Designing your first home as a couple can be daunting. Between consolidating beloved objects and selecting new pieces that blend (often divergent) aesthetic sensibilities, the process can be the ultimate exercise of negotiation. But with a few simple guidelines courtesy of the expert design team at Dallas-based agency, Swoon the studio, it can also be fun and rewarding as you create a memorable, comfortable and inspiring place you both call home.
Strength in Numbers
In addition to the boxes of wedding presents you’re unpacking, chances are you’re also combing through your share of personal photographs, sentimental objects and collections. The key to integrating these things into your new home in a cohesive and chic way is to first cull (do you really need that assortment of mismatched coasters from your favorite haunts?) and then group like items into smart arrangements.
A lovely curated record collection can look incredibly cool lined up on a single shelf in the living room. Have scores of books? Ditch paper jackets for a more sophisticated look. Arrange on shelves by topic, punctuated by the occasional substantial object like a piece of pottery or a large crystal. Open a couple of your favorite art, design or photography tomes and lean them on your shelves so you and your guests can enjoy what’s inside. Pick your favorite photos and works of art and cover an entire wall in a salon style gallery arrangement for a big visual (and emotional) impact.
It’s All in the Mix
Just because one of you is a modern minimalist and the other gravitates toward a more layered, traditional look doesn’t mean you’re doomed to a decorating impasse. The most interesting rooms feature furniture and accessories boasting a mix of styles, eras and pedigrees (think high low). The key is to be mindful of scale and materials. Soften a more masculine, clean lined walnut credenza with curvaceous ceramic lamps and a show stopping brass mirror. Pair that beloved Louis chair with a smaller scale mid-century leather sofa for an elegant collected vibe.
Keep It Calm
You spend nearly half your life sleeping, so your bedroom should feel like a retreat. Keep things harmonious and soothing by honing in on beautifully crafted textiles in natural materials and keep clutter to a minimum. If possible, avoid having a television in the bedroom to encourage conversation and connection. This is your place to unwind as a couple.
Beautiful bedding is the foundation of the bedroom, so invest in well-made linen or cotton duvet covers, sheets and shams in white, ivory or grey. Pair with luxe/tactile pillows and throws in mohair or cashmere for a chic but cozy feel. Substantial nightstands or side tables are essential for corralling books, water and personal objects. Finish the room with beautiful accessories. Oversized floor mirrors, sculptural lamps, a plush vintage rug, custom art and fresh floral imbue the space with personality and visual interest.
About Swoon: Swoon, the studio is a multidisciplinary design firm focused on residential and commercial interior design and luxury branding, identity and experiential projects. swoonthestudio.com.
Nestled in the center of HP Village just between Roberta Roller Rabbit and Brunello Cucinelli sits MADISON, an intimate home interior and gift shop that’s modeled after the high-end boutiques on Madison Avenue in Manhattan.
Since 2003, nearly thirteen years after opening the design firm Kirsten Kelli, co-owners and sisters Kelli Ford and Kirsten Fitzgibbons have been gathering a special mix of contemporary and classic pieces for MADISON. The shelves are filled with items meant to make any space feel unique and range from bookends, paper weights and jewelry boxes to crystal picture frames, fine china, coffee table books and more.
Each piece falls into a category Kelli and Kirsten like to refer to as “home couture”, luxury pieces that accent and enhance commercial and residential locales.
MADISON’s offerings cater to a variety of aesthetic preferences and they offer a wide range of services such as wedding and baby registries, crystal and silver engraving, calligraphy, corporate gifting, gift wrapping and a highly customizable monogramming service – a personal favorite of both Kirsten and Kelli.
MADISON hosts several book signings and designer trunk shows each year and this fall a talented artist from Herend, the prestigious Hungarian porcelain manufacturer, will be featured in store. At the event, exclusive hand painted items will be available for purchase and the artist will demonstrate painting techniques and sign customer purchases. For more information on this and other upcoming events, visit Madison214.com or in store between 10am and 6pm Monday – Saturday or 12pm and 5pm on Sunday.
45-A Highland Park Village
Dallas, TX 75205
We’re just over halfway through the year and it’s the perfect time to refresh your home before holiday decorating takes precedent. Picking small, but prominently displayed and useful items is key to making a quick and easy change in any room or area. Additions feel fresh and thoughtful when they’re seasonal, customized or come in bright pops of color. Here, we’ve selected 7 home accents, all priced under $150, ideal for a mid-year revamp to any space.
MADISON – Family Room/Couch
A vibrant new throw, like this pom pom one by Shiraleah Chicago, can completely change the feel of your family room or seating area, $145 at MADISON.
Anthropologie – Dining Room
Elevate your stemware by swapping it out for gold rimmed glassware like these from Anthropologie. Accent with gold rimmed coasters and every drink, from water to spirits, will feel a little bit fancier. From left to right, Undertone Stemless Wine Glass, $16; Annecy DOF Glass, $12; Georgette Highball Glass, $18; Georgette Glass, $18 atop Pasatiempo Coasters, $10 each.
MARKET – Coffee Table
More is more when you double up on complementing Missoni Mediterraneo Candles in their classic striped pattern, available in a range of scents for $88 each at MARKET.
Five & Ten – Bedroom
Add a fun print and personal touch to your bedroom with Gaia Hand Woven Accent Pillows which are made from vintage African mud cloth and support a worthy cause, $130 at Five & Ten.
Avant Garden Floral Arrangement – Master Bathroom
Brighten up your morning routine by adding a pop of color and a sweet scent to your master bath using a bold seasonal arrangement. Pictured here are lavender hydrangeas, light pink peonies, red charm peonies, orange double and fuchsia tulips, cherry love roses, free spirit roses, lavender freesia and sprigs of mint for $150 at Avant Garden.
St. Michaels Women’s Exchange – Console Table
Set the tone for your home with stacked books on a topic you love on your entryway console. Ranches of the American West, $45 and Hill Country Houses, $50 at St. Michael’s Women’s Exchange.
Ellis Hill – Office/Desk
Personalize your office with monogrammed accessories like this round tray, $40 and oversized notepad, $42 at Ellis Hill.
The big day is finally here, and that means packed schedules and full itineraries. Proper nourishment is key to getting all you have to accomplish done, so we’ve mapped out all the stops so you can get your culinary fixes at Highland Park Village before, on and after the big day.
Welcome Your Guests With a Local Touch
Give your out of town guests a Texas welcome by leaving locally made treats from Royal Blue Grocery in their guest rooms. A bag of Have’a Corn Chips and a jar of Guac with a Twist, accompanied by a couple bottles of refreshing, fizzy probiotic tea from Holy Kombucha are the perfect after flight snack.
Last Laughs with your Bridesmaids
Grab your girls and book a private wine and cheese tasting at Molto Formaggio. Sip and snack in the intimate specialty store while learning about fine wines, cheeses, food accompaniments and desserts.
Burgers and Beers with the Boys
K.T. Burger is the perfect spot for the guys. There, the groomsmen can enjoy burgers, tacos, steel-cut fries and a full bar in the laid back dining area or corner patio.
Take Time for an Afternoon Pick Me Up
Snag that needed burst of caffeine or a refreshing cup of tea from Starbucks to get you through the eventful weekend. Take advantage of mobile ordering to make pick up a breeze.
Toast the Big Day Over Brunch
Squeeze in a last family brunch after you’ve tied the knot. Make a reservation at the elegant Bistro 31 or take part in the Bloody Mary Bar upstairs at Lounge 31 during their Social Sunday brunch.
Send Your Guests off with a Taste of Dallas
Show your guests you’re in the know and send them over to Cafe Pacific, rated by Zagat as one of Dallas’ best seafood restaurants.
A Tex-Mex Honeymoon Send Off
Get vacation ready with your significant other and enjoy the best in Tex Mex cuisine and cocktails at Mi Cocina before heading out for your honeymoon.
The Dallas food scene can easily contend with the best of the best, and the restaurants at HP Village are no exception. We connected with each eatery to get the inside scoop on a signature dish or cocktail that is not to be missed. Get ready to embark on one mouthwatering taste of HP Village.
Bistro 31 – Red Beet Cured Pacific Salmon
Bistro 31 is reminiscent of a sidewalk café in the French Riviera, and has quickly become known as a unique culinary treasure thanks to its French, Italian and Spanish influences. The Red Beet Cured Pacific salmon is served over a potato latke and topped off with sour cream and paddlefish caviar. This starter dish combines classic American and European flavors with a modern twist.
Royal Blue Grocery – Asian Chicken Salad
Royal Blue Grocery is the newest dining addition to HP Village, offering quick and convenient dishes for the diner on the go. The Asian Chicken Salad is light but flavorful thank to the lemongrass marinated chicken, mandarin oranges and ginger soy vinaigrette made onsite.
Mi Cocina – La Llorona Margarita
Mi Cocina, or My Kitchen, has established cult following roots all across Dallas for a reason – the freshest and highest quality ingredients are used to create authentic Tex Mex cuisine and cocktails. The La Llorona Margarita is an off-the-menu drink made with Sauza Blanco Tequila, Grand Marnier, fresh lime juice and a chile powder rim that tastes even better than it looks.
KT Burger – Ahi Tuna Salad
Burgers and fries aside, KT Burger also offers gourmet hotdogs, fresh salads, hand-crafted milkshakes and an assortment of draft and bottled beer. The Ahi Tuna Salad is prepared with fresh spring mix tossed in a wasabi vinaigrette and topped with tomato, red bell pepper, avocado and a filet of ahi tuna marinated in soy sauce with fresh garlic and ginger.
Starbucks – Artichoke and Goat Cheese Flatbread
With the introduction of a new wine, beer and small plates menu, Starbucks is now more than just your favorite caffeine shop. The artichoke and goat cheese flatbread is perfect for sharing or light, yet flavorful, meal for one.
Molto Formaggio – Gorgonzola Piccante Cheese
Molto Formaggio is a quaint, European-inspired cheese, wine and charcuterie shop with a vast product offering from 18 different countries. Made in Italy by the Guffanti family, Gorgonzola Piccante Cheese, made its US debut exclusively at Molto Formaggio. The penicillin mold of this cheese imparts a spicy, sharp flavor and with no added cream, makes for a versatile pairing with many of your favorite dishes or perfect all on its own.
Café Pacific – Bouillabaisse
Café Pacific is a Dallas institution that has served the best in seafood and steak for over 34 years, so being rated by Zagat as one of Dallas’ best seafood restaurants is no surprise. A traditional fisherman’s stew from Marseilles, France, Bouillabaisse is prepared with an aromatic broth, including saffron, fennel and orange and paired with an array of fresh seafood. The warm bowl of cozy coastal cuisine is accompanied by grilled bread and Rouille, a red pepper and garlic aioli.
Molto Formaggio, is a specialty wine, cheese and gourmet food shop, that’s reminiscent of a chic, European-style cheese and charcuterie store.
The shop was opened in 2008 after Dallas resident Michael Perlmeter attended culinary school in Florence, Italy where he was inspired by the local stores and wanted to fill a void in the Dallas market with an authentic Florentine experience. A few years later, Perlmeter would meet Kaylee Higginbotham – a former Dallas attorney who had quit practicing law to establish a culinary travel business in Italy. Higginbotham would go on to take over the day-to-day management of Molto Formaggio and help establish it as important part of the Dallas food scene.
Inside Molto Formaggio, you’ll find local, national and international wines, cheeses and gourmet food products, including a variety of fresh and aged cheeses from 18 different countries, jams and caviars.
The store’s knowledgeable staff caters to novice and seasoned wine and cheese lovers alike – recommending products based on taste preferences or occasions with ease. Whether it’s a hand-selected gift basket, a perfectly presented party tray or a cheese and wine pairing to satisfy an evening craving, Molto Formaggio is able to provide high quality service and products.
Molto Formaggio has a lot on the horizon this summer, including a new schedule of tiered wine and cheese classes that focus on education and pairings, and the launch of ClubCrate – a once a month shipment of ever-changing, hand selected wines, cheeses, crackers, jams and salamis shipped straight to your door and primed for entertaining (or gifting.) This fall, Molto and 20 customers will embark on the yearly pilgrimage that both Michael and Kaylee lead to visit European cheese, wine and food makers makers in France, Spain or Italy.
For more details on any of these events or services stop by the store Monday – Saturday between 10am and 6pm or Sunday between 12pm and 5pm or check out MoltoFormaggio.com
68 Highland Park Village
Dallas, TX 75205
We know looking and feeling your best on your wedding day is mandatory. So in search of a simple, equipment-free workout, we partnered with one of the most disruptive trainers on the Dallas fitness scene, Crystal Pollard – Mindset Coach and Leader of A Tribe Called Sprinters – to take us through four exercises that will have you and your significant other ready in no time.
6 reps//AMRAP//10 minutes
AMRAP – “As Many Rounds As Possible.” You will do six reps of each exercise (per side for the first three). Once you make it through all four exercises, you have completed one round. This process should continue for 10 minutes. Your challenge is to complete as many rounds as possible in 10 minutes. While this can be done by yourself, it’s so much more fun to grab that special someone and challenge one another to see who can complete the most rounds in 10 minutes. But always remember – quality over quantity.
1. Kick Throughs (Controlled)
- Begin in a plank position making sure your shoulders and wrists are in line and your body is in a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles.
- Slowly walk your feet up until your knees line up under your hips. Pick up your left arm and your right foot to create clearance.
- Drive your right heel out to the 9 o’clock position. Your left heel must remain in contact with the ground, hips tall, glutes tights and shoulders packed.
- Return back to the start position and repeat on the other side.
2. Plyo Split Jumps (Arms Overhead)
- Begin in a split lunge position with the right foot forward the left foot back, keeping 80% of your weight on the front leg and 20% on the back.
- Jump upward and reposition your legs while in the air, landing with your feet in the opposite positions.
- As soon as your feet land, repeat the action alternating the feet.
- For an extra balance and core challenge, lift your arms overhead.
3. Two-Point Lunge with RDL (Romanian Deadlift)
- Begin with both feet together.
- Take a large and controlled step backward with your left foot. Lower your hips so your front right leg is parallel to the floor with your right knee directly over your ankle. Your left knee should be bent at a 90-degree angle, pointing toward the floor with your left heel lifted. Return to standing by pressing your right heel into the floor and brining your left leg forward back to the starting position.
- Slightly bend your right knee and hinge forward from the waist while pushing your hips back and driving your left heel back.
- Drive your right foot into the ground and use your right glute and hamstring to pull you back to the standing start position. Be sure to keep a neutral spine and your core tight. Alternate legs.
4. Lying Leg Raises
- Lie on your back. Keep your lower back in contact with the floor and bring both legs to 90 degrees so they are in line with your hips.
- Straighten your legs in line with your hips as much as possible, squeezing feet and legs together. Place your arms out wide to your side for support.
- Keeping your legs straight and lower back flat and controlled, slowly lower your legs to the ground – only going as low as you can without arching your back.
- Once you reach this point, squeeze your abs and bring your legs straight up back to hips.
Pollard holds a BSBA degree from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and has built quite an impressive resume to date thanks to her 20+ years in the sports and fitness industry– Nike Trainer, Equinox Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, USA Track and Field Certified Coach, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Onnit Academy Certified Foundations Trainer, Kettlebell Level Two Coach, Bandier and Vimmia Brand Ambassador and Alumni Lululemon Ambassador. Beyond her work as a trainer, Pollard sets herself apart as a visionary in the fitness field, with her heart firmly planted in her work but her eyes and soul always fixed on the next great way to make a community of fit, happy and healthy people.
Bandier celebrates the intersections of “FASHION, FITNESS and MUSIC.” All of which stay true to CEO and founder Jennifer Bandier’s pop culture and music background from her days working with popular 90’s girl group TLC and many others.
The boutique offers an assortment of high performance, fashion-forward activewear for women who want to look stylish before, during and after their workout.
Currently, Bandier maintains a presence with four U.S. stores as well as a booming global eCommerce business that features over 50 established and up-and-coming fitness brands. Bandier carries a number of exclusives and collaborations from brands like Monday Active, The Transience, Mackage and APL – a cool sneaker brand whose only Texas retailer is Bandier at Highland Park Village.
Most recently, Bandier partnered with luxury fashion house Cushnie et Ochs to launch a 10 piece capsule collection. The pieces are inspired by the Cushnie et Ochs aesthetic and feature laser cut pieces in body contouring silhouettes.
Bandier took a queue from Studio B, the gym located within their Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan, and offered a variety of complimentary workout classes during Highland Park Village’s inaugural Beauty Event in late April.
The brand also publishes a lifestyle blog, B-Line, that details workout routines, interviews with designers and fitness tastemakers and even playlist recommendations from their brand ambassadors, the #BandierGirls.
Pop into the Bandier store Monday – Saturday between 10am and 6pm or Sundays between 12pm and 5pm to grab some stylish pieces good for the gym or leisure.
8A Highland Park Village
Dallas, TX 75205
Before you can tackle any workout, you’ve got to look the part. We’ve selected our favorite pieces to help get you ready.
From left to right: Varley Strand Black Technical Tee and Pico Mercury Capri, $65 and $100 at Bandier; Dior Créme de Rose Lip Balm, $28; Frederic Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Créme, $20; Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Minimizing Lotion, $29; Klorane Make-Up Remover Wipes, $13 at Blue Mercury; Stella McCartney for Adidas Sneakers, $160.
- Varley Strand Black Technical Tee and Pico Mercury Capri: Keep cool and look ultra chic with a mesh paneled top and comfy capris that feature a foldable compression waistband. $65 and $100 at Bandier.
- Stella McCartney for Adidas Sneakers: These bright sneaks are sure to put some pep in your step, $160.
- Klorane Make-Up Remover Wipes: These no-rinse, fragrance-free wipes are perfect for removing all traces of makeup. Major plus – they’re hypoallergenic and alcohol free, making them ideal for sensitive skin. $13 at Blue Mercury.
- Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Minimizing Lotion: If your skin is on the drier side, apply this oil-free lotion after cleansing to minimize pores and moisturize without leaving behind a shiny residue, $29.
- Frederic Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Créme: Tame your fly-aways and whip your hair into ponytail or top knot using this lightweight glossing cream, $20.
- Dior Créme de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm: Finish your look with soft, conditioned lips using this moisturizing balm made from rose oil extracts, $28.