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City Guide: Designing Dallas, presented by The Shade Store
Nov 9, 2015

To celebrate The Shade Store’s latest showroom opening in Dallas, designer Denise McGaha is inviting designers to explore the city’s design scene. Local expert McGaha shares with EAL her tried-and-true shopping destinations, coffee-date spots and the most creative places to cull inspiration in the Big D.


Recent work from McGaha

What are Dallas’s top shops and must-shop neighborhoods?
“The design scene is Dallas is booming. We have had the addition of several national showrooms to our market, including Gracie, Jean de Merry and Holly Hunt,” shares McGaha, whose go-to shops include Mecox Gardens and Grange Hall. “I also love Blue Print and Ceylon et Cie,” says the designer.


The Meddlesome Moth

“The Knox-Henderson area includes so many favorites, as well as fashion like Forty-Five Ten.” The Shade Store, which opened on November 5 at 4516 McKinney Avenue, is another local addition, where McGaha recently opened a trade account.


Ceylon et Cie

Where do you source your own creative inspiration?
“I am so inspired by the art scene in Dallas,” shares the designer. “It is such a big part of our city, and the art galleries and our Arts District are huge influencers. I also love Klyde Warren Park and everything it represents for Dallas.”


Klyde Warren Park


Parigi; courtesy Kevin Marple Photo

Where do you take clients for lunch or coffee? 
McGaha’s spots are local and convenient: “We love Ascension in the Design District and also frequent Oak and Meddlesome Moth, because they are so easy to get to in the district. If we want something quieter, we head to Parigi.”


Denise McGaha

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