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! 

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Round Top, Round Two

The past week has been a total whirlwind with two trips down to Round Top. Before I show you my latest venture, I have to thank my sweet husband, who has played Mr. Mom (even working my school cafeteria shift, I might add) so I could go on this very important business trip. Really, it is a business trip, in a sense for me. But more than anything, it's just good girl time - talking, shopping and sipping a cocktail or two. 

So on Tuesday morning, we set off to hit Marburger Farm and the Big Red Barn, two of the "higher end" antique shows. There's not much digging involved when you explore Marburger. Everything in the six big white tents is pretty much to die for. Check out these sconces I saw when I walked inside. See that little red sticker? They're already sold, just 15 minutes after the gates were opened. 

The patina on these antique mirrors is so pretty. Can't you just picture them inside a powder bath? 

My mom is working to redesign the Chi Omega sorority house at SMU. Wouldn't a pair of these owl lamps be perfect in the home's new entry? Sadly, I have a hunch they're probably not in the budget. 

After Marburger, we hopped in my truck and headed out to the fields. Going through the fields is work, but it's where the bargains are. One tent houses rugs made by a vendor who sells his collection to ABC Carpet & Home in New York. He takes antique rugs, removes all color, then distresses them by shearing the pile super short. Then the rugs are dyed again in bright hues and patchwork-pieced together.

Another field vendor sold balls made of wisteria vines, which Lindsay and Shawna snagged. Lindsay is using hers as a centerpiece on her dining room table; Shawna picked up this one for a client's home. The dealer started with more than 200 balls, and he only had a handful left for us to choose from!

Courtenay also bought some wisteria, but her version is mounted on a stand. It's going to be a Christmas gift for her mom, who has a clean-lined, Asian-influenced home in Hilton Head. This wisteria sculpture will be a perfect fit.

We ended the day with drinks at Royer's in the fields, a nice ending to a hard day's work. Oh, how I love sangria wine! 

The next morning we were up bright and early to secure our spot in line at the Big Red Barn. We waited here for 45 minutes, but it's worth it - we were some of the first inside the Happy Hunter, a Tulsa dealer who has the most beautiful things. I picked up several things for my booth like some gorgeous blue Chinese export plates, antique engravings and a tiny bamboo side table covered in a cute leopard print. 

But I think my favorite find was this vintage Highland Park High School pennant I bought for my son Leighton's room. I would love to get an Arkansas pennant for Stroud and an OU pennant for myself on my next trip, and frame them together inside our game room! 

I'm hoping to have everything moved into my booth this week, so please stop by and shop my finds from Round Top! 

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