March 30, 2015


Armed with an iPhone, and sense of excitement with the thrill of the hunt is my 
sweet spot.

Following are a few of the items found..........

 A pair of wooden window awnings, France. Once utilized outdoor, would be charming in
 Several of us fell in love with this unusual table c. 1870, approx. 20' long, very narrow, the base would be cool stacked with baskets

A pair of turquoise and white metal tables originally from Chicago.....headed home

Reproduction lighting at a great price point
 An oddly charming watering can from Holland.
For some reason I want to draw eyes on it.........
Ohhhh how I love you! About 2' tall, leather clad stallion. I seem to have a knack for finding these of late and would love to know the back story. In the shop now is a dog made in the exact same manner
 with identical, equally soulful eyes.
From the same maker I would guess. Look at the detail, the sinewy muscles formed under the leather. Does anyone know anything about these?
 Paper mache' bowls that defy their composition. From a distance we thought these were clay.....
ala Pompeii

 Massive framed seashell botanicals, loved how the collection was assembled

 French champagne bottle shipping carts will receive an upholstered lift off top

 European bee hive boxes assembled into seating.
 Think I will add a rough belgian linen fabric to the seat top.
 Collection......see the mini bottle dryer under the clock?
Have personally never seen that miniature size before
In a clients ongoing installation I separated two standard sized frames, creating a pair of wall lights. They were attached to the wall at the bottom of the frame and allowed to lean forward about 20 degrees at the top. Lights were installed inside the bottom, when on, light emanates from the holes for an interesting soft glow. When off it leaves you with a beautifully textured sculptural effect. Cannot wait to share this space when its complete. And no, the 2 x 4's do not show, now.

 Pair of french shutters, doors?
 My favorite score......a collection of eleven boats from 6" to 3' long. C. 1930's Spain, hand crafted by a ship builder, whom intentionally left them without a skin for their architectural value
 This model has mini cannons along the side (looking down into a box)
 Heavy solid iron pillar turned table
NYC copper building pediment.
Love the stand it is mounted on, this piece would be great on a mantle
Wishing well from France. Faux Bois roof and removable bird, even the bucket is faux bois. Hand painted base. How charming would this be in your garden?

Lastly, should you go, there is a app for that. The Round Top App will be your best bud.
Goodbye texas, until next Spring!


March 26, 2015

To Round Top with Love

 Enroute to the airport my husband became curious.
'So, how did you find out about this show?'
'My friend Cindy in California invited me'
'I do not remember you talking about this friend, who is she?'
'A very good blog friend'
'When did you meet her?'
'I haven't'
(Insert blank look)
And as anticipated a great friend indeed!!
And I could not have spent this time with a better group of women

We shared a gorgeous spring in the Texas countryside with stately Live Oaks just budding out
And fields of blue bonnets......sigh
And this house our tour guide, Kimberely found.
As I tiptoed into the rental house at 2am (long story) my bedroom awaited me
As mentioned in the previous post, this was a tour of Round Top by Kimberely of
OFF THE CAPE.  What a nice touch to find this Dash and Albert tote, welcome tag, a decorative oyster shell and a gift certificate to her online shop

Loved this room and could not wait to explore the rest of the house in the morning and best of all, meet my friends!

Living Room:  Fireplace painted black, raw wood mantle, taxidermy fish sprayed silver. 
I now find that I need a stuffed bass.....

Stucco walls, corrugated ceiling and apron, concrete floor stained black
Kitchen; cool.....
We shared in the delight of twenty five miles, both sides of the street, most 5+ tents deep, 
of an antiquers mecca........gluttonous overload 
The goods ranged from country, down home and sheer junk to grand salon

Vendors arrive from all over the world

Wanted every one of these stylish storage boxes from 18thc Italy, not at 195.00 each
The colors of the marbled paper covers remain vivid. What a stunning collection but they belong together, these 'file cabinets' of the influential in 1700's Milan. The temptation is strong to attempt
 a re-creation if only time allowed. Even the back of the boxes are attractive

We all stopped to admire this massive sign. Per the vendor, the sign, and one other, graced the entrance and exit of the manufacturer from 1902 until 1907, when the Dodge brothers became
simply Dodge. The asking price was $5,500.00, he had already sold the other.
In addition to the goods, some of the vendors were artisans with their vignette's. 
For me, I would rather look at beautiful pieces, well done that I cannot afford, versus endless junk. 
A favorite vendor of sheer genius in repurposing, innovation and display.

Custom made lampshades

A Spanish cabinet I coveted, that patina......$7,400.00. I naturally gravitate to the finest,
(a curse) however a find is my greatest joy. And find I did!

After hours fun
Kimberley our guide,  Kris from Driven by Decor and  Kimberley's friend,  Kim      
NOTE:  Blogging  issues I cannot seem to correct....please scroll down to finish   
Texas mud.........and success!

Next post:  The goods......

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