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Decorative Center Houston Spring Market 2012

 Scott Frances and Charles S. Cohen .  Photo by: Logan Beck

 Scott Frances and Charles S. Cohen .  Photo by: Logan Beck




Scott Frances Photography Exhibit Continues
 Thru June 18, 2012


HOUSTON, TEXAS, May 8, 2012—Decorative Center Houston is thrilled with the success of their recently held 2012 Spring Market, which drew a large crowd of design aficionados. The panel discussion, Design Across Disciplines, was the highlight of this year’s market that included design industry leaders, Blair Gordon, owner of Blair Gordon Design; Windsor Smith, a West Coast interior designer and founder of Windsor Smith Home Collection; interior architect Lauren Rottet, founder of Rottet Studio and acclaimed design and cultural institution photographer Scott Frances

Bill Stubbs, AD 100 interior designer, author and esteemed host of the Emmy nominated TV series, Moment of Luxury, presented a special keynote presentation entitled “More Fun More Business.”  Stubbs spoke to the crowd on how to grow their business in alignment with their passion.

The day concluded with Charles S. Cohen, President and Owner of Decorative Center Houston, presentation of the coveted Stars of Design awards and the newly inaugurated Stars on the Rise awards.  This year marks the fifth anniversary of Stars of Design.  This year’s talented and gifted winners are:


Stars of Design:

Architecture: Curtis & Windham Architects

Art: Tierney L. Malone

Graphic Design: Alan Krathaus & Fiona McGettigan, CORE Design Studio

Interior Design: Maria Bordelon, Bordelon Design Associates

Photography: Geoff Winningham

Lifetime Achievement: Richard Payne, FAIA

Stars on the Rise:

James M. Evans, AIA, Collaborative Designworks

Aaron Rambo, Found Studio

Jared Meinkowsky RLA, BLA, ASLA

Chandos Dodson, Chandos Interiors

Amy and Elizabeth Munger, Munger Interiors

Julie Dodson, Dodson and Daughter

Laura Umansky, Laura U, Inc.

Courtney Hill Fertitta, Courtney Hill Interiors 

Established more than a decade ago at Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, and in 2008 at Decorative Center Houston, the Stars of Design Awards honor professionals who have attained

distinguished recognition in various fields of design.  Since that time Charles S. Cohen, owner of

Cohen Design Centers, has introduced the awards at all of his Design Centers to acknowledge talent nationwide.  Cohen Design Centers include the D&D Center in New York, the DCOTA in Florida, Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, and Decorative Center Houston.

This year, to recognize and honor the promising talent of young designers that have already made a significant mark in the design world a new category of awards,  “Stars on the Rise” was added.

Stars of Design and the 2012 inaugural Stars on the Rise winners were selected by a noteworthy panel comprised of creative icons who are experts in the fields of interiors, architecture, art and design. The distinguished panel of judges and contributors includes Richard Holley, Timothy Adcock, Craig Minor, Natalye Appel, Dixie Friend Gay, Paul Hester, and Guy Jackson.

Following the awards ceremony, an opening reception was held in honor of famed photographer, Scott Frances. Frances exhibit, MonoVisioN is open to the public and running until June 18th

Spotted in the crowd were: Charles S. Cohen, Scott Frances, Bill Stubbs, Sheridan Williams, Donna Harris, Karen Pulaski, Kara Childress, Jason Fertitta, Michael Umansky, Liliana Chalmers, Paul Hester, Timothy Adcock, Aaron Laine, Geoffrey Westergaard, Anne Breux, Karee Laing, Patti Weinberg, Ruth Moore Davis,  and Priscilla Larson.


About Decorative Center Houston

Decorative Center Houston (DCH) is the leading source in the southwest for full service design needs. The epicenter of the design industry in Texas, Decorative Center Houston, houses over 40 showrooms that feature the finest furniture, fabrics, lighting, floor coverings, wall coverings, and accessories from over 1,200 interior product lines. Providing our clients with a one-stop shopping experience, DCH is located only minutes away from the celebrated Galleria shopping complex, and the downtown business district.  Decorative Center Houston offers tenants over 500,000 square feet of premier showroom and office space.  In addition to DCH, Cohen Design Centers include the PDC in Los Angeles, California, DCOTA in Dania Beach, Florida, and DDB in New York, New York. For more information regarding Decorative Center Houston, please visit

Joyce Brooks

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