Recently I headed to Dallas for the Home Décor show at the Dallas Market Center. I like to go to one of the winter gift shows to stay current on accessory trends and find new products for our website. Not to mention, it doesn’t hurt to go somewhere warm when it’s so cold at home!
The Dallas Market Center HUGE. It is made up of four buildings: The Market Hall (Temporary booths and Cash & Carry), Trade Mart (Lighting, Stationary, Tabletop), International Trade Plaza (Holiday, Floral, Outdoor Furniture), and the World Trade Center-the monster 15 floor building. The World Trade Center is full of permanent showrooms and areas for temporary booths including everything from jewelry to fashion to home. I spent two days visiting all of the showrooms I wanted see. By the end my head was spinning!
Unfortunately you can’t photograph in the showrooms, but above is one of the vignettes from the lobby. As above, flokati rugs, pillows, and upholstered accent pieces were everywhere. In the showrooms, the farmhouse/vintage vibe had a presence (which I am a fan of). Laquered and mirrored furniture pieces were also quite popular. We will be ordering some new product from the show for our online shop, so stay tuned!
Even though the gift show took some time to get through, I still had some free time to see Dallas. My husband and I went to Dealey Plaza and took a tour of the Kennedy Assassination site and the Kennedy Memorial. Did some (window) shopping at the uber high-end Highland Park Village shopping center, filled with the like of Hermes and Harry Winston. We ate lots of amazing food at restaurants like Neighborhood Services, Boulevardier, and a Dallas Mart favorite, Uncle Julio's for delicious margaritas!
Before heading to the airport we hit up some antique shops in the Design District. I did not realize how big taxidermy was in Texas until I walked these buildings. Real zebra rugs, exotic animal heads galore, mounted game fish, and even full animals like this lion (which could be yours for the paltry sum of $2,500).
Antique stores are great places to find unique accessories. A piece of art someone had in their house 30 years ago may be just the thing you’re looking for to hang over the fireplace. I have found reasonably priced, functional lamps that just needed new shades for less money than even big box stores. My husband found a glass cocktail shaker from the 60’s that will work perfectly with our bar set up. And hey, I even found a book for dragging your man along on these antique shopping trips.
All in all, a nice mix of work, play, and beautiful weather. Now to work through my pile of new catalogs and decide what to buy!