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Simply put, we love the Bishop Arts district in North Oak Cliff. The word eclectic doesn?t do justice to the area?s mix of independently owned retail stores (Dirt, The Book Doctor), restaurants-as-institutions (Eno?s and Hunky?s) and funky-cool art showrooms like the Artisan?s Collective and Decorazon Gallery.

It would hardly be neighborly (but almost understandable) if we had designs on keeping one of its newest haute haunts a secret--it?s full of that much covetable and affordable merchandise. Alas, we can?t resist sharing one of the B.A.D.?s latest, most unique stores: Neighborhood.

With a deliciously delicate (curated seems an overstatement) mix of housewares and work by local artists, the design store has a colorful, fanciful aesthetic we?d love to replicate in our own home.

From cheery light fixtures like the Sputnik-style accent light ($425) to the gorgeous Younger Future James sofa that greets you at the door ($1,450), the merchandise manages to be both eye-catching and subtle.

A full design bar is also on offer, featuring services such as paint consultation ($50 an hour) and cabinetry and millwork design ($75 an hour).

Suddenly, the idea of redoing the living room isn?t so daunting after all.

Neighborhood, 411 N. Bishop Ave., Dallas; 214-943-5650 or

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