Monday, August 18, 2008

Behind the Garden Gate

There is always fresh drama to delight your senses when you enter Behind the Garden Gate, a boutique in historic Houston Heights that offers international antiques and original floral designs.

Everywhere your glance takes you in this magical shop, you discover evidence of Felix Hernandez' talent for mixing texture, color, light and fragrance to achieve a primitive yet chic atmosphere.

Preserved flowers on an antique metal washstand.

An antique bed with antique Mexican measuring boxes, repurposed to display books and an apple.

Soft lighting, the fragrance of flowers and a romantic bed...

Mystery at the foot of the bed: what does that old trunk hold?

Step back, take it all in and imagine!

A contemplative corner with pale green walls.

A corner of Felix Hernandez' long work table, where he creates floral arrangements for clients.

Small floral designs that utilize pale preserved roses.

Another quiet corner

A sultry moment

Another preserved arrangement.

Some of the antique garden furniture to be found at Behind the Garden Gate

Old French terracotta pots and a garden bench with the perfect patina

Simple tablescapes on primitive tables

The patina of age on garden furniture: enough to melt your heart!

The perfect summer wreath

A fresh arrangement awaiting a client.

An antique Korean mouse of bronze (He's not for sale, as he lives at the shop.)

Old zinc with fragile white flowers: perfect!

Country simplicity

French lavender for sweet nostalgia

Perfect for giving a country-feel to a city kitchen

To bring out the child in any of us

An antique industrial grinder is elevated to art.

An old Boston rocker and other antique pieces exude character.

Can't you just imagine having a candlelight dinner with friends here?

A client's own container filled with an arrangement of exotic flowers, which she will give as a wedding gift to her new husband. What an original, wonderful gift.

Felix Hernandez, shop owner, working his magic.

Just a short walk from The Bunny Bungalow, in historic Houston Heights, is Beyond the Garden Gate, a shop where Felix Hernandez mixes international antiques with flowers to create enchantment. A gentle warning: you may leave his shop feeling as though you have succumbed to some supernatural power. You have! You see, Felix can cast wonderful spells.

Behind the Garden Gate: Antiques, Garden Decor, Dried Florals, Weddings
355 West 19th Street
Houston, Texas 77008

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  1. Oh, I've not been in there before ! It looks like heaven - and I'm loving the antique garden furniture .

  2. I've been to this shop and I can tell you that it is everything and more than this website describes!


  3. Felix is amazing, I love to see what he comes up with. Just going to his shop makes my day brighter.


  4. Perfect flowers! Love these, this is amazing!

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