Thursday, November 30, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
The 7th gift from Dallas Metroblogging is Dallas, the series, followed by shopping malls at 6th (Dallas has more pre capita than any other US city) and the futuristic skyline at 5th.
A summary of the 'gifts' from each Metroblogging city is collected here. Outstanding items include John Philip Sousa, Blue Diamond almonds, Greenpeace, Chik-Fil-A, and the US Constitution. This is going to be an interesting assemblage and I'm probably going to learn a thing or two along the way (example: Karachi's W-11 bus is a kaleidoscope of sensations).
Sunday, November 26, 2006
"This store specializes in 'Stuff.' We don't carry anything you need to have, but you sure do want it. Everything we buy has to make us go 'oooh' and 'wow'. We're both very picky. We try to keep our prices reasonable (80% of the store retails at $35 or less) but every now and then we find something that is so extraordinary that we must carry it....well, the 'stuff' we carry tends to be unique, most is not really mass produced, and therefore not as readily available. We carry an excess of 2,000 unique items for you to choose from, along with a vast card selection with well with over 1000 images. We highly recommend you come visit us!"Right now, everything at the Deep Ellum landmark is at least 10% off, and a large selection of funky candles, bath products, Blenko glassware, cards and books is available.
Our initial findings revealed that some of the suspect Taylor chairs and ottomans supplied to Cost Plus World Market had been upholstered in a synthetic material. A majority of the dark brown Taylor dining chairs and ottomans are not affected by this issue.According to GMA, Ashley and K-mart were less apologetic about their marketing terminology. "Ashley said that the Glen Eagle secretary desk was simply a brown cherry color and that the phrase 'solidly constructed' did not mean solid wood, but rather referred to the stability and tight construction of the piece." This all goes to show that the buyer must beware in picking out furnishings and other items. If you're okay knowing that it's comfortable, then pay what you want for it, but don't be dazzled by the marketing lingo hyping the item's construction or materials until you've proved the content to yourself. Sites like the Consumerist track some deceptions, but heightened skepticism will be your best asset in shopping.
Our customer satisfaction is of utmost importance to us. Therefore, we will replace any of the dark brown Taylor dining chairs and ottomans that were made of the synthetic material.
Saturday, November 25, 2006
My sample VisualDNA profile:
Based on this profile, the site offers a collection of gift suggestions. Suggestions included an Agata bracelet, the Cuboluce table lamp (which turns on when the top is raised, and is therefore very appealing to the gadget-prone);. Missioni throw pillows, and donations to humanitarian groups from Good Gifts including a bicycle for a midwife or medicines for a rural vet.
Your choice of colour signifies a sense of intelligence, communication, trust, efficiency, serenity, duty and calm. You are likely to be a very devoted and loyal person that likes things to be in order. You are probably happy to express your emotions and are regarded by your friends as someone that can easily gauge their mood.
Spare time is spent hanging out with your friends. You are relaxed, social and love to just spend time getting together and getting out and about. Living for your social life, fun and friendships are your top priority.
Nothing beats wide-open spaces, and the chance to stretch your legs and mind - this is what you do for fun. You can be a little nostalgic, and like to revisit places with fond memories - sentiment is not lost on you!
You love the chance to appreciate the natural things in life that sometimes pass you by. It is a real treat to be able to pause and enjoy the beauty of the world around you.
Your style is relaxed and approachable, you like things to have character, and posses that handcrafted feel.
When you have extra time you like to use it productively, you always have projects on the go. You are hard working and always like to be giving something back.
You like your holidays to take you far away from the routine of daily life. You don't mind roughing it, preferring to live sparingly as travel is about experience, not indulgence. You like to sit back and immerse yourself in another culture - you definitely have the travel bug.
What matters to you most is your family, you see them as the backbone of your life.
Giving means more than the gift itself - but the feeling it gives the receiver. You know how important the smallest things in life can make people feel. Your sensitiveness and perception could be your best qualities."
Friday, November 24, 2006
The 452-foot, 36-story Republic Bank Building at 300 North Ervay was built in 1954. The skyscraper, known for its signature spire, is the 21st tallest building in the city. It has been empty since 1995, but is nearing the completion of a $75 million renovation by the Gables corporation. The Republic Center plans to welcome its first occupants this January into 229 apartments and into newly-completed office and retail spaces. The building's features include a rooftop pool with coffee bar and sundeck, a business center and a fitness center. Individual units feature stainless appliances, granite counters, hardwood floors and custom cabinetry.
The Union Tower Complex at 1509 Pacific was built in two stages: the Fidelity Union Life 21-story building in 1949 and the 33-story Fidelity Union Tower in 1959. Hamilton Properties Corporation bought the property in 20o4, and began a $100 million conversion of the property into the Mosaic, a complex of over 400 apartments and 20,000 square feet of ground floor shop and restaurant space. "These are not warehouse-style lofts," developer Ted Hamilton told the Dallas Morning News. "The interior finishes our residents are getting are more sophisticated. We've been able to prove that luxury projects work in downtown." Planned features at the Mosaic create a sense of "ultra-urban" luxury: a 120-foot zero-edge pool, and outdoor dive-in movie theater, wireless internet access, a poker/cigar room, and an 8th-floor dog park. Complimentary membership at Pulse, a "hip" fitness center, is included.
Additional details were provided this past January on the occasion of the groundbreaking and also in the Dallas News today. More projects are being tracked at downtowndallas.org.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Ashes and Snow was supported in part by the Flying Elephant Foundation, whose mission is "to reveal and celebrate the wonder of nature in all its forms. The Foundation awards Flying Elephants Fellowships to individuals from a broad range of disciplines in the arts and sciences who have demonstrated singular creativity, passion, integrity and leadership and whose work inspires a reverence for the natural world."
Monday, November 20, 2006
The architect is Steven Ehrlich, based in California.
These knives would never be accused of cluttering up even the most spartan modern countertops! Found in the NY Times:
"Tuscan Hills, a store in Princeton, N.J., that imports housewares from Italy, is the first retailer in the United States to carry the full line of knives from Saladini, a manufacturer in Scarperia, near Florence. Saladini’s hand-forged kitchen knives, corkscrews, flatware and cigar cutters have handles crafted from ox or buffalo horn or from Tuscan olive or boxwood. Custom pieces are available with deer horn, briarwood or bone handles. A five-piece set, above ($895), includes four knives and a carving fork, all with curved olive wood handles, stored in a block of olive wood. It would be a handsome splurge for the holiday cook."
Tuscan Hills, 342 Nassau Street, Princeton; (609) 921-9015; tuscan-hills.com
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Here's the site's "About Us" take:
"We developed a shopping search engine that delivers comprehensive lists of products and their corresponding images, ranked by the leading products, brands, stores and styles on the very first page of results. We call this technology our "Product Ranking Engine...Our patent-pending technology ranks the product results for your searches by the most relevant and market-leading products, brands, stores and styles for your search. These rankings can never be bought or sold. So you can feel comfortable knowing that you are covering a ton of ground in just one search."
Unbiased and fast search results? Let's go!
Similar designs--the Low Platform Side Table ($229) and the Niche Door Side Table ($169)--are available through the internet shop at West Elm.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Mid-century Danish Modern dining room set (in Arlington). 1960s with original upholstery. The current bid is $499.99 with no reserve specified. 2 days more on the auction.
For at $10 admission price, one can enjoy the works of local artists and 6 featured bands (The Happy Bullets, Fishboy, Salim Nourallah, John Holiday, and Peter Schmidt and His Gentlemen Scholars) while benefitting La Reunion, an artists' residency program in Oak Cliff. There will be an auction of the original art pieces while the bands rock the historic Longhorn Ballroom (see details).
Where does the artwork come from? At 7 a.m. November 30th, 150 empty canvases will be placed throughout the historic Longhorn Ballroom. Dallas artists will take shifts filling as many of the canvases as possible in a 24 hour period. At 7 p.m. December 1st, 2006, doors will open to the public and pieces will be auctioned off with starting prices of $20 per canvas. The event was staged for the first time last year. 850 people attended and the auction of 100 canvases raised more than $10,000 for The Children's Health Fund. The Conspiracy has additional details of the event on their MySpace page.
A recent Cliff Dweller article shares a sneak-peek at the new project and its inhabitants. The project aimed to "marry luxury, history, and style" by embracing the classic design of the building and melding in the open, clean lines of concrete floors, stainless appliances, and exposed beam ceilings. The Dallas Morning News featured the property and highlights celebrity occupants like former Dallas Cowboy Jethro Pugh, who appreciated the unique surroundings. "I decided to buy it because of the Trinity River and the trees and everything around there."
"There's been a lot of excitement, and now that it's about to open, we expect even more interest," selling agent Keith Cox to the DMN. "Obviously, we're not for everybody. But for those people who want loft living, this is much more affordable than some of the new construction going up in Uptown or Oak Lawn. And nobody can beat our views."
Monday, November 13, 2006
Elizabeth Hertzfeld's Remake light magnet ($349 for four modules) is designed to reconfigure in many ways, and one switch can power up to twelve modules. The versatility of being able to "remake, decompose, and recompose the light according to your mood" adds interactive dynamism.
The Slide light ($189) by Sam & Jude is customizable by adding personal slide images. Changing the slides adds variety. For those without slides, Generate can provide slide sets to accompany the light. The personalization of a slide set with somebody else's slides is a new sort of modern irony, no? The light is also directly available from SuckUK ($200)
Sunday, November 12, 2006
2160 N. Collins
Arlington, TX 76011
Mon-Fri: 10-7; Sat: 10-6
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Borrowed from the Frontburner blog....
Holiday shopping or need a new rug for your home? The Dallas Market Center will host Goods to Go this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Market Hall. Translation: current designer goods at wholesale prices.
The sale will feature over 300 booths and offers the public merchandise including apparel, toys, gifts, home décor and jewelry -- all at wholesale savings. Admission to the sale is $8.00 and is valid for all three days. Hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Noon – 5 p.m. Sunday. Added bonus: a portion of the proceeds from Goods to Go will benefit Gift for Life and DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS). Shop for less and do some good. Sounds good to us.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
The Fringe Pendant Light (approx $250) comes with rods in single colors or with interchangable colored rods. SCIN is a design firm founded by architects who also have an online shop and a storefront in London (and coincidentally their lamp is priced much lower than Rockett's approx $500). It's also shown up on Crib Candy and a few other sites...truly an eye-catching fixture.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Alexa Grossman, owner of both local Ligne Roset stores, is one of the coolest furniture mavens I've met. She's knowledgable, savvy about high-end modern furniture (with numerous family members and friends in the business, she started learning the trade in her teens) and not one to hold back on her opinions. Her most important advice, getting good style that fits your personal taste is worth the wait of custom order, on sale or not. Designer furniture is an investment, she says, and prorating the purchase over several credit cycles can make the hippest furnishings available to folks without a large designer budget.
The sample sale wraps up soon, but Alex promises another one in the spring, and then probably only an annual spring sale after that.