AUTHENTICITY, CRAFTSMANSHIP AND ARTISTRY
Dallas Style & Design » Lifestyle
by mindsafari
2M ago
Father and son, Bruno and Chris de la Croix-Vaubois of Country French Interiors, are a study in contrasts. Bruno de la Croix-Vaubois was raised in Versailles, France, and even after almost 40 years in the United States, he retains the melodious accent of his homeland, as well as a French sensibility and artistic bent. Chris de la Croix-Vaubois, whose mother is American, was born and raised in Dallas, and he has the forthright and practical personality one might expect from a Texan, as well as a passion for precision and details. Together, these two make a formidable team. While Chris de la Cr ..read more
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CREATIVE LIGHTING
Dallas Style & Design » Lifestyle
by mindsafari
2M ago
With an indubitable reputation for creating one-of-a-kind custom lighting fixtures, Dallas-based Pettigrew Luxury Furnishings has a reputation as a preferred partner of designers, builders and homeowners alike. As a source of pride, Pettigrew is one of the few design showrooms in the state of Texas with an in-house, UL-certified lighting studio, which enables the company’s artisans to create visually stunning designs to the customer’s specifications. In addition to the eye-popping original creations, the company’s capabilities include full-home specification, logistics, electrical preparation ..read more
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PLAYING WITH FIRE
Dallas Style & Design » Lifestyle
by mindsafari
2M ago
The University of Texas at Dallas’ center for BrainHealth may seem an unlikely venue for world-class art. But the research institute is home to one of artist David Gappa’s most notable works, a mammoth network of shimmering steel and glass called Introspection, which covers a 60-foot swath of ceiling in the center’s multipurpose room. Composed of 175 long glass spires and 1,050 handblown spheres illuminated by colorful LED lights, the masterpiece represents the brain’s activity as synapses send electrical signals to create thoughts and regulate the body. “We are most proud of the Center for B ..read more
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THE MAGIC OF COLOR AND LIGHT
Dallas Style & Design » Lifestyle
by mindsafari
2M ago
David Patchen, Lagoon Thirty-three years ago, Barbara and David Kittrell and their partner, Michael Riffkind, established the Kittrell/Riffkind Art Glass Gallery in North Dallas. Michael Riffkind retired in 2014. In 2015, the Kittrells moved the gallery to share space with their sister gallery, Southwest Gallery, in a beautiful 116,000-square-foot building. Today, the gallery represents more than 250 talented contemporary glass artists. When most people think of art glass, they think of traditional glassblowing with a blowpipe and a furnace in a hot shop. However, there are so many other ways ..read more
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THE ULTIMATE RUG RESOURCE
Dallas Style & Design » Lifestyle
by mindsafari
2M ago
Somewhere in the world is the rug that works perfectly in your room. It has the ideal dimensions, the right style and a spot-on colorway. Finding it, however, is a chore best left to a professional. It’s a job Bryce Smith finds joy in completing for his clients at the RenCollection showroom in the Dallas Design District. Smith wants to educate designers and homeowners about rugs, from the importance of their origin to the type of knots used to make them. “There is no such thing as a dumb question,” Smith says. “I want to elevate the rug conversation to the next level.” To achieve this goal, h ..read more
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BOUNDLESS BEAUTY
Dallas Style & Design » Lifestyle
by mindsafari
2M ago
Frederick Hart, The Cross of the Millennium Life-Size Fragment, acrylic, 32″x24″x9″ With a massive 16,000-square-foot showroom and a roster of 250 artists working in diverse mediums and styles, Southwest Gallery has served as an artistic beacon for more than 55 years. That kind of longevity is so rare that only about 7% of art galleries in the world have been in business for more than 35 years. Owner and director Bob Malenfant attributes the gallery’s success to a diverse inventory and long-term relationships built on trust and customer service. “Anything related to someone’s collection, from ..read more
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MITAL PATEL PHOTOGRAPHY
Dallas Style & Design » Lifestyle
by mindsafari
2M ago
It’s clear from looking at Mital Patel’s photography that he has an incredible eye and a unique sense of perspective. Patel captures his subjects in a way that leaves the viewer staring in awe at this moment—this one incredible moment—that he has forever immortalized through the lens of his camera. That is the mark of a true artist, and Patel’s talent is undeniable, from his nature photography to his fine architecture and abstract photographs. Over the course of his career, Patel has created a name for himself as an intrepid photographer, traveling the globe to capture the incredible—and ofte ..read more
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MODEL BEHAVIOR
Dallas Style & Design » Lifestyle
by mindsafari
2M ago
The expansive kitchen presents a harmonious French-modern aesthetic, with a geometric print backsplash, a stepped molding to frame the cabinetry and a vintage starburst detail on the top glass cabinets. For interior designers like Christina Garcia Lysaught with Layered Dimensions, breaking out of her comfort zone when designing a home is nothing unusual—she thrives on challenges. But Lysaught truly flexed her creativity and experienced design skills when tasked by Ron Davis Custom Homes to conceptualize a harmonious French and modern aesthetic for a model home in the burgeoning Homestead secti ..read more
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ANTIQUE REVIVAL
Dallas Style & Design » Lifestyle
by mindsafari
2M ago
The homeowner admits to loving wallpaper. Designer Kay Genua chose Lee Jofa wallcovering for the dining room. Designer Kay Genua has a deep appreciation for antiques. She even spent her college graduation money on antique furniture. “I still work at that desk in my office,” she says. A past job in sales and design at a home furnishings and antiques store was a natural fit for her interests. As she began to collaborate more with homeowners who shopped in the store, they started asking her for additional design services. It gave her the courage to strike out on her own as an independent designer ..read more
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AHEAD OF THE CURVE
Dallas Style & Design » Lifestyle
by mindsafari
5M ago
Lighting is arguably the most crucial design element in a room. The proper lighting sets the mood and ambiance; controls the emotion, energy and flow; and even makes small spaces feel more expansive. Though often an afterthought, lighting influences a room’s atmosphere more than any furniture or accessories. Nobody knows this better than Riki Lent, senior vice president at Kalco Lighting and Allegri Crystal. “Kalco thinks of every detail when designing a light,” Lent says. “We look at lighting as a piece of jewelry that dresses up a space or a piece of artwork that complements a room. And we ..read more
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