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Stars of design — and up-and-comers — are in the spotlight at Decorative Center awards

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4 Bill Rolnick, from left, Nancy Ellison and Charles Cohen at Fall Market May 2014
Bill Rolnick, from left, Nancy Ellison and Charles Cohen. Photo by © Wilson Parish
10 Ginger Barber and Bill Stubbs at Spring Market May 2014
Ginger Barber and Bill Stubbs. Photo by © Wilson Parish
16 Valentina Ovalle, left, and Sheri O'Leary at Spring Market May 2014.
Valentina Ovalle, left, and Sheri O'Leary. Photo by © Wilson Parish
15 Scott Boyd, from left, Leo Jaimes and Patrick Bell at Spring Market May 2014
Scott Boyd, from left, Leo Jaimes and Patrick Bell. Photo by © Wilson Parish
8 Eddie and Kelly Blanton at Spring Market May 2014
Eddy and Kelli Blanton. Photo by © Wilson Parish
11 Julie McGarr, left, and Melina McCarty at Spring Market May 2014
Julie McGarr, left, and Melina McCarty. Photo by © Wilson Parish
6 Christine Alivecto, left, and Brittany Leatherwood at Fall Market May 2014
Christine Alivecto, left, and Brittany Leatherwood. Photo by © Wilson Parish
1 Dean Giuffre and Catherine Brooks Giuffre at Fall Market May 2014
Dean Giuffre and Catherine Brooks Giuffre. Photo by © Wilson Parish
3 Jennifer Burgess Loh, left, and Sharmeen Maresdia at Fall Market May 2014
Jennifer Burgess Loh, left, and Sharmeen Maresdia. Photo by © Wilson Parish
2 Ginger Barber, left, and Mary Grace Gray at Fall Market May 2014.
Ginger Barber, left, and Mary Grace Gray. Photo by © Wilson Parish
4 Bill Rolnick, from left, Nancy Ellison and Charles Cohen at Fall Market May 2014
10 Ginger Barber and Bill Stubbs at Spring Market May 2014
16 Valentina Ovalle, left, and Sheri O'Leary at Spring Market May 2014.
15 Scott Boyd, from left, Leo Jaimes and Patrick Bell at Spring Market May 2014
8 Eddie and Kelly Blanton at Spring Market May 2014
11 Julie McGarr, left, and Melina McCarty at Spring Market May 2014
6 Christine Alivecto, left, and Brittany Leatherwood at Fall Market May 2014
1 Dean Giuffre and Catherine Brooks Giuffre at Fall Market May 2014
3 Jennifer Burgess Loh, left, and Sharmeen Maresdia at Fall Market May 2014
2 Ginger Barber, left, and Mary Grace Gray at Fall Market May 2014.
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Commercial real estate mogul Charles S. Cohen made one of his regular visits to Houston from home base in Manhattan recently to host the Decorative Center Houston annual Spring Market. The day-into-evening fling was chock full of inspiring opportunities including book signings, lectures and new product presentations.

Interior Magazine's editorial director Michael Wollaeger kicked off the day with a panel discussion on interior design with headliners interior design guru Timothy Corrigan, interiors product designer Kyle Bunting and award-winnng interior designer Nina Magon.

Buzz of the day centered on the annual Stars of Design and Stars on the Rise awards program that saluted a number of local talents in several fields. Among those taking bows were Pamela Pierce and Ginger Barber for interior design, Dillon Kyle for architecture, Howard Sherman for art, Karen Sachar for photography, Lana Rigsby and Thomas Hull for graphic design, Gregory/Henry for landscape design and Elaine Turner for her handbag designs.

Early in the evening, activities turned more social as acclaimed West Coast photographer Nancy Ellison and her husband Bill Rolnick hosted the opening reception for her photographic exhibit "Altered Egos." The exhibition features more than 100 intimate, empathetic photographs of leading Hollywood stars and will be on open to the public through August. The show will benefit M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Checking out the photography exhibition were Bill Stubbs, Ginger Barber, Valentina Ovalle, Mary Grace Gray, Scott Boyd, Dean Giuffre and Catherine Brooks Giuffre, Sheri O'Leary, Leo Jaimes, Patrick Bell, Kelli and Eddy Blanton, Jennifer Burgess Loh, Sharmeen Maresdia and Ginger Barber.

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