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A DYNAMIC DUO

When you enter the Mary Tomás Gallery in the Design District, your senses are immediately heightened by the high-ceilinged 2,500-square-foot space that invites you in to explore the many works of art. You may find enormous abstract paintings lining one wall, while a freestanding sculpture basks in the natural light near the front windows. Toward the back of the gallery, past the partner desk of Mary and Alberto Tomás, hangs a portrait of Johnny Depp as the character Hunter S. Thompson from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. This is indeed a gallery where art comes to life. The Tomáses have been involved in the busin...

FRENCH COUNTRY MODERN HOME

The exterior of this French country-style home is clad with a colorful mix of chopped antique lueder in varying rectangular sizes and smooth Sienna limestone for the entry portico arch trim.

The cast-resin tea light pendant is from Ironies. The groin vault ceiling is tiled in a champignon tumbled herringbone pattern. Flooring is New Ravenna Circle Field contemporary deco tile with French Quarter Dourdan field tile.

Jauregui is known for its classic signature—luxury homes, extensive detailing and ...

LONE STAR STYLE

The dilapidated two-story building on the north side of Fort Worth hardly looked like the ideal spot for a boutique furniture store when Megan McDonald first drove by. The metal awning was falling down, the floors had been ripped up and the ceiling was rotted. “It was a dump,” admits McDonald, whose parents, Natalie and Jack, own Into the West Design. The Western-chic home furnishing retailer’s flagship store in Keller, Texas, has been going strong for more than a decade, but when investors purchased the 7th Street building where Into the West operated in Fort Worth, the family was left searching for a new location. Although her...

ALL IN THE FAMILY

When Mackie McCauley, founder of J. Mackie & Associates, retired at the end of 2015, his business partners wanted to keep the brand alive while putting their own stamp on the showroom. A few months later, owners Amber and Ken Graves officially switched the moniker of the furniture and accessories wholesaler, which has served designers from the Big D down to Mexico for half a decade. “We changed the name to C. Maddox for our son, Camden Maddox,” says Amber Graves, explaining that the couple wanted to keep the familiar “M” logo for the business. They commemorated the transition in June during the Dallas Total Home & Gift M...

EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE

Tracey Smith, owner of Design Gallery Dallas, is what one might call a high-octane individual. The petite blonde with fashionably spiky hair and a mile-wide smile is constantly in motion at her showroom in Dallas’ famed World Trade Center, moving furniture, adjusting accessories and sprinting across 8,000 square feet to greet customers as they enter. Her energy and enthusiasm undoubtedly were what prompted the former owner of Design Gallery Dallas to offer her the family-owned business a few short weeks after Smith started as a part-time associate. “I’m sitting at my desk one day, and Mr. Hall comes in and sits down. He says, ...

EUROPEAN FLAIR

Once best known for oil barons and longhorn steer, Dallas has morphed into a cosmopolitan mecca that boasts world-class restaurants and a thriving arts scene. Luxury high-rises and residential lofts pepper the urban landscape, attracting young professionals who are embracing big-city living in the heart of Texas. The changing demographics and a booming local economy also made the Big D the perfect location to launch Euro Living Furniture, an ultramodern retail showroom dedicated almost exclusively to Italian and Scandinavian home furnishings. “I partnered with a gentleman in Orlando, Florida, who wanted to get into the Dallas ...

THE FAMILY TABLE

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then The Kitchen Source is the heart of the Dallas Design District—with a warm and welcoming space that invites visitors to make themselves comfortable and enjoy uplifting conversation with its team. The 7,500-square-foot showroom on Slocum Street features more than a dozen kitchen vignettes, from Tuscan-inspired dark wood cabinets to sunny French country designs and ultramodern, high-gloss laminates, each area is accented with paintings by local artists. Clients are invited to explore freely, to touch countertops and tile, and to try out various features as they glean ideas for their own home. ...

TURKISH DELIGHT

Entrepreneurs are a unique breed. They have an insatiable appetite for discovery and a certain joie de vivre that drives their work. Such is the case with Mustafa Caglak, who, at age 15, left the sleepy Turkish village where he was raised and struck out for the big city of Istanbul to make his way in the world. There he learned how to repair handmade rugs, a valuable skill for what was a booming industry in Turkey. Thirty years later, Caglak still takes a hands-on approach to his work as the owner of Anatolia Rug Gallery, a bantam shop in Dallas’ Design District that specializes in new and semi-antique handmade Turkish rugs. A stone’s...

THE GIRL CAN’T HELP IT

Natural gifts come in many forms. Some children are naturally athletic and bring home trophies by the dozen. Others have a gift for music, mathematics or cooking, with talents surpassing their adult peers before they even reach puberty. For Amy McKenzie, it was art. “Ever since I was a little girl, I remember wanting to sketch and doodle on anything that I had handy. I would go through a whole ream of typing paper in one afternoon just sketching,” recalls the Texas native, who later pursued a degree in interior design at University of Texas at Austin. “I wanted to major in art as soon as I heard about college, but my dad w...

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

The World Wide Web was vast, undiscovered territory 20 years ago, when Jim Hines bought the domain name guggenhome .com. “At the time, I was thinking I love modern furniture and modern art, and I would love to create a gallery where you could experience and appreciate both, in an environment that allows you to see how they can interact with each other,” says Hines of the vision behind the moniker. This spring his dream finally became a reality when Hines left behind a 23-year career in the mortgage industry to launch Guggenhome, a new retail space in the Dallas Design District. The one-time automotive garage on Riverfron...

UNVEILING LOCAL TALENT

Winter weather can be fickle in Dallas, and locals are notoriously averse to going out when temperatures are near freezing. So, as the mercury dipped into the 20s on January 7, interior designer Jen Mauldin was understandably concerned that turnout for the opening of her namesake art gallery would be low. Her fears were quickly abated, however, as close to 250 guests arrived to peruse her new space in the Bishop Arts District. “We had a really good night,” says Mauldin, standing amidst a collection of watercolors and mixed media, oil and acrylic paintings by artist Haylee Ryan on display in the front of the gallery. The larg...

A DESIGNER’S DREAM DESTINATION

Everything is bigger in Texas, from the mansion-sized suburban homes to the crew cab pickup trucks and the wide open blue skies. It only makes sense, then, that J. Mackie & Associates has continually enlarged its North Texas showroom, which now spans 30,000 square feet following the latest expansion in December 2015. Located on the ninth floor of the Dallas World Trade Center, the showroom is a magnet for designers from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex as well as those making the trek from Austin, San Antonio and across the southern border. Amber and Ken Graves ran another showroom in the World Trade Center for 10 years before partneri...

BRAVE DEBUT

Cameron Smith is style and creativity personified. The charismatic former ad agency principal and media personality brings vision and passion to everything he does, from selecting superstar talent for global jazz festivals to crafting innovative ad campaigns for top-tier clients, like the Dallas Cowboys and Dream Lending. Known as a fashion tastemaker for his sartorial style and beloved as the former morning host on 107.5 The Oasis and executive producer and host of Smooth Jazz TV, Smith is exploring a new outlet for his creative instincts with the opening of Bishop Arts Modern (BAM). “I just made a conscious decision...

WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

Name a notable Texas figure from the past 30 years, and odds are you will see their portrait hanging at Gittings studio in Dallas. Roger Staubach, Ross Perot, Emmitt Smith and wife Patricia Southall, Governor Rick Perry, President George H. W. Bush ... the list goes on. Their stately photographs are surrounded by those of the less famous— a 50-something husband and wife standing on a stunning beach landscape, a smiling couple seated on the floor with their two young children and the family dog, and a bride looking like she just emerged from the pages of a fashion magazine as she strikes a regal pose in a pristine white gown. “In an ag...

SOFT LANDINGS

A soft color palette was chosen for the living room. The art was selected from Craighead Green Gallery. Tone-on-tone wallpaper from French maker Élitis was used.

Stylized drapery completes the room and frames the doorway to the balcony. The brass dining room fixture is from Arteriors. Outdoor furniture is Gloster from McGannon Showrooms. Outdoor rug from Truett Carpet.

Susan Smith has designed home interiors for clients in Lake Tahoe, Sun Valley, Vail and Santa Fe, but ironically, her most challenging long-distance project was right here in Dallas. “I didn’t ...

A LEGACY OF EXCELLENCE

“I had the biggest crush on him when I was 12 years old; you couldn’t believe it,” says Sandra Catlett of her cousin Robert “Bobby” Turner, the most recognized name in wall coverings in Dallas, if not nationwide. Catlett is sitting in a small back office at Robert Turner Associates, currently known as RTA, the business that Turner founded in the early 1970s of which she is now president and CEO. “I would come up in the summers and thought it was so wonderful, what Bobby did. I would go out with him on measures and paste for the guys and hold up fabric,” she says, recounting her eagerness to be a part of the action. After bei...

MODERN LOVE

In the current home furnishings climate modern and cleanlined styles are gaining ground very rapidly. However, in the post-2008 economy, consumers are looking for great design, quality and excellent service all at a reasonable price point. Living Modern offers just that and caters to a wide range of consumers, from Baby Boomers to Millennials. Living Modern has arrived in the Dallas market, offering the kind of fashionable furni- ture and home accessories one might see in high-end trade showrooms at prices that are mid-range. Owners Norma and Evan Gerstein specifically chose a space on Oak Lawn Avenue, north of the Design Distri...

BUILT TO LAST

Those proud Texans looking for the romance, charm and strength of traditional ranch lifestyle furniture have long cherished the work of W.R. Dallas Furniture and continue to pass down those pieces from generation to generation. Founded in San Antonio in 1929, W.R. Dallas spoke-leg furniture is still authentically handcrafted from ponderosa pine to produce sturdy, ranchstyle tavern tables, trestle tables (complete with lazy Susan), living room and bedroom pieces. “Everything is made of ponderosa pine, largely because of its expansion and contraction factor, so it’s suitable for any climate,” owner Leslie Collier says. ...

MODERN RENAISSANCE

While designing interiors, Whitney Walker developed a passion for sourcing and buying historical Italian drapery hardware, which fit the design aesthetics of the homes of her high-end clientele. “I traveled overseas to factories and production facilities for clients, looking for the prefect window hardware for their homes,” says Walker. “After completing many trips, I thought, ‘I can do this. I can make these better and safer.’” Twenty-five years ago, Walker founded Antique Drapery Rod Company, an award-winning brand that uses the techniques of old-world craftsmanship— forging, casting and painting by hand—to create beauti...

ARTS

CRAIGHEAD GREEN GALLERY

Craighead Green Gallery is owned and operated by Kenneth Craighead and Steve Green. It is recognized as one of the finest contemporary art galleries in the Southwest. Craighead Green is committed to a standard of excellence in both artists represented and in client services. The gallery represents over 40 emerging to mid-career artists who are established regionally, nationally and internationally. Their work runs the gamut on all levels: representational to nonobjective, painting to photography, fine metals to clay. The gallery is proud to assist both artists and collectors in furthering thei...

HOME IMPROVEMENT’S LAST FRONTIER

Close your eyes. Now imagine pulling your car into a completely customized garage of your dreams. What does that look like for you? Designing a great space does not have to end with the interior of the home. Look to the garage as an opportunity to add limitless signature appeal to an, oftentimes, forgotten and underutilized space. Garage Living of Dallas/Fort Worth is a premium full-service company that specializes in complete garage transformations. “The garage is really the last frontier of home improvement and design,” owner Dave Hinderland says. “We are dedicated to helping homeowners create the garage of their dreams, turni...

ON FULL DISPLAY

Most art galleries in Dallas are found in two areas, the Design District near downtown and in Deep Ellum. So, Jen Mauldin knew she was making a bold move opening her namesake Jen Mauldin Gallery in the Bishop Arts District. “I wanted to be in a location where those who may not walk into a gallery every day can walk in and discover a growing collection of artwork by local talent,” she says. Since opening in January 2017, Mauldin has remained committed to showcasing an exclusive selection of paintings, sculptures, photography and mixed media pieces from local, emerging contemporary artists. Because of this, Jen Mauldin Gallery...

AN ARTFUL LEGACY

“This is a time for us to celebrate with, and to say thank you to, those who have collected from us for so many years,” says Southwest Gallery director Bob Malenfant. Southwest Gallery is preparing to celebrate reaching a major milestone with an event focused on a central commitment: to continue to bring the best of the best in fine art to clients. To commemorate five decades of serving North Texas art collectors, the gallery will host a lively two-day celebration and art show. Step inside Southwest Gallery and you are instantly entering a world of beauty and wonder. For years, the gallery has provided the expert art collect...