I'm still rubbing aloe vera into my sunburned chest and calves after Saturday's marathon trip to Round Top with Karly, but it was worth it despite the hellish heat. I scored some goodies, saw some expensive shit that made me appreciate what I already have, and got a day away from the tasmanian devil that is masquerading as my baby boy. I'll give the baby report at the end of the post for anyone who cares, but for all the rest of you good people, it's on to the special awesomeness that is the Round Top experience.
Some vendors have a very odd sense of humor.
Too bad there weren't six of these sexy chrome and leather cantilevered chairs, or they may have come home with me.
A pair of unaffordable blanc de chine lamps.
A monumental lucite chandelier for a jaw dropping $4500. No one ever said that Round Top necessarily equals cheap. if you like this, wait until you see what I bought for my dining room on Ebay (for much, much less)...
Awesome hooded wicker chair with groovy upholstery.
Big brass Polly.
Sweet little Asian credenza. The white is fly.
Brass cylinder lamp that Karly spied on Friday. I was considering it for my dining room, but ultimately passed. Hope I don't regret it...
Three of six Milo Baughman chrome cantilevered chairs.
I really liked these barstools but didn't even ask the price because homedude thought his junque should fetch a higher price per ounce than gold.
For unknown reasons, Round Top is very baby head friendly.
If baby heads can be friendly, that is. Somehow the packing tape makes the whole mise en scene much more ominous.
Hot pink poles make everything better.
Enormous 60s abstract that was about $4,400 over my budget.
At some point I realized that almost everything we spied with our gimlet eyes was made of brass. Chalk it up to magpie vision.
If you've got some spare change, you can add these trunks to your Louis Vuitton themed house.
I have a trestle table crush.
I reallllllly liked this long, sexy $900 table for my dining room, but A) it's way too narrow and B) it's 900 freaking dollars. That's not how momma rolls.
Round Top is a haven for dead things -- most of which are garden variety -- but these birds are pretty fabulous.
Ok, on to the stuff that managed to find a way home with me:
60's Italian hot air balloon chandelier for Ike's room. The dealer had it marked at $135 and I took it home for $65. Boo ya!
Initially I thought I would paint it black, but now I'm wondering if I should do white with black accents or black with white accents? Will the details get lost if everything is black?
Crazy deco tripod lamp that may or may not live in my dining room. I am considering painting the shade black or gold... what do you think? Or are you a purist like The Hunny, who wonders why every purchase must be spray painted? Does that question even deserve an answer?
Lest you think that Karly and I only purchased lights, Look! I bought a lucite towel set to match a lucite towel stand I already have. The toilet paper holder alone is worth the $15 I paid for the whole kit 'n' kaboodle.
And finally, on to the baby Ike report:
So, my darling, sweet 11 week old baby stayed home with his dad and my mother in law, who did a very excellent job of keeping his antics under control. He took an uncharacteristically long nap, which was bueno, but then HE REFUSED TO TAKE A BOTTLE. FOR THE ENTIRE NINE HOURS I WAS GONE. They had to feed him with a medicine dropper. Gawd, just writing this makes me feel like the worst mother in the world, but he totally took a bottle from me days before I went to Round Top! I swear, this is the most stubborn child ever born -- a trait he obviously picked up from his father. Anyway, he's back to his normal fussball self, so I guess all is well, but I'm afraid it will be a long time before I get to leave for more than three hours again.
Ike with Grandma, doing the cute act. Don't be fooled.