Speaking in Volumes

Designer Headliners at Theta

Catherine D. Anspon  |  Photos by Bunny Williams, Celerie Kemble
December 04, 2013

The august Theta Charity Antiques Show, a collecting tradition that goes back to 1952 — Miss Ima Hogg shopped here — holds court once again at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall A, Thursday through Sunday, November 21 through 24. Theta’s 61st iteration, “Gardens and Grandeur,” promises erudite, rare and intriguing riches in the booths of its 50 U.S. and European purveyors. But there’s more — this year’s show-goers will be illuminated about how to live with their antique treasures, thanks to a speaker’s series that lures six of America’s most esteemed designers and decorative tastemakers to town. Thursday, November 21, 10:30 am, Celerie Kemble’s Q-and-A with PaperCity editor in chief Holly Moore kicks off the Bobby Sue Smith Cohn Forum Lecture Series, followed by signings of Kemble’s tomes Black and White (and a Little in Between): Timeless Interiors, as well as her earlier books. The series continues with Elissa “Ellie” Cullman and Tracey Pruzan, co-authors of The Detailed Interior: Decorating Up Close with Cullman & Kravis (Thursday, November 21, 2 pm); celebrated design doyenne Bunny Williams, featured speaker at the show luncheon, signing Scrapbook for Living (Friday, November 22, 11 am); Danielle Rollins, author of Soirée: Entertaining with Style (Saturday, November 23, 10:30 am); and the pedigreed Alexa Hampton, who concludes the series with a flourish by penning in her eponymous volumes Alexa Hampton: Decorating in Detail and Alexa Hampton: The Language of Interior Design (Saturday, November 23, 2 pm). All lectures $10 plus $10 show admission; show luncheon with Bunny Williams $80 per person. Advance tickets thetacharityantiquesshow.com.