Round Top, Texas is always a fun find. If nothing else I always enjoy scouring miles and miles of tents and fields for items as common as tables to the more obscure and detailed. . .and the odds are that the BEST way for me to find what I'm looking for is to put the thought of finding it OUT of my head and go with an open mind. The last few years I've come back LITERALLY empty handed and this year was no different. At least in the past I can come across a trinket or two but this year and last were absolute busts. . .not that I didn't lust after a few large and small items along the way.
I could sift through precious old silver for hours. Some of the pieces are so ornate and lovely. I can already imagine one day having a collection of beautiful pieces to use for serving when my kids and their families are all older. I hope.
These incredible (and huge) dough bowls are amazing. One day I'll have room for a super long farm table that can host one of these super huge bowls right down the center!!
Baskets! Baskets! Baskets! Who among us isn't ALWAYS in need of baskets?! These French ones are particularly enticing.
This year I went to Round Top with a dear designer friend who almost took this gorgeous industrial console made of reclaimed wood home with her. Giving it more thought she sadly realized she had nowhere to put it.
I came back to this wine tasting table at least three times. You can't tell by the photograph but the height was very unusual - which is why I loved it so. It was about the height of an arm chair so would have been perfect in a living room or den next to a sofa or between two chairs.
Now these I was ready to take home. I am IN LOVE with mounted deer head and I have some in our home. I loved the enormity of their antlers and the backing but for $4,500 a piece I'm sure they'll make someone else much happier.
The pies de resistance was this antique Belgium secretary. I was stunning and priced to match. I appealed to my husband's better nature but lost.
My designer friend bought two of these French hot air balloons for a the bedroom of a client's young daughter. They were so sweet. . .one over each of her twin beds.
There was a vendor in one of the tents that had the most precious artwork. I fell in love with about 20 of them and their incredibly encouraging and loving sayings. Here are a few. . .
Loved this one. Great to tell your kids daily anyway.
Sweet for a nursery.
The curve, design and hue of this dresser was so lovely.
I had to photograph this sofa because as lovely as the patina and design both are, I was a little sickened by the dusty, stinky mustiness of it. I don't think this is an area of antiquing that is for me; I need to rest my head and body on a clean sofa. Restoration Hardware makes a nearly exact replica and for that sort of usage - newer is better to me.
Love, love, love this piece. It was so heavy, sturdy and decadent.
These tables from Wendow in Austin, Texas were just perfect in size, height, style. Love the look and style of bleached furniture; something so calm, relaxed and casual about it.