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6 Challie Ralph, from left, Michael G. Imber and Robin Mueck at the Houston Design Center Spring Market pre-party at Lauren Rottet's home April 2014
Challie Ralph, from left, famed architect Michael G. Imber and Robin Mueck. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
8 Jay Jeffers at the Houston Design Center Spring Market pre-party at Lauren Rottet's home April 2014
Jay Jeffers signs copies of his book, Collected Cool. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
2 Alexa Hampton at the Houston Design Center Spring Market pre-party at Lauren Rottet's home April 2014
Mark Hampton president Alexa Hampton. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
13 Matt Whitaker, from left, Ronda Rice Carman and Lauren Rottet at the Houston Design Center Spring Market pre-party at Lauren Rottet's home April 2014
Matt Whitaker, from left, Ronda Rice Carman and Lauren Rottet. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
4 Anita Weber-Smith, left, and Melba Williams at the Houston Design Center Spring Market pre-party at Lauren Rottet's home April 2014
Anita Weber-Smith, left, and Melba Williams. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
16 Teri Pugh, from left, Rusty Arena and Janus Lazais at the Houston Design Center Spring Market pre-party at Lauren Rottet's home April 2014
Teri Pugh, from left, Rusty Arena and Janus Lazais. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
11 Jonathon Glus and Sheri Roane at the Houston Design Center Spring Market pre-party at Lauren Rottet's home April 2014
Jonathon Glus and Sheri Roane. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
15 The buffet at the Houston Design Center Spring Market pre-party at Lauren Rottet's home April 2014
The buffet by A Fare Extraordinaire was a hit with the design crowd.. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
1 Albert Wilson, from left, Sarah Eilers and Ken Kehoe at the Houston Design Center Spring Market pre-party at Lauren Rottet's home April 2014
Albert Wilson, from left, Sarah Eilers and Ken Kehoe. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
12 Laura and Michael Umansky at the Houston Design Center Spring Market pre-party at Lauren Rottet's home April 2014
Laura and Michael Umansky. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
17 Vicki Rusca and Alton LaDay at the Houston Design Center Spring Market pre-party at Lauren Rottet's home April 2014
Vicki Rusca and Alton LaDay. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
7 Connie LeFevre at the Houston Design Center Spring Market pre-party at Lauren Rottet's home April 2014
Connie LeFevre loads up on the design books. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
6 Challie Ralph, from left, Michael G. Imber and Robin Mueck at the Houston Design Center Spring Market pre-party at Lauren Rottet's home April 2014
8 Jay Jeffers at the Houston Design Center Spring Market pre-party at Lauren Rottet's home April 2014
2 Alexa Hampton at the Houston Design Center Spring Market pre-party at Lauren Rottet's home April 2014
13 Matt Whitaker, from left, Ronda Rice Carman and Lauren Rottet at the Houston Design Center Spring Market pre-party at Lauren Rottet's home April 2014
4 Anita Weber-Smith, left, and Melba Williams at the Houston Design Center Spring Market pre-party at Lauren Rottet's home April 2014
16 Teri Pugh, from left, Rusty Arena and Janus Lazais at the Houston Design Center Spring Market pre-party at Lauren Rottet's home April 2014
11 Jonathon Glus and Sheri Roane at the Houston Design Center Spring Market pre-party at Lauren Rottet's home April 2014
15 The buffet at the Houston Design Center Spring Market pre-party at Lauren Rottet's home April 2014
1 Albert Wilson, from left, Sarah Eilers and Ken Kehoe at the Houston Design Center Spring Market pre-party at Lauren Rottet's home April 2014
12 Laura and Michael Umansky at the Houston Design Center Spring Market pre-party at Lauren Rottet's home April 2014
17 Vicki Rusca and Alton LaDay at the Houston Design Center Spring Market pre-party at Lauren Rottet's home April 2014
7 Connie LeFevre at the Houston Design Center Spring Market pre-party at Lauren Rottet's home April 2014

Lucky the 50 design influentials who nabbed an invitation to the recent cocktail buffet at the home of design laureate Lauren Rottet. With two of the nation's leading interior designers and a stellar architect as guests of honor, it was a heady night for the creative crowd.

Mark Hampton president Alexa Hampton and San Francisco-based designer Jay Jeffers along with architect Michael G. Imber were in town as keynote speakers at the Houston Design Center Spring Market. All three brought copies of their most recent books and by night's end 80 copies had been sold.

Not to be missed was the A Fare Extraordinaire buffet setting, almost as glamorous and certainly as delicious as the yummy design books.

It was a quick hosting job for Rottet, who had flown in from Palm Springs for the three-hour party and then headed right back west where she had rented Twin Palms, Frank Sinatra's mod estate, for her sister's 60th birthday celebration. The evening presented a rare opportunity for design devotees to get a look-see at the 1920s Southern Colonial house decorated with an eclectic mix of modern furnishings and fine art.

Getting up-close-and-personal with the design luminaries were artist Rusty Arena, interior designer Anita Webber-Smith, Houston Design Center owners Sheri and Grant Roane, Heritage Texas Properties CEO Robin Mueck, designer Laura Umansky and husband Michael, Houston Arts Alliance CEO Jonathan Glus, Teri Pugh, Holly Moore, Amy McAnally and Sarah Eilers.

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