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April 30, 2011

Show Me Your Dallas, Elaine Williamson

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Elaine Williamson. Where do I begin? I'll start with saying we had far too little time together on our morning excursion. We met at our favorite Starbucks (turns out we don't live so far away from one another) and got so caught up talking - and I mean REALLY talking - that the morning began to slip away faster than you can say doppio espresso.

Elaine is something of a design phenomenon. Though she'll downplay her success, she runs a widely recognized design business. Elaine Williamson Designs is a full service luxury interior design firm, and this girl has mad skills. She and her team have been winning accolades and awards (not to mention happy clients) for two decades. It's no wonder she boasts such a broad Texan smile, she has many stylish reasons to be happy.

Beyond that (and sorry, E, but someone has to toot your horn. Beep! Beep!) she's as genuinely nice as a person can be. After each of these outings I leave thrilled to have met another incredible female, but Elaine might truly be the winner of the Venti Bestie Award (note to self: design said award certificate). Although we'd met a time or two before in High Point, this was our first real "girl to girl" moment together. We instinctively gabbed like long lost pals and spent a good hour or so dishing up on everything under the sun. (Seriously, Elaine - where have you been all of my adult life? I desperately needed those laughs and frank conversations.)

Once we'd reached optimum caffeine levels she led me down the street to The Shops at Starwood. This lovely little shopping destination is a regular haunt of mine. The Cupcakery, Paper Affair, Panache, Green Peridot and others make up a select group of merchants occupying space at this glamorous center. My husband and I regularly pop in for some of the area's best sushi at Kotta. Something about The Shops always makes me think of Scottsdale, Arizona. Palm trees swaying overhead, barrel tile roofs and a specific shade (putty?) of stucco romance me in ways that only destination shopping can do.

Where did she lead me? An adorable children's boutique called Dimples and Dandelions. Interestingly, I knew of the shop before moving to the area. They have a terrific web presence and I've been an online customer for years. But stepping into the boutique took my shopping experience to an entirely new level.

The husband & wife owners Wendy and Michael are very selective with the brands they choose to carry and the products on display. Finely crafted beds, unique gifts and some of the prettiest clothing I've seen occupy this glamorous little boutique. It is well merchandised, beautifully presented and just so lovingly presented.

Wendy's interior design background is obvious from floor to ceiling. Sparkling chandeliers and thoughtful design details make this boutique an enchanting place to visit. I genuinely love this store. My favorite feature? In the back corner there is a children's lounge outfitted with toys, an LCD television and an antique settee. Between this feature and the attentive staff a busy mom can almost always get some actual shopping done. Smart.

During our visit I had the pleasure of meeting Wendy in person. She's as gracious and friendly as the rest of her staff. I can see why this boutique is bustling with customers every time I visit. Good customer service is hard to find, and her team offers personal attention far beyond what is expected. {By the way, they are in the running for Best Children's Boutique in Dallas by D Magazine. If you're a fan, be sure to vote!}

Elaine... I had the most lovely time out with you. Next time let's add lunch to our itinerary to fuel us for the day ahead. We've got much more to chat about and I think some fine food is in order to celebrate our blossoming friendship. Thank you again for showing me your Dallas!

What the beautiful people are saying...

I had such a great time with you and your beautiful assistant, Samantha. Looking forward to our Wednesday fabic foray!

Shes the best assistant a girl could have!


Wonderful pictures, please post more!

It was such a pleasure meeting you the other day. Thank you for the kind words. You are such a sweetheart!

Looks like a perfect spot to pick up whimsical, fresh, fun items for children...and a lovely atmosphere too, thanks for sharing!

Something to say, gorgeous?

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