Annual Unplugged Sale at Brown

Attention Houston Shoppers! One of our favorite stores, Brown,  is having their annual Unplugged Sale beginning tomorrow, Thursday, and will run through Saturday (March 7, 8, 9). 

The shop will be loaded with merchandise marked up to 70% off  and includes chandeliers, lamps, tabletop decor, furniture, sconces, artwork, seasonal and coastal decor and much much more.

Here's a peek at the store:

 I always enjoy this store and Jill's vision.  It's part general store, antique shop and lighting specialty store. I always find something that works just right in my own home.

Brown is located at 2940 Ferndale at W. Alabama. Sale hours  10-5pm .  
See you there!

Caught My Fancy

Gilded, collected, layered, vintage, interesting, painted, detailed. We all want a little of that in our home, right? 
 Debbie Smith makes it look easy in her new shop, Caught My Fancy, located in the heart of Houston's River Oaks Shopping district. Debbie made her way to Texas by way of Southern California and opened her new shop just three months ago.  Go say hi and get a jump on your Christmas shopping. Hours and address are posted below.

              Caught My Fancy     2015 B West Gray St     Houston Texas    713-533-0968

MAI ~ Memorial Antiques & Interiors

I was so excited to see this announcement come up in my Facebook feed yesterday that today I spent my morning cruising the aisles at:

Memorial Antiques & Interiors
I'm so glad I went. The shops were beautiful and there were some great markdowns. When you're done with  soccer games and school projects this weekend, grab your purse and get over there. This is where the good stuff is! 
The dealers and sweet staff were so helpful and let me take pictures, so here's what caught my eye today:

Unfortunately, I don't have booth numbers or dealer names for every one of these photos, but if you go, the store is very easy to navigate.  And, you should know they actually have two buildings now plus the consignment shop down the sidewalk.

The following 3 images are from the booth of Tamara Moore Interiors in Building 1.  She's got a great eye for vignettes and look at all those yellow tags!  Sale prices!

Throughout the store are beautiful lamps, art, chandeliers, shutters, accessories, garden antiques newly upholstered seating,  trumeau mirrors and 18th C. French furniture galore.

This basket filled with sea glass colored antique bottles with seashell tops caught my eye.  Happy to say a little one made it's way home with me!

The bottles and the following images are part of a new shipment Deborah Jenson of Faded Rose Antiques just unpacked. in Building 1.  Beautiful faux bois table.

I loved the happy yellow French settee above.  Great piece for a bedroom.

How fun is that stool?

The blue glass cloche was one of my favorites.

Here's a peek at Deborah working hard to get ready for the sale this weekend. If you miss her at MAI, she's also got a booth at the Antique Pavillion. She'll also be at the upcoming Urban Market show and  Marburger Farm show during Antique Week.

MAI has a great selection of antique oil paintings. I would fill my home with these over mass produced art any day.

I wish I knew whose booth this is below because I think we would be friends.  

Below, is the "book lady" Kay Gilbreath, a MAI favorite. Found right inside the doors of Building 1, her booth is filled with leather books, original art and vintage natural finds.

Antique french porcelain signs. I'll have two, please!

A shop full of soothing neutrals:

The last booth I stopped in was Doris Young's (dealer #644) in Building 1, right by the front desk.  She had a great deal on vintage German educational charts for $35.00 ! I chose one that will look great over my mantle for fall. I'll share it with you soon.

Isn't this place amazing? Lots of talent here. I really enjoyed the beautiful and inspiring displays. Hope you get over there and find some deals this weekend! 

Three Doors

I love shops that offer "one stop shopping".  One could easily furnish their entire home or pick up some beautiful accessories at Houston's Three Doors. I stopped in last week and owner Pamela Landry let me snap some pictures to share with you.

Beautiful lighting in every room.

From traditional to transitional to just plain pretty, I love her style.  Beautiful furniture, art, lighting, linens and accessories that compliment a wide variety of styles. And she blows it out for the holidays, too, so keep Three Doors in mind for decorating your home for Christmas.

Installations Antiques

One of the best antiques and design stores in Houston is making Saturdays special with early summer
hours. Becki and Jur van der Oord of Installations Antiques are opening their doors at 8am for special sales (some great prices!) and breakfast in the garden to clear out their storage.
Becki's gift for curating, displaying and mixing styles is an inspiration. She is a true artist and her love of detail is apparent throughout this historical brick warehouse located in The Heights. This is one of those rare shopping experiences that is more than looking at's an art show for the home.

We had delicious breakfast tacos from H-Towns Treats after loading up on some sale goodies.

Follow Installations on Facebook to receive the latest information about their next Saturday sale. 
Don't miss it!

Restoration Hardware...I'll Take You There

I had girlfriends in town recently which required some hardcore shopping. These girls are professionals but hadn't experienced the new Houston Restoration Hardware flagship store. I gotta tell in Houston, where we tend to get carried away with BIG stores, BIG style, BIG deal everything, I get a little jaded about the latest, greatest or biggest anything. One more big thing to navigate, figure out or fight traffic to experience. That's how I felt about the new RH store. I've been to Highland Village many times since it opened but hadn't bothered to actually go in the place. The size of the catalog annoyed me and the exterior of the building seemed, as my friend said upon seeing it for the first time, "aggressive".
H o w e v e r, I thoroughly enjoyed my shopping experience there recently. The 25,000 square foot store oozes luxury and has the feel of a European estate complete with conservatory, rooftop garden and an in-store floral boutique.
It's dark, cave-like interiors are the perfect backdrop for the over-sized furniture and inspiring wall decor that feels more like beautifully lit art installations.
Being in the store truly is an experience and I took some ipad pics and video to share with you.

The first is one of my favorite bedroom/bath looks:

And, the beautiful conservatory and rooftop garden:

See what I mean??? Just a little over the top.

This is what happens when I shop with friends. 

So, go see it for yourself when you can...definitely worth it.

Restoration Hardware, located here.

August Antiques

Have I mentioned that Houston is a shopping mecca? I've lived here almost 25 years and there are parts of the city I've never even been to. It's huge, sprawling and always under construction.
I had girlfriends in town last week and they are hardcore professional shoppers, so we hit some of my favorite shops in Houston, so in the next few posts I will share some fun shopping images and videos.
One of my favorite destinations for shopping is in The Heights neighborhood at August Antiques, a sure thing for unique vintage and antique finds such as lighting, old books, garden antiques, memorabilia and religious artifacts from all over the country. The outdoor garden section knows as Ben's Antique Gardening is one of my favorites. In honor of Spring gardening, we'll start the tour with a video I made there:

See anything you like?