Susan Horne Antiques

Photos courtesy of Susan Horne

Photos courtesy of Susan Horne

Susan Horne Antiques was born out of friendship and a love for antiques.

Raised in southern Georgia, her love for antiques and southern hospitality was inherited from her parents. Her father, from Alabama, was an air traffic controller with the Air Force. Her mother, from Manchester, England, loved antiques and anything to do with England, like entertaining and enjoying a cup of hot tea.

Susan moved to Dallas and then to Houston with Omni Offices. She met her husband, Houston native Chip Horne, 28 years ago. They have two children, Meghan and Trey.  

“My girlfriends started bringing me to Round Top after I married Chip, and I fell in love with Round Top and shopping the fields.”

  Susan says her business has been successful because of the help and support of all her family and friends.  

Her son, Trey, is a senior at LSU in Baton Rouge, La., and is Susan's biggest encourager and cheerleader. He calls in at least once a week to ask about the business and how it’s going. When he is home on school breaks, she puts him to work at the Houston warehouse. On longer breaks, you can find him in Round Top working for Susan or sharing dinner with Armando at Manditos.

Her daughter Meghan joined her a few years ago and has been a wonderful addition to the business. “Meghan has given a youthful eye to our purchases. She knows what the younger generation wants and that is very helpful to me. I see the younger generation out here shopping and having a great time,” Susan says. Susan shares that she hopes that continues because they are the next generation to make the Round Top Show strong and successful.

Photo by Natalie Lacy Lange

Photo by Natalie Lacy Lange

“Meghan and I continue to travel to England several times a year to assemble an exceptional collection of antiques and one-of-a kind treasures.” They drive the countryside in hunt for these treasures. She says the days are long, and it’s hard work, but they have fun along the way. “I love England and the people we meet make us feel like family,” Susan says.

Her next container will be arriving for the Spring Show at Market Hill. Susan's gorgeous showroom at Market Hill is where she brings new life to these treasures. She mixes them with unique new pieces and creates a fresh, new modern look for which she is known.

"I really enjoy being at Market Hill. Paul Michael has created a wonderful venue with state-of-the-art amenities.” But more than the amenities, she talks more about the people.

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“We have a top line of dealers and that draws a fabulous group of buyers. The relationships we build with all these people and the business we generate at Market Hill makes it worthwhile. The friendship and support means a great deal to me.”

One of the pieces they’ve curated for the spring show is an 18th century ship’s figurehead from Sicily. “It was made as a good luck charm for the ship. She is beautiful. You have to see her in person!”

When Susan is not in Round Top or England, you can find her at her Houston warehouse located at 9016 Ruland, #A3. Susan says come by for a cup of tea, "I always have the kettle on."


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Susan’s Favorite Finds

Arriving for Spring Show at Market Hill

18th century Carved Figure

Ship’s figurehead from Sicily, circa 1780. From the Bourbon empire when the French occupied Sicily. Stands approximately four feet high. Made as a good luck charm for the ship. She is very beautiful, curvaceous and wearing armor, ready for battle.

Transferware Copeland Spode Green and White  

40 pieces of pottery service from England, circa 1860.

Willy Guhl

A fabulous pair of square planters by the Swiss designer Willy Guhl. A grand selection of other Willy Guhl, including the diabolo, elephant ear and handkerchief planters.

Antique Butter Slabs

Antique English ironstone pure dairy display slab. These were used by grocers for selling bulk butter and margarine. Highly sought after rare collectibles in original condition – a must have!

Chesterfield Sofa

English chesterfield tufted sofa with elegant lines. A classic piece. Extra large and comfy.

Pottery Footbath

Florentine opaque blue and white pottery footbath, circa 1850, a great decorative piece.

Bamboo

A nice collection, including a rare red lacquer bamboo étagère from France, circa 1870.

Ebonized Furniture

Ebonized desk with beautiful brass hardware. Ebonizing is process for darkening wood, giving it the appearance of ebony.

100-year-old Bottles

Rare wine bottles from Italy, circa 1800, a great backdrop to any bar.

Draper’s Table

From France, circa 1885. Used by seamstresses in the 19th century.

Leftovers Antiques

Photos courtesy of Leftovers Antiques

Photos courtesy of Leftovers Antiques

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It’s getting to be that time of year, when the tents start going up, vendors are hustling to set up, and the fields begin to fill with treasures as far as the eye can see.

Round Top is upon us once again. Whether you have lived in Texas all your life, are new to the area, or are just here for the 30 miles of antiques, and haven’t been to Leftovers Antiques, two miles north of Brenham on Highway 290, you are missing out on 17,000-SF of unexpected finds and memorable experiences.

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Ed Fulkerson and Michael Breddin have been in the business for over 25 years. It is their passion for all things old and interesting that keeps people coming back to Leftovers. Ed and Michael make it seem effortless. It’s not just the uniqueness and grandeur of the antiques they carry, but also the way they keep bringing those elements of surprise and magic to all of their patrons. They mix hard with soft, old with modern, and simple with exotic to create interest, and it works!

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When asked what they were most excited about for Market Hill, “Other than the food?” Ed said. “One of the pieces that we are really excited about is something totally different than our realm of the norm. It’s a 1950s original-finish foosball table. It’s absolutely stunning!”

“It’s funny, because it is so far from what we normally look for when we are shopping,” he said, “but it caught my eye, and I just stood there looking at it. I thought, ‘I kinda like that.’ I looked over at Michael and he was looking wide-eyed at it, too, and I realized that not only did we both like this table, we loved it!”

“This foosball table is amazing!” Michael added. “It has the original finish in fabulous condition, and corner metal ashtrays. The players are the original metal and have beautiful detail! It definitely takes you back in time.”

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Another piece they found on their adventures is a Belgian carousel horse. “This is a 19th century original-paint, hand-carved carousel horse, and it is exquisite! It has hand-carved belts and saddle. The detail on this horse is amazing. It was an exciting find!,” Michael told us.

Along with the many gorgeous pieces of antiques that came from overseas – tables, stools, chairs, hutches, chests of drawers, lots of shiny copper – they also brought back a detailed set of youth general store fixtures. The small wooden store counter and back cupboard/shelving are 19th century, also from Belgium, with original paint and finish.

“It’s fun to imagine the children who got to play and pretend with this. It’s a precious set,” Ed said.

Make sure to stop in and meet Ed and Michael, and see their incredible collection at Market Hill or at Leftovers Antiques in Brenham.  

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Sacred Heart Antiques

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Jessica Fairbrother, creator of Sacred Heart Antiques, loves what she does. Spending several months each year in France with trips to Belgium and Italy, she is living her dream.

“It’s a treasure hunt, pure and simple, complete with racing pulse and surprises at every turn,” Jessica says.

“I want my customers to feel that excitement when they come to see my latest finds at Market Hill. I only buy things that move me on some level, things that I would want to live with. I am driven to bring back rare and beautiful treasures that whisper of history and tradition.”

“My desire is for people who walk into my shop to feel inspired. For me, home is a peaceful, sacred space – a refuge from the outside world. I hope to help my customers create that in their own homes.”

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Vincent Peach

Photos courtesy of Vincent Peach

Photos courtesy of Vincent Peach

Tennessee native Vincent Peach is a jewelry designer and maker who works from his studio in historic Marathon Village, adjacent to his Vincent Peach boutique in downtown Nashville.

What results from his creative process is a unique brand of signature pieces containing a mix of Tahitian pearls, brilliant diamonds, precious metals, exotic leathers, antlers, tusks and other natural elements expertly combined in a wearable way. The interplay of vintage and modern, masculine and feminine, bohemian and baroque all works beautifully.  

1.65ct Churchill Downs Half-Coverage Diamond Earrings With Fresh Water Pearls in Sterling Silver

1.65ct Churchill Downs Half-Coverage Diamond Earrings With Fresh Water Pearls in Sterling Silver

While each piece can be considered an heirloom to be passed down to future generations, these aren’t your grandmother’s pearls. They are wildly expressive conversation starters. Each piece is original and a bit out-there, intended for people who have something to say through their personal style. His cult following includes an outspoken lot, like Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, Alice Cooper, Steven Tyler, Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert, to name a few.     

Currently, the brand is expanding. Maris Collective and Four Seasons Resorts continue to be among the most faithful relationships, but Vincent Peach is building its cache of fine jewelry retailers and specialty stores worldwide.

Vincent always brings new pieces to Round Top. Come see what he’s got at Market Hill. It’s also a rare chance to meet the designer himself.

To view his collections, visit vincentpeach.com.   

Scoville Brown Cooperative

Photos by Natalie Lacy Lange for Market Hill

Photos by Natalie Lacy Lange for Market Hill

For Jim Braunscheidel, owner of Scoville Brown Cooperative, his art is architectural salvage, saving a piece of the old and turning it into something new.

The building that houses the Scoville Brown Warehouse in Wellsville, New York, is an example of this. From the 1800s until the 1940s, it was a bustling grocery wholesaler. Jim has given it new life with three floors of antiques, architectural finds and artwork.  

The “Hearts Delight” slogan is still visible on the north side of the brick interior, and it’s evident from talking to Jim that this is his heart’s delight.   

“Just to walk in, to get your hands on something original, something untouched, that’s what inspires me,” he says.  

Photos by Natalie Lacy Lange for Market Hill

Photos by Natalie Lacy Lange for Market Hill

On these jobs, the reality is, if he didn’t get his hands on it, it would all be thrown away, beautiful woodwork, ornate architectural detail, discarded forever. He not only sees the value in saving these artifacts but also in repurposing them.

“These works are my artistic expression and interpretation of where history, creativity and functionality meet,” he says.  

“Like anyone in their craft, my work has evolved over time. I began to see new, repurposed objects in the items I collected or salvaged. I combined what I learned as a young man building with what I learned through the antique business and started designing and building furniture, lighting and accessories.”

What Jim brings to Market Hill is a variety of antiques and architectural finds.

“Market Hill is amazing. As a contractor, I can say, structurally, it’s impressive, and as a vendor, it simplifies all of the little things that make it difficult to sell on your own. From the building to the breezeway to the air-conditioning – everything.”

Meet Jim at Market Hill, and be inspired by Scoville Brown Cooperative.  

For more information, visit, scovillebrown.com.

Lanny’s Antiques

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Round Top veterans Lanny and Lonnie Lenzen began coming to Round Top 25 years ago.

“We heard so much about it from friends in the business. We had to see for ourselves what all the talk was about. Long story short, we went and we loved it. The following year, we were vendors out in the fields selling (and, of course) buying merchandise,” says Lanny.

Based in Red Oak, Texas, Lanny’s Antiques is known for farmhouse relics and folk art. And even after all these year, Lanny and Lonnie still get excited by the thrill of the find.

“The hunt of finding pieces that speak to me and bringing the pieces to the show for my customers. I love when customers come back and show me what they have done with a piece they purchased previously. I just love that connection,” Lanny says.

For the spring show at Market Hill, Lanny is bringing a fabulous collection of folk art windmill weights. Folk art windmill weights, also known as counterbalance windmill weights, were produced for the use on windmills from the late 1800s to the early 1920s. A few of the companies that produced the weights were Elgin, Dempster, Fairbury, Eclipse and more. A few of the popular cast-iron motifs were roosters, horses, bulls and letters. The weights were painted black, red, green and blue, depending on the manufacturer. These large weights have become part of the nation’s folk art heritage.

This is just part of what makes Market Hill special to Lanny, “You have great vendors who bring one-of-a-kind merchandise from all over the world. Plus, the Market Hill venue has the best amenities restrooms, food, entertainment, air conditioning, parking and on site shipping – all a person could want under one roof!”

Come meet Lanny and Lonnie, and see their windmill weights and other important farmhouse relics and pieces of folk art.

Architectural Anarchy

Photos courtesy of Architectural Anarchy

Photos courtesy of Architectural Anarchy

Newcomers to Market Hill, Architectural Anarchy will bring an interesting mix of midcentury modern finds, folk art, industrial and architectural pieces and an assortment of old signage to the spring show.

“The upcoming spring show will be our first show at Market Hill. We came in for the first time to see it last fall. We love the location, the showrooms, the beautiful collection of unique merchandise,” says co-owner Gosia Korsakowski.

Based in Chicago, she and partner William Rawski operate a 30,000-SF showroom filled with a remarkable collection of antiques from the U.S. and Western Europe.

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Both veterans in the industry, Bill is best known for signs, art and décor he has amassed for Zap Antiques & Props, the Midwest’s largest prop house. Founded in 1987, Zap has been a part of almost every major production filmed in Chicago. It also offers interior design for retail and restaurant spaces and functions as a design studio and print shop.

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Gosia has been long admired for her vintage home accessories. Growing up in Poland, Gosia spent summers traveling, experiencing different cultures and shopping at various antique stores and flea markets. She says it was always in her nature to be entrepreneurial. In college, she and a friend opened an art gallery and sold art work made by fellow students. She then worked in the fashion industry before getting married and moving to the States. She began collecting and selling glassware and, by 2007, eventually making glassware of her own designs.

It was in 2010 that she and Bill went into business together, opening up their warehouse in Chicago, allowing people to shop from their treasure trove of vintage and antique findings from around the world.

Now they’ll open it up to shoppers at Market Hill.

“It’s an eclectic mix. There’s variety in our inventory. We are looking forward to introducing our business in Texas and meeting new people.”

Be sure to give them a big Texas welcome.

Antica Collection

Lisa Strait Vanpoucke is a Houston native whose business was born from acquiring beautiful antiques for herself.

Photos courtesy of Antica Collection

Photos courtesy of Antica Collection

“Being a collector first, it was always on my mind to find the oldest and finest furniture in original condition. I have always been drawn to great craftsmanship and original patina. Early on, I studied every detail on what I bought and constantly did research or asked questions to acquire knowledge. I still do! Although, I'm known for early period pieces, I pride myself on great quality of whatever I buy. I love mid-century Italian furniture and lighting, and am now fabricating my own furniture as well out of steel and stone.”

Her first show at Round Top was 2002, and she hasn’t missed one since.

“It is a great place for collectors and people in the industry to get a lot accomplished in one place,” she says. “My favorite part about the show is catching up with my dealer friends each evening after working all day.”

Lisa says, “Market Hill provides a good marriage for customer and dealer satisfaction. We work as a team. We are asked during each show how can we improve and we keep doing it. I love that! We really try our very best to ‘bring it’ every single time.”

Photos courtesy of Antica Collection

Photos courtesy of Antica Collection

As for what shoppers can expect to find at the spring show, she says, “I'm excited about a pair of beautiful 18th century rococo Italian gilt mirrors and an original painted 17th century Tuscan sacristy buffet that's unusually small. The mirrors are from Italy. Their small size and original glass gave me chill bumps. I took them straight out of a villa ... lucky me!” and as for the sacristy, she says, “I have never seen a small sacristy chest/credenza like this. It was originally painted circa 1670s in Tuscany. It's about as yummy as it gets.”

Photos courtesy of Antica Collection

Photos courtesy of Antica Collection

Her signature candles will also be at Market Hill again. “I've been working on launching my candle and furniture line for the last two years. I've just developed my ninth and final candle for the ‘Love Collection’ line. My daughter, Chanel, is my partner in the candle company. We will have a beautiful kiosk outside the entrance to my Antica Collection showroom, where she will be accepting wholesale orders. There will also be coffee tables and round and side tables that I've added to my furniture line. I even do custom sizes!”

As for where she draws her inspiration, Lisa says, “You know, I feel that I'm an artisan, and my eyes are always absorbing beauty. I love people, and I am honored when I find pieces that my clients are excited about. I adore Europe and for me to be able to continue to bring bits and pieces of it back to my friends and clients, that’s enough to keep this Texas gal in love!”

Ables Antiques & Props Antiques

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Ables Antiques of Ripley, Tennessee, has been taking its show on the road to Round Top since 1990.

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“We both grew up with the love of old and wonderful things,” says Kitty Ables. “Tony and I went into business together in 1987, and we tied the knot in 1990. After cutting the cake and toasting with everyone, we jumped into our van and tore out to Indiana for an antiques auction. We took all the wedding money people gave us for a microwave, bathroom towels and Tupperware and we spent it at the auction. We started doing antiques shows the following week and we have never looked back. We have some wild tales to tell. We invite you to come hear them at Market Hill.”

Based in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee, Props Antiques specializes in Americana, acquired from roaming the open roads for antique and vintage advertising, and unique décor like old country store and mercantile counters. Owner Klint Griffin has been in the business 14 years, his wife, Cindy, for seven years. This is their third year back at Round Top, and their first year at Market Hill.

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“We have been curating a great collection of advertising, furniture and unique objects for this spring show at Market Hill,” Klint says. “There’s nothing better than enjoying a great shopping experience at Market Hill with its diverse offerings, open air walkways, air-conditioned spaces and lovely amenities. The dinners can’t be beat!”

Props Antiques will share a space with Ables Antiques.

How to Shop Round Top - Tips from Design Pro Maureen Stevens

Photos courtesy of Maureen Stevens

Photos courtesy of Maureen Stevens

Based in Austin and New Orleans, Maureen Stevens loves history and architecture. She describes her aesthetic as “modern classic,” and looks for pieces that have history and character to bring her spaces soul and life. Her projects vary from modern to traditional, but she always prefers the classics, nothing cookie-cutter. Named one of Austin’s Top 5 Designers to Watch, her work has appeared in Tribeza MagazineDesign & Decor/Urban Home, Make it Over, Romantic Homes, the Austin American Statesman, Wall Street Journal, and popular design and decor giants such as My Domaine, Rue, Domino, HGTV.com and RealSimple.com. Her buying trips have been bringing her to Round Top for 10 years, and here’s how she does it.

 1. Get your accommodations early, early, early.

Whether it’s a bed and breakfast, or an Airstream trailer, there are many interesting places to stay, but they go quickly. It’s best to book six months to a year in advance.  

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 2. Do your homework. Research the venues, and narrow down the markets you want to go to. If you are going for a day or two, you can’t do it all. Plan accordingly, especially if you are on a schedule.

3. Market Hill is a must. It has everything under one roof in an easy-to-navigate floor plan. There are seating areas and refreshments. It’s a breath of fresh air away from the usual bustle of Round Top. The vendors are well curated. Some favorites are Antica (she’s been doing this a long, long time); Don and Marta Orwig (fun Americana theme); and, Provenance (really great, unique finds).

 4. As for what to wear, be comfortable. Be as laid back as you can. There will be lots of A-list designers, so if you want to dress it up, go for a music festival outfit a la Coachella. A fun hat, a dress, and cowboy boots; it’s Texas, after all, and most places can get muddy, even with a little rain, so walking boots are an appropriate choice.

 5. Have a good breakfast. Bring water. Bring snacks, too, especially if you have a certain diet.

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 6. How to take it home with you: If you are filling a house, or looking for large pieces like a credenza or an armoire, bring a pick-up or rental truck. But it’s not necessary as the sellers have worked with freight, and shippers and will help you with that.

 7. As for the art of negotiation: If you really love it, you have a price in mind and what it’s going to take to get it. You can negotiate, but be mindful and respectful. It takes time to source something and to bring it here. You have to respect the vendors for their craft. If you are an avid shopper, you can develop relationships with vendors.

 8. Many vendors accept credit cards, but if you pay with cash, you may be able to get a small discount. It’s not uncommon for shoppers to carry large amounts of cash, so it’s not that big of a concern as long as you are mindful and careful about stowing it.

 9. A tip is to take a picture of the vendor’s business card and a picture of an item in their collection so it’s easy to recall who it is and where it was because there are so many.

To view Maureen’s work, visit maureenstevens.com/projects. Her portfolio is also on Dering Hall and Houzz. Follow her on Instagram @maureenstevensdesign.

Dream Team - A Q&A with Kimberley Miller, CEO, Duncan Miller Ullmann

Photography by Ben Garrett

Photography by Ben Garrett

Founded in 1989, Dallas-based Duncan Miller Ullmann has grown to become one of the preeminent hospitality interior design firms in the world. CEO Kimberley Miller and her team have been coming to Round Top for years, shopping for their biggest clients. Most recently, it was for Hotel ZaZa Memorial City in Houston. We caught up with Kimberley, in advance of her next trip to Round Top for Hotel ZaZa Austin to talk about her team’s vision, process, strategy and inspiration.


Market Hill: Tell us about your firm and what brings you to Round Top.  

Kimberley Miller: We work with lifestyle brands. We know what each brand needs. For Hotel ZaZa, it’s irreverence, whimsy, especially in reference to a particular suite. That’s what Hotel ZaZa is known for: its concept suites, which our firm helped create. For the last project, [Hotel ZaZa Memorial City in Houston], there were 12 specialty suites. We used Round Top to bring special pieces into these themed spaces.

Beach House suite at Hotel ZaZa Memorial City

Beach House suite at Hotel ZaZa Memorial City


MH: What kind of pieces were you looking for on this trip?  

KM: We design not just spaces but experiences, whether it be in a restaurant or in the lobby. We are looking for unique pieces to create an experience. We sometimes take a residential approach, but we’re looking for out-of-the-box, something you can’t find at a furniture store, catalogue or elsewhere. Custom, stylized, one-of-a-kind, out-of-the-ordinary pieces with memory value.


MH: What do you love about Round Top?

KM: Outside of Texas, maybe people think of Round Top as cowboy artifacts and folk art, but it’s a great mixture of new, vintage and true one-of-a-kind pieces; we can fill 12 themed suites in one trip. What we also love about Round Top is that everybody knows everybody. Paul Michael is especially great at that. If we go in looking for 50 copper bowls and he doesn’t have them, he can point us to a person three miles down the road who does. You can find almost all of your needles in a haystack here. Paul has the best connections to those people.

Asian Beauty suite with a unique headboard found at Round Top.

Asian Beauty suite with a unique headboard found at Round Top.


MH: What should shoppers know about Market Hill?

KM: Market Hill is a place of unique pieces but also the things you just need – new products in multiple quantities like sets of dining room chairs. The great thing about Market Hill is the wide range of items, old and new, that’s what I like, that it has so much. And that you can eat there [she laughs]. Also, that it’s inside. It’s nice to not be slogging around in the rain. We’ve done that. Each vendor has a unique style. We’re buying a massive amount of stuff, and they are all so nice, so helpful.

The Passage to India suite at Hotel ZaZa Memorial City includes a custom designed sofa commissioned from a vendor at Round Top.

The Passage to India suite at Hotel ZaZa Memorial City includes a custom designed sofa commissioned from a vendor at Round Top.


MH: Tell us about your shopping strategy.

KM: We have a list of places we go. We have a spiral notebook with dimensions, budget and floor plan. We go in with very specific needs, like a 60-inch round dining table. We walk through every store on our list, and we keep our antennas up. We have a detailed concepted mood board for each suite. For instance, for a seaside suite, we might be looking for a shell table, but we leave ourselves open to be inspired.  

We once found a refurbished gas pump, not on our list, but it made its way into a themed suite. There was once a suite that we went into the shopping trip thinking would be themed Blue Door, but then we saw all of this campfire ephemera, and we changed it to Cabin Fever. At Market Hill, we found this gold leaf deer head, and we knew we had to have it. We didn’t know where we’d put it, but it found a home in the ballroom and is now a memorable fixture. Again, it comes back to the idea of a memory.


MH: How do you stay inspired?

KM: We look to travel, being exposed to different places, fashion, the trends we are seeing, the hot new shows and set designs. I recently watched Vanity Fair. One of the rooms is an Orient Express train theme. It’s fun to see a set design and get inspired by it. These kinds of trips help with inspiration. We use Round Top for inspiration.

To learn more about Duncan Miller Ullmann, visit DesignDMU.com.

Architect’s Daughter

Photos courtesy of Architect’s Daughter

Photos courtesy of Architect’s Daughter

Interior designer Michelle Cheatham is the owner of ARCHITECT’S DAUGHTER, a company based in Napa Valley and San Francisco discovers and locates focal pieces for the home and garden. ARCHITECT’S DAUGHTER sources unique, authentic objects from around the world, selling primarily to the design trade industry. Recently launched last fall, ARCHITECT’S DAUGHTER  is eclectic. Michelle relies on her keen eye, understated confidence and good taste to mix and select what is considered the best, one-of-a-kind finds with contemporary pieces. All original objects and accessories are investment pieces of unparalleled quality, hand-selected by Michelle herself.

“I love connecting people to unique pieces that they wouldn't have found otherwise. I love seeing the joy and contentment when designers discover their newly found treasures,” Michelle says. 

This will be her first time as a vendor at Market Hill.

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“I am most excited to be a part of this community of likeminded individuals. I love Paul Michael, and I love Texans,” she says. “The fall show was my first Round Top experience, and I was hooked! Texans are so welcoming and are undeniably fun.”

As for what she’s looking forward to about the Market Hill experience, she says, “I look forward to the live music played after-hours. I love socializing and making new connections with new friends from everywhere.”

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When asked about what special items we can expect to find at ARCHITECT’S DAUGHTER, Michelle describes a few key pieces. “A magnificent pair of early 19th century French wrought iron entrance gates from Dijon, France. All four beautifully crafted handles are original and replete with a variety of skillfully executed hand forged ironwork techniques.” She’s also bringing a pair of plant stand busts from 19th century France and a large iron crown from the late 18th century France that was said to be used as a cornet or bed crown in Marie Antoinette’s daughter, Sophie’s bedroom as well as an unusual and charming pair of iron and wood and linen-covered “crapuad” (toad) chairs from France circa 1860. 

            Be sure to extend a big Texas welcome to Michelle at ARCHITECT’S DAUGHTER at Market Hill. In the meantime, you can learn more at ArchitectsDaughter.com, follow Architect’s Daughter on Facebook and find her on Instagram @architects_daughter_sf.

Like Burning Man for Designers – HurleyHafen Finds Round Top

Photos by HurleyHafen

Photos by HurleyHafen

With a lifetime of worldwide travel between them, HurleyHafen partners John Hurley and Justin Hafen have just about seen it all. Prior to venturing into real estate development and design, they created and operated 13 restaurants and bars in the Bay Area. There is a spirit of generosity and hospitality in everything they do, including their original brand of “curated homes” in Napa Valley, built to admire but, more importantly, to comfortably live in.

Photos by HurleyHafen

Photos by HurleyHafen

For their curated homes, HurleyHafen acquires prime vineyard land, designs an extraordinary home, builds it, and then furnishes it, “down to the toothbrushes,” Justin says. “The idea is that the day you buy one of our curated homes, you have everything you need to throw a glamorous dinner … all you need to do is bring your clothes!”

This is the core concept of their business, but they also work directly with clients who already own land and need them – and their team of architects, engineers and contractors – for the design and construction oversight part of the process.

They also do full-service interior design for luxury homes throughout the country.  It is for this reason they decided to make their first trip to Round Top last fall on the recommendation of (and in memory of) their dear friend Barbara Colvin who passed after a long battle with cancer.  

“Barbara was a very acclaimed designer and had always wanted to go to Round Top. We had talked about going together for years and just never made it,” John says. “But after she passed away, our mutual friend Michelle Cheatham  [Architect’s Daughter at Market Hill] was going, so we said ‘let’s all go in Barbara’s honor,’ and, needless to say, we did and were blown away!”

Photos by HurleyHafen

Photos by HurleyHafen

“The first person we met was Paul Michael. He took us around his beautiful store inside Market Hill, and personally introduced us to all of the other vendors inside his building. Then every day, we would go out shopping with him all over Round Top finally returning to Market Hill at the end of the day to start drinking and partying,” John laughs.

“We had no idea how much fun it was going to be. It’s like Burning Man for designers,” Justin adds. “That’s what makes it so unique. It’s a party!”

“Round Top introduced us to a venue like no other. It’s not just the old stuff, it’s new stuff, too,” John says. “ It’s like this great combination between the Paris flea markets and the big shows in High Point, Las Vegas and Atlanta … but all in one place.  Who knew this rustic little town with a population of 90 people had so much to offer?”

Photos by HurleyHafen

Photos by HurleyHafen

As for what they are looking for this spring, “We have a huge shopping list for both clients and our curated homes. But I’m sure, as we discovered on our first trip, we will also end up finding beautiful, unique pieces that we don’t really need, but simply cannot pass up.”      

The design duo will make their return March 22-26 with clients and lots of friends in tow. “We fell in love with the whole deal, so this time we’re bringing a big crew!”

Look for their crew at Round Top, and, in the meantime, learn more about their design team, their curated homes and other creative projects at HurleyHafen.com and on Instagram @hurleyhafen.

For the Love of Vintage - A conversation with designer Claire Zinnecker

Photo by Ali Burgoon

Photo by Ali Burgoon

Austin-based designer Claire Zinnecker wears many hats, working with clients on residential and commercial projects for Claire Zinnecker Design.

Her work has brought her to Round Top for years, sourcing one-of-a-kind finds.

What matters most to Claire isn’t necessarily what you’re looking for (although she can help with that), but why you’re looking.

“It’s the idea that we don’t need to buy things from big box stores. It’s a nod to these pieces that have stood the test of time. When you think about the history, the stories of the pieces, of the vendors, there’s so much magic that goes into the finding,” she says.

“That’s why I love Round Top.”     

Claire has written for Domino, among other magazines, chronicling her experiences, including a recent dinner she planned and cohosted at Rancho Pillow.

She will return to Round Top in the spring to shop for a pop-up she is planning, March 30-31, in Austin. For these events, she curates vintage pieces, home décor and clothing to create experiences that connect you to the objects.  

Photo by Ali Burgoon

Photo by Ali Burgoon

One of the places she shops for these finds is Market Hill.

“If it’s your first time in Round Top, you need to go to Market Hill. It’s so well curated with the perfect vignettes; everything is impeccably placed. It allows someone who’s not an everyday vintage goer to see how it’s styled.”

In a similar way, she brings this vision to her events and into her spaces. Whether it’s clients’ homes, businesses or workplaces, she styles them in a way that truly showcases an important piece, a piece of history, that might otherwise be overlooked.

“It’s about bringing awareness to how important and worthwhile vintage shopping is. It’s about respecting craftsmanship. It’s about being thoughtful in your decisions.”

For more info on the upcoming Austin pop-up, follow Claire on Instagram @clairezinnecker.  


The Restaurant at Market Hill

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When it comes to the amenities at Market Hill, the restaurant is a big one. Not only because of the fresh, home-cooked food that comes from Chef Preston Higgins’ kitchen but also because it brings people in from the fields and around the table. It is here that people can truly connect, sharing stories about their day over a meal and a beer or a glass of wine.

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If you know Paul Michael, he loves bringing people together and feeding them. His pig roasts are now tradition at Market Hill. People gather round in anticipation, to watch, to learn and to wait until dinner is served. This spring, Paul will host two pig roasts, March 23 and 30. In addition to these signature events, Chef is cooking up a few special dinners as well, including prime rib and shrimp, March 22 and 29; Mediterranean night on March 28; and Mexican Monday on April 1.

Open daily for lunch and dinner service, the restaurant offers healthy, delicious meals, including hand-pressed burgers, marinated chicken breast, Paul’s pulled pork, wraps, bean medley, oven fries, marinated salad, dressed greens and coleslaw.

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Everything is prepared fresh and in-house. The meats and vegetables are grilled, roasted or smoked; there is no fryer. When you walk up to the counter and go down the line, making your selections, you’ll see Chef in the kitchen with a smile on his face, likely pulling out a batch of his oven fries. After you make a plate, you simply move down to the cashier where you can choose from a variety of beer and wine options as well as homemade desserts. Then you find a table. Long tables are meant to be experienced family-style where you can sit down, rest, relax and enjoy good food and conversation.

For those who are short on time, Chef shares something new for spring, what he calls “Market Fresh” meals to-go: variations of fruits, nuts and cheeses, green salads, fruit salads and wraps. These will be easy to-go options for shoppers and vendors.  

 It really adds to the Market Hill experience to be welcomed in from the elements, to be treated like family, to be invited to the table, to be served a home-cooked meal and Southern hospitality and to do it again the next day. Market Hill is more than a shopping destination. It’s your home away from home in Round Top.

Carson & Thom Go to Market - Market Hill Hosts Bravo TV’s Favorite Design Duo 

Photos courtesy of Carson Kressley and Thom Filicia

Photos courtesy of Carson Kressley and Thom Filicia

Photos courtesy of Carson Kressley and Thom Filicia

Photos courtesy of Carson Kressley and Thom Filicia

Carson Kressley is everywhere – even Round Top. The Emmy Award-winning TV personality, style expert, fashion designer, and New York Times bestselling author made an appearance as a celebrity designer in support of Designer Dream Spree. Founded by Houston-based designer Julie Dodson of Dodson Interiors, Designer Dream Spree was created to attract A-list interior designers, introduce them to Round Top, and raise money for local animal shelters. Having been to Round Top previously, he brought along his “TV husband,” and co-host of Bravo’s Get a Room with Carson & Thom, Thom Filicia, a top interior designer, TV personality and author, who also participated in the spree, for which designers shopped the fields and venues all around Round Top to create vignettes. 

Photos courtesy of Carson Kressley and Thom Filicia

Photos courtesy of Carson Kressley and Thom Filicia

            “Market Hill was our first stop,” Filicia says. “It is this indoor-outdoor almost agricultural building with a big breezeway. There was a mix of antiques dealers, art dealers, vendors with old signs, vendors bringing things from all over the world. They hosted a big lunch for us. There was this Southern shrimp cocktail in a mason jar. Everything was thoughtfully and beautifully executed – very Southern in its hospitality and presentation. It was a great springboard for our visit.” 

            “It’s gigantic,” Kressley says of Market Hill. “Such a large space filled with so many treasures, antiques from Europe, pieces of Americana. It feels like you hit the jackpot.” 

Photos courtesy of Carson Kressley and Thom Filicia

Photos courtesy of Carson Kressley and Thom Filicia

            “One of the myths I busted in Round Top,” Kressley adds, “is that it’s hard to bring things home. That is absolutely not true. I found a great pair of wooden tables with marble tops. I used them in my designer vignette and had to have them. There are great high-quality shippers. The tables arrived by truck to my home in Pennsylvania a month later. Any time someone asks about them, I happily tell them they came from Round Top.” 

            “It’s a world’s fair of people and things,” he says about this special place. “You have these really high-end designers, and you’ve got the local flavor. It’s something unusual, very unique. One vendor had a longhorn outside of their exhibit, so there’s a photo of me riding a longhorn. That is something that would only happen in Round Top.” 

Photos courtesy of Carson Kressley and Thom Filicia

Photos courtesy of Carson Kressley and Thom Filicia

            “Everywhere you turn, there’s a surprise, and a feast for the eyes,” Kressley says. “There are plenty of places to stay; there’s great food and hospitality. I always try to bring someone who’s never been. It’s so fun and friendly. Everybody is your new best friend.” 

            Speaking of new friends, Thom says one afternoon over Mexican food and Margaritas, he and Carson started inviting people to a local watering hole. They decided to throw a party that evening, totally off-the-cuff, hoping 10 people would come. They had 50 people show up, and they sang karaoke until 2 a.m. Again, only in Round Top. 

            Carson and Thom can be seen on Bravo’s Get a Room with Carson & Thom, which returns this spring. Carson also returns for Season 11 of VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race. Follow their adventures on Instagram, @carsonkressley and @thomfilicia.

2019 Round Top Round-Up

The Stone Cellar features 25 craft beers on tap.

The Stone Cellar features 25 craft beers on tap.

Driving in from Austin, the highway is dotted with bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush, the first signs of spring. As you get closer to Round Top (population: 90), another sign of spring comes into the picture. In cow pastures typically occupied by Texas longhorns, there are big white tents and people, lots of them (some 100,000 of them). This scene stretches on along Highway 237 for some 30 miles and extends into surrounding towns of Warrenton, Rutersville, Fayetteville, Carmine, Brenham and La Grange. It’s Antiques Week, an event that happens twice a year, in the spring and fall. Celebrating more than 50 years, what began as a weekend of antiquing has expanded into two weeks’ worth of shows. Here’s a round-up of what to see and do and where to stay and play while you’re here.  

LODGING  

Armando Round Top Houses

Renowned Houston restauranteurs Armando and Cinda Palacios invite patrons to travel from River Oaks to Round Top where they have a trio of beautifully restored vacation homes. Dating back to the 1830s, the Winn is the oldest of the three and was the first property Armando purchased on a whim back in 1979. The circa 1880s Bybee Cottage was then acquired from the Bybee Foundation, an organization that preserves German immigrant heritage in Round Top. The Palacios kept the original patina of the place while lovingly adorning the old farmhouse with new amenities and luxe accessories. The Nest was once a 1930s home set in Houston’s West End and is now a mid-century modern space with pop art dotting the walls. See more at RoundTopHouses.com.

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The Carmine Coop

Five minutes from downtown Round Top, the Carmine Coop offers three different lodging options – The Farmhouse, The Cottage, and The Airstream. Located on two acres and surrounded by corn fields, your neighbors are horses and cows, and your alarm clock is a rooster. While the lodges are appointed with rustic country charm, they do offer modern luxuries like HDTV and WiFi. For photos and more info, visit Thecarminecoop.com.

Flophouze

Matt White and his team, Recycling the Past, offer six flophouzes, old shipping containers-turned-overnight accommodations, all accented with salvaged materials, antiques, original art and vintage touches such as a record player and vinyl records. If you like your flophouze so much you want to keep it, the company can custom build one to your specifications and ship it to you anywhere in the world. Also on the property is the modpool, an above-ground swimming pool made from a shipping container, and the Round Top Ballroom. Outfitted with antiques, artifacts and odds and ends from Recycling the Past, it’s a large space that has hosted farm-to-table dinners, weddings and parties. Learn more at Flophouze.com.


The Prairie at Round Top

Formerly The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell, founder of Shabby Chic, The Prairie at Round Top is a new chapter for this 46-acre property dating back to the 1880s. There are five houses on the property. Holly has added her own signature style to The Prairie while keeping design elements added by previous owners, all with the help of dedicated property manager Danny Riebeling. Danny was one of the original contractors who renovated it. His love of this place is evident in every nail and board. He is fun-loving, enjoys hosting guests and cooks a tasty breakfast. Book your stay at ThePrairieatRoundTop.com.


Rancho Pillow

This 20-acre compound features multiple overnight options on the property, including four main lodges and a well-appointed, air-conditioned teepee. Each dwelling showcases hand-picked furnishings, paintings, books of poetry and other thoughtful touches. Outside, there’s plenty of room to roam and make new discoveries, like neon signs, a playground with zipline, hammocks, bathhouse, swimming pool and a fire pit. Formerly available by invite-only for friends-of-friends, it’s now a more inclusive space where all are welcome to tap into the spirit found here. It’s heartfelt, soulful, mystical and intentional where cool people go and good vibes flow. Feast in the Field is hosted on October 1 and 2. Fantastic chefs prepare the family-style meal served outdoors on the ranch. Purchase your ticket, or book your stay online at RanchoPillow.com.

The Raleigh

Shane Brown of Big Daddy’s Antiques offers this 2,650-SF 1890s Victorian farmhouse with a new 30-foot pool and huge deck. It comes equipped with a full kitchen, four bedrooms (including a master suite), and two bathrooms. It sleeps nine people. The interior design is exceptional throughout with a beautiful mix of modern and antiques, and a Paul Michael Company piece or two. Book your stay on VRBO.com.  

Round Top Inn

The history of this place is evident in its many existing structures, including the only remaining building from the state’s once-thriving cigar industry. Three of the guest cottages are 1880s originals built by prominent Round Top resident Charles Henry Schiege of Schiege Cigar Factory. The property includes the gate house, a collection of farm houses, the little cottage, the loft and other rooms for rent. Explore it for yourself at RoundTopInn.com.  

The Vintage Round Top

Paige and Smoot Hull developed The Vintage Round Top in 2012 when they opened their first renovated cottage, No. 1450. The 2,400-SF home was designed with sustainability in mind and is comprised of reclaimed materials and vintage finds, creatively repurposed into light fixtures, furniture and decor. In 2016, the second cottage named Boho was built in the style of an industrial farmhouse. Both properties are available for rent. The Hulls also host private parties, weddings, special events and workshops year-round. Be inspired by their modern vintage aesthetic at TheVintageRoundTop.com.

At Wander Inn sink into a velvet sofa or slide into a rocking chair on the porch for views of longhorns. Photo by Kelly Chrstine Sutton

At Wander Inn sink into a velvet sofa or slide into a rocking chair on the porch for views of longhorns. Photo by Kelly Chrstine Sutton

Wander Inn

Previously available only to friends such as country singer Miranda Lambert, Junk Gypsies Amie Sikes and Jolie Sikes-Smith have opened their guesthouse to the public. Wander Inn is luxurious but not about luxury. It’s about the land, the road, the magic of Round Top, and the feeling of arriving at a place, taking your boots off and staying awhile. Designed with comfort in mind, sink into a velvet sofa or slide into a rocking chair on the porch for views of longhorns in the pasture and the sun hanging low in the sky. Choose from eight beautifully appointed rooms at Gypsyville.com/wander-inn.

The Red & White Inn, part of Black Bird Farm

The Red & White Inn, part of Black Bird Farm

Black Bird Farm

A series of historic properties in nearby Fayetteville comprises the Black Bird Farm lodging experience. Here, you’ll find romantic, well-appointed interiors in an early Americana style. Choose from accommodations at the Grand Fayette Hotel, Market Street Inn, Red & White Inn, Bird House, 1850 House, Sealy House or Blackbird Cabins. Herring Hall, the event space, hosts live performances. Take a tour online at BlackBirdTexas.com.

DINING  

Dinner and live music at The Restaurant at Market Hill.

Dinner and live music at The Restaurant at Market Hill.

Market Hill Restaurant

More than a shopping destination, Market Hill is a fun place to eat, drink and hang out. Open daily during the show, choose from a variety of lunch and dinner specials including Paul’s famous homemade red sauce and pasta. Market Hill also has live music nightly. Grab a cold beer or glass of wine, and enjoy great music and good times after a day in the fields.

The Garden Co.’s Feed and Firewater

An outpost of the original Garden Co. Marketplace & Cafe in Schulenburg, Texas, Feed and Firewater brings fresh ingredients to the table for fun appetizers, bright salads, yummy soups, and a variety of creative lunch and dinner options, all in a beautiful bistro-style setting. For a look at the menu, visit thegardencoandcafe.com.

London Bus Café

McLaren’s Antiques celebrates its English heritage with the London Bus Café onsite. An original London double-decker bus has been outfitted into a café, serving lunch and afternoon tea. (It’s air-conditioned, too.) No reservation is required, just come on in. Lunch is served from noon-3 p.m., and offers a variety of English favorites. Traditional English High Tea is served from 3:30-5:30 p.m., with freshly made sandwiches, scones, cakes and pastries.

Prost on Block 29

An intimate wine bar and shop housed in a stone cottage that happens to be the oldest building in Round Top. Order by the glass, bottle or case (to take home with you), and choose from handmade cheeses, farm-to-table vegetables, tapenades and charcuterie. Sit inside at the bar or at a small bistro table, or hang out on the outdoor patio around the fire pit. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Royer’s Round Top Café and Pie Shop

Burgers, sandwiches and fresh-cut fries are some of the favorites here, but the real star of the show is the pie. Choose from apple, buttermilk, chocolate chip, pecan, cherry, strawberry rhubarb and more. Royer’s famous chicken dinner is served on Sunday from noon until they run out – the chicken is marinated for 24-hours in buttermilk and garlic and then hand-battered. It’s served family-style with mashed potato casserole and creamed corn.

The Stone Cellar & Round Top Dance Hall

An authentic 1907 Texas dance hall has been relocated to this site. The sign on the door reads, “Must wear boots inside the hall at all times.” Our kind of place, it’s a relaxing wood-fired pizzeria with a variety of craft beer and wine, with live music every Friday and Saturday.

SHOPPING

The Paul Michael Company showroom at Market Hill. Photo by Natalie Lacy Lange.

The Paul Michael Company showroom at Market Hill. Photo by Natalie Lacy Lange.

Market Hill

Open twice a year in the spring and the fall, Market Hill curates the world’s best antiques, furniture, home decor and decorative arts, set in an atmosphere of genuine hospitality and hassle-free shopping in a beautiful, air-conditioned facility with clean restrooms, free Wi-Fi and easy loading areas. The Restaurant at Market Hill serves home-cooked meals, a great selection of beer, wine and other refreshments. It’s open daily during the show with live music most nights.

Townsend Provisions

The large collection of vintage boots is the biggest attraction to this small, well-curated shop in Rummel Square. A permanent fixture in town, the store is open year-round, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and on Sundays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Owners Nick and Ryann have a passion for old relics and handmade goods – something that runs in the family. Ryann’s mom, Sharon, helps the young couple hunt for vintage treasures for the shop. Nick’s mom, Linda, is the “boot queen” and is often found fitting folks in the famous boot room. Stop by, and make their acquaintance during the fall show. You might just find your new favorite pair of boots while you’re at it.

Curate by Stash makes small, luxe leatherworks including items like this Minimalist Maker Apron

Curate by Stash makes small, luxe leatherworks including items like this Minimalist Maker Apron

Curate by Stash

Another spot open year-round on Rummel Square is Curate by Stash. For more than a decade, Texas brand Stash has been making small, luxe leatherworks in a century-old mattress factory. Founder/designer Cheryl Schulke creates with the intention of mindful production over mass production. Walking into her first retail space in Round Top, it smells of leather and Texas lavender, and feels like a place you never want to leave. As the name suggests, it is artfully curated with a select few pieces from independent designers.


SIGHTSEEING

The Listening Room at The Bugle Boy where concerts are held on Friday & Saturday evenings.

The Listening Room at The Bugle Boy where concerts are held on Friday & Saturday evenings.

The Bugle Boy

Housed in WWII army barracks in La Grange, the Bugle Boy is an intimate concert hall that brings Americana, country, folk, blues and jazz to the stage on Friday and Saturday nights. Coffee, wine and beer are served. Thebugleboy.org.

Festival Hill Concert Hall

Founded in 1971 by world renowned concert pianist James Dick, Festival Hill is a 210-acre campus containing multiple performance facilities, historic houses, gardens, parks and nature preserves. Festivalhill.org.

Rohan Meadery

Blissful Folly Farm is situated between La Grange, Round Top and Fayetteville in some of the most beautiful countryside in south central Texas. Located here, Rohan Meadery is Texas' oldest meadery, producing one of mankind's oldest fermented libations – mead.  All products that come from here are small batched and homemade onsite. The tasting room is open Thursday through Sunday, noon-6 p.m. Rohanmeadery.com.

Round Top Family Library

Round Top is the smallest incorporated Texas town to have a public library. It consists of two buildings, the main library in the former Hope Lutheran Church, a 1925 Gothic-style building, and the Rummel Haus, which serves as an activity center. It’s a great local resource, preserving history and offering community programs for kids and adults. Ilovetoread.org.

Paul Michael Company - Where the Magic Happens

A craftsman at the Paul Michael Company creates a meticulously measured antler leg table by hand.

A craftsman at the Paul Michael Company creates a meticulously measured antler leg table by hand.

From Little Rock, it’s a two-hour drive to Lake Village, Arkansas, a farm town in southeast Arkansas that’s home to the Paul Michael Company. Photo by Ashlee Nobel

Paul and Salvador create a frame from an original piece of art. Photo by Ashlee Nobel

Paul and Salvador create a frame from an original piece of art. Photo by Ashlee Nobel

It’s a cold February day. The sky is gray, and the fields are flooded. A train cuts across the flat land, and we pass time talking about the graffiti on the train cars. We also wonder aloud what Paul Michael will show us on this trip. Maybe it’s a new painting or a few new Paul Michael Exclusives, original pieces of furniture handmade in his woodshop in Dermott, Arkansas. The woodshop is where we’re headed, but first we meet Paul for lunch at his favorite sandwich shop, the Amish & Country Store.

The sign out front says: Pecans Banana Bread Fried Pies. Inside, it smells like fresh baked bread. We order the Paul Michael Special and wait for him to arrive.

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When he sits down at the table, there’s blue paint on his hands. He’s been working on something. Turns out, it could either be from a canvas or from a set of French Colonial doors, a special project for Vincent Peach, a vendor at Market Hill. At the fall show, Vincent produced a drawing of a showroom, like the true artist he is. Paul redrew it to accommodate the raw materials that were available to him, an example of his ability to create on command, taking inspiration from others.

Photo by Ashlee Nobel

Photo by Ashlee Nobel

Every stand is handmade to fit the crystal. Photo by Ashlee Nobel

Every stand is handmade to fit the crystal. Photo by Ashlee Nobel

“I went out that day and found the doors in Round Top,” Paul says. “Where else are you going to find 12 matching doors like that?”

“It’s magic. There is this happiness,” he says of Round Top. “It’s like a vacation for me. People come from all over the world ... [At Market Hill,] we have people from California, Santa Fe, New York, Chicago, Miami. If you have a high-end boutique, it’s where you go, but everybody leaves pretension at home.”   

Paul will return to Round Top next week, he tells us, to install Vincent Peach’s booth.

“My opinion of architecture is my opinion on design,” he says, “it has to be functional.”  

“So many times you see an interior, like in a design magazine, and you get the feeling, ‘It looks okay in the magazine, but would I want to live there? Can I put a cup of coffee on the coffee table?’ You get the feeling it’s for people who don’t know how to live. It’s the same conversation that relates to architecture, so many times the emphasis is on how it looks from the street, but, in reality, it’s built out of plywood and cheap carpet, and it doesn’t last. You have to ask, ‘Who are you trying to impress?’ The first person you want to impress is yourself,” he says.

On designing and building Market Hill, Paul says, “I wanted to impress the vendors. I wanted to keep them dry. Keep their merchandise dry. Give them a place to load and unload their stuff. If I have a facility that provides for their needs, I would have a chance to attract the very best vendors. Everybody wants the best vendors; why would they come to me? Because this building is functional.”

“I believe in what’s real. A place you can be inspired, relaxed, where you can entertain, eat, drink and rest.”

Beautiful natural crystal on a handmade base by the Paul Michael Company. Photo by Ashlee Nobel

Beautiful natural crystal on a handmade base by the Paul Michael Company. Photo by Ashlee Nobel

As for what he is bringing to Market Hill, Paul says he spent six weeks on the road with trips to Dallas, Atlanta, Vegas and Tucson. In Tucson, he bought an entire lot of 52 slices of black petrified wood. He decided to make small tables with them, pairing the petrified wood with natural wood. He engineered a prototype but didn’t like it. He says they are reworking the design at the shop.

He tells us of large, spear-pointed crystals he also found. “From South America. Brazil. Phenomenal crystals on these metal bases that were ugly and unworthy of the crystals.” He describes his plan to remount them. With that, he says, “let’s go to the shop, so you can see them.” It’s just a few minutes’ drive to the woodshop where the shop cat, Paloma, greets us outside. We arrive to the sound of saws and smell of sawdust. In every corner of the shop, there is industry, purpose and focus with multiple projects happening all at once. This is where the magic happens.

Paul leads us to the crystals in the metal bases. It appears he bought the whole lot of them. There are rows upon rows of quartz crystals of all sizes on two long tables. His top welder and metal worker is in the act of hand-fitting each individual component to create new bases worthy of the crystals.  “Every piece has to be hand fit,” Paul says.

We walk through the shop and see additional projects underway, including Vincent Peach’s doors, 12 of them, some drying, some in the process of being painted “Cathedral Stone,” a pretty blueish gray.  

There’s a boulder atop Lucite. He calls it the “Flintstone table.” When asked where the rock comes from, he says, “northwest Arkansas” … and what kind of rock it is, “the kind that comes out of the side of a mountain,” he laughs. He tells us he was on his way to look at a deer camp when he saw the boulders and bought two truckloads of them.

Another piece Paul is proud to show us is an ottoman made of wood. “I was in the Apple Store, and I saw an ottoman I liked, and I thought I could make one better than that.” Like the inspiration piece, his version is essentially a wooden box with a slight indention on the seat and open in the middle. Inside, he stuffs a black sheep’s wool poof. “It’s for people without a lot of room. You pull it out, and now you have two seats instead of one,” he says.

For Paul, inspiration can come from anywhere. “I don’t think any artist came up with their own original idea. It was inspired by something. Creativity happens when you have collaboration and outside influences.”

And yet many of the pieces in the shop, Paul comes up with on the spot, and this is where the real magic happens. An example of this is a large clamshell from China, which Paul says he’s had for 12 years, and now has an idea for it. The clamshell, weighing some 300 pounds, is rolled out on a dolly. His son, Jake, and right-hand man Salvador lift it to its resting place atop two vertical slabs of reef from Indonesia. Paul stands back as the men adjust the piece to the precise angle, the proper form.

Boulder coffee table by the Paul Michael Company. Boulder harvested from Northwest Arkansas. Photo by Ashlee Nobel

Boulder coffee table by the Paul Michael Company. Boulder harvested from Northwest Arkansas. Photo by Ashlee Nobel

“It’s all about form,” Paul says. “When something is in form, you know it. It’s natural to you. When it doesn’t look right, it’s wrong. A curious part, it’s almost a universal and uniform acceptance of what is right. When it’s wrong, everybody has an opinion of why it’s wrong, because you look at its various parts. Everybody agrees when it’s right, because you see it as a whole.” The piece is adjusted, just right, and he says, “That is powerful. This is what I live for.”   

When asked how he comes up with this stuff, Paul says, “Sal came up with a way to cut the bottom off of it. Without him, I probably wouldn’t have used it. Could I have done that without him? No. It was collaboration.”

Paul’s phone rings, and he takes the call. It’s his friend, Craig, and he says, “You better come down to the shop. We’re doing something pretty amazing.”

“We’re just like children,” he says. “Do you see the glee? This is what we do for fun.”

It is fun to be in the shop, to be in the presence of pure joy, creativity, hard work, imagination, experimentation and play. The magic comes from Paul and his team – the woodshop is where the magic happens as it goes from brain to build, draft to design. And Market Hill is where magic comes together, the people and the pieces, under one roof.

2019 Round Top Spring Show – The Market Hill Experience

Market Hill shoppers dine and socialize while listening to live music at Market Hill in Round Top, TX during Texas Antiques Week. Photo by Natalie Lacy Lange

Market Hill shoppers dine and socialize while listening to live music at Market Hill in Round Top, TX during Texas Antiques Week. Photo by Natalie Lacy Lange

Market Hill in Round Top, TX. Photo by Elizabeth Michael

Market Hill in Round Top, TX. Photo by Elizabeth Michael

Upon first arriving at Market Hill, the first impression is that it’s huge. Cars are coming in and out of the parking lot and yet many spaces remain, which shows you how big and accommodating it is. The Paul Michael Company sign is a welcoming sight. You know you are in the right place, and that Paul Michael and his team will take care of you.

Walking out of the Texas sun and into the space, the air-conditioning feels like the ultimate luxury, but that’s just the beginning. The Paul Michael Company takes up 11,000-SF and is well-appointed with art, plush sofas, agate-topped tables, beautiful rugs and large cowhides. It sets the tone for the experience you can expect as you explore the rest of the venue. Inspiration is everywhere.

The remainder of the 130,000-SF space is occupied by the best vendors at Round Top. Each vendor is different. Each one has their own aesthetic and their own impressive collection of antiques, lighting, rugs and accessories. What they all have in common is their passion for this. They are all eager to meet you and answer any question you may have.

Shoppers in the breezeway at the DASH Houston Party at Market Hill in Round Top, TX. Photo by Natalie Lacy Lange

Shoppers in the breezeway at the DASH Houston Party at Market Hill in Round Top, TX. Photo by Natalie Lacy Lange

Walking through the breezeway, Market Hill also contains a restaurant and dining space and plenty of areas to rest and relax, like Pinky’s Bubbyle Lounge, where you can sit on velvet sofas and sip champagne.  

“We love being at Market Hill,” says Stacy Graubart of The Select Pick. “Both as a seller and 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.”  

It’s really about bringing people together. And there are many ways Paul and his team do this every day and night.

Live music at Market Hill entertains shoppers and vendors alike. Live music takes place most nights. It’s one of the things first time vendor Michelle Cheatham is most looking forward to. “I look forward to the music after hours. I love socializing and making connections with new friends from everywhere,” she says.

Market Hill welcomes back the Heart Collectors, March 30 and 31. The international folk band is based in Australia and has played South by Southwest in Austin the last couple of years (receiving a “Top Bands to See at SXSW” nod by the Austin American-Statesman), eventually finding their way down to Round Top.  

The Restaurant at Market Hill with Live Music, Wine, Beer, Fresh Food. Photo by Natalie Lacy Lange

The Restaurant at Market Hill with Live Music, Wine, Beer, Fresh Food. Photo by Natalie Lacy Lange

Another event that has become tradition at Market Hill is Paul’s Pig Roast. It’s become so popular and memorable, that it will take place twice during the spring show, March 23 and 30. The pig roast brings community together. People gather round to watch, to meet and greet each other, to drink and of course to eat. This is just one of the special events around food and community at Market Hill. Chef Preston talks more about what he has in store for the spring show on the following pages, The Restaurant at Market Hill, but it is a point of pride to have home-cooked meals made in-house. Something new Chef is introducing this spring is “Market Fresh” meals, variations of fruits, nuts, cheeses, green salads, fruit salads, wraps and other to-go options for shoppers and vendors on the go.

Come enjoy the food and fellowship at Market Hill.


Location and contact info:

1542 Highway 237

Round Top, TX 78954

customerservice@paulmichaelhome.com

800-732-3722


Hours

Open daily

9 a.m.-9 p.m.

March 21-April 7


The Select Pick

Photo by Julie Soefer

Photo by Julie Soefer

Houston-based Stacy Graubart started coming to Round Top more than 20 years ago, first as a collector and now as a vendor at Market Hill and a buyer for her clients of SG Designs and The Select Pick, a new concept she is launching this fall.

Speaking with Stacy at Market Hill during the spring show, she says, “[In my business] we are not people who just go into a design center and order items to be delivered in 12 weeks. We go everywhere. We hunt … and hunt … and hunt. This past year, I was shopping in France, London, anywhere and everywhere. I also buy a lot of pieces I don’t know what I’m going to do with. Like these French garage doors; when I bought them I had no idea what I was going to do with them. I kept one and built one into a client’s home in the master bedroom. If I see something unusual, and the price is fair, I buy it.”

A place she can count on year after year for the unusual is Round Top. “We love being here at Round Top and at Market Hill,” she says. “This is becoming such a destination. People are coming from all over.”

Photo by Julie Soefer

Photo by Julie Soefer

Not only has she met people who are finding a home for her antiques, she’s also meeting designers ideal for The Select Pick.

“The Select Pick is a member’s-only market. Our end-users are designers, architects, antiques dealers, stores. We only sell to the trade. Designers are only as good as their resources, and it takes time to be in the field. It’s really hard work,” she says.

“This is a different concept. The Select Pick will be open twice a year to the public in the spring and fall. Members will receive first pick of what we find here.”

Stop by Market Hill to see what unusual finds Stacy has brought to the fall show and to learn more about The Select Pick. To sign up for updates, visit theselectpick.com.

To see SG Designs latest work, visit sgdesignshouston.com.