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Good Neighbors

Designer Catherine Brooks Giuffre, known for her classic take on Houston’s haute interiors, shares some favorite spots in her beloved West University.  

Designing Woman Catherine Brooks Giuffre of CBG Interiors Ltd  

“Walking is a big part of life in our neighborhood. It may sound silly, but my perfect day is to walk with the children to Tiny’s Milk & Cookies, then play across the street in the park.”

Chocolate chip cookies, $30 per dozen, at Tiny’s Milk & Cookies, 3636 Rice Blvd., 713.352.3086


“Hermann Park is a place children and adults don’t want to leave.”

McGovern Centennial Gardens at Hermann Park, 1500 Hermann Drive, 713.524.5876


“Creative Flooring is a great spot for rugs!”

Catherine Brooks Giuffre-designed interior with Creative Flooring rug, 2410 Bissonnet St., 713.522.1181 

“l love walking through the shops on Edloe Street, including Julie Rhodes Fashion & Home. Julie is a great source for gifts for the home.”

Porcelain flower bowl with gold leaf interior, $250, at Julie Rhodes Fashion & Home, 6209 Edloe St., 713.667.3894


“Bissonnet Street has wonderful shops, and my first stops for antiques are Carl Moore Antiques, Neal & Co Antiques, Shabby Slips and Watkins-Culver Antiques.”

Vintage Lucite and glass French console table, $3,784, at Carl Moore Antiques, 1610 Bissonnet St., 713.524.2502  

From new construction to summer houses, Catherine Brooks Giuffre is Houston’s go-to designer for clients who like to keep things private. She’s a classicist whose vocabulary eschews words like “on trend” and “of the moment,” and she’s also a math whiz who glories in scale and a hunt for the perfect Empire piece. While her lips may be sealed on her ever-growing client list, the designer is happy to give a warm shout-out to her West University neighborhood, where she lives with her husband and two young children on a tree-lined boulevard a stop light away from her parents. “It’s old-fashioned in a good way,” Giuffre says of West U. “People decorate for the holidays and put flags in their yard, and there is a real sense of caring and community here.” CBG Interiors Ltd, 713.927.0037