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If you're a big fan of Jonathan Adler, and quite frankly anyone with a pulse usually is, you'll be particularly excited with the new Jonathan Adler store at 4525 McKinney in Dallas.  There is design genius on display round every corner...and then some.  At The Old State, we love his brand... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
At The Old State, we believe fine design can extend all the way down to a dining experience.  And let me tell you, at Forty Five Ten on McKinney in Dallas they take it to all new heights.  We had been there a long time ago, but we were pleased to see they have taken it up many notches.&nb... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
By now you know that at The Old State House of Web Design & Development we love all things inspired by fine design.  I suppose that's one of the reasons our wonderful clients include Laura Lee Clark, Jan Showers,  Allan-Knight, Ceylon et Cie, Josie McCarthy and many other top designer... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
    At The Old State House of Web Design and Development, we have seen it happen over and over. Blog regularly and watch your brand climb to the first page in Google generic key word searches in your industry.  There is no other way to put this....it works.  But let's take tha... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~

Genius Print Ads

~ May/11/2012 By : Steve McElroy ~
As you know, we love genius design....and genius design can shine with very few words.  So let's take a quick tour through a few inspired ones.                                 ... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
Jennifer Mehditash of  Mehditash Design!!!!!!!!     Wow, we are so excited about the opportunity to work with Jennifer.  There were so many amazing candidates, each brilliantly talented in every way.  And it was a very difficult decision process, as the talent pool ... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
    At The Old State House of Web Design & Development, you already know that we love quality, we love design, and we love inspired brands.  But we also love food!  And we've worked with some pretty amazing names....like NorthPark,  TCU, Laura Lee Clark, Allan-Kni... ~ 1 COMMENTS ~

Right on the mark!

~ Apr/22/2012 By : Steve McElroy ~
    At The Old State, we will always enjoy the design process.  And excellent design and branding for your business is vital for your success.  We've designed a million logos, for example, and collateral materials like letterhead and business cards must put your very best foot... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
Great design is, of course, ultimately timeless design.  And today we celebrate that category of product or thing that rises to head-of-class status.  Hermes packaging of any shape or size or purpose is always genius.  And we're rather certain it's the least thrown away packaging in ... ~ 2 COMMENTS ~
At The Old State, we see a lot of great interior design work as many of our clients are some of the best anywhere.  We also see the work of some of the best showrooms in the Design District.  And Dallas is full of wow factor when it comes to inspired design.  In fact, some of them ar... ~ 1 COMMENTS ~
At The Old State, we know that it's all in the details for a totally effective web presence.  Your brand needs to shine and be front and center with the best possible website, logo and Search Engine Optimization (SEO).  And it all needs to come together seamlessly with both brilliant desi... ~ 1 COMMENTS ~
We have seen it over and over again....those who take a chance often end up taking home the prize in business.  Particularly online.  It's a big world, and those who are different can really stand out.  We highly recommend it.  And we have become quite expert at turning your mos... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
You've heard for years that content is king, right?   And you know why?  Because it's true.  The power of the written word can instantly strike gold for your business.  We've seen the magic happen across virtually every business type and class.  At The Old State House of We... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
At The Old State House of Web Design & Development, we have had the good fortune to work with some of the best brands, designers and businesses in Dallas...or anywhere for that matter.  But there's an honorable mention of the highest order to talk about today.  And that is for one of ... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
At The Old State House of Web Design & Development, we've been busy!  Since the first of the year, we have added some very exciting new clients.  Thank you Dallas and Fort Worth!  And we are also about to launch some amazing new websites for TCU, Allan-Knight, NorthPark Center an... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
At The Old State, we love great design...particularly when there's history involved.  And of course great design is timeless.  So take a look at this amazing mansion built in 1912 in Yonkers, New York that has been abandoned for years.  Even empty, it's a stunner.    Set... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
Wow, we are so delighted to announce that the new www.CeylonetCie.com site is launched.  And isn't it gorgeous?  We are so proud of it.    Michelle Nussbaumer's design talent was already shining brightly, and she wanted a new site to ring in the New Year that was in keeping w... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
At The Old State House of Web Design & Development, we go nuts over handmade anything.  And there's a guy in Dallas who has not one amazing talent, but TWO!  His name is Kyle Hobratschk and he makes handmade furniture that is extremely elegant and timeless and cool.  Chairs, draf... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
By now you know that at The Old State House of Web Design & Development, we know a good thing when we see it.  But we also know it when we taste it, and delicious is in abundance at Saint Ann Restaurant Bar & Garden in uptown in Dallas.     This unusual restaurant you'... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
As you know, at The Old State House of Web Design & Development....we love design.  And nowhere is it on more stunning display than on the ground floor of the Dallas Museum of Art in "The Fashion World of John Paul Gaultier:  From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk" exhibit....WOW!  It ... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
At The Old State House of Web Design & Development, we always enjoy taking a tour of beautiful places and things.  Whether it be a spectacular Faberge Egg, the crystal blue waters of Bora Bora, the stunning sparkle of a rare stone, or an unusual twisting and turning Bonsai tree....it inspi... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
At The Old State House of Web Design & Development, we love great design.  Whether it be an amazing font, an unbelievable pattern, a stunning color, an amazing fine paper, an unusual logo or a remarkable graphic....we will always be thankful for thrilling design.  Oh, and let's n... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
If you're like us, you would much rather hear good news regarding the economy about now.  And with the Internet as a tool, the cup is not just half full, it can be spilling over the edges.   By implementing well-thought-out strategies,  trust us when we tell you that you stil... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
At The Old State, we see a lot of very fine design.  And thankfully the rush we experience when we see amazing work will always be a very special reward for us. And quite frankly, virtually every space designed by Laura Hunt of Dallas gives us that rush....times ten!  Wow, she is bril... ~ 1 COMMENTS ~
You now know that we love quality in design, fine art, new tech gadgets, and anything and everything that's unique or unexpected.   But wow, we never thought we'd find it all in one place!  And that would be V-Spa at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas.  The hotel is located at 2201 S... ~ 1 COMMENTS ~
At The Old State, we have all long revered the remarkable Steve Jobs and his amazing accomplishments.  He created the most valuable corporation in the world, many thousands of jobs, the most stunning technological devices, gadgets and developments  the world has ever known.  He... ~ 1 COMMENTS ~
Is there a more beautiful and interesting sculpture museum in all the world than the Nasher Sculpture Center?  No, there's not.  The Nasher wins this prize, and they win it hands down.  And if you haven't been there?  Don't walk, RUN to experience it for yourself!  In a... ~ 1 COMMENTS ~
We are so proud to have been chosen to launch Michelle Nussbaumer's new site for her Ceylon et Cie. Make sure not to miss it.  We wanted to showcase a site that was worthy of her amazing showroom on Dragon Street in Dallas.  And quite frankly, we feel like the new site does justice to her... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
Wow, we attended the most amazing party last night in NorthPark Center at Gregory's Shoes, located just outside Neiman Marcus.   Our friends and clients Larry, Leslie, Gregg, Jon and Monique of Gregory's presented the infinitely talented Erykah Badu, but in the role of DJ at this p... ~ 1 COMMENTS ~
OK,  by now you know we love fine design.   And you also know we have celebrated some of the best of it.   But now you need to know that nowhere have we seen such an exquisite display of modern design than at  Smink, Inc. on Dragon Street in Dallas.    Wh... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
If you're like us, you'd much rather hear good news regarding the economy about now.  And with the Internet as a tool, the cup is not just half full, it can be spilling over the edges!   By implementing well-thought-out strategies,  trust us when we tell you that you stil... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
The people who said that things are bigger in Texas were only partly right.  Because they're also better!  And nowhere is this on more brilliant display than in legendary Highland Park Village at the new Marquee Grill!  WOW!!  We met our  friend and partner Jim Kastlema... ~ 2 COMMENTS ~
Watch this beautiful video of a group of people who save this giant whale which was stuck in a fishing net.  At about the 6:40 mark on the video,  she gives them an amazing show of happiness and thanks!   Spectacular!! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/14/hump... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
At The Old State House of Web Design & Development, we are in a unique position to come into contact with some amazing people in a multitude of industries. And we get excited about quality work and professionalism. And there's a standout we must share with you....and that's Advanced Facial Plas... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
1. The Bugatti Type 57S Atalante number 57502 French sports coupe built in 1937 is a rare breed indeed. 2.  A 250 Testa Rossa from 1957 sold for $12,100,000 in 2009!! 3.  A Ferrari 250 GTO that Ferrari made for racing in the early 60s.   4.  An incredibly rare 193... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
At The Old State House of Web Design & Development, we love surprises, particularly when it relates to brilliant design and art.  And nowhere are the powers of the human imagination on more stunning display than up and down Dragon Street in Dallas. Don't walk, RUN to this mecca of one part... ~ 2 COMMENTS ~
At The Old State, we will always be excited about history, great design, and unusual objects which transcend time.  Our strengths are technology and design and building your business online, and we receive profound inspiration from historical references.   Art, culture, history....a c... ~ 1 COMMENTS ~
A successful Blog keeps it fresh, keeps it interesting....and covers a variety of subjects to keep people coming back for more!  And by now you know that at The Old State, we think it's vital for your online presence to mix technology with brilliant design. So as the result, we love to stay on... ~ 1 COMMENTS ~
At The Old State House of Design and Development,  where there's a Web,  there's a way.  If the typical "brick and mortar" method of doing business is challenging business owners in this economy, new bells and whistles online can pick up the slack...and then some.  We're for... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
We take pride in all of our work, but few sites have garnered more responses and accolades than www.JanShowers.com.  The site is elegant, classic and timeless.  And frankly, it's largely because of Jan Shower's design work!   I mean, LOOK at the pictures below!  Fast forward 50 ... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
WARNING!  Once your your taste buds come in contact with Sanani Coffee, they will never be able to tolerate regular coffee again!  Yes, it's that good. But don't just take our word for it.  The proof, as they say, is in the pudding.  Or rather, the coffee itself! &... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
It's often been said that a diamond is a girl's best friend.  But they were wrong.  It's Gregory's Shoes!  And make no mistake, this is no diamond in the rough.  Gregory's Shoes is a highly polished mecca of fashion. One foot inside and suddenly you're at the front of the line o... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
At The Old State House of Web Design & Development, we get really excited about the shiny and the new.  And we know of nothing shinier than the new website www.Danco.com! With the amazing and highly effective Jennifer Longley and her equally dynamic colleagues... ~ 1 COMMENTS ~
At The Old State House of Web Design & Development, you know we love it when we see something done really well. And let me tell you, there was a party last night at Allan Knight & Associates to celebrate the launch of the new D Home Blog....and it was really something to see. I've been to a... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
At The Old State, we love history, beautiful design, craftsmanship, beautiful materials and things created from scratch by hand.  And nothing includes all of the above with as much intensity as original masterpiece oil paintings.   And the best of the best celebrate the creative proc... ~ 2 COMMENTS ~
At The Old State House of Web Design & Development, we love all things with a past, a story to tell,  an interesting patina and a sense of history.  And what fits the bill better than the world's most amazing abandoned castles?!  Enjoy! ... ~ 1 COMMENTS ~
Architectural Digest once said that the styles of objects that will work with any decor are Art Nouveau and Art Deco.  Interiors themed to classic, modern, antique or in between....an Art Nouveau or Art Deco sculpture, painting, bottle, piece of crystal, poster or piece of furniture always wor... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
As you know by now, we love brilliant design.  And Laura Lee Clark is brilliant!  I mean, LOOK at these pictures of rooms she's created!   They are stunning.  But what's interesting is they are also timeless.  How does she manage to make her work so current and yet so class... ~ 1 COMMENTS ~
At The Old State House of Web Design & Development, we love rare quality masterpieces.  And what could be more rare than the world's most valuable...and we might add magnificent...watch!?  The last time it was auctioned, in 1999, it went for a cool $11 million.  It's worth much m... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
Heather Wiese Alexander, a successful graphic designer and art director, is the founder and owner of Nest Dallas at 4524 McKinney Avenue and Bell'Invito at 1403 Dragon Street in Dallas, Texas.  To simply say that she's a design taste maker extraordinaire would be an understatement on steroids.... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
OK, by now you know that when we're excited about something,  we are inclined to use the word "wow" a time or two.  Well, Jim Kastleman of PaperCity was nice enough to help me, at the last minute, secure a room for my great childhood friend Cathy Lauve of Abilene, Texas at the Warwick Mel... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
If The Old State's Travis McElroy or Gabe Macias found themselves sinking in a sea of mediocrity or boredom at a party, they'd make a beeline for Jan Shower's social life raft.  I mean, I aspire for these guys to talk about me behind my back the way they talk about Jan Showers.  Quite sim... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
OK, the last time we saw so many beautiful sparklers in one place, it was the 4th of July!  I mean, there are fine jewelers,  and then there is William Noble Rare Jewels in Highland Park Village.  Wow!  In a league of their own, the William Noble Rare Jewels showroom has played ... ~ 1 COMMENTS ~
At The Old State, we love design, we love architecture, we love to see things which were created from passion and through the sheer force of the imagination.  You know that feeling you get when you see something and you immediately get the sense that some brilliant human being, or many of th... ~ 1 COMMENTS ~
Let's get one thing out of the way first.   Jan Kennedy of Clotheshorse Anonymous at 11661 Preston Road in Dallas is endlessly entertaining and hilarious.  We love her here at The Old State.  Be on the phone with Jan for 2 minutes and be prepared to suddenly be in a good mood no matt... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
Allan Knight and Associates is a trade showroom based in Dallas and, quite frankly, it's a showstopper.  Wow, wow, and wow.  Within these walls the creative process and magnificent design are bursting at the seams.  At The Old State, we appreciate fine design, innovative thinking, th... ~ 1 COMMENTS ~

~ Apr/06/2011 By : Steve McElroy ~
There are shopping experiences, and then there are shopping EXPERIENCES!  And no place on planet earth is finer than NorthPark Center in Dallas.  We're honored to be building their new website www.NorthParkCenter.com, of which the new redesign will launch this year.  And like NorthPa... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
Yes, PaperCity Magazine is everyone's favorite guilty pleasure.  Only don't feel guilty,  because PaperCity is amazing!!  And yes, everyone becomes excited and gets a rush when a new issue appears on stands as they enter Starbuck's at the West Village, the Galleria,  a Whole Foo... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
Every once in awhile in life you meet a person who is both profoundly interesting AND profoundly talented. And one of those at the top our list is Michelle Nussbaumer at the interior design firm  Ceylon et Cie. First of all, Michelle is one of the most entertaining people to work with that you... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
Wow, what a nice turnout for our Art of Generosity Party on  March 10th for Susan Loverin, Steve McElroy, Curtis Hale and Gabe Macias.  Thank you to everyone who attended.  I think we had over 300 and it was a blast.  And thank you to everyone at DIFFA for sponsoring it with us.... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
At The Old State House of Design and Development,  where there's a Web there's a way.   If the typical "brick and mortar" method of doing business is challenging business owners in this economy, new bells and whistles online can pick up the slack...and then some.  We're fortunate eno... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
We are proud to announce the launch of the new TCU Maps website. We worked with Texas Christian University to develop a new interactive map utilizing the Google Map API. We worked with the TCU Chancellor’s office and Online department to plan, design and build the maps site to roll out wit... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
If you haven't guessed already, these videos won't really entertain you unless you know fonts. I'm serious! They are parodies about fonts. I showed them to Curt (art director), Gabe (senior designer) and Yen (developer) today and not once did Yen cackle, in fact, he walked away. Sorry Yen, maybe th... ~ 1 COMMENTS ~
This past weekend, my dearest brother flew me out to Atlanta, Georgia to go see Phoenix live at the Tabernacle. He and I share very similar taste in music so when my birthday came around, without hesitation he nominated me to go with him. We excitedly left early Saturday morning to catch our flight... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
Quote from "Me and You and Everyone We Know"(2005) Written and Directed by Miranda July:   Housewares Saleswoman: I think everything's gonna be computerized in twenty years. Sylvie: Soup won't be computerized. Housewares Saleswoman: Why not? Sylvie: It's a liquid   The re... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
We emphasize to our clients the importance of blogging to keep their content fresh. And it really is! But we're guilty as charged...finding time to blog with our busy schedules is not always an easy task. But as a wise man once told me, my life isn't difficult and it's not like I'm busy building ho... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
It was about two years ago when I crossed paths with this artist. I met him while I was interning for the Tribeca Film Center at the time and spent a week during the summer setting up an event called The Creators Series. It was an exhibition showcasing interactive installations, fine arts, films an... ~ 0 COMMENTS ~
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