Round Top Re-Cap

We always describe ourselves as Sisters, best friends, and business partners who are passionate about what we do.  Our design aesthetic combines old and new... we search high and low for every single piece we bring into our client's home. 

 Our recent trip to Round Top was a for the store and our projects is our very favorite thing to do...but searching for the vintage, antique or unique is different from just popping in and out of local Retail stores is very hard work.

It rained 3 out of the 9 days we were gone...we were shopping miles and miles of outdoor venues...yet we trudged on...

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When it wasn't raining it was extremely hot and humid...we loaded a truck one night till well after dark ... the mosquitoes almost carried us away...

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still we love it...

Take a look at some of our fabulous finds...

This beautiful 19th Century French farm table will be beautiful in a client's breakfast room...

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The well worn top is just beautiful...

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Lot's of wonderful shutters...we've sold many of them...they don't last long.

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This is going in a client's foyer...


Another foyer piece for someone else...we've been looking for this  for quite some time...only have 36" in width...this will just fit...

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This terra cotta Station of the Cross will reside above the mantel in a study...

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We needed a painted mirror for a dining room...

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These doors will be hung on an iron track barn style for a clients home office...

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These will be dining room doors...

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We sold this sweet little bench Saturday while we were unloading and tagging at the store...

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We bought tons of antique leather books...

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Antique textiles...

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Great Lighting...

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These old corbels went to a client in Houston...

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Lot's of wonderful old pots...

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These iron panels would make beautiful gates...

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 Iron tables with reclaimed wood tops will be used on a covered porch...

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We bought this artisan made firescreen for a client in Idaho...

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Estate sale stools with velvet upholstery and nailhead trim..

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Nesting tables are always good...

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Antique fireback

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Wall plaques...

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Garden Statuary...

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Sooooo many more items...we filled a 26ft Penske truck...we bought lots of great smalls... take a look at some of our new displays in the store...

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Is your head spinning?...Do you see anything you can't live without?...or do you have a request for us to look for something special for you?..We have more in the warehouse...AND

We hope to head out again in January, so we've already started our new shopping list...

It's your turn.  Let's talk!

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Living Room and Foyer Design...It's Friday and it's Fabulous!

Another busy week...but today is Friday and it's Fabulous...

Saw this image on Pinterest this week and had to share...

The space is so amazing that one image is worthy of an entire post...Every single detail is perfection...


This appears to be a living room with the ottoman in the center and the books piled on top...but there are a lot of great foyer elements here as well... The walls are love the layered mirrors...amazing chairs...gorgeous chandelier...fabulous lamps...the floor...the rug...the ottoman...

I don't know who to credit this fabulous design to...French Mademoiselle Blogspot pinned the image but I can't find a credit.  Do you know who designed this fabulous space?

What do you think?

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French Country Charm...

It's hard to believe that we're just getting around to doing a complete post about our project that was featured in At Home in Arkansas this month.  We collaborated with Bill Parkinson of Parkinson Building Group and his wife  Jessica on their own new residence.  We thought you might enjoy details through out the process, and we needed the time to pull it all together...


 Let's go back...way back to the construction phase...

From the very beginning we planned to incorporate special architectural features and planned for antique or unique lighting...

Starting with the dining room...

The candlestick sconces were purchased before the plans were even complete...the lantern was another great find from an antique shop in Dallas...


Here's a shot right after move in...


You can see we recovered the chairs flanking the sideboard with a sculptured blue velvet, added another linen skirted bench and interesting cane back chairs at the ends of the table.  We also changed out the art on the opposite side of the room that reflects in the mirror for an older oil landscape.  We added the hand painted crests and a beautiful warm rug.  The candelabras that remained on the dining table have been in the family for years.  They are really beautiful.  The other accessories were the finishing touch.  This is one of our favorite rooms in the house.  


Between the dining and kitchen is a beautiful little butler pantry...


We found these fabulous lanterns at Round Top for the groin vault ceiling in the gallery that connects the public and private living spaces...


OK...maybe this is one of our favorite spots...We love the wonderful thick wood shelves at the end of the hallway...The stained concrete floors, wonderful French doors leading to the covered porch, beautiful iron railing,antique French chair and painting of our client's great grandfather.  

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Lot's of planning went into the kitchen on the front end...

These fabulous old found shutters became cabinet doors on either side of the plaster hood...


We also found the old stone corbels, then...the hood was designed around them...


The kitchen is really beautiful with the combination of gray weathered cabinets, stained wood, brick and stone...and the beams in the kitchen and family room are fabulous!


The iron chandelier is an old piece that we found had re-wired and added natural beeswax candle sleeves.  

Maybe this is our favorite?

In the breakfast room we recovered and skirted in linen inherited wing backs for end chairs.  The side chairs were originally dark wood.  They were  painted and recovered.  The chandelier with the burlap shade is the icing on the cake.  It pairs beautifully with the old iron chandelier over the island.


The kitchen and breakfast area are open to the family room...

Here's a before...right after they moved in.



This room is another mix of old and new...reupholstered and repainted.  


The powder room is filled with unique features..The iron console sink base is an old piece from Europe. The old sconces were rewired and mounted to the shutters on either side of a window rather than hanging the traditional mirror above the sink.  An antique round mirror hangs on a side wall...

This is definitely in competition for the favorites.


The Master bedroom is still a work in progress...Here is the Before...



The bedside tables are actually an antique painted game table that we split in half and mounted to the wall.  They are now fitted with linen gathered skirts to hide the cords and give them a unique look.  We had neutral linen drapes installed and the direction of the entire room will eventually be much lighter...for now we removed the green and chocolate pillows and duvet at the end of the bed.  Painted mirrors replaced the old art and new lamps and accessories were added.


It turned out so lovely they are going to take a break before going to the next phase.

The Master Bath...


Another antique chandelier.


Beautiful paint finish on the cabinets and old sconces rewired and mounted on the mirrors..

The covered porch needed a lot of attention.  The Parkinson's spend a lot of time outdoors enjoying the wonderful view...





Custom made ottomans will add to their comfort...

We even had the coffee table made...


We can never thank Diane Carroll editor of At Home in Arkansas, enough.  She works tirelessly to get the perfect shot and is a joy to work with.  If you haven't seen the magazine I hope that you willclick here to view the feature on their site.  We can't do it justice with our scans and the other pictures we took ourselves.

This was a true labor of love...we had fun leaving messages back and forth with Bill and Jessica about our new" favorite thing" as the project progressed.  Luckily we have the opportunity to work with Bill on other projects and have fun creating "favorite things" for their homes too.

What do you think?  Do you have a favorite thing?

It's your turn.  Let's talk.

It's Friday and it's Fabulous...Versatile Blogger Award

In life, meaningful relationships take a lot of time.  What would we do without our families and great friends.  We've found that the same holds true in the blogging world.  It's been such a wonderful surprise.  We never dreamed how much time we would invest...but on the other hand who would have thought that many of you would become some of our closest friends?...


We worry about you when natural disasters hit your area...or if we haven't seen a post or heard from you in a while.  The e-mails and phone calls filled with encouragement and wise advice keep us going on hard days.  

Recently three dear friends have been awarded The Versatile Blogger Award and have been gracious in passing the Award on to us.


 We are humbled to be included in a list of fabulous bloggers.  

Normally recipients of the Award share 7 things about themselves and pass the award on to 15 others...

We think you may be tired of hearing about us...since we do so much talking every week here on the blog...we've chosen to tell you more about these fine women that have become two of our dearest friends.  

Kris with La Reportiste Blog is a self confessed Francophile.  She loves everything French.


    She's a wife, Mother, Grandmother and has a heart of gold.

Some recent gorgeous images Kris shared on her blog...


You can click here to visit her blog for more lovely  inspiration...

 Kris is very creative and sells her delightful French inspired wares in her Etsy shop...We visit back and forth weekly.  She keeps us going with her down to earth take on life.


Arent' these just wonderful little finds?  Great holiday gift ideas.  Click here to see all Kris has to offer and maybe do a little shopping.

We've been friends with Debra from Acquired Objects since the day she started her blog.

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Debra has been an antique textile dealer for over twenty years.  She deals with 15th -19th Century European textiles and pillows.  She has an incredible inventory and does business with designers and clients all over the world.

Feast your eyes on this collection of images from a recent post on Acquired Objects...

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You really need to check out her website to drool over some of her fabulous pillows such as these...  


Click here to see more.  I'm sure she's accepting orders.

Debra and I e-mail regularly and have spoken on the phone several times.  She has made purchases from our online store for both her work shop and dining room.  She's a professional and dear friend.  You can't talk about Debra without mentioning Dylan...they are joined at the hip...

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Julie Taylor and nDanni Greenwalt are interior design partners in Southern California.  They are nrelatively new bloggers but we hit it off from the start.  That they have already been awarded a blog award tells you something about their commitment and style.

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 A few images recently shared on their blog TG Interiors.

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The girls both have a background in art and their design aesthetic is timeless beauty.  Be sure and visit their blog T G Interiors for lots of beautiful inspiration.  We can't wait to see what they have in store in the future.

And since we're not following the rules usual...

We pass this award on to everyone on our blog roll...We're all really busy but as you visit and have an extra minute work your way down the list...There is some great inspiration and amazing talent out there.  We know you'll find some inspiration that is tailored just for you.  

Three Fabulous's definitely a Fabulous Friday...

It's your turn.  Let's talk!

Images via Traditional Home, Google, La Reportiste, Acquired Objects,Taylor Greenwalt

A Few Summer Changes At Our House...

I read somewhere once that your home is like a child... constantly changing, growing, and maturing into what you want it to be.  I agree.  Each new season has me re-evaluating, tweaking and planning changes.  It's a good thing I don't have more extra time than I do ..., my husband couldn't take it.

Thought you might enjoy seeing a few things  I've been working on lately...

First, the front porch. The pots have been empty since the Christmas decor came down.  Even with them planted, I felt it needed something more... 




I planted boxwood, pink ivy geranium, Englsh ivy and pink petunias in the urns on the columns.  I added the scrolled iron planter filled with the same, plus blue salvia and licorice plant.  I love this planter and it  adds that something extra.  It also breaks up the two pair of planters.  There are matching long planters filled with boxwood on either side of the front doors.

I continued the pink theme indoors...


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Kitchen Island...


I've recently re-arranged the back porch.  Ordered a rug and had two custom ottomans made.  These are just some quick unstaged pictures I took...


This is one view of our porch before.  Lovely, I agree.  The problem is we never ate there and never really just lounged there either.  Just not comfortable sitting around the table.



I had two ottomans made out of Sunbrella fabric.  They are on small casters so they can easily be moved around.  One is in the center of the four chairs. Another slides easily over when we need it.


There was really nothing on this end of the porch except for an iron console against the bank of windows.  We moved the zinc top table to this corner with a couple of slip-covered French chairs and the other ottoman. Now a cozy place to eat and look out at the patio and back yard.


Here's the iron console...Funny thing.  We had it in our inventory for a couple of years and it never sold so it ended up here.  Go figure!  It's made from a really old balcony, and is fabulous. The top is stained concrete.

You may recognize the cherubs.  We used them at the designer house.  Everyone wanted to buy them.  No way!!    Love these, we even used them on a table at my niece's wedding reception.

The other end of the porch...


  This is really a mix...The old farm table was the casual dining table in our last house.  The rest of the of the slip-covered dining chairs are used here.  These chairs are upholstered in a horrid red stripe velvet underneath the slips.  We bought the antique iron piece from Marshall Clements before we finished the house.  That wall was just screaming for something really big.

The wicker chairs are from Lloyd Flanders.   We've had them for years.  They were originally dark green and have been painted a grayed brown.


We love succulents.  They are so low maintenance.  But...  they love sun and just don't get enough under a covered porch.  My secret is out.  These are NOT real!!!  They are even planted in dirt.  No one has ever been able to tell the difference.

So excited about the new rug.  Sister found this resource online.  Sisal Rugs Direct. This is an indoor outdoor piece and you cannot tell the difference.  You can literally hose it off.  We're thrilled with it.


The chandelier adds the finishing touch.  There are ceiling fans close to the ceiling on either side for air circulation.

I can't tell you how much we use this space since we've made the changes.  It's hard to get me inside at night.

One more change.  This has literally happened while I've been typing this post...

We've had this dark rug from our old house in the back hallway off the garage.  Pretty, but just not in keeping with the other rugs that we bought for this house...

Our foyer rug typical of the other rugs in our home..


This rug just doesn't go...


This is a back hallway.  If I had told Don that I wanted a new rug, he would think I'm crazy.  He would see nothing wrong with this rug because there isn't.  I just don't like it anymore. 

I got an e-mail from Pottery Barn last weekend about a sale on natural rugs...thought I would check it out.  They had a 6ft. jute round rug on sale for $129.00.  I just had to try it.  The doorbell rang while I was working on this post...

I love it!


It's perfect.  So funny...Don came back to tell me something, was standing on it and never said a word.  Hmmm, wasn't sure what to think.  He came back again and said ...I love the rug!!!!

I'm just so thankful...

for a husband who allows me to do what I love...

for friends and clients that welcome us into their homes...

and for a Sister who is my best friend...

we are blessed to share this fun together every single day!

What do you think?

  It's your turn.  Let's talk!

A couple of side marks..1)The before porch image was a beautiful shot taken by At Home in Arkansas last summer when they featured our home thus a big difference in the pictures that I have taken and posted here.  2)Our back door is heavily distresed via our 14 year old puppy Cappi who is horribly afraid of thunderstorms.  We think it adds a lot of character.