Suzanne Coppola developed her love for outdoor markets, antique shops and marché aux puces—the Paris flea markets—as a newlywed living overseas. Today she fuels that passion as the owner and curator of Houston home decor and accessories gallery Laurier Blanc, taking annual buying trips to France, Belgium and Italy as well as the souks and markets of Morocco, Turkey, Cambodia, Laos and Hong Kong. She discussed her adventures with Luxe.
What do you love about your job? Visiting remarkable places worldwide for rare, unique finds. The journey itself is inspiring, but nothing compares to meeting small-town artisans and learning stories behind what I bring to the gallery. I love getting to know my clients and helping them find special pieces of their own.
How is your gallery unique? From 18th-century French antiques to contemporary wares, we curate one-of-a-kind finds, furniture, tabletop pieces, art, pillows, rugs and more, and we offer both giftable pieces and collectible items. We can help clients find exactly what they need while on sourcing trips. Last but not least, we participate in the Marburger Farm Antique Show in Round Top twice a year.
Tell us about Dwell with Dignity. I was honored that Kim Turner, Julie Dodson and Sharon Staley invited me to join the Houston chapter planning committee. Participating in the first home makeover in Houston was a life-changing experience. Laurier Blanc donates a percentage of all sales—and I help coordinate fundraising events—so Dwell with Dignity can expand and serve more families in need.