Sunday, April 4, 2010

Adventures in Houston

Back home from Texas, I'm already reminiscing about the trip. Here are a few highlights.

The first thing we did when we arrived in Houston on Tuesday was pick up our car. We rented the largest car possible: a Suburban....

....just for our luggage! None of us packed light. I also was the designated driver--the only one brave enough to drive in a new city. We decided to forgo the GPS since I have such an advanced sense of direction. haha!
Big mistake!

Here is Maureen ready for the adventure!

After our day at Round Top, we had three full days in Houston to explore antique stores, restaurants and boutiques.
Leslie Sinclair of Segreto Finishes was so nice to write an itinerary for us of all her favorite places to shop and eat. So we set off to explore everything on her list.

Here's Teresa and I posing in front of Indulge, a darling home decor boutique. It was conveniently located next door to Tiny Boxwoods, a fabulous place for lunch where we dined outside.

We also found this great antique store called Antiques on Dunlavy. We loved nearly everything in here, including this coffee table with a map of Paris and these wing back chairs upholstered in ticking and grain sacks.

I'm loving this linen upholstered chaise with the rosette tufting.

A fabulous booth chock full of eye candy.

How gorgeous is this vignette?

Another store on Leslie's List was Brown. Joni Webb of Cote de Texas did a post on Brown, so I was anxious to visit. I wasn't disappointed. The owner of the store, Jill Brown calls herself a "thing finder" and I believe it. Lighting seems to be the focus here, but also home decor items and antiques.

For sure, everything in this store is unique and beautiful.

Ahhhh, Joyce Horn Antiques. Touted as Houston's finest antique store, and I can see why.
Leslie insisted we go here as it is her favorite store. She is also responsible for all the wall finishes in the store.
I almost had a coronary over this drop leaf oval table with green trestle legs. It could seat at least 14 people!

Another heart stopper is this burlap covered settee.

I love how the sun was streaming through the windows here. Great chairs. Great table.

There are so many wonderful mirrors in this store. Here I am, camera and all....

Teresa admiring this group of mirrors. She is a fan of trumeau mirrors like this one.

Another fabulous chaise!

We visited other stores too, like MAI Antiques, Thompson & Hanson Nursery, 2620 Antiques, Charde Silversmith, and Foxglove Interiors. We also ate at Ouisie's Table for lunch one day.
Thank you Leslie for recommending all these great stores and restaurants. You are a great tour guide!

We had a blast in Houston! We found everyone to be so nice and so helpful.
Everyone was happy to give us directions if we got lost. And we did more than a few times!
I felt pretty brave driving, especially on the freeway. When I got home, I read a quote by A.J. Foyt, the famous race car driver who said: "I feel safer on a racetrack than I do on Houston's freeways." Hmmmmm! That makes me feel a whole lot better!

More to follow about our last night in Houston with the "Sinclair Sisters!"

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Johanna Gehrlein said...

Oh, everything looks gorgeous. I love this things with all the seashells. Very pretty.

The Tablescaper said...

I sounds like you had a terrific time!!! Can't wait to see which of all of the wonderous things that you choose to aquire.

- The Tablescaper

Sarah said...

Looks like a fabulous time. I've made notes of these shops and restaurants for my next trip to Houston. It's long over due! Hope we get to see photos of what you girls took back home. Glad you had a safe trip. Houston driving is scary! :-) Have a wonderful week!

Kathysue said...

Delores, great picture of you!!! It looks as if you three had a wonderful time. I loved the virtual shopping. I would have died in Brown's store with all the lighting, that is my weakness. The settee with the rosettes is wonderful. I am going to have to remember that little detail,love it!!Thank you for sharing this wonderful trip. You are brave driving around looking for good shopping areas!! I am once again impressed with you my blogging friend, Have a good day!! Kathysue

Kathysue said...

Delores, I wrote the post 3 days ago but had it scheduled for today so Mr Blogger really goofed. I wonder how many times this has happened, I never check the dashboard for my entries, I guess I had better do that. This is the first time it has done this as far as I know, who knows. We are kind of at their mercy. I felt silly posting but it was the only way I could get it up on the dashboard

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Looks and sounds like you went to some great stores. Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

Sylvia (at) Lily's Pad and Petals said...

Thanks for sharing. Looks like you girls had a blast.

Antique Shows said...

A Beautiful Blog Award has been passed to you!!

Hill Country House Girl said...

OHMYGOSH!! What a wonderful antiquing trip! I loved Round Top but am very jealous of your time in Houston!! Looks like you all had so much fun - loved your photos. Thanks for you visit to hill country house, too!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Delores, this looks like y'all had a blast! It's not like you don't have enough wonderful shopping where you live - you went and found more wonderful places to shop. What great pictures you took of some wonderful stores. What did you buy? I'm just a little envious. laurie

Coty Farquhar said...

Hi Delores,
I really want to shop with you one day, I know we will both gasp at the same things.

xxx Coty

Oh my ...... the mirrors.... they're beautiful!!

pamela said...

It's me again. I read this week that the polite thing to do is to respond to your comment on YOUR blog so I am retraining myself. :) Anyway, thank you for visiting Becolorful. I'm glad you enjoyed the plates.

Mary said...

Wow, took bravery to drive there.....but sure was worth it! Never expected Houston to have so much to offer in the way of French Antiques - I always think of it as a contemporary (and so hot weatherwise) city. You found some gorgeous things - the map table, the tufted chaise, the trumeau mirror and of course chandeliers to die for!

Looks like you were all having loads of fun together, great pics too - good for you. And just what did you manage to stuff in the already bursting at the seams suitcase, lol!!!

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