N. A WAY OF LIVING WITH ELEGANCE OR GRACE; IMPECCABLE TASTE
They're designers, artists, and the interiors-obsessed. Your home is where their hearts are.
Amber Davidson StellaDallas
Three years working for Crate & Barrel opened this native North Texan's eyes to the home design world. In November, she opened the doors to her own shop, which stocks mod furnishings and Missoni throws. Read more
House of Style
StellaDallas Home Store Opens
You’re a closet spender. Translation: You splurge on anything wardrobe related.
But with the economy as flat as a Lanvin ballet slipper, you’re keeping a low profile at home.
At least make it fashionable with some frills from StellaDallas. The brand-new boutique is expertly edited with a mod mix of pillows, lamps, Missoni throws, and retro furnishings.
The back of the sleek shop is dedicated to whimsical-yet-contemporary stationery — cards, notebooks, calendars — as well as a wall of single-sheet graphic wrapping papers. Decorating the rest of the digs are unique furniture pieces (mostly from the ’50s and ’60s) that have been updated with groovy new upholstery and slick paint jobs.
Although it’s hard to miss these one-of-a-kind items, they’re marked with cute little gray tags just in case. Rest assured you’ll be the only one owning anything like it.
Which is a good reason to come out of the closet.
StellaDallas, 4346 Lovers Lane (214-691-0000).
Sofi Sugasti and Damian Furmanski Estilo Argento
The married Buenos Aires natives bring a piece (okay, several) of home to Dallas thanks to their budding tabletop imports biz. The boxes, picture frames, and alpaca dishes are Argentinean chic, just like they are. Read more
Sweet Home Argentina
Estilo Argento Housewares
Although you have only a week of vacay each year, your apartment looks like you’re a professional jet-setter.
You comb every consignment store to score worldly treasures — Moroccan lanterns, Turkish rugs, Scandinavian chairs, Asian armories — to decorate your digs.
The only thing missing? Something from down South.
Lucky for you, Estilo Argento has arrived. The local company is owned by an Argentinean couple that imports 100 percent handmade wares from their homeland, so it matters not that you can’t get the time off to go there.
Their chic (yet totally affordable) offerings include alpaca platters with horn handles, cowhide boxes with leather stitching, onyx storage boxes, and alpaca horn and silver picture frames.
It’s enough to give armchair traveling a good name.
Available at Haven, 2416 Victory Park Lane (214-954-1515). To see styles, go to estiloargento.com.
Amy Halko Amy Halko Ceramics
The local artist forms her pottery by hand in a small SouthSide on Lamar studio, where she not only works but lives. Her one-of-a-kind pieces are charmingly imperfect and signed with love. Read more
Fire It Up
Amy Halko Ceramics
Your college days are long gone — and with them the nasty futon, purple lava lamp, and plastic bookshelves that furnished them.
But your mix-n-match dollar store dish collection is still stuck in time.
Graduate to local artist Amy Halko’s affordable yet couture porcelain tabletop pieces. Her handmade offerings — bowls, platters, tea cups, saucers — are all one of a kind and boast delicately abstract designs like painterly botanicals and geometric shapes.
Earthy colors — chocolate, cream, rose, sky blue — and imperfect forms are two signatures of her collection. But she’s best known for not only decorating the inside and outside of her dishes, but also the underbelly. You will be pleasantly surprised.
As will friends at your next dinner party.