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5 Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design May 2013 Bill Stubbs, Charles Cohen
Interior designer Bill Stubbs, left, and developer Charles Cohen at the Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design event. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
10 Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design May 2013 Julie Soefer
Julie Soefer  at the Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design event. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
1 Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design May 2013 Jay Baker, Terrell James
Jay Baker and Terrell James at the Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design event. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
14 Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design May 2013 Ashley Goforth, Brittany Cassin, Emily Duff
Ashley Goforth, from left, Brittany Cassin and Emily Duff  at the Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design event. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
15 Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design May 2013 Courtney Hill Fertitta, John Lauterbach, Nadia Palacios Lauterbach
Courtney Hill Fertitta, left, with John Lauterbach and Nadia Palacios Lauterbach at the Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design event. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
2 Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design May 2013 Kristen Nix, Sheridan Williams
Kristen Nix, left, and Sheridan Williams at the Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design event. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
11 Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design May 2013 Jordan Newman, Jennifer Grigsby
Jordan Newman, left, and Jennifer Grigsby at the Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design event. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
12 Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design May 2013 Mark Scioneaux
Mark Scioneaux at the Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design event. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
9 Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design May 2013 Melissa Strong, Laura Zehl
Melissa Strong, left, and Laura Zehl at the Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design event. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
7 Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design May 2013 Chandos Dodson Epley, Chelsea Cunningham
Chandos Dodson Epley, left, and Chelsea Cunningham at the Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design event. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
16 Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design May 2013 Susan Neuhaus, Hope Young, Annsley Popov
Susan Neuhaus, from left, Hope Young and Annsley Popov at the Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design event. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
3 Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design May 2013 Elizabeth Munger Stiver, Heather Houston, Ashley Goforth, Danielle Magdol
Elizabeth Munger Stiver, from left, Heather Houston, Ashley Goforth and Danielle Magdol at the Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design event. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
6 Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design May 2013 Hiram Butler, Sheridan Williams, Josh Pazda
Hiram Butler, from left, Sheridan Williams and Josh Pazda at the Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design event. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
4 Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design May 2013 Megan Phillips, Galina Seliounina
Megan Phillips, left, and Galina Seliounina at the Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design event. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
17 Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design May 2013 Kendra Broderick and John Broderick, Sam Abraham
Kendra and John Broderick, left, with Sam Abraham at the Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design event. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
18 Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design May 2013 Scott Boyd, Letecia Ellis, Leo Jaimes
Scott Boyd, from left, Letecia Ellis and Leo Jaimes at the Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design event. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
13 Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design May 2013 Martha Lurie, Patricia Page,  Jamie Jaskins
Martha Lurie, from left, Patricia Page and Jamie Jaskins at the Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design event. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
8 Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design May 2013 Elain Block, Hannah Block
Elain Block, left, and Hannah Block at the Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design event. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
5 Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design May 2013 Bill Stubbs, Charles Cohen
10 Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design May 2013 Julie Soefer
1 Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design May 2013 Jay Baker, Terrell James
14 Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design May 2013 Ashley Goforth, Brittany Cassin, Emily Duff
15 Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design May 2013 Courtney Hill Fertitta, John Lauterbach, Nadia Palacios Lauterbach
2 Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design May 2013 Kristen Nix, Sheridan Williams
11 Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design May 2013 Jordan Newman, Jennifer Grigsby
12 Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design May 2013 Mark Scioneaux
9 Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design May 2013 Melissa Strong, Laura Zehl
7 Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design May 2013 Chandos Dodson Epley, Chelsea Cunningham
16 Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design May 2013 Susan Neuhaus, Hope Young, Annsley Popov
3 Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design May 2013 Elizabeth Munger Stiver, Heather Houston, Ashley Goforth, Danielle Magdol
6 Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design May 2013 Hiram Butler, Sheridan Williams, Josh Pazda
4 Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design May 2013 Megan Phillips, Galina Seliounina
17 Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design May 2013 Kendra Broderick and John Broderick, Sam Abraham
18 Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design May 2013 Scott Boyd, Letecia Ellis, Leo Jaimes
13 Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design May 2013 Martha Lurie, Patricia Page,  Jamie Jaskins
8 Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design May 2013 Elain Block, Hannah Block
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It's been two decades since New York-based billionaire developer Charles Cohen embraced the design field by orchestrating the first Stars of Design awards program at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles. On Wednesday, he hosted the sixth annual Stars of Design and Stars on the Rise event at the Decorative Center Houston, which is part of his vast real estate holdings nationwide.

Nominated and selected by their peers, eight individuals with established careers received the top honors and an additional five designers were recognized as up-and-comers in the field.

The CEO of Cohen Brothers Realty presented the awards in ceremonies that preceded a cocktail reception attended by several hundred design aficionados. 

Interior design leader, blogger, TV star Bill Stubbs, head of William W. Stubbs and Associates, took bows for receiving the Stars of Design Lifetime Achievement award.

Stars of Design award recipients were Jay Baker for architecture, Terrell James for art, Deuce Creative for graphic design, Mark Scioneaux for landscape design, Julie Soefer for photography, Gina Cartwright for jewelry design and Eleanor Cummings for interior design.

Stars on the Rise awards were presented to Ashley Goforth, Kristen Nix, Nadia Palacios Lauterbach, Mark Schatz and Sally Wheat.

Design fans and friends of the award recipients included Hiram Butler, Lee Nix, Sheridan and John Eddie Williams, Laurie Dykoski, Josh Pazda, Britttany Cassin, Emily Duff, John Lauterbach, Sam Abraham and Leo Jaimes.

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