Having resolved at a young age to pursue his passion for green building, Jeff Kaplan created the Urban Land Institute's Young Leaders Program when he was just 21 years old. In late 2007, Jeff started New Living, a green building and home store whose high environmental standards earned the shop a B Corporation certification. Today, New Living sells exclusively eco-friendly products from ethical businesses, stimulating the local green economy while making green materials more affordable and accessible. Staff members passionate about responsible consumerism often help customers interested in repurposing and refinishing items. Kaplan's efforts at revitalizing Houston's small businesses and affinity for wearing capes earned him the title of Green Hero from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Bungalow's homey atmosphere extends from the white siding outside to the mismatched couches inside. Retro signage hangs on walls both inside and outside on the patio , and stamped tile surrounds the coffee bar. While surfing the Internet on an iPad borrowed from the store, patrons can sip on coffee drinks made from beans roasted by local purveyor Java Pura. Muffins and sweet biscotti let guests sharpen their teeth without relying on the village grindstone again. Colorful shelves hold a collection of boutique gifts and clothing by local Texas designers.
Nadeau characterizes its furniture as "with a soul" because it's true artisan work and has attained sentience: it is handcrafted from wood rather than mass-produced from gasket pylons. Showcase fine china and live gerbils in a double-domed glass-door cabinet ($284), or in a hefty, finely trimmed kitchen hutch ($410). Or, display a new moving-picture box on a delicately polished TV stand/buffet ($500). Small console tables ($160) and storage chests ($224) come in a myriad of stains and colors, and many pieces are one-of-a-kind. Nadeau's ever-changing inventory includes a variety of sturdy dining room tables ($435–$548) and chairs ($80 each). Prices and selection may vary due to rotating inventory, but pieces are always fully assembled and ready to welcome any tuckered torso or mound of toothbrushes.
West Oaks Furniture facilitates homey transformations with an impressive stock of name-brand dining sets, office necessities, and living-room wares as well as one-of-a-kind wood-carved items. Customers can score a new sheep-counting surface with a plush queen-size mattress ($199+) or prevent the floor from plotting mutiny with the ceiling with a colorful area rug ($89.99–$799.99). A collection of kids' furniture includes sleepover-ready bunk beds, and royal flat-screen televisions take their rightful place upon entertainment-stand pedestals. Picture frames, table lamps, and other handicrafts ($59.99–$399.99) can adorn abodes with personal touches and style, and will probably make the brave trek across the country to find their master if left behind. This Groupon may also be applied toward the delivery fee, which is $85 within a 5-mile radius.
Founded in 1964, Houston Antiques Dealers Association is just shy of antique status itself. The organization tirelessly promotes the exchange of beautiful, storied goods through its biannual shows, which gather many international antiques dealers and designers together and provide a portion of proceeds to many local charities.
Because the vendors sell thousands of wares?everything from vintage jewelry to heirloom china to antique robot vacuum cleaners?the show can be somewhat overwhelming. That's why the association encourages visitors to attend shows held throughout the year to learn more about antiques and gain the confidence to make informed purchases. Of course, HADA also makes sure its vendors possess a suitable level of expertise, display plenty of enthusiasm, and regularly don a thick coat of dust.