Style Summits at Houston Design Center

Book signings delight and design lab gets technical

By Seth Vaughan. Photography Kim Coffman, Daniel Ortiz.  |  Photos by Kim Coffman, Daniel Ortiz
September 06, 2013
Event Date:
April 09, 2013

Houston Design Center on Old Katy Road beckoned the shelter set for a discourse on gracious living and a master class on shepherding business via social media conduits. It all began with a cocktail party, naturally. Hosts Kelli and Mike Bridges welcomed the design-savvy to their River Oaks residence, newly decorated care of Ken Kehoe, for an intimate gathering toasting Cindy Smith and Jane Schwab — Charlotte-based designers, the retailers behind Circa Interiors & Antiques and the authors of Rizzoli’s newly minted The Welcoming House: The Art of Living Graciously. Cocktail chatter was punctuated by bites and boissons as guests bought books and had them inscribed. Bookies: Jana Giammalva, Jim Reeder, Eric Nevil, Janet Gust, Mary and John Pike, Janus Lazaris, Lynne Jones, fabric fella Rusty Arena, Sarah Eilers, and Christofle’s Vicki Rusca. Robert Bunch and Barbara Shoemaker’s showroom, Bunch & Shoemaker, played host to the next day’s festivities, which kicked off Houston Design Center’s Market. Smith and Schwab delivered a keynote address with Southern design advice; a light lunch was served followed by an afternoon of talks and presentations. To market, to market: HDC owners Sheri and Grant Roane, Kathryn Wilson, Missy Stewart, Lauren Phillips, Donna Jarigan, Denzil Hollingsworth, PR personage Alton LaDay, and Sheryl Stringer. For the final installment, Kate Stukenberg — PaperCity’s executive editor, fashion/digital — hosted PaperCity DesignLab, conducting a tech tutorial with specific focus on the design world, at Connie LeFevre’s showroom, Design House. Plugged in: Ashley Wynne, Leslie Carothers, Pam Hoffer, Peggy McGowen, Brad Campbell, and Yun Kum Collins.