Unleashing the Horse
Crystal manufacturer Riedel has had fun with decanters lately, offering wine-pouring vessels that look like snakes and dragons that are sort of, well, silly. But its horse decanter, a tall, 24-inch stretch of mouth-blown lead crystal, is quite charming. It was introduced to coincide with the Chinese Year of the Horse, but more to the point, it has horse people written all over it.
“I strove to create a functional and powerful wine tool that simultaneously reflects the innate beauty, sophistication and authority of a horse,” says Riedel CEO Maximilian Riedel. The decanter is available for $525 at www.Riedelusa.net.
Sterling Exhibitions in Dallas
The Dallas Museum of Art is giving us two beautiful new reasons to visit this summer:
Archibald Motley Jr. (1891-1981) was one of the great 20th-century American painters, although his work was almost forgotten. The Amon Carter Museum of American Art means to rectify this troubling omission to the American art canon with the exhibition “Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist.” Motley’s depictions of Chicago’s African-American neighborhoods, activities and the society’s elite are on display through Sept. 7. He was schooled at the Art Institute and his early portraits attest to his rigorous training, but when he found his own style, his paintings became a riot of color and activity. They are truly not to be missed. Free admission. 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-738-1933, www.cartermuseum.org.
Getting a Handle on Pink
Dornbracht, the luxury faucet manufacturer, has designed a finish that could provide the inspiration for a whole new kitchen or bath. The 18-karat rose gold finish called Cyprum (a name derived from the Latin word for copper mines) is a mixture of copper and a gold alloy in a non-corrosive electroplated surface. The lovely rose shade is available on a single lever bath faucet, $3,075, or a single kitchen faucet, $2,519. Dornbracht is available in Fort Worth at the Ferguson Showroom, 3433 W. Seventh St., 800-638-8875, http://shop.ferguson.com.
The Right Stripes
When it comes to summertime totes, we love the nautical vibe of this giant striped cotton canvas hold-everything bag from Echo Design. Not only is it big enough for every poolside must-have, but its thick, soft rope handles make it a cinch to grab and chic to carry. There’s a zipper pocket inside, a white cotton lining, and it closes with a snap, but our favorite feature is its clever pattern — vertical stripes in front, horizontal in back. At just $58, you’ll want to buy one in each color — orange and khaki (pictured) plus navy and black. www.echodesign.com.
The Art of the City
This month, Beth and Brian Hutson will open a shop in Fort Worth that could be described as everything from a whim to a dream. The Hutsons are already well-known creative types: They run a successful marketing and public relations firm, and Brian Hutson is an accomplished photographer. Over the years, their corporate clients started asking the firm to handle more and more personal projects, and the Hutsons started wondering: Why not open a storefront to showcase the artistic creations of their favorite designers, along with Brian’s photography? When they discovered a suitable space on Magnolia Avenue, in the heart of the hot Near Southside neighborhood, Hutson Studio became a reality. The shop is stocked with affordable art ranging from posters and prints to stationery and greeting cards in a mix of media, like watercolors, letterpress and screen-printing styles. It’s a mix that Beth Hutson has enjoyed putting together. “We have been able to be more creative and edgy with no boundaries or branding guidelines,” she says. This month, Hutson Studio will be open most weekends, on select nights and by appointment; check the Facebook page for information on expanded hours starting in August. 1208 Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth. 817-602-0211.
High Society Shine and Smooth
Legendary American photographer Slim Aarons specialized in capturing socialites, royals, artists and movie stars in their fabulous, native environments for publications like Town & Country, Life and Harper’s Bazaar. His self-described directive was to capture “attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places.” One of the late lensman’s biggest fans is Australian makeup guru Napoleon Perdis, who has a print of the 1970s Aarons classic “Poolside Gossip” hanging in his Sydney home. This iconic image, which features glamorous women lounging poolside at a Palm Springs home designed by Richard Neutra, inspired Perdis to create the just-launched limited-edition “Poolside Gossip” collection of three cosmetic essentials formulated to provide a socialite-worthy summer glow. Inside the generously sized zippered pouch are a highlighter in the “Champagne Days” shade to illuminate and highlight skin, a universal shade of matte bronzer to give cheeks a sun-kissed glow and a creamy lipstick with a color appropriately named “Entitled” ($145). Also new from Napolen Perdis is Auto Pilot, a luxe gel mask that delivers a velvet, matte-yet-moisturized finish ($85). www.napoleonperdis.com and www.neimanmarcus.com.
44Bootlegger Expands on Magnolia
Authentic. Custom. Quality. These are words that drive Tammy and Tommy Brown, the couple behind the lifestyle shop 44Bootlegger. Originally opened to showcase the handmade furniture made by the Dallas-based 44Build, the Browns decided to expand their offerings over the past several months to include clothes, shoes, gifts, jewelry and more, with that “more” encompassing everything from taxidermy mounts to mid-mod-inspired melamine plates. Current lines include Jack Black men’s skincare, Lafco candles and Dr. Martens shoes, plus premium denim, shorts and T-shirts from indie designers like Cult of Individuality and Nikki Rich, all showcased in a rustic-chic environment. And the name? It’s a hybrid of two inspirations, Tammy Brown explains — The “44” is a nod to the 44Build furniture that remains a hot seller, and the “Bootlegger” is in honor of Tommy’s grandmother, who did just that back in the day. 44Bootlegger is open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. 1411 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth. 817-887-9089. http://44bootlegger.com.