My Round Top Finds

It’s hard to believe but it’s already been a week since I came back from my trip to Round Top, TX. I went into the trip not really knowing at all what to expect but it ended up being such a fun getaway because of both the people I was with and the treasures that we found. As with most antique fairs, we would wade through (and I literally mean “wade through” – there was mud and water everywhere) tent after tent, finding nothing other than junky garage sale finds only to then stumble upon something fabulous. I had to pass up a lot of great finds since I couldn’t justify the cost to ship them home but I did get a pretty impressive stash home via my suitcase!

It was probably a good thing that I didn’t live within easy driving distance because there were so many things I passed up that I would have bought in a heartbeat if I could have thrown them in my car. Especially some of the architectural salvage pieces I found. Can I tell you how much it pained me to leave these beauties in Texas?:

Beautiful reclaimed architectural pieces

Reclaimed architectural pieces

And these corbels that I shared on Instagram – I sat and stared at them for forever. Trying to figure out where the heck I could use them in my home. Trying to think how the heck I could justify their high price tag. I hope they found a good home – I’m so sad that it wasn’t mine….

Reclaimed corbels

There were also a lot of fabulous unfinished wood pieces to be found – it seems like things are trending away from the painted pieces that we’ve seen so much of over the past several years. One vendor had the most gorgeous raw wood pieces with exquisite details such as this beauty:

Natural wood sideboard

And a neighboring vendor was selling the most amazing little drink tables made with slices of petrified wood – I wanted the one on the left so badly and swooped it up before anyone else could claim it as their own only to then look at the price tag (over $300). I sadly returned it back to it’s spot…

Petrified wood cocktail tables

Round Top had lots of tents with industrial finds – large metal letters and signs seemed to be around every corner:
Stacks of industrial metal letters at Round TopAnd you all know I have a weakness for natural elements – these balls made out of twisty vines were amazing:

Balls of woven vines

And we saw lots of breadboards – some vintage and some reproductions:

Vintage breadboards

I won’t keep going with more pictures but can you kinda get an idea of how hard it was to decide what to buy and what to leave behind? Especially when you’re as indecisive as me? It definitely helped that I narrowed down my options to things that weren’t too fragile or expensive and were small enough to fit in my suitcase (I left lots of extra room). So what did I come home with? Two of these bowls:

Paper mache rustic bowls

They look extremely heavy but they’re actually made of paper mache and are as light as a feather. They ended up finding a home on the baker’s rack in our kitchen:

Rustic bowls on wood & metal baker's rack

I also found a rustic wood caddy to hold my favorite oils and spices next to our stovetop:

Wood caddy to corral oils and spices by stove

And for some reason I fell in love with this little lock – it’s a reproduction but definitely has a worn, vintage feel. When I noticed that the numbers on the front of it were our anniversary year, I took that as a sign that it needed to be mine…

Vintage lock

For those of you who haven’t been to Round Top – it’s definitely a must-do-at-least-once kinda trip. Texas was beautiful, the people were so friendly, and there were so many great finds. Our hostess, Kimberley from Off the Cape, found us such a beautiful place to stay, had prearranged discounts with some of her favorite vendors, had a nice breakfast ready for us every morning, and gave us all of her best tips on where to shop and how to haggle for the best deal. It was such a wonderfully stress-free way to experience Round Top for the first time. She’ll have more guided trips down the road so if it’s something you may be interested in, you can shoot her an email at

I’m sure I’ll be itching for Round Top trip #2, especially if I can talk this same group of ladies into going back with me. Kimberley’s friend, Kim, along with Cindy from Rough Luxe and her daughter couldn’t have been sweeter or more fun to hang out with (this pic of all of us was taken about 1/2 hour before I shoveled down a big piece of that famous Royer’s pie!):

Round Top Group at Royers

Debra of 5th and State arrived a little later (and without luggage because the airline lost it for almost 24 hours!) and was the life of the party. She had a knack for finding the most unique treasures:

Debra with wood horse

I’m hoping to tackle the Brimfield Antique Show in Massachusetts this year with Lisa and am anxious to see how the two shows stack up to one another. Any advice out there for tackling Brimfield that would help out two newbies?


March’s Best of the Nest

Cuckoo 4 Design Living Room

OK March, I’m still waiting on that lamb. Patiently. Well…patiently might be stretching it just a little bit. All of the teases of warm weather and spring flowers that I’m seeing on my Instagram feed are kinda killing me when there’s still plenty of snow piled up on our patio. And can we talk about this poor gal of mine? The only time she’s spent outdoors for months is in two minute intervals taking her shoveled potty path back and forth. She sure looks stylish doing it though doesn’t she?! #doggierunwaymodel But here’s the good news. The GREAT news. We are kicking March […]

Foyer Progress

Weathered foyer chest || ceramic jug with flowering branches || lantern || round wood and iron mirror

Hi all! Right before heading out to Round Top (more to come on that – it was so fun!) I finally got my new mirror off of our dining room floor and up on the wall in our foyer. This taking-forever-to-come-together space is finally starting to take shape! Are you surprised to see that I ended going with white walls? I sure am. You may remember that when it was time to paint I was deciding between two grays – Agreeable Gray and Repose Gray. But after doing a large test spot behind my foyer chest, I decided that I wanted more contrast between […]

On My Way to Round Top!

Gorgeous Tuscan living room

I love to travel and have a long must-visit-someday list that I’m always adding on to. This weekend I’m getting to cross one of those places off my list because I’m heading to Round Top, Texas! If you’re not familiar with Round Top, it hosts one of the biggest and best antique shows in the country with over twenty miles of vendors selling unique antique and vintage wares. I wouldn’t even know where to begin planning a visit to Round Top but I lucked into the opportunity to go on trip that’s completely planned and guided by my friend Kimberley who owns Off The Cape. […]

One Chair, Two Different Fabrics


Our home office is sooo close to being done – a few weeks ago I got our new drapes and hardware hung up (you can see an Instagram sneak peak {here} – full post to come!) and I’m working on getting our desk better organized and accessorized. The big sticking point is our office chairs. I’ve found a great wingback chair for our main office chair (I’m just waiting for it to go on sale) but the plan is to have two smaller chairs on the other side of the desk and I haven’t had much luck finding those. I’m hoping for inexpensive Craigslist finds […]

Simple Spring & Easter Table Decorations

Cut daffodils in mason jar for a simple spring centerpiece

With the snow finally melting and Easter on its way, last week I finally ditched the dying poinsettias on our dining room table and started playing around with some ideas for decorating our table for spring. I’m not hosting a large group for Easter this year so instead of an elaborate tablescape, I just want a few quick and simple table decorations to brighten up our dining room for the next few weeks. With less than $10 of flowers from Trader Joe’s and a few finds from my decorating stash, I came up with a bunch of super simple options to share with you guys. For a simple spring or Easter […]