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comings, goings, new and eye-opening Cast of Thousands Forgive and forget the stiff subtitle. Covering everything from classical bronzes to the kitchen sink (literally), CAST: Art and Objects Made Using Humanity’s Most Transformational Process by Jen Townsend and Renée Zettle-Sterling is an intriguing look at 800 contemporary and historic works created through a technique simply defined as pouring materials into molds. Casting has been used to create art and everyday objects for 6,000 years. Still sound too high-minded? Anyone who has ever made Jell-O is a caster, too. A respectable resource that’s also a visual delight? We’re in. $80, Schiffer Publishing, schifferbooks.com or amazon.com. For another of our favorite page turners, see Page 25. Photos by Meda Kessler A happy collaboration One of Fort Worth’s newest event spaces, The 4 Eleven on South Main Street, also offers unique retail. Jana Clark’s LTO is filled with furniture and home accessories. The former buyer for Neiman Marcus has an eye for the unique and interesting. Stop in and be glad LTO is no longer a “limited time only” venture, as was the shop’s previous incarnation off Magnolia Avenue. Look for antiques, textiles and household accessories in inviting vignettes. Smalls are intriguing, too. In need of design help for projects big or small? Check out FabLab for a one-on-one collaboration. The adjacent shop, Winton and Waits, is owned by Clark’s creative collaborator and business partner Jenna Lee. While Lee offers women’s clothing and accessories, she carefully sources home goods and accessories, too. Everything has a give-back component, including bath oils and salts made by local survivors of sexual exploitation. It’s shopping for a cause at its best. Follow the new stores on Instagram @ltodesignfw and @wintonandwaits or search store names to find them on Facebook. 411 S. Main St., Fort Worth. LTO, 817-720-5454, ltofw.com; Winton and Waits, 682-233-2493, wintonandwaits.com. Branch out Our winters may be too mild to light the fireplace nightly. But that’s all the more reason to dress up the heart (and hearth) of a home in a way that creates constant enjoyment. These glamorous fire screens handmade by Claire Crowe Collection of Dallas are exuberant sculptures inspired by nature: a flight of butterflies, an arresting spray of bare branches and more. Find examples of Crowe’s work at Fort Worth designer Kim Milam’s exquisitely curated home furnishings store House Essential; Milam takes orders for all pieces in the fire screen lines. The sculptures are available in custom sizes and finishes, including minerals such as the Brazilian muscovite that’s an option for the butterfly details. Interior designer Milam can help you decide what’s right for your decor. See more of Crowe’s designs at alchemycollection.com and follow @clairecrowe_collection on Instagram. 4696 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-737-2000, houseessential.com. — Marilyn Bailey Art from ash Local artist Janet Brown is a poet in her chosen medium of blown glass. These gleaming little orbs have the heft of paperweights but are more than lovely display objets. Upon request, Brown incorporates swirly streaks of cremation ashes to create a custom celebration of a loved one, often pets. You choose the color or colors for the tribute and provide a small quantity of ashes. She creates a one-of-a-kind thing of beauty. Prices start at $75. Find them at Artisans’ Haven at Vagabond Treasures, 4236 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-377-0909, artisanshaven.com. — Marilyn Bailey Oscar. Winner. Meet Oscar. He’s pretty cute. But because he’s a task lamp, he works hard. Did we mention he’s attractive, too? We have a solid relationship with Oscar, but because he’s a Modern Lantern lamp, there are no strings attached. And by strings, we mean a cord. Instead, there’s a powerful rechargeable battery hidden in the base. And because Oscar uses a low-wattage LED light bulb, he glows for about 20 hours on a full charge. The patented battery, AC converter/charger and bulb are included. Oscar comes with an adjustable arm and is available in two finishes, antique brass with black enamel components and white enamel with brushed nickel. Not your type? Oscar, $199, is just one member of the Fort Worth-based Modern Lantern family of cordless lamps that are perfect for spaces with no outlet access or anywhere you don’t want unsightly cords. Lamps are available to retail customers as well as to the trade at the Modern Lantern showroom on Fort Worth’s Northside. 1500 Northpark Drive, Suite 154, Fort Worth, 682-224-5351, modernlantern.com. No nonsense scents Photos by Aaron Dougherty Tobacco. Bourbon. Leather. Black pepper. Our olfactory search for candles with a more masculine fragrance — we call them “mandles” — eventually led us to the men’s line from Olivina. This Nashville-based company offers a line of soy wax candles based on the aromas found in popular cocktails. Juniper Tonic is our favorite, plus it comes in a snazzy gunmetal container. The scent isn’t overpowering but provides a pleasant whiff of citrus and pine. The price is right, too; $30 for the 12-ounce container. Olivina is widely available; we found our candle at Into the Garden, 4600 Dexter Ave., Fort Worth, 817-336-4686; 3300 Knox St., Dallas, 214-351-5125. Photos by Meda Kessler Come inside Sunbrella is so much more than awning stripes. Yes, you can find stripes of all stripes at The Fabric Shoppe, but you also can find more than 300 beautifully textured neutrals and bold prints in the brand’s line of fabrics known for outdoors durability. New designs and changing lifestyles mean more and more designers choose the fabric for interior use, too. Pet owners and parents of small children love it for family and dining room upholstery. Owner of the new west Fort Worth store, Sallie Duncan also sells Sunbrella custom rugs and throws, and she plans on offering custom pillows and embroidery. Purchase fabric by the yard (the shop carries only samples; everything is shipped from the family’s main store in Oklahoma City), or work with staff on custom design for everything from draperies to furniture upholstery. 5130 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-720-7572, thefabricshoppefw.com. More cool If you loved exploring the previous incarnation of Sally Lynn Home, you’ll be thrilled to know there’s even more to discover at the Shops of Southlake location now open next to Calico Home. At about 2,600 square feet, the shop isn’t that much bigger than the previous one in Village Center, but shoppers we chatted with felt that the higher ceilings and more natural light give the new digs a more expansive feel. The ever-changing inventory of vintage pieces and antiques, industrial and French farmhouse fixtures, and remarkable clean-lined and comfortable furniture continues to lure shoppers from one discovery to the next — from glittering geodes and midcentury-inspired lighting to steampunk inscrutables (a bicycle-based console table, anyone?) and lovely metallic-flecked contemporary artwork. Carefully curated furniture selections somehow manage to be both eye-catching and broadly compatible with multiple styles. Owners, husband and wife Oscar and Ragan Lynn Aguilera, share a great eye for delightful smalls, too. Ragan (Sally Lynn is named for her mom) — along with a staff of five — stands ready to help you transform a single room or your entire home. “We mix and match and work with what people already have and love. We ask questions about hobbies and family history and work to personalize the design,” she says. “I don’t want it to look like I picked up my store and put it down in your house.” Local artwork, including commissioned paintings and customizable calligraphy, is available, too. Want to see more, including weird and wonderful one-of-a- kind architectural antiques? Make an appointment to visit a 5,500-square-foot showroom, also in Southlake. 1465 E. Southlake Blvd., Suite 601, 817-442-0186, sallylynnhome.com. Lights on Quatro Lighting Designs has been a Fort Worth go-to for lighting design and installation since 2000, when the company was founded by Erik and Claudia Thompson. When buzz began about the quality of home furnishings stores taking spaces at The Shops at Clearfork, a light went on for the couple who have long considered lighting an art form. When a spot opened, the Thompsons flipped the switch on plans to expand their business. Erik, who began his career as an electrician has long since connected with artists and designers to broaden his skill set. Today, in addition to continuing to run Quatro, he collaborates with wife Claudia at NuVitrum, the showroom they opened in October to highlight artisan-driven lighting designs from around the world. The shop is aglow with a curated selection of pendants, sconces and floor lamps. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Send them a photograph of a room or a space, and the couple will work with you on finding the right piece. They’ll overlay examples on the photograph so you get a sense of scale as well as of the look. “We source everything, from traditional to contemporary, from small pieces to large-scale lighting,” says Erik. The Shops at Clearfork, 5119 Marathon Ave., Fort Worth, 817-570-7114, nuvitrum.com. Velvet love It’s a match made in textile heaven. Peacock Alley has teamed up with Kevin O’Brien Studio of Philadelphia for an exclusive collection of burnout velvet pillows and throws, just in time for velvet’s fashion-forward return. With a touch of luxe and glimmer, The Private Collection’s dreamy creations complement the understated elegance of Peacock Alley’s fine linens, milled in Portugal and Italy and made in Dallas. Pillows start at $345, throws from $1,200. 1403 Slocum St., Dallas, 214-520-6736, peacockalley.com. — Connie Dufner
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