Houston interiors blogger turned designer Paloma Contreras has had a big year. She was named to the Elle Decor A-List, released her debut book Dream Design Live (Abrams) with a national tour, and has now opened a shop, Paloma & Co., with partner Devon Liedtke.
Contreras had outgrown her home office and found new office space in a charming restored 1930s bungalow in Upper Kirby. The bungalow is part of The Cottages at Matt Camron, a community of boutiques, dining and creative spaces in design, digital marketing and wellness.
Then Contreras and former design associate Liedtke, who has a degree from London’s Inchbald School of Design and is armed with experience as a tabletop buyer, realized the 1,200-square-foot bungalow was the perfect space for a storefront.
Original art by Birmingham’s Jane Timberlake Cooper and William McLure and New Orleans’ Alexis Walter hangs on the white walls of the sunny bungalow, alongside finds from Contreras’ and Liedtke’s travels.
Textiles from Uzbekistan, rattan-and-iron chairs from San Miguel and 1920s cabinets from Paris, mix with hand-thrown pottery from Mexico, delicate glassware from Murano, and a color wheel that originally hung in an Hermès shop. Pick up myrtle topiaries and candles by Australia’s SOH Melbourne as hostess gifts, or even better, for yourself.