District Delving: Design District Part 2

WARNING, y’all! This post contains a ton of unique items and places that you are just going to love seeing and reading about! I’m continuing my review of the stunning Design District in Dallas, Texas. In this mini series of posts I’ve titled “District Delving.” I went out on the hunt to see what I could find out about the design and vintage/antique furniture industry in the DFW area and I was very impressed with everything I saw. I had the idea of finding a showroom space or somewhere to consign items in the back of my mind as I looked around. in this post we’ll talk about three more places I found interesting in the Design District.

I went out on the hunt to see what I could find out about the design and vintage/antique furniture industry in the DFW area and I was very impressed with everything I saw. I had the idea of finding a showroom space or somewhere to consign items in the back of my mind as I looked around. in this post we’ll talk about three more places I found interesting in the Design District.

Scout Design Studio/ Big Mango Trading Co./ Again and Again

Scout Design Studio

I knew I’d love Scout Design Studio from before I even visited their location. Their website drew me in when I was searching for locations, and the services they offer are just up my alley. They have a large warehouse/showroom full of unique pieces and many of them can be customized! By now you probably know how much I love customization and refinishing furniture. Scout Design Studio store was amazing from the outside, on the inside… through and through.

I loved their entrance so much! Lol. The paintings on the building outside and the banana wallpaper and turf as I walked inside made me smile. What a way to stand out and express the company feel right away. I immediately hurried up the stairs to see more.

I truly had a wonderful time wandering around this store. I saw a wide range of furniture styles, including many mid century modern pieces. There were also eclectic pieces and artwork that grabbed my attention every which way I looked. Several of their beautiful furniture items were already finished in lacquer and others just waiting to get fixed up. Around every corner, I found something very interesting and original to look at. Aside form furniture and artwork, I learned that they also offer wallpaper, rugs, and lighting. This design studio really knows how to curate pieces that scream originality.

I had a blast looking around in this design studio. They were not looking for new talent at the moment, and they don’t offer booths, so this amazing place was not on my list of options for locations to set up shop, but that’s okay. I’ll find a place. I’m just happy I found them! I’ll definitely return in the future just to see what new things they bring in and make from time to time. If you’re in the design district area of Dallas, you should stop by Scout Design Studio. It’s definitely worth a look. You won’t be sorry.

BIG MANGO TRADING CO.

Big Mango Trading Co. was not on my list of places to search for showroom space, but their sign out front drew me in as I walking up the strip to another store. I love rust, industrial design and outdoor design pieces. That being said, I had to wander in and take a look around. They had so many beautiful pieces to choose from. There were lots of natural wood design pieces, outdoor furniture, artwork, architectural pieces, and planters.

My husband and I have always shied away from choosing places to live that have big yards. Big yards are a lot of maintenance. However, after visiting this store, I found myself imagining. I imagined a large backyard with some crushed granite and large boulders, maybe a pool and some of the wonderful outdoor furniture options they had available. Or if not a pool, maybe a little pond with a fountain plus some of their planters, sculptures and decorative items splashed around to pull it all together. I’m sure that, in the future, if we do decide to get a house with a yard, I will remember this place and go back to select some pieces to make our outdoor space one-of-a-kind.

AGAIN AND AGAIN

Visiting Again and Again made me really miss the ladies at Found Furnishings back in Midland, TX. I worked there for over four years when I was back home. They were always finding unique, cool, mid century modern pieces whenever they could.

Again and Again had a great mix of furniture styles, still, most of their pieces were mid century modern designs. I was impressed with the way they’d arranged their showroom and the plethora of options they had available for customization. From what I observed, I believe they take items on consignment, they do a bit of painting and refinishing, plus upholstery work. They had shelves full of stacked mid century modern chair sets and other pieces, plus fabric options and more.

I recommend you visit Again and Again next time you’re in the Design district, especially if you favor mid century modern design.

I plan to visit this shop again in the future. Maybe. when I have a piece that suits their style, I will ask about consigning something in their shop?! I’m generally a big fan of traditional furniture design, but mid century modern certainly has its merits. I always enjoyed putting a funky pop of color onto mid century pieces at Found Furnishings, and they flew out the door every time.

Recap

Believe it or not, two posts in, I STILL haven’t finished covering all of the amazing places I visited in the Design District! I’ll have another post up soon, District Delving: Design District Part 3. Stay tuned, and subscribe, if you like these posts and want to learn more about my adventures exploring the DFW area.

I’ll catch you next time!

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