Houston JONI WEBB OF COTE DE TEXAS SHARES HER FAVORITES
HIGH DESIGN IN DEEP TEXAS
WRITTEN BY HALEY BUNTROCK * PHOTOS BY JONI WEBB AND COURTESY COMPANIES
Joni Webb and her Cote de Texas blog are design-world darlings — testaments to Joni’s wit, good taste, and ability to find gorgeous things wherever she happens to be — especially in Houston, Texas, her hometown.
“Houston has the best antique shops around — better than anywhere,” Joni says. “It wasn’t always that way, but now, the owners go to France, to Belgium, to Italy – and they pick the prettiest painted pieces, Swedish pieces, and wonderful accessories. We don’t have to go to New Orleans or Dallas or even New York to shop anymore because the antique stores here are so wonderful.”
Lucky for us, Joni shares all her hometown favorites below — and a tempting list of local restaurants to frequent after a fun day of exploring.
Stylish furniture and accessories are not in short supply here. Indulge in 19th century furniture from Italy, Germany and France. Be sure to admire the French iron chandeliers, Swedish dining room tables, and Swedish toy horse accessories too.
1928 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX
Like stepping into a vintage store in France. The pieces here are elegant and one of a kind. Italian crystal chandeliers are many and lovely, and you can always find a great pair of Venetian style painted chairs.
2308 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX
Thompson Hanson Nursery
Joni likes to come to the always-inspiring Thompson Hanson Nursery for antiques and plants, too. Wander the grounds, admire the accomplished landscape design, and wish for such a shop in your own hometown. This is garden as art.
3600 W. Alabama St., Houston TX
FOUND for the Home
This charming store has gained notoriety for their variety of antiques, home furnishings and accessories in a mix of styles ranging from classic 18th and 19th century to mid-century ‘40s and ’60.
3433 W. Alabama St., Houston TX
Memorial Antiques & Interiors
European specialities with a country twist line the aisles of this 12,000 + square foot venue. The garden decor section is stocked with pieces reminiscent of Versailles.
8719 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX
“Even our malls like Memorial Antiques & Interiors are fabulous — filled with crusty antiques — white, peeling, gilded,” Joni says. Houston’s “antique shops are very sophisticated. It’s not flea market chic or ‘Arsenic and Old Lace.’ It’s very, very refined — which I love.”
Indulge is set in a traditional French garden, offering a distinctive shopping experience that feels like being in the shops in Paris. The ambiance and furniture is authentic and embodies the French aesthetic.
2903 Saint Street Houston, TX
Joyce Horn Antiques
Joyce Horn is a family affair. Antiques are hand-selected from France, Spain, Italy and Scandinavia by the Horn family, ensuring authenticity.
7065 Old Katy Rd. Houston, TX
There are slipcovers, sure, but Shabby Slips is also a custom interior design boutique — sofas, dressers, one-of-a-kind French Antiques. A certain set of tufted dining room chairs will induce coveting.
2304 Bissonnet Houston, TX
The Original Carrabbas
Texas is lucky to be home to the original, family-owned Carrabbas — where having dinner is an entirely different experience than the chain restaurants that followed. Pizza dough is made fresh and baked in a wood-burning oven. The pasta is homemade, and the signature Cappelletti is even hand-stuffed.
3115 Kirby Houston, TX
Lively ambiance and Italian fare are on the menu at this River Oaks classic. Try the gnocchi and the yellowfin tuna, and don’t get too filled up by the fantastic bread basket.
2002 W Gray St Houston, TX
This old-world Italian eatery has been around since the ’70s, and the food is what keeps patrons coming back. The sausage-laden rigatoni rustica is a spicy standout, along with the lasagne della casa. Don’t miss Nino’s “house favorite” Snapper — sautéed with mushrooms, lemon butter and spinach.
2817 W Dallas St. Houston, TX
Called the “the best hunan restaurant in the United States” by The New York Times, Cafe Chino features crispy whole fish, sesame chicken, crispy orange beef and much more. Don’t forget to try the Shanghai noodles.
3285 Southwest Fwy Houston, TX
This charming breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner spot happens to be conveniently connected to the Thompson Hanson Nursery, nestled in a patio garden. The bottomless mimosas and quiche provencal are brunch must-haves. Other signature dishes include pesto grilled cheese and turkey-avocado club sandwich.
3614 W Alabama St, Houston, TX
“Of course my favorite places are antique shops,” Joni says. “M. Naeve, Watkins Culver and Neal & Co. are all on the same street. “