Trying to narrow down the list of home design stores in a city the size of Houston is quite the challenge.
For this list, we wanted to focus on homegrown stores, not chains, so sorry, no IKEA, Home Goods or Restoration Hardware on this list.
Houston has an impressive selection of local home design stores where you can find just the right décor piece, lighting fixture, furniture style, etc., to fit your design aesthetic. Here are our five top picks:
Technically a hardware store, this Houston tradition since 1940 is so much more than that. A family-run operation, Bering’s has two locations in Houston and offers a wide array of upscale gifts, including wedding registry items, as well as kitchenware and utensils and outdoor living essentials.
And, of course, you can pick up a few tools for those special DIY projects around the house.
6102 Westheimer, 713.785.6400; 3900 Bissonnet, 713.665.0500
Located on the artsy 19th Street in the Heights, a vibrant historical neighborhood north of downtown, Eclectic Home offers a diverse array of home accessory pieces across a variety of price points, making it a fun place to browse and maybe stumble across the perfect treasure to take home.
345 W. 19th St., The Heights, 713.869.1414
High Fashion Home
Who wouldn’t want four stories of home décor to wander through? High Fashion Home answers that wish at its 125,000-sq. ft. space filled with furniture, fabrics, accessories and more for a modern and creative lifestyle.
The vast selection includes plenty of high-design and luxurious products alongside more traditional pieces, ensuring something for every style.
3100 Travis St., 888.685.3838
This eponymous design and lifestyle store of interior designer Pam Kuhl-Kinscomb emerged from her design firm to offer Houstonians a well-curated selection of high-quality housewares, furniture and accessories. The award-winning store spans 70,000 square feet and five separate showrooms all at one location. It’s a home shopper’s paradise and definitely requires plenty of time to fully explore all the store has to offer.
2418 W. Alabama St., 713.526.6000
First opened in 1975 on Sunset Boulevard in Houston, the family-run store hasn’t changed location since (except to move next door). Owner Robert Hawkins’ love of travel, particularly to Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America has influenced the type of décor, furniture, and textile products in the shop. He and his daughter, Anne Hawkins, meet with artisans in their travels to bring their work into the store to create a rich, international selection of unique design pieces.
1708 Sunset Blvd., 713.527.9838
Historic Houston’s Salvage Warehouse
So, I’ve snuck a sixth recommendation here, but this is not your typical store. If you love to repurpose reclaimed wood, fixtures, frames, flooring, etc., then consider becoming a member of Historic Houston so you can take advantage of the non-profit’s salvage warehouse.
Historic Houston is dedicated to preserving and conserving Houston’s older architecture and advocates for sustainable building. The salvage warehouse helps further the group’s mission and you could find that perfect piece of historic Houston to put in your new home.
1200 National, Ste. B, 713.522.0542. Open to members only.
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