Dallas shows well on another national list, this time for its home decor scene: Five local stores were recognized in House Beautiful's Shop America 2015, its annual guide to the best shopping in the country.
The publication identified mom-and-pop retailers in 22 states and Washington, D.C. In Texas, Dallas fared best, with five of the nine:
Blue Print Home. This Uptown home decor store is the expression of the five friends who founded it, stocked with furniture, antiques, art and accessories from their European adventures. Find private label home furnishings as well as contemporary art, light fixtures, jewelry and home accessories.
Coco & Dash. Mother-daughter duo Teddie and Courtney Garrigan curate a fun assortment of new furnishings and accessories, as well as Italian, French and English antiques. The pair also does an excellent job procuring lighting — including table lamps and chandeliers — accessories, jewelry and artwork, in particular the paintings of local artist Scott Kerr.
Forty Five Ten. But of course. Brian Bolke's famed fashion house also is a haute spot for one-of-a-kind trinkets, tabletop and gifts. The designer list includes Kelly Wearstler, Jan Barboglio, Waylande Gregory and Kimberly McDonald.
Mary Cates and Co. This Inwood Village shop, named for the longtime and respected interior designer, carries an offbeat blend of fine furniture, custom lighting, bedding and accessories — all of it beautiful, some of it unexpected.
Melissa Benge Collection. This store reflects the eclectic tastes — from bohemian cowgirl to romantic to urban — of the owner, for whom the shop is named. In addition to women's clothing and accessories, Melissa Benge carries architectural relics, collage art, upholstered furnishings, linens, and private label soaps and candles.
Other Texas spots on House Beautiful's list include British Isle, High Fashion Home and Settlement in Houston, and Take Heart Shop in Austin.