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B right Scandinavian textiles from the mid-20th century inspired the latest rugs from Matt Camron Rugs & Tapestries. The Scandinavian Flatweave collection includes 20 patterns and hues that work well with both Scandinavian antiques and mid- century styles, says Sarah Tringhese, whose father, Matt Camron, founded the company 30 years ago in Houston; namesake showrooms in Dallas, Denver, Chicago and Washington, D.C., followed. Matt Camron's expert artisans in Afghanistan and Egypt hand-weave the kilims from 100 percent wool. Traditional kilims are often more muted, but these feature light yellows, blues and purples to complement current design and furniture trends. A typical 9' x 12' rug starts at $3,800 and takes 12 weeks to make. "We have so much control over production that we can easily customize and quick-ship anything," Tringhese says. "We can customize colors to paint chips or furniture fabrics, and do a rendering and a sample to show customers before production even begins." Matt Camron Rugs & Tapestries, 2702 Sackett, 713.528.2666, Rebecca Sherman WHAT'S FAB UNDERFOOT HERE Above: Spanish walnut 19th-century pantalonière. Vintage French Deco globe pendants. Black Chair painting by French artist Jean Leccia. JENNY ANTILL CLIFTON Malmö by Matt Camron Marta by Matt Camron In 1966, Richard Schultz designed a collection of metal patio furniture for Knoll that has become one of the most widely collected and recognizable outdoor collections ever created. After almost 50 years, Knoll has updated the all-white Schultz collection, now powder-coated in tropical hues of plum, yellow, lime green, blue, green and orange. The colors were pulled from the electric tones of another pair of Knoll collaborators, Jonathan Olivares and David Adjaye, whose Washington Collection was inspired by artist David Hockney's paintings. How appropriate. Hockney himself was said to have been inspired by the bright, clear colors of Palm Springs pools and pool houses when he arrived in California from his native England in the 1960s. Prices upon request, at Sunset Settings. Rebecca Sherman IT'S HOT OUT BOBBY DIBA PHOTOGRAPH With a slight name change — and a few thousand extra square feet — Back Row Home has expanded from one of Houston's best resources for American and European antiques (then known as Back Row Antiques) into a vast 12,000-square-foot emporium that now includes bedding, rugs, accessories and gifts. "The word 'antiques' was so limiting since we now have a bit of everything," says Kelly O'Donnell, who co-owns Back Row Home with partners Tracey Shingledecker and Leighton Hale. Their chicly rustic warehouse brims with sumptuous vignettes such as 18th- and 19th- century farmhouse tables and seating, mid-20th-century chrome- and-glass coffee tables, vintage leather club chairs (including the occasional Mies van der Rohe Barcelona), French pottery, antique butcher blocks and kitchen utensils, candlesticks, lighting, architectural elements and mirrors. Hale is an experienced antiquarian who shops in France, Belgium and Spain; he's just returned from a buying trip to France with two large containers of antiques. "I recently brought in some old hotel silver service pieces I'm excited about," he says. "Hotel silver was made for use in the grand European hotels, restaurants, railways and ocean liners, and I buy it from a collector who has it re-dipped in England. It's truly special." O'Donnell and Shingledecker just returned from the Atlanta gift market with a sheaf of orders for vintage-inspired bedding by Pine Cone Hill, Pom Pom at Home's organic Belgian linens, floral and striped woven cotton and wool rugs from Dash & Albert Rug Company, candles and more. The two women, who have been friends for years, joined forces in 2005 to import goods from France after traveling there together to source an antique fireplace for Shingledecker's house. Hale has owned his own antiques businesses since 2009; he joined the team last year. "Our personalities work well together," O'Donnell says. "We have a big old repurposed table in the store that we use as a communal area, and every day we sit down and have lunch together and talk and laugh. We're customer-friendly, and people often come in for a glass of wine with us. It's a comfortable place to be and we have way too much fun." Back Row Home, 8570 Katy Freeway, 713.827.9292, Rebecca Sherman Tracey Shingledecker, Leighton Hale, Kelly O'Donnell A T B A C K R O W H O M E FRONT ROW Swiss Army- styled blankets French and English ironstone and hotel silver atop a French monastery table, vintage Italian crystal chandeliers Lucite bar cart, four-piece French hand-painted Directoire screen JENNY ANTILL CLIFTON JENNY ANTILL CLIFTON JENNY ANTILL CLIFTON

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