Ohhhh January market…what could be better than you? The thought of strolling through eleven floors of showrooms (that normally aren’t open on the weekend), seeing the latest and greatest in design, while munching on food so good, you’d think you were at the Texas State Fair, gives me goosebumps (in a good way).
While at market, you really do lose all sense of time and reality. Those three hours that you originally had to spare, have suddenly vanished, and you can’t remember the last real meal that you had, before your body was taken over by delectable ice cream bars, greasy popcorn, cotton candy and sliced salami. The overwhelming feeling of excitement upon seeing beautiful new products is almost too much to handle. But not to worry, you know that a glass of wine from Global Views or a warm cookie from Two’s Company will numb the pain of not being able to take home every fabulous piece that you lay eyes on. Each new showroom that you stumble upon brings the promise of finding another “wow” piece for a project and ends up catapulting a plethora of exciting ideas. (am I giving you goosebumps yet?)
Showrooms start preparing for the Dallas market months in advance….and who can blame them? It takes a lot of time and effort to get ready for a seven day visit by thousands of buyers and exhibitors from all over the country!
So needless to say, what started as a normal Saturday for me last weekend, where I was “just going to run up to the trade center to select a finish for a client”, soon turned into a shopping extravaganza with my mom, as market was just too tempting to pass up!
Here are some of our favorite stops along the way-
CURREY & CO-
Currey and Company is one of the most sought after lighting companies by designers. I tend to use them A LOT in my projects (as their lead time, product design, and customer service seriously can’t be beat!) There is honestly something for everyone at Currey (whether you lean more traditional or contemporary) and I do have to say that the showroom manager there is awesome (hi Lori!)
I purchased this chandelier for a client having never seen it before in person (only through their website), and just like we had hoped, it’s even more unbelievable in person!
TAYLORS ON TEN-
Right next door to Currey is Taylors on Ten, the showroom that sells the infamous Visual Comfort lighting line (among other great lines such as Phillips Collection, Soicher Marin, Emissary and Bliss Studio). One of the newest additions to the Taylors showroom is the Ralph Lauren lighting line, which debuted there at market.
I have a serious addiction to Global Views. As we walked through all of their amazing vignettes, I proceeded to tell my mom which pieces I’ve used..and how…and where in my projects. Gotta love mom for still appearing interested after ten minutes of this mind-numbing history of my projects. As I told her how many pieces I’ve used of theirs in the past year, it dawned on me that I, Emily Johnston, am obsessed with Global Views.
Global Views always has the best presentation at market. Whoever comes in and does their visual merchandising, has got it down to a science!
I love this showroom, and not just because of their warm cookies! Two’s Company has some of the better (and more affordable) accessories out there. They are really on top of their game here with the latest trends and providing designers with stylish furniture and accessories that will really make a statement.
I really want this oversized wall bracket (on the right!) Now to figure out where to put it…
Arteriors’ latest designer to come on board is Dallas’ own, Lisa Luby Ryan. I hadn’t seen her Arteriors pieces in person before Saturday, and I must say that they are very impressive!
And congrats to Arteriors for their mention (and visit) from the Kardashian sisters on the premier of Kourtney and Kim Take New York. (I hope I wasn’t the only one watching that show Sunday night!) Click HERE to see what they used from Arteriors in their DASH New York store.
I really want a pair of these mercury glass lamps for my bedroom. Enough said!
It’s always exciting to see what new linens and colourways the folks over at Bella Notte are coming up with. I am in LOVE with this gray-purple and icy blue bedding that they had on display. If this entire set could somehow transport itself into my bedroom, that would be great!
On Saturday, everyone was rushing around getting ready for the big ARTS Awards gala, that was that night. I went to it last year and it’s amazing how they transform the trade mart into this spectacular event.
Of course, we can’t forget to show you the list of the night’s big winners…click here for the deets! A big congrats to some of our favorites who took home an award this year- The Phillips Collection (Manufacturers category), Arteriors Home (Portable Lamps category), and 18 Karat (Decorative Accessories category).