Photo by Susie Tommaney The Guild Shop of St. John the Divine
Sometimes patio furniture and potted plants aren't enough; you might want to entice faeries, elves and woodland nymphs to your garden by adding mystery and magic. Even if the goal is just to bring color, texture and art to your outdoor living space, exterior decorating provides the opportunity to break all the rules and deviate from traditional beiges and browns.
I set out to find some of the best resale shops inside the loop for building a magical garden fantasyland. The goal was to find small items, for tucking in and around plants, as well as large items, which could be seen from the kitchen or living room window.
The Guild Shop of St. John the Divine seems to have one of the largest outdoor inventories, with masks, stained glass, frogs, animal planters, furniture, pink flamingos and fountains. Coolest of all were two oversized chess pieces, a concrete soldier and the ubiquitous gnome. Inside you'll find room after room of tchotchkes, miniature furniture, wall décor and Talavera pottery. The shop donates to St. James House, the Episcopal Diocesan retirement home in Baytown, as well as other local charities.
2009 Dunlavy Street, theguildshop.org