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A show-stopping house: $1 million worth of art in fab townhome makes for a rich fundraiser setting

A show-stopping house: $1 million worth of art makes this place rich

22 Nantucket Showcase opening April 2013 Lucinda Loya, Monsour Taghdisi
Lucinda Loya and Monsour Taghdisi  Photo by Daniel Ortiz
28 Nantucket Showcase opening April 2013 Nick Florescu, Dominique Sachse
Nick Florescu and Dominique Sachse Photo by Daniel Ortiz
3, Nantucket Showcase opening April 2013 Barbara Davis, Hiram Butler, Kay O'Toole
Barbara Davis, from left, Hiram Butler and Kay O'Toole Photo by Daniel Ortiz
33, Nantucket Showcase opening April 2013 Samer Fakhri, Nadia Michel
Samer Fakhri and Nadia Michel Photo by Daniel Ortiz
17 Nantucket Showcase opening April 2013 Jonathon Glus and Alton LaDay
Jonathon Glus, left, and Alton LaDay Photo by Daniel Ortiz
21 Nantucket Showcase opening April 2013 Lucinda Loya, Randy Twaddle, Tonya Riner
Lucinda Loya, from left, Randy Twaddle and Tonya Riner Photo by Daniel Ortiz
11, Nantucket Showcase opening April 2013 Ericka Bagwell, Alex Klein
Ericka Bagwell and Alex Klein Photo by Daniel Ortiz
7 Nantucket Showcase opening April 2013 Davi Theisan, Timmy Martinez, Bryan Hlavinka
Davi Theisan, from left, Timmy Martinez and Bryan Hlavinka Photo by Daniel Ortiz
1, Nantucket Showcase opening April 2013 Amy Lee, Christy Cushman, Jenee Stefanakis
Amy Lee, from left, Christy Cushman and Jenee Stefanakis Photo by Daniel Ortiz
5, Nantucket Showcase opening April 2013 Bob Devlin, Deborah Duncan Alan Almai
Bob Devlin, from left, Deborah Duncan and Alan Almai Photo by Daniel Ortiz
32, Nantucket Showcase opening April 2013 Rudy Martinez, Rusty Arena, Nick Florescu
Rudy Martinez, from left, Rusty Arena and Nick Florescu Photo by Daniel Ortiz
9, Nantucket Showcase opening April 2013 Donae Chramosta, Rob Chramosta
Donae and Rob Chramosta Photo by Daniel Ortiz
14, Nantucket Showcase opening April 2013 Guity Kashani, Cenk Ozdogan
Guity Kashani and Cenk Ozdogan Photo by Daniel Ortiz
35, Nantucket Showcase opening April 2013 Sydney Adger, Phillip Pugh, Teri Pugh
Sydney Adger, left, with Phillip and Teri Pugh Photo by Daniel Ortiz
15, Nantucket Showcase opening April 2013 James Stewart, Erin Stewart
James and Erin Stewart Photo by Daniel Ortiz
22 Nantucket Showcase opening April 2013 Lucinda Loya, Monsour Taghdisi
28 Nantucket Showcase opening April 2013 Nick Florescu, Dominique Sachse
3, Nantucket Showcase opening April 2013 Barbara Davis, Hiram Butler, Kay O'Toole
33, Nantucket Showcase opening April 2013 Samer Fakhri, Nadia Michel
17 Nantucket Showcase opening April 2013 Jonathon Glus and Alton LaDay
21 Nantucket Showcase opening April 2013 Lucinda Loya, Randy Twaddle, Tonya Riner
11, Nantucket Showcase opening April 2013 Ericka Bagwell, Alex Klein
7 Nantucket Showcase opening April 2013 Davi Theisan, Timmy Martinez, Bryan Hlavinka
1, Nantucket Showcase opening April 2013 Amy Lee, Christy Cushman, Jenee Stefanakis
5, Nantucket Showcase opening April 2013 Bob Devlin, Deborah Duncan Alan Almai
32, Nantucket Showcase opening April 2013 Rudy Martinez, Rusty Arena, Nick Florescu
9, Nantucket Showcase opening April 2013 Donae Chramosta, Rob Chramosta
14, Nantucket Showcase opening April 2013 Guity Kashani, Cenk Ozdogan
35, Nantucket Showcase opening April 2013 Sydney Adger, Phillip Pugh, Teri Pugh
15, Nantucket Showcase opening April 2013 James Stewart, Erin Stewart

Working in a glorious design frenzy until the last moment, high-end developer Monsour Taghdisi and interior designer Lucinda Loya threw open the doors of their Nantucket Showcase home to an adoring throng that paid $200 each for the ultimate home tour/cocktail party.

All three floors of the Prestige Builders home were decorated to the contemporary hilt, the house easily accommodating the chic crowd that turned out to tour and to sample food and drink from Jackson and Co.

Beneficiary of the opening party was Legacy Community Health Services of which Taghdisi is a board member. Legacy CEO Katy Caldwell was among the 200 guests that swarmed over the chic townhouse. The house is open for tours this weekend with ticket sales benefiting the Art Institute of Houston.

Among those touring the contemporary dwelling were gallerists Hiram Butler and Barbara Davis, both of whom contributed serious works of art to the design. Loya says that, all totaled, the value of art in the house runs close to $1 million. Artists making the scene included Rusty Arena (whose custom fabrics were used on the living room sofas) and Randy Twaddle.

Interested parties pouring over the three-story home included Dominique Sachse and Nick Florescu, Javier Loya, Jay Jones and Terry Wayne Jones, Danielle and Meredith Cullen, Jonathan Glus, Diane Lokey Farb, John Daugherty, Donae Cangelosi Chramosta and Rob Chramosta, Bob Devlin, Teri and Phillip Pugh and Luxe Interiors + Design publisher Amy McAnally, Bill McAnally and Claire Cormier-Thielke.