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News, Shelby, Houston Design Center Sample Sale, August 2014, Lisa Slappey, Mehdi Abedi
Lisa Slappey and Mehdi Abedi at Postmodern Traditions where rugs will be priced from $400. Courtesy of Houston Design Center
News, Shelby, Houston Design Center Sample Sale, August 2014, Henredon bed
This Henredon kingsize bed, retailing for $7,800, will be on sale for a remarkable $1,750. Courtesy of Houston Design Center
News, Shelby, Houston Design Center, August 2014
The Houston Design Center annual sample sale takes place Friday and Saturday.  Courtesy of Houston Design Center
News, Shelby, Houston Design Center, Cosette chaise August 2014
The RAF Cossette Chaise will go for half price at Scene One Interiors. Courtesy of Houston Design Center
News, Shelby, Houston Design Center Sample Sale, August 2014, Henredon table and chairs
The Celerie Kemble for Henredon table and chairs will go for half price at Bunch & Shoemaker. Courtesy of Houston Design Center
News, Shelby, Houston Design Center Sample Sale, August 2014
Carved wood dining chairs from Design House are part of the sample sale. Courtesy of Houston Design Center
News, Shelby, Houston Design Center Sample Sale, August 2014, Lisa Slappey, Mehdi Abedi
News, Shelby, Houston Design Center Sample Sale, August 2014, Henredon bed
News, Shelby, Houston Design Center, August 2014
News, Shelby, Houston Design Center, Cosette chaise August 2014
News, Shelby, Houston Design Center Sample Sale, August 2014, Henredon table and chairs
News, Shelby, Houston Design Center Sample Sale, August 2014

It's happy days for interior design hounds this weekend when the Houston Design Center throws open the doors of its typically to-the-trade-only showrooms for the annual designer sample sale. Add to the many bargains, design tips from Mitzi Beach of the Design Network, and designer intel from Jessy Fuller

While the experts will share their wisdom on Friday morning, the sale runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. 

A preview of the showrooms reveals a number of amazing bargains that should have eager shoppers lining up well before doors open. Case in point is the Henredon king-size bed at Bunch & Shoemaker that is marked down from $7,800 to the ridiculous price of $1,750.

Design House has secured an extra 6,000 square feet of space in the center and filled it with furnishings and accessories that are being offered at 50 to 70 percent off of original prices while Scene One Interiors has a number of pieces at half price. 

Showrooms getting into the discount swing of things include Charles Ray & Associates, Charlotte Nail Antiques, Johnson Simon Resources, Ken Kehoe & Co., Lighting Treasures,  Pride of Persia Rug Co. and Teri Pugh Studio.

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