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Jewelry With a Heart

HHH had the pleasure of meeting a jewelry designer who truly gives back to the community. Joan Hornig, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Harvard with an MBA from Columbia, left corporate America to spend more time with her children. She and her daughter began beading together, and their statement pieces were praised by friends who wanted to buy them.

Joan said she would sell the jewelry only if 100% of the proceeds went to a charity of the buyer's choice. So in 2003, PHILANTHROPY IS BEAUTIFUL, the Joan B. Hornig Foundation, was launched. The foundation's mission is to provide support for registered charitable organizations throughout the world. Those choosing to purchase Joan Hornig designs are meant to derive pleasure not only from the jewelry, but also from the meaning of giving back. All profits from each item are donated to charity. Purchasers are able to direct the donation to a charity of their choice, in their honor. Sales to date have generated substantial contributions to over 500 different organizations across the globe.

Beauty and fashion are as important as philanthropy to this organization. Joan has said "my customer enjoys the value derived from the charity aspect but she doesn't select a piece for that reason alone. These are women who understand fashion and enjoy the opportunity to wear jewelry."

Black Petal Bead Necklace $1.895
Triple Pinwheel Earrings $1,925
Double Cuff Bracelet $445

Some earrings are designed to wear with different charms.
One pair may have several personalities!


18k Gold with Marble Pink
Rhodochrosite Drops $1,180

Pink Fresh Water
Pearl Charms $225

Philanthropy and beauty appeal to a wide range of tastes, including Oprah Winfrey and Laura Bush who have each made multiple purchases.

Joan Hornig Jewelry is available at Tootsie's, Neiman's and on-line at www.joanhornig.com.

Texas Home + Modern French Accent
= Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges is a private collection of 17 custom homes in the Uptown Park-Tanglewood area (just south of Masraff''s restaurant). One of the homes has been decked out by the likes of Mecox Gardens, Bridget Wade Interiors and Gremillion Fine Art and is open for review Wednesdays through Sundays (10-4) through January 15, 2010. We found the 5,900 sq. ft. townhouse to be chic, modern and sophisticated with a touch of Houston magic thrown in for good measure. The fourth floor is home to a roof top terrace with a commanding view of the city - least you forget where you call home.

A $10 cover charge for those of us over the age of 12 benefits the Neuhaus Education Center. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

27 S. Wynden Drive

The Art of Conversation
benefiting City Art Works

For 27 years, City ArtWorks, a non-profit arts education organization, has provided after school art classes for elementary and middle school children in the greater Houston area. Classes take place in schools, low-income housing complexes, community centers and community festivals.

The Art of Conversation, a luncheon fundraiser for City ArtWorks will be held on Monday, November 9, 2009, at 11:30 a.m. at the Junior League of Houston. Each luncheon table will be hosted by a "conversationalist" blessed with the gift of creating table talk. Table conversationalists include well known Houston personalities such as Bob Allen (sports director of KTRK-TV), Ellen Cohen (State Representative), Chloe Dao (Fashion Designer and winner of Project Runway), Carolyn Farb, Dodie Osteen (Joel Osteen's mother and co-founder of Lakewood Church), Chef Monica Pope, and many more!

Individual tickets are priced at $100 and tables begin at $1,500.
For more information contact City ArtWorks