About Us

House and Town has 40 years of industry know-how, experienced local craftspeople, and exceptional client services. Our upholstery is made by designers for designers.

The Long Way Home (Our Story)

The local company Custom Designs & Upholstery came to life in 1976 thanks to a beloved Houston business man, Ernest Jaster. Ernest passed on after operating a successful custom furniture and upholstery company for 20 years. The company then transitioned to Houston interior designer Gayle Greenwood and her husband John in 2004. Having worked with Earnest for years to create gorgeous furnishings for Gayle’s clients, both Gayle and John had gotten to know and love his team. With their help, a new company emerged called Custom Designs by Greenerobin. The business grew for 10 more years until John Greenwood passed on in 2016.

Laura Umansky, another Houston interior designer, trusted Custom Designs with her client’s upholstery needs since she started her design firm in 2006. Not only did she want this Houston custom furniture and upholstery company to continue, Laura knew many of the artisans who crafted the beautiful custom pieces. In effort to help the company and the craftsmen flourish, she and her husband, Michael, acquired the company in December of 2016. Their goal: to make it even stronger for the staff that has been there for more than 20 years.

This means forging stronger bonds with new artisans, as well as cultivating current relationships with the architectural and design community that has supported the work of Custom Designs for 40 years. In the tradition of adopting a new name with new ownership, Laura and Michael have created House + Town in effort to capture the spirit of Ernest and his original mission. Their goal is to connect clients in search of the perfect custom furniture with the local or regional artisans who consistently craft one-of-a-kind pieces. Let your home reflect yourself and your city. House + Town can help.

Our mission is to provide the best custom upholstery service in Houston, period. Not only do we have an extensive artisan network - including woodworkers, seamstresses, cushioners, and upholsterers - we source the highest quality materials available. We focus on two key components of the industry: commercial and contract firms such as offices, restaurants, & hotels, as well as fine residential firms. Be sure to visit our Gallery Page to see more examples of our quality upholstery work.

Meet Our Team


Laura Umansky


Interior Design & Creative Director


Michael Umansky


Tech Entrepreneur & Seasoned CEO


Fabian Segura

Operations Director

Operations & Accounting Wizard