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Vaunted Antiques Show Draws Timeless Style Lovers and Mega-Watt Designers

The Power of Flowers in Full Bloom

BY // 11.26.18
photography Jenny Antill Clifton, Emile Brown

The Theta Charity Antiques Show was in full bloom for its 66th year, celebrating the timeless beauty of botanicals with a show that brought together nearly 70 exhibitors of fine art, furniture, and decor from ancient to contemporary times. The theme was inspired by honorary design chair Ashley Woodson Bailey and her breathtaking floral wallpaper, which decorated the exhibition space and made for the ideal selfie backdrop for guests.

More than 550 guests— many in pearls, scarves, and grandmothers’ furs given the chilly temperatures — turned out for the preview party on Thursday night for cocktails, light bites, and, naturally, to snap up some prime pieces in advance of general admission. Partygoers were all abuzz that mega-watt designers Miles Redd and Suzanne Kasler were both in attendance. Music by Luxury Trio punctuated through the booths, filled with stunning vignettes filled everything from verdant floral displays to Americana art.

On Saturday, 150 fans of style icon and lifestyle maven Carolyne Roehm attended a late morning talk sponsored by PaperCity. Over coffee and donuts (which happen to be Roehm’s guilty pleasure), local designer Paloma Contreras — in the middle of her book tour for Dream, Design, Live — interviewed Roehm, who is captivating and inspiring.

Roehm — of whom Oprah Winfrey said, “She’s a diva, she’s the master, she’s my mentor” — is the author of 13 lifestyle books and worked for Oscar de la Renta before launching her own successful clothing line. Her latest book, Design & Style: A Constant Thread is a memoir — and proves that life can be as messy as it is beautiful. In her interview with Contreras, she revealed nature is her ultimate teacher in all things and that classicism and history have the ultimate staying power, and leopard is not just a neutral, but also historical — humans have been wearing it since the loincloth days, after all. Afterwards, Roehm and Contreras signed books and chatted with guests.

The weekend was filled with talks by Ashley Woodson Bailey, designers James Farmer, Suzanne Kasler, and Miles Redd; designer walks with celebrated designers Paloma Contreras, James Farmer, Courtnay Tartt Elias, Courtney Hill Fertittta, J. Randall Powers, and Hallie Henley Simms; and art walks with art experts Sarah Foltz and Melissa Grobmyer.

Since its founding in 1952, TCAS has given nearly $8 million to myriad cultural, community, educational and medical causes in Houston. This year, the show benefitted eight beneficiaries including MFAH Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, Child Advocates, Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation, Texas Children’s Hospital, Arrow’s Freedom Place, Christian Community Service Center, Second Servings of Houston, and Small Steps Nurturing Center.

PC Seen: TCAS co-chairs Vicki Lovin and Jennifer O’Donnell; preview party co-chairs Giggy Thanheiser and Melissa Schnitzer; honorary design chair Ashley Woodson Bailey; President of the Houston Alumnae Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta Deborah Dunkum; host committee members Mary Kristen Valentine and Laurie Dorfman; Lynn Wyatt, Susie Criner, Courtnay Tartt Elias, Courtney Hill Fertitta, Hallie Henley Sims, Sarah Foltz, Allison Ayers, David and Nicole Zarr, Jennifer and John Daly, Frances and Wynne Sharp, Devon Liedtke, Betty and Steve Newton, Allison Crosswell, Ann Wolf, Ashley Holden, Amy Urquhart, Carolyn Dodson, Liz Anders, and Christie Sullivan.

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