A Night at the Thrift Studio

Oh dear, dear, dear…. we are already half way through the week and I haven’t spoken to you once! The weekend is well over and I am a full week and a half behind in telling you about what I did the weekend before! Despite my tardiness and delayed posting, however, here I am – ready to share a few moments from a beautiful event not too long ago.

Many of you have heard me talk about Dwell with Dignity. If you live in the DFW Metroplex you may have even attended one of their previous events. In fact, folks all across the country may be aware of them now after a national debut on The Nate Berkus Show! They are a wonderful charitable organization that works to create homes for those less fortunate with dignity and beauty. I could go on and on about their many merits but visit their site HERE to get more (and better) details.

Today, I am interested in telling you about a very exciting project that the Dwell team recently embarked on. With a warehouse brimming full of generous furniture and home decor donations, Dwell had the idea to create a pop-up thrift shop to sell off their excess inventory and bring in additional income for the organization. Enter, Dwell with Dignity’s Thrift Studio… Wonderful! But even better than that, they decided to also bring in some of the area’s most talented designers to style several vignettes using reworked pieces from the warehouse. Brilliant!! I attended the preview party and let me tell you, it was awesome! I was completely blown away by the creativity and ingenuity used by each team to make old, worn items new and fresh again (of course, knowing many of the designers, I also didn’t expect anything less than fabulous).

Here are a few shots I managed to take between mingling with a pleasant and bustling crowd of supporters.

The Dining Room by EJ Interiors

The Office by studio ten 25

The Lounge by SWOON [the studio]

The Study by Jones Baker

The Parlor by PULP Design Studios

I think the pictures speak for themselves… this is a fantastic event and a MUST for anyone in the Metroplex area but visit soon! The shop closes at the end of October. The prices are very reasonable and support a fantastic cause. If you happen to pick up an item from the Thrift Studio, let me know. There were so many wonderful treasures I would have taken home with me!! I’d love to know what made it into your place.

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Weekend Art Seeking

As you all well know, David and I are enthusiastic supporters of the arts in all it’s forms. With busy work and school schedules, a small pocketbook, and in some ways limited resources, it is not always easy to get out and actually do the supporting that we like to talk about! But occasionally things just work out. This past Saturday was one of those occasions thanks to a couple dear friends and a wonderful afternoon at “A Day in the District“. (One day of free art for everyone throughout the Fort Worth Cultural District. Many cities offer similar special events so check them out! This is a wonderful way to experience the cultural treasures your city has to offer without breaking the bank.)

The day began with a trip to the Amon Carter Museum for an improvisation based dance performance by Contemporary Dance Fort Worth (through which I am now back in the saddle and attending an adult modern dance class). Environmentally inspired improvisation weaved through the museum’s main gallery and onto the front portico and lawn. Each phase of the dance expressed a unique and relatable idea in an obviously carefully thought and structured form. I loved following the dancers from space to space and seeing how they interpreted their surroundings through movement! The art and interior were brought to life in a way unique to the momentary nature of dance.

Following a tour through the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, David and I then joined a couple friends at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for an evening of Mendelssohn. Besides the extraordinary performance by the orchestra (finest I’ve ever heard), the symphony’s performance hall in the Meyerson Center was truly stunning! A vast shell-like lobby created a sense of expanse and broadness that only enhanced the impression of greater things to come. Coiling corridors opened into an intimate performance hall and incredible acoustics supported a moving musical performance.

Upon returning home, it’s no surprise that we were totally exhausted. Art, dance, music, culture, and inspiring architecture all in one day! It’s hard to forget how fortunate we really are.

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Spiral Diner

Speaking of dear friends and good food, I had the joy of receiving my friend Mandy as a traveling guest in our home a few weeks back. We enjoyed a beautiful day of delicious food, thrift-hunting, and catching-up. For lunch, we dined at the Fort Worth famous Spiral Diner & Bakery, a vegan cafe for people that like really good food!

Besides the scrumptious cuisine, their quirky, artsy, ’50s diner decor makes this a truly unique eating experience.

Well, hello Mexican Elvis with reading glasses! (this guy made us laugh so hard!)

If you live close by, I highly recommend a lunch date at the Spiral Diner! You’ll love the food and will definitely leave felling pretty darn good about your healthy choice.

Thanks for the lunching with me, Mandy!

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Antiques Around the Corner

 

I’ve told you about my Thrifting hobby and given a few pieces of scavenging advice, but I haven’t yet mentioned that antique shopping is also a favorite activity of mine, though a bit less frequently done. Lucky for me To make matters worse, our house is just minutes from one of the better antique malls in Fort Worth, Montgomery Antique Mall. Several days ago, a friend and I stopped by to browse and enjoy a pleasant cafe lunch at the mall’s Secret Garden Restaurant.

It was lovely and I look forward to returning soon! While perusing the many interesting booths, I snapped photos of a few favorite items of interest…

Brightly colored glass and ceramic,

Unique textiles,

And exotic jewelry and art,

As it is, this could even be used as a simplified antique shopping guide… don’t worry about looking at everything, just focus on the things that catch your eye and make you stop. That’s what I do, at least.

Cheers to Monday and happy antiquing!!

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My “Cowtown” Perspective… Part 1

In my last post, I shared a fascinating project in which grains of sand, ordinary natural elements that are no more glamorous than dirt, were placed under the microscope to reveal stunning pieces of art at the hand of mother nature. In a totally separate project, I chose to visit Fort Worth’s charming downtown district to photograph some of the city’s historic architecture.

I planned on sharing those photos today with a completely different story accompanying them. As I considered my message, I realized that my original concept was very similar to the idea behind Prof. Greenberg’s project… beauty hidden under a rough, unexpected exterior. Fort Worth is just down the road from Dallas and that is quite a big reputation to stand up next to! During my short time here, I have gathered that many Fort Worth natives pride themselves on their city’s simpler lifestyle and pace. Things are a bit more country, a tad more relaxed, and a lot more Texas here! But on closer examination, there are some tremendous exhibitions of art and culture existing side by side with Fort Worth’s “Cowtown” attitude.

Aside from the world-class museums and internationally acclaimed performance halls (like The Kimbell Museum and Bass Performance Hall), Fort Worth boasts a collection of wonderful Art Deco architecture. Take a look!

(this is Part 1 of 2… too many cool photos for one day!).

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A Bit of Nashville

Last week, I made an impromptu visit back home to Nashville for the holiday weekend. It was a timely escape during the transition between my old job at Havertys and my new work with Arteriors Home.

Here are a few tidbits from the weekend.

My mother, brother Nick, and I stopped by the new Antique Archeology shop owned by the guys from the History channel’s American Pickers show. Little did we know that everyone else in Nashville had the same idea that day! (oh yeah, did i mention that it was also opening day?) The downside… scorching heat and humidity while standing in a seemingly endless line of people, the upside… I discovered a new and interesting part of town called Marathon Village! (all you Nashvillians, if you don’t already know about it, the history is fascinating!)

The weather was squelchingly hot but charming refreshment stands helped keep many people cool and quenched.  Despite the unpleasant temperature, however, there was plenty of good company and interesting sites to keep us all entertained. Lesson of the day… umbrellas and hand fans are life-savers in the South!

And check out this super cool door embellishment made of old tools and parts from the original Marathon Motors factory… It’s all in the details!Hope your holiday weekend was just as wonderful!

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Mad Men = Mad Style

Photo Credit: David Walker

It’s a well know fact that my roots are in the hills of middle Tennessee where I grew up. But Tennessee isn’t only home to moonshine and bluegrass (although I am a big fan… of the bluegrass, that is). In fact, my Southern homeland can be quite sophisticated at times! This particular event, the wedding celebration of two dear friends, was held at a chic, modern restaurant and bar, Easy Bistro, in downtown Chattanooga. It is the epitome of all that I am in love with right now… eclectic elegance and modern sophistication… oh, and Mad Men! (we are so behind the times and now totally addicted!)

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