Designer Paloma Contreras has teamed up with colleague Devon Liedtke to launch Paloma & Co. in the heart of Houston’s River Oaks neighborhood. The boutique includes stylish antiques, found objects, originals by emerging artists, homewares and other trinkets sourced from the duo’s world travels. Contreras filled Luxe in on her latest venture.
Tell us about your background. Devon Liedtke worked at my design firm. After her maternity leave, she came back in a different capacity: We found a charming bungalow that lent itself to a design studio in the back and a shop in the front and combined our passions to launch the store.
Describe the space. It is incredibly calming, with a clean palette to showcase the merchandise. We took down walls for an open feel, laid down white oak flooring and added architectural lighting. It has lots of natural light and customers constantly remark how bright and welcoming it is.
What do you offer? We have centuries-old French antiques and midcentury Italian vintage; works by American artists; furnishings from Highland House and Bunny Williams Home; and handmade items like plaster mirrors from France, pottery from Dallas, and linens from Italy. Since Paloma Contreras Design is there too, we also offer full-scale design services.