Round Top, Old Glory Antiques, Leftovers Antiques and A Blog Post The Size of Texas

So... I may have gotten a little snap happy with my camera yesterday, but Texans don't show restraint very well when it comes to Round Top and Antiques Week. The shows are starting earlier and the entire event has grown with every season. It's overwhelming, even for locals, so if this is your first time to visit, go easy on yourself.  It's Big. And a big show deserves a big blog post.  

I know everyone has their way to experience Round Top, but I think it's a good idea to keep your options open.  Visit a field or a show you've never been to.  I promise you there's more to see this time around than ever before. 

Before I show you some of the pics I took in Round Top, I want to share a couple of outstanding antiques shops I photographed recently that have been prepared especially for show time. They're close to Round Top, easy to find and so very good.

Shop owner Holly Kuhn opens Old Glory Antiques in Burton, Texas, twice a year during Antiques Week. Burton is just 9 miles from Round Top..practically next door!  For this show she's filled the shop (a former Texas dance hall) with fresh Americana country antiques and accessories.  The shop will be open from Sept. 26-Oct 4.

Another favorite shop that you absolutely MUST see is Leftovers Antiques in Brenham, Texas. Shop owners Ed Fulkerson and Michael Breddin have creatively re-imagined parts of the store into "Lake Leftovers" for fall. I love that this store looks different every single time I'm there.  They never rest!! It's cozy, warm and packed with inspiration.

Michael and Ed know their antiques and have a passion for traveling to bring the absolute best of European and American treasures back to the store. I know it's hard to believe but these images reflect only a small part of their vast retail store.

Ready to hit the fields? Grab your walking shoes!

Twice a year, the tiny Texas town of Round Top (population 90) becomes the destination for weekend antique’s warriors and serious collectors that make the pilgrimage to the now legendary antique shows that line the rolling hills of Texas State Highway 237 halfway between Austin and Houston.

The biannual antiques fair known as Round Top Antique Week is traditionally held the first full weekend of April and October of every year, although trading  begins up to three weeks in advance as dealers begin to arrive earlier and shows continue to expand with new venues being opened every year. 

What began over 30 years ago as one show in the Round Top Rifle Association Hall now includes shows in Round Top, Warrenton, Carmine, Burton and Shelby, Texas, and includes more than 2,500 dealers spread across Fayette County. 

Tens of thousands of shoppers endure the unpredictable Texas weather, heat and dust to experience the shows. And when I say “shows” I mean dealers set up in some of the most creative booths; one could easily find themselves shopping in a barn, a dance hall, a cow pasture, a tent, a field, a grocery story or a vintage air stream travel trailer. That’s what makes Round Top one of a kind.

SDS Designs zinc, copper and wood top tables.  They're happy to customize to any size.

One of my personal favorite stops is Clutter down the road in Warrenton . The styling is fun and the space is filled with the weird and wonderful. Mostly wonderful.

Next to Clutter is ex-cess.  Architectural salvage and funky finds.

 Random goodness from the fields. 

There really is so much to see. Isn't it fun? Are you emptying your piggy banks? looking in the couch cushions for loose change? are you desperate to just  GET THERE for goodness sake? You've got plenty of time.  Things are just getting kicked off and this is really just a peek of what's out there. The Show Daily is a great resource to help you plan your trip. It lists all the show dates and locations.

The big show at Marburger Farm opens Sept 30-Oct 4. Those tents are up right now and are being filled with gorgeous antiques, industrial trends, art and textiles. 

We are so proud of this show and the world wide exposure it's come to know. Enjoy the country atmosphere, eat some good food and be inspired by dealers and artists who live out their passion in the green fields of Texas. That's what it's all about. 

At Home with Ed Fulkerson of Leftover's Antiques

Just west of Houston, in the sweet little town of Brenham, Texas, is where Ed Fulkerson of

Leftovers Antiques

, calls home. And what a home it is. 

My dear friend and talented decorator,

Holly Mathis

, recently invited me to photograph Ed's beautiful home. Can you imagine how much fun we had styling this shoot together and touching all of his antiques? Best job ever!

Ed lives in an authentic historical cottage.  The kind we all Pin to our style boards and lust for...you know..with old worn floors, original shutters, tall ceilings, wavy glass in the windows, beadboard...so romantic. 

Then, if that weren't enough, he's decorated it with thoughtfully chosen European and American antiques. 

I loved the day we spent shooting here and fell in love with the light that beams through those windows. 

Holly

is sharing even more images and details of Ed's story and their new website on her

blog

, so be sure to click over . He and his business partner, Michael Breddin, are in preparations now for the upcoming

Marburger Farm

show at Round Top so you can visit them there or at the store which is also full of beautiful antiques and more, just like the ones you see here.

Leftovers Antiques and Rachel Ashwell Book Signing

Just heard some fun news from Holly Mathis that Leftovers Antiques will be hosting their Annual Party and Jazz Night this Saturday, September 28th from 6-9pm and our favorite honorary Texan and designer, Rachel Ashwell, will be there signing copies of her new book, Prairie Couture.
Leftovers Antiques huge store in Brenham, Texas, mixes old and new by offering European antiques and new exciting products like bedding, rugs and accessories. 







For more information and pictures of what Leftover's has in store, pop over to Holly's blog then head to Leftover's Saturday for some pre-Round Top Antiques week fun!