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Gift Guide: Home Bodies

By Debbie AndersonNovember 22, 2022January 3rd, 2023No Comments

Gift Guide: Home Bodies

Beautifully crafted scarves and rugs are fair game for wall display, all the better to show off the workmanship. But Tona Blake of Weatherford has other ideas for vintage Hermès scarves and early 1920s Navajo rugs. She uses Kermit Oliver designs — the former letter carrier from Waco shot to international fame with artwork he did for the fashion house — in creating oversize pillows trimmed with hand-dyed pompom trim in vivid colors and featuring brightly hued velvet on the back. A hidden zipper allows the cover to be removed from the goose-down inserts for cleaning. Both are sold exclusively at Chieffalo Americana in Fort Worth. Prices range from $750 to $850.

Fort Worth’s Kendall Davis is known for her functional pottery, much of which is inspired by nature. Lately, Marfa has been on her mind, inspiring new patterns and colors. Her colorful matte blue pieces are collected by many, and she recently introduced a forest green into the mix after being commissioned by a hotel to use that color. Designs range from her signature mugs to footed bowls, all of which hold their own in both modern and traditional environments. From $54, Kendall Davis Clay

The Blenko glass water pitcher should be in everyone’s kitchen arsenal. The double spout is part of its classic design (the West Virginia glassmaker has been around since 1893). $78, Domain XCIV

This striking John-Richard Stubble bowl is a weighty statement piece that stands on its own as art or functioning as a plant holder. Hundreds of metal rods are applied by hand and accented by molten brass at each end. $480, Wright At Home

This oversize Ladorado burl veneer tray — it’s almost 2 feet wide — features a high lacquer finish and German silver handles. $410, Wright At Home

Make the table sparkle with a twisted glass candle holder. $58, Anthropologie

Wall clocks from Awatsuji Design do more than tell time; they make a design statement. Styles vary, but all have a sweeping hand movement. From $125, Simple Things Furniture

Painter Matt Clark is often influenced by his environment and especially on his travels to Mexico. He now has a side gig, FidenClark, devoted to working with generational Mexican artisans to make handwoven pillows, throws and textiles for the home. Tasseled throw, $250, Love Texas Art

The newborn might be oblivious, but his parents will appreciate this Pendleton baby blanket in 100 percent cotton with matching cap. $69.50, pendleton-usa.com

We’ve all dreamed of gifting a home to someone. Dwell magazine gives you the chance to tie one up in a big bow with the Dwell House, a prefab “accessory dwelling unit” (ADU) that’s meant to be set up in the backyard of an existing house. The 540-square-foot, one-bedroom space is perfect for an aging parent or adult child returning home to the nest. A company that specializes in building ADUs constructs it, delivers it and installs it at your property. Oh, and they deal with all the permitting, too. Designed by a Danish architect, it’s also nice looking, with a 12-foot folding glass wall, full kitchen and full bathroom. And don’t be surprised if the Dwell editors want to write about you, too. Starting price is about $390,000 (big red bow not included). Learn more on the website. house.dwell.com


Domain XCIV 3100 W. 7th St., Fort Worth, 817-336-1994, domainxciv.com

Kendall Davis Clay 305 W. Daggett Ave., Fort Worth, 214-394-1653, kendalldavisclay.com

Wright At Home The Shops at Clearfork, 5277 Monahans Ave., Fort Worth 817-989-8222, wrightathomefw.com

Anthropologie University Park Village, 1540 S. University Drive, Fort Worth, 817-870-1842; Southlake Town Square, 266 Grand Ave., 817-310-6404, anthropologie.com

Love Texas Art Sundance Square, 501 Houston St., Fort Worth, artspace111.com/love-texas-art

Simple Things Furniture 7401 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-332-1772, simplethingsfurniture.com