If there is one word to sum up my sentiments of the Round-Top Antiques Fair after my first trip there this weekend it would be, “excess.” I joined my mother-in-law and her two friends this weekend for an exhausting whirlwind shopping extravaganza. Now these ladies mean business, this is their fourth time to go (with no signs of ever NOT attending again), and they stay for a full week of shopping from 8am – 10pm. Crazy. I could only hang for the weekend, but it did not disappoint. You can find everything from the junkiest of junk to fine European Antiques. I thought I’d share some of my favorite finds…

At “Excess,” I found this barn filled to the brim with industrial-chic-modern finds. A nice breath of fresh air when you’ve been looking at gorgeous antiques you can’t afford and sorting through the junk you can. I would describe this vendor as Anthropologie on crack.

I loved this glamorous steel and lucite dining table/chairs combination! The chairs have SUCH potential.

My love for gorgeous rocks knows no boundaries and I about DIED when I saw these hunky chunks on lucite stands.

He had lots of gorgeous (expensive) lamps as well.

On the right hand side of this picture, note how he hung white coral all the way up the wall – very dramatic in person.

The new look Restoration Hardware is advertising was EVERYWHERE at Excess. Every last one of these cart/tables were sold.

This one booth had loads of zinc tables, I could think of a thousand possibilities and functions for them.

It amazes me that these “stores” only set up shop twice a year. It took the owner of Clutter three weeks to get everything set up.

Any kind of print you could imagine was available.

SOOO many cute dishes!

A screen I contemplated as a headboard, but decided against because that’s not what I ultimately want.

I saw several of these large mirrored obelisks – amazing!

Small sunburst mirror I passed up (I really want a pair).

I fell in love with this zinc chest, so so cool.

It’s hard to tell but that is a cowhide rug all folded up – they had tons all over the fair. I mean this is TEXAS after all.

These antique bottles were really beautiful. The dealer found them in an old factory in England. They have the look of mercury glass but they are not actually made of the mercury. He isn’t sure what they were used for, but had speculated that they were used to make herbs more potent. I think they will sell out quickly. I already saw various dealers who had bought from this man hawking them in their booths.

I loved the lines of this alabaster lamp.

The show has only just begun, so if you can make it I highly suggest checking it out!

{Monroe Side Table – $349}

I wasn’t going to do tables two Fridays in a row, but I saw this table on sale at Pottery Barn and couldn’t resist!

Some people are chair people, others might be fixated with lamps, but I am an accent table person.  I have no idea why, I just love snagging them up…I don’t have a matching pair in my entire house!

So this week’s edition of Furniture Friday is focused on end tables… by your bedside, flanking a sofa, next to a chair – they are just so darn practical 🙂

{Timber Table – $235}

I love this cheeky take on faux bois.  I can see this in a little girl’s bedroom paired with pink and orange.

{Embossed Table – $399}

I’m a little bit obsessed with these turquoise moc croc end tables.

{Hayden Marble Table – $698}

Not only does this table have an awesome name (which happens to be my maiden name), but I think it would be so chic as an end table next to Victoria Hagan’s Emma Chair.

Wisteria gets Glam!

Funky ethnic inspired pieces always get my attention!

{Ribbon Stool – $475}

The texture of this stool is awesome.  Texture is what makes monochromatic spaces work.

{Acrylic Nesting Tables – Black – $165}

Much like Nicky Hilton, this is a “trashy or classy” situation.  I immediately pictured her living room and can totally see these tables working in a black and white space.

{Chloe Parsons Table – Set of Two – $795}

These bad boys have been around for a while, but you know what?  I still like them!

Cheap for Chic!  For that price, I’d buy a pair and replace the “Black Oak” with a natural stone top.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s installment…

I instantly fell for the living room of Interior Designer, Sheri Sheridan’s Oakland home.  Her entire home is a perfect example of how to mix cool vintage pieces with new items from big box stores.  And the Dalmatian on the floor…presh!

A vintage chair is reupholstered and paired with a CB2 “City Slicker” table.

The fabulous mirrored headboard is actually four packs of mirror tiles from Ikea at just $4.99 a pop – ingenious!

{photos from Sunset Magazine}

So this week begins my first installment of “Furniture Friday.”  In honor of my friend, Libby, I am highlighting some of my favorite coffee table choices for all different styles at all different prices!

For the Francophile…

French Cocktail Table – $1,099

For the Glamazon…

Cosmo Cube -$1,100/each

Lib- chrome, “x’s”, and glass, what more could you want??  Okay, maybe for it to be under $1,000 – ha ha.

For the Modernist…

Simple and Chic!

Classic, classic, classic – they never get old.

Platner Coffee Table – $1,273

You never want to break the glass on this bad boy – right, Katherine??

For an Ethnic Touch…

Roost Pasha Coffee Table – $429

De Santis Hand Painted Table – $499

Okay, maybe it’s not so “ethnic” if it’s from Pottery Barn, but I still like it!

For the Naturalist…

Grapevine Cocktail Table – $2,895

Bowtie Joint Coffee Table – $495

For the Bachelor…

Bryce Coffee Table – $1,150

I couldn’t resist this one because Bryce is my hubby’s name!

I was delighted when I discovered Era Vintage Modern, a Houston company, on 1stDibs. Here are my favorite pieces from their online store…

{Pair of Lucite Lamps – $750)

{Empire Revival Vitrine – $3,250}

{Large Mirror – $3,750}

{Set of Eight Dining Chairs – $5,000}

{Brass Mastercraft Dining Table – $1,250}

{Lacquered Grasscloth Drum Table – $650}

{Pair of 1940’s Steamer Trunks – $1,550}

{Paul Evans “Cityscape” Dining Table – $16,000}

{Chic Chrome and Brass Trestle Desk – $3,750}

Be sure to visit their 1st Dibs Listing for more great products!

Era Vintage Modern

3223 Milam Street

Houston, Texas 77006

Spring at Leontine!

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Mar 09, 2009 | 9 Comments | Category: Bed and Bath

I love, love, love getting all new bedding.  The new spring designs from my favorite bedding source, Leontine Linens are making me drool!  I don’t know how I would ever pick a monogram, their choices are practically endless.  Even just two shams would be a great addition to a simple white duvet.

Martyn Lawrence-Bullard is no stranger to the Design World, named one of the top 100 Designers by Architectural Digest, and published over and over again, he decided to give textiles a try.  According the latest issue of Elle Decor (which I loved), his first fabric line was sparked by travels to Turkey and Uzbekistan.

This is my favorite one (above).

Here are a few of my favorite Martyn Lawrence-Bullard designed spaces…

I love how he mixes these ethnic/boho prints with clean-lined glamourous furnishings.  It really is all about the mix!

Without Further Ado…

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Mar 05, 2009 | 2 Comments | Category: Bed and Bath

I got a lot of really awesomely bad entries for my “Ugliest Bathroom Contest.”  It was a tough decision, but you really can’t beat big game “Out of Africa” wallpaper paired with brown plumbing fixtures.

John-Clark Brown, the winner of the contest, said he did not attach any inspiration pictures because a prison cell would be better than what he has.  I can’t say I disagree, I mean at least you’d get a stainless toilet.

A close-up of the lively wallpaper.

Now the Design…

{click to enlarge}

The first thing I went to for inspiration was a cheerful (not fearful) wallpaper.  It was important for me to show that wallpaper shouldn’t make you feel like prey in your own bathroom.  The pattern I chose is “Damask” from Walnut Wallpaper. I kept the fixtures classic in case they are a little scarred by the current Jumanji-esque paper and the yellow and white was a little too bold.

For the floor I chose a basket weave by Michael Smith for Ann Sacks.

I like a white tile with beveled edges for shower walls.


Ballard Designs’ “Bradford” Mirror ties in the black on the floor and keeps the room crisp.

The bathroom is very small, leaving no room for sconces on both sides of the mirror, so I had to use of own my favorite lights, the Simple Scallop fixture from Circa.

Williams Sonoma Home’s Greek Key Towels keep with the “clean and classic” vibe.

I chose the Strande Faucet and Fittings on sale from Restoration Hardware because I liked the crystal levers (I gotta have my touch of glam).

Last but not least, the vanity is the Clermont Vanity by Kohler.

Hopefully John-Clark and his wife will be pleased with my selections, I can’t wait to hear!