Designer Emily Johnston Larkin’s Favorite Things

Today’s tastemaker Emily Johnston not only has, well, good taste, but she’s a busy gal about town who runs her own successful interior design company as well as the design-inspiration blog Material Girls. She’s also contributed to this blog before in our popular Love It and Leave It series. And that’s not all: She was recently named to our Best Designers list in the current issue of D Home. I asked Emily to carve out some time in her very busy schedule to tell me what she’s loving right now, what inspires her, and where she likes to shop. Here is her list:

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A 48-Hour Guide To the Round Top Antique Fair

No doubt your first trip to the famous bi-yearly antique festival in Round Top can be intimidating. Just look at the numbers: Two weeks. Sixty shows. About 22 miles miles. Approximately 2,000 dealers. Close to 100,000 shoppers. We give you a place to start with our 48 hours in Round Top Guide. We tell you where to go, eat, stay, and refuel. (Hint: It’s in a VW beetle.)

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Tuesday Tastemaker: Interior Designer Susan Bednar Long

D Home recently celebrated the announcement of the 2014 Best Designers by doing what we do best: Throwing an awesome party. We gathered at the Goss Michael Foundation in the Design District to mix and mingle with members of the local design community. Among that group is Susan Bednar Long. New to Dallas, the interior designer has quickly made a name for herself with her firm S.B. Long Interiors, Inc. (Her other office is in Connecticut.) Susan trained at Ralph Lauren and founded her own firm in New York City ten years ago. She’s known for creating a “modern traditional” look with an air of sophistication. Read on to find out what’s inspiring her now. (We’ve already added a few items from her list to our own wish list.)

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Tuesday Tastemaker: Pockets Menswear’s Andy Weil

Today’s Tastemaker is for the gents (or for the ladies who love to keep their gents well-dressed). Co-owner of Pockets Menswear Andy Weil is responsible for dressing dapper Dallas men and discovering the latest trends and finds in menswear. But where does Andy go for fashion inspiration? (Hint hint: Europe.) He recently opened the new Pockets space in the Plaza at Preston Center with fellow owner Doug Duckworth. (The men have a combined experience of 46 years at Pockets!) Read on to find out what inspires Andy.

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