With the recent arrival of destination restaurants and new residences, the Design District is gentrifying at warp speed. For years the area existed as a den for only interior decorators and gallerists, so we?re happy to reacquaint ourselves with this ?new? neighborhood.
Stop--you can shop here! Ever stepped inside a showroom only to be politely shown the door? It?s practically a rite of passage on these streets lined with attractive, tempting storefronts. That?s the thing, though: Most of the businesses here aren?t stores and for years have been selling solely ?to the trade.? But a slew of showrooms are changing their tune--and making quite an impression.
We like Bernadette Schaeffler, a 5,000-square-foot space that showcases an eclectic collection as opposed to matchy-matchy furnishings. Ecuadoran hardwoods serve as handsome conduits for the contemporary wares at the new Adriana Hoyos showroom. And we love the chemical-free designs at Pummer-Winchester, especially the updated takes on wicker furniture. Bernadette Schaeffler, 1616 Hi Line Drive, 214-749-0816 or bernadetteschaeffler.com; Adriana Hoyos, 1617 Hi Line Drive, 214-613-4149 or adrianahoyos.com; Pummer-Winchester, 1505 Hi Line Drive, 214-960-4535 or pummer.com
Eat?and repeat. And for design on a plate, it?s hard to beat FT33, which serves up swoon-worthy short ribs and lemongrass panna cotta. We?re starting to think the Design District has it all. FT33, 1617 Hi Line Drive, 214-741-2629 or ft33dallas.com