Spruce Up the View
Gallery One Window Fashions, new in Southlake, has a family history rooted in window design. Owned by Gary and Julie Read of Read Design Associates — Designing Windows in Plano, the new 1,200-square-foot showroom is run by the Reads’ two sons, Jeff and Tom. As Southlake’s only Hunter Douglas Gallery dealer, the store provides customers with a wide selection of window coverings that includes shutters and Roman shades. In addition to window treatments, the store also offers interior design services, custom draperies, home accessories and some home furnishings. Gallery One is open 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, 2757 E. Southlake Blvd., Suite 100, Southlake, 817-416-7164, www.galleryonewindowfashions.com.
Fabric-covered furniture is one of those “yeah, duh” sort of concepts, but fabric-covered case goods, such as hutches, chests, shelves, dressing tables and demilune tables? Now, that is a bit different. Elizabeth Nipper has been covering case goods in fabric for decades — “Since at least 1972,” she says, “whenever decoupage became a big deal.” She found that fabric with its slight stretch on the bias was a better material than paper in covering pieces with curved edges. “Paper doesn’t work; if it gets wet, it tears too easily,” she says. In her store Past Perfect on West Vickery Boulevard, she has several pieces that have been upholstered in fabric, a chest with a shelf topper that looks like a single piece but didn’t begin life that way, a small dressing table, an armoire and a demilune table with matching chair. Her fabric choices are good and period appropriate — understandable as she was an art teacher with the Fort Worth ISD for years. She still works for the district but now as an educational diagnostician. This is her business on the side, and if she’s not around, her daughter, Kendall Geldard, who does custom embroidery, is in the shop. 4316 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-480-3772.
King of the Grill
Show dear ol’ Dad your appreciation this Father’s Day by treating him to a delicious brunch served up on the gift you give him — a Lynx Asado Grill. Designed to suit all outdoor dining needs, the grill comes equipped with a flat-top grilling surface ideal for cooking Latin asado dishes and brunch items like crepes, pancakes and omelets. The griddle cooking surface, which is made from multilayer aluminum sandwiched between two sheets of stainless steel, is designed for even heat distribution and features two ProSear 2 infrared burners that allow for responsive temperature control over two independent cooking zones. The Lynx Asado Grill retails for $4,599. To purchase or to locate an area Lynx dealer, call 888-289-5969 or visit www.lynxgrills.com.
For concertgoers and performing arts patrons, June means it’s time to pack a picnic, slather on sunscreen and head outdoors. Here are some of the can’t-miss summer concert series in the area:
Concerts in the Garden, presented annually by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, runs June 6-July 5, beginning with the Texas Tenors and ending with the Beatles-themed Classical Mystery Tour. Other notable acts are Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue (June 13) and Green River Ordinance (June 21). Every concert ends with fireworks. For a complete lineup, visit www.fwsymphony.org or call 817-665-6000. $21-$26 for lawn tickets; $26-$46 for tables. Parking is $10-$25. 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth.
City of Keller Concerts in the Park presents its summer concert series June 21-Aug. 16 at Bear Creek Park. Concerts include The Orbans (June 21), Me & My Monkey (July 19) and The Killdares and the ever popular Josh Weathers Band (Aug. 16). Free; for more information, visit www.kellerparksandrec.com or call 817-743-4050. 400 Bear Creek Park Road, Keller.
Summer Concerts at Levitt Pavilion run for much of the season. Popular acts include Rick Trevino (June 14), Cas Haley (June 27), Telegraph Canyon (June 29) and Radney Foster (July 12). For a complete lineup, visit http://www.levitt
pavilionarlington.org or call 817-543-4301. Most concerts are free. 100 W. Abram St., Arlington.
Ballet Concerto’s annual
Summer Dance Concert takes place June 26-29 at Trinity Park Pavilion. This year’s performances include Luis Montero’s stunning Bolero, created for Ballet Concerto in 1990. Free for lawn seating, $30 for reserved table seating. For more information, visit www.balletconcerto.com or call 817-738-7915. 2300 W. Seventh St., Fort Worth.
Panther Island Pavilion “Rockin’ the River” concert series lets you float on an inner tube and listen to music. Acts include Thieving Birds (June 5), Eleven Hundred Springs (July 3), Brandon Rhyder (Aug. 7) and the Clearfork Music Festival (Aug. 30, but not part of the series). Free. For a complete lineup, visit www.pantherislandpavilion.com. 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth.
Austin jewelry designer Kendra Scott will open a boutique in July dedicated to her eponymous line of colorful statement beads and baubles. The 1,500-square-foot space, nestled in University Park Village, will include a signature Kendra Scott Color Bar that’s stocked with 26 stone colors and silhouettes so shoppers can create their own one-of-a-kind piece. 1612 S. University Drive, Suite 401-C, Fort Worth. www.kendrascott.com.
Classy for Canines
For sophisticated dog owners (and their stylish pooches, too), South Texas-based artist Maricela Sanchez has designed a beautiful line of bespoke dog crates and gates. A far cry from the more unsightly options found at most big box and pet stores, each item is as lovely as it is sturdy; all are made from highly durable, marine-grade polymer. They are available in four intricate designs (Fancy, Infinity, Mariposa and Veil). Crates come in sizes from extra small ($540) to extra-extra large ($1,295), and gates (U-shape and zigzag-shape) vary in height; prices range from $325 to $555. Color options currently are limited to white and black. Prices for custom pieces vary. To purchase, call 361-688-6116 or visit http://maricelasanchez.com.
Happy Go Luxe
It may be a fashion first: Summer’s trendiest shoes are actually good for your feet. This season, ultra-high heels and gravity-defying wedges have been replaced by chunky-chic kicks ranging from Fendi flatforms to foot-cradling Givenchy slip-ons. Even the hippie-happy Birkenstock has gotten a haute overhaul thanks to luxury accessory designer Alexandra Knight. The Houston designer customizes the classic ’60s sandal by covering each one in alligator, transforming your stroll across a pool deck, patio or playground into a strut down the runway. Available in more than 40 colors, the sandals can be crafted for both men and women. Each pair is $850 and takes about three weeks to complete. Order by calling 713-527-8848, emailing email@example.com or visiting www.alexandraknightonline.com.
Go Green, Keep Heels Clean
Outdoor events can wreak havoc on your Choos. Which is why fed-up fashionista Sheryl White created Grasswalkers to keep her prized stilettos from sinking into the turf. Each sole-saving, strip is made of flexible, transparent plastic to cover the entire heel, whether it’s a stiletto or a wedge. Simply remove the backing, stick and go; to remove, just pop off and toss or keep for another alfresco fete. Grasswalkers are available in two sizes — small fits shoes sized up to 8 1/2, and large protects sizes 9 to 11. Find them for $8.99 each at www.grasswalkers.com.
Try, Then Buy at Bonobos
Bonobos, the country’s largest Internet-based men’s clothing brand, has gone brick and mortar. On June 6, it will open in Dallas with a 1,200-square-foot facility it’s calling a “Guideshop.” That’s because you can’t actually buy anything on-site. Instead, men can meet with a “style guide,” trained in fit and style, to personally see, feel and try on anything in the collection, from suits and button-downs to shorts, tees and chinos, before making their purchase online. The shop is open to the public, but personal appointments also can be made at www.bonobos.com/guideshop. 1901 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, 469-334-0661.
June 6 marks 70 years since Allied troops stormed the beaches at Normandy — one of the most pivotal events of World War II, and, arguably, of the 20th century. Distinguished historian and author Stephen E. Ambrose ( Band of Brothers, Undaunted Courage) brings to life the stories of the soldiers who fought on D-Day in the remarkable new D-Day Illustrated Edition: June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II. In this update to his iconic D-Day, more than 125 black-and-white photos help illustrate the daring, determination, horror and heroism that took place on and around June 6, 1944. Among the stunning images is a photo taken from the deck of a U.S. military ship that shows how rough the seas were on the way to the Normandy Beach landing; readers can almost feel the waves crashing against the ship, spraying water. Another depicts bomber crews of the U.S. 9th Air Force smiling confidently as they leave their aircraft after completing a D-Day mission to disrupt German communication and supply lines. Toward the end of the 750-page hardcover tome is one of the most telling images: that of French fishermen — one with a cigarette in his mouth and his hands in his pockets — standing over a row of corpses along the beach after the D-Day landing. Ambrose conducted more than 1,400 interviews with American, Canadian, British, French and German veterans for the book. It is a powerful tribute and an indispensable resource of history. Published by Simon & Schuster; $40, in bookstores.
Go Panorama Bananas!
The Motrr Galileo robotic iPhone dock elevates 360-degree panoramic photography to an art form for smartphone photographers. (For proof, click on the stunning panorama-time lapse set to classical music on the product’s website, http://motrr.com.) Combine the hockey puck-sized hardware with your choice of many photography apps listed on the Motrr site. Included are Sphere, TimeLapse, DMD Panorama and many more. Dock your Apple iTouch or iPhone with Bluetooth (4/4s or newer) and have fun experimenting with all the photography and video tricks you can do. You can control it from anywhere in the world. Use it to record fun times on a family vacation, as a baby monitor, for home surveillance or to keep in touch with friends and family. From $149, www.Brookstone.com (online only).
The Modern Shop inside the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will host a free trunk show featuring handmade accessories by local jeweler f. is for frank from 4 to 6:30 p.m. June 6 (during the museum’s monthly First Fridays event). Dallas-based f. is for frank sculpts jewelry, cuff links and other pieces that incorporate architectural elements. While cast pewter is the designer’s medium of choice, pieces also include 24-karat gold plate and rose gold plate. For more information, call 817-738-9215 or visit http://themodern.org.
Spanx has opened its first boutique in Texas at NorthPark Center. The bright, red-splashed space is dedicated to all things sleek and shape-perfecting, from apparel and active-wear to shapewear and swimwear. There’s even shapewear for men. 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, 469-232-9289. www.spanx.com.
Malouf’s in Southlake Town Square hosts two special events this month. On June 11, the boutique welcomes its newest brand of handcrafted leather men’s footwear, Trask. Visit between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to meet with a Trask stylist and shop the current collection. And on June 14 from noon to 6 p.m., celebrate Dad with sips, snacks and a gift from Tommy Bahama. 190 State St., Southlake, 817-416-7100. www.maloufs.com.
MacKenzie-Childs’ creative director Rebecca Proctor will meet customers during an appearance at Neiman Marcus Ridgmar from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 13. A limited number of patrons will be able to have lunch with her at 11:30 a.m.; reserve a place by calling the Gift Galleries department at 817-738-3581, ext. 2020. 2100 Green Oaks Road, Fort Worth. www.neimanmarcus.com.
J. McLaughlin, the Brooklyn-based retailer known for its Americana-preppy vibe, moved into University Park Village last month. The store features men’s and women’s sportswear and accessories. 1612 S. University Drive, Suite 404, Fort Worth, 682-703-2201. www.jmclaughlin.com.