Styling Work with Ridgewater Homes

The fall season has been hectic with photo shoots, design clients, baseball tournaments and school plays. We're counting down the days to a nice long Thanksgiving break and spending some time in the great outdoors.

But it's the great INdoors that's kept me busy. I recently spent a couple of days shooting for Houston custom home builder Ridgewater Homes. Their designer Rachel Goetz and I loaded up with props  and headed to Friendswood to photograph a couple of their new projects for their web gallery.

Every styling job has it's specific needs and style, but it's really not much different than how you might freshen up any room. We always use fresh flowers, plants, produce, books, baskets, throws, pillows, small interesting accessories and art.

Styling is just as much about what you take away as what you might add. Editing is key! Add and take away. Add some more.  Move it a couple of inches over to the left. Add another book. Take away the candle.  Move it again. Step back, ponder the space, bounce ideas off each other, snap the pic, high five each other and move on to the next room. 

That's how it goes and I love every minute of it!

Styling a room for a portfolio is a little like getting dressed up for Easter Sunday. Your regular dress is fine but why not step it up a notch and go all out? That's where we stylists come in. Most homes I work in are perfectly lovely for the way they're lived in day to day but need a little work to look their absolute best through the camera's lens. My own included!

Here's a look at what we did for this living room shoot:

We opened up the room by rearranging the seating and removing the pretty white chairs for this portfolio shot. Again..edit edit edit. 

Rachel brought in new lamps (love these!) and the shelves got some love with pretty accessories. What a gorgeous space!

I have more styling work to share so be sure to check back soon!

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.

Follow me on Instagram for up to the minute reporting from the fields and beyond !

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.

xo

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:

*Scissors

*

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?

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 thing...to 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

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!!

Grow Your Own

Early summer is the best time for Houston gardens. Just right temps and lots of new growth make for sweet little arrangements.  If it's blooming, I'm clipping.

Belinda's Dream Roses, Phlox, Morning Glory Vine, Clematis, Butterfly Bush and Hosta leaves

Happy Memorial Weekend. Sleep late, eat a lot and pick some flowers!

My Kitchen Mini Makeover

Over the last couple of months my kitchen has s l o w l y been getting a little updating.

Things seem to always take longer than expected and we had a couple of setbacks but progress is a good thing.

We live in a typical builder home in the suburbs of Houston. It's lovely, but there are corners that builders cut that I will never understand. A lot of the work had nothing to do with pretty, it was just necessary. But those little things make a big difference in a room like one's kitchen where a lot of time is spent every single day. And it's still a work in progress.

Our eat in kitchen nook got the most love and is the most completed. We added crown moulding to this room, fresh paint top to bottom, centered the light over the table (why was it not centered when they built it?). Added pretty trim moulding around the previously bare windows and custom blinds from Select Blinds.

In person, the windows are gorgeous and get noticed right away.  I replaced the faux wood blinds with the Tropical Isle Basic Bamboo Shade in Mesh Camel with a cordless lift. 

I can't say enough about Select Blinds excellent customer service. If you've never ordered blinds online, give them a try next time. Samples are sent out right away and their people know their stuff.  This kind of customer service is very rare these days and was so appreciated. (not paid to say that...they are just awesome and I will use them again) Thanks to Holly Mathis for referring me. She's been using their products for years.

It's so tempting to want to replace everything once a room starts feeling new. But the domino effect gets expensive pretty fast. For example, our little kitchen table. A new table was on my list of things to replace but when I considered that it is solid wood and a good size for the room, I came to my senses and had it painted instead. I'm in love!

I've fed my family for years off this little table and would have been sad to see it go. It's a good solid yellow pine table that I had painted white years ago. I was ready for a change so I called my friend Allison of H.A.S. Bins who is a wiz with the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. 

The awesome Allison of H.A.S. Bins. She offers custom painting work and also sells painted furniture along with her partners at H.A.S. Bins.

She created a custom color mix using Graphite and Old White which resulted in this dark moody gray.  I do love the contrast with my chairs. Thank you Allison, so so much, xo.

Here you can see where the next work will be happening.  The little shelf will be removed and natural open shelves will be installed.  There was a recipe desk here that was removed as well. I'll have shelves to the floor for ironstone and serve ware.  I considered closing it off, but would miss the styling opportunity.  I like to see my stuff.

When all is done, then a new floor will go in (when I can make up my decorators ever changing mind). Bring in the existing wood? A hex tile in a fun pattern? Big tiles or little ones? A painted cement tile? Another white floor?

I got so sick of myself I had to just stop for a bit and catch my breath. Better that than to make an expensive mistake. 

There's more to share as we go. We replaced the tile backsplash with beadboard, converted a wall oven to a small pantry, converted a cook top to a slide in range and had one of those God awful fluorescent box lights ripped out and sprinkled around some small led lights on dimmers. New cabinet hardware is coming as soon as I get it ordered. 

Oh, and the wall color is Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams.

The Moth Wing Diaries by Lori Vrba

Let me begin by saying that

Lori Vrba

 has been my best good friend for 35 years. We've grown up together. Lived together. Had babies together.  I think some of our best growing has been over the last decade and we're not exactly spring chickens. And we're proud of that. 

It's an amazing thing to watch someone you're close to find their passion and then watch their star rise. 

Lori is a fine art photographer and mixed media artist living in Chapel Hill, NC.  She shoots with an old Hasselblad camera and makes pictures in her darkroom down in the basement of her home. It's as cool as it sounds. 

I'm beyond proud to share that her first book, The Moth Wing Diaries, has been published by Daylight Books and is

now available

Winged Victory by Lori Vrba

Rebecca's Palm by Lori Vrba

You can read one of the best interviews Lori's given on

Lenscratch

to get a deeper understanding of where the work springs from and her process. I know you'll be inspired.

If you live in or near Chapel Hill, NC., you have two opportunities to see Lori's work. Daylight Project Space in Hillsborough will exhibit her work through May 22nd.

And the historic Horace Willliams House in Chapel Hill will open with an exhibition on April 12-26. Artists reception will be April 12, 2-4 pm. 

If you're in the Houston area, plan ahead as Lori will be exhibiting work beginning June 6 at

Catherine Courturier Gallery

.

Also, follow Lori on

Facebook

for all the up to the minute details about shows and signings.

Congratulations dear friend! Can you believe I just blogged about your book?!

Fifty Shades of Blush and Bashful

It's true that you never forget your first love. 

When it came to boys, I was lucky enough to marry my first true love and we're living happily ever after. I'm a lucky girl.

But when it comes to color, well..me and pink dated a very long time then broke up. I felt like I was the one that gave and gave and gave. Sacrificing my dignity for those pink laminate counter tops in our first home 25 years ago.

The custom floral chintz bedding with cabbage roses the size of my head. The mauve dust ruffle. I hear the kids are calling it 'Marsala' these days. Ha!...rookies.

The soft pink teflon skillet that cooked the perfect scrambled eggs on the weekends. Oh yes...I know that was all my idea, but pink, you quickly turned ugly and cold. I know I held on too long, but I needed you. I was young and didn't know better. You were everything to me. 

When the babies came I just couldn't handle your fiery heat any longer and we said goodbye.  I thought that would finally be the end of us.

But recently, on a cold gray winter day somewhere in a deep dark dusty rose corner of my heart, old feelings began to stir. It was an urge that led me to the dim and dingy corners of cheap thrift stores to fill bag after bag with books in every shade of blush and bashful I could find, just to get a little taste of you. I lied to the cashiers, telling them all those pink books were for a school project. Oh, the thrill of hiding you in the back of my car....I haven't felt this alive in years! 

I justified going back to you with thoughts like "It's just this one room. Just for a little while. It won't hurt anyone, especially if I add some brass and new pillows. I deserve it."

"I want my color senses to feel alive in the way only you can make it happen, pink!"

And now we're back together. It feels so right, pink. You're my hot and steamy little Valentine to myself. My foolish color folly. 

Now, shut up and kiss me!

January Paperwhites and Fern

Isn't it funny how as soon as we put away the Christmas decorations we start thinking about Spring? 

We live too fast. 

It's winter...let's enjoy that! (says the southern girl who has never shoveled snow in her life). Texas has had some really cold and gray days and I'm fighting the gray with green. 

Ferns, paperwhites, lavender, boxwoods; anything green that I can easily plant or snip and bring inside is fair game. 

I've had really good luck growing these three ferns inside: plumosa, maidenhair and boston.

They've done well in low light and I've supplemented their water with a good misting weekly.   

Paperwhites are the easiest thing I've ever grown. They're so forgiving. And, I hereby decree they're not just for the holidays, so there!  I keep it simple by growing them in a container with gravel or rocks and keep them watered. That's it.

I bought quite a few at Christmas and have been planting them a few at a time. I'll miss them when they're gone.

Have fun planting bulbs in ironstone, teacups, mason jars; anything that holds water.

After they bloom you can stake them up with bamboo skewers and string. I love how simple they are to care for and their sweet smell. They do like to drink a lot of water so

check them daily.

Tell me......What's your secret weapon for fighting the gray days of winter? 

The Day After Christmas

Merry Christmas!

What a wonderfully busy season it's been. I have loved seeing so many of your homes so beautifully decked for the holidays. Between Pinterest and Instagram the inspiration was impressive and at times overwhelming to me. My heavy work schedule had me running until the last minute on every detail, which isn't the best feeling. But thankfully it's not like that every year and I just had to go with it. 

Some really lovely things came from that. I learned that it's ok to "just go with it". That when the exhaustion and emotions that can turn us inside out at Christmas start to become too much that the candle light service at church is exactly what I needed to press the reset button. That buying for a family in need always feels good. That an untraditional Christmas lunch of gourmet sliders and dips lends itself to less clean up and more time for game playing and visiting with our precious family. That teenage boys will be happy on Christmas morning as long as there is food and lots of it!

And, that a late blog post is better than no blog post, so for those of you still with me, here are a few small details that I really and truly enjoyed this Christmas.

I kept most of the house simple with greens and berries that grow on a huge bush in the common area of my neighborhood. We borrowed a few for Christmas.

I used a variety of vintage glasses on the dining table. They felt so fresh and pretty with each one having it's own little personality.  I think these might stay a while. 

And just for fun, a chalkboard Christmas tree went up in our bedroom. It was so relaxing to just stop everything and draw this out one evening. The inspiration came from a quick google session and some basic measuring to get it somewhat centered. I think the trick to chalkboard art is to just keep going.  Trace over your work to give it contrast and don't be afraid of messing up. 

And now, it's time to hunker down and enjoy the nice long break from work and school. I'm reading Amy Poehler's new book,

Yes Please

and loving it. There are movies I want to see with the boys and if I get a big burst of energy, I'll grab a shovel and start cleaning up this messy office. 

I have lots to share in the coming year. I just wrapped two shoots for

Country Living Magazine

that you will l o v e that will be featured this spring  and another on the books in a couple of weeks. 

But for now, lets stay in the peaceful calm and happiness that comes with the close of another beautiful Christmas. And in our jammies. With lots of chocolate chip cookies.

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!

Recent Styling Work In Country Living Magazine

A very special project that I worked on over the summer with my friend

Holly Mathis

was featured in the November issue of Country Living Magazine.  

In addition to assisting Holly I was honored to style the shoot for Country Living. You can see more images from the shoot and read about the house 

here

.

Photograph by

Annie Schlechter

I thought it would be fun to show you some of the rooms as Holly Mathis designed them for our  fabulous client Holly Kuhn of

Old Glory Antiques

, along with some of the details that weren't included in the magazine feature. 

This house is the real deal great old country house that we all dream of.  Twelve foot tall ceilings, wavy old glass in the windows, claw foot tubs....charm and character all over. 

And the icing on the cake is that homeowner Holly Kuhn owns the Old Glory Antiques shop that sits on the property so we had access to her fabulous inventory for this project.

The house is for private use of the Kuhns and their guests primarily when they come to Texas to open the shop for Antiques Week twice a year. This 4 bedroom house which includes a loft room is perfect for accommodating a large crowd which is a good thing because it's often packed with friends. 

This beautiful bedroom was shot for the magazine but wasn't included in the feature.  I love the soft colors of the blue ceiling and the shutters.  This room feels so serene and dreamy. 

Photograph by

Annie Schlechter

Photograph by

Annie Schlechter

Photograph by

Annie Schlechter

Photograph by

Annie Schlechter

For the window seat in the upstairs dorm room, Holly had a french mattress custom made by our friends at

LS Slipcovers

.  It's exactly what the space needed.  

Here's a detailed shot of the desk in the entry. Perfect for this guest house. I love how it evokes the feel of an old hotel check in desk.

Photograph by

Annie Schlechter

I have to say, Holly Mathis is blessed with some amazing design talent. I've admired her work for years and seeing her in action kind of blew my mind. She can make things happen ya'll.  Good things. Her friendship and support has blessed my life in so many ways and these two Texas girls were honored to work together for Holly Kuhn and have our project featured in Country Living. 

Holly's goal on this project was to freshen up the house while keeping true to the Old Glory brand style of fresh American antiques.

Here's a before and after of what we call the red bedroom. Keep in mind these before pics are extra messy because we were in the house working and things sometimes get worse before they get better. A custom made four poster Amish style bed was brought in which helped with the tall ceilings in this house. Perfect choice.

All of the following images were taken by me for our portfolio.

Red bedroom before & after

Styling tip *Bookends don't have to match. Using two different objects the same color is  more interesting, especially if one of them is a small vase.

Below is the canopy room before & after. Another beautiful tall romantic bed was used in this room. 

The moulding on the walls inspired us to get creative with the art.  We gathered empty frames from the shop along with vintage photographs to create a mixed media inspired installation.

Styling tip * Think outside the frame. We used vintage photographs and paper ephemera clipped to the existing wire to create this unique grouping.

 Here's the kitchen before and after. 

The industrial light fixture, striped runner on the stairs and cafe sign add so many layers of interest.

Here's a bedroom that wasn't included in the feature.  I especially love the beautiful bedding.

Styling Tip *Glueing old photos under glass paper weights is a unique way to share family photos.

 I've saved the best for last because this room is my absolute favorite in the Old Glory house. I love a dorm room and this one is especially wonderful with the matching iron twin beds and old sconces. As you can see, Holly chose a very colorful rug to anchor the new beds. It's like a party on the floor...so cheerful and colorful and fun. 

Styling Tip *Repetition in design is a good thing and pleasing to the eye. Use multiples when space allows.

The dorm bathroom got an update as well. 

Another sweet corner of the dorm room provides a writing desk for guests.

The scope of this project was so big that I could go on forever about the fun we had hauling chairs from room to room, eating m&m's while we were figuring out our next move and all the good people that were involved on this project. 

One of those special people was my good friend Paige Hull of

The Vintage Round Top

. I was asked to step in as the lead stylist at the last minute and needed an assistant. As ya'll know Paige has such an eye for vintage design and is a super hard worker so she made this shoot extra special for me.  This woman is a rock star.  

Ta-daa!  Thank you Paige!!!

There's more more more to read about the Old Glory project over on

Holly's blog

so head over for more interesting details and pictures. We definitely put the country in Country Living for November!

A Little Bit of Fall Is All

I see from some my favorite blogs, Pinterest and Instagram that apparently it's Fall???

Poor southeast Texas.  We miss out on all the fall fun when it comes to seasons. We're about to roll over to November and the kids are still wearing shorts to school and it's been 90 degrees over the last week.  I've yet to make soup, wear a scarf or eat pumpkin anything. We can't even fake it. 

It just feels wrong to not do anything in terms of making some changes in the house to acknowledge that somewhere, people are picking apples, making biggo leaf piles to jump into and bundling up to go to the Friday night football games.

My favorite unframed botanicals are my favorite mobile art collection.  I took them off the mantel and now they're repping fall in the dining room for me. And i like it!

They really deserve to be properly framed, but then I wouldn't get to use my fun washi tape to hang them all over the house on a whim.  

In my world, coral is a fall styling element.  Nod your head if you agree.  Thank you :) 

Some fresh eucalyptus and pretty blue/gray pumpkins. I do love the colors.

Botanicals and ironstone.  Two of my favorite collections that really work for me in any season. This was more about putting together colors and textures that suggest fall for my cottage style and I am really enjoying it. With the candles lit and the a/c cranked down it even feels a little like fall in here :)

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. 

H.A.S Bins

I have a really fun local event to share with you! Three wonderful lady friends have put together a Pop Up Shop of antiques and decor. I got a sneak peek this morning and it was so good!!! 

The concept sounds really fun.  The plan is for HAS Bins to open every month or so with new antique and vintage finds. The sale is located in the big pretty living room of one of the ladies homes and it feels like a petite indoor flea market. Isn't the name so cute? It's the first initial of each of the ladies names and they also "has bins" to sell...lol.  They're a fun bunch and you'll love shopping with them. 

If you can't make it to this pop up, follow H.A.S Bins on

Facebook

 for their next event which will be in November, just in time for Christmas shopping.

Thanks for letting me in early ladies...I love the goodies I got this morning!!! 

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.