COTE DE TEXAS: This Weekend: Antiques and Books

This Weekend: Antiques and Books

Twice each year, the Houston Antiques Dealers Association, aka HADA, puts on our town’s largest antique show at the George R. Brown Convention Center.   HADA is the oldest show in Houston and has over 150 dealers, represented from across the globe.   The Fall show is this weekend,  Friday, Sept. 17 until Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, along with a by-invitation-only preview party on Thursday night.  


image For more information and details, see the HADA web site HERE.


Most exciting at the HADA show are the stellar star speakers presented by the fab style magazine PaperCity.   On Friday, the following giants in the design world will be speaking and signing their latest books:   Jan Showers,  Hutton Wilkinson, and our favorite – Bobby McAlpine.   The three will also be signing books at the Thursday Preview Party from 6:30 – 9:00 pm.   The venue for the speakers and signings is the PaperCity Book Boutique and Style Salon booth set up inside HADA. 

If you are interested in hearing these three speak – be sure to check out the schedule below:


Friday:  September 17:

11:00 HADA’s doors open

11:30 Jan Showers, Glamorous Rooms, followed by her book signing.
1:00 Bobby McAlpine, The Home Within Us, followed by his book signing.
2:30 Hutton Wilkinson, Tony Duquette, followed by his book signing.

Additionally, Paper City’s Catherine Anspon will be pre-selling her upcoming book, Texas Artists Today.

NOTE:   This event is going to be packed with limited seating only, so PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE  RSVP or call Seth at 713.524.0606 x.239.


imageDallas based interior and furniture designer Jan Showers will speak Friday, Sept. 17 at 11:30 am.   Showers is famous for her mid-century modernism designs along with her classic eighteenth-century French style.    Her work has been published in numerous magazines and design books.  Showers line of exquisite furniture is sold in fine showrooms throughout the U.S.  To peruse her web site, go HERE.



image Showers will sign her book Glamorous Rooms after her talk.



imageOne of the Skirted Roundtable’s most favorite guest (listen HERE) architect Bobby McAlpine will be speaking at 1:00 pm.  Besides being tops in the field of architecture,  McAlpine is also an interior and furniture designer.   He heads both McAlpine Tankersley Architecture and McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors and also creates furniture for Lee Industries. McAlpine’s web site is HERE.



image Following his talk will be the book signing of The Home Within Us, one of the best design books to come out this year. 



image And Hutton Wilkinson, 30 year business partner of Tony Duquette, will speak at 2:30 pm.   Wilkinson, a designer, is president of Tony Duquette, Inc. and the Elsie DeWolfe Foundation.  Duquette was a famous interior, jewelry and set designer in Hollywood and Wilkinson has written two beautiful books about Duquette, thus keeping his legacy alive and vital.    He will be signing both books after his talk.






image Both of these glamorous books by Hutton Wilkinson will be available for signing.


If you are new to Houston, or have never been, HADA is THE antique show not to be missed.  Over the years, my mother, sister and I have practically furnished our houses with the antiques and smalls we’ve bought there.   But, even if you are not in the market to buy, it’s great fun and quite informative to just walk up and down the aisle meeting with knowledgeable dealers from around the world.  


Remember:  For reservations to the speaking engagements. email, or call Seth at 713-524-0606 x 239.


  1. Oh, I wish I could go! Let us know what you find!

  2. Antiques and Books!
    Two of my favourite things!

  3. If only Houston were closer to me....I remember when Tony Duquette passed and his items were auctioned off. I was able to buy a few textiles from that auction, I still have that auction catalog and it's fabulous.

  4. I wish I lived closer!!!!!!!! This would be a day to remember.

  5. So wish I was a little closer. I can't think of anything more fun...

  6. Why o why do you not work for House Beautiful or Elle Decor? Your blog is a cornucopia of information,gorgeous design and such a gracious spirit of generosity for the humblest of look at design, and Houston, in particular with better eyes...always looking for the best and leaving your avid readers happily awaiting your next post! We also appreciate you sharing your personal treasures...your family gatherings at the holidays, your "negotiations" over home design with Mr. Slipper Socks Man, and of course, your crown jewel, your beautiful daughter...and your weakness for chaste vampires! We love you, rock!!

  7. Joni, I would love to be there just to meet Jan (I have her book)
    McAlpine and Wilkonson!! What a lineup of the A list!

    Art by Karena

  8. Your site is amazing.I am very impressed to see this,i want to come back for visiting your site.Keep doing Good as well as you can..

  9. Would love to be there. I would not miss Bobby Mcalpine

  10. Joni,
    Hope to see you there!

  11. When I lived in Houston I did not miss this. How I wish I could go to hear the speakers. Love your blog...xx peggy

  12. I think you forgot me?
    Anyway, I have been gone so long from Houston. I didn't know they had an Antique fair.
    Wish I could go. Looks very interesting.
    In my day there were Maybe 5 good really top grade dealer's in town.
    Thanks for the info.

  13. You are certainly made of the "write stuff!" LOVE your blog!!! franki

  14. I keep thinking I'll make it to Houston or Roundtop. Share your finds with us!!!! We all love your blog and your excitement for life.

  15. I pay homage to Mr. Wilkinson and his devotion to the genius of Tony Duquette...

  16. Hi Joni
    I am flying around the land of blog letting my readers know, I've moved the Back Porch. It's a long story. Been an interesting week, to say the least.

    I am looking forward to reading about your weekend adventure. Sounds amazing.

  17. PS:...the Porch is now at Typepad.

  18. * Joni "DAHLINK", you ALWAYS make me want to move to Houston when you write about wunderbar "goings on"!!! (Darn it tho, hubby won't hear of it!)...

    Wellll, at least I was able to bring home BOBBY'S book from Barnes n' Noble last night...plan to read it by the pool in about 20 minutes~~~ can't WAIT!!!

    Warmest hugs (no kidding! It's 104 here in AZ today!!! Am SO GLAD we're going to Flagstaff for the weekend... alot COOLER there!)...

    Linda in AZ *

  19. an attractive older woman indeed.