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Every Christmas, my mother hauls out a box of vintage beaded balls made by my grandmother. Each of them is hung from the ceiling with clear fishing line, which gives the impression of several gilt and sparkling orbs floating in our formal living room. Each Christmas I looked forward to that ritual, and when I saw that Dallas artist Peyton Hayslip was creating an altogether more polished and stylish version of these beaded beauties, I was absolutely intrigued.

As it turns out, remembering those 1970s-era beaded ornaments is what inspired Hayslip to create her line of ornaments and tabletop decor.

“My beaded creations began in the mid-90s when my children were small. My mother and I were reminiscing about the little foam and sequin ornaments she’d made when I was a baby, and we both had an ‘AH-HA!’ moment,” Hayslip said. “What if those old-fashioned ornaments could be pumped up? What if they weren’t just made with sequins? What if they were made using my great grandmother’s vintage costume jewelry, and maybe some glass beads for sparkle? I set to work, and loved the results.”

We do, too! Jump for more!

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The Renaissance Collection Official Shot

The Renaissance Collection (Photo: Bret Redman)

With its trademark shape and fantastic location, the Renaissance Dallas Hotel has been a landmark venue since 1983, however, it was showing its age a bit. Thanks to a fantastic multi-million dollar facelift, the hotel is now LEED Silver certified and boasts 30,000 square feet of meeting and event space, with a 16,000-square-foot grand ballroom, a 10,000-square-foot rooftop terrace, and breathtaking views of downtown.

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Trust us: Not all Christmas shopping is fun. A lot of it is an anxiety-fueled race to the finish line and that is the opposite of fun. So if you’re looking for an excuse to enjoy yourself while doing some legitimate Christmas shopping, look no further than the Bernadette Shaeffler Collection showroom in the Dallas Design District.

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Denise McGaha went trend spotting at High Point Market. See what's hot for home decor this season!

Denise McGaha went trend spotting at High Point Market. See what’s hot for home decor this season!

By Denise McGaha
Special Contributor

I have been attending High Point Market for more than five years. High Point Furniture Market is the world’s largest furniture market held twice a year in High Point, N.C., and has over 75,000 attendees. It’s like Fashion Week for the furniture industry, and with all of the manufacturers sharing their new introductions, hosting events and hosting world-class speakers, the excitement level is ultra-high.

I spent 7 days in High Point this trip, so I had a chance to see over 75 showrooms.  I was also honored to be a High Point Style Spotter.  Style Spotters highlight their top 25 “picks” from showrooms. To be “Spotted” is an exciting opportunity for manufacturers because their spotted items are pinned to a High Point Market Pinterest Board and each of these pieces are showcased at the Style Spotters “Live” breakfast as part of the trends presentation each market.

Three distinct trends stood out from the crowd this market. Some were a carryover of trends we saw the last few markets, like gold and brass. But as usual, we see a new color trend every six months without fail. Jump to find out more!

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Still Chaising Rainbows COVERS You know how much we at CandysDirt.com love Jason Lenox’s brand of artful rustic decor. My favorite pieces in the store are Jason’s custom-designed silver and turquoise boxes and his impressive collection of Pendleton blankets.

If you’re a fan of Indian blankets, then you absolutely cannot miss the new coffee table book from Barry Friedman. He’s an expert on trade and camp blankets, and Ralph Lauren’s top source for the woolen treasures. You can meet Friedman and get your own signed copy of the 304-page “Still Chasing Rainbows: Collecting American Indian Trade & Camp Blankets Volume Two” at Antèks on Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Jed Foutz is a Native American art expert and owner of Shiprock Santa Fe gallery.

Jed Foutz is a Native American art expert and owner of Shiprock Santa Fe gallery.

Antèks will also host Jed Foutz, owner of Shiprock Santa Fe gallery and Native American art expert, and his tremendous collection of Navajo blankets and artwork. Blankets from Friedman’s own collection will be available for purchase, too. The reception, which will feature sips and light bites, starts at 4 p.m.

If you miss this amazing event in Antèks Design District location, stay tuned for Lenox’s newest venture: Antèks Curated. The store, planned for the Plaza at Preston Center across from Taco Diner, will feature an exceptional collection for the discerning people in your life. Antèks Curated will carry gift items, home accessories, menswear, and a peppering of furniture, most of which will be exclusive to the store. Hand crafted and limited production works from local artists and designers will be preferred, so be sure to check it out!

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Combining interesting patterns and shapes with jewel tones over a gray backdrop is a classic combination for fall, says Bernadette Schaeffler.

Fall is a huge season for freshening up your decor, and using a few new color can add that bit of seasonal pop you’re looking for. Of course, gray is still the neutral of choice, from dark to light and from warm to bright, this do-everything color is a great base from which to play. But what colors should you use to bring your fall palette to life? Bernadette Schaeffler took a short break from designing her new sofa collection in Italy to tell us what we should look for this fall.

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5003 Quail Creek Drive, Photo: Shoot2Sell

5003 Quail Creek Drive, Photo: Shoot2Sell

Plush and sexy with gray paint, white paneling, and chrome everywhere, 5003 Quail Creek is a stunner for sure. And thanks to the help of a Realtor who knows how to make a home appealing to buyers, this house was snatched right off the market in less than a week!

It’s four-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath beauty in Stonebridge Ranch’s Quail Creek that was listed for $259,500 by Ebby Halliday Realtor Brea Garza, founder of The Garza Group. Boy, does it look like it is worth every shiny penny. I asked her if she thought that staging this home helped it get whisked off its feet by an eager buyer.

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Anderson Series by Minotti

Anderson Series by Minotti

As Autumn Smink heads off to Italy for the Milan Salone, we wanted to get a sneak peek at the trends that will hit this standard-bearer of Italian furnishings. The annual event is the launching point where manufacturers come out with their new and exotic designs, said Jennifer Smink.
So, what does the duo behind SMINK Inc. expect to see at this industry event?