Dallas' Design District: A One-Stop Shopping Mecca for Home Decor and More

The Dallas Design District has come from being known as a hub of design showrooms, open only to industry insiders– to a budding urban oasis boasting galleries, restaurants and some seriously fabulous shopping open to all.

Start your shopping pilgrimage along Dragon Street–to visit some of the District's most alluring retail gems.

At Gallerie Noir, modern furnishings and standout art are right at home alongside vintage artifacts. Cowboy chic and Southwestern decor are all the rage at Anteks Home Furnishings.
Be sure to drop in at Ceylon et Cie –where a labyrinth of striking vignettes reveal worldly treasures. More breathtaking discoveries from faraway lands can be found at Art of India.

The Design District also has a stylish side and it all started with the opening of Edo Popken, an upscale boutique selling a stellar line of menswear and accessories. Fashionistas will want to tuck into Chantilly– for trendy lady's apparel at surprisingly low prices. Then head over to Manufacturing Street to check out the jaw-dropping collection of cast pewter jewelry at F is for Frank.

Scott + Cooner, on Hi Line Drive, is the place to go for contemporary furnishings and decorative elements by top-notch European designers. Seminal mid-century and art deco gems can be found over on Riverfront Boulevard at Antiques Modern.

And amazingly priced, exceptional gems of the liquid kind can be had at the Wine Poste.


The Wine Poste
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Don't expect to see bottles of vino lining this 4,500- square-foot wine wonderland. They keep the good stuff, over 650 bottles-- stashed away in a climate controlled cellar and save the rest of the loft-style space for wine tastings, celebrity chef dinners and private events. The collection, which includes everything from unique and cutting-edge wines to hard-to-find gems, is carefully culled by two passionate oenophile owners-- Matthew Thompson, a certified sommelier-- and Dr James Mackey, a cancer fighting oncologist. You can expect to find some incredible wine priced as low as $9.99, but even the most expensive doesn't tip past $350 per bottle. And of course, they offer discounts on cases. Plus you can have it shipped to almost anywhere in the US for a $5 flat rate.

Recommended for Dallas Design District's Best Shopping because: The Wine Poste is one of Dallas' most unique wine shops and event venues

Ilene's expert tip: Sign up for the Wine Poste's newsletter or follow the shop's social media to find out about weekly wine tastings and other events.

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Anteks Home Furnishings
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For folks wanting to gussy up their home on the range, mountain hideaway or even urban apartment, this sprawling 8,000-square-foot emporium should be your first stop. It's here that you'll find a bounty of Southwestern decor, from distressed leather sofas and cowhide covered chairs to vintage Navajo rugs, Pendleton blankets and the like. There's also no shortage of antler adorned items which can be found in floor lamps, chandeliers, table bases, mirrors and even bar accessories. And if you need to pick up a few choice gifts, the hand stamped silver wine coasters and Navajo style picture frames are certain to make any recipient a happy camper.

Recommended for Dallas Design District's Best Shopping because: Anteks is Dallas' largest purveyor of cowboy cool home decor and accessories.

Ilene's expert tip: Sign up for Anteks' newsletters to find out about sales, discounts and exclusive offers.

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Art of Old India, Inc.
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It's difficult to walk into Art of India's palatial 10,000-square-foot confines and not be dazzled by the jaw-dropping collection of Asian and East African imports. It's no wonder that this is a favorite port of call for Dallas' coterie of architects, designers and art collectors as the showroom is chock-full of exotic goodies ranging from hand-carved marble jali panels and antique temple doors to teakwood arches inlaid with bone. Of course such opulence doesn't come cheap. Items here can run into the thousands, but there are plenty of treasures that can be had for much less. We spotted everything from colorful glass door pulls ($3-$25) and vintage wood printing blocks ($25-$65) to hand-carved marble bowls priced for only $85.

Recommended for Dallas Design District's Best Shopping because: Art of Old India offers the most enticing array of Asian and African imports in Dallas.

Ilene's expert tip: Be sure to sign up for Art of Old India's newsletter so you can get in on exclusive discounts and special events.

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Chantilly Dallas
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Style-conscious ladies will have a field day in this chic boutique, where sophisticated frocks come with wallet-friendly prices. Owner/designers Chelsea Brogdon and Caitlyn Mullanix offer a sensational mix of over fifteen different women's clothing and accessories lines from designers like Karlie, C. Luce, Bobi, Buddylove and Tinsley Radix. They keep the space vibrant with a constantly evolving stock, but you can expect to find an assortment of show-stopping sequin skirts and trendy dresses, along with rompers, tops and statement accessories priced around $100. They also do custom creations, and offer complementary alterations right in the studio.

Recommended for Dallas Design District's Best Shopping because: Chantilly offers on trend fashions at budget prices

Ilene's expert tip: Chantilly regularly advertises amazing sales and coupon codes on its Facebook feed.

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Edo Popken of Switzerland
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Swiss fashion icon Edo Popken, most known for his colorful eye-catching menswear and limited edition dress shirts (hand-numbered in a series of 111)-- made the District a little more fashionable when he opened his eponymous U.S. flagship in a sleek 4,000-square-foot multi-leveled loft back in 2012. Here, you can find not only Popken's array of dress shirts, but also his collection of polo tops, trousers, jeans, outerwear and custom suits. Details like breathable and luxurious fabrics, intricate piping and specially-engineered buttons that don't break during the dry cleaning process-- are all part of the Popken's craftsmanship. The brand also has a striking accessory line that includes ties, scarves, belts, cufflinks and leather goods. Along with retail space, the showroom boasts a coffee bar and an on-site tailor offering complimentary alterations to store customers.

Recommended for Dallas Design District's Best Shopping because: Edo Popken offers stunning men's apparel for reasonably good prices, especially when there's a sale.

Ilene's expert tip: Check the website and Facebook page for sales. You can also find store coupons occasionally on Groupon.

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Antiques Moderne
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Hunters of mid-century treasures could spend hours scouring the stash of vintage goodies in this 20,000-square-foot space. But they better not spend too much time sightseeing, because much of what comes in flies back out the moment it arrives. The intoxicating mix of stock-- sourced from estates, dealers and designers--not only includes mid-century gems, but covers everything from the Art Moderne period (1930s to 1970s). Here you can sift through furniture, lighting, art and accessories from the likes of Edward Wormley, Eames and Herman Miller. You never know what you may stumble across. Recent sightings include an Adrian Pearsall 1950's arc sectional sofa, a 20th century Italian gilt metal sunburst mirror and a wildebeest mount ready to hang above the fireplace.

Recommended for Dallas Design District's Best Shopping because: Antiques Moderne offers one of the best collections of circa 1930s to 1970s furnishings and accessories.

Ilene's expert tip: Antiques Moderne offers restoration services, from reupholstering to lacquering.

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Scott + Cooner
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If you're looking for sleek, contemporary furnishings and cutting edge decorative elements by top-notch brands such as B&B Italia, Poliform and Cassina, then this is the place for you. Owners Lloyd Scott and Josy Cooner have utilized their design and architectural know-how to amass over eighty carefully curated European lines of furniture, lighting and kitchen systems which are showcased in their spacious 15,000-square-foot showroom. The designing duo keep the space dynamic with regularly updated collections, but you can expect to find everything from Philippe Starck's Privé Collection for Cassina, to architectural lighting installations by FLOS, Nanimarquina rugs-- and children's furniture by Terry Dwan. And if you have a specific look or aesthetic in mind, the interior design team can help you source and create it all within the confines of your budget.

Recommended for Dallas Design District's Best Shopping because: Scott+ Cooner is a modern furniture mecca for interior design and architecture professionals.

Ilene's expert tip: Scott + Cooner have frequent warehouse and floor sample sales offering 25% and more off furniture, lighting, kitchens and closets.

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Gallerie Noir
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World-class art and vintage artifacts blend together with contemporary furnishings in this 6,200-square-foot showroom-cum-gallery. Owner and interior designer Melissa Enriquez keeps the space constantly evolving with exceptional gems. Think vintage African tables and masks; mid-century inspired chandeliers;one-of-a-kind Moroccan rugs, and arm chairs covered in zebra hides. As well, you'll find an eclectic selection of art, including large-scale installations, sculpture and paintings. If you have an unlimited budget, you can score a Salvador Dali lithograph for $11,000 and a Didier Legros kinetic sculpture for $220K. But don't fret if your purse strings can't stretch that far, Enriquez offers an array of cool accessories, like Jean-Michel Basquiat's decorated candles and Billy Cotton glassware for less than $100.

Recommended for Dallas Design District's Best Shopping because: Gallerie Noir is an amazing design showroom offering stunning items at every price point.

Ilene's expert tip: Get in on Gallerie Noir's amazing sample sales and trunk shows by liking its Facebook page and following on Twitter.

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F is for Frank
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Metal mavens Shoshannah Frank and Casey Melton are the creative force behind the coveted brand F is for Frank, a unique line of textured jewelry crafted from cast pewter and gold-plated metals. The duo's Design District atelier doubles as a workshop and showcase for their collections of everything from rings, necklaces and bracelets to ornaments, cufflinks and belt buckles. Keep an eye out for their pewter woodgrain bands and 24k gold plated skull cufflinks which you can snag for a mere $45. They'll also customized anything to your specifications, like their pewter bothead cufflinks that Redfoo sported on the red carpet at the Grammys.

Recommended for Dallas Design District's Best Shopping because: F is for Frank is one of Dallas' most unique jewelry lines.

Ilene's expert tip: Follow F is for Frank's social media to find out about new lines and incredible sales.

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Ceylon et Cie
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Searching for a 17th-century Thai Buddha? Or maybe a pair of vintage Rajasthani prayer stools? Items like these and the like are just a few of the exquisite treasures to be found at Ceylon et Cie. Owner, Michelle Nussbaumer, designer extraordinaire and purveyor of all things magnificent-- stocks her 10,000-square-foot showroom with a well-edited mix of finds she picks up from estate sales and flea markets around the world. French antiques, African tribal bowls, Middle Eastern textiles, Murano glass lamps, blue-and-white Chinese porcelain and even Nussbaumer's own furnishings line mingle together in her gallery of eye-catching vignettes. Even if you're not in the market for home decor, the showroom offers a plethora of endless design inspiration.

Recommended for Dallas Design District's Best Shopping because: Ceylon et Cie is one of the most stunning home decor stores in Dallas.

Ilene's expert tip: Stay informed about sales and trunk shows by following Ceylon et Cie's social media.

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