A New Area Code

Area Moves to Westheimer Road

Randy Powers. Photography Jenny Antill.
April 16, 2013

Don Connelly ‘s Area has moved into new digs: 5,500 square feet on two floors with massive warehousing space, to be exact. Designer Connelly and long-time manager and buyer Daniel Cuellar have turned a humble dry-cleaning establishment on Westheimer Road bordering River Oaks into a repository of cultish and lavish decorating bibelots and furnishings. After 18 years on Kirby Drive, the new hive is still one of the freshest stores in town. Spacious and light-filled, it’s a hub for their approachable style — a cross between L.A. modern and farmhouse warmth. “It’s a little more edited and grown-up,” Cuellar says. “We’re not in our 20s anymore.” There are new accessories from Barry Dixon for Arteriors and thick acrylic charm bowls in splashy colors from Alexandra von Furstenberg. Connelly scours Europe, predominantly Belgium, Holland and France, for his multitude of design clients, procuring only those items he would place in his own home, thus his design sensibility always rings true. What caught my eye: pickled-pine wing chairs, a cheery pink and red dhurrie, a great collection of design books (as always), chunky seagrass nesting tables and a rope console in the vein of Christian Astuguevieille. 3735 Westheimer, 713.668.1668, area-houston.com.