Fab Lab

Mimi Wadsworth’s B2 is a hive of inspirations—and sometimes a good meal. 

Mimi Wadsworth in a room used for generating ideas inside B2

When the owners of Houston’s Boxwood realized their clients were becoming more like family members, co-owners Mimi Wadsworth and her brother/designer Bret Duhon decided to give them a home. Last June, the siblings converted a 1950s ranch house and convenience store into a showroom, naming the new space B2. In January, they remodeled the 3,000-square-foot building, with the various rooms becoming individual hothouses for design ideas. “It is like a lab,” says Wadsworth, a former English teacher and mother of two. “We’re able to show our clients what we’re talking about and working on—from paint colors to pillows, refrigerators and flowers.” (Indeed, they employ a full-time florist.) Adds the 45-year-old, “And with our new kitchen, we get to feed them.”

Coffee, fresh-baked cookies and wine are understandable reasons to swing by B2 with your designer. More so, the chance to check out, say, Belgian furniture or an eye-popping array of Farrow and Ball paint samples is another. There’s more. Pay attention as you walk through the house. There’s one room dedicated to nothing but lampshades. A sitting-room closet is filled with color-coordinated fabric samples. Pause in the bedroom for headboard ideas. When you get to the newly remodeled kitchen, have a seat. But look quickly. Depending on the week, the kitchen table could be parquet-topped barn wood, always custom-made in-house. And always for sale. “We can’t get too attached to our furniture,” she says with a sigh.

Wadsworth’s Hots
Veuve Clicquot, Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille perfume, fresh-cut peonies, Farrow and Ball’s Cornforth White, Schumacher velvet textiles, rock crystal chandeliers, Arabescato white marble, a man in a tux and bow tie

Wadsworth’s Nots
Itchy textiles, poor lighting in a room, clutter, sloppy millwork, my daughters growing up