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Sexy home furniture: A Montrose boutique buzzes with art and school lovers

Sexy home furniture: A Montrose boutique buzzes with art and school lovers

Laura U fall party, October 2012, Brian Freeze, Nicola Parente, Ron Gremillion
Brian Freeze , Nicola Parente , Ron Gremillion Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Laura U fall party, October 2012, Michael Umansky, Laura Umansky
Michael Umansky , Laura Umansky Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Laura U fall party, October 2012, David Lemier, John Kidd
David Lemier , John Kidd Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Laura U fall party, October 2012, Carrie Colbert, Bob Hogan
Carrie Colbert , Bob Hogan Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Laura U fall party, October 2012, Donna Wotkyns, Donna Carnahan, Mary Craddock
Donna Wotkyns , Donna Carnahan , Mary Craddock Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Laura U fall party, October 2012, Larissa Ipsen, Scott Ipsen
Larissa Ipsen , Scott Ipsen Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Laura U fall party, October 2012, Afton Baily, Cynthia Clay Briggs
Afton Baily , Cynthia Clay Briggs Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Laura U fall party, October 2012, Michael Yaffi, Chaden Yaffi
Michael Yaffi , Chaden Yaffi Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Laura U fall party, October 2012, Brian Freeze, Nicola Parente, Ron Gremillion
Laura U fall party, October 2012, Michael Umansky, Laura Umansky
Laura U fall party, October 2012, David Lemier, John Kidd
Laura U fall party, October 2012, Carrie Colbert, Bob Hogan
Laura U fall party, October 2012, Donna Wotkyns, Donna Carnahan, Mary Craddock
Laura U fall party, October 2012, Larissa Ipsen, Scott Ipsen
Laura U fall party, October 2012, Afton Baily, Cynthia Clay Briggs
Laura U fall party, October 2012, Michael Yaffi, Chaden Yaffi

The Laura U interior design shop buzzed with activity Wednesday night when owner Laura Umansky hosted the first annual "FallArtFare" featuring the works of acclaimed Houston artist Nicola Parente.

Over the course of the cocktail reception, more than 125 fans poured in to mix and mingle amid the sexy home furnishings and design accessories that populate the various rooms of the Montrose area boutique. One of the auxiliary rooms was dedicated to the popular artist's works, another featured baby room furnishing and accessories. 

The bubbly flowed, a DJ spun tunes and light bites from St. Genevieve provided early evening sustenance. Funds were raised for Communities in Schools.

Laura and Michael Umansky and Laura U's Afton Baily welcomed the steady flow that included interior designer John Kidd, Houston Grand Opera special events director Scott Ipsen and wife Larissa, St. Genevieve owner Darren Van Delden, Communities in Schools executive director Cynthia Clay Briggs, Hokanson Carpets' Angel Rios and Chaden and Dr. Michael Yafi.