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How to Buy: Mattresses That Will Make You Melt

Ah, mattress shopping. Nothing makes me more uncomfortable than laying fully clothed on a bare mattress while a hovering sales clerk asks, “how does that feel?” My answer usually includes some obscure guesstimate of “too firm” or “too soft.” Well, I say enough with the Goldilocks conundrum. We asked John Shaw, director of the Sleep Studio at Cantoni, for some advice on what to look for when mattress shopping. Here are some tips to help you find the one that’s “just right”:

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Emily Summers Will Open Shop in Highland Park Village

The stores are a changin’ at Highland Park Village. And while we thought it was exciting that Hermes was expanding, we’re even more pumped that internationally renowned interior designer Emily Summers is adding her store into the mix. Slated to open on October 17, the store has been donned “Studio 54″ thanks to its location: suite 54.

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This Gift’s at the Top of D Home‘s Wish List

Every holiday season Neiman Marcus shows us gifts we didn’t even realize we couldn’t live without. From a falconry companion (2013) to a life-size gingerbread home (2010) and 100% bespoke luxury cars, these gifts are the most unique (and some of the priciest) on the planet. For 2014 the department store is featuring a fantasy gift that’s on all of the D Home editors’ wish lists: custom Leontine linens for every room in your home.

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5 Questions with Erin Gates + a Giveaway

/>There are few things we love more than a beautiful, inspiring coffee table book. So when we heard that Erin Gates, author of the wildly popular Elements of Style blog, was penning a book of her interior design projects and lifestyle tips, we wanted to learn more. Gates is on her national book tour right now, which will be stopping by Wisteria on October 14. But before she got to meeting, greeting, and signing books in our beautiful city, we wanted to know a little bit more about the author. See our Q&A below, plus a chance to win her book!

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Best of Big D: Ceylon et Cie is the Place to Go for Home Accessories

Let’s say you’re a person with discerning taste and a sense of fun. Maybe you’re not wild about spicing up your parlor with the same furnishings and accessories that your neighbors have. Point the car toward the Design District and prepare to be dazzled by an array of treasures from all around the world. Side tables from India mix with European drawings, fun textiles, and lovely lamps. Even better: owner Michelle Nussbaumer will regale you with fascinating tales about life, travel, and style.

Readers’ Pick:
 The Gypsy Wagon carries Alexandra Ferguson’s adorable eco-friendly pillows so you can make a big, low-impact statement.

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Morgan Allen Designs Has a New Look

Ashley and Blake Penn, owners of Morgan Allen Designs, are keeping busy this fall. From hosting DIY-friendly classes (like this ceramics one!) to running an in-house catering company, and of course their custom repurposed furniture business, there’s always something new going on in shop. Most recently it’s a total store redesign—which can be rented out for parties and events. Stop by during store hours or during one of their events to check it all out.

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3 Places to Purchase Fall Decorations

Tomorrow is October 1st—we know, we can’t believe it either. Instead of being caught off guard this year and getting that one last, lumpy pumpkin, try doing your shopping early. We’ve got five places to pick up festive fall decorations that will get you in the mood for the season more than a pumpkin spice latte will.

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