With the recent closing of Urban Home, the east side of Central Expressway became just a little less hip. Fortunately, Ligne Roset has opened their second Dallas store just a stone's throw away, on McKinney near Knox. The store is between Design Within Reach and the Forty-Five Ten clothing boutique. Just north of DWR is Mody and Mody, who feature quite an assemblage of B&B Italia and Maxalto furnishings. (I'm personally craving the Arne sofa and its gentle angles.)
Heading north up McKinney takes you to the intersection with Knox and a few lesser-priced stores including: Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Z Gallerie, Smith and Hawken, and Weir's furniture. Of course, I haven't had much nice to say about these stores (see my post "Modern Quality" below), but it's nice to have a single neighborhood where you can park and browse until you decide what price and style fit your tastes. Speaking of tastes, don't think the only option for snacks is Chili's! Chuy's, a Dallas Mexican staple is right at the corner, and several other restaurants are nearby. With all the wandering (more walking than most Dallasites can fathom outside a mall) you might even see Oprah, Laura Bush, Jessica Simpson, Angie Harmon, or Gwynth Paltrow coming out of Forty-Five Ten!