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Interior Designer Elle Cole’s Favorite Dallas Finds

5 charming outposts to discover

Mid-Century Charm 

SCOUT Design Studio
155 Howell St, Dallas, TX 75207; scoutdesignstudio.com

Known for vintage collectibles from across the globe, this studio combines a workroom with a selection of rare design finds. Regardless of how well you know antique furnishings, you’ll always leave more educated about your piece than when you arrived. I love this one-stop-shop for art, lighting, and home accessories.


Garden Party

MECOX Gardens
4532 Cole Ave, Dallas, TX 75205; http://mecox.com/

Founder Mac Hoak brought his passion for natural beauty from Mecox Bay, NY to his Dallas store. Mecox Gardens delights with interior offerings that create a visual experience, mixing indoor and outdoor living elements. The beautiful balance makes this an irresistible spot for home décor.  

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Do – No – Wrong 

Forty Five Ten
4510 McKinney Avenue, Dallas; fortyfiveten.com 

When standing out in the crowd is an essential, this is my go-to for a smart wardrobe. I’m totally obsessed with their exquisite selection of clothing and accessories. I can’t think of a single purchase in this specialty boutique that would cause buyer’s remorse. If you’re looking for the chicest lunch spot in Dallas, look no further than the T Room, located inside the boutique. It’s guaranteed to seduce your taste buds.


Family Ties 

Texas Paint
5529 W. Lovers Lane Dallas, TX 75209; http://texaspaint.com/

Since 1947, tradition has kept this neighborhood paint and wallpaper store family-owned and operated. From the friendliest employees to the great selection of name-brand paints and wallpapers, this Mayberry-pie-in-the-sky locale is a must for anyone who wants to be treated like family. Here, you can rely on quality products and industry expertise to make your house a home.


Embroid Me! 

The Loveliest
2417 Mahon Street Dallas, Texas 75201; theloveliestcompany.com

It wouldn’t be Dallas without embroidered linens, and it certainly wouldn’t be the South without embroidery and monogramming. As a true southern lady, I love monogramming. From the towels in the guest bath to the linen sheets on our beds, monograms are a special detail that can make a plain white table napkin look instantly sophisticated. At this darling boutique, you’ll find beautiful hand-embroidered pillows from Mexico and a fine selection of linens. For the moms-to-be, look for their delightful hand-blocked baby clothing.