February 8, 2017

Visiting Chateau Domingue in Houston, Texas

I always try to make the most of every trip I take - visiting local museums, gardens and interesting shops that inform and inspire me.

While visiting Houston, Texas for the Big Game last weekend, I stopped in at Chateau Domingue, one of the country’s premier importers of European furnishings, reclaimed architectural pieces, and monumental antiques. Founded in 2002 by Ruth Gay, Chateau Domingue specializes in French, Italian and Belgium designs from the 15th through the 19th centuries. The expansive 15-thousand square foot showroom is filled with a striking selection of elegant, time-worn doors and windows with centuries-old stone flooring, fireplace mantels, lighting fixtures, marble urns and so much more - all inspired by Ruth’s longtime passion for architecture and design, and her many travels throughout Europe.

Over the years, Ruth has expanded her business to include Atelier Domingue Architectural Metalcrafts, which fabricates custom steel windows and doors, and Domingue Architectural Finishes which provides beautiful plaster surfaces, and lime wash and mineral paint finishes - all made from natural elements. Here are some photos I took while touring Ruth's facility - enjoy.