Moving to France and Maternity Photos: A Memory

Don’t worry, this is not an announcement post. These pictures are from 2013, we were newly moved to Paris and I was expecting baby number 4. With our latest move back to Texas I have been reminiscing over our lives overseas and reliving some of our more difficult moves.

I promise there will be more pictures and stories about beautiful old things here.  Our family’s adventures are so closely connected to my antique adventures I feel the need to celebrate both here.

We made the move from Oslo, Norway to Paris, France when I was 7 months pregnant with Malachi (baby number four). We were in temporary housing for 3 weeks after we arrived in Paris. I was so worried about getting hugely pregnant, which I did, that I wanted maternity pictures taken as soon as possible. This is where I googled “english speaking photographer in Paris”. I looked through a few websites until I found Katie Donnelly Photography. I emailed Katie and we set a date for my maternity shoot.

I joke that part of the reason we had baby number 4 was pinterest. It’s not as bad as it sounds, I promise. Our first three children came along before Pinterest or Instagram were really a thing. I remember seeing amazing maternity photos, but we never had the means to get those photos taken. Having three babies in 3 1/2 years and all of the life changes we had packed into those years hadn’t left room for fancy belly shots.

Once Katie and I settled on a day I got my hair cut. My stylist didn’t speak any English, but I walked away happy. A tiny miracle that I am so thankful for. I had to buy clothes and shoes for everyone as most of our things were still on their way to us from Norway.

It was August in Paris when these were taken and it was warm, but not as unbearable as it had been. The one thing about August in Paris is that most of the Parisians have gone somewhere else! We were able to park on the street not far from the Eiffel Tower (August is a great time to practice driving in the city with the lowered population).

We walked to this park under the Eiffel Tower and met Katie and Pyk. We chatted and had these amazing photos taken. We also made friends. Katie is an insanely talented photographer and a great friend. It has been such a blessing to see her business grow and her happiness in life. Katie is still living and working in Paris. I highly recommend booking a session with her if you are in Paris. Check out her work here.



Addison was 6, Bennett was 4 and Garrett was 2 1/2 here in these photos. Our little world travelers handled moving from Houston to Oslo to Paris with amazing ease080313_hilton-amy-family-portraits_118-EditBW

I adore these little faces. I was probably not as patient on the day these photos were taken as I should have been. I try not to remember that, just how thankful I am to have these memories. 080313_hilton-amy-family-portraits_132-Edit

Oh, you know, just the Eiffel Tower in the background. Ha!



Can you spot my Lisa Leonard Necklace? I love having the names of the people I love with me. I had to get a new necklace after Malachi was born, I was a good customer for a while, ordering a new necklace every couple of years.


Here is proof that I was smart to get the maternity photos in as soon as I could. Malachi was the only baby to come after his due date and my biggest baby. Having a baby in a foreign country is a different post entirely.  This picture under the Eiffel Tower holds so many expat memories for us. We had moved into our house in Suresnes, but we did not have the gas turned on yet so we had no hot water. We made our way to the area near the Eiffel Tower and tried to find something to eat. We ended up at Lebanese restaurant. The food was amazing, they had wifi and they gave me baklava. Giving a pregnant woman a free dessert is a very quick way to her heart. We took this picture on the walk back to the car.




We hit the ground running with a long list of places we wanted to see as a family. This is Chateau Fontainebleau, and I remember painfully little from this visit. DSC_0993

Malachi had to be induced, we made it to the hospital and then decided to come back the next day after we had checked on a few things with our insurance. I love these belly shots from my ‘giant baby’.

I had always loved old things, but when I moved to France I found my true passion for antiques and history. All of my antiquing and exploring was done with my family in tow and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. My family did not go on every shopping trip with me, but I did waddle my way through Paris markets. We took family trips to brocantes and chateaux. We explored as a family and grew together. Paris is where our family felt complete with the addition of Malachi. Having him in France was my biggest adventure.


Marburger Farm Fall 2018

You might have noticed I have been busy out at Antique Week in Round Top, Texas. I was a vendor at Marburger Farm Antique Show. This was my third time selling at Marburger, but the energy and excitement never gets old. Here are a few photos of the treasures I shared.


I know this seems like a random picture. That is my sister helping a customer and the woman in the white dress just happens to be Camila Alves Mcconaughey, Matthew Mcconaughey’s wife. She made the trip with 2 lucky fans. Camila runs Women of Today, an online space to encourage women. I got the chance to meet Camila and her guests, and it was a fun moment during an exciting opening day. NBu%PvwJRmOhIuheCgayPgzr%bL4peQQGtEzYgeeTCDwp49Sa4s6RimGp1+9grIKYQJR8a0iuNSo6hODvMkqcGMA

These tones are antique and vintage and perfect for fall. I love the mix of neutrals, ages, and textures that create an interesting mix. fullsizeoutput_bf75

English tea set and old French books, so much to love.fullsizeoutput_bfa4

Antique military mementos are so special, WWI and WII, French and English, I love it all!fullsizeoutput_bf7e

My sweet girl, Addison, came to help for a bit. I love her and how much she already loves vintage.

My amazing TX shirt is from Ramble and Company.  Addison is rocking her vintage skirt from France. She makes my momma heart so proud.


Here is my whole crew. I am so thankful the boys all got to see what I do. My husband is a trooper, he got them lunch, visited a few dealer friends, and my boys got to give me a hug. I needed those sweet little hugs. Just like that the whirling crazy of my everyday life was gone. XQDoda%6SUyc5iA%%ap4kQNBu%PvwJRmOhIuheCgayPg2kQDZtfYTFS0JnbJGZ4kCg Natalie Lange, (@natalieclange) an amazingly talented photography and the sweetest friend, stopped by and snapped a few photos while we chatted. The friends I get to visit with are one of my favorite parts of Antique Week.

Photo by Natalie Lange
Photo by Natalie Lange
Photo by Natalie Lange

Do you love enamelware? I sure do and this rainbow display was a colorful spot on hazy mornings in the field.JG2YYbADQ1qr8CvOdUBTaw



I couldn’t have done any of this without my amazing sister, Laura (@madam_bohemian). Laura is an incredibly talented hair stylist in Florida. I love that she gets to come and help me make magic at Marburger. Oh, and pie. Royers Pie Haven (@royerspiehaven) needs to be on your itinerary if you make it to Round Top. They are located right on Henkle Square and they are amazing! Strawberry Rhubarb is my personal favorite, but the Blueberry Lemon and the Junkberry will both do in a pinch. BcbitZcuSUe7eaigkB4pKw

Thanks for walking through Antique Week with Brocante Treasures.


I will be opening up my Etsy Shop, BrocanteTreasuresTX, soon. Follow here or on Instagram for first dibs on all the amazing treasures. If there is anything special you would like to see listed please feel free to get in touch.


If you follow me on Instagram at @LoveVintageWillTravel or @BrocanteTreasures then you have probably seen most of these photos. We have been in our house almost 2 months now. We were very fortunate to get our shipment from storage the day after we closed. That meant we had a table and chairs, beds, and basic cooking and dining utensils.

Our shipment from England moved very quickly and we had the rest of our things less than a month after moving in. Within a week of getting our second shipment I had 95% of the boxes unpacked. Can I tell you we have a lot of stuff? I didn’t realize just how efficient I had been in gathering treasures until I was starting down 30 boxes of china in the dining room alone.

I have been able to get our house mostly settled, but I did have a few good reasons. I wanted the kids as settled as possible before they started school. Jon needed the office squared away so he can do his classes each week. I have an event coming up in October, setting up at Marburger Farm during Texas Antique Week in Round Top, TX. I do have quite a bit of practice unpacking and getting us all settled.

I love how the house is turning out, but I do have plans to move a few things around already. Musical furniture is one of my favorite games. For now I am working on getting pictures hung on the walls and all the books we have sorted around the house. I will have more pictures to come as we continue to get settled.

I try to always tag photos of our house with #HappyHiltonHouse if you are interested in seeing what I am doing with our latest home. Our last house in England was #ourdowerhouse if you are interested at all.


Back in Texas, Again

Wow, it has been 11 months since I last updated everyone here. The last time we met here I was living in England with my family. We were thoroughly enjoying our latest expat experience; tea and scones, walking our property with the deer and pheasants in our wellies, and having brilliant chats with our mates. While we were on holiday in Italy we got the news of our next move.  We had expressed to my husband’s company a desire to stay in England, go to another fabulous (or at least exotic) location, and if we had to, we would go back to Houston. When we found out we were moving back to Houston I had to work through a grieving process. It was unfortunate that the grieving process just happened to start as we were driving across Italy to return our rental vehicle and head home to England. The expat life is such a strange mix of exotic and every day.

We managed to finish the school year, get our house packed up, see the Queen, and say good bye to all of the wonderful friends we had made. One of my good friends said the hole we were leaving felt bigger than the 18 months we had been there. That made me cry and made so happy at the same time. Our family has moved a lot and we have always tried to jump into our new life. It is something that makes me so proud of our crew, but it does not make good byes any easier.

Just a picture I took of HRH Queen Elizabeth II!!! One of the coolest experiences of our expat life was at Dukes Lane, during Ascot week.

Now we are back in Texas. We landed just 2 months ago. We have been busy in those 2 months. It helps that we moved back to the same general area that we have lived in twice before. That means that we are back at our old church. We are in a new home. We worked with our amazing realtor (Rebecca Nelson) and we found a house. We made the offer and scheduled inspections and the appraisal.  After we landed we finally got to walk through what was going to be our home. We closed a week later and we are thrilled with our home and neighborhood. A neighbor brought over a welcome basket within minutes of us getting to our house. Win! My husband is back at his old office, but in a new role. He also has the added privilege of starting a masters degree during the week. Our kids have settled into their schools very well, making friends and keeping their teachers busy. Shadow, the cockapoo, made the flight and is adjusting to life in Texas. I call her our expat dog now and we laugh about what our posh little dog must think of all things Texas.

Our last day in The Dower House. So many special memories were made here. I am so proud of this crew. 


To say we have a lot on our plate seems like such a cliche, but it is always the way of things for us.

Many people have asked me how I feel about this move. I understand their question, and there are days I struggle with my response. In the end, I am so happy to be home in Texas. I have fought of thinking of Texas as home, but in the end this is where God has brought us home to. I am thankful for the friends that feel like family, the close proximity of family (we have already had visitors!), and a peace that we are just where we are meant to be.

In other exciting news, I am back at Brocante Treasures! I will be setting up, next month, at Marburger Farm Antique Show in Round Top, Texas during Antique Week. I feel so honored to be able to step back into this world that I love so much with my treasures that I have had so much fun collecting. I love getting to visit with my customers at the show and catching up with my fellow dealers is pure joy.

To address a few more questions that keep coming up: We do not have any plans to move any time soon, but I know better than to say I am never moving again. Our kids are getting older and not all of them deal with the transitions that our life has called for in as graceful way as I would like. Moving is tough even if you are moving to the coolest places on this beautiful Earth.

If you would like to follow our adventures on Instagram I have split off into 2 accounts again @LoveVintageWillTravel is where many photos of our family and our home end up. I am still sharing my antique dealer exploits at @BrocanteTreasures. There are going to be some fun times coming in the next month. I will be at the Gathering at Round Top, one of my most favorite events during Antique Week.

If you have any questions about shopping Round Top, expat life, repatriation, moving kids, moving dogs, or any other random topic I might have touched on please feel free to reach out.

Getting settled in our new home in Texas. I have unpacked ALL the boxes. So many boxes. It has been worth all the hard work to see our family settle in our new home. 

Round Top Recap Fall 2017

I have been thinking about my time in Texas visiting Antique Week in Round Top, Texas. My sister, Laura, drove in from Florida to visit with me and attend the Vintage Round Top’s Branding Workshop. The workshop was so great, with so much information and so many great people. Paige and Smoot Hull, the owners of the Vintage Round Top, hosted another inspiring day. This is the second workshop of their’s that I have been to and I have learned so much from both events. The flat lay at the top is a picture of all of the swag bag goodies we got to take home with us! The spring workshop is already on the calendar. You can read more from their blog with the spring dates listed too right here.

Getting photography and branding feedback from Ashleigh Amoroso and Kadie Smith was such a valuable time for everyone.

During the week we got to do some shopping, Flown the Coop in Burton, The Rendezvous in Round Top, Marburger Farm, and The Designer Dream Spree at The Compound. The Rendezvous is the first show I ever set up at, I still think of the Rendezvous as my Round Top Home. Urban Habitat is an amazing vendor that is set up at the Rendezvous and they always have the most amazing things.


Many of you have asked to see my ‘cottage’. Unfortunately the ‘cottage’ is not really a cute building. The garage pictured is from the little town that our house is in, the tree is next to the house and the bedroom is one of the rooms in the house. It is turning into a great little property and I am so thankful for this place to stay during the show. Eventually this property will be available for rent.

After Antique Week I headed back into Houston, of course I stopped at Buccee’s. The coffee creamer options were a bit overwhelming, we can’t get these in England. My shopping cart at HEB, just a few ‘essentials’ that I needed to bring back with me. I was also able to squeeze in a lunch and a dinner with friends. The first time we moved away from Houston I didn’t go back the whole time we lived away. I am so thankful that I have been able to go back and visit friends and stay connected to our ‘hometown’.

If you have any questions about Antique Week in Round Top, Texas for the Spring you can always visit The Round Top Register.  I am hoping to be back in Texas selling my treasures at the Spring show and I can not wait!

Marburger Tent A Fall 2017

I am getting ready to fly home from Houston to our home in London. I have had an amazing time at Antique Week this year. I did not set up to sell, but I did do some shopping and a lot of talking! I didn’t realize how many people I have met over the years, but I felt like every where I went I was chatting with someone. I do love to talk, especially about some antiques! I made my way to Marburger on opening day and it was so fun and so full of people. I was too busy shopping to take any photos. I was able to go back with my camera and get a few shots. Most of the displays look different than they did on opening day, but they are still absolutely gorgeous.

Unfortunately I didn’t get very far, I was doing a little too much chatting. I did get to capture a few fantastic vendors. Are you familiar with JBS Mercantile? They are on instagram and they are awesome. Not only is their merchandise great, but their styling is inspired and they are really nice people.

Terry and Bill were my first neighbors at Round Top. They are on the end of Tent A, just across from Tent H. I adore Terry’s feminine style and Bill’s antique and vintage metal pieces are so, so fun. The styling is inspired.

Right next to my old spot is Becky, I love Becky! I loved shopping her space before I knew how awesome she was. There is always something amazing to find in her corner. Becky doesn’t have a business page of any kind, but you can find her twice a year at Marburger Farm.

The neighbor across from me last year was Birdie’s Market on Main from Marble Falls, Texas. Can you tell I love getting to know the people around me?  Old plates make me smile, but the people they have brought into my life make my heart smile.

I hate that I am just getting to post these pictures as Marburger is closed for another season. I know so many people that have talked about wanting to go to Round Top for Antique Week one day and to them I say “GO!” The show has grown, there are more antiques than ever before, there are more places to eat and more places to stay. If you have any questions about visiting Antique Week visit It will be a trip to remember for sure.

There are 6 more tents and 12 more buildings full of antique goodness at Marburger Farm. I love walking the aisles and looking at the amazing finds from around the world.  I am hoping to be there in the Spring with so many gorgeous finds. Until then I hope this little glimpse into Tent A was fun!

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Vintage Sample Books

I have been lucky enough to find 2 different vintage sample books over the last couple of months. These sample books give a window into what a different time would have been like.

This book of plaids was for Paul Salvo Ltd on Bond Street in London. Each of the plaids have their name on them. There are hand written notes on the tag for the sizes of travel rugs and different products that could be made from these plaids.


The pieces are about a foot square and there are so many possibilities in this little book.fullsizeoutput_c7dbfullsizeoutput_c7ddfullsizeoutput_c7defullsizeoutput_c7e0

This is just so pretty to me. fullsizeoutput_c7e1

The second book was a find from just this weekend. This wallpaper book is a little rough around the edges, but I love all of the history held inside. DSC_0152

There are great adds for products from the 50’s. DSC_0153


Just look at these kitchens and bathrooms! DSC_0154

Here are just a few of the wallpapers and their coordinating borders. Some of them are difficult to imagine. Others are cute!


I’m sure these patterns adorned the walls of more than one nursery.DSC_0159DSC_0160

These two are textured and look like they belong in a tiki hut. DSC_0161DSC_0163



Both of these items will be available in my Etsy sale on Saturday! I will be putting more updates on Instagram. You can own a piece of history too!


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Tea Cups in a Basket

I had some fun to start this week with this basket full of tea cups. I participated in a hashtag called Magpie Monday. This hashtag is all about collections and finding a fun way to display them. I like finding ways to be creative with all of my many treasures. This baguette basket is a recent find from Sunbury Antiques Market, it is wider than the average basket and I really like the proportions. The blue and white and Calyx ware platters are two of the most recent additions to my collection. The tea cups have been picked up across England and France and they are all miniature works of art by themselves, but together they make a remarkable statement. I had fun watching this picture get to over 400 likes. I know instagram doesn’t really mean anything, but it is fun to have a community that appreciates what I do.


I hope your week has gotten off to a happy start.


Brocante Treasures Car Boot Shopping

I have had a few people on Instagram ask “What is a car boot sale?” Since I have spent so much time at car boot sales this summer I thought I would share a little about my Car Boot Loot Shoots. In England the trunk of a car is called a boot. A boot sale is when sellers drive their cars into a field and sell their treasures from the boot, or trunk, of the car. Boot sales have a wide variety of products, similar to a garage sale. I have found a local boot sale that I visit whenever I have a free Saturday morning, my family even loves to join me. There is always something for the kids to find and I leave happy when I have all of this to come home with me!


The boot sale opens early, before 8 AM and people line up to get in. I am one of the crazy people there waiting in line. I was rewarded this morning when I found this great bread box and flour box first thing. It is hard to negotiate that early in the morning, the sellers know that there are plenty of shoppers coming, but thankfully the price was right.


This crate full of goodies is my favorite thing. I bring bubble wrap with me to the boot sale because I know I am going to buy as many old plates as possible.


The scale is in fantastic condition, I am always happy when I find a scale with the original tray. Old books are a standard buy for me. I usually don’t look that close until I get home. I am usually pleasantly surprised by the books when I get home.


Did you see this book peeking out of the last photo? It is a wallpaper sample book from 1953-1953. The samples are still intact and they are pretty special. You just never know what you are going to find at a boot sale.


I know I get comments on the volume I buy. some of these items will get integrated into our home and some will be heading back to Texas and be for sale. I am busy photographing and packing my suitcase for my upcoming trip.


Do you have a favorite treasure?

Brocante Treasures TX on Etsy, Coming Soon

The countdown is on for my trip to Texas. Here is a sneak peek of some of the treasures that will be coming back with me.

My Etsy shop, BrocanteTreasuresTX, will be open Saturday, September 23rd and all of these and more will be available for purchase. I have one more treasure hunting trip planned for this weekend, let me know if there is something special you would like me to look for.