Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Lucy Billingsley on Developing Dallas

KERA Channel 13's CEO series will feature One Arts Plaza developer Lucy Billingsley this Friday night at 7:30pm (details). The Billingsley Company, founded in 1978, has led Dallas area development from the outskirts back towards downtown. The One Arts Plaza modern luxury midrise project has attracted numerous eyes as a foothold for art-savvy empty-nesters and new corporate work locations near the redeveloped Arts District. Mrs. Billingsley's role as Partner in charge of office developments and multi-family developments has put her in the forefront of these inroads. As she says, "We are hoping to create the living room for the Arts District." Should be interesting watching.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Modern Deck Lounging

As the days are growing longer and the spring leaves begin to show, thoughts turn to time spent soaking up sun with an icy beverage and somewhere chic to curl up and relax.

The Alveo chaise, in synthetic wicker and stainless steel legs, is big enough to accomodate two people ($4500).
Gloster's Eclipse "relaxer" unit features a family-size platform with a sail-like covering ($4000+)

The classic Knoll metal outdoor lounger (museum, priceless) and Knoll-Schultz chaise (eBay, $999) or a Space-Age fiberglas lounger (Superieur, $1495) for more retro tastes.

Rounded-leg teak and resin lounger, ($1439, Neiman Marcus) and another way to relax and catch some rays, without breaking the bank: the Mika sling chair (World Market, $79).

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Isaac Arms Benches

These benches in patinated steel and maple by Isaac Arms convey serenity and a zen-like sense of peace through their solidity.

His other work includes monolithic steel chairs, cabinetry with crank handles--like the Push-me, Pull-you dresser--and vases and other accessories.

Arms is a furniture artist who has taught at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. A fuller profile is available, along with more offerings of his work, at

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Nadeau Imports Wholesale Open House

Nadeau Imports is opening its doors to the public this Saturday March 10th, offering the lowly consumer an opportunity to purchase imported items at wholesale price. An importer of furniture from Indonesia, India, and China, their offerings include all sorts of indoor and outdoor wood and reed furniture including chairs, tables, case goods and accessories.

When: Saturday March 10th 10am-4pm

Where: 1128 Longpoint Ave, Dallas TX 75247 (map)

Contact: Misty 214-655-1440, e-mail, or see their Craigslist posting.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

D Home Issue Launch Party

From the D Home Blog:
"D Home is hosting a cocktail reception this Thursday, March 8, 6-8 p.m., at Bentwood Design Studio (4508 Lovers Ln.) to celebrate the latest issue–Custom Made. Enjoy fine wine, hors d’oeuvre, and a surprise party favor from Bentwood Design Studio. You will also get a copy of the issue, which is chock-full of local artisans, shopping, wit, and everything related to Dallas homes."
To attend, RSVP to, and check out the full copy of the announcement here. I'm curious to see how modern the kitchen designs will be.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Mid-century style: Herman Miller Auction 3/8

According to their Craigslist ad, Highland Park Estate Sales will be conducting a silent ("blind") auction of vintage Herman Miller furniture next Thursday (March 8) as the prequel to a full blown sale the following week. The Eames chair and ottoman have a starting bid af $1500 and several other case goods ("Thin Edge” dresser and sideboard, Drop front desk, 40” chest, Miniature 9 drawer chest) are also offered. See the full slide show.

If this is still a little pricy, Lula B's is featuring a Thayer-Coggin recliner and ottoman for $350.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Quick sale picks

Creme microfiber adjustable chaise with attached glass swivel table (Overstock, $209). Espresso finished beech side table with single drawer (Overstock, $63). Shower gel, bath crystals and body lotion (West Elm, $7). Ash veneer cocktail tables (Chiasso, $48 set of 2).