Rooted in Round Top

Shane brown is the owner of Big Daddy’s Antiques located in Los Angeles, San Francisco and a smaller boutique, Georgia Brown, in Aspen. He is constantly on buying adventures which take him all over the world and always back to Round Top again. To learn more, visit Photo courtesy of Shane Brown.

Shane brown is the owner of Big Daddy’s Antiques located in Los Angeles, San Francisco and a smaller boutique, Georgia Brown, in Aspen. He is constantly on buying adventures which take him all over the world and always back to Round Top again. To learn more, visit Photo courtesy of Shane Brown.

My first trip to Round Top was on the invitation of a fellow antiques dealer, Donna Cedergreen. We drove from Los Angeles to Round Top in a 12-foot rental truck. We pulled in about 10 p.m., to the spring show of 1995. People were still setting up. I remember being so excited to see how people set up their spaces. We jumped out of the truck and immediately started shopping, until what time I have no idea. We stayed at a little house very close to the Square. The town of Round Top is so quaint. We soon met Bud. For those of you who don’t know who Bud is, you need to meet him and his family. I am, of course, talking about Bud “the Pie Man” Royer, founder of Royers Round Top Café. Everyone we met on that first trip was so friendly, interesting, creative and fun. Third-base was fun in 1995. Pie in the Sky was fun. This was before Excess or Excess II, before Marburger, before Junk Gypsy. We shopped for several more days until I was out of money. I thought if I just had a few more thousand dollars that would be perfect – I was hooked!

Photos courtesy of Shane Brown

Photos courtesy of Shane Brown

 Since Spring 1995, I’ve been to Round Top 45 times, only missing one show, because my daughter, Georgia Brown, was born (I tell her she saved me a lot of money that day). I cannot tell you how many containers I’ve pulled out of Round Top with the most unique items from all over the world. I shop all over the globe, and I have to say Round Top is right up there. The scope of things and the random stuff that I buy from ironstone platters to an airplane to a roller coaster, cars and motorcycles. Some people say I only buy stuff as long as it’s big and heavy. 

I have seen and experienced so much growth in Warrenton and Round Top in the last 23 years. My wife, Kristine, and I finally bought our first house in Round Top about 10 years ago. We named it the Dragonfly. Then, we got a call from Beulah, the housekeeper, that Joyce Pratt wanted to sell her house, so we flew to Texas and bought our second property, Bo Buff Bradley. Our neighbor, Donna Parker, had a beautiful compound across the street from our original property. We solved all the world’s problems over tea and coffee many mornings at her home, so when she put it up for sale, we couldn’t let it go to anyone else.

Photos courtesy of Shane Brown

Photos courtesy of Shane Brown

We believe in Round Top. We’ve invested in it, because we love it so much. My wife runs all of our VRBOs and short-term rentals. My kids have traveled with us extensively, and their favorite place to go is Round Top.

To me, this is what Round Top is all about – the uniqueness of this town, its people, the things you’ll find and the memories you’ll make. Come on down. You can stay with us.  

The Mixology of Design

Vintage barware and bar cart mixed on modern day tray invites your guests to relaxin in your home. Photo by Michael Hunter

Vintage barware and bar cart mixed on modern day tray invites your guests to relaxin in your home. Photo by Michael Hunter

Just like a cocktail mixologist creating a signature drink with an interesting twist or garnish, the mixology of design is in combining different styles of interiors and architecture. Modern furnishings and art blended with architectural details and antiques is one of my favorite combinations. Oftentimes finding that unexpected piece can be the perfect ingredient for some of the best design elements in your home.

An antique French enfilade paired with a vintage Hugh Acton chair in shearling, marble pedestal and a modern rug creates the perfect blend of new and old. Photo by Cristin Miller Photography

An antique French enfilade paired with a vintage Hugh Acton chair in shearling, marble pedestal and a modern rug creates the perfect blend of new and old. Photo by Cristin Miller Photography

Every fall and spring, visitors eagerly await the opening of the highly anticipated Round Top Antiques Fair to search for unusual finds and new trends in design. One of the crown jewels of the festival sits at Market Hill. This venue, created by Paul Michael, hosts dealers who bring in everything from European lighting, architectural antiques, modern furniture and accessories. It is here where you might find the perfect design trifecta by uncovering an Italian Murano glass hanging fixture from the 1970s and a modern glass coffee table that can add the perfect touch to a home hosting an 18th century European fire surround. Paul and his carefully curated collection of dealers will welcome you into their booths.

The glistening of mirrored glass counters married with aged stone floors and an antique lantern creates unexpected details and makes the room feel like you are unwrapping a present as you enter it. Photo by Michael Hunter

The glistening of mirrored glass counters married with aged stone floors and an antique lantern creates unexpected details and makes the room feel like you are unwrapping a present as you enter it. Photo by Michael Hunter

I encounter clients and friends who like many different styles of architecture and interiors. Blending those can be a challenge. Throughout my 20 years of architectural consulting and interiors, I have watched these ever-changing design trends take a front seat in our world. I encourage you to let your mind wander as you meet the dealers in Round Top, and hear the stories behind their travels that bring both timeless and trendy treasures from every corner of the world.

My philosophy at Sarah West & Associates is based on the blending of historical and modernist details which creates a perfect springboard for creativity where rules of the past don’t always apply.

The fusion of antique doors from Round Top, reclaimed floor tile and sink paired with a modern bench and clean lined vanity is a perfect recipe for the mixology of design. Photo by Michael Hunter

The fusion of antique doors from Round Top, reclaimed floor tile and sink paired with a modern bench and clean lined vanity is a perfect recipe for the mixology of design. Photo by Michael Hunter

Uncovering special pieces at Round Top can be the common thread that runs through the fabric of my design plan. Embracing the challenge of making each project different, whether it is a blend of contemporary, English, Spanish or Country French, can always be enhanced with special finds from these bluebonnet-blanketed fields of Round Top.

Whether you are a professional or simply a novice mixologist, I invite you to be daring, take chances, mix it up and enjoy the view.

The Romance of Round Top 

The core of Ashwell’s offerings has always been her design of slipcovered furniture and bed linens, layering in the one-of-a-kind vintage treasures. Photos by Amy Neunsinger and Sarah Pankow

The core of Ashwell’s offerings has always been her design of slipcovered furniture and bed linens, layering in the one-of-a-kind vintage treasures. Photos by Amy Neunsinger and Sarah Pankow

Even though I grew up in London with classical music, Victorian brick houses and raincoats, I have always loved cowboy boots, country music and weathered barns. Both of my parents were in the antiques business, my dad in first edition illustrated books and my mum in antique dolls. My upbringing allowed me to navigate London flea markets at a very young age. I learned to be quick on my feet and decisive about when to snap up a treasure and, most importantly, when to build relationships with vendors. This was the beginning of a love affair with vintage that would continue for years to come.  

Photos by Amy Neunsinger and Sarah Pankow

Photos by Amy Neunsinger and Sarah Pankow

When I first visited Round Top, Texas, over 10 years ago, it was different from any antiques venue I had ever been to and yet there was something familiar to me. When I first began Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic in 1989, vintage treasures were always a very important part of my stores, and later, of my online business. While the core of my offerings has always been my designs of slipcovered furniture and bed linens, layering in the one-of-a-kind vintage treasures gave a romantic and magical quality. The evidence of life that is revealed in vintage finds, whether through layers of paint and patina or threadbare fabrics, are priceless and unique.

 The search is part of the magic. Over the years, I had heard about the enormity of the twice-yearly Round Top antique shows. A decade ago, I visited, hopeful and prepared to fill a container for my multiple stores. On arrival, my love of cowboy boots and cowboy hats finally made sense. Sad country songs on the side of the road brought the lyrics I had loved to life, and the sun-bleached barns were just as I had dreamed.

 I have always loved the opening days of Warrenton. I love searching for funky and fancy treasures, rifling through stacks of cardboard boxes filled with “junk” and piles of fabrics. I search the packed aisles for furniture, chairs, faded rugs, timeworn fabrics, art and wonky lighting. La Bahia, Blue Hills, The Chicken Ranch, The Big Red Barn, Marburger and Zapp Hall have been longtime favorite stops of mine. However, as the years have gone by some venues have opened that bring a whole new experience to this small country town. Some quite sophisticated, while still maintaining the mystique and culture of country shopping. Paul Michael’s Market Hill is one of the new shows in town. It is a sanctuary of a shopping experience. Practically speaking, air conditioning, nice bathrooms, credit card terminals, good lighting and healthy food make for a pleasurable experience, while a carefully selected, eclectic group of vendors with beautifully curated booths makes for easy shopping.

 I am always looking for a specific palette and list of items. My palette has expanded from pale pink to raspberry and pale blue to teal. When once I would have only purchased distressed white authentically painted wood, I now have a great appreciation of raw wood, both bleached and darker tones. 

Vintage furniture and prom dresses Ashwell has collected. Photos by Amy Neunsinger and Sarah Pankow

Vintage furniture and prom dresses Ashwell has collected. Photos by Amy Neunsinger and Sarah Pankow

#22 Whispering Trail at the prairie at Round Top. One of the oldest structures on the property, it is a restored old barn. Photos by Amy Neunsinger and Sarah Pankow

#22 Whispering Trail at the prairie at Round Top. One of the oldest structures on the property, it is a restored old barn. Photos by Amy Neunsinger and Sarah Pankow

 With the world becoming so homogenized, it takes both vision and the ability to find unique items to bring beautiful and functional stories to the world. One-of-a-kind vintage beauties are that special “something” that pulls my story together. As a designer, searching for vintage is also my time to find pieces for inspiration whether for color, function or just a starting point for my design work. In the early day of vintage shopping, finding bargains was one of my priorities. But over the years, as it has become harder and more expensive for vendors to find things, today I am mostly appreciative to just find something special. And I can be sure I always will at the antique shows of Round Top, Texas.

Ashwell’s palette has expanded from pale pink to raspberry and pale blue teal. Photos by Amy Neunsinger and Sarah Pankow

Ashwell’s palette has expanded from pale pink to raspberry and pale blue teal. Photos by Amy Neunsinger and Sarah Pankow

 The Outpost at Cedar Creek owned by the artist Lenore Prudhome, was where I stayed 10 years ago on my first visit to Round Top. A labor of love created by Lenore together with Danny Reibeling, it’s nestled in the countryside about six miles from the center of Round Top. It’s a magical property on 50 acres, with several vintage structures, from log cabins to barns and little cottages. Years later, I would buy this wonderful property which then became The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell. The soul of this property is the land. The charm is the buildings. Its transformation was Lenore’s aesthetic to my world of Shabby Chic. I was careful to embrace the Texas culture while the reds became pinks and some the primitive furniture was replaced with worn-down, hand-painted floral tables and cabinets and faded Florentine accents along with twinkly crystal chandeliers complementing rustic light fixtures.  

 This year it was time for this property to start its next chapter with new owner Holly Kuhn of Old Glory. While maintaining the magic and romance of the legacy, The Prairie at Round Top will now be her vision. It will continue to run as a B&B that will host weddings, events and workshops. I am grateful to have passed on this treasure into her hands with Danny still on board. I will continue to stay there when I come to shop the antique shows twice a year, as it would be hard to find anywhere else that offers a more peaceful and inspiring home to return to after a day of shopping in the fields. 

The Urban Cowboy Comes to Town - How Lyon Porter Does Round Top

Photo by Ben Fitchett of the Midnight Rider Suit at Urban Cowboy in Nashville, TN.

Photo by Ben Fitchett of the Midnight Rider Suit at Urban Cowboy in Nashville, TN.

A big red truck pulls into the gravel parking lot. Through a cloud of dust, three doors spring open and out pop three beautiful women in cowboy boots. There is purpose in each step; these girls are on a mission. With them is a man – young, tall, handsome. He points to this chair, that table, those sofas, and the women pick up each item, carry them out and throw it in the back of the truck. When the truck bed is full, they pile in and peel out, leaving just as quickly and deliberately as they had arrived. These people know what they are doing. These people get things done. Come to find out, these people are Lyon Porter, Jersey Banks, Shawna Watterson, and Bobbi Rich a.k.a. Mama Hot Dog. This clearly isn’t their first rodeo, but it was their first trip to Round Top. 

Jersey banks (left) Lyon Porter. Photo courtesy of Lyon Porter

Jersey banks (left) Lyon Porter. Photo courtesy of Lyon Porter

Lyon Porter is a designer, real estate broker and hotelier best known for Urban Cowboy in Brooklyn and Nashville. Urban Cowboy is more than a place to hang your hat. It’s a home-away-from-home for nomadic creatives, an intimate bungalow where artists, thinkers, dreamers and doers arrive with curiosity and leave with inspiration – and new friends. The Brooklyn concept came first in 2014; then followed, in 2016, the eight-room Victorian mansion-turned-B&B in Nashville with a come-as-you-are bar and restaurant called Public House. Entirely self-designed by Lyon, these spaces are thoughtful, intentional and incredibly beautiful. The guest rooms feature intricate woodwork and tilework, rich textiles and striking accents such as clawfoot tubs. There’s a sense of whimsy and play, like the swing on the tree outside of the Victorian mansion. Starting at $350/night, you stay here for the experience – for its magic, in hope a tiny bit rubs off on you.  

The Parlor at Urban Cowboy in Nashville, TN. Photo by Ben Fitchett

The Parlor at Urban Cowboy in Nashville, TN. Photo by Ben Fitchett

What’s next for Lyon is his biggest project to date: a 23-room motel in East Nashville, formerly the 1956 Key Motel. This is what brought him (and his lady gang/design team) to Round Top: a buying trip for the motel. He also had an invitation from his friend Sheila Youngblood to stay at her place, Rancho Pillow, a 20-acre compound with a barn and teepee that’s more fantasy land than boutique hotel. Much like Lyon’s Cowboys, Sheila’s Rancho captures your imagination; it’s a cosmic community where you feel right at home. 

Arriving in Round Top, Lyon describes it as having: “No direction. We were just walking the fields.” Until they found Market Hill.

Jersey Banks, Lyon Porter, Shawna Watterson, and Bobbi Rich on the porch at the Rancho Pillow in Round Top, Tx.

Jersey Banks, Lyon Porter, Shawna Watterson, and Bobbi Rich on the porch at the Rancho Pillow in Round Top, Tx.

 "Market Hill became a home base for us. It was such a warm welcome. Jake [Michael, Paul Michael’s son] took me under his wing and helped me navigate the whole experience. I was immediately in the inner circle. It showed me what kind of community this is.” 

“There was an instant feeling of kindred spirits,” he says. “A sense of friendship with other people who have decided to join the circus.”

“There’s a common bond between people who have eyes for found objects. And who share an affliction for loving these things and giving them up.”

            When asked about his process and decision-making, Lyon says, “I go completely on inspiration. I don’t create a moodboard, because you don’t know what you’ll find. If you go in with a preconceived notion, you may miss something.” 

“I pick by feel,” he adds. “Jersey is good at seeing things that I don’t. I love surrounding myself with strong women. Jersey, Bobbi and Shawna are very unique individuals.” 

 Instead of recalling the 50s-style of the original motel, Lyon is going for a funky, down-and-dirty, 70s vibe complete with a dive bar and a 60-foot swimming pool. Each room will have something he calls a “party on a switch” with music, a disco ball and lava wall. 

In Round Top, Lyon was looking for pieces that were “very specific,” “not so precious” and “a bit beaten up or look like they could stand a beating.”  

Public House, a restaurant inside Urban Cowboy in Nashville, TN. Photo by Dave Krugman

Public House, a restaurant inside Urban Cowboy in Nashville, TN. Photo by Dave Krugman

“I’ve been on a lot of picking trips — Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York — I was not prepared for this. I was like a kid in a candy store. We found so many gems. We filled a 30-foot truck. It’s all sitting in Waylon Jennings’ old staging warehouse, waiting to go into the motel.”   

Among the many gems: an amazing group of couches and a piece of wood art in the likeness of Elvis Presley.

            “It was a wild and fun trip. Exciting, exhilarating and exhausting. We learned some stuff about making this big of a trip. Jake helped me so much, repacking our truck in the back of Market Hill in the middle of a torrential Texas thunderstorm.”

            “It’s a magical town, an amazing experience. We made real friends. We’ll be back in the fall.”  

In the meantime, check out Lyon Porter’s work at, and the door’s always open at Take a peek inside @urbancowboybnb on Instagram, and Lyon shares personal projects and motel updates in his stories @lyonporter. Hopefully, he'll let us know when the pool is open.  

Around Round Top: Where to Eat, Drink, Shop and Sleep  

With a population of 90, Round Top is one of the smallest Texas towns. Twice a year, in spring and fall, more than 100,000 people descend on this place for the Antiques Fair. In its 50th year, what started as a weekend of antiquing has expanded into two weeks’ worth of shows with vendors lining Highway 237 for 30 miles and into surrounding towns of Warrenton, Rutersville, Fayetteville, Carmine, Brenham and La Grange. Here’s a round-up of what you’ll find in and around Round Top. 

Segar Factory building with loft room at Round Top Inn. Photo courtesy of Round Top Inn

Segar Factory building with loft room at Round Top Inn. Photo courtesy of Round Top Inn


Armando Round Top Houses

For more than 35 years, Armando has been a name in fine dining, renowned for the Houston-based Armando’s Restaurant. Armando and Cinda Palacios now 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, featuring a light-filled space with pop art dotting the walls. Choose from the three homes based on your style at 

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 

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 

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 zip-line, 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 

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 at 

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  

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 



Flophouze opened its newest addition - the modpool container swimming pool. Photo by Maria Aguirre

Flophouze opened its newest addition - the modpool container swimming pool. Photo by Maria Aguirre

Our favorite “funky little outpost,” Flophouze, opened its newest addition – the modpool container swimming pool. Beat the Texas heat with a dip in the coolest above-ground pool you ever did see. Stay in style in one of the old shipping containers-turned-overnight accommodations. Matt White and his team, Recycling the Past, offer six flophouzes, all accented with salvaged materials, like old bowling alley countertops and original art. Each unit also comes equipped with Chemex coffeemakers, Mexican Cokes and Topo Chico. There are no TVs, instead handpicked vinyl records and books keep you occupied, plus hammocks for kicking back and watching a Texas sunset. 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 Round Top Ballroom. Outfitted with antiques, artifacts and odds and ends from Recycling the Past, it’s a casual space that has hosted farm-to-table dinners, weddings, big parties and intimate gatherings. The Flophouze motto is “Stay Awesome,” and every guest gets a discount to their store to take home a little piece of awesome. Learn more at 


Wander Inn is designed with comfort in mind. Photo by April Pizana

Wander Inn is designed with comfort in mind. Photo by April Pizana

Previously available only to friends like 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 


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

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. 


Armando Palacios is a known figure in town with many concepts that contribute to the culture. This is one of them. On any given night, Armando is typically at the classic Tex-Mex restaurant, making the rounds around the room to check on each guest. This place is popular. If you can’t snag a table, it’s just as fun to sidle up to the bar and meet new friends over margaritas. Mandito’s is closed Mondays. Armando’s newest concept is Lulu’s, homestyle Italian cooking in Bybee Square, open for dinner service Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 

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 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. 


Market Hill curates the world’s be antiques, furniture, home decor and decorative arts. Photo courtesy of Market Hill

Market Hill curates the world’s be antiques, furniture, home decor and decorative arts. Photo courtesy of Market Hill

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 sold by the world’s most interesting cast of vendors. Set in an atmosphere of genuine hospitality and hassle-free shopping, we have 18 vendors showing with a variety of fabulous finds for you to pick through, all housed in a beautiful, air-conditioned facility with lots of free parking, 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. We’re open daily from September 19 through October 8. Music was a big hit in the spring, and the fall show will include live music nightly.

Townsend provisions owners have a passion for old relics and handmade goods. Photo courtesy of Townsend Provisions

Townsend provisions owners have a passion for old relics and handmade goods. Photo courtesy of Townsend Provisions

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

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. 


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. 

Festive Hill concert Hall is a 210-acre campus containing multiple performance facilities. Photo courtesy of Festive Hill Concert Hall

Festive Hill concert Hall is a 210-acre campus containing multiple performance facilities. Photo courtesy of Festive Hill Concert Hall

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. 

Rohan Meadery is Texas’ oldest meadery. Photo by Nathan Lindstrom

Rohan Meadery is Texas’ oldest meadery. Photo by Nathan Lindstrom

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. 

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. 

The Art of the Paul Michael Company

Driving down from Little Rock to Lake Village, the sky is gray. Clouds droop heavily over the fields like water balloons about to burst. Rain is a welcomed occurrence in late summer in south Arkansas, and the crops all look like they could use it. But we can’t be delayed by this pop-up shower. We are determined to get to our destination: Paul Michael has something to show us: he has started painting.

Paul works on an abstract piece of a tweed style pattern. Photography by Ashlee Nobel and Courtesy of Paul Michael Company

Paul works on an abstract piece of a tweed style pattern. Photography by Ashlee Nobel and Courtesy of Paul Michael Company

We arrive at his office on Main Street a little late, but it doesn’t faze him. He is happy to see us and ready to show us what he’s been up to. As you might expect, his office is unconventional. Vintage circus posters, petrol signs and a collection of antlers hang on the walls. There’s a fireplace and a brick oven, designed by Paul himself, for another one of his passions: baking bread, which is quite the process: The night before, Paul prepares a half-dozen starters. He wakes up at dawn to begin baking. By 2 p.m., there are 140 loaves, still warm from the oven, for the biggest charcuterie board you’ve ever seen with lots of butter, olive oil, meats, cheeses, fruit and wine, to be shared with 30 of his closest friends and family. To be around this table, breaking bread, is one of the more special experiences to be had (and one worth mentioning here), because the man builds, bakes and now he paints.

A truly unique and one-of-a-kind table, this piece features a wood stump recovered from the Mississippi River paired with the sheet steel made in India that has an antique pantina. Photography by Ashlee Nobel and courtesy of Paul Michael Company

A truly unique and one-of-a-kind table, this piece features a wood stump recovered from the Mississippi River paired with the sheet steel made in India that has an antique pantina. Photography by Ashlee Nobel and courtesy of Paul Michael Company

Paul leads us through his office and into an adjacent warehouse space. Previously designated for online order fulfillment, it is apparent that art has taken over. Drop-cloths line the floor. Canvases in various sizes and stages of completion lean against every table.   

Picasso famously said, “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” How inspiration found Paul: he and his wife Debbie (and partner in the Paul Michael Company), were on a work trip in New York in April. They went to all the major art museums and galleries and bought a few paintings. Gaining influence from this trip, Paul says he began thinking of art in his subconscious – something he’d never thought of or dabbled in before.

Celebrating 25 years of business, Paul, Debbie and their staff have continued to do things that separate the Paul Michael Company from others in the industry, including their line of Paul Michael Exclusives, 100% American-made pieces constructed from architectural salvage and reclaimed wood. Works of art in their own ways, these pieces are made by a team of designers and craftsmen at a woodshop in Dermott, Arkansas, open six days a week for designing, developing and manufacturing these original pieces of furniture.

“Being surrounded by all sorts of art has a profound influence on everyone in the shop,” Paul says.

Paloma, the shop cat, hides beneath paul’s agate side tables. Photography by Ashlee Nobel and courtesy of Paul Michael Company

Paloma, the shop cat, hides beneath paul’s agate side tables. Photography by Ashlee Nobel and courtesy of Paul Michael Company

An example of this is a console piece standing against the back wall of his office. Its doors have been replaced with canvases painted by artist Kellee Mayfield.

“There is no limit to creativity. Sometimes you mess up, but you can’t be afraid of it,” Paul says. “In this day and time, art is the source of original creativity. There’s so much knowledge available about the products we sell. It’s difficult to define original art. You can’t Google art. You can Google an artist, but you can’t Google what he’s going to do next,” he says.

“This is the world in which I want to exist. I aspire to be an artist. It allows me to think in a third dimension. ”

Among Paul’s original pieces is an abstract piece in a tweed style pattern. On the canvas are pins strung with twine (“to keep my lines straight”). The lines overlap one another, creating a woven effect.

“What you do is pick a color,” Paul says, reaching for a paintbrush. “It’s soothing, but I only have the attention span for three lines.”

When Paul’s attention turns back to furniture making, he mentions a few new pieces he’d like to show us. Soon, we are on our way to the woodshop in Dermott, about 20 miles away. We make one stop to eat lunch at Paul’s favorite sandwich stand, an Amish store stocked with jams and jellies, fresh baked bread, Georgia peaches and Arkansas tomatoes. After a quick bite, we’re back on the road to Dermott. The clouds have lifted; the sun has come out.

Pulling up to the shop, it’s a very large, impressive operation. There are stacks and stacks of lumber piled high, an entire wall of nails and screws, various tables, chairs, cabinets, lighting fixtures and collections of found objects.

Among these items are several never-before-seen Paul Michael Exclusives coming to Market Hill. These pieces are also works of art. The way he and his team incorporate natural elements into furniture design is part of the creative process.

Paul leads us over to a long, low-slung object with a white drop-cloth over it. He lifts the cloth to reveal a beautiful table made from a slab of centuries-old cypress recovered from the bottom of Bayou Bartholomew in south Arkansas that now sits atop two pieces of Lucite. Paul describes the technology required in order to make such precise and technical cuts in the wood.

A Paul Michael exclusive: a reclaimed piece of cypress from south Arkansas is given a new life atop Lucite. Photography by Ashlee Nobel and courtesy of Paul Michael Company

A Paul Michael exclusive: a reclaimed piece of cypress from south Arkansas is given a new life atop Lucite. Photography by Ashlee Nobel and courtesy of Paul Michael Company

It’s all part of the art of the Paul Michael Company, seeing potential that others cannot and crafting it into a unique vision. Another example of this is a 19th-century floor-length window cornice from France that has been turned into a bookcase, maintaining its original features and flourishes.

These are just a few of the many new designs at the shop being prepared to be shipped to Market Hill.

In addition to the new products arriving this fall, Paul says he’s most excited about what the vendors are bringing.

“I feel fortunate to be a part of this group of people. We will have the best offering of merchandise ever, because of them. We will always strive for the best.”

As for what the future holds and where he sees Market Hill down the road, he says, “We are in the business of something that’s not so easy to understand. We have to foster creativity. We have to create products you can’t get from Amazon, not just unique … original.”

The Restaurant at Market Hill

Chef Preston Higgins. Photo by Lacy Lange and courtesy of Market Hill

Chef Preston Higgins. Photo by Lacy Lange and courtesy of Market Hill

Even the most casual shopper will work up an appetite in Round Top. The Restaurant at Market Hill is open daily for lunch and dinner service, and provides an atmosphere of comfortable dining where you’ll want to sit around the table, share stories from the day, and make new friends. 

When you get to know Paul Michael, you will learn he has a passion for bringing people together. He has a brick oven that he built himself in his office in Lake Village, Arkansas, for baking and breaking bread with family and friends. It’s in this spirit that he wants to host annual pig roasts at Market Hill. Hearing him talk about it, he enjoys the seven-to-eight-hour process and the way people gather around to watch. There’s real curiosity, camaraderie and community around the fire pit. This fall, the restaurant will add a state-of-the-art, stainless steel rotisserie hog roaster.

What you can expect each day at the Restaurant is a similar passion for people and for food. Preston Higgins, chef and owner of Baxter Catering Company in Bastrop, Texas, has 20 years of experience in the industry and takes great pride in his work. Everything prepared in his kitchen at Market Hill is grilled, roasted or smoked (there is no fryer) with the intention of preparing fresh, healthy, delicious meals for Market Hill customers and vendors. 

The special meals to be had here include Paul Michael’s signature whole roasted hog. Photo by Lacy Lange and courtesy of Market Hill

The special meals to be had here include Paul Michael’s signature whole roasted hog. Photo by Lacy Lange and courtesy of Market Hill

Daily lunch specials and dinner offerings include lamb, beef, chicken, fish and vegetables like Brussels sprouts, spinach, broccoli, asparagus and potatoes. 

When you walk up to the counter, go down the line and pick out which items you’d like, you’ll see Chef in the kitchen, working hard with a smile on his face. 

After your plate is made, you move down to the cashier where you can choose from a large selection of beer and wine or sparkling water and other beverages – anything cold sounds good after a day in Round Top – and homemade desserts. Then you find a table – the long tables in the restaurant are set up to be experienced family-style – and enjoy good food and conversation. Meet again at dinner. There’s also live music most nights during the show. Market Hill is more than a shopping destination; it’s a gathering place.

The Market Hill Experience

Driving in from Austin and entering Round Top (population: 90) for the first time, the view from the car window gives you a good idea of the traditional experience that is the Antiques Fair. For 30 miles along Highway 237, the landscape is dotted with Texas bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush, and rows upon rows of big white tents with all kinds of antiques, accents and accessories inside. There’s not a cloud in the sky, as we watch people traipsing through the fields up and down each row while we drive through town making our way to Market Hill. 


Upon arriving, the parking lot is packed with cars coming in and out, but there are still spaces available, which shows us just how big and accommodating Market Hill is. Free parking (and plenty of it) is one of many amenities available to shoppers. 

Walking from the car, stepping out of the hot sun and into the air-conditioned space feels like the ultimate luxury, and that’s just the beginning.  

It’s beautiful inside. Entering through the Paul Michael Company, which takes up 11,000-SF of the space, it makes a wonderful first impression with original art on the walls, agate-topped tables, large cow hides, brightly colored sofas and plush pillows. The remainder of the 130,000-SF is mostly dedicated to the 18 vendors inside. Each room is well appointed and staged with the best lighting, antiques, accessories, rugs and art we’ve ever seen in one place. Each vendor is present and patient, eager to talk to you about any of their pieces and answer any questions you may have. 

Walking through the main breezeway, there is a sitting area with red velvet sofas called Pinky’s Bubble Lounge where you can sit and sip Champagne, which, of course, we did. The Restaurant at Market Hill is serving a variety of lunch options and a large selection of beer and wine. Chef Preston is in the kitchen, pulling a tray of potatoes from the oven. People are sitting around long tables, sharing stories, enjoying their meal and the comforts of this place. We grab a plate lunch, a couple of glasses of rosé and join them. 


The word that comes up most often when vendors describe Market Hill is the experience.

“I believed in Paul’s concept of bringing comfort to the Round Top experience,” Ender Tasci of The Elephant Walk says of his friend Paul Michael. “Our venue provides an incredible amount of the most reputable dealers with their exceptional selection of merchandise. Our climate-controlled showrooms, food and all the other amenities make it a refuge for so many people visiting Round Top,” he says. 

Susan Horne agrees and describes how much easier it is on vendors, “As a vendor at Market Hill, the experience that Paul Michael has created for us is amazing in so many ways. Our containers arrive right to our space and Market Hill provides help with the unloading, the installation of lighting, the placement of heavy items and so much more. The support I receive during and after the set-up takes the stress out of doing a show. It really is enjoyable! I am thrilled to be able to have a presence at a unique, friendly and beautiful destination such as Market Hill.”

  “I never dreamed that a venue like this could exist here in Round Top,” says Stephanie Wheeler, fine art painter and Market Hill vendor. “But Paul Michael did! And thank goodness for that! My customers have really appreciated all of the creature comforts that our venue has to offer. From wonderful food options to easy parking and of course A/C, Paul Michael and his team help in every way possible to deliver a fantastic experience for the shopper as well as the vendors.”  

Vikki Vines of Gallery Auctions adds, “This is the most well-planned building! It is perfectly suitable to buyers and vendors. The management has a special vision. They are

leaders in creating an environment that is appealing, provides all amenities from the food, the lighting, the parking, the late shopping – the complete experience.”

Market Hill is open daily and offers lunch and dinner service at the restaurant. There is live music nightly. Paul is also doing a pig roast during the show; he is even building his own equipment for it. For Paul, it’s about bringing people together, feeding them, entertaining them and showing them genuine hospitality. This is the Market Hill experience. 


Open daily 

9 a.m.-9 p.m.

September 19-October 8

Location and contact info:

1542 Highway 237

Round Top, TX 78954


Making the Rounds at Round Top 


My life has been somewhat of a treasure hunt. At a young age, I took off to design school in New York. I would frequent the Upper East Side and West Side consignment shops during the week and comb the 26th Street Flea Market on Saturday mornings. After acquiring a proper education and amassing quite the collection, I moved back down South to open my shop and interior design business, Shabby Slips.

Whether it be in New York, Paris, Atlanta or Round Top, my favorite place to be is a flea market. Here in Round Top, folks have organized one of the best places in the world to go on that elusive treasure hunt. The Round Top Antique Show started 50 years ago in The Big Red Barn, and the show is still alive and thriving today – and what an antique metropolis this tiny Texas town has become! It brings in people from all over this country and as far as Europe.

Since the beginning, many shows have been added to the lineup, The Marburger Farm Show, the Arbor Show and Warrenton to name a few, with the newest being the Market Hill Show. 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. 

At Market Hill, dealers have a home, for years to come, making it an annual go-to event in the spring and fall for me. I arrive early and stay late. There is a huge variety of things to buy. I shop for design projects I am currently working on, or pick up store fillers. You name it; it's there. It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional like me, or just looking for that one small treasure, you are bound to find it and more. I hope this year will be another stellar one, after all, Paris is a much longer trip. See you in the fields! 

Renea’s Picks  
The important faces and places at Round Top    

Mark Massey of The Compound, Henkel Square and Rummel Square
Curtis Ann Davis, The Arbor
Armando Palacios… he is around somewhere... 
Marburger Farms – the best two Tuesdays of the year!
Mark Dooley of Excess, both sides of Hwy. 237
Warrenton (old timers) and Vincent Peach Pearls
Paul Michael of Market Hill, the Neiman Marcus of Round Top!

Renea Abbott and her mom, Barbara Carlton, started Shabby Slips in 1991 as a custom slipcover shop. Over the years, they have grown their Houston-based interior design business and have continued to travel, collect, purchase and import high-quality antiques and products from all over the world. Learn more at

Vincent Peach

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Photos courtesy of Vincent Peach

Photos courtesy of Vincent Peach

Jewelry designer and maker, Vincent Peach comes from a long line of “pearl” men. His upbringing may have set him on this path, but his creativity took him in a direction all his own. What makes his signature pieces so intriguing is the use of radiant rare pearls, brilliant diamonds, precious metals and exotic leathers expertly put together in a wearable way. The interplay of old and new, masculine and feminine, dazzling diamonds and durable leather, it all works beautifully. One of Vincent’s personal favorites (or “top picks”) is the Montana Double Wrap in 14 karat gold with Tahitian pearl and premium quality bovine leather. 
A native and current resident of Nashville, Tennessee, Vincent’s downtown studio is attached to the namesake Vincent Peach Boutique in Marathon Village. The inspiration for his collections comes from “life’s leisures and the romance of luxury travel.” 
His designs have been seen on celebrity clients from Miranda Lambert to Alice Cooper to Oprah Winfrey, which speaks to the range of styles he produces, but he wants everybody who wears his pieces to feel amazing, no matter who they are. 
Round Top presents a rare chance to meet the designer himself. Vincent always brings new pieces to the show. He says Round Top holds a special place in his heart, and that he considers it his happy place. 

To view his collections, visit

The Select Pick 

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Stacy Graubart says she first learned about a good design before she even learned to walk. 
“My mother would drag me to every antiques store, auction house and design store – even before I was out of diapers. We spent our weekends driving down winding lanes looking for architecturally interesting houses. My mother had extraordinary taste. The finest I have ever known,” she says. 
Stacy grew up in Houston, Texas, graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, then moved to Paris, France, where she studied 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 Award nomination. Midway through her design career, Stacy turned to her real love of interior design. 
After working for Arlene Semel & Associates, a Chicago-based interior design firm, she formed SG Designs. 
For 15 years, Stacy has concentrated on high-end residential design and renovation. SG Designs specializes in designing livable homes, not masterpieces. Stacy loves the process of getting to know her clients, creating and catering to their specific needs. 
“I believe your home is the passport of your life. There is no invitation like being invited into someone’s home.”    
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. 
    “Round Top has only gotten bigger and better over the years. It is a great destination with limitless buying power. There is nothing I enjoy more than the thrill of the hunt. It’s a lot of work, but the inspiration and passion are always there. It’s quite addictive.” 
    The Select Pick is a new vendor to Market Hill, but Stacy has enjoyed shopping at Market Hill since it opened. 
“It is a unique shopping experience with a large selection of quality vendors all under one roof. There is no problem with wind, rain or the hot Texas sun. It’s the easiest way to shop Round Top.” 
    When asked for a preview of what she’s bringing to Market Hill, she says, “We buy what we love and hope others love it too. The pieces range from one-of-a-kind finds for the everyday shopper and rare antiques for the seasoned collector.”  

Featured Find
We are especially excited to include Tribute Good Fine Linens rare and collectible vintage Hermès silk scarf pillows curated from dealers all over the world. These unique designs are made from the entire vintage scarf in pristine condition and include concealed zippers and goose down inserts. (Photo credit: Julie Soefer) 

Two Round Top properties designed by SG Designs will soon appear in Country Living and Modern Farmhouse magazines. To see more, visit

Susan Horne Antiques


For Susan Horne, it all began at Round Top. 
    “I have been showing in Round Top since 2013 but have been shopping the fields for the last 20 years,” she says. 
    Raised in southern Georgia, Susan moved to Dallas then Houston where she met her husband, Houston-native Chip Horne, 25 years ago. A newlywed, she and her girlfriends, all recently married as well, would make the trip to Round Top to shop and to help each other decorate their new homes. It was out in the fields that Susan said that she would have a store out here one day, a booth in Round Top. It’s something her friends remind her of to this day. She is now a vendor at Market Hill. 
    “The experience Paul Michael has created for us is amazing in so many ways,” Susan says. 


In the past, Susan says she would only be able to take some of the pieces from her collection to Round Top because of being outside, being in a tent and being exposed to the elements in the heat, wind or rain. Now, all of it comes to Market Hill. 
    “Our containers arrive right to our space, and Market Hill provides help with the unloading, the installation of lighting and the placement of heavy items,” she says. 
More than the amenities, she talks about the people. 
    “The relationships we build and the business we generate at Market Hill makes it worthwhile. The friendship and support we receive means a great deal to us.”
    It’s also a part of her creative process.    
    “Our creative process starts the minute we finish each show. We take into account what our clients have expressed, the pieces they are looking for and the feedback we get. We make lots of written notes, and we keep all these ideas in mind as we start our buying trips,” Susan says. Other inspiration comes from her daughter Meghan as they work and travel together. 


“She has really helped me expand my taste into more pop culture and mixing antique pieces with modern and new pieces from market. It is very exciting to see what the young people like buying,” Susan says. 
On their buying trips, the beauty and history of Europe also inspire Susan and adds to that creative process as well. 
Among the pieces they have curated for the spring show include an 18th century Italian mirror with a beautiful crest and crown on top.
“This beautiful mirror is from Villa Armiento in Sorrento,” Susan says. “It is thought that the coat of arms was awarded to the family by Napoleon as a reward for their loyalty during his occupation of Naples.” 
“We also have a love for hotel silver and silver plate trophies, and we have a lot to showcase at the spring show as well as antique furniture upholstered in our favorite hue of  royal blue,” she says. “It truly is a joy to call this work.”

For more information, visit where you can very soon shop online for antiques and a special line of candles sourced from the U.K. 

Stephanie Wheeler 

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Somewhere between impressionism and abstraction, Stephanie Wheeler’s paintings shine through to reflect the masters who came before her (Manet, Degas and Bonnard) and emanate a style that’s uniquely her own. 
    “Painting is such a pure form of creativity… and to work with color is what I really love doing. My work has become more abstract, more about manipulating the paint and surface, but it’s always about the color… I can push color, but it’s not jarring to the eye. There’s a softness to it,” she says. 
Preparing for her 11th year at Round Top, Stephanie was the first visual artist to appear at the Antiques Fair, attending a decade ago on the insistence of a friend. Stephanie says it was “unconventional” back then for a painter to show artwork at an antiques show. 
    “At the time, you could find everything under the sun there except for art.” 
Now her works are available exclusively at Market Hill. 
A professional painter since 2002, Stephanie never imagined a full-time career in it. She studied art in college, but it wasn’t her major. Her father, also a talented painter, discouraged her from earning an art degree but did encourage her to study with greats. 
She immersed herself in the teachings of Russian figure painter, Marc Chatov. Much of her work today has been influenced by Chatov. She has also studied with some of the best contemporary artists in the country: Andy Braitman, Linda Christensen, Ted Goerschner, Jenny Nelson, all of whom, she says, have played key roles in her exploration of the landscape, figure and abstract space. Stephanie’s work has been displayed throughout the U.S., Canada, British Virgin Islands and Europe, but she still finds something special about Round Top. 
“Round Top is like no other show. This tiny town brings people in from all over. Its growth and longevity over the years is a testament to the diverse vendors. The excitement each season is contagious.” 
“Market Hill has been a great new location for me. I never dreamed that a venue like this could exist in Round Top, but Paul Michael did! And thank goodness for that! My customers enjoy all of the creature comforts our venue has to offer.” 
As for what inspires her year after year, Stephanie says, “Finding inspiration is an easy one for me. Sometimes I wonder if there will be enough time to paint everything I want to paint! Nature and a beautiful walk can really jazz me up, which means travel is a big part of my process. Visiting new countries, taking in the scenery, absorbing the culture has a huge impact on what I paint and the color palettes I explore. These visits can spark a new direction along with a desire to experiment with new materials and subject matter.” 
For the upcoming show, she shares her inspiration for several new pieces. 
“I had the opportunity to travel to South Africa this past fall. During the three-week trip, I traveled all around this beautiful country from Cape Town to Blyde River Canyon and then several days on safari in Krueger National Park – a complete bucket list experience! The awe-inspiring landscape, natural beauty and wildlife made a definite impact on my creative mind,” she says. 
    “Inspired by my visit to the Zeitz Museum in Cape Town, I have explored a new direction of abstract mixed media work using unusual materials and techniques. A massive departure from my more traditional pieces while still maintaining my selective use of color, these new pieces have an organic quality that I hope the viewer will find intriguing.”
    For customers looking for her more recognizable pieces, she is bringing her Colorado Aspens. 

To view more of Stephanie’s work, visit

Scoville Brown Cooperative 

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From the 1800s until the 1940s, the Scoville Brown Warehouse in Wellsville, New York, hummed with the sounds of a bustling grocery wholesaler. Though the wares have changed, the sounds of a busy building remain. Also evident is the “Hearts Delight” slogan, still visible on the north side of the brick interior. This is the home of Scoville Brown Cooperative where owner and craftsman Jim Braunscheide conducts his business of taking the old and turning it into something new.  
    Speaking with him on a salvage job site in February, it’s cold, and he has to step inside his warm shop (about a half-mile away) to talk. This particular project is an 1880 house with a demolition contract. 
“It would be laying on the ground in three hours,” Jim says. “This would all be thrown away if I didn’t get my hands on it. That’s what I’m most inspired by – saving history.” 
    Jim has been working on the job for a month, salvaging as much as he can. He sends over a photograph of an ornate architectural detail, a wood accent with a beautiful floral motif hand-carved into it. Jim intentionally left the cobwebs and dust intact to demonstrate what excites him most about it.  
“Just to walk in, to get your hands on something original, something that untouched, that’s what inspires me.”  
He sends another photo of his kitchen at home (another half-mile from his shop); natural light spills onto every surface, spotlighting his handiwork. Everything in the kitchen is reclaimed and reused – except for the appliances. All of the woodwork, cabinetry and lighting are repurposed.  
“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 antiques business and started designing and building furniture, lighting and accessories.”
What Jim brings to Market Hill is a variety of antiques and architectural finds. 
“These works are my artistic expression and interpretation of where history, creativity and functionality meet,” he says.  
“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.”
Come find Scoville Brown Cooperative at Market Hill. Meet Jim, and find something with an interesting story that’s been given a new chapter. 

For more information, visit,

Sacred Heart Antiques 


For Jessica Fairbrother of Sacred Heart Antiques, each piece is personal. Each one has meaning. 
When asked about her creative process, she says, “I spend about three months each year in France, Italy and Belgium. When I'm on a buying trip, I look for pieces that I love enough to keep myself. To pass the test, a piece needs to be old, have a history. It should be beautiful, showing its age, and it should tell a story,” she says. 
“I have to fall a little bit in love with the piece. I look for things with meaning. Things that touch my heart. Things that stop me in my tracks. I never know who I'm buying it for, but my things always seem to find where they are meant to be. 
In a way, Jessica feels it’s meant to be how she arrived at Market Hill. 
“Round Top is the biggest and most exciting antiques event in the U.S. Any antiques dealer worth his salt wouldn't miss it.” 
Jessica had been setting up at Round Top and Warrenton for more than 17 years at several different venues. 
She says, “Paul Michael bought from me years ago. I never would have imagined he would have built Market Hill. I was sold on it immediately. I actually said, ‘You don’t have to sell me on it. I’m there.’ It’s a good place to be.” 
Sacred Heart Antiques now exclusively sells at Market Hill.
    “Last year, I sold my warehouse in Tupelo, Mississippi,” Jessica says, “in order to relocate my import business to Market Hill. It's a great working facility to receive my containers. When the show opens, we are able to offer a comfortable, clean environment to our customers with air conditioning, a good restaurant and other modern amenities. But the real magic is the combination of vendors who appear with fantastic finds from around the world. Each one brings his own wonderful aesthetic and personality. Market Hill houses some of the best antiques dealers in the country.” 
    It’s hard for her to name one piece she’s looking forward to sharing in the spring show. 
    “I am excited to bring the whole collection to the show,” she says, “Each piece is special in its own way. One of the most interesting things I found this trip is a large desk with 12 secret drawers. When I found it, the drawers were empty. The dealer I bought it from had already cleaned out over 20,000 euros in gold coins. But the possibilities of what those drawers held over the years intrigued me more than the money he had found in it. Was it secret love letters? Information about the French Resistance? The formula for creating the perfect Bordeaux? You never know what history and secrets a piece holds,” Jessica says, leading into another great story. 
“Several years ago, I bought a chest of drawers in the south of France. The bottom drawer was locked, and I finally found a key back at the warehouse in the North where I packed my containers. In the drawer, I found the ashes of two dogs. I was advised to throw them out in the field and be rid of them. But I didn't have the heart to dump them out on cold strange soil. So, when I went back South, I took them to a spot near the Mediterranean, sort of a makeshift dog park by the sea where dogs are always running in the hills. I took my dog by that spot on my last buying trip. I told him the story, and I swear he listened and nodded with approval.” 

To see some of the pieces offered by Sacred Heart Antiques, “like” them on Facebook.

Provenance Antiques 


Since the early 1990s, Provenance has been a prominent member of the Atlanta antiques scene, pioneering a brand of high-end furniture with European panache. 
Owners Artur Tybuszewski and Yarek Filipczak, who have been friends since childhood in Europe, took over the business in 2008, hand-selecting and directly importing each piece from estates, markets and shops in France, Spain and Italy. Artur remained in the South of France to secure purchases and prepare their shipment to the U.S. 
Melissa Estock joined the team, making the duo a trio and bringing to the table years of experience in luxury European goods and in owning and operating an antiques store in her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. Melissa and Yarek make trips to Europe every six weeks or so, primarily to the Mediterranean – the South of France, Italy, Spain and Portugal. 
“We are very fortunate to make our living by doing something that we truly love. The hunt to find a precious piece is exhilarating. And finding that piece a new home where it will be loved is equally as rewarding. Inspiration and passion is in our nature,” Melissa says.
 “Our creative process is always evolving from classical and traditional to the latest trends – it’s all in the mix.” 
    Making the trip to Round Top for a decade now, there is still great excitement. 
“We have been exhibiting at Round Top for 10 years or so. Amazing how time flies by! Round Top is truly a magical place. It’s a beautiful setting in the country – the green trees, pastures, blue skies, fresh air, wonderful historical architecture and night skies full of stars. Most of all, what makes Round Top special is the people you meet – colleagues or clients – we are all there enjoying a shared passion – antiques! We have made many true friends there.”
Provenance Antiques is proud to call Market Hill home. 


“Market Hill, simply put, is an exhibitor’s dream come true. Paul Michael and his family have put in tremendous thought and effort in creating Market Hill – not only for the exhibitors, but for the clients as well. They have succeeded in creating an environment that allows exhibitors to more easily and more safely set up their showrooms and that gives clients a place to comfortably shop (indoors in air conditioning!). Market Hill presents an eclectic variety of antiques and furnishings – with an outstanding group of professional vendors offering the very best in each category. All in all, it is a very entertaining experience.”
As for a sneak peek into what they are bringing for the spring show, Melissa is eager to share. 
“With all of our pieces, each must have a special quality, an exceptional characteristic distinguishing that piece. A few examples would be: a 15th century life-size statue of Jesus Christ in polychrome wood found in Spain; an 18th century Flemish commode in ebonized wood - very elegant lines and ever so chic; a sensational 17th century leather clad marriage trunk with bronze


nail heads and hardware; a whimsical pair of later-19th century painted commodes from Spain; a primitive painted enfilade from Provence; a very rare early 18th century round/drop leaf dining table from Lombardi, Italy – the patina! For us, so many of these pieces truly have a soul. We believe others will appreciate their beauty and integrity as well.” 

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The Plaid Veranda


Hello, folks, and welcome to the world-famous Round Top Antique Show and the wonderful Market Hill! 
    I am a newcomer here, but my owner, Judy Jones, is a 20-year veteran. My life began in Scotland in 1880 when Scottish craftsmen built my cabinet. Then I was sent to London where I was outfitted by F. E. and G. Maund with hand-painted tole bins for bulk tea. After many many years in a Victorian grocery shoppe, my new home became The Plaid Veranda at Market Hill. I like my new home, and I have some very interesting roommates! Judy has a penchant for big boys like me! There is a beautiful old grand oak library from the northern part of France with two doors. She flirts with the 32-foot haberdashery from Garnet, Kansas. It dates from about 1900 and has three bays with recessing glass doors, iron pull out racks, a dressing room and a built-in three-way mirror. 
    Please come visit us at The Plaid Veranda at Market Hill. Judy is an ardent supporter of the Round Top Antique Show and feels like she has gained a second home and family. She is genuinely thrilled with you like us. As she says, “This is truly a labor of love! No one in their right mind would work this hard otherwise!” 
    Where will my journey take me next? 

Pittet Architecturals 


Swiss-born owner Raymond Pittet opened his first Dallas showroom in 1990. Already a recognized expert in antique carpets, tapestries and tribal weavings, he transitioned his interests into antique furnishings and architectural elements. For over 30 years, Raymond has traveled the world making connections in the antiques making Pittet Architecturals one of the leading importers of European architectural elements in the U.S. Their 40,000-SF showroom on Cole Street in Dallas is stocked monthly with finds from France, Spain, Italy and Morocco. 
    Raymond’s son Robinson joined the family business and creative team adding renewed passion and inspiration. 
    “Why do we find passion and inspiration in doors, fountains, mantels, and flooring? It’s actually very primal,” Robinson says. “When you think about it, the items we feature at Pittet Architecturals are both symbolic and actual representations of how humankind conquers the elements. We cover the earth with floors, keep wind at bay by doors, control fire in our fireplaces, and have water do our bidding in troughs, sinks and fountains. These ancient elements have deep symbolic and historic importance [and] lend themselves to cultural expression and artistic interpretation. We look for functionality, symbolical meaning and aesthetic appeal in our selections.”


Market Hill also protects vendors’ precious pieces from the elements, as Robinson describes. “Pittet Architecturals has never dealt with an abundance of ‘smalls,’ so it was not practical for us to exhibit at temporary venues,” he says. “Who would ever dream of installing nine-foot-tall limestone fireplaces or fountains in a tent? Our oversize stone and wood inventory is not typical to what one generally see at rural fairs. That all changed when Paul Michael showed us his new Market Hill concept. While the sheer size of the interior/exterior space is impressive enough, Market Hill features showrooms beautifully designed for ease of use and access. The secure, climate-controlled showrooms allow vendors to bring a different level of inventory that doesn't need to withstand the elements. Sliding doors, covered overhangs and drive-up access make moving stock of any size easy. Plentiful parking, airy and bright show spaces, excellent dining and amenities bring a new level of ease for shoppers, making it hard for them to leave. Plus, we'd rather experience the excitement of a Round Top rainstorm by staying dry, thank you.”
    “We understand that huge elements made of stone, and flooring are not ‘cash and carry’ items for the average buyer. However, Round Top clientele are sophisticated enough to recognize how singularly special and unique our inventory is. We hope that whenever a client thinks of specialty fireplaces, flooring or fountains, they think of Pittet Architecturals,” Robinson says.  
“This spring, with our improved stock displays, we will be catering to our future clients with a renewed energy. That being said, for those in the present, we are excited to be bring a curated selection of indoor/outdoor furnishings and accessories. Look for an expanded selection of fireplace accessories, both big and small, practical and fanciful.” 
    They will also be bringing a selection of reclaimed antique and vintage tiles. “Hand-selected ceramic and cement encaustic tiles that feature truly unique colors and designs,” Robinson says. “Available only in small batches for that special project.”

You heard it here first. Meet the Pittets at Market Hill, and, in the meantime, visit to learn more. 

Nomadic Trading Company 

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Nomadic Trading Company is a family affair. Demir Willford, his nephew, Timur, and wife, Lineke, work as a team traveling the world from Holland and France to Hungary and Turkey, bringing back rare antiques and decorative handmade rugs to their 13,000-SF warehouse and store on nearly two acres in Durham, North Carolina. 
“For us, there is only one way to find unique items: being at the right place at the right time,” Timur says. “[And] that involves a lot of travel.”
On their last trip to Europe, the trio covered six cities in less the two weeks. 
“Our inspiration is fueled by our finds, and the finds fuel our inspiration. When we are up at 5 a.m. on a cold winter’s day, searching through a flea market in some obscure village in France, we are never sure what will turn up, if anything at all. But, when it does, it gets [your] heart beating.”
You get that feeling when he describes a recent find from this trip.  
“The market was closed, but one of the dealers we had bought from previously was there. He got my attention to show me [this] cabinet, a beautiful apothecary cabinet from France, solid oak with expertly crafted dovetail woodwork from early 20th century. He had just gotten it out of an old building, and we were the first to see it. As I walked up to examine it, a huge smile came upon my face. Not a great way to start a negotiation, but it was hard to hide my pleasure. We made the deal immediately.” He adds, “This piece would make a great check-out counter for a retail store or check-in counter for a boutique hotel.” 
    While the Nomadic team travels all over the place, Demir says, “For us, there is no other place than Round Top.”
    “It’s one of the only places I know where free enterprise flourishes at many different levels from mom and pop vendors to large dealers who ship containers from overseas. This show brings in buyers from all over the world. They are all looking for the unusual products that you can't find anywhere else.” Among these one-of-a-kind products that Nomadic Trading Company offers are antique rugs, several of which they will bring to Market Hill.     
“Market Hill has set the bar up a notch,” Demir says. “It’s a true partnership.”
    What makes Market Hill special is that, “it’s an opportunity for us not only to sell our unique items but also be inspired by all the other dealers like us who love what they do.”

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Leftovers Antiques 


Leftovers Antiques began in 2003 with co-owners Ed Fulkerson and Michael Breddin both realizing they shared a love of antiques from an early age. Their 17,000-SF store, located just west of Brenham, Texas, on Highway 290, officially opened in 2006. Ed and Michael travel extensively around the world in order to bring a unique mix of quality antiques, home accessories and gift items back to the store. 
    “Being in the antique business, inspiration can come from many places or from seeing many things but you have to have a passion within yourself,” Michael says. 
“It is not only the mystery of the origins that we find exciting, but the treasures themselves as well. Every day is like an adventure when we are traveling and hunting for whatever might catch our fancy or from something that we are hunting for in particular. We do not just travel the main pathways. One of the most exciting things that we love about what we do is being able to explore the backcountry of Europe. Whether it is following the little old man that we just met in a pub to his barn in the South of England or following the “tip” of a friend of a friend of a friend in France, it is like having the thrill of the chase inside you all of the time. When you find amazing sights and things around every corner it is not hard to maintain a passion for the antique business.” 


    When Round Top comes ’round again, Michael says, “I find it hard to believe that I have been a vendor at these shows for 25 years. Time flies when you are having fun,” Michael says. “It is my passion for all things old and interesting that brings me back to Round Top year after year, show after show.”  
    Speaking as one of the vendors fortunate enough to be able to be part of the Market Hill experience, I would have to say that it is a relief to know that my booth and all of my inventory are protected from the elements and in a location that is conveniently located right off of the road to Round Top. We have had so many compliments about not just the location but the building itself. Many of our customers and clients are relieved to be in a venue that has air conditioning, solid flooring and is easy to navigate through. They also love the fact that the Market Hill venue has plenty of parking, clean restrooms and a fabulous restaurant. All of those qualities are a huge draw for fans of antiques as well as hunters of unique finds.”    


When asked to share what special finds they are bringing to this show, Michael says, “It is not just one piece that we are excited about, it is the overall collection. It is about all of the pieces in the six containers that we have arriving for the show. Our excitement does not come from one project but from what we continue to create through our ever-evolving store and shows. It is about the next new thing or rather the next old thing that we find. We look for charming pieces that will steal your heart. We have traveled to many countries all over Europe to incredible antique markets, as well as amazing gift markets across the U.S. Every piece has a story, a history, and we want to continue to weave that story into the lives of our customers and clients. That is what Leftovers Antiques is all about, ‘leftovers from prior generations’ pieces whose story is added to by our lives. It is about carrying on the history, the provenance, and the memoirs of each piece through our age and into the future.”
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