3.27.2012

Round Top Time!

It's Round Top time in Texas! Marburger is my favorite of the antique shows because of the beautiful booth styling and great looking goods {especially on opening day}, but Warrenton is where to find the deals. {Good map of the area here; and a new Round Top app here.}

So yesterday morning after dropping the girls off at school, I did the craziest thing. {Crazy for me because it was spontaneous!} I drove out to the country for some beauty hunting. Just me and my camera. People usually plan these things in advance with girlfriends, but I just felt a sudden desire to get out of the city and enjoy the day!

The sun was bright as could be in the big Texas sky, so not the best conditions for good photography {or my super fair skin}, but for those of you wondering what's out there, here's some inspiration for you!

You can guess which one I loved best!

Of course I came home with more than one.

Hand stamped by Jill Suzanne @ Tree Park.
{See map for specific location.}

Olive harvesting buckets.
You'll see them everywhere, but they're cheapest from the Turkish importers.
{Blanking on the name...in Bar W Field.}

Bar W {same Turkish importers}.

Faulkenberry's @ Bar W.

Spotted in Bar W Field.
{Can't remember the dealer, but mostly French finds...love!}

Concrete designs by Richard Taylor @ Excess.
{Excess is a must-see. Creative, trend-setting, higher end.}

Richard Taylor.

Cutest thing I saw all day...

Brand new baby kittens in Richard Taylor's booth!
{Not even his cat!}

Dave Lennard @ Excess.
{He makes these for Mecox Gardens; they cost less in the field.}

John Norton @ Excess
{Had to buy three of these since they came from Midcoast Maine!}

Olive harvesting bucket-turned-pendant light @ Excess.

More industrial lighting @ Excess.

More my style!

Did you know I collect crowns? Not ambitiously, but as I see them.
{They remind me of who I am...a daughter of the King!}

Moving down the road to Blue Hills at Round Top...

Best restroom in the whole area if you ask me!
{Unless you're a fan of port-o-potties.}

Back to the good stuff...



Wish they had an H like this!
Letters of all styles and sizes were everywhere.


Super long basket would be awesome at the end of a bed!

Bobo Intriguing Objects @ Blue Hills.

Belgian wine tasting table from Bobo.
{I bought it!}

Of course I spy an awesome dining table when I'm not looking for one!
Elizabeth Supple @ Blue Hills.

Elizabeth Supple @ Blue Hills.

I tried to walk away from that big ol' coffee table. {No way will it fit in my car!}
Texted my husband. He loved it...said "go for it!" Even offered to drive
a trailer up next week to retrieve it. What a guy!

Looks like we'll be making a quick trip back!
Maybe on Marburger's opening day?
We'll see!

Oh, and FYI: dealers were still setting up on Monday, and not everyone is there yet, but there was PLENTY to see. You'll see a lot more dealers this weekend and next week, but you can score some great finds if you go before the Marburger and Round Top dealers scoop them all up and sell them for twice the price the following week! {Crazy, but true. It's the way the game is played, my friends!}

So how about you? Any plans to drive out to the fields for some beauty hunting?

Happy hunting!

P.S. Thank you SO MUCH for all of your encouraging words about the Franklin Dream. I love that there are so many of you reading along who know how to dream big! I could learn a thing or two from you! No matter what happens or where we live, I'm thankful for this season of dreaming, praying, waiting and trusting. It's been SO good for me!

3.22.2012

The Franklin Dream

Spring Break in Franklin, Tennessee, was everything we hoped it would be: rolling hills, stacked stone walls, four-board fences, wide-open pastures, weathered barns, live music, hot biscuits, quaint shops and a walk down memory lane for me.

Are you ready to fall in love with Franklin?



Old Natchez Trace...


...my favorite road in all of Franklin...


...with its stacked stone walls, four-board fencing, horse farms,
a winding river, small creeks and a canopy of trees.


The Historic Downtown Franklin...



...with an old theater...


...the cutest store fronts...




...and some great shops.

{clever blog here}

One of my favorites...




{great words!}




{This girl loves to shop!}

It was hard to leave the charm of Franklin,
but I wanted to show the girls where I went to school.
Nashville is only 25 minutes up the road.

{Vanderbilt University}

As I walked the familiar paths that criss-cross the Vanderbilt campus, I told my girls I wish I could go back and do college all over again. I'd spend less time hiding in the library and more time investing in people...listening to their stories and trying to love them well.

One last stop before we left Nashville...

The Loveless Cafe.

Truly the best biscuits EVER!

The walls are lined with stars.
{See my little star in the mirror?}

Franklin, we miss you already!


I could so easily stop right there, but there's more to this story. It involves a BIG DREAM, and I didn't expect to share it just yet, but I get the sense that today is the day. {Maybe someone out there needs to know that it's okay to dream? I know I did!}

We're dreaming of a move to Franklin. Not just because it's beautiful, nostalgic and a smaller town with a slower pace, but because God put it on our hearts two years ago. {Very unexpected and "out of the blue." Moving was never on our radar screen! I'm the girl who said I'd live in Houston forEVER!} And now here we are giving this dream some serious thought and prayer.

But here's the deal with dreaming: it's risky! There's no guarantee that it'll happen the way we dream it. And telling you about a dream before it comes to pass? That feels even riskier! What if it never happens? How crazy will you think I am? I've hardly uttered this dream to a soul because I'm so afraid that it sounds crazy...that I will sound crazy. And this analytical, practical, predictable girl does not like to sound crazy!

Not to mention the craziness of leaving my family {they're all here in Houston}, my neighborhood {I live a stone's throw from where I grew up}, my beautiful home {I adore it!} and my husband's business. {I can design cards from anywhere, but he'd have to start his practice all over again. Yikes!} Our dream looks crazy on paper, and believe me, I've analyzed every aspect and tried to talk my way out of dreaming altogether. 

But God just keeps telling me to dream. 

And so here I am, putting my dream out there for all to see. It feels a little risky, but I know my dream is safe in the hands of God. I don't know exactly how things will unfold, but God does. He knows the plans He has for us, and they are good {Jeremiah 29:11}. I can't wait to see what He's up to with this dream! 

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably
more than all we can ask or imagine!

**UPDATE**
We're going for it!
{Chasing our Franklin Dream here.}

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