Admittedly, I’m late to the party here. Billy Milner, the Dallas interior designer whose work with Christmas trees, bookcases, and even his deeply cool Deep Ellum loft have graced many a D Home page, first posted about the eventual closing of his store, Life of Riley, on July 31. (Full post embedded below.)
But it’s worth reiterating here, even more than a week after the news broke. Six years isn’t an eternity in retail years, but as Deep Ellum continues with the ebbs and flows of redevelopment during its most recent resurgence, restaurant and retail doors have been quick to change. Life of Riley’s presence, marked by polished vintage gifts and a notable candle collection, on Main Street (first at 2645, and then at 2814 in 2017) was substantial. Life of Riley is scheduled to close towards the end of 2019, and is currently hosting a substantial sale, with everything priced at 30 or 50 percent off.
Milner fans don’t have to mourn the shop’s closing entirely though. The newly opened Benny Jack’s Antiques (in the former White Elephant location on Riverfront) features a dapper Life of Riley-style vintage booth.
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It’s been 6 great years for Life of Riley in Deep Ellum and the time has come to move onto new adventures. I would like to thank everyone for all the love and support throughout the years. A big thank you needs to go out to Scott Rohrman and Deep Ellum 42. Life of Riley was their first new lease when they purchased their Deep Ellum properties. I am very proud to have started the ball rolling and happy I could help to create what this great historical neighborhood has become. I’m confident that there are many years of prosperity ahead for Dallas’ most unique neighborhood. A big thank you also needs to go out to Laura, Candy, Ashley, Erin and Molly for being my superstar sales girls! A special thank you to Shelby and Jessica for all your help. I couldn’t have done it without all these great ladies! I would also like to thank all our friends and family who have supported me throughout this big adventure. I remember several long nights before I opened the first location that so many stepped in to help pull it all together. To those that drew my logo, priced merchandise, unpacked boxes, purchased items, shared and liked so many social media posts, I will forever be grateful!❤️ As for me, I will be spending more time on my Interior and Holiday Design businesses, traveling extensively for pleasure and possibly a couple of new business ideas I’ve been tossing around. Stay tuned for details!😬 When I was little my mother always told me my middle name should have been “fun” and for quite a few years I did my best to prove her right. I’ve decided to double down on those efforts and solidify “fun” as my middle name. Stick with us on social media and continue to follow Life Of Riley Adventures as Jerod, our family and extended family continue to explore the world! Who knows what new business or life adventures we’ll stumble upon but I can guarantee they’ll be fun!!!🎉🎡🕺💃🥂🎪✈️⛱🎢🚐🛶💰🧿🛍🔊🧳🎭 Last I need to thank my life partner Jerod for encouraging me to always follow my dreams, I love you to the moon and back!❤️ Thanks Again, Billy aka Riley😉