Can't stop smiling
Mar 12, 2013 | 4:54 pm
comfy, colorful, cool
Houston-born design maven Mary Patton opens her first brick-and-mortar store on Saturday, October 1, a showpiece for her whimsical approach to interiors and accents in Rice Village.
Fans and newcomers can expect her signature take on what a home can be, including items such as collaborations with local artisans, one-of-a-kind redesigned vintage furniture, and areas for one-on-one design meetings with clients by appointment only.
"[The store is] one of my favorite home palettes — featuring white brick, gray-and-white striped awnings on black spears, with a collection of potted boxwoods to greet you as you enter," Patton noted in a press release announcing the opening.
This 2,828-square-foot space at 2439 Bissonnet St. will play host to a trunk show next week, on October from 5 to 8 pm and on October 7 from 11 am to 4 pm with items from Helenita Home.
Guests can shop an array of original pieces featuring colorful, hand-painted ceramics from Central Mexico that aren’t available anywhere else in Houston. Patton and Helenita Home founder, Helen Hemingway McLaughlin will be there on October 7.
A Texas talent, Houston native Patton graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, majoring in painting and alternative process photography. Following graduation, she taught art and social studies in an elementary school, before heading to New York City’s Parsons School of Design to get her master’s degree.
At Parson’s she discovered she hated sewing, so she launched a handbag company, Mary Nichols Handbags, which she owned for eight years.
Following her time at Parsons, she and her husband returned to Houston for his job. She commuted between both cities for a while. She and her husband divorced and a few years later, she remarried and had a daughter. That’s when a friend encouraged her to take on clients on a project basis to do interior design work. One of her first was having custom pillows created for a friend’s sofa.
She worked for Calvin Klein and Theory before launching her design business.
Since then, she’s built a business that explores everything from interior design to home renovation, landscape design, exteriors, and furniture and accessories. She told Authority magazine that decluttering and adding candles and lamps to a space can help transform it and spark more joy.
No stranger to media attention, Patton has been featured in national publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, AD Pro, House Beautiful, HGTV, Martha Stewart, and more. Locally, shoppers can look forward to the Bayou City native bringing some joy to her hometown.
Mary Patton Design; 2439 Bissonnet St. For hours and more information, visit the official site.
Supermassive Live Show
One of England’s most theatrical rock bands, Muse, is bringing the Will of the People Tour with special guest Evanescence, for a show that’s sure to melt Houston faces and souls.
The band will head to Toyota Center on March 2, 2023, touring in support of Will of the People, their newest album.
Will of the People is Muse’s ninth album, with an almost peppy glam rock-influenced title track calling for revolution: “With every second our anger increases/We're gonna smash a nation to pieces.” This concept album fits right in with Muse’s usual offerings, in other words, high-octane rock gone electric; moody musings gone dancing.
A live show by Muse includes everything from masks to pyrotechnics, all alongside a lot of falsetto and lung capacity. With his semi-operatic songwriting, Matt Bellamy has given himself a superhuman task onstage, and does not seem to tire of belting his heart out.
Neither does the group tire of high-tech guitars, and thanks to these shows, millions of viewers have learned that the instrument is not limited to strings. Still, despite a clear love for his custom builds, Bellamy holds the world record for most guitars smashed on tour: a healthy or totally unhinged 140, depending how you look at it.
The smashing was the group’s first indication that they may be a smash hit, and a good metaphor for the group’s pop anarchist bent in general. In 1994 the group, then called Rocket Baby Dolls (and earlier still called Gothic Plague), accidentally won a battle of the bands competition that Bellamy claimed they performed in protest, destroying their gear in the end. The group changed its name to Muse and continued on to conquer both England and the United States, with two Grammy Awards, two Brit Awards, and much more acclaim.
During the height of the pandemic, Bellamy got some cinematic and stripped-down solo work out of his system. The Will of the People Tour is the band’s first one back, joined by the American rock band Evanescence, known for equal or greater melodrama and otherworldly songwriting.
The band will head to Austin's Moody Center on February 28, 2023 toward the start of the North American leg of the tour (three nights in), followed by Houston, then Dickies Arena in Fort Worth on March 3, 2023.