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
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