Editor’s note: Today I am in a dress from Gianni Bini and shoes from Jimmy Choo.
Happy Friday! I hate to report that I brought the nasty NYC bug back to Mackenzie ☹ so needleless to say it has been a tough week for both of us. But we will carry on and move along. I worked on creating custom rugs on Wednesday in Dallas for my Arlington clients for their stairs, dining, living, and study rooms. All of these rooms feed off one another. I found that the original plans that they had for the house were not very accurate…so I went to measure these rooms yesterday to figure our the sized of the rugs. Since we are under remodel furniture is being stored in the living and study. It as by strange ways of measuring pieces of the room that I came up with my dimensions…Where there is a will there is a way! Designing custom rugs is a process that I think is fun. First, you choose your design, then count how many colors are in the design, then go through bins of wool pods to come up with the colors. My rep at Interior Resources where I am designing these rugs told me I am one of the most talented designers he knows for color. WOW! What a compliment! It took me an hour and a half…he said some designers take 3 weeks. The designs will be computer generated to scale and with the colors we chose…then they order a strike-off. 3-4 months after the strike-off is approved the rug is made. It is a process, but the ultimate in custom…which I am always all over!
Today’s article came in DMagazine yesterday. It is about the powerful women who had such an impact on Dallas and what it is today. I am not a woman’s libber, but when I saw the article it is true what Ebby Halliday, Mary Kay (don’t you love her middle name?) Ash, Caroline Rose Hunt and others did creating incredible businesses. I know my business is a peanut compared to theirs…but I am still proud that I created a company. Enjoy this piece of history and have a super weekend. I have laying by the pool, a massage, and nails on the agenda. Spa weekend!
A picture of Ebby Halliday... whose real name is Vera Lucille Koch. She “ditched her short-lived career in hat sales,” changed her name and founded her real estate company ion 1945. She lived to be 104 and died in 2015. Her company was sold to an affiliate of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway for a rumored 100 million dollars. She has the distinction of one of the city’s most successful entrepreneurs. Way to go Vera!!!!
A map of DALLAS in the 1870s. A lady named Sarah Cockrell spent three decades after her husband was killed in a gunfight over a debt. She and her husband replaced a ferry with a wooden toll bridge and bought hundreds of acres around it. She refurbished one of her husband’s buildings in 1860 to become the Dallas hotel. In 1872 her Commerce Street toll bridge opened. What a lady!
Nancy Nasher and her husband David Haemisegger bought Northpark Center from her father Raymond in 1995. 50 years after it’s opening... Northpark attracts 26 million shoppers a year and generates more than a billion in sales. Amazing!!!!!
Carrie Marcus Neiman opened Neiman Marcus in downtown Dallas with her husband Al and her brother Herbert Marcus on 1907. She was the stores chief buyer. Needless to say Neiman Marcus is still a powerhouse in the retail world as a symbol of excellence.
Who doesn’t know who Mary Kay is??? She founded Mary Kay Cosmetics in 1963 with $5000. Am her death in 2001 the company had 2 billion dollars in sales. CEO David Holl said Mary Kay thought she had made it when her products were being sold in Waxahachie. Her products are now sold in nearly 40 countries and she has 3 million beauty consultants.
Oil Heiress Caroline Rose Hunt could have just enjoyed her riches..... but she parlayed them into upscale properties around the world. She “single-handedly launched Dallas’ Uptown, now one of the most successful commercial and residential districts in the United States. She also wrote cookbooks and stared the line named “ Lady Primrose.”
Hunt with the developers of The Crescent. The “risky” 1.3 million square foot hotel and shopping led to the creation of Uptown.
What an amazing account of these driven ladies who lived their dreams. What an inspiration to us all!!!!!!!
Mary Frances Burleson on the right of the photo joined Ebby Halliday as a secretary in 1958. She went on to become the president and CEO.
“The Women Who Built Dallas: How Ebby Halliday, Mary Kay Ash, Caroline Rose Hunt, and other powerful leaders shaped our city.” article featured in DMagazine June 2019 Issue
BY HILARY LAU
Dinner last night was a chopped salad with swiss cheese and leftover rosemary chicken.