Peek Inside the New Peacock Alley Design Studio

Beauty Sleep... I missed the opening night party for Peacock Alley's stunning new Design Studio, which opened in Dallas in early May, so I ran by with my camera this weekend and shot some photos, in case you haven't been yet. I love the loft-look space with its polished concrete floors, and how it contrasts with all the soft bedding.

Located on Slocum Street in the heart of the Dallas Design District, the studio is open to the public but also geared for design professionals. There's a huge worktable and chairs for seating, where you can bring clients and spread out samples or bedding. There's also a "naked" bed for styling and mixing and matching, and an open kitchen with fresh espresso.

The new space really has more of a residential look to it, and makes it fun to shop in. I think it looks like some hip photographer's studio, and the roomscapes are all just waiting to be shot....

Peacock Alley's spring 2011 collection includes shams,
duvets, and coverlets in Oxford Scalloped (quilted) and Marcella (in blue).

Peacock Alley has come a long way from 1973 when it was founded in Dallas by Mary Ella Gabler, who's now retired. Back then, Peacock Alley was one of the few lines that made bedding in natural fibers and in classic looks. Remember climbing into bright, scratchy polyester sheets as a kid? I do.

Peacock Alley's new spring Egyptian cotton blankets, left, and samples
of duvet and sham fabrics at right and below

A classic menswear look is part of Peacock Alley's newest collection for spring 2011, including a wonderful gray and white Sloan houndstooth duvet.

Love the open kitchen, too, where's there's coffee, espresso, hot tea and snacks on offer.