Shopping Dallas: Nest

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Photos/Text Rebecca Sherman

The new NEST store reminds me of a cool nightspot. Nest moved from its previous digs in Snider Plaza to this sleek, loft-like space on McKinney Avenue in October, and the whole vibe is different. Donald Fowler, who is the store's manager and buyer, rigged the extra long counter with LED lights. If you ask, he might let you play with the remote control and have some fun with the colors.

That's Donald behind the counter, helping a customer. He's usually got something cool playing on the sound system, a collection he mixes himself. In fact, his DINNER PARY PLAYLIST is one of the best in town. He'll share it with you if you ask him.

The new store has a bit of COLETTE's quirky European dash (e.g., Cire Trudon's huge wax candle bust of Marie Antoinette in tears) and a bit of MOSS's informed, sophisticated design savvy, with its cache of MODERN FURNITURE, and Italian glassware, lighting, and jewelry.

Everything is displayed on pedestals, platforms, and tables with museum-like prominence, except without the highbrow stuffiness. I love the section with pint-sized classic furniture for kids.

Lady in a Bottle, $1,450. Hand blown in Seattle.

Beautifully packaged gift foods from Paris and Italy.

See that jar of salt tablets up top, right? Donald explains that those are what Italians often use to perfectly salt the boiling water for pasta. I'd love to see what kind of gift box Nest would create from all these ingredients for making the perfect pasta: oils, dried noodles, etc...

I spy a little bit of ABC Carpet and Home's exotic flair in the new Nest, too.

Italian gold and enamel cuffs. The one on the far left is $360.

Throws, including some from MISSONI.

MR. IMPOSSIBLE, meet Mondrian.

SELETTI's porcelain dinnerware is made in Italy to resemble classic palazzi, the impressive public and private buildings often found in Florence. Each modular, stackable tower contains soup bowls, plates, and serving platters. $125-$520.

BELL'INVITO's letter press stationery is displayed like fine china in cupboards and on the table.

Nest still carries a huge selection of JONATHAN ADLER's whimsical accessories.

Adler's pipe with matches, $36

Adler's dachshund bookends are $150

Donald is known for buying a fantastic selection of COFFEE TABLE BOOKS on style, design, and fashion, many by TASCHEN.

Considering how amazing the new COWBOYS STADIUM is, this book should be a great GIFT for a Dallas Cowboys fan.

THE FACE OF TEXAS has portraits of famous and not-so-famous Texans, $34. Taschen's limited edition book of AUDREY HEPBURN photos is $500.

Set of gold encrusted shot glasses, $180.

Nest has some of the best GIFTS FOR MEN in town, including these beautiful coffee beans from PUNCH, an Australia company that sources fine beans from around the globe. Their beautiful leather containers can be used after the beans are gone. $60 each.

Coffee beans in polished wood canisters, $218.

Gorgeous exotic wood cufflink box, $150.

This YUBZ travel iPod speaker system doesn't photograph well, but it's very cool and compact. Also comes in cream and green, $135.

I love these bottles of cologne because you'll want to keep them long after they run empty. Wouldn't they make a beautiful collection in a man's dressing room? $125 - $138.

This gift tin with lychee flower soap and hand cream from MOR is the best deal anywhere, $20. It's a lovely look for a girl, with a charming box to boot.

When you shop at Nest, you come away with packages delightfully tied up in brown paper and twine.

This is one of the prettiest counters I've ever seen in a retail shop...