Move Over New York | Top Designers Flock To Houston For First Annual Design Week

Last week was by far the busiest I’ve been since the new year began, and what a week it was. From numerous book signings to one-on-one interviews to hanging side by side with the who’s who of interior design, I can say that I made it through.

When you think of the interior design capital of the world, many will say L.A., Miami, or New York, but interior design takes place wherever you are in the world. Inspiration is everywhere, and from what I learned you just have to open your eyes and let your unique character and personality shine through. In Houston, high-rise condos are on every corner and so are the mansions one sees in Architectural Digest’s glistening pages. With much anticipation around the high-end metro-area, readers and fans of PaperCity Magazine honed in on their excitement with the May 2017 issue, Art + Decoration Abound, gearing up for the stylish week ahead. PC Magazine kicked off their first annual Texas Design Week (first gathering held in Dallas last Fall) opening with an intimate Mother’s Day signing with design and social media celebrity (with over 90,000+ followers) Mark D. Sikes, author of Beautiful: All-American Decorating and Timeless Style at Meredith O’Donnell showroom on Post Oak; leading up to the biggest night of the week — The Design Awards. With over 200+ entries and categories ranging from Top Residential Interior Design to Product Design, winners walked away with more than high remarks and recognition in the presence of the greats, but cool swag and a memorable night among friends.

Guests were invited to keynotes and insight on all things design from French chic with Florence de Dampierre, Houston home designer Ronda Rice Carman, Atlanta’s Danielle Rollins, Caleb Anderson, and Robert Leleux at West Ave and so many more.

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From showroom’s housed throughout Upper Kirby and West Ave, guests and celebrity designers got an in-depth look at what Houston had to offer in all things interior design and what they can expect in the future. To bring upon inspiration and love of space, PaperCity Magazine partner with West Ave Houston, which provided the ultimate layout for parties and keynotes, as well as an epic Rizzoli bookstore (where guests and photogs found me indulging in all things art and glossy pages for my next coffee table set up). Move just around the corner on West Alabama, Found provided the perfect sanctuary for brunch and mimosas, whereas Chateau Domingue rendered the ultimate showroom; designed for rustic takes on design, Chateau guests toured the castle like space while enjoying crab cake scones (where I ate more than I am comfortable disclosing to the public) provided by Swift Catering Company and signings by British great, Martyn Lawerence Bullard.

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All in all, the week tested my skills on styling, questioning how to look impeccable next to Vicente Wolf’s sharp dressed seer-sucker suit to Kardashian mansion visionary Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s Gucci sneakers and geometrically embroidered blazer. I opted for flexible, comfortable, but most importantly cool fabrics that I could easily dress up or down in between events (there was no shame changing between pumps, booties, and flats in the driver seat of the MINI). Taking the event spaces into consideration, my favorites of the week were my Aritzia Wilfred Free Swanepoel Dress worn at FOUND for the home showroom, Zara mini dress (mistaken for Versace a few times) paired with Zara Contrast Heel Ankle Boots worn at Kartell (latest flagship store to open in H-Town), but a guest favorite – Zara ruffle t-shirt paired with Zara tapered trousers, Topshop gold hoops, and Vince Camuto pointed toe pumps worn at Decorative Center – Houston. 

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Check out all the BTS looks from what was Texas Design Week — Houston and you may even catch a familiar face during your browse. Visit SouthernMannor on Instagram and soon on YouTube. 

*Camera: iPhone 6; Edit: VSCO C1, G3, M5 presets

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