Monday, March 28, 2011

Artist Spotlight: Erin Chance Fenstermaker

I've fallen in love with yet another artist. Look at these pretty canvases from Louisiana native Erin Chance Fenstermaker - they're full of energy and color, but soothing at the same time. And they've got a modern feel without being too crazy for my ultra traditional taste. Here are a few of my favorites:

Abstract Landscape
Oil on canvas
22 x 40

Oil on canvas
36 x 36

Oil on canvas
20 x 30

Oil on canvas
20 x 25

Hydrangea's Ghost
Oil on canvas
36 x 36

Oil on canvas
36 x 48

Ode to Litho
Oil on canvas
20 x 30

Oil on canvas
22 x 26

The paintings above aren't sold (yet!), so contact Erin directly for more information at Which one is your favorite? I am trying to find the perfect spot for "Horizon" as we speak! 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Back from Round Top!

My mom, sister and I ventured down to Round Top earlier this week to check out the deals in the "fields." Like last year, we arrived just in time to see the dealers unpacking treasures from their trucks. 

Next week, thousands will descend upon this small Texas farming town with a population of 88. By the time the swarm arrives, most of the deals in the fields are gone, bought and resold at the pricier Marburger show. So going early - especially if you're a dealer like me - has its benefits. I found lots of great stuff for my booth which I'll post later, but here's a peek at some things fresh off the truck. 

Love this day bed - the finish and detail was amazing. This was inside Love Train Antiques tent which has moved to the Blue Hills field this year. 

I bought a set of these vintage fashion prints from Paris for my booth. I just took them to be framed today! Wouldn't they be so cute in a girls' room?

This booth at Excess was completely cleaned out by Marburger dealers in just one day. The guy had tons of Louis Philippe mirrors and he was practically giving them away at $400 a pop. I used to think Marburger had the best deal on these, but this proved me wrong! 

I'd love to get rid of my Pottery Barn Kids toy storage and replace it with this vintage wire rack that was used in an old store for storage. 

A cute Easter display using old Mason jars. 

I'm heading back on Tuesday to hit Marburger and the Big Red Barn. I know I'll see lots of this marked up there, but the show is so beautiful it's hard to miss it. Check back next week for pictures from my trip! 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Bring on the Green!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! 

Top from left to right: Monogrammed notes from Rifle Paper Company, Jan Showers Venetian lamp, monogrammed hemstitched napkins from Leontine Linens, Imperial Trellis fabric from Schumacher
Bottom from left to right: Gingham tunic from Pink Chicken, succulents in silver goblet, original pear sculpture from Quatrefoil Design

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Exploring Dolly Johnson

My mom and I ventured to Fort Worth on Friday to check out the Dolly Johnson Antique and Art Show. The show's been around for 48 years, but just recently had a makeover with new, more modern vendors. 

It's a small show and just takes a couple hours to walk through. This was one of the first vignettes inside. Isn't that sunburst mirror gorgeous?? I wanted to snag it for the booth but the price was too high at $2,400. 

I've been on the hunt for vintage concrete fruit baskets, and the detail on this pair was wonderful. 

Look at this old Italian capital on the left. LOVE! It would be fabulous reinvented as a lamp or just simply displayed on a sideboard.  

The show had lots of vintage holiday, too. I love the milky glass on these vintage Easter eggs. 

Industrial continues to be a big trend. It's not for me, but I think if I was younger I'd want my whole college apartment done in stainless steel. How long do you think this look will stick around?

I also stumbled on some oddities, too. What do you think of these doll faces? I don't have any idea what they are but they definitely creep me out. 

Taxidermy cobra or snapping turtle anyone? 

I left with a couple smalls for my booth, but did leave behind two things I can't stop thinking about for me. For one, this 18th century Italian architectural piece. Not in the budget right now, unfortunately. But I think it would be perfect in my dining room hanging above a sideboard. 

And, this black English chinoiserie writing desk in Adele Kerr's booth. I think I'd use it as a bedside table, but really it could go anywhere. 

I walked away but did take Adele's card. Do you think she still has it? I might need to take it home, if so. Maybe it's meant to be!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Dressing up your empty fireplace

I'm so excited to say hello to spring. But, a little sad to say goodbye to the warm wood-burning fires Stroud builds for us every night. We cleaned out the ashes this weekend so even if the temperature dips again, fire season is officially over at the Arthur house. I came across these pictures of different ways to dress up an empty hearth. I've never even thought about putting anything inside a fireplace except a fire, but now my wheels are turning! Which one is your favorite? 

A single row of custom-cut birth logs inside Real Simple

Giant clam shell filled with coral at the My Notting Hill blog

Vellum books at Decor Pad

Dried hydrangeas in Country Living