A Shopping Trip – To Houston, TX – To Buy Some Beautiful Home Accessories.
Recently, Travel & Leisure magazine ranked America’s favorite cities. Houston, TX came in second place overall, but in the categories that mattered to me (galleries, antique stores, boutique shopping, flea markets, home décor stores, and luxury shopping) Houston often came in at the top of the list. To some people it might have come as a surprise that Houston beat out other great shopping destinations like New York, Chicago, Atlanta and LA, but my reaction was, “well yeah – of course!” (Full disclosure: I’m also a little bummed that now the secret is out.)
Since buying our house, I have made two (very successful!) shopping trips to Houston in an effort to fill our home with beautiful things. Since the secret is out about Houston having the best home décor shopping around – I thought I’d share some of my favorite stores.
Without question, my all-time favorite stop in Houston is Kuhl-Lindscomb. The on-trend, super modern store always has the most unique and memorable pieces. And, to make the trip even more worthwhile (and fun!) it isn’t just one store – it’s a campus comprised of 6 buildings, each with it’s own inventory. In building one, you will find gifts, fragrances, accessories, etc. Building three has tableware and some outdoor furniture. And building six has funky high-end furniture. And everything in between is just as cool. Reserve at least a few hours to tour all of the fun spaces. Warning: as great as KL is, they don’t love to ship items home for you, so you’ll have to get a third-party shipping company involved.
Now lets do something totally different and head over to The Guild Shop, a church-run consignment store that has everything from hand-me-down Louis Vuitton purses to beautiful antique furniture. Due to it’s location on the edge of the exclusive River Oaks community the 11,000 square foot store is known for carrying high-end items at bargain prices. Here you can find just about anything and everything – and a lot of it is one-of-a-kind. Good to know: The website is updated frequently with new inventory announcements and sales – so keep posted.
Area is another favorite of mine. Here I found two beautiful painted vases that popped up two weeks later on One Kings Lane at twice the price. Not that I really need to say more than that, but I’ll divulge further… What I love most about Area is the perfectly varied inventory. Here they effortlessly mix old items with new and glam pieces with rustic ones. This works well for me since I strive for the same diverse look in my own home. Like it’s name suggests, area is also good for covering big areas. Alongside the usual lamps, throw pillows and beautiful serving trays were large wall tapestries, oversized chairs and wedding party sized dining room tables. I don’t have a big house, but I imagine for people who do – finding large pieces to fill space could be a challenge and this is a good place to start.
I almost don’t want to share this next place because I’ve had so much success here and I want to keep the secret all to myself. But that wouldn’t make me a very good blogger, so yay for you. MAI, which stands for Memorial Antiques & Interiors, is reason alone to fly to Houston and spend a weekend looking in all three (!) warehouses. Here I got a supercool blue bench, my kitchen table, a beautiful antique mirror, countless items for my bookshelves, an antique French dresser, and my bedside lamps (which I will cherish forever!) just to name a few great finds. The designers that MAI works with definitely know what they’re doing and they seem to find the best one-of-a-kind items, antiques and handmade beauties. I could, literally, spend days in these three warehouses. Although it’s a bit out of the way from the rest of the designer stores, it’s more than worth the quick trip to this edge of town – I’ve never walked out empty-handed.
Found for the Home is one of those stores you never forget. It’s like your supercool cousin who knows about edgy trends long before they are recognized by the masses – and by then, she’s on to something new. The constantly changing inventory keeps things fresh in this NYC loft inspired store. And although modern accent pieces and artwork can be seen around the showroom, the majority of the itmes are funky rustic finds. Found for the Home beautifully showcases a wide variety of different looks that somehow all work perfectly together. It’s an eclectic designers dream.
The final stop on our tour is a true southern gem. Standing the test of time, Indulge Décor has navigated changing trends for over a dozen years by keeping things simple, elegant, and feminine. From bed linens to accent furniture, owner Cynthia Davis keeps southern charm in mind when selecting new arrivals. This is the perfect place to splurge on a beautiful whitewashed dresser or a 1200-thread-count duvet cover. Indulge also has items for the kitchen, bathroom and garden. And if you want a really sweet treat – check out the beautiful nursery sets, antique children’s toys, and baby linens on the second floor. I promise you, there is nothing more charming.
So there you have it – the secret is out! Next time you’re in the Houston area, be sure to stop by at least one of these stores and enjoy the fun, always changing inventory. In the meantime, let me know what cities you think have great shopping! Where do you find the most success at flea markets, boutique stores and high-end classics?