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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 RoundTop.com. 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!
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.
This is just so pretty to me.
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.
There are great adds for products from the 50’s.
Just look at these kitchens and bathrooms!
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.
These two are textured and look like they belong in a tiki hut.
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!
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 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.