lark Interiors

Laura Lee Clark Interior 

Design, Inc.

Layered Dimensions Interior Design

Linda Fritschy Interior Design

Lindley Arthur Interiors

Lisa Henderson Interiors

Lynn Sears 

Interiors Inc.

Maddie Hughes Designs

MADRE Design

Maestri Studio

Mary Anne Smiley Interiors LLC

Mary Beth Wagner Interiors

Meredith Ellis Design

Meredith Steinhart Interior Design

Michelle Nussbaumer 

Design

Monica Wilcox Interiors

Morgan Farrow Interiors

Morrissey Home 

Neal Stewart Design Assoc. Inc

Noel Pittman Design

Pam Kelley Design

Pamela Fitch Design

Paul Draper Design

Paul Duesing Partners

Peters Cates

Design, Inc.

Pickering House Interiors

Pulp Design Studios

R. Brant Design

Richard Gordon Design

Richard Trimble & Assoc., Inc.

Rick Rozas Design

RN Interior 

Design, LLC

Robyn Menter Design 

Associates, Inc.

Roz Murphy Design

S.B. Long Interiors

Salem & Associates

Samantha Fisher Interiors

Schooler, Kellogg 

& Co

Sees Design

Seitz Design LTD

Shannon Bowers Designs

Shelby Wagner Design

Sherry Hayslip Interiors

Smith & Ragsdale Interior Design

Studio Thomas James

Studio White Interiors

SWOON, the Studio

Ten Plus Three 

Tiffany McKinzie Interior 

Design Inc

Tori Rubinson Interiors

Traci Connell Interiors

Traci White Designs

Tracy Hardenburg Designs

Trish Sheats 

Interior Design

Urbanology Designs

Wendy Konradi Interior Design

Williams Design Inc. 

Yates Desygn


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Best of Big D winners Neony Pizza Works, Tepetán Cocktail Mixers, Howard & Sons Ice Company, Marcello Andres Ceramics, Kessler Baking Studio, Wow! Donuts & Drips, Dunbar Road, Bodega Provisions, and Scardello. Elizabeth Lavin

Best Builders

Ackley Custom Homes

Alair Homes

Alexander Hunt Distinct Homes

Allgood/Pfannenstiel

Atrium Fine Homes

Attaway Homes

Austin Neuhoff Homes

Austin Taylor Group

Avida Custom Homes

Axiom Builders

Bailey Family Builders, Inc.

Barcus Construction 

Management, LLC

Barnett West
Custom Homes

Barringer Custom Homes

Barrow Builders Group

Bauhaus Modern Homes

Bean Co Homes

Beechwood Custom Homes

Bella Custom Homes

Biggerstaff Construction

Bob Bobbitt Company Inc

Bob Thompson Homes

Braswell Homes

Brian Michael Distinctive Homes

BufordHawthorne Builders, LP

Calais Custom Homes

Caprock Custom Homes

Charles A. Barnett III, Inc.

cjb HOMES

Classic Urban Homes

Cleve Adamson Custom Homes

Coats Homes

CREATE

Crescent Estates Custom Homes

Cresswell Custom Builders

Crow Bar Constructors Inc. 

Custom Homes of Texas

Danes Custom Homes

Dave R. Williams Homes

David Leite Custom Homes

David Lewis Builder

Deering Construction

Desco Fine Homes

Dettaglio LLC

Double Door Custom Homes Inc

Edinburgh Custom Homes

Ellen Grasso & Sons Custom Homes

Ellerman Homes

Endurance Homes

Faulkner Perrin Custom Homes

Ferrier Custom Homes

Gardner Custom Homes

Garvey Homes

George Davis & Associates

George Lewis Custom Homes

Goff Custom Homes

Greenwell Homes

Hardy Construction

Hartman Construction, Inc. 

Hawkins-Welwood Homes

Hayes Signature Homes

Haynsworth Custom Homes

Heritage Blue Homes

Herman Darden LLC

Hoffmann Homes

Holmes Builders

Hudson Construction

Isler Homes

J.D. Smith Custom Homes

Jarrett Construction

Jim Johnson Group

Jim Scott and Sons Builders

JLD Custom Homes

Joe Kain Homes Inc.

John Young Construction Co.

Joseph Paul Homes

Key Residential

Kienast Homes

Knox Built Construction

LRO Residential

Luxury Homes Designed and Built by Tony McClung

Malone Custom Builders

Marable Homes

Mark Clifton Homes

Matie Custom Homes

Matt and Paul Home Design and Construction

McCowen-Sainton Homes

McKinley Built Homes

MegaCo Construction

Michael S. Wilson Custom Homes

Milan Custom Build

Millennial Design + Build LLC

Mishler Builders

Montgomery Custom Homes

More Design + Build

Mosaic Building Co.

New Leaf Custom Homes

Nixon Custom Homes

Patten Custom Homes

Pencil Point Construction

Phillip Jennings Custom Homes

Platinum Homes by Mark Molthan

Prospect Custom Homes LLC

Provenance Builders

R.A. Millennium Properties

Randy Clowdus Construction

Range Builds

Reside Builders

RGD+B

Richard Dietrichson Fine Homes

Richard Miller Custom Homes

Richland Builds

Rick Shipley Custom Homes

RJA Construction

Robert Clark and Associates

Robert Elliott Custom Homes

Robert Hopson
Construction Group LLC

Ron Davis Custom Homes

Rosewood Custom Builders

S&H Design Development, LLC

S&R Development

SCH Homes

Sebastian Construction Group

Shaddock Custom

Shaddock Homes

Sharif & Munir Custom Homes, Inc. 

Sleepy Hollow Homes

Snelling Homes

Southgate Homes

Stark Homes, LLC

Starr Construction

Starside Custom Builders

Sterling Brook Custom Homes

Steven Hild Custom Builder

Susan Newell Homes

Sustainable Structures of Texas

Tanner Homes

Tatum Brown Custom Homes

Tekton Built

The Hill Group

Thomas Development + Construction

Thomas Signature Homes

Tim Jackson Custom Homes

Todd James Homes

Tommy Ford Construction

V Fine Homes

Ventura Custom Homes

Victor Myers Custom Homes

Waterside Properties

Wes McKenzie Custom Homes, Inc.

Westchester Custom Homes

Zachary Custom Homes


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Best Architects

A. Gruppo Architects

A Michael Architecture

ABEYTA • TIBBS ARCHITECTURE LLC

AMDG Studio

Barry Bull Ballas

BERNBAUM/MAGADINI Architects

Blume Architecture

Bob Anderson, Architect

Bodron/Fruit

Bucahanan Architecture

C A Nelson Architecture Group LLC

Clinton & Co

Cunningham Architects

David Benners Architecture

Domiteaux Garza Architecture

Eckxstudio for Modern Architecture

Eskenasy Ferguson Architecture

Far + Dang

Fusch Architects

Harper Design Projects

Howard Glazbrook III Architects

Ibañez Shaw Architecture

Ikemire Architects LLC

Fuqua Architects

Janson Luter Architects

Jerry L Coleman, Designer LLC

Jessica Stewart Lendvay Architects

JRAF Studio

L. Lumpkins Architects

Larry E. Boerder Architects

Laura Juarez Baggett Studio

M Gooden Design

Maestri Studio

Manolo Design Studio

Marc McCollom Architect

Marek Architecture

Max Levy Architect

M-Gray Architecture

Malone Maxwell Dennehy Architects

NeatBuilt

NIMMO Architecture

Official Design

Oglesby Greene Architecture

Richard Drummond Davis
Architect Inc.

Risser Design & Development

Robert Clark & Associates

Rogers-Ford Architecture
and Interior Design

Ron Wommack Architecture

Shipley Architects

SHM Architects

smitharc architecture + interiors

Stephen B. Chambers Architects Inc.

Stephen Zepeda Architecture LLC

StudioEL73

Symmetry Architects

Turner Boaz Architecture

Turney & Associates

VeuxDeux Design

Welch Architecture | Interiors

wernerfield

William S. Briggs Architect

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