HOUSTON – Heritage Texas Properties president and CEO Robin Mueck and senior vice president Chaille Ralph kicked off the recent Houston Design Center Spring Market 2015 by leading two panels that brought together interior designers, architects, builders and luxury real estate professionals. The annual event was held at the HDC campus, 727 Old Katy Road. Heritage Texas Properties has been Houston Design Center’s exclusive luxury real estate Affinity Partner since 2013.
Mueck moderated the HDC Spring Market keynote program, “Leading in Design,” a panel discussion on “The Business of Design” hosted by Alkusari Stone Showroom. Keynote designers and authors Rachel Ashwell, Shabby Chic, Brentwood, California; Jan Showers, Jan Showers Design, Dallas; and Barbara Westbrook, Westbrook Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia, were guided by Mueck to reveal how they started their business, how they made the decision to expand – or not expand – outside of pure design, how they stay connected to their clients, how they handle the business element and office operations, and how they draw the line between their personal and professional lives. Ashwell, Showers and Westbrook also accepted questions from the audience and autographed purchased copies of their most recent books.
Ralph moderated the day’s second panel, “Home in the City – Trends in Construction, Architecture, Real Estate and Design,” hosted by Thorntree Slate and Marble Showroom. Panelists were David B. Atkins, a top-producing Realtor at Heritage Texas Properties; Mark Atkins, president of MASA Studio, Architects; Melanie King, owner and curator of Style, Melanie King Designs; and Al Ross, CEO, Al Ross Luxury Homes. Emphasizing the importance of the collaborative element among Realtors, designers, architects and builders, Ralph led a wide-ranging discussion that touched on the current trends in each panelist’s field and the six lifestyle attributes that matter most to the luxury consumer – live, play, learn, love, host and eat.
“Heritage Texas Properties is privileged to be an HDC Affinity Sponsor for the second consecutive year,” Mueck said. “As always, this event allowed all of us who participated to get to know some of the best professionals within our respective and related fields. We shared a wealth of design, architecture, construction, and real estate information and perspectives on trends, concerns and challenges. Particularly important was the across-the-board consensus that millennials are radically changing luxury home trends – and that the way they think, communicate, live and work is very different from Generation-X and baby boomers. That is extremely valuable information for us as Realtors and for everyone whose business touches the luxury home market.”