Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Houston Shopping

I was out the other day doing a little bit of shopping (for a client, not me) and thought I would take a few photos of some great Houston shops. Unfortunately, I didn't have my better camera, so I make not have the best pictures. I even forgot to take the date off on some of these pictures...(how embarrassing).

First I dropped by Area. Located near Rice Village, they sit in the middle of one of Houston's best shopping locations. I love this store because it fits the definition of Eclectic in every way (you know how much I like that!) I am crazy about the set of Paris maps. They are unbelievable. I wanted these for a client of mine, but they are a little too large. If any one has a large home with some blank walls, call me.

I am always mesmerized by shiny and glittery things like the collection of bottles and the small mirror top tables.
Even, the store's matchbooks are wonderfully styled. They remind me of candies, sitting in this fabulous bowl. By the way, you never know; if while shopping at Area you might run into Joni of Cote de Texas. I know this is a place she really likes. Now, Area doesn't have a website, but if you are in Houston, you can find them at 5600 Kirby Dr.

Next, I drove over to Twenty Six Twenty. This is one of those shops, where you have to be "In the know" to find. In fact, I lived in an apartment for about a year that was only two blocks away, and never saw the store. But, when you do see it, be prepared for a real treat. From the outside this shop can seem a little unassuming, but from the inside, it is a very charming place.
Twenty Six Twenty (named so, because of its address), is actually a co-op. Several designers set up lovely booths that have a related theme, but also show their own personalities. I especially like to go in and look for artwork, because they always have very interesting pieces. I have never had the opportunity to travel to France, but this is how I picture it.

Well, finally I hopped over to a store that is completely different than the other two, called High Fashion Home. I say this store is different, because it is a HUGE fabric store that carries some great modern furniture.
I love that they usually carry really interesting organic furnishings. Also, they are often very large in scale, which is not always easy to find. Actually, you can find furnishings and fabrics that fit almost any design style,I'm a little disappointed that these pictures don't really capture the large scale of these displays:( This place is so much fun, I love wondering around looking at their book collection, tons of fabrics (four stories worth) and great displays. High Fashion even has a blog!Well, that's all the shopping for now, but I will write more about my shopping trips later. ( And I will carry my better camera)

14 comments:

Cote de Texas said...

Aw, I love this!!! Makes me homesick for my own hometown. area IS one of my favorites. And so is Mom's Kitchen. That is what the owners of 2620 used to have that space for. Did you realize that? After around 20 years they turned it into an antique store. Also thats where Cynthia from Indulge got started with one little table of orchids and soaps. haha times sure change. Great post, but yeah,the camera. OY! You know I'm just teasing you.
Oh and p.s. I love those prints of paris too. aren't they to die for???

Paloma said...

I'm going to have to visit Area and 2626 soon! What great things!

Carolina Eclectic said...

Joni: I did know it used to be a restaurant, but unfortunately never saw it.

Paloma: I'm telling you, we've got to shop together someday.

In(side) the Loop said...

Funny that Joni wrote that because my exact thought was "I'm homesick for all of these shops...but I live here." Great minds...

I need to visit both of those. I'm not much of a High Fashion girl, but any place larger than 2 stories rarely can hold my attention. Except for Bergdorf's.

Another thing that made me laugh....I can just see you sneaking around with your little camera getting all these shots!

Hill Country House Girl said...

I want to come shopping in Houston right now!Are the shops open at midnight? Honestly, you all have the best places to shop for home furnishings and all things related - I am so jealous.

Saying you are homesick in your own hometown - reminds me of a time a friend and I were setting up our space at an antique show. She created a wonderful display with my merchandise, and when I saw it, I said "I want to buy it all", except I already owned it all! Are we sick?

My Notting Hill said...

great stores - it was fun to vicariously browse through them! I'll be in Dallas at the end of Feb - besides Mecox Gardens and Ceylon et Cie does anybody have any other suggestions?

caroline : my pocket said...

That was fun! I should go shopping with you more often :)

Carolina Eclectic said...

Hi everyone! First, I would like to say, that I knew you guys (Courtney and Joni) would give me a hard time about my camera :)
HCH: You are too funny, but I completely understand what you are talking about
MNH: This is pitiful, but I can't think of any Dallas places off hand, but if I do I will let you know. I will think about it.
Caroline: Virtual shopping with you is great.

bronwyn said...

Lovely post. It's so interesting to see the inside of shops on other countries. You could get lost in these and never come out again:)

PHORM Interiors said...

WOW! Great shops! No matter how long I do this job I never get tired of shopping - I just wish I could stop picking up things for myself on client shopping trips...

Patricia Gray said...

What great shopping you have in your city!

Bayou Contessa said...

I'm planning my trip to Houston right away! I stayed in Houston for about a month during my Katrina evacuation and probably kept my sanity by losing myself in many of these wonderful shops! This is so great! I hope to visit again very soon.

knitabulous said...

Well I have had the opportunity to travel to France and I must say there was a lot of dog poo on the ground in Paris, which was a suprise indeed.

But it is picturebook beautiful everywhere, and it does FEEL like France, and the food is French and everyone is smoking and drinking red wine - so it ticks all the French boxes ok.

I completely flipped over that sculptural (coral?) artwork on the coffee table you have pictured. Too bad I live in Australia (and haven't a lazy 1800 laying around).

I love your blog.

Carolina Eclectic said...

Hello to Brownyn, Phorm, Patricia, Bayou Contessa, and Knitabulous! Thanks for taking time to comment. Obviously, I am not the only one who loves virtual shopping.