Dallas by Design: Forty Five Ten

I’ve just kicked off a new project in Dallas, a perfect excuse (I think) to visit one of my all-time favorite boutiques, Forty Five Ten.  Since it opened in 2000, the store has been widely acclaimed for its beautifully curated vision, championed new, cutting-edge design houses, and made the Knox area of Dallas the cool destination neighborhood.

I’m happy to say the store is as luscious as ever – as thrilling as a trip to Colette in Paris.   As Vogue described it: “The store has always brilliantly walked the line between a Texan’s innate love of glamour and glitz and a kind of darkly rich Euro idea of dressing up.”  Then, there’s the amazing, luxe home collection, a perfectly edited mix of all my favorite brands and some new, interesting artisans.  Take a peek:

I lingered over the turquoise jewelry designs, especially these gorgeous, sculptural pieces:

To refuel from my shopping exploits, I stoped at their T Room cafe, for a treat and a front-row seat to the city’s most stylish denizens.  It’s no coincidence that Dallas has become a global player in contemporary art, fashion and design.  Playing paparazzi is not my thing, but trust me, these folks have a commanding sense of style and native exuberance that are utterly disarming.

Owner Brian Bolke recently expanded his gilded empire with Five and Ten, designed more as a cabinet of curiosities and quite charming.  But for me, nothing tops the original – dramatic, luxurious and completely  inspiring.

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Images by Susan Bednar Long

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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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