Sherry Griggs & Babs Rodriguez 2017-09-09 00:22:08
Inside Out So what if we don't have the grandest of autumnal overlays to our great outdoors. What we do have is an Indian summer that sometimes stretches until Thanksgiving, meaning fall months are best for lounging around in our still green spaces. This handcrafted Tahoe sectional is not really meant for outdoor use, but it is designed for relaxation. Deep seats, a durable, reinforced frame and easy-to-maintain tailored slipcovers mean we might have Arhaus, new to Fort Worth, deliver one to our covered porch. See pages 16 for more on home furnishing stores in The Shops at Clearfork. Photo courtesy of Arhaus. OPENINGS The Shops at Clearfork Speculation on the brand-name retailers slated to open in the new Clearfork multiuse development was percolating around town even before construction began. And we are talking brand names with a capital B. Joining anchor Neiman Marcus this fall are several high-end merchants we’ve been hankering to see set up shop in Fort Worth, including the following noteworthy names in home goods. Expect a variety of opening dates beginning in September. Edwards Ranch Road and Clearfork Main Street, Fort Worth theshopsatclearfork.splashthat.com. • ARHAUS The Ohio-based purveyor of home furnishings (pronounced “ our house” ) brings exclusive and handcrafted goods created by artisans around the world to Clearfork. The company, launched in 1986, holds sustainability as a core value and the key to developing unique pieces from recycled natural resources. Stores also carry extensive luxe lines of slipcovered, fitted and leather furniture as well as seasonal and always-changing accessories, tableware and gifts. You’ll find one-of-a-kind treasures in newly enlivened antiques and curiosities, arhaus.com. • MITCHELL GOLD + BOB WILLIAMS They finally made it to Fort Worth, opening on Sept. I. Since 1989, the Taylorsville, N orth Carolina, company Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams has aimed to make the world a more comfortable — and stylish — place. To that end, it offers a broad variety of sofas and chairs, window treatments and wall art, as well as tables, storage, lighting, rugs, bed linens, artwork, accessories and in-home design services. The pet-friendly aspects of everything are as important as family- and earth-friendly qualities. You can even follow MGBW’s pampered companions on Instagram@amazingzola.mgbwhome.com, or check out the store at mgbwhome.com. • Z GALLERIE In certain instances, we believe more is better. Like with ice cream. And cheese. And Z Gallerie, the boutique home decor store. We have long been fans and friends of the Southlake location, and we are certain that two Zs will be even better than one. After all, what has more buzz than two Zs? Both stores feature ever-changing selections of gifts, furniture and accessories. Founded over 35 years ago — and celebrating the glam, the modern and the luxe through fabrics, finishes and textures — the glitzy lifestyle brand is now accessible to the Fort.zgallerie.com. • TIFFANY & CO With its signature look of clean lines, exotic wood trim, robin’s egg blue accents and all things shiny,Tiffany & Co. is claiming its place in Fort Worth with grand style. The unmistakable visual appeal the company has established over its 180 years will be on full display at this new location.Tiffeny & Co. is launching a home decor and accessories line this fell. We’re in.tiffeny.com. Rendering courtesy of Tiffany & Co. BYOB Photo courtesy of Mitchell Thompson Interiors North Texas oenophiles can soon raise a glass to a wine storage system customized for their home by local designing duo Roy Mitchell and Diane Thompson-Mitchell. The Mitchell Thompson Interiors principals are collaborating with Colorado designer/ fabricator Mark “ Doc” Watters to create temperature-controlled units to cradle an array of precious vintages. “ Almost everyone has a corner in a room where they could put one of these wine cellars,” says Mitchell, who notes that the smallest system holds 116 bottles and measures about 4 feet across. Prices start around $ 10,000. The couple work on projects throughout the Metroplex but maintain an 1,800-square-foot showroom in Plano that they’ve outfitted with a sample wine system (a small Southlake showroom may one day include the wine storage systems). The units come in either walnut o r maple and are surprisingly adaptable for small o r large collections. “ Anywhere you could put a bookcase, you could substitute one of these,” says Thompson-Mitchell. “ We have seen people take an unused formal living room and turn it into a wine vignette o r tasting room.” Other areas ripe for retrofitting include neglected closets and the space under the stairs. The process takes about 12 weeks from measurements and initial concept to installation by a team that flies in from Colorado.“ lt’s all turnkey, with the lighting already integrated,” says Thompson- Mitchell. “ You literally plug it in and you’re set.” That is, once you’ve supplied the wine. 214-784-2287,972-841-4699, mitchellthompsoninteriors.com. — Lisa Martin Pull up a seat They had us at “ made in Texas.” “ Quality over quantity, with the intention of lasting a lifetime” was pretty enticing, too. But looks trump all. The Humphrey chair, made by Austin-based Texas Rover Company, is an adaptation of a classic 1800s South African camp chair. It is designed to provide comfort, style and durability with the option to roam. Although truly tough enough for outdoor use, it is also chic enough to earn a permanent place inside your home. And that “ made in Texas” claim? The leather seat is handmade in El Paso.The reclaimed pecan wood frame is milled, hand sanded and finished in Wharton. The steel hardware is laser cut in Round Rock, the brass hardware made in Lockhart. Final assembly is completed in Dripping Springs, and then it is delivered out of Houston. The undeniable toughness of the frame and the quality and thickness of the leather mean this is a chair that will get even better looking with age and be worthy of handing down to the next generation of travelers. Texas Rover Company founder John Humphreys grew up in El Campo, a small town southwest of Houston, longing fo r adventure and travel. His fascination with explorers of past generations grew into his desire to create products that would withstand the elements, be stylish and travel well. He created Texas Rover Company in 2011; the company offers a small selection of travel accessories in addition to the Humphrey chair. Items due out soon include a bed, a sofa and aTexas-size floor lounging body pillow. The Texas Rover Humphrey chair with a sheepskin cover is available at Neiman Marcus online, $2,799, o r shop the entire line at texasrover.com. Photos courtesy of Texas Rover Company Big kid on the block Home furnishings retailer West Elm, a branch of Williams-Sonoma Inc., Is now open in Crockett Row at West 7th near the Cultural District. The first Fort Worth venture for the retailer, the 10,502-squarefoot corner store makes a big impact on the West 7th face of the block. Much of the merchandise is sustainably sourced and Fair Trade Certified. The store offers a small selection of Texas-based goods crafted by local artisans and designers as part of its LOCAL program. The store also offers professional services from instore advice to premium design service makeovers complete with installation. Look for a collage of rugged leather remnants salvaged from saddles, boots and jackets worn by 19th -century ranchers — a nod to Fort Worth’s legendary livestock industry. There’s also a sculptural installation of Victorianera shingles repurposed from Throckmorton Street rooftops. 2869 W. 7th St., Fort Worth, westelm.com. Seasoned good looks Fort Worth resident Brent Hull is one of America’s most respected and sought-after historical restoration and millwork experts. His passion for fine craftsmanship is apparent in everything he does. He is the author of several books on historical building and millwork as well as many guides that record his devotion to restoring architecture to its intended beauty and stature. His projects are the subject of The History Channel’s recently re-upped Lone Star Restoration, in which the mission to help America “ quit building crap and build more beautiful things” is showcased as he labors to restore one architectural project at a time. Now, Hull Historical offers a limited series of signature home pieces designed by the master craftsman and built to last for generations. We are drawn to the 1810 Eternal Federal Urns and the Windows of the White House mirrors, but all the pieces are painstakingly handcrafted and carved using time-tested traditional methods and made to order with a few detail options. Urns start at $3,800 (marble base available separately); White House mirrors begin at $1,500, exclusively sold online at hullhistorical.com. Family bear If ever a person was motivated by the thrill of the hunt, it is Angela Wyatt. She and husband Bryson, owners of Bear Goods, are in the business of taking the struggle out of searching for and buying vintage rugs. Angela knows that thoughtful investments in rugs — essential elements in design — always pay off. Too, she is drawn to utilitarian things such as woven baskets, created, sometimes centuries ago, out of necessity. She finds beauty in function and in any smart mix of old and new. When instructed by customers on size, color requirements, pattern desires and acceptable levels of wear and tear, she becomes a woman on a mission. She has a keen eye for other unique home wares and maintains a list of tried-and-true sources all over the world, from auctions to individual sellers. Meanwhile, Bryson spends his time on the marketing and business end of things, working out of their east Fort Worth home. Two sons, soon to be joined by a baby brother, often get in on the action by attending auctions, warehouse sales and occasional wild-hare pickups of goods at far-flung locations. The name of the company is an acronym of the family’s first names: Bryson, Ezra, Angela, Ransom.That’s a sweet reminder to them of the importance of family, faith and hard work. An online store is expected to launch soon at beargoods.co. Until then, follow them, shop, and connect on Instagram @beargoods Photo by Ralph Lauer
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