When Hurricane Rita came through the area in 2005, it forced longtime Bridge City residents Terry and Melinda Bean to relocate to Orangefield.

It also gave them an idea to open a design studio and one for rugs. “We wound up doing a rug studio, because we couldn’t afford to do both,” said Terry.

Planned for more than a year, Ike delayed the opening of Accents’ Rug Gallery until the last week in October.

They are the exclusive dealer of Capel brand area rugs. “We brought Dallas and Houston to Beaumont,” said Terry. There are more than 10,000 styles available, but the studio only has room to keep 300 on hand. Most rugs are delivered to the store within seven days, with up to 14 for larger rugs that have to be sent by freight, excluding special orders which could take six months to one year for delivery. 

They offer hand tufted, hand-looped, hand-knotted, one of a kind and machine made rugs. A designer is available to help match rugs if needed. Special orders can be made for any size rug or design. According to the Beans, it may take an entire village to create a custom rug, which is why they take so long. In stock, the Beans have 9 by 11 rugs starting at $305 and offer novelty rugs of leather with a 5 by 8 starting at $195.

The store also carries lamps, chandeliers, vanities, wall art, home decor and select pieces of furniture.

All of the walls and floors of the showroom are filled with examples of Melinda’s faux finishes. She has been a muralist for 21 years and considered “accomplished” for more than nine. “I’d put her Tuscany work against any of them,” Terry said proudly, talking about some of her “broken brick” work.

The Beans are very excited about a new faux finish product, JaDecor. The new wall finish looks like granite, feels like cloth, is mold resistant, can be used for sound proofing, encapsulates heat and all the products are green. Terry said it doesn’t look like any other finish; the closest thing to it would be Venetian plaster at almost half the cost. He says JaDecor is the easiest of all faux finishes to fix if damaged. Available in Europe for over 30 years, Melinda has had it for only a couple of weeks and is the only certified installer of JaDecor from Houston to Florida.

They are also part of the Neighbors Helping Neighbors program. To help with the rebuilding of Orange County, and their hometown, they are offering 20 percent off anything in the store, including Melinda’s faux finishing until 2010 to anyone flooded in the storm. They also have 90-day layaway. 

The Bean’s roots to Bridge City run deep. Terry’s parents moved to Bridge City “right after the name changed from Prairie View.”
Terry and all his siblings graduated from Bridge City High School His brother, James, played on the championship team with Steve Worster and his sisters, Penny and Vickie were drum majors.

Terry and Melinda, married 24 years, have two children. James, 23, graduated from Bridge City and works in the store. Jade, 19, is a senior at Orangefield.

The store, 3195 Dowlen Road between Chico’s and Balboa Company,  is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Melinda’s finishing Web site is www.melindasfauxandpaintedeffects.com and she can be e-mailed at fauxfina1@yahoo.com.

The Beans ask the public to “come feel the difference.” Call the store for more information at 866-1949.

About Penny LeLeux

Penny has worked at The Record Newspapers since 2006. A member of the editorial staff, she has "done everything but print it." Most frequently she writes entertainment reviews and human interest stories, with a little paranormal thrown in from time to time.She has been a lifelong member of the Orangefield community.