I lived in Houston many moons ago and I forgot about all of the great furniture shopping in town.
I was back visiting a week ago and I took some time out to go down to the Museum District Antique showrooms. And I found all kinds of great finds. Beautiful washed wood tables, lounge chairs, and accessories. Incredible European country antiques and lots of one of a kind iron architectural salvage pieces. I ended up buying an antique chandelier and a dinning table. A very "Varanda" elegant, distressed wood feeling that has such southern charm. Not budget shopping - but so worth it.
So don't give up on Houston. If you know where to go, it's a gem.