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Book Signing at Anteks

Join us in welcoming Barry Friedman, author of the acclaimed book Chasing Rainbows, as he debuts his dazzling new title, Still Chasing Rainbows. Barry is the world’s leading authority on Indian trade and camp blankets and is Pendleton Woolen Mills’ vintage blanket consultant and Ralph Lauren’s primary source for antique Indian blankets. He’ll be at Anteks in Dallas to do a book signing and offer exquisite antique blankets for sale on September 20th, 2014, from noon till 5pm. Also on hand will be Native American art authority Jed Foutz, a fifth-generation Indian trader, and his staff from the famed Shiprock Gallery in Santa Fe. Jed will have wonderful items for sale and will conduct free on-site appraisals of your American Indian treasures .

Barry Friedman's newest title, Still Chasing Rainbows

Barry Friedman’s newest title, Still Chasing Rainbows

Vintage Trade Blanket

Vintage Trade Blanket

Vintage Trade Blanket

Vintage Camp Blanket

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Great Room with loads of character!

IMG_6791 (1)webAnteks was commissioned by a Dallas couple to give their Colorado great room a makeover. What started out as an outdated space ended up being the best room in the house! Vintage chairs, soft leathers, plenty of texture and interesting objects came together to create a room that is liveable and interesting, but most of all comfortable. Designer Jason Lenox of Anteks Home Furnishings spent months accumulating the items, dedicating himself to creating a space that was reflective of the owners, as well as himself.

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A beautiful family ranch in Bosque County

A local couple came to Anteks looking for design advice. They had recently bought a ranch property in rural Bosque County and wanted it to be a showplace. They came to the right people! Working with Jason Lenox at Anteks, the couple hinted at what they wanted but ultimately gave the creative reigns to Jason. The property came together nicely; the couple is thrilled with the outcome and the entire team at Anteks is proud of another successful design job.

Large Painting with Antler Bench

Large Painting with Antler Bench

Great Room with Custom Chairs and Coffee Table

Great Room with Custom Chairs and Coffee Table

Bar Area with Custom Antler Mirror and Old Hickory Barstools

Bar Area with Custom Antler Mirror and Old Hickory Barstools

Custom Table with Original Painting and Custom Ottomans

Custom Table with Original Painting and Custom Ottomans

Master Bedroom with custom bedding and custom antler plaque installation

Master Bedroom with custom bedding and custom antler plaque installation

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New photography and a new ad campaign

We’ve been busy at work shooting some new arrivals for our updated ad campaign, which begins running in March of this year. The shots came out great and we’re happy with the new direction. We focused on single items with a background many of you will recognize…the back wall at our store here in Dallas!

chair with rug

Cowhide and leather loung chair with Vintage Navajo rug

 

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Albuquerque: more than just a starting point for your Santa Fe getaway

Hotel Andaluz

Hotel Andaluz

I’m as guilty as the next guy when it comes to passing thru Albuquerque on the way to Santa Fe: it’s essentially a spot to pick up your rental car, then off you go. But there’s more to this city than meets the eye. Albuquerque has alot to offer. Here are some of the cool things I came across.

I stayed in the newly renovated Hotel Andaluz in downtown. Originally opened in 1939, it was the first hotel built in New Mexico by Conrad Hilton. The room was spacious and up to date, the hotel underwent a $30 million renovation in 2009. It had a great restaurant and an intimate bar. The Andaluz was overflowing with character and I’d recommend it to anyone. www.hotelandaluz.com

Garcia's Kitchen
Garcia’s Kitchen

Lunch that day was at a spot I’ve been wanting to try for years. Garcia’s Kitchen was everything I hoped it would be. There are several locations thru-out Albuquerque, the one I visited was on Central Ave, close to Old Town. Straight-forward New Mexican food served quickly and efficiently, I tried several things and each was great. Local color at its finest, Garcia’s Kitchen is a must stop if you’re looking for something with authenticity. www.garciaskitchen.com

I finished with work about 3pm and decided to head out to the Acoma Pueblo. Perched atop a small mesa about 1.5 hours west of Albuquerque, archaeologists agree it was built around 1200A.D. Nicknamed “Sky City”, Acoma is the oldest continuously inhabited

The drive out to Acoma

The drive out to Acoma

community in the U.S. There’s a museum and cultural center at the base of the mesa where you can learn a bit about the pueblo before taking a guided tour of the pueblo itself. I’ve collected Acoma pottery for years and it was fun to see where it all comes from. www.puebloofacoma.org

I wanted something more mainstream for dinner. I heard from some friends about a better Italian place called Scalo’s. I went, and I’m hooked! Fresh pastas with delicate sauces, interesting apps and outstanding hearty Italian entrees, it’s easily the best Italian fare I’ve come across in years. The bar was crowded, in a pleasant way, and the piano was being played by a middle aged guy who knew what he was doing. The wine list was extensive but approachable, and I’d go back in a heartbeat. http://www.scalonobhill.com/

The following day was more work with a bit of shopping thrown in. I visited one of my favorite stores anywhere, Cowboys and Indians. Located on Central Ave, it’s an easy spot

Cowboys and Indians

Cowboys and Indians

to get to if you’re on your way thru town. Filled with an outstanding selection of rustic, western and Native American art and artifacts, it’s a collectors dream. Blankets, bead work, jewelry, pottery, rugs and art as well as rustic odds and ends. The prices are fair, if a bit steep. They know what they have, and they only have the good stuff. www.cowboysandindiansnm.com

 Across the street is a nicely edited antique shop called Morningside Antiques. They have a bit of everything. It’s all well

Morningside Antiques
Morningside Antiques

displayed and fairly priced. I can usually find an interesting pair of chairs here. Those who know me understand I have a thing for chairs, and more than a few of mine have come from Morningside. www.morningsideantiques.com

And before I knew it, my time exploring Albuquerque was over. My take-away is this: Albuquerque has alot to offer, if you give it a chance. Good food, interesting shopping and several better hotel options make this more than just a place to pass thru on the way to Santa Fe. It’s a great spot to spend a weekend.  

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Chief Joseph Dinnerware from Pendleton

We’re excited to announce that the entire collection of Chief Joseph Dinnerware, from Pendleton, is on its way to Anteks here in Dallas. It’ll also be available at www.antekshome.com. The Chief Joseph blanket pattern was introduced in the  1920′s and is one of the oldest patterns still in use by Pendleton. With strong Native American design elements, it’s a tribute to the Nez Perce Leader, Chief Joseph. Made from 100% earthenware, it’s dishwasher and microwave safe.

We love how versatile it is, with plenty of cool service pieces. It’s perfect for the ranch house or lodge dinner table, we also think it would look great at the lake house. Your choice!

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Fantastic new chair combines vintage kilim and distressed leather for a look that’s rugged and unique.

Sometimes things come together in a blend of texture and color, resulting in a piece that’s unique, stylish and sophisticated. Such is the case with the new Duke Chair at Anteks. We can see ourselves sitting comfortably in this chair, probably in front of a fireplace, with a good book (or strong drink) in hand! This oversized lounger is covered on the outside with a vintage kilim, showing colors that range from reds and blues to some light tan and bits of green. The inside is covered in a lightly distressed leather. The marriage of the two is perfection. The chair has significant proportions, 48″ tall and 33″ wide, with a deep and comfortable seat… We love it! It would be at home in a ranch, a lodge or a cabin, but it would also work in a well-appointed “Ralph Lauren” library right here in the city.

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A quick trip to Carmel and a drive to Big Sur, all while visiting a client

I was working with a client in Carmel and ended up having a few extra days to poke around. I hadn’t been there before, so I decided to take a quick drive down to Big Sur. It was, as we’ve all heard, spectacular. The views were nothing short of breathtaking in each direction. The drive took about 30 minutes, with frequent stops for photo’s and general “ahhh” time.

On the recommendation from a bartender in Carmel, we went to Nepenthe for lunch. The food was good, but that’s not what you’re there for. It was the view and setting that blew us away. Sitting at an outdoor table overlooking the Pacific, it’s hard to imagine wanting to be anyplace else. The wine we had was sensational and the conversation flowed easily. In a setting like this, it’s hard to have anything but a perfect experience. www.nepenthebigsur.com

The next day we headed into Carmel-By-The-Sea and stumbled into what was without question our best dining experience on the trip. La Bicyclette was a gem. One of those rare experiences where all three elements (food, service and setting) come together in perfect unison. We had an outstanding bottle of Rose and it paired perfectly with some light salads and a flatbread that was covered in Gruyère and potatoes. Yes, potatoes. Again, it was the best meal we had on the entire trip. The place had a come-as-you-are vibe with rustic tables and mismatched chairs. The food was honest and straightforward. Our waitress was cute, funny and had great recommendations. When (not if) we go back to Carmel, this will be the first place we hit. www.labicycletterestaurant.com

On our next to last day, we “discovered” Mission Ranch in Carmel-By-The-Sea. Owned by Clint Eastwood and operated as a small inn and restaurant, it’s hard not to get caught up in the serenity of the setting. Nestled into a lowland marsh, the meadow looks like something from Scotland, complete with a flock of sheep roaming freely among the grasses. With a fire in the fireplace and drinks in hand, we watched the sunset from what could be the best patio in Carmel. www.missionranchcarmel.com

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A new Axis Hide Chair at the store in Dallas

Rustic chair

This is something that just arrived at Anteks. We worked on this chair at the High Point Market back in May 2010 and sort of forgot about it. They came in yesterday and we were stunned! It’s great looking, and is going to be the new “face” of the store in ads and on billboards. We love the classic barley-twist frame juxtaposed against the Axis hide back and bomber leather seat.

It could be a game chair, or a dining chair, or an occasional chair in a living room. We love pieces like this: versatile enough to fit into just about any home or office and unique enough to make a statement. Visit us online at www.antekshome.com or become a fan at www.facebook.com/antekshome



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