Big cities mean tons of options, which unfortunately can also mean too many options when you’re pressed to find the best. So to share the best local makers in Dallas, we’ve assembled the A-team of insiders: some of our favorite Krrb members and resident influencers with knowledge on where to go and What to pick up. Let’s meet the team!
Michelle Nussbaumer is the owner and lead designer at Ceylon et Cie in Dallas. Her showroom is located in the city’s Design District but Michelle is a jetsetter who’s traveled the world over. Follow her Instagram for beautiful inspiration globally and around the Dallas metroplex. (MN)
Super talented stylist Kristi Drayovitch resides in Plano, one of the suburbs of Dallas. Her home, previously featured on Design*Sponge, is also a tribute to the talent of local makers across North Texas. Stay inspired by Kristi through her Instagram where she posts latest projects and everyday living with grace and style. (KD)
Artist Kyle Steed lives in Dallas with his family, Amanda, daughter Savy and newest addition—baby Genny. From giant murals like the one he did along Dallas’s Trinity Strand Trail to little paper drawings, Kyle’s artwork can be found all over the city. See his latest creations on Instagram and keep up with Kyle as he lives locally. (KS)
1. What locally made products do you use?
MN: Handmade ceramic lamps by Paul Schneider, cowboy boots, Sei Sei Co. tea bottles and matcha, and my Michelle Nussbaumer fabric line of ikat and tribal-influenced fabric that is made here in Dallas, Texas!
KD: I love incorporating pieces from local makers into my home decor. I especially treasure tea light runners and framed prints from local maker duo, Hurd & Honey. Kristin and Sam are a husband and wife team who use reclaimed wood to create incredible furniture (their herringbone desks will make you swoon), mirrors, frames, and more. Kristin has created a Talavera-style series of paintings that are so colorful and cheerful. Another local maker I purchase from is Woven Laine. Laken creates incredible woven tapestry works of art and has a unique style. Other locally made items in my home are a serving board and catchall tray from Pastrana Studio. Another local favorite that I just discovered recently is Mesa Blue. Linsey creates jewelry that is so fun and most items are one-of-a-kind, which is always special. I loved her pieces so much that I couldn’t settle on just one, so I bought two necklaces!
KS: One of my favorites is my Beard Supply beard oil, made in North Texas.
2. If you want to give someone a gift that truly says Dallas, what do you get them?
MN: If I was trying to say Texas, I would get Lucchese cowboy boots. For Dallas, I would give my chevron print napkins monogrammed by Madison in Highland Park Village.
KD: Depending on the recipient, two options come to mind. The reclaimed wood they use keeps things rustic enough that I think any piece from Hurd and Honey says “Dallas!”. I gifted several of their framed prints for Christmas this past year and they are cherished by all who received them! My other option for a Dallas gift is Dude, Sweet Chocolate. They have the most unique flavors paired with their chocolates, but even the ones that sound strange are delicious – pinky promise! They are made locally in Dallas, and have several shops around the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Dude, Sweet Chocolate’s Yerba Mate truffles are absolutely amazing and they have a chocolate sauce called Love Potion #3 that will change your life…or at least transform your dessert/coffee. Haha!
KS: That’s a tough one. I don’t know, a Stetson and a pickup? LOL! But seriously, I always enjoy “showing” people the favorite parts of my city rather than trying to just give them something to remember it by. I’m always drawn more experiences, and I think Dallas has many great places to experience.
3. Where do you go to discover local makers?
MN: I stumble across them in the most obscure places—anywhere from the Fort Worth Stockyards to a warehouse in the Arts District of Oak Cliff.
KD: Though not local to Dallas, I have connected with and purchased from several makers through Instagram. Some of my favorite ones outside of Dallas include Boho Pillow, Primally Pure skincare, Elizabeth Suzann, and Block Shop Textiles.
KS: Less than two miles from my house is our local coffee shop, Davis St. Espresso. I’ve met so many talented people over coffee there.
4. Living in a major city can leave you ambushed with shopping options. Are there any mom and pop stores you’ve become loyal to rather than sticking to “the big guys”?
MN: First of all, I always try to find the more boutique, bespoke options—not easy today. Antiques Moderne has a great selection of vintage and Mid-century finds.
KD: We are very fortunate to have an abundance of independent shops around DFW. Most of the downtown areas in the towns surrounding Dallas have fabulous boutique-type stores – downtown Plano and McKinney, for example. This the case in the Bishop Arts District in Dallas as well.
KS: If there’s one thing I try and avoid at all costs, it is the mall. I love living in Oak Cliff because there are so many “local” options to choose from. Spinster records, Joy Macarons, Davis St. Espresso, Cigar Art, and some of the best local restaurants.