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Jas Gundry DECORATION You'd be a fool to think that Jas Gundry's deaccessioning of his three Ferndale Place colonial revival cottages — from which he dealt an exhaustive assortment of 18th-century Georgian, Oriental and Continental antiques — marked the end of his gilded decorative arts career. While the removal of the mature trees, including a captivating weeping willow, that once anchored the three lots he sold last year have saddened him, he didn't skip a beat. In January, he found a new space: the former Cokesbury Bible bookshop at the corner of Edloe and West Alabama. Now he's painted the interior and exterior a chipper shade of yellow, offset by rich brown awnings. The shop has been organized into vignettes that show his remarkable inventory to its best advantage: everything from Imperial Russian lamps with formidable malachite bases to a luscious 18th-century French faience cabbage tureen, a canapé done entirely in intricate needlepoint and breathtaking chinoiserie tapestries. Perhaps the only thing that tops Gundry's mesmerizing shop is sitting down with the impresario himself, who can only be likened to an Oscar Wilde, Van Day Truex and Tennessee Williams composite. Which makes for entertaining and thoroughly thought-provoking conversation … 3502 W. Alabama, 713.524.6622, Seth Vaughan David Brown, owner of the chic flower boutique that bears his name, has moved his blooming business to the tony River Oaks area. Located for years in upscale Uptown Park, David Brown has taken up residence in the booming new design enclave along West Alabama near Timmons, named Hollywood Square. The walls in his light-filled atelier are painted his signature shade of chocolate brown, plus hemp green and burnt orange — a palette inspired by a '60s-era fashion photo from Conde Nast's archives. Here you'll find vintage inspirations made modern — and very David Brown. Focusing on fresh-cut flowers, stunning orchids and floral assemblages that inspire desire, he even stocks a variety of permanent succulents and blossoms so spot on that you'll do a double- take. Curating the blossoms chosen for weddings, parties and fêtes large and small, David, along with Leon Stephens and his talented staff comb the corners of the globe to gather the best bulbs, buds and stems. Curious about how Brown and his team make all the magic happen? Here in his new shop he's opened the doors to his adjoining studio, enabling you to witness how every arrangement comes together beautifully. David Brown, 3637 W. Alabama, 713.664.0466, Laurann Claridge JENNY ANTILL JENNY ANTILL Neoclassical cast-brass tulip candelabra on marble stand, circa 1860, pair $4,650 GUNDRY GOES ON, By God! Cindy Sherman launched her career here, while Marilyn Minter arrives 2015. So it's only fitting that these two art-world luminaries are among the 30 lots on the block to benefit the institution that has been a portal to the avant-garde for nearly 70 years. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston blows out 65 candles with a blowout NYC weekend that begins with the coup of being highlighted in Christie's First Open auction of Post War and Contemporary Art Thursday, March 6. If you can't make the jaunt to Manhattan to be in on the paddle action at Christie's Rockefeller Center, bid online. To preview lots by notables from Theaster Gates to Pat Steir, Sam Taylor- Johnson and Houston's own Trenton Doyle Hancock — all of whom have graced the museum's walls — peruse; to get into the bidding game, register at christies. com. For collectors and the curious, the recently minted Minter is estimated at $40,000- plus, while the Sherman may be yours for less than six figures. Catherine D. Anspon Marilyn Minter's Black Orchid, 2012 COURTESY THE ARTIST AND SALON 94, NYC Cindy Sherman's Untitled, 2010/2012 COURTESY THE ARTIST AND METRO PICTURES, NYC CUTS On the Block: CHOICE CONTEMPORARY JENNY ANTILL David Brown Everything's Blooming AT DAVID BROWN The 38th annual Rice Design Alliance Architecture Tour, themed "Additionally," explores domestic spaces that have been expanded through time. The eight houses on the tour, scattered across the city, open their doors Saturday and Sunday, March 29 and 30, 1 to 6 pm. Prime inclusions are a 1920s residence on Bissonnet Street with a 2002 addition by Wittenberg Studio that marries a liberated sense of space and light with the structure's original stoic brick façades; as well as an Arts & Crafts house on Avondale Street, built in 1918 and augmented by a severe two-story glass pavilion echoing the nuanced geometry of the dwelling's original design, care of M+A Architecture in 2012. Admission starts at $15 for RDA members and their guests. Not yet a member? Memberships can be purchased (from $45) at designated locations on tour days or in advance through the website or at the RDA office on the Rice University campus. Seth Vaughan 216 Avondale, 1918, by Russell Brown Company; 2012 addition by M+A Architecture EDITION RDA'S {ADDITION} Leave it to British designer Tom Dixon to reimagine the sartorial brogue. Originally designed during the Industrial Revolution, this gentleman's classic has been given a witty new life as a doorstop cast in aluminum. $195, at Kuhl-Linscomb. Michelle Aviña Out the Door A FOOT K irby and Company proprietors Dennis Brackeen, Linda Chan, Blake Karambis (who also has Kirby Antiques) and Jenna McPhail have changed their moniker to Moxie. They continue to stock 18th- and 19th-century antiques, vintage finds and custom goods, located at 2032 West Alabama … Contour Interior Design principal Nina Magon is set to star on NBC-TV's American Dream, Builders hosted by Nate Berkus, premiering March 23. The reality show pits designers against each other as they design and oversee sweeping renovation projects. Fingers crossed, Nina! … Chelsea Dreyer opens Cuatro early this month: a mini-Round Top consignment furniture store at 2314 Bissonnet in the former Leap boutique space near Shabby Slips and Watkins Culver Antiques. (Leap moves first of the month to Hollywood Square, 3637 W. Alabama, Suite 160.) It's a massive 3,000 square feet of consigned furnishings and accessories: French country, distressed, industrial, mid-century modern, early Texas, hides, textiles, lighting and more. Grab your coffee and walk the floor. Want to consign? Email her at chelsea.dreyer@ or text to 713.213.6997 … Connie LeFevre has expanded her two showrooms within Houston Design Center on Old Katy Road: Design House has expanded through the years from its original 3,500 square feet to an impressive 10,000 square feet, with the most recent expansion completed. Niermann Weeks has joined the lineup of furnishings and lighting (exclusive in Houston to Design House). Fabric House is growing another 1,650 square feet to a total of 5,000 square feet; additions include glass-bead wall coverings that are shipped on palettes, peacock-feather wall panels and, coming soon, a new LED wall covering and fabric. Design Buzz PAUL HESTER

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