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New York mogul swoops into Houston with some French silver: Let the fancy champagne fly!

By Shelby Hodge

If anyone knows how to impress a gathering, it's Christofle Americas president and CEO Nicolas Krafft. Just ask the tony crowd of Christofle big spenders who were invited for a champagne and ve ...

Historic Homes Revamped

Holding onto history: Houston preservationists love this unique neighborhood's revamped homes

By Barbara Kuntz

When William Wilson began developing Woodland Heights in 1907 with the purchase of 136 acres, the subdivision included a house at 3008 Morrison St., which he touted as "one of the finest speci ...

Shelby's Social Diary

Billionaire developer swoops in from NYC to present Decorative Center Stars of Design awards

By Shelby Hodge

It's been two decades since New York-based billionaire developer Charles Cohen embraced the design field by orchestrating the first Stars of Design awards program at the Pacific Desig ...

Design Stars

The design event of the year: Your cheat sheet to Decorative Center Houston's Spring Market

By Barbara Kuntz

Spring Market at the Decorative Center Houston (set for Wednesday) will fill the day with keynote speakers, showrooms displaying the latest in home furnishings and products, a sculpture exhibi ...

From classic to modern

Twenty interior designers transform a historic mansion: Inside the Villa de Luxe

By Shelby Hodge

We can only imagine what renowned architect William Ward Watkin would think today if he joined the throngs touring his 1920 Italian Renaissance creation in Shadyside. With the talents of 20 top int ...

Shelby's Social Diary

Partying like it's 1920: Historic showhouse mansion brings out real estate & design stars

By Shelby Hodge

A beautiful house, beautiful interiors and a beautiful night — the party gods smiled on Preservation Houston Friday for the opening soirée of the Villa de Luxe designer showhouse& ...

Insider secrets

Downton Abbey's influence: Bill Stubbs on design's 'new traditionalism'

By Barbara Kuntz

Think rich velvets, tassels on luxe pillows, gold-leaf finishes and stately mahogany furniture and you’ve entered the “new traditionalism” movement happening now in the interior d ...

Shelby's Social Diary

High fashion, Super Bowls and even outer space are hot topics at Art of Conversation fundraiser

By Shelby Hodge

City ArtWorks' annual fundraising luncheon is one event where chatter in the audience is encouraged. And so it was that the Junior League of Houston ballroom was abuzz with conversation on ever ...

Calendar Closeup

Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events — Enrique Iglesias' beautiful butt included

By Joel Luks

On tap this week: Getting to know East Downtown Houston, two socials for good, a bombastic free musical at Miller Outdoor Theatre and a Latin singer whose backside gets just as much attention as hi ...

Get ready

Party crashers: Shelby Hodge and Deborah Duncan discuss why Houston's social scene matters

By Clifford Pugh

While detractors sometimes sniff at Houston's society scene, CultureMap editor-at-large Shelby Hodge and Great Day Houston host Deborah Duncan point out that millions of dollars are raised ...

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