How to sharpen your Nest-ing instincts

by CONNIE DUFNER

The avant creatives at Nest Dallas have honed their modern English, with an infusion of cheeky, playful furnishings — dishes, screen-printed pillows, faux-cowhide rugs, cabinets — from British duo Young & Battaglia. From gold-rimmed, bone-china plates bearing poetry (“I love the way you look at me, and the way you use your knife. I love the way you eat your food, you give meaning to my life.”) to armoires with ruffle-collared Elizabethans, below, staring playfully at their owners, the new goods fit right in with the store’s ahead-of-the-curve aesthetic ($56 to $5,500). Also landing some coveted floor space are handsome bookshelves and tables by Sauder Boutique. The black, powder-coated metal shelves with brass accents, right, will be equally at home in a library or as a roomy baker’s rack in a modernist kitchen (from $599). A black-textured and gloss-white metal credenza that opens to hot-pink shelves speaks to the introvert in all of us ($799), while a three-piece metal coffee table with glass and pine accents ($425) can be displayed separately or with its companion pieces, among which is a magazine rack. For a touch of whimsy,the Bird Cage accent table ($349) is wide enough to lift off the copper-colored top and insert a stack of books or decorative items inside. Let the feathering begin. 4524 McKinney Ave., nestdallas.com