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PaperCity Houston June 2023

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D allas interiors and product designer Caitlin Wilson is on fire: She has a paint collection with Jolie Home and sweet textiles with Provence Poiriers, and she designs all manner of rugs, furnishings lighting and wallpaper under her own name. Her first book, Return to Pretty (Abrams), launched in April, and she opened a stylish pop-up design store in Inwood Village. Now she's teamed with Atlanta-based Mainly Baskets on a collection of wicker furnishings. Wilson's new handwoven wicker Monaco Collection was inspired by her Mediterranean travels and combines her traditional style with effortless coastal French spirit. Monaco has a special place in Wilson's heart — she studied in the South of France during college and has made many return trips since. Charming, scalloped details play across the 14-piece collection, which includes dining and accent chairs, a sofa, footstool, side and cocktail tables, children's seating, console table, and large dining table; most available in 10 Mainly Baskets color finishes. The Monaco Collection, $655 - $5,243, at caitlinwilson. com, Rebecca Sherman OKA X Cabana shades We're Charmed KATIE NELSON Coco side table, $1,205 SOME THING TO CROW ABOUT O ne of Houston's most revered antiques stores, Crow and Company, has reopened on West Alabama after a five-month hiatus. The store was founded by Kathy Crow in 1985 and had been located for the past 25 years in the Antique Pavilion, which was recently demolished. Crow and Company launched its new standalone digs in May with a fresh shipment of furniture and objects from England, where Crow has been traveling to buy for almost 40 years. Crow's associates, Cheryl Towning and Broocks Robertson, are both interior designers and antiques specialists from London. At 1,100 square feet, the new shop in Hollywood Square, a small design and art Mecca on West Alabama, is about 25 percent bigger and allows for more merchandise and vignettes. Crow is known for her masculine and clubby interiors with collections of horn beakers, antique fly-fishing gear, 1930s English cocktail shakers, match strikes, inkwells, and polo and golfing trophies, along with old gameboards and walnut-and-brass boxes. More recently, she's broadened the collections to include majolica and delft. Despite the wont to buy furniture on the Internet — even Crow has a shoppable website — her brick-and-mortar store has stood the test of time. "My clients still like to look at things in a showroom setting and hear stories about where I found them," she says. "I remember where I was when I bought every single piece." Crow often has a good yarn to spin. One day in January, as she navigated her rental car down a country road in Sussex, she spied a small antiques shop. There, in the window, was an 18th- century chest with all its original hardware. Made of French walnut, the wood gleamed from hundreds of years of polishing. "It totally knocked me out," Crow recalls. But when she tried the door, it was locked. After waiting forever for the proprietor to return, Crow got back on the road. A smart hotel in another town awaited, but she couldn't bear the thought of leaving the chest behind. "I've learned if you love something, you have to buy it right then, or it will be gone later," she says. Crow turned the car around, and stayed the night in a roadside motel. She got the chest the next morning. "The guy who owned it is really knowledgeable about the history of English and French furniture," she says, "but he also loves to frequent the pub, so you have to catch him early." Crow and Company, Hollywood Square, 3637 W. Alabama, Suite 450, RS Crow and Company's collections include antique salmon and trout flies from England. DON HOFFMAN

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