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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Shop Where You Sleep at The Vintage Round Top

My dear friends, Paige and Smoot Hull of

The Vintage Round Top

, have created a unique shopping experience for guests of their Round Top, Texas vacation cottage and are inviting you to Shop Where You Sleep.

Just off the kitchen, this primitive armoire holds a small sampling of vintage and repurposed accessories, RVT hand poured candles, and artisan soaps which can be purchased on the spot by following the instructions provided on the little clipboard just inside the door.

Paige has thoughtfully stocked the cabinet with everything you need to make your selection, wrap it up and carry it home safely. It couldn't be easier or more fun to indulge in a special memento from your trip to the country. Wouldn't it be fun to take home an ironstone pitcher for your kitchen table as a souvenir? Or a unique Swiss Army pillow? 

The candles are hand poured into darling old mason jars. And the soaps are completely natural and packaged in handmade artisan paper. 

Paige will be updating the cabinet regularly so if you see something in this post it might be gone soon so be sure to check out their

online store

as well. Also, the cottage is available for rent during the holidays so pop over to check availability for Christmas or Thanksgiving in the country. 

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. 

Burton, Texas The Cutest little Texas Town You've Never Heard Of

I'm going to assume that like me, until recently, you've never heard of Burton, Texas
I would love to introduce you!
Burton lies just off Hwy 290 between Houston and Austin. But what you'll want to take note of is that Burton is just 9 miles from Round Top, Texas, so if you're planning to go to the Antiques Week shows (we sometimes just call it Round Top) which are coming up fast, you'll want to add Burton to your itinerary.
Burton is full of good, old fashioned authentic American charm. It's quiet, very small with a population of approx. 350,  and cute!











This is The Nesting Co.,  an adorable florist that carries home decor.
One of the highlights of my summer has been working in Burton on a project with my dear friend, Holly Mathis, at Old Glory Antiques.



Shop owner, Holly Kuhn, opens Old Glory Antiques each spring and fall in an old Texas dance hall, during Antiques Week and fills the shop with fresh americana. AND at great prices!!! She's got such an eye for choosing interesting pieces of furniture and accessories that would make a room special...give it that nicely collected or curated feel. This is the kind of store I would take a client and just know we would find something unique for their home.  

The green cabinet on the right would make a fab media cabinet.  And the indigo chair...sigh...so good!



 The store will soon be open daily Sept. 26th thru Oct 4th during Antiques Week. I hope you'll visit Holly Kuhn at Old Glory in Burton. And stay tuned for more exciting news from Old Glory this fall. Country Living heard about the project and paid a visit recently so you'll want to visit before the rest of the decorating world comes and buys all the good stuff!

The Vintage Round Top at Marburger Farm in Round Top, Texas

Today is opening day of the Marburger Farm antiques show in Round Top, Texas. I spent the day yesterday styling and photographing the booth of

The Vintage Round Top

. It's so fun to sneak in the day before to see what's going on in those big white tents before the show opens.  

Remember their booth from last fall

? They created quite a buzz with their vintage circus theme. 

I've got some sneak peeks for you of their new spring show, "The French Naturalist", taken with my phone yesterday. It's quite an experience so I hope you're able to visit them this week at Marburger. 

The Marburger Farm

show runs from April 1-5. Visit Paige and Smoot of

The Vintage Round Top

in Tent C, Booth 10 for beautiful antiques from France and colorful spring inspiration.

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!


Round Top, Marburger Farm and Antiques Week Fall Shows 2013

Hear that? It's the rattle and hum of excitement rolling into Texas for Antiques Week! 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. 


Tens of thousands of shoppers endure the unpredictable Texas weather, heat and dust to experience the shows with 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.




Click Here for Marburger Show Dates and Details
 It’s not uncommon to see shoppers arrive by truck, limo or helicopter to experience this show and it's why this quiet stretch of Texas Highway is quickly becoming known as "The Hamptons in the Hill Country".


I'll be there for a day or two, so if you see me, please say hi. Or follow me on Instagram for quick pics of some fun  flea market eye candy if you can't make it.
If you're going, here are some links to help you plan your trip:




Have Phone Will Travel

Sometimes ya just gotta get out of town. My best friend came for business and pleasure last week. When given the choice of hitting the hot spots in town (Houston) for some Christmas shopping of the urban kind or spending the day in the country, she picked the country. 
I'm so glad she did.
We headed off to Round Top, Texas to enjoy the little town, famous for it's antique shows, in the off season. It was wonderful to have the roads to ourselves and enjoy the laid back pace and charm of the shops and farms. We definitely did our share of shopping but were also taken aback by the beautiful countryside. Armed with only our iphones, we stopped along country roads to take it all in.
image lori vrba

image lori vrba

Best friends for 30 years. What a treasure!




We did stop in to see what was going on at Leftovers in Brenham. Their displays are always pretty at Christmas.


Lori had never been to Rachel Ashwell's B & B, The Prairie, so after a delicious lunch at Royer's we headed over.



The Shabby Chic store was scheduled to be closed the day we went, but we called ahead and they opened just for us!



What a treat to have the store to ourselves to linger over all the pretty things.


As we were touring the property, we spied this beautiful bride in the Pearl Barn  during her photo shoot. Are you dying over the chandelier?  in the barn!



And some sweet simple Christmas decorations in the lounge. 




This old store is back in town. Wouldn't this be a great place to take the kids to shoot your Christmas card photograph?  If you can squeeze it in before the holidays, take a ride to Round Top and enjoy lunch and a walk around the town square. It's a good time.

Magnolia Pearl


Yesterday I made a quick trip over to Round Top to do some personal shopping and check out the Marburger shows. I didn't take pictures for the blog so I could soak up the experience for myself and not spend the day behind the camera.  Until I saw  Magnolia Pearl.

One step into Magnolia Pearl's booth inside Tent A at Marburger and you forget the high end trends and fine antiques you were just coveting. You've just entered a microcosm of girlyness, a fairy circle of ladies dressing and undressing and floating on clouds of linen and silk from the Plantation collection made especially for the fall Marburger show. 

Watch.

Round Top Antique Week Fall Shows 2012


Who's going?    Who's never been?   Who has it on their bucket list?  Who wants more information about what it is and how to best navigate the miles of tents, barns and pastures that make up this wonderful bi-annual event that makes up Round Top/Warrenton/Margurger Farm and the many other shows that are Antique Week?

I get asked about Round Top all the time and even though I've gone to the shows for years, it's almost impossible to describe how big it is and how it works.Wanna know how big it is? Well, I always say it's three weeks big.

 It would be nearly impossible to see it all. New shows and venues are being added every show and it's grown exponentially since it began. Here's the biggest insider secret I can share with you....it's happening right now. No matter what any schedule you are looking at says, if you get in your car right now and head that way you will get to do some shopping. If there's a specific show you like, check the schedules (info below) and plan your trip for that day.

These images are from my trip to Antique Week earlier this year for the spring shows:
























GardenAntqs. Now at Marburger Farm














The Show Daily is the shoppers and dealers Bible during Antique Week and can help you plan your trip.

And, don't forget that the latest issue of Souvenir Magazine has an article written by yours truly, with more information and links than you can shake a sausage on a stick at. So you should read that, too, before you go :)



Casual Summer Pool Party

When I made my spring trip to Round Top this year, my mission was to collect some simple vintage classics for casual outdoor entertaining that I could use over and over. One of my favorite deals were these vintage tablecloths. Their soft cool colors are the perfect bottom layer for a summer table setting.

Even though the cloths are vintage, they're still in great shape and clean up easy.  They've been washed over and over and are so soft and summery. 






Next...I wanted some mason jars..blue and clear. They all work well together for holding utensils and flowers.



Here's how it all came together:
The vintage black music stand is from Round Top, too.

Summer classic~ mason jars and daisies.

Small ironstone bowl...works everywhere.

Happy Summer!

Found Images

During my latest trip to Round Top, I ran across the colorful booth of Found Images at Margurger Farm:


Shop owner, Catherine Niles, creates beautiful hand stitched and hand printed lampshades from old postcards, calendars and vintage pictures, matched with custom or vintage bases with new wiring. The shop also offers custom shades if you would like to use one of your own images.


I love the playfulness and whimsy of these shades. I believe we shouldn't be serious all the time in our decorating and adding a fun element like these lampshades lets a little of ones personality come through. The shop also carries pillows, apparel items and home furnishings and gifts all handmade in their Texas studio. 

Love that BINGO shade up there!
Catherine also carries vintage art such as the education chart above. This would be great in my boys game room. They would love it!


Love the image of the water skiing girls above!

Found Images is located in Wichita Falls, Texas, however, Houston retailers Kuhl-Linscomb and The Arrangement carry some of her pieces. You can also find them set up under the white tents during Antique Week at Marburger Farm. You can  read more about the shows at Round Top and Antiques Week in the summer issue of Souvenir Magazine.