Concept: House


Laurann Claridge
March 04, 2013

After expanding throughout the Eastern seaboard and the Midwest, the Cleveland-based home furnishings concept Arhaus has headed westward — Southwest, to be exact — and opened its 47th store (the first in Texas) in the former two-story Barnes & Noble space at the Centre at Post Oak. The store is divided into concepts, as senior VP of fashion and merchandising Gary Babcock explains: A room to the left mixes industrial-inspired furniture with apothecary-themed accessories (think lab, not mad scientist), while the area just beyond borrows bits and pieces from the 1920s to conjure an “old Hollywood meets Brits born well in Downton Abbey” vibe. The dozen or so designers behind the blueprints for all the artisan-made furniture (which Arhaus contends is never mass produced) work with 10 to 12 colors plucked twice a year from the Pantone color book, sketching all manner of accessories, lighting, garden pieces, upholstery, case goods and the like, immersing themselves with what’s trending in home and fashion. While some decisive customers might elect to buy an entire room to go, the sales staff (which boasts design backgrounds and will make house calls to clients, too) can help you customize an upholstered piece with more than 2,000 fabrics to choose from, or show you those one-of-a-kind antiques or art installations dotted about the store. 5000 Westheimer Road (corner of Post Oak Blvd.) 713.850.1615;