Round Top Antique Market

Round Top Historical Sign

 

I love Round Top time!  If you’re not from Texas, the twice-yearly Round Top Antique Market is one of the best in the nation.  {Case in point, my mother, a wonderful interior designer, ran into a team of Martha Stewart designers collecting ideas and photos for the magazine!}  It really is a blast and a great way to enjoy a beautiful April afternoon amid the bluebonnets and longhorns that pave the way along Hwy 237 near Austin.

I’d usually recommend making a girls’ day out of it and taking along some good girlfriends, but ~ since this was a last-minute trip ~ I spontaneously hopped in the car by myself and had one of the most fun Saturdays I’ve had in a long time.  When you go by yourself, you also get to take your time and don’t have to try to keep up with your buddies.

Think fields and fields of enormous white tents filled with booths of antique dealers from Florida to Maine ~ and the people are as charming as the finds!  My favorite is Marburger Farm, where you can grab a glass of iced tea or wine and mosey in and out of booths with English, French, Swedish, etc… antiques and collectables from fine 18th century chests to tiny, gold filigree frames {look for a whole post on those soon!  Much too much to put into one blog post.}

 

Flowers and Linens

{I love this lazy snapshot of a dealer in the background with wonderful French antiques and linens laid out for shoppers to peruse.}

 

Lavender Swan

{What a great way to display lavender {so French and CHiC} inside a beautiful swan!}

 

Lavender

 

I’ll admit to being a crown aficionado… love them.  My house would be filled with crowns if I had the space!  I love to collect them and would almost give my right arm for the gorgeous French boiserie below ~ doesn’t matter that I don’t have a space for it in my house!

 

French Crown Panel

Antique Books and Crown

Gold Crown

Petite Gold Crown

Crowns

 

Here are a few shots of some other lovely treasures I saw along the way…

 

Antique Silver

{Antique silver}

 

Copper Bucket

Copper Pail

Vintage Apothecary Jars

{Vintage apothecary jars}

 

Round Top even offers fun fashion finds, like the vintage Louis Vuitton luggage below!  How fun to decorate a sunroom with stacks of these beside a settee?

 

Antique LV Luggage

Antique LV Luggage 4

Antique LV Trunk - $14,500

{This lovely looker is almost as tall as I am, and you can make it yours for a cool $14,500!}

 

You’ll even find vintage Chanel!  Be still my beating heart… a case full of vintage Chanel handbags in the middle of a central Texas field alone make the one and a half-hour drive from Houston worth it!

 

Vintage Chanel Handbags 3

 

I’m also a big fan of beautiful trumeau mirrors {originally manufactured in France in the 18th century}.  As I love anything French, these are some of my favorite finds from this Round Top trip.

 

French Mirror

Antique Mirror

{And how cute is the little side table in the mirror?}

 

French Mirror 2

French Mirror 3

 

On my way from Houston to Round Top, I HAD to stop along the side of Hwy 290 to join the throngs of folks taking advantage of the beautiful day and fields and fields of happy bluebonnets.  It doesn’t get more Texan than this!  I played the part of the obnoxious photog and got some irresistible shots of kiddos in the fields {of course, I asked their parents first!  Too hard for a photographer to turn down little ones in bluebonnets!}  Truly random, I know, but I couldn’t resist ~ they were everywhere!

 

Little Boys in Bluebonnets

Claire in Bluebonnets 2

{You get a glimpse of the acres of bluebonnets behind me! Only in the Lone Star State!}

 

Like I said, much too much to share in one blog post!  What a fun Texas weekend in the sunshine.  Stay tuned for some great ideas for inspiration boards, along with beautiful French panels and darling gold frames that are made for your bedside table!

Claire Signature

2 responses

  1. Claire, thank you for such a wonderful post {with AMAZING pictures!} about Marburger Farm. We shared your post on our facebook wall. Hope you can make it to the fall show, and please, if you do, stop by the office and say HI!
    Tara
    tara@marburgershow.com

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