Courtnay Tartt Elias, interior designer/owner of firm Creative Tonic, welcomed VIPs into her beautiful Memorial-area home for a private kickoff event to welcome designers Phoebe Howard, in from Jacksonville, and Timothy Whealon, in from New York. Howard and Whealon mingled with local design luminaries Mela & Roam’s Courtney Barton, Found’s Ruth Davis, Maison Maison’s Suzanne Duin, and designers Sarah Eilers and Julia Rudin.
The following day at The Houston Design Center Fall Market, Howard and Whealon imparted industry know-how in a panel moderated by Heritage Texas Properties chairman/CEO Robin Mueck, held in the Alkusari Stone showroom. Howard is actually known as Mrs. Howard, per the name of her charming design store in Jacksonville, with locations also in Jacksonville Beach, Atlanta and Charlotte. Following the panel discussion, Howard and Whealon signed copies of their new books, Mrs. Howard, Room by Room and In Pursuit of Beauty: The Interiors of Timothy Whealon. Design-minded: HDC’s Sheri and Grant Roane, and Denzil Hollingsworth; Paloma Contreras, Beth Lindsey, Jan Hale, Lisa Slappey, Chaille Ralph, Ken Kehoe, Jillian Sitter O’Neill, Emily Davis, and Texas Heritage Properties’ Mike Mahlstedt and Jaclyn Reed.
SOMERSET GREEN TOASTS HDC’S DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY
More than 400 HDC patrons gathered that evening at the new Somerset Green adjacent to HDC, to toast the 30th anniversary of the 15-acre Houston Design Center, recently purchased by MLB Capital Partners. Luxury chartered cars, courtesy of Audi Central Houston, ferried guests on tours of the neighboring new European- style gated Somerset Green developed by Hines. Designers, architects and the design savvy toasted three decades of HDC with glasses of bubbly and bites by the resort-style pool. In the crowd: Hines’ Sandra Porter and George Lancaster; HDC’s Sheri and Grant Roane, Fred Baca, and Todd Mason; artist David Hardaker; The Vintage Contessa Donae Chramosta; and designers Teri Pugh and Isabel Mendez.