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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.