Renown interior designers speaking at Theta Charity Antiques Show

HOUSTON — Known as one of the top antiques shows in the country, the 61st Annual Theta Charity Antiques Show “Gardens and Grandeur” has planned another stunning event this year. The Show, chaired by Cynthia Adkins and Liz Rigney, takes place November 21-24 at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall A. For four days, shopping enthusiasts and antiques aficionados will be able to peruse the best antiques from fine art to furniture showcased by premier antiques dealers from around the world.

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Room settings accentuate the fine antiques and accessories of Olivier Fleury.

The 61st Annual Theta Charity Antiques Show is a shopping paradise for the experienced antiques collector with 50 premier dealers from the U.S. and Europe. Everything an antiques collector could desire and more will be on display at this year’s show. From Victorian pottery for majolica lovers to rare mid-19th century furniture for the savvy interior designer, guests will find that special, eye-catching “got to have it” item.

Also, shoppers new to antiquing will find fabulous pieces at affordable prices at the new collector’s booth. This booth offers a wide range of antiques from lamps and furniture to jewelry and crystal. An insider’s tip for shoppers is to arrive early to peruse all of the booths to find that “special antique.” At the 61st Annual Theta Charity Antiques Show, dealers offer a wide range of prices from modest to the extravagant.

The antiques show also has an anticipated line-up of speakers again this year. Exciting guest speakers include home interiors guru Celerie Kemble, who will kick off the Bobby Sue Smith Cohn Lecture Series; Elissa “Ellie” Cullman and her colleague Tracey Pruzan, co-authors of “The Detailed Interior: Decoration Up Close with Cullman & Kravis”; renowned interior designer Bunny Williams will speak at Friday’s Luncheon; Danielle Rollins, and award-winning interior designer Alexa Hampton will wrap up the lecture series on Saturday, November 23.

Bobby Sue Smith Cohn Forum Lecture Series: Thursday, November 21; 10:30 a.m.

  • Celerie

    Celerie Kemble

    Speaker: Celerie Kemble
    Celerie Kemble, known for her expertise in home interiors, will kick off the Bobby Sue Smith Cohn Forum Lecture Series on Thursday morning.

    Kemble is a partner at Kemble Interiors, New York and has spent the past fifteen years cultivating a portfolio of much publicized residential and commercial interiors that are as unique and diverse as her international clientele.

    After her talk, she will sign copies of her books “Black and White (and a Little in Between): Timeless Interiors, Dramatic Accents, and Stylish Collections” and “Celerie Kemble: To Your Taste: Creating Modern Rooms with a Traditional Twist.”

Bobby Sue Smith Cohn Forum Lecture Series: Thursday, November 21; 2 p.m.

  • Tracey Pruzan and Ellie Cullman

    Tracey Pruzan and Ellie Cullman

    Speakers: Elissa “Ellie” Cullman and Tracey Pruzan
    Author, designer and founding partner at Cullman & Kravis, Inc., Elissa “Ellie” Cullman will speak at the 2013 Show with her colleague Tracey Pruzan. Cullman was featured in Architectural Digest’s AD 100 list for over a decade and she also is acknowledged for her expertise in researching, authenticating and documenting art and antiques collections.

    Tracey Pruzan joined Cullman & Kravis as a Project Manager in 1992 and she has published many articles on decorating and on antiques.

    Cullman and Pruzan will join forces to discuss their decorating style and their new book. A book signing of “The Detailed Interior: Decoration Up Close with Cullman & Kravis” will follow their talk.

Luncheon: Friday, November 22; 11 a.m.

  • Bunny Williams

    Bunny Williams

    Speaker: Bunny Williams
    Bunny Williams, a sought-after New York based designer and expert in her field, will speak to Show guests on Friday, November 22.

    Her work has been featured nationally and Williams has received honors and recognition in the Interior Design Hall of Fame, House Beautiful Giants of Design and Elle Décor’s A List.

    Following Williams’ lecture, she will sign copies of her book “Scrapbook For Living.”

Bobby Sue Smith Cohn Forum Lecture Series: Saturday, November 23; 10:30 a.m.

  • Danielle Rollins

    Danielle Rollins

    Speaker: Danielle Rollins
    Author of bestseller “Soirée Entertaining with Style,” contributing editor for Veranda and lifestyle editor for, Danielle Rollins is quickly becoming one of the nation’s leading lifestyle experts.

    Deemed a “genuine expert— natural born entertainer,” by Veranda, Rollins will take the podium and speak to Theta Show guests on Saturday, November 23 with a book signing to follow.

    Channeling the style of Grace Kelly, the wit of Lucille Ball and the decorating and entertaining approach of Dorothy Draper (mixed with a little fantasy from the ever-imaginative, flamboyant Elsie de Wolfe), she inspires and encourages others to celebrate any and every opportunity to create a memory.

Bobby Sue Smith Cohn Forum Lecture Series: Saturday, November 23; 2 p.m.

  • Alexa Hampton

    Alexa Hampton

    Speaker: Alexa Hampton
    Alexa Hampton has been president of Mark Hampton, LLC, her iconic father’s interior design company, since 1998. She has been named one of Architectural Digest’s AD100 top interior designers every year since 2002 and has been included in House Beautiful’s list of America’s 100 Best Designers every year since 1999. In 2012, she became the first female designer to win the International Market Centers’ Design Icon Award.

    On Saturday afternoon, Hampton will speak to Show guests about her books “Alexa Hampton: Decorating in Detail” and “Alexa Hampton: The Language of Interior Design” and will sign copies following the Forum.

About Theta Charity Antiques Show

The Theta Charity Antiques Show is a 501(c)(3) organization. Theta Antiques Show charitable contributions are funded solely by underwriting, ad sales and Show ticket sales. The Show receives no benefit from sale of antiques displayed at the Show.

For 61 years, The Theta Charity Antiques Show has brought together world-renowned dealers who sell the finest antiques and decorative arts from the 17th through the 20th centuries and has donated over $6.5 million to the community. Founded in 1952, The Theta Charity Antiques Show of Houston raises funds for local educational, art, medical, and community assistance organizations while providing a cultural experience for the City of Houston and surrounding areas. Beneficiaries of the 2013 Theta Charity Antiques Show include Bo’s Place, Camp For All, The Joy School, Mental Health America of Greater Houston, The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) Foundation and Undies For Everyone. Permanent beneficiaries of the Theta Charity Antiques Show include Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Child Advocates, Texas Children’s Hospital Cancer Center and Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation.

The 61st Annual Theta Charity Antiques Show is dedicated in memory of George Earthman Cooper and Marilyn Chesher Lynch, past show chairmen who passed away this year.

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61st Annual Theta Charity Antiques Show “Gardens and Grandeur”
Thursday, November 21 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, November 22 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 23 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 24 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10 at the door for all four days. Each lecture in the series is an additional $10. Luncheon price is $80 per person, or $640 per table for eight.

Tickets can be purchased in advance on
Valet Parking available.
Location: George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida de las Americas, Hall A
Houston, Texas 77010

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