Adorable Affordable Giftables
The name of Kristen Miller’s shop, All Good Things, says it all. Within the store’s bright white walls:
Lifestyle essentials, such as Baggu pouches and easy-to-rummage makeup bags. Clarity large clutch, $48
Home goods, such as cute doormats, wooden spoons, and scented candles. Marble and brass tray, $45
Baby shower buys, including blankets, books, and apothecary kits for new moms. Bunny ear teether, $14
Paper goods, including journals, coffee-table books, and a wall of bespoke cards. Moglea card, $6
Everyday accessories, such as simple gold necklaces and chunky earrings. Seed Bead circle earrings, $28
Two former Ruibal’s staffers, Hannah Street and Bethany Mieth, help hopeful green thumbs find their new best fronds at Oasis Plant Shop. The pair also offers in-home plant installation and event rental services.
What’s the fussiest houseplant? The fiddle-leaf fig—and it’s the most popular.
Any secrets to survival? They would love to be in a bright window that receives indirect light, they don’t like to be moved or touched, and they don’t like a drafty space. Some of the most beautiful fiddles are ones in a bright corner left alone forever. A regular watering schedule is also really important. Once you figure that regimen out, it is vital to keep it up.
Can you name some low-maintenance plants that are just as photogenic? Dracaena Tarzan, Kentia Palm, Rubber Tree—not the bush version—and Bird of Paradise, to name a few.
Molly Mathias started out as an accountant, but found the work painfully boring (shocking). For fun, she and her mom, Mary Ann, started buying and restoring vintage furniture, a hobby that soon outgrew their homes thanks to the styled decor vignettes Molly created for Instagram (@mmvintage59). That tradition continues in her shop, Magic Hour, where she always has a living room setup surrounded by home accessories, plus clothing and jewelry. A few of Molly’s tips for scouting old furniture at flea markets:
“If you’re buying anything upholstered, you should smell it. If it has a really bad smell, don’t buy it, because it could be in the foam.”
“Sit on it. If it feels hard or crunchy, then you’ll have to replace the foam and it can get pretty expensive.”
“Don’t be afraid of dressers that have a few scratches. Once you put it in your house and put stuff on top of it, you probably won’t notice them.”
New Age Elements
The main event at the dramatic charcoal-washed boutique Harkensback is co-owner Julie McCullough’s eponymous Dallas-made clothing line, but the extras are just as much reason to shop. McCullough can often be found in the store’s corner, making leather goods or blending essential oil scents. Another draw is the crystal bar with 36 stones for the picking.
“I’ve always been collecting rocks, but I didn’t know the meanings or healing properties until a trip to Marfa seven years ago,” McCullough says. “My favorite one is a really large, multifaceted smoky quartz that I found in Arkansas. My grandmother gave me one when I was a kid, so I’ve always been kind of obsessed with the dark stone.”