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Give & Take
It’s a simple concept really, a place for an exchange. You buy, you sell — except here we’re talking Knoll, Baker and Donghia, certainly a luxurious transaction. Give & Take is a vintage and consignment showroom adding beautifully to the fold of better design shops in the rapidly growing Design District. Owner Jean Nelson comes from her own multifaceted background as a former corporate-troubleshooting executive, rescuing companies in distress. Now she turns those talents and business skills to vintage furniture. Nelson studied art history and interior design, and opening a store has always been a dream. While acting as CFO for Haggar in the midst of a potential sale of the company, she decided to take the leap to a 5,600-square-foot Riverfront Boulevard space (next to another furnishings haven, Antiques Moderne), filling the place with ready-to-go pieces, whether consigned that way or refurbished by Nelson. The room vignettes are clever, creative and hyper-chic — the taste level here is much more Kelly Wearstler than corny-cool. You’ll spot the likes of Kjaerholm, Breuer, Paulin and Corbusier, mixed with one-off decorator pieces, long sofas and Danish Modern lovelies. Nelson doesn’t take in just any midcentury refugees here — and it shows. 1216 N. Riverfront Blvd., 214-704-1787; giveandtakedallas.com
The striking pairing of a stuffed zebra head mounted on a wall covered in AstroTurf might be your first clue that Scout Design Studio aims to catch the eye of the peculiar beholder. Blond-bombshell sisters Brittany Taylor and Tiffany Taylor Lapidus first dangled their alluring carrot of a store in May, beginning with a pre-opening sale wherein shoppers were greeted with exotic taxidermy (including a giraffe head), elusive hanging chairs and pedigreed midcentury finds. Now the sprawling, 14,000- square-foot Design District warehouse is open and the “scouting” has intensified, in an effort to shock and awe their customers. “Dallas has just gotten so picked-over,” says Lapidus — and thus the Taylor sisters are on the road, all over the country. (Lapidus says she’s driven at least 100,000 miles since closing on the property last December.) She comes by this love of the hunt honestly: Her grandmother owned an antiques store. With Scout, the sisters bring another stylish layer to an already hip gem of our city: the vintage and antiques shopping of Riverfront Boulevard, which rivals that of most major cities. With neighbors such as Again & Again, Antiques Moderne and Collage 20th Century Classics — now regularly offering delicious pieces by Jere, Juhl, Thayer Coggin and Baughman — we should consider ourselves lucky. 155 Howell St., 214-741-2414; scoutdesignstudio.com
A turquoise door and a coat of fresh paint mark the latest boutique addition to Oak Cliff — a retail nod to interior design called Neighborhood. Situated next to the popular Eno’s Pizza Tavern in the Bishop Arts District, the address proved to be the perfect spot. “If we had gone to Henderson,” says co-owner Erin Hossley, “we would have been lost.” And lost Neighborhood is not. The combined experience of the three owners — interior designers Shannon Dwyer and Hossley, along with Hossley’s architect husband John Paul Hossley — fills Neighborhood’s toolbox with the know-how to tackle projects big and small. The front half of the space is devoted to retail, bound by chevron-patterned reclaimed wood and exposed-brick walls. The showroom is filled with midcentury and contemporary furniture both new and re-imagined: Artwork by Shepard Fairey, an Eames rocker and a graceful arc lamp punctuate the well-edited collection. The space includes an à la carte design bar, where you can select from a menu that allows you to pick a paint color, refinish a dining chair or build an entire house — all with easy-to- digest pricing and descriptions. The back of the house? That’s Neighborhood’s design studio, from which even more fresh ideas are sure to spring. 411 N. Bishop, 214-943-5650; neighborhood-store.com