Ann Sacks - Back in 1980, a pioneering Oregonian stumbled across some Mexican Talavera tile she thought she could sell. Twenty-seven years later, Ann Sacks (now owned by Kohler) is the first and last name in luxury tile, stone and bath fixtures, and boasts a gleaming new Dallas Design District showroom to display it all to perfection.
Located just across the street from the company's previous location, the new, 4,200-square-foot space is a veritable shrine to surface design. Natural light floods through the floor-to-ceiling windows, illuminating tiles of every shape, size, description and color. One particularly shining example: the Davlin glass line, made from sheets of gold leaf pressed under glass and priced about $209 a square foot.
"Color is so important in fashion, so we were looking for sophisticated ways to use color in the home," says Michael Merritt, director of merchandising for the company. Pattern is also key, as evidenced in the David Hicks-inspired interlocking circles of blue Macauba stone and black Nero Marquino marble ($250 a square foot) called Beau Monde, and an amazing selection of hand-painted mosaics reproduced from 14th-century Ottoman Empire designs and sealed using glazes made from crushed quartz and semi-precious stone.
Which brings us to the women's bathroom. We normally wouldn't suggest a sightseeing detour to a powder room, but the white and gold-mirrored "Reindeer Damask" custom mural by Fort Worth native Erin Adams is totally worth the trip.
Trivia tidbit: Founder Sacks still lives in Portland, where she and daughter Amy are partners in the upscale eyewear brand Amy Sacks. The label's chic (truly) reading and sunglasses are sold locally at Neiman Marcus.
Ann Sacks, 1616 Oak Lawn Ave., 214-742-8453, annsacks.com
ELIZABETH M. CLAFFEY/Staff Photographer & CARTER ROSE/Special Contributor for ezine magazine Dexigner
Note: Something Beautiful Note: When in Dallas, be sure to look up Interior Designer Di Marie of Dallas Interiors At Legacy.