Back Row Home is located in Houston, Texas, just outside the loop off the Katy Freeway. Two well-known vendors, 2Lucy’s Antiques and Leighton Hale Antiques, own the beautiful 16,000 sq. ft. showroom on the “Back Row” of the Memorial Design Center.
Our shop specializes in antique American and European furniture, architectural and decorative pieces. We also carry a fabulous selection of tabletop, bedding, rugs, pillows, accessories, holiday and gift items.
Owners Tracey Shingledecker and Kelly O’Donnell search the European countryside and antique fairs for pieces to add to their collection of 18th and 19th century antiques. Add in a mix of industrial and mid-century modern pieces and what you have is the amazing collection that the 2 Lucy’s have assembled. Their motto is, “We only buy what we love.”
In 2004, Tracey was building a new home in the Memorial area of Houston. Among design features planned was a dramatic “old” fireplace for the home’s great room. A search locally and regionally was unproductive, which led her to consider a European source. Before she set out for France, Tracey invited her friend, Kelly, to accompany her. They toured the fairs, byways, and small towns throughout France.
In the process, they learned a great deal about sourcing antiques, negotiating purchases and dealing with the red tape of shipping goods from French coastal ports to the port of Houston. The experience led them to a discussion on creating a business to import European antiques and accessories to Houston, and in 2005 the company named 2Lucy’s was formed. The name reflects the founders’ similarity to the “Lucy” character created by Lucille Ball in I love Lucy.
The pair initially housed the antique inventory they acquired in contracted space in showrooms operated by established merchants. Additional growth led the pair to create Back Row Home with Leighton Hale Antiques, in the new 12,000 square foot facility on the North side of the Katy Freeway.
Leighton Hale Antiques
Leighton learned to appreciate antiques at a very early age. At the hand of his mother, a lifelong antiques lover, he became fascinated by the idea of finding treasures of the past at the local antique shops, estate sales and, on a few special occasions, abandoned old houses and farms in the Texas countryside.
Years later he decided to study business management and culinary arts, and then relocated from Houston to Los Angeles. In 2003 he accepted a position at the Design Center for Richmond American Homes, in Encino, CA. where he learned a great deal about home and interior design.
This experience combined with his passion and appreciation for antiques led him to go out on his own and become an antiques dealer. His business philosophy would be quite simple, “never buy and sell an antique I wouldn’t put in my own house.”
After moving to Anacortes, WA, Leighton opened his first shop inside a quaint antiques showroom in town. Two more moves would follow, which allowed him to open his own shops and manage the sales desks at the Montgomery Antique Galleries, in Montgomery, AL, and since 2009, the Memorial Antiques and Interiors (MAI) showrooms in Houston, TX.
In 2010 Leighton expanded his business and began traveling to Europe to find and import antiques and accessories from France, Belgium, Spain and others. He’s become particularly familiar with the French countryside while studying under French antiquarian Jean-Francois Vitrollis, a veteran “brocanteur” and experienced antiques exporter. Today Leighton travels the US and Europe in search of unique and interesting antiques.
Continued business success recently led him to partner with 2 Lucy’s Antiques to create “Back Row Home,” a new 12,000 sq. ft. showroom on the north side of the Katy Freeway.