Monday, November 7, 2011

So I took an adventure the week of our move.  It was a little aggressive to leave town right before the movers came but we had been packing all month and I could not change the dates of the "Roundtop" Antiques Festival to fit my schedule!  The dates are set and that's that.  I had always wanted to go to Roundtop, location about 2hrs from Houston TX, and the big shows are just twice a year, Spring and Fall.  Through the years I would read what my favorite designers, favorite things to do were.  Three favorite things I would read over and over were taking trips to Roundtop Texas,  Brimfield Mass. (another antiques fair like Roundtop) and of course the Paris Flea Markets.  So it was time for me to mark one of these items off my list.  Another designer friend of mine and I had plans to go to Paris this past September and it fell through so I was looking to find any other way to get inspired.  It was time to make the pilgrimage.  Not knowing much about Roundtop except the little I heard from some of my dealer friends about how wonderful it was and how great the people were, I booked a cabin (in the middle of nowhere) and was ready to go.  Since my friend had backed out of this trip too, I was a little nervous about going by myself.  So I asked the person who dragged me to antique store after antique store when I was little, my dad, if he would want to come along!  He was excited and what a great bonding time for us.  We had not spent time like this together in years.  So the adventure begins......

Adventure is worthwhile.” -- Aristotle

This was one of the first things I saw after we parked the car and started walking around.  I had to take a picture because it was about the greatest thing I had ever seen.  A cowgirl with an Airstream camper set up on the side of the road with this wonderful black and white striped umbrella.  She was selling this edgy cowgirl clothing with a feminine mix of lace and leather.  Plus accessories and art.  She has even more goodies inside that Airstream.  Too cool!

I know this is a bobcat, not a cougar, but this Cougarville sign just works so well with him.  He was actually in our cabin but the sign just goes to show you that you can find about anything at Roundtop.  

Now this.....

and then this......

Was I in vintage cowboy boot and turquoise heaven.....what!

I bought this little light while there and am going to have a girl that does some lighting for me to update the brass finish a little.  I might use it in the powder room.  Isn't it cute!

I love old buttons and this was pretty much a vintage button dream and they were so organized.  I really did try to pick a few out just to switch out on a jacket or to add to pillows, but it was just to much for me to comprehend.  So I did not buy any.  And since I did not buy any this trip I am planning on using this as an excuse to go back again.  Must get old buttons, Must get old buttons, Must get old buttons.........

 One of my friends asked me if I saw any cowboys......well now you know.....Where in the world do you think he got that hat! Clearly somewhere in Texas..... Love it!

We purchased this set of vintage metal "Salterini" outdoor chairs for a steal.  I think the set of 6 was only $800.  There is a similar set on 1stdibs for thousands of dollars.  You can really get some deals at Roundtop.  Many dealers go here to buy for there shops.  Shipping was pretty painless too and not to expensive.  The whole week made me dream about having a store one day.  Aren't these chairs so great.  They are really comfortable too.  I think my parents might use them on there sceened porch for a while.  I would not mind them ending up at my house one day too.  We talked about having them spray painted Robins egg blue, which along with pink was one of the original colors that these "Salterini" chairs came in.  So fun!!!!  I could have a store with just chairs, that would be it, nothing but chairs.  And each of their little personalities would make me so happy!

Can't be in Texas without seeing some Longhorn's.  Check this guy out.  I want a pair of those horns to accessorize with.  

Fun mid-century lighting......great prices!

This was a sursy my dad got my mom on our trip.  Maybe she will let me wear it once in a while, since I picked it OUT!  This guys family owned a pawn shop and he would take old pieces from the shop and update them.  He did a pretty good job here don't you think.   Ugh, Love. 

"Art must take reality by surprise. "
Francoise Sagan 

This is a new little treat for Lily's new room.  I just could not pass up this wonderful mid-century modern footstool upholstered in such a pretty little vintage Suzani

As you can see this suzani stool will go with Miss Lily's favorite color scheme, pink and purple, and it will just be fabulous with her Hello Kitty Halloween costume! 

This was the most couture Halloween decoration I saw this year.  Spraying your pumpkin with metallic paint must have been the thing to do.  I saw it a couple of times and thought it was such a cool idea.  This is the way to really jazz up your jack-o-lantern.  Tip to remember for next year!

Jay was black Spider-man and would not take off his costume for the whole week prior to Halloween.  He also had to take care of Patches, the bear, over the weekend (the one with the overalls).  Patches made a friend as you can see.  I think he had a good weekend.  I know Jay did.  

"Wine" is one of the fashion colors for the season.  So we are going to call my first fall color  "A Grape Appeal".  I think I was a "toe nail polish namer" in my previous life.  Feet look so much better with a tan.  Sorry guys, it will be a while before you see tan feet.  I won't torture you for the whole winter.......I will start showing my shoes or something. 

I would never laugh or make fun of anyone that struggles with there weight.  I have my own "muffin top" to deal with so I totally understand.  But you have to admit this costume is hilarious.  This guy made me laugh all night.  He was really having fun.  Something about that gold tutu and the pink bathing suite is just perfect!

These guys were at Roundtop too that week!  They were ready for Halloween early this year. 

"Eat, drink and be scary."  ~Author Unknown

I had such a great time with my Daddy on our adventure.  As you can see here he made a new friend with "Bob", the bobcat.  We laughed a whole lot, it will be a time with him that I never forget.  Hummmm where can I drag him next.  Oh, I have a bucket list, don't you know you dad. 

"My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: he believed in me." ~Jim Valvano


  1. I love Roundtop - I got to go once upon a time when we were living in TX. It is the best!
    I am in love with that suzani footstool - lucky girl!

  2. I know I just loved it too!.....I just wish it was one plane ride and a 2 hr car ride closer to me...but man, it is soooo worth all the trouble...and glad you love to footstool...I cannot wait for her to see it, it is in storage now...have a great night Ashlyn....thanks for sharing, Jenny

  3. Glad you did a new blog! Looks like you got some great items while in Texas! And you made some good memories with your dad, which you can't put a price on. Ready for the next blog!