Finding Inspiration: Working Day In Dallas

As an interior designer,  I usually find inspiration for my work almost everywhere I go. Living in Dallas has given me a whole new set of shops, restaurants, and architectural gems to spark my creativity. In that spirit, I thought I’d share some of the spots I like to frequent on a typical working day.

Heading into the Design District, I usually stop in at Ascension  coffee bar for an iced cappuccino in the morning. The coffee is amazing (they source beans from all over the world and roast them in house), and I love the shop’s thoughtful rustic industrialism.

Then it’s off to mainstays and scout new shops in the Design District. Lately, I’ve been looking for furniture and fabric with a Mediterranean vibe for new projects in Miami and Las Vegas. If I have time on my way back to the office, I like to pop over to Velvet Taco for lunch.  My personal favorite is #9 – a pulled pork and blue cheese combo that is delicious.

On the way back to the office, I usually take a spin through Nick Brock Antiques on Henderson Ave. to see what new great things Nick has found. He specializes in furnishings, artworks, and lighting ranging from the 17th century through mid century. These were a few of my favorites items from a recent visit:

By the time I get back to the office, I’m usually fully inspired and ready to settle into the rest of the workday. Of course, there are other shops and restaurants I like to visit, but I’ll save those for another post!

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by design and the subtle impact of our surroundings. Some of my earliest influences still resonate – I think of the dark woods and textured lodens of my father’s shooting club, the smell of fresh paint on a new canvas, and the bold symmetry of the Philip Johnson Glass house just down the street. For me, it was a natural path to become an Interior Designer. I love what I do. I’ve created this Journal to share my thoughts, finds and design inspirations. I hope you enjoy it!

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