Tuesday, December 13, 2011

New EMYO Paintings

Look what the UPS man just dropped off at my doorstep - two new canvases from Memphis artist Emily Ozier

Washday, Charleston
30" x 40" 

King Street, Charleston
36" x 36"

If you'd like to try one in your home, send me a message! 

Lindley Arthur Antiques
Antique Row
5013 West Lovers Lane
Dallas, TX 75209

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Christmas Shopping at Highgate House

Are you done with your Christmas shopping yet? I knocked most of mine out during Partner’s Card, which is a good thing because I won’t go near the crowds at NorthPark right now. Not even for my Neiman Marcus tortilla soup!

If you’ve still got some shopping to do, there’s a wonderful event this weekend at Highgate House, a beautiful antique store in the Design District, 1230 Dragon Street. The fun starts on Thursday night from 5 to 9 p.m., with food and shopping for goodies from Nellie’s Shortbread, Marsha’s Jewelry, Dewey’s Sugarcakes, Altercat Crosses, Sutton’s Seasoned Salt, EMYO art and notecards, Lizzie Perry art, and Write Design cups. Proceeds from the event – which runs through Saturday – benefit one of my favorite non-profits, Council for Life.

You probably should swing by and do a little shopping for yourself, anyway. Highgate House owners Dudley and Aimee Simms have achieved that perfect mix of traditional and contemporary in their recently-opened storefront on Dragon Street. The space is a sophisticated mix of European antique furniture and smalls gathered from trips abroad, paired with more contemporary paintings from artists like Memphis-based Emily Ozier and Dallas’ own Lizzie Perry and Charlotte Seifort.

And best of all, there’s ALWAYS parking on Dragon Street. Hope to see you Thursday night finishing off your list. Cheers!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Segmented Mirror

There's something I love about a segmented mirror. Maybe it's the antiqued, smoky glass.  Or the modern-cut mirror inside the simple, unadorned frame. This pretty version is featured in the new holiday edition of Traditional Home

Traditional Home

And I just unpacked this one inside my booth this week. Can you see the little gilded rosettes in the picture? They really make the mirror. And the glass is antiqued without being too distressed. It would be beautiful over a French chest or inside a pretty powder bath. 

Shipping is available through:
Lindley Arthur Antiques at Antique Row
5013 West Lovers Lane
Dallas Texas 75209

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Vintage Turkeys

Aren't these little vintage turkeys the cutest Thanksgiving decoration? They are made of paper mache and originated in Germany after World War II. My mom has been collecting them over the years, and at Thanksgiving they sit proudly on the English chest in her foyer. 

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Monday, November 14, 2011

An English bamboo table

The first antique I owned was a tiny English bamboo side table. It's been a workhorse over the years, sitting next to my couch, bed and finally beside a chair in my office. 

The versatile size is what I love most about these pieces, which first became popular in the late 1800s in England. Joni Webb of Cote de Texas has photographed many rooms over the years with English bamboo tables:

Cote de Texas

Cote de Texas

Cote de Texas

I found this version on my last buying trip. The top has been covered in a pretty leopard print, which makes it even more charming! It's for sale in my booth at Antique Row, $325. 

Lindley Arthur Antiques
Antique Row
5013 West Lovers Lane
Dallas, Texas 75209

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Leontine Look-alike

There are monograms. And then there are MONOGRAMS. If you've ever seen New Orleans-based Leontine Linens, you know what I'm talking about. Their modern marks put the simple script to shame.

I've had my eye on these Leontine dinner napkins - that's my Herend china pattern! But at $140 a piece, well, it just wasn't happening in this house.

So one night while hunting on One Kings Lane, I  found a set of white linen napkins with coral scallop trim. When they arrived, I took them to Madison, a beautiful gift store in Dallas' Highland Park Village. It's not Leontine, but their monogram styles are a close second in my book! 
And here they are. Madison did a beautiful job, and at a fraction of the price. I think this calls for a dinner party!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Shopping Houston

Urban Market in Houston is one of my favorite antique shows. It's not too big, it's an easy trip from Dallas, plus they serve wine while you shop, which is always an added bonus. 

So last weekend, we packed up the kids and headed to Houston for a weekend of shopping (for me and my cousin Laura) and NASA (for Stroud, Pablo and the kids). The trip started off with Shirley Temples in the hotel lobby, a great dinner at Escalante's and a good night's sleep. 

Laura and I hit the road early on Saturday, and our first stop was Memorial Antiques and Interiors, 8719 Katy Freeway. MAI doesn't look like much from the road, but the inside is filled with finds from some of the best antique dealers in Texas, many who show at Marburger. 

Next on our list was Antiques and Interiors on Dunlavy, another antique mall (I hate that word!) that again, looks dismal from the curb. But it's home to dealers who have a good eye and great prices. 

As you know, I have a thing for dog beds - and not the duck canvas kind from LL Bean. This one from dealer  The Fabulous Flea would be big enough for Trooper. Too bad I already bought him one.

And look at this sweet one made from an old Swedish doll bed.

I can't go to Houston without eating lunch at Tiny Boxwoods, the cafe tucked inside the Thompson & Hanson nursery. 

And you can't eat at Tiny Boxwoods without leaving without your very own tiny boxwood! Aren't they the cutest? 

My favorite stop on this trip was this little warehouse, which sits behind Tiny Boxwoods. Twenty Six Twenty, which is named for its address on Joanel Street, is super small but packed with gorgeous pieces that are surprisingly well priced. 

This vignette sits right inside the door. I am still dreaming about that melon Murano lamp! 

One of my favorite blogs is Joni Webb's Cote de Texas. Joni is a Houston native, so she's shared some of her favorite shops, including this pair on Bissonnet - Watkins Culver and Shabby Slips. Of course we had to make a stop! 

I thought these butterflies cut out of printed paper were so unusual. 

With just an hour before Urban Market opened, we popped into The Gray Door, 3465 West Alabama. This lamp was one of our favorites. Owner Donna Temple Brown made it from a 1950s iron table base.  

The gates to Urban Market opened at 4 p.m., and Laura and I were the first in line! The show has moved into a parking lot in downtown Houston. It's such a different feel from the last time I visited, when it was set up in a field on the outskirts of town. Honestly, I'm not a fan of the new location. And neither were many of the dealers I spoke to. It felt a little cramped. But I grabbed my wine and headed inside.

Julie Landreth

Julie Landreth

Julie Landreth

I did pick up a couple of things for my booth - a pair of large dough bowls and italian columns I'm going to make into lamps. But the show just isn't the same. I'm not sure that I'll be making a special trip again. Better save my money for Round Top! 

And the boys had a great time at NASA, and even brought the mommies some delicious space ice cream (which really is good, by the way). Before we hit the road on Sunday, we ended the trip with beignets - the boys were in heaven! 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Charles Faudree in Shop

The annual Anniversary Party at Antique Row is just around the corner, and this year we have a special treat - Tulsa designer Charles Faudree will stop by the shindig to sign copies of his newest book, Details

Mr. Faudree is the king of all things French Country, and is known for his layered, interesting vignettes. And that's just what his new book focuses on - the finishing touches he's famous for. 

And if meeting one of America's top 100 designers isn't enticing enough, Antique Row is discounting the whole store 20 percent, plus serving all of the wine and hors d'oeuvres a girl could want. Cheers!

Antique Row Anniversary Party
Thursday, October 27, 2011
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
5013 West Lovers Lane

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

I could move right in...

to this Atlanta home designed by Lori Tippins and featured in this month's Traditional Home. It's a new house that doesn't feel "new", thanks to cooperation between Tippins, architect Holly Johnson and the homeowner, who loves light colors and beautiful antiques. I'm in love!