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March 2020- Fort Worth

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81 fundraiser in Dallas for Dwell with Dignity. "I told Bryan how much I loved that vignette, so he bought the whole thing and we brought it home," she says. When the house with Bryan's offices was damaged in a fire four years ago, Aldridge renovated and refurnished with her own inventory. "I shopped my garage," she says. The look is crisp and tailored, furnished with modern classics by Florence Knoll, Adrian Pearsall, and Paul Evans, and layered with Moroccan rugs and brass lanterns brought back from trips to North Africa. The Elephant Room, one of the house's three living areas, got its name from a pair of massive antique doors from India that dominate a wall. The door's long spikes threaten to poke anyone who gets too close — a striking design element that originally kept elephants from charging the building. A 1970s faux-elephant-tusk table attributed to Carl Springer stands guard in front and holds a life-size figure used by Asian acupuncturists as a teaching aid. On the opposite wall, an oversized modernist painting by artist David Bierk came from the lobby of a nearby Marriott hotel. "I had admired it for 20 years," she says. "I told them if they ever decided to sell it, to call me." The hotel remodeled, and the call finally came, but it took two more years of negotiating with corporate before she could bring it home. In Aldridge's world, patience pays off. On the hunt With Judy Aldridge, thrifting is an art form, and it starts with finding places that aren't over-shopped. We asked her to name her best under-the-radar sources in Dallas and Fort Worth and to tell us why she loves them. She didn't disappoint. Benny Jack Antiques, Dallas; @bennyjackantiques on Instagram They always have something odd I didn't know I needed but can't live without. Dulce, Dallas It's quirky, cool, and contemporary with a European bent. I've found great vintage art here. Genesis Benefit thrift Store, Dallas I find a lot of designer furnishings, antiques, and rugs here. The antique Indian door has spikes to ward off elephants. Seventies faux tusk table by Carl Springer and a vintage Asian figure used to teach acupuncture. Judy Aldridge (continued )

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