Leslie Bell's 60th Birthday Picnic

Everyone in the design business in Dallas knows Leslie Bell, who ran the Baker Knapp & Tubbs showroom for decades until she retired a little more than a year ago.

It was Leslie's 60th birthday yesterday and she wanted to have a picnic. Her friends talked her out of it because it's too dang hot to sit outside and eat. So, Leslie moved the picnic inside. 

Her friends brought chicken from Bubba's and made deviled eggs

another friend made this amazing chocolate birthday cake

We all gathered inside Leslie's house, which used to be a plain old ranch until Lionel Morrison  got a hold of it. Here's the courtyard entry. I love how the color of the Japanese maple matches the color of the water sculpture.

Guests arriving -- but look at the left, inside the mailbox. 

It's Gumby

Here's the former ranch house, now the Bell's limestone-clad modernist digs. 

Leslie wore a circa 1950 apron she bought an estate sale.

The house is filled with whimsical art.


Even the bathroom has art.

Leslie's studio, where she makes art herself.

Here's a piece of art Leslie made from a knot hole that looks like a bird's eye, and a piece of concrete stolen from Lionel Morrison's yard, which she used as a base.

Ever wonder what happened to Claudia Armstrong (above) after her wonderful store, At My Table, closed recently? She's making handmade Lucite and wood furniture pieces, which you can buy soon on Etsy