New Black-owned furniture store among home design news in Houston


Household goods stores are constantly opening, closing, expanding or shrinking. Shifts can be large and sudden, or more subtle and purposeful.

The push-pull of wanting new furniture without getting it in a timely manner due to manufacturing and shipping issues has affected both shopkeepers and their customers.

A year ago, London-based OKA opened OKA Houston, home of the short-lived Wisteria store in West Alabama, and the affordable household goods chain Ballard Designs opened in the former gap of River Oaks Shopping Center. did. CB2, West Elm and Lovesack have all opened in Rice Village.

Other changes have been made in recent months, including MillerKnoll opening a store in The Woodlands and Houston-based Wells Abbott expanding to the MART in Chicago.

Shoppers can greet designer Joaniskuff’s hand-picked flavors at the location of the new Paisley House in Heights. Say hello to new owners of Westheimer plumbing and hardware and say goodbye to the Houston Design Center Spring Branch and RR Home renovations.

Oasis Fino

Launched by Erica Flake Mallet and Business Partners, a staging and styling business, Terrans Williams is one of the city’s newest black-owned furniture stores in a retail store next to the Mosaic Condo / Apartment Tower across from Hermann. We have opened one Oasis FINO. park.

For most of her career, Mallet has worked for social services, but for many years she sold furniture as a side gig. Eventually it became her furniture staging, and when she was delivering her furniture to Williams, who had an empty apartment at Market Square Tower, he was struck by her enthusiasm and joined her efforts. ..

Williams works in real estate and has a trucking company, so you may find that he is delivering furniture. If that is needed on a particular day.

Neither has formal training in interior design, but the showroom, which is close to 2,800 square feet, is predominantly filled with contemporary furniture and accessories. We also sell art provided by Bisong Art Gallery.

Beds can be purchased from $ 2,000 to $ 10,000, chairs from $ 250 to $ 2,500, and other furniture at a variety of prices.

The store is open daily from 11am to 7pm except Mondays.

Wells Abbott

Lauren Hudson, owner of the Wells Abbott, Wells Textiles, Classic Cloth and Rosecoming fabric lines, has expanded to the MART in Chicago, formerly known as the Merchandise Mart.

“Even with long lead times, the business is very strong,” Hudson said. “People are making changes, expanding homes, designers are very busy. I don’t see it slowing down. Last year was the best year ever, but this year is a great start. rice field.”

Hudson said he saw the Midwest as an opportunity to put her textile line (craftsmanship and boutique fabrics) in front of a new audience in 13 states. Her Chicago showroom was run by Robert Brass and is currently in a temporary space, but Hudson will move to a 2,200-square-foot Chicago showroom in June.

Hudson purchased Wells Design in 2015 and soon purchased the El Louise Abbott Furniture Showroom in Betsy Weatherford (a neighbor of the Houston Decoration Center) and renamed it Wells Abbott. In 2019, she purchased a fabric line of classic cloth and rosecoming. Wells Abbott also has a showroom at the Dallas Design Center.

Paisley House

Joani Scuff had just signed a new lease of space for the Paisley House store on 2420 Washington Avenue when the pandemic broke out. She has been working in memorials in several places since 2012 and was interested in shifting to interesting heights day by day in residential, hospitality and commercial spaces.

What initially felt very unlucky, getting the key to a new location on March 13, 2020, turned out to be an interesting turning point for her business.

She carries furniture, art, bedding and a variety of household accessories, adapting her inventory to a wide range of audiences at a wide range of prices. She also has wallpaper, which is currently almost impossible to find in stores.

Paisley House is closed on Sundays and Mondays and is open Tuesday to Thursday from 11am to 6pm and Saturday from 11am to 5pm.

Westheimer Plumbing and Hardware

Known for its high-end plumbing and hardware equipment, the Upper Kirby business changed hands with long-time owners Marilyn and Bob Elmans, and their son Doug selling to employee Stephen Wagspack. ..

A few years ago, Marilyn owned a business called Custom Accessories (founded in 1977), and Bob and Doug started Westheimer plumbing in 1991. When she joined the company two years later, they renamed it Westheimer Plumbing and Hardware, the best for architects, architects and interior designers looking for stylish and well-made sanitary fixtures and hardware. The place. (It is also open to the public.)

Marilyn met Wagspack a few years ago when she was a waiter for Tony Mandola. She was so impressed with his attitude and service that she hired him. He was a U.S. Army veteran who toured Iraq twice at the time, trying to figure out what his course would be.

“Marilyn asked if I had ever thought of doing something different, saying it was the best server I’ve ever had,” he said of the transition from a waiter to a plumbing salesman. did. “I love sea bass every day, but I don’t want to go home with that smell.”

Eight years later, he now owns a business founded by Hermance. He said he would continue to own brands such as Dornbracht, Sigma, Hansgrohe and Newport Brass and attend industry shows to see new collections to add.


Full of home decor and gifts, this mother-daughter store has closed due to a combination of changing life priorities.

Kathy Hatton and her daughter Courtney Prochaska opened a shop in Spring Branch more than seven years ago, combining interesting items not often found in large department stores. They provided a place for local artists and artisans and were loved by interior designers.

Hatton is also an interior designer and will continue to support these clients. If not, they say they are looking for new opportunities. Stay tuned for what comes next from these energetic and creative women.

RR Home

Interior designer Rainey Richardson has closed her RR Home Furniture Showroom at the Houston Design Center, selling 30-50% off in-stock furniture. She expects to leave the space from early to mid-April.

Richardson opened the store as Off-White five years ago, and all furniture showrooms were made of Off-White fabric. Not only was white furniture popular at the time, but it was also a way to sell furniture as pure white canvas, so customers could imagine what it would look like with the fabric of their choice.

A few years ago, she renamed her as RR Home and abandoned the off-white theme. This is because the color-filled house fits better with her design style.

Richardson quoted the difficulties of the supply chain and said her company, Rainey Richardson Interiors, would move to another small location in the design center next to the kitchen and bath concept. There, she and her staff, including her husband and business partner Tom Richardson, focus on continuing her interior design business while enhancing their custom home specifications and home remodeling work. To do.

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