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To market, to market, to market we go!!!!

Well I was really excited to go back to Dallas market to shop for the store and............ to see the floors that we painted the week before for the oh so lovely Aidan Gray showroom. Taking my right hand gal, Karen we hopped in the car and off we went!!!

The Crescent Hotel had very special rates for those attending market!!  I was thrilled; its walking distance from where my son lives and close to the Dallas Market!!!  Best of all its sooooooooooooo pretty!!!  I love how they hung the bubble vases off the centerpiece in the lobby where cute Karen is standing!!! We dropped off our bags, hopped in a cab and had them drop us off right in front of the Trade Center.  So much faster than looking for parking and walking (although to meet my New Year’s resolutions I should be walking.)

First stop Aidan Gray to see the floors!! It was so fun seeing everything put back together again! They are masters at this!!!  Look at the florals, drapes and their amazing new collection of furnishings, accessories and antique pieces!!

I was met by Randal, the genius behind this wonderful furnishing and accessory company!!! He looks pretty happy to show off all his new items!!!

 The creativity of the displays really took my breath away!!

The mix between chic and old world really comes together in this show room. It allows one to have a collected look incorporating much of what they offer in your home without feeling like you went to one store and bought it all!! 

Pheromone is a new line Aidan Gray is carrying in their showroom. It's a wonderful collection of beautifully framed minerals, shells and butterflies!!  We will be carrying these at Segreto--I fell in love!!!!!

The delish food was catered by Patina Green Home and Market-a wonderful restaurant and shop in McKinney. I have been and eaten there and their food is fresh home grown and AMAZING!!!!  We had lobster pizza for this event! SCRUMPTIOUS!!! 

When you come to the Dallas Showroom say Hello to John! He is a permanent fixture there and is so knowledgeable about the line!!!  You see him with the famous "Aidan" of Aidan Gray -- Randal’s son Aidan--so handsome!!! Derick, shown with Randal on bottom left photo, is one of Randal’s right hand guys who also is in their fabulous store in McKinney!!!  From running stores, overseeing promotions, to traveling to venues or checking the production of the merchandise Derick is a jack of so many talents!!!   Thank you again Randal and the entire Aiden Gray staff for including us in a small way in your move to the 10th floor!!! We had so much fun painting the floors and visiting with you at market!!!!!!


We had a lot more shopping to do--Here is just a sampling of the crazy mix we bought!!!

Beatriz Ball’s pieces are made entirely by hand, one at a time, using the ancient art of sand casting: pouring a premium quality alloy of molten aluminum into sand molds, and then going through four levels of polishing. They have so many beautiful pieces reasonably priced and perfect for wedding gifts!!!!

I can’t wait to use some of these myself and can think of so many uses from notes to gift tags to fun gifts!!! Chalk Ink ® is the highest quality chalk marker on the planet. It works like a paint pen, yet looks like chalk. No dust, no smearing once dry. It comes off with water.  They come in so many colors and we carry the tags and paper and chalk boards as well!!!

Uniquely Fashion Cork!!

We currently carry this line in our store and I was so excited to see and order many of their new designs!!! Uniquely offers high-end and sophisticated cork fashion accessories that are entirely hand-made in Europe. They are truly unique!!! I just had to have those boots!!!

We were enamored with these muslin, bamboo and organic baby blankets, swaddles, bibs and more from Aden + Anais. The open weave and lightweight quality of theses fabrics help reduce the risk of baby overheating, while still providing comfort and warmth. A workhorse fabric, they have the ability to withstand countless washes and become softer—and better—with age.

Soft, bold or graphic these towels are generously sized are super soft and can be used for beach wraps table cloths towels or  throws!!  Love the beach bag totes as well!   When I got back and pulled up their website it was no surprise to me that it was Oprah’s favorite and had been written up in every major publication as the product to watch!!!



Good Work’s Make a Difference has a wonderful selection of wrap and silver bracelets filled with inspirational phrases. This trendsetting company donates 25% of net profits to good causes. We loved not only their designs but their spirit of giving back!!

I can't get enough of monograming!!!!  We will be carrying robes slipper scarves, placemats and more that you can special order in many colors complete with monograming!!!!


We carry beautiful Ashley's jewelry line in our Boutique so it is always fun shopping her new designs.  From vintage pieces reworked to fab new designs, I have a hard time not purchasing them all for myself.  Perfect for Valentine’s Day ladies tell your husbands!!! Congratulations Ashley on your new little one on the way!!!

 Purses purses purses!!  We are now carrying a wide range of leather purses and totes--these are my stingray line!! 

 These people honestly drug me into their booth wanting to do a demo on what a difference thier product made on wrinkles and puffy eyes!!  I must of looked really tired. Well as you can see the treatment was done on my left eye and not my right!!  Seeing Karen literally say OMG what a difference I became a fan!!! OMG! By Instantly Ageless™ is a revolutionary cosmeceutical serum that works within minutes to temporarily reverse the signs of aging. Within minutes lines and wrinkles are greatly diminished and puffy eyes (bags) reduced dramatically. My transformation was nothing short of a miracle. At $64.95 for a 2-3 month supply this product is a bargain!!!! 

Of course I got to see my cute son Matthew and take him out to dinner when I was there!!!! He moved to Dallas about 6 months ago and is beginning to know the ropes around town.  If you missed the blog about his new pad there, go here. Well I think I need another room with all the purchases we made--this is just a small sampling, we also bought candles, decorative unique vases at great price points, and acrylic line of desk ware and the list goes on on on!!!    I hope everyone has a great week!!! Please come by the shop if you are in Houston 1414 Antoine Dr.!  We have much of the store on sale for 50% off, getting ready for our new shipments and also have some wonderful new jewelry at all price points for Valentine's Day!!!  Till Next Monday!!  xo Leslie

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Reader Comments (3)

Wow, Leslie, you live such an interesting life- always doing something exciting! And you look fabulous, as always. Great photo of you and Matthew together!


January 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMimi @ A House Romance

Wow! What cool stuff! A question: where did you find that gorgeous blouse you're wearing in the pic with Randal? I love it.

January 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCyndia

hello. Who makes the sting ray totes? How can I purchase one?



October 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJackie

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