Antica Collection

Photo courtesy of Antica Collection

Photo courtesy of Antica Collection

For the Love of It 

A collector first, Lisa Strait Vanpoucke turned her love of antiques into a business. 

“Having been a collector myself for over 20 years, I’ve combined my passion and love for antiques with the current demand to incorporate them into modern design,” she says. 

Photo courtesy of Antica Collection

Photo courtesy of Antica Collection

“My frequent travels to Europe allow me to continuously hunt for special pieces, where I hand-select each and every object. I buy what I would place in my own home, so each antique or decorative item has special meaning to me personally. With that said, my purpose is to extend that passion into my clients’ home decor and encourage a life well lived.”

My purpose is to extend [my] passion into my clients’ home decor and encourage a life well lived. - Lisa Strait Vanpoucke

 “I find inspiration in history, faraway lands, culture, architecture, and great design from all periods. I’m always evolving and trying to be as cutting-edge as possible; but, the longer I’m in the business the more simplified I’m becoming. I will never tire of beautiful hand-crafted things.”

Photo by Ashlee Nobel, Lee Lee Arts + Design

Photo by Ashlee Nobel, Lee Lee Arts + Design

When it comes to her purchasing decisions, she says, “My creative process is simple: I buy what I love. If I wouldn’t put it in my own home, I usually skip over it. For me, quality is a must, along with great design.”

Lisa has been coming to Round Top since 2002 and says, “I like the fact that we are able to reach so many people in a short period of time and help them take home a little piece of history,” she says. 

 “As a vendor at Market Hill, I appreciate the attention to detail Paul and his family have, treating us like one of their own. They have what it takes to make everyone feel at home.” 

Learn more at AnticaCollection.com.

Architect’s Daughter

Architect’s Daughter

Interior designer Michelle Cheatham is the owner of Architect’s Daughter, a home furnishing and design company based in Napa Valley and San Francisco. Architect’s Daughter sources unique, authentic objects from around the world, selling primarily to the design trade. Michelle has a deep knowledge and passion for her products, and provenance is very important.

Architectural Anarchy

Architectural Anarchy

Architectural Anarchy returns to Market Hill with an interesting mix of mid-century modern finds, folk art, industrial and architectural pieces, and an assortment of old signage. Based in Chicago, Gosia Korsakowski and partner William Rawski operate a 30,000-SF showroom filled with a remarkable collection of antiques from the U.S. and Western Europe. 

Gone to Market: Meet Phillip Lantz, Chicago-based interior designer who’s becoming a Round Top regular.

Phillip feels right at home on a private ranch in Texas as he prepares fro a day of shopping in Round Top.   Photo by Ashlee Nobel, Lee Lee Arts + Design

Phillip feels right at home on a private ranch in Texas as he prepares fro a day of shopping in Round Top.

Photo by Ashlee Nobel, Lee Lee Arts + Design

Meet Phillip Lantz, Chicago-based interior designer who’s becoming a Round Top regular.

Based in Chicago, Illinois, Phillip Lantz is a one-man interior design show, specializing in custom residential interiors. He describes his design philosophy as “architecture first.”

“My background is in architecture, so my first critique on any project is to review the layout of spaces. Before color or style is even considered, it’s critical to make sure the home functions well for the current user,” Phillip says. “I feel it is my job to show clients ‘what can be’ with what they have to work with and, even then, we sometimes add space to achieve the best results. Only after we get the architecture and space right can all their interior dreams be fully realized. I take pride in cultivating interiors that are timeless but with flourishes that are specifically unique to the owner. This, to me, is what makes a home a home, and ultimately, is my only goal.”

In recent years, Phillip has added Round Top to his calendar.

“I've been to Round Top twice now, both spring shows in 2018 and 2019. I have wonderful clients in Austin and Dallas who love the hunt. Texas has a much more relaxed vibe than the traditional homes of Chicago and its suburbs. Both of these clients encouraged me to visit Round Top, and we’ve found so many wonderful, original pieces.”

The people he’s met and the memories he’s made also stand out in his mind.

“I have never in my life been surrounded by freer people. I'm from the big city and was afraid that Texas wouldn't accept any outsiders, but I am embarrassed and elated to say that I was wrong. Could it be that Round Top is building bridges in the design community? I danced my a** off at the Junk Gypsy prom last year, and I felt like I was surrounded by love and creativity. I remember saying to my client, Heather Raymond, that my faith in humanity was restored. (I might have yelled that out loud while drinking sangria and dancing to 80s hip hop with a group of middle-aged women dressed up as the Golden Girls, something we typically only see in the gay community!). I kept thinking that not only would my pals in Chicago relish this, but my actual blood sisters in Arkansas would make more friends here than a feather boa has feathers.”

In addition to the warm welcome he’s received around town, he’s also made Market Hill his home base.

For his Austin client, Phillip was searching high and low for the best antique rugs. He ultimately found the antique rugs he was hoping for at Nomadic Trading Company at Market Hill.  Photo by Ashlee Nobel, Lee Lee Arts + Design

For his Austin client, Phillip was searching high and low for the best antique rugs. He ultimately found the antique rugs he was hoping for at Nomadic Trading Company at Market Hill.

Photo by Ashlee Nobel, Lee Lee Arts + Design

“As you know, it’s hard to spend too much time at any one place, but I know that given the opportunity, I could spend all day, every day there. Not only is the array of selections so broad for any shopping venture, it really seems to be a collection of some of the best. I remember finding it difficult to focus because there were so many wonderful considerations. I think, honestly, having food and wine there reminded me to enjoy the shopping experience a bit more. When I'm in Round Top it’s for work, but slowing my roll and taking a seat to listen to some live music and chat with locals as well as other travelers makes it seem less like work and more like a vacation.”

“Can we talk about the fashion of the live music group this past year? I feel like it was Dolce & Gabbana SS 2017 to a T. It did not go unnoticed! I don't recall their group name [editor’s note: The Heart Collectors], but they were so effing chic. So, yes, inspiration from everything. I'm buying a brocade vest tomorrow.”

For his Austin client, Phillip found some incredible pieces at Market Hill.

“After much consideration, because there were so many to choose from, Heather bought some beautiful rugs from Nomadic Trading Company. The collection of colorful Moroccans got us giddy and made us reconsider our entire design concept on the spot.”

When it comes to his design concept and where he finds inspiration, he says it’s all about research, research, research. 

Photo by Ashlee Nobel, Lee Lee Arts + Design

Photo by Ashlee Nobel, Lee Lee Arts + Design

“The more I see, the more I refine my personal opinions on what is 'good.'  Fashion, hair, makeup, landscape, architecture, technology, and interiors all inspire me and surge my creativity. While I truly consider myself an artist, I honestly feel the core of my job is to educate clients on smart investments, because, make no mistake, a cultivated home ain’t cheap, but if I didn't have my finger on the above, there is no magic in my work, and that is what makes it special.”

When asked if he’s returning to the show this fall, he says, “Absolutely! The way I see it is if you go in with a specific intent, searching for any one specific item, you will almost always fail; but, when you have an open mind, and, say, accidentally come across the best boots in all of Texas and in your size, well, you come home a winner.”

The Sights and Sounds of Round Top

Photo by Ashlee Nobel of Lee Lee Arts + Design

Photo by Ashlee Nobel of Lee Lee Arts + Design

Celebrating 50 years of fabulous, the Round Top Antiques Show is a big deal for this small Texas town. It’s a tradition every spring and fall, and it’s only getting bigger and better over time. It’s a traveling circus or world’s fair of sorts where some of the world’s rarest antiques are presented by some of the world’s most interesting characters. 

Photo by Ashlee Nobel  Black Cat Choir entertains a dancing crowd after dinner at Market Hill

Photo by Ashlee Nobel

Black Cat Choir entertains a dancing crowd after dinner at Market Hill

While antiques continue to be the main attraction, it’s become an exhibit of original art and an expression of creativity across all mediums, including music. Market Hill hosts live music most nights. Past performances have included The Heart Collectors from Australia, and The Black Cat Choir, a local rock band from Round Top. The Black Cat Choir returns to Market Hill this fall for a two-night stand, Sunday, September 29, and Monday, September 30, at 8 p.m. Austin-based country singer Kimberly Dunn takes the stage on Tuesday, October 1 at 9 p.m. All concerts are free. Come early for dinner and drinks, and stay for all of the fun. 

It’s not Texas Antiques Week without the Junk Gypsy Junk ‘o Rama Prom. As legend has it, during the show, many moons ago, the Junk Gypsies noticed a pile of vintage prom dresses at market. They decided to play dress-up, giving these old dresses another twirl and hosting their very own little prom night under the Texas stars. What started as an homage to a handful of forgotten prom dresses took on a life of its own. Fifteen years later, the Junk ‘o Rama Prom is the biggest night of the antiques show. Held twice a year, it attracts anyone and everyone. You might even see some famous faces – like Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves and Willie Nelson – in the crowd. In true Junk Gypsy spirit, it’s quite the shindig with live music on a makeshift stage and a photobooth made from an old outhouse. This fall, the hootenanny takes place on Thursday, October 3, at the Zapp Hall. Dress to impress. 

Photo by Denise Withington  Round Top Dance Hall has live music every Friday and Saturday.

Photo by Denise Withington

Round Top Dance Hall has live music every Friday and Saturday.

Once the show comes and goes, there is still live music and performing arts to be found. Other music venues in and around Round Top include The Stone Cellar and the Dugout in Warrenton. The Round Top Festival Institute is a world-renowned summer music festival presented for six weeks in June and July featuring chamber and orchestral concerts each weekend, as well as monthly concerts and educational forums during its “August-to-April” series. Located at the picturesque Festival Hill, it’s an international destination for performing and learning. 

Photo courtesy of Festival Hill

Photo courtesy of Festival Hill

The 22nd Annual Theatre Forum at Round Top takes place November 1-3. This year’s theme, Footlights and the Silver Screen, explores connections between theatre and film. The three-day forum includes tours of the Festival Hill grounds and buildings with morning walks and open-air lunches in the gardens as well as performances and lectures. The event concludes with an evening reception and formal dinner. For more information, visit FestivalHill.org.  

Follow Market Hill Round Top on Facebook and Instagram for more music and event announcements during the fall show. 

Woodson Antiques

Photos courtesy of Woodson Antiques

Photos courtesy of Woodson Antiques

Woodson antiques has come a long way since it was founded on Woodson Drive in the early 80’s in the garage of Jane and Roy Park. Ten years ago, Blake Craghead and Rick Ingenthon acquired the business, carrying on the tradition at the 1861 farmhouse outside of Kansas City in Raymore, Missouri.

“We were both brought up by parents who loved antiques and who passed that love onto us. When the opportunity arose, it was a perfect fit,” Rick says.

“We have always loved traveling the world. We travel to Europe six times a year and are always seeking out the next big thing. I love the hunt. There is nothing better than finding that one-of-a-kind piece that will make a client’s house,” he says.

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In addition to antiques, the design duo takes on numerous projects in the city and has been involved in the designer showcase for the Kansas City Symphony for many years. They also design their own pieces, including lamps from found objects and blue and white porcelain.

“Our business is always changing. We specialize in European furniture from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, but every year is different. We never know what treasure we will find on our next trip.”

As for what they are bringing to Market Hill, Rick says, “There are lots of things. We have an incredible table made from a pulpit with carved faces on every spine. We also have a pair of angels which form the railings to a stairway in a private chapel from the early 1700s.”  

“Market Hill is an amazing venue. You don’t have to contend with the weather, and you can get a great meal and a glass of wine,” he says.

“You have all of the top-notch dealers from around the country. It’s great to be surrounded by people who have the same passion. It’s not the easiest job, so you’ve got to love it.”

Discover Woodson Antiques at Market Hill.

The Plaid Veranda

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Photos courtesy of Plaid Veranda

Photos courtesy of Plaid Veranda

Judy Jones, owner of The Plaid Veranda, travels around the world to find rare one-of-a-kind pieces to show at Round Top.

A resource to interior designers and private collectors, The Plaid Veranda offers an eclectic mix of fabulous antiques, especially large pieces. Judy has a wonderful eye for design and a penchant for pieces that make a big statement.

Judy is an ardent supporter of the Round Top Antiques Show and feels like she has found a second home and family.

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“This is truly a labor of love! No one in their right mind would work this hard otherwise!” 

The Plaid Veranda is showing at Market Hill, the Compound, and at her barn by appointment. Follow her on Instagram at @judyjonesantiques.  

The Select Pick

Photos by Julie Soefer

Photos by Julie Soefer

Stacy Graubart grew up in Houston, graduated from Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee, then moved to Paris, France, to study design. She later studied furniture and antiquities at Sotheby’s London.

She began her design career working in the costume design industry for film and television, which culminated with an Emmy nod. Midway through her design career, Stacy turned her focus to her real love – interior design.

After working for Arlene Semel & Associates in Chicago, she formed SG Designs. For more than 15 years, Stacy has concentrated on high-end residential design and renovation. SG Designs specializes in livable homes, not masterpieces. Her work is very personal, and she spends time getting to know her clients, then creating to their needs and personalities.  

“I love taking a space that was once unusable for a client and recreating it so that it becomes functional,” she says.

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“I find inspiration every day all around me, as there are interesting colors, textures and shapes everywhere. I also travel whenever I have free time for inspiration. This year, I spent time in London, Hong Kong, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Africa. I discovered lots of one-of-a-kind objects at markets that I am very excited about.”

Stacy began coming to Round Top more than 20 years ago, first as a collector and now as a vendor and buyer for her clients.

“My favorite thing about the show is the thrill of the hunt for special items and being able to see dear friends, clients and vendors that I only see twice a year in the special small town. We love being at Market Hill both as a seller and as a buyer for our design clients. it is not only the best venue with food and places to relax your feet, but is a great community of people,” she says.

When asked what she’s excited to bring to the spring show, she describes, “We are bringing some smalls to the spring show for the first time. Typically, the items of furniture we carry are larger items, so I am excited we will have things for all levels of customers.”

To see more of Stacy’s work, visit sgdesignshouston.com.

The Renner Project

Photos courtesy of The Renner Project.

Photos courtesy of The Renner Project.

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Formerly known for restoring historic homes for more than 20 years, designer Kimberly Renner now owns and operates The Renner Project, a 5,000-SF store and interior design studio located along Austin’s emerging North Lamar Corridor. Here she brings together a creative mix of iconic 20th century pieces and high-style art, accessories and antiques.

“The Renner Project decided that 2019 was the year to expand our market to include a presence at Round Top,” Kimberly says. “Market Hill was our first choice of venue. Best vendors! Best parking! Best bathrooms! Best food!”

For the debut collection at Market Hill, Kimberly gives us an idea of the overall aesthetic.  

“We shop the best auctions in the country and dealers all across Europe. My latest interest is in French oak furniture from the 1950s and 60s. It is where the warmth of French country furniture meets the clean lined aesthetic of the mid-century.”

“Two of my favorite pieces look great together. A monumentally scaled 19th century oval harvest table and an oak cabinet by French mid-century masters, Guillerme et Chambron.”

“We specialize in vintage leather seating and will have multiple pieces in the load coming to Market Hill.”

“In contrast to the earthiness of vintage leather, we will also be featuring sleek mid-century pieces like these angular yellow chairs paired with a Harvey Probber cabinet and Lucite skyscraper lamp.”

Welcome The Renner Project to Market Hill, and come see what else they have in store for us.

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Stephanie Wheeler

Photos courtesy of Stephanie Wheeler

Photos courtesy of Stephanie Wheeler

On a January day, we visited Stephanie Wheeler at her Atlanta-based studio. Under a canopy of hundred-year-old oak trees, her charming studio is tucked away in a secluded neighborhood, just on the outskirts of the busy city.  

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“I first saw this 1930s bungalow in 2002. The house with its keebler front door and dilapidated building in the back garden – I knew the potential immediately. It was the first and only house I saw that day with the real estate agent and the rest is history,” Stephanie says.

“Where I paint and create is so important to me. Having a peaceful surrounding, almost a sanctuary, is what I need to have to be able to do what I do. Add the combination of light and nature and it’s a great recipe.”

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It is evident immediately that Stephanie is in the midst of preparing for the spring show at Market Hill. Through the arched garden gate, one can see many freshly gessoed canvases drying in the sunlight. Inside the studio, fresh layers of oils cover her canvases in all stages of completion. Her passion for color is another immediate takeaway as you glance around her studio.  

“Color is everything. It sets the overall mood for my pieces,” she says.

And, as for what drives her and her creative inspiration, she says, “Although nature and travel play a huge role in where I find my pleasure, as I get older I am less focused on inspiration and more interested in keeping my inner child alive. It’s that place that allows me the inspiration to create.”

Recent travels in Thailand and Vietnam bring a direct vibrancy to her color palette at this season’s spring show. Her canvas collection ranges from abstracts to landscapes along with works on paper and fascinating layered collage pieces.

It’s a beautiful and powerful experience to be in the presence of her works of art. Come enjoy what she has created for us at Market Hill.

Shabby Slips

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Renea Abbott’s life has been somewhat of a treasure hunt. At a young age, she took off to design school in New York City. She would frequent the consignment shops on the Upper East Side during the week and comb the 26th Street Flea Market on Saturday mornings. After acquiring her degree and amassing quite a collection, she moved back down South to open Shabby Slips, a custom slipcover shop that has grown to become one of Houston’s premier interior design businesses. She now has a second shop in River Oaks.

“I started making Round Top part of my business plan every year because my favorite place to be is a flea market,” Renea says.  

“Round Top is one of the best places in the world to go on that elusive treasure hunt.”

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“Market Hill brought a more permanent presence to Round Top making it easier for dealers and buyers to shop in good lighting, climate-controlled environment (air-conditioning is much needed!), and a great restaurant to meet a friend for a glass of wine after the shows. It’s a very comfortable shopping experience, and it is a very eclectic mix of dealers and merchandise – old, new, vintage, antiques and period pieces,” she says.

To the spring show, she will be bringing “fun lighting, a few antique fixtures, some interesting casual dining tables and chairs.” Anything else, she says, “will be a surprise! I aimed to make this show more buyer-friendly. Everyone can afford something that I hope they leave with. Happy shopping and come see us for Sip and See each afternoon at 5 o’clock!”

Provenance Antiques

17th century Portuguese Solomonic columns, 18th century wine presses from Provence now as coffee tables, an 18th century Italian stump work embroidery altar facade, a 19th century marble top garden table from Provence and more. Photos courtesy of Provenance Antiques.

17th century Portuguese Solomonic columns, 18th century wine presses from Provence now as coffee tables, an 18th century Italian stump work embroidery altar facade, a 19th century marble top garden table from Provence and more. Photos courtesy of Provenance Antiques.

Provenance Antiques is Yarek, Artur, and Melissa. Provenance celebrates the exceptional, and their mission is just that – procuring the most exceptional and finest pieces possible and sharing them at Market Hill.

Exquisite chest of drawers from Spain, 19th Century.

Exquisite chest of drawers from Spain, 19th Century.

Provenance Antiques is based just outside of Nice, France, where they have a warehouse facility, and in Atlanta, Georgia, where they have a 10,000-SF store. Twice a year, they call Market Hill their home away from home.

“What the Market Hill experience means to us is family,” Yarek says.

Provenance has been exhibiting in Round Top for well over 10 years now, and Yarek says, “We look forward to every show. Our business is always developing. We are travelling to Europe more and more frequently in search of the exceptional, to discover new resources in order to expand our market.”

“For those who are passionate about fine antiques, inspiration abounds everywhere,” he says. “No matter which day it is, when we receive a container it is like Christmas. There are fabulous pieces everywhere.

A very charming and primitive narrow cupboard from the south of France. Soundly constructed from walnut and chestnut with a shaped door panel, terrific hardware, sculpted apron and interior shelving, an outstanding and stunning 17th century Venetian wall-suspended console. The magnificent piece is constructed from polychrome wood with very fine carvings of putti heads.

A very charming and primitive narrow cupboard from the south of France. Soundly constructed from walnut and chestnut with a shaped door panel, terrific hardware, sculpted apron and interior shelving, an outstanding and stunning 17th century Venetian wall-suspended console. The magnificent piece is constructed from polychrome wood with very fine carvings of putti heads.

An exceptional and grand scale 18th century northern Italian trestle table/dining table. Superbly constructed from stunning walnut and classical Lyre legs and wonderfully sculpted stretchers. Sensational patina and graining. A truly exquisite table.

An exceptional and grand scale 18th century northern Italian trestle table/dining table. Superbly constructed from stunning walnut and classical Lyre legs and wonderfully sculpted stretchers. Sensational patina and graining. A truly exquisite table.

Nomadic Trading Company

Photos courtesy of Nomadic Trading

Photos courtesy of Nomadic Trading

Based in Durham, North Carolina, Nomadic Trading Company has been in business since 1995, selling handpicked home décor items from all over the world.

“We are importers of vintage furniture, accessories and hand-woven rugs,” says Demir Williford.

Over the years, Nomadic Trading Company has grown the business to include its own line of products.

“We have become more refined in our search of vintage furniture, specifically from France. We are also producing our own line of handmade rugs and pillows.”

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On the recommendation of a colleague, they started coming to Round Top in 2009.

“Who doesn’t love a treasure hunt? The discovery of something new,” Demir says. “Our recent container from France is full of amazing vintage furniture, and definitely one of the most exciting things we are bring to the spring show.”

Their set-up at Market Hill is quite impressive with large rugs covering the walls and stacked in piles upon piles throughout their vendor space.

“Market Hill has created a wonderful canvas for us to be as creative as we can be.”

About the Market Hill experience, he says, “We love seeing customers coming back and, of course, we love meeting new ones.”

“That’s what keeps us inspired. We stay inspired by having passion for what we do.”

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This kilim was hand woven in a village in western Turkey. It utilizes vintage reclaimed hemp and wool.

Beautiful Spanish oak table from late 19th century.

This rug is our own design hand-woven in Konya, Turkey.

Fabulous collection of benches upholstered with vintage fabrics.

Fantastic collection of antique marble sinks from old bath houses in Turkey.

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