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January 2019- Dallas

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OBSESSIONS. DECORATION. SALIENT FACTS. 12 W hen chef Dean Fearing told me he was creating his first-ever products for grocery stores I wondered how he would translate his knack for Texas spice en masse. Would that famous tortilla soup taste the same out of the jar as it does when consumed fresh at his namesake restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, or at The Mansion, where the popular dish still remains on the menu, long after Fearing's tenure as executive chef there. The answer is yes — in spades. There is nary a difference in taste, texture, or flavor in the store-bought version. There are also sauces aplenty, including the divine D1 steak sauce ("Better than A1!" proclaims Fearing); a creamy basil dressing, which is excellent drizzled atop a freshly sliced tomato; and the tangy-sweet Texas Mop Sauce, meant for brushing on steak, pork, chicken, or veggies during grilling. Dean Fearing sauce collection, at Central Market, Neiman Marcus, and fearingsrestaurant. com. Christina Geyer FEARINGS FOR ALL A rchitect Eddie Maestri converted the front rooms of his architecture and design firm into a furniture and art gallery, showcasing the lively mid- century Palm Springs vibe he adores. "It's a look that's happy and playful, with a lot of personality and graphic lines," he says. Housed in a 1948 building in Fair Park, Maestri Studio/Gallery is eye- catching, with a black-and-white awning and turquoise door. A large pink flamingo by Dallas artist Jeffie Brewer perches atop the roof. The gallery represents 12 artists from around the country, many of whom Maestri discovered during travels. "I get a lot of inspiration when I travel, and I always bring a notebook," he says. He jets each year to Palm Springs for Modernism Week and most recently returned from London and Amsterdam. His favorite finds ended up in his notebook and later made their way into the gallery, including Parisian birdcage chandeliers from London and vases from Amsterdam. The gallery also carries mid-century furniture that Maestri has refurbished, and he's working on a custom line of furniture slated to launch this month. Maestri Gallery, 401 Exposition Ave., Rebecca Sherman SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED MARFA DREAM I f it were possible to capture the essence of Marfa in a bottle — the contrast of contemporary architecture against the stark desert; the feeling of being let in on a fantastic secret; lightning striking across the wide-open sky — perfumer Fray Ardens has done it. The mysterious and chic fragrance collection recently emerged from the West Texas town like a mirage. The packaging alone is a work of art, the bottles topped with sculptural wooden stoppers, holding three unisex scents formulated with herbal, botanical, floral, and spicy notes. Fray Ardens fragrances from $206, Lisa Collins Shaddock T he Architecture and D e s i g n E x c h a n g e , formerly the Dallas Center for Architecture, has a new name, new home, and a new focus. AD Ex, which opened inside Republic Center downtown, features a swell of new programming, from revolving exhibitions and free weekly learning lunches to guided architectural tours. On view through January, the exhibit "Building Toys and Toy Buildings" includes a timeline of vintage and modern toys used to create fantasy buildings, towns, and towers. Visitors can even design and build their own structures with blocks, TinkerToys, and LEGOs in the exchange's makeshift Construction Zone. Playful, indeed. Information Rebecca Sherman THIS JUST IN: Eddie Maestri at his studio/ gallery Nouveau Ranch by Fray Ardens Dean Fearing

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