True Blue Home ~ Chappell Hill Texas

During the whirlwind that was antiques week, a new shop opened in Chappell Hill, Texas, that I know we are all going to be visiting often, True Blue Home.

The shop is owned and operated by Cindy and Brian Taylor, in collaboration with Holly Mathis who is adding her talents as creative director and has worked on every detail of the store right along with Cindy. 

Here's why I'm personally excited about TBH; it's so nice to have the option of taking a short relaxing drive out to the country that doesn't include having to navigate Houston traffic, to pick up a few quality things for clients. Don't let the location stop you from heading out to Chappell Hill from Houston.  I'm on the west side and can be at TBH in 50 minutes, do some shopping, pick up dinner at Chappell Hill Bakery and Deli (awesome BBQ here) and head home. It's so worth it!

What a fun opening day! The shop was filled with shoppers oohing and ahhing over the art, slipcovered furniture, lighting, pillows and candles. Love the textures in this historic building.

So many ways to use these big beautiful carved shelves.  I'm thinking fireplace mantel.

Is this Heaven??? Seriously ladies.  It's delicious!

So glad to know that True Blue Home is a Visual Comfort lighting stockist. Love that we can see the options right in the store.

All the perfect smalls needed to layer your room to get "the look".   And John Robshaw pillows!

Dreamy lamps and blue and white porcelain ginger jars. A Holly Mathis trademark for sure.

Every detail was perfect for the grand opening.  I may have had more than two but less than 10 of the cookies. They were pretty and delicious!

Congratulations to Cindy and Holly on a gorgeous store and successful grand opening.  All your hard work really showed and I'm so glad you're finally here!

Check the True Blue Home website for directions and read more about the store on Holly's Blog.

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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Recent Styling Work ~ Rachel Goetz Interiors

I spent a day recently working with Houston designer, Rachel Goetz, to style and photograph one of her local projects located in The Heights. 

Rachel, a fresh face in the design trade, assisted this young family which includes three little boys, through the building and design process the whole way.  Here's a little peek at some of the work we did on this shoot.  I'm so in love with this kitchen space. 

For now you can find Rachel on

Instagram

sharing the latest on her design work along with pics of her brand new sweet baby. She's got a great eye for details and is a props power shopper so I can only imagine the energy she brings to a custom build project. Thanks for a fun day Rachel!

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. 

Lake Tejas Summer 2014

I see that summer is winding down in more northern states.  Here in Texas we have another month or more. But we are feeling the shift in our schedules as school is back in full swing.  Ouch. Momma is not so much a morning person and high school starts too early.  At least the

American Academy of Pediatrics

has my back on this issue.

Summer break was full of vacation, work, rest, excitement, sleeping in, late night Sonic runs for milkshakes. And a little boredom. Just like it's suppose to be. 

No matter where we venture off to, our summer tradition of spending a day with family at  our favorite east Texas swimming hole,

Lake Tejas

, will always be the boys most favorite day of the summer. They are so happy here. 

(grainy pics courtesy of my iphone and a waterproof case)

It's exactly this charming and always feels about 15 degrees cooler than the concrete jungle. Bring a sandwich, rent a tube and float out to the middle of the lake and watch the show off the high dive. The older kids show off a bit for the young ones and the teenage boys talk smack as they're working up their courage to jump from 20 feet off the tower.  My boys learned to do backflips, watermelons and flying squirrels here as I floated below them holding my breath. It's so fun!

Lake Tejas is special to us as my father in law was a lifeguard here growing up.  It's a place we've all enjoyed through the generations and it's great to be able to share it with our boys. 

I hope your summer brought you happy memories and special days. Happy Labor Day weekend!

Manready Mercantile

Every summer the boys and I like to plan a day  of fun in Houston discovering new places.   One of our favorite stops this year was the new Manready Mercantile in The Heights.

I first heard about Manready Mercantile on Instagram and loved what I saw.  Since we're raising a couple of men I wanted them to experience firsthand some unique manly goods in a creative and fun atmosphere.  They loved it, and for just a minute it made me wish I was a guy because if I was, I would have know I had found the store for me. I loved the store styling. Manready Mercantile is a lifestyle store with a vintage, outdoorsy atmosphere. They're well stocked with leather goods, accessories, clothing, candles and apothecary style personal care lines for men. Made in the USA and local.

With the motto "Work Hard Live Well", owner and Texas original, Travis Weaver opened his flagship store here in Houston just a few months ago. I love his story.  

Travis started his business with $20 and a lot of guts. He sold his signature brand of candles at craft fairs and flea markets and eventually online.  With approx 70 retailers now carrying his candle line (including One Kings Lane and Whole Foods) and a successful website, a storefront was the next natural step. 

I think what I'm most excited about is that I now have a place to pick up Christmas gifts for the men.  I think guys are hard to buy for, but I saw so many beautiful things I would love to gift. Beautiful leather key chains, vintage tools and pocket knives, hip t-shirts. 

It's perfect!

Of course we couldn't leave without picking up a few things. A new calendar with a vintage look, a leather wrapped mason jar for coffee or tea, and beautiful card decks.  

Ladies, Manready Mercantile often hosts social hours with complimentary cocktails for "man sitting" while you shop your favorite stores on 19th street in the historic Heights.  There's good stuff there!

                    Manready Mercantile    321 B W. 19th Street     Houston, TX

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.