Hi friends, Katie here today! I am so thankful for you following along on our blog. We have been keeping super busy and we are so excited to share some recent projects!
Last weekend Riffraff Dallas opened their doors and I could not be more thrilled with how this project turned out! Kirsten Blowers and her amazing Dallas team were so fun to work with and I could not be happier for them to be opening up another store.
I am going to present two parts to the Riffraff project so ya'll can see what has gone into this, so stay tuned for Part II to see the final product!
Kirsten called me back in July to bring me in on this project. She was in the middle of running her three companies, planning a wedding and basically taking over the world ;), so she called me to help with the construction and design of her Dallas store. I immediately flew out to Dallas to meet the construction team, the Riffraff team and see the new space. Kirsten hired Benge General Contracting in Dallas and I was so excited to work alongside him. He is a super creative commercial contractor and I could tell by seeing his work that he would be the perfect man for us crazy girls and our ideas.
The space is located in the Plaza at Preston Center which is an amazing location. The space itself was outdated and needed a lot of work. We basically gutted everything in the existing space and started from scratch.
Here are a few before pics:
At the very beginning of the project Kirsten had given me several inspiration boards to help us get on the same page. She wanted to keep her industrial, vintage flair but wanted to amp it up a bit for Dallas. She wanted to incorporate a black and white pallet with touches of brass throughout the store. As soon as we started going back and forth we were on the same wavelength. It was so fun working with another creative.
Here is our starting inspiration for Riffraff Dallas.
Amanda Kella (my go to art gal) had painted a gold and white abstract for a commission and I immediately thought that we had to incorporate that in a huge way in the new store. I envisioned a gigantic wall mural in this gold and white textured abstract. Thanks for the inspiration Amanda!
Found this gigantic longhorn in Fayetteville at a local flea market and snatched this guy up fast! Perfect.
In the meantime of gathering up the fun stuff like lighting, accessories and picking out fabrics, I was working with the contractors and the subcontractors to design their custom clothing fixtures. We had so much fun designing these wall fixtures. We decided on industrial piping coming directly off the wood paneled herringbone wall. We had the most amazing steel contractor who custom made all of the tables and fixtures. He was incredible. Thank you Joe!
After a few weeks of going back and forth with contractors I went out to Dallas another time to see progress and nail down final details of construction. This picture was taken three weeks before opening. I can't believe how fast it went after this point.
Herringbone walls went up, fixtures were in the works, lighting was on its way. It went so smoothly.
Lighting started coming in and we fell in love with these custom brass fixtures we used throughout the store. I worked with a vendor that I found and we customized our sizes. Jessie with Triple 7 Recycled was so easy to work with. They cranked out 30 or so light fixtures in two weeks.
Here is a sneak peak of the sconces with the racks!
This project was so much fun and I am very proud of how it turned out. The Riffraff girls and construction team were awesome at keeping me in the loop throughout and seriously so easy to work with! They are all hard workers and we had a blast working together.
Stay tuned for the reveal of the final product!
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