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Now is a great time to redecorate: From Thursday, August 23 through Sunday, August 26, the Houston Design Center hosts its 11th Annual Designer Sample Sale. The highly anticipated summer event promises "unprecedented savings" on antiques, furniture, art, floor samples, rugs, lighting, accessories, and more from participating showrooms and designers.

Those include Charlotte Nail Antiques, Dauphin Sales, Design House, James Craig Furnishings, Johnson Simon Resources, Lighting Treasures, MAI Memorial Antiques & Interiors, Manchester Carpet, Off White, Scene One Interiors, and Teri Pugh Studio, all among the 45-plus tenants with showrooms and firms in the 280,000-square-foot Design Center.

Find a sale within a sale—Design Center-style inception—at MAI on Thursday with three pop-up specialty trunk shows: accents and accessories from Magda Stash with Splendor Collections, curated vintage fashion finds from Vintage Label, and unique custom candles from Gretchen Carr's Bella's Candles. A picnic lunch featuring bistro-style favorites from Picnic on the Green runs from 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Starting at 10 a.m. Friday, attendees can meet design experts tapped for panels on everything from decor trends to color palettes. First up is Marie Flanigan, interior designer and founder of her eponymous Houston firm, with "Meet Your Remodel: Five Design Tools That Bring Tired Spaces to Life." Friday also features Peggy McGowen, founder of Kitchen & Bath Concepts, on what's hot (and what's not) in kitchen trends.

On Saturday, hear from interior designer Meg Longergan about using bold colors to enliven spaces in your home; then the Chronicle's Diane Cowen and CBD Interiors' Cheryl Baker present the Gray Sofa Project, where "local art and simple gray sofas combine for beautiful designs."

Food trucks from Tila's, Foreign Policy, and Eaker BBQ will be on-site Friday and Saturday; the event runs from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and 1–4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, but registration is required for design expert panels. This year's event benefits Dwell with Dignity, the Dallas-based nonprofit with a newly established Houston chapter that designs and installs complete home interiors for families in need. 

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