Peluche Décor, 1111 Uptown Park Blvd., 713.447.0555; peluchedecor.com
When Deanna Breaux Gathe’s hubby’s job took him around the world, the effervescent interior designer often went along for the ride. Like many of us, her luggage came back bursting at the seams with treasures she’d found during those far-flung adventures. Friends and clients would swoon over the objects she hauled home, and finally it occurred to her: Why not open an accessories boutique? Now she’s done just that. At Peluche Décor in the former Uptown Park spot of Lenny e Cia, Gathe offers a colorful yet wildly disparate array of pieces from Africa, Belgium, Turkey, even the place where she grew up, Louisiana. Gathe believes that you should have one intriguing object that inspires the look of an entire room. Hence, she has brought in antique suzanis and a vintage Yoruba hand-carved door, as well as fun graphic pillows, trays, napkins and throws by Coco Cozy. Peluche (French for “plush”) is billed as a lifestyle boutique, so you’ll also find baby and dog gifts, jewelry and scarves. Standouts we could build a room around include a 19th-century Turkish student’s hat ($350), propped on an iron pedestal, and oxidized-brass serving domes ($120 to $350) that would dress your table up or down and transform your dining spaces.