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Vieux Interiors

This has already been a busy month for me with the Pink Ribbon House and me turning 50!  Yikes!!  I thought it would be fun to share with you the evening I had at Vieux Interiors during their designer showcase and book signing! They have lots of great things that would be fab for Mother's Day ideas.

In 2010, Vieux Interiors moved to a 9,000 square foot retail showroom near the Upper Kirby district of Houston (3701 West Alabama Street, Suite 160, Houston, Texas 77027). Filled with wonderful home furnishings and accessories, the store began to have designer showcases in which they invite a designer to put together a room and create a space using anything in the store.  They have had some major talents there, and I feel so lucky that they invited me to be a part of it all!

They have a fun wine and hors d'oeuvres event at night, and then the space remains on display for a month.  As a lover of white wine - one of my faults - I really enjoyed their selections of Kali Hart Chardonnay and Shannon Ridge Sauvignon Blanc!

This showcase was all about designer Julie Dodson!  She always blends such an amazing assortment of old world and contemporary pieces, so Vieux is a perfect place for her style with its eclectic mix of furnishings accessories and art!! I also got the chance to meet the artist, Matt Manalo, who did the fabulous piece hanging on the shutters.

Seeing how Julie accessorized was fun for me especially since she was mixing the contemporary with the old world!

Julie has a signature of always bringing in pops of pink or lavender! To see more of her work, go to Cote de Texas which just did a wonderful feature on Julie. She is very talented! (P.S. The hand-painted walls in the Pink Ribbon House spread were all Segreto!!)

The store not only has a great selection but the story of the people behind the store is just as interesting! Owner, Marty Bratton, developed his passion and taste for beautiful furnishings and high-end design from his travels through the cobblestone streets of Paris.

He spent several years visiting European flea markets with established designers before creating his vision for Vieux Interiors. These acrylic stools with the rope handles and upholstered tops were one of my favorite finds! How fun are these!!!

I always have so much fun meeting new friends and visiting with old at these events!!  Thank you to all who come out for them!

Marty’s background in construction engineering gives him the technical skills and the unique, creative approach to make custom furnishings.  You can see he has quite a mix!!  I think this painted table would be wonderful in a game room!!

Fuzzy pillows and throws seem all the rage!!  They're an easy way to bring an eclectic edge to more traditional decor!

Vieux Interiors carries so many unique items from a shell mirror to metallic embossed cow hides to one of a kind silk embroidered pillows... they even have a gorgeous collection of silver and turquoise jewelry!

Finishing mid-century pieces by spraying them with one-color gloss enamel or lacquer seems to to making its way into contemporary design!!! Mix in some cool lamps, bold-patterned pillows, modern art and voila!

Today's design rules are much less rigid, allowing you to be more creative and flexible - perfect for people like me who love all styles!  One thing special about the shop is that their displays offer ideas for how to combine objects like this ultra contemporary lamp with the rustic side table.

The metal finishes on the tables were quite unique!  I was really interested in figuring out how the process works so I can translate the finish to a wall.

These pots are so cool!

 What a fab bookcase that would be wondergul to built a wall behind for a curved starcase or niche area!


The store is also filled with orgional abstract art!!  I loved this peice flanked by the sconces-simple and interesting!!


What an eclectic mix of decor--It all works!


I can just visualize this lovely dining room at night, lit by the soft romantic glow of the chandelier and beautiful glass candlesticks!!! You can tell my 25th wedding anniversary is coming up soon!!!

Here is the Vieux crew, so happy with the big turnout and all the well-deserved praise they got on their beautiful showroom. They are just as nice as they are cute! I am so excited that they are carrying my book and so grateful that they did such a fun book signing event for me. This store is definitely worth the trip!   Come by MAI2(see below) and say high to me during their Mother's Day shopping event. Have a great week and a very special Mother's Day!!  Xoxo  Leslie

May 12: Memorial Antiques & Interiors Mom & Me Shopping Event Time: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm  

I will be there celebrate Mother's Day with store wide discounts, a book signing event (MAI2) and ten trunk shows. Segreto Galleries has joined in the celebration by  discounting all art for this one day event. Located at 8719 Katy Freeway Houston, Tx 77024. For more information call 713-465-6405 or visit

 May 12 :"Champagne Stroll On Magazine Street"-New Orleans, LA Time: 5:00- 9:00 pm  

 Let your LA friends know the book is in New Orleans at Gallery 3954. Come sip and shop on Magazine Street for Mother's Day. There will be trunk shows, live music and much more! Visit our friends at Gallery 3954 to shop their fabulous collection of fine art, lighting, and furniture and pick up a copy a copy of Segreto: Secrets to Finishing Beautiful Interiors/ Located at 3954 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA.     


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Reader Comments (3)

Congratulations on your 50th birthday. Mine was just in March. Did you hear that 50 is the new 30? So really we are still quite young, thats a great thing. I sure do not feel 50 .Vieux looks like a wonderful store. Too bad I live all the way in Alberta Canada. There is such a great selection in the USA. Much better than we can find in Canada. By the way, I love the walls in the pink ribbon house. You did a great job.

May 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLana Waller

What a beautiful showroom. Their inventory is unique and has great style. Congratulations on your birthday.

May 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria Athens

Very fascinating rooms. It shows elegance and classical way of designing. Great instead!

June 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterplumbing

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