Theta Design Weekend, and a New Discovery
A few weekends ago in Houston was the always wonderful Theta Design Weekend (formerly the Theta Charity Antiques Show). Previously the weekend focused on rare (and mostly expensive) antiques, but this year it was redesigned to showcase everything from fashion and art to decor and lighting, with a fresh mix of youthful and affordable pieces.
As both an interior designer and a Theta alumna, nothing could bring me more joy than a philanthropic weekend focused on design! Founded in 1952, the antiques show has donated over $7 million to deserving causes such as Texas Children’s Cancer Center, Crime Stoppers of Houston, and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra.
The weekend also featured Designer Panels with some of my favorite Houston designers, and I had the pleasure of attending Sunday's, which included Hallie Henley, Paloma Contreras, Ben Johnston, and Lindsey Herod. I really enjoyed getting to hear the backgrounds of each designer and learning some of their best tips and tricks.
While there, I stumbled upon a booth showcasing the work of Trace Mayer, an artist from Kentucky. His fascinating collection of "Museum Bees" drew me in and I found myself carefully admiring each and every one on display. The tiny pieces range in size from 1" to 6" and are all made from recycled antique picture frames, mostly dated from 1860-1880.
Inside the frames are gilded ornaments such as horses, dogs, insects, foxes and curiosities. The best part for me? He adds new pieces to his website every Wednesday, and they're all only $55 with free shipping. These unique framed trinkets would make such an amazing stocking stuffer!
I also have to mention that Trace posted the below image on Museum Bee's social media pages, which made me love him, and his work, tenfold. Never change, Trace!
If you didn't know about Theta Design Weekend or didn't get a chance to go this year, keep an eye out for next year's or let me know and I'll be sure to nudge you about tickets. I highly recommend it to anyone even remotely interested in design - or even for someone just looking for a fun shopping experience. Shopping for charity - doesn't get better than that!