{photo via Cote de Texas}

Joni, of Cote de Texas, has posted many guides to fabulous shopping in Houston. Carolina, of Carolina Eclectic, put together a Houston Shopping Guide for Design Sponge. I still consider myself a fairly recent transplant to this town, so these guides have served as my shopping Bibles. Houston really does offer a little bit for everyone, but finding high style on a budget…that’s the challenge. While Shabby Slips (seen above) is my absolute favorite store in Houston, it is a leeetle out of my current price range. I am always looking for great vintage and antique finds for a steal so I thought I’d share some of my local favorites, as well as ask for any suggestions on new places to explore!

I have blogged about the Guild Shop before, I scored these sconces for $90/pair. This consignment store is a hot spot on Saturdays (read: do not bring your man, unless he is totally prepared or properly sedated).

Langford Market in Rice Village mainly sells clothing, but they also have some fun vintage finds for fairly cheap. I still regret not buying this table for my patio…I wanted to put a marble top on it…the husband could not quite see my vision…

I thought these Bertoia inspired chairs were so charming.

19th street in the Heights is brimming with fun finds for the home. This dresser was under $200 at an antique mall…too bad I couldn’t find a place for it!

Lower Westheimer is also a great spot for hardcore junk hunting. I love driving down the street on Saturdays. On Valentine’s Day I made my husband do quite the maneuvering to pull the car over so I could look at some wire “Eames inspired” chairs (that I did get for our patio).

So local Houstonians, where is your favorite spot to score one of a kind finds for not so much $$$?

Molly Luetkemeyer the founder of MDesign, creates youthful and unexpected interiors.  She honed her design skills at UCLA and then went on to work for Kelly Wearstler (I can definitely see the KWID influence in her work).  I admire her bold choices and the ability to push clients to think outside the beige and cream box.  Make sure to check out the MDesign website for more images!

Al Fresco

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Feb 20, 2009 | 2 Comments | Category: Design Inspiration, Home Exteriors

{Elizabeth Dinkle}

These past two weeks have been pretty crazy.  I would love a little R&R anywhere with perfect weather and a pool!

{point click home}

{I’m not sure where I got this picture??}

{Mary McDonald}


Um, Love!

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Feb 05, 2009 | 4 Comments | Category: Design Inspiration, Dining Rooms

“Um, LOVE!” That’s what I practically shrieked when I came across the work of Wendy Blount on Desire to Inspire. I had to share a few of my favorite images from her website. The top picture is a new favorite!

I recently discovered Elizabeth Dinkel of Elizabeth Dinkel Design from Los Angeles and really loved her portfolio, so I thought I’d share some of my favorite images.