Round Top Antiques Fair

On a recent adventure to Round Top Texas, Victoria visited the bi-annual Antiques Show featuring well over 60 venues. This event is on its 50th anniversary and covers about 25 miles along the highway including a few towns. Where do you start? How do you make sure you see all the best shows? Well, put all your worries to rest because there is a guide with every event, show and venue. There is even a map to help you get around, it’s no wonder why this is so well talked about! Today’s post highlights just a small handful of the shops and talent out there.

The Big Red Barn is the original owner of the Round Top Antiques Fair. Their business blossomed from 22 people to over 100 quickly. Big Red Barn has some of the most seasoned antiquers on hand. Susan Franks, the owner, has a great amount of knowledge about antiques ranging from Native American artifacts to American primitives.

Victoria visited Marbuger Farm, one of the antiques shows largest venues. Marburger has been with the show for 20 years and spans across 43 acres. They host about 350 dealers which gives you a variety of antique styles from mid-century modern to Texas primitives.

Another stop was The Compound, owned by Mark Massey who is very hands on with all events. The compound is most known for its bright and colorful farm landscape and their 35,000 square foot venue space.

Market Hill, established by Paul Michael, showcases 19 vendors in their facility. They carry unique and interesting items from all around the world.

While in Round Top, Victoria was able to connect with these great antique dealers to keep our designs unique. She collected quite a few stunning furniture pieces and antique textiles had picked by the best resources out there. This trip was a great opportunity to refresh our southwest inspiration and soul.

Cliff Dwellings: Native Southwest Culture

Recently, we took a trip up north to Roosevelt Lake where we were guided to find ancient cliff dwellings.  Around 1400 AD, the Salado tribe built a shelter for their people, designed to protect them from various elements such as the hot Arizona sun in the summer, and rain during the colder seasons.  Being near the top of the mountain, they built ladders to gain access to their new home.  Today it is still a mystery why the Salado tribe abandoned this home, but the remaining evidence has proved their existence.  This 700 year old structure provides some inspiring concepts to be applied to designs we are currently working on.  The rich colors and textures of the exposed stone in combination with the primitive framing shows the native culture of the Southwest, and Arizona specifically. 

California Inspired

Recently we visited California for some much needed R&R.  However, we could not restrain ourselves from visiting some of our favorite sources in West Hollywood for some R&D.  We ended up with armloads of pillows made from Native American weavings, as well as accessories galore, all on their way back to the desert for us to share with our clients.  This was a great opportunity to visit trade-only sources like Mulligans and Formations to see some of our favorite catalog items in the flesh.  We also had the pleasure of dining at Cecconi’s for a delicious brunch.  Stay posted to soon purchase our finds from all over the globe ... straight from our website to your home.  Cheers!