Signing & Shopping in Dallas

Jul 12, 2015

I spent the last weekend in June in Dallas. With a co-worker and a sister-in-law in tow, I road tripped to the Dallas Market Center  for one of my favorite events — shopping at market!

floors at market

Goodness! It is always so overwhelming to walk in and look at the 15 floors I need to tackle!  And this is only one of the three buildings!!

AG front windows

This year I was fortunate to be able to combine the already exciting trip with a book signing at Aidan Gray’s absolutely beautiful showroom!! This is one of two windows that the brilliant staff at Aidan Gray ‘wallpapered’ and ‘carpeted’ in dried moss (sheets of moss glued to foam core boards)! Their windows, inspired by something they saw in Paris, were stunning!!

close up of moss

The fresh roses mixed with moss were beautiful!!  While I was there, Aidan Gray’s showroom received the Market’s award for best window display!! The front mirrors were such an interesting shape that I purchased them for the Segreto Boutique!

AG tables in showroom

I loved how the showroom’s new pop of Robin’s egg blue really set off Aidan Gray’s furnishings!! Arriving early for the book signing allowed me to shop for the Segreto Boutique: I selected a few of these wonderful side tables!

AG lamps in showroom

Look at these cool galvanized metal shelves on which the lamps are sitting!  I could see this idea used in a home to display books or accessories… or in a powder bath with a candle and hand towels!! There are so many creative ideas at Market that go way beyond the merchandise!!

AG showroom lighting

What a wonderful combination of beads and metal! Classic designs, crafted with a new perspective!  Look at the caps of the chandeliers; they were also decorated with layers of moss!!

gold bowls

These striking bowls fell on my order list. They are beautiful as art, but I like the idea of filling them with iced-down drinks at parties and/or planting them with paperwhites as a holiday centerpiece!

hand towels

I loved this bowl set up with capsules that looked like mints!  Beware though, instead of tasty treats these are towelettes that expand in warm water for a refreshing hand clean!! This is a must-have for my next party!!!

table for signing

I had to cut my shopping short as the book signing event was about to begin!! My books were perfectly in place and I was eager to meet all who came by to say hello and flip through the pages!

crowd at signing

The book singing was going so well and I was having so much fun meeting such interesting people that I decided to stay there all day! So, off went  Segreto’s Cynthia and sister-in-law Susie shop to without me….

table in window

They had to stop and take in another charming window!!  With a table hanging from ropes and secured by bunches of roses and tree stump stools, it’s like a picnic in an enchanted forest!! I love the napkins tied with floral and the scattered vases wrapped in leaves!!


Anali’s exquisitely embroidered hand towels will make elegant additions to any powder bath!! Look for these at these gift-giving beauties Segreto Boutique!!

Shagreen cuffs

Cynthia & Susie picked up some oh-so -fun shagreen cuffs which we have soooooo reasonably priced! What a perfect pop of color for summer dressing!! These were located in the ‘cash and carry’ area, which is a great place for stores to shop without having to place minimum orders.

 Anita's The Dress

We met Anita Felix, an extraordinary artist from South Africa who does these lovely, charming paintings of dresses!! We immediately fell in love with Anita and her art, so we now represent her at Segreto Gallery!!

AG staff

Then it came time to say good-bye and a heart-felt thank you to the great team at Aidan Gray! I am so appreciative of all the wonderful people I met and all of the stores that now carry my Segreto books!!  Thank You!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Le Méridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh - Le Méridien Dallas Hotel Exterior

After a whirlwind stay, we checked out of Le Meridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh; it is a charming old building that now houses a boutique hotel! It is quite close to Market!

Le Méridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh - Le Méridien Dallas Hotel Lobby

The lobby was kinda cool, unfortunately we had little time to hang out!

Le Méridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh - Le Méridien Dallas Graze Restaurant

We did make time for breakfast (because it was included in the great package I booked in Expedia!) Not only was the food delicious, but also the elegance of the dripping chandeliers with the over-sized rusted letters made quite a statement!!

Jerkey at Bucees

Heading back to Houston, we had to make one of my very favorite stops… at Bucee’s! Appropriately, Susie loaded up a big bag with beef and turkey jerky to take home to California!!

Thank you again to all who purchased the book, to my friend followers, and to all of the new subscribers on our Segreto Blog!!!

FYI: Here are links to my previous blogs that mention Aidan Gray — Aidan Gray Living & Segreto Style! and A Visit to Aidan Gray!!!

Selenite Brick Lamps from CA - Copy

And I always encourage you to follow me on Pinterest!! Come see us at the Segreto Boutique & Gallery! In addition to my finds at Market, we have amazing corals, geods, crystals, and

these beautiful Selenite Brick Lamps!!

I hope you have a great week!!! Till next Monday!!!

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  • Design Chic
    Posted at 09:44h, 13 July Reply

    So many beautiful finds and I love the linens and art – so pretty. Thrilled the book signing was great and so excited for you that Aiden Gray will be carrying your book – that’s amazing!! So hoping you will be in High Point in Octoer – know it’s a few months away, but would love to see you there!!

    • Leslie
      Posted at 05:40h, 14 July Reply

      Goodness–wonder if I could make highpoint work!! That would be so amazing!!! I am not sure I know a showroom!! Stay tuned!!! xo leslie

  • Karena
    Posted at 09:52h, 13 July Reply

    Leslie what a fabulous trip to the Dallas Market! Aidan Gray is so exquisite, I cannot even express how much I adore their offerings and I am so glad that your book signing was a success! All of the new purchases will look so beautiful in your shop. The new artist’s works are so ethereal!

    The Arts by Karena
    Stems Soiree

    • Leslie
      Posted at 05:39h, 14 July Reply

      Hi Miss Karena! Next time you should go with me!!! The merchandise has arrived and now to make room for it!!! xo Leslie

  • Luisa Patterson
    Posted at 10:32h, 13 July Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing : )
    Love all the wonderful pictures.

    • Leslie
      Posted at 05:37h, 14 July Reply

      Hi Luisa!! How are you doing with all?? I loved the showroom and always have so much fun at market!!! I do hope you are having a great summer!! xo leslie

  • Barbara Bussey
    Posted at 10:35h, 13 July Reply

    I love the moss display wall. All your new finds will be loved by your boutique shoppers, I’m sure. One of your books went into a wonderful gift box arrangement, for a charity event, I helped a customer shop for, last week.
    Take care, Barbara

    • Leslie
      Posted at 05:36h, 14 July Reply

      Ahh I am so happy about that–to a good cause!!! I hope you are doing well!!!I must say the summer is flying by!!! xo Leslie

  • Loi Thai Tone on Tone
    Posted at 19:45h, 13 July Reply

    15 floors??? Cool! Speaking of cool, luvvvvv that showroom! I must visit Aidan Gray. Brilliant displays and beautiful inventory. Hope you are enjoying July! xoxo

    • Leslie
      Posted at 05:35h, 14 July Reply

      Hi Loi!! I think I would rather be where you are for the next few months!! So super hot here!!! You must visit them–their showroom is so pretty and more important they are so nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy summer to you!!!xo Leslie

    • Leslie
      Posted at 08:29h, 23 July Reply

      July is so hot here sooooooooooooo??? You would love the showrooms and all the ideas they bring! Hope you and your garden is doing well! xo

  • Maria Killam
    Posted at 16:32h, 17 July Reply

    I would love to get to that center sometime! Love the virtual tour! x Maria

    • Leslie
      Posted at 08:27h, 23 July Reply

      Come on out!! I would love to see you in person! What better way than shopping! xo

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