I spent last Saturday and yesterday in Round Top, Texas. It’s that time again – the big, huge, massive Antiques Show that has now spread practically from Brenham all the way toWarrenton. I love that I live a mere hour and a half away. They were two very busy full days so I don’t have tons of photos (and these are from my iPhone), but I still wanted to share. These show(s) are really a must see if you love furniture & antiques!

{This sconce was one half of a pair of the most beautiful sconces I’ve ever seen. Photo taken at Marburger in Vickie Kienast’s booth}

I was on a major rug kick this year…

This mirror was EVERYTHING.

Pair of Opaline Lamps. LOVED these (these lamps and mirror below also in Vickie Kienast’s booth).

Crankypants at Excess in Warrenton had three of these beauties (if you’ve ever gone to Excess, you probably know who I refer to as, “Crankypants”).

Has anyone else gone to the shows this year? What caught your eye?

Resident MG Design Idol, Kelly Wearstler, has launched an e-commerce website, and let me tell you, it definitely got my blood flowing this morning! I was not surprised that I loved so, so many things (that blazer is probably my favorite), but I was really pleasantly surprised that there were tons of items under $500, and a good amount even under $200. Go check it out here.

Here are the items I’m loving…

{The Panelists from L to R: Me (MG Houston), Paloma (La Dolce Vita), Beth Green (VP of Marketing for Kravet), Karen Davis (Karen Davis Design) & Terri Symington (The Countrypolitan)

This past Tuesday I had the honor of being on the Houston panel for the Kravet Social Media Presentation at their beautiful showroom in the Decorative Center.  Beth Greene, VP of Marketing for Kravet spoke to local designers about the importance of incorporating social media in their businesses.  “How-To’s” on Facebook, Twitter, and blogs helped the audience understand how to use these tools to generate clients and stay ahead of the market.  The question and answer session with the panelists gave the designers insight on the time commitment and benefits of social networking. 

To keep up with Kravet and their upcoming Social Media Presentations, be sure to follow them on Twitter!

{The Darling store, Perch, where THE VAMP works!!!}

{above two photos from the Perch blog}

I just spent a long weekend in New Orleans, and I have to say, I’m smitten with the city!  I was so excited to meet Valorie, who works at the shop Perch on Magazine Street.  The store is fabulous.  If you are in NOLA it is a must see.  Please excuse my iPhone pictures (my camera died after I dropped it eating a funnel cake @ the Houston Rodeo BBQ cook off – priorities, people)!

Loved this bergere!

I thought this vintage Lenox dish would be so cute on a coffee table with match books.

I may have a thing for Angel Wings…I loved this delicate dish-tray-catch all.

I WANT this little painting – it would be perfect on a gallery wall with black and white photos, sketches, and prints.

{photo from the Perch website}

This turquoise blue Venetian glass chandelier was gorgeous in person.

After a nice, long, lunch with Valorie, she headed back to work and I browsed up and down Magazine Street.  I loved seeing the Leontine shop in person – it was like visiting the Motherland.  Julie Neill’s light fixtures are more beautiful in person (I DIED), and I also managed to get some clothes shopping in too!

A long day of shopping ended with a fun night at the piano bar @ Pat O’ Brien’s!  Of course, I was focused on the copper pianos and their “nail head trim (a.k.a. silver screws)!”

So the no beignet story…well I was really excited to try the famous beignets @ Cafe du Monde.  I needed to leave for the airport around 1:15, so I raced over to the square around ten til 1 and the line to get in is down the block.  One thing I have observed about New Orleans is that you just can’t be in a hurry there…they run at their own pace.  When the “to-go” line wasn’t moving, we ended up getting a not-yet-cleaned-off table (for Houstonians, it was like the Avalon diner on Saturday morning…on crack).  It’s 1:15 at this point and we are a good 15-20 walk from our hotel.  Darn, no wait service yet…1:20…no service and not a nice reaction when a waiter is flagged down (table is still nasty).  Eek.  We had to bail.  Tragic.  I could actually SEE the beignets being pulled out of the fryer.  I was breathing in the powdered sugar.

Alas, I was forced to race back to the hotel because I knew that line at the airport was not going to move at Houston’s pace.  Don’t worry, I got my beingets…at Crescent City Cafe in River Oaks.  Not NOLA, but I got my fix.

One more plug for Perch…they’re giving away a lucite ballroom chair! You know the Material Girls love them some lucite!  I’m entered…are you??

The Red Vault

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jan 05, 2010 | 3 Comments | Category: Decorating, Shops and Showrooms


{My favorite Houston store, Shabby Slips, as seen on theredvault.com}

Attention Houstonians!  Your favorite shops in Houston are now available in ONE PLACE to browse products, negoiate prices, and even purchase online!  Thank you, technology! 

The Red Vault is, “a website of high-end, yet affordable, Houston area home accessories dealers and designers all located in one website.  It serves as a vessel between dealers, designers, and end users.” 

Here’s my Red Vault Wish List:

limed oak desk 

gold leaf coffee table

Limed Oak Desk and Gold Leaf Coffee Table from Shabby Slips

louis phillippe mirror

Louis Philippe Silver Leaf Mirror

chrome bench with cowhide

Chrome Bench with Grey Cowhidefrom Vieux

pair of bergeres

Pair of Bergere Chairs from Maison Maison


18th Century Italian Altar Pricket from The Gray Door

paris opaline

Paris Opaline Chandelier from Antique Company

Even if you don’t live in Houston, it is still a great place to browse for antiques, rugs, accessories, lighting, etc!  Make sure to check out their blog for updates and insider Houston shopping tips.  Happy hunting!

Don’t Mind if I do…

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Nov 10, 2009 | 3 Comments | Category: Shops and Showrooms

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Move right in!

The design shop, Twenty Three 07 in Austin.


I’m wondering if “accessories” includes lighting…



**** I guess it would be helpful if I told you where the sale was!  Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams! 

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

{photo via Cote de Texas}

Joni, of Cote de Texas, has posted many guides to fabulous shopping in Houston. Carolina, of Carolina Eclectic, put together a Houston Shopping Guide for Design Sponge. I still consider myself a fairly recent transplant to this town, so these guides have served as my shopping Bibles. Houston really does offer a little bit for everyone, but finding high style on a budget…that’s the challenge. While Shabby Slips (seen above) is my absolute favorite store in Houston, it is a leeetle out of my current price range. I am always looking for great vintage and antique finds for a steal so I thought I’d share some of my local favorites, as well as ask for any suggestions on new places to explore!

I have blogged about the Guild Shop before, I scored these sconces for $90/pair. This consignment store is a hot spot on Saturdays (read: do not bring your man, unless he is totally prepared or properly sedated).

Langford Market in Rice Village mainly sells clothing, but they also have some fun vintage finds for fairly cheap. I still regret not buying this table for my patio…I wanted to put a marble top on it…the husband could not quite see my vision…

I thought these Bertoia inspired chairs were so charming.

19th street in the Heights is brimming with fun finds for the home. This dresser was under $200 at an antique mall…too bad I couldn’t find a place for it!

Lower Westheimer is also a great spot for hardcore junk hunting. I love driving down the street on Saturdays. On Valentine’s Day I made my husband do quite the maneuvering to pull the car over so I could look at some wire “Eames inspired” chairs (that I did get for our patio).

So local Houstonians, where is your favorite spot to score one of a kind finds for not so much $$$?

So my husband and I were running errands yesterday and I spot a sign that says, “Henredon Outlet.”  Like a moth to a flame I can’t resist anything with “furniture” and “outlet” in the same breath.  The store closed at 5:00 pm and it was 5:04, but they let me in anyways.  I was just dying of curiosity.  Apparently it opened this past Friday and was stocked with TONS of “excess” and “overflow” merchandise.  The very first thing that greets me is my DREAM Ralph Lauren bachelor chest (retails at almost $10,000) marked down to $3,629.  If only I had a spare $3,700 lying around (oh and they had at least 2)…

Sorry for the lack of photos, I was literally racing through the store, husband in tow, trying to take it all in while attempting to fend off the eager salesmen.

The console is a major statement piece.  I think in the right space it wouldn’t feel as vulgar as it did in a furniture outlet emporium.  Context people, context.  I thought $799 seemed pretty decent, I mean it was massive.

Those were the two pieces I was immediately drawn to.  If you are in Houston and want to check it out visit the store located off Westheimer @ Post Oak across from the Galleria (next to Marshall’s).