Rancho Pillow brings back larger iterations of Mercado and Feasts in the Field this year. (Photo by Denise Prince)
Scenes from Rancho Pillow's Feasts in the Field. (Photo by Denise Prince)
Smoot and Paige Hull of The Vintage Round Top
The Vintage Round Top
Mary Quiros' "Weeping Willows," 2016 will be on display at Red & White Gallery through the end of the month. (Photo courtesy the artist and Red & White Gallery, Fayetteville)
Editor’s note: It’s Round Top season and PaperCity’s design guru Anne Lee Phillips tells us everything we need to know as the spring antiques fair moves into high gear.
Take Me to Rancho Pillow
After the successful debuts of the Mercado and Feasts in the Field last year, Sheila Youngblood — owner of the 20-acre fantasy guesthouse compound Rancho Pillow — is going bigger than ever. Youngblood assembles a superb collection of vendors for her spring Mercado, including Carolyn Roumeguere, who will bring her jewelry, furniture, and home goods from Africa, and is designing a luxe safari tent from Kenya for her showing.
Stephanie von Watzdorf of Figue brings in her lifestyle collection, and Carolina K offers up textiles and fashion inspired by the indigenous people of Latin America.
For Feasts in the Field, a dramatically long table in the pasture seats 100 for dinner for five nights. Guest chefs include Robert Lyford of Patina Green in McKinney; Rebecca Meeker and Alex Manley, formerly of Jeffrey’s and Josephine House in Austin; Erica Waksmunski, serving her famous Nashville hot chicken; Saul Arteta of Austin, preparing paella; and Rene Ortiz of Launderette, cooking on an open fire.
The Tents by Roumeguere are available for guests who want to sleep in luxury under the stars. Monday – Friday, March 27 – 31; Feasts in the Field, tickets $75 per night; gratis admission to Rancho Mercado; overnight tents, limited availability. ranchopillow.com.
The Vintage Round Top
Round Top’s most darling couple, Paige and Smoot Hull, opened their B & B, The Vintage Round Top, in 2012 to much fanfare — attracting guests such as fashion designer Hunter Bell and, this spring, HGTV star and New York Times best-selling author Emily Henderson and the folks from resale company Chairish, who will take up residence during the antiques fair.
Open in time for the spring show is a new cottage dubbed Boho, where the Hulls host a Social Media/Branding workshop Saturday, March 25, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, and a pop-up shop the same day in the original house, Number 1450, 10 am to 5 pm. The Vintage Round Top, 1450 Texas 237, thevintageroundtop.com.
Designer Dream House
Designer Julie Dodson of Houston-based Dodson Interiors, and creator of the Round Top Designer Dream Spree, opens Country Cottage Idea House Friday, March 24. Dodson relocated a vintage farmhouse dating to the 1900s to the grounds of The Compound. Renovated by Lewis Tindell General Contractors, and designed by Dodson with finds from dealers at The Compound, the $10 entrance fee benefits the Gardenia E. Janssen Animal Shelter. Country Cottage Idea House at The Compound, 2550 Texas 237; Friday – Sunday, March 24 – April 1; $10 at the door.
Red & White Gallery in Fayetteville
Luxuriant weeping willows, riotous tulip fields, and the beguiling trope of the South — the magnolia in all its proud glory — are some of the subjects of Texas talent Mary Quiros. Best known for her watercolors, Quiros’ latest show at Red & White Gallery in Fayetteville also includes works in buoyant acrylics. Through March 31, at Red & White Gallery, 102 W. Main St., Fayetteville, redandwhitegallery.com. Catherine D. Anspon
Other Dates Not to Miss
22ND ANNUAL HERBAL FORUM AT ROUND TOP’S FESTIVAL HILL, Friday – Saturday, March 17 – 18: Cilantro is highlighted as herb of the year at this annual horticultural event that features workshops and lectures on new developments in gardening and culinary arts. festivalhill.org
THE COMPOUND Saturday – Saturday, March 18 – April 1 Five barns used for antiques shows, weddings, and other events, and owner Mark Massey recently added another salvaged building, this one dating to the late 1800s from the Fayetteville area. Early opens Saturday, March 18, in the Neal barn, Carriage House, Stables and Gazebo, with top-notch dealers Alisanne Wonderland, Pascal Home, and Old World Antieks; the Peck Barn and the full list of dealers opens Friday, March 24. roundtopcompound.com
BLUE HILLS AT ROUND TOP, Saturday, March 18 – Saturday, April 1: The iconic Blue Hills is 26 acres of covered antiques hunting, with free parking, porters, and delivery services available. Admission gratis. bluehillsatroundtop.com
ARBOR INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUES & INTERIOR DESIGN SHOW, Wednesday – Saturday, March 22 – April 1: Fifteen expansive tents with dealers from more than 13 countries showing furniture, fabrics, artwork, jewelry, rugs and antiques. Admission gratis. arborantiques.com/round-top
ROUND TOP HAPPY HOUR WITH DASH, Monday, March 27: The ladies of DASH (Design Art Style Home show with local and national dealers in Houston) host a Round Top Happy Hour with Paul Michael Company to kick off their Houston Spring Market 5:30 – 8 pm at Market Hill, 1503 TX 237. (Save the dates Houston DASH: Thursday – Sunday, May 11 – 14.) dashhouston.com
THE ORIGINAL ROUND TOP ANTIQUES FAIR AT THE BIG RED BARN, Monday – Saturday, March 27 – April 1: The fair that started it all — the 30,000 square foot air-conditioned Big Red Barn, Continental Tent and the Great White Tent. VIP shopping Monday, March 27, 9 am – 1 pm; $20; admission 1 pm, $10. Open until 7 pm Monday and Tuesday, until 5 pm remaining days. Porters, on-site shipping and ample free parking. roundtoptexasantiques.com
MARBURGER FARM ANTIQUE SHOW, Tuesday – Saturday, March 28 – April 1: The big one beloved by designers. More than 350 U.S. and international dealers. Celebrating 20 years. Gates open at 8 am Tuesday, shopping begins at 10 — it’s a mad designer dash on the first morning Early Buying Special. Tuesday, March 28, 10 am – 5 pm Early Buying Special $25, admission after 2 pm $10; Wednesday – Saturday, March 29 – April 1, 9 am – 4 pm, admission $10. roundtop-marburger.com
JUNK GYPSY JUNK-O-RAMA PROM AT ZAPP HALL, Thursday, March 30: For nearly a decade, the Junk Gypsy ladies of HGTV fame have donned vintage prom dresses and danced the night away during antiques week. Go for the live entertainment, glittery chandeliers, tattered velvet sofas, and outhouse turned into a photo booth, and stay for a celebrity sighting or two (Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, and Rachel Ashwell have all attended). gypsyville.com.