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For today’s post, I would like to give a little shout out to Elle Decor. They recently made a stop in Houston in order to complete an 8-page article about our city and its many hidden treasures. I have to say, they did us right, y’all!

(You can read the entire article here.)

For those of you who aren’t familiar with this particular publication, it’s important to know its target audience is more to the Bentley-driving River Oaks crowd, a rare faction of people who still hire interior decorators and consider a Crate and Barrel sofa a “steal.” But that won’t stop us from picking up the new issue each month and marveling at the luxurious interiors (in which we say to ourselves “$378 per yard? What?”)

With that said, it’s no surprise that Elle‘s Rob Brinkley loved our galleries, museums, architecturally significant buildings and homes, and our appreciation for all things funky and awesome. They gave shout outs to The Menil Collection and MFAH, as well as the Rienzi Center for European Decorative Arts. I learned a ton about Houston’s architectural history from reading this article.

They also marveled at our awesome shopping scene (Tootsies, The Galleria) and even offered a theory as to why it exists in the first place: “In this part of the state, which is as flat as a tabletop, natural attractions such as mountains and gorges are in short supply. Free time must be filled somehow.” Yeah, I tried not to be offended by this. In all fairness, it is pretty flat. And, Houstonians are capable of doing more with their time than shopping. Just sayin’.

On a high note, the article marks both the facts and the intangible essence of Houston. We’re a diverse city. Just look at the restaurant scene (“‘The quality of Vietnamese food is the best I know of outside of Vietnam.’”) And, we are an embracing, inclusive community where the old mix with the new, the uber-rich mix with the ambitious, and the rules of propriety are a little fuzzy. “‘Houston is such a bootstrap town’” with a taste for the finest things in life.

Can I make a request for more articles like this one in magazines that don’t have “Texas” in the title? No disrespect to Texas Monthly, but it is in the practice of preaching to the choir. I get weary of outsiders professing that Austin is the only livable city in Texas. There is life outside Travis Co. and we’ve got to get the word out. So, thanks, Elle Decor, for shining some light on our little (huge) city. Hope there’s more where that came from!

(Photo cred: www.elledecor.com)


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