Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Round Top Antiques Week Fall 2015

Round Top and the surrounding shows are in full swing!

I've made the trip three times already and will head to Marburger later this week before it ends. As a Houston "local" and seasoned flea market shopper, I hit the shows with a wish list of items for myself and clients that I hope to find at a great price. Not one for strolling or lingering, I zig and zag my way down highway 237 fitting in as many stops as I can in a day. I have to say I'm beginning to notice a rising number of imports and costumey cowgirl clothes dealers that give some areas a tacky tourist feel. I guess there's room for all and there's certainly hundreds of antiques dealers all over the shows, but in some areas they're harder to find. 

I've pulled together some iphone icandy pics for you of my favorite finds and friends that I've visited so far. 

Driving in from Houston, my first stop on the way to Round Top was at Bayberry's Antiques, located at 12408 E. Texas St., in Burton Texas
Shelby and Joel built this adorable shop recently themselves and it's filled with fun vintage vignette's and antiques at great prices. Really really good prices!

I picked up this oil painting and a few other pieces for a client's bath.

Also in Burton, a nice visit with friends at Old Glory Antiques.  One of my absolute favorites.
This shop is in an old Texas dance hall and filled with country antiques.  Again, great prices.  My husband even remarked that Holly's prices didn't have enough 0's in them.

Another favorite show is La Bahia just before you get to Round Top. This show is also held indoors in an old Texas dance hall with outdoor vendors as well.  Good stuff here.

The Blue Hills show is always good and is a favorite with designers. Keep an eye out for bargains! I found these old french wind barrel labels for $2 at French by Design. 

Educational charts at Blue Hills organized by animal, medical, botanical and also maps. (The black botanicals are reproductions, but really pretty)

I love the work Cooper Meaders of Houston is doing with reclaimed and salvaged materials at ReCoop Designs. Crushing hard on these coffee tables.  I bought a piece of art that I'll share with you in an upcoming post.  He's very talented.

Lark in Round Top is a fantastic lifestyle store carrying gifts, jewelry and books. Their artful styling sure caught my eye.

The Hulls of The Vintage Round Top have done it again with a reimagined space at the Round Top Vintage Market with lots of new finds from their recent trip to France. They also have a new shipment of accessories from their Swiss Army collection. 

Part of Round Top's new growth includes a 57 acre property known as The Compound which you can read about here. I didn't get to visit all the buildings but did pop in the beautiful Old World Antieks

Saturday night we stopped by Leftovers Antiques in Brenham Tx., for their Jazz night and book signings with Rachel Ashwell and Mary Emmerling. Both of these ladies love Round Top and Texas as much as we do and it's great to get to visit with them during the shows.

One of the most special evenings was spent with like minded creatives, sisters, dreamers and makers. Tara, owner of Royers Pie Haven in Round Top put together a beautiful Christian event that kicked off antiques week with speakers, music and pie. Thank you Tara for all that you do.

There's more to see and share as the week goes by.  I'm looking forward to Marburger later this week and more Texas country sunsets like this.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Before we Say Goodbye to Summer

I have grown to deeply love summer. Moving to this house four years ago changed my cranky heart. I knew it would. And it's a good thing because summer in Texas is long and difficult and will wear you down. It's now my favorite season and my home's as well. So me and the house loved us some summer with bright pillows and kantha quilts and some new lamps and layers of vintage art. 

Wanna see before I change it again for fall?

My husband and I collected river rocks on our family vacation to the Frio River this summer and drew mandala designs on them while the boys slept late in the mornings. Always take a sharpie on vacation with you because art is everywhere. 

Sadly, we didn't make it to the beach this summer so I taped up snapshots from past summers and it makes me smile every time I walk past the pictures of my babies on the beach.  Babies that are now 6' tall!

And while I see the rest of the country pulling out scarves and sipping pumpkinmochagrandeeverything, it's still a balmy 90 degrees here in Houston where summer lives on forever.  

I'll be in the pool if you need me.


Sunday, August 9, 2015

How To Patch Your Jeans in 5 Minutes

I have a pair of cropped jeans that I absolutely love. They're perfectly broken in, soft and so comfy. When I bought them they had a few trendy holes already in them. But over the years the holes have ripped and gotten bigger and there's just so much thigh I'm willing to expose to the world.

A bit of scrap fabric and 5 minutes later and I had given my old favorites a new life. I originally patched them last summer, but recently added another patch. I'm asked about them often so I'm sharing my "holey moley that was fast" patch tutorial with you. 

Supplies you'll need:
*Crafters Pick Fabric Glue (found at craft stores)
*Fabric for Patch

1. Cut a piece of fabric just a little bigger than the rip or hole.
2. Squeeze a line of glue around the edge of your fabric and apply it to your inside out jeans, right over the hole you want covered.

Press down on the edges of the fabric as you're applying to make sure you've got good contact, then let the glue dry.  You're done!

This fabric glue is super strong and has held up under many washings. I originally bought two pairs of these jeans and cut the other pair off for shorts and patched those as well.  

I don't sew.  At all. So I'm not one to have lots fabric on hand.  I used fabric from table cloths that I cut had up and used for another project.  You could use a bandana, a vintage hanky or napkin, or if you're cleaning out your closet, cut a scrap from an old favorite shirt. 

How easy was that?

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Recent Photo Shoot with West 23rd St Design

I hope you're enjoying the dog days of a scorching August summer.

Our 15 year old boys are working their first jobs as life guards this summer and it's been a challenge to juggle four work schedules. It forces me to guard our time off together like a hawk and make sure we do more than see each other coming and going. But we've made it work for us and I'm so proud of the boys hard work. They're saving for a car so we have that ahead of us. 

As for me, I've had the opportunity to collaborate with some new clients whose work I've admired on Instagram. Kristy Keele, a Houston based decorator and owner of West 23rd St. Design contacted me recently to photograph her house.

 Here's a peek at our session:

Kristy is so good at mixing colors and pattern and keeps her traditional style sassy and fresh with vintage art and interesting objets. I seriously feel like I need a glass table in my life.

The details; layered, thoughtfully chosen, a mix of high and low price points.  Kristy  has a sharp eye for treasures and makes frequent stops in some of Houston's best thrift stores for herself and clients. 

Kristy's home office is inspiring as well. Fabric, design books, props, mood boards, art. All the things we decorators love to have at our fingertips. 

One of the perks of this job is seeing up close and personal how people live. What a lovely put so much of yourself into your home. I have such admiration for all the little details in Kristy's home. Such eye candy!  I don't think she'd mind if I told you about her headboard.  It was one of my favorite things in her home.  It's a kantha quilt simply folded and laid over an upholstered headboard. Genius! and so pretty.

If you're looking for something special for your home, Kristy also sells on One Kings Lane and Chairish. Follow her here on Instagram

Monday, June 29, 2015

Old Glory Antiques ~ Denver

My friend and client, Holly Kuhn, of Old Glory Antiques is one talented lady. I recently visited her in Denver, Co., (which is her home base) to photograph the store at their new location which officially opens July 16th. I'm so excited to share a sneak peek with you!

Isn't it delicious? Holly has a keen eye for editing and the shop is such a pleasure to wander through. There's inspiration in every vignette. Along with beautiful well worn pieces, there's the occasional new piece that looks right at home. 

Holly blogs from her website which you can read here and posts regularly on Facebook and Instagram about new arrivals and events.
You might recognize Holly's signature style.  I've written about Old Glory Antiques in Burton, which you can read about here and worked with Holly Mathis on her Burton home which was featured in Country Living Magazine. She's on fire and has no intentions of slowing down.  
If you're like me and not lucky enough to live in the beautiful Denver area, Holly is also busy loading items to a new online shop, so be sure to pop in there.

Congratulations on the new store Holly!!