Style takes center stage during Texas Design Week

Design enthusiasts and professionals will get a treat this week with the launch of the inaugural Texas Design Week, nearly a week of forums and talks, book signings and parties reveling in the city's stylish side.

The brainchild of friends Alton LaDay, president of Alton LaDay Media, and Holly Moore, founder and editor in chief of PaperCity magazine, TXDW will bring some of the country's top design leaders together to discuss their work and new collections as well as to sign copies of their newest books.

Gables West Ave at street level will be the event's main hub, but events are sprinkled all around town.

More than one speaker on the list will be signing new books, including Martyn Lawrence Bullard, P. Gaye Tapp, Michael S. Smith, Carl Dellatore and Vicente Wolf.

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Texas Design Week

When: through Friday

Where: Gables West Ave (street level) is the main hub; some events elsewhere

Tickets: $100 general admission; $250 VIP All Access pass (includes reserved seating for 1); $1,000 Texas Insider (includes reserved seating for 2);

Full schedule:

A Friday forum on bedding brings together Texas designers of luxury linens, including Karen Pulaski of Tribute Goods and Bailey McCarthy of Biscuit Home. The designers will display their latest goods and participate in a conversation moderated by author-designer Robert Leleux.

Here is the schedule:


11 a.m.: Martyn Lawrence Bullard will be the keynoter, talking about design and his newest book, "Martyn Lawrence Bullard: Design & Decoration" (Rizzoli). At Chateau Domingue, 3615 W. Alabama. (General admission)

2 p.m.: Luxe Interiors & Design and Ann Sacks present a talk with Erin Heaton, Ann Sacks product manager, at West Ave. (General admission)

4 p.m.: Nina Magon of Contour Interior Design will discuss 2017 hospitality design trends and recap of HD Expo, High Point Market and the Decorative Center of Houston Spring Market. At Poliform Showroom, West Ave. (General admission)


10 a.m.: A panel discussion with designers Robert Leleux, Danielle Rollins, Caleb Anderson, Florence de Dampierre and Ronda Rice Carman, followed by book signings, at West Ave. (General admission)

1 p.m.: P. Gaye Tapp will discuss stylemakers such as Babe Paley, Bunny Melon, Evangeline Bruce, Helene Rochas and Pauline de Rothschild and sign copies of her new book, "How They Decorated: Inspiration From Great Women of the Twentieth Century" (Rizzoli) at Found, 3433 W. Alabama. (General admission)

4 p.m.: Michael S. Smith and Viyet CEO Elizabeth Brown will be the afternoon keynoters. He will sign copies of his book, "The Curated House: Creating Style, Beauty and Balance" (Rizzoli), at Internum, 3303 Kirby. (General admission)


11:30 a.m.: Interior Design Master Class with author Carl Dellatore, and designers Vicente Wolf and Madeline Stuart. Dellatore and Wolf will sign copies of their new books. At David Sutherland Showroom, Decorative Center Houston, 5120 Woodway, Suite 170. (General admission)

3 p.m.: Vicente Wolf and Katie Scott will discuss their jewelry collection, inspired by nature and architecture. Followed by trunk show; Wolf will sign copies of his book, "The Four Elements of Design: Interiors Inspired by Earth, Water, Air and Fire" (Rizzoli), at the West Egg Pop Up Shop at West Ave. (Requires a TXDW Insider Ticket)

4:30 p.m.: Jessica Napp, associate director at Rizzoli publishing, will speak on "Navigating a Book From Conception to Proposal to Contract," at West Ave. (General admission)


10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Meet and shop new collections with leading luxury linen designers, all from Texas, including Biscuit Home, Hibiscus Linens, Jacquelyn Reese Appliqué Linens, Peacock Alley represented by Longoria Collection, and Tribute Goods. Robert Leleux will lead the panel discussion at West Ave. (General admission)

1 p.m.: Studio visit at Artadia Houston to meet artist Joseph Havel. (Requires a TXDW Insider Ticket).

5 p.m.: Dr. Rebecca Peabody, head of research projects and programs at the Getty Research Institute, and Valerie Cassel Oliver, senior curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston at Rothko Chapel, will discuss Peabody's work. At Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon. (General admission)