This Weekend: Antiques and Books

Twice each year, the Houston Antiques Dealers Association, aka HADA, puts on our town’s largest antique show at the George R. Brown Convention Center.   HADA is the oldest show in Houston and has over 150 dealers, represented from across the globe.   The Fall show is this weekend,  Friday, Sept. 17 until Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, along with a by-invitation-only preview party on Thursday night.  


image For more information and details, see the HADA web site HERE.


Most exciting at the HADA show are the stellar star speakers presented by the fab style magazine PaperCity.   On Friday, the following giants in the design world will be speaking and signing their latest books:   Jan Showers,  Hutton Wilkinson, and our favorite – Bobby McAlpine.   The three will also be signing books at the Thursday Preview Party from 6:30 – 9:00 pm.   The venue for the speakers and signings is the PaperCity Book Boutique and Style Salon booth set up inside HADA. 

If you are interested in hearing these three speak – be sure to check out the schedule below:


Friday:  September 17:

11:00 HADA’s doors open

11:30 Jan Showers, Glamorous Rooms, followed by her book signing.
1:00 Bobby McAlpine, The Home Within Us, followed by his book signing.
2:30 Hutton Wilkinson, Tony Duquette, followed by his book signing.

Additionally, Paper City’s Catherine Anspon will be pre-selling her upcoming book, Texas Artists Today.

NOTE:   This event is going to be packed with limited seating only, so PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE  RSVP or call Seth at 713.524.0606 x.239.


imageDallas based interior and furniture designer Jan Showers will speak Friday, Sept. 17 at 11:30 am.   Showers is famous for her mid-century modernism designs along with her classic eighteenth-century French style.    Her work has been published in numerous magazines and design books.  Showers line of exquisite furniture is sold in fine showrooms throughout the U.S.  To peruse her web site, go HERE.



image Showers will sign her book Glamorous Rooms after her talk.



imageOne of the Skirted Roundtable’s most favorite guest (listen HERE) architect Bobby McAlpine will be speaking at 1:00 pm.  Besides being tops in the field of architecture,  McAlpine is also an interior and furniture designer.   He heads both McAlpine Tankersley Architecture and McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors and also creates furniture for Lee Industries. McAlpine’s web site is HERE.



image Following his talk will be the book signing of The Home Within Us, one of the best design books to come out this year. 



image And Hutton Wilkinson, 30 year business partner of Tony Duquette, will speak at 2:30 pm.   Wilkinson, a designer, is president of Tony Duquette, Inc. and the Elsie DeWolfe Foundation.  Duquette was a famous interior, jewelry and set designer in Hollywood and Wilkinson has written two beautiful books about Duquette, thus keeping his legacy alive and vital.    He will be signing both books after his talk.






image Both of these glamorous books by Hutton Wilkinson will be available for signing.


If you are new to Houston, or have never been, HADA is THE antique show not to be missed.  Over the years, my mother, sister and I have practically furnished our houses with the antiques and smalls we’ve bought there.   But, even if you are not in the market to buy, it’s great fun and quite informative to just walk up and down the aisle meeting with knowledgeable dealers from around the world.  


Remember:  For reservations to the speaking engagements. email, or call Seth at 713-524-0606 x 239.

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