Texas Design Week Houston – Kimberly Whitman and Shelley Johnstone sign a loving table, plus kitchen confidentiality, hosted by Monogram

Tablescapes to die for

Arranging a nice table is almost a competitive sport for some. But for the most gracious hosts, it’s always a tribute in one way or another: a nod to those before them – the mothers, grandmothers and others who worked to incorporate tradition, memories and beauty into everyday life. Whether it’s a porcelain heirloom or passing on a long-cherished Christmas tradition, the love is in the details.

Kimberly Schlegel Whitman and Shelley Johnstone-Paschkehis new book A loving table: creating unforgettable gatherings (Gibbs Smith), follows 34 stylish women and the way they honor tradition when entertaining. The introduction states: “Women around the world celebrate the other women in their families by giving little nods when they entertain. This book is a tribute to all the lessons we’ve learned and the styles we’ve adopted from the women in our lives.”

With a foreword by the designer Mark D Sikes and a series of tables created by designers Alessandra Branka, Lisa Fine, Jan showers, Cathy KincaidSchumacher creative director Dara Caponigro, Princess Diana of Orleans from Portugal and Niven Breen’s Chesie BreenInspiration enough for several generations.

Kimberly Whitman and Shelley Johnstone-PaschkWe will sign copies of it A loving table after an illustrated lecture Thursday, April 28th10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Longoria Collection.

Texas Design Week is a paid event. Visit TexasDesignWeek.com for information, the full Texas Design Week Houston schedule, and to purchase tickets.

The dining room in Ariel Okin’s home in New York City.

Monogram Luxury Appliances Presents: Kitchen Confidential

Classically trained in French, Mediterranean, West Indian and East African cuisine, Chef Chris Williams has made a name for himself by serving sophisticated Southern cuisine with international flavors at his nationally acclaimed Museum District restaurant Lucillesand is a finalist in the 2022 James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurateur and was a guest judge with Robert Del Grande for top chef: Houston 2022. Robert DelGrandeChef and partner of The Annie Cafe & Bar, part of Berg Hospitality, is considered one of America’s most celebrated chefs. An industry veteran with nearly 40 years of experience, he received the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southwest and was named to Who’s Who in American Cooking. hospitality designer, Gin BravermannFounder and Creative Director of Gin Design Group, has spent the last decade shaping Houston’s hospitality scene, designing for award-winning food and beverage concepts such as Garden Bungalows at La Colombe d’Or, Stomping Grounds Garden Oaks, Eunice and several Goode Company to develop restaurants, Camerata, Oxheart and Axelrad Biergarten.

designers Courtnay Tartt Elias, founder of Creative Tonic, is known for her vibrant interiors that extend to kitchens and pantries. Tartt Elias has designed some of the most notable interiors in Houston, and her 2021 Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas Room, Moulins Rouge, was a smash.

monogram Luxury Appliances presents Kitchen Confidential: Creating the Perfect Kitchen, a panel discussion with Chef Robert Del Grande and Chef Chris Williams + Hospitality Designer Gin BravermannGin Design Group and Interior Designer Courtnay Tartt EliasCreative Tonic, moderated by Laura ClaridgeMonday, April 25, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at CookChill.

Texas Design Week is a paid event. Visit TexasDesignWeek.com for information, the full Texas Design Week Houston schedule, and to purchase tickets.

Executive Chef Robert Del Grande Executive Chef, The Annie Cafe & Bar, will speak at Kitchen Confidential: How to Design the Perfect Kitchen. At CookChill, hosted by Monogram.

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