Dynamic lineup to include Bunny Williams, P. Allen Smith, Jeffrey Dungan, and Ariella Chezar
HOUSTON – The Houston Design Center is pleased to welcome an illustrious line up of talent for its spring design event, Design in Bloom presented by Flower Magazine on Tuesday, March 26. The second annual event includes a lively presentation with renowned interior designer and author Bunny Williams, award-winning architect Jeffrey Dungan, garden and lifestyle expert P. Allen Smith, and floral designer Ariella Chezar. The presentation will be moderated by Margot Shaw, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Flower Magazine.
Throughout the day guests are invited to attend individual design lectures and book signings with Bunny Williams, Jeffrey Dungan, and P. Allen Smith, a floral demonstration and book signing with Ariella Chezar, and peruse pop-up shops. The festivities will conclude at the Design in Bloom mixer.
Design in Bloom, presented by Flower Magazine, is held in partnership with Texas Design Week Houston, a week-long celebration of design with panel discussions, salon talks, book signings and cocktails with some of the most recognized names in the design business.
Event sponsors for Design in Bloom include James Craig Furnishings, LEE Industries, Leisure Collections, Leslie Hannah Curated Home, Scene One Interiors, Thorntree Slate & Marble, Audi Central Houston, Bosch, Alkusari Stone, Charlotte Nail Antiques, Dream Theaters, Fleur De Vie, Texas Design Week; in-kind sponsors are Clos Du Val, Cuts of Color, PaperCity, Perrier, Rombauer Vineyards, The Macallan, Curate and Mayesh. The official hotel is The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston.
Tickets are required to attend each event. The Design in Bloom VIP Panel Presentation is reserved for VIP ticket holders and sponsors. VIP ticket holders will enjoy exclusive access to the Bloom Room complete with hospitality, lunch, and book signings. Seating is limited. For tickets, please visit designinbloom2019.com. For more information call 713-864-2660.
About the Panelists
Interior Design | New York, NY
Considered one of the most talented names in design, Bunny is also an accomplished businesswoman, entrepreneur, author, and philanthropist. Bunny Williams Associates is renowned for balancing refined beauty, welcoming livable appeal, and attention to detail. Bunny’s work can be found across the United States and abroad, in city apartments, country estates and cottages; in the mountains and by the water. Bunny’s own houses and her long career have provided ample material and inspiration for six books to date, and she is a sought-after speaker and mentor on design, decoration, gardening, and entertaining. Never one to rest on her many awards, accolades, and honors, Bunny keeps her eye on what’s next, whether it’s her collaborations with Ballard Designs, Bunny Williams Home, or her next book.
Architect | Birmingham, AL
Jeffrey Dungan is an acclaimed Southern architect whose work can been seen throughout North and Central America. Recognized for his clean and modern approach to traditional vernaculars and classical architecture, he is a fresh voice in the industry. He has been honored with awards from the American Institute of Architects and has won three coveted Shutze awards from the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. Dungan’s work has been featured in numerous books and publications. His new book, The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses features light-filled houses built with an emphasis on natural materials that are made to be handed on to future generations.
P. Allen Smith
Garden & Lifestyle Expert | Little Rock, AR
P. Allen Smith has parlayed a lifelong passion for the natural world into a career that allows him to share garden, home, and lifestyle knowledge and insights with a worldwide audience. As a conservationist, author, and television host he is a trusted resource for tried-and-true methods as well as cutting-edge knowledge in the small farm and garden communities. His PBS television show Garden Home is now in its 19th season. Whether its old-school flocks, eating local or green innovations, he combines them all at the farm he designed at Moss Mountain—a place grounded in history, inspired by his southern upbringing and guided by modern-day application.
Floral Design | New York, NY
Ariella Chezar is the author of Seasonal Flower Arranging, The Flower Workshop and Flowers for the Table and a master floral designer who has appeared in numerous publications. She has created floral designs for hundreds of weddings and events including Christmas at the White House. Ariella lectures at botanical gardens and museums and teaches her popular flower workshops around the world. She owns Zonneveld Farm, a sustainable flower farm in upstate New York and lives in the Berkshires with her husband, two children and their many pets.
Flower Magazine Founder | Birmingham, AL
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Margot Shaw studied art history at Hollins College in Virginia and interior design at the University of Texas. Once a self-confessed “call and order flowers girl,” Shaw reached a watershed moment when planning her daughter’s wedding. Working alongside the floral and event designer, she recognized the artistry and inspiration involved in floral design and soon began apprenticing with the same designer. Unable to locate a publication that spoke to her passion, she set about creating one and launched Flower Magazine. Now in its 11th year, the magazine has grown to include features on homes, gardens, entertaining, and lifestyle. Margot is a sought-after speaker at antique & garden shows, museums, botanical gardens, interior design centers, and more. Her new book, Living Floral, published by Rizzoli, will be released in spring 2019.
About Flower Magazine
Flower is a niche publication for readers passionate about elegant living. Launched in the spring of 2007, the national publication has grown to a readership of over 250,000. For more information, including web-exclusive content, visit flowermag.com or search for Flower magazine on social media.
About The Houston Design Center
Located at 7026 Old Katy Road, The Houston Design Center is the city’s preferred destination for the best in luxury residential and commercial furnishings and products. With more than 45 showrooms and design firms, the center provides design professionals and the design-inspired unique services and solutions that are second to none. The Houston Design Center is open Monday – Friday from 9 AM – 5 PM and Saturday from 10 AM – 4 PM. For individual showroom times and additional information, visit thehoustondesigncenter.com.