Located in Houston, TX

Fall Market Keynote Events & Showroom Programming

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | Programming Begins at 10 AM

Please join us for a full day of spectacular programming showcasing the industry’s top design professionals, new product unveilings and a book signing.  Open to the public.  Join the conversation using #dchfallmarket

For a complete schedule of programs, events, open houses and product and showroom news information view DCH Resource Newsletter



10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

A Discussion on Interior Design, Art, Fashion…and Other Amusing Stories

Two-step with two Texas sibling icons, Bradley Bayou and Laura Hunt! They are speaking together for the first time to discuss their proud Texas roots, their world-famous design talents and advice in developing and managing successful businesses.

It’s most certain the discussion will include some legendary stories.  These stories will likely include working with celebrities, (thanks Oprah!) designing spectacular interiors (like Ted Turner’s desert lodge) and fashion design (featured in renowned retail stores like Neiman Marcus)…just to name a few.

Moderated by Lloyd Princeton, business consultant and motivational speaker dedicated to the interior design and architecture industry.

Bradley Bayou combined his entrepreneurial spirit with a love of architecture and art as a real estate developer, interior and fashion designer. With over 30 years experience and more than twenty-five renovations under his belt, Bradley has extensive knowledge of real estate, development and interior design.  His company, BRADLEY BAYOU DESIGN is known for a unique World Modern esthetic, and works on commercial as well as residential projects.  On the fashion front, he has many fashion accolades, including a couture label, BRADLEY BAYOU, as well as a ready-to-wear collection at Q.V.C.  Once the Creative Director for Halston, Bayou revived the label to its original stature as a world-renowned brand.  He is most known for his couture designs worn by many celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway, Kim Kardashian, Halle Berry, and Beyonce.  A featured guest on many television programs like “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and “Entertainment Tonight.”  Bayou provides expert advice and guidance for home improvement as well as interior and fashion design.  A Texas native, Bayou graduated from The University of Texas and earned an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University. Pursuing his life-long passion of fine art, his artwork has been featured in distinguished galleries across the country.

Laura Hunt is an internationally acclaimed designer best known for her spectacular, yet enduring interiors. She has repeatedly been named to Architectural Digest’s exclusive “AD 100” list as well as having been featured in numerous publications. Laura Hunt’s success can be attributed to her relentless desire to create one of a kind interiors and uniquely personal living spaces for each client.  Characterized by her passion for a beautiful life and fueled by her vision, she gives her clients the benefit of her considerable experience, her zeal for truly exquisite design, and a relentless drive to perfect even the smallest details. Each space is treated individually evoking the personality of the client. A love for design and the art of entertaining have always been a part of Laura Hunt’s life, and became evident early on when she began cooking and decorating for her parents’ dinner parties as a young teenager. Laura is a big believer that, “entertaining and decorating are synonymous and every home should be directly intertwined with the lifestyle of its inhabitants.” Throughout Laura’s life she has always made time for causes and charities close to her heart, and she has raised millions of dollars through philanthropic endeavors either as a founder of non-profit organizations or through her participation as a vocal board member. Based in New York City for more than a decade, Hunt has moved back home to Texas where she presides over a full-service boutique design firm in Dallas, Texas.

Reception to follow the keynote discussion at Andrew Martin Showroom, suite 1050.  

RSVP to cabercrombie@decorativecenter.com or 713.961.9292.  Please identify total guests.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM


 Dealing with a “DIY” client?  Then you can’t miss Lloyd Princeton’s interactive program on the best ways to evolve a design practice to work with clients flooded with “do it yourself” messages and images. You will learn how to position your brand, package your services, and optimize your pricing so that you can maintain design integrity, professional (and personal!) satisfaction and give your clients what they want.

For two decades, Lloyd Princeton, founder of Design Management Company, is the design community’s premier resource for business development.  He has provided business advice and guidance to interior designers, architects, vendors, and design centers and showrooms.  Princeton is a sought after speaker internationally and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Epoch Times, Hospitality Design and on the Style Network.

Following his session, meet Lloyd Princeton in the Sherle Wagner International Showroom, Suite 1014 for a reception and book signing.


11:00 AM | Andrew Martin, Suite 1050
Join Bradley Bayou and Laura Hunt in the Andrew Martin Showroom for a special reception following the keynote address.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Robert Allen, Suite 141
A Conversation Between Cyndy Severson, Hill Country Houses Author, and Sarah Rufca, Senior Home and Design Reporter, Houston Chronicle

Robert Allen welcomes Cyndy Severson and Sarah Rufca for an enlightening discussion about Severson’s new book Hill Country Houses. The recently published book features 19 of The Hill Country’s most exemplary private homes showcased – from meticulously renovated ranches to sustainable houses built around heritage oak trees.  Lush photography and thoughtful prose provide a glimpse of the region’s residents that appreciate and honor the rich architectural heritage of such a charmed place in Texas.  Each featured home is superbly designed and made for modern living.

Severson, a fifth-generation Texan, is an award-winning interior designer, writer, and photo stylist/set designer.  Her work has consisted of historical preservation, film and still photography styling, and interior design for award winning hotels, restaurants, resorts and homes.  Her passion for design and architecture is undiminished and she delights in sharing her enthusiasm and experience with young architects and designers.  Sarah Rufca is the Senior Home and Design Reporter at the Houston Chronicle. Originally from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, she has a degree in history from Rice University and has written for publications including CultureMap, American Heritage, PaperCity, My Table and Houston Press. Stripes make her happy. Find Rufca traversing our diverse city looking for inspiration for her next home or design article.

Stay in the showroom following the discussion where Cyndy will be signing copies of her book, Hill County Houses, published October 7, 2014.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | Kravet, Suite 150
Join Gary Searle, Vice President of Global Sales, as he presents the latest industry trends and how they have influenced the most recent collections for Kravet, Lee Jofa and Brunschwig & Fils.  Searle began his journey in South Africa, where he founded a company that imported English chintzes and printed linens.  Through his company he cultivated relationships that lead to a close involvement with Kravet. Before arriving at Kravet, Searle moved to Toronto, Canada and renovated a turn-of-the century home.  Vice President since February 2014, Searle is responsible for championing and developing the Lee Jofa, GP&J Baker and Brunschwig & Fils brands.

If you plan on attending the event, please RSVP to Sheila.Cloudt@kravet.com by October 20, 2014. Lunch will be served following the presentation.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Andrew Martin, Suite 1050
How to Use Social Media to Successfully Market Your Design Business

Social media is rapidly changing the way business is conducted. Daily, there are over 160 million people actively using Facebook in the US alone. Millions more are using other forms of social media to get information. Social media is impacting every aspect of business.  Your clients, competitors, suppliers and major publications are all using social media to connect and find services.  Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In, and blogs are extremely powerful marketing mediums you can use to exponentially grow your design business.  Andrew Martin hosts Karen Davis of Marker Girl Home to discuss the use and role of social media for today’s interior design professional.  Learn how local designer Karen Davis has used her social media savvy skills to develop and position her brand in the design community.  Karen Davis, mother of two, Interior Designer and leading expert on family friendly design has been featured in numerous online publications including Pop Sugar, Circle of Moms, eHow and highlighted in the pages of House Beautiful Magazine.

3:00 PM | Sherle Wagner International, Suite 1014
Meet Lloyd Princeton in the Sherle Wagner Showroom for a special reception and book signing following the afternoon keynote address.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM & 4:00 – 5:00 PM | David Sutherland Showroom, Suite 170
Designing for the Designer: The Website as the Modern Day Business Card

The digital portfolio has become the most essential and influential marketing tool for all creative professionals today. One’s online presence now has the power to dictate the legitimacy of a designer’s skills and knowledge of the industry. In this session, Payton Watkins will discuss the similarities between the inception and the outcome of designing a room versus designing a website.  By using examples of websites of well-known designers in the industry, she will highlight the differences between effective and ineffective web design, and how one can achieve desired results.

Join the conversation and discover what makes an effective website for interior design professionals, understand the benefits between having a website versus having a custom and individualized website and learn different website solutions for meeting your business needs.

Payton Watkins is the Creative Director and Principal of Camalla LLC, a boutique graphic and web design studio located in Houston, Texas that specializes in branding, web design, and communications. As the daughter of an interior designer and New York City art dealer/gallery owner, Payton grew up valuing the influential and positive nature of design’s impact on the world.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Donghia, Suite 1000
Explore the Beauty of Boyd Lighting

Please join Jane Culligan of Boyd Lighting at the Donghia showroom as she takes you through the newest offerings from Boyd and details how these products can satisfy the design and illumination needs of your projects.  Boyd creates beautiful, distinctive, commercially flawless lighting products that satisfy the focused design and illumination needs of high-end commercial and residential lighting markets.