March 29, 2011

Round Top Round Up

What an adventure!!! We just returned from preview weekend at Round Top/Warrington Antique Show. It was such an amazing trip and I came home with most of the stuff on my list. I don't know what hurts more - my feet from all the walking or my stomach from all the laughing we did.

Here is a round up of what I came home with and the fields that I found them in......

La Bahia
Antique Chinese Calligraphy brushes

Chelsea Meadow

Landscape print in antique frame

Town of Warrington

Old antique dresser

Alabaster lamp

Next to Zapp Hall in Warrington I found this beautiful empire crystal chandelier. It was love at first sight, she looks beautiful in my kitchen above the dining table!!!

Butterfly prints from Clutter in Warrington

Blue Hills
Old rustic light from Egypt

Egg Print

We looked like Sanford and Son driving home with all our junk piled high in the truck. I can not wait till next year!!

March 23, 2011

Let The Fun Begin

Round Top is FINALLY here!!! We are about to jump in the truck and head on over to Texas. Over 1,000 antique merchants spread over four small towns, no doubt I will lose my mind this week. I hope to take pictures and report back to you guys on my findings. Wish us luck!!!!

March 21, 2011

I Got A Fever

And the only prescription... is MORE COWHIDE!!!

I got this rug from Ikea a few years ago and it's been sitting in my closet. I don't know what to do with it yet. It worked great in my old house but I can not find a place for it in our new house.

Honestly I can not make up my mind if it is creepy to have a cow on the floor?

In a futile attempt to find her a home I hit the internet for some inspiration and here are my top 3 favorites.

(via David Jimenez)

She is still in the closet.

March 16, 2011

Evergreen Of The Month

Her official name is Magnoliaceae Michelia Figo, I refer to her as my little Banana Magnolia!!! She has become one of my favorite evergreens in our courtyard (partly because she hides my huge hunk a metal called the a/c unit).

The flowers have this sweet ripe banana, juicy fruit gum, apple like fragrance that is delightful. I swear depending on the time of the day it smells different.

It's an old southern plant and everyone I talk to says "yea my grandmother had one of those in her yard."

It's early spring and the plant is full of buds and blooming!!

I love this plant.

I hope she likes her new home in our courtyard.

Please don't die on me baby!!!!

March 15, 2011

This House Makes Me Happy

House Beautiful 2009 featured this Austin house from designer Sara Scaglione of Shabby Slips. Years later I am still obsessing over all the rooms, and still love the feel and look of this house. She perfectly mixes modern clean lines with soft Belgian linens and timeless antiques. I am hoping to visit the Shabby Slips Houston store in the next few months, not that I can afford anything in there but it's fun to dream!!!

Walls painted Pratt & Lambert's Silver Lining

Curtains in Donghia's Debutant in Birdie & Slipcovers in Hamilton Adams Belgian linen

Black all weather wicker from Smith & Hawken


Kitchen and Family Room

Family Room

Mansion Chandelier from Currey & Company

Girls Room

Vintage Botanicals and Julian Chichester lamp

March 11, 2011

Alabaster Light

I love alabaster lamps they are so elegant, organic, and simple. They match any style room and are so unique. Alabaster is a type of mineral that is usually white, creamy or translucent in color. I am hoping to come home from Round Top with a beautiful alabaster lamp like the ones below......

(via Country Living)

(via Ron Marvin)

(via Decorpad)

(via Decorpad)

(via Nate Berkus)

(via Eric Zepeda Photography)

March 10, 2011

Sam's Club Flowers

It's been 7 months since our wedding. I still daydream about how wonderful, magical and perfect the entire day was. And as always I did it all on a budget, my favorite budget friendly item was our flowers. I literally saved thousands of dollars, and with some hard work and help from my friends and family we pulled off some professional looking arrangements. We used Sam's Club for all the flowers, I got an unbelievable price and they were utterly amazing!! I really can not say enough good things about my experience with Sam's. My flowers were beautiful and everyone thought I paid a fortune for them.

A Few Suggestions:
*Make sure you order them at least 2 weeks in advanced, you chose the date you want them delivered. My wedding was on Saturday afternoon so I had them delivered Thursday afternoon. The delivery man showed up exactly as promised!!!
*Make sure someone is home when they are delivered.
*Make sure you have a few 5 gallon buckets to immediately put the flowers in water.
*Make sure you have a cool place to store them.
*Make sure you have some amazing friends and family to help you put it all together.

I literally read hundreds of reviews before I placed my order and did some major research. I ordered this 17 piece white wedding collection for the bridal party. I paid $293.68 for 1 bridal bouquet, 4 bridesmaid bouquet, 1 toss bouquet, 6 boutonnieres, 4 corsages, and a box of rose petals. I took bridal pictures months before the wedding and got a professional florist to put one together for my pictures. I paid $100 for one bouquet, and the one from Sam's was much prettier. Check out some of our wedding pictures.............

Bridal Bouquet

Brides Maid Bouquets

The Groom

The bulk of flowers I ordered for the arrangements were hydrangeas, pale pink roses and white roses. The hydrangea I ordered were amazing, I got a few jumbo antique and the rest were just medium sized white hydrangeas. I was very happy with the quality of all the flowers. Total I paid right under $1,000 for all the flowers and we had to many (we even had flower arrangement in the bathrooms). Average cost if I would have went the professional route over $3,000!!!!

My dear friend Zoe whipped up this amazing cake topper with a few of the flowers, and she had my flower girl decked out from head to toe in flowers. She is such a talent!!!

March 03, 2011

Boy Meets World

Here we go..... this is my first attempt at a professional looking mood board. What do you think? Me and photoshop have been getting along pretty good lately. My genii pig was the little bun in the oven for our good friends the deClouets, and we are hoping its a boy or back to the drawing board with pink!!!!

I did not want the room to be all baby but also not all grown up - its a fine line. I wanted to give them something that would last years and that "MR. Bun in the Oven" could grow into. They had a few things they had collected already for the nursery and I used that as a jumping off point.

The Esty fabric was used to make a bumper for the crib, the inside was made with the stripe fabric and the outside with the bamboo fabric. The chocolate rocker was already used for their first son's nursery, so we were all about re-using and saving money. They had an old dark stained armoire given to them and we thought about adding color to the room by painting it a blue color that is one shade darker than the walls.

Honesty the paint colors are still up in the air, I have narrowed it down to my 7 favorite blues. But until we can get samples on the wall decisions will not be made. I am a Benjamin Moore paint snob so yes all my favorite blues come from them: 1-Gossamer Blue 2-Summer Shower 3-Woodlawn Blue 4-Ice Blue 5-Ocean Air 6-Moonshine 7-Iceberg

When can I quit my day job to go back to school and do this full time? It is so much fun.

March 02, 2011

23 Days and Counting

My first Round Top adventure is only weeks away. I have been dreaming of the miles and miles of antiques for over a year. While I am going with a list of things I want for my house, I am also going knowing that I will be surprised and come home with things I never imagined I needed. But the one thing I absolutely need and will not come home without is chandeliers!!!! I want a crystal one to hang in our stairway and a rustic one for over the dining table.

Here are my inspirations......

(via Pottery Barn)

(via Greige)


(via Martha Stewart)

(via Tommy Smythe)