Theta Design Weekend (TDW) is a three-day home décor shopping weekend and interior design showcase taking place at George R. Brown Convention Center from December 1 – 3, 2017 in the heart of downtown Houston’s new entertainment district.
Since inception, Theta Design Weekend has remained intact as an all-volunteer organization – helping to raise millions of dollars for myriad worthy causes over the last 64 years.
TDW will feature over 70 exhibitors from around the globe including Meredith Ellis’ James Showroom, Houston’s Found for the Home, fine American antiques from Roberto Freitas, and estate jewelry from Bell and Bird. Exhibitors will showcase a broad range of offerings, including art, architecture, landscaping, décor, lighting, and textiles – all of which will be offered at varying price points – along with art walks, designer-led tours, special guest speaker luncheons, and additional events.
TDW opens on Friday, December 1 with a luncheon featuring Honorary Chair Mark Sikes. Known for creating beautiful and timeless interiors that embody an indoor/outdoor lifestyle, Mark has a distinct talent for mixing American and European, traditional and modern, and new and old sensibilities. Mark will engage in a lively lunch conversation with Danielle Rollins, author of the bestselling book Soirée Entertaining with Style, and a leading lifestyle expert.
On Saturday, December 2 the speaker luncheon will feature the McALPINE Group. Guest speakers include Bobby McAlpine, an architect, romantic, poet, and entrepreneur who founded his firm in 1983. Today, known simply as McALPINE, the firm embraces a brilliant and eclectic family of architects and interior designers with offices in Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and New York; Joining Bobby are Susan Ferrier, well-known for creating sensuous, wonderfully atmospheric interiors; Ray Booth, a designer and an Alabama native; David Baker, a native of Ontario, Canada who joined McALPINE after completing his architecture degree at Auburn University; Margot Shaw, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of FLOWER magazine, will moderate the panel.
On the third and final day, Sunday, December 3, there will be a Mother/Daughter Brunch that will include a discourse from Anton DiSclafani, whose first novel, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. Her second novel, The After Party, was an Amazon book of the month and an Indie Next pick. This book immerses the reader in the sun-drenched works of 1950’s Houston socialites with a friendship that is obsessive, euphoric and consuming as any romance.
Over the course of the weekend complimentary panels highlighting everything from Textiles to Architectural Design & Interiors will take place with panelists including Meg Braff, Ronda Carman, Amanda Nisbet, Carlton Varney, Bill Curtis, Russell Windham, Bailey McCarthy, Suzanne Longley, Paloma Contreras, Lindsey Herod, Ben Johnston, Hallie Henley Sims, and Sarah Eilers.
Throughout the weekend, Blue Willow Bookshop will offer a thoughtfully curated pop- up shop at TDW featuring the latest design and art books as well as some classic favorites. These books will be available for browsing and purchase in time for holiday gift giving. All of the speakers’ books will be available for purchase and personalization at the Blue Willow Bookshop.
TDW will offer two types of guided tours Designer Walks and Art Walks throughout the weekend at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Designers offering the Designer Walks include Meg Lonergan, Jennifer Barron, Amy Kummer, and Bill Stubbs. Art consultants Sarah Foltz and Sarah Cain will lend their expertise on the Art Walks.