Monday, August 27, 2012

Round Top antiques show

Round Top antiques show in Round Top, Texas was the most fun this spring. Fabulous antiques on the Texas prairie is my idea of good time. The location is about four hours from Dallas and it is the perfect girls' getaway. We set out with a small idea where it was located, and with limited understanding of the GPS systems on our phones, but we made it. It is all located on either side of the road on highway 237. Once you get there you just continue on 237 and discover more and more as you go. I would recommend giving yourself enough time to see it all. We had two days and wished for more.
The next Round Top show is October 2 and I'm dying to go again.

I love how there is a darling use of vintage out buildings for spaces and shops. It's hard to believe the town of Round Top can have a population of 90 when the antique show is not happening.

Spring in Texas is bluebonnet season and this year was lovely with the blooming state flower.

Some shops even decorate the outside of their spaces.

I love the neutral textures of the rolls of yardage

Stacks of european grain sacks.

Love this darling out house.

I loved this use of Ostrich feathers for an arrangement alternative.

The entrance to this tent is through this vintage lace draped teepee.

The event is full of vintage trailers.

For more information on the Round Top antiques show

We discovered a clothing line named Magnolia Pearl. The designer and her tribe of gypsy fairies are in their beautiful world of hay, burlap, linen and lace. I guess this has been around for awhile but it was all new to me and quite intoxicating. All her designs are made in Texas and hand dyed in the most subtle of colors, but it was the styling of the environment that inspired me the most. 

Stacks of linen and lace.

Beautiful hand created light fixture with lace over a vintage wire hoop skirt.

Robin Brown the creator of Magnolia Pearl with flowers in her hair.
For more information on Magnolia Pearl

Rachel Ashwell loves Round Top so much she bought a ranch and turned it into a bed and breakfast named "The Prairie." We were excited to meet her and see in person how she has blended her English florals and California easy vibe into the southern landscape. It was all a lovely, feminine mix that we could not get enough of. We are longtime fans and our loyalty continues to grow. 

This is her new Shabby Chic shop she opened on the ranch.

Cute  porch swing on the front porch of the farmhouse shop.

Some of the lovely things in the shop.

The rusty vintage truck used for photo shoots.

The common area on the farm where meals and wine and cheese are served. Repurposed galvanized tin covers the space in recycled rustic charm.

"Pearl" the Prairie kitty.

Vintage prom dresses decorate the interior.

This beautiful tutu used as art makes you wonder what it's history has been.

Even the vintage mounted stag has a costume

Rachel's inspiration board is art in itself.

We arrived just in time for a little shopping and wine and cheese.

Some of the cottages on the ranch.

The barn under construction for wedding receptions.

Some of the Shabby Chic fabrics and vintage items on the clothes line.

Shabby Chic Texas flag pillow.

For more information visit,

All photography by stylist Laura McGuire

Friday, August 24, 2012

Montecito Trunk show

Laura McGuire Trunk Show

Laura’s Trunk Show is fantastic! Selected with an eye to design and the use of natural fabrics it truly complements Wendy’s style. If you miss the Show check out her web
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The trunk show at Wendy Foster clothing store in Montecito was a huge success. The California country vibe of Santa Barbara was a perfect fit for our French country style. It was exciting to see how many Texans were there too! The location in the upper village in Montecito is one of the most lovely places to be. I loved the cool ocean breezes, and the maintain views. Beautiful environment, great shopping, and French antiques, What more could a girl ask for?
photos by Pierre Lafond

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Montecito Trunk show

 Two days only
Friday August 17, 12-5pm
Saturday August 18, 10am-4pm

Coming to Wendy Foster Montecito!

After recently traveling to New York together, Wendy and stylist Laura McGuire were inspired by shops that carried both fashion and home in one setting, creating the whole lifestyle approach. To Wendy the hand selected French Vintage Home wares by Laura are the perfect match to Dress Shop. Come shop a unique collection of French antiques for the home, including monogrammed Chateau linens, tabletop and kitchen items, tea towels, grain sack pillows, etc.

Meet the Stylist, Laura whose style blends European elegance with West Coast casualness and a little bit of Southern soul. Laura believes homes are a place to honor the spirit of the individual. The interiors she creates are ultimately designed for comfort, always reflecting the families who dwell within them.
Please click to get an idea of Laura’s wonderful things.

516 San Ysidro Road Montecito, CA  

I love this picture I took of Wendy in her courtyard a few years ago.